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 08-08-07, 08:59 AM
  #20626  
driving sucks
 
indianatrails's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Michi-indy-ana
Posts: 75
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Set my PR for hottest commute yesterday. I saturated with water beforehand and felt fresh. Was fine at first then after 20 miles or so I felt inexplicably crappy. Then I realized, now might be the appropriate time to have a sports drink on hand. I've always shunned them because of the ridiculous amount of sugar, and the fact that you are usually more likely to see a NASCAR fan or chubby kid in an arcade drinking one than a serious athlete. But OK, 36 miles in 105+F heat index, I could see maybe having a little something extra. So long as I still have good ole H2O to dump on my head.
indianatrails is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 09:07 AM
  #20627  
On my TARDIScycle!
 
KingTermite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
Posts: 3,925

Bikes: Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Brilliant!

First commute on the new trekking bars....feels like a whole new bike!
__________________
Originally Posted by coffeecake
- it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.
KingTermite is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 09:12 AM
  #20628  
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
Dark and cloudy today. Plus, everybody got back from vacation today and all decided to drive in. Oy!
pinkrobe is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 09:25 AM
  #20629  
Junior Member
 
Trainingwheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Saturdays
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
First commute to the new location. Its been over 10 months and the old commute was 7 miles. I rode with my daughter to her first day of school. She's not old enough to be embarrassed of her old man. I continued to work for a 16 mile ride.
Trainingwheels is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 09:43 AM
  #20630  
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 3,106 Times in 1,417 Posts
Mine was pure awesomeness. 26 miles, the first 10 into the wind and then 16 with a sweet tailwind. Lots of birds: egrets, blue herons, red tailed hawks, blackbirds, sparrows.

Nice.
caloso is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 09:44 AM
  #20631  
E. Peterbus Unum
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NW Houston, Texas
Posts: 118

Bikes: 2008 Scattante XRL Cross, 2007 Fuji Team, 2002 Fuji Ace, 80's Novara Randonee, 80's Nishiki Prestige SingleSpeed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have been having some awesome (though rather hot) commutes lately that I forgot to celebrate 2 years of commuting. Aug 1 was the start of my third year commuting. And what a way to kick it off......heat advisories! Just to post a quick figure, in 2 yrs, I have biked 8000 miles! This year will be my best yet with almost 3000 miles to date!

I have learned quite a lot and have been most thankful to the newbie sticky thread in here!

Enjoy and ride safe!

txbiker
TxBiker is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 10:03 AM
  #20632  
1coolrider
 
arcticbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 479
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by tarwheel
Every time you think you have it tough, someone comes along with a tougher story. I can't think of a bigger obstacle than a bull Moose blocking a trail, unless it was an Alaskan brown bear.
My record for the number of moose in one trip is 9. Also both black and brown bear are occasionally on the trail. What a place!

Originally Posted by Itsjustb
Arcticbiker, I am extremely jealous. I did a hiking trip to Denali 9 years ago and would love to get back to Alaska sometime soon. To be able to commute within sight of The Mountain would be exquisite (for a few months of the year anyway).
It's a great place to live and cycle. Denali will be out all week and the riding is great. If you want a cool bike trip, check out the Fireweed 400 website!
arcticbiker is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 06:37 PM
  #20633  
Very Senior Member
 
MikeR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Central Pa
Posts: 1,776

Bikes: 2000 Bianchi San Remo and a mint 1984 Trek 720

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Got up early to commute in. Thunder, Lightning, Wind, and heavy rain.
No commute today!

By quiting time it was sunny and hot. Sigh!
__________________
It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.
MikeR is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 09:26 PM
  #20634  
Riding Heaven's Highway
 
robsuniverse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Deep South Texas in the USA
Posts: 22

Bikes: Raleigh 27" Comfort ride SUV

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hello Forum

I have been away for a while because of computer problems but I'm Back.

I am still commuting to work everyday and man it is hot.

Some of the rides I make and very cool though.

Take a look at my You Tube channel to see all my latest videos of my rides.

Here is a link to one of them. Hope you enjoy it.

