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Old 08-19-09, 06:29 AM
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what to ride for my commute

I am new to commuting and biking. I currently have a choice of a 75 mile drive or a 40 mile drive, a 30 mile bus/train ride, and 5 mile bike ride. Although the second choice is more time sensitive and consuming it's cheaper than a $200\ week gas bill. I have a '72 Superbe that I am restoring. My question is: Should I get a lighter, less expensive 10 speed or ride the Superbe (keep in mind I'll have to lug it on the train and mount it on the bus)?
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Well, for your situation I would suggest a folder bike. Actually I would suggest moving closer, with a folder bike a distant second.
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Old 08-19-09, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Quel View Post
Actually I would suggest moving closer.
Not to be snarky, but there are those of us that choose to eat the commute rather than live closer. Mine is 74 miles door to door, and honestly I wouldn't trade the Shenandoah Valley of VA for the DC suburbs on my worst day. Between cost of living, quality of schools, recreation, and just the pace of life I'll live with it. Besides, in this economy for some people it's just not freaking possible.

Ok, rant off.

To the OP, is a bi-modal commute possible where you drive to a convenient place and bike the rest? You'd be surprised what 10-20 miles can do to the cost of the commute. In that case the bike you have should work just fine.

Voice of experience... if you choose this option you're best to make sure there's some other way to get back to your vehicle. Public transportation, etc for those days where you make the am commute in and you may have to take an alternative home for whatever reason. From the place I park (I ride 24.8 miles each way to work) I can get into work or back with a combination of bus and subway should something change or the weather turns really nasty.
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That may be possible but being new to biking I will have to work up to longer distances. I work North of Dallas so I would have to do some major reasearch on safe routs and safe places to park.
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Moving is not an option. I only have a few years left on my mortgage and would never get what the house is worth in this economy. I am also so deep in debt that I can't rent a stick of gum let alone an apartment.
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Originally Posted by miles.lowry View Post
That may be possible but being new to biking I will have to work up to longer distances. I work North of Dallas so I would have to do some major reasearch on safe routs and safe places to park.
Actually, you might want to post on the regional forum for your area and see if there's anyone else doing similar commuting. Best reference for a route is invariably someone that's doing it already. Alternative is to research bike paths in the Dallas area and find out if a commute to a trailhead is workable if one goes near your work.

I'm blessed in that there's a 45mi long MUP that lies directly between my work and home. Should you find you have access to something similar it opens a world of options.
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MUP = multi use path?
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If you're new to both biking and commuting, you might want to check out the commuting section here: http://www.biketoledo.net
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Originally Posted by miles.lowry View Post
MUP = multi use path?
Exactly.

Good resource for looking for trails is also http://www.railstotrails.org
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Is there any way you can keep the bike staged near where you get off the public transportation on your way into the office? That would solve the problem of needing to get the bike on and off your vehicle and the train and the bus.

I usually have a multimodal commute and I was seriously looking at going down the folder route until I discovered that the train station that I would get off at on my way to work just happened to have bike lockers that could be rented and a couple of them were not occupied. So I always have a bike that goes from the locker at the train station to my office and back.

If you are going to be stuck taking a bike on and off multiple modes of transportation, I would want something as light as possible. Maybe a stripped down single speed. Heck, it's only 5 miles - you could do that on a unicycle.
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
Not to be snarky, but there are those of us that choose to eat the commute rather than live closer. Mine is 74 miles door to door, and honestly I wouldn't trade the Shenandoah Valley of VA for the DC suburbs on my worst day. Between cost of living, quality of schools, recreation, and just the pace of life I'll live with it. Besides, in this economy for some people it's just not freaking possible.
Wow. You commute from Winchester to DC? I used to stay up there a lot while doing events at Summit Point. That's a loooong trip.

You're still a ways away from what I'd call "scenic VA" at that.
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Wow. You commute from Winchester to DC? I used to stay up there a lot while doing events at Summit Point. That's a loooong trip.

You're still a ways away from what I'd call "scenic VA" at that.
Yup, every day.. I live off Rt7 not far from Summit Point to boot.

And I agree, not quite "scenic" as far as the valley goes, but a lot closer than most
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Originally Posted by hubcap View Post
Is there any way you can keep the bike staged near where you get off the public transportation on your way into the office? That would solve the problem of needing to get the bike on and off your vehicle and the train and the bus.

I usually have a multimodal commute and I was seriously looking at going down the folder route until I discovered that the train station that I would get off at on my way to work just happened to have bike lockers that could be rented and a couple of them were not occupied. So I always have a bike that goes from the locker at the train station to my office and back.

If you are going to be stuck taking a bike on and off multiple modes of transportation, I would want something as light as possible. Maybe a stripped down single speed. Heck, it's only 5 miles - you could do that on a unicycle.
I'll have to check on the locker thing. YOU might be able to do it on a unicycle, I can barely keep my ballance on two wheels.
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