The "Excuses" Thread

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby mikesbytes » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:02 pm

"The bike path floated away" is got to be the ultimate excuse
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Rhubarb » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:11 pm

how about my workplace floated away ...


didn't happen to me, mine only shut down, but I'm sure its happened to a few.

Any one work at Oxley's / Drift restaurant on the river (under the river ???) I feel really sorry for the owner of that business actually. He only bought it 18 months ago or something and its not insured against flood as no one would insure him for that. So he's still got debts, but no longer any income or assets.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:11 am

Well, the roads/paths around my work are still cactus. I drove part of my bike route yesterday, and the conditions are terrible. I think I'll check it out on the weekend and clean up what I can. Until then, no cycle commuting for me :(

I'm infinitely jealous of people who are able to post in the "how was your commute" thread at the moment :cry:

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby hannos » Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:09 am

I set the wrong alarm...
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Comedian » Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:46 am

My workplace is still off limits due to no power, fried building electronics, rotten fridges, and I was told yesterday that the fire sprinklers went off on one floor. Could be another two weeks, so I'm working from home for the moment :)

I went for a 50k ride to Sandgate this morning though. :)
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:43 pm

Wasn't working.




Did lots of walking around Melbs with the kids tho'.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Comedian » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:48 am

I'm going to go into work today. I did 80k yesterday, so my wegs are sore and it's waining outside... I might catch the bus. Anyone got some concrete powder? :shock:
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 Dropbear20 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:00 pm

My wife won't let me...no I can't use that one.

Tomorrow is back to school day and it is my youngest son's first day at a new school. He asked me to catch the train with him.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Oxford » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:02 am

my legs just felt toasted last night and even worse this morning, I know myself well enough to know losing one commute is better that losing many from an injury from over exertion.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:02 am

I'm still not commuting due to road conditions. I'm going to do a recce this weekend and see if conditions have improved since the council cleanup.

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Comedian » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:54 am

Oxford wrote:my legs just felt toasted last night and even worse this morning, I know myself well enough to know losing one commute is better that losing many from an injury from over exertion.

It's interesting you say that. I've had a few quite fast rides of late and my legs weren't the best. I took a super gentle 15k ride along KBB this morning. Average HR 110. I think they actually feel better for it. :)
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Oxford » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:19 pm

Comedian wrote:
Oxford wrote:my legs just felt toasted last night and even worse this morning, I know myself well enough to know losing one commute is better that losing many from an injury from over exertion.

It's interesting you say that. I've had a few quite fast rides of late and my legs weren't the best. I took a super gentle 15k ride along KBB this morning. Average HR 110. I think they actually feel better for it. :)

Yep active recovery can be good for you, but active recovery and SS do not go hand in hand as I have found out from experience. I'm still setting up my geared commuter so very soon I will not be able to use this excuse any more. geared commuter will allow me to just spin out and take it easy, something the SS doesn't allow, SS = all or nothing approach to riding.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby JohnJoyner » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:54 pm

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Oxford » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:13 pm

well no excuses now, the backup gearie commuter is set up. riding the bus today was enough to cure me of public transport for a while. besides not running on time, some people now seem to think that using deoderant in sub tropical climates is optional.Image
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Kalgrm » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:54 pm

Haven't commuted for three weeks now.

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Comedian » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:12 pm

Oxford wrote:well no excuses now, the backup gearie commuter is set up. riding the bus today was enough to cure me of public transport for a while. besides not running on time, some people now seem to think that using deoderant in sub tropical climates is optional.Image

They are horrid aren't they? :evil: :evil:
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Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ft_critical » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:53 pm

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The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:17 pm

*shudder* heal quick, mate.

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby tim on skin » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:09 pm

It's going to be 40 the Next 3 days :x :x
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby martinjs » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:48 am

I had a good excuse this morning, my bike has a buckled back wheel caused when chasing a good average speed. :(
But I forgot to use it and pinched the wife's hybrid to ride to work. :twisted:


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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:18 pm

Max wrote:I'm still not commuting due to road conditions. I'm going to do a recce this weekend and see if conditions have improved since the council cleanup.


Yay! The roads to work are rideable! :D

But.. boo! I hurt my back on the ride today and will be off the bike for a few days until it heals. :(

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby CommuRider » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:47 am

Last day of my lengthy holiday (after accummulating annual leave as didn't take any 2 years straight). Took the sprog back to school for his first day :( . They grow up so fast.

Took the machine out for a ride last night after spending a couple of weeks at the LBS. Still not resolved the internal hub issue. It will have to be a "one weekend in the future" job. Ride last night felt good but the humidity this week is going to be a killer. A later evening commute is beckoning and with the daylight still around, it shouldn't be too bad.

I have new panniers to try out so have stored the Brooks for now. Something to look forward to. Hope they have fixed the car park as the workmen late last year were using the women's changing room and leaving general messiness in the toilets (don't they know how to flush? not to do #1s on the floor?) *shudders*

So back to commuting again tomorrow. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby hannos » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:45 am

Even though the weather this morning was conducive to cycle commuting, I didn't particularly feel like a 2 hr commute home in 39 degree temperatures.

So i sat alone in my air conditioned parking lot ;)
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mugglechops » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:33 am

My first and hopefully last post in this thread.

I hit stop instead of snooze on my alarm this morning :x
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:47 am

Mugglechops wrote:I hit stop instead of snooze on my alarm this morning :x


LOL that'll get ya, won't it. If I hit snooze even once on a commute day, that's it, I can kiss my ride goodbye. I envy your snooze-amenable schedule :D

Well, I'll soon be out of excuses. I checked out the roads to work over the weekend and they are finally navigable. The council also cleaned up the Glass Gauntlet as part of their overall flood cleanup. Happy days! This morning, I finally, finally got my Crud Road Racer 2 mudguards fitted onto my road bike. Don't believe the marketing. It won't take you five minutes to do. It will take you five days of cursing, adjusting, tweaking, fiddling, cursing, tweaking, cursing, adjusting, cursing, tweaking, cursing, fiddling and more cursing. Don't forget the cursing. It's an important part of the ritual. I have just one last fairing to install, which hopefully won't affect the overall fit of the mudguard, and I'll be good to go. And my back and knee are feeling better too, so all things being well, I'll be riding to work tomorrow!

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