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Old 03-02-09, 12:41 PM   #1
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Woohoo! 2 years multi-modal w/ Downtube NS

Feb 28, 2007: My First multi-modal commute (25 minute Amtrak ride each way and 8.5 mile round-trip commute) on my Downtube NS.

May 7, 2007: Amtrak revises their folding bike policy so that I could really commute almost every day instead of having to take the commuter rail in the PM.

March 1, 2009:
- Two Years!
- 262 round-trip commutes
- 780 complete folds/unfolds
- 2233 miles of biking
- one new tire
- total of $517 spent on bike & bike repairs (including $100 for sram x.7 upgrade)
- 13886 miles not driven by car!
- enough money saved (even counting train tickets) to buy a high end 50" plasma TV.
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Old 03-02-09, 02:41 PM   #2
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Job well done! Very impressive stats. There have been times when I wished I had a 9-5 job just so I could commute as much as some others do.

The SRAM upgrade is the best thing you can do for that bike. It improves it dramatically. I had a DT IX for 1 1/2 years and that was the first upgrade I did.
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Old 03-02-09, 04:01 PM   #3
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Cool, you must have raked up a load of amtrak guest rewards point !!
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Great! I just passed my 4th year of commuting by bike.
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It's nice to see real stats like that - makes you think!

You forgot to notate calories burned, girth of calves (before and after) though [kidding]
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Congrats and kudos to you!
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Cool, you must have raked up a load of amtrak guest rewards point !!
oh yeah, I get 150 points each way & get "select plus" status by May. So basically a $3 'rebate' each day (in the form of Macy's gift cards or free tix to NYC).
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It's nice to see real stats like that - makes you think!

You forgot to notate calories burned, girth of calves (before and after) though [kidding]
OK!

approx. 300 calories burned per round trip, 262 trips = 78600 calories, or 22 lbs (10 kg) of fat burned.

315 feet vertical hill on each afternoon's journey = 82530 vertical feet climbed = 15.6 miles
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OK!

approx. 300 calories burned per round trip, 262 trips = 78600 calories, or 22 lbs (10 kg) of fat burned.

315 feet vertical hill on each afternoon's journey = 82530 vertical feet climbed = 15.6 miles
Congratulations!

What about your cholesterol numbers?

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oh yeah, I get 150 points each way & get "select plus" status by May. So basically a $3 'rebate' each day (in the form of Macy's gift cards or free tix to NYC).
I would use the 20,000 points for a cross-country train trip for 2 in a sleeper. See http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/
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Excellent stats. Congrats.

I miss my DT, I sold it couple of months ago since I had upgraded my commute to be ~12 miles one way without a train and on an off-peak train way back with a single-speed, but mostly because I was moving to Spain and my commute involved grocery shopping etc and no trains/buses. Every week or so, there is an occasion where I miss having a folder too.

Last week, I bought a Yuba Mundo and now I am carrying everything on a bike.
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Nice stats! I always said that train and folding bike is a good match.
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Awesome!

I don't know if it's an option for you, but I use the Amtrak 10-Ride Pass instead of buying individual tickets. Saves me quite a bit in the long run.

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Awesome!

I don't know if it's an option for you, but I use the Amtrak 10-Ride Pass instead of buying individual tickets. Saves me quite a bit in the long run.

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I don't believe the 10-ride passes give you any points. For me, I value the points at 5-10 cents each as I use them for cross country trips in a roomette.
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I don't believe the 10-ride passes give you any points. For me, I value the points at 5-10 cents each as I use them for cross country trips in a roomette.
Trust me I've done the math.... For multi-ride you get points but only 2 points per dollar spent.

For my short trip, individual tickets are best for me... $6.50, minus 10% AAA discount, 150 in points (minimum 100 points per trip, 50% Select Plus Bonus, I value the points at 1cent each for gift cards) is net $4.35 each way.

A 10-trip is $59, and a monthly is $185.
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I would use the 20,000 points for a cross-country train trip for 2 in a sleeper. See http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/
My wife and I rented a car to go cross country for our honeymoon, and returned in a sleeper car. Awesome trip.
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Excellent stats. Congrats.

I miss my DT, I sold it couple of months ago since I had upgraded my commute to be ~12 miles one way without a train and on an off-peak train way back with a single-speed, but mostly because I was moving to Spain and my commute involved grocery shopping etc and no trains/buses. Every week or so, there is an occasion where I miss having a folder too.

Last week, I bought a Yuba Mundo and now I am carrying everything on a bike.
One thing that keeps me on a folder is that there's more room for groceries over the back wheel.
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Stress levels reduced by not being stuck in traffic?
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Stress levels reduced by not being stuck in traffic?
This is the best part for me. Sure, it takes me twice as long with my multi-modal commute... but it's a very relaxing trip. The only time I feel stress is if I'm running extra late and might miss the Metra train in the morning (only one per hour so if you miss it, it's a long wait). On the way home, though, all my cares melt as I ride the bike and read a book on the train.

Unfortunately, I can't really do it during the winter... so I've been stuck driving since it got cold and snowy. Ugh!!!

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