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Old 06-09-10, 08:49 PM
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Dallas Commuters?

I'm going to start commuting next week 18 miles each way and I wanted to see if any other local commuters had any tips. It's getting hot out there! I work 7-3 so in the morning I'll be up before the sun mainly but the afternoons are going to be brutal. I live north of 635 so I'm taking the White Rock Creek Trail down to the lake, then around the lake, then down to work just south of 30! I've been building up to the full distance just to be sure I can make it.

I've noticed a couple of commuter bikes floating around. Anyone else take a similar route?
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Old 06-09-10, 10:08 PM
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I used to commute along part of that route. The two pieces of advice I have are:

1) Map out an alternate route around the northern end of the lake. After heavy rains, the creek trail will flood and it helps if you've pre-planned a detour. Lawther will also flood just north of Northwest, so you may want to consider the neighborhood streets west of there.

2) Carry either a train pass, or money to buy one. The train can be a life-saver in case of a mechanical, injury or thunderstorm. White Rock Station is right off your route (Northwest and Lawther).


Good Luck!
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Old 06-09-10, 11:01 PM
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As long as nothing is flooding,WRCreek path has some really nice shady stretches. I live up b UTD and just did a commute to Casa Linda last Monday, and as long as I stopped to drink and had enough water, it was quite a nice ride. Just don't push too hard in the heat and you'll be fine ( not a race).
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Old 06-10-10, 08:43 AM
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I commute 16 miles in then 16 miles back, from my house in Allen to Texas Instruments on 635 and 75....I also work at 6 am so I leave my house no later than 430 am and usually get off work at 2:30pm. Hope maybe this helps:

-I don't take trails or sidewalks...only streets (Springhill Estates, Shiloh, Renner, Plano Pkwy, Greenville)-its up to you what you're comfortable with. I'd much rather make myself visible with super bright lights on the side streets then have to deal with sidewalk nonsense/pedestrians.
-Before you do your commute, drive the route in your car, and then ride the entire route on your bike.
-Make sure you have a good headlight and taillight. I have a Cygolite Milion and I absolutely LOVE it.
-You can still dehydrate at 415 am in the darkness...(that puking feeling at the end of the ride is not fun) drink plenty of water!!!
-Have backup routes just in case
-At 4:30am, Jupiter Rd. is a ghost town and i have all 3 lanes to myself so I usually just bomb down that full speed in the morning real easy....in the afternoon when i get off work, there's no way I'll take jupiter so I have the option of taking either Shiloh, Los Rios, or even Dublin back home.
-Don't forget clear safety glasses in the morning when its dark and regular tinted shades and sunblock for the afternoon.

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Old 06-10-10, 09:06 AM
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I carry three containers on my 48-mile round trip from NE Dallas to Irving. One 24-oz Gatorade, one 24-oz water and a 16-oz mug of coffee. This time of the year, they are all pretty close to empty by the time I get to the office at 8:30. Sometimes I have to stop and refill the water on my ride home.

Just as ridethepanther said, keep five $1.00 bills in your bag for bus/train fare (bus drivers don't make change). All the buses now have bike racks on the front so you are never too far from a bail out. Don't feel guilty when you decide to hop a bus/train for part or even most of the way. When you force yourself to ride, it can easily lose it's appeal. This just makes it harder to get yourself up for it, next time.
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Old 06-10-10, 06:16 PM
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Thanks for the tips. Sounds like I'm in good company around here.

I've been enjoying rolling down the WRCreek trail. Especially since I get to go under the major roads and they even have the green signs on them, so it's like I'm on 75, but without all the traffic.
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Originally Posted by carsondude View Post

I've noticed a couple of commuter bikes floating around. Anyone else take a similar route?
I see a dozen or so people that commute on a regular basis using that route down White Rock Creek. The numbers start to drop off when the weather approaches 100.

A better source for information can probably be found here:

https://www.dorba2.com/forum/dorba-fo...s/commie-forum
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Old 12-12-10, 08:31 PM
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Still commuting in December? It's getting pretty chilly for Dallas. I'm challenging myself to ride to work all month.

I don't see any other riders on my daily commute in Dallas (from uptown to 635 & Luna). This made me curious as to how many people are bike commuting in Dallas, TX. Who else is out there?
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Old 12-13-10, 09:13 AM
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I'm still riding. However, when it's below 35, it's not uncommon for me to take a bus for part of the ride. I rode about 10 miles this morning, instead of 24.
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Old 12-13-10, 07:01 PM
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I'm trying to hang in there. Usually 4 days a week.

Hurst to Downtown Dallas. 25 miles. On most mornings I have to leave the house hours before public transportation starts.

Train ride home.
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Old 12-14-10, 12:49 AM
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I'm still out there

I'm still doing my Allen to Richardson ride. Not to cold to ride if you're a big guy and have the right clothing....
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