Man! I sure love my commute!
This morning was the beginning of a two day taper for me. I’ve got an adventure planned for Friday!
The single most asked question I get about my bike commute to work is, “How far do you ride to get to work?”. I mean, sometimes it seems like I get that question multiple times every week. My answer is always, “It depends.” Because it does…
The shortest route I have to work is about 8.5 miles. The longest is 17, with a myriad of options between, depending on:
This morning, I had plenty of time. We lifted weights, and for some reason moved along pretty quickly. Some mornings, we can’t agree on how many sets of a particular exercise we’ve done. I usually think we’ve done a lower number than Pam does…but Pam had the strongest argument this morning, so it didn’t take as long as it might have if I had come out on top of that discussion. Anyway, I managed to get out of the house early enough to make a loop down through the Nature Center. That’s my 17 mile ride. The pic at the top is the view as I start down the hill to the river. You can see the nice sunrise building…
Down by the river on the Greenways Trail, wisps of fog hung in the air waiting to burn off. I usually see a lot of deer along this path, but today a couple of ladies on bikes had passed before me so I guess they spooked them all back into the brush.
That ride gave me 63 minutes of pedal time on the way to work. Not a bad way to start your day.
I finally got around to replacing the rear rack on the tandem. It broke back in June, and just didn’t seem like a priority to replace immediately.
I got a Tubus Cargo evo because that’s the recommended rack for Co-Motion Tandems and we intend to move it over when we replace the Burley this fall. Besides…I kind of like the Tubus racks. This is the third one I’ve had. They’re typically very light for their capacity, and very flexible in terms of installation options.
I also need to give a shout out to Wayne at TheTouringStore.Com. The guy knows everything there is to know about racks and panniers, offers exemplary service and has good prices on just about everything he sells. Besides, he sends you a couple of pieces of candy with every shipment! If you need a rack or a bag, check him out!
The only complaint I’ve got about this one is the “star driver” pattern on all the installation bolts instead of the usual hex pattern of allen wrenches that I carry all the time anyway. I probably need to dig up a compact star driver to carry in our tandem tool kit just to be safe.
Now that I’ve finally replaced the rack, I guess we can go back to carrying inordinate amounts of clothing and other accessories on every ride!
I used to tell my kids to not get their hopes up, and I guess I may have been little guilty of that myself! That’s what happened as a result of this post (my hopes, I mean). Then, last week I noticed they had the template marks on the street and got kinda excited to know that something was actually being done. In my mind, I envisioned a raised island to force drivers to give a cyclist or a left-turning vehicle plenty of room.
Imagine my disappoint this week when I discovered that the city had only painted the lane separation with about an 18-20 inch margin as shown in the picture above.
You can see the whole effect in the second picture. While I was waiting to turn left from this intersection, the two cars coming that turned in front of me both cut the corner short and drove over the yellow lines.
Oh well…at least it’s something. I’ll presume they had a good reason for designing it like they did. After all, I’m not a traffic engineer – just a bike commuter.