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How far are you willing to go to commute on bicycle???

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MidnightBroomstickCowboy
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I live in southern California and facing a obstacle that will last through the summer and perhaps you will face it too. Anyone who's familiar with the city of Riverside knows that it is possibly one of the worst in the nation for air pollution and traffic congestion with an average pump price of $4.55/gal. The temps have averaged 90-105 with no end in sight and while this is a prime place to enjoy the benefits of cycle commuting, the conditions are far from tolerable for many to consider the idea of cycling. These temps are likely to last into Sept. So would you face it, pack your bag with work clothes, double up on the water and head out on two wheels with the endurance of a camel or face a $4.55 and climbing price with an chronic empty tanks from the vehicle's AC savior?????

More broadly, what are your limits to cycle commuting in bad weather?
 

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MidnightBroomstickCowboy
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Personally, I'll bare it and find out what setup I can produce to make the ride most tolerable. I'll pack a few bottles with Froze-over ice, put my work clothes in my pack along with a clean rag and ride in light clothing. [email protected] this weather, I'm not about to back down.

Besides, my AC is useless in the blazing heat.:cool:
 

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Sometimes
a) it rains so hard
b) there's so much wet snow
c) temperatures go below -10F
or
d) there's a company party with free beer
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Those things might make me skip a day of bike commuting...

edit:
the commute is around 5 miles, with a couple of options between more pavement and more dirt.
 

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If I only had to ride 1-3 miles to work, I'd ride everyday.

Unfortunately, being that there isn't any work within 1-3 miles...this proves difficult.

I can't wait to graduate, start a career, and think "bike mindedly".
 

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Basically, if my wife doesn't protest, I ride. Heat is a non-factor in the decision, I'll suck it up & take it. With rain, unless there's serious lightning, tornado, or flash flood warnings, I get my rain jacket & suck it up. Snow is a little bit different story because the drivers where I live really are incapable of safely getting anywhere, so that might force me off the bike. Thing is though, that if there's much ice on the ground the whole city shuts down anyway so that's rarely an issue.

My current commute is about 5 miles each way, but I've done 11 in the past and would probably be willing to go up to at least 20 each way.
 

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I'm finding my limits. Temperature is not one of them. Water and ice take care of much. My range is up to 20 miles, one-way. Most roads are good here in Silicon Valley. Rain / visibility would be the biggest limiter, but I've not been tested on that one, yet. It is funny. I'f I don't show up to a meeting with my bike, people are disappointed.
 

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I just started commuting here in AZ.
I have 17 mile one way commute and when I left to go home yesterday it was 112 degrees. You just have to know your limits. I've lived here my whole life so I'm somewhat used to the heat. Heat effects everyone differently. Just make sure that you are constantly drinking water/gatorade all day long prior and after the ride to make sure that you don't get dehydrated. I have a 72 oz camelbak bladder and a bottle of gatorade during that ride and that's good enough for me.

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FL_MTB_Weekend Warrior said:
I'd ride if my commute was like you guys... My commute to work is 35 miles each way...temps have be in the mid 90s and raining every afternoon...

I don't think so...
You need to move :)

Live closer to work. It'll save you time and money in the long run and you may be able to bike to work.
 

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Bgrafk said:
I just started commuting here in AZ.
I have 17 mile one way commute and when I left to go home yesterday it was 112 degrees. You just have to know your limits. I've lived here my whole life so I'm somewhat used to the heat. Heat effects everyone differently. Just make sure that you are constantly drinking water/gatorade all day long prior and after the ride to make sure that you don't get dehydrated. I have a 72 oz camelbak bladder and a bottle of gatorade during that ride and that's good enough for me.

B
34 miles in 112 degree heat. I salute you!
 

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My commute to work is a little over 4 miles but I'm wanting to get into more comutting (ie, store, movies, etc.) I believe my limit would be around 15 miles. Cold doesn't bother me but I still haven't pushed myself to ride in the rain. I'm pushing towards it though.
 

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I only commute 1-3 miles each way (depending on which house I'm coming from) and I love it. I've only started about 2 months ago, but I'm addicted. Sometimes my car never leaves my driveway for 2-4 days. I also just got some fenders for rainy days...

It's wayyy more fun that I had expected it to be. I thought it would be work. Now, if I don't ride, I feel cranky.
 

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Its weird to see comments about rain...

Living in the Metro Phoenix area, I think I'll take the heat over the rain. I don't think I'd want to show up for work soaking wet, but maybe that'd be better than all sweaty.
 

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I have 2 bikes and 0 cars. Rain, Sleet, Snow, 115, 0 vis fog, I have no choice to ride in them to goto work. If its really bad I can call in sick, but then again my commute is like 2 miles maybe,...
 

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I do not use cars so the choice is easy. It isn't hard to ride in the heat if you keep your speed up. I only really sweat when I stop. If I'm going a decent distance I put my camelbak in my Chrome bag. Rain, shine, snow, sleet, -30F, I ride through it all, any reasonable distance. Proper gear is key.
 
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