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    Junior Member kamikaze's Avatar
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    Greetings from Dallas, Texas

    Howdy from Texas. I used to ride an antique 10-speed in the 80's back in Louisville, KY but then the job and global job transfers displaced the cycling.

    For the last 12 years, I have been an avid runner and decided I needed a "Plan B" for exercise. So on 1 June 2007, I got a Trek 5.9 Madone and made Lance a little richer. My brother in CA told me to buy a "compact cassette" but all I wrote down was "compact" so I ended up having an FSA compact crank put on the bike immediately. Oops. So now I have a brand new Shimano triple as a paper weight. Got Speedplay Zero pedals...fell off the thing twice at stop signs (you feel so dumb) but think I have the hang of it now.

    What an amazing piece of machinery. The whole thing works very well and is comfortable. Since I mostly ride the hoods, I'd like flat top bars, so I have Stella Azzurre bars coming this week. My CPA and broker have advised that is enough for the moment.

    Being a runner and in decent shape, I did a 35 mile ride my first weekend, then a 50 mile ride the second, then 60 and a 70. After that I figured I could handle a rally so I just did the Goat Neck 100 km (70 miles) and it felt great. I averaged 18 MPH which isn't too shabby for week 8 of my cycling.

    I love cycling...wish I had done this years ago.

    PS: I also cycled to work one day last week and everyone's jaw dropped. We have a gym and showers in the basement so I may just cycle in on nice days. I live in Cedar Hill and work in south Dallas, so a 15 mile commute is easy. I was however the ONLY cyclist on the road.




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    Hello Jim, I can't believe you saw only one cyclist on your commute--there are probably at least twenty or thirty BF members in Dallas alone, including three of our moderators!

    Check out the Texas regional forum, and start saying hi so that they'll know who's flashing by them on that lovely ride .

    Welcome to BF!

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    Junior Member kamikaze's Avatar
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    Dallas is Big

    Thanks, I'll see if I can find that group.

    You have to realize that Dallas is somewhere around 50 miles in diameter. Also the idea of commuting via cycle is totally alien to this area. My thought is that its common as dirt in CA, WA, OR...maybe Austin TX...but not here. Perhaps its because most offices do not have shower facilities and you most certrainly build up a sweat in Dallas' heat.

    I was worried about bringing the bike into the building. The big concern turned out to be my bike helmet blocking my face on the security cameras. So, I can bring my bike in the building, but I need to take off the helmet. I can live with that.

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    Junior Member kamikaze's Avatar
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    Dallas Cyclists

    Ah, very helpful. Thanks!

    Jim

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    True, Dallas is a big place, but it's still surprising you saw only one other commuter. Oh well, as you say, it's not the norm there. Perhaps you will be the one to start a trend .

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    One Commuter

    No, I WAS the only commuter! I'm in the southern part of the city and there are cyclists on weekends and evenings but apparently not cummuters during the work day. If it is good weather, I think I'll just cycle into work...maybe it will catch on (or I'll get run over). That was my greatest concern is that drivers are not expecting anyone on a bike in the rush hour. We do not have bike lanes anywhere in the entire city so I am taking one lane of the road. I picked two-lane each way roads so I wouldn't back things up and drivers could pass me easily.

    It went smoother than I anticipated. I was expecting irate drivers, honking horns, screeching brakes, etc. Or, being Dallas, thrown beer bottles (you'd be amazed).

    Jim

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