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Old 07-25-09, 02:31 PM   #1
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Question: Where did TechKnowGN Go???

Answer: BOSTON, MA!!!

That's right folks, we have arrived in Boston. Ok, technically, we got here Tuesday, but I refused to post until I had put two wheels on the ground and butt on seat, and hit the road!!

We've been packing, driving, unloading and unpacking across the past 6 days, leaving Columbus, OH on Sunday night. A night in Northeast Ohio, a night in Eastern PA, and we arrived on Wednesday. We live on the campus of Boston University in a decent sized 1 bedroom apartment. We're only half a block from the river, and a 30 minute ride from the Harbor. The area is alive with people (especially before and after Sox games), and lots of cars. But this is easily the most bike friendly place I've ever lived. The bike lanes are all over the place, drivers are generally understanding about the starting and stopping in traffic and other than worrying about being "doored" while in the bike lane, I have very little fear of riding on the roads.

I can't commute to work, because this place has a very strong version of business casual and no showers, so I'm stuck driving for now. But back to that river I mentioned.... There's a very nice bike path on the river that does a loop around the central part of the river. The fiancee and I did part of that ride today, getting most of the way down towards the harbor and going part way around the bend before coming back. 7 miles on the first ride, and we only stopped because my fiancee couldn't hang. I'll do more tomorrow for sure.

Oh, there's an REI within a VERY short distance, and we joined today. Guessing that's a place I'll be picking up a few things, although I'm going to find a bike shop to call home too. The one really nice thing about REI was their discount rack. We found a men's small Pearl Izumi sleeveless bike jersey for $5.81. That's about 90% off, and it fit Rach perfectly. Now we just need to get one for me.
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Old 07-25-09, 03:20 PM   #2
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Answer: BOSTON, MA!!!

That's right folks, we have arrived in Boston. Ok, technically, we got here Tuesday, but I refused to post until I had put two wheels on the ground and butt on seat, and hit the road!!

We've been packing, driving, unloading and unpacking across the past 6 days, leaving Columbus, OH on Sunday night. A night in Northeast Ohio, a night in Eastern PA, and we arrived on Wednesday. We live on the campus of Boston University in a decent sized 1 bedroom apartment. We're only half a block from the river, and a 30 minute ride from the Harbor. The area is alive with people (especially before and after Sox games), and lots of cars. But this is easily the most bike friendly place I've ever lived. The bike lanes are all over the place, drivers are generally understanding about the starting and stopping in traffic and other than worrying about being "doored" while in the bike lane, I have very little fear of riding on the roads.

I can't commute to work, because this place has a very strong version of business casual and no showers, so I'm stuck driving for now. But back to that river I mentioned.... There's a very nice bike path on the river that does a loop around the central part of the river. The fiancee and I did part of that ride today, getting most of the way down towards the harbor and going part way around the bend before coming back. 7 miles on the first ride, and we only stopped because my fiancee couldn't hang. I'll do more tomorrow for sure.

Oh, there's an REI within a VERY short distance, and we joined today. Guessing that's a place I'll be picking up a few things, although I'm going to find a bike shop to call home too. The one really nice thing about REI was their discount rack. We found a men's small Pearl Izumi sleeveless bike jersey for $5.81. That's about 90% off, and it fit Rach perfectly. Now we just need to get one for me.
How distant is your new job? I've ridden 17 miles to work in August and managed to be presentable despite the lack of showers in our building. Here's how you do it:

1. Shower immediately before leaving.
2. Ride at a steady pace, but don't hammer.
3. Arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than your start time. This is for changing, cleaning, and the cooldown.
4. In the bathroom, wet some paper towels carry baby wipes with you.
5. In your changing room, which if you do as I do will be the handicapped stall, spend a couple of minutes cooling down while disrobing. You want to be at room temperature, not hot when you change.
6. Using the wet paper towels or the baby wipes, give yourself a quick sponge bath of the usual odor sites - armpits, chest, groin, neck, behind the ears, etc. Those of us who have significant loose skin should wipe down the 'folds' as well - in my case that's under the gut and the 'moobs' (AKA he-hooters). Dry off and dress.
7. Splash some water on your face, comb your hair, wash your hands, and smile.

