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Old 07-29-2008, 01:57 PM   #41
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yeah. everyday, mam. i love houston traffic. u gotta b ready 4 anything every second. everyday i see somethin new. people takin notes, eatin, readin while drivin. furniture, animals, parts fallin off trucks. wooden pallets gettin run over by tractor trailers & shatterin into a million pieces. it's those late night rides round town that make it worth it, tho. It's bout 30 mi in 2 work, but it always seems 2 be 60 or 90 on the way home. . . everyday is my weekend when i'm on her. . .
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:07 PM   #42
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pretty much the only time i ride anymore is to work and back :(
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:12 PM   #43
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:55 PM   #44
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I forgot about a near miss - Eastside of 8 just after entering the on ramp right before the 59 exchange where it is two lanes with a center concrete barrier that has light poles. I was behind a full sized truck in the left lane when I saw something flash off to the right side of it. Took a quick peek to the right, then back to the left and noticed it was all one piece. Some kind of thick pliable plastic had found itself wrapped around the light pole and was streaming across my lane and about 2 feet into the right lane. It followed the outline of the truck (up and over), kind of like pipe bent over the road, then drastically back down on me. Luckily I had seen that initial flash so I knew it was coming. I rolled on the throttle getting very close to the back of the truck, tucked my head in, hitting the windscreen with my forehead and chin on the tank. It barely cleared me. I can only speculate what would have happend had I not seen it.
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I commute every single day no matter the weather (ok, save for the freak ice storms we get every 12 years or so). The HOV is an absolute godsend both ways. I will settle for stationary concrete over careening morons any day. Round trip Mon. Wed. and Fri. is roughly 30 miles. Tues. and Thurs. are school nights out in Cy-Fair so the round trip is roughly 90 miles. Stories? Are we allowed to use that many characters in one post?
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:03 PM   #46
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I forgot about a near miss - Eastside of 8 just after entering the on ramp right before the 59 exchange where it is two lanes with a center concrete barrier that has light poles. I was behind a full sized truck in the left lane when I saw something flash off to the right side of it. Took a quick peek to the right, then back to the left and noticed it was all one piece. Some kind of thick pliable plastic had found itself wrapped around the light pole and was streaming across my lane and about 2 feet into the right lane. It followed the outline of the truck (up and over), kind of like pipe bent over the road, then drastically back down on me. Luckily I had seen that initial flash so I knew it was coming. I rolled on the throttle getting very close to the back of the truck, tucked my head in, hitting the windscreen with my forehead and chin on the tank. It barely cleared me. I can only speculate what would have happend had I not seen it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:38 PM   #47
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when i had my bike i rode it everyday to work which was from 4:30 in the afternoon to 2:30 in the morning when i got off work ....man i love riding at night IT FEELS GOOD no cars or trucks just me .....i take 45 to 610 east to 225 its a little ride but no cars so u know i was speeding ......
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:49 PM   #48
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I do. It's much cheaper than the truck on gas, and it's a nice ride in the early mornings (I drive downtown from 59 and 242 at 6AM).

If you've been commuting on your bike, please tell your stories.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:45 PM   #49
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Pretty much every day-46 mile round trip, rain or shine, hot or cold. Cell phone users are my greatest enemy. 99% of all the close calls I've had have involved someone on a cell phone.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:48 PM   #50
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I ride everyday as far as there is no rain in the morning. I have to dress business casual in the office so I can not get rain poured when getting to my workplace (office environment). I use everyday the I-10 HOV lane from Katy (I-10 and Mason Rd) all the way to the Galleria area. I wear full gear (leather jacket, mesh overpants, riding boots) and keep my dressing shoes in the office. When coming back I exit the HOV on HWY-6 and go all the way North to Clay Rd. and from there all the way west to my Home in the N. Fry Rd. area.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #51
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i ride every day have been for the past 5 or so years. Not far just about 30 miles round trip, but i wouldnt have it any other way
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:14 PM   #52
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:21 PM   #53
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I use to ride everyday to work. I will pull the bike out at Night every once in a while but most of the time it stays on the track
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:23 PM   #54
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I ride every day....but I only have a 3.5 mile ride to work. Yeah its short....but I either carry my gear to work or wear it to work as I work in the service department of a bike dealer. I usually drive one day a week to carry in a bunch of water and snacks and meals for the week, that way i do not have to ride home at lunch or get tempted by the Double Daves Pizza Buffet down the highway.
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I do it just about every day. There will be a day or two every now and then when I wake up late or just dont feel like putting the boots and gear on, and I will cage it.

But my car has been on an empty tank for about a week and a half and I just filled the bike up yesterday, so it looks like another week on the bike....lol
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:34 PM   #56
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Everyday, 6 days a week, 24 miles round trip. My Z is all I have, so it's rain or shine. I like the ride, it's just difficult to have restraint and go the posted speed, not split lanes or do wheelies... Once you get used to that speed and rush, it's hard to quit cold turkey, but 'having fun' isn't worth what it costs....
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:08 PM   #57
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if its 20% or less chance of rain im riding. sometimes i dont get in my truck for 7 or 8 days at a time.
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104 mi. per day, sunny or rainy back and forth to work.... Richmond to Clear Lake....

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Old 07-29-2008, 11:21 PM   #59
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I DO TO SCHOOL AND SOMETIMES TO WORK, but both are less than 15 minutes away so sometimes I just take the car when I dont have time to gear up.
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Good thread.

I think commuting makes up more than 90% of my riding. I typically rack up 16,000+ miles per year. I am at the point that I am now slightly off for the day if I have to drive in the truck for some reason. My commute is about 45 minutes each way. Thankfully, about half is country roads. I consider my ride to work one of the perks of the job. I actually considered a job transfer to West Virginia a few years back partially on the basis that the commute would include the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The key things commuting has taught me:
  • Have flexible gear options to handle the weather,
  • Heated grips are the best mod ever,
  • Use luggage that does not distract you while you are riding,
  • A host of street strategies that could probably warrant a thread of their own.

I saw a list posted of street survival skills not too long ago that I found myself nodding "yes" to most of the items in the list. If I can dig it up, I'll throw it in here.

Just yesterday, I had a drive home that included an abrupt lane changer in my path, a car darting left out of a lot through a line of cars because another driver gave him the all clear, and a skidding car changing lanes to be closer to the light who did not see me as he approached. My instincts and routine riding strategies got me safely through all of these. Commuting forces you to hone these skills.
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