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    SW Austin Bike to Work 2017

    Bike to Work day 2017 this Friday May 19th.

    Join us on a bike train to downtown, more details at the links below. We will meet at ATX Bikes wheels down at 7 am

    https://villageatwesternoaks.nextdoo...o-work-1228770

    https://www.facebook.com/atxbikeshop...88897861311389

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    Do you actually have to have a job to participate in Bike To Work Day or can you just go along for the ride? Yes, I'm braggin!

    Thanks for the post up. Sounds fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Do you actually have to have a job to participate in Bike To Work Day or can you just go along for the ride? Yes, I'm braggin!

    Thanks for the post up. Sounds fun.
    The Tip, When I retire, I am going to label all of my rides "commute" on strava.....food for thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riojas91 View Post
    Bike to Work day 2017 this Friday May 19th.

    Join us on a bike train to downtown, more details at the links below. We will meet at ATX Bikes wheels down at 7 am

    https://villageatwesternoaks.nextdoo...o-work-1228770

    https://www.facebook.com/atxbikeshop...88897861311389
    The link won't let me in. I can see the Wheatsville to City Hall though. What's the route from ATX Bikes to Wheatsville? (in case I run late)
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    The route I have planned is Beckett to Davis to Brodie to Jones Road to packsaddle pass and South Lamar into downtown the alternate route is the Wheatsville co-op route


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    I will work on fixing a broken link


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    The planned route now works, it somehow was changed to a private route


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    I'm retired but will ride in support of a friend who still works. I thought we'd hit one place on the way to her work place, but apparently, one hits as many places as possible on the way. Wheatsville is definitely a stop and one other place is supposed to have good pastries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    I'm retired but will ride in support of a friend who still works. I thought we'd hit one place on the way to her work place, but apparently, one hits as many places as possible on the way. Wheatsville is definitely a stop and one other place is supposed to have good pastries.
    I want to ride with you! Tacos and sweets the whole way to town. And free stuff! lol

    riojas, that link works now. Are you going to be in a hurry to get to town hall, or are you stopping at the multiple fueling stations to get your deal stamped?
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    Heh, a couple years when I was working from home, I just went for a 'ride' and was of course on my way back to 'work', so I helped myself to the goods.

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    Started a few blocks from I-35/Airport and headed to
    Stop #1: Juiceland at 45th/Duval for the kids sized apple kale smoothie -- surprisingly good.
    Stop #2: Quacks on Duval/43rd had pastries/coffee/cookies fresh out of the oven
    Stop #3: Wheatsville (The Bomb): hard boiled eggs, Bob's Red Mill instant oatmeal, coconut yogurt, kefir, coffee, juice, carob/goji energy chews (square) and some very large mystery pellets with a peanut butter center. As we were leaving, the Kind Bar people showed up. BSS was there with a mechanic. AND samples of organic deodorant wipes (Refresh on the go!)

    Over to Shoal Creek, down to Lance Armstrong Bikeway, over Mo-Pac pedestrian bridge and then up Mo-Pac to the area where my friend works, near the entrance to the BCGB. On the way back, stopped at the Downtown REI to check out the start of REI's Memorial weekend sale. Fun morning.
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    Two questions for you regular commuters.

    1. Are crushed granite trails a big PITA? I assume that you're not running ultra skinny road tires so I would think that crushed granite wouldn't be that bad. I'm not talking THICK granite. Just regular granite trail type surface.
    2. Would you alter your route and elect to ride an extra few miles to avoid a busy road?

    My neighborhood had a meeting with the COTA transportation department yesterday talking about urban trails and sidewalks. The goal being increased accessibility for cyclists. There was mention about adding a bike lane on Lamar between Parmer and Burnet and I told them I would never ride it. The traffic is just too fast along Lamar. It was great to see that there was a vision for over 400 more miles of trails but disheartening to hear how long it might take to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    1. Are crushed granite trails a big PITA? I assume that you're not running ultra skinny road tires so I would think that crushed granite wouldn't be that bad. I'm not talking THICK granite. Just regular granite trail type surface.
    2. Would you alter your route and elect to ride an extra few miles to avoid a busy road?
    1. I used to commute on the town lake crushed granite trail every day. You can ride on it with any bike but wider tires help. I started on 28c road slicks and it was tolerable but you have to be a little careful to not slide around. 35-40c touring or cx tires are perfect. I ended up settling on Schwalbe Sammy Slicks 700x35. That trail makes for a nice commute - even in the rain I could ride the whole trail without issues. Just make sure to keep your drive train clean.
    2. Yes, I hate riding in traffic so I never took the most direct route even with the extra 10-15 minutes of ride time. I was lucky to live near Barton Springs and work in East Austin so the town lake trail wasn't far out of my way.

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