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Commuting

July 31st, 2008 Posted in Commute

A post over on MTBR hit the spot: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=4727185#post4727185

I’m glad to be commuting, and it has nothing to do with the $4 I save each time I ride. Some of it has to do with this article: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1994/pages/13.htm┬áMostly though, commuting by bike makes me stronger physically and mentally. I hope I can keep up through the winter. Here’s what I added to the thread:

My bike(s) are mainly toys. Having more than one bike pretty much makes every other bike left in the garage a toy, right?

I was a huge commuter in college. In 4 years, I drove to class once. Since then, its varied a ton. When I worked and lived in Boulder, I’d ride to work nearly every day, and I was able to keep my Jeep parked for a week at a time quite a bit. Since then, I’ve been all over the place with commuting.

Some months, zero riding to work. This summer, its several times a week. While some of our co-workers initially thought we were doing it to save gas money, in reality, it’s a pure fitness and state of mind thing. The perfect example? Day care is right next to my wife’s work, it shares the same parking lot. So when she rides, I drive to her work to drop off the kid in baby jail (there’s no safe route there with the kiddie trailer), and then continue another couple miles down the road to my job.

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