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A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:23 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
Wow, it's been a long time coming. I've done so little riding this year.

But on my next ride I will pass 50,000km on my commute unicycle.

Luycra warriors take note. It's just an old clunky heavy steel framed, steel rimmed "training" unicycle. It doesn't take the latest, flashest, named branded, hi-tech, annually replaced and expensive gear to get there - just time and tedium.

And it can STILL be fun.

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Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:24 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
I finished 6km short on Friday. I figure, as for all previous milestones, that I owe it to Sassys on the Swan to get over the line on the way to my morning brekky. On my reckoning I have finished at Sassys around 2,000 times.

But they are closed for some alterations today and tomorrow so I have to delay my ride to the day after, Wednesday.

BUT, I have a Wednesday engagement in the morning. So that makes another day to push back.

Damn, looks like Thursday morning. That last six kms is taking forever!

I expect a couple of encouraging shouts this Thursday on the Kwinana Freeway path.

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:40 pm
by CKinnard
Onwards and Upwards Col. All the best with the 50.
I've enjoyed your level headed and humorous posts here over the years.
I have always found guys who think and act outside the square are the most interesting, and wise.
There's no unicycle commuter in Brisbane, and I've often thought of emulating you, but two wheels is easier! :)

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:48 pm
by DavidS
50K is pretty damned impressive.

Well done for Thursday.

DS

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:14 pm
by RonK
CKinnard wrote:lThere's no unicycle commuter in Brisbane, and I've often thought of emulating you, but two wheels is easier! :)

Yes there is - I've seen him several times in Tank Street when I leaving for the office, but I've never managed to catch up with him.

He's wanna be dedicated to emulate Colin. :D

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:47 am
by billy70
Well done Col! It will be a very impressive achievement, with the greatest respect from someone short on (discretionary) time and tedium.

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:32 pm
by RobertL
RonK wrote:
CKinnard wrote:lThere's no unicycle commuter in Brisbane, and I've often thought of emulating you, but two wheels is easier! :)

Yes there is - I've seen him several times in Tank Street when I leaving for the office, but I've never managed to catch up with him.

He's wanna be dedicated to emulate Colin. :D


Yeah - I've seen that guy a bit further along, near King George Square, in the morning.

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:33 pm
by dino1969
Well done Colin! Much respect to you !

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:31 pm
by Mububban
Saw this on a friend's Facebook feed - top effort Colin

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:37 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
Done and dusted a coupla days back. Celebrated with my regular startup, poached eggs on sourdough toast and a semi-decaf coffee at Sassys on the Swan (boatshed near the bell tower). :D

As luck would have it I started with a puncture a few hundred metres from home.

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Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:58 pm
by Gunnadothat
Well done Colin!... I'll be sure to pass on my congratulations in person next time I pass you on the Esplanade.
Marc

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:45 pm
by piledhigher
Looking for a thread to post this, I'm presuming you were spotted...

https://instagram.com/p/Bl2Mo14gfrx/

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:26 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
piledhigher wrote:Looking for a thread to post this, I'm presuming you were spotted...

https://instagram.com/p/Bl2Mo14gfrx/

Not me. Besides I'd never be seen dead in white sox :mrgreen:

I ride a 24", anyone else doing distance rides big wheels like the 36" featured in the video.

Thanks for thinking of me anyway. There is the occasional one taken without my awareness that just captures the moment beautifully.

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:27 pm
by Mububban
Amazing effort. And I love the "tux" jersey :D

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:23 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
Mububban wrote:Amazing effort. And I love the "tux" jersey :D

Not sure how well the tux fits atm. :( I've added a couple of kg over the last year of caravanning and general sloth. Settled back into habit since returning a couple of months ago and slowly returning to my old svelte :lol: self.

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:31 pm
by novice_101
Is Sassy's on the Swan different to that 'Rubra' place ?? Or is Rubra just a renaming of the same place ?

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:56 pm
by ColinOldnCranky
novice_101 wrote:Is Sassy's on the Swan different to that 'Rubra' place ?? Or is Rubra just a renaming of the same place ?

The Sassy's lease was bought out by Rubras who have done a total refit of the customer space. Major work on the kitchen is limited substantially by it's heritage value.

Rubra's business is wholesale Rubra branded coffe. The cafe is their foray into retailing with a view to showcasing their brand. AFAIK it is a family business. Cooincidentally my other local coffee stop is Toast 100m from where I now live, who also use Rubra coffee.

The lessors of the cafe space is the Western Australian Rowing Club who occupy the heritage listed boat shed as a whole. The club celebrated it's 150th anniversary three weeks ago.

Re: A biggy for me - 50,000

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:48 pm
by novice_101
Cool, I was just making sure I've had a coffee in the right place, as I stop in Rubra/Sassys now and again on my river loops.