Commuting, for me, is about getting to and from work in the shortest time possible, safely of course.
In the mornings I walk my daughter to school before jumping on the bicycle and cycling to work, arriving with just enough time to change and freshen up before the workday starts. In the evening there is 10km of road between me and my family that I want to cover as fast as I can so I can be with them in time for dinner.
While changing my well worn route will add some variety to my ride, it will also add time to my commute and doesn't sit well with me.
This morning however, just by chance I discovered another way to add some variety to my ride which should have been blindingly obvious. I rode a different bicycle. My usual commuter is a Giant MCM One small, light, fast and fitted with narrow slick tyres. Its a tough mountain bike that I used to race in the past, but over time its been modified become a speedy commuter bike.
|My Daily Commuter|
With three bikes in my stable I really should take the opportunity to use each of them on my daily commute. They're not all "commuters" but they all do the job. By changing bicycles occasionally I can spice up my commute without having to change route nor add excessive amounts of time to my journey.