Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 50 of 71
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    993

    What is your motivation to commute?

    Lose weight? Save money on gas? Help the environment? Stay in shape?

    I have a 4.5 mile commute each way, fairly easy along the Bay in Northern Ca. Mostly bike paths, easy. I still have a hard time sticking to it, and find I only do it a couple days a week. When I do commute though I feel so much better afterwards, it's the getting up earlier and gearing up that is hard!

    How do you motivate yourself or stay disciplined?

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation: matt1976's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    145
    The relay to my cooling fan went out in my vehicle. No problem, 30 minutes of my time and it's fixed right? Well, I had been looking for a way to motivate myself to ride to work more often and figured this was my chance. I didn't fix the car for 3 months and rode the 17 miles each way everyday. I became so used to the routine of riding that it is now easy. Take away the option of driving and it is amazing what you can do. I know this is kind of extreme, but it worked for me. Good Luck.

    Matt
    I'm here for the OT

  3. #3
    I got nothin'
    Reputation: hydrogeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    737
    Once you start commuting on a regular basis it becomes part of your routine, just like driving your car. My commute is short so I ride almost everyday to save the car, gas, environment, and keeps me in shape for MTB'g.
    I ride at ludicrous speed

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,541
    Its just easier for me, and faster I might add. I'm 6/10 of a mile from work. I have'nt driven to work in almost 8 years. CHEERS!
    Oldest daughter doesn't ride.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    4,674
    I don't use cars.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: analoguekid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    34
    for me it started as a way to save money on gas when it hit 4 dollars per gallon here in the midwest. I had also just put almost a grand into repairing the royal queen family truckster and realized that if that thing took the pipe, I've got no way to buy another car...gotta make this one last...
    Spring time here is glorious. a nice quiet ride 8 1/2 miles each way...also it's a great way to decompress before I get home from work...It only takes about 20 minutes longer to ride the bike than drive the car...PLUS...Hey! I'm getting a workout in 2 times per day!
    Now it's starting to pay off...I'm losing inches if not pounds, and summer is really a great time of year here...
    Now I'm 4 belt loops smaller, fall is great...the colors are slowly changing to...Winter...
    cold and dark on the way, and people keep asking how long I'm going to ride...I just tell them I'm riding tomorrow...
    I'm 43 and in better shape than any time in my mid 20's and 30's...I love my bikes and the time spent on them. It all starts one day at a time and becomes a habit that you don't want to break...Just keep going...

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Helmsdini's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    231
    I started commuting basically as a way to get regular exercise in my extremely busy schedule. I figured if I were exercising on the way to do something else it would enable me to do it more often and I was correct. Before this I would have to plan out bike rides on the weekends or run in the evenings after work.

    Its almost a game to me now.. I just like to see how long I can go and do it- just to sort of prove to people around me that they dont NEED cars to get around, and they dont HAVE to pay out the nose for gas if they have a little motivation. People know me now as a bike commuter and almost expect me to show up to work or wherever on my bike.

    I also ride competitively in the summer and see commuting as a way of doing some freestyle training. I am certainly not a slow and steady relaxed commuter. I am usually out there runnin' and gunnin' doing sprints on the way to work or whatever.

    Lastly it is an insanely fun way to get to and from different places. It feels good to know that I powered my own journey, and actually I am becoming more and more hesitant to drive at all because driving a car or "cage" as some people call them is just SO annoying. My blood pressure goes up instantly when driving with people cutting you off, going slow in front of you, not using turn signals, waiting to the last second to turn, etc. When I am on my bike I dont have to deal with any of that. It definitely lowers the bloodpressure to ride instead of drive.

  8. #8
    No-Brakes Cougar
    Reputation: Gary the No-Trash Cougar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    1,143
    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaa
    Lose weight? Save money on gas? Help the environment? Stay in shape?
    All of the above and then some! Until a couple of years ago, I never owned a car so I simply walked everywhere. Public transit down here on the Peninsula is rubbish. It's unreliable and a waste of money IMHO, so when I started working so close to home I stopped taking the bus and walked exclusively. Even after I bought a car I still walked most days of the week. Earlier this year though, I started having a lot of health problems like a bad cold that just wouldn't go away and didn't feel up to walking so I drove. Turns out I have Type-I diabetes. I started treating it, problem solved (well not really, but at least the cold went away). Then I started having problems with my feet and legs. Turns out I had planar fasciitis. Started treating it, problem solved but now I haven't been exercising or working out for months. I've been wanting to start biking to work anyway, especially when gas prices were sky rocketing. There was also the added benefit of reducing my carbon footprint and not putting so many miles on the car, plus the exercise does a lot to help with my medical condition. Money is tight too, but I was able to pick up a cheap bike from a friend at the beginning of October and I've been commuting to work on it everyday since. I feel great and look forward to getting up every morning so that I can ride. My only regret is that my commute is not longer!

