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First Commute To Work This Morning...

Old 07-29-08, 07:32 AM
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First Commute To Work This Morning...

Well, I did a trial ride this past Saturday to my work. 14 miles each way. Saturday was round trip with a 30 minute break before the return trip. So 28 miles for a brand new commuter was quite a bit.

So this morning the temp was 76 degrees with a dew point of 72 degrees. To say the least it was incredibly humid. The 14 mile trip took me 1 hr & 5 min ride time, and a total of 1.5 hours from home to work. I walk the big hills. so took some extra time..

I am riding a Specialized Expedition comfort bike. I have a Banjo Brothers pack on my back, which is incredibly hot by the way..

I bought a couple of athletic shirts that wick the moisture away from Walmart for $6 each. They are much cooler than cotton that's for sure.

This afternoons trip home it's supposed to be 90 degrees and the dew point in the 70's. That shower is going to feel good when I get home.

All I have to say is I love this commuting thing! The heat really does not bother me. Just not real fond of the two huge hills I have to conquer. I feel like a million bucks after the ride. All energized and stuff.

Just thought I would share...
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Old 07-29-08, 07:34 AM
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Congrats. You'll be in great shape in no time. Soon those hills will look like nothing more than speed bumps.
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Old 07-29-08, 07:51 AM
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i did the same thing when i started, $6 wicking shirts from wal-mart.

even better are the compression shirts. they'll keep you much cooler than a loose polyester shirt. if you don't feel like just wearing a compression shirt (they are revealing), put one under your loose shirt and it will help a lot.
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I would add that the same goes for compression shorts as well. I wear a pair of compression shorts and some cargo shorts when I ride and my legs stay cool the entire time.

These are similar to MTB shorts, but I like that I can change one or the other.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:37 AM
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its going to feel great when you finally blast up the hills.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:40 AM
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Congratulations!
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Old 07-29-08, 08:45 AM
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Congrats! Just stay committed even on the days you'd just rather not do it and before long you won't even glance at another mode of transportation. Pretty soon climbing those hills will be like "buttah".
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Old 07-29-08, 08:50 AM
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Congratulations and as stated, you will own those hills in no time.

My only suggestion might be mounting a rack of some sort on your bike and getting a trunk bag. That way you are not carrying the weight on your back. If you need more space than a truck bag has to offer then panniers might be the way to go.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:56 AM
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You averaged 12.9 Miles per hour at 14 miles in 1 hour 5 minutes. That's pretty decent for a first time commute! Especially walking up the hills!

When I went over to my fathers house via cycle, which is about 30 miles, there was a hill that was pretty damn near 90 degree's to the earth it seemed, but when I got to the top, still in the saddle, even motorists were congratulating me!

The heat usually isn't a problem, we have built in AC, us bikers that is.
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Awesome, dude.

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Great to hear .. Reminds me of my 1st day commuting back in June .. ended up with a 30 mile day, but that happened to include 2 breaks. 1 for work/classs, 2 after the ride to the restraunt where the class was meeting afterwords ( could not pass up free food and beer) . But man was the ride home a long one or so it seem'd at the time dogging swarms of bug on a bike trail . Comming up on people walking the bike path and telling them which way you're passing them only to have them to move into your line.
400 miles later and i'm not regreting a minute of it yet .. Especailly my rides home at 11pm at night which are ever so peasfull except for friday nights ...
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Thanks everyone, I am looking forward to not walking up those hills. And the pack is hot, I just wish I could find a trunk bag for the rack I have on my bike that would fit work clothes... I have no clue what to look for...
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Originally Posted by Ash View Post
Great to hear .. Reminds me of my 1st day commuting back in June .. ended up with a 30 mile day, but that happened to include 2 breaks. 1 for work/classs, 2 after the ride to the restraunt where the class was meeting afterwords ( could not pass up free food and beer) . But man was the ride home a long one or so it seem'd at the time dogging swarms of bug on a bike trail . Comming up on people walking the bike path and telling them which way you're passing them only to have them to move into your line.
400 miles later and i'm not regreting a minute of it yet .. Especailly my rides home at 11pm at night which are ever so peasfull except for friday nights ...
yea, I love that, I yell, "ON YOUR RIGHT!" or "ON YOUR LEFT" and they seemingly ALWAYS move TOWARDS you. I prefer they just don't move at all if they are not blocking the path.
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Originally Posted by akm0524 View Post
Well, I did a trial ride this past Saturday to my work. 14 miles each way. Saturday was round trip with a 30 minute break before the return trip. So 28 miles for a brand new commuter was quite a bit.

So this morning the temp was 76 degrees with a dew point of 72 degrees. To say the least it was incredibly humid. The 14 mile trip took me 1 hr & 5 min ride time, and a total of 1.5 hours from home to work. I walk the big hills. so took some extra time..

I am riding a Specialized Expedition comfort bike. I have a Banjo Brothers pack on my back, which is incredibly hot by the way..

I bought a couple of athletic shirts that wick the moisture away from Walmart for $6 each. They are much cooler than cotton that's for sure.

This afternoons trip home it's supposed to be 90 degrees and the dew point in the 70's. That shower is going to feel good when I get home.

All I have to say is I love this commuting thing! The heat really does not bother me. Just not real fond of the two huge hills I have to conquer. I feel like a million bucks after the ride. All energized and stuff.

Just thought I would share...

Many, many congrats!

I advise you get a rear rack and buy a pannier or trunk bag. Getting the back free is fun.
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This one worked to carry clothes + food for me for a whole year before I got panniers. If you don't want your stuff to get wrinkled you can get specific garment bags.

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For the hills, just make sure everything is tuned up and adjusted properly and it will make a world of difference. Keep the tires pumped so they aren't squishy, and raise your seat so that your legs can fully extend during pedalling. I didn't know that stuff when I started, and I was amazed at how much easier it made things.
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Ug, panniers and Racks make me Cringe a little, I'd rather just carry a messenger bag Like I do.
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Those endorphins are a real motivator, for me. Nice payoff.
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