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

Postby jasonc » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:05 am

TailWind wrote:
DavidS wrote:
TailWind wrote:Warm this morning - 17C in Alphington at 5am. First ride in shorts since the start of winter. :)

Whaaat? I've been riding in shorts all through winter, not that bad. ;)
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Yeah, soft, I know. For me, anything below 12C or so is good enough reason to pull on longs...the trick is to find the sweet spot between snug & cozy and overheating :mrgreen:


garmin got down to 9 this morning - got away (just) with jersey, knicks and fingerless gloves
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:14 am

Commute back yesterday afternoon was windy once again, all of it from the wrong direction, but I elected to do the hilly ride via the MYT and Greensborough anyway, just stuck to a moderate pace and all was good.
So, 2 months later, the MYT on the north bank between Punt and Burnley Harbour is still closed. I've travelled along South Bank at 3pm most days in this time, and, apart from two occasions, where a lonely workman was doing something, I've seen no activity whatsoever. No sense of urgency in re-opening one of the major commute routes :(. There seem to be some new yellow patches on the pontoon bridge ramp as far as I can make out from the other side, but not much else. Maybe they're waiting for summer (icing problem goes away by itself) before reopening??

Windy ride into the CBD this morning, but unproblematic. Then got back on the bike to head through to the kids' school in Fitzroy North for Father's Day breakfast, then back to the office again at 9am. Used one of the popular bike routes inbound along Canning St and was swamped by a horde of fellow cyclists engaged in some CCR, I suspect :mrgreen:

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

Postby VRE » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:01 pm

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Out, damn'd Friday legs! out, I say!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:00 pm

Riding the Citrix today :(
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby clackers » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:02 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Riding the Citrix today :(


Working from home has other advantages, Shaun!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:14 pm

Yeah, I can take a break whenever I like and avoid IT mob imposed quotas and filters. 8)
Dual monitor setup at home makes it easier to play with large docs too.
Hmmm, I might try to hit up the boss for a second monitor if the toaster at work can handle it...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Xplora » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:42 pm

First longer commute in at least a month, nearly killed me. Forgot what a 10 kilo weight penalty felt like :P
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:24 pm

nice addition to a sign on the path next to the legacy way works

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

Postby Orion » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:13 pm

This week was my first week of commuting to work by bike everyday (I work only 4 days a week). Total commuting mileage for this month is 261.6km which is a record for me.
Was lovely weather for riding too :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby VRE » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:51 am

Is it too much to ask that when a cyclist overtakes another, that he/she gives sufficient room? A cyclist overtook me today with hardly any clearance on Studley Park Rd, even though the road was almost empty. I frequently notice that a lot of cyclists in Australia ride bicycles like bad motorists, i.e. they don't overtake properly and generally don't bother giving way. After I caught up to this cyclist and had a word with him, he was completely unapologetic.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:21 am

Rode back via Epping Friday afternoon, had to visit a family member at the Northern Hospital. Swung by there on Saturday as well. Decent bike paths and lanes most of the way from my place.
Pleasant ride into the CBD this morning, good conditions, no dramas.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:21 pm

Got rained on on Friday night. Good thing I didn't clean the chain Friday lunch. Chain cleaning was done this lunchtime so to any Melbournians be prepared for a rain cloud to appear completely out of the blue. :twisted:

This morning the light turned green at Hoddle and Albert/Elizabeth when I was a fair way out, but I know this light and know that if I sprint it I should be able to make it. No cars around the near vicinity either to have to watch out for.

I engaged the sprint mode on my legs (which is a feat in itself on a Monday) and passed a cyclist who was clearly faster than me and had been pulling away from me prior to me engaging the sprint. I knew as I passed him that if I missed the light I'd look like a complete idiot. Anyway, lungs burning, legs pumping, pedals grinding... I made it!!! The light hadn't even turned yellow after I'd gone through the windy intersection so the fast cyclist must have decided that since I was sprinting he'd sprint too and he also caught it. Of course, after that I was stuffed and couldn't get the breathing back down to anything acceptable so must have sounded like a chain saw until I finally got a red light about four blocks later (to stop and get a breather). But I got the light. :)

Achievement of the day. :P
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:29 pm

Summernight wrote:Achievement of the day. :P


well done. now make a strava segment out of it
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:59 pm

jasonc wrote:
Summernight wrote:Achievement of the day. :P


well done. now make a strava segment out of it


:lol:

Not going down the slippery slope that is Strava. Plus I'm betting it already has a strava segment and I wouldn't get in the top 100 (even though the posted speed limit is 40 and I got up to 40. :wink: )
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Thrilloilogy » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:47 pm

Had an enjoyable commute to and from work today. Apart from a small section, where these pedestrians which seemed to be part of a walking group for male pensioners was walking 3 or 4 abreast taking up the whole road going the same direction that I am going, when they could have either taken up less space or walked ons the nature strip. I ride slowly and ring my bell to let them know I am there. No acknowledgement. I also assume they've seen my 550 lumen light that is lighting up the road ahead. There is enough room for me to pass on the wrong side of the road. Right when I am in that spot the one on the right veers straight into where I am. We didn't make contact.

