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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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Urnicus said:
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. 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.:thumbsup: 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.

Good Dirt
 

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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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Urnicus said:
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. 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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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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Schmucker said:
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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