Silicon Valley is booming again, and traffic is horrible. Not only do I have a beautiful bike ride into work, it often takes me less time than if I was in my car.
My commuting tip: drive into work with an extra days clothes (or the whole week) and use your car as your "locker room". This way you eliminate having to carry clothes -and- you have a car at work if needed.
Math: 30km commute by car @ average of 45 minutes (30 minutes if 6am or 8pm, 75 minutes if 8pm or 5pm), or 30km commute by bike @ average of 75 minutes = 75 minutes of exercise for just 30 minutes of my time! Double bonus when I leave home at 8am or leave work at 5pm and ride faster than traffic!
Practical: I rode 16,000 kilometers in my training year (Oct 1- Sept 30) and a majority come from commuting. These are not junk miles, they are base miles, a means to get to "the morning ride" (Palo Alto) and Tuesday and Thursday night training (Fremont) as well as getting to work or home at a predictable time. It's also my therapy! I want to hear about your commute.... Larry Nolan, NCCF Team Specialized Juniors Director