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

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:39 pm

Wouldn't be without the IRBM on my commuter and roadie.

Today was fun, if a little cool when I set out, -0.2 windchill according to the phone.
Anybody know what's going on near the Southbank boathouses? Had to go far enough outta my way that I had to sprint Swanston and LaTrobe sections to get in on time.
...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 Dan » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:33 pm

Isn't there a football game or something?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Jonno » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:12 am

I've been avoiding magpie zones and non-inspiring views along the PSP by taking the slightly longer route up the coast from Ocean Reef to Scarborough. I think this is my new standard route to/from work coupled with an occasional morning coffee stop at Yelo Cafe, Trigg. I'm loving spring!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:47 am

Back in the saddle after just about a week off due to being struck down by the dreaded lurgy. First time in 3 years.
The break seems to have thrown me out of my routine, ended up hitting the road (thankfully not literally) without my gloves and only noticed by the time I was well on my way.
There was a downed tree across the path on the Darebin Creek Trail, just after the Plenty Valley Rd bridge. A wall of green suddenly appeared in my lights, I hit the brakes, found a gap in the branches and foliage to lift the bike through and clambered over myself.
Good tailwind into the CBD, which I appreciated as the legs were a little lazy after the time off - even with tail-wind assist they were a little achy by the time I got in. Hopefully they'll settle back into the job after the next couple of rides.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Dropbear20 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:55 am

Overcast and a slight drizzle here this morning. The radar was showing light rain all over Singapore but it was hardly what you could call rain. It did not dampen the humidity though. I left a little later which did not affect my time too much, but there were a lot more cars on the road.

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

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:31 pm

WIND!!!! Blown in all directions except towards work :?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:42 pm

I seem to be in the 'rebuilding phase' of my lower back situation, touch wood, so I took advantage of working the public holiday and took my old hybrid to, on and from the train. Will be 9km or thereabouts for the day, felt OK.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:50 pm

I must say its nice riding to work lately. Only half of my commute, in and out, is in the dark now. Bring on summer :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DavidS » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:33 pm

Mulger bill wrote:WIND!!!! Blown in all directions except towards work :?


Yeah, I head North to get in to work, it was hard. Still, the way home was quick and easy. When I rode home, and I go home along the beach, the wind was strong but not gusty so quite good to ride in. Sounds horrendous out there at the moment, we'll see what the morning brings.

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

Postby isabella24 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:07 am

21deg on the bike at 5am in Sydney!! I think it's going to be a hot one.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:47 am

Good ride back yesterday considering there was a brisk headwind. The tree on the Darebin Creek Trail at Plenty Valley Rd was still on the path:
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Also, I now have an additional magpie to contend with, making it four all up, depending on the route. They range from wing-slap to full contact types, so never a dull moment....

Did someone say 'wind'??? My ride into the CBD this morning was downright perilous. I opted to take the all on-road route in, as the Darebin Creek Trail would have been a challenge in the dark, with debris all over the place. Also, the radar looked pretty grim.
Heading down a wet Plenty Rd at about 45km/h, I was hit by a massive cross-wind - I swear both by wheels slid sidewards - scary!
Made it into the Melbournce CBD dry, which was pretty surprising.
Hope things calm down for the ride back this afternoon.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nezumi » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:46 am

My commute was haphazard today - Evidently last night, toward the end of my ride (I think) I lost a screw from one of my cleats. This explains why I had more trouble than usual clipping out at the end of the ride.

Couldn't clip in this morning, so rode the 1.5 kms to the physio with 1 leg, then caught the train halfway, bought a new set of cleats (>.<) and fixed the screw.

Made it in to work without hassle, just windy. As I entered the underground carpark, it started to rain.

