Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-22-13, 05:54 AM   #1501
dramiscram
ouate de phoque
 
dramiscram's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: St-CÚsaire, Qc, Canada
Bikes: Bianchi, Nakamura,Suteki, escapade 10 speed, 1973 CCM Elan
Posts: 1,766
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
No bike commute today, I have to leave work early because my older daughter as a kind of reward ceremony tonight at her highschool for students with good grade. I can't miss that!
I was on a perfect 7 weeks streak so I still feel guilty even if it's for a very good reason.
dramiscram is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 06:19 AM   #1502
tarwheel 
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 8,440
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Felt like summer this morning with temps about 70 F and extremely high humidity. The wind was right out of the south with a stiff headwind all the way to work, so I just took it easy. No point fighting the wind when it's blowing like that. We have been in the same weather pattern since last Saturday, with high humidity and the threat of thunderstorms at any time. I got lucky yesterday because we had a strong storm pop up about an hour before I left work, but it had cleared up by the time I hit the road. Hopefully my luck will hold this afternoon as well.
tarwheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 06:25 AM   #1503
jrickards
Senior Member
 
jrickards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sudbury, ON, CA
Bikes: 2002 Norco Bigfoot, 2012 KHS Tempe, 1988 Bianchi Strada, 2012 Kona Sutra, 2002 Look AL 384
Posts: 2,245
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Forgive me my friends, it has been 4 days since I've been on a bike. However, the saddle sore I had to suffer through on Sunday and Monday from Saturday's ride was penance enough. I wore an older pair of shorts on Saturday's 88km ride and the stitching on the side of the pad had let go and the frayed edge of the pad was scratching my butt near my left sit bone: I had a 7cm (3") long scab on Sunday morning. Shorts are gone!!!

This morning was damp from an overnight rain but mild. Streets were dry enough that I didn't get a streak of crud up my back. Rain forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow but Friday and the weekend look warmer and drier, which will be nice for the Cycle Canada Century I will be riding in.
jrickards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 06:50 AM   #1504
Biking Bunny
Junior Member
 
Biking Bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Northern Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Trek Lexa road bike and Reebok mountain bike
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My commute was wet. The weather has been terrible since Sunday. Cloud, rain and below seasonal temperatures. The weather is supposed to improve after today.
Biking Bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 07:02 AM   #1505
jrickards
Senior Member
 
jrickards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sudbury, ON, CA
Bikes: 2002 Norco Bigfoot, 2012 KHS Tempe, 1988 Bianchi Strada, 2012 Kona Sutra, 2002 Look AL 384
Posts: 2,245
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Biking Bunny View Post
The weather is supposed to improve after today.
Not in Sudbury, a low of 3C tomorrow morning, high of 10C, low of 1C Friday morning, rain tomorrow. However, after the 1C start on Friday morning, the temps will be improving over the day and through the weekend.
jrickards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 07:12 AM   #1506
jowilson
Senior Member
 
jowilson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mesa, AZ
Bikes: 1992 Trek 800 Antelope, 1971 Triumph
Posts: 561
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My chain broke 2 miles from home...
jowilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 08:20 AM   #1507
Mumonkan
Brown Jersey Winner
 
Mumonkan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: The Bad Woods.
Bikes:
Posts: 8,614
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
After my junk nearly melted yesterday in 87F, today was wet.

Mumonkan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 08:30 AM   #1508
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcb23 View Post
Getting steamy. 72F/22C and high humifdity coming in. Once again, got all the way to my building lobby before I realized I forgot my helmet.

Lots of runners out, starting to run in the bike lane.
When I left the office Monday afternoon, I came across several kids riding bikes the wrong way in the bike lane. I gave them an earful as we passed each other (me out in the travel lane).
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 08:33 AM   #1509
Mumonkan
Brown Jersey Winner
 
Mumonkan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: The Bad Woods.
Bikes:
Posts: 8,614
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
When I left the office Monday afternoon, I came across several kids riding bikes the wrong way in the bike lane. I gave them an earful as we passed each other (me out in the travel lane).
I passed a salmon with a kiddie trailer a couple weeks ago. As i passed i said "brilliant!"
people man, why?
Mumonkan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 08:56 AM   #1510
groovestew
Senior Member
 
groovestew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Edmonton, AB
Bikes: 2012 Surly Disc Trucker custom build, 2009 Kona Jake the Snake, 198? Bianchi road bike, 2012 Scott OTG-20
Posts: 1,386
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
10C and breezy. Low energy, so I took it easy.
groovestew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 08:57 AM   #1511
mtessmer
Bikeman
 
mtessmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: New Hope/Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bikes: Many
Posts: 753
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's been a wet week for biking but my rides so far have been between the rain drops.
mtessmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 09:07 AM   #1512
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Orangevale CA
Bikes: '76 Paramount, 02 Hardrock, '98 C'Dale XR800, '04 Burley Samba, '15 Priority Classic
Posts: 5,578
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Since this seems to be the thread for confessions and apologies... I felt sore in several joints, and a chill breeze was blowing. I set out and got about half a block and I was just dreading the next half hour. So I turned around and got the truck and went to Starbucks instead. Sorry guys.
Darth Lefty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 09:12 AM   #1513
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Since this seems to be the thread for confessions and apologies... I felt sore in several joints, and a chill breeze was blowing. I set out and got about half a block and I was just dreading the next half hour. So I turned around and got the truck and went to Starbucks instead. Sorry guys.
No need for apologies. The bike commute should be fun. If it's not then it's not worth it IMHO.

