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The daily "I cycled to work" thread

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S10GTA

Original Poster:

6,585 posts

74 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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Have you ridden to work?

Edited by S10GTA on Thursday 8th August 09:54

okgo

26,356 posts

105 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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eh?

XitUp

7,690 posts

111 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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I live about 4km from work so I'm not really saving all that much.

McFsC

553 posts

59 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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I've been doing the 25 mile round trip to work and back for 8 weeks now. Leave the house at 5:45 and arrive home again at 17:05.

Really enjoying it and into a nice routine now. There are some tw@ts on the road though.

mike306

14 posts

61 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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I do between 22 and 30miles a day, depending witch way I choose to go.
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Rob_T

1,891 posts

158 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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mike306 said:
witch way I choose to go.
On a broomstick perhaps?

pablo

13,946 posts

180 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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i drive to work and hoon around on my bike at the weekend?!

swerni

26,252 posts

117 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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pablo said:
i drive to work and hoon around on my bike at the weekend?!
Me to


Mr E

17,129 posts

166 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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S10GTA said:
Just so you can feel smug about the ££ you saved for a weekend hoon smile
Dropping fairly serious money on the bike and kit negates any saving for me.

Gargamel

8,907 posts

168 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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Mr E said:
Dropping fairly serious money on the bike and kit negates any saving for me.
This, my commute is 56 miles round trip, so around a tenner in fuel. With that kind of mileage, I physically can't do it everyday, not fit enough.

Then I spend more than the saving, on tyres, tubes and shiny things.

Jimbo.

3,205 posts

96 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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S10GTA said:
Just so you can feel smug about the ££ you saved for a weekend hoon smile
For every £1 I saved when commuting by bike, I must've spent £2 on largely unnecessary shiny things!

Resuming commuting this week, all being well. Hopefully the spend:save ratio will be slightly better.

S10GTA

Original Poster:

6,585 posts

74 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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It was bloody windy on the way home this evening. Suffering after yesterdays ride too frown

weedram

116 posts

105 months

Monday 18th June 2012
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I live 32 miles from work, but quite fancied cycling at least part of the way a couple of times per week. So last week I started to get the train to Glasgow and cycle the last 10 miles or so.

Daily cost of diesel when I commute the 64 mile round trip by car by car, about £8.

Return fare on train to Glasgow £10.70. (22 miles each way)

Bugger, this eco friendly healthy lark is actually costing me money (well it feels that way - I know I probably break even or save a few pence when you factor the other running costs in - no depreciation though as my daily car isn't worth much)

Really enjoyed it though. Love the smug satisfied feeling when I ride into the car park. Did it again today!!

Gizmoish

18,150 posts

116 months

Tuesday 19th June 2012
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Another 40 km round trip for me yesterday. Getting easier all the time. smile

louiebaby

6,364 posts

98 months

Tuesday 19th June 2012
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A round trip saves me £4.70 in Tube fares, £2 in the morning and £2.70 in the evening. This morning I came in on my mountain bike, on knobblies, as the road bike is in for a service. It felt even better overtaking people than usual...

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S10GTA

Original Poster:

6,585 posts

74 months

Tuesday 19th June 2012
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louiebaby said:
A round trip saves me £4.70 in Tube fares, £2 in the morning and £2.70 in the evening. This morning I came in on my mountain bike, on knobblies, as the road bike is in for a service. It felt even better overtaking people than usual...

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laugh

Massively slow and lethargic today. Think I need to drive in one day. Oh well, saved another fiver smile

louiebaby

6,364 posts

98 months

Tuesday 19th June 2012
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S10GTA said:
louiebaby said:
A round trip saves me £4.70 in Tube fares, £2 in the morning and £2.70 in the evening. This morning I came in on my mountain bike, on knobblies, as the road bike is in for a service. It felt even better overtaking people than usual...

smile
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Massively slow and lethargic today. Think I need to drive in one day. Oh well, saved another fiver smile
To be fair, I made sure I had a decent amount of air in the tyres. I sounded like a mini army wagon on the smoother roads. Everyone has the slower days, when it feels like a pain. The way I think about is this:

In the past I had many days that I didn't really want to be bothered to train, but did. They were often the best session of the week. Now, when I can't be arsed, the above fact is usually enough to spur me on. It also continues to be true.

a11y_m

1,629 posts

129 months

Tuesday 19th June 2012
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It's all about the man maths smile

Unsure if I save money by cycling to work but I don't really care. Wouldn't change it as I really enjoy the extra time on a bike, even if it does involve a bit of road cycling. Makes any trip in the car more special as I don't drive it for work much at all.

Fluffsri

1,768 posts

103 months

Tuesday 19th June 2012
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Ive been commuting since Feb and my bike has now paid for its self (moving 60 miles closer to work also helped wink)

AyBee

7,884 posts

109 months

Tuesday 19th June 2012
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Jimbo. said:
S10GTA said:
Just so you can feel smug about the ££ you saved for a weekend hoon smile
For every £1 I saved when commuting by bike, I must've spent £2 on largely unnecessary shiny things!

Resuming commuting this week, all being well. Hopefully the spend:save ratio will be slightly better.
Surely this is the man-maths justification? I cycle so I can justify the spending on bikes biggrin Save myself about £100/month (Monthly zones 1&2 tube pass minus the few journeys I make PAYG on the tube), I still reckon I'm better off though despite the £80 coat, £60 shoes, £40 tyres, £40 lights etc etc wink