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Greenbelt
12-29-2011, 11:19 AM
Looks like tonight will be the last commute of the year, since our office is closed tomorrow. My computer says 6,082 miles since I installed it on Jan 3, 2011. That's not accurate, though, since I've used the commuter bike for some non-commute rides and I've also commuted on the cross bike (no computer) quite a bit this year. But's it a fun number to throw around just the same.

Happy New Year everybody -- looks like great riding weather this weekend, but turning cold next week. -Jeff

jrenaut
12-29-2011, 11:33 AM
Today is my last one, too - working at home tomorrow because my older daughter's school is still closed for the break. I don't have a computer on my bike, but, conservatively, 6.5 miles roundtrip times 5 days a week times 47 weeks (to make up for vacation and work at home days), I come up with 1527.5, which is probably pretty close to the actual number.

CCrew
12-29-2011, 11:43 AM
but turning cold next week. -Jeff

Yeah, I saw the forecast for Tuesday mornings ride. A balmy 20 degrees :p

Arlingtonrider
12-29-2011, 11:52 AM
Happy New Year everyone! I'm debating about whether this might be a good time to install a new battery in my computer in order to track next year's rides without a battery failure.

I did my last real commute of the year on the 22nd, but added a couple of faux roundtrip commutes just for fun - a daytime one and a nighttime one. How many car drivers would want to do that, lol???!

Best wishes to everyone for lots of wonderful and safe rides in the year ahead, and thanks for all the incredibly helpful advice and new friends on the forum this year!

jrenaut
12-29-2011, 12:03 PM
BTW, is there a thread for computer discussion/recommendations?

americancyclo
12-29-2011, 12:15 PM
BTW, is there a thread for computer discussion/recommendations?

I've relied heavily on my old school Cateye Mity 8 for the past seven years. Just upgraded to a wireless GPS computer. It covered all the basics for a long time, but then wanted cadence and HR, then GPS, then mapping, and it kinda snowballed from there. It all depends on what you want the computer to do.

dbb
12-29-2011, 12:15 PM
Tomorrow will be my last (for the year).

It looks like I will close the year out with a bit over 2,500 miles on the bike and a bike commute on 92% of the days I came into the office. My office benefited by not having to pay my metro subsidy (and I only had to take metro 14 times!).

My truck will finish with under 1,000 miles in 2011 (and although it gets mediocre mileage, I only had to fuel it up about four times this year).

While my bike mileage has me in a whole different (lesser) league than Dirt and others, I am pretty happy. As a bonus, I got to know a bunch of first rate riders through the forum.

jrenaut
12-29-2011, 12:17 PM
It all depends on what you want the computer to do.
Allow me to fully participate in threads such as this one. :D

Arlingtonrider
12-29-2011, 12:43 PM
I have a very basic one purchased a few years ago - a Bontrager Trip 2. It show an odo, per trip odo, speed, average speed, temperature, time trip took, a clock, and probably some other features I don't use. It's also easily removable. I slide it out of its holder everytime I park the bike. I've been very happy with it.

The only thing I might want to add someday might be a gps system that shows where I am and suggests good bike routes for where I want to go. Do they make those? I should add that there are some pretty advanced computers, esp. for those in serious training. I think those add things like cadence, calories burned etc. Others here can tell you about those. There are also wireless ones, but I think there can be some issues if you ride right next to someone else with a wireless one. Mine is wired, although I like the concept of the wireless ones.

jrenaut
12-29-2011, 01:00 PM
I started a new thread (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1612-Computer-recommendations) so we can stop this threadjacking.

As you were.

Arlingtonrider
12-29-2011, 01:08 PM
Excellent. I was just going to suggest that! :)

Greenbelt
12-29-2011, 01:31 PM
Except for the occasional floods, we have had great weather this winter so far. However, that "gale conditions" thing sounds a bit more challenging for next week! (This is a forecast discussion from NOAA's main weather modeling center: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/index.shtml )

