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Bike Commute Diaries: Will Stop to Shop

What can I say? I’m a woman. When I see a new, interesting-looking store with a sale sign in the window and folks walking in, I have to stop and see what the fuss is. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier to pull over and park on University Avenue when you’re on a bike than in a car. Let me rephrase that: not just easier, possible.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Flying with First Class Parking

When your boss is in Seattle and your boss’ boss is in Orange County, the airport starts to feel like just another transit station. See my bike in the parking garage at San Jose airport. See the terminal door behind the line of taxis. Priority parking without mileage requirements or paying for an upgrade.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: 24 Hour Fitness

Before I started bike commuting I dreaded the shorter fall days that shut down my after work rides on trails or backroads. I pondered: should I join a gym? But I never did. Now, when I go to the grocery store after work I ride past a roomful of gym rats slaving away on machines in front of big TV screens. I smile and keep rolling.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Spare Our Air

When the thermometer rises toward triple digits and sends the ozone to the unhealthy levels, my crankiness rises accordingly. Officials kindly request that we all telecommute, bike, carpool or take transit to reduce car emissions. Before I bike commuted, I’d drive to work as usual and skip after work trips. Now I resent breathing bad air when I see people stacked up on the freeway, business as usual. Transit, bike or carpool, anyone?

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Let Me Pull Over and Check

So you’re driving down the freeway or a busy city street and your phone makes that irresistible sound: whoop! It’s a text message, probably from the friend you’re driving to meet. Or you’re lost and you need to read the map and there’s nowhere to pull over. So irritating! But rarely a problem for me when I’m riding my bike.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: The Elevator Pitch

One of the most basic marketing messages is the elevator pitch: your story, succinct enough for a 30 second elevator ride. Almost every morning, the elevator at work gives me a chance to hone my pitch. Co-worker: “Where did you ride in from?” Me: “From the train station downtown. It’s only a few miles away on the river trail, so it’s easy and relaxing.” Co-worker: “Oh yeah, the river trail is really close. Maybe I’ll try it this weekend.”

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Early Conference Call

When early morning conference calls cut into your commute time, sometimes you have to take it from the road. Or the trail in my case. By taking it slow on a low-traffic, low-stress bike route I can stay connected as I roll along, and my European colleagues are none the wiser.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Post-Ride Recovery

Pro Training Tip #1: The day after a long hard ride, taking a low heart rate recovery ride will keep all the blood flowing to loosen up tight muscles and to flush out waste products. Or so they say. For me, it’s just a way to chill out, enjoy an easy ride across town and relish a slow-paced Sunday brunch with my sweetie.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Shady Southern Lane

When the heat and humidity rise to tropical proportions, choosing a longer but shadier route is the only way to keep your cool. Southerners know the secret: take your time, make your own breeze and stay underneath the big oak trees.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Why I Ride in Heels

I love heels. They make me feel stylish, dressed up and tres feminine. When I started riding to work I wore sensible flats and carried my heels in my bag. Then one day at lunch I wheeled my bike out of the building in my heels. Too lazy to go back upstairs to change shoes, I rode off. The flats stayed home the next day.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Commute Diaries, Cycle Fashions

 
 
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