Road Vs Off-Road Commuter Challenge | What Is The Most Fun Way To Cycle To Work?

Road Vs Off-Road Commuter Challenge | What Is The Most Fun Way To Cycle To Work?


– 99% of the time, when we’re
commuting, it’s always a rush. It’s an absolute, full-gas
effort to get home, or to work, as soon as possible. – I mean, as much as I love
to wake up really early, I do like to enjoy a relaxed
breakfast before leaving at the last possible moment
and rushing in to work. And the same in the evening. As soon as the clock strikes 5:30, I’m on my bike and racing home. So with that in mind, we’ve been thinking, does a commute have to
be something we rush? Can’t we wake up a bit earlier,
or get home a little later, and have some real fun? And I mean some real fun. – Now what I’m thinking is, Hank has suggested we try and have fun. And we’ve only got one hour to do it. So in my mind, there’s
only one way to do this, and that’s to get off-road. I do wonder, though, just
what is Hank’s interpretation of an hour of fun? Here he is. – I think the best way
to have fun in your hour on your commute is on a road bike. – [Opie] The road? – Speed, beautiful lanes, power
fitness, no question, mate. – Well, we’ll see about that. It sounds like a challenge to me. – Challenge accepted. – See you at work. – You’re off that way, I’m– – Good luck.
– Go and take a canal boat. (determined electronic music) – Right then, I have
chosen to go off-road today because I firmly believe,
if you only have one hour, you may as well spend it getting dirty and improving your technique off-road. I’m going to be taking the
canal path down to Bath. And I could take it all
the way, but I’ve been told about some great local
trails which I just feel I ought to check out on the way. (determined electronic music) – And I guess, it’s no surprise
that I’m hitting the roads. I’ve planned the route on Kamoot, to make sure I’m taking the quietest and most beautiful ones. I mean, look at it! I’m flying down here, this
grin ain’t coming off my face. – Now today I’m riding Si’s
Orbea Terra gravel bike, which he has really kindly lent
me, for a couple of reasons. I don’t have my own. But the main reason is,
he’s trying to convince me that gravel can be a lot of fun. And to be really honest, so far, I can’t deny it, he’s right. (bike chain whirring) Canal tow paths run alongside
just about all canals and rivers in the U.K., and you can ride your bike on
pretty much all of them, too. And in fact, they’re often a direct way to get between big cities, which makes them perfect
for your morning commute. Anyway, my first bit of
trails is just up there. Let’s see if I’ve still got what it takes. (excited rock music) – Speed equals fun. (cheers) Yeah, buddy! (cheers) Oh, it’s amazing! I have to say, I’m pretty
happy with this route. I’ve hardly seen any cars and
I’ve hardly really stopped. I guess I’ve only stopped
at junctions, really. Saying that, I might take a selfie. (happy electronic music) (powerful rock music) (bike chain whirring) – Whew, that was
surprisingly tough, actually, all those off-road sections. It may be a surprise to a few of you, but here in the U.K. recently, we have had a incredible amount of rain. Which means those off-road
trails have turned to slop. Not ideal for these gravel tires. Anyway, it’s all good fun. On the tow path for the
next few kilometers, so I’m going to build up some speed. I wonder how much fun Hank’s having? (powerful rock music) – On my commute, and I’m loving it! Woo! Smile on my face all day long. Look at that view, yes. (camera clicks) Right, back to the lanes. The point I’m trying to make here is you can ride however you want, As long as you got a
big smile on your face, that is the goal. So for me, it’s going hard. Well, at least on the climbs, and fast on the descent. (laughs) (powerful rock music) Not a bad view there, not a bad view. That’s where I should’ve got a selfie. (cruising electronic music) Right now, Si’s getting to Bath. Now I could take the direct
route, slightly more busy, or I could take the fun route. A few more climbs, less cars. And ultimately, in my point
of view, it’ll be funner. I hope. Opie cannot be having more fun than me. – Ha, the last real bit of off-road. (powerful rock music) – When the sun’s out, the smile’s out. (powerful rock music) I’m loving this. Especially on-board my Orbea Orca Aero. This is the bike. (powerful rock music) (cheers) (bike chain whirring) I wonder where Opie’s got to. Ah, I thought I can hear you. – Beat me to it. – How much fun did you have, mate? – That was genuinely one of the best hours I’ve had on a bike for a little while. How about you? How was your choice? – Genuinely, absolutely loved it. I had so much fun, I
don’t think this smile is going to come off
for, well, quite a while. – You definitely look
happier than you did before. – Yeah, I reckon I
could do that every day, what about you? – Every day? No, probably not every day, because I’m a little bit
dirtier than I like to be. I’ve now got to wash Si’s gravel bike, which is a bit of a pain. And it took a little bit
longer than it might have. But on the whole, maybe once
or twice a week, I think? How about you? – I’m telling you, mate, I
could do that every single day. I mean, what better way to start the day than to have a big grin on your face? – I feel like you’re making that up. Because I happen to know for a fact, you love your sleep far too much to wake up early every
day to go ride your bike. – Yeah, I’m not going to
lie, that’s quite true. So if I maybe did it once or twice a week, I’d be able to get enough sleep, but also absolutely love it
when I do get on the bike. – Yeah, fair enough, that’s kind of a good balance, isn’t it? – Right, mate. Who won? Who had the most fun? – Well, I can see how this is going to go, you’re going to argue that you did, and I’m going to argue that I did. So I think we need to
send it out to the viewers for them to decide. – Yes, let us know in the
comments section below if you prefer the– – Dirty tow path ride, or
Hank’s intense road ride. – Yeah, we would love to hear from you, so do let us know. Make sure you give this
video a big thumbs-up. – And for another commuter
video, click down there. – We better get to work. – Ugh yeah, forgot about that.
– Yeah, let’s go.