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Old 05-14-09, 09:30 AM   #1
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Bike to Work Day

Having worked only 3 days so far in 2009, I didn't think I would have a destination for Bike to Work Day, but the company president phoned to say that they just secured a little funding and want to hire a few of us for some temporary, part-time contract work, so I'll be participating in Bike to Work day tomorrow, as well as leaving right now to bike to work today.
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Every workday is Bike-to-Work Day for me. Today is number 100 for 2009 YTD.

Perhaps the most upsetting part of being hit by that Pontiac a couple of weeks ago, is that it delayed commute #100 by a week.

In any event, good job!
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We've just started the Ann Arbor Bike Choir, similar to the Toronto Bike Choir, and we're supposed to sing at the opening of Bike Day, tomorrow morning at 8 am. I'm finding singing tenor while pedaling to be a challenge.
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Perhaps the most upsetting part of being hit by that Pontiac a couple of weeks ago, is that it delayed commute #100 by a week.
You totally win, though. Pretty soon, there will be no more Pontiac.

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Old 05-14-09, 10:36 AM   #5
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Perhaps the most upsetting part of being hit by that Pontiac a couple of weeks ago, is that it delayed commute #100 by a week.
You keep track? I have no idea how many days I've ridden this year. Most of them, for sure. Why do you keep track?

Anyway, I'm glad that you're back on the bike and made your goal, if that's what it was. It's always nice to pass a milestone. And a kidney stone, but that's a different story .

BTW day is actually one I kind of hate. It brings out all the people who only ride once or twice a year. I might be a bigot or something, but I feel like they clog the trails and paths and don't know the basic commuting etiquette. You know...stuff like calling out when they're passing, staying to the right, riding in a straight line...stuff like that.

Oh, well. At least they're trying. Have to give them credit for that.
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I'm still anxiously waiting for "ride where you want because you're retired and don't have to ride to work" day...
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You keep track? I have no idea how many days I've ridden this year. Most of them, for sure. Why do you keep track?
Over on BikeJournal.com we have a few little challenges going. The Commuter Cycling Century Challenge is one of them. The goal is to ride to work and home on 100 days in the year, or roughly half the number of workdays for many people. An Australian beat me last year.

Of course the sad part is that I've had to work that many days so far this year…

Why do I keep track? Why not? I'll never win a crit, or even a stage of a stage race, or any of the other challenges there at BikeJournal. I can do well at this one, so I do.

Edit: BTW, on BikeJournal I'm known as brucew. (The name was already taken here, so I have to use something else.)

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I'm still anxiously waiting for "ride where you want because you're retired and don't have to ride to work" day...
Excellent goal. I'll put that one on my list.

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Having worked only 3 days so far in 2009, I didn't think I would have a destination for Bike to Work Day, but the company president phoned to say that they just secured a little funding and want to hire a few of us for some temporary, part-time contract work, so I'll be participating in Bike to Work day tomorrow, as well as leaving right now to bike to work today.
That's great news John.

I'd ride, but my wife would object to me keeping a bike in the bedroom to ride across the hall.
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I'm still anxiously waiting for "ride where you want because you're retired and don't have to ride to work" day...
Me too

Although I started commuting quite a bit more this year now that I have the old gas pipe Puch. I might make the 100 days but who's counting. I'm probably 25% of the way there.
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The local park district holds a breakfast for bike-to-work day. I'll be leading a ride from the east side of town to the downtown breakfast site. I've done this for 5 years and it's always a lot of fun.

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The local park district holds a breakfast for bike-to-work day. I'll be leading a ride from the east side of town to the downtown breakfast site. I've done this for 5 years and it's always a lot of fun.
Wait a minute… Didn't you retire last year?
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Colorado btw day is June 24, 2009

They have numerous breakfasts around the metro area, and one is less than a mile from my home.

I always go there and say "hi!"
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Wait a minute… Didn't you retire last year?
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Here in the Metro D.C. area the tradition of overcast, cold, drizzly weather is holding true. I'm such a miserable bum I have to make an effort to get to my stop by 8:30am.
The good news is I just got my supply of bike parts (including 27" tires) and will have a Chicago Schwinn real 10 speed completed for the ride. I figure it will be better not to ride a titanium, old carbon, or TT style bike.
I'm looking forward to the T shirt, free food, and other freebies. The only sad part is the newbies riding home w/o any of the morning fanfare.
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There were a bunch of places serving free breakfast for bike commuters in the Twin Cities today. I passed a couple but I didn't dress warmly enough and didn't want to stop. I think it was 47 when I left and I only had bike shorts and a short sleeve jersey. Should have gone back for the jacket and bibs.

My commute is kind of a long one -- 56 miles round trip. I can only do that once or twice a week and I really don't want to do that in the rain so I was happy it was a clear day. Had a nice tailwind on the way out and although I got a bit of a headwind home, it was much less so it worked out pretty well!
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+1 now that I am retired.
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I'm still anxiously waiting for "ride where you want because you're retired and don't have to ride to work" day...
Yes! I have about a year to go. Feels like a long climb into the wind.
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Tomorrow is BTW day in Seattle - I originally didn't think I'd care but, for a change, the weather is supposed to be very nice tomorrow. I now have a super-secure bike locker at work so with clear weather I'm going to celebrate BTW day by riding a "nice" bike to work instead of a beater.

I will pass at least one station passing out freebies, and then our office building is serving coffee and doughnuts outside the biker shower room.

Clearly it does not take much to get me excited these days....

[Also, I'm another person who tracks my commutes. I decided two years ago that commuting 100x per year was a good goal -- it's enough to be "serious" in my view but not an over-the-top goal once you take into account days you can't ride due to personal commitments, travel, vacation, etc. I'm at around 52 or 53 commutes year to date]
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I was one of those amatuer commuters this morning. I even cheated by driving into town to meet a few club members who met to share the morning ride to work. I really enjoyed the 4 mile ride to the plant. at the in-between time that I rode, 7:20 to 7:40, the traffic was not nearly as heavy as what I usually see arriving at 7:50. After a quick change of clothes in the wellness center's changing room, I was at my desk and invigorated at my 8:00 start time.

I wish I could figure out a way to make a full commute from home more practical, but even the partial commute could be a worthwhile thing to do occasionally. I won't make any big promises, but it is something worth considering, if only for the disbelieving looks I got from my coworkers.
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Just got to work - beautiful day to today in Seattle, the streets/bridges/bike paths were full of bikers today (normally busy anyway, very busy today). Loved the free coffee, bagels, muffins, water bottle, etc.

Rode a "good" bike today - what a difference from riding my commuting beater. Makes me realize I need to invest in a "fast" commuter....
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What a great day for bike-to-work. The weather was great, the breakfast was good, live music was fine and the turnout gets larger each year.

We started at the gazebo (a local landmark on the bike trails) and rode 8 miles to downtown Dayton where the bike event was held.

It was great to see so many bikes at the event


The breakfast of pancakes, Ohio maple syrup, coffee and juice was delicious.
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They even turned the fountains on for us on our ride back to the gazebo. These are great in the summer but we decided to wait until they stopped this morning - it was a little too chilly this morning.


The park and other local organizations did a great job on this event. It was good to see so many bikes out and about this morning.
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I am leaving shortly to ride to work for an afternoon meeting, but I took Capo #1 -- which turns 50 sometime this year and can therefore join our group -- out this morning to hit three of the pit stops and to load up on the giveaways. I met a former Bikecology coworker from the early 1970s, but under the powdercoat I didn't immediately recognize the Peugeot PX-10 he had bought while managing the shop.
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