I picked up my shiny new Jamis Commuter 3 on Thursday. I opted for the 21" over the 19" even though it doesn't offer as much stand-over clearance as I'd like. I had to raise the seat above the height of the handlebars on the 19" which wasn't the ride I was looking for. I also found my toe would clip the front fender on tight turns which bothered me (perhaps more than it should have). All in all, the 21" just felt more comfortable. So after getting it and the various safety and security accessories home, I took a few getting-to-know-you rides around the neighborhood and today (just 30 minutes ago) made my first commute by bike into work. I picked a route that avoided the busier roads without bike lanes as well as dodging around some of the steeper inclines. It took me through our park on a path around the lake before dumping me out on Walker Rd for the last stretch. Nike threw a nice hill at me toward the end, but IBM let me coast the last quarter mile on a generous incline to the parking lot. I am very glad for the 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub, a single-speed would likely have been an excuse not to ride. 15 minutes elapsed time door to door, it might take me a little longer to work the burn out of my legs and to get rid of "that funny feeling in my tummy". All in all, I think it's a great start. Thanks to everyone that offered advice and encouraged me to start riding in!
Posted April 20th, 2010 by dvhart