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    Commuting by way of bike and camera

    So, there's no commuting messageboard. And I don't think this goes in the Weight Weeny section. And it's become so trendy to post in the General section. So, I says, "What the h-e-double hockey sticks". I'll just post it here (SS relevance: I'm commuting on a *****in' red fixie). I'm posting it here, 'cause seeing someone else's commuting photo essay inspired me to do my own. So, you know, pay it forward n' all that ****.

    So, I've been wanting to do this forever - bring a camera along and capture what I get to see every morning. 'Cause frankly, I don't think most folks enjoy their morning commute into work as much as I do.

    Roadie fixie. Roadie fixie. Roadie fixie.

    This is what a Mr. Wooglin kept saying when I was pontificating the new form my Moab would take. (As a bit of preface, the Moab was my first mountain bike. It later became my first singlespeed, then a commuter and it was about due for another metamorphasis).

    Over time, that Moab did indeed become a roadie fixie. Until Christmas came and I got the purdiest lil' red roadie fixie you ever did see. About a month ago, I finally bit the MTB bullet and put on a pair of real, live roadie bars. I was sure as shitfire I was gonna eat it on my first ride - and it was a little nerve racking.

    But, I'm rocking those bars gangsta style now.

    I'd been thinking about all sorts of Inspector Gadget contraptions that would allow me to carry the camera easily and accessably. I'd pondered duct tape, fasteners, zipties, pedal powered hover camera stand...

    I even once uttered the phrase, "I wish I had a fanny pack!". I would have put the chances of me uttering that phrase right up there next to, "I wish I had a pair of sandpaper panties!".

    I finally ended up going with the high-tech "string around the neck" method. I'm still a little surprised that I

    a) didn't get hit while fumbling to grab the camera every 30 seconds and
    b) got even a single decent picture given the amount of fumblage I was doing trying to blindly find the right button

    Alright, enough with the rambling. Here's my commute stats:

    Distance: 9.5 miles
    Elevation Gain: Whatchyou talking 'bout Willis?
    Relative humidity: %170
    Ease of commute: Stupid easy, yo. Big fancy bike lanes nearly the whole way.
    Number of other bicycle commuters I've seen: 0

    Good morning sun.



    Leaving my neighborhood. "Welcome to the neighborhood. If your dog shits in the grass, we'll pop a cap in your ass. Have a nice day!"








    The neighbors are dutifully watering their sidewalks.




    These signs seem to grow like wildflowers down here. This is from the first of three golf courses I pass in my 10 mile commute.




    On the road again...





    (Inside the Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel)
    "Poor Merl."
    "Yes, poor Merl. Chroist it's hot in here."
    "Well, the sign outside said it was 90 degrees!"




    The obligatory self portraits:





    This is the AMI building, known in the news stories as "the Anthrax building". It's been sealed off and highly secured (by this fence and an empty patrol car) for about 3 years now.





    Here's the box in which I work




    TOYS!




    For anyone unfamilar with the meaning of "cubicle farm"




    And finally, me having some camera fun (instead of, you know, doing actual work).


    Last edited by catzilla; 06-17-2005 at 11:13 AM.
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    Cool post.

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    Umm... actually...

    Actually, the sister site has a commuting forum... a fairly lively one at that. Seen Hollywood on the other side as well...

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=76

    Sean

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    Good job!

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    On the road again...

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    nice wrist.

    nice ride report too. and bike. and pictures.


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    cool pics and report

    So, are you in the Palm County area of Florida?
    My family lives in Boynton Beach and I grew up outside of Ft. Lauderdale.
    90 degrees isn't the big problem or the whole picture; it's when 90 is combined with 100% humidy that things get really nasty!

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    Wow. Where do you live where it's 90deg on the *morning commute*?? With the flog courses and funereal homes, I'm going to guess FL.

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    Golf Cart Pop'n wheelie caution sign???That would be cool to see. Nice pics...
    A guy over in the Arizona board got a pic of a hooker in his commute to work post, that would make for a good website, bikes and hookers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamusCA
    Wow. Where do you live where it's 90deg on the *morning commute*?? With the flog courses and funereal homes, I'm going to guess FL.

    J
    The mountains of South Florida baby!

    We have more old people driving into gas stations and/or backyard pools per capita than any other region.

    It's our claim to fame really...
    Cats just don't feel safe on a moving bicycle, no matter how much duct tape you use.

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    thanks for the commute girl.

    great stuff.

    gotta love that relative humidty of 170%. mmmm.....summer.

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    hey, that's my bike!

    the little yellow one... had one of those as a kid. wish I still had it....

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    great pics and narrative!
    i like the last one. i am looking forward to SSWC as well.
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    Where did you get the toys?

    Where did you get the toys? Please let me know - my desk needs some help (plus things to do while at work!)

    THX
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    I've said it before...

    and I'll more than likely say it again, you're a funny SOB. Well, DOB? No offense to your mom, of course.

    Great post. Thanks for the hit, thanks for the laughs.

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedaling pyrate
    Where did you get the toys? Please let me know - my desk needs some help (plus things to do while at work!)

    THX
    See, I got them from a Target or something a few years ago and I'm pretty sure they aren't made anymore. That being said, with the beauty of eBay, you can probably still find them. I did some internet searching and found that they were called "Flick Trix" bikes by company called Spinmaster. I think "Flick Trix" still makes some BMX toys, but I believe their MTB toys got the shaft pretty quickly. (We probably just can't stop giggling enough to buy anything commonly referred to as a "finger toy")

    Good luck. Post up if you find anything.
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    great narrative, glue!
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    I wish I could commute to work

    by bike that is, as opposed to train.

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    Working on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by catzilla
    See, I got them from a Target or something a few years ago and I'm pretty sure they aren't made anymore. That being said, with the beauty of eBay, you can probably still find them. I did some internet searching and found that they were called "Flick Trix" bikes by company called Spinmaster. I think "Flick Trix" still makes some BMX toys, but I believe their MTB toys got the shaft pretty quickly. (We probably just can't stop giggling enough to buy anything commonly referred to as a "finger toy")

    Good luck. Post up if you find anything.
    http://www.mbaction.com/detail.asp?id=340

    FLICK TRIX IRON HORSE PRO SHOP

    Since toys have become a thriving industry for BMX bikes and motorcycles, why not mountain bikes too? Flick Trix is selling this kit that builds up two complete bicycles: one downhill bike and one slalom bike. It comes with a workstand, truing stand and workbench for when you need to maintain your toy bikes. Personally we work too much on our real bicycles to worry about maintaining our toy bikes. We're going to build ours up and run them into the ground. This may be the best way we've ever seen for bicyclists to waste time at work. Live out your fantasies. You can pretend you're a member of the infamous Native/Iron Horse race team rocketing down Plattekill Mountain. Spinmaster is also making similar kits with Foes, Santa Cruz, Turner and Mongoose bikes. They should be available soon in a toy store near you.



    Another site with some cool stuff. Bumper stickers and some bicycle models. http://dev1.boomersdomain.com/cgi-bi...esults&mv_arg=
    Last edited by pedaling pyrate; 06-24-2005 at 09:28 AM.
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