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Old 12-05-12, 04:17 AM   #1
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Today= 1 year anniversary

Today marks my 1 year anniversary that I started commuting.

I wrote about it and added some pictures. If you find yourself board and want to read about it, click here

Riding my bicycle and commuting has been one of the best things that has happened to me hands down!
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Old 12-05-12, 06:48 AM   #2
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Nicely done, and a nice write up. You deserve to sit down and put your feet up!

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Good job, and especially starting in the winter.
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Way to go...nicer little artical on the linked site. Keep spinning.
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Way to go, dude. What you've done over the last year has really made me committed to stepping up my game and taking it back up a notch. I've gotten kind of complacent over the past year or so and was just sitting in a holding pattern. Seeing you up your game has made me realize it. Good on ya, Chef.
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Congrats, Great achievement!
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Very nice article. Congratulations on the anniversary.
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I remember reading the posts....it was motivating. Good job and keep it up!!
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Today marks my 1 year anniversary that I started commuting.
Awesome, Congrats! I really like your list of what you learned.
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Nicely done! I'm halfway there
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Awesome! Do you ever ride over in Philly along the schuylkill river trail lots of cool places to ride . I wish I could commute to work by bike but Its an hour and ten minute drive. I ride a lot every chance I get. keep it up, and have fun.
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yeah, I am jealous too. I start work before 6 am so that means most of my mornings would be in the total dark. I just dont want to be a dark spot on a dark road.
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Congrats. Reckon I need to make you some jerky now eh?
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It really is a nice way to free your mind. With that said, I cannot say that I miss my old commute from Philly to NJ and back. I would get up between 4:30 and 5, depending on the time of year. First part involved 2 mile ride to the station for a 22 min. train ride. From there it was about 7 miles to the office.

I was forced to ride on some busy roads. The morning was not bad, but getting back could have its perils. That was the cause for the very early start. I got to work very early so I could start changing for the afternoon ride back to the train by 3:30 p.m., before the heaviest of the traffic. I usually did this Tues-Thurs. and worked in town Mon. and Friday. Because I got up so early, I didn't do much in the evenings. A lot of mornngs I would have that "Time to make the donuts" feeling.

But as you note, it was like gym time. By trying to ride hard I would get in a good workout. And my route home from the train took me through Chinatown. During the winter I would sometimes stop for good, cheap, takeout soup at a Malaysian place. I would also ride past the Reading Terminal Market, a huge, indoor farmers market type place.

Now, aside from getting to ride part of the way with my sweetie in the morning, my commute is so short it's almost not worth it unless I am going somewhere on the bike after work.
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Thank you all so much. You all of inspired me from day one and never let up. Thank you!
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Way to go, dude. What you've done over the last year has really made me committed to stepping up my game and taking it back up a notch. I've gotten kind of complacent over the past year or so and was just sitting in a holding pattern. Seeing you up your game has made me realize it. Good on ya, Chef.
You have inspired me more then you know. Wish we could have hung out more but now I just need to tour and ride to Florida!
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Awesome! Do you ever ride over in Philly along the schuylkill river trail lots of cool places to ride . I wish I could commute to work by bike but Its an hour and ten minute drive. I ride a lot every chance I get. keep it up, and have fun.
Funny you ask.... I started riding on the SRT. Love it and love to ride it in different seasons.

Let me challenge you.... You can ride to work. Just drive to a certain point, park, and ride. Ride back to your car and then go home at the end of the day. A lot of folks do that now where I work and enjoy the peace of riding. Try it!
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Good job, and especially starting in the winter.
It was actually easier to start in the winter. Last winter, it was cold but no snow. The cold made it easier for me to get used to riding and what it required. Riding in the summer has been heat he11. Not my favorite time to ride.
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yeah, I am jealous too. I start work before 6 am so that means most of my mornings would be in the total dark. I just dont want to be a dark spot on a dark road.
Vest: You can ride in the dark. All it takes is some great lights, a reflective vest and its done. I enjoy spoke tape too. Take a look here.

You will love riding in the dark especially in the morning. It is the most peaceful riding experience. I challenge you to try it once. Just once and let me know how it goes.
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Congrats. Reckon I need to make you some jerky now eh?
Slip it in the mail and I will send you a little something something.
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It really is a nice way to free your mind. With that said, I cannot say that I miss my old commute from Philly to NJ and back. I would get up between 4:30 and 5, depending on the time of year. First part involved 2 mile ride to the station for a 22 min. train ride. From there it was about 7 miles to the office.

I was forced to ride on some busy roads. The morning was not bad, but getting back could have its perils. That was the cause for the very early start. I got to work very early so I could start changing for the afternoon ride back to the train by 3:30 p.m., before the heaviest of the traffic. I usually did this Tues-Thurs. and worked in town Mon. and Friday. Because I got up so early, I didn't do much in the evenings. A lot of mornngs I would have that "Time to make the donuts" feeling.

But as you note, it was like gym time. By trying to ride hard I would get in a good workout. And my route home from the train took me through Chinatown. During the winter I would sometimes stop for good, cheap, takeout soup at a Malaysian place. I would also ride past the Reading Terminal Market, a huge, indoor farmers market type place.

Now, aside from getting to ride part of the way with my sweetie in the morning, my commute is so short it's almost not worth it unless I am going somewhere on the bike after work.
I enjoy riding into Philly but do not do it everyday. Getting the bike up and down the stairs of the BF bridge is a real drag.
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