Author Topic: Biking to work? How far is too far?  (Read 3661 times)

Just Joe

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Re: Biking to work? How far is too far?
« Reply #50 on: October 24, 2019, 01:09:23 PM »
I ride 8 country, hilly miles each way. Long hills, couple steep hills, hardly any flatness about the ride. None of the roads have shoulders, no sidewalks, no bike paths or lanes.

I do it on a DIY ebike I built several years ago. Only way to arrive in shape to work and not smell like a farm animal. My bike is a entry level name brand former mtn bike that has smooth touring tires and fenders.

Fortunately I was able to piece together a less direct but more quiet route using Google Maps. Better than my previous route from a previous address that required riding right through town with hills, no bike lanes, and only occasional sidewalks that I could ride on.

I ride in the dark part of the year due to the time change and the time zone we live in. Means the rides home are in the dark part of the year. Buy a good headlight, blinky lights at both ends of your bike, and consider tires with reflective sidewalls when you replace your tires next time. I need to buy some reflective clothing. Aduro blinky lights at both ends and Brighteyes headlight.

I love riding to work. Don't want to live anywhere else but I still dream about a rail trail from my house to work. No rails anywhere near my home though.

Test the route on the weekend and make adjustments 'til you like it.  Good luck!

Garrett B.

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Re: Biking to work? How far is too far?
« Reply #51 on: November 01, 2019, 07:00:38 AM »
My cycle to work is 30 minutes each way.  I take the road but it's very low traffic roads so I feel pretty safe.  My biggest risk is riding in winter when I've fallen of my bike a few times because the roads were icy.  But that's my fault as I really shouldn't have been taking the bike to work those days.  In the winter I take public transportation, which is approximately 4 months a year.  The remaining 7-8 months I cycle to work.