Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

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Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by azstinger » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:30 pm

Hi All,

In an effort to regain former fitness I am starting to bike my work commute. I am inviting all of you to take part in this challenge as well!!! Rules are simple, ride to work, get rewards! Any non powered bike/tricycle etc is welcome to join. This is not an official ZS challenge or anything of the like just a way to get out and be motivated. I have broken down the following miles as my personal rewards, feel free to modify them. Also note I am only counting miles biked when commuting not any others, if you bike to get groceries, run errands, or to work out you can add them as you see fit. Feel free to post results/ask questions/etc. Happy cycling and be safe out there!

Weekly Mileage Goals/Rewards:
Mile 15: Good job, tubby gets a protein bar!
Mile 30: Not too bad, 30 minutes TV watching.
Mile 45: Starting to get the hang of this! No reward other than your own satisfaction :gonk:
Mile 60: You just saved 4 gallons of gasoline or as we say in California $25, get yourself a bag of pretzel M&Ms
Mile 75: Impressive, most impressive. You get a 12oz beer
Mile 90: Don't get cocky kid,1 hour tv watching
Mile 105: Clearly you are developing the legs of an Olympian, Skip a run workout
Mile 120: That's 8 gallons of gasoline or $50!!!!!! You my good sir/madam deserve a Burger!
Mile 135: Lance ain't got nothing on you, 2 hours tv watching.
Mile 150: Next stop Tour De France, grab yourself a bomber of your favorite beer!

Weekly Leader board:
Name/Number of days bike commuting/Mileage/Pace
azstinger/0/0/00mph

All Time Leader board:
Name/Number of days bike commuting/Mileage/Pace
azstinger/0/0/00mph

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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by maldon007 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:53 pm

In!... though summer is tough, I pick up one of my kids on the bike during the school year and do less now that school is out. Guess I better figure out places I need to go, to ride too then :lol:

(I raise kids for a living, btw)
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Post by Caenus » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:50 pm

Even though cycling is my preferred exercise, Im out. I have 48 miles each way to work.

I ride 60-80 miles a week though.
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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by azstinger » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:34 am

maldon007 wrote:In!... though summer is tough, I pick up one of my kids on the bike during the school year and do less now that school is out. Guess I better figure out places I need to go, to ride too then :lol:

(I raise kids for a living, btw)

That's awesome you bike to pick up the kids!! I'm really trying to bike more places myself, California gas is so expensive and my car sucks for MPG.

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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by ZMace » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:33 am

I used to bike when I was only 12 miles from work, but it would be damn tough now. I have been wondering how long it would take me to get home in an emergency situation without my truck (this is zombie squad after all), so I might try it.

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Post by TN-Shooter » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:39 am

I live 5 mikes from work. But... No sidewalks on this congested road. I would love to participate. Good idea!
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Post by DarkandShiny » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:38 pm

I'm in! I've been biking it to work for a while but I started driving again since temps hit 100. No more excuses now,!

Edit - I'm 18 miles to work and back so it's going to take me some time to rack up miles.

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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by azstinger » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:11 pm

When I get home tonight ill update the thread with the current list of people.

It's 16mi each way for me so 32 miles each day. Conveniently my car averages 16mph so its super easy to see how much I'm saving in addition to getting a workout in!

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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by azstinger » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:58 am

Just finished my morning commute into work, 17.3 miles, 75 minutes, 13.6mph average

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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by Tater Raider » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:51 pm

I'm out as work is a rural paper route 1 day/week ~180 miles in 6 hours, but I wish you all the best and will keep riding for fitness/ recreation.

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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by maldon007 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:53 pm

180 miles, in 6 hours? Is that like 30 mph average... That is VERY fast, no? (edit: if I figured it right, the winner of the 2012 Olympic 155 mile road race, averaged 27mph.) but my math could be off in either or both cases :lol:

I did 8 the other day, averaged 12mph, about as fast as I could go (admittedly, I am 45yo. and riding a cheap bike).
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Post by Evan the Diplomat » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:30 pm

TN-Shooter wrote:I live 5 mikes from work. But... No sidewalks on this congested road. I would love to participate. Good idea!
Sidewalks/schmidewalks. The League of American Cyclists recommend that cyclists ride on the road, in the direction of traffic.
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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by Anianna » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:23 pm

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TN-Shooter wrote:I live 5 mikes from work. But... No sidewalks on this congested road. I would love to participate. Good idea!
Sidewalks/schmidewalks. The League of American Cyclists recommend that cyclists ride on the road, in the direction of traffic.
In most places, it's not legal to ride on sidewalks. Bicycles are considered vehicles by law and must ride on the road either with traffic or, if you're lucky, in a bike lane. There are roads where bikes are not permitted, though, because bikes do not meet minimum speed requirements, so people like my husband who commute on those types of major highways are SOL when it comes to bicycling to work.

I work at home and am allergic to every plant out there, so I have a stationary bike in front of my TV. I am a weakling and only get 3-10 miles a day, though. Kudos to Az and others for pulling 17+ miles. Az, are you doing that both ways or just biking one way each day? If you're doing 35 miles a day, freaking good on ya. Sheez criminy! I think I'd never get there and keel over somewhere along the way. :gonk:
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Post by Skull_Hide » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:24 pm

Would love to, but I'm 45 miles from work, and 40 of those miles are I-5 and 205.
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Re: Azstinger's Bike Commute Challenge!

