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Old 08-11-09, 03:58 PM
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I'm 25 and ride a fixed gear about 20 miles per day; 2-3 times a week. I do a 36 mile ride on a weekend now and then. Been commuting for about 7 years.
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Old 08-11-09, 04:26 PM
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I am 39 and I've been commuting all year round for 3 years now, I feel in better shape physically and mentaly then ever before. I average between 30-40 km a day.
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Old 08-11-09, 06:25 PM
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Yep. The dense cities have more youngun's because cars can be so expensive and inconvenient, and there are alternatives to cars and bikes when you need them. The burbs have a different breed. Thank god for the old guys, some of them I can catch.
That's also what I see on my commute between Seattle and my home in the eastern burbs. As soon as you cross Lake Washington to the eastside, the average cyclist age jumps a decade and the ranks thin out drastically except for scattered roadies. There's a bump in the teenage bracket in the last few miles as I enter my neighborhood as the kids riding to the pool or basketball courts pop up.
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Old 08-11-09, 06:33 PM
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49 and 26-28 miles per day.
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Old 08-11-09, 06:35 PM
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I think you can set up a poll on this forum.
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Old 08-11-09, 07:27 PM
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Come on you young-uns. I'm 93 and cycle commute 62 miles to the nursing home.

Sorry..had to say that. Actually 51 y/o and 22 miles RT almost daily.

Sometimes by weeks end I feel as though I should be in a nursing home
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Old 08-11-09, 08:05 PM
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I'm 20 and have had lots of commutes, the longest being 15 miles one way a summer ago. I enjoy riding however I like short commutes best. Mostly because I enjoy denser neighborhoods, etc. My commute during the school year is about 2 miles one way.
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Old 08-11-09, 08:13 PM
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I'm 55 and bike commute every work day (M-F) year round averaging about 28 miles RT. I can shorten that to a 13 mile RT if the weather is bad or if I need to cut the trip short for whatever reason. Luckily that doesn't happen very often.
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Old 08-11-09, 08:21 PM
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I'm 30 and my commute is a measly 10 miles R/T. I'm trying to convince the wife to move so I can increase the mileage and get some more time on the saddle
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Old 08-11-09, 08:52 PM
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I'm also 46 and do about 15-20 mile round trip (I tend to take longer rides in the afternoon to relax; the shortest distance between my office and my house is about 7 miles). There are rumors that our office will move soon and the commute will be about 25 miles round trip. I timed myself yesterday and did 11 miles in 44 minutes for an average of 15 mph on a hybrid, uphill, against wind and in traffic, so I was pretty happy with that. I plan to cycle for the rest of my life; we'll see how that goes. One reason I think I might get away with it is that I really don't push too hard for speed most of the time. A friend from the office does; he's my age and he's always complaining about his knees. I try to to push beyond what I can do over a long haul.
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Old 08-11-09, 09:00 PM
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53 yo Athena (clyde class) and my commute has varied 18-35 miles r/t depending on full/partial commute, office location. I've been commuting a year. I started for cross-training fitness and stress-relief. I enjoy weekend club rides for social reasons and to try out new routes as well as for the exercise. I ride about 300 miles/month; the commutes have some hills that wear me out (11% grade on a few) and TX heat also takes its toll hence need for many workdays to sleep in and recover. I also do some swimming and swim in a local Masters meet every year or so.

Surprisingly I am the only bike commuter at my current two 10-story office tower complex. Some of my co-workers used to ride quite well including some racing (not just charity rides) so there are people here who could commute. I've tried to encourage them but I suppose I'll just remain the oddball instead of setting a trend.

Beware of some of the older cyclists. Some of them have decades of cycling in those legs. Looks can be deceptive. Unfortunately I'm not one of them.
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Old 08-11-09, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by nkfrench View Post
I enjoy weekend club rides for social reasons and to try out new routes as well as for the exercise.
...not to mention the interesting and strikingly handsome guys you meet on those rides.
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Old 08-11-09, 10:08 PM
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Mid 30's and my commute is about 6 miles roundtrip. I've seen more commuters this summer than I have ever seen before. Pretty diverse age range I'd say. My best guess is that they are anywhere from their teens up to the mid 40's. I don't see many older than that. I know however once the weather starts changing they will be dropping off drastically (but i'll be pedaling).
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I'm 48 and typically commute 30 miles round trip a day every work day unless there's a good chance that it will rain or snow or < 15 degrees F in the AM., I really hate cleaning and re-lubing everything after a wet ride.
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Old 08-11-09, 11:31 PM
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I just turned 50 this year and have a very short commute. It's 3 miles RT to one site and about 5 to the other. In addition, I do a long ride every week for cross-training (I'm a long-distance runner). On the installation where I work, there are lots of bike commuters in their 50s and 60s.
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Old 08-12-09, 03:51 AM
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I'm 41 and I ride ~35 miles a day. I've extended my 7.5 mile RT significantly.
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Old 08-12-09, 04:07 AM
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Screaming toward 44 here... where does the time go ?

Riding less now than I have in years as my shop is only a few minutes away but used to have a nice 30 km return and would usually add another 20km a day.

I now try to put on 20 km a day minimum to keep the legs in shape and will add some longer rides through the week.
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Old 08-12-09, 07:49 AM
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Approaching 42 and ~10 miles RT.
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Old 08-12-09, 08:52 AM
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17 with ~15 miles RT. depends on where i'm working. If school, it's only 7 miles RT.

a lot of 40 and 50-somethings can ride me in the dust.

it's cool to see how on Commuting you get 40's average for commuters, and on SS&FG you get like 23 average. Guess the old guys know better
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Old 08-12-09, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by corkscrew View Post
Has anyone else noticed that they don't ride for pleasure once they start commuting?
Dunno. I still do. That said, I prefer not to do it alone. I'll do ball-busting training rides with my son at 20 and 40k distances, or do touring distance rides as a family. I was on vacation last week, actually put more miles down than a normal commuting week.

What I have found is that I need a purpose to ride, ie: a destination, rather than just be able to hop on the bike and putz around.
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Old 08-12-09, 09:34 AM
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it's cool to see how on Commuting you get 40's average for commuters, and on SS&FG you get like 23 average. Guess the old guys know better
They haven't learned yet what we know about knees
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Old 08-12-09, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by corkscrew View Post
Has anyone else noticed that they don't ride for pleasure once they start commuting?
Yes, that was true of me, at least at first; but as I've got more into it, I've acquired more bikes, that I want to ride. Bikes I can't use for commuting, because I need a folding bike for my commute. So now I'm trying to get away for a recreational ride on the weekends.... Unfortunately that doesn't necessarily mean I can find the time to get away for a good long ride.
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Old 08-12-09, 10:22 AM
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I'm 50 and commute 15miles RT.
Missed it today as I just had a big visit to the dentist last eve. Its such a pretty morning too.
I love to ride in light rain.
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Old 08-12-09, 10:30 AM
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Closing on fast on 43. Commute RT 27 miles three or four days a week. Throw in a couple recreational rides (including with wife and kids), and a couple MTB rides a week.
 
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Originally Posted by corkscrew View Post
Has anyone else noticed that they don't ride for pleasure once they start commuting?
I live for the recreational rides! They are the longest, and go where I want to go rather than where I HAVE to go! Time constraints make them only a fraction of my actual miles, but they are the best miles.
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