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Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bruno on January 05, 2007, 10:10:17 am
who commutes by bike to work? how many days a week?
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: mike_khad1 on January 07, 2007, 04:29:20 am
I bike commute everyday. Portland, Oregon is a great city for this. My one-way distance home to work is 13 miles. However, in the winter, if its windy i'll pedal to the bus stop and take my bike on the bus and shorten the 13 miles to 3 miles.

Work to Eat
Eat to Live
Live to Bike
Bike to Work

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: ron_bike4peace on January 07, 2007, 04:52:42 am
that's good mike, i like it!
i live to ride myself. i can't think of any better way to get around than a bicycle, especially today.
i live just north of seattle, in everett. it's a small city that is getting more and more bike friendly because of a bunch of us that make sure people have good bikes to ride and know how to ride them. we opened a community bike shop here that provides bikes for transportation, maintenance classes, earn-a-bike program and low cost repairs.
some of us ride across the country every summer to promote cycling as a more peaceful, healthier, cleaner, sane way to get around. we call it bike4peace.
check it out!

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: char2006 on February 07, 2007, 04:40:58 pm
I bike in every workday, 32 miles roundtrip, unless there is more than 3" of snow, or lightning (which I can wait out).

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: qajaq on February 07, 2007, 07:15:29 pm
I have a short commute -- four miles one-way -- and a good climate for it . . . I'm in Gainesville, Florida. Only time I don't ride is when a hurricane is bearing down on us.

Gainesville claims to be a "bicycle friendly community" though I don't know if the League takes into account bicyclist deaths when they award that moniker. My ride, anyway, is mostly on quiet residential streets, and I've been able to adjust my work schedule so I'm commuting outside the major drive times.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: mpra4 on February 09, 2007, 06:53:15 am
I bike daily, in Colorado, four miles one way. It gets pretty cold in the winter, but put on enough clothing and it's pretty snug.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: undies on February 14, 2007, 02:55:15 pm
I work from a home office so technically I commute in my underwear. However I voted "daily - all year" because I run errands on the bike (including frequent work-related runs to the fedex drop box) pretty much daily all year. I live in Albany, Oregon so our weather is pretty mild year-round (we get snow maybe once every 2-3 years).

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: dougstetson on February 19, 2007, 03:56:10 pm
When I lived in San Fransicso I biked in preference to using the mass transit -- not faster, but more reliable, and better exercise. Never drove. Had a folder to take on the subway and the train to the peninsula. Here in SE Virginia I was fortunate to have a job only 8 miles from home -- good bike commute, with the only problem being getting drivers on two lane no shoulder roads accustomed to seeing this brightly dressed guy heading out and back with a briefcase pannier nearly every day (needed a car to attend meetings out of the office). Rain generally not a problem, but railroad track were a real threat!

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: ride29 on March 02, 2007, 06:48:56 pm
Man, you guys are killing me. I'd love to ride to work everyday, but two factors prevent that: 1) I live 25 miles from work, and 2) I live in Michigan.

I do commute a few days a week when the weather is decent, but I have to leave at 5 in the morning to get there on time. In the winter, sometimes it's just too cold. This year much of January and February was in the single digits (or colder) in the morning. I live in a flat, rural area where the winds are often 20+ mph. My coldest commute was about 17 degrees F. My toes were hurtin' by the time I got to work! Everybody there thinks I'm absolutely nuts!

Daryl Bernard
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: mike_khad1 on March 02, 2007, 10:21:13 pm
Sorry to hear that Daryl,
You're right though, commuting does depend on where you live and how far from work you are. Can you take a shower and change when you get there? Can you take a bus or other mass transit partway? In other words, how much infrastructure do you have, how much support do you have? I'd say move to Portland Oregon. It's never 17 degrees here, though in the winter that stinking wind can howl and blow right through you.


Work to Eat
Eat to Live
Live to Bike
Bike to Work

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: ptaylor on March 06, 2007, 08:50:23 pm
I don't commute when there is snow or ice on the pavement. (I live in south Bend, IN, which is in the Lake Michigan Snowbelt).

