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I bike commuted for the first time today!

Old 06-03-08, 11:27 AM
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I bike commuted for the first time today!

And it was really nice. It was from the east side of Milwaukee out to Brookfield. I checked out the route I took on google maps and it said that it is 15.0 miles and takes 46 minutes in a car. I did it in just over an hour, which I know isn't that fast, but I am proud of it. I think I'll start doing it regularly. I need to get into a little better shape for the next Eau Claire Alley Cat race this summer. I want to do a little better than I did in the last one (21 out of 29). The route I took was pretty nice. Went through part of downtown, then some nice, wide laned residential, and the last stretch (in a 45mph) has a bus lane that is pretty cush for biking. It was a great start to the day.
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Old 06-03-08, 11:44 AM
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Greetings, fellow Wisconsite!

Congrats on the commute! Yesterday was my first first commute. It was 12.5 miles into Oshkosh. I'm also planning to start doing it regularly.
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Very cool. I'm glad there are a decent number of people bike commuting. I'm the only one at my office (so far), so maybe I can set a good example. I've been getting really sick of my car, too, even though it still gets over 40mpg. They're such a hassle.
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15 miles in a bit over an hour isn't that shabby. You'll improve. Depends on conditions too. I'm currently covering about 13 miles in 45 minutes, but I've been riding for 4 years daily now. I waste a lot of time dodging washboarded areas on gravel, waiting in the occasional line at a stop sign or light, etc.
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Congrats!!!

I was about to write up a thread about the same. I've been riding to school since last year (only a mile-soooooper easy. not even a true commute).
But now that I got my dedicated commuter bike (Giant TranSend hooked up with DeoreLX RD), and my grocery bag panniers arrived from PBK yesterday, I went to Stop & Shop today. It was awesome. Soooo easy. I was really proud of myself. I did forget to buy avocados for Taco Tuesdays (something my GF and I do), but aside from that, it could not have been more perfect!!!
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I just put a rear rack on my schwinn fixie (the now commuter) and it's been such an improvement over wearing my backpack. I'm going to snag a set of panniers soon, so that should save me a little time and effort over strapping everything down. Full fenders also make a much bigger difference than I thought they would! I am very impressed.

My commute is pretty easy. There are some long hills, but nothing steep. I don't think it will take very long before I start cutting my time down. I know a guy who does almost the same route in 45 minutes, so that's the goal I'm going to work towards.
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