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

Postby jasonc » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:57 am

hope it's not a crack too luke

feeling terrible but still rode to work. TW is too close
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:16 am

The wind kept changing direction on me this morning so I didn't know which way I was going or which direction to brace in.

Someone has placed a portable flashing sign on the Kew Boulevard near Walmer St which reads something like:

SHHHHHHHH
Quiet Please
Residential Area
[repeats this twice or something then:]
Caution: Tacks on Road
Police Surveillance in Force
[repeat]

It was very colourful using greens, reds, blues etc. Looks to be timed to only flash at night or early morning because it had switched off when I ran past again after 7AM (I'd run past before 7AM in the other direction).

I did like the use of the 'Shhh'. That got a laugh out of me.

Anyway, for the actual commute I had a taxi honk me because it wanted to cut the queue on Albert St (where the two lanes become one at the moment due to the water pipe works) and I was claiming the left lane at the time. Said taxi then zoomed up to the front of the queue at the traffic light and then cut back into the right hand through lane in front of all the polite cars. I waved at the taxi as I went past later while it was stuck in traffic further up. :D

I also saw a lady cyclist wearing the most awesome pair of brightly coloured leggings. I said to her that I loved her leggings. Hopefully that came across as I meant it... (I was wearing brightly coloured stuff too so I think she got the correct meaning). :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:35 am

Summernight wrote:Anyway, for the actual commute I had a taxi honk me because it wanted to cut the queue on Albert St (where the two lanes become one at the moment due to the water pipe works) and I was claiming the left lane at the time. Said taxi then zoomed up to the front of the queue at the traffic light and then cut back into the right hand through lane in front of all the polite cars. I waved at the taxi as I went past later while it was stuck in traffic further up. :D

I also saw a lady cyclist wearing the most awesome pair of brightly coloured leggings. I said to her that I loved her leggings. Hopefully that came across as I meant it... (I was wearing brightly coloured stuff too so I think she got the correct meaning). :D

I am sure you are polite enough to ensure all fingers were pointing in the same direction :D

While I am always a bit hesitant commenting on what people are wearing, the more unusual it is, the more the person is, shall we say, familiar with receiving feedback. :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby WarbyD » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:43 am

Pleasant enough commute in this morning although the bike isn't feeling 100%.

All the wet weather over the last few weeks has DESTROYED my brake pads - to the extent that grabbing big handfulls of both brakes (pulling the lever right back to full travel) was barely able to slow me down, let alone bring me to a stop in a reasonable distance (as soon as the LBS across the road from my office opened this morning I dropped it in to have them replace the pads for me) and the whole bike feels "sluggish" - It feels like I'm pushing a higher gear or riding against the brakes (which, given my lack of brakes.. is obviously not the case haha).. thinking perhaps all the water and grit over the past few weeks has worked into bottom bracket perhaps so is introducing resistance through the crank? As a result, planning to do a good deep clean and regrease everything this weekend.. Anything that moves, if I can work out how to pull it off/apart, will get pulled off, cleaned and greased.

Got new wheels from another forum member yesterday, very happy with them.. Look much sexier than what they replaced :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:33 pm

jasonc wrote:hope it's not a crack too luke
feeling terrible but still rode to work. TW is too close

That's no good, Jason...don't mind me, I'm just plodding along...hope you feel better!

My last two commutes were, by and large, characterised by two things: howling northerly winds and unleashed dogs on the PSPs; owners oblivious, with bovine stares in response to my admonishments about leash laws.
Other than that, all good.

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

Postby Summernight » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:48 pm

find_bruce wrote:I am sure you are polite enough to ensure all fingers were pointing in the same direction :D


Of course. It was a see-you-later-but-you-might-actually-know-me-so-be-more-careful-who-you-honk wave as I rolled by... Full-fingered. :P
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby CXCommuter » Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:06 pm

Cleaned up by a Ninja Hipster this evening just south of Karrinyup Rd- he pulled out in front me and I hit him almost head on, he was going quite slow but I was doing ~25km/h. Went over the tp but managed to land okay (MTBing sometimes has it's benefits). Regardless scraped knee, elbow, sore thigh (corked) and twisted thumb. Bike appears okay, checked front wheel/frame/fork and all in good nick ust had to reseat the front wheel as it had come loose (skewer undone).

His bike is a write off, frame cracked at head tube and front wheel completely buckled. He was also hobbling quite bad but didn't want any help. BTW he also stank- must be allergic to oxidised hydrogen (too many free radicals or something).

Hope I wake not too stiff as have group ride I would like to attend
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Drizt » Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:28 pm

Good thing he came off second best.

Cracked 30k ave on the commute today which was great. Wind assist or not I'll take it.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:04 am

CXCommuter wrote:Cleaned up by a Ninja Hipster this evening just south of Karrinyup Rd- he pulled out in front me and I hit him almost head on, he was going quite slow but I was doing ~25km/h. Went over the tp but managed to land okay (MTBing sometimes has it's benefits). Regardless scraped knee, elbow, sore thigh (corked) and twisted thumb. Bike appears okay, checked front wheel/frame/fork and all in good nick ust had to reseat the front wheel as it had come loose (skewer undone).

His bike is a write off, frame cracked at head tube and front wheel completely buckled. He was also hobbling quite bad but didn't want any help. BTW he also stank- must be allergic to oxidised hydrogen (too many free radicals or something).

