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Today was a landmark day for me. After buying Bikemeat, and having only rode it three times, I decided to take the challenge - commute to work via bike.

It was the longest I have ever ridden in my entire life. I believe 5 miles, if I did the math right.

And it was fun! Actually... kind of relaxing. It was quiet, hardly anyone out there. Me, a bunch of joggers, maybe a dozen other bikers. Other than that, nothing but the air and the quiet and the traffic riding along side me and the ducks in the water.

Legs definetely started burning once I hit the 30's. I imagine going home will be tougher - there is an uphill climb when I get closer to my neighborhood. Other than that, the ride is nice and flat.

But, I made it. And in only 10 minutes longer than it would have taken me to ride the subway.

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jbsegal
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I imagine going home will be tougher — there is an uphill climb when I get closer to my neighborhood.

Don't forget to downshift… perhaps sooner than you think you need to, so you don't lose momentum.

I wimped out on biking in today. I feel bad about it.
danbearnyc
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
And no random subway stabbings to complicate your morning commute,either
lbbuzz
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Do I sense a pre-conditioning to training for AIDS Lifecycle 2007?

Come over to the dark side and join our team in LA!

boymeat
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh dear lord. I have two friends who rode in it, one of whom posted their updates. And all I could do was get visions of me falling off my bike and dying after the 1st day.
trouble841
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Good for you! That's a pretty major accomplishment in my book.

Do you have a plan as to how often you're going to bike to work?

I *so* wish I lived somewhere where I didn't *have* to drive everywhere.
Oh wait, I'm going to! Just not soon. :(
boymeat
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
No plan. It all depends on whether or not I have to dress fancy or casual, and what I'm doing after work.
trouble841
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
and weather, I'd think.
luna_littleone
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
you can always have a change of dress clothes at the office.
Dress shirts, a couple of ties, Dress pants.
Just an option. Would make it easier. Especially for biking in summer.
abtarchive
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
How cool. I'll bet if you keep it up you can get it to at least the same time as the subway...
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luna_littleone
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
riding from Brooklyn to WTC area isn't that bad. Tone and I used to do it all the time. About an hour ride for me.
Tone could do it in almost half that time if needed

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luna_littleone
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
uh huh...it would.
:)
boymeat
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Get the fold-up ones like I did from Dahon and you might find it much easier to get onto the PATH.
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cleovale
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
yay for healthy and happy bikemeat rides like that! it builds strength for.. other stuff. :D
njlexi
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful accomplishment! YAY you!

bikemeat? Thank you for that ... actually have to clean the diet coke off my desk now. *grumble grumble*
njlexi
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Mommy momoment warning: Please be sure to stretch your legs out. i really don't want to hear about you being woken up from your sleep with searing leg pain.
feyrieprincess
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Quel coincidence...the pooch and I were running exactly 4.96 miles this morning just as you were biking it. I wonder if Jupital was conjuncting Venus or something...
feyrieprincess
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
*Jupiter
unsocialized
Jun. 15th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I was surprised to hear that it took you longer to bike than to take the subway until I saw that you're riding a folding bike. I love the idea, but I enjoy my shorter commute too much.

Of course, as a cautionary tale, read up on good riding technique! I wish there was a "defensive riding" class like you can get for cars...I broke my arm two weeks ago on Houston St. on my way to work when a pedestrian stepped off the curb, and I braked hard and went over the front. Talking to bike-savvy friends, I learned that I shouldn't have hit both brakes, or at least hit the back brake first, and I wouldn't be in this situation...

Hope this doesn't scare you away from riding a bike, it hasn't scared me! My doctor said today I'm fine tp ride, so long as I'm riding upright.
boymeat
Jun. 15th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, my folding bike doesn't comprimise that much. But, a lot of my bike path is narrow and sometimes conjested. It doesn't matter what kind of bike you're riding, if you're polite that is.

Woo. Sorry to hear about the broken arm. And thanks for the brakeing tip... I wouldn't have known to do that either.
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