Why do you commute by bike?

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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby BeerRider » Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:24 pm

I love commuting by bike, apart from when it rains, because I hate going to the gym and the exercise I get from it helps offset my other enjoyments in life...... Food and beer!!

The main reason would definitely be the health benefit. I don't want to come home after work and have to get down to the gym to do a bit of exercise. This way I do it on the way to work and back, essentially giving me more time at home.

Last year I was working for a company which had a gym membership attached to the job, which I tried to use, but hated going to the gym. I started riding in 2-3 times a week which was 50km one way. It was a great start to the day and gave me a sense of fulfillment that the gym never gave me. The other two days I would catch the train 2/3 of the way in and then cycle the last 15km. I always finished work quite late, so it was better to catch the train home than test people's night driving.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Dropbear20 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:47 pm

Because I can...I love riding and wanted to do more than 1 ride on Sunday morning. Yes, there are a heap of other reasons but really I commute by bike so I can ride more.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Milar » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:10 pm

I'm almost embarrassed to say I've only started cycling to work full time this year. I've been at this house for over 5 years and at the same job all that time. My work has secure bike storage, shower and change rooms.If I go direct, it's 8.5km and a very safe route by Sydney standards. I now ride the "long" way which is a touch over 11km So why do I do it?

I'm finally fitting exercise into my schedule for virtually no time cost (3 kids under 5, demanding job, house renos and community work takes so much time)
We don't need to pay costs for owning 2 cars (~$5000 pa - nice tax free increase!)
I am more environmentally friendly
My wife loves the new body :D

So the real question for me is why did I think I couldn't do it earlier? To be honest I don't know anymore :roll:

Yes rain sucks, and cold mornings aren't my favourite but they are a small price to pay. Now I just need convincing to ride for fun and not just transport... maybe next year!
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Seventeen » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:57 pm

why? somtimes i wonder why too? for me a good ride home after work clears the head 8)
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby maDKient » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:59 pm

Because I love it.

Then there's health, environmental, practical, and emotional (see above :D) reasons.
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Why do you commute by bike?

Postby themerlin » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:28 pm

The money is more of an issue if you need to get into the city. Saved me $500 in a few months and that's only doing 3 days a week.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby GingaNinja » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:53 pm

Because my wife wrote off her car and so now is using mine. ;)

I love it that I "have to ride" but my wife keeps on giving me options out. It's not hard to resist because I do love to ride, commuting is great because you have a set destination and a specific purpose. And it gives me an excuse to enjoy a chocolate bar during the day. Pity my wife won't approve of me heading for a regular massage. Damn the papers reporting "happy ending" shops. :twisted:
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby tman » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:04 pm

Simply coz I love riding my bike. Its only a 5km commute and I can only do 2 days a week, unfortunately. The other three I drop the daughter off at daycare but I have on occasion dropped her off and gone back home to get to work by bike!
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby gretaboy » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:59 am

I commute for a number of reasons:

1) Distance is 45k's from home to office so I am saving heaps on petrol.

2) The exercise is great for the Mental health side and physical side..slowly dropping the weight

3) Dont have time after work to get to a gym or such due to family and such

4) Am loving the challenge of cycling and trying to better my times


Downside is that due to my route, I am pretty much risking my life every day due to the roads not being designed with cyclists in mind
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby thomashouseman » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:27 pm

tman wrote:Simply coz I love riding my bike. Its only a 5km commute and I can only do 2 days a week, unfortunately. The other three I drop the daughter off at daycare but I have on occasion dropped her off and gone back home to get to work by bike!


Get one of those bike kiddie trailer thinghamies and leave it at daycare and pick up in the afternoon on the way home.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Oxford » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:32 pm

thomashouseman wrote:
tman wrote:Simply coz I love riding my bike. Its only a 5km commute and I can only do 2 days a week, unfortunately. The other three I drop the daughter off at daycare but I have on occasion dropped her off and gone back home to get to work by bike!