    How do you motivate yourself or stay disciplined?
    It's easy. I have to get to work somehow, and it's so close that it's almost asinine to drive anyway. Also, I'm just now getting back into cycling after being away from it for 15 years so the desire to get back into shape fast is very strong with me. I have a lot of catching up to do!
    R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio ~ July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    180
    Parking is a PITA at school and the permit itself costs $150/semester. I probably save about twenty five minutes by riding vs. driving. So I save money on the parking permit and gas and overhead car expenses if we want to get into the details.

    Riding has just become instinctive at this point and I just reach for the bike when I go anywhere unless it's far away, then the car must come out of it's cave. Just force yourself to do it for a few weeks and maybe it'll become second nature to you too. OR sit down and calculate exactly how much money you'll save by commuting for a year or X amount of time.

    Plus, it's fun as hell.

  10. #10
    bicycle dreamer
    Reputation: That Geo Guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    133
    All of the above.

    Staying in shape, coming to work with that post-workout endorphin high, coming home with that post-workout endorphin workout high. You get to see a city on 2 wheels, and you become part of the environment, instead of just an obstruction in it. Employer benefits are always a plus, but I would be doing this regardless. It just makes too much sense.
    Moving the soul with two wheels.
    I have a slight cycling addiction.

    Now living in Nagoya City, Japan!

  11. #11
    I'm SUCH a square....
    Reputation: bigpedaler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,948
    There's a lotta answer for me to that question!

    Y2K, I took a new position with my employer, involving bikes (cheapos); the old high-school pre-car passion began to flare up again. I started to ride again for commuting. The joy kept growing!
    '04, my car went t!ts up, and a replacement wasn't in the budget, so I called the junkyard, sold the junk, and threw a leg over the bike every day since. I was already commuting every day possible anyway.... The only time I don't is when the snow/ice makes the surface conditions too hazardous.
    In '01, I read the 40th anniv. issue of Bicycling, and saw a piece that changed my life. A man in Ohio was still riding his bike 35-45 miles 3-4x/week...at AGE 95!!!!! I want to be that guy!!!!
    The joy is still there; the fitness gain is amazing, I feel 10 years younger than I am, the freedom from a car is like carrying sunlight...It's a toy, transportation, green, and the passion of my life, the only drug that's both addictive AND good for you, all wrapped up in one package.
    There's an article on this website titled 'Why Bicycles Are Better Than Women' -- being twice-divorced, I can really relate to this one...!
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

  12. #12
    dirtbag
    Reputation: ranier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    1,435
    I also live in the bay area and commute by bike everyday. The weather is mild all year long and my commute is short - a little over a mile each way - that I'd be a fool not to. I don't even get to work up a sweat so I just wear street clothes but put on bike shoes, helmet and gloves. My motivation is knowing I'm saving hundreds on gas.
    Amolan

  13. #13
    Squeaky Wheel
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    2,250
    18.5 miles each way, and a lotta hills. I do it for fitness.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    308
    I found that when I started commuting 4 outa 5 days a week I was totally hooked. My round trip commute is 27 miles and its been quite a way to learn my limits especially in the summer when I wanna do recreational rides on the weekends. At this point I dread using the car one day a week but theres a fine line between eating, the immune system, overexertion and fatigue that needs to be respected. Of course athletes consider my 15mph daily rides as junk miles but its almost effortless if I don't hammer a road bike and ruin it by riding fast. I also notice that when I'm spending lots of time with a girlfriend the amount of riding definitely gets cut back appropriately which comes loaded with lots of other baggage etc. .
    This winter it looks like I'm gonna be unattached for the first time in a few years so my weight will stay under 135 while I usually balloon up to 145 when partnered up. My resting HR is below 50, my age is above it. I don't ride for exercise, not even an issue.

    As far as the money goes, I'm storing a '94 car that runs like new as it hibernates most of the time. The only negative is the stupid ass liability insurance premium which always assumes you to be an average this or that so us cyclists get to pay for folks who play bumper car while they're texting. . .

