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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21700 on: 28 March, 2024, 08:43:43 am »
First cycle commute for a while, in with 3 SurfacePros, back with one and a pannier of shopping.
The elephant bike 3 gears seem have got lower, may be something to do with the 12kg I've shed.

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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21701 on: 02 April, 2024, 09:14:48 am »
Switched back from my summer commute route to the winter one as the clock change makes the mornings darker for a week or two.  Still pleasantly surprised to encounter nautical twilight from Blackbushe onwards.  The roads were very wet and in very poor condition.  My rough guess is that extra caution due to road surfaces adds about 5 minutes to the three hours in.  Or maybe I was a bit slower on the Audax bike as the Enigma machine needs some TLC - new chain, rear cassette, disk brake service and probably a few others things after c20 winter commutes from Basingstoke to London.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21702 on: 10 April, 2024, 06:37:32 pm »
Passed a car on the way home, make/model "Trojan"
I'm sure that's a contraceptive?
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21703 on: 10 April, 2024, 07:18:14 pm »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_(automobile) refers.  They made all sorts of odd machines from licence-built bubble cars to the production versions of Bruce McLaren's sports cars to single-seater racing cars.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21704 on: 10 April, 2024, 10:47:37 pm »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_(automobile) refers.  They made all sorts of odd machines from licence-built bubble cars to the production versions of Bruce McLaren's sports cars to single-seater racing cars.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_(automobile)
That should jbex. Read down the article to the bubble car but. Peter Agg made his stash importing Lambrettas and later bought Suzuki GB. I worked for his son for A Several of Years.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21705 on: 10 April, 2024, 11:13:03 pm »
Yeah, but is it also a prophylactic?
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21706 on: 11 April, 2024, 10:44:58 am »
My front brake pad disintegrated outside Parliament. I saw it dislodge and hoped it would be rescuable, Looking for a 2cm grey roundish pad on a road surfaced with 2cm roundish chippings is a particularly frustrating Where's Wally.

The braking material had come right off the metal backing plate. I am very glad this was by Parliament and not on, say, Parliament Hill.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21707 on: 11 April, 2024, 11:29:57 am »
My front brake pad disintegrated outside Parliament. I saw it dislodge and hoped it would be rescuable, Looking for a 2cm grey roundish pad on a road surfaced with 2cm roundish chippings is a particularly frustrating Where's Wally.

Did you attract the attention of the security guards?  They're very hot on anything slightly peculiar.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21708 on: 11 April, 2024, 01:34:35 pm »
and my mindblowing speed into town before this incident wasn't at all due to the healthy tailwind. It was because I wasn't, it turns out, carrying my lunch. Bah.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21709 on: 11 April, 2024, 02:02:05 pm »
The braking material had come right off the metal backing plate.
I had that on a car once. The pad was newish and it was too thick to escape so I didn't loose braking.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21710 on: 12 April, 2024, 11:51:33 pm »
New commute is about 10 mins further, but I am responding very differently to it, a sweaty mess.  Mix of weather not helping.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21711 on: 16 April, 2024, 05:44:17 pm »
That was one of the worst rides home for ages. Tired legs from a lunchtime run, sun flickering through the trees, and the most horrendous headwind.
We have one of those 'your speed is' devices on the road into the village, it's there about one week in three. Usually it indicates 21 mph for me. Today, 16.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21712 on: 16 April, 2024, 07:48:38 pm »
Yesterday ride home was the worst for me.  Lea ing into the side wind and still being flung about.  Half way home stopped.admitting that over trousers were needed.
Followed by immediate and total cessation of rain and hail the moment I was.back on my bike.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21713 on: 17 April, 2024, 10:03:55 am »
Left the office yesterday and as I was approaching Putney Bridge could see flickers of lightning and an apocalyptic looking cloud.  All through Richmond Park and Kingston the clouds became more threatening and the roads were saturated after Kingston.  But, apart from 10 minutes of not-horrendous rain through Esher, it stayed dry for me.  Only adventure was the batteries ran out in the rear light and I had to stop at the petrol station in Old Woking to get a couple of new AAAs.  Even then fortune smiled as (a) the rubber seal popped out on to a bag of compost where it was easy to see and (b) I managed to clip the back on the light first go despite a somewhat fatigued brain.  Was pushing my ETA so had to get into time trial mode for the rest of the way but made it with a minute to spare.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21714 on: 22 April, 2024, 03:34:31 pm »
A dry day on Friday, so I used my good bike.   
It felt easy and fast, but I also felt like I was abusing it. No real need to feel like that on a dry day, but I just know how commuting can wreck a bike over a season.

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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #21715 on: Today at 10:35:52 am »
The Enigma Machine is back in circulation - with new chain, rear cassette, bottom bracket and disk pads.  I wasn't going any faster as a result, a temperature of 5C and occasional light drizzle gave me memories of January; my legs don't go well in the cold.  Adjusted the Aldershot - Old Woking - Send - Cobham section of the commute to explore the cycle path on the east end of the Guildford Bypass, which was fine, if a little bumpy from tree roots in places.  I am not sure it will replace the previous route as I think it will become overgrown in a months time, but it was a worthwhile exploration and added a few veloviewer squares.
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