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My First Commute!

Old 07-31-08, 02:44 PM
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My First Commute!

I rode 13 miles (round trip today!). I am a big guy, 6ft 260lbs and way out of shape so I thought I would be DEAD tired! But to my amazement I made it the whole way with out stopping! The route is mostly flat but there is one hill and a slight but steady uphill grade for about half a mile going to work.

I feel really good and can't wait for the next time!
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Old 07-31-08, 02:46 PM
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Awesome! Congratulations on taking the first step and doing it. Keep on going, at whatever pace you can (once a week, then up it to twice...)
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Old 07-31-08, 03:00 PM
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Good one on ya.

Originally Posted by Kens6161 View Post
I rode 13 miles (round trip today!). I am a big guy, 6ft 260lbs and way out of shape so I thought I would be DEAD tired! But to my amazement I made it the whole way with out stopping! The route is mostly flat but there is one hill and a slight but steady uphill grade for about half a mile going to work.

I feel really good and can't wait for the next time!
Boo ya! Welcome to the dark side!
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Old 07-31-08, 03:24 PM
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Congrat's on your first day! I still remember my first commuting day...
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Old 07-31-08, 07:41 PM
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Congrats! Keep up the good work and enjoy the commutes. My commute is just 7 miles round trip. I wish it was longer because I'm already noticing that I'm slimming down and legs getting firmer. I usually take the "scenic" route home just to get more mileage in.
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Old 07-31-08, 07:41 PM
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Congratulations, it only gets easier from here, keep at it.
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Old 07-31-08, 08:08 PM
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13 miles? that's great! Now that you're hooked, it'll just get easier and more fun from here.
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Old 07-31-08, 08:11 PM
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You will probably get a little sore but you will get over it.

Don't know who to credit for this but it is true: "The more you ride, The more you can ride"
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Old 08-01-08, 12:06 AM
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I'm in the same boat with ya. I started riding for the first time yesterday and I wrode around 20 miles when I added up the places I went. I've never biked like that before in my life so I thought I would be falling over tired. But I wasn't. It's awesome.
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Old 08-01-08, 04:21 AM
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That's pretty cool. 13 miles is a nice distance.

I just realized the weirdest first commute I had was . . . by car. I didn't have a car for many years. All through college, even after college. I went everywhere by bicycle, year round. So when I finally got a car it was very odd. I'd have to find somewhere to put it when I got places. Just a different twist on the first commute theme!

I'd still just as soon get a ride with my bike, get dropped off, and ride home. Rather than be stuck at the shoe store or whatever once my errand is done! So long as it's under 20 miles it doesn't take long to get back.
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Old 08-01-08, 04:59 AM
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Excellent!!!

13 miles? I wish my commute was that long!
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Old 08-01-08, 05:00 AM
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nice work man. hope you can keep it up.
one piece of advice i give everyone who starts off new.. your ass will hurt in the first week or two. but stick it out cus you'll toughen up and it wont hurt after a while.. the same goes with your legs.

Don't forget to have your seat post at the right height as well! That's one big mistake many ppl make. Google "Sheldon Brown" his site is the Mecca for all cyclists with lots of good resources/info about commuting/bikes/life in general.
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Congratulations, and keep it up!
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Old 08-01-08, 05:58 AM
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Congratulations! Give it two weeks and you probably won't even notice!
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Congratulations! How many times per week are you going to start with?
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Congrats man! Keep it up!
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Oh yeah, commuter bikes.

The green reflective junk sold to stick on bikes really works. Put as much on your rear fender as you can, maybe even on the front and sides. Glows in the daytime, so it's great stuff.

Get shirt/jacket/whatever in super bright. Our WalMart has modern superbreathe T shirts that wick like mad for $6. In lurid yellow. Great choice!

Raingear is difficult. Summer, better to just get wet. Winter, rain cape works, but I haven't had a good one in years. I'm only going 3 miles. 13 can get cold and wet.

Emergency cold: feet in plastic bag, then sock, then plastic bag, then into shoe. Will keep toes from freezing. Big black garbage bag will do the same for torso. Can use layers of newspaper or even dry leaves for insulation if your core temperature is dropping.

Spare tire, not just patches. And a decent pump. I've had a tire cut clean across by glass, not bootable.

If there's danger, might have a crash kit along of some kind.

Cell and on your person ICE (in case of emergency) contact points.

Small print copy of state's bike laws, laminated.

Messenger bags get old. Good solid panniers. I suspect open top grocery ones with a briefcase in a plastic bag are about tops, but I don't have them. I'd like them!

Have fun!
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Congratulations! How many times per week are you going to start with?
I am going to start with twice a week. Maybe 3 times!
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Keep yourself well fed, eat healthy and you'll be okay.
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give yourself enough time that you don't ever "have' to hurry.
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