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

Postby Summernight » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:37 am

TigerFilly wrote:I passed a bloke on my way home, and he caught up with me a while later as I was sitting at a very long traffic light. "You're fast for a female" he told me. I rolled my eyes and asked if that was somehow meant to be a compliment. Then made sure I left him for dust when I took off.


Good for you! I've had someone say I go fast (they didn't tag on the 'for a lady' although the possibility of saying it was there) but my philosophy is I'm exercising at the same time, so what's the point in pootling along? I have a high school reunion on Friday where it'll be faster for me to ride straight there from work than ride home, change and drive so I'm thinking I'll have to cycle in a dressy outfit (the heels will go in the bag until I've arrived at my destination!). On that occasion I will probably pootle so as not to break into too much of a sweat. Hopefully it doesn't rain on Friday afternoon!

Last night's commute was great thanks to leaving work at around 8PM (having been to a show at the comedy festival I went back to work afterwards to collect my stuff and the bike) - there was barely any traffic in the CBD and I was sailing along. Cut time off my regular commute too not having to slow down and filter through cars or keep my speed slow to watch out for car doors and pedestrians.

This morning at a set of lights I was having trouble clipping in quickly (as sometimes happens) and a small hatchback of some sort gave me a fright by passing too close to me, especially as I was wobbling a bit getting the cleat into the pedal. I passed the car further up and it was a younger female driver. I shook my head at her and her male passenger as I rode past but they were staring straight forward.

Apart from that it was an absolutely lovely crisp cold and sunny morning in Melbourne. My favourite kind of day!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby warthog1 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:00 pm

Had a bogan in a commodore buzz past me 6 inches off the elbow yesterday on the way to work. :evil:

So I duly gave him the finger at which point I saw the brake lights flash on briefly.

I was on my tt bike so cranked it up to a touch over 40 on the gradual rise. Thought he had seen my angry face in the mirror and thought better of it. However after letting a couple of cars past he slowed so we could have a discussion.
I informed him that he "needs to leave at least a metre clearance when passing a bike".
His come back was " do you pay rego?'
Me: "Yes on two cars, and I am licenced too"
Him " do you pay rego while you are riding that?"
Me "rego pays for insurance and that is all it pays for." Not quite right but it was my comeback at the time. :roll:
Anyway he drove off at this point, and that was that. Hopefully I don't see the turkey again :x
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:20 pm

warthog1 wrote:Had a bogan in a commodore buzz past me 6 inches off the elbow yesterday on the way to work. :evil:

So I duly gave him the finger at which point I saw the brake lights flash on briefly.

I was on my tt bike so cranked it up to a touch over 40 on the gradual rise. Thought he had seen my angry face in the mirror and thought better of it. However after letting a couple of cars past he slowed so we could have a discussion.
I informed him that he "needs to leave at least a metre clearance when passing a bike".
His come back was " do you pay rego?'
Me: "Yes on two cars, and I am licenced too"
Him " do you pay rego while you are riding that?"
Me "rego pays for insurance and that is all it pays for." Not quite right but it was my comeback at the time. :roll:
Anyway he drove off at this point, and that was that. Hopefully I don't see the turkey again :x

You sound far more polite than I suspect I would be in similar circumstances. When it has occasionally come up in conversations (not on road), my usual response is along the lines of rego is paid on the vehicle weight, so as a bike weighs about 1/200 of a car, rego for a bike would be about $1
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:32 pm

poohkies wrote:well morning ride was okies, took it easy kept it at around 30km/h

Wow, 30kph of commuting speed is like a dream!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:00 pm

rheicel wrote:
poohkies wrote:well morning ride was okies, took it easy kept it at around 30km/h

Wow, 30kph of commuting speed is like a dream!


+1. best I've done is about 28km/h

left work later after the storms. didn't get wet. roads were dry for most of the ride home. was relatively express too
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:43 am

morning,

ride was good, pushed a little again decided i'm going to start doing a week of cranking and then the following week of spinning, i cranked last night for the last half of my commute and managed to get a few pb was able to sit on the 37 - 40 mark this morning i tried the same, but burnt out a little early :) still managed a pb on the section i was trying!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:23 am

Rode back via MYT, Banyule Trail etc yesterday afternoon. A little overdressed for the occasion due to lack of kit options - had decided that morning that the forecast was for a coldish day and had only longs with me. Not too bad a ride despite that.
Sub-10C start again this morning, dry and clear for the ride down the Darebin Creek Trail.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:26 am

rheicel wrote:
poohkies wrote:well morning ride was okies, took it easy kept it at around 30km/h

Wow, 30kph of commuting speed is like a dream!


i'm sookie if i'm at 30km best i've got is 34 for the 23km ride to work! i suppose that's only going to happen when all the moons line up, We are going into our Dry session up here, so not sure how i'll go in the colder weather (anything below 25 is cold :P)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:49 am

coot-tha commute this morning. amazing weather in Brissy. legs don't think it was amazing.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:50 am

poohkies wrote:morning,

ride was good, pushed a little again decided i'm going to start doing a week of cranking and then the following week of spinning, i cranked last night for the last half of my commute and managed to get a few pb was able to sit on the 37 - 40 mark this morning i tried the same, but burnt out a little early :) still managed a pb on the section i was trying!


