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Old 03-07-11, 10:40 AM   #1
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First Day of Commute on my LHT

17 mile commute, made it in an hour and a half. Over the weekend I made it 15 minutes quicker.

Went pretty well, I have to be at work at 8AM, so I left the house at 6AM. That's early for me, but hey, I get to ride my bike so it is worth it.

It was in the high 40s here in Austin. Yesterday I found a good deal on a returned Gore Bike wear yellow windbreaker that kept me warm. And our company's shower sure felt good.

Probably will leave a little earlier in the future, like 5:45 just to give me a little bit extra time.

Thanks to posts made regarding commuting, had everything prepared and ready to go-only thing I forgot was to bring my lunch....

I thought that I was going to leave my bike outside on the bike rack, but saw plenty of bikes on the inside of the stairwells for other buildings, so I'm doing that until someone says something.

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Old 03-07-11, 10:51 AM   #2
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Nice. I'm glad I don't have to be at work as early as you do. Most days I'm not out the door until 8:30 or so.

Hope you're liking your LHT. After a comedy of errors, I think my LHT frame should finally be in this week. Won't be able to build it up until next weekend (leaving this Friday night for a week out of town), but I've penciled in 3/21 as my first LHT commute day.
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Old 03-07-11, 11:32 AM   #3
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For commuting I find wind to be a big factor on my 17 mile commute. I've done it in as little as 1:05, typically it takes 1:15 to get to work. The prevailing wind is behind me in the morning. That means the ride home in the afternoon takes more like 1:30, sometimes a little longer if the winds are strong. I know several people who commute on LHTs; they are well suited to the job and very comfortable. (I have a faux LHT- an old hybrid I've put a Brooks on and drop bars with bar-end shifters.)
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Old 03-07-11, 11:44 AM   #4
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Wind is pretty huge. I was crawling along Saturday morning on a ride for the first couple miles going almsot right into the wind. It was cold too. =P Wind can really slow me down on my commute even though its pretty short so it doesn't matter mroe than a couple minutes.

I am considering creating a 26" wheel faux LHT of my own as a project, but I haven't decided if I have the right frame in my stash to do it plus other considerations.
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Wind is a PITA. I never really care about the temperature before heading out on the bike, but I do check which direction the wind is headed and how strong it's blowing.
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Wind usually abuses me but I did a good pull on my club's breakfast ride Saturday, doing about 18 mph into a 20 mph headwind. My legs were rubber when I was done. (I usually ride with the mid group, but there were only four of us Saturday due to chilly temps and stiff wind.)
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Naw.... I'm no Swifty!
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I'm taking today off and have to go out of town after work on Wednesday so I'll be pushing pedals again on Thursday.

On Monday nights at 7:00 I play piano for this group of people. Yesterday I had a lot of headwind and was running late, so I was pushing pretty hard. Towards the end of that route, I had to climb up this big old hill on the street where my appointment was.I was in the granniest gear I could find on my bike and was still hurting, but I made it.
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I thought that I was going to leave my bike outside on the bike rack, but saw plenty of bikes on the inside of the stairwells for other buildings, so I'm doing that until someone says something.
I thought someone would say something in the almost 2 years of parking my bike in the lobby on the ground floor. But alas no one cares.
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Enjoy the bike and the ride in and ride out. That is usually the best part of most peoples days.
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