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How long does everyone commute?(38 posts)

How long does everyone commute?gildomilo
Aug 4, 2003 9:10 AM
Once I get into better shape. I'm thinking of commuting 2-3/week. I drive about 25 miles each way to work. Does anyone commute this far? Also how do you deal with a shower once you get to work? I work at a University so I can find a shower somewhere.
My commute = 13.5 miles one way...biknben
Aug 4, 2003 9:17 AM
I commute 3-4 days per week. Everyone has different methods to deal with commuting. I have a shower at my office and keep more clothes there than at home. On days I drive in I swap clothes and towels and bring the dirty stuff home to be washed.

Having a shower is the biggest issue. Some find a nearby health club to shower at. Some use baby wipes and cologne.

I'm contemplating an employment change. If so, my commute will be too far and through rough areas. I may be forced to just ride part way to work and then drive the rest of the way. With a little improvisation and creativity many could make it work if they really wanted to.
12.5 milesKristin
Aug 4, 2003 9:20 AM
I used to live 25 miles from the office. It was a little too far for me; but that's because of all the hair products and accessories and general primping required. If my hair was 1/2 long and I could wear dockers everday, then I'd do it.
Yup. Primp gear adds up.PseuZQ
Aug 4, 2003 10:40 AM
Makeup, non-sensible shoes, hair crap, styling implements, etc. Love these guys who commute and say, "Oh, just wipe yourself down with a wet wipe!"

Um, I don't think so....
16 miles to work, 25 miles home :-) nmDave Hickey
Aug 4, 2003 9:29 AM
This is just right (NM)ModerateRonPruitt
Aug 4, 2003 12:19 PM
re: How long does everyone commute?lazy8
Aug 4, 2003 9:29 AM
Go for it. I only commute a distance about half that much but often extend my ride to forty miles or more. Just pick a good safe route, make sure your steed is in good running order and carry extra tubes and a pump.
You might want to try driving in part way and riding the balance.
No better time than the present to start.
Good luck and keep us posted.
10-20 miles--it dependscommuterguy
Aug 4, 2003 9:46 AM
The shortest route is 10 miles long, but includes terribly congested and dangerous roads. I only do that when I come it early on weekends, when there won't be any traffic. When time and weather permit, I extend the route for training purposes, but my usual route is 12 miles each way.

You might try searching this discussion board under "commute" or variations thereof to read about how the pull this off. I find that, if I am clean at the outset, I can get completely ready for work with a few baby wipes.

Do you have any transit options? I know people with long commutes who ride in one way, and metro home the other, so they only do half the round trip each day.
No public transportgildomilo
Aug 4, 2003 10:11 AM
around here as most of america, we have a few city busses, one train station and nothing else. I live in rural Connecticut, I wish we had a train system like Europe.
re: How long does everyone commute?cjwill
Aug 4, 2003 9:48 AM
I live in Corona, CA. (Riverside, CA.) and I ride to work in Costa Mesa, CA. (Orange county CA.) door to door it is a 37.00 mile ride. The ride lets me get ready for the workday/and relax from the days stress, I love that ride...
Mostly river trail. 3 days of the week I ride. The other 2, I carpool work and ride home at the end of the day....

Pick'em up/put'em down
re: How long does everyone commute?coreyb
Aug 4, 2003 10:38 AM
wow, i didn't think anyone else was psycho enough to make my commute. i live in corona and commute to costa mesa as well.
re: john wayne air port area.cjwill
Aug 4, 2003 3:42 PM
If you would like to try to ride, drop a line
4-5 days a week, only 5.2 miles TO ...Humma Hah
Aug 4, 2003 9:49 AM
... at present, but I stretch the commute home to up to 27 miles.

The company is about to move to a "new" facility way off in the boonies, which looks like it will increase my commute to about 16 miles, a more reasonable distance. Roads are worse, though.

I'd say the ideal commute would be somewhere in the 12-15 mile range ... enough for a decent workout but not so much that the time required makes you find excuses not to do it. 25 each way is GREAT if you have the discipline to do it regularly.

