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Biking to work
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:20:48 AM »
Was able to get myself to work today when it was 3 degrees out. Put on 4 layers of clothing and got to work on time, no accidents on ice, fingers  keeping sort of warm in mittens.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 03:34:56 PM »
That's pretty badass!  I'll bet you got a lot of disbelieving praise once you got there.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 03:51:08 PM »
Way to go!  That's awesome.  You are definitely a badass:)

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013, 09:56:20 PM »
Not much praise but defiantly cuts into the wining about how cold it is outside.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2019, 07:29:35 PM »
Didn't want to start a new thread so I unearthed this one.

Recently, I biked to a professional development (PD) day. I'm a teacher and they never have students at these PD days. It's our day to learn about new techniques in the field of education.

Since this was a 9+ mile ride to a neighboring school, I wasn't too worried about bringing extra clothes. Usually, teachers are dressed down on these types of days.

My super intendant happened to be there and made a comment on my biking gear. Something to the effect of, "You look like a biker and you're talking to the super intendant." She continued to talk about the dress code that was being enforced. In reality, I could've driven but instead I biked.

Thought it was funny. The idea of getting fired because of FIRE.


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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2019, 06:54:56 AM »
Yowza that's a cold ride. Good job!

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2019, 07:44:51 AM »
Didn't want to start a new thread so I unearthed this one.

Recently, I biked to a professional development (PD) day. I'm a teacher and they never have students at these PD days. It's our day to learn about new techniques in the field of education.

Since this was a 9+ mile ride to a neighboring school, I wasn't too worried about bringing extra clothes. Usually, teachers are dressed down on these types of days.

My super intendant happened to be there and made a comment on my biking gear. Something to the effect of, "You look like a biker and you're talking to the super intendant." She continued to talk about the dress code that was being enforced. In reality, I could've driven but instead I biked.

Thought it was funny. The idea of getting fired because of FIRE.

Wow ó who cares, especially if students arenít present? Sorry you had to deal with that! Even when when we are in front of students, our superintendent seems to care more about the quality of teaching and culture of schools. In my case, Iím fortunate that she has been in my class, knows my way of teaching, etc ó because I have likewise shown up to PD in Saturday clothes. One thing that I love about teaching in a small district is that district staff have done walk throughs in my class several times, so they get to know me as a teacher, not as a suit.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2019, 10:45:01 AM »
Biking to work feels fantastic. You get a nice dose of endorphins in the morning, and it clears your head for the tasks in front of you. Plus, it takes care of some of your daily exercise requirement.

Been biking to work every single day and I've saved a ton on gas alone.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2019, 01:11:46 PM »
I just posted a thread on driving for Uber to work on my commute, but I love the bike commuters.  That is a money move if there ever was one.  Mad props for being one of the few bike commuters!! I am always impressed by them. 

I biked to work a few months while working in Germany and loved it.  My commute back in U.S. is 28.5 miles and a little too far to bike.  I could move closer, but I really love my suburban town too much to move. Vicariously backing through all of you true Mustachians.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2019, 01:46:16 PM »
Biking to work feels fantastic. You get a nice dose of endorphins in the morning, and it clears your head for the tasks in front of you. Plus, it takes care of some of your daily exercise requirement.

Been biking to work every single day and I've saved a ton on gas alone.
The sad thing is that the gas is likely the cheaper part of the overall cost.  Figure $0.07-0.20 a mile for a 40 to 15 mpg vehicle respectively.  Overall you are spending $0.40-0.70 a mile in net costs with repairs, amortized vehicle replacement cost, maintenance, insurance, registration, etc.  Just using half a buck a mile is often plenty accurate.
The other thing I notice is that trips tend to multiply when I drive.  You won't go to one more spot (to spend yet more money) on your bike, but behind the wheel it is all too easy to add more destinations along the way.  So I'd argue there is an additional savings per mile above direct replacement miles.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2019, 01:52:20 PM »
The other thing I notice is that trips tend to multiply when I drive.  You won't go to one more spot (to spend yet more money) on your bike, but behind the wheel it is all too easy to add more destinations along the way.  So I'd argue there is an additional savings per mile above direct replacement miles.

