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    Need Help Commuting to Work?

    If you are thinking about commuting to work and need some help or advice, please let me know. It truly is confusing when it comes down to commuting, equipment, etc and I have been going through it all so if anyone is on the fence, please let me know. Would love to help out.

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    What are the best excuses to use when you show up late again because you took the long way?

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    Bike jam. lolololo!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Askel View Post
    What are the best excuses to use when you show up late again because you took the long way?

    "my GPS lost signal and i couldn't find my way "
    Tact is for people who arenít witty enough to use sarcasm.

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    id say no excuses just leave ealier for work.

    when ive got an appointment across on the other side of the city i calculate how long it should take me to get there add 15 minutes for emergency (get a flat tire or whatever) then add 30-60 min so i can enjoy riding where i want in the general dirrection of where im going.

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    The first time or two might have a hiccup. I might suggest to load the bike in the car and ride home at the end of the day and back in the next morning. You know how much time it will take and usually riding in the am is a little faster/easier. You just have to do without your car for one evening. Your next day clothes can be in the car waiting for you. Some work places are very punctual, others can support a little lattitude flexibility. If you ask them for flexibility on commute days what is the worst they can say? "no"
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    Oh, from your thread title, I thought YOU needed help bike-commuting to work and my first thought was "no way am I peddling that guy's bike for him"

    But now I understand.

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    you pedal, I will smile!

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    This Sunday, (my Monday) I am going to ride my bike into work! I am going to leave my gear in my locker at work so I don't have to ride with a 30 pound back pack, and am going to buy my lunch that day. I am excited almost to the point of being giddy!

    Chef, you have inspired me! Thank you so much! How bout that ride?
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    going to feel weird walking out of work with out my gear bag... but I am sure I will really enjoy it, just have to figure out how to bring my breakfast and lunch into work, and then into my office fridge.
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    I rode 2 miles to work today. It was almost all dowhill with a tailwind. Might use a bike/train/bike combo to get to our Jersey office tomorrow, but may bag in the event of rain. But then again, maybe I won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rec3036 View Post
    going to feel weird walking out of work with out my gear bag... but I am sure I will really enjoy it, just have to figure out how to bring my breakfast and lunch into work, and then into my office fridge.
    you can fit a lot in a large underseat bag.....I have one (bought years ago) that I could roll up pants and shirt.... certainly you can find bags big enough for a sandwich...unless your name is Dagwood

    another option is a seatpost mount rack
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    rec: I am riding on Saturday in Delaware if you want to ride with me. PM me.

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    a lot of my older posts in my profile will address your questions and go to the library, lots of bike clubs have people and programs to help as well
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    I guess this was a half @ssed attempt to make a serious thread!

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    Well it was serious enough to help me to get over my wimpiness and actually ride into work. While it wasn't Sunday as originally planned, (I set my alarm for the proper time to get up, but forgot about the time change) so I ended up having to drive. But this morning I did it, feel great wide awake, and can't wait to get out of work and ride home.

    a huge thank you Chef!
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    anytime rec. If you need any more help with commuting, let me know. I have learned the hard way many times.

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    I am wanting to ride to work but I work strange hours. I start work at 10:15 and get off anywhere from 20:30-00:00. The commute would be around 12 miles each way. My only real reservation is the ride home. Most of the miles will be on roads with very little to no light other than the moon and stars. What headlights and tail lights do people use? I've looked at Dinotte lights but they cost a fortune! Any suggestions on good bright lights that will enable crazy four wheelers to see me?

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    I'm 35+ lbs overweight, 47 years old, and have a long running aversion to the discomforts of exercise, namely breathing hard and lungs hurting. Work is 10 miles one way with a lot of traffic most of the way no matter which route I take with two pretty tall bridges. I figure I could make it in an hour or so in my current physical condition.
    I have a strong desire to ride it, but evidently not strong enough to overcome the psychological barriers I've erected. It's really depressing me lately.
    I'm open to advice other than "just do it".
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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    My advice as I had the same mental reservations about riding to work, I actually rode to work on a day that I did not have to be there just to see how long it would take and I did it at the time I normally would be going to see what the traffic is like. Doing that and all of the support from the guys who are veterans of commuting, and the drive to want to do it, will get you through it.

    take the plunge, I did and feel great about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjmillig View Post
    I'm 35+ lbs overweight, 47 years old, and have a long running aversion to the discomforts of exercise, namely breathing hard and lungs hurting. Work is 10 miles one way with a lot of traffic most of the way no matter which route I take with two pretty tall bridges. I figure I could make it in an hour or so in my current physical condition.
    I have a strong desire to ride it, but evidently not strong enough to overcome the psychological barriers I've erected. It's really depressing me lately.
    I'm open to advice other than "just do it".
    One way to start is to drive in with your bike and ride home. Next morning ride in and drive home. Repeat until you are ready to go both ways. Do this on a friday.

    also as noted ride the route(s) on a weekend to get a feel for time and route

    10 miles in an hour, assuming a number of stops is around a 12 - 13 mph speed when riding.

    google maps has a bike option for directionsn that may help .

    just noted you location.....so not sure if drive is correct
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    Quote Originally Posted by KCnoobie View Post
    I am wanting to ride to work but I work strange hours. I start work at 10:15 and get off anywhere from 20:30-00:00. The commute would be around 12 miles each way. My only real reservation is the ride home. Most of the miles will be on roads with very little to no light other than the moon and stars. What headlights and tail lights do people use? I've looked at Dinotte lights but they cost a fortune! Any suggestions on good bright lights that will enable crazy four wheelers to see me?
    I pmed you so email me back and I will email you some stuff. Trust me, you will love the commute in the dark. So peaceful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjmillig View Post
    I'm 35+ lbs overweight, 47 years old, and have a long running aversion to the discomforts of exercise, namely breathing hard and lungs hurting. Work is 10 miles one way with a lot of traffic most of the way no matter which route I take with two pretty tall bridges. I figure I could make it in an hour or so in my current physical condition.
    I have a strong desire to ride it, but evidently not strong enough to overcome the psychological barriers I've erected. It's really depressing me lately.
    I'm open to advice other than "just do it".
    KJ: I had the same thoughts before I started commuting. I made up all the excuses in the WORLD not to ride but at the end of the day I was fat. I hated going to the gym. I hated wasting the time but riding to and from work has been perfect.

    No lie, the first couple of times will suck but it gets better. you get faster, stronger, wiser in riding and, if you eat right, you lose weight! I am living proof of that point when it comes to weight/eating right and commuting. I have lost 36 plus pounds since I started commuting in Jan. Plus no time needed in the gym. I get two "workouts" by riding. I love it.

    You CAN do it. On a sunday (if you work mon-fri), ride to work and back. You can do it. Its the first couple of times that will be tough but trust me, coming from a 365 pound guy who started riding, you CAN DO THIS.

    Drop me an email and I can help you further. clydesdalecyclist@gmail.com

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    Rolled into the office at 10:30 this morning.

    It was one of the first absolutely beautiful days of not-quite-spring.

    I had two excuses on hand.

    First, that I detoured to take an extra long ride in this morning. I use this excuse a lot. Everybody understands.

    Second, that the clock on my bike computer is still on standard time, and I didn't realize it was an hour later.

    In the end, I used both. Not that it really matters - I work in an office with flex scheduling, and my boss is totally cool with me working a modified schedule based on weird things like temperature, precipitation, time of sunset, traffic patterns, and my desire to just 'get out and ride, man'.


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