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: ride29 on March 07, 2007, 05:09:41 pm
I agree. This morning, for instance - temps in the teens, and snowy, icy roads - so much so that driving was a bit hazardous. Not the kind of conditions I want to be on my bike trusting drivers!

Spring will come...spring will come...spring will come...

Daryl Bernard
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: ikelikebike on March 08, 2007, 12:12:09 am
i must be nuts--I'm a school teacher in minnesota &
commute everyday by bike--about a fourteen mile round
trip. Coldest morning was -17F. Most snow was about a
foot. I'm not even sure why i ride in such weather,
except to see if i can i guess. as long as the skin is
covered on the coldest mornings it isn't bad. The only
trouble i've had was getting a flat at -7F. it was
hard on the hands getting a frozen tire over the rim.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bruno on March 08, 2007, 09:49:28 am
you sir, are hardcore!! my lowest temp commute this winter was 2 degrees.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: Badger on March 13, 2007, 08:21:43 pm
You don't have to ride far to say you commute.  My one way distance to work is 1.2 miles.  

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bruno on March 14, 2007, 09:14:50 am
good point, but man o man!! i'd have to take the LONG way if my commute was only a mile or two!!! my 22 mile r/t isn't long enough most days. i generally do a lot of joyriding as well.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: glasscrank on March 15, 2007, 02:55:00 pm
I work part-time at four different locations. Two days a week is a 50 mile
round trip. One day a week is a 30 mile round trip. One to two days a
week (depending on the needs of the shop) is a 60 mile round trip. On
Wed. the commute is about a mile round trip.

Living in Los Angeles I can commute all year round. However, when it
rains, I whimp out and take the bus. It's funny that it takes longer to
commute by bus than by bike. Commuting by bike in LA isn't for everyone
though. With all the cars and uninformed drivers, it's not the best biking

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: Dan_E_Boye on March 30, 2007, 05:18:47 am
I commute to school, about 25 miles round trip.  My schedule varies with the term but it will be 5 days a week this coming term.  If it's icy I take the bus.

I have the heaviest gloves REI sells and I still get frozen fingers when it's below freezing.  I tried mittens and still the same.  How do those of you where it gets really cold keep your hands warm?  I've wondered if some heavy wool gloves with a water proof mitten shell would do the trick.  I've never seen the mitten shell though.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bruno on March 30, 2007, 09:59:33 am
for cold hands--MITTENS. i have some from a place called ragged mountain made in new hampshire. real thick fleece with windproof heavy-duty shell. i have the coldest hands on the planet and these keep me warm here in the northeast. i've ridden when it's 2 below and my hands were ok.

real heavy wool or fleece mitts are the way to go. look for dachstein wool if they still make 'em.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bdouglas on March 30, 2007, 12:09:00 pm
I wholeheartedly agree with Bruno's advice.

To keep your hands truly warm -

1. Shell (leather or other windproof layer)
2. Fleece (sheep or plastic)
3. Mittens

Just test run the gloves to make sure that you've got room and mobility for shifting and breaking!

I live in Montana and bicycle commute year-round, and have found Acorn's sheep fleece mittens to keep my hands warm in majorly negative numbers.

Happy bicycling,

Becky Douglas
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Adventure Cycling Association
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: no-name on April 12, 2007, 04:21:43 pm
I've got it easy, 1.5 miles each way.  with trips home for lunch I average
6 miles a day round trip.  I ride in snow, ice , and wind (if you don't
ride in the wind in Wyoming, you don't ride much in Wyoming).  I will
drive on the rare rainy day or when I have business taking me out of
town, and will curse it the whole time.

Drive Your Bike.

Matt in Cody

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bigringer on May 02, 2007, 11:38:35 pm
I definately agree about the mittens to keep your hands warm.  one tip about shifting with mittens, twist grip.  I commuted 30 miles every day in the winter on aln old department store huffy for about five years.  I finally had to retire it when the shifters finally broke one day when it was about zero. after allready upgrading to xt brakes and a good set of wheels it was time to build a new bike.  I think I cried when I threw that bike in the dumpster.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: canalligators on June 06, 2007, 12:28:42 am
Try riding partway.  At my previous job I lived 22 miles away; I drove far enough to ride the last 8 miles.  At my new job, I'll be driving 23 and cycling 11, instead of driving 31.

