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Old 05-12-11, 03:46 PM
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My Dopey Little Bike Commute

Today I began what I hope will be a solid month of commuting to work by bicycle. It's only about two and a half miles each way (three if I stop for a bagel), but it sure feels good to leave the car home.
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I think I would rarely drive if I lived that close to work.
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Good luck! I'm trying to keep up mine and it's only 3.5 miles (I drive the first 5 miles).
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>>>>Good luck! I'm trying to keep up mine and it's only 3.5 miles (I drive the first 5 miles).<<<<<

If I give it up, it certainly won't be because of the distance (which takes a whopping 11-12 minutes to cover, in traffic), but because there are so many stupid little things I have to shuttle back and forth to work with me. Hopefully, I can work out a way to leave clothing and other stuff at the job. But often, I have to bring home electronic gear to test or repair, and it's usually just a little too big and fragile to haul on a bike.

We'll see. For now, cycling to work has added a whole new dimension of fun to my new line of employment. The mp3 player and speakers on my handlebars are a big part of that.

Good luck with YOUR commute, too.
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Old 05-17-11, 09:43 AM
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Well, it was a good two-day run, anyway. In case you haven't been caught in it, the rain has been dumping on Long Island constantly for several days and I am back to driving. Here's hoping the sky dries out soon...for all of us.
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Thanks. Yeah the weather hasn't been quite co-operating here either with threats of storms but never too much actually materializing. Just enough to put me off biking in as much as I'd like. Having gear to haul does complicate things; luckily I can usually thin down to things I can stuff in my jersey pockets. I love having music on too, although I just use crappy ear buds - the sort that leak enough so that I can still hear everything around me clearly. The worst part of my commute is definitely the traffic/lights.
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>>>The worst part of my commute is definitely the traffic/lights. <<<

Same here. The first part of my quick ride is along one of the quietest, most picturesque roads on all of Long Island. Then, just as my mind starts to wander to the accompaniment of birds chirping and squirrels rustling through the tree leaves, I turn onto one of the craziest, shoulderless turnpikes you can ever imagine. This 1-mile portion of the ride feels like a lifetime and takes a lot longer than it should - just because I need to be so freakin' cautious.

Friday was National Bike To Work Day. 'Missed it because of rain. Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday are also screaming rain. So far, I've only used my bike twice since declaring that I'd be riding every day. Where the hell is the sun?
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Yeah, the only dicey part for me is going through Georgetown onto K St in DC. That always takes longer than I'd like, and with more drama than necessary (especially on the way home). Can't complain about the sun being missing right now! But just a *bit* too warm methinks.
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>>>Yeah, the only dicey part for me is going through Georgetown onto K St in DC.<<<<

My area is quite a bit more suburbanized than Georgetown, so I'd imagine you've got it rougher than I do. Anyway, the other day, I had a chance meeting with a sort of "goofy" guy I see riding all over town every day. Long story short: he turned me on to a shortcut to my workplace that cuts out the entire stretch of that crazy turnpike I was telling you all about. Now that the weather has cleared, I'm back to my daily commute and I used that shortcut for the first time today. Makes a HUGE difference.

Regarding cycling to work in the heat, I only wish I could jump in a shower when I arrive each morning. Fortunately, my new job (unlike my old suit-and-tie gig) is a casual one, and a few swipes of a towel and some Irish Spring is enough to get me through the day without grossing my co-workers out.
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There are a few other ways I can go but they end up taking longer and have unpaved tracks. One time I ran into a local on my full commute home (when I don't drive part-way) and he took me down an unpaved steep walking-only path that led to crossing a two-lane one-way road with rush-hour traffic, no pedestrian crossing, poor visibility for crossing, and a guard rail to jump at the end (after running across the road carrying your bike). It *was* technically a short-cut once you made it across, but not quite worth it.

Luckily I dress fairly casual too, so I do the same with a towel and some roll-on, and a quick trip to the bathroom to help dry off.
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I'll tell you, though...for me, a three-mile commute first thing in the morning and right after work is tougher than a thirty-mile ride any other time of the day!
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>>>>Good luck! I'm trying to keep up mine and it's only 3.5 miles (I drive the first 5 miles).<<<<<

If I give it up, it certainly won't be because of the distance (which takes a whopping 11-12 minutes to cover, in traffic), but because there are so many stupid little things I have to shuttle back and forth to work with me. Hopefully, I can work out a way to leave clothing and other stuff at the job. But often, I have to bring home electronic gear to test or repair, and it's usually just a little too big and fragile to haul on a bike.

We'll see. For now, cycling to work has added a whole new dimension of fun to my new line of employment. The mp3 player and speakers on my handlebars are a big part of that.

Good luck with YOUR commute, too.
Hope the commute is going well. The mp3 player and speakers sounds very Fred like, do you have a photo?

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>>>>the mp3 player and speakers sounds very Fred like, do you have a photo?<<<<

Oh, it's TOTALLY Fred, but still the best thing I've ever done. One of these days, I'll take a photo. My 15 year-old GT Outpost is all pimped out with water bottle cages, a rear rack, pannier, front and rear lights, and decals from many of the places I've been. The young dudes I work with (a very tough crowd to please) think it's the coolest bike they've ever seen. Oh, did I say that? I MEANT to say that they think I'm a total geek.
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I prefer to hear the whoosh of my wheels to a mp3 player. The roads are so congested that I think that any sound system is unsafe.
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>>>>The roads are so congested that I think that any sound system is unsafe.<<<<<

Yeah, but let's not open THAT can of worms again. With my new shortcut - and the time of the morning I ride here in North Syosset - there's barely any traffic at all. I never use my sound system (which is NOT as big or obnoxious as you might be imagining) in heavy traffic. It's mostly for path rides with my wife. In the morning, I only use one speaker and I keep it at a very reasonable level so as not to wake anyone or startle any rabbits along the route. I am hypersensitive to everything around me at all times and would never put myself in a situation that has me at a disadvantage against the cell-phoning and texting drivers out there.
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