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

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:07 pm

WarbyD wrote:Entirely pleasant ride in this morning.. reasonable pace the whole way (no idea what speed or anything though - daughter bit the top of my phone and cracked the screen a couple of weeks ago, meaning the area I need to be able to use to start a ride in either strava or garmin fit doesn't work.. need to get that fixed one of these days), and finally got to say a proper "g'day!" and introduce myself to our local celebrity - ColinOldnCranky.

Would it be bad form to tell everyone that after you passed me, I caught you. Being caught bya unicyclist! :oops: Hang your head in shame.

But I can't be that dishonest. The tediously long-cycled red lights on Eslanade and Barrack may have a lot to do with it. :mrgreen:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TraceyG » Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:57 pm

Finally managed to get a commute in after weeks of foggy mornings on my normal commute days, although I had to be a little creative to do it. Woke up to another foggy morning today so I packed my kit in the backpack, grabbed my bike and we jumped on the drive - and I rode home in glorious conditions. Think this might be the way to deal with foggy mornings until the warmer days arrive. And I don't have to worry about showering once I get to work.....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:19 pm

Trip home was wet. No rain, but plenty of water on the ground. Thought about putting the shoe covers on, but didn't. Should have.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:27 pm

Perth:

Heavy rain all morning comong and going. I must have put the pancho on a dozen times all up.

I was surprised that the protests in Murray St Mall seemed to be about as big today as it was last Saturday. Ten marks for not being deterred.

A goodly lot of the over-50's riders that set out from Deep Water Point were also not deterred.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby oxonabike » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:04 am

Bit different.... had a cheer squad shouting encouragement this morning. Epically bearded chap (recumbent rider?) in an old troopie running on a section of the Cairns Esplanade parallel to the cycleway yelling out my speed (that I could see on the Garmin anyway) and commenting that I was doing pretty well etc. This sort of gives tired legs a bit of a boost after a 300 km charity ride during the weekend. He eventually pulled ahead and turned into a driveway that crosses the cycleway, stopping short to ensure my safe passage. Sir was a gentleman!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:15 am

Spring has sprung! According to the weather anyway. Bye bye all that luscious snow I heard was dumped on the ski slopes.

Windy ride in this morning. I was a bit later than my usual late and there were lots of people riding and driving to work.

In the two block no-bike-lane section of Albert St, East Melbourne I thanked my lucky stars that I claim the lane and don't kowtow to the 'get in the gutter mentality' pushed on cyclists by some members of society. A motorist driving a black car changed lanes into my lane beside me but gave me enough room as he did so so it didn't really register as anything out of the ordinary for me. The same car then proceeds to close shave the cyclist 20 metres in front of me who was hugging the parked cars (in the door zone) and the motorist passed this poor cyclist with his mirror about 10 centimetres away from this guy's arm, even with the cyclist trying to move left slightly to get out of the way (with no room to move left as he hadn't left himself breathing room). The cyclist was suitably upset, didn't have much room to move left thanks to his door hugging riding style and gave the motorist the finger in anger (justifiable I'd say from my POV).

I watched the motorist line the cyclist up, see if he could overtake said cyclist without changing lanes and then do so with zero room for error. It was scary watching and clearly upsetting for the cyclist involved. Claim the lane people!

I tried to catch up with the cyclist to see if he was alright, but I'm terrible up hills and the traffic light changed to green just as I was reaching him to start chatting. Will see what the video footage picked up tonight if I remember.

