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    Commuters' Corner

    I was wondering if perhaps it might be useful to open a new topic area for discussion concerning those who commute. Maybe it could be called "Commuter's Corner" or something like that. Riders could share their experiences/concerns as it applies to those who commute daily - tips, tricks, etc. I wonder how many of the membership fall into this niche?
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    OK,
    So here is a commuter thread. Fill it up and maybe a sunforum will evolve.

    Voni used to cummute at least 9 months a year - winter - teacher - off summer, and still got 9 good months in Kansas. About a 35 mile one-way commute. I commuted occasionally but not regularly. About a 40 mile one-way commute.

    Fill this up with commuter tips and tricks and discussion and lets see where it goes.
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    Hmmm, I commute 9 months out of the year on the bike, but other than rigging a holder for my travel mug in the tailpac, can't think of much that wouldn't apply to regular riding.
    Maybe I'll learn something here....
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    I commute from the end of March until the end of October. Theory says I ought to be able to do more but that's about where I generally end up. Really quite a short 20 km each way with a mix of freeway And surface streets. The freeway is the only tricky part - due to an ice prone s-turn on a bridge over the icy Bow River with a water treatment plant ejecting warm water in at the same spot. From there I go directly to the city core and work in an office tower. I find the cars easy to navigate on the freeway except when in the slow/fast waves of traffic where I have manually flash my brakes to be seen slowing due to the high compression slow down attribute of the RT engine. I feel in order to survive commuting one has to leave your emotion at home or work. No place for it on the bike. Also helps to think of ones self navigating a school of piranha. Works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    OK,
    So here is a commuter thread. Fill it up and maybe a sunforum will evolve.

    Voni used to cummute at least 9 months a year - winter - teacher - off summer, and still got 9 good months in Kansas. About a 35 mile one-way commute. I commuted occasionally but not regularly. About a 40 mile one-way commute.

    Fill this up with commuter tips and tricks and discussion and lets see where it goes.
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    Regular commuter here. 25 minutes for the freeway route, 35 minutes if I have time to cut through the park and go scenic.

    Tips....pre-ride, I check temperature and wind on WunderMap and Weather Channel for iPad (or iPhone). I know how windy it will be when I hit the hot spots, or if it's gusts of wind, etc. Also, the hourly breakdown is awesome since I ride home at night. I know exactly which layers to put on before I roll out of the garage at work.

    I pack my lunch in my top case, but my coffee goes into a Thermos container. It's really the only brand that hasn't failed me. Everything else has spilled at some point. I also use screw top tupperware and dry sacks to pack stuff that might leak. I believe that the legitimate use of dry sacks is to protect stuff from wet, but since I'm a counter intuitive individual anyway, I'm using them in the opposite fashion. Hey, it works. I have a Kriega 20 that is absolutely my favorite pack and it usually gets snapped onto the pillion or thrown in the top case.

    That's pretty much it for me.

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    35-45 minutes here - highway vs back roads... tho not the most scenic.

    Kriega 20 here too! great tail bag! packs my 13" macbook (in sleeve) change of clothes, gym clothes, and sneakers if I need (tho I try to leave those at work)

    great tip on http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/ ! thanks!

    I usually check our local weather radar - on the iPhone I use weather channel and RadarScope which is robust (in tech) but fun if you have weather enthusiast tendencies.
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    Here are some topics that would pertain to commuting:

    Do you ride at the front of the swarm, the middle, or the back of the swarm?

    Are you able to access the HOV lane (in Virginia, motorcycles can use the HOV).

    What sort of road debris do you encounter? In the last 5 days, I have seen ladders, big couches, angle iron being run over by cars and flipping and flopping down the road - even a garage door.

    What have you hit with your bike? Usually this happens when the vehicle in front of you is a 4 wheel drive - they can clear the obstacle, you don't see it, don't have time to swerve (or decide it's better to hit it dead-on). I have run over loading pallets and that garage door I mentioned above. Once I rode through flying pieces of foam insulation. Did you go down, or just go airborne? In my case, I've flown up in the air and smacked down hard.
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    I commute 100 miles round trip (and rode today for the 2nd time this year - global warming's alright!). 6 miles of surface street and 44 miles of freeway each way. There is no front, middle or back of the swarm - it's all one continuous pack. 10 over the limit (I've been past hundreds of speed traps at 10 over in multiple states and Ontario without triggering a chase). Constant scanning, polite habits, live and let live. Sometimes iPod, sometimes not. Coffee in a no-name travel mug that does seal (after finding several that don't) since the coffee at work is, um, less drinkable than the stuff I make at home. Weather Channel app on my iPhone. It takes longer to bike commute than to car commute with gearing up at each end. I am much more alert at work when I arrive than when I take the car. Otherwise, nothing else special.
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