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Old 05-02-07, 10:39 PM
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I need your opinion!

I work some really crazy hours and leave work at about 8pm if I am lucky every night. Because of my schedule I do not ride to work and have been pretty much a weekend warrior and my conditioning has suffered obviously, if you were me would you ride to work it is only 15miles each way. Mornings wouldn't be an issue, but nights would. I have a strong light system but a 45-60min ride at night I don't know.

What would you do? Ride in the dark or take the car (30 minute drive)
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Personally the decision would depend on the roads and level of traffic you might deal with. I used to work out of home, am currently searching for a job, and hope I'll be able to ride to work for my next job. My dad commutes about 9 miles (each way) 3-4 times a week and he is 61.
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I'd ride. I used to do it at about 10pm 6 nights a week, when I knocked off i'd do the morning bunch rides.
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Originally Posted by Chicocreole
I work some really crazy hours and leave work at about 8pm if I am lucky every night. Because of my schedule I do not ride to work and have been pretty much a weekend warrior and my conditioning has suffered obviously, if you were me would you ride to work it is only 15miles each way. Mornings wouldn't be an issue, but nights would. I have a strong light system but a 45-60min ride at night I don't know.

What would you do? Ride in the dark or take the car (30 minute drive)
I see that you're from Alexandria. Depending on your route, I'd ride to work. In general terms, what's your route? I went for a ride yesterday afternoon ~4PM (Shirlington - Fall Church - Arlington - Shirlington) on a mix of W&Od and roads and the traffic wasn't too bad to deal with. You just have to be careful on the major routes (Rt 7, 236, etc.).
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I would definitely ride! I'd go crazy if I couldn't ride during the week also. Plus you'd get two wonderful different rides everyday, morning and night everyday.
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If the night riding makes you uncomfortable or is just plain unsafe in your area, just ride the morning commute and hitch a bus or ride home with a buddy if possible.

There have been numerous (if you believe me!) studies that have shown that even short periods of exercise, especially in the morning, have substantial benefit to fitness, sleep regularity and overall health. If ride sharing is not possible and the darkness is evil hit the trainer for 20 minutes before breakfast, shower eat and go. This would take no less time that your commute anyway.
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Ride it. I had a 30mi round trip commute. In late fall, the whole ride was in the dark.
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Ride the bike ... assuming the roads and similar are conducive to it!
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Check out the commuting forum - you'll find there are lots of guys riding a LOT further. After a month or two, 45 mins morning and evening won't make you think twice.
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