    If you're starting out I would suggest relocation to an area where its mild and living less than 5-10 miles from where you need to get to each day. When I moved to Oregon from the bay area I was already a die hard commuter otherwise the weather might have discouraged me, not that its really bad here. You guys who commute in the midwest and all have my respect.

    When its pouring and 42 degrees I still get to ride a paved bike path all the way to work which we have to ourselves and laugh at sheople in cars as they cheer for bush monkey and his war pigs with their actions. Enough motivation for me!

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: OhioGuy82's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    52
    It's only 2.5 miles way. I save fuel and get a bit of exercise. Plus working at an auto parts store make is even better! I do have 2 cars, just figure riding the bike will keep some miles off!
    2002 Schwinn Aluminum Comp. Beater.
    2009 Gary Fisher Utopia - Commuter.
    2009 Trek 1.2.

  16. #16
    local trails rider
    Reputation: perttime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    12,228
    A variety of reasons:
    - one car in the family is enough and my wife often needs it at work
    - bus routes make that option more time consuming
    - it is only 5 miles or so
    - I have pretty nice route for riding to work
    - it puts me in a better mood in the morning than driving or taking the bus
    - it has become a habit

    This morning my wife asked if I want to take the car. My answer? "I'd really prefer to ride." So I rode on the dry and grippy snow of the paths, and got myself some fresh air.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    2
    Commuting by bike has so many benefits that is almost undeniable to pass up.

    I started commuting to school this fall semester and so far, I lost my gut, 13 lbs lower, feel great, saved 165 dollars on school parking, breathing fresh clean air. I don't even think about the gas i saved because I ride because its fun. How great is it to just ride to get to where you want to go without the stress in traffic? I get bummed when I reach my destination cuz my ride is over.

    I really get bummed when I walk out of class and realize I drove because I had to dress up for presentation =(.

    I am addicted for life...Stay safe and keep riding.

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    6,762
    I love to ride plain and simple. If it didn't I wouldn't do it. The rest of it is simply a side benefit. I've discovered that there are a pethora of reasons to start. But if you don't like it you won't stick with it. That's why I don't look at it as a "work out" or "a way to loose weight", or any of the other reasons you can think of. I love riding my bike! I can't think of any other motivator that would keep me putting up with idiot drivers, close calls, flat tires in the middle of a rain storm, snowy icey roads, sub-freezing temperatures, etc.

    Don't get me wrong, the other reasons for riding the bike to work are certainly valid and the benefits are real. But when it boils right down to it, don't you love the ride?

    Good Dirt
    "I do whatever my Rice Cripsies tell me to!"

  19. #19
    ol'guy who says hi &waves
    Reputation: fred-da-trog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    2,450
    60-70 miles round trip, once or twice a week, year round, for the last 10 years for...

    D. all the above
    .

    I may not have the best of everything, but I have the best everything that matters.

  20. #20
    Mantis, Paramount, Campy
    Reputation: Shayne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    4,655

    Training

    Its the only time I have to ride.

    I did it every once and a while for years but now that my schedule is more hectic it is the only chance I have to log miles.
    *** --- *** --- ***

  21. #21
    nothing relevant to say
    Reputation: Cracked Headtube's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,362
    I make a reward for my family if I commute at least 3 days. We save cash if I ride, so we'll go out for a nice dinner those weeks, come Friday. The wife works at Olive Garden, so we already eat there for nearly free.

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr. Mention's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    14
    I stay motivated through pure, unadulterated self-righteousness. Riding to work is the right thing to do any way you look at it. Anyone can drive a car.

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    269
    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaa
    Lose weight? Save money on gas? Help the environment? Stay in shape?

    I have a 4.5 mile commute each way, fairly easy along the Bay in Northern Ca. Mostly bike paths, easy. I still have a hard time sticking to it, and find I only do it a couple days a week. When I do commute though I feel so much better afterwards, it's the getting up earlier and gearing up that is hard!

    How do you motivate yourself or stay disciplined?
    Maybe yr bic is not that enjoyable to ride.. When I first I bought my commuting bic, the gear, wheel acceleration is not that good. I have a hard time climbing slope and poor acceleration makes me demoralise. Soon I have a massive upgrade on the bic. Changing the drivetrain, upgrade the wheel. I feel so happy everytime sitting on the saddle.

    It was a joy to ride it for commuting! I pick up speed easily. Going faster than motorist during jam. Always reach my workplace on time.

  24. #24
    Which way? Uphill.
    Reputation: nepbug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    826
    It gives me an excuse to own another bike and do more tinkering.

