So this is my 1st post on Commuting. I have been riding in this week after watching the other cyclists in the morning and wishing I was riding instead of driving. I only live about 10 miles from work, so no big deal of a ride, although on the way in I have a good warmup 500 ft climb, but on the way home I'm coimng from downtown PDX, and have almost 1000ft to elevate up. Only had to bail into the little ring once so far though, and with about 18 lbs in the backpack I'm OK with that.
I'll post pics of the Surly CX frame I built up as a CX/commuter as soon as I have time. In the meanwhile, it sure feels good to be "one of those guys on a bike" and passing the long line of cars stuck at the lights in town.
The only downside so far is that I'm too sore to run at lunch, and I usually alternate running with biking. I'm hoping once I adapt that I can get back to running a few times during the week as well as commuting. Boy, the backpack sure makes riding a different experience from a nice weekend training ride. Especially on that climb!