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Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 05:43 AM
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Posted By beachball42

Rode on Monday and then again today. Schools...

Rode on Monday and then again today. Schools back in session but I leave early enough that I didn't run into any issues going by the school. Had a full moon out when starting but that went behind...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Last ride before school starts tomorrow. It was...

Last ride before school starts tomorrow. It was a bit humid this morning and a lot darker than I expected. More traffic out as well but still a nice ride in. Hit the main MUP and went by the bike...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

This is my second summer of bike commuting and...

This is my second summer of bike commuting and I've ridden a lot more this year than last. Learning new things this year as by this time last year I had stopped riding due to all the construction. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-19, 05:55 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

First ride this morning with my new light. What...

First ride this morning with my new light. What a difference it made. At its lowest setting it is 600 lumens which is what I had it on except for one small stretch of path where I used the middle...
07-30-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,629
Posted By beachball42

I get the people being nice situation all the...

I get the people being nice situation all the time. I have a busy road on one of the routes I take home. I have to cross the southbound lanes to the median then cross the northbound lanes. Its...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Nice ride in this morning but I'm realizing...

Nice ride in this morning but I'm realizing quickly that my little light I have isn't going to work as it get's darker in the morning. It does enough for people to see me but not powerful enough for...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
Posted By beachball42

In the mornings, just the peacefulness of it all...

In the mornings, just the peacefulness of it all is what motivates me. Not many cars on the road, birds chirping, the sights around town are just very peaceful. On the ride home, its the last two...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-19, 05:44 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Rode this morning and loved the weather. I like...

Rode this morning and loved the weather. I like the cooler temps and it was right around 58 this morning. As I'm loosing more light each morning I'm realizing I need to invest in a better...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

First ride for this week. Humidity was up so was...

First ride for this week. Humidity was up so was soaking wet when I got to the office so sat around in the AC for a little longer before jumping in the shower at our gym. Ride home tonight is going...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Nice ride in this morning, a bit cooler than I...

Nice ride in this morning, a bit cooler than I was expecting. Rode 4 of the 5 days this week but each morning I am loosing a bit more light so I think I might need to upgrade my front light to...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,710
Posted By beachball42

So I use a Goruck GR1 backpack. They are a bit...

So I use a Goruck GR1 backpack. They are a bit expensive but the quality and ruggedness are awesome. I use it to carry my items on day's I bike commute to work but I also have used it for business...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

A little humid but not a bad ride. It is a...

A little humid but not a bad ride. It is a little darker now and each day I loose a little more time of light in the morning but the afternoons are fine. Had a little surprise this morning, a new...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-19, 05:31 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Very quiet ride in this morning. A lot more...

Very quiet ride in this morning. A lot more humid than it has been but otherwise a really nice ride. I expect the ride home will be a bit more congested as the July 4 festival in my town starts at...
07-02-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,734
Posted By beachball42

My hybrid is my main bike that I use and it has a...

My hybrid is my main bike that I use and it has a kickstand and I wear my helmet 90% of the time I ride it. My MTB doesn't have a kickstand and I always wear a helmet when I do ride it. Growing up...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Apparently all the people that stayed home...

Apparently all the people that stayed home yesterday came out today and then some. I saw more people on the trails during my commute than I would normally see and in places that I almost never see...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,176
Posted By beachball42

Mornings aren't an issue for me as I leave early...

Mornings aren't an issue for me as I leave early enough and the traffic is light when I do have to be on the road. As for my ride home, that is a different story but I take MUP's probably about 90%...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Had a pretty peaceful ride in this morning. ...

Had a pretty peaceful ride in this morning. About halfway in I started to wonder if I made a mistake about what day it was. For a second I had a fear it was Sunday morning it was so quiet. I saw 1...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 05:51 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

After not getting to ride last week, I'm on...

After not getting to ride last week, I'm on consecutive day 4, not as impressive as Tundra Man but only 752 behind him. Morning ride pretty uneventful but I actually saw another person in my complex...
Forum: Commuting
06-27-19, 05:53 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Nice ride in again this morning. Pretty...

Nice ride in again this morning. Pretty uneventful except I forgot to charge my light so it ran out right after I began. Last night I took the alternate route home again and enjoyed it. I did have...
06-26-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,804
Posted By beachball42

I will add, I when I wear my gym shorts I don't...

I will add, I when I wear my gym shorts I don't wear regular cotton underwear. I wear Tommy John Sport boxer briefs under them so they are specific athletic shorts. I wouldn't wear just regular...
06-26-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,832
Posted By beachball42

It does seem like Hybrid bikes are a wide...

It does seem like Hybrid bikes are a wide category. I am a Trek Verve 2 rider and I went with it over the others because of the type of riding I'm doing and I really wanted more of that comfort bike...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Rode again this morning and looks like weather...

Rode again this morning and looks like weather may allow me to ride out the rest of the week. Last night I took a different route home to scout it out in anticipation for some upcoming construction...
06-25-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,804
Posted By beachball42

I don't. I wear normal gym shorts the majority...

I don't. I wear normal gym shorts the majority of the time. My commute is 7.5 miles one way and at most on weekends I might ride up to 14 miles but I don't go very fast and I've never had an issue....
Forum: Commuting
06-25-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

After not getting to ride at all last week I was...

After not getting to ride at all last week I was able to finally ride this morning. Weather here in Indy has been crazy so it was good to be back on the bike. Didn't see a whole lot of people out...
06-18-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,975
Posted By beachball42

I have a Trek Verve 2 hybrid and I ride it mainly...

