Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
The commute is the ONLY thing I miss about working in a regular job (ie one away from home). It was always the highlight of my day - which says lots about how much I enjoy my ride - and my job!
I actually wish I lived in Sydney or somewhere disgusting like that
On the bike it takes me about as long as it does to moped it, maybe slightly quicker than driving. But I'd love to be able to actually MAKE up some time on my car-based commuters.
It's 10k from home to work.
Going by bus takes me 45 mins door to door (at best) - two buses.
By car can be anything from 15 to 55 minutes depending on traffic, time of day and ratio of idiot drivers on the road.
Bike is 35 mins max plus about 5 mins to get changed when I get there. So not as quick as a good day in the car, but not as slow as the quickest bus and nowhere near as slow as the car on a bad day.
(I've never walked it )
As pax said, the rain puts me off, however I am working on a solution, I have an old 10 speed that I have stripped back and will paint up and service so I can have a rain bike
12km each way - great ride and love it. For the Brisbanites me and a mate from work usually hit Mt Cootha before work on a Tuesday to get some climbing practice in. Ride to Cootha, do the front road, back to work in the city 1hr 40 ish and a great start to the day
Peugeot Iseran - Geared Bike
Peugeot Versailles - Fixie
Peugeot U08 - Poser
Repco Nishiki - Single Speed
Sometimes ... those 40 km/h + headwinds can be a bit off-putting.
The other day I had to drive my long commute (42 km)... it was a pain and actually only took about 15 minutes quicker than the bike.
Driving to work was part of the reason I now work from home - but cyling is a better prospect. I currently visit clients and suppliers by cycle, and run deliveries with the trailer on. Gotta love the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.
This is Melbourne, what's rain? I've got wet once in the last 12 months.
Riding to work is the only way that I have time to do any significant exercise. The best thing is that having only one car compels me to ride - it's either ride or walk!
Someone once asked me, "What do you do when it rains?"
"I get wet."
It's the wind more than the rain that makes it a chore.
++1 I agree with you regarding both the rain and the bloody wind. I've had a howling gale (well for push bikes anyway ) all last week and this week is looking the same way.
Took the family riding yesterday and my poor little 7 year was really struggling in the face of 30 to 40+ kph head winds, it even blew her over once, but she's a trooper and only had to walk up one hill and manage to ride the rest of the way.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity!
Am new to this forum but wanted to just say that I too love the commute... only just started riding to work and try only to do it every other day to make sure I don't over do it... but those days that I'm stuck in a car it feels like hell.
I look forward to hopping on the bike at the end of the day and forgetting about work and just enjoying the exercise.
parking in the city is too expensive, and difficult to find.
riding the train feels like being herded like cattle, while smelling the smells of.. christ can humans smell that bad on a train?! :S
riding is fun, cheap, and keeps my fit, so I do it everyday to work
summary - agreed, its awesome, ill never stop as long as im able.
If I had to regularly get a train as part of my commute I would get a folding bicycle. Getting my 26" mountain bike with it's panniers, etc onto a crowded train is an absolute nightmare.
My daily commute from Queanbeyan to Canberra following a number of different routes is very scenic and a fantastic way to start and finish a day. Even if the start is sometimes -5c. I have ridden in rider friendly Europe and can only hope that eventually Aussie drivers and infrastructure bosses will see the sense and benefits of pedalling. BTW and because of cycling, I am now NOT one of the ADF Hot Chicken Heroes.
Something else that's totally awesome about commuting - never getting sick. I used to get maybe 2-3 colds a year, but since starting to commute 2 years ago I haven't got sick once. I put this down to mostly not having to get public transport, but probably being fitter helps too.
Same here. I rarely get sick.
Also today on my ride on the cycleway between Nth Ryde and Lane Cove there were HEAPS of cyclists out for a change. Usually I only see less than 10 but there were decent bunches at each road crossing.
Avanti Quantum, Salsa Casseroll, Specialized Tricross
Not only does it save me time (about 15 mins each way) but its also for my health.
I have let the weight creep on over the years because I never seemed to have any energy to exercise after work. Traveling by public transport is not only expensive and time consuming, it takes away my exercise time.
Cycle commuting saves time, money and I can exercise for up to 1 1/2 hours every day!
I find it really convenient to just jump on my bike in the morning and ride to work whenever I want. No more standing around waiting for the bus.
I am energized all day and always motivated to exercise.
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