I use my scooter (Kymco Super
six days a week to work and some errands on Sundays. That's around 50 kilometers a day, using up a liter of XCS per day.
1. Air pollution? - Sanayan lang. Masks are ok, but they can only filter some soot and dust. For a bicycle, get a nice eyewear, dark for daytime and clear for night. It protects your eyes from flying insects and dust. What's worse than your usual air pollution? A garbage truck. Learn to identify a garbage truck a mile away and stay back.
2. Rain and Sun? - Sanayan lang din. First thing I bought after buying the scoot are rain gear nets and ties. In riding a motorbike, its hotter if you don't have a helmet and jacket. Also remember that exposed skin will turn dark under the sun, so cover up as much as possible. I don't think is advisable to use a bicycle when it's raining.
3. I park my ride in the mall. I don't mind paying as long as it's safe. Buy a good cable lock. I have three in the compartment. Small (for my helmet), Medium (general purpose), Large ( for the wheel).
Get a nice backpack and bring with you some cleaning stuff like alcohol, face towel, water, bike lock, etc.
The abovementioned as the least of your worries. Major threats are muggers, thieves, and other motorists.
1. Stay away from unfamiliar roads/ places
2. Always think that all motorists can't see you. Ride defensively.
3. Be careful of swerving jeepneys, taxis, etc.
4. Don't buy a Giant Carbon Fiber with Grupo XTR bike worth P250K that thieves will drool on, Haha!
5. This may sound weird but I stay away from Monteros (sudden acceleration issues?)Haha!
I've been on motorbikes since the '70s then cars then bikes again. So, its more of sanayan lang talaga. For a first timer, medyo it will take a while. I can live without the comforts of the car. With the scoot, I spend less on gas, I travel faster, cheaper maintenance (uses .8 liter of oil), cheaper parking rates, less traffic. Hope this helps.