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    Dragging around...

    I've been commuting back and forth to work for about 6 weeks now. I didn't get to ride into work this morning due to the weather. It was just to nasty. Plus the road was holding 2 foot of water in a few spots and I'm not riding my new Roubaix in water that deep. It can't be good for crank bearings and such. Am I wrong are rite? Anyway, now I'm loping around feeling lazy and just weird. It's amazing how just a simple bike ride will energize you and get you going for the day. Does anyone else notice this when you can't commute?
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    I notice it when my wife has me take her van to work.
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    Not many of us are going to point fingers at you and laugh, just because you're trying to ride a road bike as a commuter or because you wimped out when confronted by a bit of water. (JK, )

    Commute on any bike you want, as much or as little as you feel like doing, do it because you enjoy it and the benefits (as you pointed out) you receive because of it. You may find, as others here have, that you'll get the bug to commute frequently, even daily, even year round and may have to get a bike for the days that you don't want to take your baby out.

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    it sounds like you need a foul-weather steed to compliment your road bike.

    let the N+1 begin!
    The first rule: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

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    I vote for N+1 as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    Not many of us are going to point fingers at you and laugh, just because you're trying to ride a road bike as a commuter or because you wimped out when confronted by a bit of water. (JK, )

    Commute on any bike you want, as much or as little as you feel like doing, do it because you enjoy it and the benefits (as you pointed out) you receive because of it. You may find, as others here have, that you'll get the bug to commute frequently, even daily, even year round and may have to get a bike for the days that you don't want to take your baby out.
    Lol, man you got me on that one.
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    N+1 if you have the space When I stopped commuting by bike, I noticed a marked decrease in energy and enthusiasm. Wore off after a bit - but I'm still looking forward to biking in to work again (hopefully will be able to start soon - fingers crossed!).

    When I saw the title of the thread, I had a mental image of you dragging the bodies of the dogs you had to shoot on your commute and asking for the best way to do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    When I saw the title of the thread, I had a mental image of you dragging the bodies of the dogs you had to shoot on your commute and asking for the best way to do it!
    Yeah, I drag around the bodies of zombies I've killed just to keep others away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    N+1 if you have the space When I stopped commuting by bike, I noticed a marked decrease in energy and enthusiasm. Wore off after a bit - but I'm still looking forward to biking in to work again (hopefully will be able to start soon - fingers crossed!).

    When I saw the title of the thread, I had a mental image of you dragging the bodies of the dogs you had to shoot on your commute and asking for the best way to do it!
    Man that is hilarious! Thankfully I didn't have to do that lol. Man thanks for the good laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    Yeah, I drag around the bodies of zombies I've killed just to keep others away.
    So .. Burley Travoy? Or home brew?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    it sounds like you need a foul-weather steed to compliment your road bike.

    let the N+1 begin!
    I ride my Felt road bike just because of the length of my commute, 30 miles RT. One of these days I hope to build up a disc-brake commuter bike with fenders, racks, the whole shebang. But for now the road bike is just simply faster and more comfortable on that length of ride than my "hybridized" MTB. At least I have Raceblade fenders for the road bike, have nothing for the MTB.
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    it's opposite for me - i'm more tired after i bike to work.

    still love doing it though

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    I bought a Salsa Vaya. Problem solved itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    I ride my Felt road bike just because of the length of my commute, 30 miles RT. One of these days I hope to build up a disc-brake commuter bike with fenders, racks, the whole shebang. But for now the road bike is just simply faster and more comfortable on that length of ride than my "hybridized" MTB. At least I have Raceblade fenders for the road bike, have nothing for the MTB.
    I would have to agree with you. I bought a brand new Trek 8.3 for commuting, great bike but I test rode the Roubaix and fell in love with it. Much faster and very comfortable. I'm actually riding with some other guys, we've started riding a 21 mile route 3 times a week, if weather permits of course. The Roubaix is great all around bike for me. Can't understand why some people are so against commuting on a road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    When I saw the title of the thread, I had a mental image of you dragging the bodies of the dogs you had to shoot on your commute and asking for the best way to do it!
    I just had soda come out my nose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrapin44 View Post
    I just had soda come out my nose.
    Man was that funny are what? I'm still laughing myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunkiefd4 View Post
    Can't understand why some people are so against commuting on a road bike.
    i hope you weren't inferring from my post that i'm against commuting on a road bike.

    i think a light and fast road bike can be a fantastic commuter. i myself ride my titanium road rocket to work whenever the weather allows.

    however, when the weather is crappy, i don't like exposing all of the spendy ultegra componentry on my road bike to the ravages of the wet, messy, gloppy crap that come with riding in bad weather. so in addition to my road bike i also have a foul-weather steed equipped with an IGH, disc brakes, and full fenders to deal with all of the mess and glop of crappy weather riding. that's why i was suggesting N+1 to you. 2 bikes are better than 1. and 3 bikes are better still. and so forth
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    i hope you weren't inferring from my post that i'm against commuting on a road bike.

    i think a light and fast road bike can be a fantastic commuter. i myself ride my titanium road rocket to work whenever the weather allows.

    however, when the weather is crappy, i don't like exposing all of the spendy ultegra componentry on my road bike to the ravages of the wet, messy, gloppy crap that come with riding in bad weather. so in addition to my road bike i also have a foul-weather steed equipped with an IGH, disc brakes, and full fenders to deal with all of the mess and glop of crappy weather riding. that's why i was suggesting N+1 to you. 2 bikes are better than 1. and 3 bikes are better still. and so forth
    This. This is why I want to build up a 3rd bike, for sloppy weather use and pulling my kid's trailer. Then I can use the road bike on good weather days, and change my KHS back to off-road duties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    i hope you weren't inferring from my post that i'm against commuting on a road bike.

    i think a light and fast road bike can be a fantastic commuter. i myself ride my titanium road rocket to work whenever the weather allows.

    however, when the weather is crappy, i don't like exposing all of the spendy ultegra componentry on my road bike to the ravages of the wet, messy, gloppy crap that come with riding in bad weather. so in addition to my road bike i also have a foul-weather steed equipped with an IGH, disc brakes, and full fenders to deal with all of the mess and glop of crappy weather riding. that's why i was suggesting N+1 to you. 2 bikes are better than 1. and 3 bikes are better still. and so forth
    No no, I understood. I'm gonna start working on another bike just for crappy weather.
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