Adjusting to the New Commute

A few weeks ago, I moved from a house where I had a very simple bike commute (I rode straight down one road for 3 miles) to house located such that there are a wide array of route options.

The rig in front of the new house

As I began exploring these various routes, I was reminded how enjoyable it is to optimize a bike commuting route. Tucson is laid out on a grid and my new house is 3.5 miles east and 2 miles south of This equals hundreds of potential zig-zag options across the grid.

On the way

Finding the perfect route is only the start of the fun. Then I get to begin to explore a variety of alternative routes. Routes for things like going past some shop or just getting a change of scenery.

Riding Past UMC

Finally, the real fun of getting a new bicycling route is to learn all the nitty gritty little details of how to handle it just perfectly. From the very start of the ride, getting things underway to arriving at work and parking your bicycle, your bicycle commute becomes like a dance and for many the best part of the day.

Arriving at Work

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3 thoughts on “Adjusting to the New Commute”

  1. Dan Jenkels says:

    Great photos. I used to live right near UMC and often rode some of that same route.

  2. Ted Johnson says:

    I remember commuting in Tucson, and improvising through the grid. I don’t have the best sense of direction, so it was a lot of fun being able to explore new routes knowing I’d eventually encounter either the southern or the western limit of the graph.

    Hopefully your new commute has some options to take the canal routes.

    My First Two Tucson Commutes | BikeShopHub Blog

  3. I am about to start my own short commute on my bike as well. I think that is one of the greatest benefits of cycling, freedom. It liberates us from places accessible by walking, the bus, and especially the car. The bike is always a new perspective.

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