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08-17-05, 11:27 PM
After visiting this forum for about 2 weeks now, I have decided to plan a commute to my work. I have actually never thought about riding to work. I mostly just do XC riding, but I think I might give it a shot. Here are my only issues. I have seen maybe one person biking in the rout that I take to work in the past year, and for good reason... itís dangerous. The traffic in Indianapolis isn't too bad, but cars have no regard to cyclist, and there are many intersections and interstate on ramps/off ramps as well. There are approximately 12 stop lights in a 5 mile span on the way I travel. There is another way that I can go, that would eliminate about 5 of these, and wouldnít put me out of the way too much. It takes me 15 minutes to travel 5 miles by car, on a light traffic day. I think I could make it to work in about 30 by bike. Also I would need a good place to lock it up so no one will mess with it (Iíve had my truck broke into once already, wouldn't want a bike to get stolen as well) so what tips do you daily commuters have on traveling in high traffic, and securing your bike. Any ideas would be helpful.
There's a commuter specific forum (http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=20) that would probably be more helpful. But a few tips.
It's going to be up to you to decide wether or not the route is too dangerous for a commute. My mentality is that if there's an alternate way, even if it adds some miles, use it. There is going to be a line where the additional miles becomes too problematic compared to the additional safety you aquire, so it may take some time to find the perfect route. As far as bike safety is concerned, you can never fully protect your bike so commute with a bike that you can stand (or afford) to lose. There was a thread about this guy that had is bike stolen in the commuters forum that I found interesting: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=129632. Good luck, and I hope it works out for you.
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