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 01-20-03, 08:16 AM
  #1501  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: N.E.England.(geordieland)
Posts: 605
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My commute this morning cheered me up no end!

The reason!

Saw the first Lambs out in the fields at Beaufront lodge, sign of warmer spring days to come
willic is offline  
Old 01-20-03, 10:26 AM
  #1502  
Where did whooooo go
 
nemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: UTOPIA
Posts: 455

Bikes: trek 7100, 70's schwinn free spirit.{building into the second commuter}

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
yesterday I got a real nice reaction from a lady at a gas station. There is a small convienence store close to my house that I usually stop at for pop and stuff. the clerks and I were discussing my new bike and i mentioned that i found it to be quite stable on ice and snow. A lady was listening to us and she looked at me in disbelief and said "you rode that bicycle in the ice and snow?" I told her that the biggest problem was people in cars who do not scrape their windows good enough and cannot see me! she had no reply. I like it when people look at me like I am doing something incredible when I am doing something i enjoy.
nemo is offline  
Old 01-20-03, 06:21 PM
  #1503  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 940
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Happy to report that my recent rides have been knee-problem-free. I am 100%, even with some monster hill climbs thrown into the mix.

My schedule of late has forced me to scale back on bike-commuting but I work it in every single chance I get.

Today's ride was pretty cool in that it was foggy as could be. I had all the lights blaring on this one!! Looking forward to the ride home.
Andy Dreisch is offline  
Old 01-20-03, 07:21 PM
  #1504  
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

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Today's ride was the warmest in 2 weeks, 20 degrees F (-6 or 7 for you C types), and the roads were dry. Waiting at an intersection near work for a hole in traffic I had a motorist cross the street, stop in the lane next to me and say, "You are a machine, I see you every day." Was that a compliment? Coming home the wind had picked up a lot and the sand on the roads was really stinging.
Jean Beetham Smith is offline  
Old 01-20-03, 09:39 PM
  #1505  
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Posts: 9,663
Liked 13 Times in 9 Posts
Another stupidly hot morning. I think it might be starting to melt my brain a little. I almost did the big lose after allowing myself to be distracted by a stupidly hot female cyclist who was riding the other way. I think I need to get myself a wife who can discipline me in these matters.
__________________
I am clinically insane. I am proud of it.

That is all.
Chris L is offline  
Old 01-20-03, 09:43 PM
  #1506  
Weasel Amongst the Snakes
 
Viper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 183
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally posted by Chris L
...stupidly hot female cyclist ...?
Is that stupidly hot or "stupefyingly" hot?
Viper is offline  
Old 01-20-03, 09:50 PM
  #1507  
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Posts: 9,663
Liked 13 Times in 9 Posts
Originally posted by Viper


Is that stupidly hot or "stupefyingly" hot?
Stupidly hot. It's totally irrational for anyone to look that good.
__________________
I am clinically insane. I am proud of it.

That is all.
Chris L is offline  
Old 01-20-03, 09:57 PM
  #1508  
Weasel Amongst the Snakes
 
Viper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 183
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally posted by Chris L


Stupidly hot. It's totally irrational for anyone to look that good.
Stupefying. Dazzling maybe.
Viper is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 01:25 AM
  #1509  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Posts: 137
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Didn't your mother ever teach you to be terrified of beautiful women? lol Anyways, the weather here has been crappy. Its really cold, and a big windchill and all, but theres not a whole lot of snow, and i'm not ready to advance to next level of being a nerd by wearing layers of clothes when the sun is beating down in my eyes and I see people out in their Ferraris and Porsches as if it was summer. I wish I had enough money to afford that fancy gortex stuffamjig. Unless anyone can point out some sales? I spend too much money on computers and not enough on equiptement I think. Also on a note though. I got a $50 gift certificate for coloradocyclist.com-mail order of course. That should give me the start I need to accomplishing a dream of mine-custom built roadbike.
Devster is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 02:51 AM
  #1510  
The Flying Scot
 
chewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North Queensferry Scotland and London (and France)
Posts: 1,904

Bikes: Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Didn't make the commute home last night as my post puncture front tyre was soft when I went to go

My Blackburn pump blew a seal (no - it's just frost on my moustache ) and so I had to call my wife to pick me and the bike up.

I fixed the pump and rode in this morning.

Cool weather, damp but no wind. My left knee is giving me a bit of a twinge but I put that down to only riding on a trainer (no spd's) for the last 3 or 4 weeks.
__________________
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
chewa is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 05:25 AM
  #1511  
8speed DinoSORAs
 
Ed Holland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
Posts: 2,749
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi folks,

Wet and breezy again this morning, but I'm really getting back into the riding now, so nothing can put me off. Actually, nothing can put me off because there is no other way for me to make it to work - rain, shine or worse .

Ed
__________________
Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.
Ed Holland is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 09:10 AM
  #1512  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 940
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Last night's ride was interesting in that I thought more than once that I'd catch the train at so-and-so station, then ended up blowing by it. Then the next, and so on, until I was home!!

20 miler. Haven't done a 20-mile commute (my normal summertime route) in a while. Felt good.
Andy Dreisch is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 09:33 AM
  #1513  
Breaker of Spokes
 
P. B. Walker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: N. Virginia
Posts: 493
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good ride into work today. Got some new winter shoes and they worked great. Also tried out some new tights... not so good. My upper thighs were just about frost bitten.

Just started snowing about an hour ago... the ride home might be kinda interesting.


PBW
P. B. Walker is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 05:50 PM
  #1514  
It didn't hurt that much.
 
Ouch !'s Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: South Wales UK
Posts: 201
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It getting slightly warmer so ditched the tights and just put on a pair of shorts and it was worth it.

