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For a while, Tani has wanted to bike to school. I've been reluctant, because it's a bit far and I wasn't sure he'd be able to do it without a rest in the middle.

This afternoon was the annual mid-summer ice cream social at the school, and I figured it was a great time to let him try it, since if we were a little late it wouldn't be a big deal (unlike on a school morning). We allotted 45 minutes for the 3.2 mile ride (which includes a small uphill stretch).

He did it in 30 minutes. So starting this fall, if he's ready to leave for school at 7:10 instead of 7:30, and if there's no reason not to, one of us will bike with him to school.

Heather had brought Alissa's bike in the car and we let her join Tani and me on the ride home, with the understanding that if she couldn't complete the ride we'd call and H would pick her up. (H was running the event so we had less flexibility on the way there.) And Alissa made it the whole way home; she's slower so it took us a full hour, but still, it means that once she gets faster we could have both kids biking to school. (She's outgrown her current bike and her birthday is this week; on a bigger bike she'll be faster.)

Yippee!
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For a while, Tani has wanted to bike to school. I've been reluctant, because it's a bit far and I wasn't sure he'd be able to do it without a rest in the middle.

This afternoon was the annual mid-summer ice cream social at the school, and I figured it was a great time to let him try it, since if we were a little late it wouldn't be a big deal (unlike on a school morning). We allotted 45 minutes for the 3.2 mile ride (which includes a small uphill stretch).

He did it in 30 minutes. So starting this fall, if he's ready to leave for school at 7:10 instead of 7:30, and if there's no reason not to, one of us will bike with him to school.

Heather had brought Alissa's bike in the car and we let her join Tani and me on the ride home, with the understanding that if she couldn't complete the ride we'd call and H would pick her up. (H was running the event so we had less flexibility on the way there.) And Alissa made it the whole way home; she's slower so it took us a full hour, but still, it means that once she gets faster we could have both kids biking to school. (She's outgrown her current bike and her birthday is this week; on a bigger bike she'll be faster.)

Yippee!
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H got a bike rack for the car, so this morning I biked to work directly from JCDS after we got the kids settled in to their school day. Yay, I don't have to give up biking now that school has started! The route from JCDS to work is mostly flat, as opposed to the rolling hills of the home-to-work route, so it's a consistent amount of pedaling -- as opposed to work hard, then coast, then work, then coast.

So many people have commented on how much more fit I look, and I can feel the difference, that I am not looking forward to giving it up once the season ends. So yes, I will invest money in cold-weather cycling gear after all.
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H got a bike rack for the car, so this morning I biked to work directly from JCDS after we got the kids settled in to their school day. Yay, I don't have to give up biking now that school has started! The route from JCDS to work is mostly flat, as opposed to the rolling hills of the home-to-work route, so it's a consistent amount of pedaling -- as opposed to work hard, then coast, then work, then coast.

So many people have commented on how much more fit I look, and I can feel the difference, that I am not looking forward to giving it up once the season ends. So yes, I will invest money in cold-weather cycling gear after all.
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Thirteen minutes, door to door. Hit all the lights, and pushed myself a little harder than I have been (frankly, I've been coasting a little too much lately, both literally and figuratively).

I will also note with pride that starting with June 18, the day after Tani's last day of school, I have biked to and from work 22 days and driven twice, for a 92% success rate.
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Thirteen minutes, door to door. Hit all the lights, and pushed myself a little harder than I have been (frankly, I've been coasting a little too much lately, both literally and figuratively).

I will also note with pride that starting with June 18, the day after Tani's last day of school, I have biked to and from work 22 days and driven twice, for a 92% success rate.
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Tried a different route home tonight --- basically taking Washington St. instead of Comm Ave. It's about 0.4 miles longer, but essentially flat, which eliminates the three-block-long rise of Heartbreak Hill #1. A much less strenuous ride, and about the same amount of time. It could have been exceptionally pleasant.

Except that there was not the sidewalk I was expecting between Wash. St. and the Mass Pike. So unlike Comm. Ave, where I get to ride in a nice quiet carriage lane with other bicyclists and joggers, I was in traffic. Real traffic. Aggressive, scary traffic.

So, um, no. Tomorrow it's back to the hill.
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Tried a different route home tonight --- basically taking Washington St. instead of Comm Ave. It's about 0.4 miles longer, but essentially flat, which eliminates the three-block-long rise of Heartbreak Hill #1. A much less strenuous ride, and about the same amount of time. It could have been exceptionally pleasant.

Except that there was not the sidewalk I was expecting between Wash. St. and the Mass Pike. So unlike Comm. Ave, where I get to ride in a nice quiet carriage lane with other bicyclists and joggers, I was in traffic. Real traffic. Aggressive, scary traffic.

So, um, no. Tomorrow it's back to the hill.
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Well, ok, it's not a Schwinn.... But still:

4:56 -- notice the quality of light outside is changing. Check the NWS website, see a front headed our way and a severe thunderstorm warning from 5-7pm. Decide to try to beat it home

4:58 -- stop for a two-minute chat with a co-worker on my way out the door

5:00 -- get underway. See a pitch-black sky in my mirror. Take the hills at full speed and barely notice the strain

5:15 -- almost home, the first drops begin to fall

5:17 -- five blocks from home (about a two-minute ride). The skies open up. I cannot see far enough ahead to ride safely. I dismount and walk the rest of the way home.

