Beauty of living in a small town is the ability to commute to work in 10 minutes! I actually either walked or rode into work all of last year. Because I have to shuttle my kids from the bus stop to home this year I can't really commute but I have been riding my bike back to work after bringing them home.
Congratulations, that's awesome! One of my commuting options is about 15 miles one way. I have yet to do it. I tried part of it one weekend. One day I'll get the whole way. I plan on doing the whole shebang for National Bike to Work Day. Keep it up!
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Commuting can be very rewarding. I did it for about 2 years. But now work is about 40 miles away. So commuting is a little difficult. However I plan to try to commute a couple of times in May for training rides. Just to work and then get a ride home.
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I plan on riding to work. I wanted to yesterday but it was giving rain. As it happened I could have gone there are back and been dry. My commute will not be very long at all maybe 5 or 6 miles one way. I don’t mind running in the rain, but riding in the rain on a work day is not quite the same. I to have to make sure I wear gloves the next time out. It unseasonably cool here still.
I don't work every day and I see this as a great cross training opportunity.
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My commute is about 16.5 miles round trip. The bags you mentioned are called Panniers (pronounced pan-yay). I would suggest getting water proof ones in case you get caught in a rain storm. Its nice to have dry clothes and not worry about electronic items such as cell phones. I bought a set from REI for about $100 and have been very happy with them for over a year now.
I also have a backpack which I use for cooler weather. In the spring and summer, it gets too hot with a backpack on your back. Panniers allow the air to get to your back and are much more comfortable, IMO.
Yes, I feel fortunate to have the bike paths. I live in Portland, OR and they're adding to the 40 mile Springwater Corridor all the time. Maybe a backpack would be better to pack my work stuff in, does anybody have an opinion as to whether the bike bags would be any better or worse? Thanks!
Way to go Kristin! You da bomb!! Having bike paths really makes it nice, too bad more cities don't have more bike paths. I live in Bakersfield CA. We have a beautiful bike path (about 25 miles) along the Kern River. It's not well situated for commuting, but is great for riding. Keep it up, 16 miles a day is good for the ol' bod, not to mention fun
congratulations on the ride accomplished! Have you tried a back pack for your clothes...if you do, word from the wise...don't go with black! I wish I had a smaller commute to work so I could ride...I do 37 miles on highway one way every day!
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Today was my first time commuting to work on my bicycle. It was fun and exhilirating and I can't wait for the trip home! My trip consists of mostly bike paths and is 7.75 miles one way. I discovered that I need to wear gloves tomorrow because my hands were cold and I need to get bags that hook onto my bike because carrying the messenger bag with clothes and my lunch, etc., was just too much!
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