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What is the length of your daily cycle commute?

LongshotLongshot Posts: 935
edited December 2019 in Commuting general
I searched but this doesn't seem to have been the specific topic of a thread for ten years.

I'm trying to figure out if I'm being really lazy or not, so, how far is your daily commute by bike?
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  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    edited December 2019
    65km round trip. Not many hills, I think it's 200m of climbing all in; it mainly follows the river and they don't do much in the way of uphill.
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  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,495
    edited December 2019
    10 miles each way - used to do it daily - life has changed - I don't get to do it daily now.
    Oh - it's 500' climbing each way.

    When I had/have time, I change the route to make it hillier and/or longer - iirc, the longest commute home was 35 miles.
  • figbatfigbat Posts: 680
    I don't do it daily, but if and when i do cycle to work it is:

    12 miles each way if going the most direct route, which needs a MTB or gravel bike
    Around 18 miles each way by road, taking the safest route that is longer but avoids a (IMO) dangerous road.

    Often the ride home is longer though, as I add extra loops to get the miles and enjoy the ride.
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  • davep1davep1 Posts: 755
    I don't ride every day either; for me it becomes a chore and takes the fun out of it if I go every day, especially at this time of year with triple the amount of clothes and trying to remember to keep everything charged.
    My shortest road route is 7 miles, but it is a horrible road which I avoid if at all possible. The next best option is around 10 miles, some of which are on proper country lanes. These are gorgeous in the summer or when it is dry, but at the moment and after rain, they are pretty crappy. They're also narrow, I got forced off the road by a car coming the other way that didn't give me any room a month ago, had a bad crash.
    In winter I rarely commute over an hour, but in the summer I either get up early or come home late and make it more of an adventure.
    I'm lucky in that I live 5 minutes from the South Downs Way, so can commute via mtb. This is always a minimum of an hour, the slower average speed sees to that. It's also a lot more climbing, but I often go ridiculous routes to get extra climbs in. I have done 500m on the way in to work, but the return is always more about survival.
  • ~9 miles per day, ~500' of climbing, longer route on way home to avoid busy roads mid afternoon which are tolerable 0600-0640.
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  • About 9 miles each way which I do on my old single speed.
    As I ride from South London to Croydon in the spring/summer I try to incorporate some of the local country lanes in my ride into work as you can't beat grabbing some scenic sunrise on The Ridge.
  • If I go the whole way, 21 miles each way unless I take a detour. Used to do that 2/3 times a week but now it's more like 2/3 times a year.
    On the rare occasion I cycle in now it's about 11 miles each way, or 7 if I'm late and need to go the short way down the main road.
  • kingstoniankingstonian Posts: 2,204
    48km round trip
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,979
    asprilla said:

    65km round trip. Not many hills, I think it's 200m of climbing all in; it mainly follows the river and they don't do much in the way of uphill.

    fark.

    Mine's 12km each way, takes ~40 mins in, 30 mins home.

    it's worth remembering Marchetti's constant
    "Marchetti's constant is the average time spent by a person for commuting each day, which is approximately one hour"
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  • Used to be 39 km round trip... now it's only 14 :)
    It's enough to keep decent fitness and I don't seem to get as many colds as I did. When the weather is passable, I tend to take a longer way back
  • just a smidge under 30km each way with 180metres ish of hills but I only do it 2 or 3 times a week because it takes twice as long as the motorbike and I sometimes need to be back in time to collect the kids from school and stuff.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,052
    My wife does 27miles (there and back) three days a week, sometimes four. I'm quite envious of her commute as it is much longer and much flatter than mine. Her fitness is very good as a result. I make mine up by doing 50/60 miles on Sundays but she still rides more than me.

    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing but in the summer I take it out to about 8-10 miles and 1200 feet. In this weather and time of year it is there and back as quick as possible so it involves mostly busy urban roads, but the traffic is slow so I don't mind.


  • Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites

  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,495



    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites



    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites

    yer - but think of the return leg ...
  • 45 miles round trip,only 2 or 3 times a week this time of year.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,254
    edited December 2019



    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites

    Photonic69 could live near Petersfield and commute to Hawkley up Bell Hill cat3 hill, or live near Morestead Rd on the edge of Winchester and head along ~50% of the Morestead/Belmore/Stakes/Corhampton Lane (same road changes name) "rollercoaster."

    Imagine if you lived near Prestatyn train station and commuted to Gwaenysgor up Fforddlas and Hillside.. ~0.9 miles and 600'. :open_mouth::lol:
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  • hopkinbhopkinb Posts: 5,685
    15.6km, 17.9 km or 27.9 km are my main routes, so minimum of 31km per day. At this time of the year, the longer route is rarely used. I have been known to ride >60km to work, and I did 80km on the way back once.
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    round trip of 48km give or take: extended in the Summer, sometimes shortened in the Winter
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,052



    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites

    Haha! If only! My commute is 3/4 flat and 1/4 going up a hill that averages 9% for over a mile! Certainly warms me up on these recent mornings.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,052
    slowbike said:



    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites



    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites

    yer - but think of the return leg ...

    Exactly! My return home is almost half the time of my commute to work! 1/4 of the way freewheeling! The rest is flat with a couple of little rises.
  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,482
    14 miles each way daily so 140 miles a week - around an hour door to door.

    Very rare that I get the train in, and doing so involves over 3 miles of walking so isn't much of a rest.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,052



    Mine is just over 4 miles (one way) and 615 feet of climbing .

    What??? That's the kind of climbing per mile you get when riding in the Dolomites

    Photonic69 could live near Petersfield and commute to Hawkley up Bell Hill cat3 hill, or live near Morestead Rd on the edge of Winchester and head along ~50% of the Morestead/Belmore/Stakes/Corhampton Lane (same road changes name) "rollercoaster."

    Imagine if you lived near Prestatyn train station and commuted to Gwaenysgor up Fforddlas and Hillside.. ~0.9 miles and 600'. :open_mouth::lol:

    Nah! Down South on the edge of the Cotsworlds in a small city ;)
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,345
    26 miles return and 750 ft each way. 2 or 3 times a wk.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • joe2019joe2019 Posts: 722
    Half a mile with 400 feet of elevation



  • Nah! Down South on the edge of the Cotsworlds in a small city ;)

    Bath?
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440

    asprilla said:

    65km round trip. Not many hills, I think it's 200m of climbing all in; it mainly follows the river and they don't do much in the way of uphill.

    fark.

    Mine's 12km each way, takes ~40 mins in, 30 mins home.

    it's worth remembering Marchetti's constant
    "Marchetti's constant is the average time spent by a person for commuting each day, which is approximately one hour"
    Closer to three hours for me, once you take into account all the showering and faffing about. If I took public transport it would be about the same; 15 minute walk to the station, 25 minute train to Waterloo and then either walk to St Pauls or queue for the Waterloo & City Line. add on 10 minutes for buying tickets and waiting on platforms.
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  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,052




    Nah! Down South on the edge of the Cotsworlds in a small city ;)

    Bath?
    It is a hilly city!
  • 2016-2018
    14.6miles (50min) each way, 750-850ft elevation gain (three big hills), 4x week.

    This year (change of job)
    2.6miles (12min) each way, 260ft elevation gain (one big hill!), to train station 4x week.
    20miles (70min) each way (whole way to work by bike), 1100ft elevation gain. 1x week, definitely unfeasible to do daily.

    Next year (moving home)
    10miles (guessing 35min) each way, 760ft elevation gain, 1x week to one work site
    16miles (guessing 60min) each way, 1100ft elevation gain, 4x week.

    I used to have 80s 5 speed touring bike but it got converted to SS very quickly due to wear & tear and lack of time for constant maintenance!

    My rule of thumb is I'm happy to cycle upto 60min each way. Any longer, I find it tough to sustain daily due to lack of recovery time.
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    17 miles each way, but can easily extend to 20 with a quick half loop in Richmond Park.
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  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,044
    edited December 2019
    22km 400m climbing per day, 5days a week.
    Possibly to the same destination as photonic.
    - edit : Ah yes, I vaguely know him.
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