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Old 12-08-13, 07:00 PM
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Started commuting by bike

After nearly 14 years of working from home, I started a new job 10 weeks ago requiring that i work from the office. A blessing (the job) as contract work was getting too sketchy. So i finally got to join your ranks. I had a rough year financially and had sold my Bianchi Eros that I had built as an upright ride with fenders (among other bikes sold to pay bills) so I took a few weeks to build up a Kona Cinder Cone frame into my new commuter bike. Fridays I'll drive as I make coffee those evenings at a church thing but Monday thru Thursday last week was my first week riding to work. So nice!
Its only 6 miles and change and the bike route on tertiary roads is actually 6 tenths of a mile shorter than the driving route. 25 to 35 minutes at a relaxed pace of 12-13 mph. Its only 5 minutes longer than the evening drive home. Very therapeutic too.
I'll get a picture up. Just put on the studded tires this afternoon.
Thanks for all the great threads folks.
David in metro Detroit.
Here is a pic after changing the handle bars:
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Old 12-08-13, 07:12 PM
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Very nice. I read a statistic that although the total number of bike commuters is low, the percentage increase in Detroit bike commuters in the US is the highest of all major areas. Do you notice this?
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Old 12-08-13, 07:23 PM
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Good for you! I just started a few months ago, and I'm loving it. Hope you do too.
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Old 12-08-13, 07:26 PM
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Congrats! I recently started a new job as well that takes my commute from just a half mile to about 4 miles each way. Days are so much better when you start them with a bike ride!
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Old 12-08-13, 09:14 PM
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welcome to cycling! enjoy your ride and ride safe.
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Old 12-08-13, 10:48 PM
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Welcome to the ranks. Hopefully starting right into a Michigan winter won't get you down.

Every day you ride the bike is a good day, but don't feel bad or like you need to explain for the days you drive.
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Old 12-09-13, 08:45 AM
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Sounds like a near perfect commute. I'm just a bit jealous.
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Old 12-09-13, 10:57 AM
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I just Googled the Cinder Cone. Looks like a nice bike. Your commute sounds similar to mine - it's a little over 5 miles and only takes ~7 minutes to ride it versus driving.
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Old 12-09-13, 01:05 PM
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Welcome back to our ranks Dave!

So.. your flipping burgers aren't ya?
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Old 12-10-13, 05:37 AM
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Thanks all. "Red ice", I've been here a few years. Welcome to you new friend. Ha ha Adrian ...
Ozonation; yes, I have noticed more cyclists and bikes on the front of city buses.
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Old 12-10-13, 06:13 AM
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Credit to you for riding - and for you (and all the others) for riding in the cold.
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Old 12-10-13, 10:22 AM
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Go, Dave, go! Enjoy!
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