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

Postby TailWind » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:45 pm

gretaboy wrote:About time you folks in Melb copped some rain :)...

Looks like there's more rain to come this afternoon...

gretaboy wrote:Have got a pretty bad cold at the moment, has really come on in the last two days.

Hope your cold clears up, 90km+ per day is no mean feat as it is...nevermind when you are feeling less than optimal
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:55 pm

TailWind wrote:
gretaboy wrote:Have got a pretty bad cold at the moment, has really come on in the last two days.

Hope your cold clears up, 90km+ per day is no mean feat as it is...nevermind when you are feeling less than optimal



Thanks...so do I. I just didnt have it in me this morning to do more than 45 k's, so today will be just 90 in total. So far this year this will only be my third day of commuting whereby I havent done 100+ for the day.

I have two weeks of holidays (forced by company) in March so cant afford too much time off the bike before hand otherwise you might catch up :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:10 pm

gretaboy wrote:I have two weeks of holidays (forced by company) in March so cant afford too much time off the bike before hand otherwise you might catch up :)


woohoo TW - thinking of a big march????

family forced day off tomorrow so no commuting
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:16 pm

jasonc wrote:
Summernight wrote:And at one point all the cyclists I could see were women. Glad to see other ladies out there commuting to wherever!


that's definitely not anything to complain about


Not if you're male. Which I'm not. :shock:

But I was happy to realise us Melbourne female commuters do exist and in greater numbers than I thought. :lol:

I'm looking out my office window, seeing that the rain has passed and going 'Hmm... Do I risk it and not put the booties on?'
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby am50em » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:49 pm

Slow but it was a pruning run and am happy my head no longer hits the low hanging branches or have to go around the protruding foliage! :D
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:44 pm

Perth

I've beena bit slack on posting lately so here goes.

Monday there were several places along the ride that had glass - an inordinate amount.

Tuesday I took my mini brush and pan and cleaned up the one on Canning Bridge (riders the day before had conveniently moved it all to the side so it was OK. Other spots I didn't even try with my dinky little brush - I've tired it before and all I get is a sore back for a few days.

I chanced upon a girl who was stranded with a borrowed CF bike that had a leaking Presta valve (a first for me). I don't have to look at bike parts much these days so it took a good longer than it needed but I managed to get a fresh tube in. (Why are so people capable of changing a tyre and other basics?). Unfortunately for me the chain really needed a decent degreasing and oil so I wound up with a lot of thick grease to take to work. Still the girl was very pleased and that level of appreciation makes the exercise worth while.

This morning there was a strong esterly and, as I have noticed of late, there are far too many riders that head from Causeway to Bell Tower at speedss that are WAAAY to much for the meandering goat track that is the RSP there. Slow down guys.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:32 am

jasonc wrote:
gretaboy wrote:I have two weeks of holidays (forced by company) in March so cant afford too much time off the bike before hand otherwise you might catch up :)


woohoo TW - thinking of a big march????

family forced day off tomorrow so no commuting


I'd need a a lot more than those two weeks in March to catch up...think I am pushing the limit in terms of time on the bike. The wife goes back to uni full-time to do a masters - not quite sure yet what new time pressures that will create.

The ride back yesterday afternoon was timed to co-incide the impending rain with my arrival at my old local...that part worked fine. However, rather than it being a brief shower, the rain continued longer than anticipated, so I had to eventually launch myself into the wet. It did ease off a bit closer to home, but I was pretty damp nonetheless.

This morning I had rain and drizzle door to door. The tail end of a rain front passed over my route between my departure at 4:30am and my arrival in the Melb CBD at 5:45am. Slow and careful ride along the Darebin Creek Trail.

That's 3 wet rides out of 4 :roll:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:13 am

Was feeling slightly better, not much mind you, this morning so did the usual 60 k for the morning. Weather was perfect for a ride and the sunrise this morning was very pretty. In fact the sunrises all this week have been pretty.

Had one poofer valve moment when I hit a mound of gravel which was like sand, nearly stacked with a B double going past at the same time. Due to the extra soft gravel mounds on the shoulder I have been riding on the road, which has its own issues due to the semis flying past at 80 k's but it is the lesser of two evils when compared to the dangerous soft gravel. Hopefully the road crews will clear it away when they eventually finish the road works...I am hoping
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby AndrewBurns » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:26 am

Drove to work today, took me 1 hour 15 minutes to drive 15 km :( I hate sydney roads.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby InTheWoods » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:35 am

Cootha and riverloop this morning.

