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  • Depending on which clinic I’m at, my one way commute is either 4.5 to 9 mi. In October I’m being moved to a different clinic such that my commute one way will either be 9 or 17.5 mi(with 900 ft of climbing). I’m feeling a bit anxious about the longer commute, I guess we will see if this sustainable.

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    • Originally posted by burritos View Post
      I second the advice of consulting LBS(local bike shop, not low back strain/sprain). I had tire wear my first year. After 2 flats, I consulted the shop owner. He recommended that if I’m commuting(not trying to PR), go for the cheaper, thicker, more durable tread.
      I decided to just get a cheap replacement and see if it happens again. Maybe the tires it came with were just crappy. If I burn this one out quickly I may change tactics. Or maybe get a new bike anyway.

      900 foot climb is no joke. I only have a shade under 300 and I am huffing. It was in the 90s and super humid yesterday as well.

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      • I picked up this bike on sale from REI a couple years ago and couldn't be happier: https://www.rei.com/product/159859/c...es-adv-22-bike

        It's reasonably fast but can also handle gravel, potholes, rain and light snow.

        I got it for 20% off and it ended up totaling about $1200. Not cheap, but with the cost of our hospital parking it paid for itself in about six months.

        Would highly recommend the Co-op line if you're looking for something quality that won't break the bank.

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        • Originally posted by Lordosis View Post

          I decided to just get a cheap replacement and see if it happens again. Maybe the tires it came with were just crappy. If I burn this one out quickly I may change tactics. Or maybe get a new bike anyway.

          900 foot climb is no joke. I only have a shade under 300 and I am huffing. It was in the 90s and super humid yesterday as well.
          900 ft total climb, not all at once.

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          • Originally posted by burritos View Post

            900 ft total climb, not all at once.
            Yeah I get it but that is still a lot of vertical. I guess if it is spread over 17 miles not too bad. Hopefully it is uphill home.

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            • My new job is in a very walkable/bikable city and I'm hoping to be able to bike to at least one of my practice locations. I'm thinking of an ebike because of the hills. Does anyone have a recommendation? I'm looking for a good quality commuter ebike. I'm willing to pay more for safety but don't need anything fancy.

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              • Originally posted by burritos View Post
                Depending on which clinic I’m at, my one way commute is either 4.5 to 9 mi. In October I’m being moved to a different clinic such that my commute one way will either be 9 or 17.5 mi(with 900 ft of climbing). I’m feeling a bit anxious about the longer commute, I guess we will see if this sustainable.
                Maybe my phone is trying to say something to warn me.

                The top Google article quoted by a local newspaper lists my metro area in the top 20 in the nation for pedestrian deaths. And reading it states it is also amongst the highest in cyclist deaths.

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                • Originally posted by Kamban View Post

                  Maybe my phone is trying to say something to warn me.

                  The top Google article quoted by a local newspaper lists my metro area in the top 20 in the nation for pedestrian deaths. And reading it states it is also amongst the highest in cyclist deaths.
                  What area is that? I’ve biked by a pedestrian fatality once to work. 3 mos ago, less than a mile from where I lived there was a cyclist fatality. It was 2AM, he was on an ebike, no helmet and was a solo crash supposedly. The earliest Ive gone biking was 430AM.

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                  • Originally posted by burritos View Post

                    What area is that? I’ve biked by a pedestrian fatality once to work. 3 mos ago, less than a mile from where I lived there was a cyclist fatality. It was 2AM, he was on an ebike, no helmet and was a solo crash supposedly. The earliest Ive gone biking was 430AM.
                    Upstate SC

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                    • Originally posted by BigoteGrande View Post
                      When I see someone on a motorcycle I think they’re a dumb*** to be out on the road with all the idiot drivers I see daily.

                      Not sure how riding a bike to work is supposed to be any different.

                      Not meant as a knock against bicyclers themselves.
                      I agree with you. Riding my bike to work increases my risk of an injury.

                      I try to think “safety first” quite frequently as I ride my ebike. I am mostly riding on quiet local streets, but part of the ride is on thoroughfares. The highest speed limit on these roads is 30 MPH. I stop at intersections for safety based on traffic, but I do proceed through red lights when there are no vehicles anywhere in sight.

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                      • Originally posted by White.Beard.Doc View Post

                        I agree with you. Riding my bike to work increases my risk of an injury.

                        I try to think “safety first” quite frequently as I ride my ebike. I am mostly riding on quiet local streets, but part of the ride is on thoroughfares. The highest speed limit on these roads is 30 MPH. I stop at intersections for safety based on traffic, but I do proceed through red lights when there are no vehicles anywhere in sight.
                        Used to be anxious about traffic. Now I love using my arms as turn signals and taking the left lane in traffic. People so far have been very considerate. And truthfully I am seeing more bike commuters on the road these days compared to 3 years ago when I started. Our city is also implementing road diets to accommodate more bikers with the up and coming repavement projects. Boomer drivers r generally against this kind of change. It was amusing to see some of these people lose their sh!t at the on line council meetings when 3 lane roads were being altered to 2 lanes with a bike lane.


                        Should safety concerns be offset with mitigated CV, CA, DM, obesity, and Neurodegeration risks since those are the biggest killers in the west?
                        Last edited by burritos; 07-15-2022, 07:28 PM.

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