Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

How was the commute today?

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

How was the commute today?

Old 12-30-04, 03:30 AM
  #6976  
8speed DinoSORAs
 
Ed Holland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
Posts: 2,749
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It was nice and sunny for the ride today. One problem though, the bike made an unrequested shift to the small chainring during a small but steep climb. This took me by surprise and damaged the chain at one point. It would not have taken much more to break completely (and cause severe discomfort...) Fortunately, it will be possible to make some repairs to get home OK.

Cheers,

Ed
__________________
Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.
Ed Holland is offline  
Old 12-30-04, 07:59 AM
  #6977  
Guy with bike
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well, it started out nice and balmy... about 31 degrees. Then the rain came, hit the frozen ground, and turned to ice. I made it all the way to work and then ate it in the parking lot. Ow. Perhaps I do need studded tires after all.
thechrisproject is offline  
Old 12-30-04, 08:52 AM
  #6978  
Newbie
 
tbr_mn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 4

Bikes: Steel Nishiki Single Speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by thechrisproject
Well, it started out nice and balmy... about 31 degrees. Then the rain came, hit the frozen ground, and turned to ice. I made it all the way to work and then ate it in the parking lot. Ow. Perhaps I do need studded tires after all.
We're having similar weather in the Twin Cities today. I fell trying to make an easy, wide turn at 2 mph. I got my foot down and it slipped out from underneath me as well. I made the mistake of cutting through the fair grounds where none of the roads were treated. After that fall I got off the road and stuck to the grassy areas for the rest of the way through the fairgrounds. Hopefully it all melts by the time the afternoon ride home arrives.
tbr_mn is offline  
Old 12-30-04, 09:06 AM
  #6979  
Senior Member
 
Tree Trunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Warrenville, Illinois
Posts: 713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by genel
21 F This morning, but absolutely calm. I was a bit overdressed, but toes still cold. Second day riding the Nashbar studs, but no ice or snow to try them on. Traffic was very light. I'm trying not to think about what the gunk on the road is doing to the bike.
What was it like for you later on? I rode later in the morning and sweat soaked my first three layers of clothing. Obviously, I was overdressed also. My ride wasn't a commute as I have the Christmas to New Year's holiday off. It was nice to ride my road bike. The roads were a little more treacherous than I thought they would be. The warm up caused the roads to be wet and a little icy in some places.
Tree Trunk is offline  
Old 12-30-04, 09:46 AM
  #6980  
HomeBrew Master!
Thread Starter
 
Gus Riley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: West Central Illinois
Posts: 2,208

Bikes: Aegis Aro Svelte, Surly LHT, Cannondal R3000 tandem, Santana Triplet.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
What was it like for you later on? I rode later in the morning and sweat soaked my first three layers of clothing. Obviously, I was overdressed also. My ride wasn't a commute as I have the Christmas to New Year's holiday off. It was nice to ride my road bike. The roads were a little more treacherous than I thought they would be. The warm up caused the roads to be wet and a little icy in some places.
They'd be less treacherous if you'd fix your bike so you can use your small ring! Sunday I was up at the Midway Airport, anywhere near you? It looked like it was going to snow, so I made a bee-line back to our balmy central Ill.
Gus Riley is offline  
Old 12-30-04, 10:41 AM
  #6981  
Guy with bike
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by tbr_mn
We're having similar weather in the Twin Cities today. I fell trying to make an easy, wide turn at 2 mph. I got my foot down and it slipped out from underneath me as well. I made the mistake of cutting through the fair grounds where none of the roads were treated. After that fall I got off the road and stuck to the grassy areas for the rest of the way through the fairgrounds. Hopefully it all melts by the time the afternoon ride home arrives.
Yeah, I'm hoping for that too. Wunderground says it's 41 out right now. 41! In December! This is craziness. But hopefully I won't slip. I'll have to stick to the roads/grass otherwise.
thechrisproject is offline  
Old 12-30-04, 11:41 AM
  #6982  
Senior Member
 
Tree Trunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Warrenville, Illinois
Posts: 713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Gus Riley
They'd be less treacherous if you'd fix your bike so you can use your small ring! Sunday I was up at the Midway Airport, anywhere near you? It looked like it was going to snow, so I made a bee-line back to our balmy central Ill.
LOL Gus. Funny thing is that once I got back to Illinois there has not been any reason to use the small ring until yesterday. Yesterday was a good spin day!

