My First Dilema: What Bike?

Some of the gear I haul to work in my van.

To quote the late George Peppard from the hilariously bad TV show the “A-Team”, which I know you watched too, “I love it when a plan comes together.” I’ve been mulling over the idea of riding my bike to work and I think all the pieces are starting to fall into place.  It has taken some time to wrap my head around, because my commute is a little out of the ordinary.  I am a residential general contractor specializing in central Phoenix kitchen and bathroom remodels.  My office is the job site and my usual form of transport is a 3/4 ton Ford Econoline work van.

This all started when gas prices reached about $4.00 a gallon a while back.  My work van gets 11 mpg no matter what.  I haul a ton (almost literally) of tools around everyday, and materials for the job at least once or twice a week.  I began to think that I could avoid driving at least once or twice a week if I planned my weeks well enough that I didn’t have to leave the job site for any reason in the middle of the day.  But even without all the tools and materials, some of which I can leave at the job, I still lug a bunch of stuff everyday.  There’s the water jug, the decently large cooler with my snacks and home made lunch, my clipboard with job notes and paperwork, and often a handful of tools I’m just never quite comfortable leaving anywhere.  So the question arises, what do I ride that can handle me and my daily load of stuff?

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