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Old 06-20-13, 12:32 PM
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Tomorrow will be my first full round-trip commute in one day

Hey folks, have been commuting to work a couple times a week for just over a month now. Round trip is about 30 miles depending on the route. I've been splitting it up between Tues/Wed and Thurs/Fri so I drive to work, ride home, ride to work, then drive home. Mondays is car only because I have to carry an external hard drive used to run a weekly computer backup that I keep at home (off-site). So far it's worked great for me, as it's 15 miles a day spread across 4 days.

But today my wife will be gone this evening, and Thursday is my normal grocery shopping night, with my 3-year old in tow. I've been using my wife's car when I commute home on Thursdays. But today I decided to just drive home and then commute the full round trip tomorrow.

I think I have everything worked out. I brought clothes for tomorrow, today. Normally I take stuff home on Fridays, but this time it will have to wait until Monday, which shouldn't be a big deal. Normally I leave at 6:30 every morning, so that when I drive I get to work at 7 and leave at 4, or if I ride I get there by 7:30 and can shower, then drive home at 5. But with the round trip tomorrow I may have to just leave at 5 and tell my wife I won't be home until about 6 or so. Hate getting home that late, though.

I ride my road bike, with lycra shorts and jersey, with no racks or anything. Don't have a decent backpack either, which is why I normally split up the commute so I don't have to carry anything on the bike.

Anybody have any other thoughts or suggestions?

*edit* oh yeah, since starting bike commuting, I'm on track to stretch out my car's current tank of gas to 3 weeks!
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Old 06-20-13, 12:45 PM
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right on man!
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Old 06-20-13, 01:41 PM
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Old 06-20-13, 02:14 PM
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The alternating commute sounds like my bike commute in February when I started. One month of that and I was hooked on daily round trips!

I would get a tube, tire levers and patch kit. Especially for riding on a road bike. They're pretty compact and should fit in a jersey pocket.
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Yeah I have all that. But, I just discovered a problem.

I just got home, with the car and the bike, and realized I have no shoes at the office. Not sure what I'm gonna do now.
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Old 06-20-13, 09:02 PM
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Might take the KHS w/ platform pedals wearing street shoes instead, tomorrow. I'll probably end up being slower because of its lower gearing, so I'll likely be trudging up the big hills at 4 MPH instead of 6 or 7 MPH.
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Old 06-20-13, 09:15 PM
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Sounds like you are good to go. Good luck, I hope it goes great for you. Remember to hydrate if the heat is bad, especially in the pm.
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Old 06-21-13, 07:54 AM
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Well the MTB is definitely slower, even with 1.5" smooth tires and rigid fork. Took me about 75 minutes where it normally takes me 65-68 on the road bike. I was definitely slower up the big hills since I had lower gears available.

I also realized last night that I had no belt at work for my pants, so I had to put my belt around my waist over my bike shorts, and under my jersey. It felt pretty weird. Also the saddle, which has more padding than my road bike saddle, felt a little uncomfortable, even with the bike shorts.

I have to say that splitting up the commute is definitely a ton easier when I don't want to carry anything with me on the bike.
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Old 06-21-13, 08:07 AM
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part-one complete ...
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So today I'm doing the full round trip commute for only the 2nd time. I'm trying to use the bike rack on the car less, by leaving the car at home instead of at the office overnight.

I thought I had everything in order, brought today's clothes yesterday, etc. but then today, I got all the way to work and realized once again I had no shoes, only my bike shoes which are a no go for normal walking. Normally I would relish the excuse to be barefoot (hate wearing shoes), but I had a 9 AM meeting this morning, so I had to call my wife to bring me my shoes. She said I owe her now.

Tomorrow I'll be leaving my shoes under my desk before I head out to the car.
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Old 09-24-13, 12:06 PM
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why not just keep a pr of 'shoes' at the office, permanently like ???

good place to keep those 'Earth Shoes' or Doc Martins... especially if you;re IT - you pretty much have carte blanche as a geek, even use JC boots...
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Old 09-24-13, 12:13 PM
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Because I only have 1 pair of shoes that I wear at work, and I never wear them anywhere outside of work.

I should have just left them here yesterday but didn't think about it.
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sounds familiar.

