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

Postby jasonc » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:43 am

TailWind wrote:Looking good for 335km this week, which pales into insignificance next to gretaboy's ~500km :shock:


will end up with just over 340kms for the week ~290 of that commuting.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:07 am

TailWind wrote:Looking good for 335km this week, which pales into insignificance next to gretaboy's ~500km :shock:



I was thinking about these numbers this week whilst riding. Two weeks now with commute total > 500. Here I am struggling along doing my commute and I think what a wuss I am in struggling. Pro cyclists do these type of numbers in 2-3 days. Even people who do the Tour De Cure do bigger numbers in less days.

I would love to do a ride like the Tour De Cure, or any other ride like it...but how would I cope doing 150+ k's day in day out. One day I am going to do such a ride..it is a goal.

On its own it is a big number, a number I never thought I would be doing...but put in context is it really a big number.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:25 am

gretaboy wrote:Always the way...my go pro got wet on my very wet monday morning ride...it hasnt come back to life since,


:? Not good. Have you tried that electronics drying thingy (rice, silicon packets etc.)?

My commute last night was wet, but it dried up before my partner and I went to Ross Noble at Hisense Arena. We didn't get home until 11:30PM (and the show finished at 11:00PM so we were one of the lucky ones who live close-by) so I am absolutely tired today as I went to bed past 12AM and got up at my usual time to do the usual morning exercise. I also had tired legs because of it being a Friday. Anyway this morning was an absolutely stunning crisp cold and sunny Melbourne morning - what a beauty!

I hope it stays clear of showers and beautiful because I've got to ride straight from work to a reunion in a good dress this evening (I don't know if there are changerooms at the venue so it'll be the first time I'm riding in anything but active/cycling wear). Not game to wear the high heels on the SPD-SL pedals though - the cycling shoes will go on.

On my way in today I got the honk which translates to "you're taking up a lane when you should be in the gutter" from a black BMW... who honked me as he passed in the right hand lane anyway. And he subsequently got stuck in traffic as I sailed past in the bicycle lane. Tehehe.

And then had a u-turner fail to give way to me when he u-turned in the city (pretty sure u-turning over the tram tracks on Collins St between Queen and Elizabeth may be illegal). The passenger had his window down so they definitely heard me telling them off (no swear words).
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:36 am

Summernight - keep up the fantastic updates. :)

Last night after a few beers I was riding home on the roadbike and hit my second possum. I'm unsure why, but the pesky things just keep throwing themselves at me. :o

Luckily this one went between the two wheels. I kicked it with the pedal and my shoe and its tail made a twang in the back wheel spokes. Went back and it was gone. :mrgreen:

Gentle recovery commute for me today after a big week.
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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 VRE » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:13 pm

jasonc wrote:
TailWind wrote:Looking good for 335km this week, which pales into insignificance next to gretaboy's ~500km :shock:


will end up with just over 340kms for the week ~290 of that commuting.

Might as well add mine to the accumulating stats :) - 310km commuting (when I get home today), plus a 75km Dandenongs ride tomorrow, should give me 385km for the week.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:11 pm

gretaboy wrote:
TailWind wrote:Looking good for 335km this week, which pales into insignificance next to gretaboy's ~500km :shock:



I was thinking about these numbers this week whilst riding. Two weeks now with commute total > 500. Here I am struggling along doing my commute and I think what a wuss I am in struggling. Pro cyclists do these type of numbers in 2-3 days. Even people who do the Tour De Cure do bigger numbers in less days.

I would love to do a ride like the Tour De Cure, or any other ride like it...but how would I cope doing 150+ k's day in day out. One day I am going to do such a ride..it is a goal.

On its own it is a big number, a number I never thought I would be doing...but put in context is it really a big number.


I recon it is. We do it rain or shine or whatever is thrown at us, for most days of the year, and we still put in a full day's slog at the office, make family time and address other commitments. So yeah, my hat off to you on those numbers.

Edit: And of course kudos to every other commuter out there, big mileage or not...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:16 pm

TailWind wrote:Edit: And of course kudos to every other commuter out there, big mileage or not...


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

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:57 pm

Perth:

Absolutely no-one cycling in today. But still great conditions for cycing in Perth. While it poured down overnight where I was, the whole from my place to coffee and then on to work free of rain. I felt quite good by trips end.

A fairly rare occurence this morning too - As I was climbing the chicane onto the narros I heard someone say "unicycle - better slow down and wait for him." I waved them around and they asked "Are you syre?" before passing by. I reckon they must be about the ony morning riders who have never seen me.

The fact that they obvioulsy have concern for other riders probably also qualifies them as "rare". I suppose it is only a matter of time before they turn ferral like the rest of us. :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby MarkG » Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:12 pm

I headed out at 630 today for a quick 40. Beautiful.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:47 pm

TailWind wrote:Edit: And of course kudos to every other commuter out there, big mileage or not...


