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

Postby Summernight » Thu May 15, 2014 5:28 pm

*finally pulls herself out of the pile of work and stress that has been dragging her under for the past week*

Fwee. What a week (Thursday-Thursday). Very late nights at work, no lunch breaks, almost ruined my weekend having to do work (luckily I said 'stuff it', I'm actually having a weekend). Tuesday was D-day and stuff happened and now the rest of the next two weeks are free when they may have been filled with me drowning under oodles of work.

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Thursday last week was the police officer and the car on the corner of Collins and Elizabeth. The Police were doing their mandatory traffic light training that they do at that intersection every couple of weeks and had stopped traffic in Collins St. The motorist at the front of the queue had stopped completely over the bike box. One of the police officers whose job it was to direct ped flow was standing right beside the car. I come up alongside the car in the non-bike-lane-that-is-a-bike-lane and move slightly in front so as to be seen by the motorist because he's completely blocking where I should be.

Said car starts inching even further forward starting to enter even further into the intersection and the ped crossing area. The police officer tells him to stop (in a completely non-authoritative way). I make a too-subtle comment to the police officer about there being no point to a bike box if a car completely obscures it, but obviously the offence regarding a motorist passing the line and entering the bike box area hasn't been in any of the police officer's road rule training to date. The car inches forwards even more and the officer once again tells him to stop (with a little bit more authority but still with a pleading tone). And now the motorist is pretty much brushing my body with his mirror. I make some mention of the motorist being a bit too close and not leaving much room.

Mr Trainee Plod's comment back to me was a polite "Are you able to move back behind the car so he doesn't hit you when he's allowed to drive off?", completely ignoring the fact I'm sitting in the bike area in the gutter and that the car should be 2 metres behind me behind the first stop line. To which I'm like "nah, it's all good". I then wish him a lovely evening, shake my mental head that he didn't up his ticket quota by ticketing or at least giving a stern talking to this motorist blatantly breaking road rules right in front of him and off I go. Ah well.

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Friday morning last week had the black and pink Rapha wearing cyclist in front of me almost be t-boned by a right turning car who failed to give way to him at the intersection of Little Bourke and Elizabeth. Lucky for the cyclist that he was also turning left into the same street the car turned right into. The cyclist was right at the passenger door. Mr Cyclist didn't retaliate as he's probably used to that. Unfortunately (or fortunately, really) for the motorist he happened to park in the exact building I park my bike so I politely explained to him that he'd almost cleaned up a cyclist. He thought I was referring to just outside the building we park in, to which I told him "No, you remember you turned right from Elizabeth into Little Bourke?" "Yes" "Well there was a cyclist that you failed to give way to there". To which he apologised. I think that is a good outcome. If you are that Rapha wearing cyclist, the motorist got his karma. :D

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Friday night/Saturday morning I left work at just past midnight. It was rainy and someone had sprinkled gravel on the intersection of Queen and Bourke. Since they block Queen Street from Bourke to Collins on Friday and Saturday nights for the drunken revellers, I had to turn into Bourke St. I haven't had issues with gravel before, but I had a bit of a tense moment there. And took the right turn into Elizabeth St very tentatively when crossing all those wet tram lines.

Late night rides in the city are really good and quite enjoyable; no traffic and I can claim the middle of the single lane on Collins St and cruise at a good speed. Not to mention there has been a lack of wind too. I mean, I don't like being at work to ridiculous hours, but at least the ride home helps get rid of the cobwebs and you don't have to fight with gridlocked cars.

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One of the springy bollards on Albert St, East Melbourne had been snapped on Monday night and was laying almost completely over the bike lane. I saw it in time and was able to go around it as I'm not going to test the efficacy of my bunny-hopping skills (said skills never having been adequately practiced and me not wanting to lay my bike over when it all goes horribly wrong, which it would have).

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I replaced my front brake pads on the weekend as they were wearing down. One side was wearing faster than the other and the brake pad on that side was contacting the rim more than the other side. I needed to try readjusting the brakes and where the pads sit on the rim. Previous on-the-go attempts at moving the pads so the one on the other side is closer caused that brake pad's tail end (the part that is meant to remove dirt and debris before contacting the braking section) to rub the rim all the time and the brake pad still wasn't contacting fully on application of the brakes. Plus it was squealing at low speeds and the slight shudder at the end weren't acceptable.

So this lunch I got my multi-tool out and moved things around and I think I've solved the problem. Only the ride home tonight will tell but if I have evenly applied brakes and no squealing or shuddering then I'll be happy. :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Whorl » Thu May 15, 2014 6:58 pm

Got overtaken by jasonc tonight on the way home talking about his ticket. Tried to keep up, but was too slow! ;)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lukeyboy » Thu May 15, 2014 7:01 pm

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

Postby Lizzy » Thu May 15, 2014 7:26 pm

Stomach cramped up something wicked on the way home last night at about the 20km mark. Note to self: do not eat the ref nachos :x

Still conducting system tests on the headlight, after I got home I left it to run right down and it went a good 2 hours after the low-battery warning, so that makes me feel better since I want to be able to trust it. After a full discharge/charge this morning, will see what happens tomorrow ... (riveting, I know ...)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu May 15, 2014 8:03 pm

Whorl wrote:Got overtaken by jasonc tonight on the way home talking about his ticket. Tried to keep up, but was too slow! ;)

geez - it was a lazyish ride home
where was that?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Whorl » Thu May 15, 2014 8:14 pm

jasonc wrote:geez - it was a lazyish ride home
where was that?


