Posted on: 5th Mar 2017 8:38 AM
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"Formerly posted by Max88: Hi there just wondering if everyday cycling to work with urban bike for 17km (return trip) will it kill me? If I were using entry kind of bike? Never do that before would like to know if any of you bro/sis do that? Thanks!"
I ride a $140 fixed gear city bike to work. Its around 10km per side so around 20km each day. My route is relatively flat except for kembangan hill and the braddell road slopey area.
I don't really know how fit you are so i don't really know if it will "kill" you. However it does get alot easier overtime. Its not only just the fitness aspect of it, after riding a route often you will usually settle into a pace to match your body and road conditions. For example, after riding so long you'll know when the traffic lights turn so you dont actually waste energy sprinting to stop. I used to sprint on the flat before the kembangnan slope so i can get over the hill easier but overtime i realised just riding in a constant effort was actually easier and eventually faster.
Personally, i dont like to ride to work sweaty. So i ride at a very relaxed pace, fitted a pannier so my back dont get too warm. Usually i dont perspire at all when i reached my work place so i dont really need a shower. Just a change of clothes and shoes.
However my boss who also rides to work has a different view as he rather ride his roadbike as fast as possible to save time. That of course means he needs to shower everytime.
So it really depends on you on how hard you want you commute to be. Once in a while i will ride my roadbike or trackbike to do some intervals before work so you actually become more productive training-wise. Even a normal relaxed commute will function as a recovery ride.
I couldn't recommand commuting to work enough. Ride to work happy and when you are working you can always look forward to riding home. The best part about having a city bike(preferably a cheaper one) is you can park it anywhere and not worry if it gets stolen. It'll still suck, but not as much if you were riding the 5 digit priced one.
Oh and getting a cheap bike pays for itself. However its important that even thou it's cheap, you should get a good quality one and one that has its consumables easily available. I see people riding with 28" city bikes around, but when they get a puncture not every shop has that tube or tyre size.