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KEVING10
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3/27/07 8:43 P

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The scary ones for me are the ones that have 4 lanes, heavy traffic and fast moving vehicles and praying that they see me.

Trying to get going again after falling off the weight loss wagon!!



 


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3/27/07 7:39 P

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Scariest for me is the one that is two lanes, no shoulders, hilly and curvy. Those are the ones that everyone tends to drift across the center line...

By the way, for me that is what the road that provides access to tons of great riding is like!

Edited by: DRC2205 at: 3/28/2007 (09:57)


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3/26/07 1:36 P

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DRC2205--that's a really good thing to keep in mind!!!...it becomes controlled access about a mile after I'd be getting off, so I could theoretically squeak in...but the driving along that road kind of scares me away anyhow!

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3/23/07 1:21 P

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Great job on your first bike commute! I work from home now, but when I worked in an office I really enjoyed bike commuting. I lived about 5 miles from my office too, and the ride was a great way to start, and end, the day. Keep up the good work!
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DRC2205
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3/23/07 10:13 A

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DAMIENDUCKS--remember that if it is a limited access road, it may not be legal to cycle on anyway.

Just a friendly reminder to all new commuters: Make sure your chosen route is one that allows bikes!



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3/22/07 7:44 P

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yay for you!...don't you just love the light rail? I can't wait till they expand it...though I have to say, you're braver than I am...I'd bike to work, but there's a really nasty highway that I don't have the gumption to tackle just yet (for other Twin Cities folks, Highway 55 through Eagan...no shoulders)...maybe this summer...anyhow, congrats!

Edited by: DAMIENDUCKS at: 3/22/2007 (19:45)
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3/17/07 2:48 P

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My commuting groups started up this week officially on friday and it was only 24 degrees out there. I'll join in when the temps are a bit warmer in the a.m.

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KEVING10
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3/16/07 9:09 P

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Congratulations. I commuted for 2 years, before switching jobs which made it impossible. I found lost of interesting ways to get home. It was fun and I miss it. Keep it up.

Trying to get going again after falling off the weight loss wagon!!



 
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3/16/07 2:48 P

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very cool. I'm looking forward to starting my commute again. Sounds like you have a great set up.

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3/16/07 11:19 A

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Two thumbs up!
I didn't get to ride in today. I had to drive the kid to school and then high tail it to a morning meeting. I miss my ride!
Keep it up and you'll feel the same way.

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What a great commute and to have the light rail as a backup during really bad weather is great. I enjoyed your laptop lunchbox posts too. Made me laugh...I wasn't sure if anyone else ever ate like I do! You are in the twin cities?...i love that place, have a daughter there.

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Good for you! I used to commute to work, and I miss that.

You have every right to be smug!

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3/16/07 9:37 A

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BLUESOX--that's awesome! Congrats. I like the idea that you can either ride the light rail most of the way, or cycle. A fare card is a great idea--if nothing else, it will mean you don't have to deal with the machine every day.

Congratulations again on you successful commute.



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3/16/07 7:14 A

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I am unbelievably smug. All went pretty smoothly. I got my gear stowed on the bike and was able to handle it just fine. Biked to the light rail station. There I ran into a hitch: the machine wouldn't accept my $20 bill, and I discovered it would only give up to $10 change anyway. But happy discovery! The machine accepts credit cards. This is great, because I rarely carry cash--although if I end up taking light rail a lot, I will investigate getting discounted fares offered by my employer. And my fare is $2.00, not $2.75.

I got the bike on the train okay, and it wasn't too crowded by the doorway, so I stood there, and no one gave me the evil eye. I couldn't quite make my way through the crowd over to the hook where bikes were supposed to be stored. I will try tomorrow.

Got off the train after about eleven minutes and biked to work and locked up. Very simple. The whole thing was about a half hour, start to finish, and might have been even quicker except that my fumbling with the fare machine caused me to miss a train. I got to listen to my radio on the train, which made me happy.

Then after work, when I wasn't so time-crunched, I biked all the way home, five miles in all.

I need to get a second mirror for the other side of my helmet. And rain gear. Also, mental note: always stock Kleenex.

Edited by: BLUESOX4113 at: 3/16/2007 (07:14)
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