Down along the river :)

I'm still pretty slow lol, only a couple months into the full time commuting!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu May 15, 2014 8:22 pm

Whorl wrote:
jasonc wrote:geez - it was a lazyish ride home
where was that?


Down along the river :)

I'm still pretty slow lol, only a couple months into the full time commuting!


before or after oxleys on the river? i kind of put the hammer down after oxleys....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Whorl » Thu May 15, 2014 8:27 pm

Somewhere around there mate! Caught up at the lights and wasn't far behind most the way out to jindalee
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu May 15, 2014 8:39 pm

Whorl wrote:Somewhere around there mate! Caught up at the lights and wasn't far behind most the way out to jindalee


ah - were you the guy on the giant I spoke to at sumners rd?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Whorl » Thu May 15, 2014 8:41 pm

jasonc wrote:ah - were you the guy on the giant I spoke to at sumners rd?


Nah, I'm very quiet lol. Beardo on a trek flatbar, panniers. :)

I split off at jindalee and head up to canossa hospital.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu May 15, 2014 8:42 pm

Whorl wrote:
jasonc wrote:ah - were you the guy on the giant I spoke to at sumners rd?


Nah, I'm very quiet lol. Beardo on a trek flatbar, panniers. :)

I split off at jindalee and head up to canossa hospital.


red trek flat bar?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Whorl » Thu May 15, 2014 8:42 pm

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

Postby jasonc » Thu May 15, 2014 8:43 pm

Whorl wrote:Black


will keep an eye out. say gday. I don't bite, most of the time
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri May 16, 2014 9:49 am

had an incident this morning. less than 500m from home going straight through a green light, a car coming the other way turns right in front of me. it's a dead end street. I knew exactly where they were going. Went and had a chat. Driver apologised, she didn't see me (I had my lights on, wasn't riding in the gutter). She was shaking, I wasn't. She'll pay more attention from now on.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Fri May 16, 2014 10:51 am

Nice rides last night and this morning. Brakes seem to be working better, although sometimes a bit squealy. But I can live with that if they are properly contacting the rim.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Fri May 16, 2014 11:14 am

Lovely mild weather this morning, got by quite happily with a t-shirt with merino zip-up cardy. PSP detour is adding a good 5-10 mins to my commute, looking forward to it being over so I can have a few more 'z's when it starts getting really cold.

Treated myself to an Allegro brass bell - so shiny and I loved the sound, had to have it. Being as shiny as it is, it has the unintended consequence of an extreme-fish-eye mirror effect. And of course I'm leaning into it chest-first; my reflection looks like the bow-legged offspring of Dolly Parton and a spider monkey :shock:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri May 16, 2014 11:16 am

Lizzy wrote:my reflection looks like the bow-legged offspring of Dolly Parton and a spider monkey :shock:


thank you for making me laugh
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Mububban » Fri May 16, 2014 12:47 pm

Lukeyboy wrote:"We are out of Bort license plates. I repeat. We are out of Bort license plates"
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Hahaha, that is awesome. One of my mates here in WA had BORT license plates too :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Mububban » Fri May 16, 2014 1:06 pm

jasonc wrote:had an incident this morning. less than 500m from home going straight through a green light, a car coming the other way turns right in front of me. it's a dead end street. I knew exactly where they were going. Went and had a chat. Driver apologised, she didn't see me (I had my lights on, wasn't riding in the gutter). She was shaking, I wasn't. She'll pay more attention from now on.


Glad you survived intact and the driver took it on board rather than blaming you.

I've only seen one poor guy get hit in exactly this circumstance, female driver turned across without seeing him (broad daylight), he tried turning down the side street and braking but ended up on her bonnet. He got a cut knee and one on the back of his head, his very expensive road bike got its back end smashed up, but he took it largely in his stride. Whereas the driver was absolutely in shock, shaking and apologising etc.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri May 16, 2014 1:23 pm

Not much to report, still good weather here in Melbourne, only fly in the ointment is a rather gusty northerly that's been making me work hard on the home-bound commute.

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

Postby jasonc » Fri May 16, 2014 1:28 pm

TailWind wrote:only fly in the ointment is a rather gusty northerly that's been making me work hard on the home-bound commute.


a week off will fix that
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby GeoffInBrisbane » Fri May 16, 2014 1:34 pm

jasonc wrote:
Whorl wrote:Black


will keep an eye out. say gday. I don't bite, most of the time


Unless you have a belt drive, in which case he will inform you there is something wrong with your bike (and I will argue the opposite).
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri May 16, 2014 1:41 pm

GeoffInBrisbane wrote:
jasonc wrote:
Whorl wrote:Black


will keep an eye out. say gday. I don't bite, most of the time


Unless you have a belt drive, in which case he will inform you there is something wrong with your bike (and I will argue the opposite).


don't get me started on belt drives.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri May 16, 2014 2:06 pm

jasonc wrote:don't get me started on belt drives.

You retro-grouch! :wink:

Form & Function - a thing of beauty...and Alfine 11 Di2! I'd be all over this in a heartbeat...

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

Postby GeoffInBrisbane » Fri May 16, 2014 4:07 pm

Me too, want!
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