Over the course of my first three commutes I forgot my water bottle, deodorent and a belt.

Now I've got a "system" of packing the night before so I don't forget anything. I also have two pair of shoes at work. I rarely have to lug shoes in when I ride. I'll also bring and leave a towel at work for a week before taking it home to wash.

Once you get into a routine it all becomes easy.
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Leave a belt and a couple of ties too.
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I think we've all forgotten something, and have developed a stockpile of extras at work after a while.
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I keep as much at work as I can, shoes (and sandals in the summer) and belt, towel and toiletries kit (for showers). I either drive in to work on the weekend with the next week's worth of clothes (and a small towel) or I pack it in my panniers (only just fits but since we can wear decent jeans and golf shirts at work, a bit of crushing doesn't matter). I bring a lunch too but if I have the room (and sufficient left-overs), I'll bring lunch for 2 days and maybe fruit for 3-4.
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Ha, you'll get things worked out eventually.

I keep my work shoes and a belt in a filing cabinet at my desk. Even on days you drive, you could wear sneakers and change into work shoes once you get there.
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I think we've all forgotten something, and have developed a stockpile of extras at work after a while.
Yep. One pair of pants with belt, 5 dress shirts, 5 changes of underwear and socks, old towel doesn't go home unless I brought the fresh one that day. Bring in a fresh load of stuff on Monday, take the old stuff home that night in a pannier on the rack-and-fender bike.

This lets me ride the road bike 4 of the days each week.
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Ditto! I've always kept a pair of shoes at work because they can be cheap ones, as I just sit in a corner at a desk all day and I can then wear trainers when I use the underground or cycle shoes on my commute. Also got a belt in my locker! I tend to ride with a kriega r25 rucksack so I can have my toolkit(not had to use it recently) and different layers for changeable English weather conditions!! I do the 30 mile round trip through the centre of London and over London Bridge about 3 times a week or more now. Built up over the last coupke of months
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You know you're a bike commuter when you're going out on the weekend and you have to swing by the office to pick up your nice shoes.
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I think we've all forgotten something, and have developed a stockpile of extras at work after a while.
I think ideally at least one complete set of clothes in addition to the daily wear. My shoes haven't been home since a year ago, when I drove in and forgot to change them before leaving the office.
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You know you're a bike commuter when you're going out on the weekend and you have to swing by the office to pick up your nice shoes.
Definitely a male one, I bet most women would cringe at thinking they could only have one pair of "nice shoes".
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Leave a belt and a couple of ties too.
pffft ties

My shoes are at work right now so I'll be going in this morning with no shoes. Yes I am weird, and no I don't care what you think about it.
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Go for it! My commute distance increased from about 20 to 30 miles two years ago. I initially thought I would have to cut back on my bike commuting, but I've been riding even more with the longer distance. I've really been racking up the miles commuting 30+ miles about four days a week on average.

Like others said, at some point you realize that it's simpler to just leave a supply of clothes at the office. I'm lucky to have a storage room where I can stow all of my gear, and leave a pair of shoes, bath towel, a couple pairs of pants, various shirts and gym bag with shower supplies. Occasionally I like to ride one of my faster road bikes with a smaller seatbag, so it's nice having the extra clothes to wear.
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Yeah I don't really have room to keep all that.

So I really had to think about things this morning. I drove to work, but plan to ride tomorrow. Shoes were at work, as well as belt, and duffel bag (I have another belt at home that I'm wearing today). So I brought Thursday's clothes today (not in a bag). But then I also had to remember to bring my riding sunglasses to use for tomorrow afternoon, since I rode home with them yesterday. I had to leave my clear glasses at work yesterday, so when I got to work I took yesterday's clothes and my clear glasses and threw them in my car to take home. So now tomorrow morning I'll have the clear glasses ready at home. Today I'll have to be sure to leave my shoes at work again so I don't have another fiasco like yesterday morning.

*sigh* so much more to think about when I'm not splitting it up between days and don't want to carry a backpack or anything on the bike. I just get way too sweaty for that.

One day I'd like to build up a commuter bike with racks, fenders, and hopefully disc brakes and drop bars. In the meantime I hope to figure out a good way to get a rack onto my road bike, maybe with a trunk bag. But until then I'll have to do this weird routine.
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