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    Default First Bike to Work Day

    I live only a mile from my office so I normally walk to work. I'm an avid cyclist, but always seemed too close to work to make biking "worth it" (weird I know). I gave it a shot today, being Bike to Work Day and whatnot, and I may end up doing it more often.

    I hit the Ballston stop around 7:15, grabbed my shirt and some other swag, and set off for work. There was a decent crowd already, along with a dancing chick-fil-a cow, can't beat that. Saw plenty of other commuters riding through Clarendon as I was locking my bike up outside my building.

    Any other first time Bike to Work Day / Bike Commuters out there?

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    Yup, first time commuter this morning, and I'm hooked!!!! My commute was from the gainesville area up to just west of Route 28 in Chantilly. The roads I took consisted of mainly 234, 29, and finally Pleasant Valley Road. I did stop to help two other first timers- The first was dehydrated, and had NO WATER!!! Gave him my free B2WD bottle, that I had filled up with gatorade at the pit-stop; and the second was a nice lady with a flat tire... When I asked where her spare or patch kit were, she had neither Slapped on a quick patch, aired her up, and she was on her way again!!!

    We couldn't have asked for better weather this morning either!!! Sunny, 60 degrees, and minimal wind!!! Wow what a morning!!!

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    Good to have you both out there, and Lt Dan, thanks for helping. MRH, soon you'll be riding the entire Arlington Loop to get to work because it just won't seem worthwhile getting the bike out for just one mile. I had a similar situation at my last job, I only lived a kilometer from work and walked it every day for four years, except once when I was returning a borrowed bike, and once when I took the car to get it inspected and new license plates.
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    If I do start to ride to work more often I suspect I will take a longer route, if only to avoid the main roads. Also about 10 minutes faster than walking (depending on lights) so I could sleep in for 10 more minutes, and who doesn't love that?

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    I biked from Reston to DC this morning (~24 miles). 2.5 hours on the trails...

    Great weather, good ride, and now my thighs are screaming WTH!?

    I might try it again sometime..great work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Dan View Post
    Yup, first time commuter this morning, and I'm hooked!!!! My commute was from the gainesville area up to just west of Route 28 in Chantilly. The roads I took consisted of mainly 234, 29, and finally Pleasant Valley Road. I did stop to help two other first timers- The first was dehydrated, and had NO WATER!!! Gave him my free B2WD bottle, that I had filled up with gatorade at the pit-stop; and the second was a nice lady with a flat tire... When I asked where her spare or patch kit were, she had neither Slapped on a quick patch, aired her up, and she was on her way again!!!

    We couldn't have asked for better weather this morning either!!! Sunny, 60 degrees, and minimal wind!!! Wow what a morning!!!
    Nice! My first proper commute to work (in the DC area) was as part of a bike to work day convoy a few years ago.

    Before then I considered it too dangerous/tiring/long to ride (and I was on a heavy MTB with knobbies).

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    ZOMG THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!

    It was my first time commuting by bike - in fact pretty much my first time back on a bike at ALL in three years (except for last week's class).

    I did 11.8 miles - stopped at Crystal City, Reagan Building, and Mount Vernon. SO MUCH FUN.

    Got a water bottle and a patch kit and some bananas and my t-shirt. Was tempted by the vuvuzuela but wasnt sure where I was going to stash it.

    I think I may have been the slowest thing out on the trails but at least I was OUT THERE!

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    Things I learned/rediscovered:
    I was sitting WAY too far back on my saddle last week.
    Unclipping on the side you are leaning toward is helpful at stop lights.
    I need to fix/replace my bike computer because my cadence was bouncing between eleven billionty and zero.
    The front strap holder thingy on my messenger bag snagged my shirt all up
    I want panniers.
    BIKING IS CRAZY FUN AND I WANT TO DO IT ALL THE TIME!

    Then I got to work and found out I have to work in Fairfax all next week. I was all psyched to ride to work next week!

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    I get the feeling I should have hit more rest stops. If only I didn't have to be at work early today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRH5028 View Post
    I get the feeling I should have hit more rest stops. If only I didn't have to be at work early today.
    The work part is definitely the worst part of Bike to Work Day.

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    We need to have a Bike to Bike Week. Or Month.

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