Oh, and in the city on Collins St the two red light jumping cyclists in front of me almost got taken out by a red light running car (the light may still have been amber for the motorist). One kept doing the whole red light jumping thing and he was halfway across each intersection before the light had even changed. So I made it my personal mission to catch up to him after every light, just to prove to myself that you didn't need to jump the light to catch up to him. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:44 am

I do the same thing summernight. strava said i put out 380w for nearly 2 minutes "proving a point" for the 2nd time

i replaced the chain on the commuter last night. unfortunately it appears the cassette was gonski so it was skipping like a mofo this morning
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:31 pm

Good ride back Friday afternoon, despite an extended lunch :mrgreen: .
Today...no ride :( - sleepless night and no shut-eye by the time I was supposed to be up this morning - working from home day today....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:38 pm

TailWind wrote:Good ride back Friday afternoon, despite an extended lunch :mrgreen: .
Today...no ride :( - sleepless night and no shut-eye by the time I was supposed to be up this morning - working from home day today....


that's no good. maybe 3 weeks of working from home would help
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Hamster » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:22 pm

July has been a good commuting month for me with fine weather, no strong winds and no bicycle breakdowns (fingers crossed). My previous best monthly total was 1,200 kms but for July I’m currently on 1,460 kms :D with several more days to go.

The mornings are still cold but at least it’s getting lighter earlier and almost light when I leave home. Still getting home when it’s pitch black though.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:44 pm

Managed to turn a 10 km each way commute into an 82 km round trip. Can't do it often, but it was nice to have the opportunity today
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:40 am

find_bruce wrote:Managed to turn a 10 km each way commute into an 82 km round trip. Can't do it often, but it was nice to have the opportunity today

That's great!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:40 am

rheicel wrote:
find_bruce wrote:Managed to turn a 10 km each way commute into an 82 km round trip. Can't do it often, but it was nice to have the opportunity today

That's great!

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

Postby Summernight » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:38 am

They've fixed the bumpy section of doom on Macarthur St outside the Parliament car park so last night wasn't the unpleasant bumpy experience like the past week and instead I had smoothy goodness. :D

This morning I had two numpties driving cars - one who right hooked me and the only reason we didn't connect was because I anticipated his dumbness and had slowed down. He then proceeded to put both hands up in the air in a 'it's not my problem' move as I pointed to my eyes saying 'look' and 'it's a bike lane'. Just because traffic was banked up in the vehicle lane doesn't mean you have carte blanche to stop using your brain and not look when turning right, Mister.

And then in Elizabeth St approaching Bourke St I had a black 'souped up' thing (I think it was a Holden) accelerate and burn past me when I moved over into the non-bike lane after the parked cars. He really, REALLY wanted to get through that amber traffic light, but at the last minute realised it would turn red before he crossed the line, so he stopped sharply. Then when the traffic light turned green he proceeded to rev the carp out of his car and spin the wheels trying to get in front of me. What a tool. :roll:

I also did my good samaritan deed of the day and helped a motorist when they asked for directions to William Street.

It was a beautiful day for a ride. Traffic was banked back a long way on Elizabeth St, Richmond and it was fun sailing past them all! (Minus the right hooker, of course). On your bikes, people!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:32 am

jasonc wrote:
TailWind wrote:Good ride back Friday afternoon, despite an extended lunch :mrgreen: .
Today...no ride :( - sleepless night and no shut-eye by the time I was supposed to be up this morning - working from home day today....


that's no good. maybe 3 weeks of working from home would help


Or a 3 week holiday...could really use one, but alas....responsibilities.... :(

Windy commute this morning, but a decent ride into the CBD with tailwind-assist. I'll pay the price this afternoon....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:38 am

Mostly fab morning - perfect temperature, just a light dusting of rain, somehow my glasses didn't fog up at any point.

Did have a near miss with some goose on a BSO-x-leafblower - he was overtaking someone heading up towards Halo on Mount, I was coming the other way :roll: Ugh, I hate those things.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby westab » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:40 pm

Nice morning ride in to work - and last night an enjoyable ride home.
The weather is warming up and I for one am looking forward to putting away the cold weather cloths and breaking out the shorts (even if every one else keeps telling me I have ugly legs - sad but true) :roll:

The bell birds were in fine voice this morning, it did make me late for work as a cruised through at 15 km/h for the first 2km of my commute to listen - forget the stress medicines I think this is the best medicine for it and if that doesn't work I don't know what would. Got to love the parklands I have the privilege of riding through most mornings.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TigerFilly » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:26 pm

