I am thinking of getting a bike and biking it home from work on a mountain bike its 9 miles and reasonably flat, I"m not the fittest guy so I"m wondering if I would struggle??


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I agree with the comments that 9 miles is a not a short ride for somebody not in shape, but you’ll get in shape for it really fast, so you should go for it. Just get ready to be sore in funny places for a couple weeks.

You can make your situation better by doing a few things:

Buy a road bike instead, assuming you’ll be on pavement. At the very least, replace your mountain tires with something smaller, in the 30–40mm range. Mountain tires will slow you down and make you work harder. So will a heavy steel bike. Get a rack for your bike and buy panniers to haul your stuff. Wearing a backpack for 9 miles will get old fast. Whatever you do, don’t get one of those hip shoulder bags. Chiropractic disaster. Best is to get a bike with in-frame attachment points for the rack – many road bikes don"t have these, so make sure to check before buying.Get the bike and do weekend rides to get fit before using it for work.

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Good luck, have fun, and be safe!


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I"ve cycled 15km (or 9.3 miles) to work for over 2 years. You"ll get used to it very fast. I can reiterate what
tim.farkas is saying about that wearing a backpack will get old fast. I"ve bolted a big plastik box onto my bike rack to put my backpack in. It was very relieving to cycle without anything on your back.

Take your time in the beginning and cycle at a pace you feel comfortable with. It"s not a race. I"m well trained now and on average I need about 45 minutes one way. Plan more time than that.

If the distance is still too much, there might be tricks to take it easier in the beginning. Where I live I could take my bike with me in the train in the morning, and cycle back in the evening. A friend of mine is cycling the same way with an electric bike. He bought it because he wanted to arrive sweat free for work.

One more advice that is off-topic: The longer you cycle, you will someday get a flat tire on your way. That"s why I always carry tools and a spare tube.


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Biking is an easy activity to throttle. Start slow and take breaks along the way if necessary. Also take days off when you feel fatigued or sore. Make sure you hydrate.


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answered Feb 15 "15 at 19:01
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Consider an electric bike. My situation was similar, 15km is just about 9 miles and while I"m not a "big fat slob" I"m not super-fit either. I could do it on a moderate quality touring bike in 45 minutes but I got to work soaked in sweat. Taking a (dare I mention it) cigarette-pause around kilometer 10, and cycling gently, I took 55 minutes but didn"t offend my co-workers. I bought an e-bike and did it in 40 minutes.

My e-bike had about 100% boost (for every joule I gave, it added one joule) so I got a reasonable amount of exercise. In summer I managed out-and-back on one charge, in winter the batteries are less efficient so I took a charger with me. This was 6+ years ago, batteries are probably better now.

I had the good fortune that my route was through wood- and farmland, and I enjoyed it a lot.


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I been making 5 miles from home to work for a year and this are a few advices by myself.

Try to make a first ride of recognition when you don"t have to worry about time, maybe the weekend. In this ride you have to pay attention to bumps, holes, car"s crosses and transit signals in the road and if there is places for fix your bike in case of something happens.

Ride 15 to 30 mins early the first times until you get used to.

Define your route and if you have multiple choices, categorize them (I have one when I"m late and another with a beatiful landscape).

Don"t use your clothes of work to ride, instead use a shirt for sweat and get dirty, and in a bag put you work"s clothes, the first times you"re gonna sweat like a pig.

Always bring with you deodorant or a perfume if you can"t shower in the workplace.

Bring with you a rain slicker like this

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because in this you"re gonna sweat the double!!.

If you"re going to ride in night or even late afternoon, equip your bike with lights.

Use this for you pants, you dont want to get dirty of grease at work.

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(Optional) Use a scarf and glasses, sometimes the air make your throat and eyes sick.

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Always be sure you have attach you bag firmly to your bike because when you"re riding this can fall and you can lose it (if you doesn"t notice). If you carry on yourself your backpack for 9 miles that is gonna make you sweat more.