Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-08-05, 08:13 AM   #1
jack of one or two trades
Thread Starter
Aeroplane's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Suburbia, CT
Bikes: Old-ass gearie hardtail MTB, fix-converted Centurion LeMans commuter, SS hardtail monster MTB
Posts: 5,637
Finally, saw another commuter

I've been commuting for a couple months now, and have never seen somebody else on a bike. Lonely, lonely rides, with only the slow cars to keep me company. Not the most fun.

Yesterday, on the way home from work, I finally saw another person. He was coming from downtown Hartford, and got out late. Hence why I'd never seen him before. Rode a Cannondale CX bike with a flat-bar setup, and a backpack.

We rode together for a few miles, and discussed biking and stuff. I found out that he managed to go all winter without driving last year. Learned about using knobbies, and other fun stuff. Also managed to keep myself at a much more relaxed pace. Found out we both rode similar stuff offroad too.

I might see him again, and might not. But it was nice to know that there was somebody else who is actually doing this, and has done it successfully. In real life, not just you imaginary internet people. I hope you all get that kind of a ride some day.
Aeroplane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 10:01 AM   #2
Senior Member
swwhite's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Minneapolis MN USA
Bikes: Trek 4300
Posts: 846
I once was approaching work in a suburb of Minneapolis MN when some guy, 70-ish, overtook me. He slowed down a bit, chatted, "you must be riding to work, I'm retired but I used to ride to work every day," etc. Then he said, "well, I'm off to St. Paul (some 10 to 20 miles away)," turned a corner, and away he went.
swwhite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 10:41 AM   #3
Dude On Bike
Hickabod's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Spartanburg, SC
Bikes: Raliegh C40 Hybrid Bike. Cannondale R900 Triple. Schwinn World - Fixie Conversion
Posts: 216
This week was the first time I encountered another commuter as well. He was huffing along on a BMX bike. I made some comment like "It's the best way to travel don't you think?" and he replied "Maybe on your bike!". Still it was a fun exchange and we both rode on with smiles.
Hickabod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 11:06 AM   #4
it's my road too, dangit
sydney_b's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: nebraska
Bikes: early 90's marin, 1969 schwinn collegiate, waterford, bridgestone rb1
Posts: 216
Also, you never know who you might inspire. Those slow cars might have drivers who observe you every day. Give a few waves and maybe one day a driver or two will opt for a bike.
sydney_b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 11:13 AM   #5
On your what?!?
Zin's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Lakewood, CO
Posts: 2,317
People on bikes have been coming out of the wood-work around here. I commute into town and have seen 2 other guys doing the same. One on a FS MTB (Rockhopper, I think) and another on a x-mart. Both wearing back packs. In town, bikes are now everywhere. I still stand out riding a full blown light tourer with panniers. Only seen a couple of guys in town with rack & panniers.

The more interesting question in my mind will be how many of these guys I'll see when the temperature drops below freezing? Winter commuting is awesome.
Former 340# Type 2 Diabetic.
My web site.
Proud member of Colorado's Best Cycling Club - Club Hypoxia
Zin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 11:23 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 1,169
I see at least 5 other bike commuters every day. We're pretty common around here.
notfred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 07:20 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 62
i see bikers everyday... but they're usually not going my way... or i see them as my ride ends... i take a lonely path... i'm sure that'll change as probability should kick in sooner or later...
deedummy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 09:44 PM   #8
Senior Member
ollo_ollo's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Near Sublimity Orygun
Bikes: Still have a few left!
Posts: 3,509
I see some regular commuters every day, many more this Summer than last Winter. There is a lot of road work going on near my workplace & I got acquainted with the flaggers, now the girls stop traffic for me, make the whole line of cars wait while I ride alone down the 1/2 mile or so of construction. One of them said she's riding on weekends now.
ollo_ollo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 10:01 PM   #9
Burnt Orange Blood
Longhorn's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Bikes: Trek 7200, Lashout Electric Bike, Raleigh Talon
Posts: 825
I've never seen another commuter but part of my route is a mapped route of the Austin Cycling Association so I sometimes see folks out for a "joy ride."

Today, however, one of the students in the tutoring lab at community college overheard me talking about riding a bike. He lives in the neighborhood behind my campus and did not know that there's a safe and short way for him to ride to school rather than get out on the horrendous highway. So I drew him a map and he was very excited. He's a "nontraditional" student (meaning "old" ) and his wife needs the car on Saturdays when he has a class. So we will now have a new commuter!
Longhorn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-05, 10:12 PM   #10
Fritz M
richardmasoner's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: California
Bikes: Trek, Spesh, GT, Centurion
Posts: 959
I see probably a dozen or so other bike commuters on my 5.5 mile commute every day. There seem to be a few more this summer than I've seen before. At my work, I'm the only one who commutes by bike every day, but there are four others among 40 (including my boss) who occasionally bike in.
richardmasoner is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:52 PM.