The "Excuses" Thread

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby alkhoo » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:17 am

jasonc wrote:2 bikes out of service, and they didn't offer you a loaner?


Different shops Jason. The roadie was serviced at my LBS. The new cyclocross commuter was purchased from a bike store that I visit once every couple of months. I enquired twice about the bike and the final time, they'd knocked off $1200 off the ticketed price without me trying. When I got serious and asked about upgrading the gruppo to full SRAM Force and they said, no charge, I said you've got a deal! It didn't seem nice to tell them, let me see what my LBS (who also stocks Specialized) can do.

Good news is the roadie is running beautifully again, did the commute this morning. Also, just got an email that they received the fork yesterday and the cx commuter will be ready for pickup this arvo.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Slowcoach » Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:31 am

It is too cold and I am old and soft
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby __PG__ » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:28 am

I've got shingles :(
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:32 pm

__PG__ wrote:I've got shingles :(

I prefer corrugated iron :D

Naaah, seriously. Fail. Your post belongs HERE.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby jasonc » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:39 am

Mulger bill wrote:
__PG__ wrote:I've got shingles :(

I prefer corrugated iron :D

Naaah, seriously. Fail. Your post belongs HERE.

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:54 pm

I've avoided posting so far on a current issue as most niggles I get tend to be brief. However I seem to have separate and distinct problems in both knees ATM and I am concerned that they are persisting.

So if anyone notices I am riding the full distances to and from work somewhat less than usual I hereby register my excuse.

AND THE SOONER I CAN DROP THE EXCUSE THE HAPPIER I WILL BE!

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Postby Summernight » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:39 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:I've avoided posting so far on a current issue as most niggles I get tend to be brief. However I seem to have separate and distinct problems in both knees ATM and I am concerned that they are persisting.

So if anyone notices I am riding the full distances to and from work somewhat less than usual I hereby register my excuse.

AND THE SOONER I CAN DROP THE EXCUSE THE HAPPIER I WILL BE!


I hope the knee issues can be resolved soon.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Slowcoach » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:07 am

It is still too cold.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:46 pm

For a couple of weeks walking -even just around the office - eventually gives me an unfamiliar sharp painful twinge in the left leg.

So for week I have been riding only the absolute minimum - to and from the train mostly. And really wanting to get back out there.

But I have not been able to decide if the riding is bad for me or not. It is certainly not obvious if it is, whereas walking is definitely something that requires me to favour the left leg if I do not want to get the pain back in shrot time.

So today I chanced the full ride in with a it with a view to determining if riding is bad or not. It is looking like riding is fine though I'd really like to be more certain. Anyway, I'll give it another try tomorrow.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Slowcoach » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:47 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:For a couple of weeks walking -even just around the office - eventually gives me an unfamiliar sharp painful twinge in the left leg.

So for week I have been riding only the absolute minimum - to and from the train mostly. And really wanting to get back out there.

But I have not been able to decide if the riding is bad for me or not. It is certainly not obvious if it is, whereas walking is definitely something that requires me to favour the left leg if I do not want to get the pain back in shrot time.

So today I chanced the full ride in with a it with a view to determining if riding is bad or not. It is looking like riding is fine though I'd really like to be more certain. Anyway, I'll give it another try tomorrow.

Perhaps some professional opinion here? ...maybe a physio?
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:39 am

Slowcoach wrote:
ColinOldnCranky wrote:For a couple of weeks walking -even just around the office - eventually gives me an unfamiliar sharp painful twinge in the left leg.

So for week I have been riding only the absolute minimum - to and from the train mostly. And really wanting to get back out there.

But I have not been able to decide if the riding is bad for me or not. It is certainly not obvious if it is, whereas walking is definitely something that requires me to favour the left leg if I do not want to get the pain back in shrot time.

So today I chanced the full ride in with a it with a view to determining if riding is bad or not. It is looking like riding is fine though I'd really like to be more certain. Anyway, I'll give it another try tomorrow.

Perhaps some professional opinion here? ...maybe a physio?

