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 07-31-07, 06:44 PM
  #20526  
Two H's!!! TWO!!!!!
 
chephy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 4,267
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 8 Posts
Ride was quite fun today. Took a route back that I haven't taken for ages - an MUP, for a change. Surprisingly few people on it - where is everybody? Maybe they felt it was too hot today; if so, the joke's on them - it was indeed too hot, but the MUPs I took had glorious shade (which was a big reason I chose them over roads...).
chephy is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 05:38 AM
  #20527  
Plays in Traffic
 
1ply's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Posts: 484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Great ride today. The skinny tired 'performance hybrid' IS faster than the mtn bike by about 10 minutes. Made it to work in about 27 minutes today. Lots of joggers, all going the other way - but only one was worth another look

Had an older couple (in their 70's easily) riding side by side on the pathway - because of the age I waited patiently until the lady saw me and then I scooted by. Hope to be out riding when (and if) I make it up there.

It's going to be a hot one today. Going to be one of those "feels like 39/102" days with high humidity. Should be a great ride back home love the summer.
1ply is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 06:09 AM
  #20528  
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
Fine ride, though it was very humid this AM-the dew point is "only" 67F, but the RH must have been 98%. Got my headlight back on the bike, so I can resume my usual 5:45 departure time. I'm back on my
61CM Fuji commuter which seems tiny after exclusively riding my 62CM Raleigh for the last ~ 8 weeks. When I got to work, I raised the saddle and handlebars a bit. Probably won't help too much as the bike is just plain too small for me.
Big Ron is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 06:27 AM
  #20529  
Blasted Weeds
 
Tude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,182

Bikes: Trek 1200C, Specialized Rockhopper, Giant Yukon FX, Giant Acapulco

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Little longer as I'm watching a friend's house, going to be a steamy one today - but it wasn't bad on the way in.
Tude is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 07:36 AM
  #20530  
YAT-YAS
 
devildogmech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Highland, IN
Posts: 820

Bikes: Old Green

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Last night i again had 2 different cagers yell things at me on my way home.... its hard to tell exactly what someone is saying as they pass you doing 50= in a 35mph zone, but i'm pretty sure they called me an idiot....

What the heck did I do?

Billy
__________________
Master Guns Crittle, You out there??
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -Robert A. Heinlein
devildogmech is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 08:10 AM
  #20531  
not a role model
 
JeffS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 4,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Left my house and at the intersection down the street I see a line of cars. I couldn't imagine what was going on, as the school buses wouldn't cause a backup here. Get to the corner and see that there's a police checkpoint (3 cops) right at the bottom of the hill. I've never seen them do such a thing in a residential neighborhood before, although this is a favorite area for them to camp for speeders.

I just cruised down beside the line of cars and through the checkpoint - half expecting to be stopped.

Still can't imagine what they were trying to accomplish - unless they're trying to fill their quotas early this month.
JeffS is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 08:55 AM
  #20532  
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
Kind of a dull ride in. Oh well...
pinkrobe is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 09:23 AM
  #20533  
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
Great ride in, found what I think is the final tweak I need to make a good route to trailer the 2.5 yr old to her daycare and escape from town w/ minimal exposure to rush hour, such as it is, traffic.
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 09:38 AM
  #20534  
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
I saw a coworker on his motorcycle near the office and tried to catch him but the light was against me. I rode the race bike today hoping to get out for a long detour home tonight but that already looks unlikely. Going to be a long day....
caloso is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 12:52 PM
  #20535  
Senior Member
 
* jack *'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,514

Bikes: more, please.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Another hot and humid week in the Bull City.
I changed bikes (from road fix to SS MTB) to ride down the tree-covered gravel alleys in West Durham lately, and it sure is fun.
No more radiant asphalt inferno - baking at stoplights, no more tagging behind exhaust spewing vehicles.
Good to change up the commute a bit when the weather starts beating me down.

Last edited by * jack *; 08-01-07 at 01:03 PM.
* jack * is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 01:04 PM
  #20536  
YAT-YAS
 
devildogmech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Highland, IN
Posts: 820

Bikes: Old Green

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I almost got plasterd by a cager on the way home from school this afternoon. I ride on the sidewalk (I know not the right way to do it, but other wise its too dangerous... this story proves why) and had an idiot cut me off trying to get into Dunkin Donuts... if I had been in the street, I would have been toast. So he cuts me off, I slamm on my brakes and start yelling.... He stops, blocking traffic and my path and looks at me... He gave me this "why are you angry with me" look... Then I told him to go on and get out of my way.... Knuckle head!

