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A New Year Is New Excitement

2008 is here (I say that as if it were news) and I must say that I am excited about the year ahead. I have never really been one for setting resolutions but that is most likely attributed to my age. There is a certain instability of life that comes with being 24 years old – odds are I will be doing something completely different (career, personal hobbies, etc.) in 6 months from what I do now. However, I see a lot of exciting things ahead of me this year, and bike commuting is at the top of that list.

I have only been bike commuting since August 2007, but have biked an average 4 work days out of 5 for those past 5 months. I have been able to continue riding into winter since I live in Arizona – we’ve had a couple mornings in the upper 30s so far, but it could certainly be much worse.

After reading Jack’s post I set up an account at bikejournal.com; hopefully I can keep up with my mileage numbers. I don’t know the exact breakdown, but the cyclometer on my road bike has 3276 registered miles and it just turned 2 years old – meaning I am averaging ~1600 miles per year. In addition, my mountain bike shows 704 miles on the cyclometer (I have only had it since June), giving me a total of ~4000 miles biked in the past two years. I would say that I rode more miles this past year than the former, and assume the breakdown is more like 1800/2200. Based on how much I have been riding and what I predict to ride this year, I want to shoot for 2500 miles ridden in 2008 (this is a GOAL, not a resolution).

I head back to work tomorrow after being on vacation since Dec. 21. Our forecast for tomorrow shows sun with 46 degrees in the morning and 69 degrees by the afternoon. This has me so excited about getting on the saddle tomorrow morning as I head to the office. And what better way to spend New Years Day than getting my bike ready to go?! It is a bit chilly outside today but the winds are howling around 20 mph sustained, so it just feels right to stay inside, wearing my new fluffy slippers, and wrenching and scrubbing around on my aluminum steed.

After brewing a fresh pot of coffee, I got to work and scrubbed off all the dirt and grime from my wheels, frame, drive-train, etc. I made sure my shift- and brake-cables were properly tightened and adjusted; made sure the chain and derailleurs were grit-free and properly lubed; sipped on my java and rocked out to some Nickel Creek.

The Velorution is coming at you 2008 – I have a feeling it will be a good year! May all of you have a safe and Velo-rific year. Happy Riding!

Many thanks

It has been a year since we parted ways with CommuteByBike, in retrospect, that had to be one of the best things that happened to us. Although it was not our intention to start up a Bike Commuter site, we had more than a few people asking us to do it. We would like to thank the following people:

The Bike Commuter Crew:
Priscilla Policar
Randy Policar
Jack ‘Ghostrider’ Sweeney
Lance Lowry
Jeff Rossini

Friends and Sponsors:
KHS Bicycles
Seattle Bicycle Supply
SweetSkinz Tires
Hoss MTB
Banjo Brothers
The Crystal Deodorant
Nirve
Russ Roca
Val Kleitz
C.I.C.L.E
PromoLogic USA
Slime
Reelights
GlennAir
Bicycle Fixation
Dynamic Bicycles
Seal Line
KC Bike Commuting
Nick James

Special thanks to all of you, our readers. As cliche as it may sound, our site wouldn’t be what it is without you.

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2008 will bring everyone (but the dumbass who hacked our site) many safe riding miles.

Year-end Wrap Up

Well, as another great year of bicycle commuting draws to a close, I tallied up my cycling stats for the year (with the help of Bikejournal.com). I wanted to sneak in a few more miles tonight before midnight, but the crazies and amateur drunks started early, so I’m just going to lay low.

At the beginning of the year, I set a conservative goal of 1200 miles for 2007. That’s probably just a drop in the bucket for some of our more hardcore cyclist/readers out there…I figured that with my commuting to work 3 days a week (I only work part-time) and some fun rides thrown in for good measure, I’d be able to eke out 100 miles a month. Well, I blew past that goal back in October, and wound up finishing with 1614 total miles! Setting conservative goals really works wonders, because if you surpass such a goal, you feel AWESOME!

Ok, here’s how the rest breaks down:

-198 rides for the year

-14.97 MPH average speed

-highest month was October (22 rides with 179.30 miles covered)

-lowest month was August (10 rides with 94 miles covered…so hot, so much rain, so lazy!)

-Highest ride temperature for the year was 96 degrees; low was 42 degrees

If you’re not familiar with Bikejournal.com, it is a wonderful free tool to log these kinds of ride measurements. I looked forward to logging my miles and I found that being able to see my stats visually was a real incentive to ride more days and more distance. Registration at Bikejournal.com is easy and fast, and the site gives riders the ability to log more than just speed, mileage and temperature — there are SO MANY tools available there that your mind will spin!

Finally, the crew at Bikecommuters.com set up our own “club” on Bikejournal. It can be found in the club section under “www.bikecommuters.com”. We have 8 riders in our club right now, and we amassed a total of 3679 miles for 2007 between us. That’s great! If you’re a user of Bikejournal.com, please come join our “club”! If not, think about registering over there — the site and the tools are a lot of fun to use.

Here’s to another fun and adventurous year of cycling — we here at Bikecommuters.com wish you a happy and healthy New Year in 2008!

Dahon Bicycles Recall

Dahon, the world leader in portable bicycles, today announced a

Voluntary Recall Notice – Seat Post Bolt

It has been determined that the seat post bolt on some full-size models of Dahon bicycles can break under use and may pose a potential safety hazard. These seat post bolts MUST be replaced immediately.

Please find further info in the enclosed press release and PDF.

For more information on Dahon or this recall please visit: http://www.dahon.com (PDF download of consumer oriented information is at bottom of the front page) or contact Dahon directly at contact@dahon.com