Get one of those bike kiddie trailer thinghamies and leave it at daycare and pick up in the afternoon on the way home.

yep did that myself for a few years, kids enjoy it, good workout for you and of course you get the thrill of riding everyday.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby blossy84 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:44 pm

Oxford wrote:
il padrone wrote:
Oxford wrote:Seriously IP are you married? That is going to be one ugly conversation. :mrgreen:

Well, yes. But it's my wife who is the one that pulls the bike out to do the shopping, ride to church and who goes for a regular daily walk.
Yes but you are the exception it would seem. I wish I could get my wife interested in cycling, but not to be unfortunately, she like the moto version only.


It's the opposite in our house too.. I wish I could get my husband to ride with me or even walk with me, but he prefers to keep the couch warm.
i love my bike(s)

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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby blossy84 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:01 pm

I ride because I want to, because I like to.
i love my bike(s)

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Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Hux » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:55 pm

Riding for me freshens my mind before and after work. Plus how can you compare the joy of riding against the mindless train commute
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Oxford » Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:00 pm

Since I wrote that comment that erin quoted I've been hit by a car and suffered spinal injuries so have been banned from cycle commuting. so now I keep a bike at work, moto in and have a ride around the city path network before work. not quite the same but still feel better at work and at least the moto is still all the convenience of bicycling and half the price of public transport (BCC has free daily parking for motos in the CBD).
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:28 pm

erin wrote:I ride because I want to, because I like to. Because I must!


Fixed that for you :D
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby jules21 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:38 pm

because there's no publicly funded rehab program for bike commuting.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby blossy84 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:52 pm

Mulger bill wrote:
erin wrote:I ride because I want to, because I like to. Because I must!


Fixed that for you :D

perfect... thanks :D
i love my bike(s)

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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby tman » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:08 pm

Oxford wrote:
thomashouseman wrote:
tman wrote:Simply coz I love riding my bike. Its only a 5km commute and I can only do 2 days a week, unfortunately. The other three I drop the daughter off at daycare but I have on occasion dropped her off and gone back home to get to work by bike!


Get one of those bike kiddie trailer thinghamies and leave it at daycare and pick up in the afternoon on the way home.

yep did that myself for a few years, kids enjoy it, good workout for you and of course you get the thrill of riding everyday.


thought about it but her daycare is further out, I have extra stuff to lug and I don't know that I trust other motorists enough to ride with her in tow. Am slowly working up to it though!
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby teak81 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:52 am

The exercise. And to keep the kilometers down on my car.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Livetoride » Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:57 am

I think the the question should be, why wouldn't you commute by bike.... :D
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby SCF » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:46 pm

teak81 wrote:The exercise. And to keep the kilometers down on my car.


me too.
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby dino_onabike1969 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:12 pm

a year ago my car packed up...i decided to purchase a bike and commute to work...the look of disbelief people's faces was comical![it is a 54km round trip commute and i work as a chef so the work hours are long and tiring!]i can honestly say i went through the whole denial process of "you won't catch me in lycra" etc...blah blah blah...this lasted about two weeks!!lol!
i have commuted in all weather conditions this year and there have been some tough days!however the feeling of riding and experiencing the freedom of the road etc..is incomparable!i have ridden around 13000km to date and if the gods are smiling on me i will continue on!!!love my bike!see you out there!!Black Giant TCR 2 Composite....dino... :D
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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby Comedian » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:41 am

dino_onabike1969 wrote:a year ago my car packed up...i decided to purchase a bike and commute to work...the look of disbelief people's faces was comical![it is a 54km round trip commute and i work as a chef so the work hours are long and tiring!]i can honestly say i went through the whole denial process of "you won't catch me in lycra" etc...blah blah blah...this lasted about two weeks!!lol!
i have commuted in all weather conditions this year and there have been some tough days!however the feeling of riding and experiencing the freedom of the road etc..is incomparable!i have ridden around 13000km to date and if the gods are smiling on me i will continue on!!!love my bike!see you out there!!Black Giant TCR 2 Composite....dino... :D

Great story Dino :)
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Why do you commute by bike?

Postby westab » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:33 am

This morning I was wondering why I commute - the answer today is because I must.

Usually it is because I want to - but riding to work in the rain is OK - cleaning the bike is not fun. :(
Not fast, no style, but still get there.
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