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post #1 of 221 Old 10-22-2010, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Is it really fun to ride to work?

I may be in the minority here, but I've never commuted on a bike and never will. Of all the many accidents I've seen and/or heard of, way too many are while commuting. Way too many cars, way too many intersections. Sport touring for me is about the open road, not bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. What's fun about the busy freeway at 7:45 AM on a work day? I guess it would be different if it would was actually fun, but I'd way rather sit in my comfortable cage while navigating the nut house in to work and back, and save my 9 lives for the delicious mountain roads around here sans traffic.

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post #2 of 221 Old 10-22-2010, 01:41 PM
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For me the bike commute allows me to unwind fromthe work day much more than I would if I were in my SUV, and it saves me a few bucks in fuel at the same time. It is definitely not as convienient having to don and doff gear to go back and forth, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

If possible, take the back way instead of the super slab. Less traffic and more fun most of the time.


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I used to commute to work, when I was living in the 'burbs and working downtown, free parking as opposed to $12/day. Now that I'm out in the country and could have a great commute to work, also out in the country now, they gave me a company vehicle, but hey it's free.
It was a greater risk especially in Montreal, as the drivers there are insane, but the up side was I could take the long way home, sometimes the long-long-long way home.
I'm somewhat of a fatalist; when you're number is up, it's up, so the benefits outweighed the risk for me.

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I'm lucky enough to live in small city. My commute is only 5-6 miles one way with no slab riding. When the weather is nice I often ride my bicycle. I could make more money in the city, but my overall quality of life would suffer.
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post #5 of 221 Old 10-22-2010, 02:16 PM
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It's often more of a mobility enhancer and time saver than anything else.

Switching from car to motorcycle back in California shaved over 90 minutes off my daily commute. It also allowed me to do more... like have lunch with friends without taking 2 hours off work. In one specific case it cut the time to reach a specific restaurant from my office from 40 minutes to 10. The freedom a motorcycle gives those living in traffic-bound parts of California has to be experienced to be understood.

My current commute is short/no highway ... short enough that, barring the general insanity of Texans, I would ride a bicycle or walk. Texans don't believe in building sidewalks, don't believe in sharing the road with bicycles, and in general make those options borderline suicidal. A motorbike works fine though. Doesn't save (or cost) any time to speak of but it moves normal wear and tear from an expensive car to a cheap bike. It can be a lot of fun too, especially during lunch breaks, but mostly it's just practical. I could do the same with a scooter but those things scare me with the tiny little wheels and all....
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I dont ride alot to work. I work less than 10 minutes from the house so by the time I pull the bike out of the garage, gear up and ride there, then gear down at work, it takes me longer by bike. However, lately I have ridden alot more becasue on the weekends I was wakeboardning and not riding the bike, so commuting was my main outlet for riding. When I do ride, I feel more revived in the morning and ready to work. When I ride home I feel like I have already done something by the time I got home. Time in my truck is just wasted in zombieland. If I worked further then I would ride alot more out of gas price issues. My truck is a dodge 4x4 with a HEMI and gets around 11mpg in town. So, 50mpg vs 11.......... on a long commute and its a no brainer. I would still take the truck if it were raining. Riding is dangerous as it is, you add water and bad things can happen real fast.

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post #7 of 221 Old 10-22-2010, 02:32 PM
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I would rather slab it on the bike than cage it on the slab any day.

I agree the dangers are higher on the slab during commute times but it is a risk I take.

On top of the more enjoyable time on the bike versus the cage, the costs savings work out well for me. My cage gets 15.5 on the hwy and I would have to pay $40/month on parking. My strom gets 51.5 on the hwy and parking is free right in front of my building.

I never drive my car anymore unless I need it to transport something large. I start it once a week just to keep the battery from dying.


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I ride to work every day that I can. I won't ride if the road is wet and it is raining or the temp is below 32 and it looks like Ice is on the road. It is way too expensive for me to drive my 3/4 ton 4x4 crew cab @ 9 MPG the 50+ miles every day. Riding the bike to and from work also relaxes me and makes the day just that much better. Plus I just love riding every chance I get.

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post #9 of 221 Old 10-22-2010, 02:36 PM
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I'm like zt0117 above - I live in relatively small city and have an 8 mile commute one way. I leave early enough in the morning that it's a nice ride, and when I leave it's before the rush hour. It's never stop-n-go traffic, so it's a nice way to unwind a bit. If I lived and worked in a larger area like you're describing, yeah, I might not do it either.

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post #10 of 221 Old 10-22-2010, 02:43 PM
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Daily rider to work here. My commute is only 7 miles oneway through town. I don't hit the freeway just surface streets. Run home for lunch everyday also. I like being abe to hop on and have a quick ride everyday.
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