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The bike geek is a dude that enjoys all sorts of bicycle riding. He has been a bike commuter, Mountain bike racer and recreational roadie. He has an affinity for gadgets, software and data, lots of data!

Showers? We don’t need no stinking showers!

Howdy Roadies and Mountain Bikers! This blog post is for you! You already ride a bike so why not give bike commuting a chance? Come on, you are already in shape so mileage should be no problem… what’s that? No showers at work? Really? That is your biggest excuse for not riding your bike to work? Here is a little secret; in all of 10 years of on and off bike commuting I’ve NEVER taken a shower. Why? because none of the places that I’ve ever worked had one!

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The lack of showers didn’t deter me from riding to work, why? Because of products that eliminate the need of a shower. Mind you, there was a time when I used to ride 16 miles to work so breaking a sweat was inevitable.

How do I do it? Let’s start with trying to minimize perspiration. I usually wear shorts, wicking moisture shirts and a helmet with lots of vents. I also slow the pace as I get closer to work, allowing for the breeze to cool me off and dry some of the sweat. Once I arrive at work, I usually sit in front of small fan that I have on my desk so I can air dry a little more.

I then grab my bag full of the products that you see on the pictures and head to the restroom. I dry the rest of the sweat with the towel then I spray Rocket Shower all over my body. The ingredients on the rocket shower are supposed to kill the bacteria that produce body odor but I also use the moisture wipes to clean those “hard to reach” places.

Clean clothing makes a huge difference too, I know that it can be a pain to ride with a set of extra clothes but panniers such as the Garment Pannier by Two Wheel Gear allow you to transport an entire change of clothes. Worried about wrinkles? I use the Downy wrinkle release spray.

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Worried about your hair? Having short hair certainly helps but I also use Dry shampoo to clean it up. I usually finish up with deodorant, mousse and a little bit of cologne.

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So there you go roadies and mountain bikers, stop using “There are no showers at work” as an excuse to not ride your bike to work.

To ride or not to ride

Hello Bike Commuters! I am back after a couple of weeks of water polo, swimming, doctor’s appointments and drumline performances. No, I didn’t do all of that stuff, I have two teenage daughters that keep me quite busy.

It is because of my daughters that I started to think about not bike commuting anymore, if you follow us on Facebook, we posted about Alan Snel being rear ended by a fucktard that was “driving” while being distracted. What is so fucked up is that the driver wasn’t even cited for hitting Alan because Vero Beach’s law does not favor cyclists at all. California is a little different, we do have laws against distracted drivers but most don’t give a shit and still use their phone for calling, texting, facetiming and Netflix binge watching. I am not kidding you, I’ve seen shithead drivers with their phones on their windshields watching Netflix. What.The.Fuck.

We have also seen a rash of hit and run “accidents” in Southern California, although most victims are pedestrians, a good number of them are also cyclists. So that had me thinking if riding my bike to work was really worth it. I am not really saving money in gas because of the cheap gas prices, I am not saving any time but I do it because I love riding and I’m not stuck in shitty traffic. I know that when it is time for us to go, it is time to go, I just don’t want to go at the hands of some shithead driver watching “Stranger Things” (Great show by the way).

As I was ready to throw in the towel and stop bike commuting, Governor Jerry Brown made some back room deals and the legislature passed a 52 Billion dollar plan to “fix the roads”. The bill will increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, even electric car drivers got screwed with an annual $100 fee. Guess who did not get screwed: Bike commuters and multi-modal bike commuters! The plan will allocate $7.5 billion for public transportation and $1 billion for walking and biking trails. So yes, if you ride your bike to work in California you will not be paying for the gas tax AND our transportation and bike trails will be also be improved! If you are one of those pissed off about the tax increase, just ride your bike to work and give the middle finger to our legislature!

Yup, this is one more reason for me to keep riding.

A damp commute

Greetings fellow bike commuters and super bike commuters! You are considered a super commuter in my book if you ride five days a week rain or shine. Well, I am not a super commuter by any stretch BUT I did try commuting on the rain this past week.

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You may remember that Sealskinz sent me some products for me to ride while is raining so I went ahead and grabbed my trusty Spicer Cycles CX and slapped some “fenders” and headed off to work.

