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Commutiversary

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I started commuting by bicycle one year ago today. I’ve had a lot of fun, lost weight, improved my fitness, saved money, and decreased my impact on the environment. When I started commuting a year ago, I had no idea I’d be riding to work year-round.

I’ve ridden on beautiful days: I watched flowers bloom in the spring and enjoyed the rustling of leaves beneath my tires in the fall. I’ve ridden on hot summer days and arrived at work sweaty, but still smiling. I’ve ridden in 0-degree temperatures, days so cold condensation froze on my bicycle. I’ve ridden in rain, fog, mist, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice. I’ve begun to feel these are my streets.

I’ve also learned a lot, and made a lot of changes to my bicycles and my techniques in that time — and I continue to hone my commuting process. Today I rode in work clothes, whereas I normally change once I get here. This is made easier by the fact that this has been dubbed “casual week” at my company, but I’m hoping that when conditions aren’t too hot, or too wet, I can just ride in my work clothes, even when I have to dress a little more formally.

I haven’t ridden every day and I work from home sometimes, so things break down as follows:

  • 151 days of bicycle commuting
  • 905.10 miles

I’m looking forward to another year of commuting. Hopefully I can rely on my car even less in the next year.

6 Responses to “Commutiversary”

  1. Pete Says:

    Very cool. It took me a few years before I made the leap from fair weather to year round commuter.

  2. dafew Says:

    great job… I too like/need to commute in clothing… I hate changing at work. Thus I have been using old bikes with chain guards… I am about to make the jump and get a dutch bike so I will be clean from grease and mud regardless of the weather.

  3. texastwister Says:

    congrats ! on your year-around, i have been commuting since JULY “07,coldest day? 23 degrees i had it easy this winter, no snow or ice ! i guess i’am lucky in the clothing at work also , we can wear shorts and t-shirts,today it will be 75 degrees,so i’ll do a extra 5 miles at lunch to the park,it’s funny to see employees coming in after the morning rush hour,all stressed-out! yes,life is good for the bike commuter!

  4. MRMacrum Says:

    Be proud of your year in the saddle. An anniversary definitely noteworthy. Now make it two. Way to go!

  5. dvicci Says:

    Congratulations! Sounds like you’re a little like me. If you’re going to do something, do it completely and right, or don’t bother with it. “Do, or do not. There is no try” as they say.

    One of the things I’ve really picked up on is the difference in my attitude towards time. When I drive, it takes me 30 minutes from waking to arriving at work. When I ride, I have to add an hour and a half or more to that. The ride itself is only 45 minutes, but I’m not used to eating breakfast (necessary to fuel the ride), or changing when I get here (about 15 minutes). Getting dressed for the winter cold before hopping on the bike takes a lot longer than jumping in the car in the garage. ;)

    This has forced me to slow down and be ok with taking more time. As a consequence, I can’t help but laugh at the people in their cars driving like mad to get to the next stop light.

  6. Jon Says:

    Wow, congrats, man. I have about 6 weeks to go, myself, to get to the magic day. Then, I have to decide what the next goal is.

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