I'm 3 miles form the office, but usually extend it to 10 miles in and then 10 miles back just to make it feel worth it. Occasionally I'll do a 30 miler via the trails up at Nant-yr-arian or more usually a 15-20 miler taking in some of them :). Lucky to have showers at work, plus a drying room for wet kit
Thinking of cycling to work...
paclite waterproofs for me. trhe trousers have been good but the paclite jackets are not really robust enough for a courier bag or rucksack and will eventually need replacing.
not very sweaty though and light to carry.
if you are wearing work clothes getting soaked is not really an option.
Used to do a couple more than that each way. Microfibre towels, Aldi have them cheap at the moment. Arrid XX body spray, dries you up a treat. Baby wipes for pits & bits. Huggies are best I found. Full guards are great, even in fairly heavy rain you'll only get moderately wet. Rare to get a real soaking. Some cheap disposable nappies stuffed into wet shoes soon have them dry. Rucksacks can get heavy, a rack or basket is better in summer. Lots of cheap led's on the rear, bike covered in 3m tape keeps you visible. Bikewise, anything that will take full guards, road / tourer / mtb. A P7 torch is my choice of light, enough for tow paths, too bright for roads, so mine is pointed down & flashing. It becomes very addictive after a while, & summer is ace.
I do a touch under three miles each way. Ride in my work clothes and the students haven't started any Mr Smelly nicknames yet.
Second the mudguards, etc.
If you're on towpaths for some of your commute, be prepared to switch to the rods in the winter as they won't be gritted. Once on the roads, you won't want to be riding an expensive/good bike, because they are gritted.
The salt is also why you'll either need to spend cash each year on a new drivetrain or go SS/fixed. I'm really liking fixed at the moment, but hub brakes/gears are good too, though more expensive.
id get a cheap but good second hand single speed for that distance
ive bought a few - one a giant bowery as new for £165
My geared road bike is stripped down awaiting upgrades for spring, so im just using my single speed, done a few night rides of 25 miles this week, loving it
if its looking rough at the end of winter I'll sell it and buy another in better nick
go for it!
i do 7 miles each way about 3-4 days a week on a 8speed alfine equiped bike (although there are showers at work).
It does take a bit of comitment over the winter months though. There are times in the winter when i wake up and its -2 outside and pissing it down that i think 'sod it i'll go by car', but i always regret it when i'm stuck in traffic and my usual 35mins on the bike turns into 1hr 15mins in the car and my dinner gets cold.
12 miles each way with no shower but then again I don't work in an office with other folks. I find when I get to work I am as fresh as a daisy and ready for the day.
Its 4 nmiles not round the world ffs ride anything or walk it .Its only just over an hour to walk .Why come on here and ask advice for a 4 mile commute school kids go that on bmx bikes
Edric's in a bad mood ain't he...!!!!
I ride to work everyday,
bought a handsome dog xc03 frame, wheels gears and brakes from my old gary fisher, other bits from the forum on here, have a blackburn flea 4 for the rear light and a hope vision 1 up front
decent waterproof jacket in a blacks sale and pants from crc.
Saved me shed loads of frustration of waiting for the bus let alone the 2 quid each way.
So just do it, and it keeps the beer off your belly
Just do it. For me discs are a must. Minimal maintenance and superb stopping power. I wouldn't want to go back to rim brakes. I like being able to outbrake cars
Sorry rant over im sober now.
Yep, 4 miles each way. Take your time on the way in and you won;t need a shower. Maybe take some wet wipes or a flannel to wipe yourself down with in a toilet cubicle.
To those who won't commute because of no showers, you just have to work at it a little. I commuted 17 miles each way for 4 years, 2 or 3 times a week to a place with no showers.
I'd always have a shower before I left home.
When I got to work I'd strip down in the disabled toilet and then wipe myself down with a wet cloth, towel and liberal deodorant application.
Usually had to put a fan on my desk on for a bit to cool down in summer.
It really made me appreciate where I work now with full facilities. Couldn;t be happier with where I work now for commuting.
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