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    wannabe commuter Prime Directive's Avatar
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    Took my first city trip....

    Out of respect for the commuting folks I'm posting this here, since I had nowhere I needed to be and was off-road most of the time. Still, I was surprised by how comfortable I felt in traffic and how well my bike worked compared to my neighborhood tests. Hopefully this all wasn't just because the scenery was new....

    I spent most of my time exploring local parks and trails, which was fun and relaxing. By the time I made it home I was SPENT and nearly suffering from heat stroke! Thank goodness for: A. Natural air conditioning (wind) and B. Sunscreen!

    A couple of picturesque moments came when I was in our largest park and stopped two times for a rest. The first had my bike supported, upright, by a low bench, and the second by a tree with a background view of the Rocky Mountains. I guess only cyclists can appreciate the emotional effect of seeing your bike in such an environment and knowing it brought you there.

    I credit my success in traffic (hardly the most challenging of traffic, but still....) to the discussions here, to my state's bike manual, and to the below two links:

    http://www.bicyclesafe.com/
    http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/index.htm

    Let's hope it stays this way!

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    Senior Member Nermal's Avatar
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    Yeah!
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    Yeah! I hit my stride on my commute when I start mixing it up with downtown DC traffic. I guess I'm so busy being assertive and watching out for bozos that I forget that my legs are sore or that I'm not going as fast as I like to think that I could. I swear I go faster in traffic.

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