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My car broke this morning...(4 posts)

My car broke this morning...mlester
Aug 6, 2002 5:07 AM
so my long put off decision to commute has been made for me. I haven't clocked it yet but I think it'll be somewhere between 20-30 miles round trip. Got a ride in this morning so tomorrow is the big day. I have only been riding for 4 mths or so and have been thinking about trying a ride to work. Something about getting on the rode at 0500 kept me from doing it though....oh well, no choice now!

re: My car broke this morning...Joshua
Aug 6, 2002 5:26 AM
Hope you get your car fixed for the winter, I understand those New England winters can be rough.
How 'bout you ride in with me, Josh? (nm)mlester
Aug 6, 2002 5:40 AM
Aug 6, 2002 7:09 AM
get a good set of lights! when i was living in jacksonville, florida, i got rear-ended by a very nice lady on her cell phone. put my car out of commission for 4 months over the winter. i HAD to commute to work the 15 miles each way. did 97 straight work days on the merckx!
you will get strong! not only physically, but mentally! knowing that you HAVE to get up and on the bike to get to work will make you willing to suffer more when riding with the group. nothing sucks worse than a dark, rainy, cold morning, and your only way of getting to work is on the bike!
1)get a good headlight that charges quickly.
2)get the brightest blinky tailight that you can find.
3)reflective tape on the chainstays. it comes off pretty easily. put it on the backs of your shoes too!
4)get a set of bulletproof tires. armadillos or gatorskins.
5)make sue your flat kit is complete. nothing sucks worse than riding a flat for 20 minutes to get home in the dark!
you will quickly notice that you are becoming a better, more aware cyclist. you will look far ahead to see what the morons in the cars are doing and learn to anticipate their moves. you will become self-preserving.
good luck and be careful!