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Commuters? - October 31, 2014, 08:51 AM

How many commuters do we have on this forum? Doesn't seem to be many of us around here. I ride a 60 mile round trip route everyday from Herndon to Old Town Alexandria. This morning was a brisk 36 degrees, and my hands got a bit cold, but I was fine otherwise. There's something about riding this time of year that I really love! Makes the commute bearable.

I have to admit, I don't see too many bikers on my trip. Am I one of the few?


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October 31, 2014, 08:57 AM

I used to ride everyday no matter the conditions. But I have taken some time off from that, I got kind of tired of it when I was given a free commuter car. I am certain I will go back to it some day.


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October 31, 2014, 09:00 AM

I commute on the bike.


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October 31, 2014, 09:01 AM

50 degrees and warmer I will, but I just hate taking the extra time to get geared up in the morning and put on layers when I'm not a morning person in the first place.


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October 31, 2014, 09:04 AM

Nah, 9 minute commute. It would literally take me longer to get geared up and have the bike warmed up a little and get to work than just jumping in the Toyota and just going. Short commutes in the winter are the worst on a bike. Tires never get warm, engine barely gets warmed up. Pass.


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October 31, 2014, 09:12 AM

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Nah, 9 minute commute. It would literally take me longer to get geared up and have the bike warmed up a little and get to work than just jumping in the Toyota and just going. Short commutes in the winter are the worst on a bike. Tires never get warm, engine barely gets warmed up. Pass.
Eff that. My commute is 3-5 mins. I still do that shit!


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October 31, 2014, 09:12 AM

No car so everywhere on the bike - exception for ice. With a Roadcrafter, even the ultralight, I never got wet in the rain and I didn't have to layer up like I did in other gear. Quick on/off so gearing up was never really a problem.


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Eff that. My commute is 3-5 mins. I still do that shit!
Damn, I just lost G points.


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October 31, 2014, 09:31 AM

Daily commuting to work is, at this point, about all the riding I do, except for some off-road fun during the Summer on vacation. I no longer have a true sportbike.
I stopped bike commuting for a few years and tried taking the Metro (free with employee benefits- I couldn't pass it up) but realized I'd rather let them keep the money and commute on my own dime, to cut the commute time in half (or more if the Metro has delays) and make it fun. I put about 8,000 miles a year on a used DL650. Before I got that I was riding my vintage turbocharged bikes to work, but parts are rare and I needed a cheap plain vanilla commuter.

It's rare when weather does not permit me to ride. We usually get the day off when the snow/ice is too bad, and if the forcast is for snow in the afternoon I ride in anyway and leave the bike at work if conditions are too bad to head home. I can usually ride it home the very next afternoon.

My gear is cheap and simple for inclement weather. A snowmobile one-piece ($50 at Sportsman's Guide) over my usual riding gear, and electric gloves and balaclava for Winter, and Neoprene fisherman's waders (with built-in boots) and a raincoat over my usual gear (and my regular walking shoes in my backpack) when there's heavy rain.
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October 31, 2014, 09:36 AM

If my commute was 40' from the bedroom to my home office, I would commute on the motorcycle.

Cold - OK (down to about freezing)
Rain - OK
Hot - well as long as it isn't so hot in the morning that I would arrive at the office all sweaty
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October 31, 2014, 10:17 AM

If I am at work I took a bike to get there (114 mile round trip). Like phogroian I could get to work for free if I wanted (train/bus) but that would largely eliminate my need for a street bike plus a longer commute (couple hours and, with an inner ear disorder I would have to just sit there, I can't read or anything).

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October 31, 2014, 10:40 AM

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50 degrees and warmer I will, but I just hate taking the extra time to get geared up in the morning and put on layers when I'm not a morning person in the first place.
This is my only complaint. I do take longer to get the layers going in the morning. My wife gets up early, so I just get up with her anyway. So it's not that big of a deal.

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I never got wet in the rain and I didn't have to layer up like I did in other gear. Quick on/off so gearing up was never really a problem.
I do avoid the rain and ice if possible. We have a parking garage at work, and I'm allowed to leave my car in it 24/7. So the car is always there if I need it. My wife and I only have a one car garage at the house, so this way we aren't playing car shuffle every morning.

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Daily commuting to work is, at this point, about all the riding I do, except for some off-road fun during the Summer on vacation.
This is me too. I rarely ride on the weekends, so I do look forward to my commute. My wife's brother died from a motorcycle accident, so she is not much for riding.

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I could get to work for free if I wanted (train/bus) but that would largely eliminate my need for a street bike plus a longer commute (couple hours and, with an inner ear disorder I would have to just sit there, I can't read or anything).
I don't know if this is because I'm getting older or what, but I have started to feel ill if I'm on the Metro too long. If I commute via Metro (which I have a few times) it's an hour and 15 minutes and just to damn long.


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October 31, 2014, 10:43 AM

If I didn't commute, I'd be one of those people who rarely ride, instead of putting 15-20k miles a year on my bike.
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If I didn't commute, I'd be one of those people who rarely ride, instead of putting 15-20k miles a year on my bike.
Absolutely the same here. When I first started riding years ago I was a weekend warrior, but it doesn't have the same appeal to me anymore.


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October 31, 2014, 03:13 PM

I used to ride year round and then I moved 0.4 miles from work and now I have to walk .
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