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Old 03-17-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Is commuting in THIS town REALLY that BAD??

I WANT a bike and since I work ALL the time, I will have to commute on it to get to ride it. I work 300+ days a year. I want to ease the pain at the pump while getting a nice toy for "almost" free. But, all I hear is.... You'll get killed!! Now I realize that a cyclist has to ride like every person in a cage is out to kill you and the cyclist has to do EVERYTHING possible to keep it from happening!!! I won't be going into downtown at rush hour but between League City and Deer Park at 5:30A & 6:30P.... And 5:30P & 6:30A... I'm 40 years old & want to live a loooong time.... Is it really that bad of an idea??? Thanks in advance for any comments...
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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Is not that bad.. Just be on alert at all times.. Try to find the least conjested route.. Ride like Your invisible cause most cagers are not paying attention.. I usually ride about 5-10 over the flow off traffic when commuting so I take 50% or the danger away from cars coming up on my .. Better to see them in my opinion coming over into my lane than from behind.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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Yes...and no. Stay aware, maintain safe following distance.... If its bigger than u, reality says give it the space.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:05 PM   #4
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I commute, 5 days a week. I ride from Fry rd. in Katy to 59 and Hilcroft. Not a bad commute at all. I leave my house at 6:15am and it's no problem. HOV lane all the way to 610, 610 to 59S. In the afternoon it's a little dicey, I take 59S to the beltway to I10. There is always traffic on 59, then it' or miss on the beltway. I-10 is always jammed, but I ride the hov so no big deal. I've been doing it since May. I stay alert, anticipate cagers' moves, and plan escape routes(trust me, you'll use them). I'd say if you stay focused 100% of the time you'll be alright. If you let up, you are asking for trouble. 100% of my close calls have been those few moments where I have a lapse in attention. I think commuting in Houston isn't as big a deal as say New Jersey or Boston(places I grew up in). You'll do alright.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:13 PM   #5
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to me, it starts off with your mindset. If you really want ride in to work on a bike, you'll make the needed changes in your lifestyle to make it happen.

Then when you do it enuff times correctly, you'll be able to do it much longer than if it was just a fad or phase in your life that you're goin thru.

It's all a calculated risk, when you walk out of your house to drive your car to work, you don't know your fate until the end of the day when you're walking back into that house.

Regardless of the statistics you read or stories you hear, if you really want to ride I say go for it and have fun doing it!! I know I do...
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:21 PM   #6
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My family has one car and a bike... I ride almost everywhere I go. Be Alert! Never Let Your Guard Down! and my personal mantra... ALL THE GEAR, ALL THE TIME... I wear helmet, jeans, boots, jacket, pads EVERY time I ride. No matter how short of a trip.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:25 PM   #7
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Shouldn't have any problems between Leauge city and deer park. It's when you get on the major freeways you better be alert.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:09 PM   #8
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I heard that a lot too when I first started but It really isn't. Just like you mentioned and so did everyone else, just stay alert. Definitely take advantage of the HOV lanes.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
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Been commuting on and off for two years now. It's great most of the time!! Nothing like a ride home after a day to put a smile on my face. I've had lots of close calls, but even in a cage who has not had to swerve or slam their breaks for ? It is what it is. You control a lot of the variables which lead to disaster; simply be mindful of them at all times.

Be alert(!), realize you are invisible, know they are trying to run you over, wear your gear, don't ride while exhausted, and stay hydrated. Most of all have fun and take pride in that you are having a much better time than the person in the cage next to you!
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #10
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Lot's of folks commute on a bike with no problems, but as has been said, if you drive with your head up your like 50% (or more) of Houston's cagers do then you're asking for trouble if you pull that on a bike.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #11
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it is no worse than any other major conjested city
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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Thanks for reinforcing what I already felt in my head..
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #13
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I ride to work EVERY day and I dont have an issue. You should be ok.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #14
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If the people that know you well., and if they have a clue about bikes, are they ones telling you your going to get hurt. you might want to rethink this , not every one is wired to ride a motorcycle. Take the MSF safety course first, the bike for this is supplied by the class.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:30 PM   #15
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Yes...and no. Stay aware, maintain safe following distance.... If its bigger than u, reality says give it the space.
^^this right here. i never had any problems, even in rush hour traffic.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:37 PM   #16
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I ride your trip at that time frame from Santa Fe. There is some routes that are a blast on a bike after work with little to no heavy traffic. But everyones post above is good advise!
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I ride your trip at that time frame from Santa Fe. There is some routes that are a blast on a bike after work with little to no heavy traffic. But everyones post above is good advise!
Aaaahhh, I didn't think about some of the alternate routes that may be too much of a pain in a truck that could be ok on a bike. I suppose Space Center could be my friend... Not to mention saving another almost $3 a day in toll fees!!! )). Thanks ALOT!!
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225, 146 from 517 isn't a bad ride at all. although I'd be careful on 225 at all times.
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I WANT a bike and since I work ALL the time, I will have to commute on it to get to ride it. I work 300+ days a year. I want to ease the pain at the pump while getting a nice toy for "almost" free. But, all I hear is.... You'll get killed!! Now I realize that a cyclist has to ride like every person in a cage is out to kill you and the cyclist has to do EVERYTHING possible to keep it from happening!!! I won't be going into downtown at rush hour but between League City and Deer Park at 5:30A & 6:30P.... And 5:30P & 6:30A... I'm 40 years old & want to live a loooong time.... Is it really that bad of an idea??? Thanks in advance for any comments...
Depends on what you consider "bad"...

Do Houston cagers suck? Oh yeah. Is riding a motorcycle that scary? Nah.

By the way - a cyclist is one of those guys that ride a bicycle, not a motorcycle.
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the only thing i hated about rush hour traffic was when it was stop-and-go. my clutch hand would always hurt.
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