It stretches your gasoline and gives you a workout, without spending four hours a day riding and changing clothes.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: boonebikeguy on June 06, 2007, 09:36:59 am
I live in Boone Nc (NOW) , but two summers ago I lived 25.1 miles from Boone (In Creston NC) I would ride 25.1 miles to work, and then 25.1 miles home after work. I worked five days a week. Thats over 250 miles in commuting alone, on weekends I'd ride other training bike another 80-100miles the weekend. I used to ride much more in Texas, but I was actually racing for two teams I never considered the benefits beyond what I took for granted. I loved that summer because i felt mentally and physically balanced. Once you burn takes so much time to simply remember that riding is for fun not work.So I think FORCED commuting would be a wonderful thingy. MAKE people ride the bike once a week and I can garuntee you sh*t like divorce rates, depression, manic anxieties and blood pressures would drop like a rock.

Each day I commute in Boone I see the red faced uptight locals and the floridiots that have invaded Boone. They drive like there literally is no tomorrow. I wonder what their lives must be like, being angry uptight and in a f-ing hurry everywhere they go. As you can see I don't like humans very much at all to begin with, but you HAVE to live on this planet with them especially if you are one. I just think people live FOR their cars and ipods and stupid cellphones. We don't talk to our children, we text them (rolling eyes). I bet if people just commuted ONCE a month things would change, much less twice or three times a month. Civility, manners and plain ol just treating others nicely has vanished. Instead it is a freakin nascar race everywhere people go. And if people have to slow down for two seconds, the red in the face shouting and clenched fist tells me they really love life. My favorites are the people who drive like mad hatters and reckless yet have a 'JESUS' sticker or a 'FISH' emblem on their car.

I love them the most.Vote for me and I will force americans to ride a bike!!! Tyranny works!

Anyway [/rantoff]

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

This message was edited by boonebikeguy on 6-6-07 @ 5:39 AM
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: boonebikeguy on June 06, 2007, 09:50:51 am
Big Ringer.

Man WHY would you throw a bike away? You can re-fit a frame with new or even the same level of components you wore out! SHAAAAAAAAAMMME on you sir !=-). May the Belgian cycling God be merciful when his retribution for this cardinal sin is exacted upon you! [/big pointy fingered surmmon]. But all kidding aside. Man never never never never throw a frame away because a shifter is broken!

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb

This message was edited by boonebikeguy on 6-6-07 @ 5:52 AM
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bruno on June 06, 2007, 09:54:11 am
i agree with boone! ipods are evil (so are tv's). they will turn you into a lemming. and along with the jesus people, the one's who amuse me are the prius (or any other hybrid) drivers who get mad at bikes. hardeeharhar!!!!

but boone's right. what kinda life do those folks gave anyway. i can't imagine what it'd be like to take a car everywhere ya go.

i don't wanna sound like an asshole though.

happy everything to everybody!!!

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: boonebikeguy on June 06, 2007, 10:31:13 am
Yeah Bruno I am pretty negative...but can you blame me?

I want to love people but I love my dog more. I try to keep my mouth shut and middle fingers on my bike when I encounter the WONDERFUL lil people that take time to say something smart or honk at me on my commutes. Commuting is supposed to make you feel better not make your blood pressure rise. I too want happy everything to people but man as i get older the more I figure out that people are more bad than good.

Bad thing is I will use an Ipod say tro store my music. But I don't use it like everywhere I go. Don't even have one right now. Cellphones? I have a tracphone I use to simply communicate with people. it is not attached to my ear. Teles? SUCK only good for ewatching bike races, ocassional news and maybe Family guy once in a while. That's it. I lived in North texas for four years without cable and used my tele just to watch VHS movies and taped bike races.

