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Old 09-27-13, 05:51 PM   #1
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So I started commuting to work today!

I recently started a ned job that a couple of miles from my home. I decided to ride in to work today. So I left early ( 1 hour) and headed in. I got to the shop 55 minutes early. So I chunked my backpack and trunk bak over the fence and enjoyed a 50 minute ride through the nearby community. I believe I will commute every day weather permits. I felt so good after getting my blood flowing before work.
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Old 09-27-13, 05:54 PM   #2
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Awesome!
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Old 09-27-13, 07:01 PM   #3
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I work from home now, so no commuting... but that's great! Kill two birds with one stone.

I would suggest always leaving yourself time to fix a flat, don't ask me how I figured that out. I got a flat once about a mile from home and was so depressed, I fixed it, went home and drove to work.
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Old 09-27-13, 08:11 PM   #4
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Awesome! I work at Lowe's Home Improvement and recently got permission to park my bike in the bull pen out back. So I will be commuting to work as well if weather permits
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Old 09-27-13, 08:24 PM   #5
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Pure jealousy here!!! I work about 17 miles from work and go to jobsites from there. Thankfully, I have a boss who hates golf but is a cycling fanatic...we usually cut out and do a "work" ride every two weeks.
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As much as the benefits would pay off I don't think I could commute to work by bike, it would become more of a chore instead of a fun ride for fitness, but that's my opinion - if you like it, more power to you!

Side note: My former workplace was 25 miles away one way and every route available consisted of nothing but hills. Maybe my next one will be better suited for bike commuting.
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Old 09-28-13, 06:41 AM   #7
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Why is it that I feel great about not riding to work?

I'm working hard at retirement.
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Old 09-28-13, 10:28 AM   #8
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My commute is around 14 miles one way, if I do the full commute. I find one of the benefits of commuting is it forces me to ride, which isn't a bad thing. There are many times I'd like to ride when I get home, but something comes up and prevents me from doing a ride.

I think get more joy out of commuting than my fitness rides. There is a point to the ride and I'm using time that I'd be commuting to ride. It takes me longer to ride to work than commute, but I figure for the extra time it takes is about what a ride would take then I get a free hour to ride which would be my commute time in a car.

Remember you don't have to commute the full way to work. You can drive part way and commute from there. It isn't an all or nothing deal.
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Good job, amrmatt!
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As much as the benefits would pay off I don't think I could commute to work by bike, it would become more of a chore instead of a fun ride for fitness, but that's my opinion - if you like it, more power to you!
You'd be surprised

My commute is 12 miles, one-way, so I ride at least 24 miles when I commute, sometimes more if I take the long way. It's a great way to get miles and honestly it's a lot of fun.

Welcome to the club amrmatt!
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Side note: My former workplace was 25 miles away one way and every route available consisted of nothing but hills. Maybe my next one will be better suited for bike commuting.
That sounds like a perfect bike commute.

I used to split my commute in half - drive the bike in the morning, ride home. Ride back the following morning, drive home. I could see how 50 hilly miles might be more than you'd want to tackle every day.
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Awesome. If I ever have to stop working from home, I would like to arrange this for my that job.
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It is a nice way to start the day. For 3 years I rode two miles to the train, took that to another state and then rode 8 miles to the office 3 days/week. Saw a lot of nice sunrises in the fall, winter and spring. Got there very early in the morning so I got to leave the office early to beat the afternoon traffic. While it occasionally felt like a drag, when I started driving it was worse in many ways. Driving to that office was the only time I got into an accident. I was also surprised at how even such a short commute contributed to weight management and fitness.

Now, my ride to work is less than 2 miles. I ride part of the way with the GF, so it's still a nice way to start the day. Now if only there were more bike parking outside my building.
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I will commute every day weather permits.
There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices.
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Awesome. If I ever have to stop working from home, I would like to arrange this for my that job.
You could always keep the bike in the house and ride in the hallway from the bedroom to your office and back every day. If you have a two story, then you can comment on everyone who complains about hills that you have to ride up and down stairs every day.
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Old 09-30-13, 01:14 PM   #16
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45-60 min of riding before work is perfect
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