Commuting - Article on Commuting in Boston Globe/.com
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07-22-08, 01:10 PM
Found this article on bike commuting on boston.com, which is the internet branch of the Boston Globe. Nothing really surprising, but I liked the fact that it was object based, and not much into the arm twisting or fear mongering that other articles, pro and con, have been about.
07-22-08, 01:25 PM
Hmmm, that IS surprisingly balanced.
lil brown bat
07-22-08, 01:50 PM
Yeah, not too bad, I thought he was off on a few points though.
07-22-08, 02:50 PM
I like the article, positive energy. I don't know about the advice for a test ride on the weekend. My route is much worse/less predictable on weekends than during am/pm rush hours, maybe that's unusual.
lil brown bat
07-22-08, 03:24 PM
Yeah, what I disagreed with was:
- "If you want to dude up like Lance Armstrong coming over the Col du Tourmalet, feel free, but you'll get funny looks." No you won't. Boston commuters do not give a rat's ass what other people are wearing.
- "Shoes with pedal clips are problematic for riding in cities, where you often have to stop in a hurry; I wear sneaks and go clipless." Boy needs to learn his terminology.
- "Hit the bikepaths where possible" -- what "bikepaths"? They're MUPs, and they're all heavily used by non-cyclists, and really not the way to go.
- "The shower question tends to be a deal-breaker; if you can't clean up, you can't commute." Right, but "clean up" != "shower".
07-22-08, 03:37 PM
I thought that was, by and large, pretty decent advice for bike commuting in Boston.
I disagree about the *need* for a shower. A change of clothes and some freshening up in the bathroom is usually sufficient (and I am really sweaty by the time I get to work). That isn't to say I wouldn't love to have a shower at work though.
07-22-08, 03:46 PM
Good article.. clipless with sneaks? haha
Yeah, I hear you about the shower business. I don't know how you do it, but merely freshening up in the bathroom doesn't cut it for me. I tried it once and I couldn't stand the smell of myself, not to mention the unclean feeling in the nether regions. I must have some hyperactive bacteria or something... :) Luckily I work at a university so I am able to use the showers at the gym for a few bucks a month...
lil brown bat
07-22-08, 03:52 PM
Yeah, I hear you about the shower business. I don't know how you do it, but merely freshening up in the bathroom doesn't cut it for me.
I won't argue with you about that, but how do you feel when you take the subway to work? I'm not any sweatier after riding in than I am after being packed into a sardine can, excuse me, the Green Line, and you don't see all the T people freaking out because they don't have a shower at work.
one thing on the MUP's...on hours when you're commuting there's not going to be that many "other" people. on the MUP i take for a mile or so, there's maybe...3 runners AT MOST, and a couple cyclists. how many mothers with 3 kids are going to be out at 7:30 or 8:30 in the morning? but that's just my case, and not yours. don't use them if you don't want to.
a full lycra kit looks funny if you're just biking to work. period. you're not racing, you don't need to wear lycra. but go right ahead. i just saw a guy w/ a TT helmet, backpack, and flat bar bike. that got some looks.
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