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Commuter distance - how far do you cycle to work?

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dudley 15 Apr 16:03  

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Clearly there are all sorts of cyclists in here, but for those of you that commute on the acoustic motorcycle, how far do you go?
Let's assume at least three days a week.


Me, i've got 13 miles each way.
only takes 5 minutes longer than the car, and with the walk and wait the same as the train.

around 50 minutes each way at present, but aiming for sub-45 mins asap.

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mm1down 16 Apr 16:40  

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My route from Lichfield to Burton is 17 miles each way if I take the scenic back route, or 13 miles if I use the direct A38 route.


LukeW 16 Apr 17:12  

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I always cycle to work. I've got a 9.5 mile journey each way, if I take public transport it'd take me much longer - at least an hour and 15 minutes door to door. And driving would be madness, what with traffic and the cost of fuel- £1.20 for a litre!?!

Plus there is nothing better than starting a shift after a good cycle, a hot shower at work and a glug of hot tea...




BusterG 19 Apr 13:37  

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Hi guys.
I currently do 24miles each way but only once a week at present.
Hoping to up it to 2 days a week this summer.
I did it lasy year on my full sus mountain bike but now I have a skinny wheeled road bike.
I take country lanes between Petersfield/Liss to Basingstoke.


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johnbobsquarepants 20 Apr 13:40  

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Hi,

Im just about to start commuting to work next week. as I live 27 miles away Im planning to get a train for 17 miles or so and cycle the last ten. not the easiest and have had to be really careful to pick a quiet route as the normal routes to my work are all on busy dual carriage ways which im hoping to avoid. Ill be doing Rochester to Tunbridge wells. (via strood to paddock wood railway)

I reckon Ill start on twice a week then up it to four as soon as possible.

John


dudley 20 Apr 15:42  

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i take a quiet country back-road for a good chunk of the journey.
It adds about half a mile each way, but it is a decent surface, compared to the appalling, narrow, overcrowded, root-strewn cycle path alongside the A90 into Edinburgh.

Often as not, you converge with those taking the nasty short route, having taken the comfortable, quiet scenic route.

.....and then it's into the four lane traffic, smelly buses, morons and potholes that in any other situation would have a lifebuoy on a stand next to them.

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biggeenotts 24 Apr 18:22  

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Hi,

I only have 10 miles each way, the route I take from home to work. As I've only just started riding it takes me about the same as the bus, about an hour, but I ride down the side of the river, much better scenery :)




davey56 25 Apr 11:25  

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Hi
North Liverpool to South Liverpool 7 miles each way


robbierunciman 25 Apr 23:02  

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I cycle from home to Appledore railway station where I take a train to London. I then cycle from St Pancras to mu office in Westminister. It is about 16 miles each way by bike (with the 70 by train in the middle). The cycling but is about an hour (my pb is 47mins) The new high speed train is great, it makes the trip 2hrs or so door to door each way. This is about the same time as it used to take by car to Ashford using the classic train service.

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dudley 26 Apr 14:21  

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Al i can say to that is "glad i dont work in London!!!"

2 hours each way? nightmare!

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Provene 26 Apr 14:47  

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Well I cycled the other day (during school holidays), and it took far too long - about 1 hr 30 mins. 16.5 miles one way and 18.9 the other (went a slightly different route home), but it's the hills that take the time. I have the perfect excuse most of the time I'm taking two teenage children into college with me, so with three of us in the car it's not too non-green.

Might try going in on the train during the summer holidays - 20 minute bike ride to the station and an a 10 minute bike ride the other end. How do folk find taking bikes on trains? Is it 'user-friendly'?

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robbierunciman 26 Apr 16:36  

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South East trains are pretty good eggs - I think its economics but there are a lot of folding bikes on the train these days. I think the shorter journey time by train has encouraged more people to green their travel. Either that, or its the extra £19.20 per week above the classic season fare plus £10.00 for the tube to get to somewhere useful.

I have just bought a cover for my bike. GOn an East Mids train, got this funny look from a guard as I folded the bike on the train. He then 'found' other peoples over sized suit cases were a problem and told me to move my properly stowed and folded bike to the front of the train. next time - with it covered,its lugagge.

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iainj837 26 Apr 17:19  

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Hi, I also cycle to work. It is 20 plus miles round trip, it takes between 43 to 60 minutes depending on the weather.


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davedenday49 26 Apr 18:46  

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Hi everyone, medium ride to work (woodgreen N.London) 8 mile, take short route home uphill back to highgate...Heavy traffic in London but you soon get use to it.


