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

2024 How Was Your Commute?

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.

2024 How Was Your Commute?

Old 05-01-24, 03:12 PM
  #126  
Junior Member
 
jaxy357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2022
Location: Delaware USA
Posts: 140

Bikes: Terry Susan B., '23 Specialized Roll 3.0 low entry, 'Lectric Lite folding bike, beater mountain bike

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Liked 112 Times in 49 Posts
Long time no speak

Hi all and happy bike month! Today was my first commute on my new to me Terry bike. It went great and I hope she’s still locked up at the train station when I get there in about 30 minutes.

Terry “Susan B” 21 speed
jaxy357 is offline  
Likes For jaxy357:
Old 05-01-24, 03:20 PM
  #127  
Junior Member
 
jaxy357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2022
Location: Delaware USA
Posts: 140

Bikes: Terry Susan B., '23 Specialized Roll 3.0 low entry, 'Lectric Lite folding bike, beater mountain bike

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Liked 112 Times in 49 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider
My goodness, @Amitoj. I'm sorry it happened, but I'm glad you're alive and able to ride.

Today's rides were pretty darned good. I had a moderate crosswind in the morning which felt like a headwind, but I suspect it didn't hinder me much. I need to get to work on time from now on, and I was concerned about that. So I pedaled hard. I'm not sure how much time I made by pedaling hard, but it's good for me, and I made it with a few minutes to spare.

Rat count: 1 dead, very fat.

The ride from work to class was pretty good. Until recently, I found this route annoying, but I've gotten used to it. One upside to today or my conditioning or whatever is that I'm getting less upset at how people drive. One downside to the way I rode is that even though I told myself I should take fewer risks in traffic (since I'm getting older), well, I did at least one dumb thing I promised not to do: I slithered between a bus and a tall truck that were both waiting at the light. This leg of my commuting was my fastest time ever.

Lots of people smiled at me as I rode. Then I realize that I must look pretty darned unusual. I might be the only one who commutes on a bicycle in Manhattan wearing a tie. Today I wore pink trousers, a black shirt, and a black tie with multicolored polka dots. OK yeah that's pretty unusual. So be it.

Of course, after a long day, I ride home from class gently.
I’m out of the loop. what are you studying? I did grad school years back and advise grads now. Might start taking fashion classes for fun this fall.
jaxy357 is offline  
Likes For jaxy357:
Old 05-07-24, 04:48 PM
  #128  
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, and High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 40,634

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: 513 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7407 Post(s)
Liked 2,588 Times in 1,511 Posts
Originally Posted by jaxy357
I’m out of the loop. what are you studying? I did grad school years back and advise grads now. Might start taking fashion classes for fun this fall.
I'm getting an MS in Education, specifically Special Education for grades 7 through 12. I'll be a subject matter generalist, ready to teach Math, English, Social Studies, or Science.
__________________
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 05-08-24, 02:48 PM
  #129  
StillNewbieButInGrey
 
Strawbunyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
Location: Wayne county, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: 1982 Austro Daimler SLE, Eastern Alpaka 29er

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 106 Posts
I woke up really tired today and finally decided a nice bike ride in the 15MPH winds should wake me, and I needed deodorant, so I took the Ole SLE up to the dollar general for its first commute. I made it there, got the stick, and made it back faster than my wife does in the van the bike rode excellently. I don't know why but this bike handles up hill riding better than my other bike that has HUGE rear cogs... pure math says this should not be the case..maybe I just hate spinning? Maybe it is the 10 pounds this bike doesn't have compared to the other? I don't know. Either way, today was a good day.

I took a route I don't normally take and all the traffic was very kind about me being in the road. Until now I have been riding on the right side of the white line ( my big giant hookworm tires made this possible without much worry about debris or riding off into the grass) but I am not giving any right of way on this thing, they are just going to have to deal with the fact that i am indeed a vehicle

Last edited by Strawbunyan; 05-09-24 at 09:55 AM.
Strawbunyan is offline  
Likes For Strawbunyan:
Old 05-10-24, 12:14 PM
  #130  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,992

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2645 Post(s)
Liked 2,001 Times in 1,254 Posts
Back on the bike after a storm the other day. Lots of trees still down; fortunately, the utilities company took responsibility for the tree that took out my power line (and internet!), but there's at least one that somehow missed the power line completely blocking a nearby intersection. Not sure when the city will get a round tuit, but we had a parade of roofing trucks yesterday that changed their sign by yesterday afternoon and now they're advertising stump grinding.

