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 12-19-06, 09:57 AM
  #16951  
Senior Member
 
Itsjustb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 991

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse 5c, Scattante XRL

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Big Ron
Ok, here it is. My last commute to work for the year (also my last work day of the year-Woo Hoo!!!)
Ron, in case you check BF during the day today, Happy Holidays to you and yours! I hope the shoulder heals well. Maybe in the new year I'll be over on your part of campus and can say hello sometime. (There's a rumor in my department that we're going to be moved to Bldg 5; shorter commute for me but nicer facilities)
__________________
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion" is only half-right.

Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion.
Itsjustb is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 11:06 AM
  #16952  
DNPAIMFB
 
pinkrobe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cowtown, AB
Posts: 4,655

Bikes: Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A rather pleasant ride in this morning with my wife. I had a great night's sleep and roared in fueled by chili con carne. When I got to work, one of the contractors came around with bags of Bernard Callebault chocolates for breakfast. Yummy! Get in my belly!
pinkrobe is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 11:12 AM
  #16953  
GATC
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
Posts: 8,728
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 464 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 27 Posts
Nice ride. I stopped to try and budge the segment of tree trunk that somebody had cut out of the downed tree I posted a pic of yesterday, but no use and I got coated w/ resin. Grrr...
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 11:14 AM
  #16954  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Marlborough, MA
Posts: 362

Bikes: Felt F85 (2007), Fuji Regis (1980's)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
While stopped at a red light a kid in a passing bus yelled out "Nice Bike" to me Made my morning. Temps are starting to return back to normal after the near record 76 yesterday.
luckysnafu is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 11:53 AM
  #16955  
Senior Member
 
kokomo61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Herndon, VA
Posts: 914

Bikes: Giant OCR C2, Kona Jake the Snake, Scattante 650-R

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 7 Posts
Nice weather - very fast ride in....16.9 MPH rolling average, which is my fastest so far for the 21.5 mile ride in. With about 1 mile to go, my front derailleur stopped working. Cable slipped out, and couldn't shift the front. Also, when I got to the intersection before work, I noticed the front QR was open, and that scared me a bit. Locking it up in the garage, I tried to tighten the QR, and attempting to latch it, I heard a "crack.". Somehow, the thread for the cap nut got stripped, and wouldn't hook up.

I took the bike to Revolution Cycles in Clarendon (Arlington, VA) at lunch (Walking it onto the Metro), and they replaced the stripped cap nut and adjusted the QR. Also, they reseated the FR Der. cable, and adjusted it so that it shifted properly. 15 minutes, no charge. I was a happy guy!
__________________
2020 Giant Defy 2
Fuji Cross Pro
Scattante 650-R trainer bike
'06 Kona Jake the Snake



kokomo61 is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 02:33 PM
  #16956  
Tornado of Teeth
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Astoria, NYC
Posts: 437
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Great commute today, upper 30's on the way in, 40's on the way home. Took the long way doing a couple Central Park loops.
BigMacFU is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 02:35 PM
  #16957  
RustyTainte
 
substructure's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: 28012
Posts: 12,340

Bikes: zilch

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nice ride in. No fog. Not too many weirdos. The temps were nice: 47 - 50 degrees and I started breaking a good sweat without wearing a ton of clothes.
substructure is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 06:48 PM
  #16958  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 14,277
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Holy crap! Once again HOLY bejeezers!
I had a motorist stop to criticize my rear blinkie and it was actually helpful and nicely done.
Usually my LD1000 is hanging off my saddlebag when I pick up my son from daycare in the trailer. This time I had the rack trunk with the blinkie hanging off of it. The motorist pulled next to me, got my attention, and prefaced his statement with a "I just wanted you to be aware and I am not trying to be an ahole. I can not see your blinkie with the trailer behind it". I thanked him and pulled over to relocate it to the attachment point on the back of my jacket. I think I will use this as an excuse to purchase a few more blinkies for the back of the trailer and as backups.
Mistakes happen. My son paying for one of mine is not something I would like to think about. Thank you nice motorist. Finally some holiday spirit!
DataJunkie is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 07:27 PM
  #16959  
Senior Member
 
bikedaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 252

Bikes: Trek 7100 Hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Another great commute with full use of my lungs. Probably won't be commuting tomorrow and I have Thur/Fri off. They are calling for a huge storm with 10-20'' of the white stuff. At least will have a white Christmas.