Absolutely. This is the really insidious part of driving. Because driving is so effortless, you tend to do more of it without thinking.

"Oops, I forgot to buy a $1.00 carton of eggs. Here, let me just hop in my car and add 50% to their price while I'm at it."

Cycling really forces you to think, to plan, and to be an active participate in your own life rather than a passive observer, all in the interest of saving money and of not wasting your time taking frivolous trips.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2019, 02:33:44 PM »
Didn't want to start a new thread so I unearthed this one.

Recently, I biked to a professional development (PD) day. I'm a teacher and they never have students at these PD days. It's our day to learn about new techniques in the field of education.

Since this was a 9+ mile ride to a neighboring school, I wasn't too worried about bringing extra clothes. Usually, teachers are dressed down on these types of days.

My super intendant happened to be there and made a comment on my biking gear. Something to the effect of, "You look like a biker and you're talking to the super intendant." She continued to talk about the dress code that was being enforced. In reality, I could've driven but instead I biked.

Thought it was funny. The idea of getting fired because of FIRE.

We once had a guy come in for an interview at my last place of employment. This guy was, for lack of a better description, dressed like a clown: goofy shoes, polka dot tie, lime green pants, suspenders holding his pants on his spheroidal belly, the whole nine yards. Spoiler:
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He did not get the job, because we weren't Barnum & Bailey Circus. One should, generally speaking, not dress inappropriately for the occasion.
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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2019, 12:59:20 PM »
I started biking to work in September when my daughter returned to school. Her school is on my way to work so we are biking in together and then I continue on to the office.

For years I have felt low level guilt about getting in my car and driving the 4km (yes, really) from my home to office. One deterring factor was safety. Until this year there was no bike safe way to cross a major highway that lies between my home and office. Thankfully when a bridge over the highway was replaced a pedestrian walkway was added.

Biking into office in the morning puts me in a great mood, even when the weather is crappy. And biking home is far more relaxing after a day of work then the sort drive ever was.

I now need to start looking into expanding my biking wardrobe and possibly buying some additional bike equipment (fenders, winter tires) to extend my biking season into the winter. I plan to bike in with my daughter as long as she is willing (and maybe a bit longer if I can twist her arm)

As a bonus the bike route is 500m shorter (3.5km total) then driving due to a pedestrian path I can take to get out of our neighborhood instead of driving the wrong direction for a few blocks.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2019, 10:31:45 PM »
I started biking to work in September when my daughter returned to school. Her school is on my way to work so we are biking in together and then I continue on to the office.

For years I have felt low level guilt about getting in my car and driving the 4km (yes, really) from my home to office. One deterring factor was safety. Until this year there was no bike safe way to cross a major highway that lies between my home and office. Thankfully when a bridge over the highway was replaced a pedestrian walkway was added.

Biking into office in the morning puts me in a great mood, even when the weather is crappy. And biking home is far more relaxing after a day of work then the sort drive ever was.

I now need to start looking into expanding my biking wardrobe and possibly buying some additional bike equipment (fenders, winter tires) to extend my biking season into the winter. I plan to bike in with my daughter as long as she is willing (and maybe a bit longer if I can twist her arm)

As a bonus the bike route is 500m shorter (3.5km total) then driving due to a pedestrian path I can take to get out of our neighborhood instead of driving the wrong direction for a few blocks.

This is all fantastic, so happy for you!

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2019, 07:30:35 AM »
Well done, I have started doing this too.
Fitter body, healthy mind, save money on petrol and less pollution. It's taking some getting used to getting up earlier and not having the heating on in a warm car though. Also my bike is ancient and I still have one of those huge mountain bike tyres on it. Need to get one of those road bikes with thin ones. They look so light and fast.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2019, 09:33:40 AM »
Well done, I have started doing this too.
Fitter body, healthy mind, save money on petrol and less pollution. It's taking some getting used to getting up earlier and not having the heating on in a warm car though. Also my bike is ancient and I still have one of those huge mountain bike tyres on it. Need to get one of those road bikes with thin ones. They look so light and fast.