I solved the big ring "problem" the hard/easy way -- by trashing the Trek 2300 I was riding. A kid knocked 4 bikes over on top of my Trek during RAGBRAI. The rear Spinergy was wrecked and it also exposed a small crack in the frame. I didn't have a rear wheel that matched the 9 speed Ultegra so I had to find a cheap alternative (i.e. borrow a bike). My current borrowed ride is an older Bianchi Campione D'Italia. It's a nice ride. I just offered to buy the bike for $200 and he is thinking about it.

Midway is about 30 minutes from me, depending on the traffic. However, Sunday I was in central Illinois!!! My parents live in Athens (about 5 miles from New Salem State Park). It was nice and sunny there. If I hadn't been stuffing myself, I would have grabbed my dad's bike for a ride.

It snowed here Saturday morning. My wife and I were singing "White Christmas" to the kids all morning! That was the best way to drown out the sound of the Gameboys they got for Christmas.
Tree Trunk is offline  
Old 12-31-04, 06:33 PM
  #6983  
HomeBrew Master!
Thread Starter
 
Gus Riley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: West Central Illinois
Posts: 2,208

Bikes: Aegis Aro Svelte, Surly LHT, Cannondal R3000 tandem, Santana Triplet.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Athens is closer to Lofter by far. It is oh maybe 50 miles from here. Looks like a pretty nice place to ride. Too bad about that ugly green 2300! May it rest in peace. Since this is a commute thread, I won't change the subject...the wifey and I are commuting RAGBRAI on the tandem this year...see you there? Don't let us pass you on the dirt sections

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!
Gus Riley is offline  
Old 01-01-05, 01:17 AM
  #6984  
contre nous de la tyranie
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Little Siberia
Posts: 564

Bikes: Trek 830, Trek 520, Surly 1x1 fixed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just came home from work, avoiding as many drunk drivers as I could by taking side roads and the path around Lake Hariet. I thought that I might walk across part of the lake, but 51F temp yesterday did weird stuff to the ice; it was very slippery had many irregular angles mashed together. I had to crawl back to shore, and I wasn't even drunk. Congrats to all those who have already commuted by bike this year. It's a good way to start '05.
iceratt is offline  
Old 01-03-05, 07:20 PM
  #6985  
Senior Member
 
ollo_ollo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Soviet of Oregon or the NW Florida Redoubt
Posts: 5,321

Bikes: Still have a few left!

Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 456 Post(s)
Liked 474 Times in 245 Posts
Am I really the only one who commuted to work today? 26F @ 6AM but warmed up to 42F by the afternoon. Lots of frost & ice out as the roads had been wet yesterday. Proceeded with caution on my Grand Jubile & got to work & back just fine. Side note: I commuted so regularly by bike lat year that I just discovered my drivers license expired last August. Went down to the DMV at Noon & they had mercy on me, just checked my eyesight, took my money & gave me the new license. Be careful out there
ollo_ollo is offline  
Old 01-03-05, 07:38 PM
  #6986  
Slow Moving Vehicle
 
Jean Beetham Smith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Norwood, MA
Posts: 1,068

