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New commuter - my first full week(4 posts)

New commuter - my first full weekalchemy
Nov 14, 2003 12:23 AM
After quite a few false starts (and coming up with reasons why I couldn't ride this or that particular day etc, etc), I finally put in my first full week of commuting to work - and I love it.

I got myself set up a while ago with a Shimano Sora cheapie that's not in the same league as my normal Ultegra steed, but it does the job without any complaints. To me, my daily 25km round commute are bonus km's.

It's great to be able to fill up the car and not have to fill it again a few days later (especially at the moment in an Aussie summer when you can watch the fuel gauge go down once you put the aircon on). Now I find myself seeing cars go past and just wishing a few more people got out on bikes and maybe put a bit of a squeeze on the oil companies. The thing that has struck me most is that it only takes me an extra 10-15 minutes over the time it takes in the car.

I'm hooked - and I like to think I'm doing my little bit for the environment as well - and that can't be bad !!

So, if anyone has been thinking about giving it a shot - get out there and have a crack at it - you might be surprised.
welcome to the clubcyclopathic
Nov 14, 2003 7:16 AM
I've been doing it for 8mo now, what a difference! Lost weight, got stronger. And I had never realized how stressful driving was, 'till I had to take car to work again.
welcome to the clubwily in pacifica
Nov 14, 2003 10:29 AM
Been commuting 20 miles each way since January to get ready for a Triathlon in May. I enjoyed it so much I think I only took the bus about 2 times per month since then. The bus from work to home is equipted with a bike rack so I can throw the bike on it if it rains, etc.

The trick is to get your butt out there in the morning. Once on the bike for about 5 minutes all is well.

My Ritchey Cross bike is now all equipted with light and fenders now. I find leaving at 5:30, in the dark, gets me out there. During the summer when it was light out I would have a tougher time getting on the bike if it was gloomy out. Now that I leave in the dark there is no such thing as gloomy, only dark. If when the sun comes up it is cloudy or gloomy who cares, I am already having a great time.

The building I work in has a free gym in the garage with lockers and showers. I just leave a bunch of clothes in my office and take them to the dry cleaners each week.

Riding in in the dark is great since low traffic but going home I have to deal with more traffic and the final 6-7 miles are in the dark. It will eventually be dark the whole way.

I ahve been meaning to take pictures of my commute to post here but realized 2/3 of them would just be dark.

Still beats the bus and I save $7 a day.

Willy in Pacifica
It's Just The Beginning ....Razzo
Nov 14, 2003 1:12 PM
Last year at age 56 I bought my first bike in 31 years - a Rocky Mountain hybrid to commute to work (38 klm / round trip) 2 - 3 days a week in summer. Well...... it became 5 days a week; then fall; then winter. Rain, wind cold or darkness who cares. Six months later I ordered a custom Italian aluminum carbon frame. Had the bike specked out with Campy Choros etc. etc. I found I still had a need for speed. My Cramerotti runs like a dream but taking it to work in the summer I did not like having to wear a hydration pack (without bladder) to carry my lunch etc. So I bought another bike: a Cramerotti steel cross bike. It is my fair weather commuter. Three bikes in one year plus all the different clothes, shoes, lights you have "to have." Cheap at twice the price. I have never felt better mentally or physically in a long, long time. I don't even miss the 28 lbs which disappeard along the way!