Any of you Colorado commuters going to brave it tomorrow?
bikedaddy is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 08:06 PM
  #16960  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 14,277
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Not I. I do not see the point of working out and crashing. Then I would loose more time recovering.
I do not have a decent snow bike. Plus, the bus line that come right by my house and takes me to the new light rail line kind of spoils it for me. Going to hit the gym after work.
DataJunkie is offline  
Old 12-19-06, 10:05 PM
  #16961  
----
 
buzzman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Becket, MA
Posts: 4,579
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 4 Posts
street ride in on Comm Ave and just as I pass BU I'm riding side by side with a hard riding, red light running Boston bike cop. I'm a stop at the lights on Comm Ave and go only when it seems clear kind of guy and I wasn't sure if he was running them because he was on a call or just pushing down the road for the exercise so I didn't exactly follow his example. I chatted him up at one of the lights he did stop at complimenting him on his speedy style and remarking that if he rides at that rate all day he'll definitely be in shape from being a bike cop. Like most bike cops I've met he seemed only too happy to be acknowledged for the extra effort that goes into being a cop on a bicycle.


the ride home I did solo on the bike path. my back tire needs air.
buzzman is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 12:09 AM
  #16962  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 827
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
nothing exciting to report. i didn't get rained on.
tokolosh is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 06:55 AM
  #16963  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Northwestern Indiana
Posts: 57

Bikes: Schwinn LeTour III (2), High Sierra, Supersport (80's vintage)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A bit brisk this morning, 22 degrees F when I left the house. I was dressed just about right though, so I wasn't cold.

Did resolve one of the problems I was having with my water bottle this summer. I was having trouble keeping the water cold all summer, but I seem to have found a solution, as it was nice and cold all the way in this morning (including having to bite loose the frozen valve at one point).
JSChance is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 07:57 AM
  #16964  
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
Originally Posted by JSChance
as it was nice and cold all the way in this morning
Funny how that works.

Mid-20Fs for me. Nice clear sky. Some ice on the MUP but nothing hazardous. Almost no one out there this morning, pedestrian or otherwise.
vtjim is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 08:22 AM
  #16965  
Mmmmm potatoes
 
idcruiserman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Idaho
Posts: 1,921
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
14F with 10MPH headwind today. My wife bought me a set of ear bags last night, which are polartec fleece things that cover the ears. They worked great under the skull cap, and I could hear too. Dorky but effective.
idcruiserman is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 08:48 AM
  #16966  
Riding Heaven's Highways on the grand tour
 
ModoVincere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,675
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Nice commute in except for the B***ch in the white corolla that tried to run me over. I gave chase long enough for her to see me in her rearview giving her a 2 handed 1 finger salute. Not really proud of my reaction, but damn...I don't feel like spending Christmas in the ICU. I did manage to maintain 34+ mph on the MTB while chasing the little car. I am kind of proud of that though.

