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    Test Ride to Work........

    Today was the day. I was nervous.... about so much. I was nervous that I was riding in a not so nice area and was nervous that I would know how to get back. I was a nervous wreck.

    So I drove to my work in Camden and was ready at 11 am in front to meet Stan from my LBS. He is a mechanic and a great guy. We met up and started off. The ride was a little fast but I kept up. He is an expert at riding with traffic and is fast. For example, he would draft of vehicals going down hill. His bike handling abilities are amazing. But he has been doing this all his life and never owned a car so it makes since.

    The route: I cant believe it..... it is so safe. We are not in Camden that long and in a safe area of it. We ride a little in Camden, hop on a bike path by the water, get off, ride down Park Av along with Cooper River and then hop on another bike path and then hit some back streets. To the bike shop was 10.75 miles. I was tired when I got to the bike shop... head wind and the speed was tough and the nervousness set in that I would have to find my own way back but luckily, Stan wrote down the directions back.

    Off I went.... found my way back too! It was a great ride to and from and I will be doing more of that soon.

    Got back to the truck, loaded stuff up and headed to the hoagie shop to buy Stan lunch and bring it to him at the bike hsop. I must say.... exceptional customer service. I mean what other mechanix would meet you somewhere, plan a route, show you the route on the bike and support you. Wow.

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    How does one draft off a car on a downhill? Or did you mean draft on an uphill?

    BTW, as a back up is your route near public transit?

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    So is your LBS near your home and you are considering starting to bike to work?

    Chef, you have a knack for finding all sorts of cool people to ride with. Good on you!
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    neil: a car was going down hill fast and he was right up against the car picking up 30 plus miles an hour while I was at 20 miles an hour. I wouldnt recommend doing it. Dangerous to me but he seems to know what he is doing.

    I havent checked out public transportation yet. I need to. On Park Av I think there would be a lot of stops for PT but I am not sure. I will check this out. Good point Neil.

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    My LBS is 5 minutes away from my house. Stan lives in Philly so he rode over to my work in Camdan and we rode to the shop and I rode back to work. I do plan to do some riding to work, yes. Kinda silly... I like 11 miles away from work and drive in. Takes me so long to get home by car plus gas is going up so I would love to get some riding in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    neil: a car was going down hill fast and he was right up against the car picking up 30 plus miles an hour while I was at 20 miles an hour. I wouldnt recommend doing it. Dangerous to me but he seems to know what he is doing.

    I havent checked out public transportation yet. I need to. On Park Av I think there would be a lot of stops for PT but I am not sure. I will check this out. Good point Neil.
    Motorpacing comes with risks. Leave it to other cyclists. I've seen cyclist draft farm equipment in southern Delaware, but that's to get around them and enjoy the fact the combines and tractors block cars. (Cue the Craig Morgan song "International Harvester.")

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    Enjoy your new commute Issac

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    neil: a car was going down hill fast and he was right up against the car picking up 30 plus miles an hour while I was at 20 miles an hour. I wouldnt recommend doing it. Dangerous to me but he seems to know what he is doing.

    I havent checked out public transportation yet. I need to. On Park Av I think there would be a lot of stops for PT but I am not sure. I will check this out. Good point Neil.
    Even if there are bus stops on your route, call the bus company and find out if the bus's are equipped with bike racks. Here in Buffalo only 1/10th of the bus's have them and bikes aren't allowed in the ones that don't, so it's a crap shoot and I absolutely cannot rely on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    The route: I cant believe it..... it is so safe.
    This is generally what I found too. It's so easy to be afraid of an area when you don't know much about it, but when you cycle through it, everything feels safer than you imagined it to be.

    Awesome ride. Have fun commuting!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    Even if there are bus stops on your route, call the bus company and find out if the bus's are equipped with bike racks. Here in Buffalo only 1/10th of the bus's have them and bikes aren't allowed in the ones that don't, so it's a crap shoot and I absolutely cannot rely on them.
    I should have been more specific. The Traveling Chef lives and works near the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) light rail line, which allows bikes on board. Only difficulty would be if the trains were full (bikes yield to other riders) and, depending on the station, he might have to lift his bike over the turnstile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    For example, he would draft of vehicals going down hill.
    I was talking to a mechanic at my LBS last week, he was telling me about how he was drafting a car, going 35, on a flat, on his fixie. I figured he was maybe slightly exaggerating things a bit. Apparently the bike braked really fast, however, and since he was on a fixie, couldn't brake as fast, so he veered into the shoulder and hit a pothole and got a pinch flat.

    Some things I would never do. This is among them.

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    Camden scares me, and I only go there for concerts.

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    That is awesome, what a great person and congrats on the new commute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    I should have been more specific. The Traveling Chef lives and works near the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) light rail line, which allows bikes on board. Only difficulty would be if the trains were full (bikes yield to other riders) and, depending on the station, he might have to lift his bike over the turnstile.
    What is this mystical "light rail" you speak of? I have never heard of such a magnificent thing...

    *grumble*

    Wish my city had better public transport. :\

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