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Old 06-11-03, 02:53 AM
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How do you ride your commute?

By this question, I'm asking whether you ride your commute absolutely flat out or just cruise and simply ensure you get to work on time. I'm probably somewhere in between. I tend to ride slightly within myself during a commute because I like having that little bit of extra acceleration when I need it (seems to be happening more and more often lately). So what does everyone else do?
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Old 06-11-03, 03:52 AM
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I usually ride as quickly as comfortable, but tend to leave later than I should, requiring some urgency on the trip. Lately I've found that I weigh more than I'd like to, so I've been making a conscious effort to do more hammering on the way to and from to try and lose a little weight. I'd like to just cruise into work, but just can't seem to not ride fast (unless there's a huge headwind)
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I usually ride my commute like the hounds of hell are snapping at my heels.

Usually, when I'm late for home, they are. When I'm going to work, I just try to shoot for a personal best.

That having been said, I *do* stop for lights and the like, but I was crusing yesterday, and when I got back to where I keep my times...found that I'd been two minutes and change off of my PB. Go figure. Just how did I manage *THAT* ride?!?

sigh.

It's great riding in the sun instead of the cold, freezing dark.

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Old 06-11-03, 04:08 AM
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I find that I become strangely competitive when I'm riding and get involved in several "races" with other commuters that they probably have absolutely no idea about! I try to take it easy, keep my eyes open etc etc, but as soon as somebody goes past me the red mist descends and I find myself desperately trying to pass them.

odd, cos I don't do that with anything else.....
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Old 06-11-03, 04:31 AM
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My brother and I ride together to work (in the summer - to cold and dark in winter). It's about 50km's, we try and do it at least 3 times a week, in the afternoons the traffic's to bad. We also "hunt" down any other cyclist we see in front of us, we normally avv. about 28km/h on our MTB, hard riding, it's the only way to go.
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Old 06-11-03, 04:47 AM
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It depends on the day, I always ride just under the sweat level on the way to work and generally ride hard and take the long route on the way home. Although, some days I just kick back and smell the roses of life in both directions. I do some exploring and take new, different routes on occasion.
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Old 06-11-03, 05:03 AM
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It's never the same. I usually go pretty hard on my way to work but it's more by necessity (being late). I often go hard on my way back, but then it's for fun. I work at night every two weeks and usually go easy both ways, especially getting back in the morning, riding on the riverside path, when the light is nice. It's my favorite moment and I want to savour it fully.
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Cruise in to work (I don't wanna be there) and sometimes push it going home (where I wanna be.)
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Old 06-11-03, 05:17 AM
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I really like riding in the morning so I tend to ride harder on the way to work. I don't go all out but I usually try to ride at least as fast if not faster than the last time. Plus there is less traffic in the morning so I can go faster. On the way home I am more tired and there is more traffic so that is when I tend to cruise.
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It varies from day to day. If I've ridden hard the day before then I'll cruise into work. It takes me an average of 25 minutes to do my commute and I find that the earlier I leave the better so that I have less cars, etc to deal with.

If it were just easier to get out of bed in the mornings I'd be good to go

BTW, Chris L, what kind of bike did you get to replace the one that was stolen?

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Old 06-11-03, 07:32 AM
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I to tend to be competitive when I ride. My commute is about 8 miles and usually ride it as fast as I can. I use to ride the bike path , and when I saw another rider ahead of me I would have to pass him.For some reason I can't just cruise along, is there something wrong with me?

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I use to ride the bike path , and when I saw another rider ahead of me I would have to pass him.For some reason I can't just cruise along, is there something wrong with me?
Hi Serpico!

There is of course something wrong here. If you're no longer on the bike path, you should be trying to pass cars and not bikes.:fun:

Gotta admit, I can't always pass the cars, but I never pass up a chance to drop a bus...

How's the weather back home?

Ride carefully,
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Old 06-11-03, 07:54 AM
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Hi Tom ,
The weather is typical Washington sunny one day raining the next
I tend to pass some cars with all the traffic and backup's.

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shoot. Hope that you guys get some nice weather. On the good side, it's HOT. Real HOT D*MN HOT. HOT

On the down side, a 15-year old cyclist got hit by lightning and was killed.

I just hope that if I'm riding in a thunderstorm that my carbon frame will save me!

wish I was riding in the rain...

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Old 06-11-03, 08:33 AM
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i treat the commute kind of like a recovery ride, very short commute though, only like 2 miles . so i just take my time and smell the flowers.
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Old 06-11-03, 08:34 AM
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Originally posted by tommers
I find that I become strangely competitive when I'm riding and get involved in several "races" with other commuters that they probably have absolutely no idea about! I try to take it easy, keep my eyes open etc etc, but as soon as somebody goes past me the red mist descends and I find myself desperately trying to pass them.

odd, cos I don't do that with anything else.....
I was just thinking that I ride pretty hard but not flat out ..... until I read your post. It was a great reality check. I'm exactly the same. I see other cyclists half a kilometre ahead and I go like crazy until I can get on their tale and then go past. I try to be friendly and say hi. I particularly like the ones that jump on my wheel as I go past because it forces me to keep the pace up.
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I usually like to commute at a fast enough pace that I get a decent workout, although now that my girlfriend is commuting with me my pace has slowed down dramatically. I don't care, though- now it's just nice to spend that time with her on our bikes.
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Old 06-11-03, 10:19 AM
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Originally posted by serpico317

The weather is typical Washington sunny one day raining the next
Ain't that the truth! I never know what to expect when I open the curtains for the morning weather check.

Serpico, whereabouts are you commuting to ? Maybe we can have a race on our commutes I go down to Eastgate/Factoria, normally up and over the hill away from the lake and then straight down 140th. Today I mixed it up and took Old Redmond Rd over to the 520 bikepath to add a few more miles. More cyclists on that route, of course I had to beat them all
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Old 06-11-03, 10:31 AM
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Media - it's weird isn't it? Like I say I don't do it with anything else, played a game of football last night and not a competitive bone in my body but get me on a bike and that's it!

I wouldn't mind but I'm knackered by the time I get home!
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I'm your basic suit-and-tie, Dutch-style commuter. However, I get this powerful desire to overtake any time someone appears in front of me. It might have something to do with running cross country in prep school. Brings to mind the bit about old warhorses reacting to a whiff of gunsmoke...


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I ride as hard as I can without distress, but since my route has 54 controlled intersections I've learned to adjust my pace so as to hit as few red lights as possible.

I do pay attention to the total time it takes to do my route, but I find that hitting green lights consistently helps more than going as fast as possible.

Wind is also a significant variable, especially when I'm using panniers.

I don't use my HRM every day, but frequently enough to make sure I'm spending most of the ride in my training zone. Ultimately, this is my most important goal.

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Last year I commuted with fellow employees, which made for morning and afternoon race sessions. Round trip was only 16kms, but good fun.
The drivetrain on my commuter is so worn, it's skipping in the 48 tooth chainring. It's forcing me to slow down...
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In the mornings I take it easy (to not get too heated up) on the ride home is a different story (try to get a workout).
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Old 06-11-03, 09:43 PM
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Originally posted by ZackJones

BTW, Chris L, what kind of bike did you get to replace the one that was stolen?
I got myself a Marin MTB - I'm not sure of the exact specifications, but the test ride was sweeeeeet, and it's the same sort of thing to what was taken. I've kitted it out in slick tyres and so on, but I'm not sure I'd want to commute on a road bike around here. GCCC just loves digging holes in perfectly good roads.
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Same as you Chris L. but in a slightly cooler climate
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