I'm thinking about commuting to work on a regular basis by bike. I currently carpool with a coworker. The problem is the distance. I live in Davis, CA and my work is in Sacramento, about 25 miles away. The route between the two places is about as ideal as a bike commuter could want. Davis is known as one of the most bike friendly cities in the country and Sacramento has the American River Bike Path which follows the river practically to the door of my building. It's 11 miles between Sacramento and Davis, which is usually travelled by car on Intersate 80. Parallel to the freeway is the convenient Yolo Causeway Bike Path connecting the two cites.
My concern is time. It currently takes me just under 1/2 an hour to get to work. Even if I was a competitive time trials rider, I'd still be doubling my commute time, and realistically, I'd be taking 4 times as long. Is it really practical to spend 4 hours a day on a bike? Think I could get significantly faster than that?
Any opinions are welcome.