I guess my largest concern is that 23% of people in our nation as an average can be considered OBESE. 20% of children in this nation ARE obese or overwieght. 35% of our entire nation is completely out of shape. We are becomming slugs. So I plead with people to walk, or ride or even walk to a bus stop and get the F out of that coffin you call a prius. Cars are necessary I agree and only an idiot would say otherwise, but they are not your life. Yeah I am a nut for riding and strange, but at least my last thoughts of this world will not be who should i text while I am driving 120 kiles an hour and neglected to see the guy in front of me JAM on his brakes because his coffee spilt on his pants and he dropped his cellphone. Commuting is a wonderful thing...too bad it is a dying practice apparently.That goes for me too.

"Love is a river where crazy people drown"--Kyrgyz proverb
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: WetDogRider on June 16, 2007, 12:10:22 pm
I Don't have the back-bone to ride to work and back on my little 11 mile ride . I guess I'm to anal about my appearance at work in my prison uniform (LOL) , and sweating like a pig from the ride . . . I prefer to ride after work , or weekends and go for the gusto then .

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: bogiesan on June 30, 2007, 06:33:13 pm
Boise ID
Round trip about 12 miles.
Tour Easy with fairing is good everyday except the 5-15 snow or ice
days each year.
The office building has showers but I don't really need them. On the
rare days I work up a sweat on the way in I will duck over the YMCA.

I am also very fortunate to have a closet where I can hand a week's

david boise ID

go, ristretto, FCP/AE
"Read the manual."
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: icemanbb on July 04, 2007, 09:42:02 pm
I started commuting a little over a year ago.  A short 3.5 mile commute(one-way) but the hills keep it interesting.  I rode the bike except when rode conditions (ice/snow) reduced the useable road surface to where I wasn't willing to risk it with the cars and trucks.  The coldest morning last winter was -6°F.  Wasn't bad. I agree about use of mittens in colder weather.  A glove liner worn as a first layer helps too.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: Badger on July 09, 2007, 04:57:20 pm
Everyday for 4 years.  I believe the saving in gas alone has paid for all 3 of my bikes as well as everything I have bought for them.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: scoatw on August 22, 2007, 12:14:20 pm
Started commuting 2 mos. ago when car broke down. I rode in last summer then stopped when weather changed. I bought a good rain jacket/pants/shoe covers. Rain doesn't bother me, it's dodging the lightning bolts that terrifies me. Anyway, I get up a half hour earlier to ride in. It's 8 mi one way. Starting to get used to it. Always wanted to before in the past, but could'nt get motivated. Once the car is fixed I intend to keep riding. We'll see how the winter goes. Altho I've been getting motivated by all I read on the Net. I've got the gear. I've also been looking at studded tires.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: mplakus on September 11, 2007, 05:28:08 pm
I've been bicycle commuting daily for just over four years.  It's six miles to work and I find I stay warmer on my bike than I do on the very rare occasion I have taken the car in the winter (heater doesn't kick in on a short trip like that).  FWIW--I live in Landover Hills, MD where I have seen temps as low as 9F and as high 103F in those four years.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: Turk on March 22, 2008, 08:25:15 pm
I'm hoping to bicycle commute a lot this year. It's 14 miles one way but most is on a path along the Mississippi River. I used to bike commute every day, even in winter, to my old job but that was only 1-2 miles. My problems with the new commute are having to cool off after arriving at work, showering in a tiny shower, lack of covered parking for my bike, what to do when it rains heavily, two humongous hills, darkness during the morning commute (I start at 7 AM), etc.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: Turk on April 11, 2008, 03:20:42 pm
Regarding my previous post, I think I've got my problems worked out. I found that I can take my bike to work in the morning on the bus. It costs $1.50 and it takes 50 minutes vs. 30 by car and 1 hr 15 min by bicycle. I have to transfer in downtown St. Paul but the connection is good. The second bus is a reverse commuting route to the suburbs that lets me off one mile from work. The bike racks have always been unoccupied and it's not a big deal to load it on the bus. I bought a plastic cover for my bike in case of rain. In a heavy rain I can walk to the bus. With an umbrella and perhaps a rain suit that shouldn't be so bad. I did it four days this week.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: Carl on April 12, 2008, 01:54:02 am
I must have one of the easiest commutes in the world; it's 3 or 4 miles going to work, depending on whether I'm in a hurry or not (3 when I'm running late, 4 when I've got more time...mostly a psychological thing). I can ride along the Columbia River in the morning when the sun's coming up over wheatfields to the west. After work I can do another 15 mile loop ride to my house that takes me through parks and a nature preserve, then down to the Columbia where I can pick up another bike trail that goes right along the edge of the Yakima River with all its heavy shrubs and wildlife, then hit one crappy intersection and go directly onto either side streets with old houses or onto a heavily treed bike path. So I can get as few as 6 miles in a day or, when time and weather allow, an easy 20 miles. By the way, this is all in a town without a major university so the bike paths are relatively empty most of the time.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: freightbike on April 12, 2008, 06:05:21 pm
I wish I had a longer commute. I ride to work every day except in winter when I take a three month layoff. My commute is about a quarter mile, I could probably walk to work but it's easier and safer to bike it. Some years ago, I had an eleven mile commute. I lived near the west side of Minneapolis and cycled to the west side of St. Paul. I would arrive at work all bright eyed and bushy tailed. My coworkers would come in sleepy and bleery eyed from their cars and pickups
 I was hoping to take an assignment to work out of a readymix plant on the MN.-WI. border to have a twenty mile commute but the bid was dropped by the company. With the down turn in the housing market it's unlikely the bid will be offered again soon. Well, I guess I'am lucky to have a bridge to work on.
 You never know some times times things just flow your way. The bid from last summer had a grievance filed on it last year that went to arbitration. The company lost at the arbitration.(wonders never cease)So now to get revenge on the drivers the company moved the top five of us from the plant near my home to a plant on the east side of St. Paul, 10 miles away! YAAAAY! The guys who have to drive it are really pissed but I'm just tickled pink !            May the wind at your back always smell like home.

