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    Your commute: Distance / Time / Bike ???

    Share with me! Still have not taken the plunge myself. About to do a time trial tomorrow on my mtb with nobbies. If I do it, it will be aprox 20 miles each way.... 15 of it will be on a bike path. The nobbies will definately have to go, or I will have to get a commuter or roadie.

    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?
    2. How long does it take?
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)

    Try to keep it in that order.... #s 1-3. If you want to elaborate, make it #4.
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    I started riding my old junker MTB with intent to commute to work. I rode 13 miles rounds trip (6.5 one-way) on flat bike road with occasional small dips and climbs and it took me approx. 1:15 mins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urnicus
    Share with me! Still have not taken the plunge myself. About to do a time trial tomorrow on my mtb with nobbies. But its a long ride, so I am thinking if I do it I will need a faster bike.

    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?
    2. How long does it take?
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)

    Try to keep it in that order.... #s 1-3. If you want to elaborate, make it #4.
    1. Longest I ever ride one way and non stop, excluding traffic light stop is 23miles. Standard ride is 14miles

    2. Standard timing is 35mins for 9.5 miles

    3.MTB with 1.75 slick tires for comfort, speed and stability...

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    1. 8 miles
    2. 30 minutes there (mostly downhill), 38 minutes back (mostly uphill)
    3. Hardtail mtb, rear commuter rack, and 1.5 slicks

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    13 miles / ~45 minutes / late 90's bianchi road bike with rack

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    2.9 miles, 14 minutes. Jamis Durango 2.0. Need some slicks or street mtb tires.

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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?

    5 miles

    2. How long does it take?

    27 minutes there, big climb at the end. 20 minutes return, it's a downhill on the return run. And that is with stop lights, traffic, etc.

    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)

    Converted MTB, ridged fork, 2.0 pavement tires (we have crappy roads around here), rack, etc.

    4. I have to qualify the times though. The above commute times are for good conditions, no rain, light winds etc. Living in the midwest at the edge of the nothern plains (near the Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa borders) it can get pretty windy. A good stiff head wind can add a lot of time to either direction. My slowest time was 40 minutes on the trip to, my best time ever was the same day on the return trip with a tail wind, 18 minutes. That was a fun run!!! But the usual is 27 and 20.

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    1. 3.3 miles with a 130 foot elevation hump paved. or 5 miles with a 2mile climb either paved going up or logging road going up about 600 ft of climbing.
    2. @ 3.3 depending on wind 10 to 16 minutes. @ 5 around 27 minutes no matter how I attack it (dirt climb or paved climb).
    3. Specialized Stumpjumper 29er HT with either the stock Fast Trak tires or the 2.35 Schwalbe Big Apples. Also have a set of Michelin Dynamic 700x32 road tires but with my weight and the road conditions around here they are only good for work commutes.

    I live on the shore of lake superior so wind/weather/temp changes happen fast all day and like to turn my new personal record moments into sub average speeds.
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    1) 16.7 miles one way

    2) 1 hour 20 minutes, obeying stop signs and traffic lights.

    3) "Commuterized" road bike. Soma Smoothie, Mary bars, Gatorskins, rear rack, etc.

    Since the evil AZ summer is here, I make the full ride in, then chop 10 miles off the ride home by catching the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urnicus
    Share with me! Still have not taken the plunge myself. About to do a time trial tomorrow on my mtb with nobbies. If I do it, it will be aprox 20 miles each way.... 15 of it will be on a bike path. The nobbies will definately have to go, or I will have to get a commuter or roadie.

    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?
    2. How long does it take?
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)

    Try to keep it in that order.... #s 1-3. If you want to elaborate, make it #4.
    I've ridden in to work 5 times now and i' really liking it. Probably 50% bike path, 40% neighborhoods and 10% Danger zone.

