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Old 05-21-13, 12:02 PM
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1 year of commuting - today

Today is the one year anniversary of being a daily bike commuter.

There's been lots of adjustments and changes since day 1.
I took this photo of my bike at work, as 'proof' that it could be done.


Here's a recent pic of the same bike:


It's been a learning experience for certain.
The simplest lesson for me to learn was, go ahead and ride in the rain.
The most difficult; sometimes it's safer to go ahead and take the lane and allow the motorist to be inconvenienced by my presence.


[raises a glass] Here's to another year!
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Old 05-21-13, 01:18 PM
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[raises a glass] Here's to another year!
Cheers!!

Keep it up.
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Originally Posted by FenderTL5 View Post
The most difficult; sometimes it's safer to go ahead and take the lane and allow the motorist to be inconvenienced by my presence.
This is a very important and sometimes very difficult lesson to learn. It really is safer and it feels wrong to a lot of people.

Nicely done, all around.
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Old 05-21-13, 03:38 PM
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Congrats! Here's to many more years of bike commuting!
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Old 05-21-13, 03:53 PM
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Congratulations on year #1!
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Old 05-21-13, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by FenderTL5 View Post
It's been a learning experience for certain.
The simplest lesson for me to learn was, go ahead and ride in the rain.
The most difficult; sometimes it's safer to go ahead and take the lane and allow the motorist to be inconvenienced by my presence.
I'd say you have learned a lot faster than the majority of bike commuters.
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Old 05-21-13, 04:29 PM
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I'd say you have learned a lot faster than the majority of bike commuters.
+1
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Old 05-21-13, 06:00 PM
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I'd say you have learned a lot faster than the majority of bike commuters.
Well, joining the discussion (mostly as a reader) here has helped quite a bit.
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Old 05-21-13, 11:09 PM
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Good job.
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Good job. I always feel bad if I don't bike to work. Guilty! I finished winter number six this year. I just don't drive to work any more. Keep it up. You will enjoy many things, not only the monetary side. I saved enough for a Trek 520 while riding the summer gas went up to about $5.00 per gallon. N+1 my friend.
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Old 05-22-13, 01:48 PM
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Congrats on your first commuting anniversary!


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Congratulations. I just passed my 6th anniversary a few weeks ago.
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Good for you! You're part of an elite group; those who understand that the auto is good for a few jobs, every couple of weeks or so. Any more is not healthy. (I suppose not everyone here sees it just that way. Others might have other reasons. But this is a good one.)

You're right about the rain/weather. I've found that even when there's a pretty good chance of rain it's not likely to be coming down just when I happen to be riding. Maybe once a year I find myself riding along thinking, "this is just plain misery. I should be driving.." But even that hasn't happened in a while.
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