I noticed a lot more commuter bikers!

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  1. sportsmed

    sportsmed New Member

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    I am planning to do 2 sessions of training i.e. 15km at 6am and another 15 km at 5.30pm. I will do this twice a week and gradually increase it to 20km each to mimic my ride to work! You can read the updates at my blog http://cyclingprofessionals.blogspot.com
     


  2. Powerful Pete

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    Once you are comfortable on those distances for two rides a day you will easily handle the 20km one way of your commute. Keep us posted!
     
  3. sportsmed

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    I would bike to school, but class is only about 2 blocks from my dorm.

    It's quicker than a subway train, but an express train wins. Of course, the bike has a reserved seat.
     
  5. sportsmed

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    Almost got knocked off my bike by a crazy driver who turned left suddenly! Should I get an air-horn to warn these guys?
     
  6. tejvan

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    Quite a few more in Oxford, UK. But, commuting is already quite popular.
     
  7. OrangePatriot

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    More in NYC. All riding on the wrong side of the road, straight through red lights, with headphones on, and no helmets...

    I miss Oxfordshire. Used to live in Abingdon....
     
  8. Powerful Pete

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    No. Just be careful of drivers (they will ALWAYS not see you and do something stupid that will endanger you).
     
  9. sportsmed

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    With a little investigation, it's usually possible to find a route for the commute that has significantly lower traffic than the main roads. Apparently, those in the know say that makes a significant difference in the pollutants you inhale. As a bonus, the less traveled routes are bound to be more relaxing and maybe more aesthetically pleasing. Also riding earlier in the morning helps as does riding later in the evening (if work schedules allow).

    Here in Tucson, our air quality is very high, so health concerns re: pollution aren't really there. The only time there seems to be an issue is when you're behind a POS car or truck that belches black smoke.

    If I lived in Beijing, I'd consider buying and using an SCBA:

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  11. Powerful Pete

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    I just deal with it. How do they justify the fact that they are able to deal with the air pollution in all other daily activities?
     
  12. ::dom::

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    So, true... I get looks of amazement when people find out I cycle 7km to work. They almost fall over when the find out I do 100km -/+ on the weekend.

    I've cycled all my life but only started commuting to work by bike in May. LUV IT!
     
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    Agreed... I was concerned with the pollution at first. But, I used to sit in my car in a traffic jam, every morning, for 30-40 minutes breathing pollution. It takes me 16 minutes by bike...
     
  14. alienator

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    Let's face it: for most people the only exercise they get is when they get up to get more chips and dip during a commercial or when they're playing on their Wii. For those that do actual "exercise", there's a huge percentage that only do it in a gym, where there are machines with specific directions for use, "personal trainers", as well as tee de rigeur televisions and internet equipped stair steppers.
     
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    Me too... lived in the Old Mill Cottage in Osney... great little pub called The Kyte just up the road.
     
  16. sportsmed

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    May try to cycle to work on a weekend with less traffic. And get the wife to be on standby if I decide to get a ride back! :D

    Feel brave after riding 17-18km continuously yesterday.

    http://cyclingprofessionals.blogspot.com
     
  17. Powerful Pete

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    There ya go. Pretty soon you will consider that distance what it takes you to warm up before your actual ride!
     
  18. jamesdemien

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    We've got more here in St. Louis too... Gas is expensive and the tempurature has been good... Ride on!
     
  19. sportsmed

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    Rode to work for the first time 20km each way. Took me 50 minutes but it was an easy ride. It's not as complicated as I thought but I was quite careful at the roundabouts and turning in case any vehicles crash into me. But the wife is mad at me for trying!?

    I gave a description of the ride at my blog Cycling Professionals
     
  20. Powerful Pete

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    Sportsmed, good on you. As you can see, it is not that difficult and you will enjoy it!

    And second, we are all jealous that you are where you are... very exotic and enjoyable (I have fond memories of my Asian travel and living experiences - mainly Thailand, a bit of Laos and Malaysia thrown in).
     
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