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Forum: Commuting
04-23-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,181
Posted By Steely Dan

Since getting laid off last month, I do a 16 mile...

Since getting laid off last month, I do a 16 mile ride that 80% mimics my old commute route several days a week.

Why do I mimic most of my old route? It's the closest continuous off street path to...
03-23-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,027
Posted By Steely Dan

It looks like I'll be getting a longer bike...

It looks like I'll be getting a longer bike commuting break than I was hoping for.

I got laid off today :(

It's a pretty scary feeling to no longer have a job and know that a crippling...
03-18-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,027
Posted By Steely Dan

As of two days ago, my wife and I are both WFH...

As of two days ago, my wife and I are both WFH until further notice, and our kids' preschool is closed, so they're home with us too.

I already miss the daily bike commutes.

I'm praying that...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,991
Posted By Steely Dan

For those hoping that my lost pannier and it's...

For those hoping that my lost pannier and it's contents will be returned to me, no dice on that front. As soon as I got home and realized my pannier was gone, I ran inside and had my wife call my...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,991
Posted By Steely Dan

A Stupidly Expensive Lesson Of Stupidity

I've only been doing this bike commuting thing for a dozen years now.

And yet I still made an EXTREMELY costly and stupid mistake yesterday.

My pannier was apparently not properly affixed to my...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Steely Dan

google maps says my route home from work is 7.8...

google maps says my route home from work is 7.8 miles and 44 minutes cycling time for a 10.6 mph overall average.

i can usually do it in about 35 minutes (assuming neutral wind conditions) for a...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,692
Posted By Steely Dan

It could be worse...... I could be in a spin class

commuting this morning straight into a 20 mph wind, gusting to 25 mph, at my 12 o'clock, driving the falling snow right into my face, on an unplowed/unsalted MUP with ~1.5" of heavy, wet snow, i was...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,856
Posted By Steely Dan

I've got it pretty good. I have 1.5 blocks on a...

I've got it pretty good. I have 1.5 blocks on a side street from our alley up to a main city street with marked bike lanes. then I'm on that street for .75 miles to the start of an off-street MUP...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 18,682
Posted By Steely Dan

WINDY! i was riding straight into a 23 mph...

WINDY!

i was riding straight into a 23 mph NNE wind, gusting to 32 mph.

that was some serious work, it feels like i just biked 28 miles instead of 8.

thankfully, it was pretty warm (35...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,964
Posted By Steely Dan

i actually have a whole other dedicated "winter...

i actually have a whole other dedicated "winter bike" that lives with studded tires on it year round.

i did the tire swap thing earlier in my bike commuting days, but eventually got tired of it...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,964
Posted By Steely Dan

i didn't ride studs this morning either because...

i didn't ride studs this morning either because it looked like things were pretty dry. i had to roll over a couple of small frozen melt-water puddles on the MUP, but all good.

however, i did see a...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,687
Posted By Steely Dan

I was a city-living car-free bachelor for most of...

I was a city-living car-free bachelor for most of my 20s and early 30s.

Then I met the woman of my dreams, and she came bundled with a car.

Now we have two young children, and our car is...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 18,682
Posted By Steely Dan

35 degrees and damp, but at least the freezing...

35 degrees and damp, but at least the freezing rain they were warning about hadn't arrived yet, perhaps later this morning.

the 1st half of january is now in the books, and in 11 years of 4-season...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 18,682
Posted By Steely Dan

another glorious January morning for a bike...

another glorious January morning for a bike commute here in chicago!

35 degrees, plenty of sun, light and favorable winds, dry, nary a trace of residue snow/ice/slush/etc.

man, a guy could...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 18,682
Posted By Steely Dan

STRONG WORK! :thumb: way to be committed to...

STRONG WORK! :thumb:

way to be committed to the craft.

i'm only starting year 13.
Forum: Commuting
01-03-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 18,682
Posted By Steely Dan

I just had my first bike commute of 2020! ...

I just had my first bike commute of 2020!

39° w/ a 7 mph NNW wind, dry w/ heavy overcast.

We call that an absolutely GORGEOUS January morning in Chicago!



