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  1. #1
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    Biked to Work and Back!

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    For the first time. Did a trial run. 15 miles round trip. Didn't know I had it in me. I'm sick of feeling like no matter what I do I'll never be in shape so I'm taking it one step at a time. Felt so good at the end!!! I have a (numbing!) feeling that I'll be upgrading to a new saddle soon, though.
    2014 Surly Straggler
    2012 Salsa Casseroll - STOLEN

  2. #2
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    Good job vegan chick!

  3. #3
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    where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
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    Woot woot!!! Good on ya!
    Be careful, tho. This biking for transportation thing has been known to become habit-forming!
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  4. #4
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    Thanks gals!
    2014 Surly Straggler
    2012 Salsa Casseroll - STOLEN

  5. #5
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    Way to go!
    I remember when I did my first exploratory, thinking that it wouldn't be possible.
    Each day is a gift, that's why it is called the present.

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by malkin View Post
    Way to go!
    I remember when I did my first exploratory, thinking that it wouldn't be possible.
    This Congratulations!

  7. #7
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    Fantastic -- congratulations to you!
    Emily

    2011 Jamis Dakar XC "Toto" - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow
    2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD "Gloria" - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow
    2004 Bike Friday Petite Pocket Crusoe - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow

  8. #8
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    Jul 2011
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    Maine
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    You rock! Keep it up. You'll be surprised how often you don't have to fill up your gas tank. My commute is about the same as yours, although I often take the long way home. Work now feels like what I do between bike rides!
    Madone 3.1 WSD 2011
    Jamis Coda 1997

    Love my bikes

  9. #9
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    Oct 2007
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    MD
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    Awesome! Do you plan to do this every day to work?

    I've ridden my road bike in a few times, but on Monday I rode my Kona Dew Plus, with my new panniers. 23 miles round trip. That bike + bags = much heavier. And they may not be the right bags for the bike, according to my own opinion based on issues I was having, and a friend who commutes on her bike all the time. So, still some kinks to work out. And it sure takes more planning for me to do this. More prep time the night before. But I'd love to try and do this two-three times a week. I also want to get past the - dang this is hard - phase and on to the - wow this is a great workout - phase.
    You too can help me fight cancer, and get a lovely cookbook for your very own! My team's cookbook is for sale Click here to order. Proceeds go to our team's fundraising for the Philly Livestrong Challenge!

  10. #10
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    Warning, it's addictive. On days that you can't ride for whatever reason, you'll be fidgity and anxious.
    Queen of the sea beasts

  11. #11
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    Apr 2008
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    I did an exploratory today on a new route.
    Everything old is new again.
    Each day is a gift, that's why it is called the present.

  12. #12
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    Oct 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueMargaret View Post
    Work now feels like what I do between bike rides!
    Yep. A nice ride interrupted by 8 hours of work

    I used to dread our company's quarterly meeting because it was always off-site and always some place new. Now I can *almost* look forward to it because I get to try to plot a new route. I've found some great road this way. OK, and several not-so-great, but I do find that commuting regularly has made me a bolder rider, willing to forge new trails.

    Welcome to the fold! And congrats!
    2009 Waterford RS-14 S&S Couplers - Brooks B68-Anatomica - Traveller
    2008 Waterford RS-33 - Brooks B68-Anatomica - Go Fast
    2012 Waterford Commuter - Brooks B68-Anatomica - 3.5-Season/Commuter
    2011 Surly Troll - Brooks B68 Imperial - Snow Beast

  13. #13
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    May 2010
    Location
    Central Missouri
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    Congrats! It's an awesome way to wake up in the morning and a great way to feel accomplished and blow off steam going home.
    ***graduate student and avid cyclist***

    Owned by:
    Le Monstre Vert - 2013 Surly Cross-check
    Willis, my chiX

    "Carl" - 2010 Kia Soul (when necessary!)

    Elle on Wheels - my cycling blog!

  14. #14
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    Rhode Island
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    Congrats!
    I can do five more miles.

  15. #15
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    Jul 2012
    Location
    Interior Alaska
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    I cannot say enough awesome things about padded bike shorts/skirts/capris. You DO NOT want to wear them anywhere but when riding, but they are pretty much my most favorite of all time in the history of forever! After an 18 mile commute (round trip distance), my a$s says, "go girl, we got another five miles on these cheeks!"
    commuter: a Giant Sedona '97
    road: Giant OCR c3 '08 | 105/Ultegra
    lusting a Sweet Pea A-line for when DH sweeps me out to sea

 

 

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