First, I'm scared of cars. I'm not a very aggressive driver, so I'm definitely not going to be an aggressive road biker. I have ridden on the road a few times, and I fared rather well but I had Michael with me. The morning commute, albeit 2 miles at most, will be through the most congested roads in the city at the busiest time of the day and I'll be navigating them by myself. I'll definitely need to invest in many pairs of big girl panties before attempting such a thing.
Second, how do I deal with the clothing situation? I bring a purse to work every day. Where do you put a purse on a bike? Also, I have clipless pedals. Am I going to have to bring shoes with me every day in my purse to change into after riding? I've seen girls riding to work with a messenger bag (gross) which I assume has everything they need, but those girls are riding with flat pedals (and no helmets). I guess I could have the flat pedals put back on, but then I'll have to change them out every time I want to go mountain biking. That could be really annoying.
Third, umm..sweating? What if I'm drenched in sweat every day once I get to work? My hair will be all gross from my helmet and I'll smell. Awesome.
So is it really that great to ride to work every morning? There was a guy that I worked with once that rode every day, even in the snow and rain. But he was on a road bike with flat pedals and he was a software engineer so nobody thought twice if he was sweaty or had helmet hair. I feel like the only way that a girl can ride to work is if she isn't in a position where she has to be around people during the day and/or if she's a hipster with a fixie who rides in flip flops and doesn't care if her new dress from Urban Outfitters flaps away in the wind.
It's too complicated. I guess I'll just be satisfied with the private bathrooms and leave my bike at home.