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7/8/14 12:00 P

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How different is your work attire from "normal" clothes? I wear suits at work, so I bring them in on a day when I'm driving. I assume you're a transit commuter, so you'd be carrying them in a garment bag on a non-bike-commute day. I hear people talk about riding in street clothes for a relatively short commute. I can't, but that may be an option for you.

Do you have to take your laptop home?

I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag. Prior to wearing suits for a living, I wore a uniform. I'd commute with the uniform in my messenger bag. If you don't have a rack on the rear of your bike, a real messenger bag is the way to go. It keeps the weight at the small of your back, which doesn't throw off your riding posture too much (as opposed to a backpack).

Can you store lunches at work? I keep an emergency stash of soups & whatnot in my desk. We have a hospital next door that makes tasty and nutritious food for cheap, but I prefer to bring my own. I'm fortunate to be able to store three or four days worth of lunches in our office's fridge and know that they'll be there when I'm hungry.

Edited by: HILLSLUG98239 at: 7/8/2014 (12:00)
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7/8/14 10:33 A

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I too am hoping to do some bike commuting. I think the bike part of my commute is only 5 miles - so that is not the issue. For me it is how do I carry my work clothes, my lunch, and my briefcase (i.e. laptop and IPad) to the office. So not only do I have to carry it on my bike, but then I have to lug everything onto a train, then to the metro, change trains again and then a 10 minute walk to the office - so I need it to be easy to carry. Any suggestions?

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7/7/14 2:46 P

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Yes for the lighter bike!!! The older I get, the more important quality equipment becomes. I can keep up with women half my age (my 27 yo daughter in law is one of my work-out partners) but ONLY because I have a fantastic bike! :) :) My training took off in light years once I got a good bike. Distance almost immediately doubled.

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7/7/14 2:35 P

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Buying a lighter bike, lol! Seriously though, I haven't much thought about it. I did tell my sister that I would let her dress me up for the Ditka dash this fall if she participated with me. Its only 5k, but the course starts at Soldier Field and runs down the lake side and back. I may not be up to jogging by then, but I know I can walk a 5k if nothing else!

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Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

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The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
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7/7/14 1:30 P

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Congratulations!!! I think setting manageable short-term goals are so important! Once you've got this one down, what will be next...??? :) :) :)

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7/7/14 1:06 P

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Keep at it. In no time you will be looking back and see how far you went.

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7/7/14 8:48 A

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I don't plan on stopping at once, my goal is at LEAST once...I have a bad track record with goals, some giant event always seems to happen in my life and they get pushed back and back and I don't accomplish many of them, or they get lowered and lowered until they disappear.

So, I've started setting tiny goals for now.
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Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.

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And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
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7/7/14 12:37 A

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Well done!

But why stop at just once before autumn?

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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7/7/14 12:25 A

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That's wonderful! I'm proud of you, too!

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.

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7/6/14 11:15 P

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Awesome goal to work toward!

I just love it when I bike to work, which is far more seldom this year due to stuff happening after work till it gets dark.

Don

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7/6/14 11:11 P

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My goal is to be able to bike to work, (about 8.5 miles), work my shift and bike home at least once before autumn....yesterday, I biked all the way home! The route I took was 8.5 miles and it took me an hour and 15 minutes.
I was so proud on myself when I made it!

Tracy, Illinois, CST

Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
~The Dalai Lama


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