30 mile RT for me.
30 mile RT for me.
Curious what you folks would think of the max climb you would do for the miles you commute?
Also curious how long it would take. I read about climbs all the time on this forum. People have commented to me about riding to work or riding to my bike path. I just mapped what would be my commute. It would be 22 miles one way with 1578 feet of climb to and 2082 feet of climb for the ride home. If I rode to my bike trail like was suggested to me once, it wouldn't be too bad with 500 feet of climb to the trail 8 miles away, but the ride back would be 1175 feet with over half of that in the first 2 miles coming back. Yes, I live in a very mountainous area.
I don't ride on the roads because of this. I figure it would take me an estimated 3 hours to get to work as opposed to half an hour by car. Heck, it took me an hour to ride less than 5 miles when I started riding behind my house on the roads before driving to the bike trail for my daily riding.
What is the limit on climbing that you folks would do? I don't want to commute, I'm just curious. Also for general riding, I'm not doing it because I love cycling, I'm doing it for exercise. Perhaps exercising an hour on a 5 mile up and down hills would be the same as an hour riding 12-15 miles on my bike trail, I don't know. I'm just curious about all this climbing stuff I read on the forum because I don't have nice long gradual climbs, it is practically all coasting straight down for 30 seconds and climbing back up for 15 minutes just to ride half a mile.
Anyone here commuting over 10 miles one-way?
Since I ride for fitness and the utility of commuting, I consider 10 miles a minimum distance to commute. My usual route of 14 miles one-way is an ideal distance for year-round commuting since about one hour is an optimal amount of time to get the exercise during my busy work day. I then take a commuter rail directly from my workplace to about 2 miles from home (in the dark evenings) or cycle home on Saturday afternoons. I actually have four parallel routes, all about 14 miles long, each one defined by the hill I climb to get from downtown to my suburban workplace. My reverse commuter route early in the morning is generally very lightly-trafficked, through residential and light commercial neighborhoods.
For bad-weather rides, cold and/or wet, I find that I can be fairly comfortable for about 10 miles with the proper dress, and then tolerate the rest. During the nice weather months, I extend my commute to follow a 10-week training scheduled for a century ride, up to as much as 30 miles long on a weekday and up to 75 miles on a Saturday (for a few hours at work). My extended rides take me into very nice suburbia and exurbia, including Bostonís cycling mecca, the town of Dover.
3 miles to work by road, 11 miles going home by MUP.
Depending on my route anywhere from 9.5 to 12 miles one way.
I'd like to. My commute would be 22 miles each way. But I also have to drop the kids off at 2 different locations (making it 30 miles and I'd have to figure out what to do with the trailer) and have use of a car at work most days so it hasn't happened. I was thinking a possibility would be to drive to work with the bike and then bike home, and in the morning bike to work and drive home. Or drive partway and then bike in the last few miles. I can't figure out the logistics yet so no bike commute for me.
However I don't think I could do 22 miles each way, that would just take me too long, and with kids that's not always a good thing.
14.5 miles one-way is the shortest distance for me. I normally take the 15.5 mile route to make it safer.
The last couple of miles of the 14.5 route coming home in the afternoon can be particularly hair-raising, with BIG hills that I am REALLY slow on, and lots of cars passing me unsafely. The 15.5 mile route is smooth sailing those last 4 or 5 miles.
I have done 17 and 13 and found 13 to be ideal for me. would love to find another gig like that. right now I'm at 22 and the roads stink so I've only done it on weekends.
16.5 to 28 miles each way, depending on mood, weather, time, etc. Light rail home is always an option if the day has worn me down. Shortest route, at rush hour, is faster door to door on the bike.
9.8-12 miles each way with between 500-600 feet of climb each way (downhills both ways though!) Love my ride I get about 4 miles on the bike path paralleling the san diego river. Always pretty. Faster than a car at rush hour.
14.5 miles one way, 3 days a week. Sometimes on the way home I cheat and ride about 4.5 miles to the bus stop, catch the bus across the river for 7 miles, and then ride about 3 miles from bus stop to the house. Just depends on how hard its raining and how fast I want to get home.
20 miles one way. When I first started I went one way and then took the train most of the way home. But for the last year+ I ride to and from the same day. Since taking the train involves a transfer and a bunch of stops, I can get home in about the same time whether I ride the train or not. The bike is much more pleasant though.
I used to love the ride in the morning but not going home. I have a stressful desk job and I'd be thinking late in the day, "I have to ride the bike all the way home after all that?". But I worked on my attitude some and particularly paid attention to starting out slow instead of barreling out the parking lot like I was trying to show everybody how easy cycling is for an athletic dude like me.
Now an hour before the day is over I'm looking forward to taking a relaxing ride home at an enjoyable pace that shakes all the stress loose in a half mile and I get home feeling nice, like there's more important things in the world than finishing my projects at work on time and under budget.
Sounds nice Walter. What time do you leave the house in the morning and what time do you get home?
I have a variety of routes that I can ride to work the shortest one way is just under 9 miles and my longest is 22, currently I'm riding 22 miles to work and 9 home.
And if I don't feel like going at all I remind myself that I can't recall even one day when I finished a ride and actually regretted going :-). All it takes is a minute or so of pedaling to wash away any such feeling.
I keep riding that schedule because it works well based on my coworkers and biology (I consistently wake at 4 am year round). But I most love leaving in the dark and witnessing the sunrise on the way. I suppose I'm a Sun worshiper at heart. If I get up after that splendid event has past I'm consistently disappointed.
holy crap 20 miles in 1:15?? It usually takes me that long to go 15. If the wind is really bad like last Tuesday it takes me over 1:20.
I only wish I could ride it that fast. I could leave at 6:30 in the morning and be home by 5:30 or earlier.
I change my route regularly to keep it interesting. It varies in the 19-22 mile range and morning vs night. I can actually do the ride in 14.8 miles but have not done so for years because those are terribly busy roads.
still, you're a good bit faster than me though. :)
13 miles each way, but not every day.
40 miles r/t
usually do four days a week. I will do 12 miles r/t to the subway station on Wednesday for the sheer fact that my legs need a rest. I have only been doing this since Labor Day, so hopefully I can keep it up through the winter.