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    Oh wow! My wife is bike communting today!

    She woke up this morning, and out of the blue, decided to bike to work. I scrambled to get her bike ready, her bags packed and her route planned. After going over the details with her, she decided to drive to an entry point of a multi-use trail, which goes right to her office building. So a four mile drive and a seven mile bike ride.

    Splitting the comute seemed to make sense, since I've yet to see her demostrate that 360 degree awareness you need in order to survive traffic. I hope the compromise works for her. I'm so excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roeland
    She woke up this morning, and out of the blue, decided to bike to work. I scrambled to get her bike ready, her bags packed and her route planned. After going over the details with her, she decided to drive to an entry point of a multi-use trail, which goes right to her office building. So a four mile drive and a seven mile bike ride.

    Splitting the comute seemed to make sense, since I've yet to see her demostrate that 360 degree awareness you need in order to survive traffic. I hope the compromise works for her. I'm so excited!
    Care to show a photo of her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shimano4
    Care to show a photo of her?
    She would die of embarassment. Helmet, tee-shirt, and a rather butch looking set of bike shorts. Bike commuting and sartorial splendor do not mix!

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    good for her! and it's time for a make over, nicer helmet(giro ionos), or at least xen camo, a flattering biking jersey, and spandex. there are some nice womens riding shoes also. You know, gotta stay up with the trends!!!

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    She's a keeper!
    "I don't suffer from insanity!I rather enjoy it."

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    It is time for extreme make over of her work wardrobe.

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    My wife did the same thing last week. Out of the blue she decides to ride her mountain bike to work, 14 miles each way. She was sore for 4 days after so I don't know if she will do it again.

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    Well, to complete the story, she made it home last night, very happy but a bit tired. No soreness, as she split the commute. She also took her time, taking about 30 minutes total to do the 5 miles, both inbound and outbound. She was a bit frustrated because even the old men were over-taking her. She does have a somewhat competitive nature, and hopefully that motivates her to continue commuting, and improve her cycling skills.

    As for the sartorial splendour, in real life she is a senior manager at a Fortune 100 technology company. Her co-workers must've had a chuckle seeing her dressed in full mountain biking drag. Yeah, she's a keeper. We're coming up to our 26th wedding anniversary.

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    That`s awesome, Roeland. I don`t think I could handle it if my wife tried that. We have a dandy time on the bike path but the thought of her riding in traffic sends chills up my spine. Congratulations Mrs. R!
    BTW, if five miles 30 minutes is "takng her time" on her first commute, she`s going to be a lot faster than I am soon.

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    Good for her....

    It's great that she was eager to ride. I have been trying to talk my wife into it for sometime now and she will not go for it. We live in a really hilly area and she refuses to climb hills. I think they are great training . I don't fear her riding in traffic however, I fear for the motorists. She got the ass kickin gene from her mother and now my youngest daughter has it.
    I ride at ludicrous speed

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    I have been sitting in traffic lately thinking I could ride my bike to work faster or in the same amount of time, not to mention save a fortune on gas. I just don't want to ride in traffic. Wish we had better bike lanes. Your wife is lucky to have a trail to ride.

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    Good for her indeed. My significant other has been thinking about doing the same thing, the vast majority of the trip would be on a bike path along the river. But then she'd have to cut through an industrial area and get funneled onto a hectic street (train tracks prevent taking any side roads). I'm not into that kind of riding, so she will definitely not be. The search for an appropriate route continues...

    I'm proud enough of her for just considering it. Once upon a time, she drove to work when it was a simple 10minute walk! I think the stress of traffic changes things.

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    She did her second commute yesterday (Saturday.) I escorted her the full distance, in a big loop so that she could get a sense of her commute options. Also, we went specifically to get her laptop computer, as she might have some work to do on Monday. (I think it has more to do with adding some of my son's music to her music library!) The commute is 7.5 miles one-way in traffic, or 11.5 miles one-way, with 8 miles on a multi-use trail and 3 on a busy four lane high-way. I actually prefer she take th more direct route in traffic, as the cars tended to go slower, there was more room in the bike lanes and shoulder, and fewer hills. The Los Gatos creek trail is beautiful, with plenty of users. But there is always the creep factor. One or two shady characters off the trail can freak out a single female rider, and she needs to be able to do this on her own. Plus, the last section would be along highway 9, which totally blows.

    With regards to her bike, everything is working fine except her seat. She insists on a cushioned seat, which I recommend against. A sturdier seat will be more comfortable and efficient, once she gets into it. Anhoo, MTBR has no special sections on seats....

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    Well, the missus just did her second commute today! She actually works two jobs, and while the appropriate route for her main job continues, today is her second commute in as many days to her part-time job. I am stoked to see that, especially because she is working 36 hours between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (hell of a weekend, eh?) and that's enough of an excuse for anyone to be lazy.

    Anyways dudes, your girlfriends/wives will look pretty hot when they get back from work with a healthy glow going on, rather then coming home cranky from battling the traffic. Plus I think it's beneficial for their libido...

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    Her third ride was last Friday. she had fun, without incident, which is as it should be. I'm not vouching for anyone's libido, but Crank might be on to something....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roeland
    ...She insists on a cushioned seat, which I recommend against. A sturdier seat will be more comfortable and efficient, once she gets into it....
    I coached girl's teams in the past, one thing I learned was that they know what they need and it's important for me not to put my "manly ways" in the forefront. We tend to like pain, it's proof we're working hard.

    - Why do you care if she wants a different seat? Maybe after getting into better bike shape, she'll change back, maybe not, it's only $40 to try. I used to ride an Ideal 90 leather through my thirties, now I'm 47, I ride a gel or Brooks 72. My shoes size is 1.5-2 sizes bigger too. We all get old and have to adapt. I figure as long as I'm still on a bike, I win

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