Personally I think the pissing contests that go on here are counter productive.

I'm trying to encourage no less than 9 new commuter cyclists within my network at the moment. Some of them have become regular commuters, and some of them are just starting out.

They all need a constant stream of encouragement and advice. I'm kickarse proud of all of them.

That's far more important IMHO then competing with each other as to how many miles you've done or I've done.

I'm doing this for myself and my children - not to be better than anyone else.

There is a thought for Friday afternoon for you all. :mrgreen:
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 jasonc » Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:58 pm

Comedian wrote:I'm trying to encourage no less than 9 new commuter cyclists within my network at the moment. Some of them have become regular commuters, and some of them are just starting out.


We are struggling with one though......
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:01 pm

Today is my 30th commuting day of the year. My target is to have at least 100 days of commuting to work this year. Do you guys count your commuting days? Would be good to know.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:18 pm

rheicel wrote: Do you guys count your commuting days? Would be good to know.


Yes I do. I keep count as then I compare what it cost to use PT vs my bike spending. Was doing OK til this month.... :oops:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby KonaCommuter » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:34 pm

5 days of commuting on my MTB = :( A lot of peddling and not a lot of forward momentum :(



Seriously I can't wait to pick up my Oppy from the LBS tomorrow 8)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:08 pm

KonaCommuter wrote:5 days of commuting on my MTB = :( A lot of peddling and not a lot of forward momentum :(



Seriously I can't wait to pick up my Oppy from the LBS tomorrow 8)

I have my 26" MTB fitted with 29er wheelset and 700C/28 tyres with rack, mudguards and panniers. And yeah, in most cases, I like using my road bike even if I have to carry a backpack.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TigerFilly » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:57 pm

First chilly morning this morning in Adelaide, the cold and the wind had my poor old nose running by the time I got to work. Lovely ride home though. I need to get some warmer gear to cycle in - I've been reading so many threads on here about what's best for cold weather that I'm completely bamboozled and too overcome with all the options to actually buy anything. I'll need some lights soon too. I've got no intention of purposely doing much riding in the dark, but if I don't leave work on time it will end up being dark for the last part of my ride in a few weeks time.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:04 pm

TigerFilly wrote:First chilly morning this morning in Adelaide, the cold and the wind had my poor old nose running by the time I got to work. Lovely ride home though. I need to get some warmer gear to cycle in - I've been reading so many threads on here about what's best for cold weather that I'm completely bamboozled and too overcome with all the options to actually buy anything. I'll need some lights soon too. I've got no intention of purposely doing much riding in the dark, but if I don't leave work on time it will end up being dark for the last part of my ride in a few weeks time.

I am currently using newspaper or A4 papers. I put it under my shirt and once I start sweating, I just chuck it in my pannier bags.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DavidS » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:52 pm

jasonc wrote:David - what sort of life do you get out of the supremes? - they are expensive. I was considering a supreme on the front and a plus on the rear



Hard to say. I put Marathon Supremes on my previous bike and the bike broke before the tyres wore out!

On a more serious note. The supreme on the back was starting to bet worn after 3,800KM on my old bike. Front one had barely noticed anything. I would think it had maybe 1,000KM left to go. Compare this to the Marathon Plus and from memory got about 7,000KM out of one of those on the back of the bike before it was really squared off. So, I'd say the Plus lasts maybe 1.5 times the life of the supreme. New bike came with Marathon Supreme tyres but only done 500KM on that so they are barely worn at all. One thing which I have liked about the supremes is that they don't square off in a hurry, they keep their rounded shape.

All of this should be taken in the context that I weigh 100Kg and carry about 10Kg in a bag on the back of the bike.

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

Postby Summernight » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:02 pm

Well, I did the short 10 minute ride to the reunion along the Yarra in the dressy dress and a business suit jacket. It was way worse that I thought... (Wearing the dress on the ride, not the reunion :P ). The day was perfect for it though - chilly with not a raindrop in sight.

I did a test ride around the work car park to see whether I could ride in the outfit. Unfortunately because I was wearing a tight dress I couldn't pedal or even sit properly with the dress down to my knees as it decently should be so I had to hoik it up (hold your horses people, I was wearing leggings underneath so nothing indecent there). Although I felt so exposed and was imagining the horrible scenario of me wearing active leggings that go see through with tightness so tried to pull the dress down as much as possible to hide the derriere but without compromising the pedaling.

And I brought along my huge D-lock because I didn't know where I'd be putting my bike or how safe it would be. But since I haven't attached the lock holder I put it in the stupidest place on the bike (the top tube) so it banged on my knees if I did anything. Stupid. Banged my knees a few times and gave me scratches.