Ambulance parked in the middle of the road at the start of Ormadale St or whatever it is called, with a bunch of cyclists parked on the footpath so I presume somebody has come off there, hope they are ok. Roads were wet.

Everything felt sore though :( Not the usual normal tired sore, or burning lactate type sore, more like how you feel when your brother punches you in the arm/thigh when you aren't expecting it. Weird.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Sparx » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:52 am

The afternoon winds in Sydney have been doing my head in this past week - I think every commute home has been into the teeth a of a gale.

Mornings have been lovely though, this morning I went up to North Head, stunning.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby __PG__ » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:55 am

Windy this morning in Melbourne's north. Had a blustery headwind all the way to work.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby BrisVegas » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:16 am

InTheWoods wrote:Cootha and riverloop this morning.

Ambulance parked in the middle of the road at the start of Ormadale St or whatever it is called, with a bunch of cyclists parked on the footpath so I presume somebody has come off there, hope they are ok. Roads were wet.


bugger. What time was that? I went past there prob around 6am and it was all clear. I don't try and take that Ormadale corner in the wet. My Rubino Pros are rubbish in the wet once you get off the centre strip of tread.

I got a riverloop in, but kept it nice and steady to stay upright.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby InTheWoods » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:29 am

BrisVegas wrote:
InTheWoods wrote:Cootha and riverloop this morning.

Ambulance parked in the middle of the road at the start of Ormadale St or whatever it is called, with a bunch of cyclists parked on the footpath so I presume somebody has come off there, hope they are ok. Roads were wet.


bugger. What time was that? I went past there prob around 6am and it was all clear. I don't try and take that Ormadale corner in the wet. My Rubino Pros are rubbish in the wet once you get off the centre strip of tread.


Would have been more like 7-7:30ish. I didn't see anybody lying on the road, so they may have already been loaded up inside.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby clackers » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:48 am

Just lingered at work long enough last night to see off the worst of the afternoon rain. Then past a gent on a folding bike on the Koonung Trail.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:07 am

__PG__ wrote:Windy this morning in Melbourne's north. Had a blustery headwind all the way to work.


Yes, it wasn't pleasant with that headwind this morning.

Yesterday I risked not wearing the booties. No rain but had to clean the road gunk off my white cycling shoes when I got home. Ick.
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This morning I woke up with my calves telling me they were in pain (bordering on cramping). Swimming and stretching didn't ease them overly much and they are still sore now. I think I may have gone for a marathon run in my sleep as they didn't hurt yesterday. :roll:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:08 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Monday there were several places along the ride that had glass - an inordinate amount.

Tuesday I took my mini brush and pan and cleaned up the one on Canning Bridge (riders the day before had conveniently moved it all to the side so it was OK. Other spots I didn't even try with my dinky little brush - I've tired it before and all I get is a sore back for a few days.


You are a good soul Colin :) I've noticed the same thing lately, seems every bridge/underpass I've come past for the last couple of weeks has had glass everywhere. Going to have to add a brush to my burgeoning inventory I think. Went down to Kwinana for a party on the weekend and would you believe every square foot of road and footpath between the station and the house was completely carpeted? Mind you, the way it glints in the sunlight offset all the skid marks nicely :roll: I took the Old Faithful hybrid with the grenade proof tyres because I kind of figured it might be an issue but even then was pretty nervous, it was just crunchcrunchcrunch the whole time. They held up though!

Feeling a bit more confident on the new bike now, enough to start trying to keep pace with people overtaking :P Mornings have been nice, even with the southerly already in, afternoons = hot.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby InTheWoods » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:16 am

Summernight wrote:This morning I woke up with my calves telling me they were in pain (bordering on cramping). Swimming and stretching didn't ease them overly much and they are still sore now. I think I may have gone for a marathon run in my sleep as they didn't hurt yesterday. :roll:


Weird, I've got pretty much the same thing, except its all my legs, and my arms a bit too. Doesn't feel like that "I'm about to get the flu" feeling, but something's not right.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Big_Red » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:50 pm

Summernight wrote:This morning I woke up with my calves telling me they were in pain (bordering on cramping). Swimming and stretching didn't ease them overly much and they are still sore now. I think I may have gone for a marathon run in my sleep as they didn't hurt yesterday. :roll:


Get some magnesium & potassium into you - it could be that you're a bit low if sweating a bit on your rides and just need a little supplementation. Having nice long soak in a bath with about a kilo of epsom salts will ease things too. Get your epsom salts from the pet produce store rather than a supermarket to avoid the 1000% markup - you may already know this as you ride a horse...

