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4/4/11 10:03 P

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Ah yes, the joys of the "long" cut...! Love those and love that twist of words! :-)

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4/4/11 9:24 P

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I only live 3.5 miles from work. I just take it easy when I go in so I don't really break a sweat then I can take a "long" cut home and kick it up a notch.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,692
4/4/11 2:16 P

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Same distance for me and same strategy too...re: pumping it up on my way home to get more bang for the buck on my ride! I keep a towel at the office and make a quick change and *hope* I'm not too odiferous...lol!

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4/4/11 2:04 P

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I love communting by bike and it makes up the bulk of my riding. It is only 9 miles each way but the way to work is a slight but constant elevation gain over about 6 miles. When I joined a local cycling club I was nervous about going longer distances on the weekend but I found that because I try to sprint those 9 commute miles, I was able to cover long distances at a more moderate pace easily - yay for intensity training!

And, I found that as long as I change out of my sweaty cycling kit as soon as I get to work and wash my face, I don't stink (at least I don't think I do!) :)

It takes me just as long to bike my communte as driving or other means of transportation but having the satisfaction of finishing my daily workout by the time I get home. I use a Novarra cycling backpack which I love - super comfortable on and have a rain fly for damp days.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,692
4/2/11 10:32 P

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I think I'm getting VERY close to starting up my fairweather commutes. As I work late 2-3 nights a week that only leaves 2-3 days a week in which I can commute. With my new panniers I'll be able to stop off for groceries too! :-)

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CAPEJOHN's Photo CAPEJOHN Posts: 95
4/2/11 9:37 P

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I commuted to work for the better part of the last 6 years. The office was 40 miles from home but I did not do the whole thing by bike. I would ride 30 miles to a local mall and ride the last 10 to the office by bicycle.

I do remember how stressful it was just thinking about that first commute. I didn't sleep much the night before either. However, within a hundred yards of that first time I realized, "hey, this is nothing more than a bike ride".

I have to say that after being retired for almost a year, the bike commute is the only think I miss about going to work every day.

If your thinking about it, give it a try. My guess is that you will be hooked very quickly.

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RHYNIC's Photo RHYNIC Posts: 19,646
3/31/11 12:19 P

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Today would have been the perfect day to ride to work. The excuse was...I had a long run planed for mid mid morning. I will cycle to work one day soon.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

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3/31/11 12:04 P

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Love this! Pretty sure I've used almost every one of those excuses. Which is ridiculous because my approx. 8 mile ride is about 7 miles on a dedicated bike path free of cars.

Thanks for the motivation!

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3/29/11 8:31 P

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Nice post, wish I could, but at 10 mph it would take me 4 hours to get there. So, not in the cards for me right now.

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KESTREL500's Photo KESTREL500 Posts: 1,173
3/29/11 7:25 P

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I am a fair weather commuter as well but nothing wrong with that. Better to commute by bike a few days a week than none at all. Bike commuting is not an all or nothing thing.

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RHYNIC's Photo RHYNIC Posts: 19,646
3/29/11 3:22 P

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Great post. I have thought a lot about riding to work but I never seem to make it happen. I think I have use every one of those excuses. Hmmm there is hope for me.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,692
3/29/11 3:05 P

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I admit to being a fairweather kinda commuter...try to avoid rain, etc.

Here are some pointers made by Syracuse Bicycle which might be of interest Feel free to add your own suggestions...Don:

Commuting Essentials

Spring is just around the corner and many Central New Yorkers are ready to start riding to work after a much too long winter.

If you haven't tried commuting by bike, what's really getting in your way? It's a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the outdoors, and avoid the insane gas prices at the pumps.

Let's run through the top ten excuses we hear why people don't commute by bike and give you some suggestions on how to overcome them!

1. The roads aren't safe. Wear bright clothing, obey traffic signs, ride on the right side of the road, and choose your route carefully. Always wear a helmet! Statistically speaking you are at no greater risk than driving your car.

2. No showers. Most bicycle commuters ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry, then ride home at a faster pace if they want a workout. Baby wipes also are a great substitute for a shower!

3. I have to dress up. Keep multiple sets of clothing at work so you can change when you get there. Rotate them on days that you do drive.

4. It takes too long. The average bicycle commuter travels as 10mph; the more you ride, the faster you'll become. Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas may take the same time or even less by bike than by car.

5. I'm out of shape. Ride at an easy pace and in a few months you will be in great shape!

6. It's too far. Try riding to work and then taking the bus home or vice versa. Or ride to a co-workers house and carpool to work.

7. I have to run errands. Add a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity and make sure you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building.

8. It's raining. Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry! If you are at work and it starts to pour, take the bus or carpool home; then ride home the following day.

9. No bike parking. Check for a storage area near your office, stash your bike in your office, or better yet formally request that your employer provide secure bike parking.

10. My bike sucks. Bring it to us! We can service your bike and make sure it is in good working order. Still riding that vintage 1980s ten speed? Check out our great selection of new bikes!

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