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Cyclists - how far do you commute to work?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BoyceyLDN, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 29, 2003

    Posts: 50,343

    I'm 61 and always known it as Vehicle Tax or VED
  2. ThaReaperGuy


    Joined: Aug 17, 2012

    Posts: 6,580

    Location: Tamworth, UK

    6 miles each way, so 11 miles wouldn't be too bad once you've done a week or 2 of it. Especially if you ride on weekends as well.
  3. sniperone

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 6, 2009

    Posts: 1,384

    Location: Essex . UK

    17 mile round trip daily up some pretty step hills and 3 miles through a nature reserve . Love it though keeps me in shape .
  4. physichull


    Joined: Sep 22, 2008

    Posts: 9,315

    Location: Warrington

    8 miles each way. Takes about half an hour depending on traffic. I try and do it most days, even with bad weather but I never cycle when its frosty or icy. That's just plain foolish.
  5. JonnyT

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 2,126

    Location: Cambridge

    Strictly a Spring-Autumn cyclist, but when I do, it is 17.4 miles each way (34.2 miles round trip). It is in Cambridgeshire, so there are no hills to speak of, and I am blessed with a brilliant off-road tarmac'ed cycle way which runs alongside the (infamous) Cambridgeshire Guided Bus Rout from St Ives (Cambs) to Cambridge, which covers most of the route. On my hybrid (fatter, semi-treaded tyres, not a eBike) I can do it in close to an hour when the wind allows (assists with a tail wind, or is absent!) and I really do enjoy it and get into it during the warmer, lighter months.
  6. Bear


    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 12,552

    Location: Bucks and Edinburgh

    A lot of us do have insurance. As most club cyclists often require British Cycling membership which is about £40 it covers you for third party liability insurance as well as gives you discounts etc. so its a no brainer really (Im not a club cyclist but do have British Cycling membership)
  7. moon man


    Joined: Nov 17, 2003

    Posts: 3,024

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    When I lived in West Yorkshire I worked on the canal side in Elland and found a cycle path and canal side route from Heckmondwike then just roads in early hours of morning on way back 27 miles ish
  8. FortuitousFluke


    Joined: Jul 7, 2011

    Posts: 4,050

    Location: Cambridgeshire

    I used to do 12, then an hour on the train, then another 3 each way. Prior to that it was 8 each way. I reckon 11 with no other legs would be a dream for me these days!
  9. bimbleuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 10, 2009

    Posts: 1,808

    Location: Gloucestershire

    ~20 miles each way 3 times a week but that can vary as the shorter route is the busiest and the longer routes are down country lanes so much more pleasant in summer. I have showers at work though and an area to dry my clothes so that's a huge advantage as I can do the ride in just under an hour and not worry about being a smelly mess the rest of the day :)

    Plus I have a set of clothes at work to change into so I carry only bits I need to keep protected or make repairs on route. That doesn't happen so often now I've changed my wheels, tubes and tyres to find a more resistant combo.

    My "night" kit consists of a Torch T2 helmet (front and back light panels) plus 2 rear lights and a bright front LED with large battery pack (shrouded to stop dazzling). I start early to work.

    Basically I have a section in my kitchen with a clothes rack and bins just for my cycling kit! Oh and a cycle repair stand to make regular serving easy.

    I used to save ~£400 a year in diesel but not so much now I'm driving an EV.
  10. grudas


    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,759

    Location: West sussex

    used to do 10-15 miles each way for 4 years straight

    no problems, literally went from no cycling to cycling 5 days a week, the first couple of weeks were painful but after that I got used to it and had no issues.

    e.g. of one of my old commutes..

  11. Begbie


    Joined: Oct 20, 2004

    Posts: 23,762

    Location: .....

    Guy at work got his hip and femur broken. Bed bound for months.

    Now back cycling, 6 months(ish) later.
  12. Shadowness


    Joined: Sep 17, 2006

    Posts: 2,923

    Location: Gloucestershire

    About 15 miles each way for me (the most direct route).

    In nicer weather I normally extend that to 20-30 miles, depending on what training I have at the weekend.
  13. robfosters


    Joined: Dec 1, 2010

    Posts: 34,879

    Location: Welling, London

    Can’t you give us an idea of where this is from and to?
  14. platinum87


    Joined: Nov 25, 2007

    Posts: 4,965

    Location: London

    Good cycling.

    Makes me want to fix my bike, used to do 8 miles through central London each way for like almost 4 years.

    Our paths cross at marble arch.
  15. randomshenans


    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 11,647

    Location: France, Alsace

    10km each way. 18 min on a great day with no traffic.
  16. grudas


    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,759

    Location: West sussex

  17. [FnG]magnolia


    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

    Posts: 26,526

    Location: Comme Des Garcons

    This is a pro-click, folks.
  18. grudas


    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,759

    Location: West sussex


    I kinda miss it and kinda don't, had some great rides, made some great friends etc.. want to get back on the bike but for fun rather than commuting.
  19. TallPaul_S


    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,781

    Location: Kent

    There's no way I'd commute by bicycle in London. Motorbike, yes. Cycle, no chance.
  20. Ranger07

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 26, 2007

    Posts: 1,156

    I do 20 miles each way, it's tough to begin with but your body adapts quickly, I'm now skinny and can eat pretty much whatever I want, feel fit and get sick less often.

    For me it has been win win.