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    Fort Worth commuters

    Hello all just wanted to see how many fort worth commuters are out there. How long and what is your route like? What do you do about the heat, although it has not been so bad this year yet. Do you commute year round? What do you take with you on your commute, besides water and your bike. My commute is 6 miles one way, one good hill. I carry a few tools an extra tube, a pump, a laptop, and clothes. It takes me roughly 25 mins depending on lights and the like. I have just started commuting.
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    I work about a mile from home, and commute a couple of times a week. What stinks is, my job is such that I have to dress up (and a few days go see clients), and we don't have facilities here at work, so I usually only commute on casual days. It takes about 10 minutes.

    Edit: I carry a backpack with a MacBook and some other files/ generic work docs.
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    I commute one day a week, because I'm a wimp, from Paradise to Fort Worth. It's either 36 or 40 miles each way depending on the route I take. There are several killer hills between Paradise and Boyd, but it's smooth sailing from Boyd to Fort Worth. It takes me between 2 hours and 2:15 depending on the wind. I carry tools and stuff, but have had good luck taking my clothes in the day before. I have only been doing this for a few months, I tried it first last fall and enjoyed it, but I would rather not go out in the cold. The rain was fun for awhile, but the novelty has worn off.

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    I normally ride in 3-4 times a week, though it's been about 2 weeks since I have been able to due to dr's appts and weather. My ride is right at 11 miles one way. I ride my road bike with a tube, CO2 inflator, water and backpack. I often have a stock of clothes in my office, though some days I carry clothes in my backpack. I work at TCU, so I can shower at the rec center after my ride. One decent hill (Rogers), but most of my ride is on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericcox
    I normally ride in 3-4 times a week, though it's been about 2 weeks since I have been able to due to dr's appts and weather. My ride is right at 11 miles one way. I ride my road bike with a tube, CO2 inflator, water and backpack. I often have a stock of clothes in my office, though some days I carry clothes in my backpack. I work at TCU, so I can shower at the rec center after my ride. One decent hill (Rogers), but most of my ride is on the trail.
    which way are you coming from? Do you have to ride up univerity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughyreader
    which way are you coming from? Do you have to ride up univerity?
    I'm coming from Benbrook. I exit the trail at Rogers avenue, just west of University. Click here for a Google map / satellite of where I get off the trail. You can see the parking lot at the red arrow. From there, go south on Rogers. Rogers merges with Colonial drive just past the bridge over the trinity, and then you take the next left -- it is where Rogers re-starts. The hill is a bit steep, but short. Rogers then runs into TCU.

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    I live on Gorman, near Bikes, Inc. I usually ride from there to access the Trinity Trail near Bellaire, then ride the TT to 7th, where I get on 7th and ride to the Intermodal TRE station. I take the train to Centreport, then ride the mile or so from the station to to my office.

    Sometimes I ride a Miyata roadie, but lately I've been rocking the old Supercaliber 29er with 'cross tires and a Brooks on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericcox
    I'm coming from Benbrook. I exit the trail at Rogers avenue, just west of University. Click here for a Google map / satellite of where I get off the trail. You can see the parking lot at the red arrow. From there, go south on Rogers. Rogers merges with Colonial drive just past the bridge over the trinity, and then you take the next left -- it is where Rogers re-starts. The hill is a bit steep, but short. Rogers then runs into TCU.
    I use rogers on my way home tonight.
    Man o Man, that hill is a blast going down. I don't envey you on the way up. I shaved about 12 mins off my ride home using rogers. Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughyreader
    I use rogers on my way home tonight.
    Man o Man, that hill is a blast going down. I don't envey you on the way up. I shaved about 12 mins off my ride home using rogers. Nice.
    I used to live in VA. My favorite climb was about 4 miles that averaged a bit steeper than Rogers. It's not so bad once you get used to it. (fastest time on that climb: 34:52).

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    If you go around and hit Rogers, Overton Park, Ranch View and Arlin a few times in quick succession, you can make your lungs cry. No grannies allowed.

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    ^^^ Just curious -- any chance you have a map of this route? Sounds fun -- do you cross Hulen on Ranch View, or stay on the east side? I am often clueless, a bit of direction would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericcox
    ^^^ Just curious -- any chance you have a map of this route? Sounds fun -- do you cross Hulen on Ranch View, or stay on the east side? I am often clueless, a bit of direction would be helpful.
    It's just an alternate route home on days when I'm feeling froggy. It looks like this:http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1134531

    You have to ride hard on Hartwood and Encanto to keep your vitals up, though.

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    Ok, A stupid question I am sure. I have only been commuting for 1 week all five days. I take the same short hill everyday and it seems like I am not getting any stronger. It still takes the breath out me. Any pointers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by truman
    It's just an alternate route home on days when I'm feeling froggy. It looks like this:http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1134531

    You have to ride hard on Hartwood and Encanto to keep your vitals up, though.
    thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by toughyreader
    Ok, A stupid question I am sure. I have only been commuting for 1 week all five days. I take the same short hill everyday and it seems like I am not getting any stronger. It still takes the breath out me. Any pointers?
    It may take a while before you notice improvement. I wish I could give you different advice, but basically ride it every day. On days where you want to ride for pleasure, find a hill, go up it. Go down the hill. Go back up it. It will hurt, but it's the good kind of hurt.

    One day, you will be riding up the hill and think to yourself, "Huh, I seem to be going up this faster than I used to. And I am using a harder gear."

    Want an anecdote? No you say? Tough, you're going to get one anyway. When I moved to Virginia from Texas, having been seriously riding for all of 3 months, I immediately hopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway. At my launch point, I went up for about 6-7 miles. I thought I was going to die. I didn't catch my breath until after I had coasted down that same climb and proceeded to the car. Two years later, I road that same hill as part of my first solo century and was glad because though long, the grade was not too steep and I could rest while I climbed it. It's all relative.

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    Cool. I noticed a diffrence on the way home. I am going fixed in the comming months. eeek
    I test road today. It was awesome! I think I am gonna go with a Surly steamroller! I hope.

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    Well, I commute just about everyday from roughly the intersection of I-30 and Camp Bowie to just across the street from TCU.
    I usually go up Rogers in the morning, and take the back way around Colonial in the p.m., and sometimes go around the path and wind up coming up Hidden Road. That'll get the heart rate RIGHT up.

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    Go Colonels. One of the best bike shops on the planet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crdean1 View Post
    Go Colonels. One of the best bike shops on the planet!

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    What he said.

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    I am pretty fond of panther city... Check out the promo I did for them. They are a good guys

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    Jason and Bernie need to set up another Alley Cat.

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    that would be cool!

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    hey, i work @ colonel's tue-sat and on monday i messenger for bernie. ya get the idea that i like bikes? LOL
    yep, another alley cat would be good.
    the 1st one i was still on crutches, and the 2nd one i had to work.

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    NICE promo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bicycle Repairm View Post
    hey, i work @ colonel's tue-sat and on monday i messenger for bernie. ya get the idea that i like bikes? LOL
    yep, another alley cat would be good.
    the 1st one i was still on crutches, and the 2nd one i had to work.
    Hiya, Tim.

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