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100 mile commute!(5 posts)

100 mile commute!Gadfly
May 24, 2001 11:47 AM
Okay, so 68 of those miles are by train. 30 are by bike, 2 miles walking. (I live in a small town about 50 miles SE of Chicago and commute into the city.) Before this job, I was freelance for 12 years, my schedule was flexible, riding was not usually a problem. Now that I'm like most people – job bound – I need to be creative in getting the rides in. So I picked up an old beater Schwinn road bike that should be safe locked up at the train station. And I ride 15 miles to the commuter train and 15 back home in the evening. Fairly easy ride, about an hour, pleasant back roads except for the last mile, then I ride on the shoulder of a busy street. Just started doing this. The only bad experience so far is with flat pedals. I forget I'm not clipped in and slip off from time to time. That hurts. Might throw an old pair of toe clips on and see how that goes. I won't do this every day – weather, scheduling, etc. But if I can do this three times a week, I think I'm gonna be a happy guy.
Durn, my train station is about 2 miles away ...Humma Hah
May 24, 2001 2:59 PM
Sounds like a pretty good setup.

In SoCal, the commuter trains were all equipped to carry bicycles. Here in Northern Virginia, bicycles may not be carried on the commuter trains -- ain't that just WRONG?!!!

I'm looking at a couple of job possibilities that are along the Virginia Railway Express route, which my wife takes every day and loves. Being able to carry the bike would greatly increase the range from the station that I could travel to reach work.
Durn, my train station is about 2 miles away ...Gadfly
May 24, 2001 3:15 PM
I would LOVE to take a bike on the train, but alas, not allowed. I did, however, build up a THIRD (I know, I need professional help) bike to keep in the bike room at the office for mid-day lake front spins.
I've asked my wife to see how much DC bike couriers make ...Humma Hah
May 24, 2001 3:36 PM
... for half an excuse I'd build myself a beater fixie and leave it in DC, and ride all day and get paid for it.

Alas, I think she actually wants me to earn some money.
It IS about the bikeGadfly
May 25, 2001 8:37 AM
Got home last night, feeling like I'd ridden a hundred miles R/T, not 30. "Funny," I thought, "I don't feel this way after riding my other bikes--" Then I realized: it's that 35lb pig of a beater Scwhinn "Spirit", flat pedals, skipping gears, vibra-tron of bike. So this morning I grabbed TWO locks and my recently built-up vintage Trek road bike upgraded to STI and rode that to the train. WORLD of difference, rode like butter. I'm not a bike snob, but man, the right bike makes it happen.

Is it good to be back home again? Do you miss SoCal?