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How much climb each way on your commute?

Old 10-10-22, 03:22 PM
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How much climb each way on your commute?

Sorry. Sounds like another flexing contest. But am curious on how much climbing the commuters here are doing. This is a specially curated group imho.
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Old 10-10-22, 04:05 PM
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I'm no longer commuting. But I have generally had commutes that dropped into cities from 1-200 feet higher. (The cities being located at rivers or bays. Boston, Seattle and Portland. And Ann Arbor where grad housing was up on the hill.) So I've rarely had more than 1-200 feet of climbing going to work or school if I took the direct or most obvious route. That said, the most direst route into Portland is straight over the west hills, 400+ feet in a mile or less up a winding, no-shoulder road.

Now, getting home in most of those places I've lived is another matter/
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Old 10-10-22, 08:01 PM
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My commute was flat as a pancake, with one little hill at the end. It was at the end of an 8-mile ride, so I usually shifted down one. Kind of ironic, as we're surrounded by stoopid steep hills.
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According to google maps, it's 302ft down and 453 feet up on the way to work. The last 2 miles is where the climb is. It makes for a quick jaunt down to the Schuylkill River after work and a potentially relaxing ride home, as long as the river path isn't crowded.
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The average climb for a 10 mile ride from my house is around 500 feet. Except for the commute: that 10 miles I only have to climb 140 feet. Great for recovery rides (if I leave the house early enough), no way to make any climbing challenge or prepare for longer rides.
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My commute is just over 4 miles each way. It's mostly flat for the first mile, then it's a steady 3-mile, 692-foot climb to work, which is near the top of the Berkeley Hills. Makes for an easy ride home.

View from my work looking west toward the Golden Gate and SF Bay.
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It is about 2900 ft up and down (commuting home is mostly up) over about 25 miles round trip. The steepest bit is about 20% grade.

I just looked mine up for another thread:



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Old 10-12-22, 08:18 PM
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500 feet or so over 12.5 miles each way
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One overpass each way and another 12 feet as the terrain slopes down to school. So only 50 feet in my 8 daily miles.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
It is about 2900 ft up and down (commuting home is mostly up) over about 25 miles round trip. The steepest bit is about 20% grade.

I just looked mine up for another thread:


Holy crap?!? 2900 ft each way? That's insane!
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Originally Posted by burritos
Holy crap?!? 2900 ft each way? That's insane!
No, round trip. Sorry.
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A lot more then you probably.

30km. All uphill. You would'nt believe it, but its true.
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Originally Posted by localbikelad
30km. All uphill. You would'nt believe it, but its true.
Wow! Then downhill on the way back?
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Old 10-20-22, 09:34 AM
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I live in the foothills at about 450ft of elevation and my office is at 25ft elevation a little over 8 miles away near the bay, so it's a decent workout going home. Most of the climbing is in the last two miles to my home.
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I moved to a home office in 2016 ... but my old daily commuting route (direct) was 8.7 miles (14km) and 350ft (105 m) in the morning and 450 ft (135m) on the way home. It's not huge, but it was punchy and made for a great workout both directions.
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I live at about 1000', and work is at 1150'. And it ain't flat between them, let's just say. Depending on the humidity or air pressure, I guess, it's about an 800' climb on the way, and another 500' or so on the way back. So, 1300' of climbing, but I will admit I don't do it regularly enough to qualify as a "commute." I just "ride to work" occasionally.
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Does it really matter. Assuming that you take the same route coming and going, your net elevation is zero for the round trip. It's true, though, that the elevation difference between home and work would make one of the trips more difficult.

My commute did not have many hills and those that I encountered were in a series so I could use the downhill inertia of one to help me up the following one. The biggest hill I would encounter was immediately leaving work. Only 40 feet gain but in only 500 feet. That calculates to an 8% slope that I had to meet with no warmup. On Friday's when I carry home the week's dirty cloths + other stuff (i.e. on a 50 lb bike) it was a bit daunting.
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Originally Posted by burritos
Wow! Then downhill on the way back?
Nope. I work at the top of the hill, but the commute home is a breeze.
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My commute is approximately 19.5 miles each way. ~1100 feet going in, ~1400 feet coming home.
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400 feet going to work. 800 feet coming home. 17 miles each way.
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Google says mostly flat, 27 ft. The only climb that registers is crossing the tracks. Feels like 4-5 ft.
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Really flat. I tried to get some climbing on my commute but transferring within my school district is problematic. If I seek out hills on my ride home, there will be mucho car traffic. But now, I’m thinking about it. Thanks.
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Old 11-14-22, 04:20 PM
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Flat as flat can be
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