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Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

Hi, is there anybody in this forum that commutes by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?
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Old 07.09.2014, 07:05
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Hi, is there anybody in this forum that commutes by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?
Rather you than me...
50kms a day - whoever does that must have really toned legs.
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Re: Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

Naw!

But I give my fullest support to you guys from inside my 4x4
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Re: Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

If you have an e-bike it is doable - OH does 41 a day when he rides his, and I imagine Zuri- Winti is flatter. But the days are getting shorter and colder, so his bike riding season is coming to an end.
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Re: Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

I actually do it. I am wondering if it is common since actually maximum it takes me about 1 hour 15 min (slow ride). Using train can actually take me 1 hour if I don't plan well (waiting in the station for more than 15 minutes).

it's going to be cool to know someone else is also ding it. ;-)
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Old 07.09.2014, 15:35
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I actually do it. I am wondering if it is common since actually maximum it takes me about 1 hour 15 min (slow ride). Using train can actually take me 1 hour if I don't plan well (waiting in the station for more than 15 minutes).

it's going to be cool to know someone else is also ding it. ;-)
Do you have an e-bike or a regular one?

I love biking, but hate rain/sleet/ice when on it, so biking stops being an option as soon as the commute exceeds a certain distance.
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It is a regular roadbike. I bought it cheap (2nd handed and problematic). I hope someone else is also doing it. Hope to hear that.
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It is a regular roadbike. I bought it cheap (2nd handed and problematic). I hope someone else is also doing it. Hope to hear that.
Someone is asking for a slipstream?
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Re: Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

Co-worker does it.
Sometimes.
And we have a shower at work, which he then uses.

I commute to work almost every day - but it's only about 11km and 100m of altitude.
I need about 5-10 minutes more than the bus.
I'm not sure I would do Winterthur Zurich - but I'd certainly only do it on a road-bike, too.

Before I moved to Zurich, my commute was only 4.5km - I needed about 3 weeks to adjust to the new distance. I'd expect the same for anybody else.
It's mostly about dividing your strength so you can go the distance without getting totally exhausted.

The great thing about commuting by bike (esp. if it's a larger distance) is that it's so much more relaxing than either driving or riding on public transport.
After a short while, most parts of your brain switch off almost completely, allowing you to shake-off any work-related stress you had.
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The great thing about commuting by bike (esp. if it's a larger distance) is that it's so much more relaxing than either driving or riding on public transport.
After a short while, most parts of your brain switch off almost completely, allowing you to shake-off any work-related stress you had.
I definitely agree with you. What I really don't like is at some segments of the road, it is completely dark on the returning trip. For instance, from Kempthal to Winterthur, there is no road light at all and the cars are very fast and the lights that they have are killing your eyes.

I wonder why no road lights at all at road segment with bike lane.
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Re: Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

Wear yellow-tinted cycling glasses and make sure you have bright lights on your bike. Ones that don't flash (if you really want a flashing rear light ensure it's in addition to a steady one).
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Someone is asking for a slipstream?
After around 300k, one of the spoke broke and I am still using it. I meant, there are still other 35 spokes, right?

It surprises me how expensive to repair a bike here.
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Wear yellow-tinted cycling glasses and make sure you have bright lights on your bike. Ones that don't flash (if you really want a flashing rear light ensure it's in addition to a steady one).
Thanks, to be honest, i have no idea at all about this yellow-tinted cycling glasses. I will check on it. I am from third world country where Switzerland is actually like a heaven for commuting by bike compared to my home country.
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Wear yellow-tinted cycling glasses and make sure you have bright lights on your bike. Ones that don't flash (if you really want a flashing rear light ensure it's in addition to a steady one).
I'd also consider getting one of those 1500+lumen ultra-bright bike lights so you can blind-back at the ones who don't switch-off their brights.
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Hi, is there anybody in this forum that commutes by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

I for a bit more than a year commuted by bicycle from Wollishofen to the Airport .... and then got a car .... public transport was far away from what it is now, had it been I would not have got a car at all
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After around 300k, one of the spoke broke and I am still using it. I meant, there are still other 35 spokes, right?
Yeah, you still have 97 % of them, but if you break another one you'll be down to 94 %, and so on. Better fix it.
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After around 300k, one of the spoke broke and I am still using it. I meant, there are still other 35 spokes, right?

It surprises me how expensive to repair a bike here.
Take some maintenance classes. Even if you have to pay for them, it's a good investment.
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Re: Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

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Wear yellow-tinted cycling glasses and make sure you have bright lights on your bike. Ones that don't flash (if you really want a flashing rear light ensure it's in addition to a steady one).
Are the rear flashing lights not allowed here? or is it a case of effectiveness?
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Are the rear flashing lights not allowed here? or is it a case of effectiveness?
I guess it is allowed. In fact, I notice it is more common to use flashing rear light. I am not sure why though.
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I guess it is allowed. In fact, I notice it is more common to use flashing rear light. I am not sure why though.
It's way more noticeable than a steady one, and I'm speaking from the point of view as a motorist and a cyclist.
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Re: Anybody commute by bicycle from Winterthur to Zurich?

I don't know the legality. They're very noticeable but the science behind flashing lights has shown drivers can't accurately pinpoint the distance (or speed) of the cyclist when driving. Flashing lights are fine for the city, or lit cycle paths, but I'd never rely on one on unlit country roads, you're likely to get a tired car driver fixating on the flashing and drive straight into the back of you.

I read a very persuasive article on this topic but can't be bothered to google it right now.
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