Author Topic: On the commute today  (Read 977356 times)

Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19600 on: April 21, 2017, 09:17:44 am »
Different bike, different route.  Its as good as a rest  :thumbsup:

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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19601 on: April 21, 2017, 09:39:40 am »
Sometimes it feels like the bike is doing most of the work :)

Set PB for inward commute.

Maaaaaay be slower homeward ;D
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19602 on: April 21, 2017, 10:50:10 am »
This mornings ride in was the first off road excursion on the ascent of Quarry Wood Road. Nearly made it to the top of the track. It was just the turn left at the end which is directly after the steepest section that had me dabbing and dismounting. Another 18" worth of forward momentum would have seen me staying in the saddle.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19603 on: April 21, 2017, 10:39:26 pm »
This evening cycled from Westminster to Upton Park in the company of Titanium Dave, not OTP but known to a good number of forumites.  It was nice having company for a change, though keeping up with him and carrying on a conversation left me knackered!
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19604 on: April 22, 2017, 07:57:24 pm »
I think it hasn't rained here (London) for about 2 weeks or more! I think currently it the best weather for commuting; not hot and not cold!


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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19605 on: April 24, 2017, 02:20:39 pm »
Made it to the top of the off road track AND executed the turn without dabbing or dismounting. It was a ver ver close thing however with the front wheel bobbing up with each pedal stroke and breakfast reminding me it was there......
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19606 on: April 24, 2017, 04:55:15 pm »
Snow this afternoon  :hand:

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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19607 on: April 24, 2017, 06:04:23 pm »
Really wishing I took some gears today. My ears are still ringing from the ride crawl home.

This is more like February weather than late April
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19608 on: April 25, 2017, 08:17:12 am »
They seem to have started the work on the Stretford Regeneration thing, as a result they've switched the lights off here...freakin terrifying

Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19609 on: April 25, 2017, 09:19:15 am »
What happened to the nice warm weather? :o

Yesterday I was in 3/4 tights and a YACF jersey, this morning I needed full length tights again, a fleece over the jersey and gloves with my mitts.  It was over 10°C cooler ... 13-14°C yesterday, and 3°C today ! (and last week, it was even warmer).

Having said that, it was dry, and sunny for the second half of my ride.  Cooler weather is easier to deal with than wet weather.  This time of year is always a bit more unpredictable than the rest of the year.  ???
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19610 on: April 25, 2017, 12:37:51 pm »
Farkin' cold in the city of London. Jesus..... It was ok yesterday!!

Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19611 on: April 26, 2017, 11:42:41 am »
Back to the full kit and kaboodle today after being hammered by hail last night

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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19612 on: April 26, 2017, 07:42:56 pm »
Odd one today. Cold and a nagging north wind which has a slight head wind effect and all the way to work my head was saying "Go faster!" and the legs were saying "Get knotted, we want to be back in that nice warm bed." so I was expecting a 1h 5m trip but it turned into a (just) sub 1 hour ride.  Baffled by that.  Where (and how) the blazes did I make up 5 to 6 minutes?
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19613 on: April 27, 2017, 02:24:04 pm »
Got told to "Get on the fucking pavement!" by a scratter in a Clio.  I regret that my response was equally coarse.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19614 on: April 27, 2017, 04:04:39 pm »
Windy and near-freezing rain, boo.

Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19615 on: April 28, 2017, 08:10:46 am »
Taking it easy today, I've been struggling in those cold north winds since being totally undressed in the hail the other night

Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19616 on: May 02, 2017, 02:42:21 pm »
It was pleasantly sunny on the way in, but unfortunately one of those tiny little street cleaners, was polishing the mud and dirt to a fine consistency under the bridges on Tooting Bec Common.  Those paviors can be slippery when wet, at the best of times.  I was further to the left than normal, because the cleaner driver was a bit erratic, and I didn't entirely trust him.  I'm not sure what exactly happened, but I suspect my wheel caught on the edge of a slightly raised slab ... <bang>


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That coated my entire left side with dirt, and a couple of small grazes and bruises.  Somehow, and I still haven't worked out how, the left hand side of my handle bar has been slightly bent inwards.  It's not a terribly big issue, and I'll risk continuing to use it, until I get a replacement, and redo the handlebar tape, which needs replacing anyway.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19617 on: May 02, 2017, 02:46:49 pm »
Oh dear Tim, bouncing down the road is never fun.

I found a council grasscutter to draft this morning, big sharp pointy things directly ahead do make you pay attention.

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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19618 on: May 02, 2017, 02:49:15 pm »
TimO: But is the bike ok?

Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19619 on: May 02, 2017, 02:52:57 pm »
Ouch Tim.
Is the KOTM jersey ok?  ;)

clarion

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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19620 on: May 02, 2017, 02:53:40 pm »
Bah!
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19621 on: May 02, 2017, 04:25:41 pm »
Aside from the slightly bent handlebar, which I really can't work out, the bike appears to be fine.  I'm paranoid enough to check the bike over fairly thoroughly, after any significant thump.  The KOTM jersey doesn't appear to have any new holes in it, although it's going to need a wash this evening.  There's a hole in the left hand elbow, from last November, but I don't appear to have added in a matching one on the right side.  It seems, that it was time for my 6-monthly "throw myself at the ground".  ;D
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19622 on: May 02, 2017, 05:14:56 pm »
Ref the LH end of the handlebar, perhaps you were holding it as you hit the deck and your brute strength bent it ?

And ouch !
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19623 on: May 02, 2017, 06:06:38 pm »
Ouch. I hope you don't feel too stiff in the morning TimO

My commute was in lovely weather and completely uneventful. I had to cut off the extra I was doing as I think I left my legs somewhere near the summit of Honister Pass yesterday.
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Re: On the commute today
« Reply #19624 on: May 02, 2017, 06:24:22 pm »
Reliably making it in under 1hr 20mins and home under 1hr 10mins so quite pleased given I couldn't do either under an hour and half when I started here 18 months ago.

Was trying not to laugh at someone telling me their commute of two trains and a 20 minute walk is exhausting as a comparison to cycling over the Cotswolds.
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