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Old 10-12-05, 09:55 PM
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Hello from Los Angeles CA

Welp. Here I am. Ive been rollerblading an average commute of 25 miles a day round trip to the other end of the SF Valley for work....just took up a new job that is actually all the way out in Thousand Oaks...which, is quickly putting too many miles on my car...thus adding up to too much money on over priced gas for the car, and various repairs that I do not want to be forced to do.
SO! Ive decided to bike there everyday. Its a big jump from the blades- from 25 RT to about 50 RT. Ive been met with many skeptics-- and have thus become that much more determined. So- you know I will be spending a lot of this evening reading the commuters forum...and probably asking lots of questions.
I am on the verge of buying myself a Specialized Sirrus model- LOVE that bike. Took it for a test ride the other night- it was AMAZING. (perhaps thats just because I am used to a bumpy 'blade ride) Any suggestions, or pointers anyone has would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-14-05, 10:23 PM
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Welcome!

Specialized makes some very fine bikes, but I'd still suggest trying out other brands. Now is probably a good time to look for some deals as well.

Make sure you buy from a shop that will do a good fitting of the bike to you. Also, remember that you'll need to also have some cash for extras such as tire patch kits, tubes, levers, a small pack for the back of the seat, and probably some clothing (get something bright that will be readily visible to traffic).

Most of all, get out and test ride as many as possible...for as long a ride as they'll allow.

By the way, keep that "determined" spirit up. You sound like a cyclist in the making to me.
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Old 10-14-05, 11:52 PM
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Welcome to the world of cycling.

I to am a skater and used to commute on my skates and or my bikes depending on my mood. No more skates on the commute for me though, they now only see use for hockey. The commute to T.O. is a very nice ride and if you take the right streets it is not to busy during rush hour.

I am in the N/W corner of the SF Valley and if you need any advice, a route recomendation or a ride partner just drop me a pm. Do not let the DBD name fool ya, I am also an avid closet roadie

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p.s. There are alot of shops in the Valley, some good and some not good so if you do not like the shop you are dealing with I can give yu some recomendations.

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Old 10-15-05, 05:53 AM
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Welcome to BF.

Be sure and post a story of how the commute is going after a few days.
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Old 10-15-05, 10:28 PM
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Thanks for the welcome everyone-
I plan on making the first trip on Monday- I'll post the results when I get back!
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Old 10-19-05, 05:51 PM
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If your going to buy a buy or anything random, I would recommend Valley Bikes. I have had only the best service from that shop and seems to me like reasonable prices. I think their speciality is Trek's but I am not too positive on that.

I am in SF Valley as well, if you need some newbie help(I am new as well ) let me know, I generally ride sat/sun mornings and evenings on fri.

Good luck and let us know how to the streets fair.
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Old 10-19-05, 08:54 PM
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OK.
The first commute.
Are you all ready to laugh?
...I got up at 5 AM. Was on the road by 5:45, and making AWESOME time- more than half way through the valley and nearly out to calabassas...it was ONLY 6:55- I was thrilled. I was so on track to get to work by 9 at the latest. (I was assuming I would slow right down when I hit some of the hills attached to agoura hill rd.)
And then-
I got a flat.
Well- at first, I thought--- perhaps it just needs a fill up on air...
and i needed ANOTHER....
and ANOTHER.....
OK- so, reality check. It was 7 AM, I did not heed all of the intelligent warnings all over this forum, and make sure that I had a patch kit / replacement tube/basically ANYHING with me....and here I was, 15 or so miles from home, nursing my bike from gas station to station, refilling on the air. *sigh* needless to say, this completely RUINED any good time that I had made, and put me in a place where I was utterly stuck.
So- I stuck it out until about Lost Hills area...and then realized how INSANE I was being, and accepted that I needed to give it up and get my a** on a bus or in a cab, and deal with whatever damage I'd done to the bike upon arriving at work.
I am still proud of myself- in the face of multiple people giving me crap about whether or not I could even HANDLE this-- I got out there more than half way- and wasnt even that tired when I finally had to get help. In fact, I continued for the rest of an 8 hr day with little to no troubles keeping my eyes open.
.....sooo-- looks like the commute may go on hold for a while- at least until I have learned how to change my own tube on my bike-- and also assess any other damage I may have done.
Good grief.

...I saw a real live tarantula (sp??) coming down onto las Virgenes. Right there, on the road. I come from back east- spiders that large and furry are zoo exhibits back there...so, seing one live, up front and in the wild was well...strange...and slightly disconcerting....
...I am thrilled at how much easier it is to bike OUTSIDE of the valley. Its like the world opens up before you once you get into Calabasas. amazing. and honestly- I was amazed at how well cars etc worked around me. I am so used to being on blades and having everyone including walking pedestrians spitting, throwing things , ignoring me, etc....it was awesome to feel some respect.
So- over all...
I cant wait to get back on the road.
I am LOVING this challenge.
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Old 10-19-05, 10:36 PM
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There's a lot of good knowledge here at Bike Forums. It will be helpful to you. You will (as you have discovered) teach yourself a lot, too. I admire your iron will and determination.

You go, girl!!
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Old 10-20-05, 12:39 AM
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Good luck, that area is pretty hilly

I have been to the countrywide in calabasas couple of times. Do you know where that is?

Let us know how it goes!!!
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Old 10-24-05, 06:59 AM
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Hey Notaboy, I an very close to you. If you need any mechanical help let me know. Changing a tire is relativly easy. If you do not want to take me up on my offer then just about any shop would be willing to show you how. I would recomend Valley Bicycles on Devenshire just West of DeSoto. The guys in there are cool and know what is going on. I have known one of them for a while and he is a good mechanic. Much better then their old wrenches

It does sound like you will have a great ride once you get everything going. Another recomendation I would give you, get a CO2 inflator. Since you will be commuting to work it will help cut down on the time it takes to fill the tire.

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Old 10-24-05, 10:04 AM
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^^ I agree, Valley Bicycles has some really cool guys. I try to do most of my shopping there!!
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