    I also like that for only a 35 minute net time hit I get 2 hours of exercise, it makes it easier to keep up with both running and riding.
    Blog

    Just keep spinning. Just keep running. Just keep paddling.
    Just keep moving forward.

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    735
    I started 'cause I just didn't want to get another car (and insure/maintain/etc... it). The car alone would cost a lot more than a bike (just for a baseline crappy ride of indeterminate reliability) and then there's all the care and feeding it would require.

    I continue 'cause I like it.

  26. #26
    can't get here by wishin
    Reputation: fredfight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    182

    another reason

    after a total of 34 mile commute... i get to eat whatever i want for dinner... and then there's the ben and jerry's addiction that i have to contend with as well... it's a great way to stay in semi-good shape and it's good for meditation... i don't listen to tunes, i just listen to the world as i go to and from work...

  27. #27
    mtbr member
    Reputation: seosamh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    329
    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaa
    Lose weight? Save money on gas? Help the environment? Stay in shape?

    I have a 4.5 mile commute each way, fairly easy along the Bay in Northern Ca. Mostly bike paths, easy. I still have a hard time sticking to it, and find I only do it a couple days a week. When I do commute though I feel so much better afterwards, it's the getting up earlier and gearing up that is hard!

    How do you motivate yourself or stay disciplined?
    as someone who commutes now and again(5.5 miles one way), over the last 13 working days i've cycled to work 11 of them, 8 in the one go, i can relate to you, it's hard when it's not a habit.

    but it's starting to get easier and more enjoyable, it's really just something you have to perservere with i'm learning, till you get into the habit, i'm actually grudgingly going to take tomorrow and friday off now as i want go a run on saturday offroad, really not looking forward to the bus or train tomorrow(not decided what to get yet).

    mainly my motivations are:
    - i'm about 220 pounds and the gut needs to go
    - commuting will make my offroad adventures much more enjoyable,
    - it's faster to commute, about 20/25 minutes
    - i'll save a little bit of money on bus/train fares, about £40 a month, not much but better in my pocket.
    - and last but not least i enjoy it, more so the more i do it.

  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    132
    More bike time=less car time. Great for the environment, better for the pocket book, plus it is far less stressful to commute than drive in a big city. I started commuting a couple days a week, and now it has turned into the way to get to work. I think since September I've driven to work 8 days, and a couple of those were because I was leaving town directly from work on a Friday. When I go on training rides during racing season, I can make my rides shorter, because I already have 45 minutes or so on the bike.

  29. #29
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    363
    I started to commute for one reason, but I continue to commute for a few different reasons.

    I started commuting to and from work because $4 a gallon was my "Something has to give!" point. So I spent $200 on a fairly decent entry level bike and started riding to and from work every weekday and all over town on the weekends. After logging just over 1,000 miles and comparing a lot of different bikes, I decided to upgrade to a nicer bike. At this point I had spent more money on bikes than I would have on gas had I never stopped driving. So I figured that if I biked 4 miles for every dollar I spent (an average of 16 mpg @ $4 per gallon), I could justify spending more money on another bike. So with $1,200 invested in bikes and 2,500 miles ridden this year, I still have to ride another 2,300 miles to make cycling cheaper than driving.

    *Now that gas has gone back down, I actually need to ride even more.*

  30. #30
    mtbr member
    Reputation: sanjuro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    2,005
    FTW, for real.

  31. #31
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,034
    I've commuted since I was a kid riding to school. It was natural to extend that habit when I began working. By that point, I was already accustomed to the usual hurdles: rain, snow, heat, traffic, mechanicals.

    These days, commuting is an easy way to maintain a fitness base, keep my weight down, and save money on gas/parking/auto maintenance. I don't have to get home, muster up my motivation, drag out the bike, get my gear on, and do a ride... it's already incorporated into my day.

    I can also opt to bust out my XC race bike and hit the nearby trails on my way to/from work, if I want to do some actual XC training With the weather turning colder, it's a great time to stay closer to home, and switch from road commuting to mountain commuting. Also, the trails are abandoned after dark, so I don't have to deal with hikers & dogs on the homebound commute.

  32. #32
    ♥ ς╥33£
    Reputation: longcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    488
    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaa
    Lose weight? Save money on gas? Help the environment? Stay in shape?

    I have a 4.5 mile commute each way, fairly easy along the Bay in Northern Ca. Mostly bike paths, easy. I still have a hard time sticking to it, and find I only do it a couple days a week. When I do commute though I feel so much better afterwards, it's the getting up earlier and gearing up that is hard!

