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

Postby Lizzy » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:51 am

Super-blustery ride home yesterday. I saw pretty much all the Bull Creek detour signs down, if it hadn't still been absolutely blowing dogs off chains at the time I would have stopped to stand them back up. Given how long the detour's likely to be in place, would seem sensible to me to anchor them a bit more solidly.

nuclear_rider wrote: Need to get better lights for the bike for the ride home. What's everyone using up front?


Welcome nuclear_rider :) Have a look around the "Buying a Bike/Parts" forum, there is loads of info there, only problem is you end up with complete option paralysis - for mine though, I just got a Moon X-Power 500 and am super happy with it. If you get one, don't use it on flash mode though, it hurts people coming the other way as I discovered the first time I tried it (sorry everyone!). So now I only use it as a "see in the dark" light (and so far the second-lowest setting has been all I've needed) and keep my old blinky for a "be seen in low light"-light.

On the train today as have had a setback with my cranky knee - last week I played indoor soccer for the interfaculty games like an idiot and now I'm paying for it :( Cycling had been the only thing that didn't upset it, but as of yesterday, now it does. Boo, hiss. [/Excuses]
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:49 pm

Warm but very windy ride back yesterday afternoon.
Still warm and windy this morning for the ride into the Melbourne CBD, but it's looking more like cool, wet and windy for the ride home this afternoon.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:03 pm

Perth:

Where were you all? It was an easy ride, not too cold, not too warm, just right (sounds like goldilocks and the three bears). Never had to put the rain gear on at any stage. No spray from the river. By 6 oclock I had stripped down to singlet.

A great start to the day. :)

It may be a bit more challenging this evening though.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby clydesmcdale » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:54 pm

jasonc wrote:
clydesmcdale wrote:Soreness in the shins today. Probably form doubling distance and increasing effort for the Monday and Tuesday 'extended commutes' so reluctantly took the bus today.

As luck would have it, my auspost tracking suggests my carbon wheels are with the driver on route to me! So should be able to take them home tonight.


sounds like an excuses thread post with a twist of luck....

yep got lucky on that one. Got the carbon wheels now. They look sweet!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:11 am

Mad weather in Melbourne yesterday for the ride back. Decided on a multi-hop commute, stopped at the LBS in Ivanhoe to buy some chain lube after a pretty windy stage out of the CBD. Apparently the wind had knocked out the power in Ivanhoe for an hour or so.
Off to my old local in Eaglemont after that and shortly after I arrived there, a rainstorm hit. I waited it out, and left to blue skies and a bit of wind about an hour later. Headed off to my brother's place for another quick stop,and then off home.
Considering the conditions, I got off pretty lightly.
Easy run in this morning, dry, cool, and the northerly still doing its thing.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DaveOZ » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:16 am

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

Postby jasonc » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:42 am

riverloop with Oz and the gang. Headwind for a lot of it

averaged 29.5km/h for the riverloop - bloody happy with that
knackered now and have no idea how i'm going to get home
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:52 am

well the severe winds predicted for yesterday arvo didnt come about, but I still had some decent headwinds to contend with.

This morning the wind was still blowing but this time in my favour. Was feeling stuffed even before I got on the bike, but once started and feeling the wind behind me I thought why not, why not go for a PB.

Pushed hard and for my 45.48 k ride I achieved a PB of 35.1 k average.

I am now feeling washed out, bugger all left in me so the ride home this arvo may set a PB in the opposite direction...slowest ride ever lol
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:10 am

DaveOZ wrote:Windy.

Yeah it's funny, I thought it was windy for half of my loop of the bay, but then the wind disappeared :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DaveOZ » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:27 am

Gusting to 70km/h here now. Not looking forward to the ride home this arvo.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby westab » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:04 am

gretaboy wrote:Pushed hard and for my 45.48 k ride I achieved a PB of 35.1 k average.



Well done - thats a great speed for over that kind of distance - I'm impressed.

This morning the weather is great and the ride in was very enjoyable. First time in shorts for this spring and even thought I have felt a little flat lately - NOT TODAY. I felt like I had grown an extra leg to help. again looking forward to the ride home. :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Kenzo » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:32 am

Kenzo wrote:
Kenzo wrote:First Magpie of the season for me yesterday... just a swooper, not a striker.

Gretaboy - I should mention I had not flicked on my helmet 'red-flasher' light. No swooping on the return journey. Will see what happens when I ride past him again on Thursday morning.


