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Old 07-17-12, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by PJCB View Post
The pump is a work in progress! but there are gas stations littered around my route that have free air, at worst I'll have to hoof it for a few minutes to get it to an air source.
whaaaat they still have those?? Around here gas stations are charging upwards of 75 cents or more to turn on the air compressor.

I used to stop by a station near my parents' house in the 90's that just had an air hose laying outside near the service bay doors. Only problem with that was that the air was absolutely FULL of moisture.
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Old 07-17-12, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
whaaaat they still have those?? Around here gas stations are charging upwards of 75 cents or more to turn on the air compressor.

I used to stop by a station near my parents' house in the 90's that just had an air hose laying outside near the service bay doors. Only problem with that was that the air was absolutely FULL of moisture.
Try a buck around here. If you are a customer then you get free air but if you cruise by to fill up air then they have a machine next to it to accept coins. Does feel good to know that I am a much less frequent customer now at those establishments.
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Old 07-17-12, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
whaaaat they still have those?? Around here gas stations are charging upwards of 75 cents or more to turn on the air compressor.

I used to stop by a station near my parents' house in the 90's that just had an air hose laying outside near the service bay doors. Only problem with that was that the air was absolutely FULL of moisture.
Oh man, that'd suck. Nope, around here it's free, just have to go in ans ask they turn it on for you.
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Old 07-17-12, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
ahhhh....got it. Makes sense now. No wonder you guys were able to ride so fast. I was only able to go as fast as I could push the bike and hop on until it stopped and I had to start over again. I was just pedaling backwards. Thanks for the help.
Another Biker helped! My job here is done.

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Old 07-17-12, 10:14 AM
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I'm a fan of Co2 cartridges, but I get why some others aren't. They are faster & if you mess up with one, you have a backup. Pumps take longer, and if you break yours you have no backup at all. I'm not suggesting that all pumps break all the time, but they certainly do break on people (have a look back at any of the 'looking for a new pump' threads for confirmation). For me, the risk/reward calculation works in favor of the co2 cartridges. Not meant to try to change your mind, just putting out the other side of the argument.

If you are counting on using gas station air pumps, check on what type of vales your tires use. If they are Schraders (look like your car tires), you're good. If they are prestas, they won't work with gas station pumps directly. you can buy a tiny adapter for about $1 from any bike store that will make them work just fine.
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Old 07-17-12, 10:17 AM
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Drive the bike route a few times, imagining the ride. You may find a need to select an alternate route. You should have an alternate route available for unforeseen road blocks.

Like everyone else said, just take it easy. It only becomes a race when you see a rider in front of you.
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Old 07-17-12, 10:19 AM
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Today is the day, right?
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PJCB, also Good luck. If all is still on track, tonight's the night. Definiitely let us know how it goes.
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Old 07-17-12, 10:48 AM
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Today is the day. Just finished my lunch time once-over and everything seems good! I've decided against google maps bike directions, however. They thought it would be a good idea to send me over a highway (bicyclists prohibited). So I've reestablished a better route and I will be posting ASAP when I get home tonight!
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Originally Posted by PJCB View Post
Today is the day. Just finished my lunch time once-over and everything seems good! I've decided against google maps bike directions, however. They thought it would be a good idea to send me over a highway (bicyclists prohibited). So I've reestablished a better route and I will be posting ASAP when I get home tonight!
Sweet! Looking forward to the report.
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Old 07-17-12, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by PJCB View Post
Today is the day. Just finished my lunch time once-over and everything seems good! I've decided against google maps bike directions, however. They thought it would be a good idea to send me over a highway (bicyclists prohibited). So I've reestablished a better route and I will be posting ASAP when I get home tonight!
Did you click the little bike icon under the address fields? It defaults to car directions, so I often forget. If so, send them an email. They're really good about updating bike routes.
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Old 07-17-12, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by PJCB View Post
I'm looking to buy a compact pump, I'm not sure about the CO2. Luckily, most of my commute is near main roads/businesses so if the situation with a flat is dire enough, I can hoof it to a gas station. I also have a girlfriend who doesn't have to be into work until 10am and is very good to me, so emergencies could be remedied.
Not sure how a gas station will help. If you're thinking of using their air pumps they will be designed for car tyres and will probably inflate a bike tyre enough to make it pop as fast as you can get it on and off again. I'd be surprised if they even support Presta valves at all so if you use those you could still be SOL.
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Old 07-17-12, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by contango View Post
Not sure how a gas station will help. If you're thinking of using their air pumps they will be designed for car tyres and will probably inflate a bike tyre enough to make it pop as fast as you can get it on and off again. I'd be surprised if they even support Presta valves at all so if you use those you could still be SOL.
I've used Gas Station pumps before. Just gotta be more aware when filling as it can over inflate easily. Not too quickly though. It does still take a minute to fill.
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Old 07-17-12, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by contango View Post
Not sure how a gas station will help. If you're thinking of using their air pumps they will be designed for car tyres and will probably inflate a bike tyre enough to make it pop as fast as you can get it on and off again. I'd be surprised if they even support Presta valves at all so if you use those you could still be SOL.

Yeah, I have a psi indicator and I've never had a problem. I don't have presta valves either. Universiality is my friend

caloso: how do I send them an email?! I've been trying to figure out how and I keep missing it! I do click the bike option, but its not always so accurate!
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Old 07-17-12, 11:40 AM
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PJCB, Good Luck! I am in the planning stages of the same type of commute and a similar distance and just haven't had the guts to pull the trigger. I wish you well and look forward to reading how it turns out.
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Originally Posted by nashcommguy View Post
17 miles consistantly is a fair piece of real estate. My commutes have varied between 14-42 miles rt. The tips I've been able to collect over the years(25 in Feb)is to be able to do any emergency repairs. Learn how to replace your brake/deraileur cables on the road. Don't scrimp on your commuting equipment. Get the best bike stuff you can afford. Keep up w/routine maintenence. Drink more water than you're used to drinking. Eat like an athlete. Especially oats and brown rice. Fresh fruit and vegetables. Take a powdered protein supplement when you start riding 34 miles rt. If you find yourself w/a low frustration threshold take a day off. It's a marathon not a sprint. Read posts on the 'Touring' sub-forum regarding equipment as 135-170 miprwk is like being on tour.

Alot of this may sound cliche, but there's a reason. It's based on 200,000+ commuting/utility/touring miles almost all trial and error.

All of the advice on others' posts is solid. Especially the part about keeping clothes/shoes at work. My routine is to change clothes daily both upon arrival at work and again on the homeward leg. It's more comfortable and certainly more sanitary. I keep an array of deo, soap, talc, anti-fungal spray, toothbrush /paste and a towel along w/a week's worth of clothes brought in on Mondays. My lunch is brought in daily. My work clothes are taken home each night.

Anyway, good on you for taking on cycle-commuting. It isn't always easy, but it's never dull. All the best.
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-1 on the bug spray unless you are camping overnight - or riding terriby slow

Sounds very exciting though - good luck!
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Old 07-17-12, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Ridefreemc View Post
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-1 on the bug spray unless you are camping overnight - or riding terriby slow

Sounds very exciting though - good luck!
I absolutely took most of this advice. I understand that the bug spray seems like overkill, but West Nile scares me and I tend to get bit up a lot. I'd rather be safe than sorry, but I think I'll apply it before I leave and just leave it in the car.

This is my bike all set up and ready to go tonight--everything I am carrying fits in a backpack so if my elaborate rack system fails, I can just leave the crate behind.

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Old 07-17-12, 12:14 PM
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Doesn't that crate hit you in the back when you ride? I know it would hit me. Other than that. Looks good! Enjoy your ride.
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Doesn't that crate hit you in the back when you ride? I know it would hit me. Other than that. Looks good! Enjoy your ride.
Surprisingly, no. It does if I lean back, must be because I'm so small.
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Old 07-17-12, 12:19 PM
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Surprisingly, no. It does if I lean back, must be because I'm so small.
Well then...Have a blast!
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Originally Posted by PJCB View Post
Yeah, I have a psi indicator and I've never had a problem. I don't have presta valves either. Universiality is my friend

caloso: how do I send them an email?! I've been trying to figure out how and I keep missing it! I do click the bike option, but its not always so accurate!
At the very bottom, just above the copyright notice, is a link that says "Report a problem." It's really tiny and easy to miss.
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Be cautious at first with that cargo! If those straps are rubber and you have a good bit of weight it could start swaying side to side - and if you get a harmonic swing that can throw you a foot or two to the side, if not throw you down altogether. If it's really tight, no worries.
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Be cautious at first with that cargo! If those straps are rubber and you have a good bit of weight it could start swaying side to side - and if you get a harmonic swing that can throw you a foot or two to the side, if not throw you down altogether. If it's really tight, no worries.

I noticed that the first time I rigged it up to do some errand running, but this time I pulled the bungee's as tight as they'll go. BTW this is not the permanent solution, I just live on a tight budget and safety equipment is first priority.
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I noticed that the first time I rigged it up to do some errand running, but this time I pulled the bungee's as tight as they'll go. BTW this is not the permanent solution, I just live on a tight budget and safety equipment is first priority.
Totally understandable. Get what you can when you can. No sense blowing all the saved gas $ on trinkets for the bike. It just defeats most of your purpose.
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I hope all goes well out there, with no problems and an enjoyable ride.
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