Clear, warm air unless you're exposed to the cool north wind. (No, I don't understand what I just wrote, but it seems to describe the situation.) Big "news" is that the cicadas are marching north. Wednesday I could hear them singing south of one east-west thoroughfare; this morning they've moved one big road north. They're like riding in a sci-fi movie, high-pitched, low volume background noise. (Maybe I can't hear them nearer the house for all the chainsaws and heavy equipment revving!)
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 05-19-24, 01:36 PM
  #131  
StillNewbieButInGrey
 
Strawbunyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
Location: Wayne county, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: 1982 Austro Daimler SLE, Eastern Alpaka 29er

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 106 Posts
Beautiful day today after a couple days of thunderstorms and since I had finally done enough shakedown cruises and made enough excuses....I rode the 1982 AD SLE to work today for the first time.
I usually fast during the day until about 4PM but on the days I ride I was eating a snack first...I forgot to do that today and had to pull over and barf a pot of coffee onto the side of the road. I also stopped for some photo ops on the bridge for the C&V forum. I still made good time though. The first half of my ride i averaged 18.6 MPH which i impressed myself with. Top speed was good considering i was on the breaks for that hill. Had i hit it wide open and spread my arms i would have been flying. All and all the bike did great, and I have a lot of work to do on the Motor.
Strawbunyan is offline  
Old 05-19-24, 11:01 PM
  #132  
StillNewbieButInGrey
 
Strawbunyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
Location: Wayne county, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: 1982 Austro Daimler SLE, Eastern Alpaka 29er

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 106 Posts
And one from the ride home. My top speed has not really increased much but my average speed is up 3MPH from my original bike so I guess the flats and uphill areas are better.
Strawbunyan is offline  
Old 05-20-24, 09:13 AM
  #133  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,992

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2645 Post(s)
Liked 2,001 Times in 1,254 Posts
Cool, clear morning ride. At least it was cool while I was rolling -- as soon as I stopped I was drenched in sweat and took an hour to cool down. Fascinating where the cicadas are singing and where they're not. Recent construction (in the last 13 years)? Nothing. Quiet, established residential neighborhoods? Yep, there they are. Going through some woods. CICADAS ARE DARNED LOUD!!

I think I need to wash my bikes again. Wore out a tire over the weekend, so I swapped front to rear and put the new tire on the front. This morning I was accompanied by a pair of banshees that cut loose every time I hit the brakes! OTOH, they seem to work much better. I'm thinking I must have wiped the rims clean(er) while dismounting and re-mounting the tires. Maybe that's why my hands were so dirty?
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 05-20-24, 01:15 PM
  #134  
StillNewbieButInGrey
 
Strawbunyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
Location: Wayne county, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: 1982 Austro Daimler SLE, Eastern Alpaka 29er

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 106 Posts

today I decided I would take it easy, and ride slowly instead of trying to audition for the TDF like I normally do. Somehow, that made me faster? I never got out of breath, my legs never wanted to die and i made it to work in record time. Hmmmmmm.
I did have my first angry driver.he was in an oncoming lane on a 4 lane road so a full 3 lanes away and going in the opposite direction and felt he needed to prove how ignorant he is by yelling at me to get out of the road...mind you, I was 1/2 an inch to the left side of the white line with NO other traffic on the road. I wonder who hurt him so badly. Stay in school kids......
I just gave him a thumbs up and kept moving.

Another gentleman tried to motivate me??? By screaming at me angrily to "go faster" LOL. (Also from oncoming traffic 4 lanes away and across a median)
These people should get bikes, they might stay in a better mood.
Strawbunyan is offline  
Likes For Strawbunyan:
Old 05-20-24, 05:21 PM
  #135  
Senior Member
 
gaucho777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posts: 7,287

Bikes: '72 Cilo Pacer, '72 Gitane Gran Tourisme, '72 Peugeot PX10, '73 Speedwell Ti, '74 Peugeot UE-8, '75 Peugeot PR-10L, '80 Colnago Super, '85 De Rosa Pro, '86 Look Equipe 753, '86 Look KG86, '89 Parkpre Team, '90 Parkpre Team MTB, '90 Merlin

Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 850 Post(s)
Liked 2,223 Times in 576 Posts
Belated update from Friday...I decided to take one of my alternate, long routes home. My normal commute is only about 4 miles each way, but it's mostly uphill on the way to work, and I get some nice views of the SF Bay when I reach the summit. The nice thing is that it makes for an easy ride home at the end of a long day. However, if I have time and energy, there are a lot of non-direct ways for me to go home. On Friday, I did just that, and took my '72 Cilo Pacer through some back trails in Tilden Park in the hills east of Berkeley, CA, which extended my total commute to around 17.5 miles and 1,900' climbing. Livin' the good life.




