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Old 04-25-14, 06:20 PM   #51
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It depends which route I take..My commute is 17-20 miles roundtrip....This past winter was real mean and nasty and pushed me to my limits..How do I survive ??..I have a lot of determination and a great sense of adventure...I am also car-free and too stubborn to take the easy way out and take public transit.
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Old 04-25-14, 08:41 PM   #52
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Mine is 30mi RT. Since there's no stops on the bike path, it's only 5-10min slower than driving each way. I ride 2-4 days each week depending on what else I have going on. Just took a few weeks before I stopped being sore after a ride. A couple more months to get faster and more time competitive with driving.
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Old 04-26-14, 07:37 AM   #53
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Anyone else have wicked hills on their normal routes?

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Finally got around to mapping mine. No electronics on the commuter. The grades are relatively moderate, but it's roller coaster.
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Old 04-26-14, 09:16 AM   #54
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Wow, that one hill at the far right end looks "interesting"!

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I have two different routes. Shortest route is 33 miles roundtrip, but it has 2k of climbing, all on the way home. The last 1/2 mile on the homeward commute has a 10 percent grade. It's fun in the morning and usually hit speeds of 40 mph going down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKvxIG6efJ8 Can be rough on the way home though on a hot Summer afternoon, with heavy backpack, and after a long day at work.

Longer route is 45 miles roundtrip, but only a couple hundred feet of climbing.

This Spring I've been commuting three days a week, mostly on the shorter hillier route to get some climbing into my legs.
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12 miles ,, about an Hour .. Books-on-Tape in the earbuds ,, it was open countryside .. between Eugene and Junction City OR.
I used to live in Eugene. Beautiful city once you got used to the confounding streets,. Even worked on the UO campus, Go Ducks!
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18-27 miles RT depending on the route...which depends on how I feel today...which depends on how much and how hard I have ridden in the past week...which depends on my schedule...which depends on what time I arrive at work...which depends on the route I took.
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Old 05-07-14, 07:31 PM   #58
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60 miles RT. Usually ride in one day, home the next, take the bus in between, but did RT yesterday and plan on doing it again tomorrow. One longish hill in, two hills home, most of the rest is flat to rolling.
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Old 05-07-14, 08:53 PM   #59
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...who here has a long commute(20+miles) and how do you survive?
A few years ago I had a commute of 36 miles round trip. I did that for 18 months. How I survived was to have a job that cut me a lot of slack for really bad weather. Normally I would just watch the radar and catch a gap but once or twice I was forced to take a "weather day" and stay home. I can remember getting seriously hozed at least once on the way home. Also during winter months with early darkness I could often get off early enough to traverse the city grid with some daylight and hit the last 10 miles on an MUP right at dark. Ate plenty of bugs, saw lots of wildlife. One time I counted 80 rabbits. Saw coyotes, screech owls, bald eagles, and countless ducks and song birds along the Mississippi River.

My main complaint was the time it took away from being with my wife in the evenings when I often had to work until 7pm then get home by 8pm at the earliest. Surprisingly I didn't get any overuse injuries. I was in my late 40s at the time.

Currently my commute is about 4 miles each way. Often I do a ride in the morning on the way in that pushes it to 20 miles. After work I can be home in about 15 minutes. I like that.
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150 miles round trip when I go to the office. I ride either 12 miles (two 6 mile rides at the office end) or 39 miles (5 to bus + 6 from train to office + 6 office to train + 22 from train home) of it.

Otherwise my commute is rolling off my bed into my office chair against the other wall.
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41 miles RT, I ride 5 days/week year-round. I've been commuting by bike for years and now it's part of my lifestyle.
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2008 -2012 I had an 80 mi RT commute. Typically 30 miles bike 50 bus. Once a year I'd ride the entire distance home for fun.

One year when I tracked my commutes in a datasheet it worked out to averaging 3 days per week for the entire year, abd I absolutely rode at least one day every week for that period. This was Cincinnati where the winters were far from enjoyable.
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