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

Postby malnar » Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:35 am

Seriously cold riding along the Werribee river. My gloves which are usually fine weren't good enough this morning.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:51 am

happy I didn't clean the bike over the weekend. rain stopped not long before I left. wet roads and it hadn't rained for a while = filthy bike
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:26 am

Friday night a work colleague got back from the gym just as I was leaving and she was soaked from pouring rain coming from the gym back to work. So I get all dressed up prepared for a wet wet ride home. I get out there and, apart from the puddles and running streams everywhere, the sky stays clear. Just as I get home the first bolt of lightning lights up the sky. I'm inside and done and the deluge comes down. Good timing! :)

This morning it was "Fingers, meet armpits. Armpits meet fingers. Please warm them up as they don't like being in the cold." It was okay where there was sunshine, but where the buildings blocked the Sun it was cold. The toes didn't have as good a friendship as the fingers and were cold the whole way in. It was still a lovely ride. :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby __PG__ » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:39 am

Eye-wateringly fresh this morning, but lovely. I stopped off at Cecil Walker and bought some of these this morning.
http://www.sealskinz.com/UK/gloves/ultr ... ves-yellow
Needed some proper winter riding gloves. My BBB raceshields aren't wind/waterproof.
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How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:46 pm

First commute after 4 days off & I was like a horse in clover. Apologies to any following downwind :oops:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:13 am

Headed into cold rain after leaving my brother's place on Friday evening after a somewhat damp ride getting there in the first place.
Very chilly ride on Monday morning - set off at 2.5C, but looking at the observations later, the temp went down to -1 in my area. There was frost along the Darebin Creek Trail - little ice crystals reflecting prettily in my lights...

No rides today, working from home after a poor night's sleep....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:35 am

This morning was the inconsiderate building supplies tray truck (with company logo and custom company licence plate) who decided to:

1) turn from a side street to enter a blocked intersection, thereby completely blocking the whole lane AND the dedicated bike lane beside (so I waited politely until the traffic moved and the bike lane was clear before proceeding); and
2) the next side street up from his move number 1 he turned left again without checking the bike lane first (I was on his left, not in his blindspot and overtaking him at this time) and he would have squeezed me into the parked car/gutter/under his tray truck if I hadn't realised he was cutting off the bike lane and about to skewer me as he turned left over the top of me..

I will be reviewing the video and sending a message off to the company about his poor driving. :roll:

Apart from that, the ride was fairly lovely. A couple of cyclists in front of me on Macarthur and Spring Street need to review the road rules as they went on the left of the left indicating and turning van when the lights turned green, causing the conscientious driver to have to brake so as not to hit them. Not the smartest of moves.

EDIT: Upon reviewing the footage, the truck doesn't just cut the bike lane and endanger me, but also in doing so he turns the wrong way down a one-way street.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:43 am

how's the knee TW?

another nice morning in Brissy.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:20 am

jasonc wrote:how's the knee TW?

Knee was good Friday afternoon and no probs on Monday for my regular distances, thx for asking :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jules21 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:44 am

if you dropped a pump on the MYT this morning, that was me yelling at you as you rode off into the distance. surely you must have heard? no response. no, i didn't pick the pump up :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:56 am

jasonc wrote:how's the knee TW?

TailWind wrote:Knee was good Friday afternoon and no probs on Monday for my regular distances, thx for asking :)

I'm impressed, if you didn't know better, it looked for all the world like jasonc was genuinely concerned for your health :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:18 pm

find_bruce wrote:
jasonc wrote:how's the knee TW?

TailWind wrote:Knee was good Friday afternoon and no probs on Monday for my regular distances, thx for asking :)

I'm impressed, if you didn't know better, it looked for all the world like jasonc was genuinely concerned for your health :D


bruce - a few weeks off is what he needs. if i could get andre to do the same, it would be great too.
knee injuries are rarely caused by the knee joint.

looking more and more likely that i'll have 2 and a half weeks off in october (attend a wedding and around the bay in melbourne) so I need as much of a gap as I can get.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby AndreB1972 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:10 pm

jasonc wrote:bruce - a few weeks off is what he needs. if i could get andre to do the same, it would be great too.


You've already had a few easy weeks - I've been travelling, so the weekly mileage has been a bit low...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:15 pm

AndreB1972 wrote:
jasonc wrote:bruce - a few weeks off is what he needs. if i could get andre to do the same, it would be great too.


You've already had a few easy weeks - I've been travelling, so the weekly mileage has been a bit low...


I had noticed you hadn't been logging as much. one more day and I probably would have been back in P1.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:33 pm

fantastic commute home from the airport with the wife :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby cp123 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:54 pm

-7 degrees celcius this morning.


I am a legend! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby oxonabike » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:57 pm

cp123 wrote:-7 degrees celcius this morning.


I am a legend! :lol: :lol: :lol:


I concur!

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

Postby cp123 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:14 pm

in my own lunchbox! :lol: :P
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:23 pm

poohkies wrote:fantastic commute home from the airport with the wife :)


so you remember how to commute? ;)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:25 pm

Yeah, getting there, when this weather gets warmer I'll be back into it! Got to make an effort :) but was good miss riding home from the airport
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:13 am

Lovely rides in this weather! Except the wind made a return on the journey into work this morning. :|
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:51 am

Summernight wrote:Lovely rides in this weather! Except the wind made a return on the journey into work this morning. :|

Hope you are feeling better - or perhaps that's not what you meant :oops:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:02 am

Cold this morning. The temp didn't appear that cold, but at the end my face was aching and all fingers were numb. Glad I didn't attempt it a few days ago on the coldest day in 4years. Temp reading at work said it was 5oC. I was probably under-dressed too.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:34 pm

find_bruce wrote:
Summernight wrote:Lovely rides in this weather! Except the wind made a return on the journey into work this morning. :|

Hope you are feeling better - or perhaps that's not what you meant :oops:


:lol:

Actually I'm coming down with something (sore throat at the moment) but it isn't wind related. 8)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TigerFilly » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:58 pm

cp123 wrote:-7 degrees celcius this morning.
I am a legend! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I'm impressed! I piked on Tuesday when it was freezing cold. I'd packed all my gear up the night before and everything but I just couldn't do it when I got out of bed and was breathing smoke.
This morning was cold but not too cold. Lots of crazy pedestrians on the way home - a very small girl on a balance bike weaving her way along the middle of the bike track at 5.30pm. I was going so slowly I nearly fell off and she still nearly went under my wheel darting sideways just as I got to her. Parent off to the side watching and doing nothing.
Then some teenagers threw a football across the bike track and missed me by a few cm.
Then a pedestrian wandering up a short stretch of shared footpath staring at her phone was very startled when she looked up just as I was going very slowly through the space on her left.
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