The bird swooped once this morning the just left me alone after I tilted my helmet flasher toward him/her. The good thing about the morning ride is the sun gives me a good shadow 'image' to my left allowing me to 'see' what the bird is doing. Todays behaviour was quite different to Tuesday - I am quite sure the flasher works now.

jasonc wrote:riverloop with Oz and the gang. Headwind for a lot of it.


Indeed .. it was hard work riding in this morning.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Xplora » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:36 am

My commutes have sucked for 6-7 weeks. Train, train, train, MTB nearly blew my knee to hell after two attempted commutes last week, so should be picking up another commuter today. Damn train takes too long, and costs too much!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jules21 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:28 am

loving my commute this morning! i had been interstate with work earlier in the week and was starting to get withdrawal symptoms. for some reason i've been exhausted despite not riding for a few days, but i rode in the 30km longer loop this morning anyway - i needed my fix. ahhh. thank you cycling.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:37 am

westab wrote:
gretaboy wrote:Pushed hard and for my 45.48 k ride I achieved a PB of 35.1 k average.



Well done - thats a great speed for over that kind of distance - I'm impressed.


I'm blown away

awesome work. good luck getting home!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby goneriding » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:20 pm

Looked like there was a cyclist down at the City end of the Harbour Bridge this morning. Ambos were on the scene working on the poor bugger.

Fingers crossed they weren't too badly damaged.

I've seen a few accidents at the offramp as it is narrow and bikes come from both sides.

Time to be careful, methinks as the warmer weather will bring out the less experienced/aware commuters.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby marinmomma » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:10 pm

Kenzo wrote:Indeed .. it was hard work riding in this morning.


You should almost fly home this afternoon though, there has been tailwinds all week for the south sider's commute home :D makes for a nice change as usually we get the SE'erly blowing in for the ride home....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Kenzo » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:48 pm

marinmomma wrote:
Kenzo wrote:Indeed .. it was hard work riding in this morning.


You should almost fly home this afternoon though, there has been tailwinds all week for the south sider's commute home :D makes for a nice change as usually we get the SE'erly blowing in for the ride home....

Yep - that was real nice this arvo.
Just on one hour for the ride... even with the walk over the Goodwill Bridge and traffic lights... This arvo was more than ten minutes faster than avg for the point to point (actual riding time would be even better too - but I don't track that on commutes).
No Magpies either.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nuclear_rider » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:42 pm

Brilliant ride to work this morning. Fast yet relaxed. Ride home sucked tonight. Forgot my clear glasses and with the wind ended up with a headache from the wind. Lesson learnt.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Reman » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:01 pm

Bought a DHB windslam jersey for the winter commutes and being short sleeved it's been fine so far. Headed home at lunch time and it almost killed me. Time for some new summer jerseys, been thinking the long sleeved ground effects would be good especially with my fair skin during summer.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:18 pm

abused the tailwind on the way home. was good fun.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby marinmomma » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:19 pm

Kenzo wrote:Yep - that was real nice this arvo.
Just on one hour for the ride... even with the walk over the Goodwill Bridge and traffic lights... This arvo was more than ten minutes faster than avg for the point to point (actual riding time would be even better too - but I don't track that on commutes).
No Magpies either.


Nice, No wonder I lost one of my QOM's today :roll:

I'm waiting for the maggies to come out, in previous years I've been attacked at the entrance to the V1 at Logan Rd and then again up near the high school, been practicing riding fast through those two sections for the past couple of months to prepare but so far it's all been clear....
The nasty one on Logan Rd out the front of Officeworks has started, our friend got done this week, we ride up there early on Tuesdays while it's still dark and he must be still asleep :roll:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby bychosis » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:40 pm

Shocking headwind this morning on the way to work. :(

Wind direction maintained for the return trip :)

PB on Strava (incl KOM) :D

Stopped at shop and got back to the bike to find half flat tyre :(

Then walking the rest of the way home after it went more flatter because it's easier/quicker than trying to change a tyre on the side of the road. :x

Spent next 20min coughing as throat was too dry from hard work for the KOM :(
Mixed day really.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:43 am

Pleasant temp, dry and some blue skies for the ride back yesterday afternoon, the northerly, however, was still around too to keep me busy on the way back.
Melbourne this morning was pretty cool after another stormy night. Slightly damp roads in places, and fairly windy. Still dodging debris on the shared paths.
Happy Friday! :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DaveOZ » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:57 am

I took the work ute home yesterday because the headwind was so bad. Hoping to get a nice ride home today.
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