Last edited by gaucho777; 05-20-24 at 05:25 PM.
gaucho777 is offline  
Likes For gaucho777:
Old 05-21-24, 07:19 AM
  #136  
The Fat Guy In The Back
 
Tundra_Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 2,539

Bikes: '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork, '15 Kestrel Evoke 3.0, '19 Salsa Mukluk

Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 320 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 119 Posts
Consecutive bicycle work commute number 1895:

Just realized I hadn't posted on this thread since April. Oops!

Today's forecast pretty much called for rain all day. When I got up this morning it wasn't raining at that point in time, but I could tell it rained quite a bit during the night.

I resisted the urge to take the road bike, and loaded my waterproof pannier onto my hybrid bike with fenders. The temp wasn't bad; around 60°F and humid. However, this morning was supposed to be the high temperature of the day, and it then was supposed to drop until it gets into the 40s.

In the first mile I encountered two idiot drivers. I suspect both were high school kids on their way to school. The first incident happened at a blind intersection in my neighborhood. There is a 4-way stop, where I turn left. There are large bushes and trees completely obscuring the view from the left, and because of the lack of visibility there are "no passing" lines painted on the road. As I reached the stop sign, a driver pulled into the oncoming lane to pass me, completely ignored the stop sign and turned left in front of me from the wrong side of the road. Had there been any oncoming traffic one or both of us would have gotten smoked.

Then about a quarter mile further down the road I reached another stop sign where I turn right onto a busy street. Traffic is usually heavy enough on this road that I have to find a gap between cars and try and join the flow the best I can. I picked my gap, and as I pulled out I hear the sound of an engine roaring. A driver behind me who was also turning right went at the same time as I did, and proceeded to pass me in the same lane mid-turn. Thankfully after that I had no other altercations and the remainder of the ride was peaceful traffic-wise.

The first 2.5 miles of my ride were bone dry. Then it started to sprinkle. At the 4 mile mark the sprinkle had turned into light rain. At the 5 mile mark the light rain had turned into steady rain, so I pulled off underneath an overpass and removed my socks and put them in my pannier. I find socks turn into giant sponges and wick moisture into my shoes. My feet actually stay drier in the rain without socks. As long as I was pulled over, I threw my phone in my pannier as well, rather than having it get soaked in my shorts pocket.

By the time I hit the 8 mile mark and pulled into the office parking lot, the rain had turned into a downpour. My sweatshirt was soaked and I wrung water out of my gloves. I figured out I'd lost my badge somewhere so I didn't have access to get into the building. It was now 7:15 and the front door doesn't automatically unlock until 8. Thankfully another coworker had also arrived early, and even more thankfully he saw my text to come and let me in the door so I didn't have to stand in the rain too long.

Normally on Tuesdays I do a split commute working from our company office in the morning and a client office in the afternoon. With the rain I'm probably just going to stay at our company office all day and work for the client remotely. When I first started working for this client they were pretty adamant about me being on-site as much as possible, but there's been a change in management at the client since then and the new management is much more laid back about my physical location, so I'm sure they'll be fine with it.
__________________
Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop

Last edited by Tundra_Man; 05-21-24 at 07:23 AM.
Tundra_Man is offline  
Likes For Tundra_Man:
Old 05-24-24, 12:16 PM
  #137  
StillNewbieButInGrey
 
Strawbunyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
Location: Wayne county, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: 1982 Austro Daimler SLE, Eastern Alpaka 29er

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 106 Posts
Tundra_Man your "consecutive commute" posts are very inspiring and they make me want to ride my bike to work more and more. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Strawbunyan is offline  
Likes For Strawbunyan:
Old 05-26-24, 01:32 PM
  #138  
StillNewbieButInGrey
 
Strawbunyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
Location: Wayne county, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: 1982 Austro Daimler SLE, Eastern Alpaka 29er

