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Old 11-02-99, 10:47 PM   #1
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I used to commute 15miles round trip to and from work, but i moved not to long ago, and its closer to 50miles round trip. So i guess im just wondering how long commute is? I usually ride to work once a week, but 50miles is just killing me on a FS MTB... gota go invest in a road bike i guess

How long is your commute?
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Old 11-03-99, 12:49 PM   #2
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My commute is normally pretty short. I have to work like heck to add more miles onto it! What it lacks in miles it more than makes up in excitement, though--kamikazi car commuters jam the streets and that really keeps me on my toes.

So, actual mileage would be about 10 but add in the excitement factor and multiply that by the square root of a late office worker trying to put on mascara in the rear-view mirror and then multiply that by lane hogs than take that figure and round it to the nearest whole number and (clickety clack ching ching) that comes to roughly...um...100 miles a day! Wow!

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Old 11-03-99, 11:22 PM   #3
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Mine is about a 9 mile round trip. I have to add it seems like a lot more due to the stupid pople in car factor though! I do it every day.
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Old 11-04-99, 04:01 AM   #4
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My commute is around 9 miles each way.
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Old 11-06-99, 07:52 PM   #5
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Mine's about 14km. That gives me a round trip of about 28km. in miles that's 17 or 18 miles.

Fortunately part of my job is to organise bike rides so I can often get out and do a bit more all in the name of work.

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Old 11-28-99, 07:01 PM   #6
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I commute 30kms each way to work and back. On top of this I can chose a number of different routes giving me inexcess of 5 miles of steep climbing, having deviated from the valley floors or the coast line. The only problem I have is the wind, with an average wind speed for Wellington (NZ) of around 40km/hr ranging upto 100+km/hr on the not so calsm days!
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Old 12-27-99, 03:37 PM   #7
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My commute is about 34 kms round trip. The road is fairly nice and bike designated shoulders are designated on most of my commute. I've had to battle some strong head winds at time but I can usually cover the distance (one way) in about 35 minutes. The fresh air sure does wonder after work and often helps to get rid of headaches.

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Old 12-29-99, 09:58 PM   #8
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Lucky guy that i am my commute is against the flow of rush hour at 4:30pm and with the serenity of the night sky at 12:30am, total miles 30-35.
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Old 02-19-00, 11:28 PM   #9
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I commute 4 miles each way for a total of eight miles. I usually ride old bikes from the '60's, which are heavy, so it is like doing more miles in terms of effort.

Usually, I do all my other travels and errands by bicycle too, which all adds up.

I commute all year, even in winter when it is -10F to -20F and when it is snowing and rainging. Yup, I have a working automobile, but it sits for weeks at a time without being used.

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Old 02-20-00, 05:31 PM   #10
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For about 10 years my commute was 16 miles one way / 32 mi. round trip. Unfortunately, I now live 32.5 miles one way from work. The trip runs directly through the heart of a large metropolitan area. I drive it.
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Old 03-13-00, 01:25 PM   #11
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My commute is 15 miles one way. The morning ride goes pretty easy, but at the end of the day the flakes are out in abundance. Sometimes it takes me over an hour to make the ride. If my kids were older I would do the ride every day, as it is I only commute twice a week at the most.
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Old 03-13-00, 07:58 PM   #12
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I only commute about once or twice a month, even tho its only 20 miles round trip. i just dont trust the other drivers on the road, i guess...
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Old 03-22-00, 08:54 PM   #13
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I was commuting 5 miles each way till I got sick of it a little over 2 years ago. Now I'm retired (early, age 60) and need to start riding again! So that's on my agenda for tomorrow morning, March 23. I don't have a car, and when I commuted I did it in all weather, including downpours and sub-zero. I use both mtn bike and road bike and have no real preference, except that the mtn bike deals with the rough streets a little better.
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Old 05-24-00, 06:52 PM   #14
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Today was the first day I communted to work, which is about 11 miles each way. Considering how out of shape i am (and the fact that it was pouring rain) it's wasn't that hard at all. But next fall my commute might go up to 16 or so miles each way. Not sure if i'll be able to bike it every day, but we'll see.
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Old 01-22-05, 04:27 PM   #15
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9 miles, could take it down to about 7.5 miles but cant be bothered to take non main roads
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My commute is 18 miles each way to downtown DC. The ride is 14 miles on the bike path and 4 miles on the road.
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My commute is about 12 miles. About 9 of those miles are on the Norwottuck rail trail from Amherst to Northampton, MA, and the remaining 3 on the road. For the winter months (actually, for as long as I've held the job, minus one time doing the whole distance) I've been taking the bus for the first 9 and cycling the last three miles. Reverse that for the way home. I wouldn't mind cycling in snow, but 9 miles is just too much!
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My commute is about 15-16 miles each way... However I ride 3 miles in the afternoon to the bus stop and take the bus to work... then I ride home the 15-16 miles. I take the bus in the afternoon so I can sleep until 4:30pm. My commute home is @ 3am, which is actually lots of fun and I really enjoy the ride.
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Old 01-23-05, 05:39 AM   #19
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My 2005 commute is 26 miles round trip give or take few miles.


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Old 01-23-05, 09:53 AM   #20
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12 miles each way.
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10 miles round trip
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Old 01-23-05, 01:24 PM   #22
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16 miles one way, but i use the light rail so it is 5 or 6 miles actually ridden. I do ride all the way home once a week.
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32 miles round trip. 15 there and 17 back. Longer on the way back because of traffic at that time of day.
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16.9 miles, each way. Luckily only 3-4 miles of it are on public roads.
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My commute is 24 miles round trip via safe route, mostly bike path. 7 miles if you take a car down the main streets. I tried to go on some of the side streets that parallel the main streets that would make it more direct to work but the stops and narrow streets take too much time and is not safe in the morning.
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