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

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

Postby RobertL » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:56 am

jasonc wrote:
RobertL wrote:I just remembered - heading home last night at about 9.00pm, on the North Brisbane Bikeway behind the grammar school, in the middle of the path...an owl.

I haven't seen one around there before so that was pretty cool.

Where's the picture?


Sorry - no photo. You'll just have to believe me. Or not...
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Postby cancan64 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:37 pm

Started new job this week ... very nice bike facilities... bike is in a locked cage.. showers with towel supplied,iron and storage to dry out kit and leave clothes.. gym if I can be bothered .. nice change but I am now closer to home and if I extend the ride I have more lights so need more time... Wednesday I rode for less than an hour and had over 20 min at lights
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:11 pm

cancan64 wrote:Started new job this week ... very nice bike facilities... bike is in a locked cage.. showers with towel supplied,iron and storage to dry out kit and leave clothes.. gym if I can be bothered .. nice change but I am now closer to home and if I extend the ride I have more lights so need more time... Wednesday I rode for less than an hour and had over 20 min at lights

Great to hear your are commuting again. So dad to hear about the short journey
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby opik_bidin » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:12 pm

Sometimes, you just gotta laugh,

At the lane just before the punchbowl rd-burwood rd intersection at Belfield, there were tww cars facing each other in a one lane wide lane with parked cars on the side. Imagine getting out from that in peak hours at Punchbowl road.

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

Postby jasonc » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:20 pm

8k YTD commuting
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Postby opik_bidin » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:18 pm

Safe or dangerous?

So this afternoon I commuted to lab. Saw a cargo ebike just outside Petersham station, seems like its not locked and the battery not taken out. People do need to take care sometimes. And also on the same commute, saw a police car behind a car that seems stopped in stanmore, And didin't think too much about it, until I came to the office and my friend started talking about shooting in the forest Lodge area (sydney) that left one man dead

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

Postby opik_bidin » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:18 am

Dunno where to put this, so lets put it here,

Commuting to the weekend ride from, Lakemba-North Sydney, thought it would be around 1 h, but the CBD really slows you down after going through central.

Weekend ride, so many problems, someone had a flat tire, someone didin't call a speed bump so someone fell, crashed, enough to turn the handlebars, then someones cleat broke on an uphill and broke his collarbone so an ambulance was called.

Now I know how hard it is to be a ride leader, especially if somehow everything seems going wrong.

Also, I reckon we could be more in zigzag formations rather than the straight line formation, so you can see what's ahead, have a safety margin, but still quite close to each other. because in a straight line, you can only see the back of friend,

Back from the ride, I took a train, then did Hurstville to Lakemba (it's amazingly close from the map, and amazingly far if you take public transport). but then blew my tire when I rolled though a rock. took ages to take out the tube as I put it between some sticky plastic tape (that made it more puncture resistant, but a nightmare to change tube), finally got it out using the help from my legs. then changed the inner tube

if it can go wrong, it could go wrong, just be prepared.

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

Postby biker jk » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:53 am

opik_bidin wrote:Dunno where to put this, so lets put it here,

Commuting to the weekend ride from, Lakemba-North Sydney, thought it would be around 1 h, but the CBD really slows you down after going through central.

Weekend ride, so many problems, someone had a flat tire, someone didin't call a speed bump so someone fell, crashed, enough to turn the handlebars, then someones cleat broke on an uphill and broke his collarbone so an ambulance was called.

Now I know how hard it is to be a ride leader, especially if somehow everything seems going wrong.

Also, I reckon we could be more in zigzag formations rather than the straight line formation, so you can see what's ahead, have a safety margin, but still quite close to each other. because in a straight line, you can only see the back of friend,

Back from the ride, I took a train, then did Hurstville to Lakemba (it's amazingly close from the map, and amazingly far if you take public transport). but then blew my tire when I rolled though a rock. took ages to take out the tube as I put it between some sticky plastic tape (that made it more puncture resistant, but a nightmare to change tube), finally got it out using the help from my legs. then changed the inner tube

if it can go wrong, it could go wrong, just be prepared.


Which group organised the ride?

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

Postby jasonc » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:15 am

biker jk wrote:
Which group organised the ride?

So we know who not to ride with
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby opik_bidin » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:53 pm

biker jk wrote:
opik_bidin wrote:Dunno where to put this, so lets put it here,

Commuting to the weekend ride from, Lakemba-North Sydney, thought it would be around 1 h, but the CBD really slows you down after going through central.

Weekend ride, so many problems, someone had a flat tire, someone didin't call a speed bump so someone fell, crashed, enough to turn the handlebars, then someones cleat broke on an uphill and broke his collarbone so an ambulance was called.

Now I know how hard it is to be a ride leader, especially if somehow everything seems going wrong.