And riding along Southbank was an interesting experience with all the pedestrians. I kept my speed at 10 kph - and was passed by a runner. A runner beat me as if I was standing still. Oh the embarrassment!!! (Seriously, that 10kph limit means us cyclists are going slower than the peds :roll: ). I've realised I'd almost prefer the cars to dealing with peds.

And the whole point of going slow was not to sweat. Which I'm obviously incapable of not doing. So I sweated on the lovely dress. And my saddle hurt which it hasn't done ever with my normal cycling gear. Although that could be because I was wearing stuff that I don't normally wear down there when on the bike.

Anyway, it was a lovely reunion and for the ride home I changed into my usual cycling gear (with a huge sigh of relief!) and coasted home. Lesson learnt - I'm not riding in anything but cycling specific gear again for anything over 100m. :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:32 pm

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

Postby jasonc » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:47 am

DavidS wrote: The supreme on the back was starting to bet worn after 3,800KM on my old bike. Front one had barely noticed anything. I would think it had maybe 1,000KM left to go. Compare this to the Marathon Plus and from memory got about 7,000KM out of one of those on the back of the bike before it was really squared off. So, I'd say the Plus lasts maybe 1.5 times the life of the supreme.


So a supreme front and a Plus rear sounds like a good combo. It's on the list.

EDIT: forgot to say I waved at nautilus yesterday arvo on the bicentennial bikeway.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:53 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Perth:

Absolutely no-one cycling in today. But still great conditions for cycing in Perth.


Yeah,it was pretty quiet - I just thought it was because I was running late, but even heading home at peak time it was dead as a doornail ... wonder why?

Waiting at the lights at Leach Hwy (counting the days until I don't have to anymore) I was next to a girl wearing a miniature tank top and vajayjay-shorts (TM) with discernible cheek exposure ... not that I was looking that closely, but I was having a good old chortle at all the blokes driving past - almost without exception they were impersonating the laughing clowns at the Royal Show.

Summernight, sorry the cycling in dress experiment didn't meet your hopes - my first attempt at this was similarly humbling. But I have a Metalicus merino number in an Empire/babydoll stylee that works quite well on the bike, mainly because it's so stretchy. (In black, of course, always black ...)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby trailgumby » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:02 pm

KonaCommuter wrote:5 days of commuting on my MTB = :( A lot of peddling and not a lot of forward momentum :(


Sorry to hear your career in selling is stalled. :(

Oh, pedalling. Sorry :oops: :wink:

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2: Rough pavement on the back streets routes knocks the roadie rims around quite a bit and I haven't gotten around to fitting 25 or 28mm yet.
3: I can do fun stuff like hop up curbs and ride down stairs for practice
4: Watching the "Oh, poop, I'm being passed by an MTB" expression on guys with expensive bikes is rather fun. Of course, I still get passed by lots of others :oops:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby VRE » Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:26 pm

Comedian wrote:Personally I think the pissing contests that go on here are counter productive.
I'm trying to encourage no less than 9 new commuter cyclists within my network at the moment. Some of them have become regular commuters, and some of them are just starting out.
They all need a constant stream of encouragement and advice. I'm kickarse proud of all of them.
That's far more important IMHO then competing with each other as to how many miles you've done or I've done.
I'm doing this for myself and my children - not to be better than anyone else.
There is a thought for Friday afternoon for you all. :mrgreen:

Personally I think that's a bit harsh :) .

I don't see my reports of my distances or recent mountain rides as part of a contest, because I'm all too aware that no matter how good I get at cycling, there are always stronger, faster cyclists out there. I also use fora like these as a way of keeping myself motivated to ride, because as much as I enjoy cycling, I still have occasional times when I just can't be bothered, except that I always, always regret not going on a ride when I've skipped one. I know I'm not alone in this.

Congratulations on the recruiting, and I hope it goes well.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TigerFilly » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:36 pm

This is not the right thread to ask, but it's really the only place I post so I thought I'd ask anyway...
I took my son on a Bike SA family ride a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, I did a lot of stopping and starting waiting for him, but I did 50k in total by the time I rode into the ride and back home again. I'm thinking I'd quite like to try one of the group rides they run, but I have a few questions. I know I can ring them and ask, but I thought I'd ask you guys first.
If it says, for example that they ride at 25km an hour, does that mean 25km an hour when they're riding. Or does it mean 25km and hour including stops and starts for traffic etc? I just rode 13km and it took me 40 mins - so that's 20km an hour, so clearly I wouldn't keep up with a 25km an hour ride. OTOH I timed a couple of stretches just now and can ride at 30km an hour on a straight stretch (pushing reasonably hard but not killing myself), so if it means 25km/h including stopping and starting for traffic then I'd be fine.
Also, do you have to have a road bike to go on a group ride - ie would I look silly on a hybrid? If you say yes, then I will contemplate buying a road bike, although that's a big outlay when I'm not sure if I'll like it yet.
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