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Bicycle Commuting 101(3 posts)

Bicycle Commuting 101MisJG
Jul 11, 2003 8:14 AM
Rule #1 Check your equipment the night before you plan to ride to work.

I was forced to drive to work today because of a flat rear tire that I didn't notice until this morning when I went out into the garage. Grrr. No time to make the repairs in the morning, so I had to drive on a beautiful day. The worst thing is, I already know to do this but I didn't do it "just this once" and look what happens. Oh well, consider yourself advised. . .
re: Bicycle Commuting 101beattle2
Jul 11, 2003 9:02 AM
Are you kidding? What if you got a flat on the way to work? What if it was a slow leak that you wouldn't notice the night before. I have been bike communing for years and anything can happen. You cannot be totally prepared so just go with the flow. Fix the flat in the morning - it will only take a few minutes and you will be glad you did. Bike commuting is not somthing that you totally have to prepare for the night befor. Just get up get your stuff together and walk out the door. If you make a big deal of it every single time you leave you won't do if for more than a year or so. My commute is 40 miles a day and I do it 5 times a week. I get a little bored at times and it can be a pain to drag myself out in the morning but I am usually glad I did. If you let a little flat tire keep you from your ride then why even bother in the first place?
More tipsOverStuffed
Jul 11, 2003 2:07 PM
I've been commuting on my bike for the last year solid, and off and on for four years before that. I finally made the decision a few months ago to switch to touring tires, after an average of one flat a week. No, I don't miss the speed. I have also outfitted both my commuter/fixie and my mountain bike with the same pedals, so no matter what happens, I can jump on the other bike if I need to. Finally, after all your best precautions are taken, give yourself enough time to change a flat, should it happen. Oh, and you're right, check your equipment the night before. It takes a whole 5 minutes.