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 04-03-07, 02:07 AM
  #18401  
stockholm
Just a commuter
 
stockholm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 262

Bikes: Scott Metrix 20 for commuting, Specialized Dolce Elite for fun

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cold, windy, and miserable.

But I'm glad I did it.
stockholm is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 06:11 AM
  #18402  
vtjim
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
A little bit damp this morning, and around 40F. It was a nice ride though. I saw a pair of loons in Lake Champlain, and chased a couple of squirrels off the MUP.

My new Michelin Transworlds arrived yesterday so I mounted them last night. They went on with a minimum of fuss, but I did have to work at them a little bit with the irons. I like them. Much faster than the stock knobbies (not a surprise) and 2 or 3 MPH faster than the studded Hakkas I've been riding in the winter. Quiet, too. Good for sneaking up and buzzing pedestrians. (Kidding! ) The reflective sidewall is a nice feature.

Unfortunately I noticed my back wheel is a bit out of true so I'll walk it over (1 block) to the LBS this morning to get straightened. I'm a bit of a clydesdale at 6'2" & 200 pounds, and riding on rough-packed ice and snow isn't exactly easy on the wheels. The front one is fine though.
vtjim is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 06:43 AM
  #18403  
knucklesandwich
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 909

Bikes: Kona Jake (2006)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bah! Overslept this morning and drove in. I'm a little pissed b/c I usually take Wednesdays off from biking, being a good way to take a break and break up the week, do errands, etc. Then I normally get on the treadmill and run while watching Friday Night Lights. Guess I'll just run and watch baseball tonight...

Also, today was going to be the first day I commuted on the "dinglespeed" mtn bike I built this winter, instead of my Kona Jake. Curious to see how I can handle the hills in my town gear of 42x16.
knucklesandwich is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 06:47 AM
  #18404  
ModoVincere
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: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rode the univega in this morning. The rear wheel on the Puch is hosed, and I took a look at it last night. Looks like someone tried to use a pair of pliers on the nipples at some point. My spoke wrench would not even turn half the nipples

Guess I'll be taking that wheel into the LBS for a new build. Well, on the bright side, I can get the hubs all cleaned up and maybe get them overhauled too.
__________________
1 bronze, 0 silver, 1 gold
ModoVincere is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 06:47 AM
  #18405  
Wulfheir
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
2-3 more inches of snow. This time it was powder. Yesterday traffic was very light, I thought it was due to spring break. But today it was very heavy, considering the storm. The snow is still coming down hard.
Wulfheir is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 07:03 AM
  #18406  
Big Ron
Rim crusher
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 290
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nice ride in this AM. Lots of pollen to deal with, but temps were quite pleasant. No incidents with any knuckleheaded drivers.
Big Ron is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 07:27 AM
  #18407  
pinkrobe
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
Soft fluffy snow and very little traffic. I am still suffering from Dayquil-zombie syndrome. It is taking a lot of concentration to type.
pinkrobe is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 08:07 AM
  #18408  
Snow_canuck
Senior Member
 
Snow_canuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 667
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Great, except for the -14c temp with the 40 gusting to 60km/h headwind.
Snow_canuck is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 08:33 AM
  #18409  
Itsjustb
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 M_S
Don't blame me for being self-conscious. I'm still in high school.
M_S, that may be the wisest thing I've ever heard a high-school student say (and I taught high school for 3 years).

Fast commute today. Must have been going around, as I ran into another commuter from my building and he said the same about his.
__________________
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion" is only half-right.

Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion.
Itsjustb is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 08:34 AM
  #18410  
Itsjustb
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 Snow_canuck
Great, except for the -14c temp with the 40 gusting to 60km/h headwind.
__________________
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion" is only half-right.

Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion.
Itsjustb is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 08:35 AM
  #18411  
rocks in head 
...addicted...
 
rocks in head's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: East of the River, Washington DC
Posts: 922

Bikes: 1985 Alpine, 2007 IRO Rob Roy, 1986 Puegeot PGN-10, 1985 Ross Mt. Whitney, 1975 Gitane Gran Sport, 1991 Diamondback Master TG

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 157 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
nice and sunny, balmy weather, lots of tourists out around the cherry blossoms... I like the new route... interesting enough, not a whole lot of traffic, and besides the mile or so of hazardous broken glass and potholes that I have to ride on to get across the Souza bridge, pretty clear sailing the entire way. My legs are starting to feel it, yesterday was my first 24-mile commute, the 12 miles this morning felt like they went slower (minus the time spent fixing the flat yesterday)
rocks in head is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 08:44 AM
  #18412  
jyossarian
SERENITY NOW!!!
 
jyossarian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In the 212
Posts: 8,738

Bikes: Haro Vector, IRO Rob Roy, Bianchi Veloce

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ride to work included a sprint to pass an accelerating garbage truck on my right. Beat the truck, pulled in front, then turned at the next corner. Typical cager move except I wasn't in a cage.
__________________
HHCMF - Take pride in your ability to amaze lesser mortals! - MikeR



We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
jyossarian is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 09:31 AM
  #18413  
luckysnafu
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
A little cooler this morning which was nice. Almost got run over by a guy in a truck who pulled out in front of me. I yelled and he put his brakes on but didn't stop and instead took off. I almost wanted to follow but decided better of it. Another mid 80s day here today, I will be enjoying the ride home.
luckysnafu is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 09:32 AM
  #18414  
M_S
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3,693
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Itsjustb
M_S, that may be the wisest thing I've ever heard a high-school student say (and I taught high school for 3 years).
I suppose it would be immature to put this in my signature?

