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runrig (3385)

runrig
  dougwNO@SPAMcpan.org

Just another perl hacker somewhere near Disneyland

I have this homenode [perlmonks.org] of little consequence on Perl Monks [perlmonks.org] that you probably have no interest in whatsoever.

I also have some modules [cpan.org] on CPAN [cpan.org] some of which are marginally [cpan.org] more [cpan.org] useful [cpan.org] than others.

Journal of runrig (3385)

Sunday September 28, 2008
12:47 PM

Saving the planet (and some $$$)

[ #37564 ]

Update: I've decided the sub-title of this post is "I still don't want a pickle: s/motor/bi/"

It's about an 8 mile drive to work, and I decided that it was time to see about riding my bike instead. And there's all sorts of reasons for doing it, and people ask ("But what about...") about all sorts of reasons for not doing it. But the biggest reason is that instead of dreading the drive home and wondering if I should take the freeway or surface streets (and not caring much more about the trip to work), I actually look forward to the commute, each way, whether it's cold and foggy, or hot and sweltering (I'm not yet prepared for rain, so I'll drive if that's the case, 'cuz you know that in Southern California we're afraid of melting if it rains, even a little).

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  • .. as my grandfather used to say.

    I used to cycle ~8km to work (uphill to work, downhill on my way home), and I really enjoyed it. Especially because there was a shower at the office. My new office is only 2km, which is just enough to get warmed up (or soaked if it pours..)

    Anyway, get a decent raincoat and rain pants, proper fenders, and put your stuff in a waterproof pannier (I use those [ortlieb.de]). I was considering getting spikes for my back wheel, but thanks to the shorter way to my current office, and global wa

    • There's no shower at my office, that's one of the reasons I've been putting off biking. But it is downhill most of the way to work, and it's cool in the morning, so it's not too bad...

      Someone at work asked about fenders, and there's one spot where they water a hillside and all the water runs down across the bike path to the creek, which took me by surprise the first day...now I just slow down for it. I get to take the bike path for the first couple of miles, but if it rains too hard, the freeway undercrossi

      • ...now I just slow down for it.

        And besides, there's a hairpin turn at the bottom of the hill.

      • There are panniers specifically designed for shock absorption of laptops. I use the Arkel Commuter [arkel-od.com] bag. It looks decent, too!

        As an alternate solution, before I had that bag I just rolled up a fuzzy fleece jacket and put that under the laptop as a kind of pillow. Because nearly all the shock is vertical, this simple solution worked fine.