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General Category => On The Road => Topic started by: GruB on November 19, 2009, 06:28:15 pm

Title: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 19, 2009, 06:28:15 pm
a man in a foreign registered small white car-derived van pulled alongside me and wound down his window.  My 'spidey sense' was not tingling so I listened when he said "Your rear light is the most effective I have ever seen.  Well done".
The power of Dinotte.  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today ........................
Post by: Jacomus on November 19, 2009, 06:38:21 pm
Excellent! I was only today telling my colleague about the time I pulled up next to a man inna Volvo, gestured for him to wind his window down (smile on my face, to signal I wasn't going to be an arse). He put his window down and before I could speak, came out with "whatthefuckdoyouwantfuckingcyclistcuntallfuckingthesameiwasntevennearyou before putting his window up and giving me the finger. Indeed, he had given me plenty of room and overtaken at a sensible point and speed, however, it was pissing with rain an he had shut the bottom of his overcoat in the door, subject to all the crap off the roads that his front tyre kicked up.

The embarrasment on his face was well worth me shouting to him why I had stopped  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on November 20, 2009, 10:16:55 am
On my commute today: I deported much later than usual and knew I'd be with alot more other traffic than usual. The first set of traffic lights, at cross roads were not working. I rode up the RH side of the queue to the front as usual and gingerly started to make my right turn. A van was approaching from my left to turn right into the road I'd just come from. I spied a car behind him. I hovered in front of the van waiting for the car to pass. We made eye contact he passed and waved in acknowledgment  :thumbsup: At the bottom of the hill I got to the front at the lights, timed my arrival so I could do a  3 second trackstand then crossed to join the almost stationary queue. Got to the RH side of it and rode all the way to the roundabout, about 1 mile. Hovered then merged in to the traffic on the roundabout, another car let me in  :thumbsup: Pass the main bottleneck then time to move left to make my exit. A car had entered and was on my left, I was turning right so had to move from the inside lane. Strong clear signal, deliberate move, car didn't change speed,let me in front, MSeries exits with thumbs up and wave of thanks to driver  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 10:25:08 am
You're hallucinating, lad!  Go have a lie down in a darkened room... ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 20, 2009, 08:51:41 pm
I had to leave an hour earlier today due to a day trip on work purposes.  The journey started in darkness but the lack of cars was excellent.  I may just make this 'my time' to leave from now on. 

I had a head wind to work and a lesser head wind on the way home.  That is annoying.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Hot Flatus on November 20, 2009, 09:08:44 pm
First day of commuting after over a month off the bike.  God I missed it.  I went through the usual symptoms of a long lay off over the past few weeks:  feeling like I really needed to burn energy off, palpitations, and then a bout of fidgets that I reckon is my body's last ditch attempt to get me off my arse before it turns down the metabolism and lays on flab.

It was great! I just wanted to keep going and going.  Didn't want to overdo it though, as all my tendons and muscles haven't been used for ages and I'm no spring chicken.  After the shower at work I felt great... full of the joys of being alive and very positive.  Gotta love those endorphins  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 09:39:25 pm
I left work an hour late and rather disgruntled.

One hour of swift fun later, I was home with the fastest time of the week, and having done my 40km for the first time since Monday.  Big smiles. :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 23, 2009, 09:34:13 am
I left home and at the first mile mark noticed I had forgotten my drink bottle so went back and got it. 
It was very very head windy, gusty and wet.  I was suited and booted for the conditions though so did not really mind.
Got to the farm at the 18 mile mark just in time for the massive herd of cows to exit the dairy onto the road to walk down to their field of choice for the day.  There was a female farmer at the head of the line.  I normally wait until they come out but this was the main herd and they are quite used to me now so I mixed in amongst them.  It was quite good as she took them a good 400 metres along the road and I was able to hurry them up a tad.  She said thanks as I was cut loose at the end.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: urban_biker on November 23, 2009, 09:57:01 am
I left home, got halfway up the road and discovered that my bottom bracket had half unscrewed itself. So much for my ultra reliable fixed gear bike.

It turns out that the Miche primo BB on my Condor has a bit of a reputation. Now I have to drill out the centre of my Shimano freewheel tool so that I can tighten it up! A trip to Condor being a bit much for us provincials.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on November 23, 2009, 10:07:41 am
Put the schmidt wheel off the audax bike on the commuting bike as the commuting bike shimano wheel is fubar

At the same time I adjusted the front brake, just because of normal pad wear

This morning it was very wet and as I left chez vorsprung I did adjust the brakes again to make them more bitey, they weren't very impressive

Got up to the top of Blagdon Hill and the brakes still seemed a bit rubbish.  It was wet but they were worse than I'd expect.  I thought maybe if I gave the back brakes a bit less cable that might improve things overall.  So I stopped and got the tools out.  Then I noticed that the right front brake block was completely loose and it was a wonder the brakes did anything.  

So I avoided a brakeless descent down a 2 mile long hill
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on November 23, 2009, 02:50:53 pm
It turns out that the Miche primo BB on my Condor has a bit of a reputation. Now I have to drill out the centre of my Shimano freewheel tool so that I can tighten it up! A trip to Condor being a bit much for us provincials.

Do you know how to cure it? I can't get mine to stay in place - perhaps the easiest solution would be to throw the BB away and put another more sensible one in.

My commute today was lovely and peaceful (well, the bike was). I replaced the BB on my Pompino over the weekend, the one that was in there had sort of died - the bearings were ok, but one of the bearings was detached from the shell and it was making awful noises.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on November 23, 2009, 02:56:06 pm
It turns out that the Miche primo BB on my Condor has a bit of a reputation. Now I have to drill out the centre of my Shimano freewheel tool so that I can tighten it up! A trip to Condor being a bit much for us provincials.

Do you know how to cure it? I can't get mine to stay in place - perhaps the easiest solution would be to throw the BB away and put another more sensible one in.

My Campag bb/lockring tool fits my Miche Primato BB without modification.

I've never had a problem with it coming undone and the bike has done 17,000km now. It's been loosened and tightened 4 or 5 times over its life.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 23, 2009, 03:47:55 pm
How does that Miche BB work? Is there a lock ring for each side?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on November 23, 2009, 03:53:46 pm
No, it doesn't have a lock ring on either side - imagine a regular cartridge bottom bracket, but both sides are like the left hand side.

The first time mine came loose I noticed because one of the crank bolts started touching the rear fork where the entire thing had shifted left.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 23, 2009, 03:55:54 pm
No, it doesn't have a lock ring on either side

So what are you tightening against when fitting?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on November 23, 2009, 03:56:48 pm
There's a picture of a Miche BB here:-


   Miche Primato Track Bottom Bracket Only £12.59
 (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Miche_Primato_Track_Bottom_Bracket/5360040672/)

There are just the 3 parts; the two black cups, and the rest of it. The independent cups allow the chainline to be adjusted within a few mm or so.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Martin109 on November 23, 2009, 03:56:58 pm
I've got two of these.  No problems on one bike, but the other has to have the BB set off centre in order to get the required chainline, but I deal with this by putting on a lockring to at least hold that side*, and keep an eye on the other.


Edit: *the side that protrudes, that is.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 23, 2009, 04:02:17 pm
There are just the 3 parts; the two black cups, and the rest of it. The independent cups allow the chainline to be adjusted within a few mm or so

Saw that pic and wondered if there were unshown parts. I'm amazed that stays put.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: dasmoth on November 23, 2009, 04:05:11 pm
Mine's recently started making annoying clicking noises every revolution of the cranks while under power.  Or at least I think it has -- most of the rest of the drive train has been eliminated from my enquiries now.  I'll find out tomorrow when the appropriate tool arrives (Wiggle claim they posted it this morning, so fingers crossed!).

Assuming the noise is one of the BB cups starting to come unstuck, might it be worth trying Loctite or similar when I put it back together?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on November 23, 2009, 06:48:58 pm
Miche Primato  :sick:

I had some Miche Primato hubs. They have a reputation for the flanges to go bang. It happened to me once and two others I know of.
Also, the bearings were OK for a while, but they weren't that good. Especially in the wet. They made a right racket for some time and developed quite a lot of sideplay.
If the BBs are the same quality, I'd avoid unless desperate. They maybe not the worst that money can buy though.
I'm very fond of my cheapo Campag sealed BBs. They are the best BBs I've ever used. At least the Miche BBs are pretty cheap.
If it's giving you hassle and you ride a fixed, I wouldn't bother trying to sort it out when you can buy a decent Campag one which if my experience is worth anything, will be very reliable and last a very long time. Easily 20,000 miles.

No, it doesn't have a lock ring on either side - imagine a regular cartridge bottom bracket, but both sides are like the left hand side.

The first time mine came loose I noticed because one of the crank bolts started touching the rear fork where the entire thing had shifted left.

If you can't use lockrings, then I'd use some threadlock. If that doesn't work, I'd bin it and buy a Campag.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 23, 2009, 08:38:48 pm
Getting back on track now people  ::-)


On the way home I had an ace tailwind so I romped the journey in  ;D :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on November 23, 2009, 08:51:06 pm
Getting back on track now people  ::-)


On the way home I had an ace tailwind so I romped the journey in  ;D :D

We were on track.
Track cycling components to be precise. :P
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 23, 2009, 08:52:48 pm
I didn't think my pun would be missed.   ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 24, 2009, 09:20:51 am
I forgot to mention that yesterday I met the driver of the Astra that took me out in April.  We met at the same place as the accident.  I have learnt to take more care at that location to be aware of mistakes made by others.
She too has learned not to cut across static traffic with a blind view of cyclists on the inside track.

All good.  I nodded and smiled.  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 24, 2009, 09:28:22 am
Lovely, inspiring thread.  ;D
Unfortunately I have nothing current to add, except to echo Pimping Thea's comments. Unfortunately it's going to be another month or so for me.  :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wowbagger on November 24, 2009, 09:34:30 am
Yesterday, I bought some petrol. :-[
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 24, 2009, 09:36:35 am
Whew, at least I feel better than you!  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 24, 2009, 08:53:01 pm
Well you chaps might be the sane ones.
Today was horrendous.  Wind wind wind and wind.
It was a shocker of a journey in and even worse coming home.  I fear I cannot keep this up at this rate.
On the way home, within 1.5 miles I got a front wheel puncture.  It was starting to spit again and I was on a muddy little lane and I thought - bugger it.  Got the mobile out and called for a taxi from home.  I did not have the will to change the tyre there and then when I was so close to home.

It is obviously the silly season too as I saw a really close near miss on the way to work - car vs car and on the way home I saw an even worse one.  This one would have been fatal or multiple fatalities.  Thank fully there is a God.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on November 24, 2009, 09:30:09 pm
Mmmmh. Twas breezy today, indeed...

It certainly is silly season - I saw one oncoming vehicle simply drive too close to the central line, cross it and scrape off the sides of two stationary cars in a queue to the traffic lights ahead - I was just behind and filtering past on the left toward the (red) lights...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on November 24, 2009, 09:31:51 pm
Last night my back road home closed here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=53.135341,-2.255201&daddr=&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=16&sll=53.131762,-2.254407&sspn=0.01048,0.027874&ie=UTF8&ll=53.123238,-2.252712&spn=0.041926,0.111494&z=14), heading south. Police cars and lots of blue flashy lights. WPC (Also adorned with blue flashy lights) told me I couldn't go that way due to a fire. Had to do a detour down the A34. Looking right from the A34, I could see the fire over the fields. It was a big one, looked like a major barn fire.

This morning, road was still closed. Went down anyway (I don't mind the extra distance but would prefer not to do it on the A34). I figured the fire would be out, and whatever blockage there was, I would be able to get past easily on the bike. I was right, but there were still two fire engines, and numerous firemen around. They didn't bat an eyelid as I went past. Same again this evening - road closed, two fire engines and firemen wandering around - 24 hours later. Are they waiting in case it flares up again?

