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Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

View Poll Results: What do you regularly use to monitor your performance when commuting?
Speedometer 31 81.58%
Cadence 6 15.79%
Stopwatch 9 23.68%
HRM 2 5.26%
Power meter 0 0%
4 of the above 1 2.63%
All of the above 0 0%
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Old 06-16-06, 01:21 PM   #1
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Redux: commuting by the numbers

howdja do that??
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Old 06-16-06, 01:27 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-06, 01:34 PM   #3
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Wait... I think I understand the question.

1) Get a job

2) Get a bike and associated equipment

3) Plan Route

4) Ride to Work

5) Work

6) Ride Home (or where ever you want to go)

7) Have A Life

8) Go back to #4 when necessary

This assumes that you already have a place to live...

Each section can be subdivided.
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Old 06-16-06, 02:11 PM   #8
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Wait... I think I understand the question.
Interesting interpretation.

I was guessing that this thread would be about recording statistics of a commute -- such as keeping a log of mileage, times, best times, maintenance schedule, etc.
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Old 06-16-06, 02:11 PM   #9
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I wonder what this will do
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Dude, join the discussion in the other thread...http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=204187
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Old 06-16-06, 02:18 PM   #11
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Easy. I go down 2nd Ave. for 25 blocks, then turn left on 42nd St.
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Redux: commuting by the numbers

A couple weeks ago, I bought an HRM and started commuting with it. As a general rule, I don't try to evaluate my performance on my commute because I have a tendency to ride too hard. The HRM has been no exception -- I've been trying to keep my rate up a bit higher than I should have so my legs are toast right now.

I was curious which of the following people regularly use on a commute. Check all that apply.

Crud, I just realized I forgot a "none of the above" option and don't know how to edit the poll.
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Old 06-16-06, 02:28 PM   #13
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I can "feel" the heart and cadence, but my sense of speed and time is questionable while riding. I ride the same route so often, that I know if I'm having a bad day by my speed in that section of the commute. I gauge overall performance by average speed, but time myself w/ stopwatch feature occassionally to capture A to B timing, as well.
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I decided that the more numbers my bike is telling me, the less fun I end up having. I no longer have a computer on my bike (or any other gadgets except lights).

I prefer to go as fast as is enjoyable rather than forcing myself to keep a higher pace, since I end up feeling like I'm working instead of enjoting myself.
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I also took my computer off my commuter. The speedometer was distracting and I was only using the clock. I stuck an old Timex in my handlebar bag so I can check my schedule.
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I still have my computer on my commuter. I use it to check the time (am I late?), my "speed" riding up hills , and sometimes my cadence.
[edit] And of course the distance ridden during the day -- including odd trips to the store, lunch, etc. [/edit]
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I decided that the more numbers my bike is telling me, the less fun I end up having.
This is basically my experience. I've used everything except a power meter for commuting. I find that if the numbers are lower than normal, I try to catch up. If they're normal, I try to crank it up a notch. If they're better than normal, I go for the record. The effect is that I spend a lot of time in pain even though I know it's a lousy way to improve myself as a cyclist. However, when the ride doesn't even last an hour each way, I don't feel like I get any exercise if I take an easy pace.
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I don't have any of those things. I measure my performance on my commute by the size of the smile on my face.

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I don't have any of those things. I measure my performance on my commute by the size of the smile on my face.

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+1 bingo. If you're using you're commute as part of training for races, centuries etc., then I can understand, but if you're obsessing over numbers just for the sake of obsessing then you might want that disorder checked out by a shrink
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I use the speedo to simply log miles... and I check my speed from time to time. The other day I found myself doing 19-20MPH on my heavy commuter in a place where I typically only do just over 17... so an indicator that I was feeling real good that day.
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+1 bingo. If you're using you're commute as part of training for races, centuries etc., then I can understand, but if you're obsessing over numbers just for the sake of obsessing then you might want that disorder checked out by a shrink
Yeah, but cyclists can be compulsive as a group.

Even if I'm not measuring anything, I make sure I stand for at least 4 miles/day to make sure that my climbing legs are good. I'm a spinner by disposition, but I also make sure I work in some sprints. Big rides are much more fun if you're in condition.
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I don't monitor my performance during my commute, but always check it afterward using cyclocomputer data

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Cadence for me. Otherwise, I get bored.
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Commuting is a trial of time and nothing else for me. If a leave for work a few minutes late and fight a headwind, then it is a race against time. Coming home, I can go as slow or fast as I want to. This evening, I did my 11 miles in a personal best of 40 minutes thanks to a tailwind.
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Commuting is a trial of time and nothing else for me. If a leave for work a few minutes late and fight a headwind, then it is a race against time. Coming home, I can go as slow or fast as I want to. This evening, I did my 11 miles in a personal best of 40 minutes thanks to a tailwind.
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