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Old 01-31-11, 10:06 PM
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After reading some of these threads...

I really have no excuse not to be commuting. My commute is a measly 6 miles each way in the Bay Area (CA), half of which is on the Bay Trail (nice bike path along the water).

I guess it's just a motivation thing, once I got in the groove I am sure it would become routine...

Thanks for the kick in the a$$
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Old 01-31-11, 10:08 PM
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Try doing the route on a weekend. That will make it more familiar. Then try the commute once a week. Then build it up as you become more accustomed to the ride.
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
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Old 01-31-11, 10:10 PM
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Go out this weekend and do a trial run. Figure out how long it will take for the trip and what you need to bring, what clothes are comfortable to ride in, etc. Then you'll be all ready to go next week.
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
Try doing the route on a weekend. That will make it more familiar. Then try the commute once a week. Then build it up as you become more accustomed to the ride.
That's the thing, I've done it plenty of times before and I go on much longer rides on the weekend. I just havent commuted really in 6 months or so purely out of laziness I think. I'd rather sleep in that extra 10-15 minutes, I need to break that habit, but it's hard!
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Old 01-31-11, 10:17 PM
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Its not easy to get in the habit, but start with just doing it one day a week (pick whatever day you think might work best into your schedule) and go from there. If you try and do it every day its easy to fail. Trust me I know I have a car so I get lazy even when its nice outside despite it only being 4 miles to work.
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Old 01-31-11, 10:47 PM
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Keep your gas tank empty, that will help with the motivation thing
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Old 01-31-11, 11:12 PM
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I found selling my car worked really well but once in a great while I mis it
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Old 01-31-11, 11:35 PM
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Figure out what works for you. If I were to only do it once a week it would be too easy for me to end up not doing it all. It has to be routine so that driving becomes the exception.

This can lead to trouble too. One morning I was planning to take the car to work because I had to run some sort of errand. I walked into the garage to find it devoid of motor vehicles. My wife had dropped the van off to get new tires (service station is only a few blocks away) and then took the car. Doh !

So I called her to ask where the car was and she explained the whole thing. I suggested that maybe she could have said something to me and her response was that it was my fault for not telling her I wasn't going to bike.
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Old 02-01-11, 02:16 PM
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<Don't do it, bike commuting is to difficult. You have to worry about to much. First you have to have an expensive bike. Then you need expensive gear. Then you need expensive locks. Then you have to think of how long it will take. Then you have to worry about the weather. Then you have to worry about traffic. Then you have to worry about what your coworkers will think. Then you have to think about what your family will think. Then you have to worry about if something breaks down. Then you have to worry about..., And then you have to think about...>

Sorry, I just wanted to be an internet troll for once. Its kinda depressing to be one. I guess I'll go out for a ride now to feel better ;-)
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Old 02-01-11, 02:45 PM
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I don't need any motivation to hop on my bike . . . whereas, it takes some pretty crap weather to motivate me to commute by car.
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Old 02-01-11, 03:44 PM
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Just suck it up and do it, once you spend a week commuting, you will quickly make it a habit.

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6 miles mostly on a trail? Once you get started, you'll never go back. That's a nearly perfect commute.
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Find a friend, knowing someone is counting on you to make it will help. If you can't find anyone, go for it anyways.
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Old 02-01-11, 08:01 PM
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There's a bunch of bad-a$$es here, for sure. I bike commute 22 miles RT, 3-4 days/ week year-round and I feel like a wimp compared to many who post here.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
There's a bunch of bad-a$$es here, for sure. I bike commute 22 miles RT, 3-4 days/ week year-round and I feel like a wimp compared to many who post here.
Same here, I'm only around 18 miles a day. In my town, I probably bike more than any other single person. Here on BikeForums, I'm barely in the top half of the bell curve.

Most important lessons I've learned are: be prepared, and don't worry too much about being prepared.
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Old 02-02-11, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
Keep your gas tank empty, that will help with the motivation thing
Putting the car keys in the bank's lock box works well too.
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Old 02-02-11, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by dwilbur3 View Post
6 miles mostly on a trail? Once you get started, you'll never go back. That's a nearly perfect commute.
Yeah! I'd go back and forth twice just for fun I'm jealous! Man, commuting on a trail! BTW, another vote for doing a test pre-ride on a weekend or during a day off to check things out. Yes, it's addictive unless something goes really, really, really wrong or you just happen to be the wrong type of personality, because all it takes is a right mindset.

And yeah, a plug for my NYC Bike Commuter blog. Check it out for inspiration and advice, link in the signature.
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That's the thing, I've done it plenty of times before and I go on much longer rides on the weekend. I just havent commuted really in 6 months or so purely out of laziness I think. I'd rather sleep in that extra 10-15 minutes, I need to break that habit, but it's hard!
Time is my downfall, too. I don't mind the time on the way home. In fact, it's probably just as fast as my other options, but in the morning I can cut my commute almost in half by catching the bus instead, so that's what I do a lot of the time. If you have a bike/bus option, you might look into that. Lately I've been very lazy about getting out the door early enough to ride in the morning, but I still take my bike on the bus and always ride home.
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Old 02-02-11, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by JD2775 View Post
... once I got in the groove I am sure it would become routine...
You got it. You just have to get past the part where you think about IF you are going to do it, and get to the point where you think about HOW you are going to do it. Eventually, you will just be on auto-pilot.
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What time do you get up? 7am? Then try to get up at 5am for a week, then getting up at 6am will feel normal Seriously though, try to go to sleep a bit earlier. Also, I found that once I started riding regularly, I sleep better and I find it easier to wake up earlier. I actually wake up earlier than I have to or than I would if I was taking mass transit. I like it, there is less traffic and less pedestrians and mornings are the calmest, quietest time of the day, can be really enjoyable.

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Yeah, riding distance is all relative. Many of my riding friends are randonneurs. If I ride all five days, I get 120 miles, which isn't quite a 200k brevet for them. And lots of them do two 200k's on a weekend, or more.
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