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Old 07-24-06, 05:05 PM   #1
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How long do you bike daily?

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I came here because I started biking for a couple of reasons. I needed to start staying active (30 to 40 minutes a day), and because it helps me stay out of depression (which it does), controlls my emotions, and also helps me with my skin (I have some acne problems).

I usually ride 6 miles a day, which takes me 35 to 40 minutes.

I wanted to know a few things. How far do you ride daily? And when did you start riding (how many years back) and how far have you progressed?

I'm in awe about how much you guys ride, and it makes me curious as to how you got to this point. I ride till I'm pretty much tired and feel that I've had a good workout. Then once I'm done, the benefits start kicking in and I feel so relaxed, like it's a drug! I just started recently. I have a schwinn bike, that I picked up for roughly 130 that is called the sidewinder. I usually either go trailing and use my gears, or go roading, and keep it on a very high gear and finish as fast as I can.

So please do tell me about yourself, and your history of biking, now that I've told you about myself!

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Old 07-24-06, 05:21 PM   #2
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6 to 10 miles per day, with weekly or bi-weekly trips of over 20 miles. The short commute is 6 miles round trip, give or take. The long commute when I need to do shopping increases the overall miles to about 10.

I used to ride constantly, but then stopped and drove a car for over a decade. I've decided a quarter million miles of Alaskan roads is enough driving for a lifetime and I'm going with the bike full time.
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21 miles in about an hour and fifteen minutes
5 days a week.
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Old 07-24-06, 05:41 PM   #4
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Very impressive mileages, I'm still trying to figure out how you attain such figures in the time frame. Perhaps it's the type of bike I had that restricts me?
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Been actively biking since I was 9, I am now 50. Been commuting regularly for about 30 years or so.

I typically ride 3 days a week in summer, doing at least 20 miles in just over an hour. If I commute, it takes a bit longer, as I have to wait on motor traffic... sigh. Sometimes I take on a longer ride depending on weather and mood and weekend projects.

In the winter, I do more bike miles as I don't swim every other day like I do in the summer... (hey, water's warm... gotta get in when I can)

I have done some long tours... roughly a 1000 miles per tour.

On my road bike I tend to average about 15MPH. (that's average... not peak, not what I see when I happen to look down... but the true average)
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35 miles per day between 1:40 - 1:50 depending on wind, mood etc....
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I've been biking since I was about 3 years old. Well okay, I've been triking since that age.
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Total of about an hour a day, in two separate segments.
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I've only been biking steadily for the past three months.
Weather permitting...I don't enjoy riding in the rain...I ride 8-9 miles per day in about 40 minutes.
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I wanted to know a few things. How far do you ride daily? And when did you start riding (how many years back) and how far have you progressed?
35+ miles per day for the past week. 10+ per day the two weeks before that. Yesterday I did a 60 mile ride and Wednesday I plan on doing 75 miles with a fully loaded trailer. I'll be camping Wednesday night and will ride home Thursday morning. Trying to train for my upcoming 8,000 mile ride.

Before 3 weeks ago I hadnt been on a bike for 10 years. Crazy isnt it?
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Old 07-24-06, 09:17 PM   #11
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21-25 miles round trip on the weekdays and it takes about 2 hours. I often will do 35-50 on saturday mornings.
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Some days a lot. Somedays not. What I ride should mean little to you. In any case, my advice is to not pay attention to mileage at the start and just focus on riding. It's a skill that always has room for improvement and you can always do a little more. Case in point: I took my non-cyclist wife out this weekend. I disabled her cyclocomputer except the cadence function. It was all she needed to know. Had she known it was 20 miles, I doubt she would've tried. She succeeded and was quite happy.
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I started almost 2 years ago when my wife got pregnant. I didn't want to be one of those dads too overweight and too overworked to spend time with his kids. Before this, my last bike was stolen from me when I was 12, now I'm 30, so it had been a while since I was on a bicycle.
I started off slowly, riding only 2 or 3 miles at a time and only 2 or 3 days a week.
Now I'm 60lbs lighter, ride to work and back everyday (20 miles total at about 1:45) and go mountain biking once a week with guys from work and I feel great! So much in fact that I sold my car to commute full time by bicycle, took up running, and am in the best shape I have been in since I was 20, though I am very much still overweight.
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Old 07-25-06, 09:19 AM   #14
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20-60 miles, depending on a day.
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25 miles, 5 days per week. Takes about 2 hours.
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Mon-Thur 45 miles RT each day. About 3 hrs a day.
Sat- 0 to 30 RT depending
Sun- 0 to 50 RT depending

