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My first commute(14 posts)

My first commuteSpecialTater
Apr 11, 2003 7:45 AM
Rode into work today with a detour that added 6 or so miles. No issues, other than a forgotten towel. What a rush to get 10 miles in with the sun coming up and being at my desk before my usual time, along with knowing I get to ride home!

If you've been thinking about it...do it. It's a blast.
I can't wait to ride to work again..soon.Sick of this NE weatherjtferraro
Apr 11, 2003 7:51 AM
cold, snow, sleet, rain, cold... It's a real short commute @4 miles, each way, though...but I'm hoping that the nice weather arrives at the same time my PT'ist suggests I ride to work, and after I get a few new parts/accessories for my mtb/commuter, including a new carbon bar.

That's great that you enjoyed yourself that much this morning! Have a blast on the way home!

-Jeff
Same hereRoyGBiv
Apr 11, 2003 10:33 AM
Mine's 40 miles one way. I've done it many times. You feel a little tired at work but it seems to blow all the stess out of you.
mine would be 11 miles round trip, but...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 11, 2003 8:25 AM
"parental logistics" are keeping the J-man down at this time. pity, as i'd commute year-'round regardless of weather. another hurdle is my office--the facilities have no problem with bikes in the building, but the big boss does. i'd have to build up a seriously cheap beater to leave chained-up on the loading dock.

last year i led between 70 and 85 group rides (or thereabouts), and commuted to each, 5 miles round trip (mean 77.5 rides). i get ~30 mpg in my civic. that's 387.5 miles ridden to rides, or 12.92 gallons of dino juice. of course this doesn't include the odd commute to rides that are farther away, some of which were 15-25 miles from home.

keep up the good work! rain, cold, and snow rides are "character builders". one begins to enjoy them in a "forgot my medication" sense.

:)

-J
Yeah my storage options are limitedSpecialTater
Apr 11, 2003 8:44 AM
right now to double-locking it up outside to a fence. That's one reason I won't ride on rainy days (well that's my excuse ;). My bosses aren't a big fan of a visible bike in the office...

I don't really have a beater with which I could commute right now. I'm planning on building up my 1988 Diamond Back Ascent (biopace baby) into a SS when I get some space to work on a bike.

Thanks again for all of your encouragement.
lucky youcyclopathic
Apr 11, 2003 10:11 AM
mine is 32mi one way and I do it 3-4 times a week :)
That's awesome!!PseuZQ
Apr 11, 2003 8:31 AM
One of the things I like most about commuting by bike is that I feel more *intergrated* with my surroundings, versus being in oppostition to them, in a car. As a result I feel a lot less beat up when I ride my bike to work.
Plus I'm usually a lot nicer to be around, what with the endorphins and all :-).

Good for you!!
Second ThatNelZ
Apr 11, 2003 9:15 AM
Just started commuting to work three weeks ago, once or twice a week depending on the weather. The distance is 19.75 miles each way, with two long climbs each leg (Woodbury,MN to Minneapolis). Able to keep the bike in the cubicle(its my racing bike). Its great seeing the sunrise in the morning and watching the deer leaping near the bike trail near St. Paul. Highly recommend biking to work.
Congratsoldschool
Apr 11, 2003 9:27 AM
I dabbled with the idea a couple times over the years, but with the arrival of our 3rd child, I finally decided this was the only way to get the miles in during the week. After making it through the winter here in MD, I had my worst experience this week - 34 degrees F and steady rain - but I pulled it off.

I've become somewhat annoyed with the cars at commute-time, and I was thinking about requesting that the cops set up a couple speed traps. As fate would have it, I got nabbed last week on my commute path while rushing (in my car, of course) to my daughter's school. I told the cop I appreciated the speed trap - I was probably the most accepting victim he encountered that day.
High fives, man!Fredrico
Apr 11, 2003 2:18 PM
One of my co-workers and I have been itching to start riding to work. We finally did it last week. She bikes along W&OD trail about 5 miles each way, and I only 2.5 miles. It's still worth it. I carry a backpack with office clothing, but plan on making a loop through the W&OD to extend the ride to maybe 5-6 miles or a half hour. It's only scary from a car. Once you get out there, the road is yours and the cars, around here anyway, respect that. A real wake up tonic, and a real stress reliever after a hard day's work.
re: My first commutemoschika
Apr 11, 2003 4:12 PM
i recently started to bike to work again. it doesn't take much more for me to bike then drive. shortest route is 4.5 miles. as the days get longer my return trip will get longer too as i add miles.

another incentive is a program with the city that provides a movie pass if you take "alternative" forms of transportation at least 8 times a month. i didn't know of this until very recently, and something like that had been going on for the past couple of years! you might want to check if your town has something like that.
re: New commuter biketdok88
Apr 12, 2003 9:27 AM
I was commuting on my road bike with a backpack but my shoulders got sore and it was a deterent to logging some extra miles on the way home. (10 miles each way with nothing extra, Thousand Oaks, CA). I bought a Giant Cypress SX with REI Panniers. Now my average is lower but it is a great cruise and if I want to take the long way home, no biggy.
Just picked up a low end Trek Hybrid for commuting ...Turtle Boy
Apr 12, 2003 10:08 AM
and I'm waiting for the rain to lessen here in Portland Oregon. I've got a 16 mile commute thru suburbia - and I can't bring the bike inside. Made me a little nervous about leaving my Lemond Tourmalet locked up even if we have security. So I bought the 2002 Trek for $250 at a clearance sale. Won't be as fun as the Lemond - but I'll be riding. I ride with clothes and laptop PC in a back pack - and use our local light rail on the way into work - so I don't show up sweat soaked. Then I ride the 16 miles home. Its great ----- but I am definetly a fair weather rider.
My commuter is a $50 Nishiki.look271
Apr 12, 2003 12:15 PM
Nice old Tange 2 lugged steel frame. I can take it inside even though if it gets stolen it's no biggie. I have a 5.5 mile ride (one way and I feel WAY better when I ride). I logged almost 1k miles last year commuting-I figured I saved bout 50 gallons of gas, not to mention the extra miles on my bike!