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Old 07-09-14, 04:54 AM   #1
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Anyone commute 25 miles to work?

I just googled from my home to my place of employment. 24.9 miles. I can't do it everyday but I can think of maybe one day a week that my schedule might allow me to ride to work. I'd be riding home part way in the dark, so I'd need lights. A good portion of the ride is on a rail trail.
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Old 07-09-14, 06:08 AM   #2
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I had a 70 km round trip commute for a while. I would do it on nice days in the summer ... anywhere from 1-3 days a week. More often just 1 day a week.
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Old 07-09-14, 06:25 AM   #3
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I commute 17 miles each way three times a week.
I would say 25 miles each way is no problem once or twice a week, particularly in the summer.
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Old 07-09-14, 07:01 AM   #4
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I just googled from my home to my place of employment. 24.9 miles. I can't do it everyday but I can think of maybe one day a week that my schedule might allow me to ride to work. I'd be riding home part way in the dark, so I'd need lights. A good portion of the ride is on a rail trail.
My new commute is 15 miles. When I ride in, I take the train (with the bike) home at night. Any way you can do something similar?
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Old 07-09-14, 07:15 AM   #5
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I commute 20 miles each way. Had been doing it about once or twice a month, but in the last month or two, I've upped it to once a week. I jumped up to twice in one week, but that was too much too soon. Legs were like concrete. I've been training for a century, so I've been logging long miles on the weekend too. Once that's over, I may try twice a week again.
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Old 07-09-14, 07:33 AM   #6
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OP - You should ask this question in the Commuting forum. There are a number of people who commute at that distance or longer.
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Old 07-09-14, 07:38 AM   #7
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I rode 25 miles each way at a job I had a few years ago, but only once or twice a week depending on other rides I was doing. One big issue was the total amount of time it took; just under 1:30 each way so 3 hrs of riding plus getting ready and getting cleaned up afterward. That's a pretty big bite out of the day after spending 9-10 hrs in the office.
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Old 07-09-14, 08:21 AM   #8
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RT , 20 years Ago. but yea you can strut your stuff better on the commuter's forum ..
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Old 07-09-14, 08:21 AM   #9
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On the road for me, 18 miles is the furthest I've ridden and that was 2.5 hours riding for me. I'd be looking at 3 hours at least each way. Even if it was flat, my average speed is about 12-13 mph (16ish cruise speed) so that would be about 2 hours. I already get up at 4:50 to drive to work, I wouldn't want to get up at 2:50 to ride. I can't function on that little sleep and I'm not going to try to go to sleep as soon as I get home from work.

So, no, I wouldn't commute 25 miles. I wish I could though, just don't have the time for 4-5 hours riding a bike for enjoyment let alone getting to work and back.
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Old 07-09-14, 08:31 AM   #10
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A frequently employed option for those with longer commutes is to split it up by driving to work one day hauling the bike on a rack, then riding home. The next day, ride to work and drive home. The downside to this approach is you are without a vehicle for an evening. Like everything with bicycle commuting, it just takes some planning.

25 miles is quite a hall. I commend you for considering it.
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Old 07-09-14, 08:44 AM   #11
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I biked 70 km\43 mi last week and while it was doable I wouldn't want to do that every day.

Of course if my bike were even lighter I'm sure I could get used to it.
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Old 07-09-14, 09:08 AM   #13
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My commute is 20 miles one way. I usually limit myself to that. But it's not uncommon to get close to the destination and start goofing off because I'm not ready to be there yet. I might like 25 more really but would have to move my home or employment!

The time varies little and is around 1:20 - the best part of my day.
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Old 07-09-14, 09:53 AM   #14
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I don't, but a guy I work with does and he does it on a mountain bike.

Generally he does one or two days a week, but at the same time, he rides a lot beyond commuting, so he's used to long rides.
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Old 07-09-14, 10:06 AM   #15
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I started riding 18 miles each way to work,year round, 4 years ago. I ride to work three days a week no matter what. This minimum gives me flexibility on what days I do it...about two years into this routine, I commonly ride in five days a week and if I don't feel like it, I don't do it. But I ALWAYS complete my minimum three days. I eat whatever I want and feel great. I'm 51 years old and weigh 220 at 6ft1in.
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Old 07-09-14, 10:09 AM   #16
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I have a few times.
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Old 07-09-14, 11:14 AM   #17
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I commute almost 17 miles each way. I do have a coworker who live further and commutes around 27 miles each way. He bike commutes pretty much every day, however he does make it multi-modal some days, taking a ferry part way one way. I think this is partially due to time, and sometimes to avoid crazy headwinds on the way home. I wouldn't say this is easy, but its definitely doable. Ideally figure out if there is a transit option you could take part way if needed.
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For a year I commuted 29 miles each way. I didn't do it every day - I sometimes needed the car at work - but I averaged three or four days a week.

It has advantages and disadvantages. I was pretty fit. It meant I didn't need to do any training outside the commute. But the terrain was such that it took 1hr 40 mins on the way in, and about 2hrs 10 mins on the way back. Almost four hours on the bike on top of a working day eats into your free time.

But if your personal circumstances permit it, I'd say go for it. Expect to be pretty tired until you get conditioned to it, though.

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Like said many times it doesn't need to be all or nothing. You could drive 1/2 way, then bike back and forth to work then to the car. Start with 1/2 hour each way, then extends to 1 hour and so on.

25 is out there. At my best, on flat terrain and no wind, I could have done it on 1:15 (20mph avs) bit at 54 more like 1:40 or so (16-17mph avs). You start adding wind, hills, stop lights, and it could reach 2 hours,

You could do any combination you want, as far as driving and riding. You're the only one that can tell by your conditioning, time at hand and motivation.
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For 3 years, my commute was 30 miles each way. Now I'm down to around 27 miles each way, yay!! Since we it's highly unlikely that we'll move again, I guess that should be it for me. I only ride 3 days/week. I run on days I don't ride.
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42 round trip for me. On hot days, I can take a bus part way and bring it to 32miles round trip.

biggest problem for me is being able to carry enough food to get through the day and back home.
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For 3 years, my commute was 30 miles each way. Now I'm down to around 27 miles each way, yay!! Since we it's highly unlikely that we'll move again, I guess that should be it for me. I only ride 3 days/week. I run on days I don't ride.

You run to work on the days you don't ride?!

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You run to work on the days you dont ride
Can't speak for him ... but I believe I pass two guys (going the opposite way of me) who run to work. Can't be sure, but one I'm almost certain does.
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You run to work on the days you dont ride
Ha! In my dream, I inherit a gene from the Tarahumara tribe so running at that distance is no problem. In fact that's how I get my works done. But in reality, in the past I ran to the train station (about 5 miles) where my wife would pick me up. That arrangement isn't possible anymore so I just run during lunch time.
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my current commute is 24 miles to work, and 25ish home as I take a little different route home to avoid a couple busy intersections. 2 days a week minimum, with a goal to do 3 days per week. All done on my vintage Cimarron.
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