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So how many ar bike commuting this week?(31 posts)

So how many ar bike commuting this week?grz mnky
May 15, 2001 10:44 AM
It being bike to work week and all that. What's your distance and is it a regular thing or occasional?
I didn't know.simstress
May 15, 2001 10:53 AM
I didn't know it was bike-to-work week. I didn't get that memo. I don't commute by bike-- haven't found a good way to transport my computer and books. I'll try to leave the computer at work and ride in tomorrow. My distance is about 20 hilly miles, so it's a good thing to have showers in the building.
Computer transporting idea..DT
May 15, 2001 11:03 AM
Check out for Timbuk2 messenger bags...they have some for 1/2 off. I bought the biggest one for $45, regular retail around $85. It fits all my books and my lunch with room to spare. They also make an insert for laptops to help protect them.
Every day (almost), year round!!Thioderek
May 15, 2001 10:56 AM
I always forget that this is bike to work week. All cyclists were stopped for free pastries and bike maps on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday.

I remember one year when they had a whole spread with OJ. I could feel the envy of the walkers on the bridge as all the cyclists stopped to partake.

Not a bad week.
As soon as I sell my car!!DT
May 15, 2001 11:01 AM
I drive my Jetta to work just because I have the for sale sign in the window and I figure more people will see it there than if I leave it in my driveway. As soon as I sell it, I'm building up my old frame and using it as my commuter's only 1.5 miles, flat, so it'll be a piece of cake to stick with it.
re: So how many ar bike commuting this week?muncher
May 15, 2001 11:04 AM
Yup. Regular. 10 mile round trip, but get in some extra on the way home this nice weather.

Don't think that it's BTW week in the UK - had a day last year - noticed no difference on the road at all...
Yup, count me in...Greg Taylor
May 15, 2001 11:04 AM
It's my normal deal...29 miles round trip. Pretty much rain or shine, all year long.
re: So how many ar bike commuting this week?Ray Sachs
May 15, 2001 11:05 AM
I also commute by bike almost every day. Only 2 miles each way, no hills, just a minor downhill grade going in (so I don't sweat much if at all), and a minor uphill going home (to warm up for the after work rides). I only have to once every couple of weeks or so when I'm going to a meeting some distance away.

Can't say I've seen any more people than usual out this week so far.

re: So how many ar bike commuting this week?ponch
May 16, 2001 9:18 AM
Musta had your laxitive. No swearing, no angry at the world 'cause I use a triple and everyone is nuts because they have different values, goals, needs, wants, and gives an honest answer to an honest 'double or triple' question.
re: So how many ar bike commuting this week?pmf
May 15, 2001 11:14 AM
Bike to work day here in DC was Friday May 4. I never bike to work on bike to work day. It usually rains and I always end up stuck behind some guy on a mtn bike going across the Roosevelt Bridge at 8 mph. At least his wheel is so out of true that I can get some amusement watching it. Then there are the organized riders who take up entire lanes of traffic in town pissing off all the motorists that I must contend with the other 364 days of the year.

I commute 3-4 days per week. Its 32 miles round trip. I do it pretty much all year round unless there's snow/ice, its raining or its below 25 degrees in the morning. Last year, I got 114 commutes in.

I also manage the bike rooms here at work. I bet I've given out 75 keys so far. Maybe one in twenty people stick with it for more than a week or so. Some will do it a bit in the Spring and Fall when the weather is nice. Most do it 1-2 times and never again. Of course they don't give the key back since they always intend on doing it again ... sometime. Kinda like that gym membership you never use.

I get half my annual miles (6-7k) commuting. Many a day, its the best part of my day. I highly recommend it if you can pull it off. Takes me about the same time as driving to the metro, parking and riding the train in. If there is anyone in NVA who wants to commute into DC, let me know and I'd be glad to ride in with you.

So Grzmnky, what's your story?
May 4 in Wash. D.C.Greg Taylor
May 15, 2001 11:24 AM
...was actually kinda cool. Not to start any more "Fred" threads, but (as you say) there were ALL levels of riders represented.

Some of the gang that I ride with (most of which are regular bike commuters) decided to make it "Don't Bike To Work Day" and took the day off. Did a lap of the W&OD and just hung out.
up here in the frozen north...daveb
May 15, 2001 11:37 AM
our bike to work week is delayed untill the last week in may, to give the plows more time to clear the ice off the road shoulders.
Actually its kind of funny to hear the hype about bike to work week when you ride year round. anyway, this year im playing along by providing bike tuneups and a "what to wear/safe riding" lunchtime discussion here in my office. Luckily theres only 10 in my office so its no big deal. I figure the more bikes the better, even if it means getting stuck behind some newbie with a wobbly wheel on my way in.
BTW my ride is easy, just 9km with no big hills.
every day, 30 miles, started Feb 1climbo
May 15, 2001 11:40 AM
and I see no extra bikers on my commute because of bike week. Didn't even know it was on around my office.
22 mi. round trip; I'll make it three days this weekCory
May 15, 2001 11:56 AM
I try for four or five times a week from April through October, but this week I've got to pick my daughter up at soccer practice twice.
BTW, no difference on the roads at all in Reno. Saw the same four cyclists this morning I see every morning, plus about 4,000 cars.
Does anybody else get this reaction?:
"You rode your bike ELEVEN MILES to work? Bulls---!"
re: So how many ar bike commuting this week?nodima
May 15, 2001 11:56 AM
Rode in today, it is 20 miles each way. I normally ride 1 or 2 days per week starting in April until light limits the ride home in the fall. I have not seen any increase in other riders this week.

