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    How long does it take to bike 4 miles?

    I will have to bike for 4 miles to the place I work, just wonder how long will it take? Any1 pls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woooinred
    I will have to bike for 4 miles to the place I work, just wonder how long will it take? Any1 pls.
    It depends on the terrain and traffic. If it's relatively flat or light rollers with little traffic and limited stoplights then I can make it in around 15 minutes easily. If I really hammer and the route is "clean" then I can probably do it in 12 mins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    It depends on the terrain and traffic. If it's relatively flat or light rollers with little traffic and limited stoplights then I can make it in around 15 minutes easily. If I really hammer and the route is "clean" then I can probably do it in 12 mins.
    To add to what Khuon said, what is your fitness level? How sweaty do you want to be when you get there? What is you average speed when you ride? You should be able to figure it out or atleast get a good idea.


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    What will you be riding? Will there be air in the tires?

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    I do 2 miles in about 9 minutes in moderate-heavy city traffic and 4 or 5 street lights, one small hill, and craptastic pavement conditions... so... 4 miles, even if you're out of shape now shouldn't take too long after about 2 weeks of doing it.

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    Not as long as it takes to read all the new posts here in the morning.

    Seriously, I echo the 12-15 minute range. That's a somewhat moderate pace, enough to get the heart rate up, but not fast enough to feel wiped out.

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    Depends on how fast you go....

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    12 miles per hour equals one mile every five minutes. That would be four miles in 20 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woooinred
    I will have to bike for 4 miles to the place I work, just wonder how long will it take? Any1 pls.
    That is hard to say without knowing your a lot of things.

    What type of bike do you ride?

    Is it windy?

    Uphill or downhill?

    How many stops will you have to make?

    How heavy is traffic?

    WHat type of roads- paved or county roads?


    I usually average between 13-15 mph on my 20 mile daily rides. The roads are mainly gravel and pretty rough. I don't push it too hard. I ride a mountain bike.

    When i ride to work, it is 3 miles. That can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on some of the things above. The biggest factor is usually wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woooinred
    I will have to bike for 4 miles to the place I work, just wonder how long will it take? Any1 pls.
    This morning it took me 16.5 minutes to get the 4 miles to work. Maybe I'm not in as good of shape as some of the others, or it may be the hills.

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    I would say: assume it will take you 30 minutes, unless the road is perfect. Assume more time if you climb some serious hills. That assumes an average speed of 8 miles per hour or 15 km/h. It sounds quite low, but takes into account red lights, time you slow down for traffic queues, etc.

    ONce you know the road, the time will decrease not only because your legs will have more training, but also because you'll know when to race to catch one of two extra green signals in a row, or when to slow down and relax because you would have to wait for a red light otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woooinred
    I will have to bike for 4 miles to the place I work, just wonder how long will it take? Any1 pls.

    You must be joking.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KleinMp99
    You must be joking.....
    Unfortunately I don't think he or she is.

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    Well, look at your watch when you leave (T1). Look at your watch when you get there (2). T2-T1=travel time.

    But seriously, if you average 15 mph it will take you 16 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woooinred
    I will have to bike for 4 miles to the place I work, just wonder how long will it take? Any1 pls.
    My commute is 4 miles to work too ... it takes me as little as 15 minutes on good days when I get all the lights and I have a bit of a wind behind me and it takes me as much as 25 minutes on days when it is -35C and there's a headwind blowing.

    Why don't you ride there on the weekend and scout out good routes?

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    I'm 64 years old & my regular commute is precisely 4 miles from my garage to the door at work. Mostly flat but 1 big hill near work and a smaller one close to home. There is a possibility of 6 red lights, but I don't think it ever happens. Day in & day out my most common times are in the 16 to 18 minute range. My all time best was 12 minutes 30 seconds at 6:00-6:12 1/2 AM riding my fastest bike & no stops at any red lights. The longest commute time was 26 minutes & caused by a traffic accident which closed an intersection while they maneuvered emergency vehicles around the victims & their cars. If you haven't ridden much, you might get a little sore riding every day.
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    Give yourself a half-hour. That's 15-25 minutes for the ride, and five to 10 to pack your bike up, park it at work, get inside, etc. If you make good time you'll have five minutes to spare, to read the rest of this thread.

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    My commute is about 5 miles one way and usually takes me an hour and fifteen minutes each way. I always stop for coffee, relax, and spend time people watching. I don't like to come to work drenched in sweat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    My commute is about 5 miles one way and usually takes me an hour and fifteen minutes each way. I always stop for coffee, relax, and spend time people watching. I don't like to come to work drenched in sweat.
    That's the perfect way to commute. In a major city during rush hour... a five mile commute by car would take you just as long. The difference being you don't get coffee, you don't get to relax, you don't get to spend time people watching and you do come into work drenched in sweat from sitting in a hot baking car breathing exhaust fumes or otherwise fuming with frustration yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    That's the perfect way to commute. In a major city during rush hour... a five mile commute by car would take you just as long. The difference being you don't get coffee, you don't get to relax, you don't get to spend time people watching and you do come into work drenched in sweat from sitting in a hot baking car breathing exhaust fumes or otherwise fuming with frustration yourself.
    Of course if you were me...
    You'd be running late, no time to stop for coffee or people watch, and by the time you biked to your destination you would be drenched in sweat, and fuming with frustration from having breathed exhaust fumes the whole way!

    But I guess at least you get the excercise and your lower blood pressure will keep you from having a stress-induced heart attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woooinred
    I will have to bike for 4 miles to the place I work, just wonder how long will it take? Any1 pls.
    It will take you about an hour.
    Does the perfect bike really exist?

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    I bike roughly 12 miles to work, mixed traffic, alleys, sometimes on a path, sometimes behind a bus and a hard place. My best time: 35 minutes
    My average: 45 min
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    twelve minutes, fifty three seconds. Just did that length yesterday, ironically to pick up my car from the shop
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck
    twelve minutes, fifty three seconds. Just did that length yesterday, ironically to pick up my car from the shop
    So I guess I'm not the only one that does that. Once, when I dropped off my Jeep for some maintenance, the dealership asked me if I needed a shuttle to take me back home. I kindly declined, opened the liftgate and pulled out my bike.
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