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Old 11-13-13, 12:57 PM   #51
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30 mile RT for me.
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Old 11-13-13, 03:41 PM   #52
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How far do you go?
I am over ten but barely. On the way in 10.8miles usually and if weather is nice and time is on my side a longer 14 mile ride home. longest has been 21.97 home
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Old 11-14-13, 06:40 AM   #53
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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.

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Old 11-14-13, 07:24 AM   #54
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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.

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10.2 miles each way. 4-6 x's per week year roundÖ

I love my commute. The length is just right and it's one mile on quiet streets to the bike path, 8 miles on the bike path, and then 1.2 miles to my office. The path parallels the Charles River and I see hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, rats!, Canadian Geese, herons, ducks, and once the weather drops below 65 F or we get a drop or two of rain or snow and I have the whole path to myself.
Buzzman too commutes through Boston. Despite Bostonís reputation as a town with crazy streets and crazy drivers it's a great city for cycling, especially if you can avoid the downtown. Even the downtown though, has an extensive and successful bike-sharing program.
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Old 11-14-13, 07:27 AM   #55
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3 miles to work by road, 11 miles going home by MUP.
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Old 11-15-13, 12:06 AM   #56
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Depending on my route anywhere from 9.5 to 12 miles one way.
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Old 11-15-13, 09:21 AM   #57
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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.
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Old 11-15-13, 01:34 PM   #58
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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.
That was my hangup for the longest time (over a year). Then I finally started commuting in May, doing it split where I drive to work then bike home, etc. Problem was I was having to leave my car at work, and also leave the bike rack attached to my hitch bar almost all the time which really impacted fuel economy. Now I do the whole commute in the same day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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.
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Old 11-15-13, 02:47 PM   #59
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14.5 miles one-way is the shortest distance for me. I normally take the 15.5 mile route to make it safer.
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Old 11-15-13, 02:50 PM   #60
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14.5 miles one-way is the shortest distance for me. I normally take the 15.5 mile route to make it safer.
haha that's the exact same as me! I really only have 2 route options, one 14.5 and one 15.5. When school is in session the 14.5 is much worse with school traffic in the mornings as I have to pass 3 of 'em on that route. The 15.5 is actually less climbing, and has a few more residential and wide multi-lane roads, as opposed to all rural 2-lane roads with no shoulder on the 14.5.

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.
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Old 11-15-13, 02:56 PM   #61
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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.
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Old 11-15-13, 03:06 PM   #62
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haha that's the exact same as me! I really only have 2 route options, one 14.5 and one 15.5. When school is in session the 14.5 is much worse with school traffic in the mornings as I have to pass 3 of 'em on that route. The 15.5 is actually less climbing, and has a few more residential and wide multi-lane roads, as opposed to all rural 2-lane roads with no shoulder on the 14.5.

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 ride into a valley but it is nothing that hurts very bad. I do have a 21.5 mile option that I do here in there if I have not been on the bike for a while and I have a bit of time. I coach quite a bit and run a Plan B side business so I don't have the time to ride all that I want.
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Old 11-15-13, 03:25 PM   #63
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I ride 15+ miles 1 way. it's closer to 32 RT.

This pic is from about 4 miles in.. 10.5 +/- away from the destination marked with the arrow.
That's a cool pic! Sadly, I don't have much to contribute to the Commuting Bad-Ass thread, as my 6.5mi direct route is often the one I need to take. Sometimes, I'm able to work extra distance into the return trip, but it's rarely over 10mi unless I'm on the club ride.
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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.
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Old 11-15-13, 06:18 PM   #65
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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.
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Old 11-15-13, 09:05 PM   #66
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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.
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Old 11-16-13, 12:36 PM   #67
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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.
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Sounds nice Walter. What time do you leave the house in the morning and what time do you get home?
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Old 11-16-13, 01:22 PM   #69
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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.
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Sounds nice Walter. What time do you leave the house in the morning and what time do you get home?
I leave roughly at 6 and return at 6. The ride is about 1.25 hrs each way depending on how I'm feeling. I'm continually (for years) though really surprised how little difference that really makes! On days when I feel like a total slouch I find my ride is only a few minutes different. In fact sometimes I'm surprised to find it was faster! It leaves me feeling like I don't know what my own legs are doing.

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.
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Old 11-17-13, 10:55 AM   #71
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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.
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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.
Not quite. I was generalizing. As I was with the start/end time. I rarely really time it anymore but I doubt I ever ride it in exactly 1:15. The best I ever really measured was 1:18. I was also generalizing on the distance. It varies. The 1:18 time was a route that's 19.7 miles.

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.
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still, you're a good bit faster than me though.
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13 miles each way, but not every day.
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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.
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