This message was edited by freightbike on 6-27-08 @ 5:11 PM
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: WesternFlyer on April 13, 2008, 03:13:39 am
I don't work any more so I voted for my wife who rides about 18 miles round trip almost everyday except in the worst weather in Portland, Oregon.  Now I do the shopping and the like by bike and try and get the grandkids to come along.

Western Flyer

A wheel spins in a circle.
The still point at the center
gives it direction.
Be still.

   "The Parents' Tao Te Ching"
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: JayH on April 14, 2008, 03:57:54 pm
Coldest I've biked to work in is something like 6°F, wore my ski goggles and double pants for that one.  But its very rare to get that cold here in northern NJ, you have to go much further north to get regular single digit or below 0 temps like that.  

Unless you are completely uphill to work, I find that I can adjust my pace to not really need a shower at work for 95% of the year. Since I generally will leave before sunrise or darkness in winter, it's usually not too hot in the morning and in the high summer, I will adjust my pace accordingly.  Sometimes it doesn't work but since I have have a desk job, it doesn't matter too much. A couple of times I've forgotten a change of clothes so I just work in my bike stuff. Now that is an interesting site.  Makes halloween easy though, I come in as a cylist every year. :-)


Title: commuting by bike
Post by: dougcheney on April 19, 2008, 12:56:04 pm
I work from home but do as many errands by bike as possible.  I also encourage my kids to ride/walk to school when their backpacks are not too heavy.

About once a month I take my bike on a business trip and use it exclusively--avoiding the need to rent a car and adding some adventure as I navigate airports, cities and country roads.

