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So who has the longest distance cycle to work?

  • 04-07-2021 6:05pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    Hey all,

    Thinking about the commute. I'll potentially moving 30km from Dublin city centre. I'm fairly fit on the bike but is it mad to consider this? Maybe time for an ebike?!

    So anyone doing similar commutes currently? Any tips?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,635 ✭✭✭✭ Inquitus


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Hey all,

    Thinking about the commute. I'll potentially moving 30km from Dublin city centre. I'm fairly fit on the bike but is it mad to consider this? Maybe time for an ebike?!

    So anyone doing similar commutes currently? Any tips?

    You'd cover 30km into Dublin City in a similar time to a car if travelling in rush hour, it's only an hour of medium effort each way, will bring on your cycling fitness loads, the biggest roadblocks are the weather and availability of showers at work and a safe place to store your bicycle.

    I know a huge number of people who do this daily from NCD.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,448 ✭✭✭✭ ted1


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Hey all,

    Thinking about the commute. I'll potentially moving 30km from Dublin city centre. I'm fairly fit on the bike but is it mad to consider this? Maybe time for an ebike?!

    So anyone doing similar commutes currently? Any tips?
    Did it daily 5 times a week up to Covid. Killiney to the airport. No need for an ebike, you’d probably run out of battery every second day.

    You’ll build up your fitness fast. I hadn’t cycle in 20 years before I started. About 100kg so wouldn’t be the lightest either.

    It’ll take around 1hr 5 to 1hr 20, depending on the wind. You’ll be stopping and starting at lights. So brings down average speed compared to a country road


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    Thanks for the fast replies. My biggest concern is the roads I'd have to cycle. Country roads around Rush and Lusk areas. Pretty sh*te roads but doable! My current commute is 8km each way so would be a big jump!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,635 ✭✭✭✭ Inquitus


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Thanks for the fast replies. My biggest concern is the roads I'd have to cycle. Country roads around Rush and Lusk areas. Pretty sh*te roads but doable! My current commute is 8km each way so would be a big jump!

    You could use the new cycling route across the estuary to avoid most of those country roads.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    Inquitus wrote: »
    You could use the new cycling route across the estuary to avoid most of those country roads.

    What route is this now? Is it in planning? Sounds interesting!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,952 ✭✭✭ 07Lapierre


    Travel light. I bring in a weeks worth of work clothes on a Monday. I also have spare cycling shorts and jersey in work (in the event I get soaked in the way into work, it’s nice to know I have dry clothes to cycle home in)

    I also have a spare inner tube, a track pump and a spare tyre in work in the event of a puncture on the way into work. Again it’s reassuring to know that I have these spares in work which ensures I can cycle home.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,635 ✭✭✭✭ Inquitus


    jon1981 wrote: »
    What route is this now? Is it in planning? Sounds interesting!

    I am not sure of its official status but I believe it is now navigable, it follows the train line across the estuary in a special cycle track built next to the railway track, others here can probably give a better update.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,952 ✭✭✭ 07Lapierre


    Do you have a secure location for your bike? Leave a good/descent lock in work so you don’t have to carry a lock every day.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    07Lapierre wrote: »
    Do you have a secure location for your bike? Leave a good/descent lock in work so you don’t have to carry a lock every day.

    Yeah I'm lucky that way. Lockers, showers, secure bike cage indoors.

    I'm still half thinking about an ebike to cut out the shower need! Might be wishful thinking.

    Assuming i get 250watts out of the bike, that should see me doing minimal effort?!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,130 ✭✭✭ monkeybutter


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Hey all,

    Thinking about the commute. I'll potentially moving 30km from Dublin city centre. I'm fairly fit on the bike but is it mad to consider this? Maybe time for an ebike?!

    So anyone doing similar commutes currently? Any tips?

    What age are you? Lot easier to do it when in your 20s

    Did it myself prior to WFH for over 20 years, 25k, infinitely better than bus or car and great for fitness

    You'd do well to average 30kph in city traffic though

    Weather can be a pain at times and I'm a hardy cutter, it's more cycling home in soaked gear

    Showers ar work necessary if you are putting in much effort, but save that time at home showering anyway

    There are sweet feck all people commuting that distance for a reason

    Ebike would be a great backup in my mind , you can cycle on a normal bike when it suits you


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    What age are you?

    Did it myself prior to WFH for over 20 years, infinitely better than bus or car and great for fitness

    You'd do well to average 30kph in city traffic

    Weather can be a pain

    Showers ar work necessary if you are putting in much effort, but save that time at home showering anyway


    40yrs old. I'm fit enough but trying to find the confluence of fitness, shorter time and convenience!

    I could mix it up and take the non ebike every other day or something


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,130 ✭✭✭ monkeybutter


    jon1981 wrote: »
    40yrs old. I'm fit enough but trying to find the confluence of fitness, shorter time and convenience!

    I could mix it up and take the non ebike every other day or something

    That is the best bet, it was brilliant on summer days cycling past mad people sitting in their cars, but I bet they though the same when I'd be cycling through a freezing river in the way home

    If you have to do a commute you might as well make use of it, sitting in a car is mad

    There's no good way to deal with the rain in November day in day out


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,635 ✭✭✭✭ Inquitus


    jon1981 wrote: »
    40yrs old. I'm fit enough but trying to find the confluence of fitness, shorter time and convenience!

