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

Postby eldavo » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:05 pm

I guess this is how differing religions feel about apparently the same 'facts' haha
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Aaron.B » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:14 pm

Well.... Ride home..

Summary: 1x 60mm frame crack, 1x scratched rim, 2x scratched hoods, 1x busted tyre and 2x KOMs.

Last corner from home, was coming in a bit hot (although I don't think that was the problem), and for some reason pulled the back brake harder than I should have and locked the back wheel. Front turned a little to the left, I let go of the brake, and headed straight for the gutter.

That's about as much as I can remember, popped up the sheer gutter, popped the front tyre/tube (no rim damage afaik), and went down on the left hood, my shoulder, my head, and my elbow.

Got straight up, immediately worried about what I'd done to the bike, picked it up, and walked straight home..

Not really sure how, but I also scratched the front of the right hood on what looks like the foot path.

Later inspection showed a small scratch on the rear rim, which was cured with some sandpaper.
Tyre and tube was replaced, bars straightened up, everything put back together, to notice a 60mm long crack in the top tube...

Devastated :( Not really sure why I did it, as I rarely touch the rear brake with more force than a pinkies worth.

Going to get a quote to repair the frame and paint by a place called paintmybike.com.au. It's very close to me. Any feedback on them, or frame repair in general would be amazing :)

In the end, I guess I've got to be happy it wasn't any worse than it was.. Still not my favourite ride of all time :(.

Also, I miss out on the free breakfast tomorrow :(.

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

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:26 am

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

Postby find_bruce » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:27 am

Thought I would stop for the free breakfast at Pyrmont this morning. That was a mistake - coffee was awful & it turns out the fruit roll contained something I am allergic to, so am now sitting at work waiting for the antihistamine to kick in. BLEAH! While feeling sorry for myself right now, I will recover soon enough & it could be much worse - like AaronB above.

That's an awful way to finish the day Aaron, hope it turns out better than it sounds.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:16 am

Ride back via MYT, Greensborough, Bundoora. A little windy, but pretty good overall.
Wamer this morning than the past few days, propelled into the CBD by a gusty northerly, will pay the price this afternoon, I suspect.
I was waaayyyy to early for the Ride To Work breakfast, so I missed out.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby oxonabike » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:16 am

Thought I'd get some reward for my commuting so decided to attend the ride2work free brekkie down the Cairns Esplanade this morning. Trouble was I had to be at work by 5am this morning, well ahead of the free stuff. Once the early workplace activities were complete, it was on the bike and off to the Brekkie, via work related area in town. Great turn up in Cairns and the offerings were most satisfactory: Bacon and egg rolls, fruit, fresh local yoghurt. You could also purchase 'decent' coffee from a coffee vendor that had set up on site. Five of our workplace of eight attended so not a bad percentage.

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Edit: Council were also handing out free tee shirts. Bonus!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:27 am

free t? bonus. a bit of far commute for me though
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nezumi » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:28 am

I stopped in at the Chandler Highway brekky put on by Bundoora (council? BUG? together?)

Good part of Ride to Work day - I felt super fast passing all the once-a-year commuters.
Bad part: I was slowed down waiting to pass too many once-a-year commuters.

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

Postby CXCommuter » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:37 am

Dropped by the Perth free brekkie- smallest ripe banana's I have ever seen- tasty though. Some nice freebies floating around and had a discussion with a bike shop mechanic with a beautiful custom made steel cross bike running single chainring and SRAM red- drool factor :mrgreen:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:15 pm

Still not quite going the distance, but being R2W day I figured I could at least make the station. I cruise up only to find that the bike cage smartrider gate is out of order, harrrgh!

I harrumph, drop all my bundles and start about wrestling my panniers off to schlep on the train with me - I'll risk them in the cage with a little cable lock on them, but not out of it - and a guard notices my chargrin, and offers to unlock the cage for me - he showed me the door to knock on to be let in again when I get back tonight, so we'll see how that goes. Thanks buddeh :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby eldavo » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:21 pm

Yeah it was good to see more of a mixed plain clothes bunch of commuters despite the weather on my later start today when it was busier.
The Leederville spot at corner of Oxford right by the side of the PSP looked good and convenient, but I was already pushing it to get to work on time so couldn't stop to have a wander.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby casual_cyclist » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:00 pm

CXCommuter wrote:Dropped by the Perth free brekkie- smallest ripe banana's I have ever seen- tasty though. Some nice freebies floating around and had a discussion with a bike shop mechanic with a beautiful custom made steel cross bike running single chainring and SRAM red- drool factor :mrgreen:

Those bananas are awesome! There was heaps of people at 7. The queue for coffee was about 1/2 long. I went to Ristretto. It was great to see hundreds of cyclists in the same place at the same time though.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby __PG__ » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:01 pm

Had a 9 am meeting so I couldn't enjoy any of the available breakfasts. Grabbed some of the complementary breakfast at work but it wasn't as good as last year's.

First world problems! :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:59 pm

__PG__ wrote:Had a 9 am meeting so I couldn't enjoy any of the available breakfasts. Grabbed some of the complementary breakfast at work but it wasn't as good as last year's.

