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Old 02-23-05, 02:41 PM   #1
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Very long bicycle commute club

As soon as the temp rises to 45 F, I am going to start riding all the way to work and back - 32 miles one way. I was thinking that it would be nice if others who might be thinking of doing a very long commute (or already are) could communicate successes, monitor progress, and so forth. We could PM each other as an incentive to keep going.

Anyone interested?
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Old 02-23-05, 02:50 PM   #2
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how long does your commute have to be to join? mine is half yours. just curious what the limit seems to be, both ways, 5x/week, and still working well?
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Old 02-23-05, 03:54 PM   #3
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I live 30 miles from work. But I don't ride both ways. It takes about 2 hours each way and I just don't have 4 hours a day to devote to pedaling.

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Old 02-23-05, 04:35 PM   #4
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how long does your commute have to be to join? mine is half yours. just curious what the limit seems to be, both ways, 5x/week, and still working well?
15 miles one way? Seems like a very long commute to me!
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Old 02-23-05, 04:36 PM   #5
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I live 30 miles from work. But I don't ride both ways. It takes about 2 hours each way and I just don't have 4 hours a day to devote to pedaling.

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How about one way? You in for that?
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Old 02-23-05, 10:33 PM   #6
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I was doing a 16 mile one way but my wife works across town and drives in, so I'd throw the bike in the back for the way home. But I'm gearing up for the round trip once there's light at 6:15 PM around March 23. I don't like some of the return in the dark, even with a light, because it involves one stretch that is underneath an elevated train line with horrifyingly chaotic aggressive drivers cutting each other off on four lanes, the inside two of which are between the giant steel columns that hold up the El. Frankly, I'm looking for ways to avoid that whole stretch as it is bad in the summer also, the El catches exhaust and send it into your lungs. It bears mentioning that the hills on the inside 1/3 (home) side of this commute rival anything I've seen in an urban area of the US. With a steel bike, rack and panniers you just can't practically do them in a 39-23, so I have some "more reasonable options"

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Old 02-24-05, 06:59 AM   #7
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With real long commutes you won't have time to post;-)
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Old 02-24-05, 10:37 AM   #8
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Is 11 miles one way long enough to count? Thanks to the pleasant terrain and gentle grade of the trail I use, it hardly seems long at all. Only my struggling newbie pace keeps me in the saddle for an excessive amount of time. I'm hoping in a few months time to have the ride down to perhaps 45 mins -- I won't even mention how long it takes me now, there is plenty of room for improvement.
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Old 02-24-05, 11:27 AM   #9
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I'm 12 miles each way, and I don't consider that "very long". It's just right. I would consider very long commute to be 20+ miles each way. It's all relative.
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Old 02-24-05, 11:59 AM   #10
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I do 17 miles each way, but only 3 days per week from 1 Apr to 1 Dec, and only if there is no rain in the weather forecast. I consider this a long commute but with all the ifs and buts I dont do much bike commuting in the course of the year.
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If only it was the other way around... 4 hours of commuting time each way, and only work for 1 hour. Wait a minute, that would make me a pro.

When Lance Armstrong was guest on Oprah, he mentioned that he trained 6 hours every day, on the bike. I guess that would be just a part of training regimens that he does.
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Old 02-24-05, 12:36 PM   #12
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If the commute is long enough to make you want to take a car sometimes, I think that we have something to offer each other. It makes a difference to me if I say that I am going to do something hard (like a long bike commute) in a public space like this and then have to report whether I did it or not. If I think that someone else cares about or is supporting the hard thing I am doing, it's even better.

So, if you are doing what YOU think is a very long commute, or are planning on starting doing so, maybe we can all encourage and support each other. Then, if you wake up and it's raining out, you may still suit up and ride rather than wimp out and drive...
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I like that description: "If the commute is long enough to make you want to take a car sometimes..." That's how I feel with my 12 miles each way. I'm getting ready to start up again (I haven't gone through winter yet). Any motivation to keep moving or get started is worthwhile to me!
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My commute is 15km each way.
I wish it were 20km. That would be just about right.
Luckily, I can tack on a few extra km's in the summer months when the hills are free of snow.
Can't wait.
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Here is what I propose:

If you would like to be part of the "very long bicycle commute club" you should:

1) State how long your "very long" commute is. The definition of very long is up to the individual.
2) Share your goal of how often or under what circumstances you will ride the very long commute.
3) On Fridays, share how you did meeting your goals that week.
4) Offer comments, advice, or support to the others regarding their very long commute experiences.
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Here is what I propose:

If you would like to be part of the "very long bicycle commute club" you should:

1) State how long your "very long" commute is. The definition of very long is up to the individual.
2) Share your goal of how often or under what circumstances you will ride the very long commute.
3) On Fridays, share how you did meeting your goals that week.
4) Offer comments, advice, or support to the others regarding their very long commute experiences.
sounds like a plan. i like it.
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Old 02-28-05, 03:17 PM   #17
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As soon as the temp rises to 45 F, I am going to start riding all the way to work and back - 32 miles one way.
That's not commuting, that's touring with a work shift thrown into the mid-day break. Good luck.
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Old 02-28-05, 04:36 PM   #18
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Here is what I propose:

If you would like to be part of the "very long bicycle commute club" you should:

1) State how long your "very long" commute is. The definition of very long is up to the individual.
2) Share your goal of how often or under what circumstances you will ride the very long commute.
3) On Fridays, share how you did meeting your goals that week.
4) Offer comments, advice, or support to the others regarding their very long commute experiences.
16 miles one way if I bike all the way
once a week all the way, and part of the way 5 times a week.. i use lite rail for a boost. I am extending the riding part and shortening the lite rail part...
it seems easier to get up a little earlier and ride than it was to plan on riding home all the way...
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Old 02-28-05, 07:05 PM   #19
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12 miles one way
I would like to ride 4 days per week, leaving one day to take/bring home anything I need to.
Since I am still a little low on winter cycling gear, my season of commuting will begin April 4...the beginning of daylight savings and the end of most of the bad weather.
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Old 02-28-05, 09:16 PM   #20
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23.5 miles one way. I want to start out at least two days a week, and be able to make at least three, if not being able to work up to five days a week. It's the physical job in between that makes it hard. I'll be waking up at 3:30 AM.
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Old 02-28-05, 10:06 PM   #21
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Sounds awesome. Imagine the shape you will be in after doing that for 6 months (a year, two years....). Enjoy - and good luck !!
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31 miles each way for me. I try to make it at least twice a week during the summer, and commute half-distance one or two other days.
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Old 03-01-05, 09:39 AM   #23
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My commute is about 10 miles one way, although it is fairly hilly, especially on the way back (3 miles up a decent grade). It takes me about 30 hour to school, 45 minutes back. Not too long, pleasant, although I wish it was flat :-\
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Old 03-01-05, 07:54 PM   #24
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Well, it has stormed at least once week since my original post. It's storming right now; they are saying another foot of snow tonight and it has already snowed about 6 inches today. Still rode my 8 mile commute today and will do so tomorrow - snow isn't goin gto stop me! However, the very long commuting will have to wait for now.

How have the rest of you done with your very long commuting plans?
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Old 03-01-05, 09:57 PM   #25
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I am in at 14 miles one way.

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