I've been a weekend on/off casual, fair weather rider of a CERTAIN age (50+), but am going to do the 5/15 BTWD commute and, hopefully fall in love with the idea of commuting to work for one or two days/week when I get in condition. But, the one-way for Thursday is 16mi. I know I can't do that straight through (just yet) and I can't spend the WHOLE day on the bike by stopping to rest here and there. ;<)
My question is, until I can do the whole ride what do you think of the idea of driving the bike closer to work (~5mi), park on a residential street or shopping center parking lot and bike to/from work, gradually increasing the distance as my legs/lungs get up to speed? Would residents freak and call the cops or tow truck? I want to be a good bike citizen when getting into this. -- I live in Cupertino, CA and will bike through the Peninsula (e.g. Mt View, Palo Alto, Los Altos) section of the SF Bay area to Menlo Park near the bridge across the Bay.
I've looked though some mixed-mode public transportation (light rail, buses, caltrain) options but none seem close enough for me to use from home. I may have just not stumbled across the right Web page information though. -- Yes, I pulled the trigger on this just a week or so back.
Btw, my bike is all tuned up and I've been to two sessions run by the SVBC here at my job (Sun Microsystems) and been riding around my community a bit so I have a level of confidence on the equipment and road skills.
Thoughts? - Also, is this the best forum to interact with local Bay Area cyclists? Please offer links to others.