WooHoo for you, MOZERI! I wish I had a trail to take on my way to work--sounds beautiful!
Last week I rode again on a 90-degree day. Morning wasn't too bad, but the ride home was pretty darn hot. I feel like the steep hill on the way home is getting harder with time, not easier. I took a slightly different route home last week and I liked it better. The hill was longer but more gradual. I think I'll stick with that route.
This week my plan is to ride on Thursday, the only day of the week it won't be pouring down rain if the weather reports are right.
First time riding to work today. Loved it! My commute is about 7 miles and takes me 35 minutes. I only have to be on a street for 1 mile then take the local bike trail. Fighting off the Geese with their goslings in tow was a little scarier than street traffic. lol
I hate having cold hands, and they're right out there in front catching the wind. A couple years ago my mom gave me this great set of gloves for Christmas. They're GoreTex or something that cuts the wind well, but they have little rubber studs so my fingers can get a good grip on the brakes. Not as easy to manage as naked fingers, but a godsend in chilly weather.
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Fitness Minutes: (145,333) Posts: 9,351 4/23/12 11:42 A
Nope, starting small with one day per week. Three days I teach fitness classes right after work and don't have time to leave work early enough to bike there. This gives me a little leeway to pick which of the 2 days are viable to bike.
Rode in today! It was pretty chilly--felt like low 40s. I was cold the whole time--especially my hands. But it was also refreshing. Nice ride!
Yesterday was my second weekly bike ride to work. The weather was chilly but once I started pedaling I was just warm enough. I really enjoyed the ride to work and home. I've been leaving work early to beat the rush hour/heavy traffic in the evenings, so it all works out pretty well.
Me, too! I always wear my helmet, even biking off street. I had exactly one accident when I wasn't wearing a helmet, and I've also had exactly one concussion, and I don't need to learn that lesson a second time! I have reflective tape on my backpack and on the tights I wear when it's still cold out, and if it's dark I wear a headlamp on my helmet (I like that better than the headlight on the bike, partly 'cause it's lighter and partly because it moves when I turn my head, so it's harder to be mistaken for a motorcycle or car with one light out.) I don't have bike lanes for my ride, but the street designers here do turn the grates the right way and stuff like that, and the drivers here have been tolerant of my taking the lane when I need to. When I lived in Ohio, I got hit deliberately a number of times - people were just so offended that I was on the road!
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Fitness Minutes: (145,333) Posts: 9,351 4/2/12 10:38 A
I don't have bike lanes on my commute, but it's not a super high traffic area. My ride is just over 3 miles and a lot of it is on low-traffic residential streets, and now that it's spring it's perfectly well-lit outside when I go to work. Today was my first day. I have biked the route before, just not consistently. It only took me 14 minutes--about 5 minutes longer than when I drive. So far so good! And yes, I'm being super safe--thanks for your concern.
First I have to a) find a job, and b) get a bike that won't kill me on the dismount. I grew up using a bike with a step through frame, and my current bike only pretends to have one. I'd love to do it though.
Do you wear a helmet, and have you maximized the visibility of your bike for after dark riding?
i have thought about it, but it is about a 25 minute drive. do you have a bike lane on the roads you want to use. cars don't like bike riders and many of them think they don't belong. please be careful
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Fitness Minutes: (145,333) Posts: 9,351 3/26/12 4:40 P
Hi everyone! I've set a spring goal (April through June) to ride my bike to work one time per week, hoping to build the habit. I'm excited and nervous. I've done it before, but riding in the street with traffic makes me very, very nervous. I'm just sharing my goal here to get it out "in public" for accountability. I'll try to check in with this thread every so often to give a progress report. Anyone else doing something similar or want to join me in my goal?
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