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Old 05-25-07, 08:20 AM   #1
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First time commuting

Bit the bullet this morning. Instead of my usual 20 mile drive to the office, I drove 6.5 miles to a trail access point followed by 16.1 miles (8.5 trail, 7.6 paved) on the bike. The whole trip took 1:45 hours, including driving, with about 90 minutes on the bike, averaged 11 mph including stops. This was on my mountain bike with a front suspension, and cross roads tires. Ride was pretty easy, a little hilly in spots and parts of the trail were pretty damp, we will see how the ride home goes. For the most case a nice ride on a beautiful Colorado morning.

I am in the process of tuning up a dedicated commuter with out the suspension, thats a little lighter. I hope between this and improving fitness levels I start to improve my average times. Maybe a bit less crap in my backpack too.

Just thought I'd check in, been reading here and waiting for the right weather to give this a try, hopefully I can do this a lot over the summer and drop about 30 lbs.

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Old 05-25-07, 08:26 AM   #2
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congrats on first commute!
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Congrats, you will see your times improve substantially as your fitness improves, especially if you drop 30 lbs. Just imagine throwing 30 lbs extra on your back right now...
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Way to go, B! Where in CO are you located?
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B From CO, Welcome to the HHCMF Club (Happy, Healthy Commuting Mutha F'ers). We take pride in showing off our well muscled legs and tight butts to friends and co-workers, using the money we save on gas and transit to buy cool stuff for our bikes like raccoon tails and grips w/ tassles, and only slightly embellishing our exciting tales of heroism and derring-do as we ride our trusty steeds to and from work surrounded by maniacal impotent death squads in SUVs.

Does the "B" stand for anything? The reason I ask is this. My first name is just the letter "B"--it doesn't stand for anything, isn't short for anything, my parents just decided to name me B (hey, it was '68....). I'm always interested to see if there's anyone else out there stuck with a one-letter first name.
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Thanks for the welcome. Lets see:

I live North of Colorado Springs and work in Colorado Springs.

B stands for Bruce.

We will see how muscled and tight butted a 50 year old can get I guess, I am hoping to do this ride 3 or 4 times a week for the next 4 months. At which point weather and time change will likely limit me. If they don't find me dead on the side of the trail sometime this summer.

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Awesome man. Good luck to you.
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Daily commuting will make a world of difference. Less than a year ago I weighed about 220, now I am under 185. Oh, it is not necessary to wear the boots - but it sure makes the outfit doncha think?

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ON a mtn bike and unpaved roads. ll mph, not bad. COngratulations. Makes one feel great when they get into work. Takes the sting out of having to be to work and not 'one the road.'
Mine was 26 miles all paved , but with three significant hills. With the hills, Usually I averaged like 14 on my touring bike. I recall the first day. I was full of myself. Work was often stressful and drudgery. Made me feel good to actually be there.
Others thought I nuts; I felt great and told them so. That was fun. They arrived with their usual grins. I was happy. Often with traffic gridlock, time on the bike was not that much more than the commute. Maybe 1/3 more. And passing by all those gas pumps and blocked intersections.
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Excellent commute! 90 minutes on the bike is great excersize even if you don't have hills (which you probably do). Sounds like a nice route.
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The shift work I had to live with. Without a bike commute my bike miles would be crap.
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Does the "B" stand for anything? The reason I ask is this. My first name is just the letter "B"--it doesn't stand for anything, isn't short for anything, my parents just decided to name me B (hey, it was '68....). I'm always interested to see if there's anyone else out there stuck with a one-letter first name.
Wow. It must cause a bunch of confusion. You must know that Harry Truman's middle name was "S". And there is an American actor who calls himself A Martinez, but that wasn't the name his parents gave him.

(Curious - do you have an older sibling named A? )
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<thread hijack>Confusion? You have no idea. Government bureaucracy was never meant to deal with a one-letter first name. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "Sir, we need your full first name..." Couldn't get a credit card or a driver's license (which was actually a good thing--it meant cycling full-time for another year or two), credit bureaus often mess up my info (also good/bad), and the Navy never did get my name right after 3 years.

