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

Postby gretaboy » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:29 am

strange morning again...seemed like there was a cool outer edge to the morning but underneath was warm/hot...I was cool but sweated heaps at the same time..wasnt feeling very motivated this morning and had to push myself to do what I am trying to make the "normal" morning ride

Had some idiot blow a plastic trumpet at me as they went past, the type used at football matches...startled me, but apart from that was an ok ride, actually had cars give way to me instead of pulling out in front...always acknowledge that even though it should be standard common decency
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jcjordan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:36 am

Hamster wrote:My commutes of late have been routine. Last night however Hamster was able to assist a fair damsel in distress. Seems that she bought herself and two sons bicycle shaped objects (BSO) for Christmas. The pedal on her BSO had been cross-threaded and never properly tightened, consequently fell off. Fortunately Hamster was carrying a spanner and so was able to assist :) .

A dual-suspension 21 speed mountain bike even with Chinese manufacture cannot be retailed in Australia for around $100. It simply isn’t possible. I’m therefore left wondering how many of the BSOs bought for Christmas won’t last more than a few months. Perhaps we should lobby for labelling of BSOs as being suitable for filling sheds, lawn ornaments or other decorative purposes but they should NEVER be ridden :lol: .

The shop I do a bit of part time work in generally sees around 5-6 of these BSO a week in the later half of January and earlying February. Quite funny when we tell them the cost to fix all the things wrong on them. Even had a few demand that we fix it for free under warranty even though we did not sell the bike.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:39 am

multi-hop commute via daughter's swimming. was HOT.
king tide was coming up along bicentennial bikeway and was not far short of coming up over the path near oxley's on the river.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:19 pm

gretaboy wrote:
jasonc wrote:
TailWind wrote:Working from home for the next couple of days, got all the high-intensity stuff out of the way. Nice to have a break, but the commuting mileage will suffer.

you're just giving gretaboy a chunky headstart

Jason, TW is simply returning the favour from last year :lol: life is about give and take


Just pacing myself :mrgreen:
Pleasant ride back yesterday via the LBS in Ivanhoe, then the old local in Eaglemont, onwards along the Banyule Trail. The day had started cool and somewhat miserably, but cleared up nicely in the afternoon.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:20 pm

rode home with my boss and an old workmate. unfortunately my boss now has a quicker time on a strava segment than me. I can see an effort coming.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:35 am

Ended up being a warm one this morning. Fantastic day to be riding...early in the morning that is. Supposed to hit a max of between 40-43 today so ride home will be a hot but easy one.

Have increased my morning commute distance to now be 60 k's in total and am feeling it. Next week will be my biggest ever if I can commute the full five days
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:46 am

warm, humid and smokey this morning. not a great mix for exerting effort. so i didn't. still got to work hot and sweaty.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:42 am

I had an utterly awesome commute to work this morning via mt Cootha and gap creek on the mtb. We then headed into the city via kenmore, the western freeway and finally the bicentennial bikeway.

Just an awesome way to start the day.

Only downside was I don't think I've ever sweated as much on a bike. As I stood up after the cafe I had sweat running down my legs after wicking out if my shorts. :o. If ridden in the rain and not been that wet before. :mrgreen:
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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

Postby winstonw » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:43 pm

Comedian wrote:Only downside was I don't think I've ever sweated as much on a bike. As I stood up after the cafe I had sweat running down my legs after wicking out if my shorts. :o. If ridden in the rain and not been that wet before. :mrgreen:


My net weight loss with this morning's 41km ride - 1.4 kg = litres.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby clydesmcdale » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:13 pm

Commutes have been getting hotter and hotter and the sweat is increasing to the point it's started to run into my eyes and on my glasses. Have got myself a cycling cap which has made a world of difference. No longer does my helmet rain.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:27 pm

just checked the radar...my home location is saying 37 and the wind is going to be a headwind currently running at 17k/h

my upside...last ride for the week before two days of non riding
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:19 pm

winstonw wrote:
Comedian wrote:Only downside was I don't think I've ever sweated as much on a bike. As I stood up after the cafe I had sweat running down my legs after wicking out if my shorts. :o. If ridden in the rain and not been that wet before. :mrgreen:


My net weight loss with this morning's 41km ride - 1.4 kg = litres.

Nasty! :)
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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

Postby gretaboy » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:10 pm

gretaboy wrote:just checked the radar...my home location is saying 37 and the wind is going to be a headwind currently running at 17k/h

my upside...last ride for the week before two days of non riding


well my ride was a hot one. The electronic sign of the bowling club in my little town stated the temp was 43. It certainly felt like it. I am now feeling very drained but made it with no incidents which s always good
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:49 pm

good ride home. went for a few efforts (one successful). After one effort I turned around to offer a tube to a bloke who had a flat. Ran into an old workmate. Was good to have a chat. Waved at another old workmate too.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:27 am

slept in (don't use an alarm clock which means I must have needed it) and then rode to work with the kitchen sink on my back. smokey again. felt a bit cooler this morning too.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:45 am

what a change from friday...cool and overcast to the point I put a wet weather jacket on. Without any rain it got too hot however so off it came. Did get some drizzle during the ride but nothing too bad and also had a good headwind, currently blowing at 44k/h according to the BOM.

