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

Postby Marto » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:27 pm

Xplora wrote:Very embarrassing ride in. Finally got my computer back on the bike... seem to be peaking at 35kmh on the flat and the average was only 27 in... was previously doing 40 and 30 avg before the accident. HMM.


Maybe your computer is just too heavy :D . Nah, I'm with Kenzo, slow happens, usually due to external reasons. It seems to take a while to build up fitness to increase average speed over 27kmh anyway.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Big_Red » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:58 pm

Had a excellent commute in today, with it turning out i've managed 2 strava PB's after scoring green lights all the way in to the city (a very rare occurrence) but just before i get to the turnaround underneath the Story Bridge, a dude on his roadie in full corporate lycra kit flies straight though the stop sign. Each to their own i think, until i pull up at the stop sign and cop an abusive tirade from the person in the smokebox behind me about cyclists being lawbreaking whatevers*. I, turn around, jaw agape at the outburst, thinking to tell the driver to perhaps tell the cyclist that commited the infraction might be a better idea as i was minding my own business and doing the right thing, but in my wisdom i decide not to as the foaming mouth and wildly rolling eyes put me off, so i just scoot out of there.

Moral of the story - please, please follow the road rules when you are out on your bike, as it might not be you that cops the brunt of someone's angst...

*not the concise words used - some things (lots actually) omitted for those of the sensitive persuasion.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Kenzo » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:02 pm

Big_Red wrote:Moral of the story - please, please follow the road rules when you are out on your bike, as it might not be you that cops the brunt of someone's angst...

:lol: Says you with this avatar:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:19 pm

Nothing quite so much fun as a battle of wits with the unarmed.. It's much easier to respond once you understand that such persons are irony impaired. I always like to unsettle them first by agreeing with them. If they take the bait, go on a rant of your own about how cyclists are nearly as bad as ... and go off on a rant of your own, preferably holding the driver responsible for every sin ever committed by smokeboxers - speeding, running red lights, drink driving, failing to give way, not being able to keep within their own lane, not knowing the road rules.

The net result is about the same, but you go off on your merry way with a smile.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Big_Red » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:55 pm

find_bruce wrote:Nothing quite so much fun as a battle of wits with the unarmed.. It's much easier to respond once you understand that such persons are irony impaired. I always like to unsettle them first by agreeing with them. If they take the bait, go on a rant of your own about how cyclists are nearly as bad as ... and go off on a rant of your own, preferably holding the driver responsible for every sin ever committed by smokeboxers - speeding, running red lights, drink driving, failing to give way, not being able to keep within their own lane, not knowing the road rules.

The net result is about the same, but you go off on your merry way with a smile.


When i was making my way up to the Story Bridge afterwards, i'd lost it and was laughing so hard i nearly ran over a jogger coming the other way... I didn't say anything to the car driver as they looked unhinged and it wasn't the usual car driver crankiness either. I'm not at all concerned about people looking for fisticuffs if they step out of their car as i'm sub 115kg, 6'3" and have a black belt in martial arts but not everyone has that. If someone decides to use their car as a weapon then you are stuffed.

Oh Kenzo, regarding the avatar, i got it from the MFbike site after seeing the youtube vid, i thought it too good to pass up considering the light hearted poke at cyclists it is.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby nickobec » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:48 pm

Took the singlespeed to start a week of not using a powermeter. 20km tailwind made it easy, fast tempo pace made top 20% of my rides time wise, without that level of effort. .

Lots of riders and joggers out, almost had an inexperienced rider crash in front of me. He was riding beside another rider, making it difficult to pass. So I say "rider back" and he wobbles, almost 50cm to the right, then 1m to the left almost taking the other riders, back to the right, maybe 75cm and as he starting moving back left, I took my chance and went.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby marinmomma » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:53 pm

jasonc wrote:slow ride in this morning after the big effort yesterday


No ride for me today, gave the legs a rest and caught the bus!
My head cold is hanging around so it might be a lean week for me commuting wise...so frustrating as I'm so close to getting my 7000ks done, I'm 45 k's short :evil:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby DaveOZ » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:26 am

Took the car yesterday because I had to cart some stuff to work. Rode today and managed to dodge the rain. Roads were very wet but my mudguards saved me again. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:54 am

Not feeling too flash for yesterday afternoon's ride back. Run-down feeling since the weekend, with some flu symptoms, but not full-blown flu as such. Opted for the shorter 30km ride home as a consequence.
Still not 100% this morning, but ok. Melbourne seems to be sliding back into winter, at least for this week. Even a bit of drizzle at 7C on the way into the CBD.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:11 am

marinmomma wrote:
jasonc wrote:slow ride in this morning after the big effort yesterday


