# Commuting - Sooo, does anybody care if I call my 7.60204 mile commute 8?

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destikon
09-17-09, 08:03 AM
I don't want to say 7 1/2 because it's longer. I feel like I'm cheating when I say 8. Can I round my commute up to the next half mile? Do you?

bizzz111
09-17-09, 08:16 AM
Why not just ride the extra 0.4 miles?

Doesn't make a difference over a week or a month, but over a year the lie will grow.

mrz80
09-17-09, 08:19 AM
7-1/2. 7.5 . Keep it honest. :)

rhm
09-17-09, 08:20 AM
Go for it!

In the last week before school started, my daughter and I went for a six day tour, and at the end my odometer read 396.7 or something. She was disappointed we didn't break 400 (okay, so was I:innocent:)! But it gave me a good opportunity to review some of the things she'd learned in math class last year, such as rounding numbers. Just as 396.7 rounds up to 400, 7.6 rounds to 8. Heck, you can even round it to 10:lol:!

Another option is to tweak your route a little so it comes out to 8.002 or something, but that's between you and your maker.;)

truman
09-17-09, 08:40 AM
Rounding down isn't an option? ;)

Lord Chaos
09-17-09, 08:43 AM
How certain are you of the numbers? My guess is that if you had really accurate distance measuring equipment, you'd find the real distance to be anywhere from 7.5 to 8.2 miles. How accurately did you calibrate your odometer? How accurate is it even if given the correct wheel circumference? Are the tires inflated to the pressure you used for calibration? Is the temperature the same?

If I were doing it I'd call it 7 miles just because it's easy. The motorcycle odometer read 17.6 for my ride from Santa Monica to where I work in downtown L.A. I estimated 18 for the street route, measured 16 using a ruler and a map but it comes out at 16.92 on Mapmyride. I don't have a cyclometer. Who knows? Takes 1:15 to make the trip and it's nicer than being on a bus. :)

rhm
09-17-09, 08:48 AM
Rounding down isn't an option? ;)

Of course it is! Anything under .5 rounds down. But .5 and over rounds up, so this thread is definitely in the "rounds up" category.

I would say OP commutes 8 miles, total 38 per week.

Unless the 7.60204 is each way, in which case I'd call it 15 miles per day, 76 miles per week.

Erick L
09-17-09, 08:49 AM

lil brown bat
09-17-09, 08:54 AM
"Sooo, does anybody care if I call my 7.60204 mile commute 8?"

I don't think anybody would care if you called it Myrtle. Why would we?

jeffpoulin
09-17-09, 09:03 AM
Or 61 furlongs.

I'd probably just say "7 or 8 miles" or 7.6 miles if I wanted to sound precise. I hate rounding up, though. I recently moved and on the first day of my new commute, my bike computer registered 69.92km for the round trip. A coworker asked how far it was per day and I said "about 70km". For some reason, I had to throw in that "about" because I knew it wasn't 70km, but 80 meters short of that.

Artkansas
09-17-09, 09:09 AM
I don't care.

destikon
09-17-09, 09:21 AM
How certain are you of the numbers? My guess is that if you had really accurate distance measuring equipment, you'd find the real distance to be anywhere from 7.5 to 8.2 miles. How accurately did you calibrate your odometer? How accurate is it even if given the correct wheel circumference? Are the tires inflated to the pressure you used for calibration? Is the temperature the same?

If I were doing it I'd call it 7 miles just because it's easy. The motorcycle odometer read 17.6 for my ride from Santa Monica to where I work in downtown L.A. I estimated 18 for the street route, measured 16 using a ruler and a map but it comes out at 16.92 on Mapmyride. I don't have a cyclometer. Who knows? Takes 1:15 to make the trip and it's nicer than being on a bus. :)

Google maps did this for me. http://www.flickr.com/photos/warmtransformer/3760595486/sizes/l/
So I'm betting it's fairly precise. I don't have an odometer either. I don't want one. They drive me crazy.