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 106 Posts
The one day so far this week that the forecast didn't call for rain....it rained on my way in. I am glad it did, it felt kinda nice. Even took my helmet off and let the old noggin get some cool off time. Wasn't bad, I was on my MTB and threw a whole mess of water off the front wheel into my face but my glasses kept it out of my eyes....first rain ride in the books.
Strawbunyan is offline  
Likes For Strawbunyan:
Old 05-28-24, 06:50 AM
  #139  
The Fat Guy In The Back
 
Tundra_Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 2,539

Bikes: '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork, '15 Kestrel Evoke 3.0, '19 Salsa Mukluk

Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 320 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 119 Posts
Consecutive bicycle work commute number 1899:

I woke up somewhere around 2:30 AM and after that never did much more than doze until my alarm went off at 5:30. My brain wouldn't turn off as it tried to solve every crisis known to man. I was having a real problem with this earlier this year, but thankfully today was the first time it has happened in about a month. Although I generally try to avoid it, I think I'm going to allow myself some caffeine today.

Temp was 55°F with a light headwind. The skies were mostly blue, but it looked like some rain had passed by a few minutes before I left the house. About a mile from home it started to sprinkle, which was really weird considering the blue sky. The only thing I can guess is that it was coming from the dark clouds that had already passed by, and perhaps the atmospheric wind blew it to where I was? Not sure. In any event, it sprinkled in the sun as I rode for a few miles and then it stopped.

Where I get off the MUP, there's a stretch of busy road that I need to follow for about 1/4 mile when I can then turn onto a quieter side street. On the south side of this stretch there's a sidewalk that has no driveways or intersections, and very rarely ever has a pedestrian. I generally try to avoid riding on the sidewalk, but because there's no danger from cars turning and no pedestrians to annoy, I do break my own rule on this section, even though technically I'm riding on the wrong side of the road.

Anyway, I said all that because as I approached this area I remembered that they're beginning some construction today and are shutting down that stretch of sidewalk. Other than setting out a bunch of cones, they hadn't yet started working on my way to the office, so I went ahead and rode on the sidewalk. I'm guessing it will be unrideable when I'm heading the other direction later today.
__________________
Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop
Tundra_Man is offline  
Likes For Tundra_Man:
Old 05-28-24, 09:00 AM
  #140  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,992

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2645 Post(s)
Liked 2,001 Times in 1,254 Posts
Cool, clear day. Cool enough that I wasn't dripping with sweat when I stopped, but warm enough that I was getting damp rapidly.

Storms over the weekend brought down enough small sticks and leaves on the MUP near my office, that I hope all the lunchtime joggers go out there today and shuffle most of that duff off the pavement.

Surprise! at the office. Somebody was parked in my space! Not only have a couple more people started parking at MY shaded rack but somebody rode in on a cargo e-bike (Benno?). Monster panniers on the thing, big enough to stash a two year old with enough snacks and drinks to keep them happy for a 20 mile ride in each bag, and a front bag for a couple bags of groceries, plus a rear rack that you could strap a case of canned drinks on (with enough straps). Looking at it, I thought it might be big enough to be a car replacement. Would that work when the nearest housing is 5 miles away and through the year there's a 30% chance of rain every day? Dunno...
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 05-30-24, 07:54 AM
  #141  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,992

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2645 Post(s)
Liked 2,001 Times in 1,254 Posts
A beautiful, clear morning. Goofy the Garmin said the temperature was in the upper 60s; if I'd been born a few weeks earlier I'd happily be riding my age today.

I noticed that one of the old oak trees on my commute looked dead above 20' from the ground. I've never really seen that tree in the decades I've lived in the neighborhood. A few miles later, I connected a few more dots: (1) all the leaves and smaller branches were gone, but the largest branches were still there, not rotting and falling off (yet); (2) Two bigger, old trees were blown over in the tornado a couple weeks ago half a block from this tree. So perhaps the tornado had lifted 20' when it hit that oak, and just stripped everything above the first level of leaves. I guess I'll have to wait a few weeks and see if it starts leafing out again.