No, I was the only kid they did this to. I was tempted to do it to my kid, but my wife overruled me--probably a good thing.

And finally, my middle initial is J, so I go by BJ. Hmmmm...can anyone think what my nickname was in high school?</thread hijack>
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Coolio, B -- reason I asked is my brother lives in Berthoud and rides a lot in the Boulder area -- I wondered if you were anywhere close, but you're not.
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Congrats!!

Keep it up.
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Does the "B" stand for anything? The reason I ask is this. My first name is just the letter "B"--it doesn't stand for anything, isn't short for anything, my parents just decided to name me B (hey, it was '68....). I'm always interested to see if there's anyone else out there stuck with a one-letter first name.
i have an uncle B.
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Welcome to the club.. Another Springs rider is always welcome!
I ride daily from Rockrimmon [woodmen & delmonico] to Chappel Hills [briargate parkway and chappel hills drive]

There are no flat roads in the Springs so you will be a climbing fool before long. I get 950' in my round trip every day in about 10 miles or so.

Riding the santa fe trail ?

You will find WeatherRadarLoop helpful as you try to shoot the gaps in our seemingly daily thunderstorms.
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<thread hijack>Confusion? You have no idea. Government bureaucracy was never meant to deal with a one-letter first name. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "Sir, we need your full first name..." Couldn't get a credit card or a driver's license (which was actually a good thing--it meant cycling full-time for another year or two), credit bureaus often mess up my info (also good/bad), and the Navy never did get my name right after 3 years.

No, I was the only kid they did this to. I was tempted to do it to my kid, but my wife overruled me--probably a good thing.

And finally, my middle initial is J, so I go by BJ. Hmmmm...can anyone think what my nickname was in high school?</thread hijack>
ok, so I know you had to ask the question.... what was the reasoning for giving you a 1 letter first name?
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To answer Hamlet.
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MYPC8MyBrain

Yes Santa Fe from N entrance of the AF Acad down to the Pikes Peak Greenway to Gossage park where I pick up Sinton trail out to Garden of the Gods. Until I am a few blocks from work I only have to cross 2 roads, all trails.

Thanks for the weather link, I figure morning will be consistently easy, cool and dry. I'll have to hope for the best on the way home staying dry and un-eloctrocuted. Until the last 6 miles or so there is ample cover I can run to if I need it and I have a rain coat, debating fenders. But at least it will be on the way home and who cares if the bike clothes get wet as long as I can keep my PC dry.

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To answer Hamlet.
In 38 years of jokes about my name, this was a first. :-) Thank you zeytoun for a great laugh.

The real answer isn't as funny and is much longer, having to do with family names, Jewish traditions, and a friend named Bjorn. I'll spare you all the details.
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The real answer isn't as funny and is much longer, having to do with family names, Jewish traditions, and a friend named Bjorn. I'll spare you all the details.
Sounds like a Pynchon novel...

And congrats bfromcolo!

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Congrats bfromcolo, welcome to the club - it gets easier as you get more miles in - 11mph average on a trail is pretty good going already.
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Until the last 6 miles or so there is ample cover I can run to if I need it and I have a rain coat, debating fenders. But at least it will be on the way home and who cares if the bike clothes get wet as long as I can keep my PC dry. B
Hiding places from woodmen north... i think i've used them all so far...

Ice lake.. there is a storm shack in the parking lot
South Gate bridge. the bridge is high, but you can get out of the storm.
Straight section past the airport.. there is a trail that drops off to the east.
there is a tunnel down there.

PC... Always leave a large garbage bag in the bottom of your pack. wrap up the PC when it gets ugly out.

Fenders arent a bad idea. that red gravel mud doesnt wash out

Good luck. sounds like an awesome ride!
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Ice lake.. there is a storm shack in the parking lot
South Gate bridge. the bridge is high, but you can get out of the storm.
Straight section past the airport.. there is a trail that drops off to the east.
there is a tunnel down there.
Didn't know about the tunnel on that straight section, I have seen the trail peel off to the East there, thanks I'll look for it on the way home. That is probably the most exposed part of the ride. And likely the place I will be feeling it today on that long steady climb, but at least I'll know its soon done.

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