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  •  I keep planning to ride to work (7+ / 0-)

    maybe eventually, I actually will. One thing is that my route is not the safest. My office location is near the intersection of 2 highways, and there isn't a "good" route. I found a route that gets me around the highways, but it goes through a not-so-great neighborhood. I just need to buck up & actually ride one of these days.

    •  Have you thought of trying it on a weekend (7+ / 0-)
      or evening, when traffic is likely to be lighter than normal, just to get a feel for the route without the pressure of all the traffic and of needing to get there? That's what I had Son-Two do for his ride to school which isn't the best roads, lots of traffic.

      Just a thought.

      As for me, I'm waiting to have surgery that, if it works, will make it possible for me to exercise again. As I am now, even walking is too painful. It's very frustrating because my level of fitness just sinks a bit more each day.

      "You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." Anne Lamott

      by MsWings on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:33:36 AM PDT

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    •  I ride to work 3 seasons of the year (5+ / 0-)

      It's a good discipline, and yes, the thing about the built-in workout is a definite advantage.  I'm not a winter biker, though, due to both the ice&snow and the short Wisconsin days.  Some hardy souls around here buy the knobby tires and big lights and high-end clothing layers, but not I.

      Some friends of mine were talking this weekend about RUNNING their commute.  It's something I might consider for the homeward-bound stretch later this spring, but not on the way in (no access to shower facilities at work.)  Neat idea, anyway.

      Would your route be workable for a run?

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      by AnnieJo on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 08:34:25 AM PDT

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      •  too far to walk/run (5+ / 0-)

        it's a 30-minute ride - at least it was the Saturday I rode the route.

        The main drawback is the proximity to a bad neighborhood. I think I could handle the traffic, it is just the fear of riding in a sketchy area (6 blocks or so south of the area known as a "drug" area). A police officer acquaintance of my recommended against riding there, not because of the traffic. OTOH, it is only 30 minutes, and not all of that time is in the sketchy area, probably only half. So I should just do it.

    •  In the winter, I take a busy street, (1+ / 0-)
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      The street gets cleaned of snow quite quickly because it's a major thoroughfare. I think riding in a traffic is an art, but you do get used to it.

      That said, reflective/highly visible clothing is a must. And if you'll be riding during the winter months, lights are essential -- probably two bright taillights and two headlights, one on the helmet and one on the bars.

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      by Bob Johnson on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 01:24:27 PM PDT

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