Then I had another idiot (who was at the D&D incident, trying to cross traffic to get in to the parking lot also) who caught up with me at a major intersection (Indianpolis & 45th - Highland, IN) He had a red, i was waiting for my walking man. He wouldnt make a right on red.... Just kept looking at me... The crazies are out today!

Billy
__________________
Master Guns Crittle, You out there??
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -Robert A. Heinlein
devildogmech is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 01:15 PM
  #20537  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Atlanta GA
Posts: 553

Bikes: Raleigh Supercourse, Peugeot Iseran, Raleigh Twenty

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I took the morning off for a dental appointment, so my commute was convoluted and longer (East Atlanta to Buckhead, then back to Downtown). During lunch I wrote the route from East Atlanta to Piedmont Hospital (where my dentist is) into a bikely.com map at

https://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...dmont-Hospital
larryfeltonj is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 01:42 PM
  #20538  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good ride, just started listening to audiobooks again while coming in, made it a little more interesting. I know the whole argument (headphones dangerous) and frankly love listening to music or books while riding. Plus, I have an hour and a half a day that I can fill with reading! A little warm and humid, but not bad for SC summer.

Joey French
joeyfrench is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 04:43 PM
  #20539  
Two H's!!! TWO!!!!!
 
chephy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 4,267
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by devildogmech
I almost got plasterd by a cager on the way home from school this afternoon. I ride on the sidewalk (I know not the right way to do it, but other wise its too dangerous... this story proves why) and had an idiot cut me off trying to get into Dunkin Donuts...
Actually, this illustrates very well why sidewalks are dangerous. A classic sidewalk (near-)collision. Had you been in the street, he probably would've noticed you there. But nobody expects fast-moving traffic on the sidewalk. If you do ride there, you basically have to give up the ROW at any intersection, including driveways.
chephy is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 05:46 PM
  #20540  
Senior Member
 
aMull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,779

Bikes: Leader 735TR 09 58cm 46/17

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
One thing i don't understand is why are drivers yelling at us to get off the road and on to the sidewalk, and then completely forget to expect bikes coming from the sidewalk?
aMull is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 06:47 PM
  #20541  
Senior Member
 
GreenAnvil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 551

Bikes: 2014 Fuji Roubaix 1.0 LE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 73 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 19 Posts
26.51 miles round trip. I'm on training this week and decided to bike to the training facility, which is north of Colorado Springs (across the USAFA).

Riding heavy + hills + headwinds = >:|

Took it easy this morning since I wouldn't be showering... I managed to remain "odorless" for the day but it's not my preference. Voyager Pkwy, Rt. 83 and Academy are CRAZY during rush hour traffic...

Ah, yesterday was my first 20mph avg speed ride! So I was a little trashed today, but I'm happy with the way I'm feeling on the bike considering I have been doing this (commuting) for less than a year.

GreenAnvil

Last edited by GreenAnvil; 08-01-07 at 06:57 PM.
GreenAnvil is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 06:54 PM
  #20542  
Senior Member
 
madfiNch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 255

Bikes: Burley Runabout 7 and Specialized Allez Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I was crossing a road on a WELL MARKED crosswalk (signs, flashing lights and marked pavement) that is a part of a bike trail through the city when a van that was coming at me didn't want to slow down. I pointed to the pavement to show him that I had the right-of-way, and once across I turned left into the bike lane that is on the right side of the road. The van then roared past me and honked at me. I saw that it was a business van from a company called Aarcee, but I was too rattled to think about getting the license (or pulling out my camera and taking pictures of it - d'oh!). I drafted an email to the company about it, but after the bridge collapse downtown I just lost all of my anger. It doesn't seem important anymore...
madfiNch is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 06:56 PM
  #20543  
Senior Member
 
GreenAnvil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 551

Bikes: 2014 Fuji Roubaix 1.0 LE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 73 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by chephy
Actually, this illustrates very well why sidewalks are dangerous. A classic sidewalk (near-)collision. Had you been in the street, he probably would've noticed you there.
Some folks around here (Colorado Springs) still see you and they seem to care less... For example, I don't ride on Academy Blvd... NO WAY! I take the sidewalk.

