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Old 01-04-07, 10:32 PM
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My first commute today too!

So as some read in my "Big Hill in San Diego" thread, I have been gearing myself up for commuting during my Christmas break from work. Set my bicycle up with lights, fenders, rack, etc. and rode around town more and more each day. When time came to go back to work, I planned to start commuting on casual Fridays only for a while. Two days of driving to work were no fun, and I decided to commute every day, starting today.

I had once (a year or two ago) tried a commute to work in work clothes (wool trousers and pressed shirt), while I was a "flat-rider" (no legs for hills), on an english 3 speed with a couple minor hills (not minor in my mind at the time). I am a sweaty fellow, and was miserable at work all day.

So not having a shower at work was a big thing "preventing" me from commuting after that. Until I decided to trust the consistency on the advice here... (Big ups on all the commuting advice). With a shower in the morning before leaving, a few minutes cool down on arrival, and a change of clothes in my pack not a soul could tell I had commuted (in fact got lots of compliments for being dapper today - partly owing to my packing a necktie). I wouldn't have believed it possible until I tried.

Update on the hill on the way home: I decided to take the Bachman drive route; although it added 3 miles on to the total, it gave me a hill that was much less steep and less traffic-clogged. I still had to stop for a couple brief breaks on the way up, but rode up it just the same.... and I must say with a little bit of enjoyment if only for the fact that I knew it would make accelerating through clogged traffic up on top of the hill 10 times easier and any of the other hills would feel like nothing after that. It did.

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and advice.
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Old 01-04-07, 10:44 PM
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Glad it worked out for you! I've found that a bit of the ol' hair gel and a comb, a spray of deoderant, and changing clothes actually makes me feel fresher at work than if I'd driven, even if I did pour a gallon of sweat out on my way in.
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Old 01-05-07, 12:39 AM
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WTG, Zeytoun! Fortunately for me I have no hills at all really on my new commute. Stay safe.
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Sweet...welcome to the club.
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Old 01-05-07, 10:42 AM
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Give it 3 or 4 months. That hill will either a) not register as an obstacle or b) be something you look forward to charging up as fast as you can.

1+ on feeling more hygeinic after changing bike clothes at work, ax0n. Walking or taking public transportation to work on a summer day and not changing is gross.
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Originally Posted by newbojeff
Give it 3 or 4 months. That hill will either a) not register as an obstacle or b) be something you look forward to charging up as fast as you can.

1+ on feeling more hygeinic after changing bike clothes at work, ax0n. Walking or taking public transportation to work on a summer day and not changing is gross.
I'm bimodal. I bike to the bus, then bike from the bus stop to work. But I definitely still change after the filthy bus ride.
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Welcome to the HHCMF club, brother!

Hazing next week, when you dodge a right hook.
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Originally Posted by zeytoun
So not having a shower at work was a big thing "preventing" me from commuting after that. Until I decided to trust the consistency on the advice here... (Big ups on all the commuting advice). With a shower in the morning before leaving, a few minutes cool down on arrival, and a change of clothes in my pack not a soul could tell I had commuted (in fact got lots of compliments for being dapper today - partly owing to my packing a necktie). I wouldn't have believed it possible until I tried.

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and advice.
Way to go Zeytoun!!

The commuting advice on this forum is among the best. Why? People on this forum really are bicycle commuters this puts them in the best position to give practical advice.

What I enjoyed the most from your commuting experience was finding a way to remove the obstacle that prevented you from commuting.
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And there was much rejoicing....

(Dave pats Zeytoun on the back)

Schweeet, another member.

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All right, Zey. Thanks for the good report and I'm glad you're enjoying it.

If the weather's not too hot, I find that just changing my shirt helps a lot. I do have showers at work, though
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Originally Posted by SingingSabre
Welcome to the HHCMF club, brother!

Hazing next week, when you dodge a right hook.
Yeah, I'm cautious and don't assume anyone's going to stop. This morning on my way in had a left-turner in the opposite direction. They had plenty of time to turn before I got to the intersection, but for some reason didn't. Sure enough they pull out to turn left AFTER I AM ALMOST AT THE INTERSECTION. I anticipated this and I put on the brakes and had plenty of room. As the car goes through the intersection *slowly*, driver and three kids all turn to their right and look at me with the same expression of bewilderment on their face, like it was their very first time to ever see someone on a bicycle. I put my finger (pointer, not middle) to my eye to say "Ojo!" (watch out!) and proceed on my merry way.
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