My commute is a great length (about 6 miles -- with the terribly timed traffic lights in Beijing that takes about 30 minutes), and I can already feel that I'm a stronger cyclist after only a month. I just learned this week that I'm to move to Shanghai, a city built on a much more human scale. While I haven't yet spent much time there, mapping out possible commutes based on what I've heard are nice areas to live gives me distances in the 1-2 mile range. It's a sign of what this forum has done to me that I find the thought of commuting only 1-2 miles very depressing.
Who among you has a short commute that you have lengthened for the sake of a longer ride, and how do you motivate yourself in the morning (i.e. how do you get out of bed when you know you really could just sleep in and do the shorter ride)?
Any wise words would be much appreciated. And here's hoping that I can find a nice apartment in an inconvenient part of town
Edit: One thing that really scares me: How can I justify buying more bikes and accessories with such a short commute?