Post by azstinger » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:47 pm

Anianna wrote:
Evan the Diplomat wrote:
TN-Shooter wrote:I live 5 mikes from work. But... No sidewalks on this congested road. I would love to participate. Good idea!
Sidewalks/schmidewalks. The League of American Cyclists recommend that cyclists ride on the road, in the direction of traffic.
In most places, it's not legal to ride on sidewalks. Bicycles are considered vehicles by law and must ride on the road either with traffic or, if you're lucky, in a bike lane. There are roads where bikes are not permitted, though, because bikes do not meet minimum speed requirements, so people like my husband who commute on those types of major highways are SOL when it comes to bicycling to work.

I work at home and am allergic to every plant out there, so I have a stationary bike in front of my TV. I am a weakling and only get 3-10 miles a day, though. Kudos to Az and others for pulling 17+ miles. Az, are you doing that both ways or just biking one way each day? If you're doing 35 miles a day, freaking good on ya. Sheez criminy! I think I'd never get there and keel over somewhere along the way. :gonk:

I did go both ways that day, however I think it was a bit too much too soon. I will be commuting one way on my bike then catching the train back. It means I only have 4 miles to ride on the return trip instead of 17.

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Post by TacAir » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:46 am

Anianna wrote:
Evan the Diplomat wrote:
TN-Shooter wrote:I live 5 mikes from work. But... No sidewalks on this congested road. I would love to participate. Good idea!
Sidewalks/schmidewalks. The League of American Cyclists recommend that cyclists ride on the road, in the direction of traffic.
In most places, it's not legal to ride on sidewalks. Bicycles are considered vehicles by law and must ride on the road either with traffic or, if you're lucky, in a bike lane. There are roads where bikes are not permitted, though, because bikes do not meet minimum speed requirements, so people like my husband who commute on those types of major highways are SOL when it comes to bicycling to work.

I work at home and am allergic to every plant out there, so I have a stationary bike in front of my TV. I am a weakling and only get 3-10 miles a day, though. Kudos to Az and others for pulling 17+ miles. Az, are you doing that both ways or just biking one way each day? If you're doing 35 miles a day, freaking good on ya. Sheez criminy! I think I'd never get there and keel over somewhere along the way. :gonk:
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Post by maldon007 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:32 pm

In every place I have ridden, cops leave riders alone who are safely riding on sidewalks, regardless of specific laws, but ymmv of course.
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Post by Anianna » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:06 pm

maldon007 wrote:In every place I have ridden, cops leave riders alone who are safely riding on sidewalks, regardless of specific laws, but ymmv of course.
Perhaps, but we won't advocate breaking any laws regardless of existing enforcement. :wink:
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Post by Tater Raider » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:33 pm

Anianna wrote:Bicycles are considered vehicles by law and must ride on the road either with traffic or, if you're lucky, in a bike lane.
Varies by AO. Out here they are not vehicles, they are devices. Riding on sidewalks is legal except where it isn't. Bikes have to follow rules of the road when using it like a vehicle though, which most don't. :?

Be extra careful in bike lanes. Studies have shown that riding in them is more dangerous than riding on the road, but the law usually says you have to use them when present.

Check local maps for bike paths, routes, and lanes and please be doubly careful when using bike lanes.

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Post by maldon007 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:38 pm

Pretty weak rides last week, 1 for 8 miles (long way to gym), 1 for 3 miles (walmart), 11 miles total. Will try to do more this week.
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Post by Tater Raider » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:44 pm

maldon007 wrote:Pretty weak rides last week, 1 for 8 miles (long way to gym), 1 for 3 miles (walmart), 11 miles total. Will try to do more this week.
Not weak at all. I started with 3 mile rides 3 weeks ago (its week 4, day 1). Today I did 6 and my longest scheduled is 18 (30km). In 8 weeks I'm hoping to knock out a metric century.

5 weeks ago I did nothing. Except maybe ask someone to get me something while they were up.

Measure your own progress and take encouragement from that. And keep in mind everyone has off days.

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Post by mk_ultra » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:34 pm

I already commute by bike to work every day . Have been doing so in all weather for over two years . I don't own a car .

Round trip is 14 miles . I do a recreational club ride every Monday as well that is usually 20 to 30 miles . All told I ride a minimum of 100 miles every week .
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Post by maldon007 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:04 pm

Awesome! Wish I was in a position to do something closer to that.
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Post by Anianna » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:20 pm

I read some of this and chide myself for being small and weak, only doing a minimum of 30 miles a week, but I think it does matter what kind of bikes we are riding, too. When my husband and I used to ride together, he was on a ten speed and I was on a cruiser. He could always go longer and faster than I could, but when we switched bikes, he couldn't go as far as I usually did on my own bike and I had the easiest ride of my life. A cruiser is hard to do long distances on, so if you're pulling that kind of distance on a cruiser, I'm in awe. On a better bike, it's still impressive, but at least I don't have to feel so bad about myself not going quite as far. :mrgreen:
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