Yesterday, I did an abbreviated commute. I had to go to a department meeting that was held at my bosses boss's house. So, yesterday I only got in 10 miles round trip. I was completely amazed at the stupidity of drivers yesterday. None of them came close to me or anything, but just how they blocked all the intersections, ran red lights, honked at people that obviously could not move, etc. I guess there's not much Christmas spirit this year for some reason.
__________________
1 bronze, 0 silver, 1 gold
ModoVincere is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 08:52 AM
  #16967  
Recumbent Evangelist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Posts: 2,991

Bikes: Rebel Cycles Trike, Trek 7500FX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's starting to cool down a bit again. For a few days there I was enjoying not needing to wear my face mask, but if it gets any cooler I'm going to have to bring it along again. Other than that, another great ride. I'm really glad I replaced my chain, the other one was probably robbing 4 or 5 km/h from me!
jeff-o is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 08:53 AM
  #16968  
DNPAIMFB
 
pinkrobe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cowtown, AB
Posts: 4,655

Bikes: Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I tried a shortcut today that didn't really end up being a shortcut. Holy crap - there was so much traffic this morning. I'll be happy when half of downtown has Friday off.
pinkrobe is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 09:08 AM
  #16969  
Life is good
 
RonH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Posts: 18,209

Bikes: 2018 Lynskey Helix Pro

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 522 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Originally Posted by ModoVincere
I did manage to maintain 34+ mph on the MTB while chasing the little car. I am kind of proud of that though.


Originally Posted by ModoVincere
I was completely amazed at the stupidity of drivers yesterday. None of them came close to me or anything, but just how they blocked all the intersections, ran red lights, honked at people that obviously could not move, etc. I guess there's not much Christmas spirit this year for some reason.
I've seen a lot of that lately. Humbug!!
__________________
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. - Psalm 103:8

I am a cyclist. I am not the fastest or the fittest. But I will get to where I'm going with a smile on my face.
RonH is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 09:10 AM
  #16970  
******
 
squegeeboo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 949

Bikes: Specalized Tri-Cross

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Personal best for the ride in today, still pathetic time wise, but for an upright commuter not as pathetic as it used to be!!!
squegeeboo is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 09:12 AM
  #16971  
Life is good
 
RonH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Posts: 18,209

Bikes: 2018 Lynskey Helix Pro

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 522 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Another nice ride in this morning. We're having our "holiday" luncheon today (it's called "holiday" because none of my co-workers celebrates Christmas) so I'm sitting here in slacks, sweater, etc. My usual attire (when it's as warm as it has been ) is shorts and t-shirt.
__________________
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. - Psalm 103:8

I am a cyclist. I am not the fastest or the fittest. But I will get to where I'm going with a smile on my face.
RonH is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 09:44 AM
  #16972  
La Paz Commuter
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Posts: 102

Bikes: Bortolussi (made in Germany), Titus Motolite 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I hit a milestone today on my ride in: 1,000 miles of bike commuting for 2006!!!

Very nice ride with temps in the upper 30s/low 40s and very little traffic--it makes a noticeable difference when Congress is out of session.
Two Buck Chuck is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 11:14 AM
  #16973  
GATC
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
Posts: 8,728
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 464 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 27 Posts
Pretty uneventful for me. Back to rainlike activity, heavy mist at least.

Since my wife has taken over kid duty w/ a temporary change in her schedule, I've been commuting at more typical rush hour times, and finding the drivers to be a lot more annoyed/annoying than at off hours. What else is new...
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 12:32 PM
  #16974  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Marlborough, MA
Posts: 362

Bikes: Felt F85 (2007), Fuji Regis (1980's)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Two Buck Chuck
I hit a milestone today on my ride in: 1,000 miles of bike commuting for 2006!!!
Congrats man! I just hit 2600 miles for the year this week.

Had a typical ride in this morning. Temps finally feeling like winter this morning, low 30s. Today is my last day of riding in this week but I am hoping to get at least another ride in next week for the last of the year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody
luckysnafu is offline  
Old 12-20-06, 09:45 PM
  #16975  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
Posts: 6

Bikes: Jamis Coda (fair weather commuter) 06 Flyte XLS3 (foul weather commuter) Raleigh Competition (weekend fun)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've made 2 of 3 so far this week but the forecast is for snow tonight so I might be out of luck for the
rest of the week. Temps in the teens in the morning, mid 30s in the evening. I can handle that. Good luck to those who are riding for the rest of the week and Happy Holidays to all!
lds700 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.