Bike Commute Nashville

Kids riding a bike
September 18, 2006, 2:40 am
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As I was doing one of the chores that I absolutely do not like, I notice my 8 year old riding his bike with a friend. They had to go about 20 feet to a different place in the yard to play. They both picked up their bikes and rode their, they had to go to a little bit of trouble to get and pick up their bikes. It would have definitely been easier to just walk, but they picked up their bikes and rode the 20 feet or so.

Why? Because riding is just pure fun to them. Rolling is better than walking. Riding a bike is fun.  Where do we lose that? At some point in the transition to adulthood we loose that. Riding a bike (if we still do) either becomes a sport, a way to workout, or a utility function to ride to get places. But it loses its “fun”, like so many other things when we “grow up”.


Not So Good Times
September 7, 2006, 1:24 am
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I had my first and second (maybe) run ins with bad automobile drivers today. During my ride into work. I had a guy turn in front of me at an intersection. No turn signal no nothing. Then he just stopped!! I hadn’t stopped my bike yet and he stops right in front of me where I couldn’t get aroun. Honestly I think he didn’t see and then was shocked that I was riding down the side of the road. Anyway, not that big of a deal but it made me a little self concious of my surroundings for the rest of the ride.

The second one comes in while I was cruising up to a stop light at a pretty busy intersection. A car pulls out of traffic seemingly to try and block me from coming around. I’m not sure they did this on purpose but here again it made me almost paranoid for the rest of my ride.

Now that these things have happened, it got me to thinking. Since bicycles are supposed to be treated like cars, should we stay in with traffic just like a car does? That would mean no more cruising all the way up to the light when there is a long line of traffic waiting. On the other hand that would also mean that we would not rided in the shoulder anymore and let cars go by. What is the fair thing to do?

I Love Riding My Bike
August 29, 2006, 2:27 am
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I hurt my back about two weeks ago. Actually, exactly on August 16th. My birthday. About the only thing that I can figure our that I did to injure it was to turn 38 years old. It has taken a full week, most of it painful and some drugs to get me back up and running. It was still bothering me a little this morning, but I decided to ride to work anyway and see if the exercise would help. The ride was good a little faster than usual and a whole lot more traffic (most of my riding has happened during the summer when school is out and there isn’t as much traffic). When I tried to get off the bike the pain started. I could barely get my leg over the seat. I hobbled into work and went about my day trying to stretch during different points of the day. I almost had my wife come pick me up, but then I decided to go ahead and ride. After all, it didn’t hurt when I was riding, only when I stopped.

I made the 12 mile trip back to my care a little faster than normal. This time when I got the bike, no pain!!!!! I guess the riding finally got my back to stretch out or pop into place or something, I don’t know. I love my bike though.

Has anyone else out there ever had a time that riding cured them of an ailment?

About My Ride
August 29, 2006, 2:27 am
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So I’ve been riding to work for approximately the past 5 weeks. Actually riding for 2 weeks. I traveled for two weeks and have had a back injury that has kept me out for one week. I should be done traveling for a while and hope I’m done with the back problem for a while, so I can get several weeks of riding in.

My ride consists of me leaving the house around 6:30am, dropping my boys off at school and parking at a local grocery store then riding from there. This makes for almost exact 12 mile ride to my work place. Some days it is a few tenths longer and sometimes a few tenths shorter. Maybe thats due to a cheap bike computer or alien abductions in the middle of the ride, I’ll look into that later. It covers a fairly major highway then turns onto a pretty busy two lane road which turns into a busy 4 lane road for a couple of miles before I turn into the industrial park where I work.

I carry a weeks worth of clothes each week. I normally do this on Monday which I drive, unless I’m going that way on Saturday or Sunday and I will drop them off then. I take a shower at home before I leave, then I quick sponge bath at work. I am working on getting my employer to install a shower. They’ve been pretty agreeable to the idea so far.

I ride a 1998 (I think) Specialized Aluminum frame Stump Jumper Mountain Bike. It has front suspension. Sorry, I’m not a big gear head. I do like to work on my own bike and I really enjoy Mountain Biking. I’ve even been in one race, the Montgomery Bell Hill Repeat at Montgomery Bell State Park.

In the Beginning There Was Procrastination
August 26, 2006, 12:55 pm
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I set this blog up about two weeks ago and have just now gotten the motivation to start writing. The motivation comes from my brother’s gentle prodding and smart alleck comments, more the smart alleck comments than the gentle prodding. Thanks Mike.

A little bit about what I hope this is going to be. For several years I have been interested in and tried to live a “greener” life. I read a book a month or more ago called “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore. This really got me to thinking about how I live my life as far as the environment is concerned. For the record, I’m not a big Al Gore fan. I’m not really political at all. His book has some common sense points that I agreed with, that’s it.

To make a long story short. One of the big items I decided to make a commitment too was riding my bike to work. My plan is to ride at least 3 days a week maybe 4. I have other obligations that, of course, hinder this from time to time, but when I can I will ride. Since I have started riding, I have noticed several other people riding or walking for what I call “utility” purposes. This made me think that it would be interesting to blog about Bike Commuting in Nashville and information from whereever I find it.

If anyone sees this please send me comments about what you think and what might be interesting to you.

Hello world!
August 18, 2006, 3:43 am
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