Across London Commuting. How far do you go?

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16/09/2009 at 14:55
Just wondering how many of you cycle across London on your commute; how far and how long it takes?
Looking at a new job just now that will take me from Twickenham into Covent Garden each day.
Tubes/trains are out - they're soul destroying at that time of day.
Most cycle-friendly way seems to be via Putney > Mayfair > Thames Embankment.
google maps is telling me it'll be about 22K each way, which given rush-hour London traffic will probably take about 50 mins.
So I'll be clocking up over 200Km on my weekly commute alone. Too much?
md6
16/09/2009 at 15:00
My cycle commute is from Greenwich to Mayfair, which is 8.4 miles (according to google maps) and takes me ~33mins in and @35 back (best in either direction was 31mins). given the trafic situation and resd lights etc I quite often use it as a 'sprint' session. I will go as hard as i can from one set of lights to the next then recover while they're red and go again. i try and do this once a week, although as my mojo seems to be missing at the moment I haven't riden to work in about 3 weeks... but when i do I do that once a week, then take it nice and easy once a week and then just get there the third day - i figure any more than 3 days is pushing my luck with London traffic, myopic drivers etc, but that's just an excuse as i'm lazy at heart

Run hard, run fast, don't die...

16/09/2009 at 15:03
I live near Boxhill and work in Battersea, that's about 20 miles each way.

I probably ride in for half my shifts so that about 10 shifts a month - that's then 400 miles a month just on commuting - I will say though that I drive alot more in the winter..... so that will drop down to about 3 or 4 rides in over the darker months.

I use commuting as a way of training - I don't bimble in. I have very little free time so I have to.

Only you can tell if that distance is good for you - good luck

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16/09/2009 at 15:15
Sounds great GFH!

I'm only 5km from work (Mile End to the City) so try and find longer routes home via North London to increase my mileage. Incidentally, is there a kilometre version of mileage? Is it kilometreage?

Anyway, as Ben says, treat is as part of training. Just make sure you get a hi-vis jacket and some decent lights and keep your wits about you... Went past a road block today for what looked like a fatal collision on Whitechapel road.

Sometimes its just better to arrive at work 10mins later.

All the fear, no idea.
16/09/2009 at 15:40
20Miles each way from Watford to Liverpool street. (100 - 140 miles per week - i sometimes leave the bike there and train home)

It's most of my bike training at the moment - so the same as md6 - hammer it until you get stopped by one of the million traffic lights or have to slow down as there's "danger about"

I have my lights on even during the day - flashing light on my helmet and if its cold a bright yellow jacket.

Was thinking of getting a head torch for the winter to shine in drivers eyes so they really see me!!

Good luck and ride defensive!!

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
16/09/2009 at 15:46
Well I don't cycle in London (obviously ) but I did commute in central Auckland which was a bike haters paradise - I really like those reflective bands that go round your ankles - the white ones are best. They seem to really make people think "what the f***"

Good luck
md6
16/09/2009 at 15:59
durhamvam wrote:
I really like those reflective bands that go round your ankles - the white ones are best. They seem to really make people think "what the f***"

Good luck


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16/09/2009 at 16:04
You're right Md6 I could probably use my "walkers tan" for the same purpose this winter as I haven't had the benefit of a Kiwi summer Oh well going back in November so might get some sunshine then although it's a bit early.........
16/09/2009 at 17:11
Im doing 10km each way averaging just over 22min most days, but thats across SW london and after many changes to the route. Its a really good distance for everyday commuting, cos you can really go for it sometimes and know you wont be shattered afterwards. A few years back I was doing 18km each way from NE to SW London, down the A10 past liverpool street and over london bridge down the A3. I found sticking to major traffic arteries is definitely the way forward to get speed and avoid pedestrians. However, it was killing me doing that distance. I was shattered every night and it wasnt great. Granted I was less fit, but still, I wouldnt do that distance again.

I R BABOON
16/09/2009 at 17:31
Lewisham to Fleet St - about 9km and takes about 30 mins on my MTB. I tend not to push it - see it more as a session to keep the cobwebs at bay.

Heart rate still manages to reach 180bpm on the Old Kent Road though - generally due to pot holes+buses+motorbikes+taxis all waiting to ambush me.
16/09/2009 at 19:48
I am doing Kingston to Piccadilly 5 days a week, 20k each way. On Friday mornings I first go out to Surrey to add another 50k to my route, no riding on the weekend - family time! I do 200-250km a week.

The usual cycle time is 40-45 mins plus a few minutes for red lights. PB was 35 mins at xmas with very little traffic and red lights. Nicest route is via Richmond Park, down Priory Lane, Putney, Putney Bridge and Kings Road. As soon as you hit the Putney Bridge the traffic is bad .... that's why I cycle early in the morning, sort of 6am and do my running in Hyde Park, Green Park, Regents Park, Embankment. This way I get all my training done before work and then take it easier on the commute back.

When it rains badly, I take the train as the car drivers just don't see you. Otherwise I ride all year round and there are surprisingly few days where the rain is really bad!

Sleep, Eat, Train, Repeat! Ohh, forgot - family, job, social life!
16/09/2009 at 23:08
Cheers just2tri. Interesting.
Can't see me leaving at 6am though!
It's a lot of riding in 1 week. How much other training do you get in? What distance do you race?
17/09/2009 at 00:32
6am - pah - I start work then, up at 0415 and on the bike by 0440, get to work, shower, change, eat, do work stuff and out on 1st job at 0600

... finish at 1800 hrs ( provided I don't get a late job) then ride home.

After 4 of those days I can't move for 24 hours.

Nights are even worse

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17/09/2009 at 10:17
jeez will that is a long day - what work do you do?
17/09/2009 at 10:39
deeess wrote:
jeez will that is a long day - what work do you do?


He's a cycle courier

BTW I thought his name was will for ages as well!

All the fear, no idea.
17/09/2009 at 10:53
Will.... LOL

I work for the infamous London Ambulance Service - you ring 999 and my ugly mug turns up with a few bags of tricks, drugs and experiment on you.

Best job in the world. ( apart from never getting annual leave and the long hours - my days off make up for it though)

Team Laws is a go!!!!

http://www.teamlaws.co.uk

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17/09/2009 at 13:13
All you long distance ride to work folks, do you manage to have a shower when you get to work, or do you just smell sweaty all day?

Triathlon? Simples!
17/09/2009 at 13:28
Were lucky and have a shower - i would be stinking come lunch time if not! Although i do sweat a lot!!

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
17/09/2009 at 13:46
I see a life of baby wipe-baths ahead of me.

For all you high mileage commuters, what kind of distance do you race?
Do you have a killer bike split?
17/09/2009 at 14:04
about 4 miles (limehouse to waterloo) - and slowly as using it mainly as to avoid taking the jubilee line (although quickly on Tuesday pm when it was pouring and I hadn't checked the weather and so was the only idiot wearing a t-shirt and shorts).....

it must be a good workout though - the trusty stead weights a tonne! like the idea about sprints between lights, might give that a go sometime and am very impressed by the high mileage riders I must say!

Ironman Switzerland 2010....seemed like a good idea at the time