why dont you try one day cranking the next day spinning and keep doing that...good luck to try a full week (5 days of to and from work) of cranking

I know I cannot "crank" it for even two days straight. I average 30k usually (depending on head winds) for my daily commute and that buggers me
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:53 am

Ride home yesterday was good, weather had fined up and it was rain free...clothes were still damp so made it a little cool until I warmed up

This mornings ride was brilliant..sun was shining, head winds were low and despite the legs not feeling the best was able to get an average of 30.6 for my 50 k ride.

All the sunshine riders have come out today at my work, my bike was the only one in the rack yesterday...there would be 5 others today. People just have to harden up and be bit more stupid...like me lol
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:59 am

poohkies wrote:
rheicel wrote:
poohkies wrote:well morning ride was okies, took it easy kept it at around 30km/h

Wow, 30kph of commuting speed is like a dream!


i'm sookie if i'm at 30km best i've got is 34 for the 23km ride to work! i suppose that's only going to happen when all the moons line up, We are going into our Dry session up here, so not sure how i'll go in the colder weather (anything below 25 is cold :P)

I will wait for that opportunity to get my 30kph commuting average speed. Must be like riding behind a bunch of pro cyclist in one part of an uphill with 40-50kph tail wind and then the other part is all downhill on a smooth paved road.

Commute this morning is good. Average speed is 22kph from North Ryde to Lane Cove, not great but I feel like I am already pushing hard on this ride. Must be because of the old school HP lappy inside the huge Targus backpack.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Sparx » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:05 am

Great morning in Sydney, extended my commute out a bit. Love riding to North Head it's so peaceful and awesome views of the city.

I usually average around 22-24kph, riding from Dee Why to North Sydney.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:10 am

Sparx wrote:Great morning in Sydney, extended my commute out a bit. Love riding to North Head it's so peaceful and awesome views of the city.

I usually average around 22-24kph, riding from Dee Why to North Sydney.


I guess the thing to remember about average speeds is everyone has different routes and obstacles to overcome. Overall my commute is pretty straight and follows a major highway.

For people commuting into cities you may be hitting lots of lights and having to stop lots...this of course will affect you average speed.

For me personally, I know my best commute average, is something like 34.5. My daily average is roughly 30, so I am happy if I get this most days. On the rare day I really push myself I bench mark myself against my best average.

What others get is irrelevant to me as I dont ride their route and they dont ride mine....simply compete against yourself I reckon :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:22 am

gretaboy wrote:
Sparx wrote:Great morning in Sydney, extended my commute out a bit. Love riding to North Head it's so peaceful and awesome views of the city.

I usually average around 22-24kph, riding from Dee Why to North Sydney.


I guess the thing to remember about average speeds is everyone has different routes and obstacles to overcome. Overall my commute is pretty straight and follows a major highway.

For people commuting into cities you may be hitting lots of lights and having to stop lots...this of course will affect you average speed.

For me personally, I know my best commute average, is something like 34.5. My daily average is roughly 30, so I am happy if I get this most days. On the rare day I really push myself I bench mark myself against my best average.

What others get is irrelevant to me as I dont ride their route and they dont ride mine....simply compete against yourself I reckon :)



yeap exactly,

I don't mind catching a light, give me a breather :P
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:36 am

gretaboy wrote:
Sparx wrote:Great morning in Sydney, extended my commute out a bit. Love riding to North Head it's so peaceful and awesome views of the city.

I usually average around 22-24kph, riding from Dee Why to North Sydney.


I guess the thing to remember about average speeds is everyone has different routes and obstacles to overcome. Overall my commute is pretty straight and follows a major highway.

For people commuting into cities you may be hitting lots of lights and having to stop lots...this of course will affect you average speed.

For me personally, I know my best commute average, is something like 34.5. My daily average is roughly 30, so I am happy if I get this most days. On the rare day I really push myself I bench mark myself against my best average.

What others get is irrelevant to me as I dont ride their route and they dont ride mine....simply compete against yourself I reckon :)

Yep... On my disjointed commute its barely possible to break 30, and most days its somewhere in the mid 20's.

Having said that if I lived in one of the parts of Brisbane with good bike infrastructure I reckon that would be very doable. :)
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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

Postby Walst » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:05 am

Had a bit of a chuckle seeing at all the UWA students dressed up for Prosh this morning. Will have to pick up a copy on my lunch break. All good fun.

Great conditions for riding in Perth at the moment...mild mornings for this time of year. Looking at the radar that might all change with storms forecast for the arvo/evening.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:14 am

Comedian wrote:Having said that if I lived in one of the parts of Brisbane with good bike infrastructure I reckon that would be very doable. :)


try mine comedian. with a massive tailwind, I still have no chance AND I have the awesomeness infrastructure.

