Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    Senior Member rumrunn6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    25 miles northwest of Boston
    My Bikes
    Bottecchia Sprint
    Posts
    12,228
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    best time of year to commute

    temps are warm (less to wear and carry) and traffic is light (less to fear)!
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

  2. #2
    Let's Ride! RidingMatthew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Winston Salem, NC USA
    My Bikes
    --07 Scott S40 Speedster --2010 Jamis 650b1-- 2012 Motobecane Fantom CX
    Posts
    800
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    true but I like spring with about 50 in the mornings and 70s in the evenings. PLus less humidity. Unlike now when it 80% humidity in the mornings and oppresively hot in the evenings.
    You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    Bianchi San Remo - set up as a utility bike, Peter Mooney Road bike, Peter Mooney commute bike,Dahon Folder,Schwinn Paramount Tandem
    Posts
    1,824
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I consider the best time of year to commute to be that portion of the year that I am employed.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    San Antonio
    My Bikes
    Jamis Quest Comp
    Posts
    461
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like late fall/winter/early spring. MUP is mostly empty. I have really mild winters though.

    Quote Originally Posted by sauerwald View Post
    I consider the best time of year to commute to be that portion of the year that I am employed.
    That's a great time, to be sure.

  5. #5
    Senior Member alan s's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    MD/DC/VA
    Posts
    2,993
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Winter is the best because the fair weather riders are in their cars or public transportation, leaving the MUPs blissfully traffic free. Peds are in hiding, too.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Chico, Cali
    Posts
    423
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    temps are warm (less to wear and carry) and traffic is light (less to fear)!
    As I ride home from work while the local RAWS station is reporting 109* F. Pass.

  7. #7
    tsl
    tsl is offline
    Plays in traffic tsl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
    Posts
    6,478
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Each of the 52 weeks has its own charms. I like the variety.
    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

  8. #8
    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    My Bikes
    ariZona carbon fiber tandem & single
    Posts
    10,040
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    All year for me, for 16 years. Am now retired!
    Do live in Tucson; have ridden in temp up to 117 with 2% humidity.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Chico, Cali
    Posts
    423
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    All year for me, for 16 years. Am now retired!
    Do live in Tucson; have ridden in temp up to 117 with 2% humidity.
    Yes but were you in a 3-piece suit? Because a full suit, a bike, and a buck fifteen is about the most wrecked I've felt. Didn't help that in the interim I had to jump and run around in that suit.

  10. #10
    Senior Member rumrunn6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    25 miles northwest of Boston
    My Bikes
    Bottecchia Sprint
    Posts
    12,228
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    great replies all
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    near Charlotte, North Carolina
    My Bikes
    Trek 5000 TCT
    Posts
    391
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm pretty content with all year. I'm not as fond of getting to work a bit sweaty and having to change without a proper shower (none available at my place). I do the sink rinse, but just not quite the same. The ride home in the heat doesn't bother me so much as I can stand under a fan, shower, and/or take kids to the pool.

    Juggling extra clothing can be a bit of a challenge in the winter, but it usually works out okay.

  12. #12
    Senior Member Medic Zero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Seattle
    My Bikes
    Old steel GT's, for touring and commuting
    Posts
    1,937
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    Winter is the best because the fair weather riders are in their cars or public transportation, leaving the MUPs blissfully traffic free. Peds are in hiding, too.
    +1 !
    ISO: 22" GT Rebound frame, year 2000 model

  13. #13
    Senior Member tarwheel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    My Bikes
    Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Gunnar Crosshairs, De Bernardi SL
    Posts
    6,248
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    You must live in a cooler, less humid climate than me. Summer months are the worst for commuting in the Southeast, IMHO. Our summers are very hot and humid, and you get drenched in sweat even during the morning leg of the commute. The ride home can be awful when temperatures hit the mid-90s and higher. My favorite commute season is fall, closely followed by winter. Spring can be a crap shoot, beautiful one day and cold and windy the next.

  14. #14
    The Fat Guy In The Back Tundra_Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Sioux Falls, SD
    My Bikes
    '02 Giant Boulder, '08 Felt S32
    Posts
    935
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    Each of the 52 weeks has its own charms. I like the variety.
    This.

    Although on a dark Feb morning with -20F air temps and a howling 40 mph wind I have to search to find the charm. I'm sure it's in there somewhere.
    '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork

    Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop

  15. #15
    ride for a change modernjess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    Surly Cross-check & Moonlander, Pivot Mach 429, Ted Wojcik Sof-Trac, Ridley Orion. Santa Cruz Stigmata
    Posts
    2,064
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I agree, this is the best time in my world. It's almost too easy, which is welcome because it's not always easy around here.

