__PG__ wrote:Helped a fellow commuter with his jammed chain on the ride home tonight. My reward for this good Samaritan behaviour? My left pedal snapped in half a kilometre from home at the bottom of a 10% hill !! Where is the karma?
now that sucks. maybe karma only works with the puncture fairy
coot-tha commute for me. not as cold as yesterday, still definitely cold enough
Weatherman predicts foul weather for the whole week in NSW. I take the car Monday and the morning is nice and sunny, cold but sunny, and no rain at all for the day. Tuesday I am in the car again and same thing, cold, maybe a little windy but no rain. Jump on the bike this morning and as I am taking the bike out onto the road I see faint rain drops in the beam of the light. As I start riding down the street the rain drops get a little bigger. For 30 k's of the ride the rain is on and off, light then heavy. Last 15 k's of the ride and I hit headwinds that are pumping along at 40+ k/h.
Now, how good do I go to get the foul weather on my first ride of the week. I am now just hoping that the strong winds which I faced riding in, are still present when I ride home
Forgot to mention...my birthday next week sometime...but I had an early visit with presents. I was telling the wife about parts I need to get for the bike soon and she said "do you want your birthday presents now". My reply "well why not, it is really just another day"
Mind you I still had to close the eyes like a little kid before I could get them.
She splashed out
A new helmet....same model as the one that saved me when I went head first into the truck tyre last year. At least I know this brand works
A new GoPro .... been given explicit instructions that I am only ever to use the full waterproof back cover when it is on the bike. The wife does not want a repeat of the last one
So both got a go in the rain this morning. Now to give her the guilts on the actual birthday day that I got no presents on my birthday hahahaha...that would be mean wouldnt it
Left work earlier than usual last night to get to a grand final I was playing in for the end of the season. We lost. Boo (although not a surprise).
Last evening, because I left early, I saw a fellow commuter who I normally see on the ride to work (and he burns up the hill on his bright green single speed and leaves me labouring in his dust). He wasn't so fast back up the other hill on the way home, probably because of all the lights on Collins St so he couldn't get a run up... Or maybe I had fresher legs in the evening than in the morning... Or maybe it was the passenger who opened their door on the gutter bike lane just a few seconds before he was about to pass...
Or maybe it was the fact that his back tyre went flat...
I saw him heading off the road at the top of the hill to fix up the puncture. And there was glass in the bicycle lane almost at the top of the hill too. I tried to miss it but I think I did run over a bit. No flats thanks to the puncture-resistant tyres (or the puncture fairy was feeling kind as she'd already hit the other guy with a flat so decided to let me off).
It was an absolutely beautiful morning this morning to go riding to work and I really enjoyed the commute. I'm getting used to the cold fingers in the first few minutes of the ride.
Another wet ride this morning, got a decent sprinkle mid way through the ride and then with less than 700 metres to go the rain poured, no bucketed down. It was a go as hard as I could up the tiny blip of a hill that is the end of my daily morning commute.
Yesterday afternoons ride saw me clock over 9000 commute k's so far this year, and then this mornings ride saw me clock over 10 000 riding k's all up for the year. Feelings as fresh as a squashed daisy I reckon I am as a result.....but loving it.
##EDIT: I thought about the above comment about how many k's I have done this year. It isnt about how big the richard is, not into that comparisons....its more that I am amazed at how many k's I am doing given that I only really took up cycling about 2 years ago.
"@gretaboy - nicely done! Will we see 20 000km+ from you this year??
TW - I wont make 20 for the year. I am actually planning to cut the commuting back to three days come the warmer weather. I have decided that I want to give a triathlon a go so will need to work on my swimming in particular. I also plan to get out on the kayak in the mornings to change things up.
So if I can get above my target for the year I will be happy.
For some odd reason I have been feeling a bit flat the last two days - only slightly slower in overall time, but perceived effort has been high. Still, at least I am staying off that wretched excuses thread.
This morning was very nice, just warm enough to go with the sleeveless jacket which I have to carry if it is cold in the morning as it is too hot for me in the evening. Got a nice run with the traffic lights this evening too.
wet roads commutes both last night and this morning. last night I saw a few guys pulled over near the go between bridge on the bicentennial bikeway (under the coro drive overpass). I see one guy changing a tyre. Second looks shows me it's a mate of mine. I pull over and offer assistance. So he's gone through 2 canisters and 1 tube. I pull out my proper pump and after a few minutes he's on his way.
Apart from a few drops near the end, I missed the rain on the way home yesterday. This mornings ride was dry but wet roads still. The crud on the bike is building up again but I dont think I will need to hire a jack hammer to get it off this time.
Was nearly tempted to not ride today. Got to leave early today to ensure I get home on time to go somewhere, and I was thinking that if I get a flat, knock on wood, on the way home it will really put in me a bad timing situation. That plus the ever present rain threat had me thinking just take the car. So despite what one half of the brain was saying, I listened to the other half which said dont be a lazy git. In winter it takes me ten to fifteen k's to get into a ride, but once I do I am always grateful I made the effort to ride.
Uneventful ride back via MYT through Greensborough yesterday afternoon. Bit of mist around this morning, warmer and a ride without incident. Possibility of showers this afternoon, so I came prepared....
gretaboy wrote:Was nearly tempted to not ride today. Got to leave early today to ensure I get home on time to go somewhere, and I was thinking that if I get a flat, knock on wood, on the way home it will really put in me a bad timing situation. That plus the ever present rain threat had me thinking just take the car. So despite what one half of the brain was saying, I listened to the other half which said dont be a lazy git. In winter it takes me ten to fifteen k's to get into a ride, but once I do I am always grateful I made the effort to ride.
That was me on Tuesday - freaking out about getting a flat when I really needed to get home quickly. Luckily the puncture fairy gave the flat to the cyclist in front of me so all was good.
Nice ride home last night and to work this morning. People behaving themselves (mostly). Had a car fail to indicate he was illegally parking just where the Collins St gutter bike lane moves right to allow a line of parked cars this morning. I was watching his wheels though and picked it early. Still, please use those things called indicators, even if you think there is no-one there.
The bike has gone in for a service with a new chain and cassette I sourced online myself (hopefully they fit!). I chose a red and silver chain. Not quite the burgundy of the bike but it'll stand out a bit better than the plain silver chain (although the red will quickly disappear under the gunk). First service since I bought it 18 months ago. Whoops! (I didn't get a free service from the place I bought it because they were too far away and it would mean I couldn't have the bike for a whole week. No thanks).
Lesson learned, EOFY Drinks etc at work last night makes for an interesting ride home with a gut full of pizza (yum) and coke. Sluggish and burping every minute- thankfully no one around to witness my painfull progress home. Did meet two bogans on the PSP just north of Reid Highway riding a minibike without lights (they were rolling down the hill with the engine off), they had the nerve to complain about my lights...
Last Friday was a bit weird, it seemed to be the day for parking in the bike lane. 3 of them on the way home: 2 cars and one truck. 1 on StKilda Rd and 2 on Beach Rd. Not only do they mean I have to ride out in the left lane but the cars don't fit so they block part of the left lane as well. I really feel like stopping and asking them why they are so selfish.