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Although the meteorologists predicted about a half inch of rain, my morning commute to work was just cloudy and breezy but no rain.

Rain came and went throughout the day and when it was time go home it was just drizzling. Armed with my Sealskinz gloves, helmet cover and rain socks I headed to the train station. So how did the Sealskinz gear do?

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Sealskinz waterproof helmet cover: The cover fit perfectly over my Cannondale helmet and it kept my noggin dry the entire time. The LED lights were visible on my cloudy commute.

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Sealskinz All weather Gloves: My hands were dry and toasty during my ride. The gloves grabbed really well and did not slip from the hoods or brakes. I also love the bright color and the reflective accents, my co-workers were teasing me on how bright they were.

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Sealskinz waterproof socks: OK, so when I first grabbed the socks they felt weird. The socks felt stiff and had a rubbery feeling to them. I was really concerned that my feet were going to sweat and chafe as well. To my surprise, the socks breathed well and they were really comfortable and kept my feet warm and dry.

I was not able to use the Sealskinz shoe covers because my DZR Minna shoes were a little to big for them but the covers fit perfectly on my road shoes.

So how was the ride? Riding with the right gear makes a huge difference. All of my previous rides on the rain sucked because I was not expecting for it to rain and I was not prepared at all. If I had something to complain about was the visibility because my sunglasses would get wet and it would be hard to see at times. Does any one have a trick for this?

Again, big thanks to Sealskinz for the rain gear, check out their site at https://www.sealskinz.com/US/bike for more information and for more of their waterproof stuff.

Eating my own dog food

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Welcome back Bike Commuters and Metrolink riders! It finally stopped raining and I am really happy to be back doing the train/bike commute to work. It is interesting that the “comforts” of your car are forgotten once you realize that you are not stuck in traffic and you get to exercise too!

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You may remember that I launched Awnry Bikes last December; these singlespeed/fixed gear bikes are meant to be simple, efficient and really affordable. So I built one for myself to ride to work, I figured that if I am peddling (not pedaling or petaling) these bikes, I might as one ride one!

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I went ahead and built what I call a “Raw Deal” bike. Why “Raw Deal”? Because the frame is unpainted and untreated so it is basically “raw”. I also chose bullhorns on the front and switched to my Crank Brothers pedals (not peddles nor petals) other than that, the bike is “stock”.

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The bike comes with Neco and Lasco parts, I know, they are not name brand but what do you expect for $200? So how does it ride? For being an inexpensive bike, it is surprisingly smooth and comfortable. I thought that the saddle was going to be a pain in my ass (pun intended) but I was really happy with it.

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Interestingly, the bike got a lot of looks and positive comments. The person who scans the tickets in the train stopped to take a second look and nodded in approval! If there is one negative thing about this bike is that it lacks bosses for water bottle holders but I ordered this Bell Clinch Universal mount and cage from Amazon for about 9 bucks and problem solved.

I heard it is supposed to rain this week in Southern California, so stay tuned to see how those SealSkinz products held up.

Let it Rain! Sealskinz has me covered.

Hello bike commuters and fellow rain dancers! If you follow these weekly (ish) posts you probably know that I am a fair weather bike commuter. Yes, being a Southern Californian I am not prepared for rainy weather so I just avoid it.

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Well, the fine fellows from Sealskinz thought that I should stop my whining and send me some nice rain gear to test during rainy days. The problem is that it has been over 80 degrees everyday since I got the items so I have not been able to ride with the gear they sent me. Here is the stuff that they sent, I may add that all the products seem to be well made and I can’t wait for a rainy day!

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Starting from my head, I got the Halo Waterproof Helmet Cover. The cover features reflective print as well as integrated LEDs in the back of the helmet.

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For my hands, the All Weather Cycle Gloves in Hi Vis yellow should keep them dry and cozy.

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Having cold and wet feet really sucks, so I got the Road Thin Mid Socks. These socks are supposed to be waterproof and warm.

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I Doubled down on keeping my feet dry and warm so I also got the Lightweight Halo Overshoe covers. These cool covers feature a powerful LED built into the rear.

So I guess I don’t have any excuses anymore since Sealskinz has me covered from head to toes! I will report back on how the items performed in the rain.