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Old 06-02-08, 06:35 PM
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Anyone 50 mile RT commute?

I have a 50 mile RT commute. I tackle it by taking the train half of the distance. However, the train is pretty slow (this is the section that goes through downtown Portland, and it stops a lot) and I would rather be on my bike than on the train. Also, I spend a fare bit on train fair that I would rather spend on beer .

So, I guess I am curious to hear stories from other people that have a 50 mile RT commute that they do regularly and purely on their bike. What kind of average speeds do you have?

BTW, I like to commute Mon, Wed, Fri so I have some recovery time in between.
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Old 06-02-08, 06:39 PM
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I'm about off to do this now. Actually, it's a bit short of 50 miles, but I get to climb Bald Peak Rd (near Hillsboro). I've done the commute in the past, but it is hard and it's the first day doing it this year.

I take it from your name that you live near Mt. Tabor and work in Beaverton or something like that?
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Old 06-02-08, 06:41 PM
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I take it from your name that you live near Mt. Tabor and work in Beaverton or something like that?
Actually, my first name is Tabor. I live in SW Portland (very close to Beaverton) and I commute to East Vancouver (very close to Camas).
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My commute is 50 mi RT. I split between drive/ride in the winter when the weather is crappy, otherwise I do the full boat. Time varies anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on the weather, wind, light, bike, load, luck at the intersections, my own motivation and my own physical condition. One day off a week is a good thing.
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Mine's 71 kms round trip ... that's 44 miles for the imperial people. I ride the whole distance, however, I only do it when it is a reasonably nice day and not pouring down with rain, cold, snowy, etc.
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My commute is close, at 48 miles round trip. I just started about a month ago, and have been riding 3 days a week. Mass transit isn't an option for me, so the whole commute is by bike. We have decent shower faciulities, which has helped tremendously. Depending on the bike and the weather, I average 14-17 mph. My longest one way trip has been about an hour and 50 minutes, my shortest about 1:10. Both were impacted by heavy winds. Obviously, the long trip negatively impacted, the short trip positively. On an average day, my trip door to desk (riding in, showering, changing) is about 1:45. I usually ride my mountain bike which has a rack and slick tires. On the rare occasion that I can leave clothes at work and ride my road bike, I cut my round trip by 20 minutes plus. I plan on picking up a touring or cyclocross bike with rack mounts if I keep up the commuting.
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56 RT. I ride it at most 3 days a week with an occasional 5 day week in the summer. I think it is coming up soon for my 1000 mile month.

I use the train to cut it down when I am tired and for winter.
My home and work life make it difficult to ride this too often. All I managed last week was one day.
To be honest, I would rather live closer, toss the van, and ride each day.

I love riding but with a family, busy job, and what not this gets a bit ridiculous.
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80 miles rt. - 20 by bike and 60 by bus. free transit acces is a fringe benefit of my job
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I love riding but with a family, busy job, and what not this gets a bit ridiculous.
Yea, I know what you mean. I would move closer to work, and I will eventually, but right now my brother is renting half his house to me for a price that just can't be beat.
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And in some cases, like mine, I can't move much closer to work ... the plant where I work out in the middle of nowhere.
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i go to school 60 miles away from my home city, and when i go back home ride my bike. it's not too bad, the biggest thing that affects time is the wind. last time it took me six hours to get there, i was headed east with a strong east wind-- i was going 8-10mph downhill in many places. if the wind is in my favor i can get it done in 2-3 hours.

that is usually my longest distance, i usually do between 5 - 50 miles for my commutes. i never usually have any problems, once i started bringing enough water and snacks and basic tools. since im biking between cities, there is usually no one there. once my crank fell off & had a flat and i had to walk for 5 hours. eek.
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No where near 50 rt, but am thinking of doing something similar Tabor. I am in NW Portland and need to get to East Vancouver, almost Camas. I was thinking of taking riding to Lloyd Center and grabbing the Max to Cascade Station, then riding across 205 to my work. (~10 miles each way biking plus 7 on Max) I don't have a bike yet, still deciding if I want to get a cyclocross and mod to a commuter or get a road bike. I think most of the ride is pavement from Cascade.

