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

Postby newie » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:07 pm

gretaboy wrote:Hi there this is gretaboys wife here. Just informing you that gretaboys commute to work on thursday morning ended very badly.

I have only just spotted this post. So sorry. I'll be thinking of him and hoping for the best. I saw this incident in the news and thought to myself, I hope it isn't someone I know. I was thinking that I didn't know anyone that rode out that way, but then realised that gretaboy commuted along there. Since then I have been keeping an eye out in other threads for his name, for reassurance it wasn't him. So disappointed to find out it was him. Thoughts with his family and friends.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:55 am

Brisbane Commute Airport to Kenmore

stupid wind was there to meet me, seriously why both ways, an hour twenty to get home, it's now 3 am and i'm stuffed, bring on Thursday :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby WarbyD » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:28 am

Ride in today was very pleasant.. Didn't push myself and arrived at bull creek still feeling fresh, yet it turned out to be my fastest ride yet (still bloody slow though haha).. Feels good to see fitness and comfort on the bike gradually improving.

Was tempted to skip bull creek and go the full 30km to the office.. Maybe I should have.

Out of interest - those of you commuting into perth cbd from SOR - does the stretch from bull creek to cbd add much to the effort? I know it's an extra 15km or so but all appears to be pretty flat.. What's the wind like along there?

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

Postby Summernight » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:18 am

On the ride home last night I was a good samaritan and called out to the oblivious lady who was walking along near Parliament with her massive handbag filled to the brim. Because (as lots of ladies do) she didn't bother to zip up or close the handbag and her purse was on top, it flopped out and dropped onto the ground as she was walking. Lucky for her I was riding up behind in the bike lane and noticed it fall out and called out to her.

Lovely ride in today. I was waiting at the lights on the corner of Albert and Hoddle Streets and the cyclist in front of me had a light attached to his helmet... But the battery for the light was behind the seat on his bike. So he had this thick, thick cord attached from the light on top of his head all the way down to below his seat on his bike, through the rear rack to the battery. I don't know how safe that is and it looked weird, but I guess to each their own. It's not as if he can see himself from the back.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:07 am

Decent ride back yesterday afternoon, pleasant conditions and a helpful tailwind.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby westab » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:20 am

Summernight wrote:I was waiting at the lights on the corner of Albert and Hoddle Streets and the cyclist in front of me had a light attached to his helmet... But the battery for the light was behind the seat on his bike. So he had this thick, thick cord attached from the light on top of his head all the way down to below his seat on his bike, through the rear rack to the battery. I don't know how safe that is and it looked weird, but I guess to each their own. It's not as if he can see himself from the back.


I lave done this with a headlight - it is no problem as long as you have the right connector near the helmet. One that if the cable gets caught on anything or in a crash is pulls free from the connector allowing th cable not to snag and hang you by the helmet. I also used the same connector near the battery as I had two battery leads (one for the battery mounted on the rack and the other for in my backpack).

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

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:30 am

wet commute in. all good apart from the dumb cyclist (posted in that thread)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nezumi » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:01 am

Adding my voice to the chorus of "get well, gretaboy!"

Saw this via Safe Cycling Aus' twitter: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/stor ... run/?cs=12
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:06 am

CXCommuter wrote:I am getting sick of the headwinds in the morning then a crosswind in the afternoon with 35+ degrees temperatures.

Try it from my saddle. Winds behind don't do me any favours at all.

The rest are either from the front or, worst of all, from the sides. Side winds mean that the body really wants to rotate about the hips when the shoulders and torso really needs to be square on. So the whole ride is a struggle between what comes naturally and what is best. After considerable distance it is still uncomfortable. It probably explains why I ride more over winter than summer.

The only good wind for me is NO WIND. :cry: Anytime.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jules21 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:09 am

nezumi wrote:Adding my voice to the chorus of "get well, gretaboy!"

Saw this via Safe Cycling Aus' twitter: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/stor ... run/?cs=12

was that the incident in question? or a separate one?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby michael_w » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:13 am

jules21 wrote:
nezumi wrote:Adding my voice to the chorus of "get well, gretaboy!"

Saw this via Safe Cycling Aus' twitter: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/stor ... run/?cs=12

was that the incident in question? or a separate one?

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

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:14 am

jules21 wrote:
nezumi wrote:Adding my voice to the chorus of "get well, gretaboy!"

