In the (distant) past I commuted 6 km (more than half an hour) each way, on a cheap bike with big knobbly tyres.
Soon I'll have a new commute: 18 km each way, daily. That's much further than I've done in the past, and I don't want it to take 2 hours each way; but this reading suggests that it's feasible:
Most people who reside 10 to 20 kilometres away will also find it quite easy to cycle to work, although the distance in the high end of this range will become a little more demanding.
If I can do it in 80 minutes or even less each way, that would be ideal. I'm 49 years old, 6 foot tall, and weigh 170lb, and I want to commute by bike because otherwise I'd be getting no exercise in my week at all.
I've never bought or ridden anything but a cheap bike.
What equipment should I buy then, to commute 11 miles each way through a city (Toronto) on flat, paved roads, shared with cars:
- Clipless pedals and shoes?
- Handlebars (e.g. flat or dropped)?
- Frame (size, shape, material)?