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    steel is longer lasting in some ways, less so in others. if wet riding is a potential, aluminum might be a better choice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    And I suppose you guys like a bit of Lionel Ritchie in your house "Biking on the Ceiling"? Every time you walk under it does the song get into your head? Haha.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdJP4pT6MtY
    Not familiar with the song, and no YouTube at work. I actually think, "Hey, I should clean my chain" most times I walk underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essigmw View Post
    I ride from the Pentagon Transit Center (bus station) to the Navy Yard in SE washington every day, and back across the bridge to the Pentagon every afternoon. If you are interested I can meet you at the PTC one morning and ride with you across to your office. If you want to use CaBi from the PTC it is about a 15 minute walk to Crystal City to get a bike, but I can show you that too. Just send me a PM if you are interested. I usually arrive at the PTC by 7:30-8:00 and try to get to the PTC in the evening by 5pm to catch the bus home.

    -Mike
    I don't know if it's your preferred ride, but for the directness, I usually take Boundary Channel drive up to 395 and across the 14th St. Bridge. Not the most comfortable, but the shortest.

    Have you explored overnight bike parking at the PTC? I'd ride there, but currently I ride PRTC, so can't take a bike on the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cephas View Post
    I don't know if it's your preferred ride, but for the directness, I usually take Boundary Channel drive up to 395 and across the 14th St. Bridge. Not the most comfortable, but the shortest.

    Have you explored overnight bike parking at the PTC? I'd ride there, but currently I ride PRTC, so can't take a bike on the bus.
    I take the connector road overpass (name?) from the PTC to boundary channel then hang a left and ride along BC to the LBJ grove parking lot. I cross over the bridge to Columbia Island, ride back down through the marina parking lot, under the humpback bridge (western tunnel), loop around the navy/marine memorial turn left onto the MVT, ride across the humpback bridge, and then up and over the 14th street bridge. I can't wait for them to complete the path along the eastern portion of the marina, it will save me about a half mile of riding.

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    Alright, got two more people coming to the bike commuter clinic tonight! And I joined WABA.

    Think I'll CaBi over to BicycleSPACE in a bit - I can't look at their website from work since we block everything with "space" in the URL

    With any luck I won't get run over on 7th St.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelinva View Post
    Oh cool - yeah, I was staring over at Pentagon City today as the bus sat on 395 going "Well, I COULD just walk over there and get a CaBi..."
    The closest CaBi station from the Pentagon is probably on 12th St., between Eads and Rte. 1. It's just a few blocks from the bus terminal. From there you could head over to Crystal City Water Park and follow the trail connector to the Mt. Vernon Trail. That takes you up to the 14th St. Bridge (George Mason Bridge) bike path. Navigating around the Jefferson Memorial can be a bit tricky. Riding on the sidewalk is the only legal option because the road is one-way.

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    [QUOTE=kelinva;18740]... I can't look at their website from work since we block everything with "space" in the URL

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    guess you don't work at NASA

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelinva View Post
    I will check out Bikenetic

    I live really close to Spokes but it's always good to shop around. I'll try riding some steel & aluminum frames and see what I actually like as opposed to what I THINK I like
    I bought my Salsa at the Spokes near you, steel frame road bike. I've liked their service, but it's a little far from my home. Before buying that bike, I test rode eight other bikes, aluminum and carbon frames, at four LBS.

    I've had all five of our family's bikes worked on at Bikenetic since it opened and have nothing but compliments to give them on their service. By the way, when I was there last weekend, they had the Jamis Coda Sport and Comp in stock. Also, look at some of the Kona Dew series, several have disc brakes.

    I bought my Giant commuter at Papillion on Columbia Pike at Walter Reed (during a snow storm ). Also have to give them good marks for service.

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    My current commuter is an eight year old Jamis Coda - made before the Sports and other variations. It's been very solid. Of course it weighs a bit more than when it was new what with wider tires, a pair of panniers, tools and tube kits, a pump, three lights and a set of fenders but it's gotten me back and forth to work and all over town very reliably for all these years. It came from City Bikes in AdMo. For city riding I would stick with a steel bike. My previous two bikes were aluminum and the stiffness over the potholes and other indignities of urban streets were noticeable. Welcome to the inestimable joys of gliding thru the city unfazed by the constraints of a smelly old car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essigmw View Post
    I ride from the Pentagon Transit Center (bus station) to the Navy Yard in SE washington every day, and back across the bridge to the Pentagon every afternoon. If you are interested I can meet you at the PTC one morning and ride with you across to your office. If you want to use CaBi from the PTC it is about a 15 minute walk to Crystal City to get a bike, but I can show you that too. Just send me a PM if you are interested. I usually arrive at the PTC by 7:30-8:00 and try to get to the PTC in the evening by 5pm to catch the bus home.

    -Mike
    I work two blocks from 3rd and C. I'm happy to join you at some point on your commute, Kel.

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