VERY WINDY AND CHILLY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
PLAINS INTO THE LAKES REGION AND LOWER OH VALLEY SUNDAY WITH THESE
CONDITIONS PUSHING EASTWARD TO THE EAST COAST MONDAY AND TUESDAY.
THIS IS THE FIRST TRUE ARCTIC OUTBREAK OF WINTER INTO THE EASTERN
HALF OF CONUS. TEMPERATURES WILL BE UP TO 10 OR MORE DEGREES BELOW
AVERAGE WHICH IS NOT UNUSUAL BUT WILL BE IN SHARP CONTRAST TO THE
PRECEDING WARM DECEMBER AND WILL BE VERY NOTICABLE ESPECIALLY WITH
WIDESPREAD WINDY CONDITIONS. LAKE EFFECT SNOWS CAN BE EXPECTED
ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION STARTING FROM WEST TO EAST SUNDAY
WITH DOWNSTREAM SNOW PLUMES REACHING INTO THE HIGHER APPALACHIAN
ELEVATIONS OF PA/MD/WV/VA/NC. GALE CONDITIONS LIKELY ATLANTIC
SEABOARD/BAYS AND SOUNDS MONDAY AND TUESDAY. FREEZING TEMPERATURES
WILL OCCUR AS FAR SOUTH AS THE GULF COAST AND NORTHERN FLORIDA
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

vvill
12-29-2011, 02:08 PM
I'd guess around 650 mi max. :( According to my (very) approximate GPS records, I have 215 commuter miles in Sept, 195 in Oct, and 114 in Aug, Nov and Dec combined. I spent much of August out with a broken arm, November out with 'flu and most of December out of town. I didn't start commuting really regularly until somewhere in June or July when I got my first road bike.

I hope to commute a lot more in 2012, once spring arrives. Not because of the weather but because I have pre-tax paycheck deductions I set up over a year ago for parking that are use-or-lose. I kept putting off using up the credit (by cycling in) and now I have to drive and park something like 50 days to use it up :( In lieu of commuting I'm putting my bike on my car and taking lunch rides. I got to experience the thrill of being silently passed by the Hains Pt lunchtime group today for the first time!

However, I am planning to ride in tomorrow (yay!) as traffic should be light and I can work in some Arlington hills on the way home. :D

PrintError
12-29-2011, 02:12 PM
2011 was a good year. Primary commuter bike got hit by a car, driver's insurance bought me a new roadie. 165 of 165 workdays biked for a total of 3,468 miles. A full thousand less than the last two years because of my new office and short commute, but otherwise not bad.

This was my 3rd consecutive 100% bike-to-work year. 75% in 2008, and literally every day since 22 May 2008.

Here's to an even better 2012, and year #4!

dbb
12-29-2011, 02:50 PM
This was my 3rd consecutive 100% bike-to-work year

Way to go! That is something to aim for. Congratulations!

The fact that so many riders are successfully commuting the bulk of the year demonstrates it is something more folks can do with little impact on their lives and commutes.

mstone
12-29-2011, 03:04 PM
Except for the occasional floods, we have had great weather this winter so far. However, that "gale conditions" thing sounds a bit more challenging for next week!

Take advantage of the mid-50s forecast for the next few days!

KLizotte
12-29-2011, 07:16 PM
GALE CONDITIONS LIKELY ATLANTIC
SEABOARD/BAYS AND SOUNDS MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

Time to start pedaling to Florida fast! Yuckkkkkkkkkk...and just when I thought winter cycling was a walk in the park....

KLizotte
12-29-2011, 07:18 PM
2011 was a good year. Primary commuter bike got hit by a car, driver's insurance bought me a new roadie. 165 of 165 workdays biked for a total of 3,468 miles. A full thousand less than the last two years because of my new office and short commute, but otherwise not bad.

This was my 3rd consecutive 100% bike-to-work year. 75% in 2008, and literally every day since 22 May 2008.

Here's to an even better 2012, and year #4!

You were one of those kids that never missed a day of school, weren't you?

An amazing achievement; my hat is off to you.

dbb
12-30-2011, 06:59 AM
537

Another great day to commute by bike! You don't get views like this from I-66.

Dana

americancyclo
12-30-2011, 07:41 AM
I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year to try to average 10 miles per day on the bike for the whole year. Happy to report that today I broke the 4000 mile mark! Also rode in my first century this year, the Seagull, which was crowded and windy, but a lot of fun! looking forward to more cycling adventures in 2012!

OneEighth
12-30-2011, 08:25 AM
Great photo Dana! Almost looks like you are on the water taking the shot.

dbb
12-30-2011, 08:38 AM
Thanks. On the sea wall at Hains Point. Rosslyn building with the dawn's light on them forced me to stop and get the photo.

