Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Just wondering how early you guys / girls head off on your commute in the mornings ? I start work at 6:30 am so usually need to leave at 5:40 - 5:45 to ride the 10km to work and allow some time to change clothes and cool down. Usually I only see a maybe 3 cyclists on my route with most of them heading to the city or train station while I'm heading in the other direction.
I have a flexible start time and a 30k ride. I like to leave by 6.30 so it still feels a bit like early morning, and I can be at my desk around 8. Didn't work out this morning though - too much procrastinating over breakfast.
2011 Genesis Equilibrium 20, 2012 Felt F75, 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL, 2014 Wabi Lightning SE
I work shift work, so some days i might be on the road at 1am or other days later. Some shifts i am riding to work in the afternoon. So for me depending on what shift can be any hour of the day or night.
2011 Malvernstar xcs 1.0
2012 Oppy a5
2011 fm 015
I am working early starts/early finishes at the moment, so I am leaving home at 5:45am to be in the office at 7am. My commute is 26km each way. I see a couple of other cyclists on route, but I ususally see no other cyclists until I am at least half way to work!
'11 Lynskey Cooper CX, '00 Hillbrick Steel Racing (Total Rebuild '10), '09 Electra Townie Original 21D
6am on my commute for the early starts I do...it means little traffic, less buses in the bus lane to the city so i can sit in it most of the way in for a very quick ride in. on the ride home i wouldn't dare take military road back to manly ( side streets for me! ).
I aim to leave at 5:45. Sometimes it's earlier, rarely later. In Brissy that means I don't need to use my lights til about april or may
I start at 6:30 so I leave early too. I love that time of day.
wow everyone seems to go earlier than i thought!
5:30 for me
Newbie to the cycling world.
2011 Giant TCR Advanced W
I try to start before 6am. That way, there are still not too many motorists trying to get in or out of their cars by the time I get to Inner West.
I leave anytime between 5.20 and 6.15 all depending on far I want to ride.
I start at 7.15
It depends on the day and how early I want to be (or if I want to ride a little extra)... I start work at 8:30am so I can latest I can leave is 7:50am. Only take me 20 odd minutes to get to work, but then I like to have a shower and cool down etc.
i love my bike(s)
4.30 am to allow for things to go wrong, if they donâ€™t (touch wood) then I get plenty of time to cool down and eat breaky.
I start at 5.30am, my ride takes about 15 min give or take. But thereâ€™s also time to be added to get changed and to lock up my bike.
2012 Oppy A4
Gym mornings kick off at 6am for the 18km ride to gym. Normal no gym morning can leave as late as 6:45am.
Wednesdays will be crazy day, kick off at 5:1o or 5:15 to get to ride start point, cycle into city, out to Bondi and then back to city and the dreaded work station.
The government should just pay us to cycle around town looking hot.
Interesting how the big commuters are leaving well before sparrow's fart... I leave around 7:30-45 for a 8:50 start, 20 clicks in. Mainly to ensure I've got time for a rinse, I seem to get in within 50 minutes most days.
when I was cycle commuting, our normal hours were 8:30am-5:00pm with the flexi option of starting an hour earlier and finishing earlier. I used to aim to be at work at 7:00am to give me 30 minutes to shower, iron shirt etc. to get to work at 7:00am for a 20km commute I left around 6am, simply because I wanted to have a leisurely ride and have time for any issues that may arise like a flat tyre, though with Vittoria Randonneurs that never happened.
when I was training I used to get up around 3am in order to get a longer ride in before cycling to work, but that was only two mornings a week.
I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.
Geez you lot must all be morning people.
I start at 9 so leave around 8 to 8.10 and get to work pretty much on time. I'm crap in the mornings so a ride in is a good idea. That said I normally go to bed about 12.30-1am.
Riding: Cannondale Quick Speed 2
when i do shift work it's 2:35am leave time for commute of about 5k's to work, get to work in plenty of time , sit around have a chat have a few cups of milk,
7am typically, if I use my touring bike however I need to leave 6:45. I start at 8:30
Masi Speciale CX 2008 - Brooks B17 special saddle, Garmin Edge 810
6 on tuesday to start at 7, 5 on wednesday to start at 6. (I only work 2 days a week )
Iâ€™m most definitely not a morning person but I do like getting home at 2.30
2012 Oppy A4
I usually leave anytime between 6 and 7. It depends on what time I go to bed, and how many times I hit the snooze button in the morning. I don't start until 9 but if I leave any later than 7 I risk missing out on a spot in the bike locker down stairs. I've been leaving closer to 7 lately as I ease my way back into commuting but this morning there were only a few spots left.
Not this little black duck.
When driving in, I always leave before 6:45 to miss traffic (which isn't really that early).
Cycling is more traffic agnostic, so I can sleep in (no specific requirement to be at work by a time) and don't leave till ~7:30 or later (depending on when the youngest pushes me out of bed for her breakfast)
Having said that, I did have to come in early the other day; left at 5:40 and the ride in was bliss! Very little traffic, so I took all the main roads and cut 20min out of my 25k ride in!
I leave at 4-45am (no a little dark, no DLS) to fit in a 2km sea-swim on the way . Get to work just after 7am. Try to leave work by 3-30pm to miss the 5pm traffic. Home brew about 5-30pm!
On the rode by 5:30am and in the office by 7am.
Was interested in your comment as you must assume all commuters work in offices ! 9-5 !
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