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Old 03-02-07, 05:21 PM   #1
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Yessss!!!!!!

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I've been commuting 36 miles/day RT for a number of years, but I'm starting a new job at the end of April that's 60 miles away. While cycling once in awhile will certainly be feasible, it won't be practical on a daily basis so I'm basically swapping a great bike ride for a horrible car ride.
This story has had a very happy twist -- I just learned a minute ago that arrangements are being made for me to do much of my work 25 miles from home.

I have not yet learned exactly how many days I'll be there. At this point I expect I'll have to drive to the main base 60 miles away to deal with some administrative details at the very beginning, but within a couple weeks I'll probably telecommute a couple days while working 3 (or maybe 2 if I'm unlucky) at the facility 25 miles away.

In other words, I'll have one of the better commutes out there. Chances of being able to complete the Everest Challenge (my biking goal for the year) are good. I even have someone to ride with. Doesn't get much better than this. If only I could control the wind......
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good news! thanks for the update.
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Old 03-03-07, 07:55 AM   #3
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Congrats - and, no, even the tremendous support offered by BF will not be able to influence the wind...
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Terrific. I'll see what I can do about the wind, but no promises.
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I'm thinking I might need another bike

This road is long, straight, smooth, and there are some rollers. Prevailing wind patterns will create significant headwinds in the afternoon during the warmer months, and an aero profile will help me keep up with my riding partner (who has been commuting 50mi/day for years and who is 10 years younger than me)

I'll be able to keep up on my racer when the weather's good, but I'm thinking something along the lines of a Bacchetta Giro might really be the ticket for a fast commuter that can handle slop.

My wife groaned when I mentioned the new bike, but I told her that she comes out way ahead because the raise that accompanied the job will easily cover the cost of the bike. Besides, I'll be able to get home faster to help around the house.....
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Congrats - and, no, even the tremendous support offered by BF will not be able to influence the wind...
Sometimes my replies get pretty long-winded when I've got that scotch glass sitting next to the keyboard. I generally try to avoid posting those though ...
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I'll be able to keep up on my racer when the weather's good, but I'm thinking something along the lines of a Bacchetta Giro might really be the ticket for a fast commuter that can handle slop.
How about one of these? http://www.hasebikes.com/ens/tagun/index.php
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I'm thinking I might need another bike

This road is long, straight, smooth, and there are some rollers. Prevailing wind patterns will create significant headwinds in the afternoon during the warmer months, and an aero profile will help me keep up with my riding partner (who has been commuting 50mi/day for years and who is 10 years younger than me)

I'll be able to keep up on my racer when the weather's good, but I'm thinking something along the lines of a Bacchetta Giro might really be the ticket for a fast commuter that can handle slop.

My wife groaned when I mentioned the new bike, but I told her that she comes out way ahead because the raise that accompanied the job will easily cover the cost of the bike. Besides, I'll be able to get home faster to help around the house.....
Get a front fairing! It will help tremendously with the headwinds, AND it will help keep you dry if it's raining/warm if it's cold. There's no downside!
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Get a front fairing! It will help tremendously with the headwinds, AND it will help keep you dry if it's raining/warm if it's cold. There's no downside!
I will definitely ride with a fairing of some sort if I'm not on a DF. I don't mind getting wet, but having water blowing up my jacket and pooling on my chest isn't my thing.

I'll probably see if my velomobile turns out to be a practical vehicle. It's fully enclosed, so I can stay comfortable and dry when it's cold and rainy without even needing to wear a jacket. The only problem with the velomobile is that it's wide, so dodging debris and holes is a bit of an issue when you're riding along a busy highway.

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