I had my first wolf whistle whilst riding so I'm seriously considering shaving my legs now .

The journey home tonight was very misty and visiblity was poor but luckily there was very little traffic about, so I wasn't to worried about being seen
Ouch ! is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 06:53 PM
  #1515  
Bring It!
 
Sailguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 611

Bikes: Torelli - Trek 520 - GT - and some old Schwinn Thing

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good to have you back Andy. This morning's commute was had wet roads an light drizzle.. Was fun.

The last night's commute had me weaving over tracks on one of my alternate routes. I kept beating the gates by mere seconds on each crossing. That was a fun challenge.

Wondering how much rain I will get tonight.
__________________
Sailing and Cycling make the world go 'round. Quietly Too!
Sailguy is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 07:16 PM
  #1516  
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

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Back to cold again, 8F with gusty winds. Time to put on the balaclava. I would really like to find some good cold weather mittens so I wouldn't have to put on 3 layers of gloves & mitts. I think I'm spending 5 minutes putting my hand gear on. I may just have to modify my bike pogies so they will fit over my barends. Pogies are the best.
__________________
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 01-21-03, 07:18 PM
  #1517  
Retired Commuter
 
donham's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Mostly Maine and some in the west or south
Posts: 33

Bikes: Specialised tri-cross

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Today was very frosty here in New Hampshire.
We had a temp of -7f and winds gusting to 30. I only ride 10 miles each way but today I could not warm up.Oh well spring is only a couple of months away.
donham is offline  
Old 01-21-03, 09:13 PM
  #1518  
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Posts: 9,663
Liked 13 Times in 9 Posts
The bushfires are back again. This morning's ride was done in smoke, it was awful. I truly challenge anyone to come up with worse conditions than what I've been putting up with over the last 12 months. I've happily ridden in hail before and would put up with that every day if it got me out of the smoke and dust storms.
__________________
I am clinically insane. I am proud of it.

That is all.
Chris L is offline  
Old 01-22-03, 07:21 AM
  #1519  
8speed DinoSORAs
 
Ed Holland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
Posts: 2,749
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi folks,

That's nasty, Chris L, the smoke must be really unpleasant.

Last night I managed (in the dark) to ride straight into an enormous pothole at 18 mph. The bone jarring impact caused a really messy pinch puncture of the front tube, which instantly went flat. Fortunately I carry a spare. The amazing thing (apart from not falling) is that the wheel seems fine, which is lucky because I just had a spoke repaired and the wheel re-trued.

Must remember about the hole on the way home!

Cheers,

Ed
__________________
Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.
Ed Holland is offline  
Old 01-22-03, 07:43 AM
  #1520  
The Flying Scot
 
chewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North Queensferry Scotland and London (and France)
Posts: 1,904

Bikes: Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ed, you were lucky you didn't do yourself some damage.

My ride in this morning was wet cold but no wind.

It's picking up now but is from the east so if it stays this way should get a push home. Just as long as they don't close the bridge to bikes.
__________________
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
chewa is offline  
Old 01-22-03, 07:53 AM
  #1521  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 113
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
approx 16 F - I think thats the coldest weather I have cycled in although this paricular record will probably only last until tomorrow - nice ride - flew in and got almost every light green
brennser is offline  
Old 01-22-03, 07:56 AM
  #1522  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Regina, SK, CA
Posts: 945

Bikes: 2002 Rocky HT

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Chris L - I feel for you. Hopefully the fires will be brought under control soon.

Today was my coldest ride yet, -32C (-26F), and I was damn hot! I put on an extra layer of fleece thinking I would freeze. Oh well, I'll know better next time. Worst part about the cold is the added difficulty peddling. I rode the whole way to work 2 gears up from top speed and was grunting the entire way. Can't wait for those summer days when I can race cars again!
KrisA is offline  
Old 01-22-03, 12:42 PM
  #1523  
Ich bin ein Lowlander!
 
toolfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Atlantic Ocean, France
Posts: 583
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nothing but showers today...
I kinda like it, riding in the rain, especially with no wind

My first ride in two weeks and i must say i missed it!
The shape was not bad at all, i think running is a good alternative to stay in form.

Tomorrow says more showers




cheers
__________________
Mark







Dancevalley 2th of august 2003 -> JXL, Laidback luke, Sasha, John Digweed, Monica Krusse.....and on!
toolfreak is offline  
Old 01-22-03, 01:05 PM
  #1524  
Senior Member
 
Paul L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Arizona, USA
Posts: 2,601

Bikes: Mercier Corvus (commuter), Fila Taos (MTB), Trek 660(Got frame for free and put my LeMans Centurian components on it)

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Back in the saddle again! It has been a week since the pain from Pneumonia in my left lung went away and I decided to get back on the bike today. Rode 18 miles to work and felt great! I didn't even mind the excessive stoplights for the most part. Good to be shellless again. Ride was too warm for my microfleece jersey. I think tomorrow I will switch back to the normal jersey and arm warmers.
Paul L. is offline  
Old 01-22-03, 01:26 PM
  #1525  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 3,715
Liked 98 Times in 66 Posts
Great ride in at 16 F, -9 C on the other side of the river from Brennser.

Yesterday's ride involved coming in on the Custis and WO&D from Falls Church after dropping off my wife's car for an oil change. It was an interesting change of pace to ride the trails and even make some tracks on them in the snow. The good thing about the trails was that it was 5-6 miles without a stoplight or stopsign.

Felt good to be on my normal route this morning. Saw four other cyclists going the opposite way from me and wondered whether the cold, dry weather is bringing people out. It certainly was a beautiful morning.

Paul
PaulH is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

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

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