Cycling vs train: pros and cons

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by mustang1, 22 Jan 2019.

  1. mustang1

    mustang1 Guru

    London, UK
    If I use train, I put on jeans, top, jacket, and go. Oh yeah, and take headphones. Enjoy a movie or audiobook.

    If I use bike, well, there's a whole bunch of stuff that needs to be done. Layer up for clothes to get there, have different set of clothes for return journey, shower at end of journey. Find gloves, need hat, ensure lights are charged. Even if this is done the night before (which it isn't), it's still something that needs to be done. And sometimes, doing all that can become a real flamin' chore.

    Benefit of cycling is I get exercise. But to me there is no other benefit. But I don't get any elevated feelings of "wow I feel so set up and ready for work after a nice bike ride" because quite frankly, I don't. I enjoy my work enough that I don't need any exercise in the morning to "set me up for the day".

    So what are your pros and cons for cycling vs whatever your alternative transport is?
  2. If you dont like it dont do it. Just ride when you like.

    I like riding my bike. I ride in the sun or in the rain. My commute is 40km a day and I do it most days of the year. I do have a car. Tomorrow I will be in the car as it is - 7 degrees at the moment.

    It keeps me fit and I like riding in nature. But maybe I like because it is not the easy option.
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  3. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    It's quicker
    It's cheaper
    It's more reliable
    It's more consistent
    It's healthier
    It's good for mental health
    I'm more connected with my surroundings
    I'm more alert
    I'm more awesome.
  4. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    The opening post only looks true to me if you live at the train station and so can get there without glove, hat or lights (for me, I have to either cycle or drive to a station - occasionally, a bus is possible but even then, I'll be standing outside at the bus stop and train platform), plus you could reduce the cycling faff by riding a bike with bolted-on lights a little more sedately in street clothes - the riding isn't that much slower and it's still 2x to 3x the speed of walking.

    So for me, it's cycling most times, including to the train sometimes.
  5. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Pro for cycling: I'm cycling

    Con for train: I'm not cycling
  6. rossw46

    rossw46 Well-Known Member

    Waltham Abbey
    Very well said, I like that.

    My daughter was born 7 months ago, so my cycling has been severely cut down since, but now she's sleeping better, I've hit the cycling hard again, commuting in zero or lower, in the light and darkness, I feel so much happier, sticking it to all the people in the massive queues in their boxes, and the same to all of them in the sardine can that runs on rails, which is often delayed, or cancelled.
  7. chriswoody

    chriswoody Veteran

    I cycle to the train station, fold the bike up and relax for 25 mins. Then at the other end, unfold the bike and ride to work. Overall it's too far to ride and the train/bike combination is perfect for me.

    However, I also live in Germany where we have double decker trains and the bike carriage is literally the entire lower deck of one carriage, though in summer it can get insufferably packed.
  8. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Cleaning and oiling the chain on an Inter City 125 takes weeks!
  9. I like cycling and I am a train nerd so I also like riding on trains.

    German trains generally have good cycling provision and it is increasingly free.

    I am a very happy camper.
    Last edited: 24 Jan 2019
  10. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    No travellng time, allowing for late/missed services(bus or train). Used to allow for one of each missing.

    Cycling got the same trip, start and finish points, done quicker. With normally only myself to blame. No time allowance for missed/late runners. Had a bit of fun in the process.

  11. Lol!

    Nice one chief!
  12. Money
    I hate wasting money going to work when bus or car only saves About 10 minutes

    I say to people at work , would you pay 7 quid to save 10 minutes to which there is a silence
  13. Thomson

    Thomson Well-Known Member

    True. I cycle in all weathers as I took a pay cut to change jobs closer too home. 20 miles to under 3. If it’s really bad or something ok I get picked up but that not very often. It means whatever wage I do make it’s mine. I grudged paying £2.70 on a bus once. So for me cycling was purely for saving money.
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  14. OP

    mustang1 Guru

    London, UK
    That's excellent!
  15. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    Quite. My commute is too far to cycle do train us the only option. But I live about 6km from my home station so I usually cycle there, which I do in normal clothes and generally without breaking sweat (except on the days when I’m late setting off so need to hurry).

    If my commute were <20km, it would be a no-brainer - a nice sensible bike with mudguards, dynamo lighting and rack, ridden in the clothes I intend to stay in for the day, at a moderate pace.
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