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

Postby gretaboy » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:43 am

jasonc wrote:*cough* VV score *cough*


Spoken like a true politician hahaha....grab any figure and make it work for you

The "cough VV score cough" shown is of course dependent on how long you have been a member of strava and how many k's you may have done....but lets not let figures and facts get in the way of a good story or justification hahaha

I would love a pimple like Mt Cootha to be in my near local distance..I need to drive to get to decent hills unfortunately...and hills are what really change the scores up
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:57 am

Cool and crisp this morning. Along the foreshore there was fog on the other side of the lake. Nice to see, but when I got around there I had to lower my glasses and cop the cool air in the face because the glasses fogged up and made it even harder to see. Would have been nice to stop and grab a pic or two, but would have made me late for an early meeting.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:23 am

Did a parental stop-off on the way home last night, papa bear was having a birthday. My riding gear was hella stanky so I just stuffed it back in my trunkbag and took off in my work dress and leggings. For some reason it made me want to let my hair down and go like the clappers.

Nice cool cloudy morning today, glassy river ... With the train shutdown messing with my usual system of getting up to the BF's place a little way north of civilization after work tonight, I'm charging up my headlight & going to try and ride it ... wish me luck :shock:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:27 am

Good luck for tonight, Lizzy!!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Boognoss » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:55 am

Summernight wrote:Good luck for tonight, Lizzy!!


+1, can't have enough luck :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:10 pm

Lizzy wrote:Did a parental stop-off on the way home last night, papa bear was having a birthday. My riding gear was hella stanky so I just stuffed it back in my trunkbag and took off in my work dress and leggings. For some reason it made me want to let my hair down and go like the clappers.

Nice cool cloudy morning today, glassy river ... With the train shutdown messing with my usual system of getting up to the BF's place a little way north of civilization after work tonight, I'm charging up my headlight & going to try and ride it ... wish me luck :shock:



as the saying goes ...."go girl" or "go you good thing" ....just mind over body/soreness

so whats the distance??
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:44 pm

Thanks all :) Going to be about 48km all up ... small beans to many here I'm sure (and I have done it before, just not after work or without ice-cream / Chinese food breaks ... )
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:58 pm

Lizzy wrote:Going to be about 48km all up


That's an awesome commute Lizzy. you'll smash it.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:23 pm

Summernight wrote:
TailWind wrote:Your condition must be contagious, I was showing similar symptoms this morning and my ride in was fairly sluggish too.

Did that have something to do with the wind or did you ride in prior to that hitting?
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The wind was behind me and I still sucked...ah well, one of those days. Very gusty though once in the city canyons...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:06 am

Managed to miss the rain on Friday afternoon for my multi-hop commute back - it bucketed down not 5 minutes after I arrived at my brother's place.
Damp/wet patches in some areas this morning, but no rain on the way in. There's a fairly strong northerly, which will apparently increase in strength during the afternoon, looks like there are a couple of wet and windy days ahead..
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:24 am

My friday commute home was against some decent headwinds again...but on the up side it was friday arvo and I was in no rush and the sun was out...so took my time and just enjoyed the ride

This morning was coldish, I think I had the wind with me and all up no issues. Took the body a while to get into cycling mode tho.

Had stripped the bike down over the weekend to clean all the gunk off and lube it up...this morning was a rush job from all the "little" things that I forgot to do..put lights back on, pump tyres up, get new garmin mount set properly...I obviously didnt follow the 5P method.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:29 am

a few slow coot-thas with a friend. helping her out on what to concentrate on
cold but beautiful morning in brissy
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:42 am

jasonc wrote:
Lizzy wrote:Going to be about 48km all up


That's an awesome commute Lizzy. you'll smash it.


Was actually 43km direct, forgot to excise the detour to/from my place, got it done in 1:59:36, not sure if that counts as smashing it, maybe more of a firm nudge :P

Nice cool morning again today, quite a bit of rain overnight so got the bike filthy again straight after spending Sunday arvo cleaning her up after the last few times ... Murphy's Law??
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:16 pm

Lizzy wrote:
jasonc wrote:
Lizzy wrote:Going to be about 48km all up


That's an awesome commute Lizzy. you'll smash it.


