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Commuter Happened

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Commuter Happened

While on my normal commute this morning something that does not happen very often happened.  I was at the corner of University and Powers when a another cyclovist rolled through the intersection.  I had not seen this cyclovist before today.  Just as he got through the intersection turning onto Powers Ave. my light changed.  To my astonishment he stayed in the bike lane and whats more he stopped at the next light.  He was a good ways ahead of me and I thought, “I don’t think I will be able to catch this guy so I will just maintain my pace”.   Then he slows for the school crossing.  Next thing you know I was gaining on him.  Then a bus came along and I noticed it was about to stop at the next stop and he was in front for the bus.  I thought for sure I would lose him then fate smiled upon me and the motor vehicle lane was empty so I didn’t slow down and I passed the bus on the left side as you should and got back in the bike lane.  That is when the bus passed us both and stopped in front of us.  I still had not caught up with him at this point but then the bus stopped once more and I was able to catch up with him just barely.  We exchanged greetings and kept pedaling.  That is when we finally got to the intersection of Powers and Bay Meadows.  Since the queue was long and we did not make it through the light on the first round this gave us some time to stop and marvel at the idea of another commuter on our route.  As normal we complemented each other on their bikes.  He had a very interesting bike.  It was a single speed with bullhorn handle bars same mirror as mine and what made it interesting is that he had a 2 speed internal hub with no cables to change the gears.  He said he pedals backwards to change the gears.  I had heard of them but had not ever seen one before.  Well it was a wonderful encounter.  Thanks David for breaking up the monotony of my morning commute.  For most this may seem as no big deal but for someone who commutes to work by bike in a city that has very few people who does this.  It’s like you are lost in a desert and you finally find civilization.  I so rarely see other cyclovist commuting on my daily route that when I do I try to say hello and it makes me realize that I am not the only one that does this.  Well David said he rides 12 miles one way which I do the same but he said he does this 3 times a week which I try to ride every weekday if possible.  Most weeks that is.  We also talked about how the over pass there on Bay Meadows is a good challenge.  I will say this for only having 2 speeds David is pretty quick on his bike.  Also he keeps a change of clothes at work where as I carry my change of clothes.  It is amazing how much you can find out about a fellow cyclovist just between lights.  Anyway may the Lord bless your commute everyone and ride safe Godspeed.  Oh and let me know about your commuting adventures.

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This site is about my adventures in life while riding my bicycle.  There will hopefully be many discussions about several topics with a focus on cycling.  It is my hope that others may benefit from my life experiences.  I will warn you that I tend to be very opinionated but I am willing to listen to others points of view as well.  So with that said I welcome everyone to read and enjoy my blog.

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