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Thinking of a multi-modal bikeride to work?

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rebeccawest

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Aug 9 2013 at 11:46am #

Ha! You are correct!


jonawebb

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Aug 9 2013 at 11:46am #

You’ve got showers at work. Biking in is practically a requirement.


andyc

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Aug 9 2013 at 12:15pm #

If you really want to keep your things secure and dry, get the right size pelican case and bolt or ratchet-strap it onto the rack.

Not only will it be waterproof, but you can crash into a tree and the laptop will survive. (As for you yourself…)

(I love overkill. Practicality be damned.)


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 9 2013 at 12:39pm #

I’ve done pretty well with a large Dunkin Donuts bag to cover the laptop, assuming it’s in a case, as mine is. You’re not going swimming, you’re just riding in the rain. That in a pannier (one side is fine, you’re not carrying bricks) will do splendidly.

FWIW, I also motorcycle into town on occasion, and the DD bag, with a bit of duct tape to hold it shut, is also sufficient for keeping water off the computer.


rebeccawest

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Aug 10 2013 at 7:26pm #

Hi everyone
My husband and I did the trail from the pump house to point state park and over to the north side today…likely 20+ miles. Of course we had to stop at the Hofbrau Haus for some fuel on the way back to the waterfront ;)
Anyway, i know that biking from the pump house to stanwix and first is totally doable for me in about 30 mins. I don’t like the 3 rivers trail much (after crossing the hot metal) b/c it’s a bit noisy, but music in my ears would solve that. We took the GAP from stanwix back to the waterfront and that was a more pleasant ride. i don’t think the routes are much different time-wise. So, bottom line is that I’m going to commit to biking in once per week for now and see how the shower thing goes and getting to work on time.
I’m grateful for all of the encouragement and I know I wouldn’t have even considered doing this without this forum support. I’ll post again once I do a few multi-modal commutes! One more thing. I just realized that i don’t necessarily have to tote my work laptop home every day…only if i plan to work from home the next day. So, I will only need to take my lunch and a change of clothes…no big deal!
Thanks all! Happy biking


Swalfoort

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Aug 10 2013 at 8:22pm #

Glad to hear it went well. When you do the ride “for real” don’t forget to add a few minutes to your ETA for packing your stuff, locking your bike at your destination, etc. It won’t take more than a minute or two at either end, probably, but it is worth factoring into the total “trip.”

Since you work so close to the Point, you could stay on the South Side Trail (not going over Hot Metal Bridge) to Smithfield. The upriver sidewalk is actually a “multiuse trail” so bikes are permitted. Either Fort Pitt Blvd or Blvd. of the Allies offer wide, relatively car free (in your direction that time of day) road connections for the last mile.

You could also continue all the way through Station Square, to the exit at the very far end, then come back on the sidewalk, and take the pedestrian walkway along Ft. Pitt Bridge to the Point. It’s an interesting ride, and probably left until you have a little more experience. But, it keeps you road free until the Point – so within just blocks of your office.

Oh, and kudos to your husband for riding it with you today. He may not be enlightened yet, but at least he is supportive in the ways he feels he can be.


rebeccawest

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Aug 10 2013 at 8:29pm #

Thank you, swalfoort. Yes…as were were driving home from the waterfront, my husband gave me some “tips” about how to pack my stuff on my bike! It always looks daunting until you tackle it!
I hadn’t thought of the Fort Pitt bridge idea…will keep it in mind.
Yes…I like going over the smithfield st bridge much better. We did that on the return and I much prefer it.
Thanks so much!


durishange

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Aug 14 2013 at 12:55pm #

Rebecca, I park near the Red Robin now. There is a GAP parking sign there. It’s a little bit more convenient than the pump house in terms of getting away from traffic. Hope to see you out there soon ~ Gerry


rebeccawest

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Aug 16 2013 at 7:57pm #

That sounds better! Maybe I’ll see you on Tuesday!

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