Weekly 180-250
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Typically M-F I ride between 60 & 90 minutes. On weekends I ride at least 2 hours. But sometimes it can go for 3 or 4 hours. And usually I'll take Thursday as my off day.
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22 miles a day. It takes 11 hours from start to finish.

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I started almost 2 years ago when my wife got pregnant. I didn't want to be one of those dads too overweight and too overworked to spend time with his kids. Before this, my last bike was stolen from me when I was 12, now I'm 30, so it had been a while since I was on a bicycle.
I started off slowly, riding only 2 or 3 miles at a time and only 2 or 3 days a week.
Now I'm 60lbs lighter, ride to work and back everyday (20 miles total at about 1:45) and go mountain biking once a week with guys from work and I feel great! So much in fact that I sold my car to commute full time by bicycle, took up running, and am in the best shape I have been in since I was 20, though I am very much still overweight.
Wow, that is an inspirational story! I'm very proud of you I'm glad to be amongst those whom are very active. But I always wonder, when you commute to work, don't you end up becoming very sweaty?
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Some days a lot. Somedays not. What I ride should mean little to you. In any case, my advice is to not pay attention to mileage at the start and just focus on riding. It's a skill that always has room for improvement and you can always do a little more. Case in point: I took my non-cyclist wife out this weekend. I disabled her cyclocomputer except the cadence function. It was all she needed to know. Had she known it was 20 miles, I doubt she would've tried. She succeeded and was quite happy.
As I went riding yesterday I thought about this and what you said. It's true, in the sense that when you don't look at mileage but just try your best, you can accomplish so much more! Thanks
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Thanks to everyone that replied, I appreciate it and have read through every one of them. Keep doing what you do, it's truely remarkable, really. Most people in America have issues just riding a couple of miles, or running a couple of blocks. The level of dedication you guys have is awesome, and you enjoy it too!

Last night I ended up doing 8 miles in 35 minutes, I don't know if that's good or not? But I was happy with my ride . The reason I stopped was my butt started hurting! (does that happen?) I guess it's due to the fact that I am on the thin side. I guess I need to plump up a bit, I suppose. How do you guys go so long without having this type of pain?
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I'm on for about 25 miles per weekday after work (as long as there's no lightning) and 50+ on Saturday and Sunday. I use the time to vent my rage from working in the office... and I have no social life... hmm... yes... *sigh* Average around 17MPH (darn wind)
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The reason I stopped was my butt started hurting! (does that happen?) I guess it's due to the fact that I am on the thin side. I guess I need to plump up a bit, I suppose. How do you guys go so long without having this type of pain?
The butt pain is good. You know you have done something. It will not be an issue in time. ride ride ride.
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approx 1800 miles of commuting YTD .

That is 58 miles per week...

I ride recreationally all the time which is not included in the commuting figures... =)

Something that can help you go faster and build more fitness is to install some road bike pedals and use cycling shoes... You can get a package deal online for a set of clips and shoes for $ 70 ... These are not the best shoes or pedals, but it'll get you started ! ... click HERE to see what I mean..

If you want a little better set, try THESE for $ 125 with carbon fiber soles =)

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The butt pain is good. You know you have done something. It will not be an issue in time. ride ride ride.
I am glad to hear that! I will keep riding and overcome it
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