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Old 02-01-08, 02:58 AM
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I'm through with commuting!

Well, it's not for fear of cars or not being able to deal with the sweat, but rather the opportunity to work from home which would save me over 3 hours a day in commute time. I picked up cycling specifically for commuting and now I'm worried that I may not have the desire to continue riding even though I've learned to enjoy it.

I understand this is the commuting forum, but are there any folks who telecommute? I'd like to know how you keep up with your riding.
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Old 02-01-08, 03:58 AM
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Run errands on your bike instead of by car, and ride in your free time. Maybe you could get up early and "commute" for 30 minutes.
If you have really learned to enjoy cycling, you'll keep doing it.
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+1. If you need a specific reason to bike (I sometimes do), get into utility cycling.

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Riding just for fun, when you want to, is much more enjoyable than commuting. Commuting can be a chore. Enjoy telecommuting, and go for rides when you feel like it. When the weather is good, and you aren't tired from just waking up. Plan weekend rides with friends. Ride to stay in shape. That sort of thing.
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Take on the challenge of a car-free lifestyle. You will get sufficient exercise, trust me.
 
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I'm the complete opposite. I'd hate to have to cycle to work. I dont mind having a choice of various transport modes, but if cycling was my only option, I wouldn't enjoy it as much.

I much prefer cycling purely for enjoyment.
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Old 02-01-08, 06:49 AM
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Go on tour! I love bike commuting, but that's my favorite kind of cycling. I expect to see you in NJ sometime soon...
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You just gained three hours a day, so squeezing a ride into that should be easy. I agree about utility cycling, too. I try not to use the car. After a little mental conditioning, now every time I start planning to run an errand that includes the car I stop and think, "Can I do that without the car?" Sometimes the answer is no, or at least, not practically, but a lot of times I can. Most trips within 10 miles that don't require transporting anything too large can be done on a bike with just some extra travel time added on. And there's nothing but time to stop you from going farther, and there's plenty of solutions if you need to carry a lot of stuff on your bike, too. Definitely check out the Utility forum, if you haven't already.
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Originally Posted by v6v6v6 View Post
I understand this is the commuting forum, but are there any folks who telecommute? I'd like to know how you keep up with your riding.
you're already in the habit of getting up early & going for a ride, so keep that habit! But go ride a loop where you want to, where the scenery is nice and cars are scarce. this is what I do on the (rare) occasion i can telecommute.

I guarantee, if you quit riding regularly, you'll baloon like the Michelin man
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Old 02-01-08, 08:33 AM
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I telecommute two days a week, bike commute the other three. I usually do a morning ride before work on telecommuting days.
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I thought this thread was going to be good. lol
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You can still commute to work Just go out the front door, ride for 10 miles, turn around and head home. Viola, you commuted to work
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Originally Posted by v6v6v6 View Post
Well, it's not for fear of cars or not being able to deal with the sweat, but rather the opportunity to work from home which would save me over 3 hours a day in commute time. I picked up cycling specifically for commuting and now I'm worried that I may not have the desire to continue riding even though I've learned to enjoy it.

I understand this is the commuting forum, but are there any folks who telecommute? I'd like to know how you keep up with your riding.
Pop in a DVD and "commute" on your trainer. That will take only an hour or so and help keep you in shape while you still save 2 hrs a day.
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Old 02-01-08, 09:46 AM
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I can telecommute 5 days a week so I force myself to commute to the office 4x a week and telecommute on Fridays. I don't mind working at the office since there's fewer distractions and the desk is bigger.
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Old 02-01-08, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by v6v6v6 View Post
Well, it's not for fear of cars or not being able to deal with the sweat, but rather the opportunity to work from home which would save me over 3 hours a day in commute time. I picked up cycling specifically for commuting and now I'm worried that I may not have the desire to continue riding even though I've learned to enjoy it.

I understand this is the commuting forum, but are there any folks who telecommute? I'd like to know how you keep up with your riding.
My husband telecommutes--his work has supplied him with a terminal to use on the big computers at work.

He tries to ride in to work at least two to three times a work (a 48 mile round-trip) and then he telecommutes the rest of the time. In addition he usually rides his bike to the high-school soccer games he referees and he will go out on long rides on the weekends if he has not ridden very much during the week for one reason or another.

