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Bicycle-Commuting to Work


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Woot!  Just completed my inaugural "To-Work" commute.

Yay, Me!  8.44 miles one way.

Wore a heart rate monitor and a Garmin Bicycle Computer to track my Vitals/Stats.  Holy Cow.... 500 cals in 35 minutes!?!  But my heart rate was rather high (160bpm average), being unaccustomed to this kind of thing... you know... sweating.

And that's just one way.  I still have to peddle home tonight.

Just thought I'd share... especially the calorie burn, which I was surprised how high it was.

 

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Congrats.  I've contemplated getting a bike and doing the 3 mile commute.  This time of year it won't be bad, but in another month when it's 100 degrees at 8am it will be a problem.

Yay! I just finished my week #4 of no-car-to-work commute :) I only have about 2 miles though, so it isn't too tough for me. I just had to share this article, it could definitely help with motivation, explaining the cost benefits of using you bike (and laughing as you pass the gas stations!). Mr Money Mustache isn't for everyone, but I thought this thread would be an appropriate place to share.

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/04/18/get -rich-with-bikes/

For a little more perspective, I filled up my gas tank on March 1 and it still has 3/4 of a tank left, most of that was used for a work function I had to drive to *grumble*... 

Good luck with your bike commuting!!

Original Post by j_wystup:

Yay! I just finished my week #4 of no-car-to-work commute :) I only have about 2 miles though, so it isn't too tough for me. I just had to share this article, it could definitely help with motivation, explaining the cost benefits of using you bike (and laughing as you pass the gas stations!). Mr Money Mustache isn't for everyone, but I thought this thread would be an appropriate place to share.

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/04/18/get -rich-with-bikes/

For a little more perspective, I filled up my gas tank on March 1 and it still has 3/4 of a tank left, most of that was used for a work function I had to drive to *grumble*... 

Good luck with your bike commuting!!

Gongrats on four weeks of successfully avoiding angry and/or texting or otherwise oblivious car drivers!

The gas is a big deal for me, too.  This is how I was able to justify paying for the bike and gear.  "With the price of gas these days, it will pay for itself in six months, Dear."

 ...If I don't stick with this I'll be in trouble.

 

I should start doing that again

 

way to go, brian!   i did my first bicycle commute at the end of february, and it was a surprisingly good experience.   i'm lucky that i live in a city that has bike lanes and paths, its a relatively flat ride to and from the office, and for the most part the weather's cooperative.   here's hoping that we can both keep it going - the saved gas money should be a huge motivation!     

Yeah!  That's awesome!  I am a fair weather bike to worker.  I work in the Seattle/Bellevue area and the local bike association sponsors a bike to work month in May.  I usually start then and try to get as many days in as possible from May through
August or September.  I arrive at work all refreshed and happy then get stressed out during the day.  But after my bike commute home, I arrive home relaxed and happy again!  It is truly a wonderful way to commute, environmentally sound, healthy and saves money!

Keep it up!  I hope to start soon.  

My commute is 13 miles per way - BTW (and I drive to the start point due to bad road conditions).

cool, hope you stick with it, I did a 4.5mile (oneway) commute for about 3 years, and now a 2.5mile (oneway) commute (plus once a week I throw in an extra 12 mile detour)

Have loved every minute out it, though I learned one year, if it is snowing enough that wearing ski goggles seems like a good idea, it is also snowing too much to ride. 

 

 

also look into doing some bike touring for a holiday. 

Woot! It is a very cool thing. I've been at it since the weather got nice enough to here in CO, about 4-5 weeks. Very addictive mode of transportation. In that time I've upgraded my bike twice. I have been extending my 3.7 mile one way ride to 5.5 to get in some extra exercise. As a result I've been losing weight pretty fast despite upping my cals to compensate. I don't care, I like riding too much to scale it back. Actually I'm off to work now so it's go time.

Be careful out there. I've seen some crazy stuff. Not just careless driving but overly nice drivers that don't consider that their actions make it dangerous for cyclists. Stay out of the glass and thorns and roll safe.

That's great!  Be careful.  I recommend using a reflective vest and helmet, plus use all standard signals.  I used to commute to work in Atlanta, taking my bike on the train, but I frequently road all the way home, which was a good 10 miles.  Great fun. Very exciting.  A little crazy, though for where I rode.

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