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Old 02-29-08, 10:55 AM   #1
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Almost a full-fledged commuter

I say "almost" because i'm still at work

The weather was great for Miami today (high 50's/no rain) so I decided to make my first ever commute. Covered the 6 mile commute in a little under than 35 minutes at a nice easy pace, only got off the saddle to take off from stop lights. My in-car commuter is usually about 25minutes, so it doesn't even take that much longer.

Rode with my newly installed rear blinky and was surprised to see the cars giving me some room as they passed (except for one truck ). Never thought that would happen here in Miami.

Want to pick up a rear rack to help with carrying some stuff. Used a backpack today, but didn't like being so top heavy and the way it made my back all sweaty. Can anyone recommend a good/light rear rack that probably won't ever see more than 15-20lbs?

All in all it was great, I can't wait for the ride home.
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Old 02-29-08, 11:03 AM   #2
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Welcome to the HHCMF! As you've no doubt realized, riding a bike has many benefits, the most important of which is lust filled members of the opposite sex swerving wildly at you to scream their telephone numbers at you. The second most important benefit is you will be supporting the domestic donut conglomerate rather than the foreign oil cartels. Thirdly, you get to wear really cool clothes. Enjoy!
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Old 02-29-08, 11:12 AM   #3
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What kind of bike do you use to commute on? Road or MTB?
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Old 02-29-08, 11:37 AM   #4
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What kind of bike do you use to commute on? Road or MTB?
Forgot to mention that. I'm currently commuting on my MTB, a 2000 Rockhopper Pro A1 (front suspension). I installed a new set of trekking bars on it yesterday that are great and am looking to add a rear rack and fenders next.
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Old 02-29-08, 12:36 PM   #5
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I got a nice rack from Nashbar (about 15$) and a set of panniers also.. makes the commute alot easier..
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We will probably both reconsider once august comes around!
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Old 02-29-08, 01:20 PM   #6
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Good on you!

I just started commuting myself, after three years of either not riding at all or a few spotty little town rides between long hiatuseses. Now I'm riding home from work five days a week, 18 miles one way. Once I get used to this again, I'll be making this a daily round trip.

Have you mounted slicks on your MTB yet? I have 26x1.75 Michelin Transworld City's on my Diamondack, and they really make a difference over the ol' knobbies.
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Old 02-29-08, 01:32 PM   #7
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LOL..very true. Luckily there is a gym at my work building (Coconut Grove FYI) and I can shower when I get in.

Going to check out Nashbar for the rack. thanks.
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If you get at light duty rack, keep it at light duty. It's easy to overload an inexpensive rack. Am there, doing it. Destruction ensues.

Use loctite on the bolts that mount to the frame and check them frequently. Mine like to come out and go off on their own journeys without me. For some reason, I never see them again. This is still a far better solution than a back pack.
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Use loctite on the bolts that mount to the frame and check them frequently. Mine like to come out and go off on their own journeys without me. For some reason, I never see them again. This is still a far better solution than a back pack.
Once I put loctite on my bolts, I never had a problem. Before then, however, they did come loose fairly often. A lock-washer (that's the kind of washer that looks like a regular washer that's broken) may also do the trick, but probably not as well as loctite.
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Officially a commuter now. Even stopped on the ride home at the LBS and picked up a helmet! Tried on several, but ended up with the Giro Atmos. I've always been a no helmet kind of guy because 1. I thought they looked dorky and 2. couldn't imagine they were comfortabel. I've obviously changed my mind. This helmet is vey comfortable, couldn't even tell I had it on after a couple minutes of riding and I decided I don't care what it looks like. I've got a wife and 2 kids at home and I don't want to risk suffering a head injury that could have been prevented by a "dorky" helmet Besides I'm starting to shop for a roadie and then i'll fit ride in.

Can't wait to fit a rack on the bike so I can ditch the backpack. This commuting thing is addicting. I had a ball today riding to/from work.
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I commuted in coconut grove to coral way on Wednesday this week.

I took the tri-rail from fort lauderdale to the metrorail transfer station then went south... Rode a few miles around the area... cagers got real close on a few occasions.. I had to bang on some hoods but no biggie for me =)

Good luck on ya in Miami dude !!
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riding a bike has many benefits, the most important of which is lust filled members of the opposite sex swerving wildly at you to scream their telephone numbers at you.
umm...you must have died and gone to heaven, because I don't think that happens on my planet. And I'm one damn fine lookin' fellah.
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