Bikes: Felt F-70, Terry Madeleine, Novara Safari fully customized by me

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
Am I really the only one who commuted to work today?
No, but mine was so routine I didn't want to bore anyone with the details. So far we have had an unusually warm winter, only 2 single digit (F) rides & only 1 heavy snow (>10 inches/25 cm).
__________________
Help grow the future of cycling in the world. Volunteer at your local "earn-a-bike" program. In the Boston area https://www.bikesnotbombs.org/about
Jean Beetham Smith is offline  
Old 01-03-05, 11:05 PM
  #6987  
The Spider
 
spidercyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 417
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lots of rain today on the ride to work and home .
But the good thing was no swow . So it was a good ride .
Have a good nite .
spidercyclist is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 06:57 AM
  #6988  
clevernamehere
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
1st day back to work in '05
-34C (-29F), -43C windchill, clear sky... finally got to test myself out at sub -30C!
Beat my previous record by 10C! I was pretty nervous starting out, not sure what to expect at this temp. The ride went well though... very little traffic (passed by 2 cars), stayed warm except toes (toes got very cold last 10 min. of ride). Goggles started fogging up last 1/4 of trip, gave up on them for last 10 min of ride.
 
Old 01-04-05, 07:45 AM
  #6989  
Designated Drinker
 
Wulfheir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 800

Bikes: '04 Kona Fire Mountain

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
First Ride in Oh-Five!
-24C/-11F
Was out of town for a week and came back to hard snow-packed and icy roads. There is an empty lot I cut thru on my commute, and it's almost unrideable due to the snow. Going to go the long way around on the way home I think.
Wulfheir is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 08:23 AM
  #6990  
Senior Member
 
madhouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Podunc, Minnesota
Posts: 416

Bikes: '14 Bacchetta Corsa, '93 Ryan Vanguard, Action Bent SWB USS

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My lovingly concerned wife is afraid that I am putting myself at risk by biking in the extreme cold. There is some validity to her concerns as I don’t have a refuge from the weather between point A and B, nor do I have the ability to catch a bus or call a cab. I made a deal with her that I won’t ride if it’s 10F or colder. That being said, I wasn’t able to ride yesterday and today I have an appointment for my car to get some work done so I drove in. (Before people jump on the “cars are evil” bandwagon… I have 230,000 miles on that car. It has cost me around $0.10 per mile including purchase price, tax, license, insurance, repairs and gas… I can’t say that for my bike and commuting gear… yet!) According to accuweather.com I probably won’t be riding this week.
madhouse is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 10:23 AM
  #6991  
is drunk again
 
KingFoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 91
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Beautiful morning, gorgeous day! Going to have a high of 74F today...
Took the long way to work... yee haw!!!
KingFoo is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 11:05 AM
  #6992  
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,865

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 68 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2952 Post(s)
Liked 3,105 Times in 1,417 Posts
First commute of the New Year. God, have I fallen this far out of shape in just two weeks?
caloso is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 12:18 PM
  #6993  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 3,707
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
Liked 87 Times in 60 Posts
It was 56 F / 13 C, so I was a bit warmer than I would have liked. So far, I have yet to wear my coat this week, and, if I do, it will likely be as a result of rain. I grew up in New England and find it hard to deal with mild winters. Too cold for the beach -- too warm for the ski slopes-- this weather is good for nothing. Other than that, a nice ride in.

Paul
PaulH is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 05:16 PM
  #6994  
Senior Member
 
EnigManiac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,258

Bikes: BikeE AT, Firebike Bling Bling, Norco Trike (customized)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I decided to leave my cruiser at home and try the 20 minute commute on my new Stiletto chopper. Due to the sitting position, I found a bit of a strain on my lungs and it required a little more effort, but I managed the commute in exactly the same amount of time as I usual do. It was about 0c and I was still sweating buckets. The only disappointment was finding ice/snow sludge and sometimes large mounds still clogging the curb lane and forcing me out into the middle of the lane. Sitting as low as I do on the chopper, it was a little disconcerting at times, considering I was riding a busy route during rush hour. While I tried a nearby parallel street that has a bike-lane in the morning, snow made it unusuable. The reason that was disappointing was that we haven't had snow for two weeks and enjoyed warm temperatures that should have melted what we had or at least made it easier for city crews to remove the offending clumps of ice, but they obviously haven't even attempted to remove it. I made a call to the city but doubt they'll act as there is now a winter storm warning in effect. They sure didn't sound anxious to, in any event. Sheesh, what were they waiting for, spring? Guess my councillor will have to hear from me.
EnigManiac is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 06:43 PM
  #6995  
Senior Member
 
