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New responsibilites and challenges

by Chris Cashbaugh

Happy New Year to everyone and I am looking forward to being one of the new members of the Commute by Bike team, just like Jeff.

Wheel shadowI sometimes like to think of the beginning of the year as a time to start things fresh, sort of a clean slate.  Not really setting any resolutions, I don’t like that term, but more about giving myself some new responsibilities and taking on new challenges.

Today for example, I took the first step on one of my challenges for 2008, to Commute by Bike at least three days a week no matter the weather.  Seattle had one of our typical winter days with a constant light rain that is just heavy enough to discourage you from getting out the front door, but I had committed myself to actually riding today and once I got going it was not that bad.  It helped that I had planned the night before got everything prepped, packed my clothes, made my lunch, picked out the riding clothes and had everything waiting..  Also, I have a new bike that is the culmination of about six months of planning, research, finding the right parts, and just begging to be ridden.  I’ll be posting more info about the bike and my choice of equipment through out the year as I figure out what is working and what is not.

Hopefully my mistakes, and I am sure that there will be some, can help make things easier and more people will decide to get out of cars and Commute by Bike.

 
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5 Responses to “New responsibilites and challenges”

  1. jim says:

    Where you commuting from/to?

  2. Chris Cashbaugh says:

    I am riding from Ballard to Lynnwood. It works out to be just more than 11 miles each way.

  3. Jeff Moser says:

    My brother lives near Ballard…just up the street from the Fremont Troll. I was impressed at all the bicycle commuters the last time I was visiting. There are some serious hill climbs around Seattle!

    Good for you for getting out in the rain. I think it’s the hardest element to ride in. We get very little rain in Carson City. Seems like it’s either sunny or it’s snowing. I don’t have rain gear besides a jacket, so I’m usually not prepared for the sogginess of rain!

  4. Mark Evans says:

    You can’t keep a little rain from stopping you from riding to work. It’s 17 degrees (F) below zero here in Toronto but that didn’t keep me off my bike. Of course, my hands, feet and face were numb by the time I got to work. :)

  5. Chris Cashbaugh says:

    Jeff,
    Yes, rain is the hardest to get motivated for. The right gear helps and I’ll be covering what I have been using recently and what works for me.

    Mark,
    Good job on getting out in 17 below, I would not have made it out at that point. For me the worst part about numb hands and feet are taking a warm shower and getting the tingling feeling as they warm up.

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