Commuting by bike – a happy 3 year adds-up
Just got to thinking today. It’s been just over 3 years since I moved to North London.
It was the catalyst to buy a bike which I got a good deal on (bike to work), put some of my parts bin stuff back out there, got me building a wheel jig and my first two wheels. I love the bike, enjoyed it a huge amount on the commute and loads more rides besides, big and little, on and off road.
Just on the commute alone, I’ve done about 7,500 miles, saved about £4,400 in tube tickets and, because it’s quicker by bike, I’ve spent an extra 26 hours in bed with my wife.
Aren’t bikes great? 😀
Thank you, bike!
Posted 4 years ago
I think I know what you mean, ton. Almost like free miles, free fun?
If I get the tube home, I don’t really feel like I’m home, on my own time, until I’m walking up the stairs to the flat, jangling my keys in my pocket. But on the bike, it’s as soon as I’m turning the pedals. 🙂Posted 4 years agoahwilesSubscriber
i’ve had a head full of stinking cold all week, so i’ve been driving to work.
i’m looking forward to feeling better, i’m looking forward to getting back on the bike even more…
ska-49 – Member
I’m about to start my bike commuting career. Can’t wait!
Only 9 mile (flat) round trip mind.
perfect, you can get home quickly when you need to, you can go exploring when you want to.
ned! – any pics of your bike now(ish)?Posted 4 years ago
Nice ned, real nice.
I have stayed in my current job probably longer than I should have done, because I HATE the thought of not being able to ride to work…
Been doing it for 7+ years now and have probably covered over 16,000 miles on the streets of North and Central London.
Love it, rain or shine. I can probably think of two occasions, out of hundreds and hundreds, where I haven’t enjoyed it.
Still not spotted you though Ned.Posted 4 years ago
jack, it’s one of the things that makes me realise how much I love cycling.
One of the others is the last half minute of the 1945 Raleigh ”How a bicycle is made” film
“There are bicycles for all purposes, suitable for men, women, boys and girls… a bicycle is a comfortable and cheap way of getting about; a great boon to man. Ideal for shopping, easy to park, handy for work.
A faithful friend, ever-ready to take tired workers back home, and after work: to bring relaxation, health and happiness.”
There I go again, soppy bastard…Posted 4 years agonumber18Member
I’m about to start commuting a few times a week, it’s 8.5 miles each way with some tasty uphills, the last one though is a fairly decent descent through Dewsbury golf course (on the way there). Just need to make sure the showers down in the factory at work aren’t too grubby (can’t be worse than a portakabin at Sands Lane football pitches!) and there’s somewhere to leave some work clothes and toiletries for the week… oh and that the guys in the warehouse will keep an eye on my bike…. and I need a brighter front light.
Hmm, need to get my act together.Posted 4 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Nice thread – and lovely bike. I’ve not commuted this week and really miss it; just having a busy one at and after work. It’s 22.5 miles each way, so once a week, twice in the summer gets some decent extra miles in.
Ton – reckon you’ve got it there in your first post, fella. Just stuck some 28mm tyres on the Tripster ready for the worst of the weather. Can’t wait 🙂Posted 4 years ago
hot-fiat, what started me thinking was realising I’d not been overtaken by single motorised vehicle for the whole 6 miles in, and the same back home again, even on the hills. 20mph zones and traffic. Not an ideal bike ride, to be honest, but way more ideal than the tube!Posted 4 years agosobrietyMember
I’m 31 and have been cycling to work since I was 16 as well, including a stint of riding 200odd miles a week across London.
I’m working in the US at the moment, and wangled it so that I could take my commuter with me, 9.5 miles each way on mixed roads, the drivers are actually far more careful/courteous than back home which was a surprise.
Everyone thinks I’m mad, but then again Englishmen are supposed to be eccentric…Posted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Top thread. Started commuting on a BMX at 16. Nearly 30yrs later I still get exactly the same buzz. There really is nothing like it. Some mornings when I walk in & all the tin boxers are sipping tea, I feel I’ve been privvy to something special. My commute isn’t far, but it’s a school run then work run combined. Early in the new year it will double in length to 4-5 miles. Can’t wait. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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