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    ... and if we just ... 1hour 15min

    is 1 hour 15 min to far to commute? how far do you all commute?
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    How far? All the way!
    In my case, between 12 and 16 minutes (depending on wind) for a straight shot, up to about 45 minutes if I hit the supermarket on the way home.

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    My ride this morning was 1 hour 17 minutes ride time, and 1 hour 20 minutes total.
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    I vary from 40 minutes a day to 1.5 hours per day...depends on weather etc.

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    45 minutes to 1 hour, depends on traffic and weather.

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    More than an hour and I will not commute

    Except for touring

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    54 minutes this morning. About 10.4 miles. I found a shortcut that takes .9 miles off my original route. Once you start to improve, your 1 hour 15 minute commute will be faster.
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    An Hour +/- 5 minutes

    22.5 miles

    Although the last few rides home have been into a 20+ mph headwind () which stretches it to 90 minutes
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    My furthest regular-ish commute runs a little over an hour each way. I'd say it depends on what you're looking for from commuting by bike. When I'm going to that job (or any other,) I tend to alternate between riding and driving, depending on how much time I have, what time of day it is, the weather, etc.

    If you're just getting into commuting by bike, an hour each way is quite a lot. I wouldn't commit myself to riding in five days a week if I had a commute that long regularly, and I might try to keep some clothes at the office to change into, so I could commute on my racing bike in my road shorts and funny shoes. I think an hour and a quarter would be an eternity in Carhartts and work boots.
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    Twelve to 15 minutes into a 20 mph gusting 30 wind an business casual wasn't eternity but I could glimpse it from there! Cotton briefs are not chamois lined bike shorts.

    Steel-toed work shoes, Carhardt coveralls to the Habitat house to volunteer were also in the glimpse range of eternity at about 15 minutes with tools on board, too.

    Yeah, an hour dressed like that with no showers or clothes to chenge into would be most unpleasant. Or an even longer slower ride to stay cool.

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    I get the luxury of choosing my commute. 10 - 25 miles (each way). Either Mountain Bike or Road Bike. Commute time ranges from 35 minutes to 1 hr and 15 minutes.
    I did commit early on to create a system whereby I have all the necessary clothes / wash up stuff at work so I can commute in biking clothes.

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    1 hour 5 to 15 min total, depends on red lights and traffic.

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    Roughly 45 minutes. Itís those damn traffic signals and stopsigns (well, and the cross traffic).
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    if the snow, 20mph wind, rain etc will ever stop, mine is 1 hour each way. It adds a solid training day (or more) to your week. Takes about 30 min more per day for the commute.
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    yes it will be nice for the ride, and i wont have to get a second car.. it 1hour 15 min each way..
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5
    yes it will be nice for the ride, and i wont have to get a second car.. it 1hour 15 min each way..

    The first week is gonna hurt....

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    Currently 1:30 each way, 3 days a week. If I strictly viewed is as an alternative to driving then it would be too much. Instead I view it more as a training opportunity - there is no other way that I would log 9 quality hours of riding during the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    The first week is gonna hurt....
    Agreed. I tried a similar commute time.

    It was 20 miles and it took me about an 80-90 minutes. This was in work clothes, with a mtn bike and normal shoes. The only concession on the bike to make the commute easier was road tires. Needless to say, I gave in to temptation, fixed my car and continued to drive to work.

    Now that I'm older (that was about 2 years ago), I'm trying this whole biking commuting thing again. Starting off more slowly, with a road bike, replacing important parts on it before trying to use it, and conditioning for 30-80 minutes every few days. I'm getting a real headlight, instead of riding at 18 mph with a minimag flashlight (visibility was >10 feet and I covered 26 feet per second - overdriving my headlights by a factor of 8x).

    Plan your commute and look into what's realistic and what's overly optimistic, you'll be much more successful if you predict worst case scenarios, rather than best case (what I did).

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    yup it is fun to get the hours
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    The phrase "too far" is kind of relative. If you can't do it 5 days a week then it's too far.

    My commutes have varied but have usually been over 30 minutes one way. My goal commuting isn't to beat cars but to beat the subway. Even stopping at every red you can easily outpace cars or even the subway. Most places I worked were within the 30-60 min.

    There are other things to consider. If it would take just as long to drive then you win by riding. If you're commuting at rush hour then the bike is faster.