EDIT: 7500kms on the marathon plus tyres now. still going
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:59 am

My commute last evening was extremely 'ordinary'. There was considerable traffic down Albert St towards Hoddle Street so a motorcycle decided to hop into the copenhagen bicycle lane right in front of me (I'm not even sure he looked) and drive down that. The only problem being he and his pillion passenger then blocked the bicycle lane for bicycles as he wasn't going fast at all. So I had to hop into the vehicle lane on the left of the waiting cars in order to pass him. I don't know why the motorcycle driver thought he was allowed to ride in the bicycle lane instead of filtering on the left of the cars like I had to do to get around him.

I told him off as I rode past him.

Then just a couple hundred metres down the road and a white car comes out of a driveway and half cut off and then completely cut off the bicycle lane as she crossed it to merge into the standstill traffic without looking for bicycles. Fortunately I was already on my brakes anticipating stupidity. They didn't hear my 'Oi' as they started doing it but the passenger window was down so they certainly heard me telling them off (no swearing though - I just told them in a very grumpy voice that it was a bicycle lane and to look next time) as I went past them.

I must have sounded like a perpetual grump to the cyclists behind me last evening as I was not happy when those incidents occurred.

*sigh*

This morning was a beautiful crisp morning. Uneventful too which was nice. A complete difference to the night before.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:39 pm

jasonc wrote:
Comedian wrote:Having said that if I lived in one of the parts of Brisbane with good bike infrastructure I reckon that would be very doable. :)


try mine comedian. with a massive tailwind, I still have no chance AND I have the awesomeness infrastructure.

EDIT: 7500kms on the marathon plus tyres now. still going


Thats amazing, I have far to many cuts etc in my tyre, best so far is 1800km's out of my front
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:12 pm

poohkies wrote:
jasonc wrote:
Comedian wrote:Having said that if I lived in one of the parts of Brisbane with good bike infrastructure I reckon that would be very doable. :)


try mine comedian. with a massive tailwind, I still have no chance AND I have the awesomeness infrastructure.

EDIT: 7500kms on the marathon plus tyres now. still going


Thats amazing, I have far to many cuts etc in my tyre, best so far is 1800km's out of my front


wrong tyre then...go the 4WD tyre - marathon plus.....it works, trust me
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:31 pm

gretaboy wrote:
poohkies wrote:
jasonc wrote:EDIT: 7500kms on the marathon plus tyres now. still going


Thats amazing, I have far to many cuts etc in my tyre, best so far is 1800km's out of my front


wrong tyre then...go the 4WD tyre - marathon plus.....it works, trust me


+1. there is a weight penality (550g a tyre!) but it's great training for when I swap to my roadie
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:39 pm

Got in just in time for the first few drops of rain this morning, nice. So far the radar looks clear to get home, fingers crossed as I'm not on my rain rig today ...

Had a bit of a scare in the Transperth bike cage at my South Geraldton base the other morning though, locked up and went to leave the cage only to find that the snib on the inside wouldn't turn. Tried harder. Then, again. And again. I'd heard of people being locked out, but not in. Mouth went dry and I was about to start hollering, then I realised the gate hadn't fully clicked into the latch properly. Gave it a yank, turned the snib again & I was out. Whew ...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby biker jk » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:17 pm

warthog1 wrote:Had a bogan in a commodore buzz past me 6 inches off the elbow yesterday on the way to work. :evil:

So I duly gave him the finger at which point I saw the brake lights flash on briefly.

I was on my tt bike so cranked it up to a touch over 40 on the gradual rise. Thought he had seen my angry face in the mirror and thought better of it. However after letting a couple of cars past he slowed so we could have a discussion.
I informed him that he "needs to leave at least a metre clearance when passing a bike".
His come back was " do you pay rego?'
Me: "Yes on two cars, and I am licenced too"
Him " do you pay rego while you are riding that?"
Me "rego pays for insurance and that is all it pays for." Not quite right but it was my comeback at the time. :roll:
Anyway he drove off at this point, and that was that. Hopefully I don't see the turkey again :x


Just say that rego doesn't pay for the roads but income tax and property rates do and most cyclists pay both so have every right to cycle on the road. Then ask the driver if they pay a carbon tax for the pollution coming from their vehicle or a congestion tax for the traffic problems they cause or pay for the $17bn annual cost of motor vehicle accidents. I find this approach most effective.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:14 pm

jasonc wrote:
Comedian wrote:Having said that if I lived in one of the parts of Brisbane with good bike infrastructure I reckon that would be very doable. :)


try mine comedian. with a massive tailwind, I still have no chance AND I have the awesomeness infrastructure.

EDIT: 7500kms on the marathon plus tyres now. still going

I'm pretty sure you're dropping the bucket in the little bit of northside that you have to traverse.

I reckon along the western freeway and into my work and I'd have a good chance of a 35 on the roadie. ;)
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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