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Old 08-26-10, 04:55 AM   #1
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How close is too close?

Found out yesterday that my company is moving to a location about 2 miles from my house! I'm thinking about just ditching the bike and just walking. Anyone else out there have crazy short commutes?
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Old 08-26-10, 05:12 AM   #2
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Yup. 1.5 miles each way. My route goes up my street, through a shopping center, onto a second street briefly then into another shopping center. The shopping centers are not designed for walking in so it's really not safe to do so.
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Old 08-26-10, 05:30 AM   #3
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Dang, if my commute was that close I'd never drive!

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Old 08-26-10, 05:39 AM   #4
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My direct commute is under 2 miles and has been for 22 years. However, I usually take one of the various 7 to 20 mile "shortcuts." Else, it wouldn't be a real commute and I wouldn't feel tuned into modern mobile society.

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Old 08-26-10, 06:39 AM   #5
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3 miles. I bike it; no sidewalks or shoulders.
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Old 08-26-10, 06:45 AM   #6
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If my commute was that short, I would either walk or ride a bike set up for comfort.
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Old 08-26-10, 06:54 AM   #7
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I would bike it anyway. Ride your bike to home or farther during your lunch break and that would double your milage.
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Old 08-26-10, 06:56 AM   #8
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Keep in mind. 2 miles walking at a brisk pace is at least 30 minutes. 2 miles riding is 10 minutes tops at an easy pace.

Unless you like walking better or have to much time on your hands I'd stick with the bike.
Take tarwheel's advice and get a comfy bike
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Old 08-26-10, 07:13 AM   #9
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if you want a challenge get a unicycle or a small tiny bike like those abikes or carryme's that way you'll put alot more effort in going into those 2 miles which is what those bikes are made for but at least you don't go at a walking pace and if anything happens to the bike just fold it up and walk . And they don't even take up space at work. win win! with your big commuter 3-4 cranks and you'd be at work with that distance but those wee lil bikes you might have to double or triple the number to cranks to get there. It's much faster than walking and at least you get a cool workout.
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Old 08-26-10, 07:17 AM   #10
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My ride from home to the train station is just under 1 mile and I bike that on days that I take the bike. It is a very walkable distance but who wants to carry a folding bike that far? On the other end it is 4.5 miles from the station to work. You could walk that too, it would just take a lot more time. If I had a 2 mile total commute I think I would bike it most of the time. If the walk were pleasant I might do that occasionally for variety.

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Old 08-26-10, 07:26 AM   #11
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My commute is seven miles, but I'd ride 2 miles to work before I'd walk. Don't know your route options, but seems like you'd be able to soft pedal in at that distance in like 10 minutes, perhaps even wearing your work clothes so you wouldn't have to bring a change, etc.
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Since my move in June my short route is now about 3.5 miles. This summer I've taken a long route (makes it about 9), but I'm toying with the idea of a mixed-mode commute once the temps drop. I'll bike in the morning, run home that afternoon, run in the next morning, then bike home that afternoon. Repeat.
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I would bike it 100%. I enjoy cycling too much. Walking, on the other hand, I have no desire to do... none. I find it incredibly boring unless it comes in the form of a challenging hike in beautiful surroundings. Even jogging is boring to me. For conditioning I much rather do interval sprints up hills.
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Old 08-26-10, 07:47 AM   #14
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I'd ride a 2 mile commute, unless there was something that made getting the bike out a bit of hassle - lugging up/down stairs at home or work, or something like that.

I'd likely take it REALLY easy on the way in, so I'd never break a sweat. If flat, I'd probably roll my cruiser a lot and take the skateboard in sometimes, which I do sometimes on my current 3.8 mile one-way at the moment.

I typically walk just about 20 minute miles, so that would mean a 40 minute commute. Uggh.
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Old 08-26-10, 07:52 AM   #15
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1.2 miles one way, and thats the long way.

I walk on my rest days off the bike.

I do ride before work and after work.
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Old 08-26-10, 07:53 AM   #16
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Mix it up! On days you want a slower pace, walk it. Ride on the other days. No need to decide on just one mode of transportation.

My short route is 4 miles. About 2 days a week I walk it. This takes about 1 hour at a fast pace. When it comes time to go home, I usually get a ride about half way with a guy from work. It's not fun doing it after work when the weather is hot. The main reason I do the walk is to keep in shape for hiking.
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I'm about 2km away, but the public transport isn't direct and the climate (tropics) makes any walking nasty for half the year. Cycling is actually cooler and easier.
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I would bike it and chose an interesting route if possible. My route is about 2.5 miles but a section of my route is along the beach/ocean, so it's kind of nice. Plus biking is much faster than walking.
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My ride to work is apparently 1.44 miles, and that mostly means that everybody has offered to drop me off at home or pick me up in the morning at least once. I ride the bike every day (and my son rode with me for 3 months this summer, and I often take a longer (13mi last night) route home, stop at the store for some fresh fruit or whatever, join colleagues on an after work ride, or zip off on an errand at lunch. If I walked, I'd be much more tied to my office (though I suppose I could just keep a bike here for errands).

Don't let people talk you into a different style bike than you're comfortable with. I ride a front suspension hardtail MTB with a 34T granny gear and it was months before I could make it home w/o resorting to that -- there's a 1/8th mile hill that's around 10% grade on any route from my work to my home and I'd never make that in a beach cruiser or a single speed -- not yet anyway.
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Old 08-26-10, 09:04 AM   #20
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A short enough ride I would simply bike in my dress clothes. I might prefer a bike with a chainring guard to help prevent grease on my pants. Of course fenders would be mandatory in dress clothes.
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My route is 2 miles more or less exactly. It takes me 11 minutes to get to work by bike, without breaking a sweat. On days when I walk, it takes 35 minutes. I like having the shorter commute, so I bike often. But if the weather is awful in the morning I'll take the bus and then walk home after. Also, if I feel I need a rest day from biking I'll walk as well.
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I would love it. Still stinks compared to working from home.
Heck, that would be a short run. Not sure I would bother with a bike. Walking is fun as well. 30 min for introspection is a good thing.
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I ride my bike down my driveway just to get the mail.
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I managed to get a house in the development across the street from my work. My work office building is .25 miles from one end to the other so when we moved from the south end of the building to the north end my commute was cut in half. Its about .5 miles from my house to the bike rack. I gave up on trying to squeeze my bike in between the motorcycles parked around the bike rack and just walk.
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I ride my bike down my driveway just to get the mail.
I do this a LOT! it's 600 ft, for crissakes!
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