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Old 03-19-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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Has anyone here done it? The public transportation sucks so I would be relying on my bicycle and I guess busses when the weather is undesirable.
I'm just wondering if anyone here has done it and if anyone has any pointers they can throw out there.
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:36 AM
 
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Has anyone here done it? The public transportation sucks so I would be relying on my bicycle and I guess busses when the weather is undesirable.
I'm just wondering if anyone here has done it and if anyone has any pointers they can throw out there.
This is a difficult part of the world for such a commitment, but I commend you for it! I personally commute to work by bicycle, but rely on an automobile for chores and lengthier trips across the metroplex. For cycling in the rain you might think about investing in decent quality rain gear (water-proof panniers, breathable jacket and pants; also worth a look: front and back splash guards). Like most types of inclement weather, if one dresses for it (the rain) it really is not as bad as you would think. (There's also a liberating feeling that comes with cycling through the rain, IMO).
Lastly, choose your routes well--spend some time with maps, avoid roads with heavy vehicular traffic above 35 MPH and/or without ample space to ensure your safety. Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Has anyone here done it? The public transportation sucks so I would be relying on my bicycle and I guess busses when the weather is undesirable.
I'm just wondering if anyone here has done it and if anyone has any pointers they can throw out there.

You have my "Kahunas of steel award for 2010." It depends on exactly where you live, but it can be done I suppose.

I hope you're in good shape!
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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I live about three miles from my job. I ride at least 4 days a week. My old commute was 6 miles one way.
My girlfriend works about 5 miles from our place and that is the only issue, this is the only thing we use the car for. she has to be at work as early a 5am and lets face it nobody wants to ride at that time. I have not really looked into the buss routes and times from hulen to downtown but I feel this is not realistic that early. We own three bikes, hers is a single speed conversion I built her, I have a fixed 46*18
and a geared cross bike. thinking of outfitting the cross as my hauler don't know if that is feasible yet.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:07 PM
 
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check the schedules--article in FTW paper this week about the T cutting back on buses on some routes--and that area sounds like one of them--

frankly I think that is a bad idea--FTW is not designed for bike riding for daily commuting--some cities are--
IMO you run big risk of being hit by traffic because people do not drive thinking about bike riders...
weather is crappy a lot of the time--what do you do when you get to work and you have been in rain, gotten all sweaty from riding--and yes, even that short a distance can still cause you to work up a sweat...do you have ability to take shower or change your riding clothes for work clothing
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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Uh no, it is not feasible. I applaud you for wanting to do it but unless you live a mile or less from work, plan on taking a car.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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If you can stay off highways, and bike defensively, I have found it is possible to bike-commute in some rather unlikely places. I used to bike from Somerville to Copley Pl. and back to work every day in Boston (this did require a willingness to stuff my suit in my backpack and change at work, but wrinkle-free miracle fabrics stood me in good stead). I also survived years of biking all over Manhattan. A good helmet, a bell, front and back lights, light/reflective clothing, and something eye-catching like one of those orange glowy reflector strips you can velcro to your ankle so it goes up and down as you peddle all crucial to survival, as is due deference to cars (and then some). I just hugged the side of the roads tight (while remaining visible, a bit of a balancing act; those arm "turn signals" for bikers are quite useful). Cut close by parked cars at roadside while checking to see nobody was inside them & possibly about to throw a door open in my path. No spills in 30 years, knock on wood. Cars don't really want to hit bicyclists, and if you make it quite hard for them to, well, I am intact.
Get a really good helmet, though. Gravel in your palms you'll survive; it's head injuries in helmetless riders that account for most real injuries.
Probably the only thing is to try biking before jettisoning the car; you will very quickly get a sense whether it's doable. (A feeling of, "Oh, G-d, please let me not become roadkill in the next 5 minutes" is an unignorable thumbs down.)
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Maplewood, NJ
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OTOH, I have never been through a Texas summer. Come to think of it, you might poach like an egg on the asphalt.
I have all the heat tolerance of someone who grew up on the Great Plains and thought 3 feet of snow was necessary for a truly Christmassy Christmas, though. The natives would know if the sheer heat is prohibitive in summer. Actually I am curious.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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To Sywi;

I had several coworkers who love to bike ride sometimes twenty or more mile road or trail rides in the Dallas area.


They are one of those people that would be out there in the early morning bicycling around the white rock and east dallas portion of the city. They do this in any kind of weather, but nonetheless are one of those die hard kind of people. The metro is a place which has public transportation, but eventually, there may be places you may want to go or need to go that does not have public transportation. Arlington is the perfect example. You would have to rent a car or find a public
service transportation for a short commute which may be costly.

Most people have a primary vehicle with air conditioner and some even have the second vehicle for standby emergency. I do realize that maintenance, upkeep, insurance and Gas do need to be budgeted for as well.

But for the most part I think you can get by without a vehicle until you choose what is right for
your lifestyle and needs/wants.
Fort Worth has been recently making changes to their streets and adopting one lane to bicyclist.
The bike trails are expanding as well. Some public transportation, if I remember correctly, has the bike rack on the front of the bus.

In the middle of the Summer Heat days, the weather/news people always tell you to stay out of the heat, but there are those that have to work in the direct sun. The hottest time of the day is usually 10a.m-2p.m, mostly extended beyond the 5 p.m.
Once you get here, you will be able to experience it for yourself.

Good luck to you in your moving adventure(s).
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Uh no, it is not feasible. I applaud you for wanting to do it but unless you live a mile or less from work, plan on taking a car.
I agree here. Our summers are just too brutal (and the winters can be, too) to not have a car. You will be a sweaty mess even just biking a mile to work. Remember: we usually have a couple of weeks in late summer where the temps don't get below 80 at night. Speaking of that, where do you live, and where do you work?

Remember, too, that there are large portions of the metroplex that are not served AT ALL by public transportation. If you need to go to Arlington, you are out of luck unless you want a $$ cab ride.
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