Portland Bike Forums (by BikePortland.org)

Go Back   Portland Bike Forums (by BikePortland.org) > General Discussion > General Discussion
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-11-2008, 05:13 PM
OldCog's Avatar
OldCog OldCog is offline
Site Admin
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Smack in Old Beaverton
Posts: 83
Default What time do you leave to commute

When do you need to hit the saddle to be to work or where ever on time ?

For me between 6:50AM and 7AM ... yeah I beat a lot of rush hour - but I'm not a morning person. My day starts at 7:30AM its about a 20min ride
Some people tell you the old walkin' blues ain't bad
Worst old feelin' that I've ever had ...
-Robert Johnson
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2008, 11:30 PM
jr98664's Avatar
jr98664 jr98664 is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 363

My high school starts at 7:25, and I need to be rolling by absolutely no later than 7:05. I make sure I am done eating my breakfast and reading Yehuda Moon by 7:00. With my OCD breakfast making schedule, everything works out perfectly.

My commute then averages about 18 minutes of wheels spinning (15 minutes if I'm late), and a few minutes stopped at lights and whatnot. I've only been impossibly late once, so I just took Mill Plain (a straight shot, but a major six-lane arterial with no room for bikes) and shaved my commute down to a svelte 14 minutes. Even better, my first period teacher is too lazy to mark anyone tardy.

Luckily, major intersections end up being placed almost exactly in one-mile increments from my house, so it works great for keeping my on schedule.
Gas Tax Holiday? I must be on gas tax retirement.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2008, 09:48 AM
Bent Bloke's Avatar
Bent Bloke Bent Bloke is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Outer SE Portland
Posts: 179
Default Around 6:00 am

It's about a 10 mile commute for me. It takes 45 - 50 minutes. I take a change of clothes and shower at work. I'm ready by my start time of 7:30. It's dark all the way now.

My quit time is 4:00 pm, and after changing and getting the bike out of the underground garage, I'm usually on the road about 4:15, and home around 5:00 - 5:15, depending on how hard I want to push and how long I have to stop at intersections. And whether I get a flat. I've had 3 in the last couple of weeks.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2008, 09:48 AM
djasonpenney's Avatar
djasonpenney djasonpenney is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: near Nike in Beaverton
Posts: 452
Smile I'm Spoiled...

2.37 miles, about half of which is through the Terpenning (THPRD) complex on MUP's. Eleven minutes elapsed if I poke along, ten minutes if I hurry and I catch the one traffic light.

I know, it's a tough life, but someone's gotta do it.
ORS 811.065 (1)(a):

The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. For the purposes of this paragraph, a “safe distance” means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver’s lane of traffic....

LCI #2105 Lambchop Rides!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2008, 08:36 PM
lovetobikedaily's Avatar
lovetobikedaily lovetobikedaily is offline
Junior Member
Site Admin
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Happy Valley
Posts: 19
Default 5:45 AM Is when I Start

It's a 45 to 50 min ride...13.06 miles. But it's a great way to start my day, I wouldn't want to start it any other way. But in the afternoon as I climb the hill back into Oregon City...I'm thinking WOW what a day.

By the way, I always sleep well at night.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2008, 09:01 PM
cecilanne cecilanne is offline
Site Admin
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 48
Default My commute is as long as my work day (almost)

I leave my house in SE Portland at 5:30 AM to ride 10 miles (up hill!) to the Barbur Transit Station, where I catch a bus to Salem; I get back to the Barbur TC from Salem at about 6:05 PM, and am home by 7:00 PM - fortunately it's all downhill on the way home
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2008, 07:36 AM
K'Tesh's Avatar
K'Tesh K'Tesh is offline
Super Moderator
Site Admin
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Subject To Change
Posts: 2,742
Lightbulb Good Question...

I try to hit the road by 7:30am heading for work, but can hit the road as late as 7:50am and get to work on time...

On the return, it's anybody's guess as I'm tied to a phone and I can get stuck on a "long call". Typically I get off at 5:30pm, but once I didn't get out until 7:30pm (I was supposed to leave at 6pm that night).

Rubberside Down!
Riding my bike is MY pursuit of Happiness!!!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2008, 07:48 AM
Richard Seton Richard Seton is offline
Junior Member
Site Admin
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 20
Default 6:30am

I typically leave home at 6:30am (sometimes earlier, sometimes a little later). I ride 1.5 miles to downtown Portland , where I catch the #164 to Vancouver, then 2.5 miles to work. Typically get to work at 7:15am. Since it's all downhill / flat, I just ride to work in work clothes.

On the way home, I typically leave at 4:15, and ride all the way - 21 miles & 1000 ft elevation gain. I have 55 stopping opportunities (stop signs & lights) on my regular route, so there is no such thing as a fast ride home. I'd typically get home around 5:45 - 6:00pm.

This bike commuting business doesn't leave a lot of time in the evening. On the other hand, a warm bath after a cold wet winter commute certainly feels good! That's when you know you're alive!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2008, 09:38 AM
Haven_kd7yct's Avatar
Haven_kd7yct Haven_kd7yct is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tigard, OR
Posts: 486

I try to leave my house at around 7:15-7:20... but lately, I haven't been closing the garage door until 7:30!

It's a 5-6 mile commute, and if I don't stop for coffee I roll into the parking lot just about at 8am. Shower, get dressed, ready for work by 8:30, unless I stand around a bit and chat. Since most everyone important roll in after 9am, and I have a mostly flexible schedule, I'm not exactly all stressed at what time I get to work.

Leave the office about 5:30 or so, home at 6 or so. It seems to take me a half-hour no matter what!

On those rare mornings I actually get out the door at my target of 7:15, it actually takes me about 23 minutes to get to work. Sweet.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2008, 10:37 AM
hemp22 hemp22 is offline
Site Admin
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 65

i've had a pretty good routine of getting up at 6:40 and leaving the house at 7:00. The ride is 20-25 minutes depending mainly on lights. That leaves me enough time to get into work, get showered/dressed, and grab some caffeine before being at my desk or in meetings at 8:00.
Although with the mornings getting darker & wetter, I need to get up a little earlier for it to all work out - both because of riding slower in the rain, and because it takes extra time to take off & hang up all the extra layers/gear.
(I don't have to go into the office for the next 3 weeks, but will have to make my adjustment then)
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:49 AM.

A production of Pedaltown Media Inc. / BikePortland.org
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.