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  1. #1981
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    My pannier was reasonably priced and I've had it for years (since I had the Coda), but the Arkel was pricey. I don't mind spending money on this stuff, but kind of not when it's for something I don't use all of the time. I probably should practice putting the Arkel bag on/off, so it becomes second nature, because I can't really feel it too much when I ride. Only thing is, I would not want to take it on/off when I get to work and leave, to carry my stuff up the stairs into the office.
    And yes, I will never get a front bag again. I had one on my Trek 5200, almost the whole time I had it. I think that's when my bad cornering habits started... it changed the handling so much, I started being overly cautious. When I took it off, I was amazed.
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  2. #1982
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    I had to break in my lovely mixte by riding in the rain on Monday to go pick up my car (long story...but I was stuck at home with no car and no one to drive me so I thew on my rain gear, pulled out the bike and rode to the tire place). I've been hesitating to ride it in sucky weather because it's so lovely, but that ship has now sailed.

    So today, I commuted on it. I had a big smile on my face for almost the entire ride in! And I'm really looking forward to the ride home, too.
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  3. #1983
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    I went ahead and rode the Iguana in to work today, since there are fewer students around (dead day before finals). No expectations of anything. It's not a bad little bike and stable under load, although the seatpost isn't as fixed as I thought it was. I'm trying to figure out how to fix the slipping pannier, and I think I need to swap the grips out for ergonomic ones.

    Home to work is about 13 miles. I got lost and that added another 7. And I made it up the giant hill without getting off! I don't know how often I'm going to be doing this--right now sunrise coincides with rush hour (which starts at 7 am, for some reason), and I'm starting to think that whatever I save in gas and parking will be spent on food!
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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  4. #1984
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    It's been short rides for past week --for shopping and work. Enjoying these quiet contemplative rides with Christmas lights along the way. It feels like lull to me, before other drastic stuff happens in life.
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    遙知馬力日久見人心 Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know whatís in a personís heart.

  5. #1985
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    Finally, bike commuting again! After 5 weeks of constant snowstorms, snowy narrow roads, and very cold temperatures here in the Boston area, I was able to bike to work again on dry roads with temperature almost 30F and sunshine. Another snowstorm, followed by sleet and rain, coming tonight, so this will be short-lived, but a harbinger of spring to come. It felt good to be back on the bike.
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  6. #1986
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    It was nice yesterday... but the snowy, narrow roads have stopped me from doing anything except snow related sports!
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  7. #1987
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    I got dropped off in the morning and rode home after work- nice temps but breezy. I've done one other afternoon only commute and one full commute. Now the sun is up earlier, I hope to get back to riding to work at least once a week.
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  8. #1988
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    I've bike commuted every day this week. I get to work quickly (only 30 min vs 45-60 on the bus), enjoying the weather and exercise. And no walking down icy sidewalk to the bus stop 1.2 miles away. Roads are still a bit narrow from remaining snow, but not bad at all.
    Oil is good, grease is better.

    2007 Peter Mooney w/S&S couplers/Terry Butterfly
    1993 Bridgestone MB-3/Avocet O2 Air 40W
    1980 Columbus Frame with 1970 Campy parts
    1954 Raleigh 3-speed/Brooks B72

  9. #1989
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    Back into biking to work. Biked 3 of my 4 shifts this week. It's a pitiful 3 block commute, but it's finally not 20 degrees in the AM when I leave so I feel accomplished ��
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  10. #1990
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    I am back into commuting, too. Sometimes it feels like more work/prep than it's worth, for a 5 mile commute. When it was 13 miles one way, it was a ride. Before that, just under 7 miles, but I was a new rider and it was truly country road riding. Dealing with traffic situations (I am riding on the outside edges of both am and pm rush hour), seems like a level of hyper vigilance I don't need. But, I will keep doing it.
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  11. #1991
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    Wow, I was the last one to comment on this thread, a year ago...
    So, I commuted from my new home today, a whopping 2.97 miles. I left at the height of rush hour, which I would not have done before. As I turned onto the main road outside of my street, I noticed the cars were backed up. There was tree work up about 3/4 a mile and police were stopping the cars. I got to ride past the cars, in the shoulder for the first time. Once I get off of this road, it's through a more residential area, but with lots of cut through traffic. Right before my office, there was a crowded intersection, no shoulder and I had to stop and get in the lane. A bit annoying.
    Not sure commuting this far is worth all the prep. I felt really good when I got here, though. My office is moving in June, and it will be even closer, by half a mile.
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