Cycle commuting is a great way to lose weight! Good luck!
Cycle commuting is a great way to lose weight! Good luck!
a lot of fun. i changed the handlebar and the brake levers. it is now (imho) better than the original set up.
Last edited by dude72; 05-23-14 at 05:27 AM.
On the upside, we have greenbelts with MUPs that cross the city several ways, and outside of those a savvy commuter can learn to link together slower speed neighborhoods, MUPs, and sidewalks to get where s/he's going with minimal motorist conflict. Sidewalk riding is legal in Anch (albeit risky, know what you're getting into) outside of downtown, and even in downtown there's zero enforcement (a common summer sight is the summer-only bike cops trying to weave through the crowds of tourist on the downtown sidewalks). Downtown is one of the areas where street riding is safe, though; low speed with lots of stops to keep motorist speed down. Between that and the high level of pedestrians, there's no reason to ride on the sidewalks downtown (unless you're a cop who doesn't know better ).
And then there's winter...
Very few of us ride all winter. Streets stay icy all winter, sidewalks become gigantic snow berms as the street plows bury them under (always after the sidewalk plows have cleared them, at taxpayer expense), the MUPs are groomed for skiing instead of plowed so they're frequently too soft to cycle on. In the past, when my commute was short, I would ski to work during winter storm cycles. Now that I've moved across town from work, I bought a fat bike to ride during storm cycles. Even if you don't ride on snow days, studded tires are a must, unless you like crashing a few times a winter.
I'm lucky in that I live at one end of an MUP that spits me out into downtown, where I work and where street cycling is easy. For several years I commuted solely on surface streets, summer and winter, all the way across the most motorized parts of town, and it was harrowing. I got to where I was going, and it was generally fun like riding a bike is fun, mixed with regular moments of extreme stress.
Long story short, I like it now better than I ever did. It used to be terrible, now it's less so, and you can mitigate that further depending on where you live and where you work.
OTOH- cycling even that little, or at low effort levels, generally replace some body fat with muscle, so even at the same weight, you're still healthier.
Weight is a poor indicator of condition, and over emphasized because there's not an easier index, but I'll venture that a 250# football player is likely fitter than most people with very favorable BMIs. Proponents of the BMI even had to come up with a category -- the fit fat -- to get around the statistical issues with the system.
IMO, those Clydesdales who take up biking should focus less on the scale, and more on their belt size. This will usually show more progress and be less discouraging than the scale.
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WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
Good points, and it must be a fact that if I had been driving instead of riding all this time, I would undoubtedly weigh even more!
I will be losing weight over the next few months though, as my work is paying for registration in the Devil Dog Duathlon, so I'm going to have to do some running training, and also up my cycling fitness with intervals and generally commuting harder.
The stand is a feedback. It is an Alfine 11 speed in response to an earlier question. Really enjoying the bike for trips around town and to the train station so far.
The rear of the front fender is way too high off the ground.....
How wide is the fender vs the tire?
I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.
Longtime lurker, infrequent poster, but I thought I'd share my trusty steed (good ol' Japanese steel from 1975). Added this to the stable two years ago and have added about 3,200 commuting miles to its unknown total lifetime of miles.
No braze ons, so everything attached is a bit jerry-rigged, including the rear rack (nothing has fallen off, yet ).
New commuter here... with a new commuter here:
2014 Focus Planet 2.0. Hydro discs, 8 speed Alfine hub with Gates belt drive. I really like it. It came with 32c Conti Sport Contacts on it but I swapped them out for Marathon Plus 38'ers. Don't want to be dealing with punctures. And picked up the Thule pannier for it. An impressive bit of kit.
Just wish Focus hadn't added the graphics to the frame this year. Would prefer it stealthier.
After a few weeks, here it is
My SUV is a bicycle
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014)
Current Linux Usage (by machine): Arch: II openSUSE: II
One thing, though - Switching from the SportCONTACTS to the Marathons was more of a side-grade (if there's such a word) than an upgrade because they are both exceptionally puncture resistant. I've ridden on a pair of sportCONTACT tires and haven't punctured since 2008 (6 years, prolly 12,000 miles). Continental and Schwalbe really have it going on as far as puncture resistance. I'm not bad-mouthing the Marathons, but you already had good slicks my friend . . .
BTW welcome to the groupo!
i cant stop looking at all the bikes... must sleep.
You're commuting on a BMX bike?
doesn't seem ergonomically feasible to me, unless the commute is just a mile or two, but if it works for you, more power to ya!