Everything Magicant told you was a lie.
Everything Magicant told you was a lie.
Welcome, Jason! Another Griffith Park/observatory rider!
Thanks Merider and Roadfix! This is a great forum, and I'm glad to be here. Maybe I'll join you for the Sunday rider Merider - just depends on my schedule. Sounds like fun.
So it's been a month of 3-4x/week commuting by bike (PQ to UTC for those of you in San Diego). And I LOVE it. Got the kinks worked out of timing, what to carry with me vs. keep at the office, how to clean up when I get there, swapping out clean clothes on the days I drive. I'm getting faster on the bike (yay!) and faster at fixing flats (sigh).
And my husband is no longer chewing his nails every day I ride worrying that I've gotten creamed by a school bus or something. Good times!
Welcome, SDBluefish! Lucky! I wish I could find a safe (by my standards) route to commute each day. I would love that. Lots of riders on here from San Diego.
I am really lucky, I know - I ride about 12 miles each way, and all but 2 miles is on dedicated MUPs - no auto traffic! The only downside is that with the recent rain the gnats are hatching like crazy. Must keep glasses on and mouth CLOSED .
Oh, I know all about the extra protein the gnats provide. I get a mouthful of them everytime I ride SGRT. And a face full of them in the summer. I wear a heazy zinc paste to protect my skin and the gnats stick to my face. I'm like a human bug shield.
You know, at a spa people will pay hundreds of dollars for treatments like that!I wear a heazy zinc paste to protect my skin and the gnats stick to my face.
Yes, welcome to the Forums!
It's 14.5 miles door to door, but I generally ride to the Sorrento Valley Coaster station and take one of the shuttle buses up to my office. Gets me there much less sweaty, and I don't have to ride on the freeway shoulder. Which I think would give my poor husband a heart attack!It's only 12 miles from PQ to UTC? I thought it was a lot more.
thanks for the welcomes, everyone!
You can take Torrey Pines. That's not technically a freeway shoulder.
I used to do this when I worked in LJ Shores. And even better than Torrey Pines Rd. was going up through the state reserve - fewer cars, cool trees, gorgeous views over the ocean. (Steep though. Very steep.)You can take Torrey Pines. That's not technically a freeway shoulder.
But now that would take me several miles out of the way (plus adding in a 400 ft. elevation gain!). Hard to justify given my current schedule. Have to save it for weekends, I guess....
Yeah, too bad there are no easier way to cross the valley (north<->south) near I-805. Detours via Torrey Pines or Carroll Canyon take much longer on a bike.
I am Chris Marks, I am a student at Cal State Northridge studying Urban Planning. I mostly just commute to school and back on my bike and don't often do riding on the weekends especially not on any established rides, usually I just set out on my bike and explore the bicycle unfriendly streets of the north valley. However I decided to join these forums because I am contemplating a cycle tour up the central coast after graduation (in 09) which I will need to start training for (and buying gear for). I especially struggle with hilly segments and have a tendency to overwork myself trying to get "there" fast. Beyond that, riding on the roads in my area can be very lonely and joining a community of fellow cyclists can only be a good thing.
I'll be attempting Santa Susana Pass this weekend as part of my training, so when you blaze past some college kid on a crummy $300 bike huffing and puffing on the side of the road, you can put a name to that face.
this thread is like the first day of school when the teacher goes around the room and forces everyone to say their name......the horror
kuwahara san is making fun of my thread.....
Well, he's right, you know. All else we needed is a "tell us a little about yourself. Speak up and don't be shy" for this to be just like that.
I was a complete nerd in school, so very much like now, and I digged it. I'm the kid that raised her hand to go first.