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How do you ride while having an 8am to 5pm job ?

Old 10-18-09, 01:52 PM
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How do you ride while having an 8am to 5pm job ?

I'm sure a lot of us are in this situation. Got an 8am to 5pm job, Monday to Friday, or from whichever day to whichever day with 2 free days in between. The commute to the job site and back to your house takes even more free time away from you. And with this schedule, the time you have free will most likely be when it's dark outside, whether you try to do it very early at dawn or when getting home from work close to night.

How do you handle it ?

Do you just accept that you can only ride weekends ?

Do you wake up super early and try to squeeze a short ride before work ?

Do you ride during the nights with lights ? (An option I hate because no matter how potent your lights are you can never see the road clearly)

Discuss.....................
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Old 10-18-09, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by zeo_max View Post
Do you just accept that you can only ride weekends ?
This. And once you accept it, make sure you do it...both days if you can.
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Commute to work.
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I ride to work. But I don't ride in the rain or darkness.
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Mine is 8:30-6:30 monday-saturday. Between work and school it's too much. On thursdays it's 8:30-8:00

Either way, at the minimum, I'm doing 7 miles a day. That's going to and from school then to and from work.
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Old 10-18-09, 02:01 PM
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during the summer I tended to ride after work. also on some weeks, I would work late on the rainy days and leave early on the good ones to get more daylight for my ride. not that its getting colder, I got a fixie to ride 3.5 miles there and back on days with decent weather.
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Old 10-18-09, 02:02 PM
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I guess I'm lucky that my job doesn't require me to work specific hours.

It should be noted however that you can get some good riding in by commuting, and/or riding during lunch.
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I guess I'm lucky that my job doesn't require me to work specific hours.

It should be noted however that you can get some good riding in by commuting, and/or riding during lunch.
Good point about commuting, but not always an option. It's not an option if your commute is 45 minutes by car, and you have the kind of job where you have to go dressed nicely with a tie and all and with a briefcase. Can't get there all sweaty.
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I can't be all sweaty. But my company has a gym with showers.
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I just bought a trainer for my 8-5 days. I usually have to take a nap when I get home from work just to unwind, then I run out of sunlight. I figure I can get a good work out on the trainer while I watch tv/play video games. The increase in fitness will allow me to enjoy longer rides on my 2-10 days and weekends.
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I take my bike with me to work twice a week and ride 15-16 miles before work at 5:30 am. I usually work 6:00am to 4:00pm, but they don't mind if I start around 7 the days I ride. Then I try to ride in the mornings on both weekend days. If I didn't have to pick my son from daycare during the week, I would have commuted to work. Still not riding as much as I would have liked, but I think this is as good as it gets for a while.
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Get a P7 light. Ride at night.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
I can't be all sweaty. But my company has a gym with showers.
Any problems with safe parking for your expensive (I figure) bike ?
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I get up early and ride. It sometimes requires lights and warmer outfits. If the weather is too terrible, like icy ruts, I have a trainer in the basement. This way it is always done during the week and I can save the weekends, vacation days and holidays for fun/social riding. I can maintain my fitness all year long and do not sacrifice time with my s.o. or family. The down-side to this regimen is that I go to bed earlier; the up-side is that I have seen many beautiful sunrises, I usually have the roads to myself and the boozers/texters aren't on the road yet.
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Old 10-18-09, 02:37 PM
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With darkness coming so early, getting cold here in MN, kids back in school providing mom and dad with homework and such, winterizing the yard and house...not being in a position to commute, my cycling has come down to two words the last month:

Trainer.
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I work in a bike shop, so I take out a different bike every lunch. It's quite nice.
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During the hot summer I get up at 4:30am to ride. In the winter I ride at lunch.
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Originally Posted by pharmboyrx View Post
I just bought a trainer for my 8-5 days. I usually have to take a nap when I get home from work just to unwind, then I run out of sunlight. I figure I can get a good work out on the trainer while I watch tv/play video games. The increase in fitness will allow me to enjoy longer rides on my 2-10 days and weekends.
how do you play video games? I find it to be very difficult. I also take the trainer route though, I work a 9-6 most days or later. Sunlight is about gone when I get out of work, nor do I feel just like jumping on the bike the second I get out of work. I skipped out on a trainer and bought a spinner bike though and talk about a headache, Its just loud. Anyways trainers seem to be the logical choice. Last night I got on it about 9:30 turned on my xbox360 scrolled through my netflix account and saw that rocky 2 was available so I watched that. Tonite I plan on watching Rocky 3 the one with Mr. T "I pity the fool"
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Lunch rides w/ my boss at least 3-4 times a week FTW.
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Pick an industry that's in decay - that's what I did. Publishing industry? Yuck. Unemployment? Yuck.

Riding like 200 miles a week for months on end? Priceless.

Now that the rain has started I may have to focus my energies away from getting two 30-milers in per day to actually finding work...
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Either pre-work rides w/lights as the sun comes up, or lunch time rides.
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Trainer and endless channel surfing in the basement. Ride outside on the weekends! I also run, so that at dusk on the paths is okay. It gets dark so early and with the kids looking for quality time, it's usually black by the time I get to the cardio portion of the day!
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Originally Posted by zeo_max View Post
Good point about commuting, but not always an option. It's not an option if your commute is 45 minutes by car, and you have the kind of job where you have to go dressed nicely with a tie and all and with a briefcase. Can't get there all sweaty.
Actually, it can be an option depending on road conditions. Door to door car time is 45 minutes including parking in my case. My friends think I'm nuts, but I've been bike commuting for years. Hauling a briefcase isn't practical, but you can put quite a bit in panniers. Clothing and shower logistics need to be figured out.

Before I had a long commute, I used to get up at 3:45 to go riding. If you just want to get in shape, hopping on the trainer for 45 minutes before getting in the shower is very practical. If you go the trainer route and work out for real as opposed to just spinning to music, you can keep yourself in reasonably decent condition.
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Originally Posted by zeo_max View Post
Do you just accept that you can only ride weekends ?

Do you wake up super early and try to squeeze a short ride before work ?

Do you ride during the nights with lights ?

No, yes, & yes

...plus you forgot another option: ride your bike to work.
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I'm either outdoor or on the trainer at 4am. I also commute which gets me on the bike before 5am.
If you're dedicated to ride, you will find a way to make it work.
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