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

Postby rheicel » Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:35 am

find_bruce wrote:Developed a strange ticking noise on my commute home - checked the wheels & there was a bit of wire with both ends embedded in the rear tyre. Couldn't remove it but tyre was still inflated so twisted it out of the way & finished ride home.

Got home & discovered it was part of the wire bead of the tyre. :shock: Don't understand how it had come out without a free end, but the tyre was pretty much shot anyway & replacement on hand.

Ohhh what a feeling! You should be proud finishing another tyre :-)

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

Postby gretaboy » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:35 am

I had a tyre issue myself. Riding home yesterday I stopped at a set of lights and looked down at my front wheel...what I saw didnt make me smile. A huge u type cut in the tyre. Not sure when it happened but I certainly didnt feel it. What made the cut had to be large.

Any other tyre than the SMP and I would have had to bin the tyre. I was a little bit hesitant riding the rest of the way home also as the blue strip under the rubber was clearly visible. Luckily I made it home, had 30 k to go from when I noticed it, and started my repairs...roof sealant. Went into the gap fine and didnt cause a bubble point either.

Seemed to hold up really well on the commute this morning..checked it about halfway and all looked good. Will see how it goes long term. I think the front tyre had over 13000 k's now and still has a fair bit of tread left.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:29 am

Well, the muscles were all in alignment this morning, I was feeling good, and it even felt like it might possibly be a small tailwind as opposed to a headwind on the way to work. I was passing cars in the lovely bike lane that is Elizabeth St, Richmond (very wide with a buffer zone painted between the bike lane and the vehicle lane). Then I get to the Hoddle Street crossing. The lights change and I cross into the dreaded two block section of Albert Street where there is no bike lane (just a stupid dotted line that is 30 cms away from the parked cars that delineates the third lane). This is the section where I've had the most issues with cars.

Anyway, today was no exception - I'm riding along, claiming the left lane so I don't get buzzed, then I hear a blip beside me and look right and there is a blue and yellow Highway Patrol police car with its passenger window down and the youngish looking male police officer pointing to the dotted line that is decidedly NOT a bike lane and saying that I should be over there. I'd just passed another cyclist in the left lane a few seconds before too (although I stay in the middle of the lane so the overtaking doesn't really change my line much). So I tell him "That's not a bike lane" and I repeat it because I think he says something like "Yes, it is". Anyway, he probably didn't want to have more of a fight or maybe he realised he actually didn't know the rules well enough because he drove off. 30metres up the road was the REAL 'copenhagen' Albert St bike lane, which I pointed at and said "THAT is a bike lane".

It made me quite annoyed that this police officer, who is supposed to KNOW the road rules, doesn't know or doesn't care to know about the road rules in relation to bikes and seems to be saying that the two seconds saved by the car behind me is more important than my life (I wasn't going that much slower than the cars were). I mean, surely safety of people on the road would be his top priority but here he is telling me to get into the door zone and to make myself less safe by moving left and possibly allowing cars to think there is enough space to pass me without changing lanes. No thanks.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:44 am

Summernight wrote:
It made me quite annoyed that this police officer, who is supposed to KNOW the road rules, doesn't know or doesn't care to know about the road rules in relation to bikes and seems to be saying that the two seconds saved by the car behind me is more important than my life (I wasn't going that much slower than the cars were). I mean, surely safety of people on the road would be his top priority but here he is telling me to get into the door zone and to make myself less safe by moving left and possibly allowing cars to think there is enough space to pass me without changing lanes. No thanks.


You have your gopro running??? If so, you should have the car number....make a report to the relevant part of Vic Police about it.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:47 am

Another multi-hop commute past my brother's place yesterday afternoon to pick up my gloves I'd forgotten there on Friday. The ride started out overcast with the threat of showers, but cleared up the further north I got, even broke a bit of a sweat with the humidity.
Back to the norm of rain and wet roads for this morning's commute into the Melbourne CBD, and a brisk southerly to ride into to boot.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nezumi » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:41 am

Plus side: I had a squishy ride in because I was too lazy to put the SMPs back on my wheels last night, so I rode in on the Conti CX Races from Saturday's gravel grind.

On the down side: my first Moron Motorist/road rage today.

Coming up Albert St past Hoddle, from the first to the second set of lights (before the separated bike lane starts) I had a woman on her horn.
The.
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Way.

