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Bike Commute Diaries: Flying with First Class Parking

17 Oct

When your boss is in Seattle and your boss’ boss is in Orange County, the airport starts to feel like just another transit station. See my bike in the parking garage at San Jose airport. See the terminal door behind the line of taxis. Priority parking without mileage requirements or paying for an upgrade.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

7 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Flying with First Class Parking

  1. Frank Peters

    October 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Looks like the inverted U bike racks are installed incorrectly; they should be turned 90 degrees for 2 points of contact with the bike.

     
    • ladyfleur

      October 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Yep, they got that important detail wrong. Last time, when I was parking overnight, I brought two U locks and attached the frame to the rack and used the second one to lock the wheels to the frame. A little trouble but it worked.

       
  2. NadiaMac

    October 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Nice! looks like the parking is in a very visible location, which is good for security.

     
    • ladyfleur

      October 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Both SJC and SFO have their racks in visible locations. These racks are visible from the car entrance to the garage where people stop to pull the ticket. The ones in SFO’s international terminal are right by the SamTrans bus stop.

       
      • Rachel Unger

        October 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        I have a question, but not on this topic – you’ve done rides with the LowKey folks before, right? How did you find that? I am debating joining their Thanksgiving ride this year.

         
  3. djconnel

    October 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’ve ridden with Low-Key before. The Thanksgiving ride is the best of the year. It is competitive, you want to be ready to make a good effort, but if you’re a decent climber you’ll have people to chase and that is great inspiration to produce a personal best time. Remember to bring 2 bottles and some gels, however, since it’s a long way to the top and it’s easy to become depleted even if you can do climbs like Old La Honda without either water or food.

     
    • Rachel Unger

      October 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Alright, thanks – I thought they were competitive, based on how they described themselves on the website. Good to know.

       

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