    Is the ride fun? Around 15 years ago I had a job that was almost an hour long commute, uphill, to the restaurant I worked at. In the heat of August the climb had me on the verge of puking. The trade off was a ride home at midnight that took less than 20 minutes. Going down hill at 70 kph was a great way to end the day.

    Only you can answer that question. Try it. See if it's worth it to you
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    My commute was about 8 to 10 minutes each way. I like the cycling so much that I've decided to take the long way there (adding another 10 minutes) and a longer way back (adding another 30 minutes). So, now its about an hour total. Thoroughly enjoying it, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5
    is 1 hour 15 min to far to commute? how far do you all commute?__________________
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    I go from 3.5 (if combined with buses) to 22 mi each way depending on the weather, schedule, etc. You could probably cut your commute down below an hour if you don't stop to look for an owl to wipe your butt, though.

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    mine is just about 50 min with the light on my way to work. i don't think 1:15 is too long at all as long as you feel comfortable doing it

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    45 min to an hour one way....18 miles i'm hating headwinds even more

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    I go about 45 minutes to work, and 1 hour back home.
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    7 minutes from leaving my house to walking into work. 1.2 miles.

    Is that too long? That depends on you. The longer the route the likely to get a variance due to wind/traffic/weather. Plan accordingly. If you think you can do it then it isn't too far.

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    My commute is 14 miles, but with LOTS of elevation changes and climbs. It takes about 1 hour 15-20 minutes one way. I would like to commute to work for often, but need to build up my endurance.

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    20 minutes if I do the straight shot, but the alternate routes are way more fun. I usually take a longer route home. It's nice to have the option of getting there quick. I'm not gonna lie, an hour would take some getting used to. I get up at 5:30 as it is. I do an hour or more on the way home quite a bit, but an extra 40 minutes in the morning would be a challenge.
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    It usually takes me at least 1hour 15mins. for my 17 mile ride home

    But tonight it took me one hour tonight

    Thanks Southern Push

    Or maybe my Newly Rebuilt Front wheel
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    That's a cool bike. What is it?
    :wq

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc
    That's a cool bike. What is it?
    Thanks Nachomc,
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    for my morning commute i usually take the long way to work which is 13 miles and takes about an hour. sometimes i'll take the short way home which ends up being a little less than 10 miles. i timed my ride home yesterday, took me 38 minutes.

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    45-50 mins to get to the gym to shower- 11 miles, then about 10 mins to bike a mile to the shuttle. Kind of a process but it beats riding the metro a couple days a week

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    go it down to 50 min and im loving it
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    Oh! Good! In that case, an hour-fifteen is way too long

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    rolled it out in 48 min today and now i am pooped ant it is not even the middle of the week yet
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    1hr 10min each way three times a week. 35km each way
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5
    rolled it out in 48 min today and now i am pooped ant it is not even the middle of the week yet

    Perfect use the rest of the week as technique improvement...

    Ride in perfect form, never break cadence....absolultely smooth....don't worry about speed.

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    I commute 10 miles each way 4 days a week on a mountain bike. takes between 30 minutes and an hour depending on brutal headwind and how hot, sometimes 110 degrees here.

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    about 45 minutes, longer in storms/winter.
    that's kid to daycare, then blitz acorss city to work.
    sans kid it's closer to 20 (on my own with metallica blaring in my ears)
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    I'm about 1 hour and 15 minutes total time (70% trails) in the morning, and then about 1 hour total time (again, 70% trails) home. Route is just over 14kms one way with a great mix of ups, downs, single track and double track... Unfortunately, I still have to contend with some street riding each way, but no getting around that!

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    I think my commute is only about 8-12 minutes depending on how well I'm keeping up and the route. Straight shot is only about 2km anyways. =D beats taking the bus to work.
    At the end of the day, my bike is a bike, whether its made for XC singletrack or DH, I can make it do what I want.

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    I used to have a 1:30 commute. I considerd it too much to do every day but I would still do it about 2 times per week. Better than driving every day for both fitness reasons and any others. Ultimately its up to you to determine if its too far....how much time to you have in the day, other commitments, etc.

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    one hour fourty minutes, 24.5 miles (each way). Single speed. As ofter as I can, but not daily. Yet.
    I'd hit it, but I bruise like a peach.

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