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    I'm not what many would call in shape, but I can do my 12 mile one way commute in about an hour with traffic and crosswalk delays. 19.5 miles might be a little longer than I have to commute, but I do have an extra car that I leave at work. That way, regardless of the condition, I can run fast errands or have lunch with my kids at school.

    For cleanup, I use Action Wipes that work pretty well, and I pack a fresh change of clothes daily.

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    Last summer I moved cities and jobs, so I found an apartment within walking distance of the subway. A month after I got here I was moved to another office, so I got a bike.

    My commute is 21km one way. I have ridden through snow and light rain, but sometimes I have to take a taxi because of pollution or heavier rain/snow. A change of clothes and some deoderant has kept me from smelling, but I'm a little worried about what will happen this summer.

    I think that 19 miles would be a little too much for me. Being on my bike for an hour before work and after work is great, but adding another half hour one way is asking a lot.

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    I'm into my 42nd year of commuting by bike to work. (And I'm still not there yet!)

    In that time my longest commute was a 36 mile one way commute (yep, 72 RT)- I was working about 3-4 days per week, my life was just about the job and bike riding. The job was loading trucks at a produce warehouse - union wages, plenty of overtime. I did that for about 9 months- and i was glad when it was over, really glad.


    Now my average daily commute is just over 10 miles each way and I must say it is just about perfect. It is a pretty flat 10 miles, too. I am able to do that commute about 5 x's a week plus the extra mileage of errand running and just getting around that I do on the bike. I still have energy for recreational/fun rides on weekends or even some evenings. I also have a stressful work schedule at times and it leaves me with enough energy to deal with work.

    Commutes of longer than about 20-25 miles round trip are doable but are best for shorter term commuting (seasonal) , not every day use (2-3x's/wk) or for the obsessed cycle commuter with little else in their life outside of riding the bike.
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    I didn't see this thread when I started one about commutes greater than 15 miles one way. This is along the same lines. As I mentioned in the other thread my commute is approx 21.5 miles one way. I have an option of a bus for about 8 miles but the ride from there is not as enjoyable. It helps on the way home as that 8 miles is a pretty good climb at the end of the day and end of the ride. As others have mentioned it takes a good amount of time to complete but you are doing something you enjoy. I know people that drive home from work then go riding. I am only able to do this full commute a couple times a week. Because of time constraints or what ever excuse may come up. We have showers at work and I plan ahead by bringing clothes to the office on my driving days. But there is definitely that satisfaction of getting home on the bike and the car has been sitting in the garage all day!

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    Basically that is what i'm looking for the satisfaction. Help me get a few more miles in during the week. I am going to get to know the guys better before i come in on my bike lol. Dont want them thinking i'm crazy or anything.... Im just nuts lol

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    op - if you can't shower there, you better shower before you ride in. then clean everything the best you can when you arrive and change all your clothes head to toe.
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    I ride 9 miles in the morning to catch a commuter bus, and either ride the same way home or take longer rides. Some nice day this summer I intend to take my bike on the bus and ride all the way home, 50 miles. But that would at most be a once a week thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onehandman View Post
    Well tittle says it all, I will be starting a new job and it is possible i will be able to commute back and forth to work. Its 19.5 miles though, is that to far to commute. What do you do to keep from smelling all day? How far do you guys commute? What else should i ask....
    Some folks have talked about the time requirement, but I think they've been commuting for so long that they don't realize how long it will REALLY take. If you haven't ridden much before, you're looking at at least an hour and a half (but most likely 2 hours) one way for your first couple weeks. I started commuting 8 miles one way with no cycling experience at all, and my first ride took me almost an hour. And I was sore. The next ride was only 45 minutes, and it steadily decreased as I got in shape. I found a comfortable cadence that gets me to work in about 35 minutes- still slow, but I don't get too sweaty either. If you're anything like me, you don't want an hour of hard, physical exertion right before work, but it is an option afterward.

    Try out the commute on your day off and see how long it takes and if it's something you think you still want to do.

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