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Old 07-27-14, 06:15 AM   #1
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TT Commutes?

I know most commuters don't kill themselves on their way to work. You want to get there energized and refreshed, not tired and sore.

I have a fairly short commute (3.2 miles). What's unique about it is the time frame. I work in an on-call position and am allowed to sleep at home while I'm on the clock. When work arrives I have to rapidly dress and hurry to the office. My employer expects us to drive there safely. I bike commute though I have a car, so my standard is that my bike gets to work as fast as my car could. I have lots of Strava logs demonstrating this if the boss ever complains.

Who else has a fast commute?
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Old 07-27-14, 08:26 AM   #2
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That's cool. I bet you can really sprint for 3.2 miles.
When I ride, I can't seem to hold back, I'm always given'er, to some extent. My two-wheel time, on a 11 mile route, is a little less than double my car-commute time, i.e. about 35 min.
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When I ride, I can't seem to hold back, I'm always given'er, to some extent.
Same here. I could probably be accused of TTing my commute by some factions of the Commuting subforum as well. My commute is about 6.5-7 miles each way and if it weren't for stop lights/signs, I'd be able to do it in much less than 25 minutes.

Saving Hawaii, I'm curious what your line of work is, if you need to be present so quickly at a moment's notice. Does your job allow telecommuting?
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I know most commuters don't kill themselves on their way to work. You want to get there energized and refreshed, not tired and sore.

I have a fairly short commute (3.2 miles). What's unique about it is the time frame. I work in an on-call position and am allowed to sleep at home while I'm on the clock. When work arrives I have to rapidly dress and hurry to the office. My employer expects us to drive there safely. I bike commute though I have a car, so my standard is that my bike gets to work as fast as my car could. I have lots of Strava logs demonstrating this if the boss ever complains.

Who else has a fast commute?
Do you do your TT-like 3.2 fast commute in street clothes? Are you business-ready upon arrival, or do you need cool-down/wash-up/change clothes time before being ready to do what it is you do at work?
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I'm curious what your line of work is, if you need to be present so quickly at a moment's notice. Does your job allow telecommuting?
I'm a glorified taxi driver so not really.

I TT my commutes because I'm on company time and any time increase due to me commuting by bicycle (versus my car) is a delay that my clients can complain about. That's not necessarily a huge issue but complaints about untimely service do happen and I don't want to be called in to chat with my boss about how bicycling on the company dime is unacceptable. So long as I can show Strava logs with clean stops at intersections and a commute time that is as fast as my car would get me there, I'm not going to have issues.
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Do you do your TT-like 3.2 fast commute in street clothes? Are you business-ready upon arrival, or do you need cool-down/wash-up/change clothes time before being ready to do what it is you do at work?
I commute in my work uniform and SPD shoes. It's pretty flappy but works fine. I usually have 20-45 minutes in a car with A/C after I get to work and before I meet any clients. Plus I live in a hot, dry climate so sweat dries quickly. A light sweat odor is a non-issue in the work environments where I interact with clients as there are much more terrible odors mixing into a pungent soup of noxious aromas constantly. Think of the worst smells you can imagine and double that.
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I throw in lots of hard efforts, but I shower before I clock in.

It's more fun pushing on the way home though, less traffic.
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I'm a glorified taxi driver so not really.

I TT my commutes because I'm on company time and any time increase due to me commuting by bicycle (versus my car) is a delay that my clients can complain about. That's not necessarily a huge issue but complaints about untimely service do happen and I don't want to be called in to chat with my boss about how bicycling on the company dime is unacceptable. So long as I can show Strava logs with clean stops at intersections and a commute time that is as fast as my car would get me there, I'm not going to have issues.
Ah, that makes sense. I was just curious -- no judgment at all from me about TTing your commute.
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My muscles are still getting used to this new bike's geometry, so i'll have to wait to try this, but on my old bike i could all most beat a car most places around town before the shifter broke.

I used to be able to do one specific route that takes 5 minutes to drive in 7 minutes on my bike. I'm looking forward to doing that again now that i have a bike with shifter.

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I also have a 3.2 mile commute. Heading into work though I have about a 1 mile downhill section that drops around 450 feet. My time in is usually 10min or less depending on if i coast down the hill or not. Its consistently up to 5 minutes shorter than driving. Now the return trip is about 10-15min longer by bike.
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Apropos Ravenhog's commute, I spent 6 months in Switzerland last year on a work assignment. The bike commute (or walk, when necessary), was about 1 mile. The kicker was, most of it was on a 10% grade, downhill on the way to work, fortunately. Getting to work by bike was a 5 min job, if that, getting home more like 15 min. In spite of the short round trip distance, there seemed to be a workout in there somewhere.
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