- Bicycle commuters…how far is your commute?
Im interested on how far people ride bikes to work as a daily commute. I’ve been offered a new job which is 13 miles from my house, pretty flat, and fairly nice lanes to ride through. I intend to cycle commute, which is one of the attractions (at least for the majority of the year, i’ll likely drive in the Winter)….but wonder if anyone else does a daily commute of this distance?Posted 3 months agosimondbarnesSubscriber
29km each way. Been doing it 2-3 times a week since the start of the year (except when icy) although I sometimes use my e-bike. Would like to do 3-4 times a week when it’s lighter / warmer. Moved last year, used to have a 45km each way commute which was a bit of a chore, new commute is much nicer.Posted 3 months agota11pau1Subscriber
Current job is 2 miles each way, new job in a few weeks will be 13 miles each way.
I don’t cycle every day, have the backup of a car, and in the new job due to early shifts I’ll probably just cycle every other week, again with the backup of a car for bad weather.Posted 3 months agothestabiliserMember
15 hilly miles each way. 2-3 times a week, anymore than that and it just becomes a ballache. Quite often stick another 20 miles on Friday afternoon if I can be arsed.
Not that pleasant a route for me though busy rural a roads, so pootle through flat lanes might be more appealing more oftenPosted 3 months agomarkwsfMember
8 miles here – usually go the longer way which makes it closer to 10, but in decent weather go the “nice” way which is 12 ish – all routes fairly undulating.
I personally would not worry about a 13 miles flat commute – either take it easy and cruise in, or occasionally ride it hard / go the long way to get a training ride in.Posted 3 months agomdavidsMember
16 flat miles each way, mixture of cycle track and quiet-ish roads. Takes an hour give or take 5 mins. Been doing it regular for about 6 years now and I aim for an average of half my commutes by bike. Might do it 4 times one week then 1 the following etc. It spoils my weekend riding if I do it too much though and I’m fighting tired legs instead of smashing out a good pace. I’m generally stopped by a horrible headwind on the way home or a crap nights sleep.Posted 3 months agowinstonSubscriber
15 miles each way with one big hill in the middle. Mixture of on and off road over the south downs.Posted 3 months ago
Currently only twice a week as it takes too long for me to be later home every night when kids need to be taken places etc. I can pick my days though and if its turned proper nasty over the day can always jump in the works van and drive home! Love it and would do it every day if I couldtwistedpencilSubscriber
7.5miles each way, pretty flat, it’s the only way I’ll go into the office now, even if I’m on site in the morning I’ll drive home and ride in to save sitting in traffic at the end of the working day.
I have a spare set of gear at work if I get soaked on the way in, I’ve only used this once this year and that was last week. Dodged today’s bad weather by being at a meeting 🙂
Would happily double my commuting distance and ride in daily.Posted 3 months agow00dsterSubscriber
About to move where it will be 12 miles each way, but 12 busy horrible miles. About 5 miles of busy A road leading to very busy city roads.Posted 3 months ago
My aim is to ride every day, but can imagine if it’s pouring down I won’t bother.
Prior to this I did 5 miles daily, but that was good roads and cyclepaths so was enjoyable.easilyMember
About 5km each way if I take the short route, 8km if i take the fun/pretty route. I usually do the short route to work and the fun one home.Posted 3 months ago
My longest commute was Hove to Newhaven. It was fine on a good day, awful when the tide was up and the crosswinds got stronger.devbrixSubscriber
Drive 26 miles from home to a free city park and ride and then get my Brompton out of the boot and cycle 3.5 miles to work come rain or shine or whatever the temperature. Miles quicker to get in and out of work than sitting in the city traffic jams and saves £300 a year on parking charges at work. Pretty flat so don’t change but judge what else I will need to wear depending on temperature mostly. Have a 25l Osprey backpack for laptop, iPad, lunch, spares and always have a full set lightweight waterprooofs packed.Posted 3 months agokcrMember
My current commute is 4 miles each way, very convenient and I can just ride in my office clothes. My longest commute was about 12 miles each way, so I’d say your proposed journey is doable, as long as you are organised, but don’t underestimate the effort of doing that regularly before and after a working day.Posted 3 months ago
12 flattish miles each way. I’ll be honest, 4 times a week and I was knackered for any sort of big ride at the weekend. 3 was doable, 2 fitted in well with a big weekend ride and an evening pub ride with mates.
Can only do it once a week now and wish I could do more.Posted 3 months agotwowheelsMember
Only 5m for the last few years. I used to do a similar distance to what you’re pondering (14m) on mostly pleasant country lanes as a teenager. At first I got much fitter and enjoyed it but eventually decided it was too much and got a motorbike. During winter I basically had a permanent runny nose and tiredness. It came to feel like 225km/week of junk miles and I stopped riding extra at weekends. Much better doing it 2-3 times/week.Posted 3 months agohubamonsterMember
20 Miles each way, 2-3 times a week, all year round
If you have the time and a not too physical job its great. Its like going for a longish ride with a bit of work in the middle. Mentally its good, plenty of time to process thoughts and plan. Can eat loads. Sleep great.
Main downside is the time it takes, jobs/ things that need doing often get put off till the weekend. I hate driving now though, so must like itPosted 3 months ago
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