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What's the best way to track my bike trips, past and present?

I've recently started counting calories and tracking my exercise. I understand that accuracy can be difficult with this sort of thing, but I refuse to accept My Tracks' statement that I only burn 158 calories on my 7 mile bike ride to work. Is there an immediate answer to this, and is there a $100ish fitness tracker that would do a better job in the future? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Nice places to live in the middle of LA?

I just started a new job... as did my wife! We love our sleepy small town but my new commute is pretty killer, so I'm tentatively looking for someplace new to live. Any suggestions? Criteria below the fold. [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Best used ebike for my needs?

It's clear—maybe even more than with regular bikes—that rider and environmental factors are important in the selection process. So PLEASE all you ebike-savvy folks out there, share your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jan 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me schlep my stuff!

I recently started commuting by public transit and need help carrying all my stuff. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Jan 5, 2015 - 20 answers

What are your favorite life-enhancing podcasts? Pls suggest away!

Help me make the best of a much longer drive to work - through podcasts. What are your favorite podcasts to listen to? [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Dec 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me hate my commute less

I changed jobs last month and my commute (on the subway) has doubled. I'm finding it hard to deal with the packed subway cars and could do with some help. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Nov 25, 2014 - 26 answers

Single working mother moving to DC: Falls Church or Silver Spring?

I am hoping to land my dream job in the heart of DC. The pay would be great for a single person, but as a working single mother, it won't be amazing. I am concerned about the usual: safety, quality of public schools, and commute times. Is Falls Church really that much better than Silver Spring? Is the red line as bad as I hear? [more inside]
posted by JanewayJunior on Nov 10, 2014 - 20 answers

Traffic Information and my Calendar

Trying to find a good way to automate an alert letting me know I need to leave for work to arrive on time (based on curent traffic conditions) and Google Now is failing me. [more inside]
posted by szg8 on Oct 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Walkable neighborhood and non-terrible commute - possible in LA?

Yet another entry in the "where should I live in LA" files: I got a job with an aerospace company in the El Segundo/Hawthorne area. I'm thinking about living in Palms. Will I hate my commute? Are there other places I should consider living? [more inside]
posted by sigmagalator on Oct 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Almost 2 hour commute - is it worth it?

I'm really interested in applying for this job but it would mean a commute of around 1 hour and 45 minutes one way each day (by reliable public transportation). I live in the suburbs so I am used to taking the underground everywhere and to it being a minimum of an hour before getting to where I want to go (but I don't do this on a daily basis). I'm worried almost 4 hours total of public transportation a day might be pushing it. [more inside]
posted by Blissful on Sep 28, 2014 - 48 answers

Is the commute worth it?

My boss is asking me to take on a long commute for no additional compensation. Is this reasonable? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by cosmologinaut on Sep 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Run-commuting! Is it possible for me?

Would love to run instead of taking the bus to the train station for a thousand reasons, but the logistics of it are making me sweat! Most posts/websites on this topic deal with a simpler commute than what I have. Mine involves several legs (and my own legs would like to run whenever possible!). Could you help me, Mefites? [more inside]
posted by Pieprz on Sep 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Should I move?

Should I move from the small city where I work to the bigger and more exciting nearby city when my lease is up in two months? [more inside]
posted by Henrietta Stackpole on Aug 23, 2014 - 23 answers

Will an Old Town Alexandria to Tyson's commute drive me insane?

Northern VA MeFites: I live next to the Braddock Road metro in Old Town Alexandria, and am considering a job in Tyson's. In terms of a commute by car, is this a Very Bad Idea? Which route would you recommend the most & which should I avoid? I considered a blue-to-silver line commute, but the daily round-trip total comes out to $14.70, way more than I can afford. I've been in the DC area for 4 years, all involving a straight blue line commute.
posted by invisible ink on Jul 16, 2014 - 15 answers

NJ to CT?

Hi, I recently was offered a job on 1st Ave near Grand Central in NYC. I live in Maplewood, NJ which makes for a rather long commute so my wife and I have discussing the possibility of CT or Upstate NY. We really like the culture of Maplewood. It's very diverse and accepting. A lot of families move from Brooklyn and it has a very artsy culture. I was wondering if anyone knows of towns in the NY or CT that have a similar feel?
posted by Shanachie on May 19, 2014 - 29 answers

I want to ride a bike to work, but that is.. terrifying.

