Discussion in 'Commuting' started by ren531, 10 Jan 2018.
Cold, wet, annoyed by beeping Audi daffodils.
On the plus side at least I don't need to find a parking space in my street.
I get to hear the birds tweeting when the traffic shuts up for a bit.
I get to see and hear things I wouldn't if I was in the van. 9 miles from home to airport at 0530hrs I get quiet roads, and more often than not a tailwind. I arrive ready to go with some energy, quite the opposite if I drive in. The same journey on a night shift is fun with traffic, largely very slow moving for the first 3 miles which make the ride more interesting.
The route home seems to be forever into a headwind (which is regularly cursed), but I arrive home safe in the knowledge that I can eat cake, ice cream etc etc and not worry about calories.
All of that and it saves me a good few quid on diesel too.
Don't give up Mr time waster, this part of winter is certainly the toughest but spring is just around the next corner ,your average speed is more difficult to maintain in the dark and energy levels lower ,but it will pick up as the weather improves .
someshere to park
Save loads of cash
Never late for work
Only have to rely on myself
A big grin and a mental recharge.
My daily exercise is built into my day. No expensive gyms or needing to go back out of a gym or some such.
I get home and nowt of the work day follows me home. The commute is the buffer.
On the way to work - stress relief from home life
On the way home - stress relief from work life.
Saves money on train fares or fuel and parking costs, which does my pocket good.
The exercise does my body good.
I see wildlife I wouldn't see otherwise and that makes me feel good.
I'm fitter than my work colleagues and that does my ego good.
The 65 - 80 mins each way gives me time to put the world to rights, (at least in my head) and that does my head good.
Well I probably *loose* about 1000kcal a day...
Otherwise - an excuse to spend money on bike stuff (I need to to get to work you know). I get to read 90mins a day via audiobook.
A great feeling passing over the motorway bridge and thinking 'I'd be stuck in that jam'
Arriving at work refreshed
Getting showered at work, saves heating as much water in morning and our power shower motor has lasted longer than the last one
Locking bike in work alleyway. Our work carpark is over subscribed which means there are more passes than spaces so often staff can wait hours on a space (yes it does happen!)
There's a certain point on my commute home, where I've finished my climbing of 750ft, the traffic has disappeared, no street lights and I roll into the countryside generally with arms outstretched and savouring that moment of 'this is why I do this'
In the car I get to enjoy the radio, a bit of entertainment and catch up on what’s going on in the world. I get the occasional nice view.
On the train I get some good views, want to use the time for reading but end up on the phone and cyclechat
Sixmile , I think you summed it up precisely.
13 Miles each way into London - Intervals with the lights on a clear day, why is it every light is green when I am knackered!
Other days when it is raining, it is a case of avoiding having an off, rain brings out the worst in drivers imo.
I get to be home faster than the 2 buses I would have to take instead of the bike.
A good hour faster!
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