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    I don't think I like riding to work

    That was a dramatic title. But maybe true. Seems lately when I could ride to work I would rather sleep later/spend time with my toddler in the morning/drive to work than actually ride.

    I think the reasons are:

    1. My commute is 23 miles, which takes me about 1:15 each way, which adds two and a half hours plus cleanup time, which comes out to a little over three hours total.
    2. The route is boring. I am lucky as a commuter - most of my commute is on a beautiful MUP along a river. It's just flat. No hills, no good Strava segments to race, no ripping descents.


    It hit me tonight after work when I headed to a local ride starting area and strapped on my shoes for a 23 mile ride with 1000 ft of climbing with an 700 ft lung busting option (that I passed on tonight). It was fun. I was even riding my normal commute bike (sans rack). There is a kicker of a climb in the middle, a couple of 40 mph straights and a little of that MUP though higher up along a gorgeous lake:



    I don't know. What do you guys think? Maybe I'm just writing out to see if I still feel the same after, and so far I do. Have any posters/lurkers started commuting and later on just thought maybe they didn't like it as much as they thought they would?
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    Don't give up on it, just cut back. I'm not sure how often you did commute, but if you are not enjoying it I would pick a top 10 day every now and then to commute. You might get your groove back in time.

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    I stopped commuting via bicycle to work in February because with the option of telecommuting coupled with the notion of working with flakey-ass coworkers who wait until 3:30PM to get their shˇt together for me to get my work done, and with the notion that I need to do real training rides (I am racing this year) I have found time in the middle of the day to do all-out hammerfest rides getting my heart up into zone 4 for 90 minutes (and zone 5 for 30 minutes)… whereas with commuting I have to deal with the same *******s every time in cars trying to cut me off and crap like that.
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    My commute is only about 12Km and takes 20~ 25mins, through boring but pretty parks and only 2km on busy ish roads. I sometimes get that can't be bothered feeling but the other options are infinitely worse:
    1) Drive, a minimum of 25mins on a good day but generally 35mins + stuck in jams.
    2) Public transport 40mins + and a horrendous press of people

    each time I try either of them I find myself glad to be back on the bike and the feeling goes away - at least for a couple of days. It also helps if you can vary the route from time to time.
    It's not a crime not to commute every day specially if it's taking time away from your kids.

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    >1.My commute is 23 miles, which takes me about 1:15 each way, which adds two and a half hours
    >plus cleanup time, which comes out to a little over three hours total.
    That`s a huge chunk of time every day. I don`t blame you for getting tired of it.

    >2.The route is boring.
    Damn you, Nacho! You know that my wife and I used to drive two hours each way just to enjoy your boredom !?! Grass is always greener...

    >Have any posters/lurkers started commuting and later on just thought maybe they didn't like it as
    >much as they thought they would?
    Not me, but I`m sure it`s happened. If I had 23 miles a day, it probably would have been me. Especially with such a boring ride.
    Hey, maybe you could trade routes with Ryball- that should spice things up again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by p08757 View Post
    Don't give up on it, just cut back. I'm not sure how often you did commute, but if you are not enjoying it I would pick a top 10 day every now and then to commute. You might get your groove back in time.
    +1, this sounds like a good idea, just enjoy some extra nice days on the bike and they won't seem so boring.

    I often drive when I'm dogsitting so the pooch is not home alone so long, so a toddler is plenty reason to drive sometimes in my book.

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    The only thing I'd stop commuting for is the 'time with the kids' thing. I totally get that. over an hour each way is a lot of time.

    do you have a public transit option where you could just ride one way? Like if you leave for work before kiddo is up anyway, why not ride in the morning and then take a bus home or something...might save you some time and still get you a ride in.
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    I am in the same boat. I love my commute and would love to do it more often however time with kids is very important to me. What has worked for me is i drive to work with my bike and commute home and then i gt to ride again in the morning and if I feel i need to ride home from work one day I have my car there and I can get home to spend time with the little guys. I also have driven half way and parked at a municipal lot and then commuted from there. I usually do that on days when I dont have time to do the full hour commute. I love to ride and couldnt imagine giving it up completely.

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    I hit a point when I was commuting everyday and my truck was not running that I was truly "tired" of the bike in general. When commuting I was finding myself getting very irritable with drivers and other pedestrians...

    Then i bought a new (used) car in December and a parking pass for work and did that for a month or two but found myself missing commuting. So I started commuting again. I have now moved farther away (still only an 8 mile commute) and my route consists entirely of construction but I am back to enjoying it all very much. I try to focus on all of the positives, the sky, the smell of certain flowers, being friendly to everyone I pass, etc. I find that when you begin to dwell on the negative you can easily become consumed by it before you even realize.

    My new (used) car has also been sitting at a local shop here for over two weeks now (silly BMWs and silly me for purchasing a rare optioned car with very particular parts) and I have been living out of my messenger bag, riding back and forth to work and then back the same way to see the girlfriend (She is currently without a car herself but lives less than a mile from school and work) on some nights and still finding time to ride the trails when I can. I am almost to a point where I wish I could live car free, but here in Tampa I feel it would be near impossible with the lack of public transportation and some of the worst roads for pedestrian traffic fatalities in the country...

    I guess my advice would be, take a break.

    I think you will more than likely begin to miss commuting and have more appreciation for it when you start again!
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    Riding keeps you active and outdoors, so do it once and a while when you have the energy. Otherwise spend time with your toddler if that's what will make you happy.

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    I'm not tired of riding, just not liking riding as a commute to work option. I had a blast yesterday on the ride I did and if the weather holds I'll probably do it again tomorrow. I have been doing some good road riding on the weekends and a building a new mountain bike (hopefully this weekend!).

    I think overall it just works out that the pre-planning/packing of things, the boringish route, the shower in the locker room, the second shower at home, eh. I'd rather just bring my bike with me and bang out a 90 minute ride after work as opposed to riding here and back. That gets me more time at my desk during the work day, a more enjoyable ride and more time with my little one. I really want to like it but I just don't seem to.
    :wq

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    Its not like you have to do it everyday

    during the week. Thinking that you"need" or "have" to just speeds up the burnout.

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    I don't blame you at all for wanting to spend time with the little one. Plus, 23 miles is a lot. Is it possible to take you bike on public transit and then ride home? Just a thought!
    It's the stopping and starting part that will get ya!

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    My problem with riding to work is the destination.

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