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My first mini-commute - Success!

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Old 07-09-07, 01:02 PM
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My first mini-commute - Success!

Well I've been contemplating the whole commuting thing for a while. I finally bought myself pretty much everything I needed to keep from having excuses to go for it... the latest purchase was a Third Eye mirror that mounts to my glasses and a crank wrench for maintenance.

For me, the real commute it's about 19 miles each way (38 total... 14 of which is a paved bike trail). Well today I had some recall work done to one of my cars so I dropped it at the dealer and rode the 3 miles to the office and the 3 miles at lunch to go pick it up. Not anywhere near what a real commute would be, but it was me on the road with plenty of traffic riding my bike and going down 3 miles of the same path I'd take on a real commute. Overall a pretty good experience. No close calls, everyone gave plenty of space. Now I just need to find a place about 6 miles from here to park and ride the rest of the way in and work up to the full commute.

I'm still a noob to street riding even though I've done plenty of it in my small town and have read most of the guides and tips out there for it. So I'm a bit gun shy about doing the full commute since so much of it is on much more busy streets. But hey any victory is a good step towards the full commute.

And for the record I had one killer hill on my route and a triple set of train tracks to cross. So not hazard free even in that short of a distance.

Oh and I broke only a few of the cardinal sins of bicycling on the road... I ran a couple lights (after stopping and seeing there was no traffic) and I pulled off the road a couple times to let the traffic pass till there was another big open gap. Oh yeah and I rode on a small strech of sidewalk but it was behind some businesses that had fensed off lots so no obvious threat was placed to any pedestrians.
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Originally Posted by nightc1
Oh and I broke only a few of the cardinal sins of bicycling on the road... I ran a couple lights (after stopping and seeing there was no traffic) and I pulled off the road a couple times to let the traffic pass till there was another big open gap. Oh yeah and I rode on a small strech of sidewalk but it was behind some businesses that had fensed off lots so no obvious threat was placed to any pedestrians.
That's not a good start.
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Old 07-09-07, 01:23 PM
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Many congrats!

Be creative and think of another way to get a few miles in regularly. I'd suggest upwards of 15 round trip is something you'd enjoy 2-3 times a week.

I don't find myself ever pulling off the road, but you're situation might be different. Don't worry about the criticism--just work on getting comfortable.
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Originally Posted by JeffS
That's not a good start.
Cut me some slack... It could have been worse, I could have rode against traffic.
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Congrats on your first commute. You might want to concentrate on developing good habits and avoid making bad habits...habits.
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Yes, don't pick up any bad habits like this ....

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=317270
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Congrats on your ride.. keep it up.

As for myself, I consider that filtering up to the front is enough of a gift. I wait for the light to change. Makes me feel like a good citizen

Oh yeah, lest we not forget....

Rules for new commuters:

~Just do it... then just keep doing it
~Ride It Like You Stole It
~Keep The Rubber Side Down [This one is of critical importance!]
~When you start talkikng youself out of riding....just Shut Up and Ride
~Buy new goodies/bikes with the money you save
~Constantly show off sexy biker legs to wife/gf/bf/whatever
~It never gets easier, you just go faster[well at first it gets easier]
~Work..it's the ugly time between rides
~Objects in your mirror are stupider than they appear
~The unintelligible comments from passing cars are always compliments
~Sweat and snot[in winter] are sexier than you might think
~If 2 bikes are headed in the same direction they are racing
~Your new name is Fred [or Wilma]
~The response to "Get on the sidewalk!" is "Ride your freakin' bike!"
~Once you are completely soaked, you can't get any wetter.
~Don't worry Be Happy
~Perfect your shower time down to 4.25 minutes. You'll be doing it a lot.
~Yes, helmets are dorky, but you should still wear one.
~Laughing at JAMs makes them madder than giving them the finger.
~Don't ride through Garbage Juice..especially when cornering.
~Quickie Marts are the cycling oasis [Gatorade fits the bottle holder].
~When you are bonking, chug down a coke...aka "Rocket Fuel"
~When someone bails you out, you are obligated to pay it forward 2x
~Biker Tan... Set a new higher standard for Farmer Tan
~Bicycles, the other fun thing between your legs.

Congratulations on your first ride !
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Originally Posted by Jaleel Johanson
Yes, don't pick up any bad habits like this ....

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=317270
Lol

Oh and most of the bad things I did were on the way back to the dealership to pick up the car. On the way to work I only ran one light... I stopped... but then knowing how long this one odd light takes to go I crept on across at pedestrian speed before taking back off.

I may do a split ride. Drive in one day, bike home that evening... bike back in the morning then drive home. It's either that or find a good middle of the road place to park to break up the commute and get used to riding some of the roads I have mapped out.
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