Just got to hope it keeps blowing that hard and in the same direction this afternoon.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:03 am

Ahhh, back into the normal routine. Reasonable ride in at my regular early hour - 4:30am start. Nice and quiet.
Today marks the day when the last time I used public transport or any other non-cycling form of transport was exactly two years ago :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:26 pm

Forgot to mention...on my daily commute there is another rider who commutes daily. He is in the next town over from me. Have ridden with him a few times last year and he is supposedly well known around the area for his riding. This morning was the first morning I have seen him in a long time.

Well we were chatting away and I told him about how many k's I had done. He informed me that he had ridden 24 500 something kilometres in commuting himself last year..and this is after he told me that he had been on leave/holidays since November. Asked him how many k's a day he does and he said something like 100 roughly. He reckons when he was a bit crazy/focused he did 1000 a week for a twelve week period (not sure if that was last year or years gone past).

Now thats a lot of k's.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:21 pm

well as i commute to work i should really be posting in here,

ride was okies, late for work, left at 1/4 to 12 and well it's a 45 min ride, so was a little late :P bloody hot at 34 degrees but o wells, hopefully tonight's ride will be better :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:24 pm

Perth:

Very muggy. And somewhat before I got to work I was starting to feel a trifle tired, though that is more likely the legacy of a very long weekend ride and a little extra weights work last night.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby goneriding » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:37 pm

Excellent commute this morning.
- First up, I'm going to be riding the good bike to work this week due to a wheel repair on the commuter.
- Second, I got a fantastic draft behind a cement truck this morning. 50+ kph without any pedalling :)
- Third, some guy on a flatbar with panniers went past at full speed. Couldn't allow that to happen, so rectified the situation abruptly!
- Fourth, a small peloton formed along Barangaroo which split at the beggining of the climb up to the SHB. I was sitting behind a guy on a 'Dale who seemed to be in a hurry so I sat on his wheel until we hit the bridge and then executed a pass that he didn't recover from :)

The only downer to the whole trip was the Garmin playing up.

All in all, a very satisfying start to the week!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Big_Red » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:49 pm

First commute after holidaying for the last 3 weeks - and it was a great morning, with it not being as hot today compared to the last couple of days. Cagers were all well behaved too and i found out that i did 2x strava PB's on the way into work as well. Hopefully i'll dodge the forcasted rain for the ride home. I've doubled the distance goal that i've set myself compared to last year (it was 2K although i managed 2.5K in 2012) & hope to shed some kilos in doing the extra distance. Wish me luck!

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

Postby poohkies » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:54 pm

are you aloud to add km's to your commute on you way to or from ? as long as your going home to work , and work to home ?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:55 pm

poohkies wrote:are you aloud to add km's to your commute on you way to or from ? as long as your going home to work , and work to home ?


yes. there's a number of us in here (tailwind, simonn, gretaboy and myself) who do the endomondo ACF commuting challenge. as long as the ride is replacing another form of transport then it counts. e.g. a weekend ride to the coffee shop and back is not a commute. a ride to pick up milk and back is a commute. a ride to work via the riverloop is a commute. a ride down the coast while your wife and kids drive down isn't a commute (as a drive has still occurred). does that make sense?

in terms of the target bars in our signatures, that includes all kms.

hope I haven't confused you (and hope everyone agrees)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:53 am

jasonc wrote:
poohkies wrote:are you aloud to add km's to your commute on you way to or from ? as long as your going home to work , and work to home ?


yes. there's a number of us in here (tailwind, simonn, gretaboy and myself) who do the endomondo ACF commuting challenge. as long as the ride is replacing another form of transport then it counts. e.g. a weekend ride to the coffee shop and back is not a commute. a ride to pick up milk and back is a commute. a ride to work via the riverloop is a commute. a ride down the coast while your wife and kids drive down isn't a commute (as a drive has still occurred). does that make sense?

in terms of the target bars in our signatures, that includes all kms.

hope I haven't confused you (and hope everyone agrees)


Here are a couple of attempted definitions of a bicycle commute:
- "A bike ride undertaken to one or more destinations for any purpose other than the ride itself" (TailWind)
- "Any trip by bicycle that replaces one that would have been by another transport means (ie car)" (westab)

Pleasant rides yesterday afternoon and this morning.
Barely any wind riding into the Melbourne CBD, but my efforts were undone by the lights not going in my favour.
The path between Dalton and Tasman Roads along the Ring Road appears to be closed (at least it's fenced off), but upon investigating it this morning, the path is perfectly serviceable at this point. Had to duck under at least 5 of these orange plastic construction type fences though.
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