ride to work day 12/10/2011

Beating the system - the cycling commuting section

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby rdp_au » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:49 am

I’d forgotten about it until my wife asked me last night if I was riding to work on Wed as it was ‘ride to work day’. No breakfast stops on my route, but I felt I should at least support the cause. Glad I did, as it was an excellent ride. Weather in Sydney is very pleasant, warm (ish, bit cold for the first few km), sunny, and light winds. There were lots of bikes on the road, certainly more than usual – plenty of people to chat with along the way. All the excitement must have inspired me, because I did a personal best time as well.
User avatar
rdp_au
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:45 pm
Location: Hornsby, Sydney, NSW

by BNA » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:59 am

BNA
 

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby Phil » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:59 am

A few more bikes than usual on the PSP this morning. Enough to make me equal my speed record, for some reason I hate sitting behind pack even if they are only going 1-2 kmh slower than my natural morning speed - which is alot quicker than my afternoon speed ;-)

No brekkie for me either, I start at 7am so they all start a bit late for me.
Image
User avatar
Phil
 
Posts: 450
Joined: Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:07 pm
Location: Perth, WA

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby MattyK » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:08 am

3rd year I've registered, and 3rd year in a row I've missed it... sick once, overseas last year and this year on leave with a new baby...
User avatar
MattyK
 
Posts: 1493
Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:07 pm
Location: Melbourne

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby jet-ski » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:13 am

Was awesome - real coffee, BANANAS, yum yum! Free t-shirt from my health provider, free water bottle, bag of lollies from BWA. I am cheap and easily impressed ;)
Xtracycle, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Giant TCR, 9:zero:7
http://www.perthcyclist.net/blog
User avatar
jet-ski
 
Posts: 1404
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:51 pm
Location: Perth WA

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby Max » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:15 am

Well done to everyone who was able to ride to work today, especially the newbies! :D

I'm still stuck at my desk at home. Sigh.

Max
One of the best things about bicycle commuting is that it can mitigate the displeasure of having to go to work. - BikeSnobNYC
Cycling is sometimes like bobbing for apples in a bucket full of dicks. - SydGuy
User avatar
Max
 
Posts: 2895
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:29 pm
Location: Brisbane

ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby Sir Stinkalot » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:43 am

BANANAS! ...... almost the equivalent of handing out gold bullion. :)
User avatar
Sir Stinkalot
 
Posts: 50
Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:43 pm
Location: Parkside - South Australia

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby Schmenz » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:45 am

STOP!!!!

i have decided i am not a fan of this commuting thing...

i need lunch. i usually drive to get food as theres not much near us, so now i either starve or ride..

i dont want my pants getting all greasy from the chain so now i have to get changed, just to get lunch.. ergh.
Newbie to the cycling world.
2011 Giant TCR Advanced W
http://www.sea2summit2011.blogspot.com
User avatar
Schmenz
 
Posts: 493
Joined: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:48 am

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby jet-ski » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:56 am

Schmenz... what about some pants clips? or those reflective ankle strap things? or tucking pants into a sock?
Xtracycle, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Giant TCR, 9:zero:7
http://www.perthcyclist.net/blog
User avatar
jet-ski
 
Posts: 1404
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:51 pm
Location: Perth WA

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby norbs » Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:30 pm

I wanted to after it poured rain last year. Weather forecast was good. Woke up to this.

Image

With the Round the bay ride on Sunday, I didn't want to risk a cold or bike damage today.
User avatar
norbs
 
Posts: 2314
Joined: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:20 am
Location: Shoalhaven. NSW

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby Schmenz » Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:15 pm

jet-ski wrote:Schmenz... what about some pants clips? or those reflective ankle strap things? or tucking pants into a sock?


i dont have any ankle strappy thingos - i did consider using hair elastics! :D and then i remembered the butt pain the first time i rode my bike without knicks.. couldnt sit for a week!

so i lycra-d up.

so just to get lunch, not only did i have to cycle through the busy streets in the middle of the day, but in lycra in broad daylight.. eeek .

i apologise to the people of parramatta!
Newbie to the cycling world.
2011 Giant TCR Advanced W
http://www.sea2summit2011.blogspot.com
User avatar
Schmenz
 
Posts: 493
Joined: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:48 am

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby hannos » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:39 pm

Schmenz wrote:
so just to get lunch, not only did i have to cycle through the busy streets in the middle of the day, but in lycra in broad daylight.. eeek .

i apologise to the people of parramatta!



oh I dunno.
I'm sure there are many other unsavoury sights to behold in Parra than a female cyclist wearing lycra ;)
2010 BMC SLC01
Image
User avatar
hannos
 
Posts: 4026
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:18 am
Location: Sydney

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:58 pm

Schmenz wrote:
jet-ski wrote:Schmenz... what about some pants clips? or those reflective ankle strap things? or tucking pants into a sock?


i dont have any ankle strappy thingos - i did consider using hair elastics! :D and then i remembered the butt pain the first time i rode my bike without knicks.. couldnt sit for a week!

so i lycra-d up.

so just to get lunch, not only did i have to cycle through the busy streets in the middle of the day, but in lycra in broad daylight.. eeek .

