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    What's your daily mileage/hours in the saddle?

    OK, just one more regular journey to complete under my own steam before i am car-free - a 26 mile round trip three times a week. There is no way i can avoid travelling and the public transport solution is completely unrealistic on cost and timing grounds. I've never regularly cycled more than 8 miles at a time but i know my body will adapt eventually. I am quite nervous about taking this final step, the only genuine concern i have is the extra time it will take - an extra 4.5 hours a week of family time i will be missing out on.

    Anyway, it will make my weekly distance about 130 miles (with two consecutive 38 mile days) and i reckon on 13.5 hours riding. How far/long do you ride?

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    Martin,

    Have you considered the 'half commute' for a couple of weeks, till you're more confident? It goes like this: Mount bike on car, drive car to work. Bike home. Bike to work, mount bike on car, drive home.... etc.
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    That is a good idea but it's not my commute (which is a nice 10 mile a day round trip), it's my leisure activity and there is nowhere it can be left all day in between classes.

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    My commute is a 20-mile round trip, 5 days a week, plus a couple of 40 mile round-trips in the week as well. When I started doing it, I was overweight and unfit. Took a couple of weeks to get used to it, but it isn't as hard as you might expect.

    If its 10 miles there, and 10 back, you could split it into 4x5mi trips. Just bring a book and a drink, and find a nice place to sit. Easy!

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    I agree with damian..
    I am learning on my long trips..I don;t have to do it all straight through..I can stop and rest a bit..20 mile round trip sppn will be rather easy...for me my goal is to trader joes which is aprox 28 miles each way..though have to take state routes a good portion..
    BUT IT will be done..
    right now I only do about 50 miles a week..sometimes a bit more..one day I will do a century, for fitness..perhaps by fall!

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    about 45-60 miles 5 days a week plus errands on weekends

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    I keep a journal of my times on the bike but I don't know mileages because I don't have a cycle computer.

    My "carfree" avg. bike time per day is 50 minutes, seven days a week. My commute is only 6 miles round trip or about 28 minutes, the rest of the time is errands and shopping. Stores and the credit union as well as most friend's homes are all within 7 to 15 minutes. I have a great location! This 50 minutes/day only include trips that most people would make in a car. Many of the people I work with spend far more than 50 minutes a day in their cars. They go more miles than I do but they don't necessarily accomplish more.

    I also do a bit of riding for fitness and recreation, so my total average daily bike time is significantly higher. That total bike time averages 100 minutes during the sunnier months and 70 minutes during the coldest 4 months of the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedex
    about 45-60 miles 5 days a week plus errands on weekends
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody
    Superman!

    more like tired masochistic man

    im a lightweight, some guys in the bigger cities can do 400-500 miles a week if they want to, and some do

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    I really find it hard to believe there are people commuting 400 to 500 miles per week. That's over 4 hours per day, assuming a 17MPH average. I suppose it's possible, but I've never met anyone that rides that much. Maybe I should get out more....

    Anyway, I commute at least three days per week, usually attempt four, and my commute is 23 miles round trip. I ride 20 to 40 additional miles on the weekend, and shoot for 100 to 125 miles per week. That's not much by the standards I've seen posted here;however, there are many commuters in my area that ride as much as I do.
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    its not commuting Jack_Burns, its riding for a living, and its more like 6-9hrs a day

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    15-30 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedex
    its not commuting Jack_Burns, its riding for a living, and its more like 6-9hrs a day
    I can see pros doing that, and I suppose a courier could if they averaged 12 miles per hour during their job, but still, that's a lot of riding!
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    I average 60-70 miles/wk on commute and add another 50 or so for recreation. You know it when you overdo it. I have a car to give me a day of rest for those occasions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns
    I really find it hard to believe there are people commuting 400 to 500 miles per week. That's over 4 hours per day, assuming a 17MPH average. I suppose it's possible, but I've never met anyone that rides that much. Maybe I should get out more....

    Anyway, I commute at least three days per week, usually attempt four, and my commute is 23 miles round trip. I ride 20 to 40 additional miles on the weekend, and shoot for 100 to 125 miles per week. That's not much by the standards I've seen posted here;however, there are many commuters in my area that ride as much as I do.
    Well, it's entirely within reason. A fellow recumbent rider racked up some hedious number of miles last year on bikejournal.com; when I calculated it out it came to something like 75 mi/day rain or shine. While I admit this is not the norm and our bikes are made to gobble up the miles, it is not some superhuman achievement; just takes time in the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burns
    I can see pros doing that, and I suppose a courier could if they averaged 12 miles per hour during their job, but still, that's a lot of riding!
    I am a messenger, and you ride or starve, pretty simple and to the point, best motivation there is. Pro bike racers in the elite pro category ride even more, 18k-20k per year isnt too uncommon.

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    I've been commuting to work by bike and doing my chores by bike (it's easier that way.) I drove the family car to go to the laundrymat. It was a strange feeling. I could not wait to get out of the car and back on the bike.








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    Well i've done it and i don't know what i made all the fuss about.

    It was a hot, sunny day (not the best conditions, really) and i started off spinning the low gears quickly rather than my usual style of forcing round the biggest gear i could*. It just didn't seem to be the distance that i had built it up to be in my mind - keep the pedals spinning and the world keeps rolling past - and in no time (well, 50mins!) i was at my destination.

    The intervening time was a martial arts class, so i had concerns about how tough the journey home was going to be, but (apart from an emergency step off when i locked the front wheel on gravel) it passed in just a minute more than the outward journey. I was delighted - the longest distance i've ever attempted and, far from leaving me barely able to walk after the first half, i was able to get home again and continue with the rest of my day only 40 mins later than if i'd driven (and really as i started my day 20 mins earlier, it was only 20 mins later).

    SO MY ADVICE TO ANYONE WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT DISTANCE: Don't be! My journey was about 2.5 times further than my daily commute and physically it was a breeze - i arrived no more tired than i would have done at work.


    * This taught me a valuable lesson - i was able to keep the same average speed for this two-part 26 mile trip that i normally achieve in my 5 mile commute which i consider to be taken (for me) 'flat-out'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike_UK
    SO MY ADVICE TO ANYONE WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT DISTANCE: Don't be! My journey was about 2.5 times further than my daily commute and physically it was a breeze - i arrived no more tired than i would have done at work.


    * This taught me a valuable lesson - i was able to keep the same average speed for this two-part 26 mile trip that i normally achieve in my 5 mile commute which i consider to be taken (for me) 'flat-out'.
    That's great to hear, I've been wondering about that a lot lately. I seldom exceed 10 miles per leg during a day (that's going to be changing this summer since my basic route is now ~9 miles, up from 6.5) but I've been wondering about a 16 mile roundtrip for a particular errand I'd like to do should time allow.

    The last bit about maintaining speed doesn't surprise me so much, my strict work, no errands, 6.5 mile commute always takes me the exact same 30 min regardless of how well I do maintaining speed over the various intersections, hills, yadda yadda... Traffic and lights just even it out no matter what I do (short of crashing or flat tire of course). Anyway, good job.

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    my commute is only 3 miles round trip... So I take a lot of rides around town, on the trails, etc after work. I probably go about 40 to 50 miles total during the week and on a normal weekend usally 20 to 40.

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