24 March 2009

Bike Commute with Gears and without a Suit

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Cycle.

I had a meeting with a partner to work on a proposal for a potential customer. I am compelled to get there by bike… If Karl can do it, I certainly can… And unlike Karl, I’m ok showing up a little more casual to the meeting.

My casual bike commute clothes are:

  • my standard casual 3/4 knicker style pants 
  • a long sleeve t-shirt
  • a nice wool sweater
  • a cotton cycling cap
  • smart wool socks
  • Shimano MTB style shoes, with recessed SPD cleats.
  • A REI cycling style rain jacket
This isn’t as classy as Karl’s outfit, but it’s perfectly acceptable attire for even a business meeting in Seattle. Especially when you consider that all attendees at the meeting are in the business of healthy living, fitness and environmental sustainability.
Because I was still sore, I rode my most practical (but admittedly least fun) bike… my hybrid. And, I took it nice and slow.
After my meeting I had to head to the mechanic to pick up my second car… which has broken down twice in the last two months, and in both cases, the failure was because “we don’t drive it enough”… I think the universe is trying to tell us something about that car!


  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 03/24/2009
  • Time: 09:00:00
  • Total Time: 1:00:00.00
  • Calories: 313
  • Distance: 9.5 miles
  • Average Speed: 9.5 mph
  • Ascent: 450 ft
  • Descent: 450 ft

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Activities: Year to Date

Hours of Activity
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Activities: Last Year

Bike: 488 miles
Run : 176 miles
Walk: 34 miles
Hours of Activity
 Bike: 29.5 - 32.0%
 Run : 37.6 - 40.7%
 Strength: 4.8 - 5.1%
 Flex: 4.0 - 4.4%
 Walk: 11.5 - 12.4%
 Other: 5.0 - 5.4%