I'll be starting very soon: 13 miles, in London.
If anyone asks me if I'm nuts I fully intend to reply "£180/month to TfL? Are you nuts?"
Don't wait start now!
My advice would be ride in the whole way and back one day/week. Then two days etc.
Don't faff about with halfway journeys because it will be pretty hard to get your bike in the car, take the car half way, getting bike out of the car, and then mess about getting kitted up for your bike. Best laid plans go to waste and all that.
Get up earlier than you need to, get dressed, eat some thing, get on your bike.
No one says you have to cycle hard the whole way, just plod for the first few rides. You will naturally want to go at your fastest possible 'plod pace' anyway. Your undercarriage might be sore for a couple of days but it will soon toughen up.
Seriously tho, just do it. Good luck.
great posts above. especially CiB. realyl appreciate how you've broken it down for me. so can i just confirm.....no moatter what my fitness level is right not, i should just go for it, use up all my energy to get there and use the time at work (office work) to recover and then do it again after work??
i am gonna go on the weekend half way and back, as i've mentioned earlier and i'm sure once i can do that then i'll start doing it from next week maybe the week after.
how did you get on Azhar?
Building up slowly is the way to go.
Here's my story... bought a folding bike Feb 2011 to get from home to the train station (2 miles) and then from the station to work at the other end (5 miles). Quickly realised I enjoyed cycling more than sitting on the train, so gradually cut down distance by train and increased distance by bike.
After doing this for 6 months I just decided to ride the whole way home one day. 30 miles on a folding bike wasn't too comfortable, but I got such a sense of achievement from it, I decided to make it a habit bought a £600 road bike.
Now I cycle all the way to work (60 mile round trip) twice a week and I'm moving up to make that three times a week. The road bike has paid for itself twice over in saved train fares and I feel great!
Do it! I currently live outside of Bristol, a pretty hilly area if anyone on here knows it. And my commute is 12 miles, on average it takes me about 45minutes on a road bike. Give or take 10mins in the rain or conditions are great.
Now if i were to drive the same route it takes me nearly 30minutes on a traffic free day! When theres traffic as there usually is at rush hour it takes me 1.5 hours easily.
Fitness is always an upside of cycling, 2 hours exercise on your way to and from work. Well you won't feel quite so guilty about giving the gym a miss in the evenings and putting those legs up for a rest!
Give it a few weeks and you will be in tip top shape in no time to start beating your own time!
Most importantly, i find it relaxing. I finish a days work and get stressed out stuck in traffic in my car. And when im on my bike i have a big fat grin on my face and i literally think about nothing but me and my bike. So when i get home i have forgotten all about works stresses!
A few tips by the way, if your work hasn't got shower facilities, baby wipes for your back underarms and chest work miracles for a quick clean without smelling like a cyclist
Also something i found out the harder way, rather than splashing out an extra £100 on that slightly fancier bike, make sure you have some cycling shorts (Lycra or baggy, get some with a chamois). I thought they were the gayest thing in the world, which they still are. But your censored will thank you so much!
PACE yourself, and use your gears up those hills. If you find yourself arriving at work thinking that was easier than expected on the return journey push it a little bit.
I heard the same phrase you have mentioned and i can honestly say it's never as bad as what everyone tells you.
Have fun, and you won't look back!
Oh and congratulations on your first trip, in a few weeks you will feel so lively you won't stop!
...i finish work at 1600-1615. and the roads are very very busy,. i'm jst concerned about upholding traffic when i'm going uphill and struggling that sort of thing. does that sort of thing put u slightly off??