America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New job = New Bike Commute

For the past five years I was lucky to have an 8 mile bike ride to work. (I used to take the long way home of course..) Now my bike commute is 26 miles each way and I fear that it may be a bit too much, especially in the mornings. This is going to be hard to do more than once a week. I need to leave the house at 6:00 am in order to get there at a reasonable hour, and the logistics of clean clothing, grooming failures and odor control really make it harder than you might think. I rode this route home tonight for the first time and noticed that it was always a very gradual downhill with a tailwind, going north to south. Tomorrow morning it will be colder, it will be uphill and it will be into the wind. What better way to start the day than with a challenging 90 minutes of straining yourself while a backpack humps your torso and every driver acts like they wish you were dead? It will be a relief to reach the bike path tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Gewilli's commute is what, 3 miles? with an over-population of phreds whose primary training goal each year is to avoid being passed by anyone on the bike path? the East Bay bike path is narrow, bumpy, covered in bird shit, and always smells like low tide..The Blackstone Bike Path is stunning. I've seen all five paths in Rhode Island and Blackstone is by far the most scenic, interesting, and beautiful of them all. Thanks for reading.


mc said...

yah, that is a tough commute. mine is 37 miles through prov down the east bay. i leave at 430am. one trick is to leave a change of clothes AND clean cycling gear for the ride home so i do not carry a backpack. also leave an extra tube in your office in case you flat on the way in, you have a spare for the way home.

gewilli said...

my commute is 8 miles each way

Murat Altinbasak said...

I know it is, Tiny.. Just trying to get your goat.
I rode in this morning and it took 1:32 or so. I could feel last night's ride home in my legs, not to mention I did a 1 hour ride as well yesterday on my lunch break, so that's about 70 miles ridden in a 20 hour period.

gewilli said...

well you keep that up and we won't beable to call you the Fat Rat Murat