I looked behind and she was gesturing over to the left, either insisting that I ride in the door zone (no thanks) or on the footpath (I'll stay on the road, where I am allowed to ride, cheers).
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:10 pm

gretaboy wrote:
Summernight wrote:
It made me quite annoyed that this police officer, who is supposed to KNOW the road rules, doesn't know or doesn't care to know about the road rules in relation to bikes and seems to be saying that the two seconds saved by the car behind me is more important than my life (I wasn't going that much slower than the cars were). I mean, surely safety of people on the road would be his top priority but here he is telling me to get into the door zone and to make myself less safe by moving left and possibly allowing cars to think there is enough space to pass me without changing lanes. No thanks.


You have your gopro running??? If so, you should have the car number....make a report to the relevant part of Vic Police about it.


I have three cameras running now (one GoPro on the handlebars, and two 808 #16s - one on the helmet and the other facing rearwards) and after he did that I read out his plates as he drove away so my voice should be audible on the GoPro and the helmet cam (haven't reviewed the footage yet). I was thinking about sending something to the police but wouldn't that be like poking the hornet's nest?

I don't delete commute footage anyway so will have a think about it.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:13 pm

Magpie swoop this morning. I thought their breeding time is over by now.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby eldavo » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:45 pm

We've got an injured baby magpie in our front yard well guarded by its family, and its siblings are out and about feeding themselves.

Fine warmer weather here, I remembered to put a bell on a bike added to the commute mix that was forgotten, and each time I'd set off I'd think "damn no bell" and by the end of trip forget about it.
Not this time, found a new one, all is good again. Return trip home go to use it and the top unscrewed, cap fell to the path, I caught the rest of the bell/spring/hammer assembly in my hand and stashed it in a jersey pocket. One ride bell, nice one Reid Cycles =D All the other bells seem to be held in by a rivet type non-threaded retaining centre so you can spin it all day, not coming off. This one had a plastic cap (now lost). I guess when $1 bells aren't cheap enough, you need to make them cheaper =D So little to complain about that's the biggest complaint I can muster =D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:55 pm

^you just reminded me about the bell. My awesome bronze bell lever got lost last weekend.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby eldavo » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:06 pm

Maybe a small brass hammer cradled in a brass rack off the bars and tethered by some chain.
With one pure white gloved hand you can use the dainty hammer to give the brass bell a 'ding' for all good taste observing high society to meander to their left as you glide through.

PS: very pretty frame/components just from that shot :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:17 pm

eldavo wrote:Maybe a small brass hammer cradled in a brass rack off the bars and tethered by some chain.
With one pure white gloved hand you can use the dainty hammer to give the brass bell a 'ding' for all good taste observing high society to meander to their left as you glide through.

PS: very pretty frame/components just from that shot :)

I'll see what I can do with this bell and thanks - this is a frame of joy to me at the moment.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:42 pm

Cruise commute in this morning, cool, calm, pleasant.

This afternoon was a little different. Torrential rain before leaving left water and debris everywhere. Howling gales (50km/h) slowed progress to the lowest gear and pushed me to the side plenty of times while the rain stung my face and kept the puddles topped up. Probably the worst conditions I have ridden in, ever, but it was a good challenge and I proved it can be done.

Now to try to dry everything out and decide wether to attempt to play in the mud on the way in tomorrow morning.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:50 pm

No rain on my short commute today. This arvo, wind is so mad that it is always blowing against me, :(
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Robinho » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:00 pm

Slow one this morning, which I expected after tough Mudder on Saturday, but it turns out the main reason was when I had given the bike a good clean on Sunday I have either not got the real wheel on straight or moved one of the brake pads (or both) and as a result I had a semi sticking rear brake for 38km, whic explained why I was struggling to maintain any speed. Slackened off the brake for now and will try to re-seat the wheel later, I'm sure it was round before I cleaned it!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DavidS » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:32 pm

Had a bit of a bump coming from the back wheel last week. Tyre was coming away from the beading. Still, got about 5,000KM out of it, most of that on the front but probably 1,000 on the back so not so bad.

Monday, after doing the monthly clean and check, plus replacing the tyre, I break a spoke. Right pain, I do seem to be very good at breaking spokes.

Today it seemed the wind was the main issue, big Southerly on the way home. Is it just me or has the last couple of months in Melbourne been more windy than usual for this time of year?

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

Postby InTheWoods » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:38 am

DavidS wrote:Had a bit of a bump coming from the back wheel last week. Tyre was coming away from the beading. Still, got about 5,000KM out of it, most of that on the front but probably 1,000 on the back so not so bad.