-Doug in Denver
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: jman7659 on June 25, 2008, 11:24:20 am
I went primary bike from car Jan 01 this year. Prior to that for 3 years abt 40 %. Car miles avg abt 30 miles at most per month now, bikes just over 400 miles a month. I have plans to continue to phase out auto, when need to travel to areas where it is not practical in N.Texas I car pool in exchange for gas money like to outreaching cycle events friends are taking part in like Hotter N Hell in Witcha Tall Falls in august. I just bought a Burley Nomad Trailer from a fellow in So Cal that will be used for supply runs, travel, etc. I am at just over 2400 miles for the year now mostly on a Mid Racer configuration recumbent with abt 40 % on a Dawes (steel is real ) Lightning Tour customized a bit with my fav. Brooks Champion Flyer saddle and Vuleta 700 C wheels. The Dawes will be my primary Burley puller. Oh, one last detail I live successfully day to day with a neuro muscular disability with abt 60% nerve damage. If it weren't for my bikes, after 20 years with this diagnosed problem, I am told by my neuro doc, I would be using 4 wheels now, not 2, :) called a Jazzy scooter or it's equivalent. Only reason I mention this is to encourage all, that if you or someone you know is having mobility challenges, never give up, the bit of pain from riding is nothing to the numbness of being pushed from behind by a caregiver.

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: brad on July 31, 2008, 10:12:25 pm
i have been "living the bike" for a few years now. commute to the bus stop by bike and twice a week all the way to work (20 miles, 3 to the bus stop). i also use it for any near by errands, etc

Title: commuting by bike
Post by: BobN. on August 23, 2008, 11:30:28 pm
My brother and I moved our office and put in a shower so I could ride in and he could jog during lunch etc.  Now he's started biking and we both commute as much as we can (once/twice a week thus far, we often need a car to visit sites and clients).  Our younger brother works downtown and he bikes into his office some too.  Beats driving on the Beltway!

Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: playpiano1980 on July 28, 2010, 11:20:50 am
I bike commute everyday. Portland, Oregon is a great city for this. My one-way distance home to work is 13 miles. However, in the winter, if its windy i'll pedal to the bus stop and take my bike on the bus and shorten the 13 miles to 3 miles.

Work to Eat
Eat to Live
Live to Bike
Bike to Work

Must be a great ride, I bike to work, it is only 4 miles away from home though, I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; suprisingly, the roads are pretty friendly, many roads have a bike lane dedicated to bikers.  ;D
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: nhhillbilly on July 28, 2010, 07:28:51 pm
I bike to work 3 or 4 days or evenings a week. I have lights and racks on my bike so carrying clothing is not a problem. My shift either starts at 0600 and goes to 1400 or from 1400 to 2400. I love riding at night except I do not on Friday and Saturday nights. I seen to many drunk drivers over the years. Round trip is about 10.6 miles.. Living in NH I ride in the winter as long as it is not snowing or forecast-ed to snow. I wear a wool cap under my helmt, face mask, lobster gloves and several layer of clothing in the winter. We have some good hills on the way to work.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: Tourista829 on July 28, 2010, 10:59:55 pm
I have a 19 mile commute each way. The last 4 miles being treacherous and not for the faint of heart. Tampa is not Portland. I saw the aftermath of a cyclist, on my route, in an ambulance, with internal injuries and broken collar bone. I am lucky, in the complex, where I work, there is a health club. I only want to use the shower, but they want a full club membership, they are not partial to cyclist. The other problem is, it is not safe to leave a good bike locked up outside. So I take my folding bike and store it under my desk. Since Friday is casual day, I currently commute, one day a week. If my schedule changes, I may commute a second day.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: ugdurcorp on May 02, 2012, 09:41:31 pm
I bike from manhattan to Astoria everyday and love biking through queensboro bridge..
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: solsrch on May 03, 2012, 06:44:27 am
I've been commuting by bike 2-3x per week from Mount Vernon up to DC (Foggy Bottom) - just over 16 miles one way.  I'll use studded tires in the winter to deal with ice and light snow.  Once the temps hit the low teens, I jump in my Jeep but that doesn't happen much around here.  In the past I've commuted in Monterey, CA, Newport, RI, San Diego, CA (my favorite) and outside Manama, Bahrain.  I tend to go through stretches where I bike and then periods when I drive depending on what is happening in my life.  The bikes and cars change, but so far, I still come back to my bike eventually.  Getting ready to retire from the Navy and hoping to find a job that allows me to keep up this great way to get in some regular miles, reduce stress, and reduce my environmental impact.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: Wuwei on May 09, 2012, 08:06:23 pm
I bike from Seattle to Mercer Island every day. It's about a 15-mile round trip and when the sun is shining, crossing the I-90 bridge on the bike lane is glorious. On the way home it's always fun to pass all the cars that are moving at a snail's pace.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: LawDog on May 21, 2012, 07:31:09 pm
My commute is just over one mile. So I really don't need a bike at all--I could just walk it. But biking is more fun. I'm in Alaska, so the season impacts my riding pattern. Through summer, I bike just about everywhere. A couple of times a month, I'll start the truck up to take long trips. Otherwise, everything I need is in town. In winter, I put on the studs and manage to ride 3 or 4 days a week. Some days I wuss out, though, and opt for a nice heated truck. There are 2 or 3 weeks on each end of winter when I basically stop riding. When things are freezing up and when things are melting, it gets way too slippery and dangerous. I'm not that worried about falling down. I just don't want to get run over because a driver couldn't stop his car.

