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Old 10-24-08, 09:26 PM   #26
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110 km per day is insane. That'll take you 4.5 hours a day. Don't forget to eat. Good luck!
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Old 10-27-08, 01:59 AM   #27
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Actually, I want it to take me 3 hrs total bike time. That's the goal at least. Then I can tell people "yeah, car, train, or bike, it's all the same amount of time". Whether I can do it multiple days a week, that's a whole other story.

Just looking at the raw math, 57.2 km, 1.5 hrs requires an average speed of 38.13 kph (aka, 23.7 mph). That's 10 kph than I am doing now, which is quite a bit, but is humanly possible. Besides, I have plenty of time to get up to that goal...
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Actually, I want it to take me 3 hrs total bike time. That's the goal at least. Then I can tell people "yeah, car, train, or bike, it's all the same amount of time". Whether I can do it multiple days a week, that's a whole other story.

Just looking at the raw math, 57.2 km, 1.5 hrs requires an average speed of 38.13 kph (aka, 23.7 mph). That's 10 kph than I am doing now, which is quite a bit, but is humanly possible. Besides, I have plenty of time to get up to that goal...
Nut, I say go for it but be careful. The worse thing that can happen other than a serious accident is that it will take you a little over 2 hours. And you will only be able to do it 3 days a week. 35.5 miles of flat road solo at 23.7 miles per hour average would probably put you in cat 3 racer class. Might be a bit of a stretch without serious training.
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Well, the commute is supposed to be the serious training, so I'll report back in a year when I'm in shape. I also need to get more batteries. Mine ran out 15km from my house. "honey, I'm standing here in the middle of nowhere by a barn, come and get me." In other words, I got stung by the time change (last Sunday, we turned our clocks back) and it's now dark at 4:30 pm. Time to get more reflectors and warmer clothes, too. The Frost has finally arrived.

And no biking today since I thought "can't bike home, no light", but instead got screwed by a train delay. Took me 3 hours to get to work today. Gotta start biking again to save time. The trains here are worthless, unreliable, and overpriced.
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Well, the commute is supposed to be the serious training, so I'll report back in a year when I'm in shape. I also need to get more batteries. Mine ran out 15km from my house. "honey, I'm standing here in the middle of nowhere by a barn, come and get me." In other words, I got stung by the time change (last Sunday, we turned our clocks back) and it's now dark at 4:30 pm. Time to get more reflectors and warmer clothes, too. The Frost has finally arrived.

And no biking today since I thought "can't bike home, no light", but instead got screwed by a train delay. Took me 3 hours to get to work today. Gotta start biking again to save time. The trains here are worthless, unreliable, and overpriced.
Must warn you! Even in well-lit areas, use your lights! The police will ticket you for running without lights after sundown. Fortunately, I found that out the easy way. Came out after my language class one evening and several officers were standing at the cycle parking and writing tickets to anyone jumping on their bikes lightless.

A draw back of living in a lower crime country? The police have to find other people to annoy.
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They will probably write me a ticket for having too good of a light. I should probably have a city light and a country light. You know, just like I have on my car -- 300 watts of driving light pleasure.

Vet du om det finns någonsorts lagstiftning mot starka cykel lampor? Visst, man behöver något, men om det är för starkt? Det kan jag säga att det är inte så lätt att hitta reglerna.
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Well someone's been practicing their Swedish.

To be honest, beyond knowing that you must have lights on your bike after sundown, I'm fairly clueless. I've never heard any indication that they consider anything too strong. Now if your bike lights are brighter than your car's high beams, you might get a warning.
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Warnings I can live with. I can play stupid.
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Jag vet faktiskt inte om hur det är i Sverige, men här i Finland har jag inte hittat någon maximigräns (W) för cykellampor. I think I could theoretically be warned if I pointed the beam too high up (there's a rule against that for vehicles, and bike is a vehicle). But if the police ticketed me for excessive light wattage, I'd frame the ticket on my mantelpiece.

38 kph average, with studded tyres, and in winter conditions sounds, well, nuts and crazy to me. I couldn't do anything remotely productive at work after that commute. Even if "winter conditions" in your case means just cold weather and the occasional patch of black ice, it's impressive. Good luck on reaching your goal!

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So far I have only been using winter tires. As far a snow? No idea what I'll do, but I'm guessing I'll just take a car or stay home for those days. That only happens about 3 times a year though. Last year about a meter of snow came -- ½ of it in one night -- so that means we don't really get much snow. Sure does get cold, though!
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