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Polished rants, fervent opinionation, vibrant liquidity, cheap sportcoats, strong coffee, beer, punk rock & cycling. CommuterDude's blog is the source for bicycle commuters & hopeless mileage hogs everywhere.

Keith Gates writes from Johnson County in a rambling, stream-of-consciousness style about commuting, ultra-cycling, and various other obsessions.

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Did I Have it Right All Along? 01-27-2024
If you've spent any time at all surfing these pages you know I have posted hundreds of thousands of words trying to articulate the benefits of commuting to work by bicycle, and it is very nice to see that this topic is still as relevant today as it has ever been.  […]
Mental Health and My Recent Cycling Struggles 12-06-2023
Vulnerability time.  This isn't really a post with a lot of research or specific insights into the benefits of cycling on mental health, but is rather a simple reflection on the last few years of my personal cycling, and - more specifically - how the pandemic […]
Confidence and Passion: Like Fine Wine? (A 2022 Wrap-Up Post) 12-28-2022
As 2022 draws to a close, it seemed like - once again - a good time to draft a post to wrap up some thoughts on the year... and some random spouting on the completion of a 5-year journey through adult education that just wrapped up, as well.The excuses are beginning to fall […]
The Summer Check-In 08-03-2022
 It's the 2022 edition of the summer blogpost... which will be very, very short indeed... we are still in the throes of the educational hurricane, but only a scant handful of weeks left until we get spit out the other side.  75-days from this writing, […]
The Horizon Gets Closer 08-05-2021
Yep yep ... it's been pretty quiet on this site for a long time; but more content is on the horizon.  For now, we're still out there writing a great story.How 'bout you?The view from Signal Oak, 7/5/2021 
Spring Training 07-21-2021
 I write this with a great deal of hope for the new year, as it seems the headwinds are ... slowly ... shifting toward a better outlook.  While it might be another full 12-months before we're truly back to "normal" (whatever that looks like), […]
Getting the Best Out of the Worst 07-13-2021
Welcome to 2021 ...But, before we get all wistful and begin predictions on how great this year will be, I just want to take a breath and hope for a second that we're all not just fooling ourselves.  2020 taught me a LOT, and even if "normal" is never […]
Another End-Of-Summer ...er, Fall... Post 11-13-2020
... But, this time it's 2020 ...  (sigh)I'm not going to say much about it here.  Why add to the noise?  Until this whole thing blows over, I'm basically sticking to my original plans to limit contact with people as much as possible.  It's […]
A 200km Tale: Flirting with Disaster ... again ... and Lessons for Long-Distance Cycling's New Landscape. 06-18-2020
  More than a photo dump from a recent big ride, this post hopefully serves as a personal list of do's and don'ts for any of my future events in this "new world" we live in these days.  Little doubt exists that ... sigh, do I HAVE to […]
What We Can - and Should - Do. 03-21-2020
Some of this is echoed in social media already, but expanded-upon and revised, so give it a read - even if you already have recently:I'm trying to avoid typing any buzzwords here - that's not the sort of click-bait sorta stuff I'm into; but, if you're […]

Last Update: December 4th, 2013