I commute by bike because it is fun. I don't do it to save money. I don't do it to save trees. I just like riding my bike.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: Trekgeek on July 26, 2012, 03:59:24 pm
I have been commuting to work via train and bicycle since March of this year. I ride 2 miles from my home to the VRE (Virginia Railway Express), ride about 40-45 minutes on the train and then get off and ride 7 miles to work. It is working out very well and averages 2 hours door to door including a shower before starting work. I wasn't going to take this new job unless I could stay off I-95 and so far this is great. I average about 100 miles a week riding 5 days as I have time to add a couple of miles going back to the train in the evening. Wx will not be an issue for me as staying off the interstate is a much bigger motivator to ride every day.
I commute using a 2012 Trek 520 with Planet Bike Hybred fenders, Ortleib rear panniers and a Topeak Rack bag.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: DeanBean440 on September 22, 2012, 08:17:28 pm
Hello Everyone,
I'm a Student in Industrial Design at the Columbus college of Art and Design. Right now I am working on a senior thesis involving public bicycle parking. Below is a survey that I would love if anybody would fill out. Very interested in feedback, Thanks Everyone!
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: StringBean on June 15, 2016, 09:07:07 pm
I live in Washington, DC and walk 30 minutes to work. In a pinch, I'll commute by bike - which gets me there in 10-15 min.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: canalligators on July 21, 2016, 12:02:24 pm
... i reckon i save around $50 - $60 a week on transport plus if take into account the exercise i get as well then i really don't mins. Takes me a total of 35 minutes door to door which isn't too bad

I've looked at my savings more than once.  It's very dependent on your situation, but I would make a generalization: Unless you can avoid owning a car (first or second), you're not going to save a lot of money.  Fixed car expenses such as insurance, basic maintenance and car payments can't be avoided.  Although smaller, there are fixed and per-mile costs with the bike too.

The other aspect of commuting by bike is the hassle factor.  Frankly, it's time consuming and a pain in the neck to commute to work.  I make it work because it's my chosen exercise and I love to ride, but there are days when I just say "forget it" and drive.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: Mickey... on July 21, 2016, 05:17:01 pm
I ride to work every day too, but is not long distance... only 3km from house to work..

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Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: canalligators on August 04, 2016, 03:24:39 pm
3km - that's got to be fairly hassle-free.  No clothing change most days, I bet. I'd probably walk or maybe ride the old three speed.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: RussSeaton on August 06, 2016, 03:14:12 pm
3km - that's got to be fairly hassle-free.  No clothing change most days, I bet. I'd probably walk or maybe ride the old three speed.

