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  1. Thread: First Commute!

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    That's the right age to start! Congrats and...

    That's the right age to start! Congrats and wishes for lots of cycling ahead!
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    Poll: Staying in the saddle when stopped is terribly...

    Staying in the saddle when stopped is terribly inefficient, since you're not putting your body's whole weight on the pedal when starting, which makes your starts anemic and wobbly. Nothing screams...
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    I know a guy who only has vision in one eye and...

    I know a guy who only has vision in one eye and flies airplanes.

    My boss can only see out of one eye and drives a car.

    You should be just fine on a bike.
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    Sporty hybrid.

    Sporty hybrid.
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    It definitely feels much hotter with the helmet...

    It definitely feels much hotter with the helmet on. But then I never could stand to wear any headgear in the sun -- it just seems to make things worse for me.
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    Wow. There actually still exist people who are...

    Wow. There actually still exist people who are able to change their opinions after reviewing facts. There might still be hope for humanity, after all. Good job, TurbineBlade.
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    I don't get upset anymore, except when the...

    I don't get upset anymore, except when the incident turns really quite serious -- and that is exceedingly rare. I still mutter obscenities, but I don't let stupid little traffic annoyances ruin my...
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    You are operating a vehicle too. And you're not...

    You are operating a vehicle too. And you're not supposed to use the crosswalk when operating a vehicle. Especially at 25 mph. I suggest you pull the log out of your own eye first. (Even if you're...
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    Sounds like a fun ride! have you commuted these...

    Sounds like a fun ride! have you commuted these sort of distances before on a regular basis?

    Typically I just wash my face upon arrival. Hair too, if necessary (it's short). There are showers,...
  10. I live in Toronto, which is warmer than the...

    I live in Toronto, which is warmer than the previous place I used to live, but it definitely does get cold -- AND DAMP! -- in winter. I've never owned a balaclava or face mask or goggles. I...
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    It's not just about how much weight there is,...

    It's not just about how much weight there is, it's about where it is. It's one thing to just carry something in your backpack or pannier. And quite another to have it on the wheels. The extra...
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    Marketing? :) I personally find gloves not...

    Marketing? :)

    I personally find gloves not warm enough for winter riding. Lobster claws all the way. The cycling-specific feature on those is obvious (and quite useful).
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    It happens to my bikes every once in a while when...

    It happens to my bikes every once in a while when the temps drop. Normally I can get the gears to engage, if I fiddle with the shifter (apply very slight amount of pressure until it "catches"), and...
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    Yes, I noticed that too, and it's really funny. ...

    Yes, I noticed that too, and it's really funny. There would also be days that I'd consider t-shirt weather, and yet I see tons of riders on the same day wearing hats, gloves and jackets.... The...
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    I considered moving to somewhere warm, but not...

    I considered moving to somewhere warm, but not because of biking - just because I like warmth. I actually tolerate winters better when I ride through them 'cause it warms me up.
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    My least favourite is probably the part near the...

    My least favourite is probably the part near the end of my commute where there are 10 traffic lights in less than a mile, including one that takes a really long time to change. If I'm lucky, only...
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    Bike: 25-30 mins Public transit: close to 1 hr...

    Bike: 25-30 mins
    Public transit: close to 1 hr
    Car: I never drove my commute, but it would probably vary between 15 mins and 1 hour, depending on time of day (it can get gridlocked...)
  18. The what?

    The what?
  19. D'oh! But it's okay to overlook this small...

    D'oh! But it's okay to overlook this small point, only 70-80% of bike-car collisions happen this way, after all.
  20. Why would you want to pay extra for crappy...

    Why would you want to pay extra for crappy lights? Or, jeez, mandatory dynamo lights? Dynamo lights on track bikes? On downhill bikes? On Walmart bike-shaped-objects which cost less than a decent...
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    Winter? What winter??? No one updated me on...

    Winter? What winter??? No one updated me on this! I refuse to believe it! Temps are going up to +18 C tomorrow!

    Ah, the denial I go through every year... Yeah, it's coming. I'm prepared - my...
  22. I think your attitude change was caused more by...

    I think your attitude change was caused more by the change in your financial situation, and the car-light lifestyle was one consequence of it.

    For me personally things were sort of the other way...
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    I'd start out with Option 1, and it will probably...

    I'd start out with Option 1, and it will probably turn into Option 2 as riding energizes me.
  24. While a certain collision may not legally and...

    While a certain collision may not legally and technically be a cyclist's fault, there may have been a way for a cyclist to prevent it. To take my favourite example, a cyclist rides in the door zone,...
  25. GOOD! This is the key. Realize that there are...

    GOOD! This is the key. Realize that there are certain rules traffic moves by and you won't find those rules in the law books. Once you figure out the patterns, you'll know where danger is likely...
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