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Part-way Bike commute(7 posts)

Part-way Bike commuteKeeponTrekkin
Jan 23, 2003 10:37 AM
My office is too far to commute by bike but I have found a few places I might drive to, park, unload a bike and finish the commute by bike. I'm thinking about trying it when weather and sunset allow. Any experience, comments or suggestions?


re: Part-way Bike commuteMJ
Jan 23, 2003 11:01 AM
I work with a few guys that cycle to the train station - train in to the city and ride to the office from the train station - it seems to work well for them

more miles is always a good thing
I don't see any reason not to...biknben
Jan 23, 2003 11:05 AM
If you can find a safe/convenient place to park I don't see why not.
re: Part-way Bike commutewasabekid
Jan 23, 2003 11:48 AM
It's being done all the time.

I don't know about where you live, but (some of) our buses are fitted with bike racks just exactly for part bike commuters. Find a good place to park your car and you should be set.

Good luck.

Did it in college, and occasionally since.cory
Jan 23, 2003 12:22 PM
I used to have to travel about 30 miles to school. The train station was a couple of miles from the campus, and a few of us chained up beater bikes there and just rode them back and forth. More recently, our city buses added racks, and a surprising number of people use them to get from the suburbs to town. Once you're in the city, nothing is more than three or four miles away.
I live only 11 miles from work now, a good summer commute distance, but a couple of miles of it is on the shoulder of Interstate 80. I've thought about driving to the freeway exit, then riding from there, but it's almost exactly halfway--the car doesn't even get warmed up, and I miss the best part of the ride, through the rural area. It's just industrial city streets.
works greatcyclopathic
Jan 23, 2003 2:43 PM
esp if your car part isn't stay still traffic and bike part is on secondary roads or MUTs. Don't use sunset as an excuse: get lights (front and good blinky), reflective vest/ankle bands and ride at night. To carry stuff you may consider backpack, msg bag or rack good luck
re: Part-way Bike commuteKeeponTrekkin
Jan 24, 2003 7:07 AM
Thanks for the thoughts and encouragement. I plan on using my steel touring bike (on the heavy side, w f&r fenders & racks, sturdier wheels, etc. but more practical than the road bike). I commute to Trenton, NJ from the north. The last 3 1/2 mi. will be within city limits; the farther away I go, the more rural it becomes. The practical limit is about 10 miles where the road changes from a road with a broad shoulder to a narrower road with no shoulder and a deep drainage ditch. A laundry / dry cleaner is within walking distance of the office.