Monday Morning Commute

Another awesome morning for a bike commute. I hope you had a nice one too.

16 Responses to “Monday Morning Commute”

  • kit says:

    I’m sure you’ve already answered this, but where is your commute?

  • Alan says:

    @Kit

    Roseville to Sacramento, Northern California. Most of the photos are taken in Roseville.

  • Venus Kanani says:

    I was going to ask the same question. Your commute always looks so pretty!!! How far is it?

  • Alan says:

    The total distance is around 60 miles round-trip, but only 12 miles are on the bike. The rest are a combination of bus, train, and about 2 miles walking. I’m fortunate that the bike leg of my commute is through relatively quiet neighborhoods, with a portion on off-street bike paths.

  • kit says:

    That’s what I thought since you’re always talking about Gold Country Cyclery… I am a native of Citrus Heights so I know the area well, though while I was there I hadn’t yet fallen in love with cycling. I’m curious what kind of route you take… Do you take the light rail or the capital corridor train?

  • Fritz says:

    @Kit — I lived in Citrus Heights when I was about 4 years old.

    My commute was pretty good in spite of all the haze from the Bonny Doon fire. I rode along with a guy on a frame I didn’t recognize — modern components and geometry and disc brake mounts, but with steel tubing. I started by looking surreptisously at his frame for identifying marks than moved on to openly searching for identifying marks — no decals or headbadge. It turns out this guy welded the frame himself.

  • Alan says:

    @Kit

    I take the CC train. Here’s my route.. Ride from the northwest side of Roseville to the Amtrak station in old town. Stash the bike in a locker. Ride the train to downtown Sac. Walk from the train station to my office. In the afternoon I’ll either take the train, an Amtrak bus, or a Roseville Commuter bus back to the Amtrak station in Roseville, then ride home from there. It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours total depending upon what transit option I use, which is determined by what time I leave the office. The train covers the distance in 25 minutes, the buses take 40-50 minutes depending upon stops and traffic.

  • Alan says:

    @Fritz

    Sounds like a cool bike…

  • kit says:

    @fritz
    How did I just find that out!? My parents have lived there since the early 1970s, and since about 1975 in the same house on Old Ranch Road near the intersection of Oak & Fair Oaks.

    @alan
    Those trains have accommodations for bicycles, why don’t you take your bike onboard?

  • Alan says:

    @Kit

    No bikes are allowed in the building where I work (ironic, huh?). There are other bike parking options downtown, but the locker in Roseville works better for now.

  • kit says:

    @Alan
    None allowed at my work either but we’ve got about 35 bike parking spots in the underground garage right next to the manned booth so it’s an ideal situation. I get the decision on parking your ride in Roseville–most of your bikes are far too pretty to leave locked outdoors all day. ;)

  • Fritz says:

    @Alan — which CC trains run to Roseville? Just weekday trains?

    @Kit — I was little. When we moved away from Citrus Heights my dad gave the house away to an old retired couple.

  • Alan says:

    @Fritz

    It’s the main Auburn to Oakland run. It stops on weekends as well, but later in the morning.

  • Jeff says:

    First day of kindergarten for my son. We rode the 1.5 miles to his school with my commuter and the trail-a-bike. We got lots of looks as we passed the long line of cars backed up waiting to drop off kids at school. It certainly wasn’t as pretty as your commute, but it was a good commute.

  • Gussy says:

    I want a front rack like yours. Did you get it with the bike or after market? I want to put a small flat basket on the front of my cruiser. Any ideas on where to start looking? Searching “Front rack ” doesn’t seem to bring up the right stuff.

  • Alan says:

    @Gussy

    Here you go: Pass & Stow

    Alan

 
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