My latest ride to the store.
robsuniverse is offline  
Old 08-08-07, 10:50 PM
  #20635  
Senior Member
 
Otter 718's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Liverpool, NY
Posts: 153

Bikes: 2012 Trek 7.2 FX, 2005 Schwinn Mesa, 1978 Raleigh Super Course

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
We had a thunderstorm very early this morning. It cleared up by the time I was out of the shower, so I figured I would put my new fenders to the test, and really wanted the ride anyway. I got in to the office right on time, and found out that the whole transit system was a disaster; the subways were barely moving at all. I never would have made it in if I hadn't taken my bike. When everyone else finally got there, between one and three hours late, boy did I gloat.
Otter 718 is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 01:02 AM
  #20636  
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
 
esbelch32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Heidelberg Germany
Posts: 16

Bikes: Cannondale F5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The ride in was nice this morning...still raining though. I really need to get a rain jacket. A fender wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Anyways, I leave around 0500 every morning, so the traffic is usually pretty sparse. Seems more people had places to go this morning, there were a bunch of cars out. The weather is calling for tomorrow to be cloudy but no rain...we'll see.
esbelch32 is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 04:59 AM
  #20637  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 1,096

Bikes: IRO Model 19, Surly Crosscheck, 1989 Arnie Nashbar, Cannondale CAADX, Niner Air 9

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yesterday's ride home was brutal, the temp hovered near 100 but the humidity was, fortunately, not bad. I was fairly well hydrated and left my helmet and gloves at work, anything I could do to keep cool. I did a couple of laps around the parking deck to loosen up a little then climbed the ramp, right into the oven. My face puckered like a prune, eyes squinting, they stayed that way for half the ride. I took it easy, saw only one other cyclist whom I drafted for a while, and really started dragging near the end. Once I got home I drank my Endurox while taking a cold shower, I was pretty wasted for a good hour or so after.

This morning's ride was a little cooler but more humid. I had to use 3 wet wipes to clean off instead of the usual one. Feel pretty good now and am optimistic that today will be somewhat cooler.
mjw16 is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 05:04 AM
  #20638  
Senior Member
 
craigdurkee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: melbourne
Posts: 522

Bikes: gaint crx 2 2007

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
great commute first one on the new kona
craigdurkee is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 06:10 AM
  #20639  
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
Nice ride today. Mid 50Fs, low humidity, and a very light tailwind. I was determined to avoid the impromptu bike racing that has plagued me over the last 3 days. I promised I'd stay at or below 15MPH the whole ride in, and just be relaxed. About a mile after I left, I caught an older woman on a hybrid going almost exactly 15MPH, so I stayed behind her. She was pretty fit. Seemed to be commuting too. One roadie passed us. I had to fight the urge to chase.

And something exploded! The power cables alongside the MUP were slapping and then I heard a really loud BRRRRRRRRRRRRRAP! The cables were swaying for a good half mile after that. Maybe a tree fell on them in the woods. It seemed to scare the woman I was following.
vtjim is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 06:44 AM
  #20640  
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 8,896

Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 196 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
I decided not to bike to work today after riding in the intense heat yesterday. It was 102 when I left work on Wednesday, a record high for the date, and it is expected to be hotter today. The heat was brutal and it felt like I was riding in a furnace room. I drank a bunch of water all afternoon and filled up both of my bottles before I left work, but the water was hot by the time I was halfway home. My biggest concern was getting a flat tire and having to fix it on the roadside because I am sure the temperatures were much hotter on the pavement. And guess what? I noticed my rear tire feeling squishy about the 7-mile point and sure enough I had a slow leak. Rode very slowly the rest of the way after I felt my rear tire rolling on a corner and I made it home with about 20 lbs pressure in the tire.

Anyway I "wimped out" today and decided to drive. Part of my rationale, in addition to the brutal heat, was the air quality. It was Code Orange yesterday and today, and my throat felt scratchy and sore last night and this morning. Part of my reason for riding is my health, but I figured I wasn't doing my health any good riding in weather this hot with bad air.
tarwheel is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 07:19 AM
  #20641  
tld
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Columbia, SC, USA
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My commute is so short that I don't normally carry a water bottle, but after the ride home yesterday I was pretty thirsty (we broke a record for our area, 105 degrees yesterday), so I brought a water bottle today and even used it once, ha ha.
tld is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 07:48 AM
  #20642  
Member
 
Kirk Turtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rocket-town, Illinois
Posts: 35

Bikes: West Point

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Humid and hot and my eleven year old doesn't listen very well.

