the marchetti wall

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the marchetti wall

Postby jules21 » Fri May 04, 2012 2:27 pm

the marchetti constant is the average amount of time humans spend travelling each daily, 1 1/2 hours. similarly, the Marchetti Wall is:
.. a psychological concept that describes the barrier against spending more than an hour traveling to work or home


do you think this applies to cycling? i spend about 1:20 riding each way to work, daily, and wonder if it is causing me undue stress. i love and look forward to riding, and don't need to convince myself to get on the bike at all, but this concept made me wonder.
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Re: the marchetti wall

Postby eeksll » Fri May 04, 2012 2:50 pm

via bus I like 1 hour door to seat. Gives me time to relax a little after the get up->rush, rush, rush->start work.

via bike 1 hour door to seat is atleast 45min riding on a normal day (slightly longer on a slow day), this is probably just a little too long for my liking. Especially for the trip back home. And if its unpleasant like really cold, major head winds then a 45min solid ride starts to become a bit tedious.

thats just me, I live in Adelaide, so obviously not so much used to the longer commutes of people from other states.

However, it's all different if I can ditch the commuter for the roadie in non-congested traffic.
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Re: the marchetti wall

Postby rkelsen » Fri May 04, 2012 2:58 pm

I don't think it applies because you're doing more than just traveling on a bike.

On PT or in a car, it is very different.
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Re: the marchetti wall

Postby jules21 » Fri May 04, 2012 3:07 pm

for me it's not the time spent riding - i enjoy that - it's more the reduced time in my day for other things. many days i get home and maybe cook dinner, do dishes, make lunch for tomorrow - and i'm off to bed. my wife calls me an obsessed cyclist :)

i do get run down, but i hate the thought of cutting back on my riding :?
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Re: the marchetti wall

Postby rkelsen » Fri May 04, 2012 3:27 pm

How long would it take you to commute by PT or car?

Bike is the quickest way for me.
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Re: the marchetti wall

Postby jules21 » Fri May 04, 2012 4:29 pm

bike is fine, i deliberately take a circuitous route that takes longer. i can make it 1/2 hour if i want but it's not enough :)
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Re: the marchetti wall

Postby dougalh » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:05 pm

45 mins by PT
11 mins is my current PB on my bike. I think it's an obvious choice. :D
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