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Old 07-30-09, 06:24 PM   #1
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How far is your commute?

This fall I will be commuting to class on Monday and Wednesday, its a 62mile round trip. How far does everyone commute, is this too far?
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Old 07-30-09, 06:32 PM   #2
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If you search you'll find numerous threads like this. 62mi is pretty unsustainable unless you're a pretty experienced cyclist IMHO. That from someone that routinely does 50
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Old 07-30-09, 06:45 PM   #3
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Pretty darn long commute. I guess it's twice a week vs every day, but that's still darn long. What time do you have to be wehre you're going, and what time can you leave for home?
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Old 07-30-09, 07:27 PM   #4
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If that is my commute I'tll take me 2-2.5 hours to get there and I will need half an hour to just cool down and dry the sweat. That equates to a 5-6 hours of riding a day. Thats way too much time for me.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:11 PM   #5
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My commute is between 20 - 30 miles per day depending on whether or not I go straight home after work. On weekends I routinely do between 50-100 additional miles.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:20 PM   #6
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My commute is only 7 miles a day round trip. But I bike it no matter what and ride on my off week too.

Tomorrow, weather permitting (stupid rain) I will try to do 25 for the first time.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:29 PM   #7
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Damn, that's quite the commute. Mine is less than two miles there and back, but I also ride pretty much everywhere I need to go (major city + no car). Even then, the absolute most I go in one direction (every other Saturday morning, to a farmers market) is about 15 miles.

On the other side of the coin, it is only two times a week (which I didn't catch the first time I read it through). Your best bet is to start riding that commute now (or one of similar distance) twice a week to see if you can realistically do it on a regular basis.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:39 PM   #8
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I'm only about 3 miles away from my work but I rarely ever go straight home. There are lots of bike paths near my work (in the Boston area). I usually go straight into work and do anywhere from 15-40 miles after work unless it's freezing or pouring out.

But I agree - 62 miles round trip is a LONG commute to rely on your bike for on a regular basis. I personally wouldn't take it on but if you feel comfortable with that mileage more power to you! For me that would be better off as a nice weekend ride.
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I have a 40-mile round trip commute to work. I am fortunate that my employer provides locker rooms and showers.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:59 PM   #10
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My round trip is 44 miles and I'm not sure I would do it if it weren't for the locker and showers especially in the warmer months. To be fair I do this commute 2 or 3 days a week and the rest of the time I work from home. That is a monster commute but I'd say if you feel you're up for it plan it out think it through and try it a few times. If you feel you're up for it.
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Mine is a 46-52 mile round trip to work, depending on my choice of route.

62 miles is quite a trip, but don't be discouraged from at least giving it a try. If you find that you enjoy it, you can ramp it up from once a week to as frequently as you like. I just hope you have a good place to change your clothes & towel off once you get there...

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I have a 65 mile round trip commute that I break up with a train, for 20 miles per day. Fridays I ride all the way in. Once I have ridden both directions. I would like to ride more of both directions since there are hills. I don't get hills when I take the train.

I couldn't sustain 62 a day. 62 twice a week plus my normal 20 a day would be challenging.
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Hi, 62 seems long to me but more power to you I say, just be prepared.

My commute is 17 miles round trip.
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11 miles RT. 62 miles makes me sounds small...
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On beautiful warm sunny days, not far enough. On foul wintry nights with a blustery uphill headwind all the way home, much too far.
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Old 07-31-09, 02:38 AM   #16
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I currently do 20 miles 10 each way. I wish I had 5 hours a day to ride
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Wow, some of you have some pretty long commutes. I live in a small, compact city. I cycle to work from April to October or early November, weather permitting. My daily commute is only 2.5 km (about 1.5 miles) each way to the building where I work 60% of the time and 3.4 km (a little over 2 miles) each way to the one where I work 40% of the time. The way I look at it, even that short ride to and from work is more exercise than I'd get sitting in my car.
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On any given ride I try to at least do 30mi. On my normal weekend I get in around 100mi. Also I only have one class those days and its at 1pm so no rush really.
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My commute is generally around 35 miles RT but twice a week I usually add a trip to the swimming pool for lap swim and on those days it is up over 50 miles.
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You could get a solid touring bike and racks and panniers and camp out overnight on the way there and the way back...

Since my commute is 14 miles RT and my longest single ride is around 30 miles, I'd pass on that kind of challenge, especially given my hybrid w/ 40mm tires. Good luck if you decide to go for it!
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10 miles, RT. Pretty flat.
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28 miles, round trip.
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My last job, I was able to commute 36 miles RT daily. The schedule was perfect for it, with a start time of 10AM. Never rode in in the dark, but in the winter my trip home was always dark.
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My work's about 5 miles away. I ride the 5 miles to work and take a 15 mile detour back. Plenty of headwinds to give me a good workout with a tail wind to give me the final kick back home.
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My current commute is 6 miles round trip. I am currently moving and while looking I limited my search to 1.5 hours distance (one way) by bike. I quantified it in time since the hilly nature of the area means that distance is not a good estimate.

My new commute is going to be about 14 miles one way and 800 ft of elevation. It should be an hour one way commute.
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