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Old 02-13-09, 11:16 AM   #1
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Distance of your commute

What's your one way - trip? Is the round trip just double that or do you have any add-ons? How lone does it take in the morning and does it take any longer on the way home? If so, why?

For me the 17 mile trip in was between 50 minutes and 1 hr 10 minutes. The trip home was always longer due to afternoon head winds from the West, so about 1 hr 30 minutes.

I did some add-ons as well, like an extra 5 miles east to my gym. On those days the round trip was 44 miles and the trip home sometimes took 2 hours.

Our company is moving in 2 weeks and my commute will be shorter (13 miles) but will be mostly downhill to work and mostly uphill going home. It'll be a straight North / South route so hopefully the afternoon head winds won't be as much of an issue and I'm not planning any add-ons.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:37 AM   #2
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I have three choices on mine. Only two which I really consider. Home to work is 24 miles for me. I have ridden the route, but never commuted it before. My second option, which I did during the summer off and on, was to ride 14 miles or so to get across the river, and then take Light Rail (city train) the rest of the way in. My usual, and only commute this winter has been five miles one way. Up hill there, down hill back home. I am able to do this because my wife's work is on the way to mine, so she drives the car to work, I follow on bike, shower there (nice perk) and grab the car for the rest of the way in. It makes for a pleasant commute both ways, that is neither physically or mentally overtaxing.

I started commuting for a couple reasons after many years of not riding at all. I have already signed up for Cycle Oregon this year, so at this point, Im contemplating if and when I want to make the total jump to the longer 28 mile roundtrip commute.

I never minded it on the way in, I was often less enthusiastic on the way home. lol.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:43 AM   #3
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I ride about 9 miles each way. I take a different route home because what is safe to drive at 5am is too dangerous for my tastes at 3pm. It adds about half a mile which is almost meaningless at that distance.

My enthusiasm for the ride home depends on if the wind is in my face or at my back.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:49 AM   #4
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About 11 in and 12 home, because in the morning I stay on the streets for a longer time before hopping on the bike path. These roads are OK for bikes at 7am but not so much 11 or 12 hours later. Both ways take about 45min with stops, lights, road crossing, etc. because the ride in is marginally more uphill than coming home.

I extend the ride home in various ways, though rarely outside of daylight savings time.
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I car pool into work and then ride home either road or trail. During the nicer times of the year I'll head all the way to the house which is any where from 40 to 60 miles depending on the route. In the dead of winter I'll park my car just outside of Riverside State Park and stricly ride trail or dirt roads and cover 18 miles or more with options to add as many miles as I feel like. I have the luxuary of choosing dozens of different routes on or off road. Life is good!
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Old 02-13-09, 11:52 AM   #6
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7 mile each way minimum. When weather's nice I take alternate routes that stretch that out to 10 miles or longer on the way home. Sometimes I have to ride to a different office which is 15 miles each way; my normal office is along the way out.

I average 10-13 mph depending on energy level, weather, etc.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:01 PM   #7
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10 miles round trip of biking, the rest by Metro Rail. This is if I bike past the closest Metro stop in the morning and evening. and go to the next one to catch the train. If I bike to the closest stop to my house, the commute is 9 miles round trip. I am contemplating the jump to skipping two Metro stops before getting on in the morning, which would add another mile or so to the commute each way, or about 12 miles total, if I also got off at that stop on the ride home (which traffic-wise, might not work so well). As with previous poster, I tend to hover around 11-12 mph average.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:08 PM   #8
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My usual route via bike path and streets is 10.5 miles each way. Takes about 40 minutes. If I do the streets route only (no bike path) I end up doing only about 9 miles each way and it takes about 30 minutes.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:14 PM   #9
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In the winter, it's 17km to work, 20km coming home. The rest of the year I take the 20km route both ways as it's quite scenic and devoid of traffic. I live in the alps, so it's reasonably hilly. Work is about 220m (700 ft) lower than where I live, so it mostly downhill in the morning and mostly uphill on the way back. The commute in takes 40 minutes. Coming home takes 55.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:18 PM   #10
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my ride is about 3.5 miles each way. I've only been at this for a couple of weeks but I noticed I've trimmed a whole 5 min off my commute since I first started. It take me about 15 min door to door. But I haven't really timed it.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:36 PM   #11
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11.5 miles one way. takes between 45 minutes and 55 depending on traffic, lights, how I feel etc. Slightly downhill.

The way home takes about 1 hour on average sometimes with a headwind as well as being slightly uphill
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Old 02-13-09, 12:39 PM   #12
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commute is right at 4 miles one way. on the way in it takes 15 minutes because of a huge downhill. coming home takes 25 minutes or so depending on how much i feel like pumping up that hill. it's on the "east-west connector" which does what the name implies (there's a river through the middle of town). the road is 55mph but there's basically a third lane of shoulder with a rumble strip separating so feels pretty safe.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:40 PM   #13
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My commute has varied over the years. The longest was 17 miles each way. It was 3 hilly miles to my last job. Right now, being unemployed, it's 7 feet.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:47 PM   #14
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My commute is 9.5 miles each way, assuming that I don't stop off. I usually get all of my errands done in the afternoons, so that could be up to 20 miles or so. In the morning, depending on the wind, it takes me 45 minutes to an hour...I don't go too fast.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:47 PM   #15
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7.6 Miles... 16 minutes in the morning, 45 minutes+ coming home.... I live at a much higher altitude than I work....
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18 miles each way. I take the same route there and back. About 900 feet of ascent going into work, a little over 1000 feet coming home. Usually takes around 1:10 to get to work, depending on how I hit the traffic lights. Coming home is typically five minutes longer because a good portion of the climbing is concentrated into a long steep hill that makes me really work hard.
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13 miles one way. In the evening I take a 15-16 mile route. Mornings are WAY slower and the time is generally around 50 minutes. The longer route in the evening is often done in 43 or so. I have a buddy that rides with me in the evenings and that saves some time.
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3.6 miles into work, 8 miles round trip at lunch time, 10.5 miles to home after work. Of course, each trip could be 3.6 miles but that's just no fun.
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20.5 miles each way. Usually do it at about a 17mph pace. I ride a touring bike which is just shy of 50lbs fully loaded.

I ride 3 times a week when theres light (Spring-Fall), once every other week when theres not.
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8.5 miles in the morning, 6-20 miles in the afternoon depending on what I feel like. A moderately hilly route down to the river side, then gently rolling terrain for about 2 miles along the river, just under 40 minutes at 13 mph.
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7.6 Miles... 16 minutes in the morning, 45 minutes+ coming home.... I live at a much higher altitude than I work....
You're probably one of the few who's happy to go to work & dread going home.
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Mine is totally easy. 1 mi to and from the university. 2 mi to and from work.
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12 miles in to work, takes right around 45 minutes (light winds). Same 12 miles home takes about 5 minutes longer (into a stronger wind). I may add to the ride in, but not on the ride home. I need to be home by 6 or else dinner will be cold!!
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15 miles each way. PB time 51 minutes. Normal time 1:02:00 to 1:10.00. Ride home usually the longer because longer climb + wind almost always from the west.

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8.5 miles to work, 9.1 miles home on a slightly different route. I do that just to keep it mixed up. Takes about 10 minutes longer in the evening because of longer stop lights.
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