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    VLCC (Very Long Commute Club) - 11/2/2015 - Week 45

    I noticed a reference to the VLCC which is the Very Long Commute Club and it seems to have roots in the Extreme Commuter Club. Seems interesting so I'll revive it and each Sunday night or Monday morning someone should start the next thread.

    Here is what was said the VLCC is, according to here: VLCC (Very Long Commute Club) week 1

    Quote Originally Posted by CigTech View Post
    There is only one rule to the VLC club. If it is a long commute to you then your in. With that said any one can join. So even if you only have a 1 mile commute but it's a long commute to you then your in. Does not matter what bike you ride or where you live.

    We will be talking about tips that you use to help you on your long commute. Like how to stay cool on hot day's or warm on cool days. What gear you ride with: Tire flat kits, tools, ect....
    I would like to reiterate that a "long commute" is relative to YOU, and could change. My current door-to-door commute is long for me but if I get in better shape or it becomes a better habit, it may not be as long to me anymore. For now it's long.

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    My door-to-door commute is 17.7 miles (28.49 km) , give or take the GPS accuracy. This last time it took me 1hr 22min. That ride in itself isn't that epic but for a "get to work" or a "get home from work" time it is. And for me it's the time, not the distance.

    Currently I'm only commuting one-way but working towards doing it 4 days a week.
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    Mine is 21.5 miles door to door.
    Most days I combine my commute to work with the commuter train, to save a few miles. Most nights I ride the whole length home, but the commuter train is available if I need it.
    I average ~30mi/day.

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    My commute used to be very long (18.6 km one way) when I started, but it's much shorter now (18.6 km one way). The more I ride the shorter the distance seems. So to make it feel longer I've taken to adding more distance to my morning rides. So now my R/T commute varies between 37 and 80 km. I rarely do 37, and occasionally do 80. Most days it's between 45-60.

    I aim to take the car once or twice a month for the next couple of months, and during January and February I'll allow myself up to 10 drives per month.

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    My commute will probably continue to be long for me because the weather is changing. In the future when the weather is nice I'll end up making it long on purpose and I've even got plans to do a 50 mile "into work" commute once a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
    I aim to take the car once or twice a month for the next couple of months, and during January and February I'll allow myself up to 10 drives per month.
    I like that concept! 10 free passes! It forces you to make decisions on when you use those passes.
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    My commute is 18 miles door to door. 36 miles round trip crossing over into another state. I like it. Hard works on windy days though. Last Thursday, I wanted to just give up, get off the bike, crawl in a fetal position and suck my thumb. The winds were terrible.
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    16 miles door to door for me. 32 miles total. Takes approx 1 hour and 9 minutes at a slow general pace to get there. However in the summer i can dust it and get there in about 55 minutes at a good pace. The more you do it, the shorter it feels and you get into a routine and get use to it.

    Also you never have to think about exercise anymore... its a natural habit with this commute.

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    My commute is 17 miles door-to-door taking the most direct paved route. It used to be 12.6, but I just moved further from the office about a month ago. Many days I like to mix it up a little with my commuter (a cyclocross bike) and take alternate gravel routes. Nice to get on roads less traveled...

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    Cool, glad you're reviving it, @WonderMonkey!

    My commute's a little less than 7 miles each way, so it doesn't count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Cool, glad you're reviving it, @WonderMonkey!

    My commute's a little less than 7 miles each way, so it doesn't count.
    What it was across ravine's and cliffs and shark infested waters?
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    Besides listing how far we ride to work, what will we discuss in the VLCC?

    I like that it's open to anyone who bicycle commutes. The purpose of the club is evading me.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    Besides listing how far we ride to work, what will we discuss in the VLCC?

    I like that it's open to anyone who bicycle commutes. The purpose of the club is evading me.
    I will get a gopro and record my ride in edited form to see the beauty of the ride and the river i ride along in the morning. I think tips and support is a good bit of topics too

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    Besides listing how far we ride to work, what will we discuss in the VLCC?

    I like that it's open to anyone who bicycle commutes. The purpose of the club is evading me.
    It does seem like many of the older threads petered out after most of the active posters had noted their distance.

