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    How do you define "Commuter" in this forum?

    Going to work using your bike?
    Just biking using public roads alongside other cars?
    Biking your way to the trail?

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    I'm not aware of any rules I'd say using your bike for transportation.

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    No rules. I like the 'transportation' definition. Transporting yourself to work is most common, but you can 'commute' to lots of stuff.

    "Work to live, live to ride, ride to work."
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    For me commuting is regular travel between home and work/school/.... Hence bike commuting is using a bike for this travel.

    Biking to the trail is not commuting in my opinion.

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    Yep, biking for transportation, rather than simply recreation. Whether it's to school/work or to the store or even to the bar, it doesn't really matter.

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    Great examples here. How about anytime you use a bike instead of using the auto?

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    I think frequency is a big part of it.

    You frequently ride to get from point A to B (and maybe C, or A', or whatever).

    It doesn't have to be daily, but you do it often enough that you learn the best route and your various options. You learn what sort of traffic to expect. You learn what clothes you need for the given weather conditions, and how icky you're going to be when you get to your destination.

    Of course some people may commute once a year on bike-to-work-day which is great, but it's not generally what we talk about here.

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    Bike + travel to or from someplace = commuting.

    I agree that there has to be some repetition to the activity, though. The folks who ride to work one day a year for bike to work day - not commuters. Ride to the beer shop once a week and maybe to work two or three times a summer? Yeah, I suppose so. Biking to the trailhead - that's a bit of a gray area, ain't it? Normally I would say, no that's not commuting, but if you normally drive to the trailhead and decide to ride that trip instead, that could be considered a commute - travel by bike when you would normally drive.

    But does it really matter? If you want to call yourself a bike commuter when you ride to work/store/school/wherever not strictly for recreation once a year? Be my guest.

    I think most of us here are a bit, well, fanatical about transporting ourselves by bike so we wouldn't call that commuting for our own purposes, but we all started with a single ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Biking to the trailhead - that's a bit of a gray area, ain't it?
    I think an important part of "commuting" is that when you get to where you're going you have to get off of your bike and do something else - no matter how sweaty and gross you may be. Biking to the trailhead is really just going for a longer bikeride.

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    Pretty much nearly anyone who will post here. We're an inclusive rather than exclusive community.

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    Watch and learn from the masters. . .

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    com·mut·er [kuh-myoo-ter] noun

    1. a person who commutes, especially between home and work.

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    What if you prefer to bike on public roads alongside cars and the rest of traffic as a form of recreation is that considered commuting? An urban cyclist for example.

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    What's wrong with just calling it riding your bike?
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    What's wrong with just calling it riding your bike?
    Why name a sub-forum "Commuting" then? And why are you posting in this sub-forum for that matter?

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    Commute:

    verb

    1 [no object] travel some distance between one’s home and place of work on a regular basis:she commuted from Westport in to Grand Central Station

    2 [with object] reduce (a judicial sentence, especially a sentence of death) to one less severe:the governor recently commuted the sentences of dozens of women convicted of killing their husbands
    (commute something for/into) change one kind of payment or obligation for (another).
    replace (an annuity or other series of payments) with a single payment:if he had commuted some of his pension, he would have received $330,000

    3 [no object] Mathematics (of two operations or quantities) have a commutative relationship.

    noun

    a regular journey of some distance to and from one’s place of work.

    I think the key here is regular, daily travel between home and work or school. I really don't care who posts here. If someone rode their bike to work one day this year and wants to talk about it, more power to them! If someone is even a little curious about riding a bike for part or all of their commute then I think they are welcome here. I liked the comment that this forum is inclusive rather than exclusive. I see very little arguing, posturing, preaching or troll like behavior on this forum; I like it. Okay maybe a little bit of preaching, but mostly the "preaching to the choir" type.
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    Maybe we could change the name of this thread to "The Philosophy of the Commuting Forum, and who has a right to post there"

    I agree with MTBX that we don't really care who posts here. And nemhed that if you rode your bike to get from one place to another and had questions or comments then this is the place to talk about it.

    Gundam168, why do you ask?

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    Lately, I don't see myself as a bike commuter. I rode bikes to get to school on and off through high school and college and again for my graduate degree, and to work on and off in between. So at the time, I was. Hopefully I'll be able to arrange my life to make it feasible again. For now, when I ride a road bike, which I do on the same public roads as everybody else, I'm quite content to call it cycling, or just say I'm going for a ride. I don't see any shame in that. You've as much as said that your motivation is riding for pleasure, and I think a lot of us get into it that way and then add commuting when it becomes feasible or we realize it's been feasible all along.

    Something I find useful about this forum is that it's hard to find other groups that can talk about fenders, racks, bags, lights, etc. And, I like to think I have useful information to share on occasion. Aside from a brief period when I could leave enough stuff at my office and had a secure place to leave it to ride in on a racing bike, I've also always found it useful to have a bike dedicated to commuting.

    It seems that this is also a good forum for mountain bikers who don't want to join roadbikereview.com or bikeforums.net to come and ask road bike questions.
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    Good points all around. This sub-forum does seem to be the best place on MTBR to discuss the practical issues of regular transportation by bicycle, whether you call it commuting or not. I also have a tendency to gravitate towards the the bikepacking sub-forum for similar reasons, although I don't consider myself a bikepacker. I feel like somewhat of a fraud calling myself a mountain biker since the vast majority of my biking miles are back and forth to work, but I'm definitely not a roadie. Everything I ride has at least 2 inch wide tires.
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    Weather, clothing, drivers, route selection, lights, safe riding practices, bicycle infrastructure (or lack thereof), how to carry something bigger than a toolkit, durability of parts, retro-grouch parts...

    Those are some of the common topics around here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundam168 View Post
    What if you prefer to bike on public roads alongside cars and the rest of traffic as a form of recreation is that considered commuting? An urban cyclist for example.

    Any ride you start and end in the same place without stopping for work or errands would be a recreational ride in my opinion. I think gmats definition is about the simplest and best-

    "How about anytime you use a bike instead of using the auto?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Any ride you start and end in the same place without stopping for work or errands would be a recreational ride in my opinion. I think gmats definition is about the simplest and best-

    "How about anytime you use a bike instead of using the auto?"
    By this definition, I'm not a commuter then. But I do sympathize with all the travails of bike commuters everywhere.

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    Riding is a route back to health for me, it is not recreational in the usual sense, it is my job. Some rides do replace the use of a car. My cycling fits the usual travails of the commuter. Maybe not as regular, but I try. In that sense, if you feel at home here, you are welcome.

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