Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-29-07, 01:33 PM   #1
caloso
Packfodding 3
Thread Starter
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 34,105
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 246 Post(s)
Taking the Long Way In (w/pix)

I've often posted on the How Was The Commute Today thread about my long detour to work. My direct route is just under 4 miles but whenever I can I like to stretch it out. One of my favorite routes takes me south from my house in Curtis Park, in the opposite direction of downtown, and towards Freeport, over the Sacramento River, and back north along the Yolo County side of the river. This morning I brought the camera for a few snaps.

This is the drawbridge over the Sacramento at Freeport. The steel grid can be scary on a cold foggy January morning, but no problems today.



This old Farm-All tractor and mower caught my eye. That's Mt. Diablo across the valley in the distance.



Just like lots of places in California, the suburbia is creeping into the country and some of the finest agricultural soil in the world is being paved over to build houses.



Into West Sacramento, and past Raley Field, home of the River Cats. And a fellow bike commuter!



Work on the Tower Bridge forces a bit of creative filtering between the cars and the temporary posts.



Into Sacramento and towards the Capitol. Just a few blocks from work now.



All in all the trip takes me 1:18 to cover 22.5 miles (for an easy 17.2 mph). A very pleasant way to start the day.
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-07, 01:35 PM   #2
ModoVincere
Riding Heaven's Highways on the grand tour
 
ModoVincere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1,675
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice pics....thanks for the tour of your route.
__________________
1 bronze, 0 silver, 1 gold
ModoVincere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-07, 01:43 PM   #3
gbcb
J3L 2404
 
gbcb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Shanghai
Bikes: 2007 Jamis Nova
Posts: 1,075
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love seeing pictures of other people's commutes. That looks like a great morning ride!
__________________
gbcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-07, 02:21 PM   #4
Brian Sorrell
My bicycle is fixed
 
Brian Sorrell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Auckland, NZ
Bikes: '08 Surly Steamroller, '07 Surly Cross Check
Posts: 1,026
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I really dig the tractor pic. And that's a fine looking bicycle you've got there. Lovely commute indeed.
Brian Sorrell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-07, 05:11 PM   #5
caloso
Packfodding 3
Thread Starter
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 34,105
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 246 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian Sorrell
I really dig the tractor pic. And that's a fine looking bicycle you've got there. Lovely commute indeed.
Thanks. It's an '89 Trek 660 that I've set up as a fixed gear. In its summer dress it's just about 20 lbs. And it hums! I imagine quite a few races were won on that fine Wisconsin steelie!
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-07, 06:07 PM   #6
notfred
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,169
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Looks a lot like my old commute from before I moved to San Francisco. I used to commute from south Davis into my office at CSUS.
notfred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-07, 08:03 PM   #7
mtnwalker
Senior Member
 
mtnwalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Bikes: '84 Centurion Accordo RS, '06 Gary Fisher Marlin, '06 Schwinn Fastback 27, '06 Litespeed Teramo
Posts: 1,952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Very nice commute. That steel bridge must be a joy to ride through. I've always been fascinated by those kind of bridges whenever I (ahem) drive through them.
mtnwalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-07, 05:52 PM   #8
nmanhipot
Senior Member
 
nmanhipot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Woodstock, GA
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Langster Comp (Track racer), 2005 Schwinn DBX Super Sport (commuter), 2004 Trek 5900 Superlight (Lance Armstrong special)
Posts: 459
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks like a great route! I used to live in Martinez and Pleasant Hill. I had been off the bike for a few years when I decided on a whim to ride up Mt. Diablo. Since I made a vow a long time ago to never quit on a hill, by the time I got back to the car, my left knee was frozen! Took a long time to get over that one. Boy that was stupid. It's a different story now, I'm commuting about 150 miles/week plus fun rides.
nmanhipot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-07, 06:22 PM   #9
Bikepacker67
Banned
 
Bikepacker67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ogopogo's shoreline
Bikes: LHT, Kona Smoke
Posts: 4,086
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What's up with this??


How the heck are the car-free supposed to get where they're going?
Bikepacker67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-07, 06:23 PM   #10
Wino Ryder
"Purgatory Central"
 
Wino Ryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: beautiful "Cypress Gardens" florida
Bikes:
Posts: 1,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I commend you Sir!!...Those are some beautiful pictures of your commute, but 17.2 mph for 22 miles will not be easy for me. But like the other poster said; I love seeing pics of other rider's commutes. Nice job.

Nice bike too
Wino Ryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-07, 06:50 PM   #11
Az B
Fattest Thin Man
 
Az B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Directly above the center of the earth
Bikes: Miyata 610, Vinco V, Rocky Mountain Element
Posts: 2,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
What's up with this??


How the heck are the car-free supposed to get where they're going?
It's simple, you have to share the lane. No bikes on closed road.

Az
Az B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-07, 06:51 PM   #12
Az B
Fattest Thin Man
 
Az B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Directly above the center of the earth
Bikes: Miyata 610, Vinco V, Rocky Mountain Element
Posts: 2,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Holy guacamole! It's so flat!

Az
Az B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-07, 10:18 AM   #13
caloso
Packfodding 3
Thread Starter
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 34,105
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 246 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Az B
Holy guacamole! It's so flat!

Az
Like a pancake. I train for hills on Le Col de Garage de Stationnement.
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-07, 11:32 AM   #14
Winter76
Senior Member
 
Winter76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: The Peg
Bikes:
Posts: 663
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Actually it looks flat like around here except for that mountain in the distance, I'm 800 miles from a mountain.
Winter76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-07, 11:11 AM   #15
mindaugas
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Littleton, Colorado
Bikes: Giant OCR1, Giant OCR3
Posts: 216
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nice, I had no idea how beautiful Sacramento is
mindaugas is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:08 PM.