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Old 01-03-18, 10:31 AM   #26
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While I don't want to discourage you, I'd suggest waiting a bit to start. Currently your sunrise and sunset are at 730 and 1730 respectively (subtract 12 for the 24 hour clock challenged).
What's 1718?
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OP here. about 23 miles and planning on driving part of the way. joined a gym near the office for showering.
so this is very similar to where I am now. what I settled on (during fair weather months, aka long daylight days) is to drive my car to work w the bike, then ride home. next day ride in, put bike on car & drive to gym 1 mile away to shower & dress. I did that once a week for several months & it worked out great


btw, I think cyco raised good points about riding in the dark even tho I use lights regardless of ambient light
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Old 01-03-18, 01:00 PM   #28
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Thanks for the posts. I plan on starting once it gets warmer and driving half way a couple of days each week. I will park at the commuter train station so I have a bad weather option. The route is mostly bike trails.
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10 miles each way. I'm 62, will be 63 by the time the snow and cold are gone so I can start riding again. It takes about an hour each way because of all the stop and go of NYC riding, but my moving time averages about 14mph and try to get to around 17-18mph where I can. I don't ride every day, just 2 or 3 days a week.
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Twenty three miles is a long commute. Here's an situation where an e-bike might makes sense. If you can putter along at 20 mph you could do the commute in a tad over an hour.
23 miles at 20 MPH average is going to take a LOT of power and a very large battery. With my pedal assist turned up pretty high I can barely average 18 mph over my 15 mile commute, and that requires charging at both ends (home and work). If I keep pedal assist low to do my 30 mile commute on one charge, I usually average only 15-16 mph. And that's with a 52V 13.5aH battery.
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Have you ridden the route yet?
On the next warm weekend, ride both ways to get a feel for it. If you won't regularly ride on the weekends, M, W, F sounds doable both ways. In between do some core work or run. I'm Jealous. My commute is 18.5 and I regularly take Wednesday off and drive. Then I ride hard on Sat or Sun. I used to have an 8 mile commute and changed jobs to increase my commute. (Now I don't have to call, "Honey, I'm going to take the long way home and do some intervals".)
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My commute is 100 miles round-trip... which is why I do the "multi-modal" thing. I ride a folding bike which becomes "luggage" once it's folded and bagged, and is allowed on our local heavy rail ("METRA") with no block-outs... ever.
My total biking distance is about 8 miles a day, divided into 4 segments. I've been doing this for almost 16 years. And, yes, I have ridden the folding bike all the way... and though it is do-able, it's not sustainable!
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I am almost 51. I live in Plano and commute every day. Rain or shine. This morning it was kind of chilly.
I have been doing this since about 2-3 years now. My commute one way is anywhere from 8 to 13 miles depending on the route I take. I am racking up between 80 and 100 miles a week. I try to stay off main roads and ride on trails and neighborhood roads.
I have even ridden from North Plano to downtown Dallas a few times. 90% of that route is on trails!
I think the DFW is not too bad for commuting by bike. The area is flat and we don't have mountains to conquer. The weather is decent most of the time and the bike infrastructure is getting better every year.
Go for it. I use bike setting Google maps quite often to determine my routes as i like to change them occasionally to see something different.
If you have questions around commuting in or around Dallas don't hesitate to ask.
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~3.5 miles. Used to be ~9.

Old commute was usually 13 with some scenery and intervals mixed in.