Was actually 43km direct, forgot to excise the detour to/from my place, got it done in 1:59:36, not sure if that counts as smashing it, maybe more of a firm nudge :P

Nice cool morning again today, quite a bit of rain overnight so got the bike filthy again straight after spending Sunday arvo cleaning her up after the last few times ... Murphy's Law??


just found out a mate of mine came off her bike this morning in Perth. Don't know the details yet.

"Just waiting in the emergency dept for Kel. She came off on the wet roads near home this morning. Tooth chip and through lip shes been in shock and I have not really gotten to see her yet"

will find out more later.

btw - any distance at any speed on the bike is smashing it
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:36 pm

jasonc wrote:btw - any distance at any speed on the bike is smashing it


:lol: Handy to know!

And erk, hope your friend patches up OK, that sounds profoundly unpleasant.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby eldavo » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:36 pm

Bummer for fallen rider.

I've had a polar opposite experience, riding a massive high right now.
Half-rested last week on electric bike following Achilles strain again getting worse over the ride on regular bikes.
Coming off a long weekend with an RDO Friday, needing to make good time to get to desk on time this morning, riding my nice but heavy cruiser with panniers, consolation slight tail wind at times.
Great fun ride, felt great, find myself singing "love is in the air" in my head and it's not due to a lucky shag =P
Lots of fair weather train outage riders seem to be out because I was passing heaps of people on types of bikes that I wouldn't normally do on any other week with this rig =D

Trip home is exciting too, I'm expecting some goodies from Torpedo7 to arrive today including a 42 inch (107cm) longboard, brought a car ratchet strap for some serious cargo biking to outdo my last effort with only a 22 inch board in this box. I'm guessing this may be my longest vehicle length cycle tonight.

edit: turns out the trains outage is over so the extra passes were fair =P and no super cargo arrival today so save the excitement for another day.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:00 pm

Friday on the way home I felt great and absolutely loved the ride home.
This morning I had Friday legs so clearly my legs cannot tell the correct day of the week. :( Or maybe it takes a whole week to warm the legs up???

Today the vehicle category to watch out for was taxis - one squeezed the cyclist in front of me into the gutter by failing to check before moving left and parking on Collins St between Exhibition and Russell Streets.

Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX0fVSOTWg4 (Also in MM thread)
(She rides a bit faster that I am comfortable riding down that gutter bike lane/ dooring zone/ squeeze-fest)

Then had a Maxi-taxi do an illegal u-turn over the tram tracks on Collins between Swanston and Elizabeth, fail to give way to the car in front of me, and then further up ahead do another illegal u-turn to go back in the same direction, only to then head off back to where he was later on. And in the same section there was a dark black tradie ute who did the same thing (illegal u-turn over the tram tracks failing to give way to the car right in front of me). It was the day for u-turns I presume.

On a good note - I said good morning to a cyclist using those cargo bike thingies to transport his two kids to school. They said morning back and I waved at them as I passed. They were really cute. And the car in front of me was really careful about passing them too, which was nice to see.

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Oh, and the wattle trees clearly think it is spring as they are blooming on the MYT - one had snapped a branch right over the Walmer St bridge in Kew requiring people to only use one half-side of the bridge.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:38 am

Was a real street fight on the way home yesterday...the fight was with the wind only so all good :) At different points it was like a battering ram hitting me. The wind chill factor also made the ride a cold one, was stuffed but glad when I finally got home.

I got the benefits of the wind behind me this morning. The issue I have is this: why is the wind never as strong in the morning as it is in the afternoons :( It always picks up during the day so when I go home I am working hard...such is life I guess.

Guess my life cant be too bad if all I have got to complain about is the direction and strength of the wind.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:24 am

gretaboy wrote:Guess my life cant be too bad if all I have got to complain about is the direction and strength of the wind.


+1

riverloop commute this morning. One of the crew snapped a spoke. It mega put the wheel out of true so a recon vehicle was called.

cold this morning definitely noticed it after stopping for 5 mins.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:05 am

One of those busy commutes home yesterday, with lots of traffic on roads and paths.
Had some out of control dogs lunge at me on the Darebin Creek Trail, the owner holding on to one of them and telling me to wait while his partner ran to try to restrain the other one. Didn't work and the thing came flying at me, but then ducked past me as I accelerated away. I'm sure I've seen them before, with similar mayhem ensuing.
This one lunged and hit my pannier.
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This one charged.
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This morning was wet - a rain band had just swept over, and the was a pretty fierce wind throughout the night, so I opted not to use the lower part of the Darebin Creek Trail because of the potential debris, fallen trees etc. that make riding in the dark hours a little scary. The rain eased as I neared the Melbourne CBD and by the time I got to work, I was only slightly damp.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby familyguy » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:14 am

EDIT: my dog story not as serious as that one, those things look like pure hatred on legs.