    As far as purpose... I think it's kind of a solidarity thing. Even among many/most cyclists, there is an idea that bikes are only practical up to a certain distance or timeframe, and it's kind of fun to demonstrate to the contrary. Things like commuting and RAGBRAI opened my eyes to the distances that could be covered by bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    Besides listing how far we ride to work, what will we discuss in the VLCC?

    I like that it's open to anyone who bicycle commutes. The purpose of the club is evading me.
    That's a good question! What I read into the description was it for people who have a difficult commute, whatever that means to them. If that is true, then I suppose the next question is "OK, sounds good ...... so what?" Not sure I have a good answer. Is it a thread for those that struggle can encourage each other? Maybe. Is it a thread that ...... well I don't have another thought, one that is any good anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomaso1985 View Post
    I will get a gopro and record my ride in edited form to see the beauty of the ride and the river i ride along in the morning. I think tips and support is a good bit of topics too
    Right on. The Dallas Morning News interviewed me for a story on the recent progress the city has made in becoming more bike friendly. Their photographer attached a couple of GoPros to me and my bike to document my ride across Dallas.

    So here's my commute:
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    Right on. The Dallas Morning News interviewed me for a story on the recent progress the city has made in becoming more bike friendly. Their photographer attached a couple of GoPros to me and my bike to document my ride across Dallas.

    So here's my commute:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIQj...iPnk92BHVFpjvg
    kudos! I once had the local paper do a write-up on my commute, although not as professional as yours Awareness about bicycle commuting and safety is always welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
    My commute used to be very long (18.6 km one way) when I started, but it's much shorter now (18.6 km one way).
    Is my arithmetic rusty, or is that the exact same distance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfowler85 View Post
    Is my arithmetic rusty, or is that the exact same distance?
    Whoosh I think what he meant was, it seemed long when he started, and seems short now.
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    ^^Exactly^^

    First time I rode home in the afternoon on a route that I had no business riding, into a heavy, heavy headwind, seemingly constant uphill, on a very upright hybrid bike, with traffic zipping by at 80 km/h. It took me over 75 minutes to cover the 20 km route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    Right on. The Dallas Morning News interviewed me for a story on the recent progress the city has made in becoming more bike friendly. Their photographer attached a couple of GoPros to me and my bike to document my ride across Dallas.

    So here's my commute:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIQj...iPnk92BHVFpjvg
    Great video and great content!
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    I'm going to jump in and claim some commuting miles. I commuted 1 way for a week while my wife's car was in the shop and decided it was doable both ways. I rigged up my Jamis with a rack and panniers I already had and made it into a 30+ pound rig (it needs to diet as much as I do, pretty much any wheelset would be an upgrade). I'm on day 3 of commuting both ways, 12 miles in, 14 miles home. The MUP that will make this a 25 mile ride (but keep me off the roads) is partially funded and I think it's scheduled to be completed in 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    Whoosh I think what he meant was, it seemed long when he started, and seems short now.
    Huh...wordy prose is always lost on me.
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    I've been giving some thought to the idea commuting to work on my bicycle for quite some time.. I just kind of find ways to sabotage my own mind about it.... The commute isnt that long.. around 11km or 7 miles. But, people here angry aggressive drivers, and hit and runs are very common.. The roads (asphalt) are garbage.. and my work place does not have showers..

    EDIT: + I just cant seem to figure out what to wear during my commute, dont know if I should do full on bibshorts and jersey.. or try regular shorts ont top of bike shorts with chamois. I usually go to work wearing jeans and a button shirt with the sleeves rolled, so I'll def have to pack some clothes..
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    Quote Originally Posted by olivieri_velo View Post
    EDIT: + I just cant seem to figure out what to wear during my commute, dont know if I should do full on bibshorts and jersey.. or try regular shorts ont top of bike shorts with chamois. I usually go to work wearing jeans and a button shirt with the sleeves rolled, so I'll def have to pack some clothes..
    I picked up a pair of Zoic mountain bike shorts and have used them as my commuter shorts. They came with a padded liner which you can remove and then wear over your other bike shorts. You can also buy them without the liner.

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