Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Thread Up in Your Head

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Thread Up in Your Head

Old 03-19-20, 05:22 PM
  #1  
Lionheart
No whistling
Thread Starter
 
Lionheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 3 Posts
Thread Up in Your Head

Hey everybody, I’m thinking about riding to work tomorrow. It’ll be the first time in a long time. I know it will be good but I still have the jitters. My commute is super short, 2.2 mi. I’ve done it before but not in about a year.

I don’t really know why I’m posting, but I have the sort of 50% excited/50% worried state of mind. I know the commute will be fine, but I’ll feel better when I’ve done it.

When you commute, you think “This is so incredible, I’ll never stop.” For some reason you do stop. I do, anyway... Then the thing becomes simply re-starting. Re-starting is the thing.
Lionheart is offline  
Old 03-20-20, 06:40 AM
  #2  
BobbyG
Senior Member
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 4,992

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International

Mentioned: 52 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1069 Post(s)
Liked 638 Times in 328 Posts
Originally Posted by Lionheart View Post
Hey everybody, I’m thinking about riding to work tomorrow. It’ll be the first time in a long time. I know it will be good but I still have the jitters. My commute is super short, 2.2 mi. I’ve done it before but not in about a year.

I don’t really know why I’m posting, but I have the sort of 50% excited/50% worried state of mind. I know the commute will be fine, but I’ll feel better when I’ve done it.

When you commute, you think “This is so incredible, I’ll never stop.” For some reason you do stop. I do, anyway... Then the thing becomes simply re-starting. Re-starting is the thing.
Let us know how it went!
BobbyG is offline  
Old 03-20-20, 09:20 AM
  #3  
Lionheart
No whistling
Thread Starter
 
Lionheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 3 Posts
Hey everybody, it went fine. My new Power Grip pedals need to be a little tighter, and I could still use a few more teeth on that big cog, but the tiny commute went very well. The first one's the hard one.

I'm back baby!
Lionheart is offline  
Likes For Lionheart:
Old 03-20-20, 09:30 AM
  #4  
Notso_fastLane
Senior Member
 
Notso_fastLane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Layton, UT
Posts: 1,404

Bikes: 2011 Bent TW Elegance 2014 Carbon Strada Velomobile

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 427 Post(s)
Liked 416 Times in 256 Posts
The nice thing about commuting is that in the afternoon, you're already on your bike. You don't have to go straight home.

My commute is 5 miles. I rarely (not even 1/week) go straight home. My shortest alternate route is about 8 miles. It's not unusual to do 18-25 if I have time. I love hauling ass at over 30 mph in my velomobile. The looks I get are great. I can push that kind of speed for 3 miles or so before I have to dial it back a bit.
Notso_fastLane is offline  
Likes For Notso_fastLane:
Old 03-20-20, 06:32 PM
  #5  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 670 Posts
Are people still out and about in Virginia?
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 03-21-20, 03:10 PM
  #6  
Leisesturm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 4,443
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1594 Post(s)
Liked 183 Times in 145 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Are people still out and about in Virginia?
I think it is was a mistake for some Governors and Mayors to bake in the thinking that people can't even bike outdoors. I mean ... on my bike I don't come within 25' of anyone. How can that possibly spread virus? Perfectly healthy people are going to have health complications from sitting on their butts for months without any exercise whatsoever. How can that make sense, to avoid spreading (or catching) COVID-19 but losing your job because you didn't work for four weeks, or made your diabetes worse because you did nothing for four weeks, or, or ... I don't know, I think our authorities need to allow people to think that they can go about life as close to normal as possible as long as they take common sense precautions.
Leisesturm is offline  
Likes For Leisesturm:
Old 03-21-20, 08:04 PM
  #7  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 670 Posts
It's interesting that different places are handling things differently. I'm very pleased that my governor (NY) has waived all fees in county and state parks. We should go out and get fresh air.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Likes For noglider:
Old 03-21-20, 10:12 PM
  #8  
Hamstring
Knuckle Dragger
 
Hamstring's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Central WA. state
Posts: 20

