Re: Uni to work (sort of)
“elares” wrote in message …
> Today I made my first attempt to uni commute.
> Most days I bicycle the 15 hilly miles each way to work. Because of
> low uni skill level, I made it multi modal today. 1.5 miles to a bus
> stop. Bus for 13 miles, another half mile of uni to the office. This
> on a 24" Savage. Brutal. My goal is to do the entire 15 miles on my
> 36er. But first, I need to learn to free mount that monster.
> Anybody else out there uni-commuting?
When I started working in London 16 months ago I had to take the train
there and back each day. Once a week I would ride my 20" to the station
(1.5 miles-ish), and do another couple of miles at the other end. I
would have to wait until another day to do the reverse trip.
After I while, I was riding this each way a couple of times a week.
Then I got lodgings in London, 8 miles from where I work. So I would
get the underground in to the half-way point, and ride 4 miles in, and
the following day 4 miles back again. Gradually this increased to the 4
miles each way every day. I did the whole 8 miles a couple of times,
but on a 20" wheel it was a real killer!
Then I moved up to a 26" and I started riding further.
Then moved to a 29" and these days I cover 16 miles a day without
batting an eyelid.
The secret is to increase gradually. Rather than get off at the bus
stop that you did today, get off at the one before it a couple of times
next week. Or, if you’re pushed for time, take the short and easy ride
in in the morning, but in the evening aim for the next bus stop, or the
one after that.
If your bus tickets are based on distance or zones, then that can help
motivate you to get off earlier, or to get on later. You will see a
financial reward for the extra mile or so which can be a big incentive!
STM - 80 mile a week average commuting