Through some stroke of genius the wife suggested I get a bike to curb the rising fuel costs. Currently we are a 2 car family (festive and corolla) with our 1st baby due in September. I am just about to complete my teaching degree and will be working in about 3-4 months time. Will be selling the Festiva because it is a 2 door and useless with a kid, to pay for my new bike (again, wifes suggestion) But am now having 2nd thoughts! I want a bike to use less fuel, commute to work in a different way (perhaps more quickly) and maybe boost my social network. Apart from the gear costing about double what I thought it would. How can I get a decent helmet for $250 yet a middle level, no name, jacket sets me back close to $300.... something wrong with that situation there! Anyway, given my situation... need some positive reinforcement that I am doing the right thing. Who commutes to work using a bike? I assume you like it? Just started reading my RTA bike handbook and within the first few lines it says ho easily it is to get killed or injured on a bike... does make one nervous! Oh, and bike riding just looks fun!