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Offline Max Wedge

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Commuting-No Regrets
« on: May 02, 2014, 06:34:52 AM »
 I looked out of the garage this morning, it was 45 degrees, dark gray skies, blustery, misty. I knew this afternoon was calling for thunder showers. "Screw it," I thought, "with the winter I survived this year, I would have killed for a day this nice. I'm riding." 15 minutes into my 60 minute commute, a nice drizzle started, and followed me the rest of the way to work. My gear kept me dry and warm, and I had the bike parking area all to myself.

 I started to think to myself, "Am I glad I rode in today?" "Yes, I am. Furthermore, I don't think I have ever regretted riding in to work. There have been some days where it may not have been my wisest choice, but I don't regret one trip."

In fact, I am grateful for the chance to spend at least two hours of today in the saddle. A wise man once said, "The trick is not getting what you want, but wanting what you have."
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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014, 07:22:33 AM »
Hear, hear!  Well said.

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 07:24:46 AM »
I get grumpy if I can't get out to ride. I'm feeling it now. With the 'busa in pieces right now (waiting on wheel bearings), I'm in the truck and have been for 2 weeks. I can't even get on the bicycle as it's been colder than I like for riding. I'm even thinking of just buying the coils I need for the Transalp just to fix the failing coil problem.

 :bluduh: :bluduh:

When I get the 'busa back together (hopefully tomorrow), I'll be out for a nice long ride.

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014, 08:31:25 AM »
I get grumpy if I can't get out to ride. I'm feeling it now.

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2014, 08:43:47 AM »
Did the same on Tuesday. Raw drizzle. Felt alive.

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014, 09:09:46 AM »
I have never wished for a longer commute when in the truck. I can't say that about the bike.
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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2014, 01:11:04 PM »
I changed jobs recently and am down to a 3 mile commute. It's great getting up later and getting home earlier, but I miss the longer motorcycle commutes. When it's cold out it's not even worth taking the bike, it would take me longer to put on my cold weather gear than to ride to work. Not to mention the bike would never even get up to temp.

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2014, 01:16:06 PM »
If I had a 3 mile commute I would walk or bicycle. 3 miles isn't even worth firing the car up for!  :D
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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2014, 01:48:55 PM »
If I didnt like to sleep so much I would get up earlier and do the same thing. :P

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2014, 03:26:31 PM »
With the 'busa in pieces right now (waiting on wheel bearings), I'm in the truck

I have a couple dual-sports that I use as back ups. In fact, I rode in on the DR650 today just for a change. My commute is about 38 miles round trip. Over the course of the year, I probably average riding four days a week. Some will claim commuting doesn't count as riding but I enjoy it and do it as much as possible. I don't ride to work in the rain, but if it's dry in the morning and forecasting rain later, I will usually ride anyway.

40 degrees this morning. Should be lower 70's on the way home.  :)

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2014, 03:44:14 PM »
I changed jobs recently and am down to a 3 mile commute. It's great getting up later and getting home earlier, but I miss the longer motorcycle commutes. When it's cold out it's not even worth taking the bike, it would take me longer to put on my cold weather gear than to ride to work. Not to mention the bike would never even get up to temp.

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2014, 03:45:43 PM »
When it's cold and wet, I'm happy that I took my car. Yes, I get grumpy when I don't get to ride, and commuting feels like 95% of my riding, lately, but unless I've gone a week or more without riding, fuck the bad weather. I ride to enjoy myself, and after getting blown across my lane, sliding in the wet to the right while I'm leaning left into the wind just to go straight? I'll avoid that whenever I can.

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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2014, 06:47:15 PM »
I no longer have a commute-job, and am home-officed.  I sold my commutasaurus, and don't regret the move.

Commuting on the bike was better than not riding.  But not commuting, and having all my riding be elective/pleasure riding is better. 
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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2014, 08:29:10 PM »
I opt out too often. Lately it's because I go to the gym on the way home from work and dragging my stuff along is a hassle. But when I do ride I usually take a fun route:
Blue is the ride in, green is the ride home. The gym is along the boring orange route.
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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2014, 01:53:12 AM »
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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2014, 07:59:38 AM »
Ya know, to each their own. I t would be nice to have a bike with low miles for cross-country trips. Squared off tires and stuff covered in road grime, and wear and tear are definitely downsides. It is easier to take the truck. I find that I have been rewarded each time I took the few extra minutes to gear up and ride.
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Re: Commuting-No Regrets
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2014, 11:46:49 AM »
Ya know, to each their own. I t would be nice to have a bike with low miles for cross-country trips. Squared off tires and stuff covered in road grime, and wear and tear are definitely downsides. It is easier to take the truck. I find that I have been rewarded each time I took the few extra minutes to gear up and ride.



I agree 100%, when my kids were little my ride into work and back was the only riding I could do most of the time. Even now with honey-do's and other family things I don't get to just take off across country for days, that hour's ride to work and hours ride back home are a God send. My commute is half freeway and half back road with a few nice options for taking the long way getting home. Any day I have to drive is a waste as far as I'm concerned, unless it's snowing or icy. 
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