One more note. We were out of town for the weekend, and it just hit me that it's awfully quiet. In the four days we were away, it seems like most of the cicadas died off. Oh, there are a few still flying around and lying on the ground, but the background noise is almost gone.
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 05-30-24, 10:14 PM
  #142  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2023
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 632
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 404 Post(s)
Liked 315 Times in 203 Posts
I was transferred to another school and my commute dropped by a mile or two each way. The interesting thing about cutting the miles is that I'm just as tired - I simply go faster over a shorter distance. I save about 10 minutes each way, which is great. The miles I cut were the most urban - making left turns in traffic and dodging forklifts unloading building supplies from flat bed semis in the street. Now I ride into a secure parking deck under the building, park between some support columns by some handicapped spots, and grab the elevator.
ScottCommutes is offline  
Likes For ScottCommutes:
Old 05-31-24, 05:19 PM
  #143  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 111

Bikes: 2011 Cannondale SuperSix 3, 1987 Raleigh Technium 440

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 48 Times in 22 Posts
First commute of the year yesterday, never been so tired when I got home. Been off the bike too much, put a few pounds back on. I'll try to stay with it. 11.5 miles, all headwind it seemed like. Now that schools are out my commute is much more tolerable.
macattack71 is offline  
Likes For macattack71:
Old 06-01-24, 12:36 AM
  #144  
StillNewbieButInGrey
 
Strawbunyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2024
Location: Wayne county, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: 1982 Austro Daimler SLE, Eastern Alpaka 29er

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Liked 209 Times in 106 Posts
2nd commute this week. One on the SLE and one on the Alpaka. So far my max consecutive commutes has been 2. And my max commute per work week has been 3. I would like to make it 5 days in a row this week and will be shooting for that, but I have set a managable goal of atleast 3 in a row, so if I make it tomorrow on the bike I will be happy and anything after that will be icing on the cake.
rode home on wet roads and in a drizzle tonight, it wasnt so bad, i definitely understand why everyone recommended fenders..that doo doo water in the road is gross.
Everyone at work likes my mountain bike "better" than my skinny tire bike and it clicked to me that they seem to be speaking for the majority of the town. Traffic seems to treat me much better on the MTB than they do on my road bike....I think they see skinny tires and drop bars and assume I am a "cyclist" and my goal is to purposely impeed their day for my own personal TDF goals or something....peoples perceptions are very strange and they all seem to be angry at me on the road bike days.
much more traffic today than I normally deal with, both on the way to work and the way home. I kind of enjoyed having to filter in and around the cars( good thing I was on my MTB, or they may have just ran me over)
all in all I am really loving these rides and I have been getting to work faster each day and my fitness level is WAY up, I rode 11 miles on Wednesday(my day off) no problem. I no longer have to stop at all on my way to work( I was stopping twice when I first started). When I get to work, I am not out of breath, and I am actually considering finding a longer route to get to work just to make sure I keep improving. Soon I should be commuting 5 days a week and taking a longer ride on atleast one of my days off, totaling 6 days a week of riding.
Strawbunyan is offline  
Old 06-03-24, 12:27 PM
  #145  
The Fat Guy In The Back
 
Tundra_Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 2,539

Bikes: '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork, '15 Kestrel Evoke 3.0, '19 Salsa Mukluk

Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 320 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 119 Posts
Consecutive bicycle work commute number 1903:

This weekend I went overly gung-ho on some yard work, and wound up aggravating my sciatica. This morning I felt it a little when I got up, but decided to go ahead and try to go for my pre-commute walk. Made it about halfway and the pain got bad enough that I took a more direct route home and cut my walk a little short.

Still forced myself to get on the bike and ride to work. Getting on and off the bike hurt, but once I was on the pain really wasn't bad.

I posted my latest bicycle commuting video:
__________________
Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop
Tundra_Man is offline  
Likes For Tundra_Man:
Old 06-04-24, 09:02 AM
  #146  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,992

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2645 Post(s)
Liked 2,001 Times in 1,254 Posts
First rainy commute in about four years? Just a light shower, though it was enough to make looking through my glasses interesting. Better than getting hit in the eye by raindrops, IMHO.

Though I've been coming into the office sporadically for 2.5 years, and biking in with some regularity for a while, now I feel like I'm Back In The Office. And I'm a bike-to-work guy again!
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 06-06-24, 07:31 PM
  #147  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 111

Bikes: 2011 Cannondale SuperSix 3, 1987 Raleigh Technium 440

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 48 Times in 22 Posts
I was quicker on the way home than the ride into work. Unusual. Right knee bothering me, but not while on the bike at least, yet. Wish I had a flatter route into work. I will try to get two commutes into work this week, weather depending. The heat is coming, which makes the ride home a beast. Looks like a Tuesday/Friday commute.