balto charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Baltimore/DC
Posts: 2,942
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 170 Post(s)
Liked 156 Times in 99 Posts
Warm warm warm, but I ain't complaining. Rode to work in shorts and a poly top. Wore the wind vest on the way home. Can't beat that for Jan 5. With hunting season over I can ride my single track and cut 3 miles off of my commute.
balto charlie is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 07:10 PM
  #6996  
Senior Member
 
ollo_ollo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Soviet of Oregon or the NW Florida Redoubt
Posts: 5,321

Bikes: Still have a few left!

Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 456 Post(s)
Liked 474 Times in 245 Posts
23F & clear 6AM: due to the cold temp & reports of ice, I overdressed with wool sweater, down jacket, insulated booties & a wool cap under my helmet, then I got pretty damp under all that during my short 4 mile commute. Rode my mountain bike & despite the frost & ice, didn't experience any slip or slide situations. This bike is really slow compared to my road bikes but it sure handles slippery conditions. The few cars I encountered were driving very slow & carefully. We all got along today! Don
ollo_ollo is offline  
Old 01-04-05, 11:03 PM
  #6997  
The Spider
 
spidercyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 417
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nice ride today . But the weatherman said bad weather for wednesday . So I hope I can ride wednesday .
Have a good nite .
spidercyclist is offline  
Old 01-05-05, 07:31 AM
  #6998  
Belt drive!
 
vtjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Posts: 2,614

Bikes: 2011 Trek Soho DLX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My morning commute today was transcendent.

20F degrees. It was snowing and the trail was covered with a layer of dry powder. Enough to cover the pavement but not enough to have to push through. I left just after sunrise and made first tracks. Very, very quiet and relaxing. I stopped once just to listen to the silence and look out over Champlain.

I ran into (not literally) a woman walking her dog. She told me I was brave. I told her I have studded tires. That seemed to subdue her fears. (Not that studs do anything on fresh powder, but The Uninitiated don't know that.)
vtjim is offline  
Old 01-05-05, 07:50 AM
  #6999  
clevernamehere
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
-31C / -44 windchill
3 degrees warmer than yesterday, but felt worse... had a hard time the last 3km - felt exhausted.
I might wimp out & take the bus if it's -30 tomorrow. Just feels like my body needs a break.

The toughest part is we got a fair bit of snow recently & the city hasn't cleared it so much of my ride is over frozen bumpy ruts... it's quite a workout. It's not as bad in the mornings as there's almost no traffic & I just stay in the tire tracks. In the afternoon I end up riding on the rough shoulder (frozen bumps, often covered with soft snow).
 
Old 01-05-05, 08:14 AM
  #7000  
Long Live Long Rides
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KCMO
Posts: 718

Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, converted for touring/commuting. 1984 Raleigh Team USA road bike.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What an awesome ride! Freezing rain, sleet, and snow on top! I put my studded snows on this morning and headed out. Thanks to the weather stations who pleaded people to stay home, traffic was light. Temps: 27F w/wind chill at 17F. Not really too bad.

The cool things about the ride:
Listening to tree branches break under the weight of the ice,
My new Power Grips,
My newly rewired dual headlights,
My environmental chamber/dehumidifyer. I can put my wet gloves in it and dry them out!
The look on everyone's face who saw me pull in!

The not so cool things:
The idiot drivers who can't drive while talking on the phone when the weather is dry! They still can't drive!!
The ice pellets hitting my face,

It was absolutely worth it. I like this weather.
jharte is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.