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Old 02-24-09, 11:44 AM
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First commute of the year. Now that's better!

Call it a conflicting schedule, Life, winter or what ever, but I finally rode in this year. The ride home should be 'interesting,' ten miles mostly uphill and I haven't ridden outside since November. heh.

Yay I'm a commuter again!
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... ten miles mostly uphill and I haven't ridden outside since November. heh.
You have to pay for that downhill morning play.
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Old 02-24-09, 01:20 PM
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Indeed. Usually takes a few weeks of commuting for my legs to not hate me on the way home. I feel pretty lucky that I'm able to ride in twice this week. My car needs the break, and I need the miles!
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I'm doing my first commute tomorrow. Thursday we get hit with snow and cold again. Yeah, I know, I'm a wimp when it comes to cold weather.
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So I did ride this morning AND IT WAS GREAT!!! 12 miles in and I can tell I haven't ridden for a bit, but STILL GREAT. (later I'll tell you how really felt)
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I'm doing my first commute tomorrow. Thursday we get hit with snow and cold again. Yeah, I know, I'm a wimp when it comes to cold weather.
one_beatnik, let us know how it goes. How long is it?

I think I'll commute tomorrow, too. The weather is supposed to improve, and I have no obligations immediately before or after work.

This is a good time of year to start toughening yourself up to cold weather riding, because the worst is over. (Right?)

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I moved my PT appointment from tomorrow to Monday just so I can ride in again
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Crazy me. I've been riding all winter long through snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain all in dress clothes and high heels. WTF is wrong with me??

I'm happy to read you got back in the saddle. Happy trails to you!
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Crazy me. I've been riding all winter long through snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain all in dress clothes and high heels. WTF is wrong with me??
Wait are you serious? I have a bad enough time when I'm bundled up a bit. Wow. You are remarkable.

I'm glad it's getting warmer now. I don't have to bundle up.
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It was about 34 this AM and I had 4 top layers on. I have great riding pants that keep the wind off, although they don't breath at all. I used a skull hat, balaclava, and ear warmers. That gave me a headache because it makes my helmet too tight. I need to get a larger one for cool riding. My commute is 12 miles one way, all rural US highway and I leave between 6:30 and 7 to get here by 8. I'm a little slower now since I haven't toughened up yet. 11.3 mph avg.

KitN, I admire you, but I AM a cold weather wimp. I'll admit it. We're supposed to get cold again tomorrow and rain/snow.
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for 34*F around here, if it's sunny I can do Rubaix bib tights, wool socks with mtb shoes (not as venty as my road shoes), long sleeve jersey and PI Gavia jacket. For gloves, I have a pair of Black Diamond Polartec powerstretch gloves that are nice down to about 25*F or so (as long as it's dry; they don't like wet at all).

If it's 34 with precipitation, I'm in the car. I'm wussy.
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If it's 34 with precipitation, I'm in the car. I'm wussy.

It's not really that bad once you go numb!!
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It was about 34 this AM and I had 4 top layers on
Are you sure you aren't overdressing and getting cold because you're sweating? For 34F, I'm wearing my normal work clothes (khaki's and a polo generally) with a fleece. I wear my balaclava folded up like a stocking cap (It's the only thing I have that will fit under my helmet), wool socks with cycling sandals, and knit convertible gloves.

If it's raining, I swap out the gloves and socks for waterproof versions, add a helmet cover, and toss on lightweight rain gear over top of everything.

I've overdressed a couple of times in the 20's and 30's and it's been miserable. They've been my most uncomfortable rides this winter by far... worse than a 36F thunderstorm...
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Congratulations, one_beatnik! You made it. The rest is downhill, right?

I agree with UprightJoe that you may have worn too much. What do you think?

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Weather here yesterday was sweet, mid-fifties, so I took the afternoon off and did a mock commute. No problems. I am hoping to start real commutes again in early March.

My lame excuses for not commuting since October, even though I have been recreational riding all winter: too dark in the AM; too dark in the PM; too far; too cold; Too wet; Too snowy; Too icy; Too lazy.

My goal for next year is to commute until Christmas, taking only Jan and Feb off. Long term goal would be to commute year round, but that may not be realistic for me.
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I understand your struggle. Believe it or not, one_beatnik inspired me! I rode in today! I'm thinking I should start out slowly, without an unrealistic goal. So I'll ride in on Thursdays or maybe on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's not an all or nothing thing. The more, the better, so doing it a little is better than not doing it at all.

I hurried out of the house a bit too fast this morning, leading me to forget my second headlight and my reflective sash. This will give me a disadvantage going home, but I'll be OK. Lesson learned. I think I ought to have a checklist for these rides so it's harder to forget the essentials.

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I pack the night before, it makes a huge difference in the morning. Rode in again today, twice this week, woo!
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Excellent, superdex. How long and hilly is your commute? Mine is 10 miles each way. It's pretty much uphill all the way to work. It took about 55 minutes this morning, my best time so far. I made it back home once in 41 minutes. It would have been quicker, but I don't have good lighting to see the road.

This morning it was 30 degrees. I wore only two layers: a wool long-sleeve polo shirt and a "squawl" type jacket, i.e. fleece on the inside and nylon shell on the outside. I was a little hot, but not too bad.

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it's 10 mi one way for me too, mostly downhill to work ... http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/co...n/612518453631

it takes me about a half hour in the morning, 40-45 to get home....

this is round trip:
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Nope, not overdressed. It was actually about perfect. No sweat (literally not figuratively) I used a back pack for my work clothes (shirt and tie type of job) and my should are killing me this morning but legs feel great. Today we have a severe thunderstorm heading right for us now and perhaps freezing rain/snow this PM. I drove a car.
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You guys with your 10 mile commutes make me jealous.

I've got 27, if I take the bike trail. 17 if I stick to the roads. Bike trail is infinitely safer, so I am never really tempted to take the roads. Big plus about the trail (other than no cars) is no real hills.
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I forgot to mention that I encountered sleet for a couple of minutes this morning. It was a spectacle, but it was really inconsequential, too.

baron von trail, how long does the 27 mile trip take to cycle? Is it nice and quiet?
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baron von trail, how long does the 27 mile trip take to cycle? Is it nice and quiet?
A little under 2 hours, if I stop to munch on a bar at the half way point.

Quiet is probably the understatement. I used to live where there were no trails and had to use roads. I basically hated it. The worst was the stinky exhaust fumes. Noise was third down on the list after the danger issue. Riding on the trail is a really pleasant experience.
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I can't imagine that. And you probably can't imagine the population density back here. I'm in the NYC metro area. You would find it extremely loud and dense, yet, having grown up in the heart of NYC, I find it to be relaxed and quiet by comparison.

Anyway, I hope you can find a way to ride into work occasionally, for all the benefits you'll gain. As I think I mentioned, it's time spent both commuting and exercise, so in a way, it's economical with your time. Maybe you could occasionally drive in and ride home one day and then ride in and drive home the next. I was considering doing that, and then I got lucky and got a job ten miles from my home.
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Upper 50s in Boston Friday ... awfully tempting to get me on the bike one last time to W. Newton, MA before we move Monday. Yikes, upper 50s can I wear shorts?
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