I am still head over heels about...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,273
Posted By Steely Dan

i already did this morning! yeah, there were...

i already did this morning!

yeah, there were flurries in the air, but the ground was still much too warm, even on the bridge, for anything to stick.
Forum: Commuting
12-30-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,524
Posted By Steely Dan

i've been using the Forte Campus pedal (combo...

i've been using the Forte Campus pedal (combo SPD/platform), on a variety of my bikes for over a decade now.

maximum versatility, good performance, extremely durable, relatively lightweight, and...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,273
Posted By Steely Dan

the wait is finally over. after eagerly...

the wait is finally over.

after eagerly watching the construction progress over the past 9 months, the bridge is officially open as of this morning (12/30)!!!

my daily commutes up and down the...
Forum: Commuting
12-23-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,476
Posted By Steely Dan

as i've done for the past 12 years, i rode my...

as i've done for the past 12 years, i rode my bike to work every work day unless i had a compelling reason not to.

the kids are both another year older and we're still a one-car family, so the...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,840
Posted By Steely Dan

having twice been struck by motor vehicles while...

having twice been struck by motor vehicles while bike commuting, my wife already worries enough as it is.

she sure as hell doesn't need to hear about the close calls.
Forum: Commuting
12-03-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 74,724
Posted By Steely Dan

the bad: a razor blade in the street put a big...

the bad: a razor blade in the street put a big old gash in my rear tire this morning. instant blow-out. tire more or less destroyed. a shame because the tire is only a couple of months old.

the...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 74,724
Posted By Steely Dan

yesterday was all rain, rain, rain. i got a flat...

yesterday was all rain, rain, rain. i got a flat on my ride home.

few things in this world are more fun that fixing a flat on a dark chilly november night in the rain. yee-haw.




today is...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 74,724
Posted By Steely Dan

the MUP i ride on passes through 3 different...

the MUP i ride on passes through 3 different municipalities, all of whom are responsible for their sections of the path. the city of chicago and the suburb of lincolnwood had plowed and salted their...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 74,724
Posted By Steely Dan

17° for my ride into work this morning, with a 17...

17° for my ride into work this morning, with a 17 mph south wind dropping the windchill down to 3°.

fortunately, roughly 75% of my morning route is due north, so that was a nice ripping tailwind...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,723
Posted By Steely Dan

if it was everyday, and for my entire commute,...

if it was everyday, and for my entire commute, yeah, i could totally see that being a drag.

but my wife only rode with me for ~33% of my route, at a speed penalty of ~33%, for an overall penalty...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,723
Posted By Steely Dan

for sure. 6 miles is a "real" bike ride for her,...

for sure. 6 miles is a "real" bike ride for her, as it would be for >90% of americans.

us daily bike commuters who rack up hundreds of miles a month just going to work and back can sometimes have...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,723
Posted By Steely Dan

For the first time in 12 years, I had a riding companion on this morning's commute

throughout my entire bike commuting career, i've always been a solo-rider.

not for any real particular reason, it's just the way it's always been.

then this morning, my wife asked if she could...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 74,724
Posted By Steely Dan

my first official fall morning bike commute of...

my first official fall morning bike commute of 2019 is in the books and what a gem it was!

60 degrees, 54 degree dew point, sunny blue skies.

the 12 mph WNW wind at my 10 o'clock wasn't...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,587
Posted By Steely Dan

For winter riding in Chicago, with all of its...

For winter riding in Chicago, with all of its vicious freeze/thaw-induced black ice and other treacherous hazards, studs are absolutely vital, IMO.

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be one or the...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,216
Posted By Steely Dan

emotion does come into play for why i currently...

emotion does come into play for why i currently have 5 bikes (i certainly don't need all of them).

however, as a 4-season bike commuter in chicago, i would never want to go back to just one bike....
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,587
Posted By Steely Dan

that's good to hear, thanks for your input. ...

that's good to hear, thanks for your input.

i've been a winter commuter in chicago for over 10 years now, so i'm familiar with what winter bike commuting does to a regular bike, i was just curious...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-19, 04:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,587
Posted By Steely Dan

hmmmm......... i hadn't considered that potential...

hmmmm......... i hadn't considered that potential pitfall.

can anyone with e-bike winter experience speak to the issue of battery performance/life riding in extreme cold?
Forum: Commuting
08-20-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,373
Posted By Steely Dan

i use to encounter this phenomenon a lot on my...

