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Bicycle Commute: Change in Plans

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One of the losses I've had with my ongoing use of blood thinners has been my bicycle commute to work. I've struggled with this and finally I think I have a solution that will "work"...at least on occasion. The reason I gave up my commute is that there is a stretch of road near my house where the shoulder is skinny, crumbly and it's just plan necessary to ride in with morning rush hour traffic to the left of the white line. This was hair-raising enough BEFORE taking a blood thinner...but after? Psychologically it just pushed the envelop too far for me.

The idea came to me today as I needed to take the car in for repairs. So I loaded up the bike, drove to the shop, unloaded bike, left car and rode off to work.

Loved the ride! Foggy, dewy, chilly...flat out in the highest gear, biggest ring most of the time. Despite shorts and a light shirt I was sweating mightily when I got to work.

If there's time after work I'm hoping to take a longer loop back to the shop to rack up a similar number of miles as I would have gotten by riding from home.

So why not load up my bike and drive to the north end of Otsiningo Park and leave my car so I can enjoy at least PART of my commute by bike and make up the difference when I can by looping through Hillcrest and Chenango Bridge after work?

Going to try my best to nail this at least a few times a week when I'm not working too late. I begrudge waiting for weekends to ride!

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    Great idea! It's always amazing to me that I come to these creative solutions later in the game. I always start with an all or nothing position. emoticon
    1299 days ago
    Why not, indeed! I'm not surprised you've found a workaround for this situation as you've done so many times in the past.
    1304 days ago
    I use to ride to work when our building was on Water St. I rode down Chenango St. in the mornings and just loved that time of the day. I understand what your saying about the hair raising streets. I would have to go through to many construction zones to get to my new location so I don't attempt it anymore. I am glad to hear you have found a way to get more biking in.
    1305 days ago
    emoticon What a great way to think outside the box, Don! emoticon
    1305 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Way to go figuring out a solution! Get great exercise, save on gas, avoid dangerous road area, just win-win!!
    Go get 'em tiger!
    1305 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1305 days ago
    Emotional-spiritual necessity is the mother of invention!!!
    1305 days ago
    What a great compromise! Our busses here in town have bike racks on them, so some folks either bus in and bike home, or bus out to a trailhead and go biking... a really nice service. Enjoy the weeks left of decent biking weather!
    1305 days ago
    Great plan!
    1305 days ago
    AWESOME planning!
    1305 days ago
  • BA5454
    Hey, super job of making something work! I've done this a lot of times saying there's no way I can go that route in traffic--for me, there are always the 'backroads' I can take and the best part about it is that they often are longer (add up those miles, yeah!) than the original. Keep on biking! And again--way to make the plan work ;-).
    1305 days ago
    Where there's a will there's a way -- and a safer option!! Good for you finding something that will work!!
    1305 days ago
  • GHK1962
    Good work-around for the riding. With winter coming up that'll help too. The darker it gets, with a shorter distance you can fend off the night lights for a few more days at least.

    And I see now why you use a RoadID. (Well, actually, everyone should wear one ... I know I do.)
    1306 days ago
    I know what you mean about blood thinners giving you pause for thought. My DH takes them and has to practically call 911 every time he goes out to do a project in the garage. We have a HUGE stock of band-aids and such in every room in the house.

    On the other hand, WTG Big Time for finding a way to get the bike rides you love without the risk you need to avoid.

    emoticon work, my friend!
    1306 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Great plan, Don!
    1306 days ago
  • HILLSLUG98239
    Excellent idea!

    It's kind of ironic, because that's a tip suggested to newbie commuters: use transit for part of your commute, or drive part way and ride the rest.

    I know how wrecked I'd be if I couldn't ride, so I am happy you're finding a way to make it work.
    1306 days ago
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