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Old 01-24-06, 04:22 PM
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When commuting...

...Do you push really hard or do you just go along for a cruise?

I am constantly pushing myself. I am usually riding until it hurts, then I just coast along. I am looking for a nice cardio workout with my commute.

What does the majority of you commuters do? Chill? or ride hard?
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Old 01-24-06, 04:31 PM
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I don't push as if I'm training to race but I certainly do make sure I give myself a bit of a work out.
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I just chill, rarely exceeding 20 mph...
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i usually spin at 80 - 90 rpm either touring, mountain biking. commuting...! i also am just warmed up when i get to work, sometimes wanting to add on another 20 - 30 miles, but i have to go to work, which is why i rode to there in first place . i do push sometimes when there is a time/possible late element; to tour you have all day to get there!
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I am habitually late so I push.
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I just ride how I feel - in the morning I usually spin easy and just enjoy the ride, coming home from work I sometimes push it to work out the frustrations of the day.
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I'm always trying to shave a few seconds off my best commute time. I only go three miles, so I use the big chainring the whole way.
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Depends on the wind. Last couple of days have been pushing hard. Normally, not so hard. No need to go as fast as I can to wait at the next stoplight, right?
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Originally Posted by caloso
I am habitually late so I push.
+1, at least on the way there. Going home I tend to take it a little easier, except the climbing which I prefer to do at at decent clip.
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For the life of me I can't just cruise. I try, but something just kicks, and before I realize it I'm pushing hard. I guess I'm always in a rush.
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Hammer time. Mostly. It's all intra-urban main roads, so it's really a matter of survival.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
I just ride how I feel - in the morning I usually spin easy and just enjoy the ride, coming home from work I sometimes push it to work out the frustrations of the day.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon
+1, at least on the way there. Going home I tend to take it a little easier, except the climbing which I prefer to do at at decent clip.
Also here.
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I warm up for the first mile or two and push the remainder of the 11 miles. Homestead to Cutler Ridge. I never start early enough to allow for the disaster (flat) and must roar to work the whole way. By the time it warms up down here, I hope to have upgraded to a more commuter friendly bike than my current mtb. That should take at least 15 or 20 minutes off my ride, more time to procrastinate at home.
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Im an aggressive rider, constantly accelerating hard, even if im just accerating to a red light, but i just love speed, but i'll admit, my desire for speed is made up of my sense of urgency, mostly due to the fact im always behind schedule, leaving late, giving myself as little time as possible to get there, yet still trying to get in on time, which i've managed to do thus far.
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Old 01-24-06, 08:28 PM
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I push harder than I'd like. I'm trying to train myself to slow down so I can commute the whole week instead of burning out by Wednesday.
I'm far more relaxed when touring, when enables me to cover more ground.
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In the morning I normally just cruise, but in the afternoon I pick up the pace and pick up my speed by at least 5-8mph
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I'm in the push hard in the am cause I don't want to be late club. commuting ultimately doesn't have that much of a speed improvement pay off for me. Eventually it levels off in terms of time improvement because it's the same ride every day and I only get so much faster in pretty small increments after a while. But if I mix it up with some long road rides on days off and work in some intervals on my road bike my commute will get a little faster. Right now in the winter, though, I'm just happy for any mileage I'm getting in and take it easy more often than not.
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I used to go all out most of the time but have since learned better. Read some light-weight bike training books like "The Lance Armstrong Performance Program" and you'll learn enough to feel the same. Also, getting a heart-rate monitor (direct effect of the reading the above and other books) has really helped me focus my riding, whether commuting or otherwise. Going all-out, all the time is not optimal for improving your condition.
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I just cruise because I don't want to arrive sweaty.

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I'm dual mode, and let my gears do the work.
For quick accelleration, I'm on the small chainring with a 70-90 RPM spin.
Once I'm up to speed, I shift to the large chainring and cruise spin at 40-50 RPM.
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Depends on who's out there, if I'm alone I usually find a sweet spot at around 20-22mph and just cruise in autopilot all the way while thinking about life in general, but if there's other riders out there going my way (especially roadies ) then its hammer time and I go hunting.... it's my cycleway and this alpha dog has a nasty bite
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I push all the time. I always try to beat my best time into work and my best time home.
If I get rid of the speedometer, I'm sure I will have a more enjoyable ride.

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depends on the situation really

if I'm on a residential street, a path, or a road with a bike lane I take it easy

on a more well-traveled road with no bike lane, or going uphill, I put the hammer down
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When going across my bridge, I push hard as the speed limit is 55mph, I like as small a speed differential as possible, and I want to get across fast. Other than that, I usually find a comfortable cruising speed.
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