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Old 07-24-15, 05:53 PM
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I'm taking a forced hiatus from bicycle commuting soon

After three wonderful years of going almost everywhere I possibly can by bike; I must now take a break. I'm going to be interning for a city agency up in the Bronx and I have to report by 7 AM which means I have to leave my home in Brooklyn by about 5:30 everyday. The trip by bike would be almost an hour and half and cover some 16 miles. I just don't think it's safe for me to commute that early by bike or possible for me to do a 32 mile commute each day especially given the demanding nature of my internship. I'm pretty upset but I just don't think it's practical for me to commute like that everyday. My only option would be to do part of my commute by subway and then via bike but again given the time I just don't think it's wise. Thankfully I'm going to be back to cycling on my normal commute in January 2016. I want to stay active so I'm going to start running more. How have you guys handled a long break in your cycling commute?
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1 hour each way puts it pretty much off the table for commuting to.

I know for me personally, between a desk job and bike commuting, my body ended up in hunched over inflexible shape. Doing gym exercise class stuff actually helped me quite a bit. Between that and several other things, it helped a lot with starting to feel old and hobbled. (It seriously made a huge difference, I'm in my 30's.)

It's also possible to work around it sometimes - drive partway and bike in, if you can take public transit take it with your bike in then bike back home. Only bike some days (like Tues Fri).
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When an injury prevented me from riding for a year I used our treadmill. Wore out the tread. For the two weeks I waited for the replacement tread, I marched around the basement in figure 8s and did stair reps. If your building is anything like daughter's 5 story walk-up, the apartment steps would be great for reps in any weather, provided it doesn't disturb the other tennants. There's also trainers and rollers for bikes.
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Could you drive halfway and bike the rest?
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If its Brooklyn to Bronx..you should be able to take the subway part way fairly easily; especially at 5:30am.

Id take the subway in the AM and bike home. 16 miles after a long day may not be the most exciting thing. But I find that once I'm on the bike--it doesn't feel too bad or long..and my ride home helps me unwind.

Also the great thing is you can take it easy if you don't feel up to it..or ride the train partway back.
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Originally Posted by edsall78
If its Brooklyn to Bronx..you should be able to take the subway part way fairly easily; especially at 5:30am.

Id take the subway in the AM and bike home. 16 miles after a long day may not be the most exciting thing. But I find that once I'm on the bike--it doesn't feel too bad or long..and my ride home helps me unwind.

Also the great thing is you can take it easy if you don't feel up to it..or ride the train partway back.
This.

My impression of that area is that you should have a subway stop within a few miles of each side. I'm doing the bike/train commute thing and I dig it. Ride short side on the way to work, ride as far as I want on the way back.
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