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hints for riding at lunch time?(23 posts)

hints for riding at lunch time?DougSloan
Jan 15, 2003 2:25 PM
Since we have a shower here at the office, I'm going to try bringing a bike to work and riding at noon. (No, commuting won't work, and I don't want to get into that now.)

Any helpful hints?

Thanks.

Doug
Here are a couple.Dave Hickey
Jan 15, 2003 2:34 PM
1. I switched my lunch hour to 11:00 from noon. I have a rather hairy 2 mile stretch of road I use to get away from the office. There is a lot less traffic at 11:00am than there is at noon.
2. I'm the local boss so I usually purchase lunch for the office on my riding days. They'll order when I'm riding and I have lunch waiting for me upon my return.
Is it Rufe Snow?...nmchopper
Jan 15, 2003 2:44 PM
Airfield Dr. at DFW.............nmDave Hickey
Jan 15, 2003 5:37 PM
re: hints for riding at lunch time?Tarball
Jan 15, 2003 2:43 PM
Doug,

I find it helpful for me to leave a bike & gear at the office.
Finding someone else to ride with helps too. Sometimes it's hard for me to motivate myself to ride when someone is asking if I'd like to join them at a resteraunt, but if I have a riding partner I feel more of an obligation to ride.
Couple of things...cory
Jan 15, 2003 2:49 PM
Dave's suggestion not to go at 12 is a good one--my office happens to back on a riverfront bike path that leads to some land the developers haven't got yet, so I've put together a nearly 20-mile, nearly traffic-free out & back. When I had to ride in town, though, I usually went at 1 or 1:30.
As much as you can, have everything ready to go all the time. We have a secure bike rack and lockers now, which is really nice. If I have to go to my car, get the bike/pump/patch kit, change, find a place to hang my clothes etc., it's tempting to give it up and just go eat tacos. Also nice to have a place for towels and shampoo.
If you're in a position to brownbag your lunch, or to order it to eat at your desk, you can squeeze out a few more minutes on the bike. It's hard to plan a social or client lunch around a ride, plus when those lunch hours stretch out to 2:45, it can cause talk.
re: hints for riding at lunch time?micha
Jan 15, 2003 3:35 PM
See if there's a extended lunch behavior pattern in your office and follow it. For example, in my office no one notices when you leave for "lunch," but you need to be back at 1 p.m. if you value your job. I always try leaving and returning in business attire.
re: hints for riding at lunch time?shawndoggy
Jan 15, 2003 5:37 PM
Bike ready to roll with bottles full and in cages.

Leave your tie and belt in your office (if you are changing elsewhere). You can take them off while on the phone.

I assume you are billing time -- that makes anything more than an hour really tough to justify because even if you are very fast in the "transitions" you end up with a 1:40 lunch, and thus a gaping time-hole in the middle of the day, all to take two showers.

What makes commuting not doable? It is one of those two birds with the same rock kinda things after all. And with a shower at the office all you have to do is plan ahead and leave a suit or two in your office.

Shawn
forgot to addshawndoggy
Jan 15, 2003 5:39 PM
For lawyers, meeting people for rides is also frustrating as you will notice those tenths of an hour slipping away while you wait for someone else. Go solo and get the most out of your time.
re: hints for riding at lunch time?bianchi boy
Jan 15, 2003 6:16 PM
Time is at a premium when I ride at lunch, so I have everything ready to go ahead of time -- water bottles filled, tires pumped, etc. Fortunately, hours are pretty flexible in my office, so it's no problem if I ride for 1-1/2 hours as long as I make up for the time. So on those days, I try to come in early and perhaps leave a little late. I also try to bring a bag lunch because I really get hungry after riding and don't have time to eat out too. One nice thing about riding at lunch is that the temperatures generally have warmed up a bit, and I don't have to worry about lack of daylight. Traffic can be a problem at lunch, so choose your routes with that in mind. My office is near some city bike trails and routes, so I tend to stick to them on lunch rides.
re: hints for riding at lunch time?joekm
Jan 15, 2003 6:48 PM
My situation is similar to yours. Commuting is out of the question as there is no even remotely safe way to get to work during morning and evening rush. All the advice here is good. Especially storing your bike at work if you can and bringing your lunch. I also keep Powerbars and powdered Gatorade in my desk.

One other thing I would add to the suggestions already given is store a rollers or a trainer there to ride when the weather is less than ideal.
thanks, everyoneDougSloan
Jan 15, 2003 8:14 PM
I'm giving it a go tomorrow. Thanks for good suggestions.

