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Old 04-28-08, 06:22 PM
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No one rides more than 10 kilometers ... and ...

I started my new job today ... a place I've worked a number of times before, so my coworkers know me there. When I arrived, just about all of them asked me if I rode my bicycle in ... it was a beautiful day today, and when I've worked there before I used to cycle to work. I didn't today because it was my first day of work in several months, but if all goes well I'll start next week.

My plan is to ride anywhere from 1 to 3 days a week at first, and then maybe add a 4th a few weeks later, because the commute is 70 kms round trip ... so it can get a little tiring. But I'm looking forward to it.

However ... in the time since I last worked there, they have hired several new people, and one of the girls came into my part of the office today and was telling the others that she measured the distance from her house to the plant ... exactly 10 kms. Apparently this means she will also start cycling, which is great. But evidently if the distance had been anything over 10 kms she wasn't going to because .... "no one rides more than 10 kms"!!
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Old 04-28-08, 07:16 PM
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SOme of the poeple I work with are amazed that I can ride every single day, .3 miles.
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10km... I can do that on an empty stomach and I don't think I'd even break a sweat...
you should show her the light.
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Old 04-28-08, 07:23 PM
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I hope she does start riding to work, and maybe after she's been riding that distance for a little while, she'll realize that it isn't bad at all, and she might be able to go further.
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A 200 km brevet might be easy for you, but if you have to stop for a busy cross street every couple of hundred yards 10 km can be quite a drag. I hope she keeps riding to work and realizes how enjoyable it can be. Motor commuters think of commuting as wasted time, but cyclists view it as quality recreation time.
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Old 04-28-08, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by AndrewP View Post
A 200 km brevet might be easy for you, but if you have to stop for a busy cross street every couple of hundred yards 10 km can be quite a drag. I hope she keeps riding to work and realizes how enjoyable it can be. Motor commuters think of commuting as wasted time, but cyclists view it as quality recreation time.
Her home, and the plant where we work, are both way out in the country. My commute will be along a relatively busy highway, and then a somewhat quieter highway (from the city to the plant). Hers will be mainly along a very quite country road into the plant. I really hope she starts riding, gets to like it, and discovers that rides over 10 kms are actually doable.

Both of our commutes are (or will be) quite lovely ... a nice way to start and end the day.


Some photos of my commute route (and my coworker's will be similar) ... although it isn't quite as green as that yet.
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Old 04-28-08, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
SOme of the poeple I work with are amazed that I can ride every single day, .3 miles.
So are we, but for kind of the opposite reason.
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Old 04-28-08, 07:39 PM
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I used to have a ten mile (16km) commute, which was not too bad, but kind of tiring. 10km would be just fine by me. I'm really liking my new 4 mile commute. Reasonable amount of exercise, but also not much time and not too tiring on a lazy day, so less than 10km sounds great to me.
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Old 04-28-08, 07:50 PM
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It doesn't take that long . . . .

My office moved (one door over), but the significant change was the addition of a shower. I rode to work last week for the first time in a year. It's 8.5 miles (13.7 km), with several long, steep hills (it's mountain country), on busy streets, and it was somewhat physically stressful since it's been a while.

However, I calculated that by showering after I arrived at work, the actual travel time plus getting ready time was only about 15 minutes longer than it takes to get ready at home and drive in.

The ride home takes more total time, but on average it should only take 45 extra minutes for a somewhat tough but fun round-trip commute.

The main thing is consistency. It's always easier after the first week, easier still after the second. I figure after a month there won't be so much of a time difference, either. Also after about a month the ride prep time should be shorter because it will become routine.

And I had fun! I spent all day looking forward to the ride home. It's not hard to understand why most people would want to drive to work, though, given the choice.
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Phew. If my ride was any longer according to those rules I'd have to drive part way.