Sweat isn't the cause of odor - it's bacteria feeding on dried sweat that causes it. This routine leaves me fresh enough to work in my business professional/casual office without drawing attention to myself.

As for bringing clothes, that's not so hard. A t shirt, sports shirt, slacks, socks, belt, and underwear don't take up that much room in panniers. My shoes are another matter - I leave a pair of size 12.5 loafers at my desk in a drawer, along with a spare bike lock and key in case I forget mine. Also include a spare pair of underwear and socks - I forgot to bring socks once and had to wear my cycling socks all day. For the record, bright yellow and white cycling socks do NOT go with black trousers and black loafers.
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As The Historian noted, commuting is possible. I go through the ritual he mentioned every work day. I arrive a bit over 30 minutes early to give me lots of time to cool down (I sweat like a pig under the best of conditions) and it hasn't been an issue.

Aside from that, Boston has got to be a really cool place to ride. There is so much of our nation's history there and what better way to appreciate it than from atop a bike. We will need pics.
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Historian - That's a great chunk of information, as usual. They are so over the top on appearance that I got a shorter haircut bought all new clothes for work, and am having my work shirt professionally pressed. At some point once I have established myself, I'll talk to them about bike commuting on fridays (our truly business casual day), and try to add on from there. Being from the midwest, appearance at work has never been the issue they seem to make it out here. So, I'm going to tow the line for now. But I expect to get plenty of time on the bike here. We're going out tonight to run to CVS and then to see whatever version of The Beach Boys are doing the free concert at the park.
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Historian - That's a great chunk of information, as usual. They are so over the top on appearance that I got a shorter haircut bought all new clothes for work, and am having my work shirt professionally pressed. At some point once I have established myself, I'll talk to them about bike commuting on fridays (our truly business casual day), and try to add on from there. Being from the midwest, appearance at work has never been the issue they seem to make it out here. So, I'm going to tow the line for now. But I expect to get plenty of time on the bike here. We're going out tonight to run to CVS and then to see whatever version of The Beach Boys are doing the free concert at the park.
As you know, I'm a nag. Why not ask about bike commuting right away? Odds are if it's a large company you aren't the only one interested. Then again, you probably have public transit available since you live near the downtown, so bike commuting might not be a priority.

I'll have to address you as Mister TechKnowGN now that we have been informed you are having your work shirts pressed.
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Answer: BOSTON, MA!!!

That's right folks, we have arrived in Boston. Ok, technically, we got here Tuesday, but I refused to post until I had put two wheels on the ground and butt on seat, and hit the road!!

...The area is alive with people (especially before and after Sox games), and lots of cars. But this is easily the most bike friendly place I've ever lived. The bike lanes are all over the place, drivers are generally understanding about the starting and stopping in traffic and other than worrying about being "doored" while in the bike lane, I have very little fear of riding on the roads.

I can't commute to work, because this place has a very strong version of business casual and no showers, so I'm stuck driving for now. But back to that river I mentioned...
Howdy neighbor and welcome to the Hub (of the Universe). I'm glad you have gotten off to such a good start bicycling and realize what a great place it is to cycle. I especially like to hear that from fellow midwesterners. I have very fond memories of my first explorations and getting lost so many times, and I still continue find new routes, and get lost, after decades here. Where are you working? Not what establishment but where geographically?

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Old 07-25-09, 08:22 PM   #7
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TGN, once you have gotten settled in and acclimated you are going to love the area. You have New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine to explore, as well as Connecticut and Rhode Island. I highly recommend the ski resorts in the off season for weekend getaways and riding. My favorite is the Franconia Inn in the Franconia Notch in New Hampshire.

You will have a full schedule just learning your new city for awhile. There is a lot to see and do. You will have to make your way over to Harris Cyclery, home of the late Sheldon Brown at least once.

You will love New England in the fall, and being from Ohio the winter may not be as much of a shock as it was to this Texas boy.
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yea the fall is nice around here. the fall century rides are real nice especially if the timing is right.
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