I have a Trek Verve 2 hybrid and I ride it mainly on MUP's but I also have ridden it on some gravel and dirt trails. Nothing too rough but it did fine on those paths. If I was going to do more of a...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,926
Posted By beachball42

I’m 7.5 miles home to office. There is...

I’m 7.5 miles home to office. There is construction scheduled that will make me have to take an alternate route at some point this summer and that is 9 miles.
06-14-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,503
Posted By beachball42

Don't know anything about the Teadwell but but I...

Don't know anything about the Teadwell but but I do have a Trek Verve 2 that I bought last year. I looked at the Verve 3 but couldn't justify the extra money for the style of riding I was doing and...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

A little cold but a nice ride this morning. I've...

A little cold but a nice ride this morning. I've started to use a slightly different route which takes me on the newly designed Midtown MUP. The section I'm on is designated for bikes only, the red...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Nice ride in this morning. The one section of...

Nice ride in this morning. The one section of road that I have to use I did get stuck behind a school bus that must have been doing driver training which was a bit of a pain but luckily only for a...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 05:55 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 9,696
Posted By beachball42

When I first moved to Atlanta in the 90's the...

When I first moved to Atlanta in the 90's the traffic was almost overwhelming but after a few days driving in it I quickly figured out how to blend in and do the same illegal moves all the thousands...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 05:36 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Nice ride in this morning. A little on the cool...

Nice ride in this morning. A little on the cool side but still enjoyable. Not a lot of people out this morning which is nice, less to have to navigate around. Also seemed like fewer cars out on...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15,254
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Posted By beachball42

For the most part, yes. Pretty safe riding...

For the most part, yes. Pretty safe riding around. I'm in Carmel so very safe to ride here. I use the MUP's mainly but when I'm on the roads I don't have any issues. My D rides for her sorority bike...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

So I rode today making that 4 x this week I've...

So I rode today making that 4 x this week I've ridden to work. This is the most I've done in one week so at 15 miles round trip that will put me at 60 miles for the week which for me is a lot. My...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Darth, I've done some filming myself and use a...

Darth, I've done some filming myself and use a GoPro Hero Session 5. What I find works the best is actually the Chest mount. Anything mounted to the frame of the bike just picks up too much...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 05:42 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

The ride in was pretty nice this morning. Summer...

The ride in was pretty nice this morning. Summer decided to come back to the Midwest so low 60's riding in. Not a lot of people out this morning, just a few joggers and dog walkers. Didn't see...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,457
Posted By beachball42

I'm the only one right now locking up at my work...

I'm the only one right now locking up at my work bike rack. There are a few others that will ride from time to time but so far I have been the only one. Can't say I've ever seen one of those locked...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Yep, live and work in Carmel the land of 100...

Yep, live and work in Carmel the land of 100 roundabouts. Yesterday morning versus today was like two different seasons. I mainly ride the MUP's and about two miles worth of the Monon. The new...
06-04-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,254
Posted By beachball42

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They just rebuilt a new corridor in our Midtown...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Much nicer ride this morning with the temps in...

Much nicer ride this morning with the temps in the low 60's versus the 49 degree ride yesterday. Nice surprise on one section of my trail, must have been some kids doing some backyard camping and...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 06:17 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 9,696
Posted By beachball42

My town just installed a Pedestrian and Bike...

My town just installed a Pedestrian and Bike counter this weekend on the Monon trail. When I went by this morning at 6 am it showed 7 riders today but YTD was up over 7,000. I think it was just put...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 15,254
Views: 10,979,717
Posted By beachball42

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My ride, bought it last year. The bike rack I...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

The weather in my area can't seem to make up its...

The weather in my area can't seem to make up its mind, 49 degrees when I rode in this morning versus last Friday when it was 68 when I rode. First day of no school for the kids so the cars along my...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,726
Posted By beachball42

I have a Trek Verve 2 Hybrid but no disc breaks...

I have a Trek Verve 2 Hybrid but no disc breaks and I do have the Topeak 29er rack and the MTX Topeak DXP trunk bag. With the hybrid bike just make sure to measure your tires, the first rack I...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,362
Posted By beachball42

Good job. I always find the ride home a bit...

Good job. I always find the ride home a bit harder than the morning just because my energy levels aren't as high and I do feel like my legs just aren't as strong. Since you take public...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,047
Posted By beachball42

I do have showers at work when my company built...

I do have showers at work when my company built an onsite fitness center last year so that along with a change to our dress code allowed me to start bike commuting last year. If they didn't, there...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Had a nice ride in this morning and saw 3 others...

Had a nice ride in this morning and saw 3 others out there bike commuting as well. The first guy I ran into about 2 miles into my ride going the opposite direction, the second one about a mile later...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-19, 05:44 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

Didn't get to ride at all last week so rode this...

Didn't get to ride at all last week so rode this morning. Might have some severe thunderstorms this afternoon to work my way around on the ride home but it felt good to be on the bike this morning. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 1,389
Views: 38,858
Posted By beachball42

arsprod I rode into that same storm last night. I...

arsprod I rode into that same storm last night. I got the alert on my phone and looked at the radar and thought I had plenty of time to get home, about 5 minutes into my ride the rain was on me....
05-14-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,462
Posted By beachball42

Good that they have a rental program, at my...

Good that they have a rental program, at my daughters college all the bikes I see are basically beaters so I wouldn't spend much money on any bike that is going to sit out in the elements, get...
04-29-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,580
Posted By beachball42

My voice doesn't carry so I do use a bell. That...

My voice doesn't carry so I do use a bell. That being said, on the one MUP that is very congested I don't typically announce or all you would hear for that mile is a bunch of random bells and shouts...
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