i use to encounter this phenomenon a lot on my former daily route from our old house which included crossing a couple dozen 4-way stop sign intersections, but on my new route from our new place, i...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,587
Posted By Steely Dan

i've purchased two other bikes from BD.com in the...

i've purchased two other bikes from BD.com in the past, both at seemingly impossible discounts, and i have been very satisfied with the quality of both bikes.




so how have the elctronics of...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,587
Posted By Steely Dan

E-bike fatbike for winter commuting?

i find myself with some extra money.

i've never been all that enamored with my current winter commuter bike.

then i see this monster on bikesdirect for $1,600...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,874
Posted By Steely Dan

my wife came bundled with a car from the day i...

my wife came bundled with a car from the day i moved in with her back when she was still my fiance. i had been a LCF bachelor for over a decade prior to that.

she's not a LCF person by nature, and...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,229
Posted By Steely Dan

weekend rides? do you mean like running...

weekend rides?

do you mean like running errands around the neighborhood or riding with the kiddos to the beach/zoo/pool/playground/etc.?

bike commuting probably constitutes >95% of my annual...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,553
Posted By Steely Dan

i'm an extremely heavy sweater, so this has been...

i'm an extremely heavy sweater, so this has been an issue for me. i found a pretty good solution that works for me by accident years ago.

the forehead foam padding at the front of my helmet...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,997
Posted By Steely Dan

over 80% of my bike commuting is in broad...

over 80% of my bike commuting is in broad daylight (only my evening commutes for the 4 months of standard time are in darkness), so i try to make myself visible with color: bright red bike, stark...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,376
Posted By Steely Dan

i'm not in the sun a whole lot (thank you...

i'm not in the sun a whole lot (thank you forested greenway MUP), except perhaps in winter when the trees lose their leaves, and i'm usually bundled up then anyway (and the sun is very low angle or...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,379
Posted By Steely Dan

i don't have any spectacular scenery to roll past...

i don't have any spectacular scenery to roll past (chicago doesn't really do scenery), but at least i have a pleasant enough 6 miles along a greenway/linear sculpture park that makes up the middle...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,603
Posted By Steely Dan

Many bikes look good without fenders. Many...

Many bikes look good without fenders.

Many bikes look good with fenders.

Generally speaking, I lean more towards the stripped-down, lean and mean aesthetic for bicycles. However, in the world...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 74,724
Posted By Steely Dan

gorgeous ride this morning. 67° with a 57° dew...

gorgeous ride this morning. 67° with a 57° dew point.

topping out today around 73° with humidity staying low.

that's about as nice of a july day as one can reasonably expect in chicago.
Forum: Commuting
07-19-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,004
Posted By Steely Dan

i did it! despite my injury of stupidity, i rode...

i did it! despite my injury of stupidity, i rode to work for the first time this week!

it didn't exactly feel awesome on my burn wound, but the pain was tolerable (i pre-gamed with some...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,654
Posted By Steely Dan

i've never been head-hunted, but one thing i told...

i've never been head-hunted, but one thing i told my wife when we we're last looking for a new home for our family was "no more than 10 miles from my job in evanston".

fortunately, she agreed. she...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,004
Posted By Steely Dan

i tried to keep the burn blister intact, but i...

i tried to keep the burn blister intact, but i lanced it last night. the pain/pressure of having half a ping pong ball of puss sticking out of the ball of my foot was simply getting too intolerable....
Forum: Commuting
07-15-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,004
Posted By Steely Dan

Injuries of stupidity that have kept you off the bike

we were at a friends house for a backyard BBQ over the weekend.

in one of my trademark moments of monumental stupidity, i transferred red hot burning coals in a starter chimney from my friends...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 74,724
Posted By Steely Dan

^ yikes, glad to hear that both bike and body...

^ yikes, glad to hear that both bike and body sound mostly ok. be sure to thank your guardian angel.


here in chicago we had a ridiculously gorgeous morning for a bike commute in july

67°, 55°...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 12,798
Posted By Steely Dan

i've been a 4-season bike commuter in chicago for...

i've been a 4-season bike commuter in chicago for over 11 years now (i'm 43).

my one-way distance has varied between 4.6 and 15.2 miles. currently i'm at 8.0 miles.

i'm fairly dedicated, but...
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