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Bike Commute Diaries: Pretty Little Speed Demon

I never knew my little mixte had such speed. Then again, I can’t recall ever clicking her Nexus hub into eighth gear before, and certainly not for over three miles on the trail. But when your boss keeps you late and the next train is 45 minutes after the one you’re about to miss, your prissy little upright bike knows how to haul ass.

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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, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Once in a Blue Moon

Sometimes the right tool for the job is my car. We’re moving offices and my new window cube won’t have wall space for framed art. While I’ve carried some crazy things on my bike, large frames with glass is not on the list.

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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, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Fierce Cat 6 Race Action

They fly down the path, challenging each other in undeclared races for no reward beyond feeding their egos. As a former racer, I find their little game comical. It’s a bike path, not a velodrome. When they blow past my elbow without so much as an “on your left” I’m no longer smiling. Knock it off, you’re harshing my commute zen.

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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 5, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Brief Encounter on Caltrain

“Nice bike,” he said. “Nice bike,” I said. “Is that special edition Golden Gate Bridge orange? It goes with my dress.” “Yes, and it matches my pants.” “Can I take your picture for Silicon Valley Bike Style?” “Sure.”

The only way to meet people on your commute that’s better than riding transit is riding transit with a 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 July 16, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Indicator Species for What?

I sometimes feel a little lonely on my bike commute, seeing so many men riding along and so few women joining in on the fun. It’s not like my route along the river trail is on treacherous high-speed roads with hostile drivers scaring away female riders, often called the indicator species for a healthy cycling environment.

The answer came to me at lunch when I looked around the sandwich shop. Maybe it’s not about bicycling, it’s about Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry. There aren’t many female commuters here, with or without bikes.

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 2, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Pointy Toe Overlap

The pointy toes of my cowboy boots may be designed for sliding into stirrups quickly, and they may be useful for killing cockroaches in corners. But for track standing at stop signs? Not so good.

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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 June 4, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Spring Rain, Morning Peace

When you live in a city that averages over 300 days of sunshine and less than 15 inches of rain a year, riding in light rain along a quiet path is a special treat. And for me this morning, a peaceful way to start my 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 May 16, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Energized by the Mayor

I saw lots of new faces on bikes on my commute this morning. You see, we’re celebrating Bike to Work Day today so the casual commuters were out in force and gathering at Energizer Stations for coffee and snacks. The new face I was most surprised to see? Mountain View Mayor John Inks on a bike. That got me energized.

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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 May 9, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Next Gen School Bus

Every morning in high school my classmates and I bumped down Perkins Road crammed in a bright yellow school bus. We chatted with friends, rushed to finish homework, listened to music on our Walkmans, and girls like me rolled our eyes at the loud boys in the back of the bus cutting up to get attention.

There aren’t many school buses out here anymore, but the prep school boys from Bellarmine travel to school in style on Caltrain. With smartphones to keep them entertained, five spacious rail cars for the 100 or so boys and their own rail stop, it’s not quite what we had. But it’s certainly familiar, if you add some girls rolling their eyes.

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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 May 2, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: One Giant Step for My Mixte

Forgetting to look before you leap can get your day off on the wrong track. In a mad dash to catch an early bullet train I jumped on the local by mistake. “Easy fix,” I thought. “I’ll hop off at College Park and make up time on the bike.” Good thing I looked before I leaped off the train. The platform didn’t reach the last bike car.

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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 April 26, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 
 
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