On the plus side, I had chance hall lane to myself.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 25, 2009, 07:55:23 am
Perhaps they're investigating suspected arson? Or cleaning up chemical spillage?

WPC (Also adorned with blue flashy lights) told me I couldn't go that way due to a fire.
You mean she had blue flashy lights actually on her uniform? This is a joke and I'm having a SOH black hole, isn't it? If not, where were they - on her helmet?  :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on November 25, 2009, 07:59:13 am
'Ere. Who put that tree there, right in the middle of road!?
It wasn't there last night.
Someone's avin' a larf.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: David Martin on November 25, 2009, 08:52:24 am
Supermini decides that rule 1 must be obeyed, despite not being able to see the car coming the other way round the corner.
Cue much beeping of horns and flashing of lights.
idiot!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on November 25, 2009, 09:30:39 am
Yesterday I slept in, faffed really badly with lights and clothes and stuff, set off late then realised in the first village I was going to be stupid late to work unless I really thrashed it, and I had a case of CBA so I turned round, put the bike on the car and drove in, intending to ride home.
The car died 2 miles from work and I had to get a rescue.  :facepalm: Served me right.
Nasty home, blown scarily all over the place, but really not too bad this morning, considering it's still an acrossterly wind.

Same again this evening - road closed, two fire engines and firemen wandering around - 24 hours later. Are they waiting in case it flares up again?
Straw stack/ muck heap/ stubble fires can burn underground for days.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on November 25, 2009, 12:16:52 pm
Riding along Dr Johnson's Avenue in Tooting, which has speed bumps every 50 metres or so this morning I had the usual numpty attempt to overtake me, despite the fact that I was going as fast as the van in front and maintaining a space of about 6 feet between the van and me.

So on three occasions I had a silver people carrier pretty much alongside me but halfway into the opposite lane.

I held my ground and they had to back off at every speed hump since they couldn't maintain my speed and I was closing to within a foot or so of the van in front.

Finally the van reaches the end of the inevitable queue and I'm able to pull out round him and proceed to the front of the queue and cross the junction in front of the four or so vehicles that had held me up.

It never ceases to amaze me how cars can only see us as the problem and fail to notice the ton or so of the real problem in front of me.

The only positive conversation I've had in ages was with a taxi driver who was admiring my Dave Russell fixed one morning and asked me where I was going. He then asked me how long it would take and was clearly impressed that I could cover the 8 miles or so in about half an hour.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on November 25, 2009, 08:24:13 pm
Putney Bridge Road turning right into Lower Richmond Road at 7.25pm. Traffic lights go green for me but the lemmings going to the Fulham game have used the break in traffic to start to cross Lower Richmond Road despite the little man on the crossing not going green.

"Oi!" says I, having to almost come to a complete stop, "has watching Fulham got so bad that you'd rather throw yourself into traffic?"

Various sniggers (Blackburn fans giving themselves away) and a couple of muffled "coff" from a few of them.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on November 25, 2009, 09:23:17 pm
Perhaps they're investigating suspected arson? Or cleaning up chemical spillage?

WPC (Also adorned with blue flashy lights) told me I couldn't go that way due to a fire.
You mean she had blue flashy lights actually on her uniform? This is a joke and I'm having a SOH black hole, isn't it? If not, where were they - on her helmet?  :o

They were clip on blue flashy lights (leds I assume) on her uniform - about chest height. It was actually quite effective, since she was out of the vehicle, would make her much more visible to other cars.


Road was still closed this morning - still with 2 engines in attendance. All cleared though by this evening. I am assuming they were still putting out burning straw, since the hoses were still all connected to the water supply.

Also piles of burnt straw have been dumped near the entrances of many of the nearby fields.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 25, 2009, 09:32:44 pm
Rode in today and nearly died.  Jeez this wind is a drag and a drainer of strength. 
I have a little lady at work that lives in the office next to which my bikes are parked.  We get along very well so she looks after them for me.  Can't trust cops as they fiddle so when anyone comes near she comes out and tells them to beware as the flashy bike belongs to mwha.
Anyway, she also tells me if I have a puncture before it is home time.
Today she came up to my office and informed me of such.
I took a cop car home tonight as I have an early start and it was necessary.
I'll change the tyre tomorrow.  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on November 25, 2009, 09:44:55 pm
You're getting a lot of punctures lately Grub.
Time for some new tyres? 1 in a week is rare and bad luck. 2 in a week, then I seriously look at my tyres.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 25, 2009, 10:18:30 pm
I agree, but back tyre this morning, front tyre last night.  The roads around here have no gutters.  When the school and community buses and vans and 4WD vehicles go into the verge it shoots out mud all over the road.  Plus when the cows walk along the road to go from field to milking parlour they drop all sorts of crap and muck.  The end result being my commute at this time of year is very flinty and horrible.
Typical chalk downs riding.  I have been quite lucky up until late.  The front will need replacing soon though.  All the punctures have been caused by big sharp flinty sharks teeth type so I am okay with up to a point. Pardon the pun  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 25, 2009, 11:17:45 pm
I found my commute rather hard work today - I felt I was getting no respite from the filtering / weaving in and out / relentless traffic. There seemed to be a lot of arsiness.

Putney Bridge Road turning right into Lower Richmond Road at 7.25pm

I was going over Putney Bridge at about that time, followed someone that I thought might be you, but as I got closer it appeared to be a geared bike. So probably not.  
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 26, 2009, 04:12:42 am
Perhaps they're investigating suspected arson? Or cleaning up chemical spillage?

WPC (Also adorned with blue flashy lights) told me I couldn't go that way due to a fire.
You mean she had blue flashy lights actually on her uniform? This is a joke and I'm having a SOH black hole, isn't it? If not, where were they - on her helmet?  :o

They were clip on blue flashy lights (leds I assume) on her uniform - about chest height. It was actually quite effective, since she was out of the vehicle, would make her much more visible to other cars.
Wow. On the helmet would have looked funnier!
But living as I currently do in a place where the police wear khaki uniforms, definitely no hi-viz, and don't necessarily even turn their headlights on at night, it really does show the Northern World's visibility mania in a different light.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on November 26, 2009, 09:45:52 am
I saw a motorist this morning.  A blonde woman, with a bob.  And a bushy brown fake moustache in the manner of Tom Selleck.

Eh?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ScumOfTheRoad on November 26, 2009, 10:04:00 am
Clarion, could be something to do with Movember (month of growing moustaches for charity).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on November 26, 2009, 10:14:34 am
I did think about that.  Wearing it into work is one thing.  But wearing it to drive? :o

I hoped it was a foolish attempt to fool safety cameras ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 26, 2009, 10:25:57 am
Perhaps the moustache was real and the blonde bob was a wig?  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on November 26, 2009, 10:37:25 am
Could be, but he had a very feminine face if so ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on November 26, 2009, 12:25:25 pm
Must have been a tailwind today.

8kg extra stuff in a pannier and trying not to race and to keep the HR down (only to 162bpm average mind you) and managed almost the fastest commute of the year (27.3kph average into Londinium).

5-a-side after work tonight, followed by a couple of pints and then a much slower ride home methinks.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 27, 2009, 07:40:42 am
I did not feel right.  It did not just seem to click.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: David Martin on November 27, 2009, 08:45:44 am
The sun is out
The sky is blue
The brain cell's gone
To Malibu

and it's left hook,
left hook pinch point time...


Having had nice relaxed commuting for years, today the wheel of fortune shifted ever so slightly. I approached the third of three pinch points (pedestrian refuges), thinking I was assertive enough, but Mr WVM and crew decided to force his way through. I made a brief vocal remonstration (as I could see the faces in the wing mirror. At which point the left indicator went on (I was about at the rear quarter of the van) and he swung left across me.

A slightly less brief vocal consideration of his intellectual ability for all and sundry to hear ensued.

Calm and Zen being restored with a large cup of coffee..
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on November 27, 2009, 08:47:02 am
Silly season continues - almost underwheeled by a ruddy great cement mixer coming up Hady Hill this morning. Pillock!  >:(
Too busy jumping onto curb to get his number  :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on November 27, 2009, 09:13:20 am
I thought I was going to see another nasty left hook yesterday, as a van shoved across into the bus lane at newington, forcing a rider into the gutter before indicating left.  Only the presence of a car waiting to turn out of (and blocking) the road entrance the van wanted to go into made him pause, and probably saved the cyclist from very nasty injury.

>:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on November 27, 2009, 09:40:04 am
I did not feel right.  It did not just seem to click.

+1

I have had a headwind on the way into work each day this week and its got progressively harder (and slower) to do the 8 miles to work.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Marco Stefano on November 27, 2009, 12:33:43 pm
1 beautiful sunrise, 4 herons, 5 gamboling deer, guillemots, a white pheasant (weird), a herd of eastern Europeans crop picking, and a tailwind. Great to be back on a bike after feeling crap for 3-4 weeks.

All this and a huge pile of cream cakes from a birthday at work.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on November 27, 2009, 12:58:06 pm
Well done that man for restoring some positivity  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on November 27, 2009, 05:19:09 pm
1 beautiful sunrise, 4 herons, 5 gamboling deer, guillemots, a white pheasant (weird), a herd of eastern Europeans crop picking, and a tailwind.


Anna par-tridge inna pear tree!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 27, 2009, 11:25:28 pm
First full week of commuting by bike since moving several weeks ago. It's only 6.5 miles each way but I have to admit that I am feeling it in the legs today. Probably more a function of my meagre recent mileage more than anything. Suprising how much benefit I am feeling from a mere half-hour flat ride twice a day :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on November 28, 2009, 09:00:21 am
Boy was I glad when Friday came around, the wind has been taking liberties all week, so much so that at times it felt like my brakes were binding.

Mind you, having a throat like a turkey's bum in a blizzard doesn't help.

I had part of my route to myself on the way home yesterday, courtesy of a three car shunt on the A24 near North Cheam.  Twas quite a luxury being able to go a few hundred yards without being squeezed going up Stonecot Hill.   

Judging by the extensive shouting and arm waving there were no injuries, thankfully.  I did enjoy the shrill cry of 'but you were on da phone'.......  ::-) I'm beginning to think that car engines are designed to cut out if the driver is not using a mobile phone.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 30, 2009, 11:46:47 am
Chickened out today  :-[ It was just too grim at 0730 (plus my journey home will not commence until 9).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on November 30, 2009, 11:54:54 am
Today wasn't too bad. It wasn't pleasant (it was wet and very gusty), but I dunno. It was OK. Certainly better than having to use the car.

Not looking forward to tomorrow though. Forecast is for zero and sub-zero temperatures in this area which means my preferred (unclassified) route is likely to have iced up patches - run off from fields mainly - after all the wet.  Means I'll have to use the 'main' road.  Bum.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on November 30, 2009, 01:10:16 pm
it was grim at chez vorsprung up to 730am and then it stopped raining in time for me leaving for work a bit late

Nasty northerly on the way in so I arrived at work 10 minutes late, which is unusual

Blue sky now, although a bit cold

Frost forecast for tonight
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jurek on November 30, 2009, 01:20:38 pm
It was grim (but nowhere near as grim as Crawley / Faygate (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=25678.msg483566#msg483566) in the early hours of last Saturday morning) as I emerged from the Greenwich foot tunnel and headed homeward at 06:30 this morning.

A feeling of inexplicable smugness washed over me as wove my way through the gridlocked traffic on Creek Road, and onward to the hinterlands of Forest Hill.

The northbound Blackwall Tunnel (being b0rked) will ensure that this mayhem will continue for the next few days.....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on November 30, 2009, 01:22:46 pm
Chickened out today but I'll be on the bike the rest of the week. Time to move from knee warmers to leg warmers.

