Commuting to work?

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    Sep 01, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    Any other guys out there commute via bike to work? How far is it? Mine, it's anywhere from 10-12 miles, depending on the route I take. The 12 mile route is safer, but it takes longer. The ride home is my favorite, it's just such a nice way to unwind from the day. Not to mention.... 2 hours of free cardio. If you don't bike to work, why not? What's stopping you? How far is your commute?
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    Sep 01, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    I'd love to bike to work. At the moment, however, my commute to work is from my bed to my desk. So, no need to bike. I do however walk to the gym, grocery, drug store, restaurants, bars, etc... Everything I need on a regular basis is no more than 5 blocks from my house.

    When I lived in the Caribbean, I would have biked to work, but it was way too dangerous. I would normally work until it was dark, and I didn't feel safe driving through some part of the island, much less riding my bike with my laptop on my back.

    At least here in Florida, I wouldn't be comfortable biking to work unless it was VERY close because I'd be nasty by the time I got to work. Since my work is mainly in an office behind a computer, I would be miserable all day in sweaty clothes. So, unless there was a locker room at work, I can't see it happening. The weather (and my type of work) just doesn't permit it.

    I'm also very leery of riding my bike in major roads. One of my best friends from school was struck by a car in NYC while riding her bike somewhere she did every week for years. Now she's a quadriplegic. I love riding a bike for exercise, but I think I'd stick to a place with trails or paths just for bikes. Drivers don't seem to ever pay attention to bikers.
  • stee99

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    Sep 01, 2008 8:13 AM GMT
    i've commuted on 2 wheels forever, tho i used a motorcycle sometimes a couple years back.. i'd deffo agree about the free work out, tho i do my senic route after work not before. current distance is only 5km in and 20ish back.. we're moving warehouses next month so it will be going up to 15km out and untold back as yet.. one thing i really love about riding rush hour is out sprinting the cages up the local one way system.
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    Sep 01, 2008 12:42 PM GMT
    I do not live to far from the college campus where I work, so I always bike to work when the weather is fair.
  • MuslDrew

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    Sep 01, 2008 12:44 PM GMT
    I don't live far at all from work, but I drive for a few reasons. I may do errands on my way to or after work, weather reasons, traveling with gym bag, gallon jug of water, grocery sack of food & protein drinkns for lunch/snacks for the work day. What parts of Cols do you live & work in?
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    Sep 01, 2008 1:01 PM GMT
    Yeah Stee.... I love the scenic route home. So so nice!

    MusiDrew... I live in Grandview & work at Easton.
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    Sep 01, 2008 1:05 PM GMT
    HotToddy saidYeah Stee.... I love the scenic route home. So so nice!

    MusiDrew... I live in Grandview & work at Easton.


    What routes are you cycling?
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    Sep 01, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    i am lame. i commute on my bicycle to work, but it's only 3 miles. it's not a workout, just a fun ride, and WAY faster than the bus. it takes me less than 20 minutes to ride home from work and that's all uphill. (usually right around 15 but we all have good days and bad days.) taking the bus home takes over half an hour. since it's all downhill to work, it's silly how fast i get there. if i need to do errands from work and buy anything smaller than a major appliance, no problem. it'll fit in my backpack somehow.

    only sucky part is winter's coming, which means i need to put my fenders back on.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 02, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    I commute to work on my roadbike just about everyday during the warmer weather months. Biking to work gives me the flexibility to choose my own routes and set my own commuting schedule. My distance from my apartment to my workplace is about ten miles so that is a twenty mile roundtrip on my bike. Nothing like some good cardio before and after work, it sure beats sitting on a metrobus on a congested main highway. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 05, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    My commute is about 3 miles from my home. It last 15 to 20 minutes. In the summer I use one of two fast/light road bikes and during the winter months (most of the year it seems in Ohio) I use my mountain bike.