Join Date: Mar 2005
Bikes: Kona Dew Deluxe 2008
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Starting a roughly 20km commute
I used to hang out on this board when I was 14 or so, forgot all about it and here I am again. I'm 21 and recently graduated uni. Just got a very exciting "real" job, and they are opening a downtown office near to where I live but for the next couple months they live in a faraway suburb (Colwood, I live in Victoria BC). There's a bike route (the Galloping Goose) but it goes quite out of the way; I can save some time cutting through Esquimalt but it remains to be seen whether the hills are worth it.
I rode a test last week from my place to theirs and ended up getting a flat about 2/3rds of the way. Ride was fine otherwise and I think I could make it in about an hour to be safe. I've read over the stickies and such for tips but some of the threads are super long. If anyone has a few minutes to answer some of my questions I'd really appreciate it.
Cycle maintenance: I've have a 2008 Kona Dew Deluxe that I bought new. It's had a couple of bike shop "tune-ups", though I'm unsure what exactly that entails; probably chain lube and etc.? I've been through a couple bottom brackets (cranking too hard) and one pedal arm (bored out the aluminum mount with the steel peg). Anyway, I'm wondering if there's any huge maintenance crimes I'm committing; my extent of bike knowledge is replacing an inner tube and tightening anything loose. As far as I know my bike has never had a chain replacement, never been fully relubed, never really been cleaned, never had wheels trued or bearings repacked etc. I'm expecting to put in up to 40km four days a week on this thing over the next two months. Also, what should I carry with me on my commute? Spare tube, irons, allen key and probably be fine?
Diet and sleep: This is fairly ambitious for me; I've commuted by bike a lot but usually just short distances. I enjoyed the ride out a lot last week and am looking forward to the fitness of it. Do you guys have any suggestions for quick breakfast, etc. any systems you've developed to keep things simple and easy? It's a 9-5 job with a one hour lunch break. Not really concerned about changing and showering but I don't usually eat much in the mornings and I'd like to minimize how early I have to wake up.
Clothes: I have a pair of bike underwear from MEC with a padded crotch and those are great. Should I expect to be able to wear those four days a week or should I have several and rotate? My plan is just to change into regular stuff when I get to work, it's a very casual environment.
Any tips or advice you have would be great. Thanks very much!