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Old 11-05-04, 05:05 PM
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Hi from Campbell, CA!

Hi there, just found this forum.

I'm a newbie bike commuter: on day 25 of solid biking to work. Commute is now 8 miles one way, used to be 2.5 each way. I've got the clothes and shower thing worked out, and the light system is in place with the reflective panniers and L.E.D. flasher.

Planning out next year for the CaliforniaMan race.

Looking forward to reading the posts, and seeing more daily commute photos!

Safe riding
-Brandon
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Old 11-05-04, 08:51 PM
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Welcome to the forums traindabrain! I guess I could look at a map, but that's too easy, wheres Campbell? Just curious if your commute had any hills in it.
Welcome again!
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Old 11-05-04, 08:58 PM
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Welcome, TdB! Quite a number of Bay Area folks on the Bike Forums. I know there's at least one other from Campbell.

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Old 11-05-04, 10:50 PM
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Hi, I communte too. From Willow Glen over to Saratoga. Love to ride from Willow Glen to Stanford University and back (about 47 miles) or up hiway nine to the Saratoga Gap.
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hello
i'm originally from Los Gatos, one town over from ya (i lived 30 seconds walking distance from Vasona Park dam). There's some nice and very picturesque riding to be done in LG/Saratoga and the surrounding santa cruz mountains...wish i were still there. San Diego has its niceties, but i miss the lush greenery that was all over the place in the south bay

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Old 11-06-04, 11:19 PM
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Thanks for the welcomes, my wife and I have just bought our first house in Campbell. Today was all about painting and prep-work. Of course, we still had to do the Muddy Buddy race up near Mount Hamilton. Very full day. We don't normally get up so early!

Happy Saturday,
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Old 11-06-04, 11:36 PM
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welcome to the board man!
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Old 11-07-04, 03:59 PM
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Welcome . . . I'm "near" Campbell (West S.J.), off of Payne between San Tomas and Winchetser. Campbell is at the end of my street.

Where do you commute to?
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Abundus
Love to ride from Willow Glen to Stanford University and back (about 47 miles)
Heh, I just got back from (nearly) that ride . . . West S.J., up Foothil, past Stanford, into Atherton . . . 41 miles r/t, not too shabby. And lots of, umm, "scenery"
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I commute to Cupertino, Stevens Creek/Sunnyvale Saratoga Ave. Right where the Sun Towers are. Start the commute to work right off of Virginia and Hacienda Ave.
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Sorry, there is no "Sunnyvale-Saratoga" or "Saratoga-Sunnyvale" Rd./Ave. in Cupertino. You sure you work here?
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Originally Posted by SteveE
Sorry, there is no "Sunnyvale-Saratoga" or "Saratoga-Sunnyvale" Rd./Ave. in Cupertino. You sure you work here?
What, you adhere to that newcomer, "DeAnza"?

To continue the hijack: when I was in high school (early 1960s), most of the arterials in the area of this discussion had a "from-to" name, and some had a later "local interest" name that had been appended and was gaining acceptance. So what is Winchester Blvd now, was called Santa Clara-Los Gatos Rd, what is Los Gatos Blvd/Bascom Ave was San Jose-Los Gatos Rd, what is De Anza in Cupertino was called Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd throughout its length, what is now Hiway 237 was called Mtn View-Alviso & Alviso-Milpitas Rds, what is now Stevens Canyon Rd & the upper part of Foothill Blvd was Mtn. View-Stevens Creek Rd, what is now Lafayette was Santa Clara-Alviso Rd.

And even more useless information: Back then, what was "Hiway 9" was the current route from Santa Cruz to Saratoga, but instead of following Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd to deadend at Los Gatos Blvd, the original Hiway 9 followed Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd to Sunnyvale, went up Maude to what is now 237, and followed that east to end in Milpitas. This changed while I was away at college, and I had a long period of adjustment where I would still call Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd "Hiway 9." Thirty-five years later and I still refuse to call Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd "Hiway 9." Maybe after 50 years it'll sink in.
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Since I love Peats coffee....I refer to it as the Peats 2 Peats 2 Peats ride. I start at the Peats in Willow Glen , water up at the Peats on Saratoga and then hang out with all the bikers at the Peats in Los Altos.
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Originally Posted by UncaStuart
This changed while I was away at college, and I had a long period of adjustment where I would still call Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd "Hiway 9." Thirty-five years later and I still refuse to call Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd "Hiway 9." Maybe after 50 years it'll sink in.
but will you call it "highway 9"
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Abundus
Since I love Peats coffee....I refer to it as the Peats 2 Peats 2 Peats ride. I start at the Peats in Willow Glen , water up at the Peats on Saratoga and then hang out with all the bikers at the Peats in Los Altos.
Please! It's "Peet's", not "Peats", fer cryin' out loud! I'd be one of the bikers hanging out in Los Altos.
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Congrats.

The hardest part is usually getting started. If you aren't addicted to commuting to work now then you are very likely to be shortly.

I love my commute into the office and back home at night. It gives me a chance to really clear my head, separate from work issues and enjoy some peace and quiet before I arrive home.

Do you have multiple commute routes yet? I have three standard routes I use. There's the "Oops I'm late - get there fast route", "Enjoy the pavement - medium distance route" and my 45 minute route on technical singletrack riding alongside a river and through the woods route.

Commuting is fun!

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