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SWAPPING CARS FOR HANDLEBARS

Mark swaps heated car seats and sunroof for a bike saddle and the open air in a move to become a daily bike commuter.

In April I handed back the keys to my car to the guy from the finance company. It was the best car I’ve ever owned.

Actually, I didn’t own it. It was a lease and it had come to the end of the agreement. Rather than go down the common path and trade it in for a new model, I decided to hand it back and start a new chapter of actually riding to work.

It was a big step. I’d been thinking about it for over a year before deciding to do it. I’d fought off the best of the sales guys at the local dealership as well as the follow-up calls from the finance company who sounded incredulous at my suggestion I was going to start riding a bicycle to work rather than sign up to a shiny new tin box. In the end, I suspect they thought I was just making it up to cover the fact I was signing up for a car from some other brand.

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