If I had a scan at every niggle I'd be taking time off three times a week. Mostly they are just the things that accrue with age and a lifetime of sport and fitness work and, while they may come back from time to time, are mostly transitory.

Rest assured however that every niggle I do get is not far from my consciousness - I am always giving it my best guess and head to my GP, my orthopaedic surgeon, my physio and my radiographer generally without any reluctance. This may one of those or it may just peter out like about 90 percent of my niggles to.

These guys are on speed dial. :lol:

It was quite good today.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby eldavo » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:59 am

My excuse for just a bell and wave not saying G'day to Colin again on Riverside drive is due to the thumping tail wind second day in a row. My last 3km of the trip is usually a good cool down section, but lately the only chance to get that good fast memory to draw upon for all the headwinds on the way home.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:39 am

eldavo wrote:My excuse for just a bell and wave not saying G'day to Colin again on Riverside drive is due to the thumping tail wind second day in a row. My last 3km of the trip is usually a good cool down section, but lately the only chance to get that good fast memory to draw upon for all the headwinds on the way home.

It did come and go a few times on the way in yeterday, and changed direction as well. Anyway, hoping for a little less when I leave shortly. Perhaps we'll get another chance.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Slowcoach » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:21 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:
Slowcoach wrote:
ColinOldnCranky wrote:For a couple of weeks walking -even just around the office - eventually gives me an unfamiliar sharp painful twinge in the left leg.

So for week I have been riding only the absolute minimum - to and from the train mostly. And really wanting to get back out there.

But I have not been able to decide if the riding is bad for me or not. It is certainly not obvious if it is, whereas walking is definitely something that requires me to favour the left leg if I do not want to get the pain back in shrot time.

So today I chanced the full ride in with a it with a view to determining if riding is bad or not. It is looking like riding is fine though I'd really like to be more certain. Anyway, I'll give it another try tomorrow.

Perhaps some professional opinion here? ...maybe a physio?

If I had a scan at every niggle I'd be taking time off three times a week. Mostly they are just the things that accrue with age and a lifetime of sport and fitness work and, while they may come back from time to time, are mostly transitory.

Rest assured however that every niggle I do get is not far from my consciousness - I am always giving it my best guess and head to my GP, my orthopaedic surgeon, my physio and my radiographer generally without any reluctance. This may one of those or it may just peter out like about 90 percent of my niggles to.

These guys are on speed dial. :lol:

It was quite good today.



Haha. Hope you took the opportunity whilst it was all feeling 'quite good' to get out for a ride. Gotta take those opportunities when they are there ;)
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:18 am

Too hard to transport another bike in me backpack.

DAMN! I hate driving in daylight hours :roll: :(
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:12 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Too hard to transport another bike in me backpack.

Sorry that is a weak excuse. Shame shame shame. :mrgreen:

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:57 pm

Seems to be a few bits missing there Colin :P

Last time I had to do it I rode the damn thing to the station and trained the bulk of it. Best part of 4kms on a 24" wheeled kiddie MTB with me knees up around me ears and then had to *shudder* walk home.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Dropbear20 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:15 pm

The heat and humdity has sapped my will to ride this morning. I'm saving up for a big ride tomorrow.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Lizzy » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:44 am

I have angered the lower back goddess :x
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Lizzy » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:00 am

::double:: ... Physio says inflamed disc at/around L5. Been advised to stay off my can wherever possible for the next week to start off and that includes the bike. Wahh boo sux.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby jasonc » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:14 pm

bugger lizzy. but i'd say that's an approved honourable reasons post under the "under medical direction"

will have to come up with an official list

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Dropbear20 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:36 am

Don't get me wrong, I like riding in the rain, but there is rain and then there is RAIN. I could not see the road it was so heavy, and there was flash flooding because of the mouse holes they call drains here. So I turned back. There's is always another ride.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Dropbear20 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:07 am

9 days straight and 300km...I'm tired so today is a rest day.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ball bearing » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:31 am

Makes me look like a real wimp when it's too cold or wet for my liking...

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Crunched » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:48 am

I regularly use the "I haven't checked the tyre pressures nor lubed my chain in a few days, don't have time this morning to that first".
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