i apologise to the people of parramatta!


time to carry your lunch to work
Image
jasonc
 
Posts: 6164
Joined: Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:40 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby teamdanby » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:03 pm

hannos wrote:
Schmenz wrote:
so just to get lunch, not only did i have to cycle through the busy streets in the middle of the day, but in lycra in broad daylight.. eeek .

i apologise to the people of parramatta!



oh I dunno.
I'm sure there are many other unsavoury sights to behold in Parra than a female cyclist wearing lycra ;)

beats the hell out of what i have to see each day :lol:

did my normal ride to work but funny enoght i never do see another cyclist at 04:45 in the morning

also too early for breakfast and my work is full of slackers so nothing for me there just the pleasure of knowing what i'm doing while the other drive in those metal boxes

glad to hear so many people likeing their rides today
Daily comuter
Gaint XTC mtb
city slicker wheels for the week
kenda nevegal for the tracks on the weekends
teamdanby
 
Posts: 73
Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:48 pm
Location: Port Macquarie NSW

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby Schmenz » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:21 pm

jasonc wrote:
Schmenz wrote:
jet-ski wrote:Schmenz... what about some pants clips? or those reflective ankle strap things? or tucking pants into a sock?


i dont have any ankle strappy thingos - i did consider using hair elastics! :D and then i remembered the butt pain the first time i rode my bike without knicks.. couldnt sit for a week!

so i lycra-d up.

so just to get lunch, not only did i have to cycle through the busy streets in the middle of the day, but in lycra in broad daylight.. eeek .

i apologise to the people of parramatta!


time to carry your lunch to work


just went and bought brekkie food and shower stuff etc and totally forgot the lunch food! epic fail! Although ill leave half my clothes here tonight so ill have more space in my bag tomorrow :D
Newbie to the cycling world.
2011 Giant TCR Advanced W
http://www.sea2summit2011.blogspot.com
User avatar
Schmenz
 
Posts: 493
Joined: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:48 am

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby Lizzy » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:21 pm

Schmenz wrote:i need lunch. i usually drive to get food as theres not much near us, so now i either starve or ride..


+1 on packing it in from home :) Frozen leftover soups/stews/curries etc are good, guaranteed no seepage (just need to wrap the container in a teatowel to keep the condensation off your clothes).

Good commute this morning, plus a breakky barbecue at work - woohoo! 8)
“Lexa”: 2012 Trek Lexa S; “Bluey”: 2006 Trek 7.0FX
User avatar
Lizzy
 
Posts: 618
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:04 pm
Location: Wild West

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby high_tea » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:56 pm

I was way too late for brekky or anything because of <insert lame excuse here>. I did ride, though. I think it's the first national Ride to Work Day where I've actually ridden to work, with one thing and another. :D TBH, I forgot it was on and wondered why there were a few more bikes around than usual. Hope everyone had a good ride...
high_tea
 
Posts: 1272
Joined: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:10 pm

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby srl » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:15 pm

Rode in this morning with some colleagues, and we headed up to the breakfast at the Optus campus. A big thanks to all the Optus folks who organized it: bacon and egg rolls, flat white coffee, juice, bananas, all gratis. A microfiber towel as a gift, free bike checks from Renegade Cycles, free commuter maps from Bicycle NSW (I think) and even free back and neck massages. All much appreciated and a great vibe amongst the riders. I'm not connected with an of the organizations involved, but a big thanks to all of them.
srl
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:34 pm

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby DavidS » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:28 pm

Got free brekkie and coffee and I reckon there were more bikes on the roads today.

Maybe we should follow this with Drive to work day the very next day and really try and clog the roads with extra cars so they know just how much we reduce the traffic.

DS
Image

Riding: Cannondale Quick Speed 2
User avatar
DavidS
 
Posts: 1359
Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:24 pm
Location: Melbourne

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby loulou40 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:12 am

I was the only participant of my work place for Ride to Work day 2010. Yesterday I was one of 11. It was great, our local Camden Bakers Delight provided a lovely breakfast for us. And best of all a couple of noobies suggested that we start a monthly ride to work. Great achievement for this area I reckon.
veganism rules
loulou40
 
Posts: 38
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:40 pm

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby jasonc » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:36 pm

DavidS wrote:Got free brekkie and coffee and I reckon there were more bikes on the roads today.

Maybe we should follow this with Drive to work day the very next day and really try and clog the roads with extra cars so they know just how much we reduce the traffic.

DS


great idea - should be floated with the bicycle organisation in your state. i'll be riding anyway :D
Image
jasonc
 
Posts: 6164
Joined: Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:40 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: ride to work day 12/10/2011

Postby kiso » Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:14 pm

Rode to work as I do every day. Didn't see any other bikes on the way in, but I start work at 5am so that's no surprise.

It's good to hear stories of people commuting for the first time. It can take a few times to work the bugs out, what clothes to bring, remembering to pack lunch etc. It's worth sticking with it for a few weeks until it's a habit!
John

Image
User avatar
kiso
 
Posts: 85
Joined: Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:44 pm

Previous

Return to Commuting

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit