Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
My legs are already feeling the commuting. Seemed really slow this morning. Had heavy thick fog this morning and combined with early morning darkness, I was hoping the cars/trucks would seem my flashing rear light in plenty of time.
Over the weekend just gone I rode both sat and sun, not all that long a rides, but also had swapped out my commute tyres for slick road tyres. I think half my slowness issue this morning is due to the mental thinking that my commute tyres have so much more resistance/drag. The use of slick road tyres was the first time in over a year or more and I was surprised at how quick they rolled, my riding seemed effortless...scored a few strava KOM's as a result.
I am happy to be back on the marathon plus tyres however as I know they will get me to and from work with minimal punctures.
GoPro wouldn't start, forgot my water bottles and didn't realise til about 6km from home and local council still hasn't cleaned up a mess of glass on the road. So I left the GoPro at home, stopped and bought a bottle of water at the servo in the next town, used Snap, Send, Solve to report glass to the council and still had a great ride into work. Have booked in for a bike fit this afternoon as moving to cleats has changed how I sit on the bike and I want to get everything comfy again.
Entertaining ride back along the Main Yarra Trail yesterday afternoon.
First, a couple of peds with a difference (quadrupeds with their bipedal handlers ):
and then dad's taxi homeward bound after the school run.
Had a quick chat - he rides through to Heidelberg West (I encountered him near Abbottsford on the MYT) and the electric assist on the bike works well for him for the distance.
Would be great if there were more parents opting for this mode of school run.
Quickish ride in this morning, great conditions in Melbourne today.
I saw a lady cyclist with the same rainbow handbag that I have strapped to her rear rack basket. I told her I had the same bag and that I loved it! She laughed. (Made from recycled PET bottles too for all those enviro-conscious people.)
Everyone behaved themselves on the morning commute today, which was nice. The showers/changerooms at the office building were busy though so I had to have my sparrow bath and change in a toilet. Oh well.
Was that near the Collingwood Children's Farm? They definitely have a gray horse and a donkey. If I knew I could ride along the MYT on my horse I'd take over (ie. steal ) a paddock at the CCF and live in paradise! Would be interesting getting him up and down the Gipps Street stairs though.
You and your rainbows Summer.
Pleasant but damn dark. Ay-Ups are away being upgraded so I only can the 10 year Old Petzl Tikka headlamp as forward lighting. Rear lighting is a little 1/2 watt Smart.
Dude in the Land Cruiser just couldn't cope with it. He just had to hit the horn because there was oncoming traffic (which he duly ignored). Poor sod - I buggered up his commute by 0.036 milliseconds...
Otherwise...not cold, no headwind...but can't wait till daylight savings is over.
They match my unicorns.
new name - Dora
Early start today. Very dark and the little blinky didn't help much. Managed to overtake two roadies on my dually MTB, hopefully I gave them a surprise, turned off immediately so they couldn't get me back. Then drafted another rider to use her lights coz there were plenty of ninja pedestrians hiding int he shadows.
PLEASE upgrade your lights
There must be a fun-run or something coming up. I still saw quite a large number of joggers along Riverside Drive - usually a sign of a forthcoming event.
It was our first storm of the year - cold, a bit windy and some chop on the river - southerly winds mostly. But at least not too strong. I think it's back to the back pack with all the necessaries for cold dark wet winter.
But where were all the cyclists? You can't let the joggers and jigglers and shuflers and other peds show us up.
In progress. I only ride in the dark a few times a year. Didn't have enough time to mount to helmet this morn. I only ride for a short, street lit section on road and the blinky is enough to warn pedestrians at the speed I rode.
Yep, about 50m from the Gipps St steps...
Did they go up?
With those stairs they would have had to be cross-bred with a mountain goat
Was a blast heading north on the northern PSP this morning. Very quiet from riders coming the other direction, probably only passed 10 coming south when I normally see up to 100.
That said I was completely wet through by the time I got into work. Anyone got tips on getting shoes ans shoecovers dry?
get newspaper or paper toweling and shove it hard into your shoes as soon as you can - fill the shoes up with it...then repeat around lunchtime with fresh dry stuff....your shoes will be dry by the time you leave work
shoe covers...not much except ring them out as much as possible then hang them up somewhere
yeah - shoe covers keep your feet dry in brissy rain for about 10 minutes.
i have thought about getting a set of the elastic bits they use for lawn mowing that will cover the top of the shoes (trying to find a picture but failing)
To be honest I don't so much mind having wet feet, it's the putting my shoes back on wet which I hate.
Yeah - wear crocs. Totally uncool.
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Police were pulling over random cars in the busy city traffic for what seemed no reason this afternoon. No problems for me sailing past all that peak hour traffic though. Woohoo!
Managed to get to 37 on the flat with a headwind which was great to see although I blew myself out doing it. Lucky I didn't have far to go. Managed to keep the serious looking racer commuter from passing me too. Yay!
First proper wet commute in my new office situation - whereby bike has to go in a cage (*sob*) and I can no longer use her as a clothes-horse. I am also smooshed into a "workstation" built to the paperless-office-fantasy specs, ergo no storage space, or for that matter much space of any kind. Do I bleat and moan? Well, maybe a little, but then I adapt and overcome:
It was nearly 3.00pm before anyone noticed
I'm not complaining, some of the best looking joggers I've seen, I thought it had to be a team sport training session for such a large group of fit young women to explain it away =D
I processed an earlier homeward bound video of no significant event from new camera showing sunset on Riverside Drive, the back tracks from onboard stereo didn't get picked up so nice to keep the authenticity of my ride =D
PS: the link
Nice work-around. Next you'll have built yourself a George Costanza like nap station under there.
Paperless office... Such a w@nk. Good office design encourages movement and studies have shown that getting up and moving to printers and interacting with others in your space is beneficial to all and productivity. Singularly focussing on a computer screen is just stupid.
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