I had such a nice ride home today. It had conveniently stopped raining and was beautifully crisp and cold. It's getting dark just slightly later now so half an hours worth was in soft twilight not darkness. Lovely after a day inside. And it started raining very gentle light rain in the last five minutes which was not even vaguely annoying just kind of pretty in the street lights.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:12 am

Lovely ride in this morning, even with the wind. A considerate delivery van was nice and not MGIF-y on Elizabeth St and was happy to sit behind me. A nice change to yesterday's hoon.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:29 am

Took the hilly route home yesterday - first time in 3 months or so. Bad move, given there was a very gusty northerly. Between the hills and the wind I appear to have strained something in my left knee, which flared up again during this morning's commute.
Will be a painful ride home :(
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:41 am

TailWind wrote:Took the hilly route home yesterday - first time in 3 months or so. Bad move, given there was a very gusty northerly. Between the hills and the wind I appear to have strained something in my left knee, which flared up again during this morning's commute.
Will be a painful ride home :(


that 3 weeks off is needed. take care of that knee.

I got yelled at by a cyclist this morning for overtaking across double white lines (cars are allowed to do it in QLD, so why not bikes)

crisp morning. awesome blue skies
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:54 am

Summernight wrote:Lovely ride in this morning, even with the wind. A considerate delivery van was nice and not MGIF-y on Elizabeth St and was happy to sit behind me. A nice change to yesterday's hoon.

A great reminder of why we love to ride. For me most commutes are like that, but the occasional idiot has a way of capturing your attention
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TigerFilly » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:04 pm

Very quick ride home today with the wind at my back. I was riding in my tights, skirt and high heels too.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rangersac » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:08 am

Wet 'n bloody windy, wet n' freakin' windy, with this morning just very wet. Sums up the last three days.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:33 am

TigerFilly wrote:Very quick ride home today with the wind at my back. I was riding in my tights, skirt and high heels too.


I tried doing that once to get to a function... Except I tried riding in a tight knee-length skirt. Didn't work even before I left the office (couldn't even really get my leg over the bike to hop on) and I ended up having to hoik the skirt up to my waist (I was wearing leggings underneath so all was good. :P)

I need to invest in some loose flowing skirts... :D

* * * *

Last night felt like Spring had sprung... In the middle of Winter. :roll:

I used the newly painted bike lane on William Street beside Flagstaff Gardens doing an errand after work last night. Absolutely lovely with the buffer zone between the parked cars, a good sized bike lane and a buffer zone between moving cars. Only problem is it is about 200 metres long or thereabouts and then just disappears again and spits cyclists out into the left vehicle lane. Boo.

On the way back from my errand I went back on William in the other direction to get to the La Trobe St bike lane. At the Queen Vic Market I had a yellow car do the obvious and fail to check for bikes in the bike lane before turning left (over the give-way lines, I might add) over the bike lane into the Queen Vic car park. I think it was a SMIDSY without the SM as he probably never knew there was a bike there at all, even after me shouting at his boot to look next time.

This morning was windy. I didn't know which way I was about to be blown and when turning right on one corner I thought my wheels might be blown out from under me... Can the wind do that??? :roll:

Earlier in the commute this morning I was behind a guy on Elizabeth St, Richmond coming up to the Hoddle St lights. The lights changed to green when I was at a far enough distance to assume I'd miss the lights, so I didn't pick up the pace and sprint it like I could have and just hung behind this guy. We were getting closer and closer with the lights remaining green for an unusually long amount of time and we both realised at the same time that the light is still green and we'd have a chance to get it so the cyclist in front of me starts going faster. I didn't want to sprint past him and then look stupid if I missed the light, so I didn't start really pushing.

I should have sprinted and overtaken as we just missed the light by about 10 metres and the cyclist in front of me let out a 'Damn' or something similar as missing that means a long cycle before the light changes again. We then had a good chat at the lights. I said "we should have sprinted that one" to which he responded "I thought I was sprinting"... Hahaha. Whoops on my part. :oops:
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