Side note: I bet if you got off at PGE and road to Lloyd you could catch the previous Max. Max makes way too many stops downtown.
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I don't have a bike yet, still deciding if I want to get a cyclocross and mod to a commuter or get a road bike.
One more option: mod a road bike into a commuter. Just make sure you get a bike that can take a rack and fenders (my Surly Pacer can, and does).
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One of my buddies does 50 RT 5 days a week in any weather year round. Mine is 44 RT, but I have 2 worksites so I only ride 3 days (the other worksite would be 128 miles RT). We often ride together.

Average speeds depend on weather and time of year. If winds aren't a factor, we average around 20mph. Add some nasty storms and the average goes in the toilet. We get the same weather that you do, but ride mostly on open road.

That dang train you guys have is so dang slow downtown that it's hard to imagine the bike wouldn't be faster.
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Mine's about to be similar. I'm buying a house in Gaston (gasp!) and will be riding into Beaverton which is round trip 42 miles. This route is flat as a pancake. I can take other routes that are shorter but the shortest goes over Bald Peak. Not something I want to do.
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Not quite 50 miles for me, but close at 48 (Sammamish to Seattle). I'm not a fast rider and it's quite hilly, so only do the round trip a few times in the summer as it takes almost 4 hours total to do. Usually I put the bike on the bus for the morning commute and ride part or all of the way home in the evening. It's much more pleasant to do the ride after the crush of the afternoon commute is over. I hope to start touring later this year or next, so it makes for a nice, ready-made training regimen for me.
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Mine's about to be similar. I'm buying a house in Gaston (gasp!) and will be riding into Beaverton which is round trip 42 miles. This route is flat as a pancake. I can take other routes that are shorter but the shortest goes over Bald Peak. Not something I want to do.
That's a pretty sweet route. Wide shoulders, not many traffic controls to slow you down. But you do have to live in Gaston. I presume you got a good deal

There are a surprising number of bike commuters on 99.
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The last place I lived offered me a 48 mile round trip. I didn't take the opportunity too often, instead relying on the bus. I did a lot of bike->bus->work and then ride the full trip home though.
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Mine is 66RT, but I've not done a full RT commute in a while, I ride in or ride home the full journey but usually take the train from one of the stations along the way (my road route is similar to where the train goes, making this a fairly easy thing to do). I typically only do a ~20 mile RT commute most days, I still can't discipline myself to eat and rest properly to do the full whack all the time without feeling dead. Ride to work (33 miles over reasonable rolling terrain) usually takes me anywhere from 2:10 to 2:30. I've done the full journey home on my fixed gear, which took me a little less time due to gearing/being forced to push up hills than on my road bike.
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And in some cases, like mine, I can't move much closer to work ... the plant where I work out in the middle of nowhere.
You should try finding a giant pile of money and just quit the job, that's what I'm working towards. I'm a few credits shy of my masters in cashfinding. I think it'll pan out.
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Mine is 35 - 40 RT, but there is a guy i saw in the local paper that commutes Ogden to SLC which is 35 each way. He does it 3 times a week and then does it one way on the other days. Makes my commute look small compared.
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My commute is usually 50 miles, RT. If I'm feeling tired or the wind is just beating my down, I can cut it to 45 miles.
This is through the northern part of Dallas, so there are bus and train lines criss-crossing my route. On a rare occasion, I will hop a bus or train for part of the commute.
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You should try finding a giant pile of money and just quit the job, that's what I'm working towards. I'm a few credits shy of my masters in cashfinding. I think it'll pan out.
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Originally Posted by zoobaby View Post
I was thinking of taking riding to Lloyd Center and grabbing the Max to Cascade Station, then riding across 205 to my work.
The I205 bike path goes right next to the Gateway transit center; if you need to transfer to the airport line it might almost be just as quick to bike from Gateway.
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That's a pretty sweet route. Wide shoulders, not many traffic controls to slow you down. But you do have to live in Gaston. I presume you got a good deal

There are a surprising number of bike commuters on 99.
Yeah, many nice routes into Beaverton. The address is Gaston, but it's actually not in Gaston. It's off Spring Hill Rd. Only one neighbor. Nice.
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