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  • spivonious

    Anyone else cycle regularly? I started commuting to work last August and kept it up through the winter. Takes just a few minutes longer than driving, and I'm not spending half the time sitting in traffic. Plus I'm in the best shape of my life.

    Kind of off-topic for C9, but it's on my mind since I just changed a leaky tube over my lunch break.

  • vesuvius

    @spivonious: I used to, but have been travelling around the country so not had enough time but saving up for one of these. (I have also moved to quite a hilly area, if you're not going up you're going down, that puts me off a bit)

  • blowdart

    Seattle drivers scare me. So no, my bike is sitting, unused, for the last 3 years.

  • ScanIAm

    I used to when I had access to a shower at or near the office.  I sweat like a pig so it's a must.

     

  • spivonious

    , ScanIAm wrote

    I used to when I had access to a shower at or near the office.  I sweat like a pig so it's a must.

     

    Yeah, I had one at my old job but not at my current one. It isn't too bad, even on days where I'm literally dripping with sweat; I take 10-15 minutes to cool down, towel off, and use unscented wipes for the more smelly bits. After that and a change of clothes, I'm not smelly at all.

    , blowdart wrote

    Seattle drivers scare me. So no, my bike is sitting, unused, for the last 3 years.

    Isn't Seatlle a bike-friendly city? Or am I confusing it with Portland? Anyway, I was a bit scared of traffic until I started riding. No bike lanes around here and lots of cars going over the 35mph speed limit.

    , vesuvius wrote

    @spivonious: I used to, but have been travelling around the country so not had enough time but saving up for one of these. (I have also moved to quite a hilly area, if you're not going up you're going down, that puts me off a bit)

    Yeah, hills like that would lessen my enjoyment. My ride is 7 miles each way, mostly flat with a few good climbs.

  • Ion Todirel

    , blowdart wrote

    Seattle drivers scare me. So no, my bike is sitting, unused, for the last 3 years.

    you are too old for cycling, admit it! Tongue Out

  • blowdart

    , spivonious wrote

    Isn't Seatlle a bike-friendly city? Or am I confusing it with Portland? Anyway, I was a bit scared of traffic until I started riding. No bike lanes around here and lots of cars going over the 35mph speed limit.

    There are only a few dedicated bike lanes, mostly it's "sharrows" and trails, which you have to use real roads to get to.

  • kettch

    @blowdart: Where I live, they're switching over to the shared lanes too. It's a pain because very few of the bicyclists realize (or care) that means that they have to follow the same laws as cars. I take a narrow, winding, rural back road into town, and it's definitely clench-worthy when you come around a corner and there's a guy on a bicycle hogging the lane climbing the hill very slowly and there's also oncoming traffic. There's plenty of safer bicycle friendly routes, but I guess they want to feel like they are taking the tour de france route into work.

  • DaveWill2

    , spivonious wrote

    *snip*

    Yeah, .... I'm not smelly at all.

    *snip*

    Oh it is time for an office survey. Smiley

     

  • JoshRoss

    I recently took possession of a bicycle, and took it for a spin around my city. The roads in my area are not in the best condition, but I gave it a good shot.

    When I got home, I thought that I was going to find blood in my urine. Fortunately, I was fine but I'm definitely going to be investing in a cushier seat.

    -Josh

  • elmer

    , JoshRoss wrote

    Fortunately, I was fine but I'm definitely going to be investing in a cushier seat.

    Far more important than the 'cushiness' of the seat, is the height and angle. If you are riding regularly, then you'll find you could almost sit on the bare end of a seat post, provided it's correctly positioned. However, I used to ride about 300km a week, and even a week or two off would still see my butt complain about that first ride when I resumed.

  • Bass

    @spivonious:

    Yep I usually cycle commute, but the heat makes it difficult right now. It's less than three miles for me.

  • MasterPi

    Too hot for me. Also, not enough trees or beautiful scenery to bike through.

    Not to mention, I sort of hate bicycle people, particularly the ones that obey the traffic laws only when it's convenient.

  • dahat

    , blowdart wrote

    Seattle drivers scare me. So no, my bike is sitting, unused, for the last 3 years.

    Seattle drives scare you?

    Call me crazy... but I've had far more incidents of bike riders who are oblivious to the laws of physics and think that their perceptions of the laws of 'right of way' will protect them (or as I call them 'suicidal bike riders') from impact than I have had incidents with passenger vehicles acting similarly stupid.

    Don't get me wrong... drivers round here are absolutely horrible. When I see an out of state plate (regardless of origin I sigh a bit of relief at the fact they can drive better than the locals... but putting it all on drivers of 4-wheeled vehicles? Outrageous!

  • Sven Groot

    Back in Tokyo, I always biked to the station, about 2km from my house. Occasionally I would bike straight to work (about 9km door to door), but not very often because it was a route that followed several high-traffic main roads (and there's no bicycle lanes in Tokyo; bicycles are expected to use the road when possible or the sidewalk when not), and it takes about 45min with traffic lights and two railroad crossings, so it's quite annoying. Also I do arrive at work soaked so I need to shower and towel off.

    Here in Cambridge I live very close to work, it's only about 1km, so naturally I bike there as well.

    I have never owned a car, though I suspect that will change once I move to the US later this year.

  • spivonious

    , DaveWill2 wrote

    *snip*

    Oh it is time for an office survey. Smiley

     

    lol, I've asked multiple times. Maybe people are too nice. Smiley

  • GoddersUK

    , kettch wrote

    @blowdart: Where I live, they're switching over to the shared lanes too. It's a pain because very few of the bicyclists realize (or care) that means that they have to follow the same laws as cars. I take a narrow, winding, rural back road into town, and it's definitely clench-worthy when you come around a corner and there's a guy on a bicycle hogging the lane climbing the hill very slowly and there's also oncoming traffic. There's plenty of safer bicycle friendly routes, but I guess they want to feel like they are taking the tour de france route into work.

    Either we follow the same laws as cars or we don't. Cars tend to "hog the whole lane". He's probably doing precisely because it isn't a safe place to overtake. Here's a friendly PSA from TfL for you:

  • GoddersUK

    In answer to the OPs question I cycle on and off in London (where I usually live) (depending on the weather, my mood and the maintenance status of my bike). When I do cycle I have an ~6 mile commute through central London (including Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Ave., Charring Cross Road, Tottenham Ct. Rd... ...one learns to cope with traffic... Tongue Out).

    These past few weeks I've been out of London and doing an ~10 mile commute along country back roads, a converted railway line and other bits of off road path.

    All in all good fun, cheap and much needed exercise. In London I don't have access to a shower at the work end, sadly, so my co-workers have to make do with me changing my clothes and spraying some deodorant...

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