Unless the 7.60204 is each way, in which case I'd call it 15 miles per day, 76 miles per week.
That one.

Sawtooth
09-17-09, 09:35 AM
LOL, I can relate to this thread :). I have a 28-30 mile RT commute (depending on the route) that I regularly call 30. I have come to peace with it but at first I felt like I was cheating if I called a 29 mile commute 30.

Mendel
09-17-09, 09:36 AM
Just don't call it 16 miles round trip

billyymc
09-17-09, 09:59 AM
If I respond to this, it shows I must care on some level. So how can I respond and say "I don't care?" The only way to show I don't care at all, is to not respond. But then you won't know if I'm not responding because I didnt' see the thread, or because I just don't care. If I didn't care at all, would I have even clicked on the thread to find out what I should or shouldn't care about? Would I have edited this to point out that this last sentence was nonsense since the OP put the thrust of the thread in the thread title, if I didn't care?

This is so worrisome. I hope I don't lose sleep over this, OP.

mikeybikes
09-17-09, 10:01 AM
How many significant digits is that measurement to? If it really measured to 7.60204, you can safely call it 7.6020 miles.

Matt1972
09-17-09, 10:03 AM
Round it up to 8 and call it 42,240 feet

destikon
09-17-09, 10:11 AM
If I respond to this, it shows I must care on some level. So how can I respond and say "I don't care?" The only way to show I don't care at all, is to not respond. But then you won't know if I'm not responding because I didnt' see the thread, or because I just don't care. If I didn't care at all, would I have even clicked on the thread to find out what I should or shouldn't care about? Would I have edited this to point out that this last sentence was nonsense since the OP put the thrust of the thread in the thread title, if I didn't care?

This is so worrisome. I hope I don't lose sleep over this, OP.
Can I get that 20 seconds of my life back please?

rhm
09-17-09, 10:17 AM
Can I get that 20 seconds of my life back please?

Done.

destikon
09-17-09, 10:20 AM
Done.
ahh, that's better. yeah, pretty slow at work today.

DataJunkie
09-17-09, 10:28 AM
I don't care that I don't care that I don't care.

Change it to AUs.

Doohickie
09-17-09, 10:29 AM
What does it matter?

cmburch
09-17-09, 10:36 AM
I say my commute is less than 8 miles.

xiyangshen
09-17-09, 11:14 AM
So you round it up to 8. But thats one way so thats 16. But that rounds up to 20!
You can casually say "yeah, I have a 20 mile commute".

ComputeCommute
09-17-09, 11:27 AM
Just change the setting on your bike computer to a slightly larger tire size. This will push you over the 8 mile mark. ;)

pityr
09-17-09, 11:36 AM
the only one you are cheating is yourself

imi
09-17-09, 11:44 AM
uh didn't Einstein say that the faster you ride the shorter the distance gets? or summat like that ;) sooo... even if your computer says 7.6, it would appear to be 8 for the people at your workplace... which is what you're trying to say anyway :D ... Do you really think they care? Anything over a mile they won't believe anyway, hihi

white_feather
09-17-09, 11:45 AM
I think if you claim it as 8 and it's only 7.6 you will never be allowed to become President but you could still work for ACORN.

destikon
09-17-09, 11:52 AM
I think if you claim it as 8 and it's only 7.6 you will never be allowed to become President but you could still work for ACORN.
My boss would love that one. You could be his new golden boy.

destikon
09-17-09, 11:53 AM
the only one you are cheating is yourself
haha! Lighten up dude. I don't lose sleep over this.

09-17-09, 12:07 PM
I think you should just be honest and say 7.60204 every single time. Don't forget to emphasize the 0 with "zero" not "oh". Tell us how it goes. ;-)

Disposable
09-17-09, 12:17 PM
See comment #16 above about significant digits. 7.60204 miles? You're measuring your distance in miles to the 5th decimal place? To the nearest 5/8 of an inch? To a precision of 1 part in 760,000? If you are truly measuring your distance over 7 miles to the nearest 5/8 inch, then you should be unable to even ask your question. The idea of rounding to such a coarse degree would be so foreign a concept that it doesn't occur to you.

billyymc
09-17-09, 12:30 PM
Tell people it's just over 60 furlongs.