I rode a bike when I was a kid, but that was about 15-20 years ago now. In order to get to work I'd have to go down a mid-steep hill, covered in gravel and/or mulch. I'm finding it really scary, is it possible to feel confident on a bike, starting essentially from scratch? what kind of bike? help! [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on Apr 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Disarming things one can say when giving up a seat on the bus?

I regularly run into a semi embarrassing situation when offering my seat to someone on the bus, and I would prefer to give both myself and the stranger in question easier outs. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 26, 2014 - 52 answers

What jobs do these people have?

The only suits I see on my commute are very young guys, recent-grad-looking, with trying-to-look-expensive shoes. What kind of jobs do they have? Are they paralegals? Entry-level-finance? (what would that even mean?) [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Mar 5, 2014 - 25 answers

How can I deal with looming burnout as a mature student?

I’ve been doing a kind of post-bac for the past couple of years and am in the home stretch, but I’m feeling burned out, given a long commute and care-taking obligations. What can I do to help myself push through? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Feb 18, 2014 - 16 answers

Map Tool to Create an Area based on Commute Times

Are there any online mapping tools that given a starting address and a starting time and a maximum time spent commuting will draw a border enclosing the area you could drive to in typical traffic at that time? The idea is if I want to live within 45 minutes of work I would give it my work address, the time I normally leave work to go home at night, and the maximum time I'm willing to spend on my typical commute and it would draw a boarder the encloses the area in which I'd be looking to find a home, knowing any other neighborhood/address would be outside my maximum commute time. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Bay Area Apartments: Explain like I'm 5

I have a job offer in San Francisco. I understand that renting there is more difficult than it's ever been. My requirements are: I want to be able to walk + bike + BART/Bus to work, which is around South Beach. Other than that, I am cool with East Bay, South, whatever. I could swing $2500-ish a month, but that is an upper boundary. Tell me about neighborhoods, tell me whether there exist "apartment headhunters" who could reliably do this for me, school me thoroughly. Thank you in advance.
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2013 - 13 answers

For the first time I'll have to commute to Sacramento during rush hour.

I will probably have to spend the entire month of November commuting into Sacramento from Davis. I will DEFINITELY have to travel during rush hour periods. I only got a car a few months ago and I've never had to do the job-type-commute-out-of-town thing before. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Oct 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Do we stay or do we go now? (DC edition)

My partner and I live in Capitol Hill in DC. She's been offered a job in Annandale. With our lease set to expire at the end of November, we're trying to figure out where we should live. Please help us decide! [more inside]
posted by cheeserk on Oct 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Dressing nicely in cold bus commute

If I'm wearing ugly but comfy boots to commute and change into flats at work, what do I do about my socks? Put on cold sweaty socks at the end of the day or schlep fresh ones? Please show your work. I've already given up finding shoes to change into that will hide my socks and can go with dresses and pants. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Sep 20, 2013 - 16 answers

What Other Chicago Neighborhoods Are Most Like Andersonville?

In a few months, I am moving to Chicago. I will be working in Hyde Park, and am trying to decide where to live. I am rather enamored of Andersonville. What other neighborhoods might I like? [more inside]
posted by willbaude on Sep 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Open Source: Foreign Language

I am looking for an open-source / commons repository of any spoken language. Preferably free, otherwise just well-formatted. [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Green Acres Redux: From Boston Metro to NH or RI

My husband and I live in Boston. As part of its annual employee survey, his employer is asking whether he would be willing to relocate. The most likely locations would be facilities in southern New Hampshire or northern Rhode Island. It would be theoretically possible to stay where we live and he would reverse commute to those locations, but based on past experience, it would be over an hour each way. So, if his job were moved, we might relocate—and so we turn to you, MeFi, for your perspectives on those locations and whether we’d be happy living there or nearby. [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on Aug 23, 2013 - 11 answers

I think I've got the basics down; how can I improve my bicycle skills?

I'm new to bike riding as an adult; I'm riding to work but would like to improve in the areas of balance, stamina, and pace. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Benefits, my ass.

Is there ANY way I can cash in my "commuter benefits" debit card? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 9, 2013 - 35 answers

Bike costs - am I doing it wrong?

It's really expensive to maintain my bike! Is this normal, or should I be doing something different? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 8, 2013 - 38 answers

Hack my commute

I need to commute from my home in Denver to my 9-5ish job in Boulder. Please help me reduce time spent in traffic! [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble on Jul 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Handheld games for the bus commute

I ran out of games to amuse me on my commute. Can you help me find some iOS games according to my special snowflake requirements for my iPod touch? I'm looking for games I can play holding the iPod in one hand in portrait mode, no internet required, and that won't be disrupted by a bumpy bus ride. Thanks!! [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Shorter commute vs interesting city?