Saved from buying a 7 day train ticket (cheaper than 4 individual days) by not having my photocard with me.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on November 30, 2009, 01:23:16 pm
I have an medic appointment tomorrow which means I will be out of the office for about 3 hours.
I have a choice- take the day off (it counts as sick) and spend the rest of it riding, or take the car, and return to work afterwards.
Forecast is for zero and sub-zero temperatures
Frost forecast for tonight
Why does this (usually easy) choice fall when the weather forecast is for frost? It's just not fair (stamps foot, petulant pout).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on November 30, 2009, 01:24:49 pm
The floods and wind ensured that I was late this morning. But not as late as I would have been had I driven in :smug:. My usual average speed is around 13 mph - todays was 9.7 mph :(. Still, it was slow and damp - but not miserable :D.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on November 30, 2009, 02:20:13 pm
Well it was absolutely peeing stair rods this morning with wind to match, I can honestly say that the weather didn't bother me in the slightest. 

What did really make my blood pressure rise was the moton behaviour.  I think the screaming overtake by white van thug this morning was the worst yet, we're talking millimetres.

Surely they can't be that thick to fail to notice the conditions, or are they to insulated in their little boxes?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on November 30, 2009, 03:12:27 pm
Can't see out through the steamed-up windows, so have no idea of the weather or other road users.  Hence the high speed & liberal use of horns. ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on November 30, 2009, 03:23:16 pm
I have an medic appointment tomorrow which means I will be out of the office for about 3 hours.
I have a choice- take the day off (it counts as sick) and spend the rest of it riding, or take the car, and return to work afterwards.
Forecast is for zero and sub-zero temperatures
Frost forecast for tonight
Why does this (usually easy) choice fall when the weather forecast is for frost? It's just not fair (stamps foot, petulant pout).
Yebbut, the frost n' ice'll be gone by mid-morning. It's only going to be a prob. if you've got to leave the house at doubleohtoobloodyearly to go to work...  throw the sickie and go out riding in the crisp cold sunny air after your appt.  You know you'll feel better for it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on November 30, 2009, 09:09:06 pm
River's in flood.  So while the riverside path under the bridge was only under 3" of water, I knew there was another 2" of mud hiding there.  So I went the long way round.

This was reported a year ago, here: http://www.clearthattrail.org.uk/obstruction/897 (http://www.clearthattrail.org.uk/obstruction/897)

But one council worker with a shovel and 20 minutes cannot be spared.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: geoff on November 30, 2009, 11:43:23 pm
Today wasn't too bad. It wasn't pleasant (it was wet and very gusty), but I dunno. It was OK. Certainly better than having to use the car.

Not looking forward to tomorrow though. Forecast is for zero and sub-zero temperatures in this area which means my preferred (unclassified) route is likely to have iced up patches - run off from fields mainly - after all the wet.  Means I'll have to use the 'main' road.  Bum.


Aye - gritters going out as I came home tonight (Bet they won't be up our lane until after any snow! So that'll be er...February?)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on December 01, 2009, 08:00:26 am
Well, it was cold and the puddles were iced over but it wasn't anywhere near as bad here as the doom-mongers at the Met. Office would have had us believe.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 01, 2009, 08:57:20 am
Icy in stretches, but not too bad.  Nice ride, except for the motons. >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on December 01, 2009, 08:59:30 am
Me ears dropped off this morning  :o bloody hell its cold but at least the wind has died down, not to self, get a silly headband on me crimbo list.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on December 01, 2009, 12:01:52 pm
A cold one this morning (below freezing), but wrapped up in two layers of tights, long sleeve base layer and long sleeve jersey under an eVent jacket, windproof balaclava and thick skiing gloves I was nice and toasty (once my face had gone numb enough not to notice the cold). Winter has definitely arrived.
My wife commented that I was mad cycling in (as I was cleaning the ice off her car windows) rather than taking the Jag, but it was a lovely, crisp morning to be out and only the odd bit of slippiness.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 01, 2009, 12:06:57 pm
I'd rather slip on the ice with the momentum of a cyclist than with the momentum of a ton or so of metal.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on December 01, 2009, 12:12:25 pm
I'd rather slip on the ice with the momentum of a cyclist than with the momentum of a ton or so of metal.
Providing there's no-one sitting in a ton of metal 3' off your back wheel. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 01, 2009, 12:13:00 pm
Aye, given that.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on December 01, 2009, 01:28:00 pm
Icy in stretches, but not too bad.  Nice ride, except for the motons. >:(

Ditto but I'll add a lovely sunset and two grazing deer.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on December 01, 2009, 01:46:31 pm
Loverly sunrise.  Red sky in the morning....

Little bit of ice up the lanes to walk around.  But most of the water from the past few days had dried off the road before it got to freezing

Glad I wore the extra fleece, i wasn't too hot with it on.  Wore my biggest gloves.  My toes suffered.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on December 01, 2009, 04:46:30 pm
Looks like I am in for another tough 20 miles tonight.....  :)

(have to stay a little later to attend a meeting at 5:30 so will probably be in the road until about 9pm...  :P)

(http://www.meiring.org.uk/pdm/images/wx011209.png)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hellymedic on December 01, 2009, 05:24:51 pm
Me ears dropped off this morning  :o bloody hell its cold but at least the wind has died down, not to self, get a silly headband on me crimbo list.

Get a Buff! Shame I don't think there are any yacf Buffs left.

Great for keeping ears/face/neck/head warm. Amazon have loads or you could get onr free with CTC membership - maybe...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on December 01, 2009, 06:51:58 pm
I went for the YACF Buff and exta base layer today. Very nippy first thing this morning.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on December 01, 2009, 08:24:35 pm
Looks like I am in for another tough 20 miles tonight.....  :)

(have to stay a little later to attend a meeting at 5:30 so will probably be in the road until about 9pm...  :P)

(http://www.meiring.org.uk/pdm/images/wx011209.png)

Not too bad axserly....
Went sooner and a little quicker than expected.
The wind speed was about right, but I had snow flurries on the Peaks rather than rain - very pretty!  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on December 01, 2009, 09:11:07 pm
Full winter gear today. Two layers+aldi jacket. Fleecy tights, winter boots, buff. Not cold, but not much sweat either.

No ice on the road. I'd put the ice spikes on the MTB last night just in case, but went on my commuter, as the roads were bone dry. Loads of frozen puddles though - I didn't cycle in them :-)

It's raining tonight, so if it freezes it'll definitely be the ice tyres tomorrow. However, forecast is for a low of +3
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Frenchie on December 01, 2009, 09:18:11 pm
Ice, in my street, at 6:30.

Good on major roads afterwards. In fact a fine, dry and cold morning. A bit slower than usual at about 60' to 65'.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: aidan.f on December 01, 2009, 09:38:04 pm
Quote
It's raining tonight, so if it freezes it'll definitely be the ice tyres tomorrow. However, forecast is for a low of +3

Where in this country can you get/use ice studs?

700 35C's? I'm interested!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: LindaG on December 01, 2009, 09:48:58 pm
Really nice at 0650, just one wobbly moment when I thought "I'm on black ice here.  Better not turn the corner.  Just keep in a straight line onto the pavement", but apart from that it was glorious, really frosty and fresh.  Homeward at 2100 on the other hand was slightly warmer but with a rubbish head-and-sidewind blowing me all over the road.  Definitely better than the car though, I'm really enjoying my tea!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on December 01, 2009, 10:13:08 pm
Quote
It's raining tonight, so if it freezes it'll definitely be the ice tyres tomorrow. However, forecast is for a low of +3

Where in this country can you get/use ice studs?

700 35C's? I'm interested!

I got mine here... (http://www.dotbike.com/ProductsF.aspx?FIND=marathon+winter) (DotBike - Marathon Winter tyres)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on December 01, 2009, 10:58:07 pm
Quote
It's raining tonight, so if it freezes it'll definitely be the ice tyres tomorrow. However, forecast is for a low of +3

Where in this country can you get/use ice studs?

700 35C's? I'm interested!

Little larger at 38C
Schwalbe Snow Stud Tyre 700 x 38c (http://www.ukbikestore.co.uk/product/139/tysess38/schwalbe-snow-stud-tyre-700-x-38c.html)

EDIT:
and one at 35C but out of stock. Supposedly a better tyre:

   Schwalbe Marathon Winter Performance Wire On Tyre - from £33.98 | Dotbike
 (http://www.dotbike.com/ProductsP7596.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=FGL)

For more info, see:
Studded Bicycle Tires (http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp)

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 01, 2009, 11:18:40 pm
I'm just checking the flood warnings on my route tomorrow.  Hmmm.... I may not get to that site, and if I do, I suspect it'll be with wet feet!  Or I could cheat, go late, and catch a bus.... which is no more likely to get me there than the bike, but I'd be dry finding out.  Shall I risk it?  On the bright side, the bike is so utterly jiggered that a good soaking up to the axles can't actually do it any significant harm (and I handed in all the paperwork for the C2W new one today!).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on December 01, 2009, 11:54:33 pm
Ooh - which one did you choose in the end?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 02, 2009, 06:47:36 am
Bus v bike?  Still not decided.  New bike?  The Trek Valencia, not the WSD one.  I met it last week - I made my mind up on Monday so went in and they ordered it mid-morning, and it was in the shop and built ready for me to try for size by Tuesday close of play!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on December 02, 2009, 07:31:08 am
Coo urr gosh...wot a beatiful day. Hello moon, hello mist, hello birds. Even Peason my grate freind who hav a face lik a squished tomato cannot dent my cheery mood* after this morning's ride in. I may even shake Fotherington-Tomas hand....


*Tho' the beaks may. Chiz, chiz.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Riggers on December 02, 2009, 08:01:42 am
<savagely stabbing alarm button under desk>

"Okay fella, whatever you say, that's fine. You're right, aren't the birds beautiful?"

<Help, help, emergency Unit 8, Unit 8!!>
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 02, 2009, 08:59:12 am
I rode in.  I got within a stone's throw (well, nearly) and discovered a very_large_puddle.  We aren't talking the BB getting wet, more like the mudgaurds being underwater!  A very cute little duck family were swimming backwards and forwards across the road. 

Fortunately there was a gang of mums on bikes who had just accompanied their small people round to the school bus, who showed me alternate route around - classic NCN path - a good half mile detour to travel approximately 200 yards but with the huge bonus of a being higher up!  And I started my day with a natter with other people on bikes, one of which (bikes, not people) looked rather like the WSD of my new one :-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 02, 2009, 09:10:35 am
Coo urr gosh...wot a beatiful day. Hello moon, hello mist, hello birds. Even Peason my grate freind who hav a face lik a squished tomato cannot dent my cheery mood* after this morning's ride in. I may even shake Fotherington-Tomas hand....


*Tho' the beaks may. Chiz, chiz.

Willans & Searle live on ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 02, 2009, 04:51:17 pm
I nearly came off on a combination of wet leaves, uneven ground and possibly a pothole hidden by being filled with wet leaves, but the l33t bike skills I didn't know I had came into play and I managed to correct.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 02, 2009, 10:18:43 pm
Glad you're OK.  That chutney is horrid :-[

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 02, 2009, 10:26:29 pm
Weird and upsetting sight on the way home. 

Wet.  Very very wet.  Rain siling down and washing the road in waves.

A car comes up behind me into the middle of three lanes making an odd noise.  I look round and see that the driver overtaking me has a completely flat tyre.  We stop side by side at the lights.  I gesture and shout 'You've got a flat tyre!'.

The passenger wipes a bit of the heavy steam off the inside of the window ::-)  Then she nods and mouths 'yes'.

'Well, if you know, why don't you do something about it?'

That made the cyclist beside me giggle. ;D

We set off from the lights, with the driver accelerating, in the wet, to 30mph! :o :o :o >:(

I give up.  I don't know how any of those knobheads out there passed their test.  I just wish we had a way of getting them off the roads. 