Hope I wake not too stiff as have group ride I would like to attend


should have called the cops (in QLD at the moment, he'd get the death penalty)
hope you pull up ok
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:34 am

A much warmer commute to work this morning. I only had to wear arm warmers and a vest over the standard commuting gear. The roads were wet but I didn't get rained on. Woohoo.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby kb » Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:10 am

Only one way for me yesterday. BB30 issues and I need to wait for the loctite to cure. Probably just as well as my cough is being very stubborn. Never want to ride more than when I'm baulked :-)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby warthog1 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:15 pm

Part of my route had dry roads this morn. :shock:
First time in about a week and a half :x
I hate winter but I'm loving the chromoplastics and neoprene shoe covers. Go the aldi ski gloves too. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby cyclebee » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:27 am

First puncture in a little while today. No tyre is puncture-proof (had Conti GP4000s)!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:15 am

What a beauteous morning for a ride. During my run I had the regular cyclist who wears the old school Telstra jersey (you know, the orange and blue version) ride past me up the Boulevard hill towards Walmer St... And then do his morning leak on the side of the path... I mean, okay you seem to have made it a routine to stop and have a pitstop there as, if our paths cross at that point (which they regularly do), you always stop and leak it out into the trees, but why can't you stop just two minutes earlier at the CCF public toilets and do it there? I don't get it. Is it some 'back to nature' thing that peeing into the bushes on the side of the path is a 'must do'?

Holiday traffic seems to be calm and polite. As I started my ride I had a nice cyclist bid me a good morning, which was a great way to begin. And then I was trailing a fellow forumer pretty much up the whole of Albert St and down Collins St, not that he or I knew that until he recognised me at the lights. Lovely to meet you, Nezumi. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:22 am

After two weeks off work and sunning ourselves in Fiji for a fair proportion of it, it was back on the bike to work this morning. Crikey it was cold, not used to it at all.

On a side note it was interesting that I didn't see very many bicycles in Fiji. It appears that the locals either walk, car or bus everywhere. Not being widely travelled (UK, India) but having seen plenty of lower socio economic areas on the telly I was a little surprised the locals haven't embraced the bicycle.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:23 am

not 100% yet, but on the mend
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:57 am

Abominable northerly for the way home on Friday, really took it out of me.
This morning, however, was calm and pleasant at around 10C, and I treated myself to a cruisy ride to shake off the effects of the weekend.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby CXCommuter » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:00 am

CXCommuter wrote:Cleaned up by a Ninja Hipster this evening just south of Karrinyup Rd- he pulled out in front me and I hit him almost head on, he was going quite slow but I was doing ~25km/h. Went over the tp but managed to land okay (MTBing sometimes has it's benefits). Regardless scraped knee, elbow, sore thigh (corked) and twisted thumb. Bike appears okay, checked front wheel/frame/fork and all in good nick ust had to reseat the front wheel as it had come loose (skewer undone).

His bike is a write off, frame cracked at head tube and front wheel completely buckled. He was also hobbling quite bad but didn't want any help. BTW he also stank- must be allergic to oxidised hydrogen (too many free radicals or something).

Hope I wake not too stiff as have group ride I would like to attend


Pulled up okay- sore thumb, hip, thigh, knee and elbow but all operational. Bike was checked over and may have a dead front wheel- quite a shudder going on- not concerned at all as the rim is on it's last legs anyway (no braking track). May get a new rim and rebuild (need to think about it).

This mornings ride in was dry, but wild and windy- hold onto the handlebars for the crosswind ride from hell
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby 98octane » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:58 pm

cyclebee wrote:First puncture in a little while today. No tyre is puncture-proof (had Conti GP4000s)!


Same thing for me today, same tyres. Luckily puncture was at the very end, so arrived with air still in the tyre.

Fast ride to work, but lots of people on the PSP, particularly groups of cyclists.

Large groups of (slow) recreational cyclists should wait until after peak commuting periods to use main commuting paths. It's inconsiderate of them to effectively block hundreds of metres of PSP with limited overtaking opportunities. I understand that they are shared paths, but others should also be aware that commuters need to get to work!

When I overtook one such group this morning, on a straight flat wide and clear (sight distance and no oncoming traffic) path, I was called a maniac. I'm guessing the name caller expected me to sit behind his group dawdling along at 20-25kph.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:29 pm

98octane wrote:When I overtook one such group this morning, on a straight flat wide and clear (sight distance and no oncoming traffic) path, I was called a maniac. I'm guessing the name caller expected me to sit behind his group dawdling along at 20-25kph.


a maniac would have had headphones on and wouldn't have heard anything ;)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DavidS » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:32 pm

Lovely day to ride today: no wind in the morning and a nice northerly on the way home. Doesn't quite make up for the persistent SW winds which turn up every afternoon in spring and summer but nice nonetheless.

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

Postby CXCommuter » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:03 am

Crazy crosswinds and rain (even some small hail) in Perth last night. Picked a few segments to have a go and and more top 10's but no KOMs. This morning- woke to 30-40km/h headwinds and sore legs from monday's efforts- very slow ride in (took it at recovery pace), no rain though today
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby WarbyD » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:06 am

Not a bad ride in this morning.. chose the 29er as I expected there would be a fair bit of debris on the PSP after yesterday's weather and was right about that.. A little bit of rain and some pretty strong crosswinds, otherwise entirely pleasant albeit far from speedy :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:25 am

Uneventful commutes last night and this morning, apart from the wind blowing me around. Holiday traffic has left all the considerate motorists on the roads this time, it seems. :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:05 am

Summernight wrote:Uneventful commutes last night and this morning, apart from the wind blowing me around. Holiday traffic has left all the considerate motorists on the roads this time, it seems. :D

Got it in one. It could be like that all the time if so many parents didn't drive their kids to school
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