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Old 07-10-07, 10:42 AM
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Screwy Commutes - Anyone else have them?

I bought a house in the country 40 miles from my work and I was shocked to find how much I miss commuting by bike! I work in an office so business attire is required so my commute goes like this. Our offices have NO showers or anything like that.

1. 6:30 am Get up and shower.
2. Throw on work trousers, dress shoes and t-shirt.
3. Roll dress shirt up in plastic and be on road by 7:15 am
4. Drive 36.5 miles to girlfriend's house arrive around 8:00am. (beg for coffee.)
5. Load shirt and file onto bike stored at girlfriend's house. Leave by 8:15am
6. Arrive at work at 8:30. Remove tee-shirt and throw on dress shirt in men’s room try to lose helmet hair. All while trying to cool down.

Anyone else have a screwy commute? Also, can I really call this bike commuting?

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Mine is kind of screwy.

1) 4:40 - get up, shower, shave, put on biking clothes, final packing of pannier/water bottle(s)
2) 5:15 - on bike #1 for 9 mile ride to train station
3) 5:50 - lock up bike #1 at train station
4) 6:00 - board train for 35 minute ride to another train station
5) 6:40 - take bike #2 out of bike locker at second train station, secure pannier/water bottle(s), ride off
6) 7:00 - arrive at office after 5 mile ride from second train station
7) cool down, baby wipe bath, change clothes, commence work
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Originally Posted by hubcap
Mine is kind of screwy.

1) 4:40 - get up, shower, shave, put on biking clothes, final packing of pannier/water bottle(s)
2) 5:15 - on bike #1 for 9 mile ride to train station
3) 5:50 - lock up bike #1 at train station
4) 6:00 - board train for 35 minute ride to another train station
5) 6:40 - take bike #2 out of bike locker at second train station, secure pannier/water bottle(s), ride off
6) 7:00 - arrive at office after 5 mile ride from second train station
7) cool down, baby wipe bath, change clothes, commence work
What do you use for bikes?
Something cheap?
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Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
What do you use for bikes?
Something cheap?
Specialized Langster (fixed) for the first leg of the commute. Bianchi San Jose (single speed) for the second leg.

Even though there are no lockers at the first train station, they have these things to lock you bike up that makes them almost impossible to steal. That station is in a pretty safe, suburban area anyway. I wouldn't trust the leaving the San Jose out overnight in the area between the second train station and my office. But it is only ever safely in the locker, under my butt, or in my office.
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I have to wake up at 3am. I think that qualifies the rest of my normal bike-train-bike commute as screwy...
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Most people consider bicycle commuting to be screwy no matter how you do it! To me, however, the following seems perfectly normal:

4:45 get up ... and
5:20 hit the road... and
5:40 fold up the bike at the train station... and
5:47 get on the train, hot and sweaty... oh, that A/C feels good.
5:50 Dang it's cold, put my wool sweater on ...
6:00 zzzzzzzzzz
7:15 zzz... *@%^&! Where am I?
7:30 get off the train. Oof! it's hot out here. Take off the sweater. Unfold the bike. Ride... and
7:40 the view from the Queensborough Bridge is wonderful... and
7:50 here I am at work, hot and sweaty... oh, that A/C feels good.
7:55 coffee is hot and I'm freezing....

See, nothing screwy about that, right?
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You guys are my Heros!

Hubcap and RHM-
You guys rock! Makes my "hassle" no hassle at all! How long have you guys been hammering on this schedule? Anyone who gets up before 6:00am just so they can ride is a stud (or stud-et) in my book!
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Originally Posted by atombob
I bought a house in the country 40 miles from my work
Are you intending to find a different job? or just enjoy driving?
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Originally Posted by JeffS
Are you intending to find a different job? or just enjoy driving?
Investment. I'm either going to rent it or sell it. The house sits a couple of miles from a small town and there is a lot of great mt. bike trails all around that area. I work in a smaller city up the freeway a bit. The goal is to get back to the city at some point. lol.
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0500 wake up, put on PT uniform
0530 have kids up and ready to go
0545 3.5 mile ride to sitter, unhook bike trailer
0615 7 miles to work
0630 1st formation
0635-0730 PT, running, muscle failure, etc...
0730-0900 ride back home 5 miles for breakfast and shower
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The screwyist commute I ever had featured a 7 mile commute, with the middle 5 miles going through a nature preserve. Racing coyotes at dawn....
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Up at 3, ride until 5, shower and shave, etc. Back on the bike at 530 and ride to work by 6. Straight into the gym for a workout. Rinse off again in shower at work, working by 630. Home by 530 do it all over again the next day.
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All I can say is that you are all amazing.

I whine about six miles through a downtown with a large college campus with really cute girls about 1/3 my age. And I don't even commute on a regular basis.
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I'm impressed at how seriously dedicated some riders are in this forum. After reading the above comments, my 30 km commute seems more like child's play.

My daily ride from Kyoto to Osaka:

6:00 Rise and shine. (bag was meticulously packed the night before)
6:40 Leave Hirakata City with ipod tracks shuffling
6:45 Reach the Yodo riverside trail and pray it doesn't rain this morning
7:20 Arrive at Golds Gym Osaka hot and sweaty (approximately 16 km ride)
7:30 Barbell therapy and power breakfast with all the cronies
8:20 Shower, shave, change into suit stored in monthly rental locker
8:40 Walk four blocks to my office
9:00 Work starts

5:45 Leave the office, pick up fresh dry cleaning downstairs
6:00 Back to Golds. Replace a clean suit in the locker for tomorrow
6:30 Optional sauna. Change into a fresh set of riding shorts and shirt packed the night before. This morning's gear is in the backpack.
7:15 Arrive back home in Hirakata. Wife, kids and dinner are waiting. (They use the car, obviously)
10:00 Pack the bag for tomorrow morning

I've maintained this routine five days a week for nearly seven years and couldn't think of a better way to start/finish each day.

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Screwy Commutes

The up-and-at'em times vary for me and the kids, but the schedule goes:
3 miles to daycare dropoff for child one, another mile to dropoff for children 2 and 3 (dumping off the trailer at this point), then 4 miles to the office. The screwy part comes in when snow covers the roads 8 months a year, and the whole riding at -40F (and worse) for a couple months...

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Originally Posted by Kwiksilver
6:40 Leave Hirakata City with ipod tracks shuffling
6:45 Reach the Yodo riverside trail and pray it doesn't rain this morning
7:20 Arrive at Golds Gym Osaka hot and sweaty (approximately 16 mile ride)
16 miles in 40 minutes? That seems real fast to me
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16 miles in 40 minutes? That seems real fast to me
Actually it's 35 minutes. I was thinking the same thing.

That's averaging about 30 mph over 16 miles.
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The only thing screwy here is commuting in the Texas summer heat...

Up at 5:00.
On the bike at 6:00.
14 miles down the road (work) at 7:00.
Cool down in the parking garage until 7:10
In my cubicle at 7:15 (still in shorts and sandals)
Breakfast
Start work
Change into work clothes about 9:00
Work some more
Apply copious amounts of sunscreen anywhere between 4:00 and 7:00 pm
Refill all water bottles
Start home
Look for shade to ride in...
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Originally Posted by LastPlace
with really cute girls about 1/3 my age.
That could put quite a strain on the old ticker!
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Originally Posted by hubcap
Actually it's 35 minutes. I was thinking the same thing.

That's averaging about 30 mph over 16 miles.
My bad, nice catch! I edited my comment appropriately. It should have read kms NOT miles.
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