Yeah, it IS a slow day at work, as someone mentioned above. I wonder if I work at the same place as that guy.

Almost at 200 posts...almost.

noisebeam
09-17-09, 12:37 PM
My commute is 8.48 one way and 8.44 or 8.16mi the other depending on route choice. I usually say it is 8.5 if asked.

It doesn't matter, but sometimes people ask.

cooker
09-17-09, 12:41 PM
Kimble: "I thought you didn't care."
Gerard: "I don't."

nopinkbikes
09-17-09, 12:56 PM
Say it's about 8, a gentleman's commute around 8 miles.

It's like riding around just to get a couple of more miles to get that 100 miles
for a century. If it is 96 miles or over, just call it a gentleman's century, and be
done with it :)

pityr
09-17-09, 01:09 PM
haha! Lighten up dude. I don't lose sleep over this.

sry, I forgot to add the :)

09-17-09, 01:10 PM
You're cute.

DallasSoxFan
09-17-09, 01:19 PM
I'm going to call it 120,000 hands

f4rrest
09-17-09, 01:23 PM
Feel better about your rounding up to 8 if there are any climbs or wind.

destikon
09-17-09, 01:30 PM
Feel better about your rounding up to 8 if there are any climbs or wind.
Now that's a great thought. I have a mean 1 mile pull when I leave home and the same when I go home. There. Done. Settled.
BTW, 5 digits after the decimal is google maps doing. I'm not surprised people get bent out of shape over that though.

imi
09-17-09, 01:34 PM
Ah! but do all of you "non-cheaters" subtract the distance you COAST?? ;)

destikon
09-17-09, 01:43 PM
Ah! but do all of you "non-cheaters" subtract the distance you COAST?? ;)
I'm fixed most of the time.

Disposable
09-17-09, 02:21 PM
"BTW, 5 digits after the decimal is google maps doing. I'm not surprised people get bent out of shape over that though."

Well I guess I must be bent out of shape or I wouldn't be replying, huh? But if you haven't actually measured your distance to get that fanciful number, then why do you care about whether the number is accurate? Not that google's not accurate for its purposes, but you can't know what distortions the photos are subject to if you don't have something on the ground to compare them with. You want your commute to be 8 miles? It very well might be 8 miles. Try scaling your distance off a state map, I bet it'll show 8 miles just fine.

What can I say? I measure stuff for a living. And I KNOW how far my commute is. It's a mile and a half.

lil brown bat
09-17-09, 04:15 PM
My boss would love that one. You could be his new golden boy.

Does your boss watch a lot of Fox TV? You know, the station that gives you the REAL TRUTH?

lil brown bat
09-17-09, 04:17 PM
I'm fixed most of the time.

Whatever, as long as you're ok with it...I hope you completed your family first though.

BianchiDave
09-17-09, 04:21 PM
How would you be able to sleep at night if you do? :D

destikon
09-17-09, 04:27 PM
Does your boss watch a lot of Fox TV? You know, the station that gives you the REAL TRUTH?
Yeah *clears throat* fair and uh balanced. Yeah, I got it. And yes, your assumption is correct as with most of the yahoos I work with. Fixed? Ha!

nvincent
09-17-09, 04:36 PM
Every time you look at your odometer you'll feel more and more guilty until it drives you insane. Your odometer is your conscience. Obey your conscience.

bumperm
09-17-09, 04:54 PM
I've been known to (okay, I almost always do it if I'm not wiped-out tired) take a few laps around my driveway, after arriving home from a ride, to add a few tenths to bring the odo up to the next mile.

Pretty dumb, I guess . . . but it's tough going through life being goal oriented.:)