Three years ago my wife and I, who both work, decided to sell one of our pre-marital cars and have just one family car. My wife would use the car for her longer commute, where as I'd cycle the 6 mile journey.
I've kept it up until last month when I'd just become sick of it. The distance wasnt an issue, weather your going just 2 miles or 15 miles makes no odds, you've still got to go through all the hidden motions that add up time and wear you down.
Putting all your cycle gear on and getting dressed four times a day whislt maintaining a steady flow of clean gear to wear day in day out will get tired quickly. Packing your backpack with clean clothes, packed lunch, tools / office work etc, every day, seemed to take longer than it should and was a PITA. Showering up to three times a day didnt do my ecema much good either. Even just maintaining the bike properly each week soon eats into your free time.
Getting piss wet through and freezing your face off at 5am in the morning, after sod all sleep, to start a 12 hour shift at 6am. That wears you down quickly when you have to do it all week.
It wasnt just the commute that bugged me, I work weekends so often have time off mid week, but had no car to go anywhere or be able to go and buy anything big or heavy. You can plan for that to some extent, but after three years I felt i'd lost my freedom. I couldnt just nip down the motorway to my parents or freinds when I felt like it. I started to just stay in all day because it was easier, I'd get cabin fever, and worst of all I started to loath my bike.
Ive had the new car a month now, and Its fantastic. I can roll out of bed and just jump in the car last minute for work and get there warm and relaxed. I can go see freinds and family when I want, and If im on with a diy project and I relise I need another bag of cement or a length of timber, I can go and fricking get it and carry on with the job.
Best of all, I enjoy riding my bike again, even choose to ride it to work twice this week.
I tried to man up for three years, but you know what. B0llocks to that unless you have too.