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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:02 am

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.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TraceyG » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:44 am

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.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:45 am

Entertaining ride back along the Main Yarra Trail yesterday afternoon.
First, a couple of peds with a difference (quadrupeds with their bipedal handlers :D):
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and then dad's taxi homeward bound after the school run.
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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.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:34 am

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. :lol: (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.

TailWind wrote:Entertaining ride back along the Main Yarra Trail yesterday afternoon.
First, a couple of peds with a difference (quadrupeds with their bipedal handlers :D):
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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 :lol:) a paddock at the CCF and live in paradise! Would be interesting getting him up and down the Gipps Street stairs though.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Dan » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:43 am

You and your rainbows Summer.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:48 am

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.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:03 am

Dan wrote:You and your rainbows Summer.


They match my unicorns. :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:09 am

Summernight wrote:
Dan wrote:You and your rainbows Summer.


They match my unicorns. :lol:


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new name - Dora
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:29 am

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.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:30 am

bychosis wrote:Early start today. Very dark and the little blinky didn't help much.


PLEASE upgrade your lights :evil:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:49 am

Perth:

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? :o You can't let the joggers and jigglers and shuflers and other peds show us up.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:04 am

jasonc wrote:
bychosis wrote:Early start today. Very dark and the little blinky didn't help much.


PLEASE upgrade your lights :evil:


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. 8)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:56 am

Summernight wrote: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 :lol:) a paddock at the CCF and live in paradise! Would be interesting getting him up and down the Gipps Street stairs though.

Yep, about 50m from the Gipps St steps...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:18 pm

TailWind wrote:
Summernight wrote: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 :lol:) a paddock at the CCF and live in paradise! Would be interesting getting him up and down the Gipps Street stairs though.

Yep, about 50m from the Gipps St steps...


Did they go up? :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:31 pm

Summernight wrote:
TailWind wrote:
Summernight wrote: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 :lol:) a paddock at the CCF and live in paradise! Would be interesting getting him up and down the Gipps Street stairs though.

Yep, about 50m from the Gipps St steps...


Did they go up? :lol:

With those stairs they would have had to be cross-bred with a mountain goat :mrgreen:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Pravda » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:31 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Perth:

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? :o You can't let the joggers and jigglers and shuflers and other peds show us up.


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?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:02 pm

Pravda wrote: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
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:59 pm

gretaboy wrote:
Pravda wrote: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)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Pravda » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:23 pm

To be honest I don't so much mind having wet feet, it's the putting my shoes back on wet which I hate.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:37 pm

Pravda wrote: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?


Yeah - wear crocs. :mrgreen: Totally uncool.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:36 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:
Pravda wrote: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?


Yeah - wear crocs. :mrgreen: Totally uncool.



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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:45 pm

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!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:43 pm

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:

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It was nearly 3.00pm before anyone noticed :mrgreen:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby eldavo » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:17 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Perth:

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? :o You can't let the joggers and jigglers and shuflers and other peds show us up.


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

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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby clydesmcdale » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:59 am

Lizzy wrote: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:

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It was nearly 3.00pm before anyone noticed :mrgreen:

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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