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

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:52 pm

Rhubarb wrote:
Ah yes - the Velomobile is magnificent in any weather but simply sublime in the wet.


I do see the point. Lol. I like the idea of them, makes a lot of sense, I'd be worried around Ballarat that driver's wouldn't see it and just run into it. :-(
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Rhubarb » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:57 pm

Its the most visible bike ever !!!!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lukeyboy » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:23 pm

Rhubarb wrote:Its the most visible bike ever !!!!


And yet some how people still crash into trains. IT'S A FRICKIN' TRAIN! HOW DO YOU MISS IT?!?!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Rhubarb » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:34 pm

Lukeyboy wrote:
Rhubarb wrote:Its the most visible bike ever !!!!


And yet some how people still crash into trains. IT'S A FRICKIN' TRAIN! HOW DO YOU MISS IT?!?!


Fully agree. People collide with trains, even bright yellow buses and claim not to have seen them. I dont for 1 minute think im somehow miraculously protected but there is no doubt that I am more visible, eye catching and attention grabbing, than normal bikes, motor bikes, even cars. People dont know what I am so tend to hesitate and take a second look / stare rather than pulling out.

Velomobiles overseas have been hit by cars though so of course it could happen. I ride in a manner that minimises the risk as much as possible. Overall, I feel much safer in my velomobile than I did riding my DF bikes for the 5 years beforehand.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Robinho » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:28 pm

Nice ride home this evening, cool but dry in Perth. Massive kudos to the guy riding north out of the city in blue and black Giant gear or a blue and white Giant MTB with full tractor tyres who held the head of the train at 36km/h for a good spell, turned off only for me to catch him again between Warwick and Greenwood, so 20kms from the city at the same pace as me on a roadie at an average of 30kmh
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby kb » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:03 am

Thrilloilogy wrote:I don't mind commuting in the rain. But when you get to work, and the hot water is broken in the shower it leads to great disappointment.

Can someone please explain the scientific principle to me of how cold water is colder than the room temperature?


Not sure that's a scientific principle :-)

Don't think temperature, think heat flow.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:22 am

workmate said there was a bike vs car this morning in stones corner (QLD), logan rd, just after the round about. cyclist was ok.

PERFECT temperature this morning in Brissy
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:38 am

Methinks the motivational bar is not doing a very good job. Damned depressing in fact.

Despite having now done 5,896km for the year, the bar is tells me I still have to ride another 1,177km to get to my target that only 704km away.
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However DaveS should be pretty happy. Only another 515km to cover his remaining 1,433km.
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Is Tony Abbott and his treasurer doin ghte maths? :?:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:41 am

Methinks the motivational bar is not doing a very good job. Damned depressing in fact.

Despite having now done 5,896km for the year, the bar is tells me I still have to ride another 1,177km to get to my target that only 704km away.
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However DaveS should be pretty happy. Only another 515km to cover his remaining 1,433km.
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I figure Tony Abbott and his treasurer are running the numbers :?:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:43 am

Slugged it home yesterday...westerly winds are back so that means headwinds the entire way home.

This morning the BOM said the winds were a north westerly and blowing from 17 k/h. Feeling a little flat also so took a Berocca before I left the house. Given the wind and the direction it was blowing I thought I would give some strava segments a go on my ride.

All I can say is ...what a difference a Berocca makes lol....had plenty of ooomph in the tank this morning which surprised me given it is hump day.

I savoured the wind direction the entire ride too...as I know I am going to hurt this afternoon riding into it.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:44 am

Great weather this morning. Love to pedal more but I have to start working!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby InTheWoods » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:44 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Methinks the motivational bar is not doing a very good job. Damned depressing in fact.

Despite having now done 5,896km for the year, the bar is tells me I still have to ride another 1,177km to get to my target that only 704km away.
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Isn't that saying you are 1177km in front? (not behind).
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:45 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Methinks the motivational bar is not doing a very good job. Damned depressing in fact.

Despite having now done 5,896km for the year, the bar is tells me I still have to ride another 1,177km to get to my target that only 704km away.
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However DaveS should be pretty happy. Only another 515km to cover his remaining 1,433km.
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I figure Tony Abbott and his treasurer are running the numbers :?:


Hey Colin....your like Labour reading the polls...got it all wrong :)

it is saying you are in FRONT by 1177
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:03 am

Melbourne was warmer than I expected for the ride back yesterday afternoon. I thought I might catch a bit of cloud and even rain, but it stayed away and I rode the entire way in beautiful spring sunshine. Was overdressed, but hey...'twas great.
Great conditions for the ride in this morning too.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rangersac » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:09 am

Not looking forward to donning the rather wet cycling gear this arvo after the morning drenching. On a positive note though I chose the mountain bike for this mornings commute , and it now no longer needs a wash after last night's group ride!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Dropbear20 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:40 am

The traffic in the CBD was busy this morning. The F1 circus is coming to town and the race is a street circuit along a key route into the city. As a result traffic is being funnelled along other roads...my roads :evil: It will only get worse over the next two days, but at least they will have it efficiently packed up after the weekend in no time.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Dan » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:05 pm

Hit 3000km and 29,000m for the year on the way home. Apart from that it was windy.
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How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:45 pm

Dan wrote:Hit 3000km and 29,000m for the year on the way home. Apart from that it was windy.
Good stuff Dan.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nezumi » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:42 pm

Dan wrote:Hit 3000km and 29,000m for the year on the way home. Apart from that it was windy.


I'm guessing.... Distance and vertical?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Dan » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:03 pm

nezumi wrote:
Dan wrote:Hit 3000km and 29,000m for the year on the way home. Apart from that it was windy.


I'm guessing.... Distance and vertical?


Yep. Not huge by any stretch of the imagination, nor compared with some here.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:06 pm

Dan wrote:
nezumi wrote:
Dan wrote:Hit 3000km and 29,000m for the year on the way home. Apart from that it was windy.


I'm guessing.... Distance and vertical?


Yep. Not huge by any stretch of the imagination, nor compared with some here.


it's all relative. I can't afford to live closer to work, like the area I live in and am really lucky to have bike paths almost all the way to work
I'm also lucky that I can do extended commutes a "few" days a week
if i could live 5 mins from work, I'd probably do that, and walk.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Dan » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:57 pm

jasonc wrote:it's all relative. I can't afford to live closer to work, like the area I live in and am really lucky to have bike paths almost all the way to work
I'm also lucky that I can do extended commutes a "few" days a week
if i could live 5 mins from work, I'd probably do that, and walk.


Agreed. I also have a bikeway for the majority of the journey to work, and an option to get the bus should I choose. Realistically, I only cycle 2, maybe 3 days a week, although sometimes that's the extent of my forays to work anyway.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby 98octane » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:58 pm

Fastest ever ride home tonight. 34 kph average for 14km, from central Melbourne CBD, along MYT and Gardiners Creek Trail and a ~6% climb at the end. A mild NW tail wind was pushing a storm front through, which I luckily beat home. Only a little rain during the ride. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DavidS » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:36 am

Wind wasn't mild going down Beach Rd on the way home ;)

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

Postby jasonc » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:20 am

saw a really nice flouro green/yello Cipollini on the way home Tuesday night

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