I cycle into work. Depending what I’m working on, I cycle in a wee bit harder. Cycle all winter too (yup, got studded snow tires).

Last winter upgraded to an e-bike. It’s heavier because of the battery, plus the frame and wheels have to be stronger to support same. But it tracks really well in the snow, and the “pedal assist” gets me through snow and ice ridges with safety. The e-bike also means I can carry a lot of books/reading material home in the evening/weekend. You’re right, when younger I’d use “salvaged” milk crates, but the rectangular ones (got one on each of my regular bike and e-bike) work way better—more space, sturdier, and the rectangular shape is easier to drop in my backpack/briefcase.

I’m still using my regular bike (till the snow starts to fly), but as a courtesy here’s:

Also, below are a few ‘words of (cycling) wisdom’, (I couldn’t choose which quote I like better—so here’s both):

Give a man a fish a feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise fishing is stupid and boring.”

Desmond Tutu
South African cleric & leader

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old a shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.”

Ann Strong
US author