Saw this via Safe Cycling Aus' twitter: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/stor ... run/?cs=12

was that the incident in question? or a separate one?


my calculations suggest that gretaboys crash happened on the 16th of jan. this one occurred on the 5th of jan and he lives near newcastle/hunter. oh and his name isn't brendan. not him.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:26 am

jasonc wrote:
jules21 wrote:
nezumi wrote:Adding my voice to the chorus of "get well, gretaboy!"

Saw this via Safe Cycling Aus' twitter: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/stor ... run/?cs=12

was that the incident in question? or a separate one?


my calculations suggest that gretaboys crash happened on the 16th of jan. this one occurred on the 5th of jan and he lives near newcastle/hunter. oh and his name isn't brendan. not him.


Yep, gretaboy != Brendan
Unrelated incident, hope Brendan recovers well anyway.



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

Postby nezumi » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:25 pm

Ooops!

I googled cyclist intensive after seeing the post from Mrs gretaboy last night, and the Helensburgh crash came up - I though it was him, then saw the SCA tweet today.

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

Postby singlespeedscott » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:16 pm

A wet, headwind slog to work today. A lot better then the 100% humidity of earlier this week though.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby CXCommuter » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:53 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:
CXCommuter wrote:I am getting sick of the headwinds in the morning then a crosswind in the afternoon with 35+ degrees temperatures.

Try it from my saddle. Winds behind don't do me any favours at all.

The rest are either from the front or, worst of all, from the sides. Side winds mean that the body really wants to rotate about the hips when the shoulders and torso really needs to be square on. So the whole ride is a struggle between what comes naturally and what is best. After considerable distance it is still uncomfortable. It probably explains why I ride more over winter than summer.

The only good wind for me is NO WIND. :cry: Anytime.


Colin- try putting the trainer wheel back on- :) might make things easier? Still more headwind this morning and yesterday's humidity more than made up for the semi tailwind- saturated when I got home- almost thought about drying off by stepping under the hose fully clothed, sigh.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:40 pm

waaaaay too wet for even me. we got over 100mm of rain since 9am at our place.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:06 pm

jasonc wrote:waaaaay too wet for even me. we got over 100mm of rain since 9am at our place.

Just looked at the Brissie radar...impressive!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:16 pm

TailWind wrote:
jasonc wrote:waaaaay too wet for even me. we got over 100mm of rain since 9am at our place.

Just looked at the Brissie radar...impressive!


worse still, it's still raining and i won't ride the roadie to work when it's like this so looks like i'll be busing tomorrow and hope i can ride home
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:20 pm

jasonc wrote:
TailWind wrote:
jasonc wrote:waaaaay too wet for even me. we got over 100mm of rain since 9am at our place.

Just looked at the Brissie radar...impressive!


worse still, it's still raining and i won't ride the roadie to work when it's like this so looks like i'll be busing tomorrow and hope i can ride home

Hehe, you've been out of Melbs too long, that would just be another day in the saddle for us.... :mrgreen:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:28 pm

Wife road home Jason, what's your excuse :p
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Rhubarb » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:06 pm

Awesome commuting in the wet in my velomobile. Even when its teaming down and I'm riding without my hood, my shoes and shorts remain lovely and dry.

I did however discover a new and unexpected hazard. I almost gave myself an enema on my way home, after misjudging the depth of a puddle at 30km/hr in my velomobile. From the outside it would have looked like "The Log Ride" at Dreamworld. From the inside, the footholes just scooped up the water and sent it all straight up the legs of my shorts. :-(
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby am50em » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:09 pm

Rhubarb wrote:Awesome commuting in the wet in my velomobile. Even when its teaming down and I'm riding without my hood, my shoes and shorts remain lovely and dry.

I did however discover a new and unexpected hazard. I almost gave myself an enema on my way home, after misjudging the depth of a puddle at 30km/hr in my velomobile. From the outside it would have looked like "The Log Ride" at Dreamworld. From the inside, the footholes just scooped up the water and sent it all straight up the legs of my shorts. :-(


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

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:17 pm

poohkies wrote:Wife road home Jason, what's your excuse :p


i'm soft. fine. 100mm of rain in less than 12 hours is my limit.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby WarbyD » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:27 pm

Rhubarb wrote:Awesome commuting in the wet in my velomobile. Even when its teaming down and I'm riding without my hood, my shoes and shorts remain lovely and dry.

I did however discover a new and unexpected hazard. I almost gave myself an enema on my way home, after misjudging the depth of a puddle at 30km/hr in my velomobile. From the outside it would have looked like "The Log Ride" at Dreamworld. From the inside, the footholes just scooped up the water and sent it all straight up the legs of my shorts. :-(


Bahahahhaha that is perhaps the funniest thing I've ever read on BNA :P

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