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No $3 Gas For Me! No $3 Gas For Me!

I can't solve the problem, but I can try to minimize it. Over three dollars for gas? No thank you. Biking is better for me anyway.

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anderale From: anderale Date: September 5th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is such an awesome photo, good for you!!
tedwords From: tedwords Date: September 5th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good one!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: September 5th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
You go, girl! Are you close enough to commute?
johnridley From: johnridley Date: September 5th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a loose definition. There are folks in bikeforums that commute 30 miles one way on a bike, rain or shine or snow. I do about 10 miles one way, which is very doable by non-Lance types like me. It helps immensely to have showers at work though.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Showers at work.... now that would be nice.
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: September 5th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a VERY short commute, just 3 miles, so I can make do with lemon-scented Wet Ones. My definition of "close enough" is whether you can manage to do it, so you're there.

If you make the commute one of your imperatives like going to the bathroom, it's easier to get up on time for it. So that when you're in bed you're not thinking, "Should I sleep a little later and skip the bike?" but rather, "Should I sleep a little later and just be late for work?"

SOMETIMES it works. Good luck to you. A good daily ride like that should really perk up your mood, too!
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: September 5th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd consider biking to work if we had showers. My sweating could be mistaken for a biblical flood.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, it's only 9 miles or so. I don't do it often enough, largely due to my inability to wake up in a timely fashion in the mornings...but I'm going to start trying harder this week!
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: September 5th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that, especially the tough-girl biceps! :)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: September 5th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need to take my daughter to swim practice or band practice 4 days a week in the morning (either 6 or 7 am) and pick her up at 5:30 most days, so I need to drive a bit (it's 6 miles to the high school). So I got permission from the school to park my car at the education building all day, so I can ride the 9 miles to work, then the 10.5 miles home, then 6 miles in again, rack up my bike and haul the kid home.

Chelsea to Dexter on Jackson is a pretty quick and really easy ride. Great pavement (well, once you get past the 94 overpass). My normal ride (work to home) is more scenic I guess, but has 4 miles of gravel. I could go N. Territorial for a few miles, adding 1 mile and removing the gravel, but N. Territorial has horrible pavement.

So not too bad. 12 miles of driving, 26 miles of riding per day. Of course, the schedule has yet to actually be equal to theory, but I did ride more miles than I drove on weekdays last week.

I'm running WOEFULLY behind on miles this year though, what with one thing and another. I think I've only clocked a bit over 500 miles on the bike since taking the studded winter tires off in March. Last year I was well over 1000 miles by this time of the year. I had hoped to hit 3000 miles by Jan 1, but it ain't gonna happen. I'll be lucky to hit 1500 at this point.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, good for you! I'm only just getting more seriously into biking, so I don't have the miles racked up that you do.... but I'm having fun getting there!
nishar From: nishar Date: September 5th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol... that should be a poster at every bike shop across the country.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 6th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
My sister took it (and I took one of her too). That's just a sidewalk in front of my feet, and she's standing in the grass on the other side of the sidewalk.
shadowrose From: shadowrose Date: September 5th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I WISH I could bike from Ferndale to work in Birmingham to school in Livonia and still make it to work and school on time without having to leave hours early. If I could do it, I would to save on gas money.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah...Ferndale to Birmingham isn't unreasonable. But once you factor Livonia into the equasion also, that's a lot of miles!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 5th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice guns!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: September 5th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've thought about biking to work, but it's often near 80 degrees at 7AM and very humid and the building they moved me to has no showers, nor do I have space to store an extra set of clothes. Price of gas here still not over 2.999 a gallon.
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