Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Riding a bicycle around campus, pros and cons

Recently I have been riding my bicycle to class because my new apartment is a bit further than my place last year and I have to say it's quite nice. I originally had the impression that it would be a hassle locking the bike and finding a place to park but lucky my campus is fairly equipment with many "bike areas" and I wouldn't be surprised if all campuses are like this. Here's what I have learned after a month of riding....

- You can sleep-in an extra 15 minutes.
- You can bypass any people that would otherwise stop you and ask you to sign their partition against hurting "insert plant/animal/gender/culture" in "insert country".
- You are now part of the elite group of bicycle hipsters, unfortunately this is also a negative.
- Overall you save a good amount of time otherwise spent walking.

- Every car on the rode is trying to kill you.... Even the people parked on the side of the road... They will intentionally open their doors when you are passing by.
- Everyone will ask you about your bike when you could care less because you bought it on sale at Wal-Mart.
- Rain and water is the enemy. I suggest buying fenders.
- If you buy a mountain bike you will feel it necessary to jump every curb possible, even if it's entirely out of the way, which leads to the overall destruction of the bike (because it was purchased at Wal-Mart)

These are just some simple things I suggest you think about before you bring a bike to campus. I personally enjoy jumping all the curbs so I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons.


  1. Wow, the part about people trying to kill you is disturbing. Why are they soo pissed?

  2. I like the part about people trying to get you to sign petitions..happens far too often on campus..

    I was thinking about bringing a bike but it seems like a hassal to bring to school

  3. If I lived closer to my college, you can bet I'd grab a part-time serving job, kill my insurance and ride around on my bike.

  4. I like bikes! Do you ever have problems storing your bike while at school? Do people ever mess with the bike?

  5. Mountain bikes are awesome tho. Especially the fully dampened ones

  6. @R.gers I think people just find bikers annoying

    @Bersercules I haven't had any problems but my friends has, just get a good lock and you shouldn't have anything to worry about.