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    How long does it take you to get ready to commute home?

    When you commute home from work, how long does it take you to get ready? What do you have to do to get ready for the commute? Do you have to change clothes, put your helmet on, fill your water bottles?

    It takes me about 15 to 20 min. Here is what I do to get ready to ride home. This is not in order: I have to change from my regular clothes to my bike clothes, put my Camel Bak Bladder in the bag behind my seat, put my seat bag on, pack my regular clothes in the saddle bags & secure them to the rack, put my Road ID around my neck, put my croakies eye glass retainer, my Sweat Gutr headband & helmet on, put my gloves on, put my bike shoes on, clip my video camera on the bracket & turn it on to record my ride home, turn on my external portable stereo speakers, turn on & que up the song I want to start with on my MP3 player & clip it to the chain that the Road ID is on. Then I roll the bike outside my office, take off the Kool Kovers & put them in my seat bag, start the video camera, get on the bike, clip the Camel Bak tube to my jersey, start the MP3 player, clip in & go.

    I know, I know some of you are probably thinking, "man he does all that crap just to ride?" "Why not just get on your bike & ride?" Well, truth be told this helps me prepare for my ride & helps me wind down from a day at work. It is actually beneficial to me to do all of this to ride. It helps me think of my route & what I will do based on an educated guess of what the current traffic volume is based on the time of day it is. To me this is also part of the ride & it is what I have to do to help make it good & enjoyable. I hope that is easy to understand.

    So how long does it take you & what do you do to prepare for your commute home?

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    About 10minutes.
    As my day is winding down, if I can get some free time, I'll do some of this before I am actually off the clock... like while printers are still running and don't need me (work at a print shop).

    1/2 hour before leaving, I fill my water bottle 1/2 way, and put it in the freezer.
    Walk down to the other warehouse, and get my bike from it's safe keeping.
    Clip on headlight/tail-light.
    Change into jersery and shorts.
    Pack wallet, phone, clothes, deodorant, etc in my bag.
    Top off water bottle,
    wheel the bike outside, and ride.

    I listen to music on my normal rides, but not my commute at midnight.

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    less than 5 minutes - I go to my locker - get pannier/jacket - put jacket on. Go to bike, unlock, attach pannier, unlock bike, roll bike down stairs, ride.

    If riding took too long I would drive - I ride to save time not lose it!

    JK. But not by much - I'm not sure I would ride if it took a lot longer than driving (not that I have easy acess to a car or anything) but ease of use and speed is definitely one of the reasons for riding for me.

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    It takes me five to ten minutes to get ready. I change from my work clothes into my bike clothes, hang the work clothes behind my office door (I bring clothes in Monday and take them home Friday, so I don't have to lug the panniers back and forth all week), and bring my bike up to the front of the building from the warehouse toward the back. Then helmet, gloves, glasses, and I'm good to go.

    It takes me longer on Fridays since I have to pack up that week's worth of work clothes and hang the panniers on the rack. If I've worked late it takes a couple of minutes longer to get back to the warehouse since all the doors to the back are locked. If I have to secure my hard drives and lock safes it's longer still, but I have to do that whether I'm on the bike or not so it doesn't really count.

    Occasionally I'm running late in the morning, and I'll just rush in and slip my work pants over my cycling shorts, switch my jersey for a work shirt, and go. Those days it's really quick to get ready to ride home, since I just have to slip out of my jeans and change shirts. Changing shoes takes longer than everything else put together, so on days when I just wear them around the office it saves me a bunch of time. They're MTB shoes that are really comfortable to walk in, but I usually don't want to put all the wear and tear on them unless I'm getting some miles on the bike out of the deal.

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    0. I ride in my work clothes. I just grab my bag and hop on my bike and I'm gone.

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    I wear cycling specific clothes such as lycra shorts and jerseys. I think after 32 years I have dressing myself down pat.
    Perhaps 5 minutes. Maybe a couple more in winter but now that I have to use sunscreen maybe 5 min 30 sec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingster1
    0. I ride in my work clothes. I just grab my bag and hop on my bike and I'm gone.
    Ditto. Well, it takes 15 seconds to find my keys. But then my commute is only 3km.

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    5 minutes. Change clothes. Wash undercarriage. Attach iPod. Unlock bike. Go.

    My commute's 10k and I bring nothing with me (no tools, pump, lights, clothes, water.. nothing)

    Quote Originally Posted by N_C
    I know, I know some of you are probably thinking, "man he does all that crap just to ride?" "Why not just get on your bike & ride?" Well, truth be told this helps me prepare for my ride & helps me wind down from a day at work. It is actually beneficial to me to do all of this to ride.
    Yes, yes I was thinking that. But hey, fair enough. I find washing dishes to be therapeutic. If it works for you, then go for it.
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    A lot less time than packing for the ride to work. Change clothes, grab stuff, run for the door.

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    About 5 minutes. Enough time to change clothes and shoes, thats about it. Why do you have a video camera on every commute?

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    Walk out of station, unlock bike, put locks in panniers. Done. 30 secs?

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    Fast, about 3 or 4 minutes.

    1. After the school buses leave at 2:30, I grab helmet from behind my desk in which I have stuffed my gloves, shorts or tights, and modesty shorts.
    2. Walk into an adjacent laundry room where I dress close the door (no lock) and stand behind an open cupboard door to avoid direct eye contact from any surprise entry (I work in a large, open classroom with 6 women). I think they've figured out what I'm doing in there ; ) For my 4 mile commute, I wear the same shirt, underwear and crosstrainer shoes that I work in.

    3.Put my PI yellow Vagabond jacket over a lightweight jacket, sunglasses, helmet and gloves.
    4. Say my "goodbyes" as I walk out the door.
    5. Gone.