My partner and I are moving from a major northeast city to the Bay Area this summer and are looking for input on the commute/quality of life balance. [more inside]
posted by sidewalkchalk on Jun 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Seattleites! Would this be a stupidly long commute?

I'm moving to Seattle and working in multiple locations. Looking at renting a room in Licton Springs (near Greenlake) and commuting. Bad idea? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by bootswiththefur on May 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Recommendations for cheap, lightweight rain jacket-y thing for biking

I bike commute every day year round and as a result often end up biking in the rain. I need recommendations for a lightweight, compact rain jacket-y thing that I can carry with me every day in my bag. It needs to be comfortable for summer. If it's a women's jacket, it needs to fit an XL-XXL with broad shoulders; men's jackets are also okay provided that the fit is fairly tailored. Compactness is key - I carry a medium-sized messenger bag and my current rain jacket takes up most of the room when I bring it. Warmth isn't really a concern as this is for times when I can't wear a wool jacket and hat. Should not be designed to fit super tight, as it will need to go over a shirt and possibly a light cardigan. Cheap is better than expensive, but I would pay for a spendy one if it were perfect.
posted by Frowner on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Should I accept my nightmare commute in order to take my dream job?

I've been offered my dream job! But between it and me is my worst nightmare--a terrible 1hr+ commute in LA traffic. A commute like this is a deal breaker for me, but at the same time, this position is a career-maker and I really want to figure out how to make it work. Does anyone have suggestions, tricks, or creative ideas to make my commute better? Specifics and details below. [more inside]
posted by brenton on May 16, 2013 - 75 answers

What are some good books for quicker, disjointed reading sessions?

I commute to and from work, which involves busses and trains transfers and other general distractions, and while I really enjoy reading on this commute, I can't sink my teeth into heavier books that require a ton of concentration to comprehend and follow (I save those for the weekends). I have found that lighter books with shorter chapters and engaging storylines are easiest to read in this atmosphere. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on May 3, 2013 - 21 answers

20-25 minute podcasts

I have a new commute that is a 25 minute walk from door to door. I'd like to find some podcasts to fill this time. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 29, 2013 - 28 answers

A few cheap towns near DC?

Where should I move in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic US that is within a few hours drive or (better) train ride of both DC and NYC? I'll be working from home and have a few additional "nice to have" requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Nov 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Not quite ready for the land of artisanal snausages

Am I making a mistake in my choice of NYC neighborhood? Details within for your much-appreciated sanity check and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Nov 20, 2012 - 26 answers

Where Can I Find Free and Legal Downloadable Videos for Android?

Mrs. COD gifted me yesterday with a shiny new Nexus 7 for my birthday. Where can I find free or cheap video programming to entertain myself on 1 my one hour each way daily commute? [more inside]
posted by COD on Nov 19, 2012 - 8 answers

F**k the Truck

Every weekday my commute is either easy -- because there are almost no big trucks on the road -- or terrible -- because the freeway is packed with a solid line of big trucks. Why is it like that? What do I not understand about shipping, trucking and/or logistics that makes this such an either/or proposition? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

How To Deal With Spouse Stress?

My husband has just gotten a new job in his dream company at much higher pay/benefits after a long and stressful search. That's the good part. The bad part is this job involves a lot more responsibility, longer hours, commuting time, and a much bigger project to oversee. How can I help him deal with the increased workload and stress when he is clearly having trouble adjusting to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me get the most out of my commute

My commute is now me driving alone - what can I do to stay "busy" in the car? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel on Aug 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Train Of The Damned

How to fix a lousy afternoon commute routine? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 29, 2012 - 31 answers

Commuting by bike - soup to nuts

Biking to work. Don't even own a bicycle. I have a month to prepare. Please impart your wisdom on this newbie. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Aug 23, 2012 - 27 answers

How to buy a used scooter?

How should I go about buying a used scooter? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Aug 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Dining while driving

What are some dinner foods that I can eat while driving? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Aug 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Will an ASUS Zenbook Prime survive a daily bicycle commute in a rear pannier?

Will an ASUS Zenbook Prime survive a daily bicycle commute in a rear pannier? [more inside]
posted by cimuir on Aug 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find carpooling partners

I'm having trouble finding carpooling partners in the northwestern exurbs of Baltimore. Please help. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

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