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Old 11-05-08, 03:52 PM
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Offroad commute?

Out of curiosity, does anybody have a commute that includes an extensive stretch of something besides pavement?
ie dirt roads, mud, singletrack...

No purpose for asking, other than I have days where I wish I was a little less urban.
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I don't, but until he moves this weekend my next door neighbour has about 3/4 of his commute on a dirt & gravel powerline maintenance trail. He rides a full suspension MTB with splashguard-type fenders and wide hardpack-tread tires that aren't too harsh when he's on the street.
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I do. I take what's called the "Lochside Trail" out to where I work in Sidney BC. The trail consists of sections that are paved, gravel, and dirt. It's all pretty compact so I have no problem using my 1980s Apollo on it.
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Depends what route I take - on the way home I have a choice between a long stretch of gravel and moderate uphill or paved road with one big bejeezus hill with an 18% grade. The hill route has a better view of the ocean though - the gravel route goes through more forest and farmland. Either way I'm really lucky, my commute is 100% non-urban and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
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Its the reason I still commute on a hardtail mountain bike.

I'm Lucky enough to have the corps of engineers trail not a mile from where I work: 11 miles of blissful single track should i so desire. And on top of that, just on the other side of the *cough*mountain, after a nice long downhill run , is my apartment. the trail starts at the bottom of the hill, after I get to the top its a detour onto the power line right-of-ways then down hill most of the way home.

Riding this isn't always fun with steet tires and a loaded rack but it is doable. And sometimes its better just to take the long way home.

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I do. Part of my commute is around Salem Lake in Winston Salem and even goes up a short horse trail. On a slightly interesting side note, I used to ride up the horse trail but I broke several spokes so now I push up.

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I ride on average 5 miles of old railroad bed that is for the most part just crushed coal. It gets very washed out in places sometimes, and the beavers can force water up to a foot deep to sit on the trail for days at a time.

If I extend that 5 miles I can take a much rougher section of trail for a bit, but that's not what my commuter is for...save it for the regular mountain bike.
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Old 11-06-08, 08:11 AM
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In the late 1980s my 7 mile commuting route featured 5 miles down the center of the Los Penasquitos nature preserve. So of course I used a mountain bike to commute.

It was great. In the mornings I'd go ripping through the woods on the main trail. Sometimes I would race coyotes, and once saved a bunny's life as I surprised the bobcat that was about to corner it. Hummingbirds were fearless. One came up to me as I was taking a break and spent a minute or so investigating my face at a 3" distance. Skunks were common as were deer. Deer were the most dangerous.

The afternoons has a lot more people on the trail, but it was great to go take a break and sit along the creek that ran through the center of the preserve.

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About 1 mile of my nine-mile (one way) commute is singletrack.

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When conditions allow (i.e. during our oh-too-short dry season) I often commute via the Redmond Watershed and the Powerline trails, and sometimes via the Tolt Pipeline trail. My commute is about 13 miles each way, with about half on dirt.
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Sixty - great pics

I do a little on mine, but being on a road bike it's very limited. When I do take the MTB I find ways to go off road lol
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My 5.5 mile ride to the train station includes about .5 miles of canal towpath, the surface of which is a fine gravelly mix, only a little slower than pavement even with 16" wheels. I wish it were longer.
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