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How far do you commute by bicycle (daily total)?

1-7 miles
76 (47.5%)
8-15 miles
58 (36.3%)
16-25 miles
16 (10%)
26-40 miles
9 (5.6%)
>41 miles
1 (0.6%)

Total Members Voted: 159

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #50 on: August 03, 2017, 10:12:27 AM »
My bike commute would be about 3.5 miles each way. I still hope to commute by bike eventually, but so far what kills me isn't the distance but the steep hills. I've tried it a few times this summer (while on vacations) and while it's feasible, I can't imagine doing this in work clothes, with luggage on my bike. I really need to improve my cardio. 

Since I'm unable to commute by bike (yet), I try to bike 10-15 miles roundtrips 3 times per week. Most of it is a constant uphill, it's a good cardio workout but it's quite challenging for me, as I have been sedentary for years and just got into cycling. One step (or pedal?) at a time! Maybe in a year or two I'll be one of those badasses on Strava who can bike uphill in 1:31 minute while it takes me 5x more time, haha!

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #51 on: August 03, 2017, 12:54:24 PM »
My bike commute would be about 3.5 miles each way. I still hope to commute by bike eventually, but so far what kills me isn't the distance but the steep hills. I've tried it a few times this summer (while on vacations) and while it's feasible, I can't imagine doing this in work clothes, with luggage on my bike. I really need to improve my cardio. 

Since I'm unable to commute by bike (yet), I try to bike 10-15 miles roundtrips 3 times per week. Most of it is a constant uphill, it's a good cardio workout but it's quite challenging for me, as I have been sedentary for years and just got into cycling. One step (or pedal?) at a time! Maybe in a year or two I'll be one of those badasses on Strava who can bike uphill in 1:31 minute while it takes me 5x more time, haha!

Get an e-Bike.  Problem solved.  Uphill, in work clothes, with luggage, no sweat.

Sure, it might be an option eventually. If I remain committed to cycling over time, I might buy a 2nd bike just for this purpose. Right now I'm mostly seeking the physical exercise and its benefits. A few months ago I was out of breath just climbing a flack of stairs. I'm 31 ffs. My cardio was shit. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing just how hard I've pushed myself cycling up a hill, when I finally reach the top. I'm just realistic about my physical abilities and limits at the moment. Commuting might not happen for a while, but I maybe I'll succeed over time. With or without an e-bike. ;)

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #52 on: August 04, 2017, 03:43:16 PM »
I'm only 1.5 miles from work. And people still think it's crazy that I ride. Sometimes I walk.. but in summer when it's 108°F, it sucks balls.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #53 on: August 04, 2017, 04:02:57 PM »
20 mile round trip for me. Out here on the central plains hills are few and far between. Wind we do have. So much wind.
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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #54 on: August 04, 2017, 05:53:22 PM »
It's about 2.5 miles each way, but a ridiculously easy route.  It's separated multi use trails along a canal for ~70% the rest is on a park road.  I have one big street to cross which has a safe crosswalk.  The best part is the bike locker is right next to my department.  I park my bike and am ready to clock in 30 seconds later.  If you drive you park far away and walk 5-10 minutes to get to the same place.  For that reason, it's about the same amount of time door to door biking or driving. 
I leave my house at 1030 pm and it's surprising to see how many people are out for late night strolls during these hot summer months. 

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #55 on: August 04, 2017, 07:41:40 PM »
My work is 80 miles rountrip for me. But luckily I vanpool and that is just a 4mile round trip to the pickup location.
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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #56 on: August 05, 2017, 06:36:37 AM »
I don't. I walk to car.  When I arrive at the parking lot I walk to the office.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #57 on: August 06, 2017, 05:36:42 PM »
I ride 3.6 miles to work and back, five times a week. I'm using a Walmart $80 mountain bike. There are a few tough hills. The commute takes me 20 mins. I could go a little faster but don't want to get real sweaty. I'm new to this. Been riding for 3 weeks now.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #58 on: August 07, 2017, 01:00:48 PM »
I ride 8 miles each way, so 16 miles total, to work. Although once the bike paths are no longer accessible, I either take the car, or the bus if my partner needs the car that day.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #59 on: August 07, 2017, 07:57:38 PM »
I walk .6 miles to work every day BUT my work is moving in a few weeks.  New location is 1.7 miles from home, and I'm planning to walk some days and bike some days.  I live in the snowy great lakes region and will probably walk exclusively in the winter.  I have free parking but I'd rather be outdoors, get some exercise and clear my head.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #60 on: August 08, 2017, 07:12:51 AM »
My trip is around 15 miles one way to work. I'm spoiled because it's mostly bike specific paths and trails though. I think I ride about 4 miles through some sleepy subdivisions. And then a 1 mile ride to the gym. So something in the range of 32-33 miles.
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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #61 on: August 13, 2017, 02:33:08 PM »
I commute about 5 km (roundtrip), but I have to admit that I'm cheating; I'm Dutch and I work in a big, crowded, and old city (read: no room for parking space, the city is at least 1000 years old) so cycling is the sensible thing to do. Plus we have the infrastructure, the country is flat and a temperate climate... I'm so spoiled. Sorry for bragging.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #62 on: August 13, 2017, 06:24:43 PM »
Ok, who voted for more than 41 miles?

That at least deserves a post with more detail.

He can't respond . . . out cycling . . .

I am not the guy who voted but I do commute 45 miles 2 days a week and about 24 one more (wife drops me off with the bike). The commute in is about 21 miles with a big net downhill, the way home is the big workout. About 6 miles are through a park and the rest either have good shoulders or are on road where bikers are common. I am replacing about 70 minutes of driving with 2.5 hours of riding.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #63 on: August 15, 2017, 01:39:25 PM »
I commute 10 miles (20m RT) 3x a week (workout class other days).

I'm pretty fortunate where I ride 90% on a bike trail and partly along the lake and I have a shower at work.

I actually am more likely to do that now since I moved than when I lived 2 miles form work. 2 miles wasn't long enough to get enough exercise to justify showering at work. Now I get 45 min each way and can really zone out to podcasts.


Though if I lived closer on the river, I would consider kayaking as my office is right next to a canal with a launching area.

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Re: How far do you commute by bicycle?
« Reply #64 on: August 15, 2017, 04:01:57 PM »
I currently commute about 9 miles round trip most weekdays. The longest commute I've regularly done by bike was about 25 miles round trip. The longest commute I've ever done was about 45 miles round trip (I only biked one Friday of the few weeks I was commuting to this location). I'd probably decide to get an ebike if I had a commute between 20 and 50 miles round trip now.

The longest distance I have biked in a single day including recreation is a bit over 50 miles (someday I may decide to work my way up to a 100 mile ride).