Also, I reckon we could be more in zigzag formations rather than the straight line formation, so you can see what's ahead, have a safety margin, but still quite close to each other. because in a straight line, you can only see the back of friend,

Back from the ride, I took a train, then did Hurstville to Lakemba (it's amazingly close from the map, and amazingly far if you take public transport). but then blew my tire when I rolled though a rock. took ages to take out the tube as I put it between some sticky plastic tape (that made it more puncture resistant, but a nightmare to change tube), finally got it out using the help from my legs. then changed the inner tube

if it can go wrong, it could go wrong, just be prepared.


Which group organised the ride?


A BUG at Sydney, wouldn't name it, but just as an example that in a group ride, accidents and crashes do happen, sometimes it is a fault, sometimes it's just bad luck. and the leader did deal with these events so in the end it was all good.

We know there are groups that just leave their mates behind and or just push their injured friends to keep going

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

Postby kb » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:27 pm

Nice extended commute Thursday morning then back home after a couple of hours. Wife too sick to look after recovering toddler. Me Friday & Saturday. So glad we didn’t all have gastro simultaneously! I swear this year is one step forward two steps back every few weeks...
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Postby jasonc » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:01 pm

kb wrote:I swear this year is one step forward two steps back every few weeks...

The first year my daughter was at day care I had the most sick leave. Immunisations my body had forgotten it needed sadly
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Postby BugsBunny » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:02 am

I joined the club last Friday.

Took a punt given the weather forecast and made it into work without much troubles. Alas the return journey I had to skip as here in Hong Kong it was amber rain storm warnings.

Today was my second attempt and the weather is still crappy - drizzly and wettish roads but taking a punt again and determined to ride it home - rain or not.

Ride time is about 35 min, 9km, about 150m vert elevation. Using the public sports ground cold showers. Thinking come winter that won't be very pleasant.

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

Postby jasonc » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:11 pm

BugsBunny wrote: Thinking come winter that won't be very pleasant.


doesn't HK have more of a tropical climate? i.e. winter would be still be ok temps?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby BugsBunny » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:01 pm

jasonc wrote:
BugsBunny wrote: Thinking come winter that won't be very pleasant.


doesn't HK have more of a tropical climate? i.e. winter would be still be ok temps?


Yes it is quite warm for most of the year. There is about a 2 month window where it gets cold - perhaps down to about 6-8 degrees celsius.

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

Postby Cyclophiliac » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:53 am

I gave a spare tube to another commuter who had a flat on my ride home yesterday, the first time I've been able to do that in ages. I was given one some years back, and appreciated it.

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

Postby jasonc » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:37 am

Cyclophiliac wrote:I gave a spare tube to another commuter who had a flat on my ride home yesterday, the first time I've been able to do that in ages. I was given one some years back, and appreciated it.

I think I give away now than I use. I hope it keeps the puncture fairy away.
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Postby g-boaf » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:13 pm

Lovely conditions riding home tonight, so I made it 35km, at a 31.6km/h average speed. The temperature was lovely - it was peaceful and enjoyable.

Nice way to finish a mad day at work. 8)

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Postby BugsBunny » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:22 am

Did my first-ever return home commute on Monday and boy was it different to the morning home to office commute! Total chaos (here in Hong Kong btw)!

Got myself all setup and started down the same route I took on the way in and every thing looked *different*. Almost at if it didn't seem like the right way home! I think that's mainly due to the heavily congested roads. Anyways, I decided to avoid as far as possible the main roads so ended up riding on the pavement (which is illegal here) for part of the journey.

Rode into office again today so will see if things improve with experience.

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Postby opik_bidin » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:23 pm

close passed in the morning and screamed at in the evening, in similar place.

My take is, keep taking the lane, rather than going nearer the kerb, as it invites close passing of impatient drivers

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Postby DavidS » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:31 pm

Had to go to work today, Open Day.

The weather was astounding. Hailed on traveling to work, hailed on traveling home. Massive cross winds along the beach from Albert Park to StKilda on the way home. Freeing cold, rain, hail and huge winds. I think these are the worst conditions I have ridden in. Managed to survive and I think this is the first time I have ridden to or from work and not seen another cyclist, on the way home tonight I did not see one other person on a bike. Amazing but the weather was clearly the explanation. Nice to be back home where it is warm.

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

Postby kb » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:16 pm

One of my more memorable commutes I heard a strange noise sweeping along.. not a plane surely? Turned out to be golfball sized hail. Was only in it for 30 seconds but was quite bruised.
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Postby jasonc » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:24 am

kb wrote:One of my more memorable commutes I heard a strange noise sweeping along.. not a plane surely? Turned out to be golfball sized hail. Was only in it for 30 seconds but was quite bruised.

I won't ride in hail. Hurts too much. I'll stop under something and wait it out. Same as lightning. When it gets too close, I'll wait it out
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Postby bychosis » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:03 am

Strong winds persisted this morning, so I tried an alternate route that was a bit more sheltered. Meant climbing a short sharp hill, but was worth it.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby boyracer » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:12 am

Keep finding more dirt/gravel sections to add into my 43km commute. Up to around 15 kms now. Get to work a bit slower, bit muddier but much happier.

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