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

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:30 am

Perth:

Holy crud! 5am and it was already 31 C. I gotta head out in this in twenty minute time. :cry:

Well, at least if anyone collides with another they will just safely slide off each other. The humidity is as so bad it's greasy. I think I should move to queensland. It can't be any worse.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:45 am

Ride home yesterday was interesting. Winds were howling and luckily for me they were going my way. I had recently noticed that someone had added a new Strava segment on my commute home route. It happens to be pretty much right at the end of my commute home too :(. Well yesterday with the winds in my favour I decided I would give this new segment a crack. I saved my legs for the 43 odd k's leading up to it and put bugger all effort in. Getting closer to the segment start point I cranked the legs up and started putting some serious effort in...gave it all I had, well maybe had a bit left in the tank.

Got home and was keen, very keen to see if I had got it, but had to go to boxercise so left it. Once I got to work this morning everything was uploaded and to my great relief I had grabbed the KOM. Am pretty chuffed.

This mornings ride was uneventful, about the only upside was I was able to get an 30 k average for the 60 k distance. Last couple of rides I havent been getting a 30+ average so this was good.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:00 am

I love commuting at this time of year, the streets are relatively quiet & all is right with the world
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:04 am

TailWind wrote:Had to duck under at least 5 of these orange plastic construction type fences though.


sounds a bit cheeky.

joined my usual group for a riverloop this morning for a cruisy riverloop. unfortunately, not so cruisy. garmin says I averaged 31.4 - my fastest ever for the 'loop. we got separated towards the end (finding out afterwards that one guy had a flat)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby goneriding » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:14 am

I knew that I'd jinx myself in my last post! Went down to leave for the day and there was a flat tyre waiting for me! Karma :(
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:56 pm

jasonc wrote:
TailWind wrote:Had to duck under at least 5 of these orange plastic construction type fences though.

sounds a bit cheeky.

No more cheeky than Vic Roads failing to put up signage well in advance and confounding commuters on a well used path at 4:30am in the morning :wink: .
However, I fear that this tactic will not work going forward, as they seem to have some major things planned - the path will be closed to mid-2013 - checked it out on their website. It's the Dalton Road to Darebin Creek Detour, for those who travel that way. Great. :(
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:22 pm

TailWind wrote:
jasonc wrote:
TailWind wrote:Had to duck under at least 5 of these orange plastic construction type fences though.

sounds a bit cheeky.

No more cheeky than Vic Roads failing to put up signage well in advance and confounding commuters on a well used path at 4:30am in the morning :wink: .
However, I fear that this tactic will not work going forward, as they seem to have some major things planned - the path will be closed to mid-2013 - checked it out on their website. It's the Dalton Road to Darebin Creek Detour, for those who travel that way. Great. :(



big question...going to extend or shorten your commute???
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:34 pm

gretaboy wrote:big question...going to extend or shorten your commute???

Extend, of course! :mrgreen:
Not by much though, mornings for me are all about being time efficient..
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby clydesmcdale » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:51 pm

Last night's commute home was a real struggle. Wind was in my face the whole way home. Had the 50mm Carbons on and it's the first time I've felt the wind push my steering about. Even at one point came over a rise into the wind and was slowing as I descended. Just felt like a big sail out there.

This morning was a diffrent story. Great morning for a bit of powering down.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby __PG__ » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:57 pm

First commute since the Christmas break and I forgot to put my bell back on.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:03 pm

__PG__ wrote:First commute since the Christmas break and I forgot to put my bell back on.

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

Postby TigerFilly » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:51 pm

Hi, first post here. I've been lurking around reading lots of old posts.
I used to cycle to work years ago, but in the last few years haven't done anything more than ride about with the kids and ride them up to school when I can.
I changed jobs late last year to somewhere closer to home with a lovely bike track which goes almost door to door - I thought I'd just get settled in then start riding, and then my bike got stolen off my front porch.
New year, brand new bike, and I'm planning to ride twice a week.
This morning was only my third ride to work and half way there my handlebars started heading south. Being new and slow and middle-aged I think I would have been too intimidated to ask for help from any of the lycra wearing male hordes that pass me, but I have to credit reading all your conversations with my new impression that most commuting cyclists are nice friendly regular guys (and a few women) who wouldn't mind being asked! I caught up with the bloke ahead of me and asked if he had a key to fix my handlebars, and he very kindly did so. I was very grateful since I was basically exactly half way. So lesson number 1 for me, make sure I carry some basic tools. I had thought of it last week but hadn't done it yet of course!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Adstar » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:32 pm

First back to back commute today. After a bit over 2 weeks getting a little stronger and definitely faster (in the mornings at least). 800metres from home and first puncture for the year (first repaired in over 23 years).
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:17 pm

TigerFilly wrote: I have to credit reading all your conversations with my new impression that most commuting cyclists are nice friendly regular guys (and a few women) who wouldn't mind being asked!


great first post. welcome to commuting and welcome back to cycling. beware, this pedaling thing is addictive.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:46 am

jasonc wrote:
TigerFilly wrote: I have to credit reading all your conversations with my new impression that most commuting cyclists are nice friendly regular guys (and a few women) who wouldn't mind being asked!


great first post. welcome to commuting and welcome back to cycling. beware, this pedaling thing is addictive.



yes same here...welcome to commuting
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:01 am

What an interesting time I have had in the last two rides.

