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 09-20-07, 12:12 PM
  #21176  
ANTE UP
 
a bit racialist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 81

Bikes: 80's Shogun SS Conversion, 2006 Marin Muirwoods Urban, Schwinn High Sierra MTB (ancient)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nice cool ride this morning (temps in the 60s). Left a little early, so I got a few extra miles and some quick geocaching in on my way to work.
a bit racialist is offline  
Old 09-20-07, 12:18 PM
  #21177  
Senior Member
 
Pig_Chaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 1,143

Bikes: '07 Giant OCR3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nice 'n cool (40's), getting abit dark but the lights do thier job. New 23c tires roll pretty decently.
Pig_Chaser is offline  
Old 09-20-07, 02:13 PM
  #21178  
Senior Member
 
funrover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 2,269

Bikes: Mostly schwinn... few classics

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well it was actually yesterdays but I blew a flat i mile from home.... what suck the most is I was making the best time ever!
funrover is offline  
Old 09-20-07, 05:56 PM
  #21179  
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
Well, it finally had to happen. Got caught in the rain today on my ride home. I've been bike commuting since April, and this was the first time I've had to ride in the rain. It was cloudy all day but I made it to work with no rain. However, the rain finally started late in the afternoon. There was a steady drizzle by the time I left work and it quickly turned to showers. I was totally soaked but comfortable with temps in the mid-60s. I guess that makes me an official bike commuter now.
tarwheel is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 12:37 AM
  #21180  
----
 
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
late today so had to take the road route in.

Comm Ave is a mess- a slalom course of construction and Ipod wearing BU kids who never learned the "look both ways before crossing" mantra.

I did manage to make amazing time on that route and had time to grab a coffee and a donut before work.

Ride home was wonderfully fast and furious dodging joggers mindlessly plodding down the center of the bike path and into a blazing sunset along the Charles River.
buzzman is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 12:38 AM
  #21181  
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
What an odd couple of weeks. I have been working long hours on a project and that has resulted in a few less commutes and strange commuting times for others.
Today I rode in at 5, arrived at work around 7, worked till 7pm, and left just as the sun was going down.
80F and positvely wonderful. Traffic was light and everyone was out walking in Washington park. The only downside was my weak light. At dusk it was impossible to see. I believe it is time for a new one.
That and riding through the interesting areas north of denver was downright freaky.
Now I am the type of person who works 7-3 everyday. Routines are my thing. This project has completely thrown that off and I think it may be a good thing. God that was fun.

Oh now I get to monitor the process until around 3 am.
DataJunkie is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 04:59 AM
  #21182  
Geezer Clyde
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bristow, VA
Posts: 154

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Specialized Sirrus, Specialized StumpJumper, Giant Cypress,

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Its cooling a bit here in Virginia - first time this season for long sleeves. Commute was quicker than normal today for some reason. TGIF!
hankbrandenburg is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 06:25 AM
  #21183  
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
Fog with sun. Very pretty. Low 50s. No squirrels tried to climb through my wheels today. One walked out into the middle of the MUP and stood up on it hind legs to watch me as I approached. Very cute. I aimed for it. It darted back into the trees. Can't let 'em get complacent!

Cagers seemed agitated for some reason this morning. Even on the residential streets, they were cutting corners and making a lot of noise accelerating. Streets where I'm lucky to see one car per commute, I saw 4 or 5. One person started pulling out of a driveway as I was bearing down at 20MPH. She stopped short, bouncing her car. Also holding a cup of some beverage in her hand.

I saw some homeless dude (with a bicycle) camped out on top of a picnic table inside a fenced-in dog park, too.

There was also what looked like a very large mug that had been smashed in the street. It's like there's a full moon or something. Weird stuff going on. Be careful out there.

Last edited by vtjim; 09-21-07 at 06:33 AM.
vtjim is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 07:21 AM
  #21184  
Neat - w/ ice on the side
 
dalmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Big Ring. Little Cog.
Posts: 1,200

Bikes: 2005 Dahon Speed TR, 2006 Dahon Mu SL, 2000 GT XiZang, 1999ish Rock Lobster, 2007 Dean Animas CTI

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I saw three frogs on the mup today. I like frogs.
__________________
Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more. Bark less.

Change you can believe in - Bigfoot Nessie 08
dalmore is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 08:04 AM
  #21185  
Senior Member
 
genel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Antioch, IL
Posts: 328

Bikes: Giant Defy Advanced 0, Rivendell- Sam Hillborne, Montague folding bike.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Really moving on trip home yesterday. Of course a strong tailwind helped.