  16. #16
    born again cyclist Steely Dan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chicago
    My Bikes
    --------------------------- - 2007 Dahon Speed P8 folder ------- - 2010 Motobecane leChampion SL Ti - 2011 Scott SUB 10
    Posts
    1,801
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    all seasons in chicago have their pluses and minuses, but i can loosely rank them as follows:

    1. fall - my favorite time of year for riding, it's typically cooler and dryer. the lakefront path also gets less an less crowded as the season goes on.

    2. spring - often nice riding temps, but rain and lingering winter nonsense can make it awfully messy. lakefront path starts to get more use, but usually still tolerable.

    3. winter - the lakefront path is blessedly vacant, but strong winter winds along the lakefront can be utterly beastly at times. winter mess is also a minus.

    4. summer - my least favorite time of year to ride. it's usually too warm and humid for my tastes, and the lakefront path becomes a completely unrideable clusterf@*! in the afternoons.


    however, in several weeks i'm moving to a new condo that will shorten my one-way commute distance from 14.5 miles down to 4.5 miles, and will also eliminate the lakefront path entirely from my route, so my bias against summer riding may change a bit.
    The first rule: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

  17. #17
    rugged individualist wphamilton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Alpharetta, GA
    My Bikes
    Nashbar Road
    Posts
    6,310
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just about now is best. It seems like I said the same thing this spring though ... I can only be confident in saying that late January this year and early February were NOT the best times for commuting.

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Decatur, GA. USA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker
    Posts
    1,017
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    You must live in a cooler, less humid climate than me. Summer months are the worst for commuting in the Southeast, IMHO. Our summers are very hot and humid, and you get drenched in sweat even during the morning leg of the commute. The ride home can be awful when temperatures hit the mid-90s and higher. My favorite commute season is fall, closely followed by winter. Spring can be a crap shoot, beautiful one day and cold and windy the next.
    I live in Atlanta but enjoy the summer MUCH more than winter. Winter is the worst. In the summer I dress the same every day - as little as possible. I don't love heat but if it's terribly hot I slow down some and that makes it much more tolerable. I really like all the shade we have. Getting sweaty and enjoying the breeze I made going down the road in the shade is pure bliss.

    My favorite time to bike is in the Spring or Fall, then comes Summer, then Winter is the least favorite.

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Decatur, GA. USA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker
    Posts
    1,017
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    just about now is best. It seems like i said the same thing this spring though ... I can only be confident in saying that late january this year and early february were not the best times for commuting.
    +1. TODAY is the best time to commute!

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    598
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well all times of year have their good and bad I guess, and its different in different places.

    I decide a couple weeks ago the best time is that first week or so the local schools are out (mid-late June) as the traffic suddenly gets light and the tourists haven't quite come out in droves yet. Come this week, San Francisco will be packed with tourists walking and riding rental bikes along a major part of my route, and the golden gate bridge will also be packed with rental bikes at night and the occasional early tour group in the morning.

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    2,129
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
    This.

    Although on a dark Feb morning with -20F air temps and a howling 40 mph wind I have to search to find the charm. I'm sure it's in there somewhere.
    No bugs!

    I enjoy riding all year too, but I have to admit that summer is my favorite. Light clothes, no threat of ice, and long days. 2 months without needing a bike light is great. Plus, it never gets that hot here. 90F is as bad as it gets and that's not bad at all.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    northern Deep South
    My Bikes
    Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee
    Posts
    1,842
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The best time of year to commute is right after work.

    The worst time of year to commute is right before work.

  23. #23
    Senior Member wolfchild's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario canada
    My Bikes
    I have 3 singlespeed/fixed gear bikes
    Posts
    2,361
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There is no best time...Every season is interesting in its own way....Spring and Fall are the easiest...Winters can be very challenging at times...Summers can also be challenging because of high humidity.

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Brooklyn NY
    Posts
    4,761
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just prefer the fall. I'm always too busy in the spring, the summer is too hot, and I don't ride through the snow but will ride on dry winter days. Somehow the fall is when I commute the most.

  25. #25
    more coffee please
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    West Chester PA,
    My Bikes
    a couple schwinns
    Posts
    114
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like summer the best too. Heat doesn't really bother me at all. Don't have to pack extra clothes. Lights aren't a big concern. I've even taken to leaving my backpack at home and using a small saddlebag. This winter was the harshest around here in my area so I'm really appreciating summertime. One thing I've noticed though is drivers are harsher in their attitudes in summer as opposed to winter when you tend to get more respect. Oh well.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •