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What's the hardest part of your routine bike commute?

Old 05-07-13, 01:33 AM
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Hardest part for me is the logistics of it all. Me and my partner takes turns doing the morning or afternoon run, so every other day: getting kids to daycare without anyone going nuclear, going back home for bike, get to work in time for meetings, find time to freshen up before meeting...
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Old 05-07-13, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by GT4 View Post
the hardest part of your routine bike commute
Stopping when I get to work.
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Old 05-07-13, 05:57 AM
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I have done that before. Kinda nice.
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Actually going to work !


Would be nice somedays to just keep riding .
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Old 05-07-13, 06:35 AM
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re: taking the lane for safe rail road track crossing

I used to have one of these on 117 heading east in Lincoln, MA over by Drumlin farm. It's a very dangerous crossing because it appears out of nowhere around a blind bend. So when I take the lane the passing traffic has no idea what is coming. Over many tries I tried many things and what finally worked was, while taking the lane, holding up one finger as if to say "just a minute, I'll be out of your way soon" this can be combined with another hand signal an open hand facing backward as if to say: "stop passing". So the combined effect is stop passing this will just take a minute, but of course I need both hands to cross the tracks so at some point my hand signals had to stop. Some a-holes would pass just as they were coming around the blind bend and be facing oncoming traffic crossing the tracks, so stupid. I was always lucky though and I don't recall any oncoming traffic just at that moment, but I can only imagine what if there was. Since those days they have constructed a small island on this side of the tracks making the 2 lanes very clear, so now if someone were to try passing in the oncoming lane they would have no way to return to their own lane at the last second. I'm not sure what they have done has made the crossing any safer for cyclists and oncoming traffic. One weekend day as I was driving the route, I saw a Mom and young child riding their bikes on this route which by the way has a horrible road condition along the shoulder, torn up and bumpy, and they were approaching the blind bend but I passed them long before, cautiously of course. I don't think they knew what they were headed toward.
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Old 05-07-13, 06:57 AM
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Hardest part is pacing myself so I don't smell too badly when I get to work. I will keep the speed down, but then there's a slight incline I need to conquer, and once my legs go into actual sports mode, it's hard to reduce the effort level again.
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Old 05-07-13, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
Getting off the bike when I get to work. Wind, weather, cold...meh. I have gear for all of that, and can ALWAYS pedal slower for conditions. But, DAMN...when I'm on the bike, I don't wanna STOP, especially not for the stupid JOB!
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Old 05-07-13, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
wind.
No pics? Didn't happen!
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Nothing about my commute is hard except fast riders. I live in ottawa friggin VALLEY! I get less than 200feet of climbing on my 60km roundtrip, and that's because I detour to hit a few hills. Oh well what can you do, I still enjoy my commute, just wish I could suffer more in the verticals

Otherwise, I guess it's potholes... big ones!

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Old 05-07-13, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by nashvillwill View Post
Waking up at 4am.
Beat me to it.
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Old 05-07-13, 09:33 AM
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Idiot drivers. Finishing a great commute only to find myself at work.
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Old 05-07-13, 09:43 AM
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Waking up at 4 AM. Wishing I could leave early from work to hit the road and enjoy the ride home!
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There are a few hills that I slow down to 10MPH on when climbing. That's about it.
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Old 05-07-13, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by GT4 View Post
What's the hardest part of your routine bike commute?
Getting out of bed. (Seriously.)
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Old 05-07-13, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by cplager View Post
Getting out of bed. (Seriously.)
agreed. Especially if I didn't sleep well the night before.
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Old 05-07-13, 02:29 PM
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Deciding which bike to take.
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Old 05-07-13, 05:21 PM
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Leaving on time in the morning:


... and leaving on time in the afternoon:
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Old 05-07-13, 05:44 PM
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The part I'm most apprehensive is the steep slope near where I work. It is when I had to go DOWN that slope on my way home that it worries me. Climbing up a slope is just exhausting, but going downhill with many vehicles and intersections around is very dangerous. Imagine all the vehicles are also speeding down next to you or behind you. I am seriously considering to walk the bike in that part from now on, before too late.
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Old 05-07-13, 06:32 PM
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the hardest for me is the beginning start in the morning where im groggy and dont want to go to work. After that its fine.
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I don't pass any spots that are intrinsically dangerous due to road design, so the hardest parts of my commute are due to incline. I have a 1 mile 8% climb that has sections up to 12%, and I have two other short climbs (1/4 mile or so) that go up to 18%.
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Old 05-07-13, 07:23 PM
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Fighting with cars that are rushing to get onto the freeway to get across from the side the middle when the bike lane jumps.

https://goo.gl/maps/dqduC
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Old 05-07-13, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by nashvillwill View Post
Waking up at 4am.
Me too, except I "sleep in" to 4:45am or so. I'd post a picture but I would get me banned from the forums.
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Old 05-07-13, 10:10 PM
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Fighting with cars that are rushing to get onto the freeway to get across from the side the middle when the bike lane jumps.

https://goo.gl/maps/dqduC
Oh man, I don't like the looks of that section of road at all. Stay safe.
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Old 05-07-13, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by cplager View Post
Getting out of bed. (Seriously.)
Definitely. I've had times when I wait weeks for a long group ride only to wake up (around 5am) and then fall back asleep. Very frustrating.
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Old 05-07-13, 11:12 PM
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My first road I get onto is really hilly (sorry no pics). I'll be flying down as fast as the bike will take me, then I have to go back up at the same incline. I'm new to bike riding, so I just downshift to a really low gear and pedal slow (a runner would pass me easily). These hills happen 3 times on that road.

Other than that, the 2nd worst thing is the trail, actually. There are way too many people that don't understand the basic principle of "stay right, pass on left". Most of the time it's people with headphones on too. They make me so angry.
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Old 05-08-13, 04:53 PM
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After going on three years of commuting, my dread is the ride home. Purely mental since I don't feel any type of fatigue when I arrive. That's why I've been considering packing it in and resuming my commute on my motorcycle.
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