5:23 -- arrive home, drenched to my skin. The pannier's contents are dry, which is more than I can say for the contents of my pockets. (Note to self: You have a lightweight poncho. Pack it.)
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Well, ok, it's not a Schwinn.... But still:

4:56 -- notice the quality of light outside is changing. Check the NWS website, see a front headed our way and a severe thunderstorm warning from 5-7pm. Decide to try to beat it home

4:58 -- stop for a two-minute chat with a co-worker on my way out the door

5:00 -- get underway. See a pitch-black sky in my mirror. Take the hills at full speed and barely notice the strain

5:15 -- almost home, the first drops begin to fall

5:17 -- five blocks from home (about a two-minute ride). The skies open up. I cannot see far enough ahead to ride safely. I dismount and walk the rest of the way home.

5:23 -- arrive home, drenched to my skin. The pannier's contents are dry, which is more than I can say for the contents of my pockets. (Note to self: You have a lightweight poncho. Pack it.)
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It's amazing how biking to work has changed my whole attitude. I feel resentful when distance or carrying capacity forces me to take the car someplace. I've struck up a smiling acquaintance with some of the others riding or jogging along the carriage lane. And I feel an irrational sense of pride as I near the end of each ride for getting there using nothing but the power of my own muscles.

My time has improved marginally, mostly because I'm getting better at pacing myself so I don't blow all my energy too soon. (I'm also getting better at figuring out which gear I want to be in.) Fortunately, the halfway point is also pretty much the highest elevation, so each ride starts with an uphill climb while I'm fresh, followed by a pleasant glide the rest of the way.
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It's amazing how biking to work has changed my whole attitude. I feel resentful when distance or carrying capacity forces me to take the car someplace. I've struck up a smiling acquaintance with some of the others riding or jogging along the carriage lane. And I feel an irrational sense of pride as I near the end of each ride for getting there using nothing but the power of my own muscles.

My time has improved marginally, mostly because I'm getting better at pacing myself so I don't blow all my energy too soon. (I'm also getting better at figuring out which gear I want to be in.) Fortunately, the halfway point is also pretty much the highest elevation, so each ride starts with an uphill climb while I'm fresh, followed by a pleasant glide the rest of the way.
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Departed at 8:25
Arrived at 8:47
Elapsed time: 22 minutes
Elapsed time when driving: 10 minutes
Time penalty for biking: 12 minutes (120%)
Distance traversed: 3.2 miles
Average speed: 8.7mph
Gasoline saved: 1/6 gallon
Gas money saved: $0.67
Number of (one-way) trips before the bike pays for itself, at current gas prices and disregarding ongoing maintenance costs but including all the accessories I had to buy: 1200
Outdoor temperature: 75°F
Liters of water consumed upon arrival at the office: 1.0 so far

And boy, are my legs exhausted!
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Departed at 8:25
Arrived at 8:47
Elapsed time: 22 minutes
Elapsed time when driving: 10 minutes
Time penalty for biking: 12 minutes (120%)
Distance traversed: 3.2 miles
Average speed: 8.7mph
Gasoline saved: 1/6 gallon
Gas money saved: $0.67
Number of (one-way) trips before the bike pays for itself, at current gas prices and disregarding ongoing maintenance costs but including all the accessories I had to buy: 1200
Outdoor temperature: 75°F
Liters of water consumed upon arrival at the office: 1.0 so far

And boy, are my legs exhausted!

Bike bought

Jun. 6th, 2008 08:55 am
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Last night I ordered my bike at Belmont Wheelworks. Thanks to everyone who provided great advice. It does seem alarming that I spent about as much on accessories as on the bike itself, but since I went for a relatively low-end model (Trek 7200) and I needed one of everything (not having ridden in years) I suppose that was to be expected.

In the end, the reason I went for the 7200 instead of the 7000 was the front suspension. This is New England, there will be road surface irregularities.

And I got: a helmet, front and rear lights, a reflective vest, a mirror, a kickstand, a patch kit, a pump, full fenders, a carrying rack, a pannier (?) bag, a lock, and an anti-quick-release kit.

I should be able to pick it up after yom tov and once Tani's done with school I can start riding to work!

Bike bought

Jun. 6th, 2008 08:55 am
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Last night I ordered my bike at Belmont Wheelworks. Thanks to everyone who provided great advice. It does seem alarming that I spent about as much on accessories as on the bike itself, but since I went for a relatively low-end model (Trek 7200) and I needed one of everything (not having ridden in years) I suppose that was to be expected.

In the end, the reason I went for the 7200 instead of the 7000 was the front suspension. This is New England, there will be road surface irregularities.

And I got: a helmet, front and rear lights, a reflective vest, a mirror, a kickstand, a patch kit, a pump, full fenders, a carrying rack, a pannier (?) bag, a lock, and an anti-quick-release kit.

I should be able to pick it up after yom tov and once Tani's done with school I can start riding to work!

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