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Biking to Work

by KevinFreitas
on 4/20/2009 @ 6:34am
So today marks the first day of me biking to work. I'm not going to kid myself and think I'll do it every day but am aiming for a couple times a week. Since there are so many other prolific local cycle commuters about Tacoma I was looking for what advice you have to offer about equipment, roads, drivers, etc that might give me and others a leg/pedal up.


by thriceallamerican on 4/20/2009 @ 8:52am
Well, St. Helens is a good way to get up the hill... Wait, what's that? Can't do that anymore? Oh...bummer...

But seriously, my advice would be to hold your lane with confidence. The more predictable you are to cars, the better, so don't dart in and out of traffic when there are parked cars. Just pick a spot in your lane a safe distance from the edge of the lane, and if cars want to get around you, they can damn well wait for a chance to pass you safely.

by Erik on 4/20/2009 @ 9:29am
So today marks the first day of me biking to work.


I have been walking to work once a week.

by KevinFreitas on 4/20/2009 @ 11:19am

by Nick on 4/20/2009 @ 1:17pm
I'll probably be walking to work again now that it's nice out (yes yes, I'm a wuss), at least for my final two months of downtown living.

After I move, I'll probably be too much of a baby to walk the handful of blocks added to my commute, but perhaps biking it would solve that dilemma...

by izenmania on 4/20/2009 @ 2:12pm
May is bike to work month, Nick. If you can get yourself moving early enough you can follow me in to work, as I think I'll be on your way.

by KevinFreitas on 4/21/2009 @ 7:06am
Managed to do 12.2 miles yesterday in total and never had to get off and walk it once even up any of the hills getting out of downtown. Best of all? My legs aren't sore today (but my ass is). Can't wait to do more next week. Cheers to izenmania for drafting me from work to The Red Hot.

by izenmania on 4/21/2009 @ 9:24am
I already told Kevin this, but the number one accessory that I would recommend is a head-based mirror. You can get a handlebar mirror, but you run into the same blind-spot issues as a fixed car mirror has. A mirror attached to your head, whether glasses or helmet, lets you scan the full field behind you. Essential for lane changes and left turns, as well as just being generally aware of what's coming up behind you. A full head turn to check behind you without a mirror has a tendency to take your body and handlebars with it.

by zastica on 4/21/2009 @ 9:25am
Joe, can you swing by my place too?