    How do you motivate yourself or stay disciplined?
    My motivation is getting in shape and save money, and besides that I can spend money on cool bike stuff. But lately it kinda sucks to commute, today we got like 50cm of snow, makes it hard to pedal.
    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy
    Carbon is a fad.
    Quote Originally Posted by robicycle
    Just lube your ass with asscream and ride for how long you want.

  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Ktse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    395
    I bike because it's faster than walking, and more affordable than driving.

  34. #34
    Brackish
    Reputation: carbuncle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    1,782
    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaa
    Lose weight? Save money on gas? Help the environment? Stay in shape?

    I have a 4.5 mile commute each way, fairly easy along the Bay in Northern Ca. Mostly bike paths, easy. I still have a hard time sticking to it, and find I only do it a couple days a week. When I do commute though I feel so much better afterwards, it's the getting up earlier and gearing up that is hard!

    How do you motivate yourself or stay disciplined?
    I need cardio, and the only way for me to reliably get an hour of cardio multiple time a week is to commute. I used to be a no-car-having bike messenger for the better part of a decade, so it's always easy for me to get back into the swing of commuting if I've gotten lazy with it (or my schedule precludes it). How do I stay disciplined? Look in the mirror and then at a picture of me fro 10 years ago, does wonders for the motivation.

  35. #35
    Devo
    Reputation: SelfPropelledDevo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    3,617
    i've always used a bicycle, and my cars in the past have not been a huge priority in my life.

    in the last 5yrs, i decided to commit to a Bicycle only Lifestyle, simply to QUIT MY JOB.

    and ride my bike sans job for at least a year. so far i'm into it 15 months.

    d-
    www.AsanaCycles.com
    "Bicycle Lifestyle, realized." D.G.

  36. #36
    Bicyclochondriac.
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    13,384
    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaa
    Lose weight? Save money on gas? Help the environment? Stay in shape?

    I have a 4.5 mile commute each way, fairly easy along the Bay in Northern Ca. Mostly bike paths, easy. I still have a hard time sticking to it, and find I only do it a couple days a week. When I do commute though I feel so much better afterwards, it's the getting up earlier and gearing up that is hard!

    How do you motivate yourself or stay disciplined?
    Mostly for me it's a way to get a little more saddle time. I'm only 3 miles from work so it's only another 6 miles a day, but every bit helps. It takes about the same time as driving during peak traffic times. As a side benefit, I found that the bike is more convenient for pretty much any errands I have to run on campus, or near by.

  37. #37
    Bedwards Of The West
    Reputation: CommuterBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    5,434
    It's so completely a part of the routine now that it's a big pain to drive a car to work...If I don't ride the bike all my stuff gets put in the wrong place, my keys aren't where they should be in the left-hand external pocket of my backpack, my clothes wind up in the wrong place, my work shoes are at home and my biking shoes are at work, etc.

    As far as why I do it, for me it's less about saving the world or being in shape, and more about preparing for/decompressing after my semi-stressful work environment. I'm a better husband and daddy if I take out the day's agressions on the hills between work and home. Plus, I don't know where I'd squeeze in the time to exercise if I wasn't riding to work.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  38. #38
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    4
    cheap parking

  39. #39
    weirdo
    Reputation: rodar y rodar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    6,217
    I think SPD is on to a good idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    i've always used a bicycle, and my cars in the past have not been a huge priority in my life.

    in the last 5yrs, i decided to commit to a Bicycle only Lifestyle, simply to QUIT MY JOB.

    and ride my bike sans job for at least a year. so far i'm into it 15 months.

    d-

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation: seosamh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    329
    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I think SPD is on to a good idea!
    genius!

  41. #41
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    14
    Money, exercise, political expression, and a sincere desire to be Errol Flynn.

  42. #42
    banned
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    3,807
    well, i certainly don't commute 28 miles a day by bike to save money by not driving as it only costs like a 1.70 a gallon and my old honda only uses a gallon a day and i easily spend double that on extra food alone to compensate for the calories burned. in nh car insurance is an option if yer car is paid for so i don't have that expense. between tires, drivetrain parts, and other bike related expenses, i probably spend more on my bikes needs than my car. i do need a car however. i ski every week for at least 2 days a week from nov-june, last year till july so on my days off i drive plenty so my 140 miles a week on the bike to work save some of the miles i'd put on the car. if i wasn't riding to work, i'd still be riding to a trail head, ridin for a couple of hours in the woods then driving to work from there. sometimes i ride to a two hour mtb ride and continue on the 14 miles to work making a great long day by the time i get home that night. i do all of my riding on my only bike, an indyfab rigid 29er ti setup 8 speed with my offroad knobbies all of the time. i find that riding on the road with the same setup that i race on is perfect training as opposed training on the road on a 17lb road bike then racing on a 23lb mtb. i place very well in expert mtb races from 2-7 hrs long and find that my daily work commute is a perfect training tool as i mix up the intensity from day to day and it gets me to work and back, now that's pedal for purpose! fitness, lower carbon footprint, self sufficiency, stress release, and just a love for riding is why i do it. crap! gotta saddle up and get to work now!
    rog