Yesterday on the way home was plenty hot. Thankfully it was a pretty quick, eneventful trip.
Kirk Turtle is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 07:51 AM
  #20643  
eza
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: chicago, il
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Best time in to work today, somehow timed so I had green lights almost all the way in. I do have once section of lights that I have the timing down, so I just have to figure out the rest of the commute. Otherwise, much cooler today.
eza is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 07:51 AM
  #20644  
Senior Member
 
timthorn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leavenworth, KS
Posts: 63

Bikes: 2006 Surly Pacer with all Campy, minus the King and Brookes

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Wonderful trip in. The head wind training of the past week paid off today with a light cross breeze. Maybe the trip home tonight will see a few extra miles.

Pass this thought to anyone disgruntly in your office:

Excersize increases endorphines. Endorphines make peiople happy. Happy people do not go around killing other people. -Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
timthorn is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 08:41 AM
  #20645  
On my TARDIScycle!
 
KingTermite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
Posts: 3,925

Bikes: Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Great ride.

I've now had two rides using my new handlebars. Both ride times have been on par with my fastest ride times previously. I thought they'd be slower if anything, but apparently not.
__________________
Originally Posted by coffeecake
- it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.
KingTermite is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 08:48 AM
  #20646  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Dover, NH USA
Posts: 244

Bikes: 1986 Bridgestone 500, 1981 Motobecane Super Mirage

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Felt like September this morning. Much less humid, 59*F at 7am. One of my fastest AM commutes - averaged 16.4mph over 10.6 miles, kept a steady 23mph over one flat section. I'm in IT, I look at the bike computer too much.

Tuesday was better though - passed wild turkeys in the AM and PM.
LordBass is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 09:20 AM
  #20647  
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! Took new mtn bike on unpaved rails-to-trails gravel bed. Lots of fun. Not always going to have time for that though. And boy do I need a rack for that, I am one big lake of sweat now, esp. in the backpack zone.
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 12:00 PM
  #20648  
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 3,106 Times in 1,417 Posts
Had a 6am platelet donation at BloodSource. It's relatively slow at work this week so I said "Make it a double!"

Rode the Caldaro to work today with its recently retorqued and loctited (loctitened? loctaught?) Italian bottom bracket. No noise, no rubbing, nothing but positive silence when pedaling and that gorgeous Campy whirring when freewheeling.
caloso is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 12:10 PM
  #20649  
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
Hot and humid this morning. The ride went better than I expected considering I'm working on ~75 minutes of sleep. "The baby kept you up all night?", you ask. Nope, she slept thru the night as usual. I had practice late, got home exhausted but so wound up on adrenaline that I couldn't sleep all night.

I already told my boss I'm taking tomorrow off to deal with the inevitable crash.
__________________
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion" is only half-right.

Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion.
Itsjustb is offline  
Old 08-09-07, 03:47 PM
  #20650  
Senior Member
 
fholt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: NC
Posts: 253

Bikes: 2006 Novara Randonee, 2009 Fuji Cross Pro, 2013 Specialized Roubaix Pro, 2013 Allez Smartweld A5 Frankenbike, 2021 Diverge Comp Carbon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 2 Posts
Hottest yet for me. Temp is 104 and according to the local weather center (WRAL.COM) the heat index is 118 as I type (been home about 15 mins). I can do this for about an hour, but if I had another 15 minutes to go I think I would have had to make a cooling stop. I have a few big hills as well.

I did make pretty good time, so went a more direct route that took about a mile off my reguar route. 15.50 mi in an 1:03:06 moving - thankfully only about another 4 minutes not moving.
__________________
-------------------------------
'06 Novara Randonee
'09 Fuji Cross Pro
'13 Specialized Roubaix Pro
'13 Specialized Allez Smartweld Frankenbike
'21 Diverge Comp Carbon
fholt 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.