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    First day of Commuting could have gone better...

    I embarked on my first day of bike commuting and had mixed results. The ride into work started fine and thankfully is a slight downhill most of the way. I was going well until a few blocks from the office my pants cuff got caught in the chain. Very little damage and I learned to tuck my pants into my socks.

    On the way home I got a flat a couple of blocks after leaving work. Stopped by the bike shop between work and home and to get a new tube, picked up a couple ahead too and walked the rest of the way home.

    I'm hoping to have better results tomorrow.

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    Your next ride will be better. You'll see. Keep it up.
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    Ah, bum deal. Least it happened heading home. A co-worker my wife had quit bike commuting after a flat, sounds like you're not so easily defeated.

    Def pack a flat repair kit, chain breaker plus a couple extra chain links, and a tire boot. Ya can ride on nearly anything but a flat, broken chain, or badly cut tire.
    You've got a bike, so you gotta move.

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    Congrats on your first commute! Flat tires happen and I am pretty sure that socks are made to the length they are so you can tuck your pant leg into them.
    You could also take the bad tube and cut a piece of it to use as a trouser band to show the other tubes what you are capable of if they fail.

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    Don't sweat the small stuff :-) How far is your commute round trip?

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    Congrats on your entry to bike commuting. Trial by fire (or flat), eh? It gets better, keep it up!

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    Just don't wear pants, problem solved. You may get some funny looks, but you're the guy riding a bike anyway (joking). Unfortunately flats happen no matter how vigilant you are. I'm surprised your LBS didn't fix the flat for you, unless you wanted to do it yourself.

    Also congratulations on taking the first step into commuting .

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    Keep it up and get some tools, don't need many. My small seat pack holds everything I need plus room for a phone.

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    Couple suggestions:

    1)Look into ways to keep the pants from flapping. I roll mine up or (when it's cold) wear a strap over the cuff. A chain guard is another option, not one I use myself but other people do and love it.

    2)Flats happen to everyone, but they happen for a reason. Often the cause of a flat points to something you could have avoided or prevented, if you had known about it. Many people are surprised to find out that many flats originate from the inside, as it were: a burr or spoke hole on the rim, or underinflation causing a pinch flat. If something like that was the cause of your flat, it'll happen over and over again until you fix the cause. Even a puncture from the outside can point to something you need to change: a lot of new commuters are pretty casual about riding through debris until a flat teaches them otherwise. Some tires are more tolerant of road junk than others, but avoiding debris (or even areas of the road where small not-very-visible debris can accumulate) is a good habit.

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    When first starting out, it took me several days to get the bugs out and commute efficiently, especially in colder weather.
    Read the forum stickies + several days of trial and error = smooth commuting in no time flat. (did I say flat?) In a short amount of time.
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    Wow. That's really bad luck. Yes, make sure you follow lil brown bat's advice and figure out what caused your flat before you start out tomorrow again.

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    Glad you're not quitting!

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    Congrats! I got a flat on my 1st commute as well - actually two, because I didn't check the tire when I fixed the 1st one. It gets easier.

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    Keep it up. It can be trying. I got my first flat last week after 5 months of commuting (some kind of contruction-style staple made its way trhough the tire and poked a couple holes in the tube). I've suffered a few broken spokes, too (clyde here), over the months, though it's gotten much better since I got a new wheelset and a spoke wrench so I keep my spokes tight and wheel pretty trued up on my own. The spokes have bothered me a lot more than flats. All the little repairs become annoying at times, but I still love cycling to work. I think you will, too. Keep at it!
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    been there, done that ... welcome to the pack
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    I made it through day two. I made my way into work in surprisingly quick time and with no issues (other than the late afternoon heat). I think I could get used to this.

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    So as a new commuter, how far are you riding each way Landesb???
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    Quote Originally Posted by landesb View Post
    I made it through day two. I made my way into work in surprisingly quick time and with no issues (other than the late afternoon heat). I think I could get used to this.
    Congrats on sticking with it. At least you got all the bad stuff out of the way on your first day!

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    I also began commuting recently.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=577406
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=579479

    Sign up here for Contra Costa bicycle commuter goodies 511.org.
    http://www.511contracosta.org/apply-...s-to-go-green/

    I flatted during a race on the Iron Horse Trail without a pump, tube or anything. And had to walk a couple of miles, not knowing that I walked passed REI and Sports Authority.
    http://www.ebparks.org/parks/trails/iron_horse
    Since then I figured I needed a tire patch kit with levers, spare tube, CO2 inflater, and a pump. I also read up on the best puncture resistant tires for my bike and pay attention more to the glass, etc. in the roadway.

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    When I'm wearing long pants, as you apparently were, I use a leather thong to tie my cuff around my ankle and prevent contact with the chainring. Works quite well. Some folks use velcro bands, but I already had some leather scraps and didn't want to spend money.
    I reserve the right to be wrong at any time. :D

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