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    Place helmet on head. Done.

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    Just a few minutes, 5 maybe.
    I take off my uniform and toss on my riding clothes. I use my waterbottle to drink water all night so when I get off in the morning it already has enough water in it. And I don't have to change into cycling shorts or special shoes/socks. I just drop trou, change pants and shirt, and away I go.
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    I like to stock my room between my last two clients as it helps get me out of work a bit faster. I'll often refill my bottles while stocking my room.

    If itemizing getting ready to go, I guess I fill the bottles, change into bike stuff, put on music (or NPR), pack up my backpack, and load it all in the Xtra. I'll usually get a small pastry from $tarbuck$ next door, just to get me home without bonking.

    5 mins if I'm not going slow...but I like to be social with my coworkers at the end of my day...so I end up chatting with them for a bit. 15 or so after being chatty.
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    I'm ready in a jiff, too. I change shirts, to put on my microfiber tee again (wore it in to work), put on my trunk bag and zip up and go.

    Takes me 5 or even 10 minutes in the am, as I pack a lunch and other gear, check the weather, and just check things out more.
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    about 6 minutes. I wedge my crap into my bag, grab my kit, go to the bathroom and change, walk back to my cube, toss the clothes in the drawer, pick up my bag, walk to the bike, put the bag on the bike, put the helmet and gloves on, and ride.

    In the morning I have to make breakfast. I check the weather the night before so I don't have to screw with the computer in the morning. Also I need to use the bathroom in the morning, and it's best if I give that some time before riding... Probably 20 minutes in the morning from waking up to rolling.

    I don't bother with drinking while riding anymore. It's only 35 to 50 minutes (depending on conditions). I've found that once I got used to it, I have no problem just going without the whole ride then slugging down a liter of water when I get there. That's one less thing to do. I stopped carrying drinks two winters ago; it was so cold that even with Polar bottles and warm drinks, the drinks were frozen within about 15 minutes anyway (at least, the nozzle was frozen). I do still carry water if it's above about 95*F or so.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielS
    Why do you have a video camera on every commute?
    Yeah, that's odd. Why not just mount the camera on days when you're going to have an accident?
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    In theory I'm ready to leave in five minutes after changing. But...

    1. I have yet to log off my computer at the end of the day without realizing there was something I forgot to do or check.

    2. I have yet to put my work for home in my pannier without realizing that I put something in there that shouldn't leave the office.

    3. I have yet to put my work for home in my pannier without realizing that I forgot to put something in there that needs to go home.

    4. I have yet to leave my office without having to go back in to get something I forgot.

    5. I have yet to get in the elevator without realizing I forgot something in the office or on the printer and had to go back

    6. I have yet to leave the building without having to go back at least twice for things I left in my office.

    Thankfully if I make it to my bike it is only minor emergencies from then on, so I don't bother back tracking at that point. Total elapsed time from the moment I decide to get ready to go is usually around a half hour. I'm a mess at the end of the day

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    5 minutes. Change clothes and go.
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    5 minutes. Is this a trick question?
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    About 10 minutes to change clothes or less in warmer weather.

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    About 10 minutes: I head down the hall, to the bathroom, hang my backpack on the hook and change into my riding clothes. I put my helmet and gloves on as I walk to the elevator, go up 2 floors, into the parking deck, unlock the bike and I'm on my way. I tried panniers but found them to be clumsey, really slowed me down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
    about 6 minutes. I wedge my crap into my bag, grab my kit, go to the bathroom and change, walk back to my cube, toss the clothes in the drawer, pick up my bag, walk to the bike, put the bag on the bike, put the helmet and gloves on, and ride.

    In the morning I have to make breakfast. I check the weather the night before so I don't have to screw with the computer in the morning. Also I need to use the bathroom in the morning, and it's best if I give that some time before riding... Probably 20 minutes in the morning from waking up to rolling.

    I don't bother with drinking while riding anymore. It's only 35 to 50 minutes (depending on conditions). I've found that once I got used to it, I have no problem just going without the whole ride then slugging down a liter of water when I get there. That's one less thing to do. I stopped carrying drinks two winters ago; it was so cold that even with Polar bottles and warm drinks, the drinks were frozen within about 15 minutes anyway (at least, the nozzle was frozen). I do still carry water if it's above about 95*F or so.



    Yeah, that's odd. Why not just mount the camera on days when you're going to have an accident?
    The camera is on the "T" shape piece in the front derailer mast, I ride a recumbent. I can not reach it unless I stop & get off the bike, so once I start it that is it until I am done riding.

    Do you shower in the morning before you commute to work, or is there a shower at your place of employment?

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    Less than 5 minutes - and I shower once I get home since my return commute is pretty much completely up hill. It is probably more like 2 to 3 minutes.

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    The 15 to 20 min. it takes me is made up of the amount of time I use on my last break to get ready for my commute as well. I usually put my computer & camera on their brackets & put the Airzound on as well.

    On days I commute, if I am not wearing an actual bike jersey & I'm using one of my Under Armour Heat Gear shirts I wear it to work. It is basically a synthetic moisture wicking material t-shirt. I work in a very casual dress work enviroment, I also wear the cycling socks I wear when I ride too. Depending on how close my last break is to the end of my day I sometimes change into the shorts I wear when riding. They are not bike shorts, like I said I ride a recumbent, don't need the padded shorts. I like the Under Armour Heat Gear "under" short with the Heat Gear "over" short.

    The dress code here is such that as long as you are covered with out exposing a whole lot of something you should not expose & it does not have offensive language or gestures on it you can wear it & as long as you are not bare foot, you can can wear flip flops for shoes if you want. Like I said a very laid back dress code.

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