I'm looking forward to the commute to school today. Normally it's only 2.5 miles, but I'm going to lengthen it considerably because I have the time--school doesn't start until 10:45 for the Seniors because everyone else is using the mornings to take the state standardized tests.
M_S is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 09:41 AM
  #18415  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,301

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 59 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1944 Post(s)
Liked 342 Times in 189 Posts
I went out of my way to check out the American River Bike Trail detour. It's terrible. I'm glad it's not my regular route.
caloso is online now  
Old 04-03-07, 11:01 AM
  #18416  
HardyWeinberg
GATC
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
Posts: 8,698
Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 460 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 13 Times in 13 Posts
Very cold, but great. 9 extra miles.
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 12:07 PM
  #18417  
sekaijin
Senior Member
 
sekaijin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,140

Bikes: 2000 Litespeed Classic, 1984 Schwinn LeTour, 1998 Gary Fisher Marlin, 1969 Hercules, 1977 Sekai 5000 Superlite, 1993 Koga-Myata TerraLiner, 2013 Trek Farley.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Great rainy day commute. Gotta say, now that I'm outfitted (beater rain bike with fenders, rain pants & anorak), riding in the rain is fun. High 40s, and I was getting overheated under the rain gear by the end of my 6 mile ride.

The earthworms were out in force crossing the paved parts of the bike trail. I felt bad for them, it was like Gallipoli.

Got to work a little late b/c I stopped and voted (state & local elections) on the way to work.
sekaijin is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 06:04 PM
  #18418  
gmule
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Conifer CO
Posts: 412
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Commute in was great. I used google maps satelite pics to look for an alteranative route around a very congested and high speed section of road with multiple intersections and merges that left me taking lane #3 out of 5 due to the way the interchanges were layed out. The new bypass adds about a 1/2 mile to my commute each way but at least I don't feel like I am about to become roadkill anymore.
gmule is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 06:25 PM
  #18419  
asterisk
Senior Member
 
asterisk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 339
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
First thing was 5 minutes into the ride. Another a commuter was behind me, and going straight, when I was merging over to turn left at an intersection. A car pulls up behind him, the driver honks and male passenger yells something typical that I can't remember. Once the two of them come to a stop, at the sign 10 or so feet ahead of their honk, the cyclist, and in a very calm tone, leaned into their open window and said, "Thats what your boyfriend said last to me last night." I just pedaled away slowly after watching it all.

Then right at the end of the ride, a cop was waiting to catch people running a red. I rolled through slowish, but I didn't notice him until I was past the line. Somehow I stopped quick and stood for a sec before he committed to me. I saw him put his throttle hand down right when I saw him, but he let me go. I waved, despite my anger. **** cops, I have to thank him for not giving me a ticket? Thanks, whatever.
asterisk is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 07:38 PM
  #18420  
vrkelley
Enjoy
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Seattle metro
Posts: 6,165

Bikes: Trek 5200

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
31F AM ride...drive pavement both ways...That's Major!
vrkelley is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 08:47 PM
  #18421  
bikedaddy
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
Had to yell at some cager today for almost running into me. She just honked and drove away. Those sort of interactinos don't happen to much in this town... at least not to me so I'm not used to it and always get pumped up.

Also ... stupid spring and the wind. Everyday on the way home a south wind kicks my butt.
bikedaddy is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 09:47 PM
  #18422  
gmule
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Conifer CO
Posts: 412
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bikedaddy
Also ... stupid spring and the wind. Everyday on the way home a south wind kicks my butt.
Hear hear
gmule is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 10:33 PM
  #18423  
Aves
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 698
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sh*tty....came out of work to a flat tire...didn't have a tube so I walked a mile and a half to the lbs but, I've learned my lesson and will always have a spare tube now.
Aves is offline  
Old 04-03-07, 10:37 PM
  #18424  
scottmorrison99
New! With Self Loathing!
 
scottmorrison99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Fairfield, California
Posts: 1,618

Bikes: 2013 Jamis Xenith T time trial bike, 2013 Jamis Xenith Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Crankarm strike! I took a corner too fast on my fixed gear and managed to hit my pedal and crankarm on the road. I rode on my front tire with my rear wheel in the air for a bit, and rode it out. Waved at the startled family staring at me in shock as if I meant to do that. Nice ride both ways, only honk I got was from a coworker saying hello.
__________________
Scotty

Weird Bike Guy Blog

Last edited by scottmorrison99; 04-04-07 at 10:29 AM.
scottmorrison99 is offline  
Old 04-04-07, 05:38 AM
  #18425  
RonH
Life is good
 
RonH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Posts: 18,208

Bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany, 2018 Lynskey Helix Pro

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 519 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I worked the "late shift" (2:30 pm-6:30 pm) at the bike shop yesterday so the ride in was awesome --- ~75F and sunny.
A cold front started moving in late in the day and I got home about 10 minutes before the rain and hail started.
The rain is gone this morning but it's supposed to be WINDY today and tomorrow, which means I'll have a head wind all the way to work. I'm working the late shift again today and tomorrow so I'll probably need a vest and possibly arm warmers.

When are the warm temps coming back?
__________________
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - 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  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

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

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.