Current commute is ~30 if I take the long way around the lake. That's usually on the way home though.
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I just turned 60 and ride 9 miles each way, with lots of traffic and stops along the way for Xwalks, stop lights, etc. Most weeks I'm riding all five days, sometimes three or four if I have client travel, etc. In the winter, with studs on the wheels and snowpack on the road, I sometimes wish that I had an electric assist to speed me along or a shorter ride. The other seasons are fine.
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I just turned 60 and ride 9 miles each way, with lots of traffic and stops along the way for Xwalks, stop lights, etc. Most weeks I'm riding all five days, sometimes three or four if I have client travel, etc. In the winter, with studs on the wheels and snowpack on the road, I sometimes wish that I had an electric assist to speed me along or a shorter ride. The other seasons are fine.
1 kilometre. Any prize for the shortest bike commute? Now, let me qualify. My round trip is only 2,000 meters but done in full dress business attire, suit, tie, Oxfords.
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1 kilometre. Any prize for the shortest bike commute? Now, let me qualify. My round trip is only 2,000 meters but done in full dress business attire, suit, tie, Oxfords.
You sir win the Grand Prize, for which I receive a dozen PEI oysters, Cheers!
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You sir win the Grand Prize, for which I receive a dozen PEI oysters, Cheers!
And on top of the dozen oysters, I'll throw in a free oyster shucking lesson to boot!
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My commute is 4.5 miles going to work. In non-winter months, I generally take a longer route home (6-6.5 miles) to avoid traffic and ride on a dedicated bike path.
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My commutes around 16-17 miles in moderate to heavy urban traffic (no bike lanes or paths here) and daily regardless of the weather (minus thunderstorms, I avoid them); all this by a morbidly obese 46yo.
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And on top of the dozen oysters, I'll throw in a free oyster shucking lesson to boot!

Thanks for offering, but I already have the tools and skillz; in other words, "one mean mother of a shucker"
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Age 64. Commute 7.5 km each way to a part time job two or three days a week.
Other errands by bike in between. Yesterday's Costco run, 12.5 km round trip at -6c.
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Old 02-05-18, 09:18 AM   #45
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11 miles each way
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Regarding ebikes, I've had very good luck with a Stromer. My local ebike shop has a branch in Dallas (in case the OP is still following!). https://www.smallplanetebikes.com/dallas-location/ Obviously it won't be the same people (we even have some deltas between Longmont and Denver locations) but it's a start.
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59 years young, commute about 3 miles each way but every bit of it is an incline or decline and often steep. I'm in Minneapolis burbs so there are days I drive due to brutal temps (22 days so far this winter with below zero starts) and/or because the road to work has no shoulder, snow makes the streets even more narrow and the bike paths impassable - even on a fat bike.

I like commuting because it's fun and mine is short (and the weather cool) so I can usually do it in work clothes. My place of work has a locker room so I do have some clothes and dress shoe storage. I use all of my bikes for commuting but over the last year primarily use a $20 Raleigh C-50 garage sale find that I got on a 'fix it up' whim. So no need to be terribly selective waiting for the right moment to start: good tires, reliable brakes and look after your drivetrain daily with a wipe down. Just ride.
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at 58 guess I'm not too old to be an idiot? (in my car) don't know what I was thinking this morning, maybe I wasn't. flying too fast into an exit ramp (70 mph? don't know really my eyes were busy) flipped it into sport mode then downshifted like I usually do but only got it down to 6th instead of my usual 5th. anyway, traffic was light & there may have been a light coating of frozen fog, so that combination meant I was running on a fresh situation?

started to fishtail, then came the full-on battle fishtailing left & right fighting to keep from losing it on this curve designed for slower speeds. coming from the other direction (highway exit ramp w lane parallel/concentric with my lane but divided by a narrow median) was a flatbed carrying two wrecked cars. thinking to myself, yeah don't wanna hit that head-on or sideways ... it was enough multiple fishtails left & right that I was thinking this could go south quick & I could wind up in or over a guard rail. fortunately the Vredestein performance winter tires caught enough traction to get me straight again. so anyway, ppl ... don't do that!
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My perspective is that older people have more free time to spend on commuting.

For awhile, I spend 4 hours per day commuting. Doable if you have a lot of free time.

And time spend on a bicycle is quality time. But after a while, the scenary got old. But it became a good time for reflection and do some deep thinking for the soul. Not to mention quality exercise.

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My perspective is that older people have more free time to spend on commuting.

For awhile, I spend 4 hours per day commuting. Doable if you have a lot of free time.
Everyone has the the same amount of time, and it is all free. How you choose to spend it is not a matter of age but of priority.
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