What sort of tyre? For commuting you could consider marathon plusses. I got over 9000km on the rear from my last marathon plus. The one I have on the back now has down 7500km on the front, 1500km on the back, and probably has at least another 5000km to go!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:42 am

Yesterday afternoon was a bit wild and wet...at one stage outside was as black as night despite it being only 3pm. As such I delayed my journey home by about 20 minutes. Had winds blowing about 56 k/h but for once they were going my way...yay for me. Put my new gortex wet weather jacket on and it worked a treat...but as always, having it on meant the rain stopped. So I stopped and took it off as I was getting wetter inside it than on the outside. When the raid did come back I couldnt be bothered putting it back on. Shoes felt like swimming pools on numerous occasions and I could feel the road grime come into the shoes each time I went through a big puddle.

Luckily I had no incidents to contend with, but with about 15 k to go, the lightening started back up. The gap between light and boom was a fair way apart but was getting closer and closer as time went by. This did worry me a little but I ended up getting home all nice and safe. Within ten minutes of getting home, the skies really opened up.

This morning I was expecting more rain but it held off. The roads were dry too. Ended up being a little overdressed as a result.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:44 am

InTheWoods wrote:
DavidS wrote:Had a bit of a bump coming from the back wheel last week. Tyre was coming away from the beading. Still, got about 5,000KM out of it, most of that on the front but probably 1,000 on the back so not so bad.


What sort of tyre? For commuting you could consider marathon plusses. I got over 9000km on the rear from my last marathon plus. The one I have on the back now has down 7500km on the front, 1500km on the back, and probably has at least another 5000km to go!


My current front tyre, which did a stint on the rear also, has done close to 14000 k's. Marathon plus too. Reckon it would have another 2-3 thousand left in it too but I may bin it due to a huge cut I recently got in it
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:30 am

DavidS wrote:Today it seemed the wind was the main issue, big Southerly on the way home. Is it just me or has the last couple of months in Melbourne been more windy than usual for this time of year?DS

I've battled northerlies on the way home for months now, thought it would never end...the wind seems to have come to its senses now! :wink:

Nice conditions for the ride back yesterday afternoon - MYT -> Heidelberg ->Greensborough and onwards, assisted by a southerly :)
...which was still around for this mornings commute, albeit slightly subdued, can't complain though.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:40 am

gretaboy wrote:My current front tyre, which did a stint on the rear also, has done close to 14000 k's. Marathon plus too. Reckon it would have another 2-3 thousand left in it too but I may bin it due to a huge cut I recently got in it

Idon't know how you keep your SMPs going that far, gretaboy. My rear SMP has 6000km on it since I fitted it mid-June, and is starting to look a bit of a sorry sight: squaring off, pitted all over (I do patch the larger gashes), and has some spots where the puncture protection is starting to show. Made the decision to change it this week, cornering is a bit ordinary on squared-off tyres....
The front is closer to 12000km, fitted at the beginning of the year, will change that for a Durano Plus...so SMP rear, SDP front...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Xplora » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:53 am

Gosh, I'm getting no riding done at all right now. Commuted to the local child care centre to scout it out. Only 2kms each way, but it was good to get on something and spin!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:10 am

TailWind wrote:
gretaboy wrote:My current front tyre, which did a stint on the rear also, has done close to 14000 k's. Marathon plus too. Reckon it would have another 2-3 thousand left in it too but I may bin it due to a huge cut I recently got in it

Idon't know how you keep your SMPs going that far, gretaboy. My rear SMP has 6000km on it since I fitted it mid-June, and is starting to look a bit of a sorry sight: squaring off, pitted all over (I do patch the larger gashes), and has some spots where the puncture protection is starting to show. Made the decision to change it this week, cornering is a bit ordinary on squared-off tyres....
The front is closer to 12000km, fitted at the beginning of the year, will change that for a Durano Plus...so SMP rear, SDP front...


Neither do I...but I record in Garmin Connect when I change components so I have a good idea of distances I am getting from them. All comes down to luck I guess and what damage you incur during riding. Got a new SMP on order and once it arrives the front will go, the rear will go to the front and new onto the back. Only reason front will go is because of the recent huge gash it collected
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:39 am

After the torrential downpour yesterday and continuing rain overnight decided that discretion was the better part of valour this morning so avoided the MTB Glenrock commute and chose a longer roadie route. Delayed departure by about 20 min due to a shower of rain and then headed off only at the last minute decided to extend the route. There was plenty of debris around and the track was damp but otherwise was a good ride this morning. Glad I extended the ride.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby oxonabike » Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:24 pm

gretaboy wrote:but I record in Garmin Connect when I change components so I have a good idea of distances I am getting from them.


Okay I do this in Strava, but didn't know you could do it in G connect. What worse, after having a look around there, I can't even find how to do this. So, where do I find this feature?
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