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    My friends know that I am a dedicated bicyclist. Good weather, good health, and good fortune have combined to give me the best year ever on a bicycle. I finished this year with 9203 miles. Much of it was uphill, and my total "elevation gain" for the year is 500,755 feet. That's just over a half million feet of climbing. I'm not the fastest climber I know, but I'm persistent and seldom intimidated by an uphill grade.

    Of course, it helps that I'm retired, but when I was working, I was able to ride over 8000 miles a year. (About 35 miles a week was commuting by bike.) Nowadays, I average about 12 hours/week on a bike, as long as the weather's dry, I'm feeling good, and I have other cyclists to ride with.

    Here I am on the Fall River Century, one of three 100 mile rides I completed this year:

    It's been one heck of a year. I'm hoping I'll be able to do as well in 2012.
    Have bicycle, will ride. Finished 2012 with 10,089 miles, 683 hours, and 482,000 feet of elevation gain.
    2013: 201 rides, 8171 miles, 544 hours, 480K feet.
    2014 so far: 7846 miles, 451,000 feet
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    Yay! Congrats! I'm so glad you're better after you got hurt.

    Dude can you motivate me? I keep trying to convince myself to walk or bike to work, but I work nights and I still have the So Cal mentality about female being alone at night.

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      Re: Half a million feet!

      Originally posted by knittingknerd View Post
      Yay! Congrats! I'm so glad you're better after you got hurt.

      Dude can you motivate me? I keep trying to convince myself to walk or bike to work, but I work nights and I still have the So Cal mentality about female being alone at night.
      You're close enough to WALK to work? It would be a sin to drive. Riding a bike should take you no time at all. The biggest obstacle is where to store your bike at work. I had room right behind my desk.

      It used to take me about 20 minutes to bike to work, and with traffic, driving took 15. On a bike, I'd arrive at work all energized (but not yet sweaty) from the exercise.

      If your route to work is well lit, you only need simple lights to be seen. Add a windbreaker in bright colors or with reflective tape, and you're good to go
      Have bicycle, will ride. Finished 2012 with 10,089 miles, 683 hours, and 482,000 feet of elevation gain.
      2013: 201 rides, 8171 miles, 544 hours, 480K feet.
      2014 so far: 7846 miles, 451,000 feet
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        Re: Half a million feet!

        I live 1.1 miles away from work. But I work at night. We have a bike rack outside the ER. It takes me 2 minutes to drive to work. I think I may walk tomorrow. I don't have class so I could do it.

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          Re: Half a million feet!

          Originally posted by knittingknerd View Post
          I live 1.1 miles away from work. But I work at night. We have a bike rack outside the ER. It takes me 2 minutes to drive to work. I think I may walk tomorrow. I don't have class so I could do it.
          It would probably take you about 4-5 minutes to ride to work, given an average speed of 12-15 mph. How secure is the bike rack? I never park my bike where it would need to be locked. (But then, my bikes cost thousands of dollars.)
          Have bicycle, will ride. Finished 2012 with 10,089 miles, 683 hours, and 482,000 feet of elevation gain.
          2013: 201 rides, 8171 miles, 544 hours, 480K feet.
          2014 so far: 7846 miles, 451,000 feet
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            In 1972, my friend John and I rode our bikes from Norwalk to Vancouver Canada.

            We still talk about our trip every time we get together. 1600 miles is a great way to get to know each other.
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            This has been a Filmways presentation dahling.

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