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Old 04-22-09, 09:23 AM   #1
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Commute time , roughly

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I'm thinking of starting to commute to work since i bought a house closer to work . My ride would be 8 miles with some rolling hills , all road ( no MUP or trails ) one way . Anyone have a similar commute that could estimate the time it would take . I understand there are variables here , fitness ect. , but i just looking for a best guess .

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Old 04-22-09, 09:24 AM   #2
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Try riding it this weekend to see what you can do.....
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Old 04-22-09, 09:24 AM   #3
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20-30 minutes at a slow steady pace?

seriously just do it once or twice. It wont take long.

my ride in today was 5 miles on big rolling hills in middle TN, and it took me 18 minutes.
Oh, also I weigh 260lbs.


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I have a 15 mile commute in Maine (similar rolling geography to CT), and it usually takes me about an hour for the commute. If I want to exercise and push it, I manage to get my commute time down to about 45 minutes, and in the winter it is not unusual for the time to grow to an hour and 20 mins.
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I would expect that sort of distance to take 30-40 minutes.
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My commute is fairly hilly and about 7 miles and takes me between 20-30 minutes depending on traffic and wind, longer if I am tired and lazy.
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My old commute of 8 miles used to take anywhere from 22 - 35 minutes depending on the bike I was riding and the traffic.

30 minutes would be a good average although it is hard to say as I don;t know what you have to deal with on your commute... mine (urban) took me through some really long and unbroken stretches and had very few intersections and I tend to ride fairly fast.
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Old 04-22-09, 09:44 AM   #8
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I ride 5.5 miles through the flats of chicago at an average speed of 16 MPH and it takes 20-22 minutes.
So I would guesstimate 30-40 minutes average for you.
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Old 04-22-09, 09:46 AM   #9
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30 minutes.
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My old commute of 8 miles used to take anywhere from 22 - 35 minutes depending on the bike I was riding and the traffic.
Same here, on my Tarmac I can zip through traffic and do my 8+ miles in about 30 minutes, on the mountain bike about 40 minutes. On my road bike I also take a longer route because the streets are in better shape; with the mountain bike I can take the shorter route and don't have to worry about all the pot holes.
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My commute is about 7.5 miles and fairly flat (a few small hills and overpasses-half of ride on multi-use). My ride is usually 30-35 minutes on a hybrid bike. Started out closer to 40 minutes. As I've begun to get into better shape and learned to make better use of momentum before small climbs, etc., I've pared off some time.

Those saying to give it a go on the weekend have the best advice. I wasn't sure about making the trip almost every day since I wasn't in the best shape, until I tried it one Saturday and realized how fast and easy it was.
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As others have said, nothing like a test run. When I did my test run, I did so with my bike loaded down, just like it would be for work.

My commute is 11 miles, with some wicked hills along the way. On my regular ride, a very light Felt, the ride takes about 40 minutes, depending on the lights I hit along the way. On my commuter (The Pig), a converted Trek 1000, with loaded panniers, the ride takes 50-55 minutes. Yesterday, with a steady 15mph wind and gusts to 20+, The Pig took 45 minutes to get to work and 1:08 to get home.

Plan accordingly.
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Just landed a job this week and after two days of rain I will be taking my bike, only a four mile commute but if I take the trail it takes about twenty five mintues,(checked it out on Sunday) I can cut through town and it would cut my time down by about five minutes but then I have to deal with traffic so I'll stick with the trail.
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Thanks for all the replies . A test ride is definitely going to happen .
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Closer to an hour, maybe a little more but as you get stronger, it will come down.
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I am a big believer in the test ride. I have tested every change to my commute route, commute bike or new commute on a weekend prior to actually commuting. I find it gives me more confidence to ride it in the morning with my gear and sleep in my eyes if I have already ridden the route.
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my ride is 3.5 miles give or take. It takes me about 20 min. Most of the hold up is usually, lights and traffic and a long slow up hill over the bridge. I ride SS so my speed is a little slower on the long flats.
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Let us know how it goes!

It took me 46 minutes to ride into work today, 8.5 miles, so that's about 11 miles per hour. I had some stop signs and lights, which accounts for some of the time. It's also uphill the whole way.
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About me (for comparison purposes): fairly average rider (not a racer of any sort), riding a fairly heavy old mtb with slicks for commuting.

My 6.5 mile commute takes me 30-35 minutes, but that includes a lot of unavoidable stops at stop signs and red lights. It really gets quite ridiculous in places... 10 lights in just the last mile of the commute, of which at least half can be expected to be red, with one being a particularly long red. I suspect without all those stops the commute would be closer to 20-25 minutes.

Another commute I used to have was 10 miles, with some rolling hills and still a fair number of lights and stops - that took about 45 minutes.

Another frequent ride I have is about 5.5 miles, taking me about 30 minutes (again, quite a few stops, lots of turns and a bit of construction along the route where you have to slow down for a few minutes).

So if your 8-mile ride isn't that stop-heavy, and you are similar to me as far as riding speed goes, 30-35 minutes is a reasonable time estimate. However, if there are considerable stops and/or hills, or you have a heavy/inefficient bike, or you aren't in that good a biking shape, that estimate could increase to 40 minutes and upwards. The best thing is to give yourself plenty of time at first (at least an hour), and then see how it goes. In general, it's always good to give yourself that extra 15 minutes, in case you get a flat, for example. But I don't always follow that rule myself...
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Ride time, 30 to 40 minutes. Actual time closer to 40 to 50 depending on traffic and the number of lights, stop signs, etc. you have to deal with.

It takes me roughly 45 to 50 minutes to ride 9.8 miles to work (uphill). It takes 25 to 40 going back down the hill to home. I've done it in 22 but I had a 50 mph tailwind most of the way
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My short route is 8.8 Miles of rolling hills with a handful of stop signs and stop lights. My time this morning was 29 minutes, although I usually end up somewhere around 32 minutes.
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I would expect that sort of distance to take 30-40 minutes.
+1. Maybe a little longer due to traffic. I do 7 each way (maybe just a tad more) and it takes about 35 minutes on average. 25 if I'm in a hurry, 50 if traffic and/or weather (headwinds) are terrible.
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