  43. #43
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    29
    stops me getting fat(ter)
    formybike
    Spec Hardrock Pro disk (only frame as stock)
    Giant Boulder SE (Daily commute with pannier and Dinottes)

  44. #44
    used to be uno-speedo....
    Reputation: dirtdrop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    1,263
    I'm car less so not much choice. But its great for my health and more money in my pocket...well there would be if I didn't spend it all on constant upgrades for my bikes!

  45. #45
    Cheezy Rider
    Reputation: Rufudufus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,684
    Quote Originally Posted by rckhopper87
    Parking is a PITA at school and the permit itself costs $150/semester. I...

    Plus, it's fun as hell.
    Same here, I work at a university and parking is hell. It's faster to ride the 2 miles than drive and hunt for parking. Rains a lot here, but once you gear up it's not a problem.

  46. #46
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    9
    my old jeep needed more work than it was worth to fix, so i junked it. i couldnt afford another vehicle, so i bought a bicycle. i bum rides from my girlfriend when it's cold, but i love the ride to campus and around this small college town.

  47. #47
    Fat-tired Roadie Moderator
    Reputation: AndrwSwitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    17,891
    In New York, I could outperform public transit over almost any distance (including the wait time - I can beat a bus if we start at the same time, but subways are fast.) It was also a way to make the pathetic little distances I could ride while rehabbing my knee fit into my day - doing those rides as pleasure rides was just depressing.

    Here in Seattle, I can still outperform public transit. I have a car now, but when it breaks it won't be worth fixing and I won't be able to replace it. So the less I drive, the longer I still have it to go skiing and MTBing. Also, driving during rush hour here gets my blood pressure a lot higher than almost anything I do on a bike. Commuting is fun and I don't have to deal with cars the way I do as a driver. Also, I do some racing and when I had a regular job with a 6-mile one-way commute, I get 60 miles a week "free" - I didn't have to figure out when I had time for them, because I was substituting those rides for something I had to do anyway. Or I could skip the warmup for a real training ride if I got home, pulled on the spandex, and walked out the door again.

    I'm saving a lot on gas, too, I think. A new chain costs about the same as a tank of gas, but a chain is good for a couple thousand miles if you keep it clean and lubed (also cheap.)
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

  48. #48
    Drinking the Slick_Juice
    Reputation: nuck_chorris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,811
    trying to lose some weight
    "If women don't find handsome , they should at least find you handy."-Red Green

  49. #49
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    243
    There are so many good reasons to bike commute, but I started (and continue) to ride to work because its fun, and like others have said, I tend to be a happier co-worker in the morning and a happier husband/father in the afternoon. I think its important to do fun things like wheelies, brakies, carving corners, steeps, skinnies and drops EVERY day as well as get the good hard workout. If you find yourself in a hectic, busy day, at least you get to goof off some to and from work.

    I also like having my bike with me at work so I can go play at lunch.

    After 6 years or so of commuting, the idea of motivation is lost. You would have to provide motivation for me to drive. I have to drive to work maybe once every two months if I have lots of project stuff to take with me (my work has a sweet shop) and I hate it.

    The social/environmental impacts are certainly easy to justify, and I'm glad to be apart of that, but I don't know if I would commute if it wasn't so fun.

  50. #50
    weirdo
    Reputation: rodar y rodar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    6,217
    I spend more money buying unnecessarry bike crap than it would cost me to drive the extra seven miles per day. My health and weight are just fine whether I ride or not. I imagine that pedaling is greener than driving, but that isn`t why I do it either. The bottom line is that I enjoy bike commuting. My ride to work is what motivates me to get my butt out the door and my ride home is my cooldown from work. My commute takes me through a beautiful desert valley with the bunnies and coyotes- riding my bike lets me feel like I`m actually part of the scene rather than just passing through it, looking through a windshield.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •