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lunch time rides(17 posts)

lunch time ridesmoschika
Oct 18, 2001 7:22 AM
for some of you that go on lunch time rides, do you also commute to work on your bike? or do you drive your bike to work then take it out?
also, do you wear lycra shorts and a jersey or just regular shorts and a t-shirt?
Commute/lycra (have office shower though!).nmmuncher
Oct 18, 2001 7:26 AM
re: lunch time ridestarwheel
Oct 18, 2001 7:31 AM
I ride during lunch 1-2 times a week once daylight savings time ends and the days are too short to ride after work. Unfortunately, I cannot commute to work because the traffic and roads where I live are just not safe for riding during rush hour (or any other time). I carry my bike in a rack in the bed of my pickup truck, with it locked up. We have a shower at work, so I can change, go for an hour ride, shower and get dressed again in about 90 minutes. I wear my regular biking clothes, lycra shorts and jersey, and endure a few snide remarks from my coworkers.
same hereSpokeman
Oct 18, 2001 7:38 AM
During the winter I take 2 hour lunches twice (sometimes 3 times) per week to train.

Where I work I have nice options for terrain too. I can do flat tt/tempo work and never take my feet out of the pedals, I have a 3 mile loop with a 1 mile climb, or I can join some of my buddies and do a long climbing loop. But that ride usually pushes the 2 hour mark.

In a way the lunchtime rides are nice because it takes the pressure from needing to leave work at a certain time and when you do leave work, you can go home and spend time with the family.
Oct 18, 2001 7:50 AM
I either commute on my hybrid in looser-fitting clothes or take my road bike to work in the station wagon and go for a lunchtime hard ride in lycra. Fortunately, the bathroom I change in is close to the door and bike rack.
Drive bike to work,Roxy
Oct 18, 2001 8:31 AM
then ride at lunch. Commutes too long and dangerous.

Wear total gear.
lunch-timed ridesbreck
Oct 18, 2001 8:37 AM
From about 1974 thru 1998 i never chose to work at a facility that did not have showers, a rec-centre, or close access to one. This worked out pretty good as i took jobs that would not ordinarily have had an interest in and met a heck of a lot of diverse individuals though "paid" for this with lower wages at times.

Some companies are very clock sensitive and purport to treat all lunch time period users equal. This is never the case though. Those that play at cards are already shuffling the deck in the office and giving roach coach assignments to their buds. By the time the bell rings they are hard at it.

Those of us who insist in lunch time work outs have more restraints, esp. the bikers, not so much the runners for runners slip the socks, shoes and short on and we're on our way. For bikers we have the more gear and the bike to get out, etc. Runners can find side walk routes that avoid traffic lights; bikers have to obey the rules of the road.

In any event if you have the need you do it. Morning, lunch time, after work, long summer evenings, short black winter nights. Long runs, short runs, long rides and short rides. We are there to serve our needs. Damn the nay-sayers; what do they know?

As far as togs are mentioned this is a very simple question with a simpler answer. Yah run/ride with what yah brung with yah. Wear dark Oakleys and watch out around high schools at semester endings for paint gun radicals ....ouch!

Just got back from mine.Dave Hickey
Oct 18, 2001 10:00 AM
In the summer months, I commute and ride at lunch. Now that the days are getting shorter, I just ride a lunch. I keep a bike at the office. I'll usually take it home on weekends to clean and re-lube. As for clothing, I wear a jersy and lycra shorts for my rides. I keep a helmet,shoes, two pairs of shorts and a jersey in my office as well. I rinse out the shorts and jersey after each ride and take them home on weekends to wash. If you do ride at lunch, keep a box of baby wipes in your desk. They are great for a quick cleanup after a ride
My main riding timeChris Zeller
Oct 18, 2001 10:09 AM
Actually, for me as a married father, covert lunch rides are the only time I have to ride. I put my bike in the back of my Subaru Outback Sport so I don't have to worry about locking it. Fits fine with seats down and wheel still on.

For me, I like to wear the lycra, jersey etc. It makes me feel more into cycling. Shorts would be fine too, but I'd have to change into those anyway so I might as well wear cycling specific clothing. We have a gym and locker room here at work with showers.

Only problem is changing, filling waterbottles and getting the bike out, then showering and dwning an energy drink lunch etc takes time and I can't seem to get the whole process down to less than about 2 hours for a 20 mile hilly ride.
thanks for all the tipsmoschika
Oct 18, 2001 10:44 AM
i'll probably start trying this next week. i'll probably bring my bike to work in my truck since i don't like riding when it's dark(if i commuted). and since i have to change clothes to ride might as well change into cycling clothing. unfortunately i don't have lots of time for lunch ~1hour but they're not clock watchers either, so there is some room for flexability. fortunately i have a couple choices for rides, a long climb in 1 direction or flats on country roads in the other.
oh one more thingmoschika
Oct 18, 2001 10:46 AM
since my lunch time will be used for riding, what do some of you do for eating lunch?
do you eat when you get back or during the ride? one of you guys mentioned a sports drink. what's the deal with those?
oh one more thingDave Hickey
Oct 18, 2001 11:17 AM
We order out as a group in my office. By the time I get back from my ride. My lunch is waitng for me. I just eat while I work(or read RBR when I should be working).
A Healthy Choice dinner ...Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2001 4:13 PM
I pop a frozen diet dinner in the 'wave and nuke it. That takes about 8 minutes, I eat it in 5. Under 300 calories, and tasty, and I'm losing weight (as desired).

For a more athletic workout, I'd need more food.
Oct 19, 2001 6:05 AM
That's the toughest part about riding at noon. I usually bring my lunch on those days and eat at my desk. I'm a fast eater, so it doesn't take much time. On days I forget to bring lunch, I get something from the vendos (yuck) or the Taco Hell next door. I also try to bring some snacks, like a bag of peanuts. Usually I am not very hungry just after riding, so I can get by with a light lunch. Fortunately, the hours where I work are pretty flexible, so I just come in a little earlier or work a little later to make up the time.
Don't be afraid of the dark.Ahimsa
Oct 18, 2001 6:57 PM
Once you do it for a week it will be like second nature.

I LOVE my nightime commute ride home. The cool air (Okay..sometimes freezing air) and the fewer # of people on the trails and streets. It is excellent ride time that should not be feared. I actually prefer night riding now commute-wise anyway. Just get safety lights, eh? Kinda thrilling in a "Batman" way...heh heh heh!

Oh uuhh...your original question:

Commute rides, no lunch ride possible but I would if I could, clothes are dictated by weather, generally a messenger-like combo of street duds and more technical clothing.

Cycle-commute 5 miles, ride in my work slacks ...Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2001 4:07 PM
I just wrap a very Fred-ish velcro strap around my pants leg to keep it out of the chainwheel, and go ride. Once I allow time for eating and all the folks trying to waste my time, the ride is short enough as-is. In this cool weather, especially, I don't get much benefit out of changing for such a short ride. I also commute in my slacks.

Next summer may be different, as things get warmer. We do have showers.

Tonight, with my new headlight, I took the long way home, adding about 3 miles. I'm looking for even longer ways home. Coming home is my opportunity to hammer, since I can get as sweaty as I want to.
re: lunch time ridesDutchy
Oct 18, 2001 5:45 PM
During Non-daylight saving's months I ride 2-3 times per week depending on the wind/rain.
What works for me is this.
I ride a 40km/25ml route, I ride to where my wife parks our car. I then throw the bike
in the car and grab my bag of clothes. I then shower at work, and get a lift home at
night when it's too dark/unsafe to ride up the hills home.
I leave home about and am ready to start work(surf the net) at 10am.