We have showers at work now (don't need 'em because the commute is so short). Don't have 'em at the new place (but they'd be welcome).

Shower before your morning ride, and wipe down and change clothes when you get there, if you don't have a shower at work.
3 miles, 6 minute commute time ;-) nmpitt83
Aug 4, 2003 10:07 AM
ditto! heh, heh ;-) nmRoadHazzardBuzz
Aug 4, 2003 12:40 PM
9 miles, 30 min one way via most direct route,curtybirdychopper
Aug 4, 2003 10:19 AM
If I commute the short, fast route, i usually just wipe down with wet paper towels in the bathroom at work (and get funny looks when others see me). I used to fully shower, but it takes quite a bit longer to stop at the gym on the way and shower and then finish off the commute. After a while the faster simpler way is what I usually end up doing.
7 miles to, 15-30 home. nmCurtSD
Aug 4, 2003 10:21 AM
Nah, just 8 each way here.djg
Aug 4, 2003 10:24 AM
I could do it in 4-5 if I wanted, but I don't.

I shower and change at the gym, which is close to work.
11 to work, 11 to 18 home (nm)Silverback
Aug 4, 2003 10:36 AM
Approx 15 mi each way, . .ms
Aug 4, 2003 10:36 AM
2-4 times per week during daylight savings time -- once every week or two between late October and April. (That is when I am able to ride -- I am off of the bike until September). My office is well-stocked with clean clothes and toilet articles. I shower and shave at a health club across the street from my office. I bring clean clothes to the office on the days when I do not ride and take the dirty ones home. My commute by car or car and subway train takes about 40 minutes each way during rush hour. My bike commute is about 55 minutes in the morning and 65 minutes in the evening (to use a Phil/Paul term -- I have "undulating hills" between home and the office, but there are more uphills on the way home and the prevailing winds are against me in the evening -- plus I am not a energetic at 7:00 p.m. as I am at 7:00 a.m.). Commuting is a win-win for me -- I get to ride 30 miles and only use 40 additional minutes in my schedule. Even with traffic, traffic lights and urban potholes, I feel a lot better after I have been on the bike than after I have been on the subway or in my car.
12.5mi. each wayBenLomond
Aug 4, 2003 10:49 AM
4-5 days a week, no shower at work,so
I dont smell that good, but well worth the stench.
My distance is similar...Bonked
Aug 4, 2003 10:43 AM
32 miles each way 2-3 times per week. The only thing that sucks is that it is city all the way so it takes around 2 hours. But, whenever I get tired, I remind myself that it is 2 hours on the bike or an hour in the car and that makes me feel better.

By far the best, however, is the reaction of co-workers. When they find out that I ride to work, they think I am crazy. Then, when they find out where I live, they just give me a blank look. Funny thing is that for me, 32 miles isn't that far and it takes me less time than if I drove 1 hour each way and then had to go for a ride.

As for logistics, I bring food and clothes on the days I drive and just shower after I get here.

Good luck!
It was 5 miles each way ...Guidosan
Aug 4, 2003 11:13 AM
but this route was on narrow roads and the speed limit went up to 50 mph. After enough close calls, I changed my route and it is now from 10 - 12 miles in and 12 - 15 miles home. I commute 2 -3 times a week, and it is a great way to get bike time in with minimal impact on family time. We have showers and lockers here and I swap clothes and stuff on the drive days. I still use a backpack everyday, but with the longer commute, I find the pack soaked through and so I am looking for alternatives for carrying lunch and miscellaneous stuff.
This is too short (NM)ModerateRonPruitt
Aug 4, 2003 12:17 PM
8 or 9 miles each way.Lon Norder
Aug 4, 2003 11:18 AM
From Sunnyvale to north San Jose, California. Several miles of it are on dirt along the Guadalupe River and I usually ride a cheapo Specialized Rock Hopper. We have bike lockers, a locker room, and showers at work.
4 days/wk - 10 miles each wayTypeOne
Aug 4, 2003 11:24 AM
It's only a 30-something minute ride, unless I feel good on the way home and take a long hilly route. I live so close, and it's not much of a ride - compared to what people on this board do. To my coworkers who ask why I ride, I answer, "I live so close - how could I NOT?"
23 miles ea wayJFR
Aug 4, 2003 11:34 AM
I have three different ways of doing it.

