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I changed from using a pretty nice laptop pannier to the Topeak Office bag about 2 years ago. It was kinda life changing. Suddenly my bike was well balanced and I felt more in control. Until recently, I had been using an incredibly heavy System 76 laptop (6.8 lbs), so being able to center that weight was probably a little more important to me than the ...


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Seek 3 appears to be an excellent choice. A triple up front with lots of low end hill climbing ability. I see that you're in Oregon. Disc brakes here in the Pacific Northwet (I'm in Olympia, WA) are an excellent choice. I've been commuting on a Kona Dew since 2008, and upgrading to the next Kona model up with disc brakes is the one thing I would have ...


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Two things: Make sure your heart is healthy enough for exercise. Go to the doctor first. From a behavior change perspective, I'm a big believer in just doing it. Unless you have heart or lung problems, working up to a 7 mile bike ride is just going to give you more of an opportunity to quit. Decided to do it. Identify a start date, and then just do it. ...


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I've been commuting to work every day for the last 6 years. In your case I would go with these tips: Equipment Buy a helmet. Despite you can find several discussions about what is the real effectiveness of a helmet, it's never bad to wear one. Buy lights, a white light for the front and red to put back. I would suggest at least two red lights, one to put ...


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I've been using the "Muck Boot Company Chore Hi Black" along with waterproof trousers. The Muck Boot is neoprene upper and rubber lower, so it is comfortable when pedaling (i.e., it doesn't hit your shin like cheap rain boots) and I get to work dry. The boot never needs to 'dry' off as it is truly waterproof, and with an 8 mile commute I personally don't ...


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Since you say you are out of shape, I recommend not attempting to ride there and back on the same day until you have built up to it. You have a lot of muscles and organs that need to develop to handle this new activity, so build up slowly. If you rush it you could injure yourself, and despite what some people say, at our age injuries heal more slowly. So ...


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Practice an emergency stop: use the front brake, but stick your bum out the back and lower your body, so as not to go over the handle bars, and the back wheel may fish-tail. Assuming you know how to drive, you know that your "stopping distance" determines how much safety space you need to allow ... so you need to know what your stopping distance is. Dress ...


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Along with other great suggestions by @Blam for the actual commuting, you might want to start by doing some "warm up" rides before committing to commuting. You can choose a quite traffic time, nice weather (not too hot, not too cold) and not be under time pressure. Instead of out and back, work out a loop with bail out points to get you home early if its ...


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Start with safety. Wear a good helmet and get some good lights. Leave a spare charger at work. Practice the commute on a Saturday. Ride in get lunch and ride back. If you are mobile on Sunday then you are good on Monday. If you can leave a car at work and lock your bike safely then you can split some days. Monday you drive in with the bike and ride ...


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Im still confused as to where all these animals are coming from. I've ridden on the canal towpath - at night - I've never had anything run out in front of me. I've also seen cyclists coming down the towpath while my dog is out, no collision either. I dont wish to sound funny, but have you tried looking further than your own feet? Are you sure your not just ...



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