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In praise of commuting . . .(7 posts)

In praise of commuting . . .ms
Dec 16, 2003 3:10 PM
I usually commute by bike only during daylight savings time (2-3 times per week). But, the recent East Coast weather and Christmas mania on the weekends have kept me off of the bike much more than I would like. The weather prediction for today was the best that it has been in days (sunny, highs in the 40s). So, even though it was 24 degrees when I left home this morning, I decided to ride. Not only do I feel better than I have in a week, I got more work done today than I have in any other two days this month. Now, I just have to do my 15 mile ride home in the dark (with lights, of course). I may have to reconsider my decision not to commute on a regular basis in the winter.
re: In praise of commuting . . .TypeOne
Dec 16, 2003 3:34 PM
I'm always more lethargic on mornings I don't ride in. I tell my coworkers that it's not the exercise that wakes me up, it's the adrenaline rush from the near-death experiences with drivers on the way.
Commuting year round takes guts, and there's a camaraderie in that. I find that more cyclists wave or nod to each other (if it's light enough) in the winter than the spring and summer. You know the other guy/girl's a hardcore.
re: In praise of commuting . . .Chris T
Dec 16, 2003 4:05 PM
We're lucky on the west coast with the relatively mild weather and general lack of snow to be able to commute year round, though it definitely requires dedication. I've gotten home several times after work soaked to the bone (under torrential rainstorms, water will find its way in no matter what you're wearing), chilled and stinking. And getting up in what feels like the middle of the night (and biking home in it too) is not that appealing, but I definitely feel better for doing it.

I honestly think well prepared cyclists are more visible at night than in the day. All the lights and reflective clothing make you extremely easy to see. Maybe it's because both times I've been hit have been in the day time!

Keep going. After commuting every week day for years I can say that it definitely becomes an addiction, and you'll relish the compliments from your coworkers, friends and family who say you're nuts for biking in the middle of winter!
Dec 16, 2003 4:14 PM
It is an addiction. Anyone can bike to work when it is 70 degrees and light out. I relish the fact that I'm a hardcore. 5:30 AM, 38 degrees, and pouring rain? Bring it on. If I don't ride, no matter the weather, I feel like a slug.

(Note: There are limits. If it was 12 degrees out and snowing, I guarantee you I'd take the bus.)
My manager commutes 35 miles in all weatherTig
Dec 17, 2003 6:27 AM
Granted, our winters are mild by comparison, but 35 miles each way in any weather is awsome. Besides, its cool for your boss to come in 30 minutes late due to strong headwinds. Try to make non-cycling coworkers or bosses understand that!
Just say you go held up in traffic...Fez
Dec 17, 2003 6:54 AM
That's what all the car driving or public transit commuters say when they are late. And most of the time they overslept anyway.
I agree.KG 361
Dec 17, 2003 6:13 PM
I've been bad lately, though. Cold isn't an issue-it's ice and slush that will turn me into a fossil fuel burning fiend. I just don't have the time to clean off the bike (and myself) when it gets ugly. Looks like it might be dry a few days this week, so I'll get the SS out and be a happy guy again =)