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Old 09-28-09, 02:37 AM   #1
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Any Dutch commuters around?

I've noticed there's a bunch of you on my route, so there must be some others around here I guess
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Old 09-28-09, 02:52 PM   #2
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Yeah, I'm one of them.

Hanging around here

What's up?
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Old 09-28-09, 03:05 PM   #3
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Old 09-28-09, 10:54 PM   #4
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How often do you guys ride?
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Old 09-28-09, 11:40 PM   #5
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Hi Freddy,

This is my route: Almere / Schiphol-East / Almere. 35.5km each way.

My aim is to ride it three times per week, although lately I only seem to manage to do it twice per week.

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Old 09-29-09, 12:36 AM   #6
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35.5km isn't too short, I ride 25km each way and try to do it 4 times a week. Once in a while I manage to do it 5 times a week...

What kind of bike do you ride for a route like that?
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I ride between Deventer and Apeldoorn around 15km one way and try to do it 3-4 times a week. The other days I use the public.
I bought last week a second hand Koga Randonneur on marktplaats.nl with a flatbar and it's really nice. Besides the Koga I also use a Surly Cross-check singlespeed with a racing bar. But it misses some comfort for a daily trip.
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Old 09-29-09, 03:37 AM   #8
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Another Dutch commuter.
My daily commuter trip between Arnhem and Duiven is about 10 km one way.
At the moment I'm using an old Gazelle racing bike.
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Old 09-29-09, 02:06 PM   #9
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Ohw, btw
It was raining today on my way back, and did not have my rainingpants with me, damn ....
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Old 09-29-09, 02:47 PM   #10
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Hehe, I was lucky today. I left the office right after it stopped raining and had the wind on my side all the way home. I only needed 48 minutes for my 25km commute
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Old 10-02-09, 02:24 AM   #11
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So are you guys still commuting with this weather?
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... I ride 25km each way and try to do it 4 times a week. Once in a while I manage to do it 5 times a week...

What kind of bike do you ride for a route like that?
25km, that's a nice distance to ride

I Use a Giant Aero RS-2 GTX

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So are you guys still commuting with this weather?
Of course I ride all year round.
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Old 10-04-09, 05:35 AM   #13
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And another one here. Only 5k each way on a crappy old Batavus womens bike. Currently looking at new bikes, trying to decide between Trek and Merida offerings. I would really like the Trek District but the verdict isn't out jet.
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Old 10-04-09, 06:22 AM   #14
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And another one here. Only 5k each way on a crappy old Batavus womens bike. Currently looking at new bikes, trying to decide between Trek and Merida offerings. I would really like the Trek District but the verdict isn't out jet.
That Trek District looks like a sweet ride. Noticed it's a belt drive, which makes it a bit less maintenance
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Old 10-04-09, 07:04 AM   #15
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And here another one, from limburg I ride daily 15km each way (30km round trip)

I ride on a daily basis (my wife needs the car). I ride on a steven souvereign r14



This is my usual (shortest) route i ride but there are many ways to add extra kilometers

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The fact that it's a belt drive drive also makes it quite interesting in my eyes because of the 'quirkiness'. I'm also just very, very curious about the ride with the belt.
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Riding maximum of 4 days/week (I only work 4 d/w) to Leeuwarden (15 km one way). I try to go by bike as often as possible, but if it's raining I'll go by train or car.
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Old 10-07-09, 03:40 AM   #18
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Have been skipping two days now, due to the weather forecast. This Monday I came home and was completely soaking wet. One of the things that suck about riding in the rain. Though, I have neoprene overshoes, and my feet were still warm.
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I cycle (almos) every day, except when I have to go to a customer. It if just under 5 km one way from Gouda to Moordrecht. I am using a Gazelle roadbike, which is probably overkill.
Maybe I am the only one, but I enjoy cycling in the rain.
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I only enjoy cycling in the rain on the way home, not so much on the way to work. But I like public transport on a rainy even less than on a dry day so the choice is simple. Have to get a proper raincoat and some rainpants and then the morning commute is better in the rain.
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