Greenbelt
12-30-2011, 08:57 AM
I hope to commute a lot more in 2012, once spring arrives. Not because of the weather but because I have pre-tax paycheck deductions I set up over a year ago for parking that are use-or-lose. I kept putting off using up the credit (by cycling in) and now I have to drive and park something like 50 days to use it up :(

Isn't it great how car parking is often more subsidized than walking or biking? Our office is gradually going toward an evenhanded policy -- no forms of commuting are subsidized more than others, which will be great when it finally happens.

vvill
12-30-2011, 09:21 AM
Isn't it great how car parking is often more subsidized than walking or biking? Our office is gradually going toward an evenhanded policy -- no forms of commuting are subsidized more than others, which will be great when it finally happens.

Yeah it's crazy. I think the IRS limits parking to $240/month but transit such as metro is around half of that! I don't know if cycling even rates.

Have the bike here today though. Only a few hours until my last commute home for 2011.

Justin Antos
12-30-2011, 01:08 PM
Am trending towards just over 4,000 miles for 2011 (including Bikeshare). Although, I had to take a guess at the first three months of the year before I started using RunMeter :).

Happy pedaling!

bikenurse
12-30-2011, 08:41 PM
Thanks to my most wonderful riding partner and husband who enables my spandex and smart wool addiction (Greenbelt) I have recorded 1705 miles since July (when I started using mapmyride). I'm estimating about 2500 miles for the year. I started fair weather commuting in fall of 2010 about 2 days/week. Barring really lousy weather, I bike commute nearly every day now. We take weekend fun rides to Eastern market from Greenbelt, and for my birthday I was surprised with a bike trip to a downtown DC hotel. It was the coolest thing ever to pull up on bikes to a hotel valet! I plan to keep on pedaling into 2012!!

Riley Casey
12-30-2011, 09:30 PM
I'm riding out to work tomorrow to pick up my computer and so that I can make that one last commute for the year. I do envy Dana that view in the pic. Nothing so scenic on my ride unless you count freight trains of heavily tagged boxcars. :rolleyes: I also envy Greenbelt and any other riders their daily commutes thru the Capital grounds. That's a fabulous place to ride across. See everyone next year.

consularrider
12-31-2011, 04:51 PM
My last commute for 2011 was 12/23. I rode to work 100% of the days I was in town and one of nine days I was out of town. This makes my fouth consecutive year with over 90% bike commutes and the third where I rode every day I was in town. My total commuting miles for 2011 were a couple miles under 6900. If I had only ridden the most direct and safe route I would have had about 2150 miles.

Terpfan
01-02-2012, 10:09 AM
Today was my first day back commuting in about almost 3 weeks. I caught a nasty head cold that transitioned into a sinus infection in the middle of December. Once I finally got by that it was the holidays and off of work. I did do a joyride this weekend up 4MR and then Custis for a bit with my girlfriend. I had never actually ridden up that way and once I got past the few miles, it was very pleasant.

Sadly today's commute was pretty cold and I suspect tonight's will be even colder. Worse yet, since nothing is open on the holidays, our building's parking garage only opens with a passkey (I don't have) and there was no guard on duty to open our service elevator to get down to parking garage. So I said screw it and took my bike through our building's main lobby into the parking garage elevators. I thought about parking on the street, but with how desserted it is in town (why my employer has us working today when it's a federal holiday is beyond me), I figured no sense taking chances. On the bright side, I did not pass a single cyclist nor was I passed by any cyclists on the MVT and there were only 4 joggers to deal with.

pfunkallstar
01-03-2012, 08:56 AM
Just did the mileage survey - about 95% on bike this past year working out to about 5,200 miles or so. This morning was frigid but welcome.

Dirt
01-03-2012, 10:18 AM
Nice year of riding y'all!!!! I really enjoyed seeing this community come together. One of the best thing about 2011 was getting to know such a great group of cyclists! :D

Looking forward to continuing this in 2012.

Pete

KLizotte
01-03-2012, 02:14 PM
I figured out that for 2011 I pedaled as many miles as I drove my car give or take 100 miles. Yeah, I'm one of those people that only has to change the car's oil and filter once every 1.5 years.