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    First San Francisco Commute

    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!
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    Welcome aboard!

    You know where to come for any questions.

    I would say your ride is one of the more unique ones as of late. Much better than riding a generic bike!

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    Welcome to the Happy Healthy Commuting MuthaF*ckas Club! Pretty soon, you'll be eating beer and cheeseburgers just to maintain your weight and all your friends and co-workers will be jealous! And totally random women will throw their under garments at you w/ their telephone numbers scrawled on them!
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    Crud. Women never throw their undergarments at me *pouts*

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    Great route!! Having ridden in San Francisco, from the Richmond out to Ocean Beach, you have to be ready for the fog. I was always trying to skip out of work at 4PM during the summer to beat the fog home. You are going the other direction and are going to run into the fog often I would bet. Keep a windbreaker in that bag. (Or better yet, get panniers!! - Signed, the Panniers, Clipless Pedals Nazi)

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    When I first moved out here I thought people were exagerating about the fog. Not so! All the hyperbole in the world could not have prepared me. I can look out the window and see sunshine, go hook up the dogs for a walk and by the time I get outside it looks like im in a spooky movie. The stuff rolls in thick and fast.

    An interesting thing about my commute is the temperature change. the temp can swing more than 15 degrees in just a few miles!
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    Kyle, just curious. How long does it take you to get home? I'm assuming you do the "Duboce squiggle." it's slightly more uphill on the way back. I'm in Hayes Valley and use that sometimes to get out to the Panhandle and GG park on weekends.

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    Actually yesterday I just turned up macallister and went straight up the hill across divis, and turned on baker and went down to the pan handle then gg and then home. I did the wiggle on the way there though. I am going to do the wiggle (wiggle/ squiggle...IDK) on the way back tomorrow (took the bus today).
    Someone told me macallister would be faster but goddamn was I not ready for that hill. I am really out of shape and I have a double so I had to crank up that thing. On the way to work yesterday my computer said it took 33 min but the actual time was closer to 45-50 min. On the way home it said 37 min but the actual time was closer to 50-55 min.

    BTW the wiggle is a the best route over there. If you have the sfbc bike map its hillarious cause the wiggle is the only thing not a shade of red around there. But it is the best way to bridge that gap even doing it the slightly uphill way.

    Now Im curious to see if my macallister route is totally worthless. I was discussing routes with another commuter dood and he seemed to think mac. was quicker.

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    I'm a wimp. I tried that hill once and that was enough. It's the wiggle, or the bus to the panhandle for me. Coming the other direction, from the ocean to the financial district, I've just gone down Page. It's a bike boulevard, not a lot of traffic, mostly downhill. I turn off at Laguna to get to Hayes Valley. I'm assuming you could just keep going and get to Market. There's a bike lane that goes down 8th and intersects with another one going up Folsom. It can get entertaining with car doors opening, potholes and so on, but not worse than Market.

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    I'd like to see some pics of your commute if you ever get a chance.

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    Orikal-

    I have a camera so maybe that dream will come true...

    Now with full knowledge that I will get a machine *** blast of look it up f!#$#!@ker...how do you post pics to BF?...

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