1) Ride to work and ride home. This requires at least one day rest to recover.

2) Drive to work w/ bike and ride home (leaving truck at work). Then ride to work the next day, and drive home.

3) Drive part way to work and ride the rest. Then ride back to truck after work and drive home from there.

I can do four days straight of #2 or #3. Most often I do #2. I'm looking forward to getting fit enough to do #1 consecutive days.

As far as the shower thang, my company has a locker room & showers... so I'm spoiled in that regard. I think some other options include baby wipe sponge downs or joining a nearby gym for their showers.

Don't let your 25 mile distance stop you, you have options around that now :) Good luck!
12.75 to 14.75 back 5 days week rain/shine winter/summerKvonnah
Aug 4, 2003 12:00 PM
I ride in @ 5:30 in the morning so in CO. it is not usually above low 60's that early. I bathe before I leave and wipe down with baby wipes when I get there. I bring my clothes and lunch in my Vaude back pack. Shorts fit in my pack better so I wear them winter or summer since the building is cliamte controled and T-Mobile's dress code is pretty relaxed. (Yes I work for T- Mobile which is very cool, there are five roadies including myself who work there and we are going to get the new T-Mobile kit for FREE!)
42 miles, one way. nmSTI
Aug 4, 2003 12:04 PM
This is too long(NM)ModerateRonPruitt
Aug 4, 2003 12:17 PM
12 miles each wayvindicator
Aug 4, 2003 12:08 PM
Shower at health club next door. Keep shower stuff there.

Keep work clothes at the office. Carry soccer shorts and rain shell in rack trunk, wear them from health club to office, change at office.

Drive when I have to for one reason or another and use those days to bring in clean work clothes and take dirties home.
25 miles each wayNigeyy
Aug 4, 2003 12:36 PM
Just started last week -but I only plan to do it twice a week, and not in the rain. I'm trying to gear up for a century ride so I hope this will help.

I'm not very fit, lightweight or fast, but even so, I'd think a commute of around 30 miles each way is doable.
See my post above...JFR
Aug 4, 2003 3:13 PM
...for some (perhaps obvious) options on how you can ride, as part of your commute, more often than just twice a week.

I'm not a training expert, and for your century perperaion you may WANT to ride the full distance twice a week... but you do have some options that will allow consecutive days of riding.
17 miles each way (nm)B2
Aug 4, 2003 2:07 PM
Train in to work / bike 25 miles homecrestlinefarm
Aug 4, 2003 2:51 PM
My commute is ideal. I take the commuter train in to work. No shower, no hassle, and I get to sleep in an extra hour. Then in the afternoon I have a choice of riding 25 miles home or taking the train, if for example, I have to get home quickly, or if it's downpouring, or if I just don't feel like riding. The best thing is I don't burn out because I get to ride when I want to, not because I have to.
re: How long does everyone commute?aliensporebomb
Aug 5, 2003 2:42 AM
9 miles in, about 30 minutes.
9-12 miles out, about 30-45 minutes.

When we moved into a new building they asked us what we
wanted in a facility. We asked for a secure locker room
with showers as well as a reasonably secure place to lock
our bikes and that is what they gave us.
32mi one way or 16mi if 2-way /and 15mi drive :( nmcyclopathic
Aug 5, 2003 5:58 AM
34 miles each way!ElvisMerckx
Aug 5, 2003 6:37 AM
But I can only pull this off twice a week at most. Fortunately, we have showers in my building.

I carpool the rest of the time. I use the carpool days to preposition my shower gear and clothes (dress shirt, tie, wool suit, & wing-tips). I'm a pure roadie, but I'm known around the office as "that triathlon guy." Embarrassing.