Thanks BF Peoples!
It only took me 3 weeks of reading this forum to get off my fat butt and start commuting. This morning I did the 6.7 mile Ocean Beach (almost) to the Downtown Financial District of San Francisco commute for the first time. I have worked here almost a year now and in all the time I have been thinking about biking to work (over beer and cheesburgers) I have gained about 35 pounds. I hope to lose a little of that with a 13 Mi round trip commute.
The Newbie threads are really important and I hope people continue to update them.
Ok so ya'all know this is my set up / ride :
Bike: 1962 Legnano Gran Premio frame (Steel is Real) with cheapo Carbon fiber fork. It has been drilled to accomodate down tube shifters and more modern brakes. It has wheels off of a 1000 series or so trek and a bunch of other cobbled together parts (new bb and crank), but it rides very smooth.
Instead of racks etc I just bought a Big Ol' Chrome Messenger Bag. The thing has more than enough space to hold whatever I need. I just have to have the strength to strap that bastard on and take it with. I fit about $60 worht of groceries in the other day and my Av speed on the 2 mile ride home was like 6 mph.
I get to go through almost all of Golden Gate Park and then the Panhandle (another park) and then I wiggle over to market street and its a straight shot to work.
On my commute I take it real easy. It took almost an hour to come 6.7 miles this morning (av spd 11.5 mph but lots of waiting for traffic). I was not really sweaty or winded at all when I got to work which is nice cause there is no shower here.
Thanks for all the info BF commuting forum doods!