I figure if I can commute 30 miles round trip a couple times a week, maybe I can lose some of this gut before our beach trip in August.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 09:36 AM   #1514
jrickards
Senior Member
 
jrickards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sudbury, ON, CA
Bikes: 2002 Norco Bigfoot, 2012 KHS Tempe, 1988 Bianchi Strada, 2012 Kona Sutra, 2002 Look AL 384
Posts: 2,245
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
No need for apologies. The bike commute should be fun. If it's not then it's not worth it IMHO.
+1
jrickards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 09:37 AM   #1515
wphamilton
rugged individualist
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Bikes: Nashbar Road
Posts: 9,650
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 93 Post(s)
I was surprised to see another rider roll up to the rack today. I've literally not seen another bike there since the Georgia Bike to Work Day last year. He had a brand new yellow GMC Denali.
wphamilton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 10:05 AM   #1516
ChrisM2097
Senior Member
 
ChrisM2097's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Milpitas, CA
Bikes: 2007 Specialized Rockhopper Disc; Trek 7.5 FX
Posts: 981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Temp was ~49║. Traffic was fairly light. Took a slightly different route today that shaved off about 1/4 mile, and put me on a bike trail for about a mile. This helped me avoid the worst part of my commute - Julian St. between 1st and Autumn in downtown San Jose.

http://app.strava.com/activities/55665758
ChrisM2097 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 10:06 AM   #1517
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,626
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Pretty nice, except for the wind and forgetting my socks.
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 02:02 PM   #1518
tarwheel 
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 8,440
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Anyone ever done this? Yesterday when I got dressed after showering at work in the morning, I forgot to hang up my cycling clothes to dry. Usually my clothes will be completely dry by noon when hung up. When I got ready to leave in the afternoon, my clothes were still wadded up a pile and all wet. Nothing worse than having to wear stinky, damp cycling clothes. The only bright side is that the weather is so warm and humid that my clothes would have been wet within a few minutes anyway from sweating on the way home.
tarwheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 07:16 PM   #1519
TourDeHood
Senior Member
 
TourDeHood's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Roxbury, Ma
Bikes:
Posts: 159
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bowser29 View Post
feels good to be back commuting
Pretty.
TourDeHood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-13, 09:14 PM   #1520
Mr. Hairy Legs
Full Auto, Baby
 
Mr. Hairy Legs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Delta/Richmond, B.C.
Bikes: shiny red tricycle
Posts: 876
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Not hot, not cold, no rain... a perfect day for riding.
Mr. Hairy Legs is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-13, 01:52 AM   #1521
xlDooM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 229
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Haven't biked in two weeks, constant rain. There are supposedly 200 days with rain in a year here, but I was kind of hoping they wouldn't just be may till november...
xlDooM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-13, 05:25 AM   #1522
Telly
What, me worry?
 
Telly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Athens, Greece
Bikes: Corratec / Jamis
Posts: 1,203
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A bit hot and humid, but overall a pleasant commute to and from work. Decided to take the coastal route so I can soak up some sun and cool off with the sea breeze.

Telly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-13, 05:30 AM   #1523
mikhalit
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bremen, Germany
Bikes: Poison Chinin IGH
Posts: 365
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice! I hope you get a swim every once in a while, I certainly would! No shower at work needed.

Is this your new bike? Blue and white, good match
mikhalit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-13, 06:14 AM   #1524
tarwheel 
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 8,440
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
We've been having storms every day since last Saturday, but they come and go. I've been taking my chances and riding to work, and got lucky again yesterday. A big thunderstorm hit about 5 minutes after I got home. Funny thing is that I didn't even notice it building because it came from behind me. Riding home the skies were mostly sunny and blue in the direction I was heading. However, I decided to drive today because a strong cold front is moving through and I'm not sure my luck would hold again. This is the same front that caused all of the tornadoes in the Midwest a few days ago, just arriving now in NC.
tarwheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-13, 06:27 AM   #1525
dcb23
Senior Member
 
dcb23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,064
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
More humidity. Got a late start today.

Coming in from my run I noticed a car had been broken into in froint of my building, found the guy's work ID on the front seat, made some calls...turns out he lives a few doors down. Got his badge back to him and hit the road for the ride in...and hit every Red light there is!

Shouldn't I be getting all greens today for my good deed?
dcb23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:25 AM.