    1. 32 miles round trip
    2. 1 hour 15 min
    3. Surly Karate Monkey, Single speed, Schwalbe Big Apple tires (2.35's)



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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 15 Miles
    2. How long does it take? 50 Minutes (plus 10 to change once at work).
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)? Felt Dispatch

    I used to commute on mountain bike, it got tedious, so I just stopped doing it. Now I joyfully cruise on my puedo roadbike as often as possible because its so much fun!
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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? depends on my route...greenbelt = about 7 miles...road = about 6 miles

    2. How long does it take? usually about 30 minutes

    3. What style of bike? Surly Cross-Check with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires

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    I ride 7.5 miles each way. All on good pavement with about 300' of elevation to and 600' of elevation gain on the way back.

    On average 23 minutes to and 28 minutes to return.

    I ride my road bike and carry my stuff in a back pack.
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    1. 16.4-16.8 miles
    2. 55min - 64min
    3. CX bike loaded down with panniers
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    1. 3.5 Miles
    2. 10-12 minutes depending on traffic lights, which bike, the weather
    3. IRO Mark V, old Raleigh converted to fixed gear for winter and rain, Surly Karate Monkey with big slicks and fixed 34x14 for fun and running into ****, early 90's Raleigh CX with full racks and panniers (and gears!) for hauling if necessary.

    The bike I ride depends on my mood, my needs, and mostly the weather.

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    1. 4.5 miles

    2. About 24 minutes going / 20 minutes coming home

    3. Specialized Tricross with riser bars
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    16 miles of greenway path - 32 round trip (I'd rather deal with walkers, joggers and bikes than cars any day)

    About 1 hour - give or take 10 mins depending on wind

    Surly Cross-Check (sooo much fun to bomb around on)
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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 9.3 miles of bike paths (greenway), steady 590ft climbing the whole way.

    ...ditto joggers/walkers vs cars!

    2. How long does it take? 57 minutes...I'm fat (40lbs over) and outa shape!

    ...save gas, save money, lose weight, get fit. Yeah!

    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.) Converted MTB Hard Tail

    Good news...the ride home is 9.3 miles downhill!
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    I'd rather deal with cars than path users. Cars don't slow me down like rollerbladers and dumbasses walking walking 2 and 3 abreast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    I'd rather deal with cars than path users. Cars don't slow me down like rollerbladers and dumbasses walking walking 2 and 3 abreast.
    ???????????????

    If a walker/jogger/rollerblader isn't paying attention...what's the likelihood it will cost you your life?

    I'd rather have a 150 to 200lb person step in my way than a 2,500 to 50,000lb vehicle run me over...it's a pretty simple equation of potential killing/maiming power to me.
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    1) ~3 miles
    2) 12-14 minutes (through rush-hour traffic)
    3) Surly CC, monstercrossed-out (singlespeed, knobbies)
    4) I tend to take it really easy on the way to work, as I hate being a sweaty mess when I get there. However, when I AM a mess, I just wash my face & neck, put on deodorant, and the obligatory fresh set of clothes, and I'm good to go.
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    My commute is 5 miles, takes me about 20-25 minutes. I have a Raleigh single speed road bike.
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    5 miles to the ferry with 5 climbs, 1.5 to work flat - 25-30 mins to ferry - Schwinn SuperSport (commuter), Fuji Newest 1.0 (road), Giant Boulder SE (winter bike)

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    1. Approx. 10 miles with approx. 500' of elevation.
    2. About 40 minutes.
    3. All road on my CX bike.

    This is my commute. 100% bike lanes door to door.



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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 10.3 to 10.4 miles
    2. How long does it take? In warm weather, 37-40 minutes. Winter rides can be over 50 minutes.
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.) Folding bike with 20 inch wheels. Dahon Mu P8 with fenders, a rear rack, and a large single pannier. Tires are Schwalbe Marathon Racer at this time of year, Schwalbe Marathon Winter (studded) when it's icy.