Last edited by macattack71; 06-09-24 at 07:57 PM.
macattack71 is offline  
Old 06-08-24, 06:43 PM
  #148  
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, and High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 40,634

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: 513 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7407 Post(s)
Liked 2,588 Times in 1,511 Posts
@Strawbunyan, that is SO GOOD to read. It's really the best that a new bike commuter can report. You're quite right to phase in your bike trips rather that trying to do five days a week all at once. You may find that five days doesn't suit you, and that's fine.

What do you wear when you're on your AD? I hardly ever wear cycling clothing on my bike. Even today I took a fun/fitness ride in the country. I rode my fancy road bike with cycling shoes, but I wore hiking shorts and a t-shirt. I'm not looking to look like a racer wannabe. I do own plenty of cycling shorts and jerseys, but I rarely feel like wearing them.
__________________
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 06-11-24, 08:31 AM
  #149  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,992

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2645 Post(s)
Liked 2,001 Times in 1,254 Posts
What a nice morning to ride! Clear and cool, 64F, with just a few wisps of clouds in the sky. No wind to speak of. In another month or so, I'll be willing to load up the bike and drive 500 miles north looking for a morning like this!

Had an interesting encounter with the municipal railroad this morning. I guess they were hooking some cars up. The engine was stationary right next to the street at an oblique intersection, so lights for all four streets were red. I rode to the front of the line and made a right on red. Just as I turned the engineer started ringing the bell, then he tooted after I'd crossed in front of him and revved it up. Oops! On the bright side, only one car passed me in the next mile -- everybody else was stuck at the light. Made up for it a few miles later where traffic engineering was tinkering with a light that worked fine the last time I went through the intersection. It wasn't working well at all while they were tinkering.
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 06-13-24, 07:09 AM
  #150  
The Fat Guy In The Back
 
Tundra_Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 2,539

Bikes: '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork, '15 Kestrel Evoke 3.0, '19 Salsa Mukluk

Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 320 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 119 Posts
Consecutive bicycle work commute number 1911:

Got up this morning and walked out into the hall. In the dim light I saw a clump of dirt on the floor and thought, "What a weird place for a clump of dirt!" I kicked it with my toe and discovered it wasn't a clump of dirt. It was cat puke. So I had to clean that up. Hopefully that's not an omen for the entire day...

About five minutes after I was dressed for the ride it started to rain pretty hard. No rain was in the forecast for today. I didn't have to leave for another 20 minutes, so I sat down to reevaluate. My original plans were to ride to the company office, then at lunch ride to the client location. I thought about instead riding to the client first (closer to home), then over lunch riding to our office. Then I thought about riding to the client first and staying there all day. Either way, it would give me an additional hour before I had to leave the house. I set my alarm and tried to take a snooze.

After 20 minutes I realized I wasn't going to fall asleep. It also looked like the rain had passed. I checked radar, and it looked like there was a break in the clouds. There was another storm coming, but radar predicted it wouldn't arrive until 7:30. If I left the house now I could revert to my original plans and ride to our office first, and make it well before the second storm hit.

The roads were wet when I left the house, but no rain was falling. I opted to take the road bike without fenders, as that is what I packed for the previous night and I wasn't motivated enough to re-pack for my rain bike.

Other than a little bit of road spray coming off my tires, I remained dry the first couple of miles. Then it started to sprinkle. No big deal, I've ridden in sprinkles before. Then it started to rain harder. My last two miles were ridden though a full blown rain storm complete with lighting. The second storm must have been moving faster than they predicted and got here sooner.

The temp when I left the house said 67°F, so I just had a t-shirt and shorts, and no gloves. Between the rain and the wind, I actually started to get kind of cold and wished I was wearing gloves and another layer.

Made it to the office a wet, muddy mess. Because I didn't have fenders I had the "skunk stripe" up my butt and back. My socks had soaked up all the water like a sponge and transferred it to the inside of my shoes. Thankfully we had a shower, so I was able to clean up. Another co-worker who rides arrived soaking wet, and he too was surprised by the rain.

Unfortunately, my backpack is not waterproof so my work clothes had some wet spots where the water had soaked through. But, in the grand scheme of life that's a minor inconvenience.
__________________
Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop

Last edited by Tundra_Man; 06-13-24 at 07:13 AM.
Tundra_Man is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.