No ride for me today, gave the legs a rest and caught the bus!
My head cold is hanging around so it might be a lean week for me commuting wise...so frustrating as I'm so close to getting my 7000ks done, I'm 45 k's short :evil:


it's good to ride - gets rid of all the lactic acid (have just been a lot slower). i find it good when i have a headcold too - clear all the crap out once you get the heart pumping (not that I'm sure I could ride slowly and pump the heart this week.....)

anyway, another slow ride for me today. perfect weather
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jules21 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:06 am

beautiful morning for a ride in melbourne - a bit chilly but the sun is shining through.

just a warning to those using the capital city trail in richmond - there's a dangerous detour in place :evil:

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

Postby ZepinAtor » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:55 am

Thought you were going to ride the stairs.

Where's your sense of adventure ? :wink:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jules21 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:57 am

ZepinAtor wrote:Thought you were going to ride the stairs.

i did ride the stairs :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby clydesmcdale » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:58 am

Had a fall this morning. Went to take off over a threshold ramp at the lights crossing. Front wheel dropped off the edge of the kerb and twisted pulling the bike down. Fell down still clipped in on my left side. Small bump and scratch on the elbow. No damage to the bike as I held it up without thinking. Naturally in front of about a dozen other cyclists and peds. Got a couple of "you right"s appreciated but all fine.

Other than that, good ride. Just happy no damage to the bike.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:27 am

clydesmcdale wrote:Other than that, good ride. Just happy no damage to the bike.


it's funny how we care about our bikes more than the bark we lose....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:42 pm

clydesmcdale wrote:Other than that, good ride. Just happy no damage to the bike.

jasonc wrote:it's funny how we care about our bikes more than the bark we lose....

What's that old line - skin grows back :)

My commute times still suck after being unwell last week. I know it will come back & it makes less than 10 minutes difference to the trip, but man it sucks to be slow.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby goneriding » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:30 pm

Whatever it was that was inspiring me last week has well and truly disappeared! Legs are like disgruntled employees on a work to rule.

Add to that the effect that the combo of daylight saving and end of holidays is having on the caged ones (i.e. they've put on their angry pants) and commuting has been somewhat fraught!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby dynamictiger » Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:25 pm

with a combination of atrocious weather, projects coming to completion and holidays it must be getting on to 8 weeks since I last rode my bike to work, however today I took the plunge.

Heavy head winds all the way and took about 10 minutes longer than last time I rode.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Marto » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:29 pm

jules21 wrote:beautiful morning for a ride in melbourne - a bit chilly but the sun is shining through.

just a warning to those using the capital city trail in richmond - there's a dangerous detour in place :evil:



That has the makings of a good Strava segment :twisted:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:40 pm

Nice riverloop commute for me this morning. Averaged just under 35. I've been fading into and out of consciousness all day.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Only downer was I had to wait until I got home to upload to strava due to some issue at work... could have been the only thing keeping me awake. :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: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:33 pm

Comedian wrote:Nice riverloop commute for me this morning. Averaged just under 35. I've been fading into and out of consciousness all day.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Only downer was I had to wait until I got home to upload to strava due to some issue at work... could have been the only thing keeping me awake. :shock:


that issue was affecting all of us (can explain more tomorrow - email me)

rode home via 99bikes in the valley - had to pick up some bits for the fuji :D

Now I wonder what bike I'm riding tomorrow....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:46 am

Still somewhat under the weather for yesterday's ride back, so damage limitation ride via the shorter 30km route. Pity, because it was a really pleasant afternoon to be riding.
Cold and damp start at 6.5C around 4:30am this morning. Slow ride in, every single light along the way went against me. Unbelievable.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:15 am

excuses thread for me today....
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Big_Red » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:35 pm

Awesome commute in today - last night i fitted a set of Pro-Lite Como wheels to the road bike along with an ultegra rear derailleur, a 105 10 speed cassette and 105 chain. OMGosh, dunno why i put off upgrading for so long! Gear changes are effortless (even with the downtube friction shifters) with almost no trimming now required and those wheels just roll on and on... Strava already shows there is a definate improvement with the uphill bits, so i can't wait to let it really rip on the flats & downhills.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:34 pm

Big_Red wrote:Awesome commute in today - last night i fitted a set of Pro-Lite Como wheels to the road bike along with an ultegra rear derailleur, a 105 10 speed cassette and 105 chain. OMGosh, dunno why i put off upgrading for so long! Gear changes are effortless (even with the downtube friction shifters) with almost no trimming now required and those wheels just roll on and on... Strava already shows there is a definate improvement with the uphill bits, so i can't wait to let it really rip on the flats & downhills.


so we've got another rider como-converted! welcome to the club.
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