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Old 09-08-07, 06:26 AM
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soon may be getting a car

am applying for a new job which would make me relocate, have to get a means of transportation, and would be much more labor intensive than what im doing now. hoping i can get a place with in 10 miles from work i would still commute here and there but after talking with people who work there they claim "you will feel like someone beat you up for the first month or two".

any suggestions on how to lightly introduce commuting back into my schedule?
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Old 09-08-07, 07:05 AM
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If the job's that tough, the commute will be the easy part. You'll be very buff.
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Old 09-08-07, 10:04 AM
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I would just bike and go slower. Biking doesn't have to be a workout; it can be very little work, especially if no major hills are involved. But then I'm a fanatic.
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I agree with chephy. If you can find a route that avoids the gear grinding hills, just pedal at a comfy pace instead of a race pace. The other trick is to find a route that doesn't involve battling heavy car traffic, that is also relatively safe. Any way to combine bike and public transportation? When I lived in North Jersey in the 90s, public transportation (NJT trains + buses) was pretty good and I used it quite often. Public transportation is a good way to avoid real bad weather days or to get in a rest day if you don't feel like pedaling.
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Old 09-08-07, 05:47 PM
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I don't blame you.
I work a very physical job and after 13 hours of gruelling work the last thing I look forward to is riding my bike home.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE riding in to work, but I HATE riding home 75% of the time... but I do it.
Just make sure that the car you get will be able to haul you and your bike(s) if you ever decide to go somewhere.
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Old 09-08-07, 06:05 PM
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I'm carfree and honestly I do not look forward to the ride anywhere most of the time.

I rarely enjoy going for a recreational ride either.

That said, I HATE driving a car so I still prefer to bike.

Just saying that the honeymoon period for me and biking appears to be over.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by feethanddooth View Post
am applying for a new job which would make me relocate, have to get a means of transportation, and would be much more labor intensive than what im doing now. hoping i can get a place with in 10 miles from work i would still commute here and there but after talking with people who work there they claim "you will feel like someone beat you up for the first month or two".

any suggestions on how to lightly introduce commuting back into my schedule?

This is not LCF. If you need a car buy one.
If you can't commute using a bike find other ways to ride it. Recreational, afternoon training rides, long weekend rides, etc.

Maybe I am the wrong person to listen to. Work and family life is making commuting difficult for me.
Recently I opted to work two days at home to make things more bearable. 28-30 miles each way is time consuming on a bike, in a car, on the bus \ light rail,.....
Plus, I am finding it boring and enjoy group rides significantly more.

Now for some suggestions.
-Use the bus to ride partway and bike the rest.
-Use a car to drive partway and bike the rest.
-Ride in on a part time basis. Maybe the day after a day off and every other day after that.
-You could ride all the way in and use a bus to return home or vice versa.
-Ride slower.
-Suck it up and ride. --> sorry, had to throw that one in. Seems to be the mindset in this forum. Mainly that if you do not ride in everyday in all sorts of weather your manhood will shrivel up.

Only you know what is best for you. The heck with what anyone else thinks.
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Old 09-08-07, 08:15 PM
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I second Data Junkie's advice. Ride when you can and when you want to. If riding becomes something you "have to do" you won't enjoy it for very long.

One other suggestion, drive your bike to work, ride home, then ride in the next day and drive home. Just an idea that worked for me when I had a grueling commute. That way you can replenish work clothes and hammer on the bike into work knowing that you get to drive home. I realize that this is sacrilege to the LFC crowd, but it worked for me.
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You might surprise yourself on how strong you are. If you do the same commute day after day, year after year, you're body kind of plateaus. Once you take it a step up, your body adjusts to it... rather quickly too.
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Old 09-08-07, 09:37 PM
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I have a nice long commute, the majority of which is driven. It's unrealistic to ride ~32mi each way, and out on the hills we have here, it'd be murderous. However, I do ride everyday as part of my commute. The parking lot I use is a several miles from my end destination and I take the long way there. About 20 of the 32 miles are interstate so I get there with plenty of time for a nice pace on the ride in.

I'd ride all the way if I lived close enough, but that's financially not viable at this time. If you can do the same, ride part way and drive/use a bus for the rest. You'll get everything you want - not excessively worn out, but some biketime too.
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Old 09-08-07, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Tapeworm21 View Post
You might surprise yourself on how strong you are. If you do the same commute day after day, year after year, you're body kind of plateaus. Once you take it a step up, your body adjusts to it... rather quickly too.

+1

This is very true. I can ride each way and hardly feel anything but hungry 5 days a week. It took some time to get there.
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