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Old 09-12-19, 07:59 AM
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Anybody start summer commuting & plan to continue?

here's hoping the cycling community picked up some new commuters this spring & summer & that some will try to continue thru the rest of the year!
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Old 09-12-19, 11:15 AM
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I specifically got my velomobile to extend my riding season to hopefully 12 months.

So, yes?

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Old 09-12-19, 04:33 PM
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I started this spring and I would like to continue all year weather and conditions permitting.
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Old 09-12-19, 06:23 PM
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I started commuting a couple summers ago.

Last fall I just didn't stop.

Kept going right on through winter.

I must admit I slowed down a tad in February. 4 degree mornings are a bit rough.
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Here it’s the summer afternoons that give me pause. But it helps they’re the ride home. So you’re committed
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Old 09-13-19, 05:15 AM
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Well I’m not new to bicycle communing but have returned to it after a long recovery from a double hart bypass. Life is good and I’m still this side of the daisies.
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Old 09-13-19, 12:13 PM
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I started cycle commuting in May, but just one day a week so far. I plan to keep it up as long as I can.
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Old 09-13-19, 12:18 PM
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If its not pouring rain or snowing I'm riding. I rarely drive anymore knowing everywhere I need to go is within a few miles from me
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Old 09-13-19, 01:15 PM
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I did a few split commutes last year & a handful of round trippers this summer. dawned on me the other day, that I might be able to do a few more. but I must admit, my storage for clothing at work, is not strained by what little I wear in the summer. aka stealth commuting
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Old 09-13-19, 02:31 PM
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I don't remember what season it was when I started commuting but it was a December when I resumed bicycling after a long pause. Riding in the cold seemed easy to me then until the snow and ice came, and it was harder to adapt to the warmer weather as I ran out of layers to remove as it warmed up in the spring. Commuting in the cold is still easier for me, I'll take the tradeoff of more time to get dressed over more sweat any day.
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Old 09-14-19, 07:50 AM
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Started commuting again after a year break. Moved into a foreclosure last year. Big lifestyle change. It’s actually faster for me to ride to work at this point. Riding to the gym 5 days a week vs a drive is a wash. I made the excuse of a new bike this fall. The plan is to make my current bike do winter duty.
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Old 09-16-19, 12:39 AM
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I commute twice a week, but it actually only is once. I drive my truck to work with my bike on it, and then I ride home. The next morning I ride to work. I love it, but my wife is preggo and almost due. I think I am addicted. It is a mixed feeling. Super happy the baby is coming, but not riding. definitely not playing golf. But, when they are older I plan on commuting more often.
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Old 09-20-19, 10:13 PM
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The wife and I started commuting (nearly) every day when school ended last spring. We’ve continued in to this school year and plan to continue through “winter”.

We’ll see how it goes once it dips below 40*, 9 miles each way in cold cold rain is going to be tough.
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Old 09-22-19, 09:32 AM
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I haven't had a job to commute to in a long time, but I started taking classes in college, so I started commuting to them in the last week of August. So far, I have ridden every day and have been enjoying it. The alternative to riding for me is taking the subway. I plan to be as tough as possible in the face of weather. When there is slush on the ground, I can take Citi Bike, as the bikes are heavy and sure-footed, and I won't be risking my bike.
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Old 09-22-19, 11:48 AM
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I started commuting this summer and I’m at three days a week. It’s only seven miles round trip, but we’ll see how tough I am once winter hits. Street parking in Boston is an urban nightmare, so it’s nice to have the option to ditch the car and hold on to my precious spot. I’m currently riding 700 x 25c Schwalbe Lugano. What are people running for winter tires?
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Old 09-23-19, 03:57 AM
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Last year I rode till February when too much snow made it impossible to share the roads (safely) with cars. I hope to continue as long as possible this year as well.
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Old 09-27-19, 09:21 AM
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That's me. I started this summer but still only ride 2-3 times a week (9miles each way). My ride on Tuesday got a little sketchy in the dim lighting. I had only my rear blinkie on and a hiviz tshirt.

It's getting cooler so i ordered a hiviz jacket and additional front/rear blinkies. I'll keep my current rear light as a slow pulse or steady light and i also have a front headlight to actually see with. So two lights front and rear, one blink, one steady. Maybe i'll put the rear blinkie on my helmet.

Now i'm working on my side-view reflection. I'll prob get those 3M reflective tape squares to put on my spokes.

