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Can't wait!!!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Hugo15, 15 Feb 2008.

  1. Hugo15

    Hugo15 Über Member

    Location:
    Stockton-on-Tees
    Well I'm off to the LBS tomorrow as I have decided it is time to start riding to work now the days are getting a but longer. Got some cash for Xmas so I am going to get myself a pair of SPD shoes and pedals, a set of lights and a deuter race X rucksack. Have the usual clothes and stuff and a lock. Any thing else I should think about?

    Been checking out the facilities at work this week too. Large bike shed on right side of the security hut, found a couple of showers I never knew existed (I've only worked there 5 years!) and I have claimed squatters rights on a locker (it's massive too, must be 6 foot tall, with shelf and peg already in it).

    Think I might start next Friday as we have an early finish so should get home mostly in the light. Not too keen to ride in the dark at the moment. Might get more confidence when I start the commute.
     
  2. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Just go for it the evenings are getting lighter all the time...
     
  3. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Good luck with it Hugo.

    Good lights, and some decent reflectives should see you alright in the dark - tbh, under streetlight commuting's not so bad at all.
     
  4. Give it a dry run this weekend you'll probably continue all week, god luck.
     
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Drying clothes - got any space near your desk for a fan or any radiators - a locker won't dry the clothes from the morning's run in.... very important especially if you get wet on the run in...... How far is the commute ?


    I managed for a couple of months while contracting this summer, draping my clothes over my rucksack (under the desk) in an open plan A/C office - just about managed to air my clothes by home, but not if I got wet in the morning, - now got a permanent role with my own office, hot radiator, and a huge desk fan for not so cold days....

    GOOD LOCK - goes without saying. Bike cover if bike not covered ?

    Lucky bugger - shower - baby wipes my best friend.....

    Keep all your toiletries in the locker - assume near showers ? Shoes at work, and maybe leave trousers at work bring in Mon, home Friday - depends upon job..... though.

    Shirt, grundies and socks daily..ahh tie !. Coat / suit jacket - bring one in and leave at work - best by car though. Spare batteries in locker as well...just in case..

    Rucksack - I use a Decathlon supplied one - has air channels on your back and a waterproof cover - Forclas 25 ...it's been fantastic..... it's not bike specific, but is suited for biking and hiking !
     
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Your confidence will only improve once you start doing it.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Hugo15

    Hugo15 Über Member

    Location:
    Stockton-on-Tees
    Thanks guys. The commute is 9 miles each way so will probably take me about 30-40 minutes. It's quite flat with the first couple of miles on cycle paths and that rest mainly on 30 mph roads.

    Plan is to drive on a Monday to take in clothes for the week. My locker is near the office rather than the showers but I am working on trying to get a second locker closer to the showers. The bloke I need to talk to refuses to return my e-mails, but I get on well with his boss..... so I might have to have a quite word!

    There aren't any drying facilities. I share an office with 5 others and we are shoehorned into a space that is more suitable for 4 :ohmy:. Thought I would just hang my towel over the back of my chair to dry. Not sure how to deal with wet kit yet. Suspect the women in the office will moan if I have it hanging up to dry, but I don't care.
     
  8. You are lucky you got showers mate.I've been at my work for 19 years and it's never had showers and we have just got a (legal and safe) place to lock our bikes.


    Oh yeah good luck...sorry.
     
  9. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    Yeh, good luck with your commutes Hugo15. You'll have to whatch out though, it soon becomes addictive and you may find yourself cycling to work all year round and in all weathers. It's a great way of getting training miles in and keeping fit.
     
  10. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    You'll be glad you made the decision to do the commute, Hugo15. After the first few settling in rides you will ask yourself why you didn't start earlier, enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!