Do you have a lot of paved roads where you live? Or is there some off-roading involved too?

I bought myself a hybrid bike, which sort of straddles the line between road and mountain bikes. Lighter frame and no suspension (like a road bike), but slightly fatter tyres for light off-roading. It's a nice compromise. And if you ever want to go just a little faster, you can usually put slim road bike tyres on a hybrid frame.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2019, 10:06:24 AM »
Well done, I have started doing this too.
Fitter body, healthy mind, save money on petrol and less pollution. It's taking some getting used to getting up earlier and not having the heating on in a warm car though. Also my bike is ancient and I still have one of those huge mountain bike tyres on it. Need to get one of those road bikes with thin ones. They look so light and fast.

Do you have a lot of paved roads where you live? Or is there some off-roading involved too?

I bought myself a hybrid bike, which sort of straddles the line between road and mountain bikes. Lighter frame and no suspension (like a road bike), but slightly fatter tyres for light off-roading. It's a nice compromise. And if you ever want to go just a little faster, you can usually put slim road bike tyres on a hybrid frame.

No off roading involved, I just have the same bike as when I was a 18 year old. Back then I would be off roading for fun lol.
That's interesting, will have a look into those hybrids. The ability to switch to thicker tyres could be useful too, especially on those icy winter days.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2019, 11:32:12 AM »

No off roading involved, I just have the same bike as when I was a 18 year old. Back then I would be off roading for fun lol.
That's interesting, will have a look into those hybrids. The ability to switch to thicker tyres could be useful too, especially on those icy winter days.

If you might run afoul of ice and snow where you live, then it may be worth keeping your mountain bike too.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2019, 09:15:14 AM »
Way to go, keep going, be safe.
When you total up the savings from cycling, and then think of that as your ďpay to ride,Ē itís hilarious. Every pedal stroke is money in the bank.
But the real payoff is in how much your bodily and mental health improves.

Driving all the time just sucks, but itís hard to see that through the windshield.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2019, 09:48:33 AM »
No off roading involved, I just have the same bike as when I was a 18 year old. Back then I would be off roading for fun lol.
That's interesting, will have a look into those hybrids. The ability to switch to thicker tyres could be useful too, especially on those icy winter days.
I have a road bike with disk brakes: since it doesn't have the clearance issues that rubber brakes can cause, I can almost put 40mm tires on mine with no issues (went from 25s for the summer to studded-35s for the winter).

That could also be an option.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2019, 08:44:25 AM »

No off roading involved, I just have the same bike as when I was a 18 year old. Back then I would be off roading for fun lol.
That's interesting, will have a look into those hybrids. The ability to switch to thicker tyres could be useful too, especially on those icy winter days.

If you might run afoul of ice and snow where you live, then it may be worth keeping your mountain bike too.

I don't like mountain bikes for ice and snow, and use a road bike year round.

The big knobby mountain bike tires are good for grip if you're cycling through loose snow, but I find narrow tires tend to punch through slush and grip better on the road.  Knobby tires are much worse handling when you're on any kind of smooth surface (including ice).

The wide handlebars on a mountain bike ensure that you catch a tremendous amount of wind.  This slows you down (making you work harder to go faster in the stronger winter winds), but also makes you colder.  A tucked position on a road bike feels warmer - you're all tucked into a ball, just like the HELP position in a swimming pool.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2019, 05:52:59 AM »

No off roading involved, I just have the same bike as when I was a 18 year old. Back then I would be off roading for fun lol.
That's interesting, will have a look into those hybrids. The ability to switch to thicker tyres could be useful too, especially on those icy winter days.