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    5-6 miles -- route varies depending on traffic
    20-30 minutes, depending on traffic lights
    Low end Specialized road bike, mostly stock setup, except I've added clipless pedals, Armadillo tires, and necessities like lights and a bag.

    The setup isn't perfect but it's very functional. I might would change the bars and get a fork that could accomodate slightly wider tires (allowing some off road capability), but that's about it.

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    How Far : 22.5KM ~14Miles
    How long:55-60 mins best time to work 54 mins, Best time home 51.5 mins not sure of the total climbing but obviously more on the way to work
    What Bike: Scott sportster P3 Hybrid

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    1. 7 miles
    2. 35-40 minutes with a few large climbs
    3. stock 08 rockhopper
    As long as I'm on the call sheet and it's listed on IMDb, it's all good.

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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?
    6 miles one way
    2. How long does it take?
    about 25 getting there and about 35-45 depending on my mood coming back (huge hill)
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)
    "AM-ish" Mtn bike, 2.3's up front, i really need to get a roadie or a converted ht mtn bike (working on it) it really sucks riding the FS to work

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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 34km, about 21 miles.
    2. How long does it take? About an hour in. 1.5 hours home as its all uphill!
    3. What style of bike? Racer - Trek 5200.

    I've just moved house so I'm still ironing out the new route. I used to have a 13km commute on my old (and modified) MTB, but the new distance means I need all the advantages I can get. I've still to figure out if I will do this commute in the cold and dark of winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by striegel
    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 10.3 to 10.4 miles
    2. How long does it take? In warm weather, 37-40 minutes. Winter rides can be over 50 minutes.
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.) Folding bike with 20 inch wheels. Dahon Mu P8 with fenders, a rear rack, and a large single pannier. Tires are Schwalbe Marathon Racer at this time of year, Schwalbe Marathon Winter (studded) when it's icy.
    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 8.60 Miles
    2. How long does it take? 35-40 minutes depending on lights and trains.
    3. What style of bike ..Gunnar Roadie..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urnicus
    Share with me! Still have not taken the plunge myself. About to do a time trial tomorrow on my mtb with nobbies. If I do it, it will be aprox 20 miles each way.... 15 of it will be on a bike path. The nobbies will definately have to go, or I will have to get a commuter or roadie.

    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?
    2. How long does it take?
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)

    Try to keep it in that order.... #s 1-3. If you want to elaborate, make it #4.
    About 15 miles

    About an hour, hour and 15 depending on how zesty I feel.

    '05 Kona Smoke with 1.4 slicks, narrow flat bars and flashy lights.

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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?
    about 16.5 miles each way

    2. How long does it take?
    An hour and 10 minutes

    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)
    Fuji Cross. A great commuter bike. 55% dirt paths along canals, some neighborhoods, some sidewalk, some road.
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    1. 2.7miles (ea way)
    2. 10-12 min (pending traffic lights and wind)
    3. 08 rockhopper disc

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    1. 6 miles each way

    2 .18-22 on the way there 25-29 on the way back (uphill)

    3. 26" BMX Panda cruzer SS w/ slicks or 85 Mongoose ATB SS w/slicks

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    My trip

    1. 10.1 miles
    2. 40 - 45 minutes
    3. performance road (08' Scott Speedster S50 frame built up to S30 specs.)

    The route is pretty easy, only a couple moderate hills that slow me down a little. On the flip side, there are a few nice little downhills to even it out. The ride home takes a bit longer because the entrance to my neighborhood is a pretty brutal, long, fairly steep climb. About 5 miles or so are in a bike lane, the others are a pretty even mix of residential streets, 2-lane roads, and 5-lane roads(center turning). The same route takes 25-30 minutes by car.

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    1 - 8 miles
    2 - 30 min (though it varies depending on which way the wind is blowing)
    3 - 05 SWork Roubaix converted to single-speed
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    1. ~8mi
    2. 45-50 min to work
    35 min from work
    3. Kona Dawg, 2.35 off-road knobbies

    I like riding my all-mountain bike to work because it is very comfortable and I'm used to the feel. Also, I like to stop by a short but techie trail on my way home to get some dirt-time in.