First world problems! :lol:


:lol:

That was also my impression of the Melbourne CBD City Square Ride to Work (I refuse to write 'Ride2Work'). Offerings were less than last year (or at least there were less tents) and it just felt smaller. The chia seed raisin roll and another type of seed raisin roll were yummy but after someone above mentioned a bacon and egg roll I feel sad that we didn't have that option (such a greedy girl I am :P ). I haven't tried the yoghurt we got yet as I also had an all day professional development seminar which had free food as well (hello stuffing of the face for the whole day!!!).

Thanks to the mobile bicycle mechanics who had a tent and were doing free quick bicycle maintenance for fixing my FD that had come out of alignment.

It was an unpleasant ride into the breakfast this morning with a headwind. The ride home was alright and uneventful.

Oh, and after investigations it seems there is a secret (okay, not so secret) private car park under the office building and showers (in addition to the public car park I am currently using that don't have showers), however it is like a rabbit warren down there under the building and my ID card still doesn't seem to be working on what I believe is the correct door to get to the bike parking section (or even the secret car park). It works on the lift, just not on any doors after the lift. I can hear cars starting on the other side of a door but I can't get there. Very frustrating. I want to be in on the secret!!!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:53 pm

Senior partners only Summer, give it time :wink:

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

Postby DavidS » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:33 pm

Sure was windy for Ride to Work day. Good to see lots of people riding in, for those who don't normally ride to work, congrats, you picked a tough day. No time for the free brekkie as I'm never early for work but that's fine.

The ride home was fast with that Northerly. I even managed to get into top gear which is very rare, was doing 45 and barely pedalling (50 x 11 gear from memory).

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

Postby TailWind » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:34 am

DavidS wrote:The ride home was fast with that Northerly. I even managed to get into top gear which is very rare, was doing 45 and barely pedalling (50 x 11 gear from memory).DS

Totally the opposite for me yesterday arvo...heading north straight into the jaws of the the wind. Thought my legs were going to snap at the knees from the effort.
Woke up this morning, peeked at the radar - massive rain front heading for Melbourne. Decided that whatever I did, I wasn't going to stay dry, and dressed to get wet: SPD sandals, shorts vest & spray jacket. Toes were a bit cold, but otherwise it wasn't too bad. Naturally the front passed fairly soon and I was almost dry again by the time I got into the CBD.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:49 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Senior partners only Summer, give it time :wink:


And I'm in! Secure bike parking now with showers and the secret handshake has been transferred. :D No senior-ness required, just a lot of being nice. :mrgreen:

The Garmin didn't record my ride in this morning. Maybe I turned it off as all it showed was one second of moving time. Whoops.

Only one numpty on a motorscooter who tooted me before passing me in my lane this morning. Which I was deliberately riding in the middle of to stop close passes. Ah well.

It looks to be a wet ride home with the rain that has appeared. I might be lucky and have it stop for the ride home.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:54 pm

Summernight wrote:It looks to be a wet ride home with the rain that has appeared. I might be lucky and have it stop for the ride home.


my dad (lives in melbourne), just sent me a pic of hail down there
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby casual_cyclist » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:55 pm

After three weeks of cycling most days, working full time and renovating a house after work my legs are trashed. I contemplated not riding in today but it's too complicated to time the bus/train combo commute and get to work at a decent time. The first half of my trip was very slow. The second half was awesome because I got overtaken by a rider who rides just faster than my fast ride, who pulled me all the way to work. I ended up with a really decent time which is amazing after my first half slump.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:57 pm

casual_cyclist wrote:I contemplated not riding in today but it's too complicated to time the bus/train combo commute and get to work at a decent time.


not because posting in the excuses/honourable reasons thread is difficult? :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby casual_cyclist » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:52 pm

jasonc wrote:
casual_cyclist wrote:I contemplated not riding in today but it's too complicated to time the bus/train combo commute and get to work at a decent time.

not because posting in the excuses/honourable reasons thread is difficult? :D

Posting excuses is way easier than trying to get a bus that's aligns with a train... :wink:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:00 pm

Summernight wrote:Only one numpty on a motorscooter who tooted me before passing me in my lane this morning. Which I was deliberately riding in the middle of to stop close passes. Ah well.

She/he is just "tooting" to say they have seen you - the appropriate response is to give them a wave to say you have heard them. No need to be too enthusiastic, one or two fingers will do :twisted:

Not looking forward to the ride home - blowing a howling gale so the rain is horizontal and the MILFH will be there to greet me at the end of it. I picked a bad day to give up drugs :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DavidS » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:39 pm

TailWind wrote:
DavidS wrote:The ride home was fast with that Northerly. I even managed to get into top gear which is very rare, was doing 45 and barely pedalling (50 x 11 gear from memory).DS

Totally the opposite for me yesterday arvo...heading north straight into the jaws of the the wind. Thought my legs were going to snap at the knees from the effort.


Sounds like my ride to work yesterday ;)

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

Postby jasonc » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:17 am

got up and there blue stuff on the radar heading my way. So I just went. Got a few drops but that was about it. will be hitting shortly.
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