And now the closing figures:
Idiocy is up; Good sense has dropped again, and motorised Red Light Jumping is at an all-time high.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on December 02, 2009, 11:26:50 pm
I had exactly that experience once, except it (a Merc) had two flat tyres, both on the left. I pointed this out to the driver and she said, "Oh yes, I did hit a kerb a bit heavily a while ago", then wound her window up and carried on, to drop the kids at school I presume. I didn't know how to react having never considered for even a nanosecond that anyone would even consider driving on with one flat tyre.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 03, 2009, 03:49:55 am
In Gloucester's Westgate St many years ago, before it was fully pedestrianised but after various chicanes had been put in to divert most traffic away from it, I saw a BMW driver hit one of these chicaney-pinch point devices and burst both tyres on the same side. They got out with curses and set to changing the front flat, either undeterred by or unaware of the rear puncture. Or perhaps they really did have two spare tyres. Still, I suppose as a get-you-home measure the front is the more important.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on December 03, 2009, 11:16:53 am
My experience on the way home was horrific, it was peeing down with large amounts of acumulated water all over the shop and still the cockjuggling smegheads tore along Mr Toad stylee.  The percentage of shaves was even higher than normal.

I'm afraid I've decided to get a helmet cam.  Won't achieve bugger all but might be mildly cathartic and at £11.98 from eBay won't break the bank.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on December 08, 2009, 08:39:35 am
I saw a shooting star.
I didn't wish on it. 
It may have been space hardware and that would have been wrong.  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: spindrift on December 08, 2009, 10:35:54 am
Took a short cut under the flyover, a driver was reversing out of a parking space. I waved at her to stop, she had a three foot branch stuck in her door, the branch was scraping along the road. She opened the door and I kicked the branch away. "I wondered what that noise was!" she said.


Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on December 08, 2009, 12:52:29 pm
On the new chicanes they are building on th A473. I moved to the left, I moved to the right, I moved to the left.  A splendid  piece of middle of the road cycling with cars behind.  Sometimes you need to be confident ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 08, 2009, 01:00:39 pm
Marvellous one last Wednesday, albeit in my motorcar.  They are widening the A414 on the southern edge of Harlow, which means lane restrictions and Big Queues.  Because I am Nice, I stopped to:


Seeking to take advantage of the gap in the traffic, Mr A Dickinavauxhall, who was second in the queue behind the postie, dumps the clutch and floors it while looking at me.  Out of his side window.

Thus he failed to notice the postie's Transit, until the latter rudely arrested his progress after some three feet.

I laughed.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on December 08, 2009, 01:31:25 pm
I sometimes think that any child, being driven by some of the mums I see on my route, might want to consider having the ir DNA wiped and replaced with something a bit more promising. Bad driving doesn't even get close, it's just complete failure to observe even simple things.
The woman who clattered her offside wing mirror down four or five parked cars this morning being a good example - she didn't notice because she was on the phone.... BMW X5 natch.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on December 08, 2009, 08:36:05 pm
I sometimes think that any child, being driven by some of the mums I see on my route, might want to consider having the ir DNA wiped and replaced with something a bit more promising. Bad driving doesn't even get close, it's just complete failure to observe even simple things.
The woman who clattered her offside wing mirror down four or five parked cars this morning being a good example - she didn't notice because she was on the phone.... BMW X5 natch.

That'd be enough for me to save the video and leave my details on each of the parked cars.  I'd want to see her insurance premiums hurting for that carelessness.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on December 08, 2009, 09:17:10 pm
On the commute today:
Nothing much happened. - As usual.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 09, 2009, 04:12:27 am
On foot, 28 minutes door to door. But then I have to wait an average of 3 minutes for the lift to arrive. We're only on the first floor, so I wouldn't take it if the stairs weren't closed off as a "security certification" measure.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on December 09, 2009, 08:26:36 am
On the way home I have one roundabout. I had to wait, then as I'm crossing, some f*ckwit bus driver starts inching across so in my calm and measured fashion I adopt banshee tones, glare, and screech at him (with no hope of being heard, or, given the highwayman buff, lip-read) 'no you fricking don't, twat face' only to hear fellow cyclist behind me snigger 'you tell him'.
I never see other cyclists, never. Where did he come from? He went the other way, but I was so shocked (and a leetle embarassed) I didn't get a chance to say hello.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on December 09, 2009, 02:14:30 pm
Oh no!  :( :( :(

I nearly posted something here about how I'd enjoyed cyling through total grid lock in Brum this morning.  Nothing but me moving for miles.
Glad I didn't
BBC News - Cyclist dies after bus collision (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/8403159.stm)
 :( :( :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on December 10, 2009, 01:03:56 am
On my commute home this evening (11pm) I met a sensible policeman.

Chelsea Bridge was closed, as far as I could tell for an RTA at the southern end, and they had a police cars blocking traffic at the embankment (northern) end traffic lights.

I got off and asked "Is it OK if I walk across the bridge?", to which one of the clearly bored officers said "You can cycle across, so long as you stay on the footpath".  Given there were about 2 pedestrians around, and the footpath is about fifteen foot wide, there wasn't much risk of a collision, but it's nice that I was treated like I wasn't about to mow down everyone in sight. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on December 10, 2009, 08:17:53 am
I sometimes think that any child, being driven by some of the mums I see on my route, might want to consider having the ir DNA wiped and replaced with something a bit more promising. Bad driving doesn't even get close, it's just complete failure to observe even simple things.
The woman who clattered her offside wing mirror down four or five parked cars this morning being a good example - she didn't notice because she was on the phone.... BMW X5 natch.

That'd be enough for me to save the video and leave my details on each of the parked cars.  I'd want to see her insurance premiums hurting for that carelessness.

Believe me, it's times like this I wished I had one...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: recumbentim on December 10, 2009, 07:58:35 pm
Did one commute this week on tue. It had rained and froze.Hence streaches of sheets of ice before gritters got round. Three cars totalled and the rest going at 21 MPH.
Did it on carbon MTB with road tyres and not usual recumbent , and I wore a helmet.
Solwest 17 miles yet this year but most exciting.
Phoned the  Council to complain about gritters and got long waffle about times and routes and buget limitations.
  So couldn,t be bothered asking if they would grit the cycle path bits ???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on December 11, 2009, 08:38:39 am
A stunning but very cold morning this mornng. The bad news, as I went round a corner I felt the back tyre wobble a little, thought it was the frost/ice on the road but soon realized it wasn't, looking down and the back wheel looked buckled and on inspection I seemed of broken a spoke. Pooo
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on December 11, 2009, 10:05:54 am
  So couldn,t be bothered asking if they would grit the cycle path bits ???

Take your own version of grit:


   Schwalbe Marathon Winter Performance Wire On Tyre - from &pound;33.98 | Dotbike
 (http://www.dotbike.com/ProductsP7596.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=FGL)

I'm waiting for the first bit of icy weather and I'll be diving for the hackbike in the shed which has these fitted.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on December 11, 2009, 11:08:21 am
Last night I nearly came acropper.

Feeling pressured by the twatinnacar sitting about 2mm from my rear wheel, I misjudged my line into a left turn. I knew that I could safely pedal through the corner, but what with the line-misjudgement, I was a smidge closer to the kerb than is safe!

Inside pedal strikes the kerb and with a sickening lurch the rear of my bike was fired into the air, with the front wheel remaining on the road :o It stepped out so far that when it landed I nearly flipped over sideways as the bike righted itself. Luckily I was riding the full-susser as my bum remained in contact with the saddle the whole time - my nads would not have enjoyed the crunch of the landing! When I got home I checked the pedal - can't even see where it hit the kerb :thumbsup: and the rear shock (which has a rubber ring round it to show how much travel is being used). Normally I use 2/3 of the available travel, mostly by riding over speedbumps without lifting off the saddle, but after the somewhat exciting landing the rubber ring was right on the end of the stanchion - I had used the whole travel of the shock :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on December 11, 2009, 12:53:35 pm
Came in on the MTB with snow stud tyres this morning.

There was not much ice about as it turned out, but I'm not taking any chances this year. You don't need much to fall off on.

But it is REALLY heavy going on that bike. I felt I had gone twice as far as normal.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on December 11, 2009, 01:22:48 pm
Came in on the MTB with snow stud tyres this morning.

There was not much ice about as it turned out, but I'm not taking any chances this year. You don't need much to fall off on.

But it is REALLY heavy going on that bike. I felt I had gone twice as far as normal.

The Schwalbe Marathon Winter tyres say to do 50km or so on normal roads to run them in before using them on snow/ice, so I used my hackbike for commuting for a few days.

Average speed was down by about 3kph on normal, but then it's a slightly heavier bike and I was on flat pedals rather than clipless (which prompted me to fit the M424 pedals I had lying around). They were also pumped up quite hard so the studs were hardly in contact with the ground. With less pressure in the tyres (like you're supposed to do on snow/ice to bring the studs into play) I can imagine it'll be much harder work (but much more fun than the alternative of sliding on your arse).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 11, 2009, 01:36:13 pm
Nice & cold this morning, and pleasantly foggy too.  I bet the architects of the big building at Elephant & Castle almost came in their pants when they saw it disappearing up majestically into the mist...

It was a fun ride, without the full quota of usual motorised numpties.  And plenty of serious riders - many women included :thumbsup: 

And catching a glimpse down a side street as I glanced backwards over my shoulder, I noticed that you can see Battersea Power Station from my commute.  Not easily, but it is there. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mattc on December 11, 2009, 03:18:08 pm
Came in on the MTB with snow stud tyres this morning.

There was not much ice about as it turned out, but I'm not taking any chances this year. You don't need much to fall off on.

But it is REALLY heavy going on that bike. I felt I had gone twice as far as normal.

The Schwalbe Marathon Winter tyres say to do 50km or so on normal roads to run them in before using them on snow/ice, so I used my hackbike for commuting for a few days.

Average speed was down by about 3kph on normal, but then it's a slightly heavier bike and I was on flat pedals rather than clipless (which prompted me to fit the M424 pedals I had lying around). They were also pumped up quite hard so the studs were hardly in contact with the ground. With less pressure in the tyres (like you're supposed to do on snow/ice to bring the studs into play) I can imagine it'll be much harder work (but much more fun than the alternative of sliding on your arse).

After phoning 70 suppliers I finally got a studded tyre deliverd by Wiggle - about 2 days after last winter's ice melted for good. [AND they took my money for priority delivery - grrr... ]

So not used in anger yet. I need a test track - a strip of ice with soft stuff either side! I think I'll be crapping myself if I go straight out on an icy road.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on December 11, 2009, 04:09:44 pm
First wheelspin this winter due to ice this morning - otherwise a very nice ride in....
Now I just need to get that hack on the B2W scheme so that I can have a bike with the studded tyres on it ready to go rather than faff about changing wheels...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on December 16, 2009, 12:52:32 pm
First wheel spins for me this morning too.  A bit slippy in places but I soldiered on.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on December 16, 2009, 01:07:33 pm
Coldest day so far for my penultimate ride in Central Park crisp but dry so no ice.

Even got given some space by a bus on the way. Their usual technique is to overtake, signal and pull in front of me. This morning the bus overtook, signaled and then slowed to let me undertake. Once teh driver's intentions were obvious I rode into the gap that they'd given and gave a big :thumbsup: as I passed
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on December 16, 2009, 06:28:35 pm
Very nippy today, only negative was the single cell organisms in the white van who felt the need to scream Gah! at a million decibels as they overtook closely.

Fair play to them though, to pull a stunt like that at 07.15 takes true dedication to stupidity.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 16, 2009, 10:48:48 pm
At the bottom of Balham Hill on the way home, I saw a scooter on its side at a junction.  Sacrificing much-needed momentum, I stopped to check what was happenng.

A young lad - about 18 or 19 - on a Claud Butler aluminium framed BSO road bike seemed to have collided with the scooter in some way.  Despite a pringled front wheel, a completely dead set of forks, and possibly a ruined frame, he seemed (and claimed) to be unhurt.  Nothing I could do for the bike, and my first aid kit wasn't required, so I rode off & left them to it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on December 16, 2009, 11:15:00 pm
Went in by train in order to christmas shop after work. Was jealous of everyone onna bike :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on December 16, 2009, 11:19:04 pm
SLOOOOOW commute home this evening...
Cold and lots of uphills into 15-20 mph headwinds with driving sleet.
No snow this time.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on December 17, 2009, 08:40:54 am
Flat tyre.
Sleet.
No street lights.
Phone not working.
Pants.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Oaky on December 17, 2009, 08:59:30 am
...
Pants.

Bit cold for that!  Longs would have been better.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2009, 09:32:37 am
Cold & a bit of ice this morning, but I was soon onto the gritted routes, so it was just a cold, wet ride.

Fun.  But my feet are still cold :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: David Martin on December 17, 2009, 09:52:04 am
Not very chilly but the paths were like skating rinks (especially through the cemetry). I ran in this morning as I will be cycling home tonight on a New! Shiny! Bike!

..d
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on December 17, 2009, 10:06:11 am
I had to pop into my GP first thing, to get Flu and Swine Flu jabs, and the residential road to the practice was slightly icy on the way there.  Fifteen minutes later, on the way back, that smidgen of ice had gone.  It was a little brisk though, and my feet could do with being warmer, and I could have done without the Northerly headwind.

The forecast for later isn't entirely promising, so I'll have to keep an eye on things in case I need to cycle home through the snow.

Still, that can be quite fun.  I remember cycling home 10-11ish a few years back, and it had been snowing for an hour or two, and the roads of London were empty.  Normally at that time there is still a smattering of vehicles around, but the mixture of late in the evening and snow seemed to entirely clear the roads.  It was still easily cyclable though. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2009, 10:13:16 am
I noticed that the traffic lights at Amen Corner in Tooting were out last night and this morning.  I expected snarl-up, but the usual queues were not there! 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: David Martin on December 17, 2009, 10:14:50 am


After phoning 70 suppliers I finally got a studded tyre deliverd by Wiggle - about 2 days after last winter's ice melted for good. [AND they took my money for priority delivery - grrr... ]

So not used in anger yet. I need a test track - a strip of ice with soft stuff either side! I think I'll be crapping myself if I go straight out on an icy road.

Just get them on the bike and ride them.  At extreme angles they will be dodgy but otherwise you will love them. Apart from the noise. The same sort of noise that a dog with long nails makes as it clatters across a marble floor.

Must get mine out for this winter.

..d
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on December 17, 2009, 10:35:53 am
The bit of paper that came attached to my Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tyres said they should be run in on concrete/tarmac roads for 40km or so before first use on ice/snow.

I dug out the hackbike with studded tyres this morning as I'm guessing it's going to throw it down later on tonight (playing 5-a-side then going to the pub) and the trains usually go up the spout the first major snowfall (before they remember how to deal with it).

Hard work with 8kg of stuff in panniers and a far more upright riding position.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on December 17, 2009, 10:43:26 am
I fell off on a patch of ice.  Big fall and have skinned my right hip, banged knee and shoulder.
The white car-derived van behind me managed to stop and he was really nice.  Made sure I was okay before he left.
My new Assos tights are brilliantly unscathed but the hip underneath is a mess.
My Foska Bones jacket once again got scuffed but is so tough that the skin underneath is unscathed.
I walked the 1/2 mile left of this road as it was trecherous and several cars / vans stopped to ask if I was okay and several that recognised me as the regular nutter offered to put the bike in the van and give me a lift  :thumbsup:  Bless them.
Of course I declined and limped gingerly into work.  The hot shower was painful.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2009, 10:45:05 am
Poor GruB! :(

Hope that all heals soon.

How's the bike?*



* Note restraint in not asking that first ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on December 17, 2009, 10:47:40 am
I fell off on a patch of ice.  Big fall and have skinned my right hip, banged knee and shoulder.
The white car-derived van behind me managed to stop and he was really nice.  Made sure I was okay before he left.
My new Assos tights are brilliantly unscathed but the hip underneath is a mess.
My Foska Bones jacket once again got scuffed but is so tough that the skin underneath is unscathed.
I walked the 1/2 mile left of this road as it was trecherous and several cars / vans stopped to ask if I was okay and several that recognised me as the regular nutter offered to put the bike in the van and give me a lift  :thumbsup:  Bless them.
Of course I declined and limped gingerly into work.  The hot shower was painful.


Have a kissy better  :-*


And one for the bike...  :-*
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on December 17, 2009, 10:47:58 am
Silly me, forgot to mention that.
The small clip thing on the top of my STIs snapped off.  I think it is only decorative but will see if Shimano will wing me a new one anyway.
Scratches to rear QR squewer and some marks to my derailleur.
Carradice Nelson right hand pocket is also scuffed.  At least it is only scuffing. It was so slippery that I slid rather than grate ( except for my load bearing thigh that is ).  Grated is the best word to describe it now.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2009, 10:49:29 am
Both you & the bike seem to have come out of that without much damage. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 17, 2009, 10:49:57 am
A young lad - about 18 or 19 - on a Claud Butler aluminium framed BSO road bike
What have we got to that a Claud Butler can be described as a BSO?
Is this a case of another venerable old firm going down the drain
or are your standards becoming so demanding???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2009, 11:00:41 am
It is a sad case of a once-proud brand (built, by coincidence, quite close to where that incident took place, in Clapham) reduced to merely a brand name, clagged onto cheap mass-produced chunks of aluminium shipped in from the east.

For other brands reduced from former glory, see Raleigh, Dawes (to a certain extent), Falcon, British Eagle etc etc etc... :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 17, 2009, 11:07:56 am
Sad. I bought a Dawes when I was 17. my first "grown up" bike. It was pretty much bottom of the range, but certainly back then Dawes were considered to make some pretty good bikes and Claudes were better. Ah, but I'm not a teenager anymore [shuffles off down memory's sad corridors]. That Dawes Lightning is still going strong, btw, albeit with some new parts.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on December 17, 2009, 11:08:30 am
Bleeding 'ell GruB.  :facepalm:

You've easily got more scar tissue than Robocop.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on December 17, 2009, 12:03:19 pm
Yesterday evening's commute appeared to have been diverted through Idiotsville. First I had to brake hard to avoid a smidsy because the driver didn't even bother to look when pulling out in front me. I could tell this because the back of her head was clearly illuminated by my lights. Evidently, the poor thing was so keen to get home and out of the cold rain, that she didn't have time to glance to the right before turning left.

Second one, exactly the same - except this time the car had so much condensation on the side windows that the driver couldn't see anything. I just managed to slip by the front of the car since this one wasn't stopping. And then, to add insult to near-injury, upon finally noticing a cyclist appear as though by magic in front of them, they beeped me (there was so much condensation on the windows that I couldn't see who or what was attempting to drive). Now I normally avoid altercations with motorists and adopt a zen constitution, but I may have yelled at them loud enough and made sufficiently rude gestures to indicate my opinions on their driving abilities. This evidently gave them a fright since they zoomed off indicating the wrong way, and nearly crashed into not one but two cars as they darted out onto Sydenham High Street. I did feel slightly guilty for entire femtoseconds. Last seen fleeing toward Crystal Palace still indicating.

I won't mention the car driver who just stopped dead in front of me. To continue his phone conversation from the middle of road.

Now, I should say that I have two very bright lights on the front of my bike and I'm dressed like a giant sherbet lemon. A giant angry sherbet lemon.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on December 17, 2009, 01:04:55 pm
Idiotsville  :thumbsup:  I like that terminology.  I shall use it if you don't mind.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on December 18, 2009, 09:01:41 am
I went the shortest route possible - all 17.8 miles of it.  No real issues. Motorists were very kind and the only real ice was in the gutters / verges.  Most of the road surface was visibly dry.  Gritters had been out too.

The wind was the big problem though.  Such a strong northerly when you are riding west does make it tricky. 

It must have been cold as I wore my Gore face cover and my glasses did not steam up.  That is the litmus test for that bit of kit as it is well good.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 18, 2009, 09:27:14 am
It was a bit dicy at first as I rolled down the roads, but I quickly got to roads that had either been gritted or else cleared by motor traffic.  Unlike February, when we got a foot of snow overnight, we haven't had anything like the snowfall of Southend or North Yorks.

Some patches of ice here & there, and a lot of stupid, stupid tossers in cars.  And by, that were a wind!  But a good ride.  And brings me up to within touching distance of 8000km on Bikejournal.  My work colleagues can't quite believe I rode here, and there's barely any snow or ice in SE1. ;D

Popping out at lunchtime to the bank & cafe, and I'll enjoy every bit of it. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 18, 2009, 09:37:21 am
Last night's ride home - exhausting. Not much snow about until I passed the A1, then it was blowing horizontal into my face. I realised I was a bit tired when I veered off the edge of the road, whilst on the tribars. A few frantic "Oh Sh! Oh Sh! Oh Sh!" moments before I brought bike back under control. Stayed off the tribars for the rest of the ride.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on December 18, 2009, 11:11:14 am
In some respects this morning was worse than last nights commute, in others ways easier.  Clearer roads, and less blown snow, but more idiots, and more slushy stuff at the side of the road.

I had to walk about half of the first half mile, a few of the quieter roads had had the snow compressed enough by cars to make a slush icey slippery death trap, but once I got to West Croydon station, most of the roads were clear.

After Tooting Bec Common, there was actually very little snow, and in place little evidence that there had been snow.  The only point were I almost lost it was on the very Northern end of Clapham Common, where the cycle path zigs across the footpath to get to the correct point on the traffic lights, and there was still a little slushy ice there.  The wheels were slipping from under me briefly, which was good for getting the heart going!

Like Clarion said though, phew the wind!  At least it should be easy on the way home!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on December 18, 2009, 11:49:01 am

 The only point were I almost lost it was on the very Northern end of Clapham Common, where the cycle path zigs across the footpath to get to the correct point on the traffic lights, and there was still a little slushy ice there.  The wheels were slipping from under me briefly, which was good for getting the heart going!


As usualy, the worst ice was on the cycle paths!. I saw someone fall off at exactly the same point Tim had his moment. I also had a fairly sketchy moment at the same place.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on December 18, 2009, 11:54:16 am
Not too bad this morning.  Changed the route slightly to avoid decending a hill on a minor road that ends in a T junction with a main road.  (Last year I slithered sideways right out into the flow of traffic! - The drivers would have thought I was being rather over assertive had it not been for the look of panic on my face)

This morning was really really cold.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on December 18, 2009, 12:47:00 pm
No snow round here - but due to the temperature, I still took the MTB/studded tyres.

But Damn that is hard work - tyres are only around 30psi, cos that is what is needed for effective grip on ice, but it makes for a much harder commute.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: David Martin on December 18, 2009, 01:12:49 pm
No snow round here - but due to the temperature, I still took the MTB/studded tyres.

But Damn that is hard work - tyres are only around 30psi, cos that is what is needed for effective grip on ice, but it makes for a much harder commute.

Studded tyres? 30psi? Mine used to grip at almost any sensible pressure for the terrain. For ice I'd be riding at around 50psi.

Or do you not mean studded, but knobbly?

..d
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FatBloke on December 18, 2009, 01:58:31 pm
Well that was fun!!  The only downside was having to swap tyres this morning as the mtb still had it's summer slicks on.

Only incident was outside the office when I was nearly taken out by another member of staff in a 4x4 who was confused because the entrance to the car park was coned off.  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: resus1uk on December 18, 2009, 02:21:26 pm
Although the high Wold was blocked until now, the lower parts were passable on the trike into & around town. Best bits were the untreated roads & the bridlepath on my usual route.

A few hardy old ladies on shopping bikes about in town.

This snow came too early for me to get the snow studs on the MTB which is a block of ice & snow in the garden somewhere. That was today's job.

One wheel drive had no problems with slipping on the trike but the car keeps the ABS chopping in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on December 18, 2009, 04:26:25 pm
I was disappointed this morning, I'd got my trike out last night expecting to be coming in through the snow, and instead it was just a cold & windy morning.

I still used the trike though, just to frighten the motons a bit.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 18, 2009, 04:27:08 pm
Well, if it frightens the rider, it should terrify the motons ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on December 18, 2009, 05:19:09 pm
No snow round here - but due to the temperature, I still took the MTB/studded tyres.

But Damn that is hard work - tyres are only around 30psi, cos that is what is needed for effective grip on ice, but it makes for a much harder commute.

Studded tyres? 30psi? Mine used to grip at almost any sensible pressure for the terrain. For ice I'd be riding at around 50psi.

Or do you not mean studded, but knobbly?

..d

Dunno - but read somewhere that it is necessary to reduce the pressure for grip on ice. Having said that - next time I think I'll chance a higher pressure. 30 psi pulls my legs off.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 18, 2009, 09:01:13 pm
On my commute, I occasionally see other commuters before Mitcham Common, and definitely from Tooting onwards.

This morning, I saw the little old woman who can barely see over her front basket, then no riders at all until I got to Balham!  Even then, that was just two, and I only saw two others all the way in to work.

It was a bit like riding back in the day.  You know, 'before'. ;)  When you were out there on your own, and not in a pack.  Riding through Oval junction, I normally have about a dozen cyclists within hailing distance.  It's nice to be part of a group, but, tbh, partly it's reassuring to have a witness if I get hit :-\

But it was really weird.  London's a strange place without bikes...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 18, 2009, 09:04:49 pm
Oh yeah. Forgot to mention.  On the way home, I rode all the way to the last junction.  I didn't even see snow on pavements till I got to Carshalton - not even near Mitcham Common.  Then, as I came up to a steep T junction on to a busy road, I experienced wheelslip.  Next turn off, I had to follow the wheeltrack up the hill.  At the top, it looked a bit icy, so I dismounted.  And nearly fell over.  Then carefully walked down our street, which was glassy smooth, and a world away from SE1...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on December 18, 2009, 09:05:49 pm
I think I saw three bicycles on my commute this morning, two of which were BSOs, and the other was a Brompton.  I overtook all of them. ;D

Cyclists seem even worse than car drivers for avoiding going out in the snow.

Worrying comments about you slipperyness Clarion, since I haven't left yet.  I wonder how "interesting" the last half a mile (which I couldn't cycle on this morning) will be this evening. :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on December 18, 2009, 11:25:30 pm
My commute home was very similar to that into work, insofar as the half nearer to the centre of town was almost entirely snow free, whereas the half on the Croydon side had the remnants of snow on the footpaths, and some roads.

Around Norbury I use a small section of shared use path, which crosses between two no-through roads.  One of these roads was scary, the snow had been compressed into a sheet of ice that was difficult to stand on.  Having seen that, and knowing some of the roads nearer home would have had a similar level of traffic, I took the alternative route via the Purley Way, which I normally avoid on the grounds that two of the junctions are lethal.

It wasn't until I got to my own road, which is similarly no-through, that I had to get off and walk again.  Just turning into the road I could see the sheen of the ice, so didn't even attempt to cycle on it.

I think the temperature around London must be hovering around zero, so once you get outside the heat island effect, it drops a degree or two, and everything freezes.

I don't think I saw any bikes on that trip, but at this time of night, it's not unusual to see none.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on December 19, 2009, 09:59:54 am
My commute home was mind numbingly cold.  I lost the will to live by half way.  I had my Gore face mask on, my Bones jacket, my Assos winter.ll tights, Assos toe covers and overshoes, woolie boolie and silk socks, Assos system gloves, Gore head warmer and Gore helmet cover with my Endura Baa Baa base layer and a normal summer jersey as well.  I was warm enough, comfortable even BUT the wind was numbing my brain but my head was warm ;D

What can you do about that?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 19, 2009, 12:40:33 pm
Take your brain out until you get home?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on December 19, 2009, 01:43:22 pm
Get a windstopper Buff Grub :D.

My (unexpected bonus) commute* was great today. The roads were really quiet, hardly anyone out at all. I walked down our road, which was challenging enough :-\, then rode from there, just walking over a couple of patches of sheet ice across the next road. The worst bits were on the residential streets, where people had cleared their windscreens by pouring a bowl of water over them, leaving patches ice to avoid >:(. And the woman accelerating towards me on a narrow, icy road, whilst using one hand to put her seatbelt on. Cretin. Otherwise it was lovely, there were beautiful shadows cast across Mitcham common by the low sun on the snow and quiet roads. Maybe I should work more winter Saturdays :).


*I finished till after the new year on Thursday, officially, but younger charge has chicken pox, so I'm in today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on December 19, 2009, 01:59:07 pm
I walked to Sainsburys to do a spot of shopping, and could clearly see the ice that I decided not to cycle on yesterday night.  It was a good decision.  The footpath has much less ice, but I almost fell over several times, the road looks dodgy to drive on, let alone cycle.

Away from the main roads, the lesser used roads around here are really unpleasant.  I think abandoning the FNRttC last night was probably a good idea.  We would probably still be walking the icy bits!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on December 21, 2009, 08:11:18 am
Ah well, had to happen. First frozen water bottle of the season. Hey ho.  Looking on the bright side... the days start getting longer and we're probably only 6 to 8 weeks away from the first snowdrops.  </fotheringtontomas>
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: andygates on December 21, 2009, 09:39:08 am
Crispy beard! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 10:14:38 am
I think I'm becoming (even more of) a wuss as I get older.

I've not been on the bike since I dismounted at the top of our road on the commute home friday (and nearly crashed to the ground immediately after :-[ ).

This morning, I walked down our street with the intention of mounting up to ride down the next road.  A short space was fairly clear, but the twinkling back of my headlight beam told me there was loads of black ice.  I unclipped & continued very slowly.  Then I got off, and skidded about on the ice.  I was in the middle of a junction, with thick, glassy ice all around me, and I felt like going home & getting the train. :-\

But I persevered, slowly, and contending with some mind-numbingly stupid driving around me, hoping that I'd get to a gritted road fairly soon.  But there was black ice beyond the mid-way point of my ride (Tooting).  Then I was on the red roads, and it was pretty clear, but all the other cyclists were passing me, as I was thinking back to the ice I'd ridden over, and didn't fancy dropping like a sack onto the road in front of a prat in an B*W at Stockwell.

Got to work, and negotiated the increasing ice after I got off the New Kent Road.  The car park at work was too much, so I walked again.

Surprisingly not the slowest ride I've done, but it wasn't anything like my target speed.  I got to work on time (though not to my desk).

Could be a slow journey home. :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on December 21, 2009, 10:44:54 am
I'm not in work.  This morning I left the house at the usual time. Road on the snow down my street (a close) to a slightly busier road. Bike slips sideways as I turn on to it.  I cowardly decide this road is not rideable and walk the bike to the lane.  The lane is narrow so the cars who really should not have been on it in these conditions all followed the same track. Clearing a wheel path for me.  I ride down the safe sections and walk the others.  I approach the A road, my plan was get here however then I would be okay. I cross the road point the bike westward, mount and ride forward.  As I climb the  slope my wheel spins and I think about what may happen on the big descent beyond. So he who turns and rides away gets to ride another day.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 11:00:05 am
CommutenotsoFar today, then? ;)

Discretion etc...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on December 21, 2009, 11:20:31 am
My ride in today was pretty much OK. I should stop playing on the commons on the way in and stick to the gritted, cleared and perfectly usable road though. Having a mountain bike with decent treaded tyres feels great fun on grassy, ice and gravel covered paths and means the temptation is too great. However, on the road it feels pretty horrible.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 08:52:08 pm
The ride home was long.  It was snowing and v. icy near Elephant & Castle, and trying to pick a path through the rutted ice was stressful with big trucks swooshing past.  So I walked across Oval & Stockwell junctions.

It got easier up through Clapham, and was pretty much just wet by the Common, but there was a long queue of standing, close-packed traffic to negotiate, so I got stuck in line for a long long time.

Faster through Balham, but the surface got worse again into Tooting.  It normally takes me about half an hour to get this far.  Tonight, it was almost an hour longer.  Struggled through there and found another long line of standing traffic, with emergency vehicles struggling to pass.  Getting out of the way was the closest I got to an off, as I hit a pothole in a cycle lane >:(

I took the cut across by Mitcham Common, but met another wall of motor traffic, smoke billowing in clouds through the beams from the headlights.  I passed the lines of traffic, but slowly, as there wasn't much room between the opposing lines of traffic, and the white lines were very slippery.

By the time I got to turn off, it was onto a snowy road, where I was following tyre tracks, and trying to avoid the worst of the ice.  I took a cut through across the top of town on a road inaccessible to cars, and I realised how much fun snow could be if you weren't forced into a narrow line full of rutted ice with an artic by your elbow.

Up the hill a bit till I had to leave the 'main' roads, I walked the next link, as there were cars playing silly beggars.  Then it was a very icy road, but with enough to ride on in peace before turning in at our gate.

19km.  Two hours twenty minutes.  One hour forty-seven of actually moving.

I'm throwing in the towel.  Train tomorrow, I think :( :-[
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on December 21, 2009, 09:40:54 pm
Reading the comments on here about people's commute in London today, I'm very glad I choose to use the Tram and Tube today, since I expected (correctly) to have a load of stuff to carry home.  Glad to hear, so far, that everyone appears to have survived, albeit with a longer and probably colder commute than is ideal.

Mine was about the same as any of my commutes via Public Transport, around an hour, with approximately 60 pages of paperback read.  You may throw things at me if you wish. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 10:33:42 pm
It does occur to me that, though, at my slowest this evening, I was travelling at the speed of the motor cars, I still overtook loads of the beggars.  If I'd been driving, I'd still be out there somewhere... :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on December 22, 2009, 09:18:18 am
Well I made it. Blackpool roads are a nightmare, no gritters, sheet ice underneath fresh snow, get through to Lytham-St.Annes and the roads are gritted and pretty clear of any ice or snow so didn't take that much longer than normal in the end.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on December 22, 2009, 09:47:27 am
Had a moton beep at me and admonish me for endangering him on the road last evening on the way home.  ??? He was the one with slippery tyres spinning all over the place....
Only -4C this morning. Roads not too bad. Winter tyres rock solid but slowing things down a bit; 1h02 for the 15 miles into work. Going up hills is what really slows things down; higher rolling resistance and 1kg rotating weight on each tyre...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 22, 2009, 09:53:16 am
pdm: Danger to imbecile Motorists ;D

Suits you.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on December 22, 2009, 10:34:03 am
There wasn't much ice in Devon.  Lots of snow next to the roads but the stuff on the road was slush, even at 8am
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Karla on December 22, 2009, 10:43:10 am
I underdressed this morning and stopped in a supermarket to warm up, and I only do 2 miles!  I did wonder how PDM was getting on in the Peak District.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 22, 2009, 10:46:33 am
Yeah - respect to pdm.  That commute is not to be sniffed at.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RJ on December 22, 2009, 01:01:37 pm
Having bussed it yesterday, I managed a graceful slide on to my hip as I turned right of Lauriston Place on to Lady Lawson Street.  Both streets were clear, apart from at the junction itself, which was covered in a stealthy layer of slush.  So, down I went - but *much* slower than on ice.  Just as well there was nothing behind me, though.

No harm done - and I e-mailed Clarence the cuddly lion to suggest that the gritters/ploughs pay some extra attention next time they're passing.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on December 22, 2009, 01:55:37 pm
Working from home but still nipped to the shops on the bike. Lots of people trying to warn me about how slippery it was but the Marathon Winter tyres just cut through all of the slush/ice. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on December 23, 2009, 08:44:57 am
Set off this morning in good spirits, roads are getting quieter as more morons break up, roads now clear of snow/ sludge and ice. With one mile to go a hooligan of a hail storm comes in, felt like golf balls. Roll on Spring.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2009, 09:19:24 am
Odd patches of black ice, and great long stretches of motorised buffoonery, but it was a good ride, and, contrary to muy expectations, I was at my desk on time. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on December 23, 2009, 03:02:07 pm
Odd patches of black ice, and great long stretches of motorised buffoonery, but it was a good ride, and, contrary to muy expectations, I was at my desk on time. :)

Came in by train. Wishing that I came by bike. :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2009, 03:03:24 pm
Came in by train. Wishing that I came by bike. :(

You're me yesterday :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2009, 08:09:16 pm
Moist this evening...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: JJ on December 23, 2009, 08:59:29 pm
Flippin' slippy this evening in these promiscuous parts.  Yomped in to work this morning.  Crunch-crunch, lovely.  Rescued the BSO with its knobblies from the office bike shed, and set off back after the traffic had died down a bit. 

All was pretty clear until the concrete road across the farm where I found a mirror surface, polished by various large machines.  All still OK, because there was a central band of crunch to ride on, but when I got within sight of the village, that disappeared and I was left doing a sort of Buster Keaton number as I gave up riding and tried to walk.  The feet would go one way and the wheels the other, then I'd bring them both back and they'd switch over and slide out the other way.  A bit of involuntary stationary running, and you get the idea.

So relieved to get home upright.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on December 24, 2009, 09:01:30 am
3" snow overnight - the heavy just around zero degrees C type. Compacts to ice very quickly. Had to walk 50m up the steepest part of Ivy Cottage Lane.... 1h02 for the 15 miles.
Very few vehicles on the roads today - Bliss!  ;D
Passed one other intrepid cyclist and exchanged a few words of joy  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 24, 2009, 09:15:40 am
...contrary to muy expectations...
How much more had you expected?  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cyclops on December 24, 2009, 09:24:38 am
More snow falling here now. I spotted some flashing orange lights ahead on a quiet back road which I thought was a gritter/ snowplough. When I got closer I realized it was actually a tractor hedgecutting :o so we had 3 inches of snow with a generous sprinkling of hawthorn clippings on the top.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on December 24, 2009, 09:25:00 am
Good ride this morning.  Snow & ice gone, washed away by last night's rain.  Enjoyed the clearer roads, and posted my first average ride speed over 20kph for a week! :o

Home early today :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on December 24, 2009, 10:02:53 am
Perfect conditions to ride in, except that I turned into Battersea Park and straight onto a 10m long stretch of sheet ice and promptly fell off! Not even bruised, but damp and annoyed that the entrance to the park hasn't been cleared.
The rest of the ride was entirely uneventful, likewise no traffic means cars are actually giving me plenty of room and overtaking sensibly.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on December 24, 2009, 01:41:17 pm
It's tonight that I'd be worried about. Drunk drivers and people hurrying around to get to relatives. I'm not going out until tomorrow now, if it isn't too much of an ice rink.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on December 29, 2009, 09:36:02 am
Comfortable ride in, though I'm still getting used to riding The Beast - specifically the lack of acceleration.

It is weird, cruising speed is very acceptable and is relatively easy to maintain but it takes a fair while to get there. I'm sure that the raging headwind didn't help matters though.

Front light died en route, and classically I forgot to pack a back up :(

The saddle needs to be trimmed nose down by a notch and so do the bars, I'll do that before I go home.

Apart from one "luxury" minibus driving like a wonk, it was a fine journey.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on December 29, 2009, 07:08:02 pm
Well I rode home :-[

Emily met me at my office and escorted me home with me following closely hoping that her front light would get us both home in one piece.

It was bloody nerve-wracking not to mention pretty stupid - me tailing her as close as I dared through junctions, in wet and windy conditions with poor visibility and backing off a bit along bus lanes to lessen the strain on the nerves.

We made it in one piece but shan't be doing that ever again. I have never felt so exposed on the road as tonight with no front light.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on December 29, 2009, 07:21:47 pm
I carry a Polaris diode light with fresh batteries in my saddlebag just in case. They're bright enough to keep you safe and pretty cheap and reliable. Not that good for seeing with, but they'll get you out of trouble.
I keep fresh batteries for my rear lights in spare rear lights in my saddlebag.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 08:04:29 pm
Well I rode home :-[

Emily met me at my office and escorted me home with me following closely hoping that her front light would get us both home in one piece.

It was bloody nerve-wracking not to mention pretty stupid - me tailing her as close as I dared through junctions, in wet and windy conditions with poor visibility and backing off a bit along bus lanes to lessen the strain on the nerves.

We made it in one piece but shan't be doing that ever again. I have never felt so exposed on the road as tonight with no front light.
Todays load out as I headed out this afternoon was the following.

1xLuxeon LED head torch, lithium batteries.
1xCree 3W C cell tesco job, bar mounted.
1xCree Q5 AA torch, bar mounted.
2xCateye rear blinkers, seat post.
2xSmart bog standard blinkys, bag mounted.



Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on December 29, 2009, 08:17:35 pm
That's a lot of rear end flashing Zoidburg ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 08:21:52 pm
That's a lot of rear end flashing Zoidburg ;D
Well it is Stoke.

SMIDSY city, In the event it goes pear shaped I want the inbreds to have completely no defence what so ever in court.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on December 29, 2009, 08:26:35 pm
That's a lot of rear end flashing Zoidburg ;D
Well it is Stoke.

SMIDSY city, In the event it goes pear shaped I want the inbreds to have completely no defence what so ever in court.

Fair comment ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 08:32:27 pm
That's a lot of rear end flashing Zoidburg ;D
Well it is Stoke.

SMIDSY city, In the event it goes pear shaped I want the inbreds to have completely no defence what so ever in court.

Fair comment ;)
They saw me so therefore they must have purposely assaulted me with the car.

Forcing me to kill them in self defence.

Do you think the jury would buy it?

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on December 29, 2009, 08:47:34 pm
They should but they would bottle it
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 08:50:31 pm
I will wear a Robbie Williams T-Shirt in court.

That should swing them in my favour.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on December 31, 2009, 10:11:40 am
What a struggle! Headwind + chronically overloaded bike = seriously tired Jacomus :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 04, 2010, 09:20:35 am
Icy! :o

I'd been trying not to listen to the weather forecasts, because I know that London is a sweaty heaving mass of (?in)humanity, meaning that the temperatures are generally higher here. 

And the sheer weight of traffic means that main roads are gritted and the tyre tracks mark out.  One advantage of living in this Great Wen, I suppose. :-\

But when Butterfly looked out of the window and said, 'Crumbs!' (one of her strongest expletives), I knew something was amiss.  And, after over a week of glorious sunshine and cold, but not freezing, weather, with clear roads great for cycling, we had ice.  Lots of it, in a deep frost.  Our road was a bit too tricky.  The next was passable with care.  And it got better from there, but it was quite a shock.  I even had a moment where I considered taking the train :-[
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 04, 2010, 09:27:17 am
We live on the South Circular so come out straight onto a big gritted main road, so ice on the road wasn't a problem - it was greasy and horrible all the way to work though.

I deployed the ski gloves, but was having trouble gripping the bars / brakes properly - I really need to dig out my heavyweight Gore cycling gloves.

When I arrived at work I went to take a sip of water and found that there was a crust of ice round the nipple/spouty bit of my bottle :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 04, 2010, 09:37:14 am
That was a tad chilly! -9C

Lots of ice on the sides of even the main roads, not what I could call an enjoyable ride.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on January 04, 2010, 09:50:25 am
I was fine, except for standing still at the Level Crossing for 4 minutes {freezing smilie}.

However I arrived at the office to find that the boilers had not fired up this morning until the facilities staff arrived to manually over ride them.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: cyclone on January 04, 2010, 09:55:46 am
Memories of winter in Sweden today - frozen beard after 10k, laughing inwardly about the council saying"we've got lots of grit this year - Why 'cos none of it is on the roads! ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Paul D on January 04, 2010, 10:05:44 am
-8° in the Dorset countryside this morning. Had to walk out of our estate, and the main roads had some serious ice in the gutters but I avioded any exciting moments. Had to stop after 20 minutes though to revive the fingers. :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 04, 2010, 10:31:47 am
Rather cold out today, with some of the roads I take in being more like skating rinks. Still, made it in upright, remembered my computer password (always a worry after being off for a couple of weeks, with the helpful "password strength" and short validity period before you have to think of a new one policy here)

I was then delighted to read all the emails from before Christmas of how people were arriving home after midnight or abandoning the attempt and sleeping in the office  :) I'd taken the last week before Christmas off, the office is in Basingstoke  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 04, 2010, 11:01:56 am
First commute of the year for me this morning too – lots of frost and ice about, was interesting to watch just how long it takes drivers to get their cars ready in the morning – cars sat with engines running while drivers scraped all of the ice off windows.  I suppose this is the equivalent of the extra time I need to take putting the extra layer and overshoes on before setting off.

Feet were nice and warm, in fact only my ears were really cold.  Was very glad of the fleece gloves Ms Weasel bought me for Christmas.

Richmond Park was lovely, all white with frost, lots of deer by the roadside too.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 04, 2010, 11:23:57 am
My commute was one metre backwards out of the shed then one metre forwards this morning.  With the discovery of a puncture in between.  It was dark and freezing so I uttered an expletive and wandered off to catch the train again.  Tonight I will fix it and or swap the spare wheel (which I had forgotten about this morning).


Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on January 04, 2010, 11:35:40 am
I used the trike this morning because my preferred route includes five miles of quiet (hence icy) lanes. It was a lovely ride and my only problem was some frozen eyelashes.  ::-)

I chose to walk round a 20m frozen, flooded stretch that I think was just solid smooth ice.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 04, 2010, 11:42:05 am
The universal measure of how cold it is is the thickness of the ice on the chickens water dish
1/8" of a inch is a bit chilly
1/2" is very cold

It was frozen solid the whole thing in a block, about 2 1/2" thick

But the concrete footpath up the garden, which is a pretty good indicator of the roads around about was clear of ice
Only had to get off and walk a couple of times, little bit of snow on the Blackdowns
I had cold toes but the two pairs of socks seemed to work in the sense that I wasn't in pain as my feet warmed up again
The gloves are no good though.  I think I will have to go shopping at lunchtime

And it isn't even February yet :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 04, 2010, 11:57:10 am

The gloves are no good though.  I think I will have to go shopping at lunchtime


On the subject of gloves:

I'm using BBB fleece gloves; nothing special, just a nice thick fleece. Over the top I add some wind and waterproof overmitts. The combination is great, and the overmitts can be taken off and shoved in a jersey pocket if I'm getting overheated.
Bought from here
http://www.joe-brown.com/outdoor-equipment/special-offers/gloves/northcape-skye-overmitt.html (http://www.joe-brown.com/outdoor-equipment/special-offers/gloves/northcape-skye-overmitt.html)
Can't speak too highly of them.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: scampi on January 04, 2010, 01:30:17 pm
-5 on the south coast this morning and a pleasant ride in with the added advantage (for non-showering commuters) that in this weather you can ride as fast as you like, you're still not going to break into a sweat.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Karla on January 04, 2010, 01:59:47 pm

The gloves are no good though.  I think I will have to go shopping at lunchtime


On the subject of gloves:

I'm using BBB fleece gloves; nothing special, just a nice thick fleece. Over the top I add some wind and waterproof overmitts. The combination is great, and the overmitts can be taken off and shoved in a jersey pocket if I'm getting overheated.
Bought from here
http://www.joe-brown.com/outdoor-equipment/special-offers/gloves/northcape-skye-overmitt.html (http://www.joe-brown.com/outdoor-equipment/special-offers/gloves/northcape-skye-overmitt.html)
Can't speak too highly of them.

I need some overmitts, can you comment on the sizing of those?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 04, 2010, 02:17:24 pm
My commute is on busy, fairly central roads, so I was ok as far as ice was concerned this morning. My ski gloves work well even though they are bulky. Temp going down to -3 in central London this evening according to Metcheck.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 04, 2010, 02:22:58 pm

I need some overmitts, can you comment on the sizing of those?

I take a large or medium in most gloves, due to my mole-like fat palms. My overmitts are a Medium and feel roomy, even over the top of other gloves.