Bikes: Kona Splice

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 7 Posts
My first commute will be April 6th. That's when we'll be allowed back to work, on a reduced schedule.
My commute will be 14.5 miles. Nothing to sneeze at afaic. Wish me luck.
Honestly, the worst part will be having a backpack on and then the very tired ride home after 10 hrs. of hard work. I sling a lot of steel and weld it together. I'm an outdoor dog, not an indoor dog. Lol!
Hamstring is offline  
Likes For Hamstring:
Old 03-22-20, 10:05 AM
  #9  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 670 Posts
Hamstring welcome to BF. For a commute that long, it might be best to attach your luggage to your bike.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Likes For noglider:
Old 03-22-20, 02:04 PM
  #10  
Hamstring
Knuckle Dragger
 
Hamstring's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Central WA. state
Posts: 20

Bikes: Kona Splice

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Hamstring welcome to BF. For a commute that long, it might be best to attach your luggage to your bike.
I agree. Looking at these now.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html?ref_=nav_cart
Hamstring is offline  
Old 03-22-20, 02:29 PM
  #11  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 670 Posts
Hamstring, you posted a link to your cart which turns into a link to my cart, not the product. Panniers? There are a few top-notch pannier brands, Ortlieb being one of them. They are worth it if you use them a lot. One problem with panniers is that they're not useful anywhere else, not as a shoulder bag, backpack, etc. I have Ortlieb panniers and like them. My spouse has bottom-of-the-line Nashbar panniers, and they are crappy, but she barely ever uses them, so they are right for her. Another possibility is a basket, because you can toss in whatever you're using that day whether it's a backpack, briefcase, or anything else.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 03-22-20, 05:08 PM
  #12  
wipekitty
vespertine member
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: nowhere, USA
Posts: 2,473

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 685 Post(s)
Liked 204 Times in 157 Posts
Originally Posted by Hamstring View Post
My commute will be 14.5 miles. Nothing to sneeze at afaic. Wish me luck.
Honestly, the worst part will be having a backpack on and then the very tired ride home after 10 hrs. of hard work. I sling a lot of steel and weld it together. I'm an outdoor dog, not an indoor dog. Lol!
Serious props for combining a decent bike commute and an active job! Good luck - you'll be in really good shape after a week or two of that.
wipekitty is offline  
Likes For wipekitty:
Old 03-22-20, 05:21 PM
  #13  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 670 Posts
Truly! I had a 13.5 mile commute, and it was a bit much for me. I only did it two or three days a week, because it made me so tired.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 03-22-20, 05:37 PM
  #14  
Hamstring
Knuckle Dragger
 
Hamstring's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Central WA. state
Posts: 20

Bikes: Kona Splice

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Truly! I had a 13.5 mile commute, and it was a bit much for me. I only did it two or three days a week, because it made me so tired.
This is my actual goal, maybe twice a week. Especially in the heat of Summer. It's rarely below 90 degrees here and it's over 100 quite often.

This is the set-up I'm looking at noglider.
Hamstring is offline  
Likes For Hamstring:
Old 03-22-20, 05:51 PM
  #15  
Papa Tom
Senior Member
 
Papa Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,137

Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 700 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 69 Posts
If that's what you're looking at, then may I suggest you consider the Topeak MTX DXP combination trunk bag/pannier set and compatible rack? It's very similar, with the very cool quick-release system, but it also has two fold-out panniers in which you can carry clothing, shoes, a notebook, etc. I've had mine for several years now and consider it the very best bicycle-related purchase I have ever made.
Papa Tom is offline  
Likes For Papa Tom:
Old 03-22-20, 07:15 PM
  #16  
Hamstring
Knuckle Dragger
 
Hamstring's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Central WA. state
Posts: 20

Bikes: Kona Splice

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
If that's what you're looking at, then may I suggest you consider the Topeak MTX DXP combination trunk bag/pannier set and compatible rack? It's very similar, with the very cool quick-release system, but it also has two fold-out panniers in which you can carry clothing, shoes, a notebook, etc. I've had mine for several years now and consider it the very best bicycle-related purchase I have ever made.
Will do. I've a Topeak seat bag on it now. Topeak seams to be of reasonable quality.
Hamstring is offline  
Old 03-23-20, 05:36 AM
  #17  
Papa Tom
Senior Member
 
