The recommended route for cycle commuting from Goring to Reading. About 45 min by bike compared to 30 min by car (on a good day) - what's not to like? The train is faster, but overall train journey time will depend on amount of walking to/from stations.
Feeling smug when passing lots of stationary commuters in cars, while getting fit and saving money.
Busy traffic on the A4074 into Reading, particularly around the traffic lights at the bottom of St Peter's Hill in Caversham. This route takes some back streets to avoid the worst.
Not strictly relevant for commuting! For leisure riders, the route passes the Pack Saddle pub after 7miles.
When using this route in the reverse direction, it's possible to take the towpath on the left side of the river to just beyond Caversham Bridge in order to cross under the busy road at this point.