Another flat on Wed. So I ordered some new kevlar belted tires. My comute is really tough on tires.
genel is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 08:30 AM
  #21186  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 153
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Very nice though quite sweaty. I kept my pace up the whole ride with some Slayer and took a different route which took me across a very fast moving bridge. I'm not sure if I'm going to take that way again, it was pretty sketchy crossing with 2 narrow lanes and cars moving at 45mph+. After work I'm going to cruise with a friend and take some pics of our bikes. Yay bike porn.
livewirerc is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 08:40 AM
  #21187  
Railgun of Patience
 
WhiteRabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Posts: 213

Bikes: 1997 KHS Summit

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The ride home last evening was the heaviest rainstorm I've ridden in in a long time. There were a few roads where I was cutting through four inches of rainwater. I think I may to rethink this whole, "I live in New Mexico so I don't need fenders" idea.
WhiteRabbit is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 08:46 AM
  #21188  
E -- m
 
foton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 39

Bikes: treks

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This morning's ride deserves mention. It was foggy when I left home for the 7.5 mile commute downtown to work. Looking out across a soccer field from my bike the fog had created a cloud about 2 feet high from the ground, obscuring the feet and lower legs of a woman walking her dog (and all but the head of the dog). They moved like ghosts floating over the field ... Having reached the bike path I passed a homeless couple, each about 40 years old, who I had seen pushing grocery carts with attached bulging trash cans full of cans collected from the roadside, on their way to the recycling plant to turn them in for some cash. This morning they were slightly off the path and into the weeds picking weeds (flowers) and the woman had put together a bouquet ... Once I reached my destination, a parking garage where I leave my bike, I had a nice conversation with the parking lot attentant who was telling me that since he started biking in his blood pressure was down, his joints, especially his knees, no longer hurt, and that he felt great. He said he and he wife started biking around town together and they love it. He recently started locking his bike next to mine in the garage, that's how I happened to meet him.

Very nice morning that I would have missed had I not cycled in.
foton is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 10:06 AM
  #21189  
Neat - w/ ice on the side
 
dalmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Big Ring. Little Cog.
Posts: 1,200

Bikes: 2005 Dahon Speed TR, 2006 Dahon Mu SL, 2000 GT XiZang, 1999ish Rock Lobster, 2007 Dean Animas CTI

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by foton
...the fog had created a cloud about 2 feet high from the ground, obscuring the feet and lower legs of a woman walking her dog (and all but the head of the dog). They moved like ghosts floating over the field..
COOL!
__________________
Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more. Bark less.

Change you can believe in - Bigfoot Nessie 08
dalmore is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 10:13 AM
  #21190  
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
They're in the process of re-striping the lanes on the main street of my direct route to work. It's going from 3 lanes, no bike lanes to 2 lanes for cars and bike lanes on both sides. On paper, this ought to make this route more bike friendly, but in practice I'm not so sure. Before, I had no problems taking the lane and because I can ride at traffic speed, I'd have no trouble changing lanes to make my left turn. Now with the bike lane, I'm wondering if it'll change the attitudes of drivers when they see me leaving my assigned lane. I guess we'll see.
caloso is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 12:45 PM
  #21191  
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 can barely recall the ride to work today. I think it was fast...
pinkrobe is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 02:32 PM
  #21192  
livin' the nightmare
 
syn0n's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: desert
Posts: 491

Bikes: '81 Centurion SS coversion, other ****

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by WhiteRabbit
The ride home last evening was the heaviest rainstorm I've ridden in in a long time. There were a few roads where I was cutting through four inches of rainwater. I think I may to rethink this whole, "I live in New Mexico so I don't need fenders" idea.
Hey! I was in that too, and I also got soaked. Today wasn't so bad.
syn0n is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 03:33 PM
  #21193  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: pee-dee-ecks
Posts: 318
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by nmanhipot
Good work! This could end up being a 4-5 day per week thing, easy! Keep it up!
Originally Posted by Flimflam
Congrats seafoamer - welcome to the club
Thnx guys!

