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Old 08-07-07, 07:38 AM   #1
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Back to the commute!

I took four days off the bike to allow my muscles and sore left knee to recover from the 122 miles of commuting I did last week. Now that I have my car back, I'll bike commute 2-3 days a week. Wish me luck. My coworkers - many of them obese - think I'm insane for riding in 95 degree temperatures. So be it.
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I'm doing once a week. I mostly need get used to getting home later and getting up earlier - 5am instead of 6, getting home at 6 instead of 4:30. I tend to schedule too much stuff after work.
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I'm doing once a week. I mostly need get used to getting home later and getting up earlier - 5am instead of 6, getting home at 6 instead of 4:30. I tend to schedule too much stuff after work.
That's generally my problem. Well, not really. If I go straight home, and go hard I can get home as fast or faster than in the vehicle. But I generally enjoy going the "long long why am I going this way?" way home instead, and that generally puts me home at 6pm. Kind of sucks because the kids go to bed at 8pm, but that's allright. Same with the mornings, I like to leave at 7:30 instead of 7:50 when biking so I can get a nice distance in before work.

Anyway, bravo Neil! You might try doing the whole multi-mode commute, which I know several who do. That is, drive the car with the bike on the back, then ride home. Ride back, drive home. Etc etc. Logistically if you only have one vehicle it may become a pain, but an idea.

I know that a 20 mile commute would be.. crazy.. for me. Are you lucky enough to have shower facilities there?
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Anyway, bravo Neil! You might try doing the whole multi-mode commute, which I know several who do. That is, drive the car with the bike on the back, then ride home. Ride back, drive home. Etc etc. Logistically if you only have one vehicle it may become a pain, but an idea.

I know that a 20 mile commute would be.. crazy.. for me. Are you lucky enough to have shower facilities there?
I've done the entire commute home a few times, haven't been brave enought to do the whole thing in the morning. So far my wife has dropped me off part of the way and I've biked the rest.

We do have showers here, I'm very lucky. (I work QA for a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.)
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I took four days off the bike to allow my muscles and sore left knee to recover from the 122 miles of commuting I did last week. Now that I have my car back, I'll bike commute 2-3 days a week. Wish me luck. My coworkers - many of them obese - think I'm insane for riding in 95 degree temperatures. So be it.
so I've been adding mileage on my ride to work in the mornings so that's 22+, the ride home is 15, but I've only been doing it 4 days a week, that way I save all my errands for that one day of the week I have my car. Glad to hear you are back on the commute, it's a wonderful thing .
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I've done the entire commute home a few times, haven't been brave enought to do the whole thing in the morning. So far my wife has dropped me off part of the way and I've biked the rest.

We do have showers here, I'm very lucky. (I work QA for a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.)
I think he meant me. :-)
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Anyway, bravo Neil! You might try doing the whole multi-mode commute, which I know several who do. That is, drive the car with the bike on the back, then ride home. Ride back, drive home. Etc etc. Logistically if you only have one vehicle it may become a pain, but an idea.

I know that a 20 mile commute would be.. crazy.. for me. Are you lucky enough to have shower facilities there?
Assuming I am worth a bravo.....

There's nowhere I feel it's safe to leave the Neilmobile parked unattended for 9-10 hours, aside from my driveway. The local public transit agency, SEPTA, doesn't have bus service near me, and anyway it's not running on my work schedule. So it's either car or bike.

There are no showers at my office, so I do the baby-wipes routine. The nearest gym is two miles further, but there's 400 feet of elevation both ways and a busy road without a shoulder.
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I took four days off the bike to allow my muscles and sore left knee to recover from the 122 miles of commuting I did last week. Now that I have my car back, I'll bike commute 2-3 days a week. Wish me luck. My coworkers - many of them obese - think I'm insane for riding in 95 degree temperatures. So be it.
Here's the route back at night. My friend Steve Scheetz, an ultracyclist and former clyde, recommended it to reduce the amount of climbing I need to do at the end of the day.

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/63371

767 feet of climbing in 17 some miles. No wonder I can't ride this every day.
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