Maybe i'll bring out my mountain bike for a snowy commute once or twice, but i don't see that happening too often frankly.
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I changed jobs this summer and started commuting to work (10 miles each way). It’s been a lot of fun. Had my first heavy, cold rain the other day, and since I was riding home from work, I didn’t care one bit. I also like to tell myself on my way to work that because I leave about the same time each day, that perhaps there are drivers in cars next to me that see me every day and wish they were me. Makes me smile.
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Old 10-11-19, 09:04 AM
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Been commuting year-round since 2002, in the mid Atlantic, the northeast, and now the south. I wouldn't have it any other way
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Just started commuting at the start of September. Plan on riding through the winter. Any glove suggestions would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by hippos_eat_men View Post
Plan on riding through the winter. Any glove suggestions would be appreciated.
everyone's "winter" is different. have you browsed the winter subforum?

https://www.bikeforums.net/winter-cycling/

for threads like this one about gloves

Cold weather gloves

I recently posted about some cheap gloves I've used a lot but I can't quickly find it right now. basically I had written that I liked using some cheap football fan gloves, for most of last fall & winter. so I would suggest using what you might already have. up North where I am, some ppl also use barmitts (which are great for rain) &/or expensive cycling gloves

good luck with your personal journey
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Old 11-03-19, 09:08 PM
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I broke my wrist in August 2018 and didn't start biking until next April. It was a very wet winter and cold spring and I was not motivated to start biking. A friend at work had a pace maker installed at that same time and he never really started biking. I have 2500 miles this year, hoping to get to 3000 and if it doesn't rain a lot I'll make it. I biked to work all winter two winters ago. The purchase of Shimano winter cycling shoes made the world of difference keeping my feet warm. Another difference was splurging on a $100 (on sale) Castelli winter jersey. It was warm enough that 80% of the time, it was all I needed for the 22 mile ride to work in the morning (Train most of the way home). Finally, when it got really cold here (sub 40F), fleece lined skull cap under the helmet. That old wive's tale my mother used to tell me really is true: you lose a lot of heat through your head; wear a hat. Rain, however, is showstopper for me :-)
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Old 11-04-19, 06:05 AM
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I actually do plan to ride through the winter. Although Atlanta winter is not the same as Grand Rapids winter, it's still sucks. It's cold, and it rains a lot. My old bike ran into shifting problems below 272ºK, so I'm curious to see how the new bike does in the chill.

I've been looking at some clothes for winter cycling, and I'm not liking my options. I can look like a middle-aged super-hero cosplayer in spandex, or I can look like a smooth-brained hippster in overpriced jeans.

For now I am just looking for:
Gloves, full finger, cycling.
Hat, stocking, warm.
Mask, cold weather, neoprene (non-heroic) - although I find this one oddly tempting LINK
Jacket, rain repellent, safety yellow
Pants, rain repellent.
Bands, pant leg restraining ]LINK

I... I can't do this one... I just can't LINK

And since I'm spending that money, I'll get a new set of lights. My current lights are pathetic.

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Old 11-05-19, 01:30 AM
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I actually do plan to ride through the winter. Although Atlanta winter is not the same as Grand Rapids winter, it's still sucks. It's cold, and it rains a lot. My old bike ran into shifting problems below 272ºK, so I'm curious to see how the new bike does in the chill.

I've been looking at some clothes for winter cycling, and I'm not liking my options. I can look like a middle-aged super-hero cosplayer in spandex, or I can look like a smooth-brained hippster in overpriced jeans.

For now I am just looking for:
Gloves, full finger, cycling.
Hat, stocking, warm.
Mask, cold weather, neoprene (non-heroic) - although I find this one oddly tempting LINK
Jacket, rain repellent, safety yellow
Pants, rain repellent.
Bands, pant leg restraining ]LINK

I... I can't do this one... I just can't LINK

And since I'm spending that money, I'll get a new set of lights. My current lights are pathetic.
Check out the threads in the Winter Cycling forum. You'll find some good suggestions. But every rider is different. My feet are cold below 60F, but my hands stay pretty warm :-)

One thing I learned as the weather got colder is that a fleece lined skull cap made the world of difference keeping heat in. Adding a skull cap kept the front of my thighs from getting cold! My outer layers tend to be cycling specific for the features, but under layers can be any technical clothing. I've picked up inexpensive clothing at Marshall's TJ Maxx, etc. Cold weather Under Armour long sleeve jerseys for $15-20! Unfortunately, it rarely gets cold enough here to warrant that heavy an base layer.
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I've been year-round for a while. The last six years were a short commute in western Wisconsin, and this year is a longer (18-20 mile RT) in North Carolina.

I didn't even bring my winter bike down here, though I brought a gravel bike and set of studs just in case of ice. So far, I pulled out the Level 1 Winter gear, but haven't used any of it other than the tights. I doubt I'll get below Level 1, but brought some Level 2 just in case. I doubt I'll need the ski goggles, but one never knows.

I think winter commuting here will be lovely and delightful!
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