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    First successful commute

    A few weeks back a decided to get back into mountain biking. Nothing too serious. Just some single track near where I live. I went and purchased a decent specialized hardtail mountain bike and it has been good for what I need it for. Then one day I decided I should ride to work and back to help get into better shape. I did a dry run one day on my day off to see how long it would take me. It's about 8 miles one way and took me about 35 minutes. It's all paved bike path the whole way. I challenge myself to try and keep pace with some of the guys on road bikes. Today was the first day I was able to take it to work and back and it went pretty smooth. Coming home from work is a little more uphill than the way to work so it's a little harder after a long days work. My legs are a little sore but I can't wait to do it again tomorrow. Anyhow just thought I'd share my experience. (I wish I could afford a road bike as well)

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    ^^Nice work. Keep it up and soon you'll be addicted like the rest of us.

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    You could add a bit more pressure to your tires to help reduce rolling resistance. Just to make it a little easier. Since it's all concrete on your commute. Just remember to take it back down when you go on the trail.

    I wish I could ride my bike to work. It's 24 miles to my office on an interstate.

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    My bike commute is about the same time and distance. I used to commute 50 miles round trip, this is easier

    Make sure you carry a spare tube and basic tools. It sucks to be late because you have to walk.

    I paid $40 for my commuter bike. While I have invested a little into it, very little was needed (bought a cheap disc wheel set and mechanical discs for bad weather as an example). You might be able to find a cheap set of wheels that you can put commuter tires on.

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    Congrats on your first commuting experience. I invested in a nice set of slick tires to help with rolling resistance. The more commutes you complete the stronger you'll become.

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    Be careful its addictive. And 8 miles of paved bikepath from home to work??

    Dang man you are lucky!

    You will probably invest more and more over time: tires, fenders, lights, more comfy clothing and clothing that is suitable for work AND cycling, and and and....

    Good luck and keep riding!

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    Yeah pretty fortunate living that close to work. Weather has been good here as well. We'll see if I'm as keen when the rain starts.

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