Riding to work

People always ask me, so jonny, you been riding?

It’s like this: I’ve been riding to work these last few weeks. This is the third week. Missed one day in the second week, but that happens sometimes. Even with the one miss, this is more saddle time than I’ve been able to enjoy in quite some time now.

It’s a bit of a pain in my ass, to be honest. Good thing the ride to work part is the high point of my entire day. It’s more fun than the ride home for some reason. Less traffic could be it, I’m not a big fan of riding with cars these days. Go figure.

I get up, crawl towards coffee, get my daughter squared away, see off the wife at 7:30, drive the little one to daycare, drive home, make a sandwich, get the bike out and pedal off to work. Bang on a keyboard for 8 short hours (7 with lunch sub’d out), ride home, throw the bike in the garage, drive back over to daycare, pick up the little one, drive home.

And I’m really not complaining. Sure, it may well sound like it. But it could be far worse. And I know it.

Link dump:

[street art] andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com
[this is from ten years ago] outside.away.com
[the puzzle of the Teflon Peloton] nytimes.com
[they bust the addicts, but the dealers ride on] timesonline.co.uk
[all kinds of cycling news] uk.eurosport.yahoo.com
[more gonzo] washingtonpost.com

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

10 thoughts on “Riding to work

  1. love riding to work, but in Vegas its a total cluster tho-
    see i lived in SanJose CA and rode everywhere, Vegas is a diffrent beast.. Ive lived here for like 3.5 years.. man the drivers are the worst ive ever seen, I have lost a tooth and donated skin to the streets many times in that short period.. some crazy shit but ive already started writing a book here.. hehe oh the time the taxi driver picked me up in 112f crashing on the strip was priceless ;)free ride.. bleeding and all.

    some dude at a local shop told me to check this site out about 1 and a half ago..

    Question: Im moving to Oregon like in a month, i know rain..
    but anyone provide some hey man you’ll be fine shit..would really be thankful.. after all im a part of a culture always have been
    bike culture!!

    be safe and enjoy every min or pedel time..
    Joe

  2. Bike commute, yo — it’s often the best part of the day. Even the wife is into it…

  3. Joe,

    I commute in Seattle, same rain problem. I don’t know where you work but if you have a hot shower you will be just fine. Get good fenders and I can’t stress feet warmers (the ones that fit in your shoes) enough. All and all it isn’t that bad.

    Levi

  4. Levi – the only reason would be that I’m stupid. And, day care is one way, work is the other. Or, was. I finished up that gig today. From here on out, it’s going to be more kid, more bike and less work.

    Wish me luck.

  5. Holy snap are u saying u have found a different way to get to work other then riding? I dont think i believe it, I wont believe it, it is just not possible, probably or believable. I am actually suprised you dont ride your kid to daycare, but not everyone is meant for cycling. Enjoy

  6. Jonny

    Not stupid.

    You share your daughter with your wife.

    I”ve bicycled, and for some periods in my life commuted with the jack-ass, intoxicated, elderly ( both my road bike incidents requiring surgery were elderly women, failure to yield ) Ohio drivers.

    I’ve matured (capitulated to my wifes superior knowledge). Riding in rush-hour traffic is a risk I no longer take. I now drive to work 10 miles each way in traffic. And ride 150-200 miles each week doing my best to avoid traffic.

    And I bitch to whoever will listen about the wrongness of that.

  7. Patrick Just to clearify i was just joking, we all have reasons, the Johny especailly considering, i was just joking around about not cycling everywhere because as this site shows unfortunatly not everywhere is safe to ride, we still have problems with cars thinking they are the all mighty, and i have seen what u are talking about with elderly.

    Joe as for your question about oregon depends on where in Oregon. I know for a fact north and south parts are way different, more rain in northern Oregon, but not as much as Washington. Traffic is a bit lighter then your bigger cities, but also rednecks and a few others dont believe in sharing the road and there was an article earlier on this site that was about a rider down and it made me ashamed of living in Oregon because some of the comments being left by Oregonians. So far though only close misses or small bumps or pavement donations on me. The bike paths are usually in horrible conditions, tree roots and lack of repairing have forced me to ride on road in some areas down in S. Oregon. If you are talking trail riding we have good trails all up and down Oregon. Enjoy