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Did my first commute tonight

Old 11-01-09, 01:22 AM
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Did my first commute tonight

And it wasn't too bad. Took me ~45 minutes to do the 8 miles to work. I did get smoked by 4 guys on road bikes while I was going about 15mph down the road. Most of it was pretty easy, until I got to the plant. The hill into the plant, and then another to the building I'm working in, are pretty brutal for someone who hasn't ridden the hills much on a bike. And I now know why panniers are good, as I was less than thrilled for having to wear a backpack. And with the time change tonight, I should actually see the sun on the way home in the morning.

I do have a question though. On a section of road like this, where I need to go straight, do I follow the shoulder/bike lane up until the end, or do I move over into the turn lane on the far left, or into the right of the far right lane? Or rather, how would you navigate this, if you are going straight?

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Old 11-01-09, 01:48 AM
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Congrats! The first one is always the hardest.

What's the speedlimit on that road? And, what's the traffic like during your commute? On fast speed highways, I generally always try and stay on the shoulder unless I'm turning left (then I merge across onto the left turn lane). I used to commute at 3am to UPS on a highway, so traffic was pretty bare. If there happened to be a vehicle turning right (and the shoulder I'm on is the right turn lane), I'll merge into the right or left traffic lane to let the vehicle pass me on the right.
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On the way to work, there's not a whole lot of traffic, and they tend to keep their distance along this strech of highway. I'd say no more than 25 cars passed me on the way in today, and that stretch of road is most of the commute. Speed limit is 55mph. On the way home, in a car, I sometimes see another car or 3, but usually it's just me along the road(in the direction I'm headed, anyways). So very light traffic on the way home.

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Old 11-01-09, 02:07 AM
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I would just like to point out, that I am posting in my own thread for the simple fact that I can now post earlier than my original post.
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Good show - the first one is the unknown. -
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When you drag your mouse over the picture and the yellow line appears, move it over to the right a little and that is where you should ride. In the bike lane but when the bike lane ends for a turn lane ride on the left side of the turn lane.
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Here is some good reading for you and anyone else new to commuting.
http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/index.htm
And if you go to YouTube and search for "cyclist view" there is a great series on riding in traffic.
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