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My commute is going to get l longer. Should I try to hitch a ride home?

Old 09-10-22, 12:10 PM
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My commute is going to get l longer. Should I try to hitch a ride home?

My current commute is 9 mi one way. 350 ft of climbing to 450 ft return. Avg time 37 min and 42 min. My new commute which I've done once is 16.5 mi 900 ft to/1200 ft return. 65 min and 80 min. That 1st time ride home was a bear for me after a 10 hr shift. I probably can adapt to it, but seems like a lot. I could bike to work and try to leech a ride home from a co-worker. I'd probably pay $15 per trip to make it worth their time . Is that a fair price? I'm kindaish on their way home. Or am I being weak and just suck it up?
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A couple of other thoughts. I you have a car, drive part of the way and bike the rest. I expect that will be less expensive.

The other thought is an e bike. Still an effort but it will be easier.
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My commute was 27 each way. Most times I could leave my car at work, bike home, then bike back in next day. Or I would park and ride as a round trip, parking 18 miles from work. I wasn't doing this 5 days per week and only days when I was at my desk all day. 2-3 days per week was manageable.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
My commute was 27 each way. Most times I could leave my car at work, bike home, then bike back in next day.
This "half a commute" approach has worked well for me when adjusting to a longer commute.

$15 a day for a lift? Are you made of money?? I'd save that for the day my car was at home and the thunderstorms (that are expected to last all night) came in early.
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Originally Posted by burritos View Post
My current commute is 9 mi one way. 350 ft of climbing to 450 ft return. Avg time 37 min and 42 min. My new commute which I've done once is 16.5 mi 900 ft to/1200 ft return. 65 min and 80 min. That 1st time ride home was a bear for me after a 10 hr shift. I probably can adapt to it, but seems like a lot. I could bike to work and try to leech a ride home from a co-worker. I'd probably pay $15 per trip to make it worth their time . Is that a fair price? I'm kindaish on their way home. Or am I being weak and just suck it up?
Your new commute is definitely too short. You need twice as much time on the saddle to fully enjoy bike commuting !
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Old 09-12-22, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
This "half a commute" approach has worked well for me when adjusting to a longer commute.

$15 a day for a lift? Are you made of money?? I'd save that for the day my car was at home and the thunderstorms (that are expected to last all night) came in early.
For me and my bike, if I took an uber, it'd be 40 buck plus tip.
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The "half commute" idea works great if you don't have to do anything at home. If you have to put a kid on a bus at 7:30am or walk a dog whose back teeth are floating by 6pm...

For me I'd ask myself what is the point of my commuting and if I can still get it, even if some other way. When I had a dog in an apartment I didn't ride much because I knew I was taking an hour walk when I got home.
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Old 09-13-22, 06:59 PM
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$15/trip adds up quick I'd say suck it up and ride on. My bike commute is 14 mil each day and I'm out there rain, snow, sleet, hail (even when a tornado was in the distance) on workdays. On the weekends, I usually "take it easy" depending on the weather, mood and time I hop on the saddle.
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