Originally Posted by chephy
But nobody expects fast-moving traffic on the sidewalk. If you do ride there, you basically have to give up the ROW at any intersection, including driveways.
This is exactly what I do; I forget about personal speed records and just get on the sidewalk, spin, and enjoy the ride.

GreenAnvil
GreenAnvil is offline  
Old 08-01-07, 08:06 PM
  #20544  
Junior Member
 
Bikedelic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 23
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
One thing I realized from reading from reading other posts is that drivers in Japan are quite tolerant and mindful of cyclists, generally giving me lots of space when passing and no abuse at all yet. The problem is other cyclists and pedestrians. Most cyclists generally don't obey any rules of the road and will weave on and off the pavement, sometimes right in front of me (when I'm on the road). This morning there was a house wife riding one handed and carrying a parasol, on the wrong side of the street with a 2 kids in child seats (front and back). You quite often see sights like this. Pedestrians seem to wander around like zombies and stumble in any direction without warning, which is especially a problem as the distinction between some roads and sidewalks seems a bit gray.

The rain stopped just in time for my commute through Tokyo this morning, but the humidity was awful (RH 86%) and around 84F and I was soaking wet when I arrived. I had to towel off in the car park in the basement and sit at my desk in front of the fan for ten minutes before I felt normal again.
Bikedelic is offline  
Old 08-02-07, 06:00 AM
  #20545  
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
Had a good fast ride in today. No problems excepting the Fowler construction panel truck that nearly sideswiped me. He did a rolling stop before taking a right turn, right into my path. Luckily there was no traffic in the oncoming lane so I veered left while yelling at him. Thats the 3rd time in about a month I've had a construction truck do that to me. It's getting a bit annoying.
Big Ron is offline  
Old 08-02-07, 06:09 AM
  #20546  
Plays in Traffic
 
1ply's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Posts: 484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Another hot one today. It's humid and the sun is out. I'm stuck inside all day but am considering knocking off early to ride in the glorious sunshine. Gotta enjoy it while we can, as the white stuff will be here before we know it.
1ply is offline  
Old 08-02-07, 06:53 AM
  #20547  
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 1ply
Gotta enjoy it while we can, as the white stuff will be here before we know it.
SSSSshhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!111!1



Yep, pretty warm this morning in Vermont. I decided I wasn't going to exert myself at all. I got to work relatively dry and not feeling like I was going to wilt. The weird thing was, I was poking along most of the way, no cyclists caught me, but I reeled in 3. One was a woman on a hybrid in riding gear (lycra shorts, tight top) and the fastest of the three at around 15MPH. A fine-lookin woman from the back, I must say.

I also darted off onto some dirt paths twice. Kind of a fun commute.
vtjim is offline  
Old 08-02-07, 07:15 AM
  #20548  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Atlanta GA
Posts: 553

Bikes: Raleigh Supercourse, Peugeot Iseran, Raleigh Twenty

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
It was a good commute in this morning. The traffic signals were all kind to me, so I was able to sprint for extended stretches. The traffic was pretty hefty on Boulevard and even Woodward, but moved along nicely. It was a bit hot this morning, but that's just August in Georgia.
larryfeltonj is offline  
Old 08-02-07, 07:32 AM
  #20549  
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
The commute was fine...its the rest of the morning that's sucked so far. 45 minutes waiting for the showers at the office, and 30 minutes waiting for breakfast at the cafeteria. I hope the rest of the day gets better.
__________________
1 bronze, 0 silver, 1 gold
ModoVincere is offline  
Old 08-02-07, 08:01 AM
  #20550  
Two H's!!! TWO!!!!!
 
chephy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 4,267
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by aMull
One thing i don't understand is why are drivers yelling at us to get off the road and on to the sidewalk, and then completely forget to expect bikes coming from the sidewalk?
What's there to understand? Morons will be morons? You think they actually give the matter any thought beyond the knee-jerk Pavlovian reaction that causes them to yell? Don't give them that much credit, dude...
chephy 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.