My ride is about 9.8km one way. If I decided to take a different route I'd have to drive the hummer (kidding, kidding I wouldn't own one of those ;D )
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Old 04-29-08, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Underbridge View Post
So are we, but for kind of the opposite reason.
SUre I could walk it, but it is a big hill, and alot of fun when I come home. You are forgetting the number one reason to ride a bike- it is fun. A .3 mile ride is more fun than a .3 mile walk.
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Old 04-29-08, 05:58 AM
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I used to run a lot including a noontime run at work with a group of friends. We decided it wasn't worth getting going out for anything less than 8K - 12K was our average.
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SUre I could walk it, but it is a big hill, and alot of fun when I come home. You are forgetting the number one reason to ride a bike- it is fun. A .3 mile ride is more fun than a .3 mile walk.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
10km... I can do that on an empty stomach and I don't think I'd even break a sweat...
you should show her the light.
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Mine is about 5.5-6 km one way and I soooooo wish it was longer.
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It's only 3.5 miles from my house to the office. However I really enjoy my commute along the Ohio river so I tend to add a few extra miles in the name of fun... the few extra miles help curb the desire to just keep riding past the office.
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There are 5 people at my work who live within 10mi of work and still won't ride. 3 of which live within 3 miles of work AND have bikes but are STILL too lazy to ride and would rather deal with the traffic.
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my commute is 5.5 miles one way
i like riding this distance and recently i have been doing it on coffee and juice

there are some alternate routes i could take to extend my ride a bit on those perfect days when your legs are jazzed and the sun is bright

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I'm a well-known nobody. My daily commute is 11 miles = 17.7 KM, one way. I don't even bother to eat or drink first or during.

When we have all-company meetings (only once or twice a year), I ride to the convention center, which is 54 km away. We get the rest of the day off after those so it's a nice metric century with a breakfast break in the middle (convention center rubber eggs, thermally-fused potato things and carbon sausages, if you can call that breakfast).
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10Km is about my limit too.

I'm not entirely sure but perhaps....

I did a 10Km each way commute for about 6 months once and it was pretty tough some days. Especially with a hangover. Also on those late nights at the office when you get stuck there till 9-10 pm the ride back can be a real chore and i'd occasionally get a taxi or the bus. I think the ideal is less than 10Km.

I had a 5-7km commute which i found more practical. If you want a longer ride you can take the 'longway' but if you need to gethome or there quick you can take the direct way with speed and get there in <15mins.
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you get stuck there till 9-10 pm the ride back can be a real chore
I always like riding at night it is usually peaceful. Fewer cars and less wind.
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10km isn't a long enough commute. Sure, it'd be nice to get home a little faster, but as a bike ride it's not far enough to really have any fun.

Car drivers look at riding a bike the same way as they do driving a car; it's purpose is to move your butt from one place to another as quickly as possible. If that's all it's about, then a short commute is best. But anyone that's been commuting on a bike for very long, especially on nice days, knows that some days you want to just keep riding past work, or at least go around a few more times.

I guess the mistake here is thinking that a bike ride is simply a substitute for a car ride. It's more than that.
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I guess the mistake here is thinking that a bike ride is simply a substitute for a car ride. It's more than that.
For me that is exactly what it is. True, I enjoy the ride in & the ride home, but I never add extra onto it. I don't have nice trails to take, and riding in traffic is for necessity, not for fun. If I want to go on a longer ride, I'll go home, switch out bikes & hit the trail or the open road.
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SUre I could walk it, but it is a big hill, and alot of fun when I come home. You are forgetting the number one reason to ride a bike- it is fun. A .3 mile ride is more fun than a .3 mile walk.
I was amazed for the opposite reason, that you had not found ways to make the ride longer than that. I have several routes to work ranging from 11 miles to 23 miles depending on what I am in the mood for.

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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I But evidently if the distance had been anything over 10 kms she wasn't going to because .... "no one rides more than 10 kms"!!
You're going to hurt her brain

Congrats on the job and the nice length commute!
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