What’s Your Effective Commuting Range?
Yesterday the weather was forecast to be mostly good, and I had a meeting scheduled with a client that my SatNav said was only 36 miles away by bike. Hmmm . . . with fuel prices now at £1.30 a litre (that’s $9.60 for a US gallon) (So all you in the USA moaning about $4/gal: Get_Over_It!), AND a predicted strike in the union that controls fuel delivery drivers meaning that supplies might get tight, I thought it’d be a good time to see what my effective cycling commuting range.
So I set off on my Sturdy Commuting Bike, laden with a full change of clothes (including safety shoes, as I was visiting a proper factory where they do Real Man’s Engineering), fluids, and fuel (gels + lunch).
36 miles each way shouldn’t be much of a problem for me - especially with a good few hours’ “rest” in the middle. But I hadn’t taken account of two things - the wind, and the profile of the route. The wind was scheduled to be from the NorthWest, and reasonably stiff. That should have meant a tailwind on the outward journey . . . . yeah, RIGHT! I swear it was in my face the whole way. As for the profile:
That’s just not funny - over 5,000 ft of climbing on my heaviest bike, loaded down with gear. The funny thing was that when I’ve driven this route in the car, I don’t remember it being anywhere near as hilly as this
Also, for some reason, there seems to be something wrong with the drivers around Lanchester and Anfield Plane - I’ve never seen so many driving like complete tw*ts, and lost count of the number of times I got overtaken with less than inches to spare on roads that were wide enough to give me several feet of space.
OK - enough moaning. On the bright side, I got to ride through some stunning scenery on almost deserted roads - once I got past Lanchester.
Would I do this ride again as a commuting exercise? No - it is too far, and too hilly. I think I’ll stick to the flatter ground around Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. That still gives me a range of up to 20 miles each way though . . .
. . . what do you consider your effective commuting range?
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 06/11/2008
- Total Time: 5:30:00.00
- Distance: 73 miles
- Average Speed: 13.27 mph
- Ascent: 5,173 ft
- Descent: 5,173 ft