Yesterday afternoon am travelling up a minor hill...two lanes of traffic and I am sticking to the far left of the left lane, nearly in the gutter...I do this in an effort to try and not hold the traffic up. Most times the cars/trucks are great. Not yesterday. Had a tipper truck, luckily no dog on it, go past me so close at speed that it was scary. Checked the video footage this morning and even with the go pro's wide angle lense it looks very close.

then this mornings ride had a verbal with some fat f..k miner in his mazda bravo dual cab ute....I was in the left lane heading towards some lights, he was in the right....at the lights there is a third folowing lane to turn left. This idiot decides to come from the right hand lane into the flowing left lane...he did indicate I must say, but he pretty much cut me off in doing so.

I shook my head and in return he gave me the finger. So I gave him a little signal which made him decide to slow right down and as I came up on his side he wound down the window and it was then on until he decides to drive off.

Then a little further on I get another ute, an old bloke, with the ute loaded up with fishing rods, which decides to cross over the solid white line and travel with two tyres in the breakdown/cycle lane for a 100 metres or so...I was so close I was going to bang on the metal sides of the tray but decided against it....he was in another world.

Been a while since something like this has happened.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:05 am

Welcome TigerFilly, may you have many happy trails :)

Chose the hilly commute along the MYT up to Greensborough yesterday afternoon, could feel that I hadn't done that route in a while...
This morning I decided to try out an alternative "express" route to bypass the path closure along the Ring Road between Tasman Drive and Dalton Road.
This took me along McKimmies Rd through to Dalton Rd - some on-road bike lane, some narrow, unlit, gravel shoulder sections that aren't all that pleasant. It's about 500m shorter than my usual ride in, and somewhat quicker. Will probably alternate a the express route and scenic route, depending on how early I get away.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby lammy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:08 am

gretaboy wrote:What an interesting time I have had in the last two rides.

Yesterday afternoon am travelling up a minor hill...two lanes of traffic and I am sticking to the far left of the left lane, nearly in the gutter...I do this in an effort to try and not hold the traffic up. Most times the cars/trucks are great. Not yesterday. Had a tipper truck, luckily no dog on it, go past me so close at speed that it was scary. Checked the video footage this morning and even with the go pro's wide angle lense it looks very close.

then this mornings ride had a verbal with some fat f..k miner in his mazda bravo dual cab ute....I was in the left lane heading towards some lights, he was in the right....at the lights there is a third folowing lane to turn left. This idiot decides to come from the right hand lane into the flowing left lane...he did indicate I must say, but he pretty much cut me off in doing so.

I shook my head and in return he gave me the finger. So I gave him a little signal which made him decide to slow right down and as I came up on his side he wound down the window and it was then on until he decides to drive off.

Then a little further on I get another ute, an old bloke, with the ute loaded up with fishing rods, which decides to cross over the solid white line and travel with two tyres in the breakdown/cycle lane for a 100 metres or so...I was so close I was going to bang on the metal sides of the tray but decided against it....he was in another world.

Been a while since something like this has happened.


Hmmmm its always a UTE or a tradie, sorry to generalise, but its true!!! I would love to take one of these unhealthy looking 'people' on ride finishing through a city in rush hour, perhaps their opinion and respect might change!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby poohkies » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:29 pm

Ride to work was so so, bloody head wind most the way, the new chain and rear cassette made the bike much smoother, missed it was like when it was new
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:11 am

Multi-hop commute back via Eaglemont and past my brother's place to water his veggie garden while he is away on holiday. Pleasant ride, although warmer than expected.
Tested another route to detour around the Ring Road path works, using a section of the Darebin Trail, Settlement Rd into Thomastown and then into the CBD mostly on shared paths as per my normal ride. Quite happy with that route as my "express" route - similar time and distance to the standard ride in, and if I have the time, I'll just keep on going down the Darebin trail for a sligthly longer inbound commute.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:46 am

Compared to yesterday this mornings ride was like waltzing through the tulips...not a single issue.

Was warm tho, dropped a fair bit of sweat. Still dripping now at my desk.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby outnabike » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:00 am

jasonc wrote:
__PG__ wrote:First commute since the Christmas break and I forgot to put my bell back on.

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Hi jasonc,
What a great iron on shirt emblem :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:16 am

outnabike wrote:Hi jasonc,
What a great iron on shirt emblem :lol:


actually if you do a bit of googling, it's available on a T.

great ride this morning with a group riverloop.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby goneriding » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:21 am

A bit steamy in Sydney this morning which meant that by the end of my commute sweat was pouring off me! I think there was also a bit of a tailwind blowing as it was a pretty quick ride in even though I'd done an SOP session beforehand (first time in Group 2 - ouch!).

The cagers seemed to be happy and I didn't come across any angry pants pedo's or cyclists. All in all, very pleasant.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Sparx » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:59 am

Great ride for me this am, bumped into a mate at North Head, rode with him past his house which is on my commute route, then his wife was just leaving to ride into work so rode with her the rest of the way. So a very social commute for me.
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