    I could mix it up and take the non ebike every other day or something

    It's worth investing in one of these, as mentioned above, to leave permanently at work, and make sure you take your wheels off and lock them to it as well. You also need to make sure its in some sort of secure work location that's not readily available to the public to avoid vandlisation as well.

    https://www.halfords.ie/motoring/motorcycling/security/magnumplus-colossus-chain-1.8m-x-12mm-with-padlock-536042.html

    536042?w=740&h=555&qlt=default&fmt=auto&v=1


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,650 ✭✭✭✭ Wishbone Ash


    There are a few on here doing Drogheda/Dublin which would be about 50k one way. Few also doing Balbriggan/Dublin which would be about 35k one way.


  • Administrators, Social & Fun Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 62,230 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Beasty


    If I ever get back to the office, it will be about 200km each way. Fortunately I'm down to 1 day a week and can spend Monday and Tuesday getting there, Thursday and Friday getting back....


    ....not going anywhere at present mind, as I'll be getting a new knee next month


    :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    There are a few on here doing Drogheda/Dublin which would be about 50k one way. Few also doing Balbriggan/Dublin which would be about 35k one way.

    Yikes!

    I might be meeting you all some day soon!


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,306 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder


    ted1 wrote: »
    You’ll be stopping and starting at lights. So brings down average speed compared to a country road
    i found commuting across the city was harder on the knees than doing double the distance on the open roads, because of all the acclerating back to speed from a stop i suspect.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    Btw I assume nothing but panniers will suffice for any distance over 10km? I assume if i carry my backpack with laptop I'll be looking at a physio appointment down the line.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,306 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder


    i never found carrying a backpack to be an issue - a laptop is not *that* heavy but it makes your back sweat like a mother****er, especially in warm weather.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,635 ✭✭✭✭ Inquitus


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Btw I assume nothing but panniers will suffice for any distance over 10km? I assume if i carry my backpack with laptop I'll be looking at a physio appointment down the line.

    That's a personal and bike dependent choice, what fitting options your bike has for panniers etc. A good rucksack designed for the purpose will not imho destroy your back, I used to MTB enduro for long distances with a backpack and noticed no back issues. There are lots of articles online that address commuting with a laptop to work on a bike, have a read and decide for yourself.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,859 ✭✭✭ KevRossi


    I do 28 km, usually 3 days a week going to work. Might do 36 km on the scenic way home if the weather's nice. I use an e-bike as there's no shower facilities and I want to look a bit respectable when I get there. It just takes the strain out of the hills and at the lights. I've about 125m of hills en route.

    The bike will do 75 km when I'm using the battery a lot, 100 km + if it's sporadic, so to be on the safe side I'll charge it before each trip.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    KevRossi wrote: »
    I do 28 km, usually 3 days a week going to work. Might do 36 km on the scenic way home if the weather's nice. I use an e-bike as there's no shower facilities and I want to look a bit respectable when I get there. It just takes the strain out of the hills and at the lights. I've about 125m of hills en route.

    The bike will do 75 km when I'm using the battery a lot, 100 km + if it's sporadic, so to be on the safe side I'll charge it before each trip.

    What bike are you using out of interest?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,859 ✭✭✭ KevRossi


    jon1981 wrote: »
    What bike are you using out of interest?

    I've a 2018 version of this one here, exact same bike with different colour scheme: https://www.cube.eu/en/2019/e-bikes/trekking/tour/touring/cube-touring-hybrid-one-400-blacknblue-2019/

    Mine has 400wh battery, new ones have 500wh or 625wh which gives a better range.

    Excellent bike, really happy with it, very comfy for cruising around. It's no racer and it isn't meant to be. I carry about 12 kg of work equipment and my own gear with me to each site and it does it all with ease.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,650 ✭✭✭✭ Wishbone Ash


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Btw I assume nothing but panniers will suffice for any distance over 10km? I assume if i carry my backpack with laptop I'll be looking at a physio appointment down the line.
    I've been carrying laptops in a back pack for years without any issues (20k each way).

    PS - just out of interest where approx in NCD are you moving to?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    I've been carrying laptops in a back pack for years without any issues (20k each way).

    PS - just out of interest where approx in NCD are you moving to?

    Skerries area. So would be north of 30km each way for me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,650 ✭✭✭✭ Wishbone Ash


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Skerries area. So would be north of 30km each way for me.
    It would be around 35k I think (depending on where in Skerries and where in Dublin). It's a straightforward route. The bit of the R132 south of Blake's Cross can be a bit concerning at times.

    (I'm in Skerries myself and commute to Portrane).


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,350 ✭✭✭ rolling boh


    There is a lot to be said for a e bike for the trip you will be doing its a fair commute each day and you have to make it on time as it is work so if weather conditions are bad unlike a leisure spin you have to stick to your route .


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    The bit of the R132 south of Blake's Cross can be a bit concerning at times.

    Done it many times on a club spin but rarely solo. This stretch and the Whitestown road to Station road section past the train station would be my 2 concern areas of the commute.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,650 ✭✭✭✭ Wishbone Ash


    jon1981 wrote: »
    Done it many times on a club spin but rarely solo. This stretch and the Whitestown road to Station road section past the train station would be my 2 concern areas of the commute.
    You wouldn't be going near Whitestown unless you wish to make the commute longer by going via Rush. :confused:

    This Strava segment is from the bridge in Skerries to Dorset Street:

    https://www.strava.com/segments/733730


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    You wouldn't be going near Whitestown unless you wish to make the commute longer by going via Rush. :confused:

    This Strava segment is from the bridge in Skerries to Dorset Street:

    https://www.strava.com/segments/733730

    My fault, I wasn't specific, the area would be equidistant between skerries town and the cross roads at Loughshinny. I could head across by Baldungan and take the road to Lusk then?


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