This seems to keep him healthy and sane. . . !
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Originally Posted by v6v6v6 View Post
I understand this is the commuting forum, but are there any folks who telecommute? I'd like to know how you keep up with your riding.
A true bicycle commuting addict would not change a thing.

Just leave home as usual on the bike and ride until you arrive at work.

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Mount a laptop on your handlebars, install an espresso machine in your bottle cage, and you have your telecommuting workstation.
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Originally Posted by robertlinthicum View Post
Take on the challenge of a car-free lifestyle. You will get sufficient exercise, trust me.
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I used to work from home. Not commuting gives you waaaay more time. I almost always went for some lunch time fun outside. That said, after about a year I grew weary of working at home. I now bike into work again most days. :-)
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I recently did the same thing. Went from 100 commuting miles / week to 0 on a move to the LA area. I had been running errands and doing a lot of mtb and road bike rides before. Now, I do most of my errands by bike, and take long road rides in the mountains as much as possible. LA has some really nice riding spots, so get out and use 'em. Tomorrow is a 300k up the coast for me.

Working form home every day is weird for sure.
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Thanks for all the replies and the good suggestions. Utility biking, car free, trainer... I guess I could start by taking my daughter to daycare/school in the trailer since it's nearby--4 miles RT.

Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
Mount a laptop on your handlebars, install an espresso machine in your bottle cage, and you have your telecommuting workstation.
No, no, I want to enjoy the ride! This reminds me of an article I read about multitasking.
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Originally Posted by v6v6v6 View Post
I understand this is the commuting forum, but are there any folks who telecommute? I'd like to know how you keep up with your riding.
Put your bike in the bedroom and pedal it to the workroom.

When I ran a home-based business, I have to confess that my bicycling fell off a lot. But I lived in a steep valley about 1/2 a mile across and a mile and a half long and half a mile deep, so I walked the dogs alot.

Some things you can do to avoid falling off bicycling; assign yourself a commute, a twice daily ride. Go out riding at lunch or when you are frustrated at work. And do your errands on bike of course.
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Originally Posted by v6v6v6 View Post
Well, it's not for fear of cars or not being able to deal with the sweat, but rather the opportunity to work from home which would save me over 3 hours a day in commute time. I picked up cycling specifically for commuting and now I'm worried that I may not have the desire to continue riding even though I've learned to enjoy it.

I understand this is the commuting forum, but are there any folks who telecommute? I'd like to know how you keep up with your riding.
Lunchtime -- do a 12 - 15 - 18 mile loop or for those guys that can go 40 mph -- 35 mile loop.

Mine's 15 and I can complete in 1 hour or less. I tele 2 times a week!

Get a used trainer and bike away while on meetings especially for those meetings that you just have to be there for roll call in the beginning and opens or Q/a in the end! Doing the talking? Get a bogey board or balance ball and work on your core muscles. Just sitting on a balance ball is a workout!

I think this is a blessing!
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Think of the over-all mission, to reduce use of the personal automobile. You have scored a major victory by not having to drive it to work. Now you can make it a game to eliminate car trips for other things, as suggested several times above.

If you really want to be a fanatic and like to tinker, you could try to hook up an electric generator to a stationary bicycle and try to power a laptop computer.
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
I'm the complete opposite. I'd hate to have to cycle to work. I dont mind having a choice of various transport modes, but if cycling was my only option, I wouldn't enjoy it as much.

I much prefer cycling purely for enjoyment.
+1

My bike commuting is optional, every day. I have a perfectly nice automobile. I pretend in my mind that it is not, but it is. If I were to get rid of that car, that sits in my driveway unused for weeks at a time, all of a sudden my bike commute would become a chore.

Back to OPs question.

If your worry is not about the desire, but that your new schedule and daily lifestyle won't allow it or you'll slide into doing other things, do as some others have suggested. Create a "commute loop" that goes back to your house. It could either be longer once a day or do it twice as you would commuting. An added bonus... you can have more than one loop for variety. Morning/Evening. M-W-F/T-Th. Whatever.

No matter how you set it up, commit to doing it long enough that it becomes habit/lifestyle that you wouldn't want to do without. I find a two week to one month to commitment to any new 'thing' is enough to either get me hooked or decide it's not for me.
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