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How far do you or would you commute to work by bike? Even in wet weather?

Nov. 25, 2021, 11:57 a.m.
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Posted by: syncro

Consider that you'd have access to shower facilities and that the return trip would be in the evening around 9pm, how far/long would you be willing to ride for? Including in wet weather?

All I'd care about is how bad the climbs are. Used to commute 7km each way for work, which is a sad stones throw, but goddam that monster climb at the end going home in the dark was soul sucking. 

Buddy moved to the Netherlands last year and his weekly mileage rocketed to like 530km a week...with several hard millimeters of elevation gain.

Nov. 27, 2021, 7:08 p.m.
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I have had two 25km each way [so 50km total] regular commutes in my working life. That's about 1hr each way which is the max I can spend biking and work a full day plus have a life of any kind. I've ridden in snow, rain, high winds, and freezing temperatures. That said if it was forecast to rain heavily I'd skip the bike and drive.

One of those commutes was 25kms by transit and then another 25kms on bike each way. I rode the whole 50kms x 2 in the summer sometimes, but that was too far to ride to work regularly. 

I don't have any sort of commute these days, but if I was going to pick  a perfect commute length it  would be 15kms with a few good climbs. That length is enough to be worth gearing up and riding a bike for [plus the climbs are good training] without taking so long it eats up too much of the day. I don't actually like flat commutes because after a while just adding more flat KMs to the legs doesn't do anything good. Climbs can be attacked hard or cruised up in a low gear so they always do something good for my fitness.

Nov. 29, 2021, 10:28 a.m.
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+1 on the ~15km range, if the weather totally goes off the rails that's not quite enough time to get the emergency foil blanket out, but it is enough time to get warmed up on a decent day and settle in.

Nov. 29, 2021, 4:23 p.m.
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Posted by: mrbrett

+1 on the ~15km range, if the weather totally goes off the rails that's not quite enough time to get the emergency foil blanket out, but it is enough time to get warmed up on a decent day and settle in.

For sure. You can also always extend a 15K commute...especially on the way home...if you wanted more riding.

Nov. 29, 2021, 9:10 p.m.
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The longest commuter I ever had was 17km each way, but the route, while mostly protected, was not nice or exciting and seemed like a slog, it was a lot to do 3x a week (I'm mid-40s, that does matter) and left me tired for the weekend rides. Currently doing just about 7-8km each way, shortest I've ever had but it's over the exceptionally unpleasant Knight Street Bridge so it is my least preferred of all. 

Best commute I had was 25km round trip, did that 3x a week year round, the last part was along the river in south burnaby and I had a selection of several routes to get there so it was overall my favourite. Perfect length, really nice ride, I could have made a calendar with all the beautiful pics I got along water. 

I've been job hunting in the last few years and I absolutely consider the bike commute to a new location, it's a big quality of life thing for me. Heavy wildfire smoke is the only thing that has kept me from riding, I have a set of wheels with studded tires for the winter which make icy conditions comfortable. My MTB stamina definitely suffers if I don't do the mid-week commutes.

Nov. 29, 2021, 9:15 p.m.
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Posted by: Vikb

a perfect commute length it  would be 15kms with a few good climbs. That length is enough to be worth gearing up and riding a bike for [plus the climbs are good training] without taking so long it eats up too much of the day. I don't actually like flat commutes because after a while just adding more flat KMs to the legs doesn't do anything good. Climbs can be attacked hard or cruised up in a low gear so they always do something good for my fitness.

+1. I used to commit to climbing Kerr from East Kent 1x/week, attacking up from Marine and setting progressively further "sit down" spots. Definitely paid dividends on the weekend.

Nov. 30, 2021, 2:23 p.m.
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I haven't been bike commuting since I got a new job in April. Before that it was 4-5x week, 25 mile roundtrip. I started hammering on the way home, standing most of the time. Paid off big time for trail rides.

Gotta get back to it, even with the increased distance.

Jan. 12, 2022, 9:52 a.m.
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~10km each way. For about 35years. Year round except when snow or black ice…been there and done that and it didn’t end well.

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