If you might run afoul of ice and snow where you live, then it may be worth keeping your mountain bike too.

I don't like mountain bikes for ice and snow, and use a road bike year round.

The big knobby mountain bike tires are good for grip if you're cycling through loose snow, but I find narrow tires tend to punch through slush and grip better on the road.  Knobby tires are much worse handling when you're on any kind of smooth surface (including ice).

The wide handlebars on a mountain bike ensure that you catch a tremendous amount of wind.  This slows you down (making you work harder to go faster in the stronger winter winds), but also makes you colder.  A tucked position on a road bike feels warmer - you're all tucked into a ball, just like the HELP position in a swimming pool.

My DH is the opposite, he much prefers his mountain bike for winter riding, and his biggest problem is overheating and sweating, even in -40C/F. He doesn't even wear a proper coat, just a merino base layer, a fleece, and a vented waterpoof biking jacket with no lining.

The only weather he won't bike in is a major snow storm where there's snow above your knees on the ground, in which case he'll run instead.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2019, 09:53:47 AM »
My DH is the opposite, he much prefers his mountain bike for winter riding, and his biggest problem is overheating and sweating, even in -40C/F. He doesn't even wear a proper coat, just a merino base layer, a fleece, and a vented waterpoof biking jacket with no lining.

The only weather he won't bike in is a major snow storm where there's snow above your knees on the ground, in which case he'll run instead.

That's pretty rad.

I'm like your DH in that I generate a LOT of heat and get hot super fast. But I'm still a wuss when it comes to getting my head cold. My core is fine, but I'm a sissy if my ears and neck get chilly.

Gonna look into base layers and hoodies with built-in balaclavas.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2019, 01:08:03 PM »
My DH is the opposite, he much prefers his mountain bike for winter riding, and his biggest problem is overheating and sweating, even in -40C/F. He doesn't even wear a proper coat, just a merino base layer, a fleece, and a vented waterpoof biking jacket with no lining.

The only weather he won't bike in is a major snow storm where there's snow above your knees on the ground, in which case he'll run instead.

That's pretty rad.

I'm like your DH in that I generate a LOT of heat and get hot super fast. But I'm still a wuss when it comes to getting my head cold. My core is fine, but I'm a sissy if my ears and neck get chilly.

Gonna look into base layers and hoodies with built-in balaclavas.

Balaclava and ski goggles and you're good.
DH has about a half dozen balaclavas, all different weights and fabrics depending on the weather. Then he wears a merino wool hat on top.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2019, 07:46:14 AM »
I started biking to the commuter rail station in Providence when we moved to PVD in July.  With the first snowstorm of the year, I'm shut out: the city doesn't clear bike lanes or sidewalks and I refuse to share the road in the dark, on ice, up and down College Hill (it'a a big one) with distracted and impatient drivers everywhere.

After two days of driving to the best parking lot (in Attleboro...only $5 to park and it still has parking spaces at 7:30) like I used to do and I was absolutely fuming.  What a colossal waste of time and money. Seven years I used to drive there and now I detest it.

So today I took the bus for the first time.  Not "badass" in any way, and it added about 20 minutes to my commute but I am a WAAAAY happier employee today and it was only $2.

Boom.

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Re: Biking to work
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2019, 09:59:28 AM »
So today I took the bus for the first time.  Not "badass" in any way, and it added about 20 minutes to my commute but I am a WAAAAY happier employee today and it was only $2.

Boom.

I love the bus and the bike ride, but in different ways. Both beat the hell out of driving. The benefits of the bike ride have been covered ad nauseum, but the bus ride has its own benefits intrinsic to itself (beyond avoiding driving in traffic): in particular, the bus gives me personal time to read, and I have read dozens of books which I would have never had the opportunity to read either biking or driving. The bus is the only certifiable "me" time that allows for this activity, so I am grateful every day I ride (though I prefer biking, up to at least a few days a week).

(By the way, I bike to and from the bus stop, so it is more like biking and busing vs. just biking a longer distance.)