The "Excuses" Thread

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby DaveOZ » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:27 pm

I just had 4 wisdom teeth out and my head hurts really bad. I think I have a valid excuse for not riding to work - I'm not going!
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby goneriding » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:44 pm

Missy24 wrote:Didn't have to work today :mrgreen:


What's that got to do with not going for a ride? I would have thought it would have meant an extra long ride.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Comedian » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:36 pm

DaveOZ wrote:I just had 4 wisdom teeth out and my head hurts really bad. I think I have a valid excuse for not riding to work - I'm not going!

You pussy! :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: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby k3bab » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:22 pm

I've been fixing my bike!

Used that one for about November. Hopefully I'll finish soon...
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby trailgumby » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:29 pm

It's too hot.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:53 am

Sigh. I'm too tired to ride today. I spent half the night being bitten by mosquitoes and the other half waking up and scratching. :evil:

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby lethoso » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:18 pm

k3bab wrote:I've been fixing my bike!

Used that one for about November. Hopefully I'll finish soon...


this is why you need more than one bike!

I'm with you on the long-term fixing though - It took me about 4 months to build up my commuter :oops: That's especially embarrassing considering there was maybe... 8 hours work in it at most?
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby sturmey archer » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:17 pm

Aspendale gardens after 150mm of Rain...
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Its the speed humps in there that worry me...
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby stinhambo » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:43 pm

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby k3bab » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:04 pm

lethoso wrote:this is why you need more than one bike!

I'm with you on the long-term fixing though - It took me about 4 months to build up my commuter :oops: That's especially embarrassing considering there was maybe... 8 hours work in it at most?


Just got back from a quick spin around the block! The FD might need a bit of a tune but otherwise, I have a bike again. Also, I just picked up a new frame :D

And, yeah, about three months do about 8 hours work. :roll:
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:13 am

My excuse du jour: I'm travelling interstate. Just when I was getting back into the swing of commuting! :roll: Oh well. I'm pretty sure riding the stationary bikes in the hotel gym doesn't count. :(

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby goneriding » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:46 am

Max wrote:My excuse du jour: I'm travelling interstate. Just when I was getting back into the swing of commuting! :roll: Oh well. I'm pretty sure riding the stationary bikes in the hotel gym doesn't count. :(

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Noting that you are in Sydney Max there are a couple of options you can exercise:
1. depending on where you are staying, fellow forum member mikesbytes teaches spin classes around the traps. PM him for times and places.
2. if you ask really nicely someone might be able to lend you a bike!

Then you don't have an excuse ;)
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby hannos » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:57 am

Did something to my back on sunday morning...

Seeing the quack today to fix it.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby bosvit » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:54 pm

My wife wont let me :oops: :cry:
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:21 am

Bosvit, she won't "let" you? Time to get yourself a new missus. :P

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby bosvit » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:44 am

Max wrote:Bosvit, she won't "let" you? Time to get yourself a new missus. :P

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LOL thats what I'm trying to avoid!

The fact that it is completely untrue has nothing to do with it of course... :lol: :D :lol:
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby CommuRider » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:05 am

First use of the car to work since...October, November of last year. Feeling weird and good that commuting to work on the bike hasn't been a painful transition at all.

Attending the symphony tonight (performing is Taiwanese-Australian Ray Chen with his Stradivarius!) so the cage will make me feel more secure than dealing with the hoons coming to the Cross and George St. 9pm on the bike in the CBD is already pretty hairy, so no risks for me at midnight especially on a Friday night.

May enquire tonight when I pick up the tickets whether the SOH does have secure bike parking so I can attend matinee performances. Given Wilson Parking charges an extortionate amount for car parking there, paying a nominal bike park fee to ensure my bike and its contents are safe is something I do not mind stumping up for.

(and speaking of the Strad, front cover of this week's Economist:
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:47 pm

I used to ride a bike and aimed at three or so times a week. But like most of us, there were many times that I would find reason not to ride, oftimes when I should have.

It seems that, for me at least, the only time that I am weak is during that time around wake up. Once on the road I will readily hop off the train early or ride the whole way in. So I have, for 27 months now, simply taken the no-ride option off the table.

Nowadays, at least for work days, I simply ride regardless. As it is not optional I have found that the only chance to pike is on how much of the trip I will do on the unicycle and how much I will do on the train. And it has proven to be that I can make those decisions purely according to legitimate circumstance - am I running late, etc.

The last time I did NOT ride at least the minimum daily commute was November 6, 2008. And I have been increasing my optional legs ever since, adding in more weekend errands and so forth. It helps too that in Perth even stormy weather is still quite tolerable. It also helps that my wife brings in fresh shirts as required.

As I said, it seems for me to be getting over that waking-up spell. I wonder how many others are only at their weakest as they start the day.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Fred Nurk » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:44 pm

stinhambo wrote:Image

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I should be disappointed, I only dropped 3 days because of that (the other two days that week was commute by plane, so no chance there). Got a bit wet last week though.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby BoardRider » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:38 am

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Fred Nurk » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:44 pm

BoardRider wrote:Image
I couldn't leave this guy home alone


Thats scarily close to a drop bear. Are you safe leaving that anywhere near your house?
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Fletcher » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:18 am

bosvit wrote:New bike still not here over 2 weeks late.

I'm having a tantrum and refusing to ride either of my other perfectly good bikes! :mrgreen:


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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Dropbear20 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:38 pm

Fred Nurk wrote: Thats scarily close to a drop bear. Are you safe leaving that anywhere near your house?


DROPBEAR? Where?

Today's excuse - had to drop off my youngest son (Dropbear Jr?) at his choir practise. He's 10 and in a new school, and joined of his own accord. Practise every Tuesday at 7.45am. He's a little too young to take on a 23km commute, and he won't fit on the back of the bike.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:23 pm

Gonna be minimal distances for the next few days :(
A small saddle sore I don't want growing.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby bosvit » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:26 pm

Had to take the ute to work because I had to get fuel in the boat and some extra tackle because my brother is camping over at Coffin Bay and I have to take him fishing tomorrow.

Can't ride tomorrow, see above!
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