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Skateboarded to work this week.
« on: June 10, 2016, 08:14:07 PM »
This week was a good week

Wednesday I bought a house exactly 1.5 miles door-to-door from work.  Walking is too slow, biking is too fast (not to mention I don't own a bike), so I used my skateboard to commute on Thursday and Friday.  I hadn't skated that far since I was a kid.  It was fun and a good workout.  I'm pretty exhausted tonight considering I've been doing a lot of moving activities as well.  Took about 15 minutes - averaging somewhere around 6 miles an hour.

Also, just so happens to be the June Bike Week Challenge and we had 32% participation at my job (18 out of 57 staff).  The engineering department (my department) had 45% percent participation (9 of 20 staff).  My company rode a total of 333 miles this week.  I'd say we're pretty badass.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2016, 09:17:27 AM »
Everything in this post makes me happy! Congratulations on your new living/working/commuting arrangement.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2016, 09:14:45 AM »
Nice!

I also skateboard to those in between (.5 mile -1 mile) destinations.  Usually Chipotle or Ace hardware.  I break out the skateboard because it's less of a hassle than the bike.  Plus I miss popping ollies, no complys, and the occasional kickflip.  If I'm feeling it I'll dig deep in the bag and do a nollie back heel, bolts.


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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2016, 10:34:30 AM »
If it's under 1 mile and not snowing, I almost always skateboard. Liquor store, grocery store, etc.

I love my bike, but I hate locking it whenever I have to run a quick errand.

Commuting tip for those who work in a downtown area: park in an outskirt/cheap parking lot (mine is $50/mo) and skate in. bonus exercise plus significant parking savings.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2016, 10:19:44 PM »
Cool to see some fellow skateboarders... I did skated to work 3 times this week.  Logistics got in the way two of those days.  I'll shoot for 4 next week.  I did get a route to work that has minimal traffic... and saw a friend while I was on my way to work this week.

Life is GOOD.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2016, 09:18:15 AM »
short board or long board? I skateboarded to campus a few times on a short board while in grad school. However, the loud sound of going over the cracks on the sidewalk would scare the shit out of people so I stopped.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2016, 09:22:05 AM »
Most importantly, do you have any nice street furniture that can be waxed up for future grinds on the way to work?

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2016, 09:53:24 AM »
BADASS!

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2016, 09:28:02 PM »


This is the board I've been using.  I've had it for years.  I used to surf back in the day and still snowboard occasionally so this board helps keep that stoke!  I need new bearings... my rear bearings are clicking - driving me nuts.

I did ride 4 times this week.  Been dropping weight too.  Lost 5# in about 2.5 weeks.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2016, 12:48:48 PM »
short board or long board? I skateboarded to campus a few times on a short board while in grad school. However, the loud sound of going over the cracks on the sidewalk would scare the shit out of people so I stopped.

Short board for me.  The soft wheels are an advantage, but most longboards aren't very ollie-friendly so large cracks, curbs, and other small gaps present an obstacle. 

Back when I used to really skate (street, ledges, stairs, etc) I thought cruiser setups were impractical.  But now I'm realizing they're ideal for commuting and I'm thinking about setting one up.  Best of both worlds - soft wheels and still pretty ollie-able.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2016, 05:03:27 PM »
Just a quick update - I've been skating or walking to work nearly every day since posting this (2 months ago) and doing a couple minor errands around town occasionally on the skateboard.  After two months I've officially lost 15.8# and looking to hit my goal (200) before Halloween.  I think I've lost closer to 20# because I didn't log my weight when I started and I was around 235.  Only other thing I've also done is started to count my calorie intake and making sure I'm eating less than I'm using (approximately anyway).  Getting below 220 was a challenge... took a while to get there.  I'm half expecting to be at 219 tomorrow morning.

I didn't weigh myself over the 4th of July holiday.  I was scared to see it (I ate like a king for 3 days).  Probably gained 2-3 lbs.

My stamina has gone way up.  I wouldn't say I'm in shape - but I'm getting there.  I can skate nearly a solid hour... which I would not have been able to do 8 weeks ago.

The beer gut is eroding away at a rate of about 1.7lbs a week... just skating for 30 minutes a day... not bad.  I've wiped out twice... and that hurt more than I remember.

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Re: Skateboarded to work this week.
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2016, 05:44:31 PM »
I love it!  I see all types of transportation on my bike ride home on a dedicated bike path.  Skaters, boarders, a big unicycle once in a while, and some battery powered skate boards and some type of one-wheeled thing that you stand on posts on either side wheel.  Crazy.

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Next level!
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2016, 05:46:57 AM »
I think all you skateboarders should start referring to all bicycles as "clown bikes".  You are on a low-profile, streamlined piece of equipment. Little extra gear is required. 

All those guys on clown bikes have to deal with gears and chains and special shoes for their special clip-in 'clipless' pedals, not to mention the reflectors, lights, and panniers that often get added on.


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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2016, 12:23:50 PM »
I think all you skateboarders should start referring to all bicycles as "clown bikes".  You are on a low-profile, streamlined piece of equipment. Little extra gear is required. 

All those guys on clown bikes have to deal with gears and chains and special shoes for their special clip-in 'clipless' pedals, not to mention the reflectors, lights, and panniers that often get added on.

Yeah, don't see anyone complaing about how to store their board in their mustachian dwelling either!

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Re: Next level!
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2016, 06:34:16 AM »
I think all you skateboarders should start referring to all bicycles as "clown bikes".  You are on a low-profile, streamlined piece of equipment. Little extra gear is required. 

All those guys on clown bikes have to deal with gears and chains and special shoes for their special clip-in 'clipless' pedals, not to mention the reflectors, lights, and panniers that often get added on.

Yeah, don't see anyone complaing about how to store their board in their mustachian dwelling either!

. . . or anyone talking about their 10+ mile skateboard commute.  :P