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Old 11-17-05, 08:09 AM
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worst part of bike commuting

For me, it comes around 4:50pm and not everyday. It's when I'm changing back into my riding clothes and have to put on cold, clammy, damp underwear and shorts that never dried out from the morning ride because I forgot to hang them. They've been sitting in a balled-up clump on the corner of my desk where I threw them in the morning when someone distracted me right after my shower. Problem is, I'm easily distracted, so this happens more often than it should.

And for you?
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Old 11-17-05, 08:29 AM
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Soccer moms driving chelsea tractors, looking into the back seat to yell at the kids whilst talking on a cell phone and applying mascara on roundabouts.
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Old 11-17-05, 08:34 AM
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Arriving at work.
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Originally Posted by nicomachus
For me, it comes around 4:50pm and not everyday. It's when I'm changing back into my riding clothes and have to put on cold, clammy, damp underwear and shorts that never dried out from the morning ride because I forgot to hang them. They've been sitting in a balled-up clump on the corner of my desk where I threw them in the morning when someone distracted me right after my shower. Problem is, I'm easily distracted, so this happens more often than it should.

And for you?
It's so humid here, my clothes don't dry out from the day before even when they're hung up. So I have an extra set of riding clothes at work so I can alternate.
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Old 11-17-05, 09:07 AM
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Having to bust home quick cuz I have to move the car. I can't enjoy it cuz I'm trying to get home asap.

Edit: Just remembered something that's also sucky about commuting. When it's cold out and my nose gets runny and I'm out of kleenex and napkins.
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Old 11-17-05, 09:20 AM
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Those morning after curry moments aren't a great deal of fun either. Always happens on the same day the lights hate you, your key becomes too big for the lock and you put your hands on the wrong way round before leaving the house.
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Traffic lights and the loss of momentum they cause are my least favorite thing about commuting. When I go for fun rides, I tend to pick routes where I don't encounter many of them, but my commute makes me stop just about every block.
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To be completely honest, my commute isn't long enough. It's only a mile and a half to/from work. So, I've taken to riding downtown earlier in the morning to grab a cup of coffee before heading to work, which makes the entire "commute" a 7 mile triangle.
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Old 11-17-05, 09:44 AM
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Having to commute to work instead of commuting to a cafe that makes soy chai lattes, sells premium cheese and lets me sleep on a big cushy velvet couch. Oh, and when my hands get really cold.
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Old 11-17-05, 10:16 AM
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In the morning -- getting to work. Hey boss, why can't I just keep riding?

In the afternoon -- WAITING and WAITING and WAITING behind 8 or 9 a**holes who are waiting to turn left at the same street I'm going to turn into.

Whoever said bicycles cause traffic tie-ups was obviously a motorist.
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Originally Posted by The Seldom Kill
Soccer moms driving chelsea tractors, looking into the back seat to yell at the kids whilst talking on a cell phone and applying mascara on roundabouts.
I second this!!
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Old 11-17-05, 10:30 AM
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RonH, if you're going to have to wait more than one turn of the lights to get through the intersection then invoke the cyclists perogative and move up on the inside.

VC is all well and good but there's a limit to where it should hold you in gridlock. There is a certain amount of driver expectation for cyclists to make use of the dimensions of their vehicle to get ahead. I don't see it as antagonistic or segregational to do this as if the space allowed there are precious few drivers who wouldn't do exactly the same.
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Riding through the suburbs of denver. Good lord! No one pays attention.....EVER!

I love riding in streets. However, in my suburb that could cause death.

Soccer moms in mini vans and SUVs particularly deserve my anger.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Edit: Just remembered something that's also sucky about commuting. When it's cold out and my nose gets runny and I'm out of kleenex and napkins.
Dude, just blow and go!
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I don't think I've hit the worst part yet, but I'm anticipating it. Ice on the 27% hill I go down in the morning.
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My least favorite part of commuting is cleaning up after a wet ride home. The wet obviously dries but the grit and such takes time to clean (from the bike especially).

As for damp clothes at work, I would use a small table fan under my desk. Dried stuff very well.
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Dude, just blow and go!
Yeah, I tried that. My shirt was not amused.
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Yeah, I tried that. My shirt was not amused.
Ok I see we are going to need a "how to blow snot rockets" thread.
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Originally Posted by cog_nate
To be completely honest, my commute isn't long enough. It's only a mile and a half to/from work. So, I've taken to riding downtown earlier in the morning to grab a cup of coffee before heading to work, which makes the entire "commute" a 7 mile triangle.
Wise man .... very wise.

I will have to start doing half commutes - car + bike - so to get some riding time in my schedule.

I give a vote about "humans" being the worst part of my bike commute.
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I'll second arriving at work. My ride ends way too quickly some mornings.
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