Doug
One more thing I forgot last night...joekm
Jan 16, 2003 5:12 AM
One of the problems I had when I was transitioning from eating fast food to bringing my lunch was forgeting to bring it with me as I went out the door. I solved the problem by putting my wallet and wedding ring in the front pocket of my lunch bag.

Haven't forgot to bring my lunch since.
Slimfast, etc.DougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 7:16 AM
I'm keeping some cans of Slimfast here to slam down after I ride. Not the greatest way to do it, but foolproof. Part of the goal here is weight loss.

Can't ride a trainer in the office, nor bring a bike into the office. We're sort of an upscale law office, and that would not be kosher. Plus, I'd have to take it up the elevator or drag it up 3 flights of stairs.

Can't commute, as I frequently have to go to court or visit clients on short notice, plus I drop the baby off at his grandmother's house twice a week and it's across town. Also, grandmother doesn't drive very well, so I need a car at the office in case I need to go get the baby to go to the doctor or something. I can't leave a car here, as it would not be protected, and I need it at home, too. I'm not going to buy a third car just to leave here, either. It's only 6 miles from home to the office, so that's hardly worth the trouble, anyway.

Can't wait. There is a park with a 2 mile rolling loop and some bike paths about 2 miles from the office. I'll be doing laps at lunch.

Thanks.

Doug
active art decorMike-Wisc
Jan 16, 2003 8:55 AM
"We're sort of an upscale law office, and that would not be kosher. "

Hang it on a wall mount and call it active art decor. Then start a sideline in defending cyclists involved in accidents or representing those who have received traffic or parking citations on their bicycles. Call it a good-will civil rights activism charity business generator. Plus, tell the partners that while you're cycling you are actually giving a critical clear focus to a case at hand and therefore part of your pedal time is indeed billable. ;)

Don't know if it will work, but hey it's a nice way to daydream about it. :)
Damn. Just sold the Geo.DougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 8:59 AM
The Geo would have made great wall art. Just sold it, though.

It's more of an issue of getting it in and out of the office. I can't pick a bike up without getting a ring tattoo, and I sure wouldn't want tire tracks down the carpeting, especially following a wet ride. I think it will have to stay in the car; that's good, anyway, as I can work on it at night if I need to.

Doug
Why did you sell your C-40?pmf1
Jan 16, 2003 12:34 PM
Buy a new HP model?
Why did you sell your C-40?DougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 12:57 PM
1. too small
2. likely no racing this year, and race bikes are too tempting to race; also sold P3; keeping EV2 (in disguise), though
3. garage was full
forget slimfastColnagoFE
Jan 16, 2003 9:31 AM
Slimfast is junk. Get a big can of quality meal replacement with whey protein and just mix it up at the office. I've read that most premixed protein or meal replacement drinks are not very bio-available due to the fact that they need to be pasteurized. Mix it up yourself in one of those shaker things. I also tend to keep stuff like bags of almonds and such for a quick snack.
If you were really cool....fracisco
Jan 15, 2003 8:41 PM
If you were really cool, you'd have Bob Roll show up and ride with you!

Actually, you might get a better lunchtime workout if you could just ride a trainer in your office. I feel that you need a bit more than an hour of saddle time to have a decent workout...that is in addition to the prep and breakdown time.
Can you take a two hour lunch? nmSpunout
Jan 16, 2003 4:33 AM
He probably spends more time that that posting here ;) (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 16, 2003 9:32 AM
whew. that was funDougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 1:07 PM
11:45 entered locker room
11:49 descended to garage
11:52 on bike
--->
11:59 interval training up Fresno Street to park, stop light races with cars (realizing I forgot water bottle)
12:05 circling park 2 mile loop with small hills, just below AT
12:41 head back to office, with stop light sprints again
12:55 back at garage
12:59 back in locker room (realizing I forgot Slimfast)
01:09 showered and back at desk

Got about 15 miles in, going pretty hard, with all the stop lights. I almost never do any urban riding, so this was sort of new; this one Mitsubishi turbo thing was having a helluva time, as I'd get a hole shot on him from a trackstand at every light, then 100 yards later the little turbo would get spooled up and he'd come whizzing by, only to be caught at the next light. Why do drivers feel the have to race us? Oh, the ego blow.

Anyone who rides in town without a mirror is nuts. That really helps, especially with left turns.

Going to get the routine down and go a little further, if I can sometimes. I think efficiency in the locker room and the car/bike interfaces can improve. An hour and a half is reasonable, over all.

Thanks again.

Doug