I also need to get in earlier - someone keeps taking *my* spot in the bike cage(!)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Orion » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:06 am

September was another good month for cycle commuting for me: 281km total. Only 20km more than last month but my highest total so far. I must have commuted 1 extra day. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:26 am

Good ride back via MYT through Greensborough yesterday afternoon. Wind was still a bit annoying, but the clouds had opened up and for the most I had a sunny ride back - until 20 minutes from home, when I was treated to a brief shower.
Windy again this morning, but apart from the tree still down on the Darebin Creek Trail, the paths were surprisingly clear of debris. Legs felt a bit sore by the time I arrived in the Melbourne CBD - hard to believe a few days on the couch recovering from flu affect me like this.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:01 am

wet roads after a bit of rain overnight. They were predicting world war 3 with the weather so the group ride was cancelled yesterday.

I did a cruisy load-lugger instead.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:24 am

Damp roads for me to this morning. It's a beautiful SEQ spring day now though. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Jonno » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:39 pm

Loads of beautiful women out exercising this morning, and with Lycra being this seasons fashion, the heart rate was just a touch above normal.

Cutting back from the beach along Scarborough Beach Rd I had a close shave with a taxi who gave me about 0.5m distance when passing. He got stopped by the red light ahead so I rolled up for a chat without losing my cool. The driver was a ignorant Derryn Hinch reincarnate who called me a "nuisance" and to "get lost" after I tried discussing road rules.

All that being said I just purchased a mobius action cam to strap to the helmet.. to catch the traffic incidents of course.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:02 pm

10000kms for the year commuting this arvo
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby eldavo » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:19 pm

Jonno wrote:Loads of beautiful women out exercising this morning, and with Lycra being this seasons fashion, the heart rate was just a touch above normal.

Be careful there Jonno, it is school holidays, and those "beautiful women" may land you in hot water with the authorities ;)

I had some great fun yesterday with a photoshoot of the latest commuter bike added to the rotation thanks to the nice weather.

Last Friday also gave me some great fun captioning some miserable agro rider who was passed by an electric bike ahead of me, and I was just two too many for him to handle. The punch line seeing this image immediately after the incident blew me away :)
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^ It must be the spot for exciting things on that stretch, it's where I spotted James Hird walking opposite direction when Essendon were last in town.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby VRE » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:48 pm

Finally, some good commuting news to report :) . A few weeks ago, after the usual inexplicable delays, a partial resurfacing of the Main Yarra Trail near Belford Rd was completed, including a raised semi-speed bump where the trail crosses the road. And I'm gobsmacked to report that this bump actually works! :shock: Twice in the last few weeks, I've given way to a motorist approaching this bump, only to have him/her wave me across the road!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lukeyboy » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:09 pm

I've noticed recently that low cut tops for women cycling around have made a comeback :lol: :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nezumi » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:32 pm

Achievement unlocked on my run in to work today - I managed to make it the way in on the MYT without using my granny gear. Including Col de Wilismere
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby 98octane » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:18 pm

98octane wrote:Fastest ever ride home tonight. 34 kph average for 14km, from central Melbourne CBD, along MYT and Gardiners Creek Trail and a ~6% climb at the end. A mild NW tail wind was pushing a storm front through, which I luckily beat home. Only a little rain during the ride. :)


Beat my previous PB tonight. Average speed 34.4kph. Nice tail wind, with some lateral gusts.

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

Postby simmo71 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:33 pm

A power outage at work meant an early departure for home:-) The cracking tailwind on Marion Rd meant a 30% faster journey home, however.
I was so preoccupied with thoughts of my quick ride and what I would do with the extra daylight that 300m from home I dropped the bike turning into a side street :cry: .

Grazing leg, chin, STI's and my pride! (and buckle on shoe stuffed)

Note to self "the rides not over till the shoes are off". :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby CXCommuter » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:44 pm

Jonno wrote:I've been avoiding magpie zones and non-inspiring views along the PSP by taking the slightly longer route up the coast from Ocean Reef to Scarborough. I think this is my new standard route to/from work coupled with an occasional morning coffee stop at Yelo Cafe, Trigg. I'm loving spring!


Been doing the same myself- very meditative to ride along the coast, Hepburn down to Oceanic Drive.
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