Author Topic: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?  (Read 2862 times)

Aushin

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 123
Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:48:14 AM »
I have a carpool situation with three people (A, B, and Me)  that works like this right now:

Monday -> .Meet at A's 12 miles away, I drive to work
Tuesday -> Meet at my house, A drives to work
Wednesday -> Meet at my house, I drive to work
Thursday -> Meet at A's, B drives to work
Friday -> Meet at A's, A drives to work

This is because B is only available on 3 of the days and it's much easier for him to get to A's than my house.

But I do end up driving somewhere 4 days a week still, though three of the days the distance is cut drastically.

But I got to thinking, might it be worth it and possible to bike 24 miles round trip on Thursday and Friday?  I have no bike right now and I have never been big on biking in the past, but MMM really evangelizes the shit out of it.  I would have to leave my house at 5:50 AM to make it there by 6:50 (according to google maps). 

Am I out of my damn mind?

EDIT: I should mention the only two roads I can take are the two major highways of the area.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2012, 06:50:04 AM by Aushin »

velocistar237

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1422
  • Location: Metro Boston
Re: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 08:02:52 AM »
That sounds pretty bad. There's probably a better solution, like a different car pool group. Heck, if you're so far that biking 12 miles to hitch a ride sounds like a possibility to you, maybe you should move.

Jamesqf

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4047
Re: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 12:19:44 PM »
12 miles is not bad, IF you are in shape and the roads are level.  Major highways? Depends on the width of the shoulder.  If there is a good, wide shoulder so that you can ride well away from the traffic, it should be fine.  But try the ride a few times on weekends, etc, before you commit to doing it for work.

deciduous

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 63
Re: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 01:06:58 PM »
I've been commuting by bike and foot for a decade and hope to never drive on a daily basis again. But I'm sorry to say, the ride you're describing sounds horrendous and I don't think I'd do it. (But the worst part to me is the what-in-the-name-of-all-that-is-good time of departure. I haven't seen dawn in my own time zone in a long time.)

Would A be willing to accommodate a shower when you arrive? Or that you drop off clean clothes on Mondays? Riding without extra gear is much more pleasant. And I would think it'd only be courteous to your pool to freshen up before sharing what must be a pretty long drive.

Aushin

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 123
Re: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2012, 07:00:11 AM »
Yeah after reading these posts it seems like a bad idea lol

Just trying to squeeze those extra cents out!

RoseRelish

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 179
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Chicagoland
    • RoseRelish - Slow down and Enjoy Life
Re: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2012, 01:11:02 PM »
How long is the trip once you reach the meeting point?

Aushin

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 123
Re: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012, 09:14:42 AM »
From the meeting point, 45 minutes : /


grantmeaname

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4732
  • Age: 26
  • Location: NYC
  • Cast me away from yesterday's things
Re: Feasible to bike to carpool location 12 miles away?
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012, 09:18:17 AM »
You should look into moving. You'll get hours of your life back every week and save a ton of money.

EDIT: down the road, that is. I know you're not in a situation that affords you that freedom right now.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2012, 09:34:03 AM by grantmeaname »