Did my 2nd commute today. Felt more confident & relaxed. I'm definately getting addicted.
Took the lane a few times and felt good doing so. Another beauty of a day, 60F-ish on the way in & 80F-ish on the way home.
Gonna have to look into getting a winter bike, as I only own a road bike now (not including my BMX thrashers).
seafoamer is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 03:38 PM
  #21194  
just over the next hill
 
cruzMOKS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kansas City MO
Posts: 543

Bikes: Bianchi Volpe 2006 Fuji Tahoe

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Streets were a little wet this morning. The rain gage in my backyard showed 0.3 of an inch. The ride in was not cool at all. But I enjoyed it. Stopped at the Missouri river and got a photo of a tug boat going down river.



On the way home was blown a little bit by the south wind of about 12 mph. 9.4 miles round trip.
__________________
Enjoy the ride.
Bianchi Volpe 2006; Fuji Tahoe 1990
cruzMOKS is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 05:29 PM
  #21195  
This Space For Rent
 
Stujoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern IL
Posts: 657

Bikes: 2007 Specialized HardRock Sport, 1982 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It was a bit foggy this morning and I debated getting on the train when I rode past the station but decided to go ahead with the ride. Headwind was on me all the way home and I was tired after leaving the gym so I took a leisurely pace home. It was a nice ride.
Stujoe is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 06:36 PM
  #21196  
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 riding day. No crazy roadtrips for work. Stayed home late, dropped both kids (opposite directions, one on his own 2 wheels, one in trailer), into office, then ran some errands before retrieving kids. Good mix of road, mup, grass/dirt, pretty much everything my area has (except for chunky gravel, still save that specific shortcut for mtn bike days)
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 10:34 PM
  #21197  
Senior Member
 
Cody Broken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: an island in WA
Posts: 272

Bikes: Xtracycle cruiser bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rode my Bruiser bike to and from the shop today. I love that bike, except the 165 mm cranks. They make the hills that much harder.

I am dealing with the aftermath of my own stupidity and spastic-ness. I gotta spill:

For months I have been pining away for a cheap used road bike to come into my life so I could build it into a single speed screamer. I haven't owned a road bike in like 15 years. I love single speeds, and I want to spin big skinny wheels.

Well, there it was. A yard sale bike for 15 bucks. A Matsuri Jaunter XII, in rough but promising condition. Steel lugged frame, 27" wheels, lots of aluminum components. I fell in love. A few hours of loving attention, new wheels and tires, and presto! I have a 52x20 single speed road bike! It's still a little rough looking, but mechanically tight. Giddy like a school girl I can't wait to ride it...

and the frame is too big for me. I can ride it, but I feel like an 8 year old. I can't even straddle the thing.

I was blinded by lust! I feel like a complete idiot.

And I have a bike I don't know what to do with. It's a 64cm frame. It's huge! How did I not notice that?
Cody Broken is offline  
Old 09-21-07, 11:08 PM
  #21198  
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
Today the ride in was great, mid 50's, and every light was green. The ride home was nice,great to be riding fixed again. I passed a bunch of high school kids who hooted and cheered as I went by at about 22 mph, made me laugh. Today was a great day to ride. Tomorrow is supposed to rain, am I crazy to be looking forward to riding in the rain?


Scotty
__________________
Scotty

Weird Bike Guy Blog
scottmorrison99 is offline  
Old 09-22-07, 12:00 AM
  #21199  
Senior Member
 
Cody Broken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: an island in WA
Posts: 272

Bikes: Xtracycle cruiser bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by scottmorrison99
Today the ride in was great, mid 50's, and every light was green. The ride home was nice,great to be riding fixed again. I passed a bunch of high school kids who hooted and cheered as I went by at about 22 mph, made me laugh. Today was a great day to ride. Tomorrow is supposed to rain, am I crazy to be looking forward to riding in the rain?


Scotty

Awesome. I am THIS close (finger and thumb very close together) to going fixed. I've done my homework and I have read about brakes and and no brakes and spinning and being careful working on them and watching your pedals when you lean into a big turn. I LOVE the simplicity and low maintenance thing (and I'm a professional bike mechanic!).

It's weird though. I love single speed coaster brake bikes. I know those hubs are grind boxes and you might as well chain an anvil to your bike, but I love them. I love the simplicity and how cheap they are. And I love no controls on my handlebar.

Does anyone else commute in a small town? I have to worry about deer about as much as cars where I live.

cruzMOKS - that is a neato photo. thanks for sharing that.
Cody Broken is offline  
Old 09-22-07, 07:18 AM
  #21200  
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
I am pondering going fixed for my next bike. Perhaps build up a frame this winter.
However, it is conflicting with my desire to build up a mountain bike for riding around in winter.
Too many wants. Too little time and money.
DataJunkie 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.