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Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

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Old 06-04-12, 07:19 PM   #1
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First commute today

First off thanks to all the guys who helped me with my bike decision,I ended up with the Muirwoods 29er and I'm happy.

My commute is just 5 miles each way and I almost wish it was a little longer.Its a bit of a workout for me at this point(getting in shape is a motivating factor), but I know ill get stronger pretty quick and it will be easy.Most of my commute is straight down the Ironhorse trail(bike path), so its cool to see other commuters and joggers etc.,and exchange good morns. It was,however, kinda embarrassing when a guy on a road bike in cycle gear flew by me like I was standing still.Made me feel fat and old

Anyway,I'm hooked. Its a great way to start the day.
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Old 06-04-12, 07:55 PM   #2
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Great job! It's a great way to start and end your day- Don't worry about the roadie- you'll be passing them left and right if you stick to it!
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Old 06-04-12, 07:58 PM   #3
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Congrats and welcome to the club! Happy riding to ya!
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Old 06-04-12, 08:17 PM   #4
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Those roadie are always flying past me cause I am carrying. MORE weight.
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Old 06-05-12, 03:42 AM   #5
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Congrats! You'll soon be looking for longer routes :-) I'll take half a day off from work, get up late and take a two hour detour into work :-) Keep up the riding and you'll be in good shape in no time at all. You know you can go out on weekend rides too :-)
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Old 06-06-12, 05:28 PM   #6
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Anyway,I'm hooked. Its a great way to start the day.
Couldn't agree more!
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Old 06-06-12, 05:36 PM   #7
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It was,however, kinda embarrassing when a guy on a road bike in cycle gear flew by me like I was standing still.Made me feel fat and old.
Congratulations on your first commute!

I get roadies passing me on my commute as well. I don't let it bother me since I figure they have a different goal. However, the more I read the closer I can stay too them and I'm sure that will be same to you.
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Old 06-06-12, 05:50 PM   #8
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great to hear about people starting commuting. I really love riding to work.

I rode my roadie in this morning, and I got passed by some guy on a commuter. Surprised there isn't a thread about it on here. I don't ride hard on the way in, I ride as fast as I can while trying not to break a sweat. Doesn't usually work too well because I have to climb some big hills
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Old 06-06-12, 05:54 PM   #9
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Congratulations!! I remember my first commute, somewhere around 1991 or so, and with all the traffic it was frightening. Now, of course, commuting feels normal as it will for you too, soon. And, for your 'only' 5 mile commute each way, you could probably extend the ride home for additional mileage. Enjoy!
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Old 06-07-12, 11:05 AM   #10
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A happy thread! I too am new to commuting (two months in), and really serious cycling (aside from dinking around when I was a kid), as well as this forum (stumbled upon the helmet thread a bit too early I think). I started by taking my bike on the light rail, about a 5.5 mile ride each way, but I've graduated to cycling the entire way, 10.5 or 14 miles each way depending on the route I take (the longer one has more time on trails, minimal street riding). It's one of the best decisions I've made recently and I only wish I'd started sooner. It's great exercise, the commute is mostly stress and hassle free (somehow encounters with uncouth motorists, pedestrians and cyclists don't raise my hackles as much as it does when I drive.. it just drifts away like the passing scenery). Now every time I have a lazy or late morning and drive instead, even if just to the light rail station, I feel I'm missing out on something. I also love how the journey home on bike trails has a "distancing" effect between home and work that I just don't get when I drive.
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Old 06-07-12, 12:40 PM   #11
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This was my first week commuting, and I've loved it. It is just as hard as I thought it would be! I have a 10 mile ride each way, morning I've done 32, 33, and 33 (minutes to get there) and average right at 38 on the ride home. I wish I would have started doing this ages ago.
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I commute five miles each way, and when I first started a year ago January, I could only do it twice a week or I would feel totally wrecked. Now I'm finding longer routes, do 30-50 miles on the weekends, and on a Friday around 6/21 (longest day of the year) I plan to ride all the way home-65 miles, most of which I currently do by train.

I would say it takes longer to get addicted to cycling as it does to cigarettes, but it's well worth it.

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Old 06-07-12, 01:52 PM   #13
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Old 06-07-12, 10:25 PM   #14
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Anyway,I'm hooked. Its a great way to start the day.
Oi. Recently I've taken on the habit of waking up and biking to the store to get fresh bread / eggs / milk / etc. first thing in the morning. Breakfast never tasted so good
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Old 06-08-12, 08:11 AM   #15
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Another CONGRATS to you! And 5 miles each way is great. I'd suggest not minimizing that accomplishment, as you'll do 10 miles a day x 5 days x however many commutes you do in a year, and pretty soon...

you'll be scouring bike shops for things you never knew you "needed"; buying every new tire that hits the market; spending all your time with a bottle of Tri-Flow in one hand and a multi-tool in the other and therefore missing outings with friends and loved one because you're overhauling your bottom bracket; spending all your cash on the 39th bicycle light front/rear combo pack this year because the other 38 weren't quite bright enough/long enough lasting/wrong flash pattern/on-off switch broke off; until finally, desperate, destitute and face-down in a gutter somewhere saying "please, can someone spare a 6mm hex nut and a loaf of bread?"

Just kidding That never happened to any of us.
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