Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Well we have had nearly a month of cold weather and looks like the challenge is still on. I am up at 4.30 everyday and out at 5am with the air nice and brisk. Caught the Lunar eclipse up in Brissy at 5 the other day. Luckily it has only been cold. Yet to have a cold and wet morning in Brisbane. The general commuters have thinned out a bit on the road and the number without proper lights is ridiculous.
Come to Melbourne if you want some cold/wet weather, plenty down here for everyone, numbers decreasing here too, clearer roads, means faster pace
Challenge is on indeed, only 158k till I take 3rd and then its on to chasing you, though you do seem to do allot of commuting, not usre if I can catch you, but I'll give it a shot, giddy up
Posted: 16 Jun 2011, 08:30
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 15:00
At 1.24km/week-ish gain is should only take ~100+ weeks. See you in a couple of years
"My bicycle masters boardwalk and quagmire with aplomb. Those that doubt me... suck THUMB by choice."
I commute every day - approx 60 ks without fail - up at 4.30 and into work by 6.30am. Then on last couple of weeks I have ridden in to the markets to pick up some goodies on a Sunday. On the weekends I get about 200ks in on the road bike. All up I am around 470 - 500ks a week - of which 300ks are commuting. As a contractor a day off means a day off without pay - I havent had a sick day in years.
My average speed on the commute is only 21-23kph so I don't exhaust myself. I think if I was busting a gut at 28kph a day I would need a rest day but I don't do that.
So in terms of catching me, you need to do more than 300ks a week commuting and / or hope I take holidays - which I don't - or have an accident. That said I have gone from 87 to 77 kgs this year, so the incentive is there for me to keep it going.
Well I'm doing 245k over 5 days each week, then my usual 130K+ on weekend, so I'm already 55k down on you on the weekly commute. I'm up at 5-30 as it is and don't really want to be getting up any earlier to extend my daily commute K's which is the only way I will catch you... But then if I want to catch and take you, its the only option, don't want to be wishing you get sick if you don't get sick days. Right, there's the answer, get up earlier and log another 11k a day to catch you... Will have to figure out a new route this weekend. Now be fare mate, dont increase your K's on me OK . Nice weight lose, I've lost a fair bit of weight too, I think too much, I need to get back into the gym and take care of the upper body now.. Will be seeing and passing you) some what soon
@simonn Those extra 11k's a day from next week (hopefully) should sort you out, better than 1.24k a week eh...
I have been slack doing the extra kms since it got cold and very windy. Have only managed to do just over 30kms a day all this week. Probably why I am down in around 20th place now
keep up with that slackness so I can catch up after not riding for 5 weeks waiting for a new frame and brakes ?
Nice work. You should pass me today (working at home today) and take the lead. I do go back to my normal commute cycle next week so you will have a bit of a challenge until I go on holidays and semester starts again. When semester starts my commuting gets mucked around due to teaching at two campuses.
Nice work and please don't have an accident
Proudly "a bleeding heart with too much spare time on his hands"
I will try Somehow i don't think it will be hard if these winds keep up.
I like to see the little bike symbols on virtually every day when I look at my stats.
Oh well, all entered, then all edited when I realised I put down round trip distance with one-way times. Couldn't figure out why I was seeing an average speed around 50kph.
There's a couple of good battles emerging in this comp. 1 and 2 are doing crazy kms. 3,4 & 5 are doing big kms and yet still tightly bunched. Now the battle for 6th is on as well !!!
I've been having a really bad run of late with all sorts of random family and work commitments preventing me from riding. I even planned on riding my bike home the other night from a work celebration function (massive project success) and was doing very well to have sat on 1 light beer up to the point when the $80 bottles of red came out. I made the mistake of just having a quarter of a glass to taste it and ended up getting home via a cab at midnight.
So since jumping up to 6th place a few weeks ago I've been watching Joel/lethoso steadily reining me in, whilst all the while waiting for Oxford to awake from his slumber and dump a backlog of a months rides. It has to be said I didn't see JBark coming.