Papa Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,137

Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 700 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 69 Posts
Unless they have changed models, there's the "DX" and the "DXP," the DXP being slightly larger. Though it may not initially seem like you'll need the extra space, I am so glad I returned the DX and added a few bucks to get the DXP instead. It's DEFINITELY worth the extra investment. Good luck, and don't overthink it like I did!
Papa Tom is offline  
Likes For Papa Tom:
Old 03-31-20, 05:38 AM
  #18  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 24,863

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 103 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3721 Post(s)
Liked 843 Times in 587 Posts
the more you do it, the fewer teeth you'll need

reminded me, I used to have a nemesis hill that I got better at over time. then I switched bikes & had to battle that darn hill again, but I eventually got back to good performance despite harder gearing. keep at it.

btw if you're working from home now you can still do your work commute, just as a round trip. I almost did mine the other day but I had a nother goal, so I didn't
rumrunn6 is offline  
Likes For rumrunn6:
Old 03-31-20, 01:00 PM
  #19  
PollyS8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
I think it is was a mistake for some Governors and Mayors to bake in the thinking that people can't even bike outdoors. I mean ... on my bike I don't come within 25' of anyone. How can that possibly spread virus? Perfectly healthy people are going to have health complications from sitting on their butts for months without any exercise whatsoever. How can that make sense, to avoid spreading (or catching) COVID-19 but losing your job because you didn't work for four weeks, or made your diabetes worse because you did nothing for four weeks, or, or ... I don't know, I think our authorities need to allow people to think that they can go about life as close to normal as possible as long as they take common sense precautions.
Absolutely agree! I'm fed up wth sitting on the same place, you know, it makes me mad.
PollyS8 is offline  
Old 04-02-20, 09:34 AM
  #20  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 670 Posts
I had a couple of those nemesis hills, too, @rumrunn6. After a few weeks, I didn't even notice them. I don't live near them any more, but now they are jokes to me, so small and easy. Funny, I'm 59, and I'm a better climber than when I was 20. Or maybe I just tried to go up too fast.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 04-02-20, 09:46 AM
  #21  
Papa Tom
Senior Member
 
Papa Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,137

Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 700 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 69 Posts
>>>Funny, I'm 59, and I'm a better climber than when I was 20. Or maybe I just tried to go up too fast.<<<<

Hah! I know exactly what you mean, and I think your analysis is correct. When I was in my 30's and got back into cycling, I used to obsess about what people in cars were thinking when they passed me on a steep hill. For that reason, alone, I would overexert myself and bonk halfway to the top. Now that my grey hair makes me look like I have no business even being on a bicycle, I care a whole lot less. And because I pace myself, I get up hills a lot easier!
Papa Tom is offline  
Likes For Papa Tom:
Old 04-03-20, 09:19 AM
  #22  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 39,114

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 475 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6474 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 670 Posts
@Papa Tom, I'm not convinced that's what was going on with me at age 20. I remember huffing and puffing and not going fast. I will never know. My breathing rate barely goes up on that hill nowadays. I'm talking about the hill that the George Washington Bridge is on in Manhattan. I lived north of the hill (at the bottom) and work and college were south of it, so I climbed the northern slope in the morning and the southern slope in the evening.

Later in life, I lived in a hilly part of NJ and learned to pace myself. I'm not amazingly fast, but I manage to climb most hills without stopping or walking.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 04-03-20, 12:23 PM
  #23  
Papa Tom
Senior Member
 
Papa Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,137

Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 700 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 69 Posts
I guess the trick is to not question "why" and just keep doing it. It's awesome when SOMETHING doesn't hurt these days!
Papa Tom is offline  
Old 07-15-20, 07:34 PM
  #24  
Lionheart
No whistling
Thread Starter
 
Lionheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Are people still out and about in Virginia?
Sorry for the late response... I’d have to say ‘not really’ it seems lots of people are scared by all the hysteria.
Lionheart is offline  
Old 07-15-20, 07:37 PM
  #25  
Lionheart
No whistling
Thread Starter
 
Lionheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
We should go out and get fresh air.
Totally agree. Sunshine and fresh air, it’s got to be good.
Lionheart is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.