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Old 08-03-08, 06:45 PM   #1
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Do you take the long way?

My route to work was only 8 miles one way so I started taking a 16 mile route instead. Its not a big deal, its mostly flat. So 16 easy miles, but more time on the bike, wake up, etc. Anyone else take the long way to work?
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Old 08-03-08, 08:12 PM   #2
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I'm less han 3 miles from work. My long way home from work has gone from 10 to 11.5 to 13 & now is up to 15 miles.
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Old 08-03-08, 08:15 PM   #3
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I'm 11 miles from work but today was so nice I had to leave early so I could get an extra five miles in would have done more but coffee & cake started calling me. I was still an hour early to work
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Old 08-03-08, 08:34 PM   #4
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8 miles one way - some days on my way home I'd like to take a longer route but I usually come home to see my family. When my commute was < 5 miles I sometimes added a little bit on the end.
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Old 08-03-08, 08:40 PM   #5
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I'm a big fan of mindlessly transporting myself from point A to point B. So, I sort of autopilot to work. From what I've read that's not normal for a bike commuter.
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Old 08-03-08, 09:01 PM   #6
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the shortest way to work is also the safest, so i take it (3mi). coming home sometimes i take a longer route, but only 1-2 times a week. I enjoy not being hot, tired, or sweaty when i get to work or back home.
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Yep. I did a neat hillier route to tack a little distance on last week. That was a nice way to end a Friday workday.
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The only times I DON'T take the long way is when: a.)I'm running late; b.)I'm carrying cargo -- groceries, etc.; c.)the weather is just too nasty (T'giving to about Val. Day).

I live 2 miles away from work, and my average RT is 10-11 miles daily. I'm looking at a transfer within my employer company, to a location 9-10 miles away -- partly to take on new challenges, work with a manager I respect a great deal, get away from a pack of clowns, and TO HAVE THAT COMMUTE!
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Old 08-03-08, 09:47 PM   #10
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Never the long way going to work. But the long way leaving work as often as I can.
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Old 08-03-08, 09:52 PM   #11
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You could say it's the long way. 3/4 of my 15 mile commute is on a recreational trail that follows a creek into town and is reasonably flat. Of course, being that its a recreational trail, I know I'm putting in an extra two to three miles to snake around the "scenic path."
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Old 08-03-08, 09:55 PM   #12
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16 miles each way - no real time to take the long way on the commute there and back, but add a mile or two sometimes when running errands on my off time. I sometimes change the "from work" route to add some hill training, which makes it more challenging, but doesn't add to the mileage.
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My bike ride to work is actually more direct compared to the same drive. I have to take all sorts of side streets in my car to avoid stuck traffic, while on my bike, I can just go past the stopped cars.
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My commute is/was 14 miles each way so it takes a good bit of time and I too want to get home to my family, but, I found out that if I take the 15.5 mile route, I miss a couple of lights so I do it in the same amount of time. I guess I do take the long way
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My round trip riding is 16 miles along with a 45min light rail trip to my office. Once a week I take the long way which skips the light rail ride and makes my round trip 58miles. Sometimes depending on my meeting sched I do the long way twice a week, but that has happened only twice this year.
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Old 08-03-08, 11:16 PM   #16
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Sometimes I'll take a longer route home along Lake Michigan, but not on the way to work.
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No, I take shortest route.
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My direct commute route is about 6.5 miles each way. Most days during the year I take a longer route to work, which is 13 to 15 miles. I take a different long route home so that my round trip becomes a zig zagging 25 to 30 mile loop through the cities of Mission Viejo and Lake Forest, CA. There are a dozen variations on my long loop routes, and I mix it up occasionally. During the summer season I don't add in too many tough hills, but typically I have about 1000' vertical each way on my commute ride.

There is no real winter in my area, but I take the direct short route a few times a month due to high winds, rainstorms or if I have plans that don't allow enough time in the afternoon for a one hour ride home.
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Never on the ride in, sometimes on the ride home. Probably not today, though... usually by the time I leave work, I just want to get home, have a quick shower and dinner. I've been toying with the idea of evening rides after dinner, but usually once I get home I find it hard to leave.
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The direct route is less than 4 miles. Any day that I take the direct route both ways is considered a failure.
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I have a variety of routes that I pick and choose from, everything from 12 miles direct route to a 35 mile long way. Lately I have been taking the 20 mile option quite abit to get some extra miles in without having to get up too early to get to work on time. On the way home it turns into play time a lot so that mileage really varies.

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I only take the long way on the way home. Try not to press my luck on the way to work.
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For me, the short way is 3.25 miles one-way on 50 m.p.h. 4/6 lane suburban arterials. There is enough of a shoulder to bike on, though it's pretty thin in some spots.

The long way is 8 miles one-way on 25-35 mph residential streets, with a 4'-6' fully marked and paved shoulder.

The long way is most certainly better than the short way, even if I'm in a hurry.

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I definitely go out of my way on the commute to access flatter roads, and roads less traveled by (including greenways). Thankfully, though my office is situated off of two of the busiest roads in my area, there is a greenway that allows me to come right up on it.

Yeah, it adds a few miles, but I've found I actually save time and I am less sweaty when I show up to work than tackling the busier roads with the climbs. Spending more time on the bike is just a bonus. So it's a win/win/win.
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