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    1. 13.5 miles
    2. 42 min to work, 38 min home
    3. Specialized Tarmac

    I didn't start commuting until I got the roadie but I did the commute on the MTB the other day and I was only a tad bit slower. I'll prolly stick to the roadie though and save teh MTB for dirt.

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    Just started having to commute yesterday due to loss of license. PennDOT bastards.

    Go 12 miles one way.
    Took an hour and 10mins yesterday. Shaved about 10 minutes off today, mainly due to having my tires at aproper pressure I think. My three week goal is 45 minutes. I'm riding a Hardrock, knobbies and all.

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    ~17 miles one way.
    ~1:15 including waiting at stop lights, etc.
    Touring bike w/panniers.

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    Usually about 19 - 26.8 Km depening route via RBbike, clipped in and decked out in average fair...its only a commuter bike to get the cardio in action when not MTBing as well as to get a good morning workout.

    After a big lunch Im a bit naffed and usually by end of days, I am either ok or not to ride back depending on overtime - here in J-land, that is manditory.

    EDIT: In order for ranking the answers (Dah).
    1) sometimes usually about 19 - 26.8Km 1 way.
    2) ...? Never actually timed it yet and Im a bit scared to do so. If I start it would get competative and then I would start updating parts on my bike, start making special morning diets to give me boosts etc etc etc...he he he. Best left to my approximated imagination to fiddle with the time.
    3) Giant Trinity Aliance 2 (2nd hand New)
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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 6-11 miles
    2. How long does it take? 30-50 minutes
    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)? Cyclocross with road tires . . . I'll see what happens if I winter commute. I won't be able to winter commute when the snowbanks get stacked on the side, though.

    I'm doing something a little ironic, tomorrow. I'm going shopping for car insurance, and I'm traveling by bike.

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    2.25-2.4 miles.
    Best time there: 7 minutes, 45 seconds
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    Trek 820 on 1.95 semi-slicks

    I just started riding a month ago and have commuted three times now in the last week, first time took 1 hr. 10 min. The endurance is building.....

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    1. How far do you ride (1 way)?
    about 17-18 if I go straight to work, add a few miles if I go play on some singletrack and on teh way home

    2. How long does it take?
    1-1:15hrs If go play in the dirt than I give my self about 2-3hours

    3. What style of bike (mtb, commuter, performance road, etc.)
    Mostly my Specailized Tricross, 1x8 40t frt 11-28

    I work at a bike shop so I get to come in late after a ride everynow and then. On the ride home I take my time and enjoy the ride and laugh at everyone filling up their SUV's at the pumps

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    My Commute

    1. How far do you ride (1 way)? 11.2 miles
    2. How long does it take? 40 minutes to work, 50 minutes home
    3. What style of bike? MTB Specialized Rockhopper 29er

    I split my commute with a 9 mile drive down/up the volcano in my pickup truck (1,200 ft decent/climb) and 11 mile relatively flat ride on my MTB on the Ironman course in Kona, Hawaii (Queen "K" HWY, wide shoulder but we have road construction in town). The triathletes pass me as if I'm riding a stationary exercise bike... Anyway, I tell my work mates that I have a "hybrid" 4x4 pickup that gets me 53.9 MPG and burns ~900 calories when I commute in combination with the bicycle (up from 22.7 MPG and 50 calories when I don't split the commute with my bicycle).


    hybrid truck


    Bad asphalt road... (Kona Lava )

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    1. 16 miles (actually an extended ride on a 3.5 mile commute)
    2. 1 hour, depends on traffic and lights
    3. Hardtail MTB, all stock except semi-slick maxxis tires.

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    1. 10 KM, 5 miles?
    2. 30 Min
    3. My 37lb Chumba XCL! But i'd love to have a rigid 29er for the ride!

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