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Old 11-27-10, 02:32 AM
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I get to ride!!!

So 5 years or so ago I worked only 7 miles from my home. I would ride early in the AM and arrive 35 minutes later. A little sweaty but with enough time to freshen up.
After work I'd head home around 3 pm and take my time getting back home. Sometimes I'd stop at a park on the way and enjoy a cherry cigar.
That was 5 years ago before I was transferred to another location 15 miles away from home. I didn't have too many options for safe routes and the one time I did ride there it took way too long. Way too much traffic and traffic lights. It sucked.
I really missed riding to work and figured my bicycle commuting days were over.
Then on Wednesday my boss calls me into the office and said he just got off the phone with the Human Resource Debt. I'm thinking I'm in trouble. HR usually means trouble. But he tells me there moving people around to get them closer to thier homes. So starting Tuesday Work will be only 4 miles away from home instead of 15!!!!!!
Not even worth starting the car for. Man, I'm just as excited about the gas savings as I am that I'll be able to ride to work again. I'll be pocketing more mony and getting the exercise I so badly need at this age.
And another good thing, unlike the old ride to work, I don't have to worry about crossing any freeway on/off ramps. And the only over pass I'll need to ride over is a railroad overpass. Come to think of it, thats my steepest hill too! Life is good!
You know 4 weeks ago I went bicycle shopping in hopes of rekindling my bicycle passion. Didn't ride one I felt was any better then the one I owned since '97.
I ended up just taking my old bike in for a simple tune-up that I could have done myself if I wanted to.
Now I have to hunt down some old riding gear. Gloves and a wool cap to keep my ears toasty. My nite Hawk has to be someplace too. Out-dated I'm sure....I wonder if I should install the wicker basket for my lunches again. This is gonna be fun!!
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Old 11-27-10, 07:46 AM
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Awesome. Here's to many happy and safe commuting miles.
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Old 11-27-10, 07:49 AM
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Wow - what a great HR Department - or whoever had the idea to get people's work and home close together. Tell that to the Los Angeles commuters who drive 2 hours one way.

And, 4 miles is also a great walk, if that should strike you. Many of us ride bikes dating from 1990's - the basic principle still applies - turn the pedal and you go forward.

Glad you are pleased.
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Old 11-27-10, 08:00 AM
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It's great to hear when things work out!
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Sometimes luck happens.
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Old 11-27-10, 09:22 AM
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Welcome to the commuter world. Enjoy.
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Old 11-27-10, 09:28 AM
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That's awesome that you get to ride again. The only thing is watching out for winter conditions. Since it doesn't rain all too much out here *looks out window, notices it's raining* the roads will be more slippery from the oils. Ride safely!
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Originally Posted by Corben View Post
So 5 years or so ago I worked only 7 miles from my home. I would ride early in the AM and arrive 35 minutes later. A little sweaty but with enough time to freshen up... This is gonna be fun!!
I sure hope so. Enjoy the new routine.
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Old 11-27-10, 12:26 PM
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I live 30 miles from work- no way will I commute but I will take the bike in for a one way commute sometimes. But I reckon that 1 hours riding will be around the sensible distance to commute. So that is about 15miles to work but at the end of a 10 hour day- work will have to move 5 miles nearer home to make it comfortable.
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