|30-90%||urban commuting||I live in Chicago, where it's definitely cheaper and healthier to use bike transportation (compared to car or bus), and it's often faster too.|
|5%||cargo||being able to haul groceries is useful — sometimes I'm biking somewhere else, and my route passes a grocery store|
|10-50%||touring / challenge||when I have a partner or group that I go with regularly, I do it a lot more. I don't do a lot of centuries, but some summers I regularly do 50 miles in a day.|
|20-30%||flatland / trials / street/park BMX||I used to do auto-racing (both totally legal racing, as well as stupid stuff on the street). I realized (correction: cops helped me realize) it was hard for me to be safe doing that, so I switched to bike racing. While that was better (even if you REALLY crash, you only fuck yourself up, so cops don't care how stupid you are on a bike), but I was still needlessly endangering myself. My goal is to demonstrate physical agility, NOT to kill/maim myself. Fortunately, that's precisely what flatland was created for.
I won't say I'm any good at flatland/BMX. But I'm dedicating more and more time to it, to avoid spending my time doing stupid things at higher speeds.
I'm seriously crazy enough to think I can do all of the above on a single mutant/mulatto bike.
Types of cycling I'd like to explore, in case I'm interested: (most interested at top)