Nice way to stick in a workout without impact on normal life. Takes me about 45 min to drive it, and just over an hour by bike. Work has a nice gym to shower and change, so it is easy.

Commute everydayCJS
May 15, 2001 12:08 PM
I have an 18 mile round trip commute that I do Monday through Friday. I do it on my single speed commuter bike. I ride despite what the weather will be.
re: Zero commuting miles this weekMichaelC
May 15, 2001 12:38 PM
I wiped out this weekend and thought I'd take a couple days to heal.

But the worst thing isn't the road rash--it's the fact that if I don't bike to the office I feel cranky and stupid all day. Anyone else have the same problem?
re: Zero commuting miles this weekRay Sachs
May 15, 2001 1:24 PM
Yeah, even with only a two mile commute, it really clears your head and gets your whole system started. Last week, the day I let a couple of trolls lure me into a flame war about doubles or triples.... you guessed it - I drove to work that day :)

2 or 3 times per weektommyb
May 15, 2001 12:41 PM
30 miles each way, so it's a long day. I rode today (Tuesday), but will probably not commute again this week. I'm doing the Assault on Mt. Mitchell this weekend, so it's time to taper a bit. Just one or two short rides for the rest of the week.

There's 500 people where I work. There are a couple of other cyclists here, but I've only seen two or three other bikes in the lot ever. None yet this week.
Does riding when you've been laid off count?boy nigel
May 15, 2001 12:49 PM
If so, then count me in. My "day job" has been riding and maintaining my bike for the past couple of weeks--I must say, I'm due a merit raise at this point! Been getting the tool collection together, keeping it shiny and lubed up, and been exercising the old boy almost daily.

Doesn't hurt that the severance payments will be coming in for another five weeks, either. I'd suggest it to anyone looking for more riding time.

As long as you ride to Kinko's for your printing needs!grz mnky
May 15, 2001 12:57 PM
Yeah, with all the layoffs, some of my buds are going to get revenge. See, I'm able to ride at lunch and get worked over by some stronger riders. When we get together for rides I'm usually able to hurt them, but I fear it's all going to change this summer.
six days a week most weeks of the yearJonthan Faro
May 15, 2001 1:41 PM
I commute to college 5 days a week and into work on saturdays without fail on my bike. Ok it's less then a mile to college and just over to work but it's commuting. I hope to continue depending on where I get a job when I leave college at the end of next month

Did you ride the 5 boroughs last weekend?Maui
May 15, 2001 8:59 PM
I heard the 5 borough ride through the city was pretty nice. Did you happen to join the group?

By the way, how's the Sigma?
re: So how many ar bike commuting this week?amflyer
May 15, 2001 1:52 PM
9 miles round trip, second half in the wee hours of the morning even. Co-workers are: 1. amazed at the audacity of such a stunt, 2. impressed that there are actually front and rear lights made for bikes.

Good news is that many people at work are becoming interested in getting bikes. I should get a comission...

Bad news is that the lab I work at isn't set up for changing cyclists; ie. one unisex "changing room" and no showers. I did get them to put a bike rack in though...everyone initially thought that I was convicted for DWI or something, you know, lost my license. Go figure.

13-13.5 miles round trip(depending on route)look271
May 15, 2001 2:40 PM
I commute as often as possible. Usually at least 3x a week. I work 2nd shift, so the ride home is nice, quiet, and dark (12 mid).
25 mile round tripharlydog
May 15, 2001 3:23 PM
25 miles round trip 3 days a week when there is enough daylight. I have showers at work.
Every day...Andy M-S
May 15, 2001 3:37 PM
As long as it's above 30 (F) and the roads aren't covered in ice (and it's not snowing or raining) I commute. 14 mile roundtrip, supplemented with a little hillclimbing at lunch.

We don't have showers in the building, so I do my best to lemon-fresh every morning and I don't give the critters that smell time to grow.
re: So how many ar bike commuting this week?mm
May 15, 2001 5:32 PM
40 miles round trip....makes me look forward to getting up for work!
50 miles RT, Redwood City/San Jose, first time this weekMDS
May 15, 2001 7:41 PM
Twice a week during the summer!Maui
May 15, 2001 8:57 PM
My roundtrip commute is 55 miles, but it's worth the effort. I haven't been dropped on the road or the trail this year.

In fact, I rode for 8 days straight last week on vacation. Noble Canyon, the Santa Ana River trail and the Big Laguna were really fun, but some of my buddies were a little tired at the end of the week.
Twice a week -- 40 mi. R/TAlan B
May 16, 2001 9:49 AM
Been doin' it since daylight savings kicked in. Doesn't take much more time than my 14 mile morning workout ride followed by a driving commute (my routine last year) and puts 80 miles on during the week instead of 30 or 40. Add a mountain ride with the kids on the weekend and I'm over 100. Bingo! That's my goal. I doubt know if I'll keep it up in the winter when it'll be cold and dark both ways, but by then I could be so addicted I have no choice!