I have decided I wanted to try and commute to work as much as I can (at least 4 days a week). I never have rode before except learning how to ride a bike as a kid, the last 10 years I probably only have gone a 500 yards. I just started working out for the first time in my life, primarily running and have dropped over 35 pounds in 9 months. Since then I have been hooked on fitness for the first time ever in my life.
The direct route is 12.5 miles one way, but 14.6 the preferred route (less cars/bike path). I am going to start on 1/2 and will be updating this daily, while still trying to run a ton and do the LA marathon in March.
I will be using this as a blog to record my experiences with it, hoping to get over 6,000 miles for the year, and hoping to not die by careless drivers. Feel free to comment or ask questions if it is only me posting that is fine too. I am hoping this may inspire others like me who never thought of cycling as a mode of transportation to at least go out and try it. Anyone can do it!!!
1. 12/21 - Found my bike
Purchased a Cannondale with some small issues off Craigslist. The tires are bad, the front derailleur doesn't work when shifting, oxidation/surface rust on small pieces, scratches, bad tape, etc. I brought it home, cleaned it up... The bike was originally 3,500 dollars retail, I got it for 500 dollars since it is 11 years old. The good thing about the bike is aluminum frame, carbon fork, and all shimano dura-ace components. Top of the line (11 years ago )
2. 12/22 - First ride - 5.83 (clings and clanks)
The bike needs a tune up, I took it home, bought a pump and some chain oil. Took some of it apart and cleaned and lubed some parts.
3. 12/23 - Second ride - 4.86 miles (seat sucks)
Had to stop because the 11 year old seat seriously hurts. I purchased a new gel seat, it is on the way.
4. 12/24 - Bought a ton of stuff online
5. 12/27 - Helmet, tape, tires, gloves, & cell phone visible holder all arrived (I took some pictures below).
New tires (Continental Gatorskin):
New tape & holder:
I replaced one of the water bottle holders with a portable pump, replaced my old look pedals with some crank brothers, cleaned up the crank/arms, and installed a new seat (highly recommend it for the price) and some lights. Got a quick 5 mile ride on some hills. I can't wait for Monday morning to start commuting.