I did my first commute after replacing the headset/stem and downtube shifters on my 25 year old steel beastie with ultegra brifters - OMGosh, what a difference that makes, and since the gearing is indexed, no more slips with the chain not quite on the right cassette sprocket. Looking forward to cranking out this afternoon's commute home, no matter what weather we end up with here in Brissie and i'm so going the long way home and fitting in a river loop...
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:32 pm

Big_Red wrote:
Summernight wrote:This morning I woke up with my calves telling me they were in pain (bordering on cramping). Swimming and stretching didn't ease them overly much and they are still sore now. I think I may have gone for a marathon run in my sleep as they didn't hurt yesterday. :roll:


Get some magnesium & potassium into you - it could be that you're a bit low if sweating a bit on your rides and just need a little supplementation. Having nice long soak in a bath with about a kilo of epsom salts will ease things too. Get your epsom salts from the pet produce store rather than a supermarket to avoid the 1000% markup - you may already know this as you ride a horse...


Thank you. I shall look into it. And yes, the pet produce stores are very handy, although I don't usually have time to pamper myself and have a bath so haven't ever bought bath salts of any sort from anywhere. :)

The random muscle pain/cramping has happened before (it will go away after a day or two) but I think you're on the money regarding the sweating as the humidity really takes it out of me and it has been horribly humid and hot here for the past days/weeks and I've been sweating buckets.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby oxonabike » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:02 pm

Yesterday was early start and late finish, so both ends of the commute were done in darkness. The ride home was enlivened by a tropical downpour, fortunately all the lights continued to function throughout. This morning was a late start and therefore the ride was in the real peak hour (for the cars anyway) so it was good to blast past them while they waited for three cycles of traffic lights to cross each intersection. Copped another bucketing for the homeward journey this arvo.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:14 am

Windy but dry ride back yesterday afternoon.
Cool this morning, clear with a bright moon lighting up the Darebin Creek Trail. Not many critters around despite the moon, just one fox darting across the path.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:52 am

No commuting for me today. I dont mind a commute or two and maybe if my commute was a little shorter I may have been stupid enough to try it...BUT...it isnt and Im not

Weather is super foul here. Winds are high, rain is heavy and it is very dark.

Really wanted to get another 500 for the week, but will be happy with 400 k's for the week
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:03 am

Yesterday afternoon = almost taken out by an illegal attempt by a car to park in the bicycle lane.

This morning was a good commute because I kept up with the fast lady who thrashes me on the hill. I stayed behind her pretty much the whole way so she took the brunt of the headwind and lessened it for me (I wasn't drafting but was close enough for her passage to help break up the wind for some of the time). I actually pushed myself up the hill this morning. I think I was better able to push because my calves are in so much pain that I ignore any further pain. Plus the early morning jog and the stretch prior to riding may have helped. I could barely walk down the stairs. :D

I think I've worked out what caused the calf pain - I was pushing uphill two days ago on the way home at about 30kph (for a very short time at that speed mind you!!!), sitting in the saddle and was trying out the pulling up on the pedal movement (instead of the usual push down)- my muscles probably aren't used to that movement and didn't have any preparation beforehand or stretch afterwards. They tell me off at my age if I don't stretch them. :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby westab » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:12 am

gretaboy - I hear you. yes it was wet and yuk but I still rode and enjoyed it.

One of the "lolly pop" men at the local private school an I had a good laugh as we waited for the school kids to cross as parents abused each other used 4WD's and the odd people mover as battering rams and nearly run each others kids over so that their little Johny or Jenny woundn't catch a cold by getting wet. It realy wasn't that wet.

Oh well they might have been running late due to the blackout we had this morning.

The rest of the ride was pleasant - I was even humming when I got to work: the guys think I am a little nuts and they are probably right but its Friday so who cares. :D
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