SteveD 26 Apr 20:00  

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I used to ride 10 miles to work but always seemed to run out of blood sugar on the way home. 15 years later and I'm planning on trying it again but i work 15 miles away this time, i have more sense now and will try and eat the right food for energy. What do you experienced cyclists do to give yourselves plenty of energy for the return journey?


shelfside 26 Apr 20:48  

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Feel a bit of a cheat as I only have 3.5 miles to cycle to work. Only been cycling to work for a few weeks on and off. Have cut the travel time down from 26 mins to 20/21 mins (its all up hill, well a continuous uphill gradient). 10-15 mins to get home.

I can take an alternative 7 mile route which Ive donw once and it took me 40 mins up a steep hill and against a head wind


Ghedebrav 06 Oct 10:41  

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Have a 7 mile each-way commute in Manchester - mildly uphill on the way in & lots of traffic (Wilmslow Road/Oxford Road which makes up the bulk of my journey is apparently the busiest bus route in Europe!). Takes me about 30-35 mins on the way in, 25-30 on the way back depending on how lucky I am with traffic lights/weather/hungoverness. Cuts the public transport commute in half.

Interestingly I get much less agression and abuse (hardly any at all, in fact) compared to cycling in south west London where I used to live. In fact, Manchester is a surprisingly good place for cycling full stop; the council should make more of it.

Well done to those facing a 20+ mile journey each way - I don't think I could face that every day!


Provene 06 Oct 12:41  

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Found a do-able route and managed the 13 mile cycle ride into work during the summer holidays. Loved it. Shame I can't do it non-summer holidays - it saved a fortune in fuel and parking.

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Andrea67 07 Oct 21:33  

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Hi there,
I have 8 miles each way on pretty busy roads, (mainly A58, then country road ) but I'm getting more & more used to the traffic.

I'm new to cycling, I started in July, so Im not super speedy. It takes me 25-30 mins in the morning & 30-40 to get home, its more up hill on the way home, wish it wasn't.

I work 3 days & try to cycling each day.

Hoping to commute as long as it not too dark, but the mornings are pretty dark now. Really dont fancy commuting in winter, as the roads I use are unlit. Just wish I'd started earlier in the year. Never mind, I'll be sorted for next year.











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soren 07 Oct 21:55  

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I'm one of the luckier one's as my journey is only 5.5 miles each way, mainly flat, I tend to take my time and take around 25 mins each way, cant see much point of rushing to work.


upahill 08 Oct 12:03  

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My ride is dead easy 1.75 miles. Only takes a couple of minutes if I go one way. If I make it into circular and cyle a different way coming back there is a large hill so that makes it a bit more fun. ( As long as it is not late at night, pitch black and pouring with rain and Ive had a rubbish working day!)


skudupnorth 08 Oct 20:49  

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Only 7 miles each way from Astley to Bolton in every kind of weather because the thought of being stuck in a tin box behind another tin box send's a shiver up my spine !


dominikzay 09 Oct 00:13  

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I am cycling 17 miles each way its taking me exac one h and its 4 days a week.


baba 09 Oct 21:49  

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I have 1.1 miles each way. sometimes i take the off road route home about 2 miles. I also take and pick my kids up from school so this adds a further 2 miles to my daily total.

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dudley 12 Oct 11:21  

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and we're now into the season of the pitch black morning starts

fun fun fun!

but then i do leave the house at 6.15




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baggiesat8 13 Oct 08:54  

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Hi,

My commute is 9 miles from Newhaven to Brighton which is a mixture of A road, shared cycle path, off road undercliff walk, then dedicated cycle path. I commute 5 days a week all year round. Quickest time 27 minutes, longest 61 minutes, never underestimate the strength of the wind. Average time is around 37 minutes though.
I use a Hope Vision 1 front light which at 240 lumens works really well on the 3 mile section of the unlit undercliff walk.

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Davecr69 04 Nov 13:03  

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Can't really commute on my bike at the moment - 36 miles each way with equipment and laptop. However, I am changing job soon and then it will be 9 miles to the station, 20 minute walk at the other end (or perhaps use a Boris bike) and then the reverse to get home. I have timed it already and it takes me about 45 minutes to the station.
Really looking forward to it as I am fed up in the current job, and incredibly fed up with having to drive the company sh*tbox every day.
Hoping it will also do wonders for my fitness and help with my weight loss (3 1/2 stone gone so far).

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AideyM 12 Nov 20:01  

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I cycle 9 miles each way from Streetly into Birmingham city centre. It takes about 35 minutes each way on my singlespeed. There are some inconsiderate gits in cars but fortunately the busiest sections have bus lane/cycle lanes. I do this for every shift barring my seriously early morning starts.

My Latest Route: Nov 2010 Streetly to Drayton Bassett and Minworth Circuit

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