Route of the week: Exeter commute

By Matthew Cole, communities editor | Monday, September 17, 2007 11.00pm

The number of routes being uploaded to the Routes & Riding section of BikeRadar is growing, with over 31,000 on there to date. We'll be highlighting the one that has caught our eye every week from now on. So whether it's a short leisurely off road jaunt for the family or a ten day on-road trek, we want to see your routes and if you spot a particularly noteworthy route, please let us know.

This week we highlight a humble commute - the type that many of you have uploaded to the site. There may be nothing particularly sexy or exciting about the daily schlep to work, be it a two mile pedal to the train station or a seven mile trundle along a towpath, but it's an integral part of many people's cycling experience and provides freedom and escape for many cyclists before and after a hard day's work.

Stuartww's commute into Exeter, UK is just over 10 miles long from Lympstone to the city's Business Park. The comments on his cue sheet offer some sage advice, presumably based on bitter experience: "Beware of wags* in 4x4s speeding through this lane at school run time!"

Typically for a cyclist, food and drink feature on the cue sheet - apparently Cara's café on the Greendale industrial estate is a great spot to 'refuel' on this ride...

If you want to search for other people's commutes on the site, simply type 'commute' into the search box here.

If you want to upload one of your own routes, nip over to now. It's easy. Either draw your route directly onto the map or upload a .gpx file from your GPS device. We'll also look out for routes with interesting notes attached to them so get out there, get riding and show us your routes!

Are you thinking about commuting to work? Search our database of bikes to see which commuter will suit you best. Also seek advice and solace with other commuters in the commuting section of the forum.

* That's Wives and Girlfriends for our non-UK readers.



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