All good though. I can't do much about it for the next few months but if I can stay close enough to lethoso, JBark and Oxford as they overtake me now, I'm confident I can come back with a few longer and more consistent commutes in the last quarter of the year.
Welcome aboard JBark.
They are serious kms schurms!!! Good effort indeed. I do a relatively meager 33 kms per day over 5 days but go as hard as I can. I don't do much weekend riding though. You do really well to push out those kms without rest days. How do you resist the urge to chase those rabbits? I find I really enjoy a good chase and even attacking a short sharp hill on my own at speed is strangely rewarding. Do you have to hold yourself back? And what if it's an uppity lookin chubby poser on a Pinnarello attacking you at the bottom of a long steady climb?
I'm time poor so I make my kms count. I know I couldn't do my sprints over your distances but I just don't know how you restrain yourself at times.
Last edited by Rhubarb on Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:54 pm, edited 1 time in total.
andrew - Hi. So you are a uni lecturer? What is your speciality? I saw your LHT and blog and am looking at getting one built up for a commuter as my back is getting too old for a back pack.
I commute on the same bike I currently XC race on - http://www.castech.com.au/Results/marathon_championships_2011_/super-master_male_half.TB1FIM.htm I came 3rd in the Super Masters.... this year
Rhubarb - If you read some of my Bike Journal logs - you will see I often have a few little races. I am a wicked climber on the hills and love nothing more than giving the roadies a bit of curry up the hills on my mountain bike. On Wednesday I went past one guy up a long hill, and he chased me into town and ended up saying "I had nothing" but I did him like a dinner going up the hill. But that is on the last 2 ks or so of my commute. Somehow I think Roadies get more upset if a commuter on 2" knobbies passes them - don't know why
Perth, so I really never have an excuse to not ride to work. 33km each day, same as you, though with the move this weekend it might add a tiny bit more. Only moving a few blocks over, will see what it adds to the commute.
It's been awesome lately though
I do 28-32 a day, depending on how lazy I'm feeling. Consistency is my only chance of beating you guys I guess, heh.
I commute on a cross-check - didn't want 26" tyres, and figured a LHT is probably overkill for commuting anyway. I have to say it's been pretty much perfect.
(AT) schurms - so you're old and ride a MTB and still whoopin us - fantastic!!!
Good to see you pushing it occasionally too especially to us roadies. Racing a MTB is like arm wrestling your sister. There's no glory in winning but no way can you afford to lose. I don't understand the sledge though. There's no better way to earn my respect than to drop me up a long climb. It hasn't happened for a long time now but I welcome and respect every challenger. And if you could do it on a MTB that would be even more qudos to you. High end Italian roadie?
It's mine, ya hear? ALL MINE!!!!!
Sorry, guilty of that as well Although not to that extent!
Had a very slack couple of weeks, with a family holiday over the long weekend and two straight-after-work appointments this week it's been real hard to muster the will power.
Normal transmission will resume next week though..........
Fondreist R10, Dura-Ace, Cosmic SL's
Specialized Hardrock, Spinergy Xyclones
And the occasional trailer full of kids......
Right, I've uploaded summarised data (monthly from Jan 2011 - May 2011), and some weekly and daily info up to June 20 manually. The verifiable source is at dailymile.com (I'm Gero T. there), which was recorded with Cyclemeter.
As of 21 June, I'm running both the Endomondo and Cyclemeter apps simultaneously to record my rides.
I couldn't see a way to export out of dailymile in a format that Endomondo understands - let me know if anyone has successfully done this in a bulk process...
I seem to have lost 150km along the way, but that's fine, will just have to pedal my way up from #11
Soma Double Cross 2012 - Commuter || Giant CitySpeed (Alfine 8 IGH) - Commuter || Bakfiets Long 2011 - Cargo Bike
I wouldn't say that. I once commuted for 2 years swapping between these 2 bikes.
Not my bikes but the same thing.
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