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Old 09-17-09, 08:03 AM   #1
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Sooo, does anybody care if I call my 7.60204 mile commute 8?

I don't want to say 7 1/2 because it's longer. I feel like I'm cheating when I say 8. Can I round my commute up to the next half mile? Do you?
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Why not just ride the extra 0.4 miles?

Doesn't make a difference over a week or a month, but over a year the lie will grow.
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Old 09-17-09, 08:19 AM   #3
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7-1/2. 7.5 . Keep it honest.
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Go for it!

In the last week before school started, my daughter and I went for a six day tour, and at the end my odometer read 396.7 or something. She was disappointed we didn't break 400 (okay, so was I)! But it gave me a good opportunity to review some of the things she'd learned in math class last year, such as rounding numbers. Just as 396.7 rounds up to 400, 7.6 rounds to 8. Heck, you can even round it to 10!

Another option is to tweak your route a little so it comes out to 8.002 or something, but that's between you and your maker.
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Old 09-17-09, 08:40 AM   #5
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Rounding down isn't an option?
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How certain are you of the numbers? My guess is that if you had really accurate distance measuring equipment, you'd find the real distance to be anywhere from 7.5 to 8.2 miles. How accurately did you calibrate your odometer? How accurate is it even if given the correct wheel circumference? Are the tires inflated to the pressure you used for calibration? Is the temperature the same?

If I were doing it I'd call it 7 miles just because it's easy. The motorcycle odometer read 17.6 for my ride from Santa Monica to where I work in downtown L.A. I estimated 18 for the street route, measured 16 using a ruler and a map but it comes out at 16.92 on Mapmyride. I don't have a cyclometer. Who knows? Takes 1:15 to make the trip and it's nicer than being on a bus.
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Rounding down isn't an option?
Of course it is! Anything under .5 rounds down. But .5 and over rounds up, so this thread is definitely in the "rounds up" category.

I would say OP commutes 8 miles, total 38 per week.

Unless the 7.60204 is each way, in which case I'd call it 15 miles per day, 76 miles per week.
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How about 12 kilometers?
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"Sooo, does anybody care if I call my 7.60204 mile commute 8?"

I don't think anybody would care if you called it Myrtle. Why would we?
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Or 61 furlongs.

I'd probably just say "7 or 8 miles" or 7.6 miles if I wanted to sound precise. I hate rounding up, though. I recently moved and on the first day of my new commute, my bike computer registered 69.92km for the round trip. A coworker asked how far it was per day and I said "about 70km". For some reason, I had to throw in that "about" because I knew it wasn't 70km, but 80 meters short of that.
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How certain are you of the numbers? My guess is that if you had really accurate distance measuring equipment, you'd find the real distance to be anywhere from 7.5 to 8.2 miles. How accurately did you calibrate your odometer? How accurate is it even if given the correct wheel circumference? Are the tires inflated to the pressure you used for calibration? Is the temperature the same?

If I were doing it I'd call it 7 miles just because it's easy. The motorcycle odometer read 17.6 for my ride from Santa Monica to where I work in downtown L.A. I estimated 18 for the street route, measured 16 using a ruler and a map but it comes out at 16.92 on Mapmyride. I don't have a cyclometer. Who knows? Takes 1:15 to make the trip and it's nicer than being on a bus.
Google maps did this for me. http://www.flickr.com/photos/warmtra...95486/sizes/l/
So I'm betting it's fairly precise. I don't have an odometer either. I don't want one. They drive me crazy.

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Unless the 7.60204 is each way, in which case I'd call it 15 miles per day, 76 miles per week.
That one.
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Old 09-17-09, 09:35 AM   #13
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LOL, I can relate to this thread . I have a 28-30 mile RT commute (depending on the route) that I regularly call 30. I have come to peace with it but at first I felt like I was cheating if I called a 29 mile commute 30.
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Just don't call it 16 miles round trip
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If I respond to this, it shows I must care on some level. So how can I respond and say "I don't care?" The only way to show I don't care at all, is to not respond. But then you won't know if I'm not responding because I didnt' see the thread, or because I just don't care. If I didn't care at all, would I have even clicked on the thread to find out what I should or shouldn't care about? Would I have edited this to point out that this last sentence was nonsense since the OP put the thrust of the thread in the thread title, if I didn't care?

This is so worrisome. I hope I don't lose sleep over this, OP.
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How many significant digits is that measurement to? If it really measured to 7.60204, you can safely call it 7.6020 miles.
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Round it up to 8 and call it 42,240 feet
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If I respond to this, it shows I must care on some level. So how can I respond and say "I don't care?" The only way to show I don't care at all, is to not respond. But then you won't know if I'm not responding because I didnt' see the thread, or because I just don't care. If I didn't care at all, would I have even clicked on the thread to find out what I should or shouldn't care about? Would I have edited this to point out that this last sentence was nonsense since the OP put the thrust of the thread in the thread title, if I didn't care?

This is so worrisome. I hope I don't lose sleep over this, OP.
Can I get that 20 seconds of my life back please?
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Can I get that 20 seconds of my life back please?
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Done.
ahh, that's better. yeah, pretty slow at work today.
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I don't care that I don't care that I don't care.

Change it to AUs.
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I say my commute is less than 8 miles.
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So you round it up to 8. But thats one way so thats 16. But that rounds up to 20!
You can casually say "yeah, I have a 20 mile commute".
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Just change the setting on your bike computer to a slightly larger tire size. This will push you over the 8 mile mark.
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