They then make all these silly noises that sound like "no no no". I just slowed, and said "it's a road, next time keep to the left or stay on the nature strip. I bet they'd be the sort of people who would have a whinge every time they see a cyclist riding on a footpath. Then when the road has a dead end and goes to a share path to link to the next street, there are some more pensioners ahead and they all managed to move to the left and we even had some nice conversation such as "it's a nice night for a ride" etc! Made me feel better; but they would have heard my grumpiness at their other mates.

I wish I had kept my cool and kept riding!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby limbot » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:02 pm

Beautiful morning here in Hobart this morning. Got the bike up to 75.6 kmh and was only constrained by the cars in front of me :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby VRE » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:48 am

limbot wrote:Beautiful morning here in Hobart this morning. Got the bike up to 75.6 kmh and was only constrained by the cars in front of me :)

... and of course by the posted speed limit.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:19 am

what's that damp stuff on the road and coming from the sky? been over a month since we've had rain in Brissy. Copped a bit of drizzle on the extended commute this morning. Tomorrow, I'm in the honourable reasons thread with a sick child (will still try and squeeze in a ride)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Hamster » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:36 am

Compared to others on this forum my commutes are pretty much routine. The rear carrier seems to be holding together with its numerous hose clamps and various other ‘after-market’ devices. The Tannus tyre on the front wheel has clocked up 5,000 kms and whilst looking worn and with several cuts and impregnated with assorted pieces of road debris is holding up well :) .

I’ve virtually abandoned my bike locker at Deagon and now my usual commute is to Northgate, increasing my daily distance from 30 kms to 50. In the near future I’m planning on increasing it further and going all the way into work. Seventy kilometres a day will be a BIG ask for a fat, bald, grumpy old guy but if I can achieve this it’ll make me a fat, bald, grumpy old guy that rides 70 kms a day :D .

The weather of late has been beautiful weather for riding but of late the evening headwinds have started up again :roll: .
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lukeyboy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:48 am

jasonc wrote:what's that damp stuff on the road and coming from the sky? been over a month since we've had rain in Brissy. Copped a bit of drizzle on the extended commute this morning. Tomorrow, I'm in the honourable reasons thread with a sick child (will still try and squeeze in a ride)


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

Postby Rhubarb » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:01 am

jasonc wrote:what's that damp stuff on the road and coming from the sky? been over a month since we've had rain in Brissy. Copped a bit of drizzle on the extended commute this morning. Tomorrow, I'm in the honourable reasons thread with a sick child (will still try and squeeze in a ride)


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

Postby gretaboy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:14 am

Took a detour home yesterday...paid for it with a magpie attack..persistent bugger over a good stretch too. Then on a normal stretch of road I take I got attacked again, was quite surprised to get attacked at this point. Guess it is now a "sprint" section until magpie season is over.

Due to having to do work outside of core business hours, I had to lug the laptop home. I am just glad I dont have to do this on a daily basis. The thing gets heavy after a while and what made it worse was knowing I had to lug it back into work the next day.

Yesterday morning and this morning I have had very thick fog to deal with. At one point this morning I felt that the fog was so thick that I could actually chew on it...it was a strange feeling...clothes get quite damp as a result. But much rather the fog than rain so am still a happy chappy.

Had one smart arse trucker release his air brakes or such when he got next to me this morning. I took it as blatant attempt to try and startle me...am yet to check the go pro footage and if he has a name/number on his truck he will be getting an abusive call from a private number.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:17 am

Rhubarb wrote:
jasonc wrote:what's that damp stuff on the road and coming from the sky? been over a month since we've had rain in Brissy. Copped a bit of drizzle on the extended commute this morning. Tomorrow, I'm in the honourable reasons thread with a sick child (will still try and squeeze in a ride)


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

Postby __PG__ » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:27 am

Was so stressed about not being able to find my merino neck gaiter this morning (which I wore on Sunday morning for an hour and then put into my jersey pocket) that I forgot to put a drink bottle in my bidon this morning.

Was a little thirsty when I got to work.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:47 am

Rode back via Epping yesterday afternoon, and for the first time in many weeks had a bit of a tailwind. Unbelievable, felt like I was flying along effortlessly :mrgreen: .
Also discovered an almost surgical 15mm cut in my rear tyre, extending from just below the reflective strip on the sidewall though to the tread, exposing the blue puncture protection strip. Applied some shoe goo to seal the cut and hopefully stop it from tearing further.

Cooler this morning, pleasant ride into the CBD.
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