No.  When I commuted 2 miles each way, I wore cycling clothes.  Even in 2 miles you will sweat.  Best to sweat in your cycling clothes, not your all day work clothes.  Never thought it would be pleasant to ride in Docker style cotton pants and a Polo shirt.  Walk?  Figure 15-20 plus minutes to walk 2 miles.  Each way.  Walk in your dress work clothes?  Never thought of commuting as something I would want to prolong to enjoy the sites.  And when it is dark both ways, cold, rainy, I'd want it over as fast as possible.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: canalligators on August 06, 2016, 06:38:27 pm
Depends on your dress requirements, of course. If you have to dress professionally or work in close ptoximity to your customers or clients, of course.  I'm amused by the Grant Petersen mindset that you just ride in ordinary clothes. I can get away with dockers on a mild day, I'm an engineer who does not interface with the public.  My wife is a nurse, works close to people and cannot offend, she doesn't even ride to work.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: marti jacobs on October 07, 2016, 01:01:11 pm
I like to that, I have to make some changes  ::)
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: johnsondasw on October 09, 2016, 08:34:40 pm
I bike from Seattle to Mercer Island every day. It's about a 15-mile round trip and when the sun is shining, crossing the I-90 bridge on the bike lane is glorious. On the way home it's always fun to pass all the cars that are moving at a snail's pace.

Love that ride! You are lucky (or smart, if you set that situation intentionally) to be able to do that!
Title: commuting by bike
Post by: donald.stewart.92 on October 10, 2016, 09:48:42 pm
I'm semi-retired now. My new part-time job at a local college has me driving around campus every day. One day we ran out of cars. The boss said "do you bike? because that's all we have left".
Now I bike around campus for my job. My boss even bought 2 new bikes because I showed I was serious about riding every day. I do not commute enough days in to work because I like to sleep late.

If you drive at work see if your boss will let you bike instead.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: Slow Lane on November 02, 2016, 05:23:35 pm
Yes, bike commuting is the antidote to coffee.  I am currently on a 4/week run here in NYC.  I logged about 200 miles in October for the commute rides, about 13 miles/day from Brooklyn.  Start by 7:30 AM to avoid congestion; look out for evening road ragers; obey signs and get the blinky lights!  Also, thank you/watch out for CitiBikes!
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: Storming on November 09, 2016, 07:16:39 am
Thanks guys, should start using bike ( again for my home-work-home (or vice versa :) )
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: canalligators on November 10, 2016, 12:50:02 pm
Yes, bike commuting is the antidote to coffee...

I love coffee and take it along on my commute.  I found a good insulated travel mug that fits in a water bottle cage (Contigo Aria).  You can also buy ring-shaped holders that can carry many common travel mugs.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: cyclistdave on July 24, 2017, 02:54:10 pm
haha. We've kept this thread going for 9 friggin years.

Just wanted to share that I've started riding my bike (http://"") to the coffee shop 10 miles up the road. I'll sit and work from the laptop for 4 hours and then bug out and bike home before their lunch rush starts.

I've got to watch the heat right now on the way home, but it is a pretty painless way for me to get my mileage in.

Plus the riding helps me recharge the creative juices in the brain.

Not sure if it is the antidote to coffee, but it sure enhances it.

Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: canalligators on August 09, 2017, 08:44:14 pm
Riding to the coffee shop, or to the local brewpub to refill your growler, are both worthwhile.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: dadventure on August 12, 2017, 09:13:56 pm
I'm fortunate enough to have a 4 mile round trip commute in great weather, so 5 days a week
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: imbloke on September 28, 2017, 01:31:56 am
I recently changed job and I decided to commute 10 miles to/from work. With winter coming up, I foresee that most of my commute will be in the dark and I'm looking out for reliable lights.

Did some research last night and was pretty impressed with the Light & Motion 900. I'd love to hear your experience with this light if you're currently using one. Or are there other models I should look at too? ( (
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: canalligators on September 28, 2017, 05:54:11 am
If your ride involves trails or multi use paths, I caution against use of extremely bright headlights.  On a path, they blind oncoming cyclists.  If the light is EU compliant and has a "cutoff" pattern, not so bad.  Also not so bad if you mount it on your helmet and you remember to turn your head and aim it away from the oncoming riders.  The very bright lights are not a problem on streets, where you aren't so close.
Title: Re: commuting by bike
Post by: donald.stewart.92 on October 02, 2017, 01:35:33 pm
I've been commuting into work as well as riding at work this semester. I'm in a newly refurbished bldg.  Now we have a shower in the locker room. That really made my mind up to commute to work. Feeling refreshed after biking in really helped to motivate me to commute. Only 3.1 miles each way.