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Let’s Commute. But first a little work around the house.(30 posts)

Let’s Commute. But first a little work around the house.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:16 AM
Miss M is getting a little (or really a lot) tired of all the snow this winter. I think fresh snow is fun but the next few days are going to be tough.
Georgetown Slop.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:19 AM
Normally we ride the trails to work. With 6-8" of snow on the ground from the latest storm and more coming down we took the streets.

What a mess.
Why MB1, You're postively glowing! :-) nmKristin
Feb 7, 2003 8:20 AM
Good bye to Miss MMB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:22 AM
Miss M works on the hill; I go downtown so this is where we split up. Today instead of going straight in I am going to ride around the monuments.
Snow men.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:26 AM
The snow is pretty thick and heavy today. It looks odd to see the statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial dressed for the jungle covered in snow.
The Wall.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:29 AM
This place has a lot of memories for my generation. Even this morning there was a fresh bouquet left in the memorial.
The Wall.mainframe
Feb 7, 2003 9:04 AM
Yes, you're right about memories for our generation. In 1969 I fought 10 months in the jungle with an infantry company. Thanks for the pix.
My favorite pic of the wall.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 9:08 AM
I shot this last spring, you can just see my reflection on the very right edge.
Great photo. The Power of this monument...rwbadley
Feb 7, 2003 9:17 AM
needs to be felt in person. The traveling wall (half size?)came to Reno. A deeply moving experience.

RW
does anyone not know someone on the wall? nmDougSloan
Feb 7, 2003 4:10 PM
Alas yes. Quite a shock to find him there.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 4:21 PM
The park service keeps several directories available at all times. I was skimming through a directory one day.....
you know what would be really coolDougSloan
Feb 7, 2003 4:09 PM
Do the same but with some reflections of soldiers in uniform...

It is great as it is, though.

Doug
The Reflecting Pool.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:33 AM
It was getting hard to ride in the thick show between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
InspirationContinental
Feb 7, 2003 8:33 AM
Until this year I was a fair weather cyclist. Reading your ride reports and posts convinced me to ride and have fun in all seasons and weather. I haven't missed a weekend ride (except when out of country) since first visiting this forum last summer. Thanks for the photos, posts, and upbeat, positive attitude.
Boy I love this.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:35 AM
I hope you had a good ride in today too.
bike parking?DougSloan
Feb 7, 2003 8:40 AM
What do you do with your bikes while at work? With all the winter muck, surely you don't take them inside...

Doug
We have secure bike parking in the basements at work. nmMB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:45 AM
bike commuting must be encourage there nmDougSloan
Feb 7, 2003 9:00 AM
DC is the center of the PC universe.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 9:03 AM
Although even with all the reasons to bike commute and all the facilities here cyclists are still a very small percentage of all commuters.
I thought San Francisco was the center of the PC universe ;-)?velocity
Feb 7, 2003 9:11 AM
In NYC I park my bike in my building's parking lot, locking it to a bike rack, which is what I used to do in SF when I lived there. Do you have the same or do you actually have bike lockers?
My building has a locked bike cage that requires a passcard.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 9:19 AM
Plus since September 11th you need a pass to get into the building. Miss M works in a federal building that has security guards and you can't get in without a bike pass and ID.

Secure bike parking is no problem.
What about showers and a changing room?Fez
Feb 7, 2003 9:24 AM
To complete the bike-friendly commuting experience?
Yes, we have those too.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 9:31 AM
Miss M works at the Library of Congress where there is a nice bathroom with shower (she says that she is about the only one that uses it).

There is a workout room with showers and a sauna where I work. It gets a little use but not much.
Commuting in DCpmf1
Feb 7, 2003 11:11 AM
While I'm not as hardy as MB1, I've been commuting in DC for 8 years. While not a huge number do it, the numbers using the bike paths - especially in warmer weather - is significant.

I even did it last year when I had a job at the White House. The Secret Service guys who were constantly rotated always gave me threatening looks when I rode up and was fumbling for my ID. They'd wheel my bike through the gate often marveling at its weight. Sometimes I'd even see them pick it up. I had to park it outside, in the courtyard of the Old Exec Office Bldg. I locked it (I was riding a Litespeed Ultimate), but it was pretty darn safe in there. The shower in the OEOB was pretty cruddy, but usable.
Somehow I'm not too surprised...velocity
Feb 7, 2003 8:39 AM
...you guys bike commuted today. I forget do you two have specially equipped snow bikes or do you make adjustments to your regular commuters? I don't have a bike that handles snow well right now -- no mtn bike and no snow tires for my beater/commuter.

Must say, though, I found it very refreshing walking to work today in the snow.
Studded snow/ice tiresMB1
Feb 7, 2003 8:44 AM
They give us a lot of confidence riding in snow and ice. We got them from Peter White cycles on-line.
you guys rock!velocity
Feb 7, 2003 8:58 AM
I'm a little dimmer than usual today so please forgive me. I'm trying to finish multiple things at work so I won't stay late again tonight. Of course, I keep coming back to RoadBikeReview to check for the latest posts, which isn't helping.

Checked the website,
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp, and it doesn't look like any of these tires can be mounted on road rims with limited clearance. Do you know if I'm correct?
The 700C size requires a fair amount of clearance.MB1
Feb 7, 2003 9:28 AM
You would need a touring bike or cyclo-crosser to fit them. Plus don't forget that you need a lot of clearance for the snow too.

Hmmm....
Sounds like a good reason for another bike. Riding in fresh snow is fun!
if i only had room i'd have a FEW more... (nm)velocity
Feb 7, 2003 9:36 AM
Wondered what MB1 would dazzle us with todayno excuses
Feb 7, 2003 12:42 PM
I was also looking for a good time to pass out this link to an article about snow commuters in DC. Anyone mentioned that you guys know?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1086-2003Jan30.html