I had a good casual ride in. I sometimes go past a yappy little fluffball dog who gets out between the bars of the fence at his house and chases bikes. He's smart, not like some dogs who make it clear they're going to chase you. He waits, more or less ignoring you until you're right in line with him, then bolts out and goes for you. The owner doesn't seem to give a rats (ironically, given this dog looks rather rat-like). I thought I'd get the bottle ready this morning when I saw him sitting on the footpath. Sure enough, he burst out, yapping maniacally, until the first squirt hit him fair between the eyes. His reaction showed that nobody has done that to him before. He made a second effort, but you could tell he wasn't sure about it. It was either that or the frame pump, but I was on the wrong bike.

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

Postby bychosis » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:36 am

Can't seem to get a run at commutes lately, but out there this morning. Light headwind, but in my non-bike-fitness state it wasn't great. Hopefully the same wind sticks around for this arvo, but not further up the valley for you gretaboy.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:44 am

bychosis wrote:Can't seem to get a run at commutes lately, but out there this morning. Light headwind, but in my non-bike-fitness state it wasn't great. Hopefully the same wind sticks around for this arvo, but not further up the valley for you gretaboy.



too late it seems...newcastle headwind currently 41 k...closer to home headwind running at 31 k

just got to hope it settles down as the day goes on
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:58 am

Nice work on the water spray on the dog, Familyguy. I'd probably fall off trying to squirt the little thing.

I strolled down to my bike to take it home last night, only to pull it off the rack and... FLAT TYRE!!! NOOOO!!!

Lucky it was the front wheel so I decided I'd be a handywoman and actually try to do the change myself this time as I now had all the tools and the spare tube so didn't have an excuse. I wasn't having any luck getting the tyre off the rim even with the tyre levers and then the lovely lady who rides the pink Pinarello (who I've chatted to before) came down to head home and she helped me get the tyre over the rim and helped me with changing the tube.

I was thinking that my lovely puncture resistant tyres had failed me somewhere on the ride into work, but a quick pump up of the old tube revealed that there was a leak right at the valve so that was reassuring to know that my tyres hadn't failed me this time and that there wasn't a piece of glass sitting just ready to puncture the next tube. This old tube has caused me issues in the past (when you pressed the valve to let out air it would still keep letting out air even after you'd stopped pressing it) and it has only been on the bike since my last puncture earlier in the year so I'm thinking it was defective.

I changed the tube over, thinking I'd probably stuff the change up somehow and the Pinarello lady and I managed to get the tyre back over the rim and pump it up. All good. Got home through the headwind and crosswinds (not that pleasant) and used the floor pump to put the pressure back at 100psi. I love my floor pump!

Tyre was at full pressure this morning which was a huge relief and the ride in was really nice - traffic was banked back on Albert Street so I had a smile on my face as I'm riding past them. Maybe something had happened as I heard sirens and there was practically no traffic on Collins Street.

I rode about 4 blocks of Collins Street in the vehicle lane instead of the gutter bike lane. So much nicer without banked up cars. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby CXCommuter » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:27 pm

Summernight- hate the stealthy flat- over 50% of my flats are observed overnight or at the end of the day...

Challenging conditions here in Perth for those NOR particularly, if it isn't raining it is a solid headwind (or both). Last night was a solid headwind with aspects of cross wind, this morning it rained so hard (about 3 in the morning) that I expected to see a cartoon hand emptying a bucket over our suburb ala Monty Python style. Hence wet roads and dark horizons on the ride in, got about 7km from work and the skies opened up again and got drenched. Looking forward to donning wet clothes, socks and shes this arvo for the ride home. Got to work and the sun promptly popped its head out...

Wind to pick up today also (headwind of course) and the next 7 days on BOM looks like much of the same :!:
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