If you take a large in gloves, I'd say buy large. It doesn't matter if the overmitts are a bit big.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 04, 2010, 08:13:51 pm
-9 today.  First ride along the canal.  First 9 miles was really technical and bumpy.  Nearly had an off into the canal too  ;D
The last 9 miles are lovely and smooth. 
I managed 12.4 mph average in the end.

The best bit is this new cycling location and bike and technique has reinvigorated my commute.  It was getting a tad boring but not any more.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on January 04, 2010, 08:15:48 pm
-9 today.  First ride along the canal.  First 9 miles was really technical and bumpy.  Nearly had an off into the canal too  ;D
The last 9 miles are lovely and smooth.  
I managed 12.4 mph average in the end.

The best bit is this new cycling location and bike and technique has reinvigorated my commute.  It was getting a tad boring but not any more.  :thumbsup:

I'd say that's bloody good going for a dodgy towpath. You reckless git!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hawkeye on January 04, 2010, 08:47:24 pm
The pool is closed for essential maintenance so it wasn't a timed commute but I did fall off. Going down icy rutted Easby hill, I was confused by a pedestrian randomly hopping from rut to rut and doing a bit of gratuitous sliding in between. Neither my bell nor my call penetrated his earphones and I found myself about to run into him or bail out into the verge. For some reason I found the slow fall into snowy grass was hugely funny and I couldn't mount up again for slithering around and giggling.

When I got to the pool a generator was grumbling away outside and there was no heating and certainly no tea or coffee. I came home on the main road in the sun and slush.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 04, 2010, 09:05:06 pm
-9 today.  First ride along the canal.  First 9 miles was really technical and bumpy.  Nearly had an off into the canal too  ;D
The last 9 miles are lovely and smooth.  
I managed 12.4 mph average in the end.

The best bit is this new cycling location and bike and technique has reinvigorated my commute.  It was getting a tad boring but not any more.  :thumbsup:

I'd say that's bloody good going for a dodgy towpath. You reckless git!

Yes, at times it was.  I somehow convinced myself that if I kept my speed up then I might be able to simply forge through the danger zone  ;D

On an aside, the ice on the ground was like a zillion diamonds in the light from my Exposure Joystick.
It was very very pretty.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 04, 2010, 10:28:37 pm
13.2mph average tonight, I was pretty nervous though. The roads had that thin little crust of ice on, I could see bits of it flick into the beam of my headlight off the front tyre. Everything was a tad skittish. Saw lots of motorbikes and other cyclists being very careful. Lots of motons driving with absolutely no regard for the conditions - loads of wheel slip out of TLs or junctions.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 09:19:50 am
Still OK down here, and I'm trusting the BBC that we won't be getting snow in London till later this evening.

It was a fab ride, though, with loads of cyclists about, even on the first half of the ride, where I rarely see more than one or two.  And on the main roads, it was good enough to get a decent speed up, so I wasn't too slow overall.  Fun.

I'll probably not ride tomorrow, though </wuss>
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 05, 2010, 09:31:46 am
 looked outside and decided that since I haven't commuted in nearly a year I'd use the train. One the walk to the roads were very unslippy and I realised that I should have ridden in :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 09:35:41 am
Tha daft wazzock! ;D

But tomorrow may be a different matter....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on January 05, 2010, 09:42:18 am
Despite the weather I did my commute to the office barefoot
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 09:49:59 am
I hope your landing is carpeted! :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on January 05, 2010, 09:59:59 am
Space blanket - check
Spade - check
extra layers - check
Blizzard penetration specs - check

Phew! made it!
Left in a blizzard, rode the leading edge of it all the way.
Yeti like countenance on arrival.

Will have fun going home!  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 05, 2010, 10:04:33 am
Fell off big time this morning.  Hit a tree branch that was sticking horizontally out of the hedge.
I forgot it was there and as I left home slightly earlier today to go on a special job it was darker than previously.  It hit my left shoulder and took me off.  I seriously banged my right shoulder, right knee and the right side of my head.  Luckily I was wearing my helmet as all I could see was stars !!  My helmet light was dangling off the fixture so was casting an odd light pattern about me and I could see I was right on the edge of the canal so I leapt up and then promptly had to lie down again as I was not right.  I led on the icy ground for a minute or so and then got up.  Shoulder was on fire and so was my knee.  Seriously thought about going home but for three reasons I didn’t.  Firstly my Bradford Score is already bad enough.  Secondly I need the mileage for my internet race with a chap in Scotland.  Thirdly, I do not like to admit defeat or be beaten and was not prepared to be beaten by a tree limb.  So I slowly kept going and then eventually got my wits about me and managed to get some speed up again.
At work I have shown all and sundry my wounds and the Business Manager dressed my leg once I’d dropped my trousers.
I have a bruised right forehead and my right shoulder is now covered in red Tiger balm to try and ease the discomfort.

Everyone is telling me to get a car!!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 05, 2010, 10:04:37 am
SNOW  :o what the ****is going on here? I met up half way through the commute today with a chap I chat to on the few occasions we meet on the ride in, he was walking along with his bike, had a couple of moments he tells me. 50 mins to do 6.5 miles and it aint stopping so could be slower on the way home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Paul D on January 05, 2010, 10:12:39 am
Woah Grub, be careful!

Dorset is much the same as yesterday. More dry-but-cold main roads. Snow forecast for later today so I'm offski at 4 to try and beat it.

One pleasing thing from yesterday: On the way in I spotted a patch of sheet ice on a short 10% climb. I made a note for later, when I'd be hurtling down it. On the way home I rode down the footpath on the other side of the road, but as it was dark I couldn't tell whether the ice was still there. This morning a car-bound collegue said 'nearly lost it on the ice down the hill into Bere Regis'.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on January 05, 2010, 10:13:55 am
From Oldham to Glossop on roads that hadn't seen a snowplough. 10/10 for fun!


Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 10:15:11 am
Hey Grub, we don't want you freezing in a ditch somewhere.  Take care of yourself and your mile-munching legs.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 05, 2010, 10:16:49 am
Grub, slow down a bit . . .

I know you are a fast bu&&er, but this isn't the weather for tearing along.

Canals are shallow, but this isn't the weather to risk landing in one. From experience of having to go into the river in winter (when I lived on the boat), you have less than a minute to get out before your muscles lock up. You'll then drown, no matter how good a swimmer you are.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 05, 2010, 10:37:13 am
From Oldham to Glossop on roads that hadn't seen a snowplough. 10/10 for fun!

<jealous>

It's very cold here, and I took the main roads as a couple of the back roads I normally ride had sheet ice yesterday.

Had a few conversations in the office about riding to work in bad weather; one guy who isn't riding in at the moment  (a 10 mile commute) as his wife is close to term on her pregnancy and he wants to be able to get home quickly if needed has got his MTB with studded tyres in the boot of the car so he can abandon the car in case the weather gets bad.

Another guy is hoping for really bad weather so he can play in the snow on his ride in. A couple of non-riders have commented to me that at least I'll get home on my bike if the weather turns bad. No one has made the expected comments about being stupid to cycle in this weather  :thumbsup:

We are in Basingstoke, everyone is expecting to be sitting in major jams again if the snow hits.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 10:42:18 am
take it as a warning Grub. Be careful. Is your internet race more important than your health ?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cyclops on January 05, 2010, 10:56:51 am
For the first time in the 10 years I've lived in my house the lock on my side gate was frozen solid so I had to carry the bike through the house. A lot of hard packed snow with frozen tyre ruts but as a taxi had to be dug out when it got stuck in my street yesterday I figured I'd get further on 2 wheels. I had a few slips and slides but stayed upright thanks to the studded tyres although I had to get off and push the bike across the road to turn right as riding at right angles across the frozen tyre ruts was impossible.

Note to self: bikes are largely composed of metal so will quickly equalize with ambient temperature. So when it's -7 don't take your gloves off before you carry the bike into work to avoid your hand freezing to the top tube.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: eck on January 05, 2010, 10:58:39 am
Secondly I need the mileage for my internet race with a chap in Scotland. 
Can't think who you can possibly mean.  O:-)
I'm happy to call a truce until the roads are safer.

take it as a warning Grub. Be careful. Is your internet race more important than your health ?
+1 to that. Jings, man, look after yourself, eh?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 05, 2010, 11:00:09 am
It wasn't as cold as yesterday today.  But I took the slightly lower road as there had been more snow.
Quicker than yesterday riding in as I didn't have to stop and push around any ice
New ski mitts are good
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 05, 2010, 11:04:00 am
Cheers all.  I was being careful, seriously.  I even slowed down a bit.
But I take this off today as just one of those things that happen.
The tree branch should not have been there.
I fixed it though so it will not happen again.

My mileage issue is not the be all and end all.  I know that.  It is great motivation though. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 05, 2010, 11:07:13 am
(http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q75/Aidypunk/SP_A0128.jpg)
here is my trusty steed freezing its wheel nuts off, taken a few mins ago.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 05, 2010, 11:16:10 am
Another failed commute.  A little further.   Got a puncture after six miles. I decided my hands were too cold to fix it so I went to Pontyclun station and waited 55 mins for the next train. It was a slow puncture so I added air at Bridgend station and rode the two miles to work on a mostly flat tyre. So half distance commute.

 
 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on January 05, 2010, 11:25:14 am
I am sick of snow, its really bad here in Costa Del Rochdale. It makes it next to impossible to cycle and I want to go for my rides. :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on January 05, 2010, 11:51:31 am

<jealous>


My bike this morning. A bit settled on it while I went and found a camera, but not much.

(http://i46.tinypic.com/fx5eac.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on January 05, 2010, 12:57:34 pm
Nicer ride today than yesterday. Yesterday was too icy - today was nice loose snow with much more grip.

Plus the cars were going slower today. We've had about 4 inches in Congleton.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 05, 2010, 01:44:37 pm
My commute was quite easy, very little snow or ice, just a few bits around where puddles of water had collected, and there was too much to easily evaporate.

Of course, after about five minutes my front brake cable broke, so I had to spend another five minutes fitting the spare (it too so long since it's a bit fiddly.  To get the cable into the hidden outer, I normally have to loosen the brake lever, and there's also a travel agent which you have to route the cable through).  It's better buggering about doing this sort of fettling in the cold than in the rain though!

I'm hoping that the snow doesn't drop significantly until I'm home though, the tyres are fairly slick, so don't have much grip in slippery stuff.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Deano on January 05, 2010, 03:56:19 pm
I set off a little late and avoided the worst of the "blizzard", as someone described to me ::-)

I went the long way, along the river path, to avoid the wheel-spinning mentalists on the roads.  I overtook a lad on a MTB, who looked a little trepidatious.

It was a glorious day, really.  Shame about the destination.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 05, 2010, 06:50:52 pm
Journey home was worse than expected, never before have I had my brakes and gears freeze solid on me. On the plus side the roads were very quiet and not to slippery and Mrs Punk had a nice hot bath waiting for me. Hope its warmer tomorrow.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on January 05, 2010, 06:53:52 pm
Really nice journey home - very little traffic on snowy roads - I had most of the A61 dual carriageway northbound to myself!
Got held up in town by slow moving motons inching down hills.
Bit of a slog against a headwind driving snow.
Took 10 minutes longer than usual....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on January 05, 2010, 07:13:38 pm
No snow in Milton Keynes, just crunchy frost so cycling is OK, but I'm being carefull.
I hope my mountain bike bits come soon so I can go for some off roading now the bog pit bridleways are frozen solid.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 05, 2010, 07:41:13 pm
We've had a bit of snow already in Wiltshire.
I cycled along the tow path for the first 9 miles and it was not too bad.
Shoulder was murder.
Got off onto the road before I hit the rough stuff as there was not enough snow to crunch down into it - more like sprinkled sand on top of frozen ground and that was really slippery.
The road was wet and I had taken off the rear mud guard ages ago.
No issues other than a frozen bottom  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 05, 2010, 07:50:30 pm
My commute was fine, but glad I got home before the roads got slippery. I suspect I may not be on the bike tomorrow unless the roads I commute on are ok (they weren't last time it snowed properly and all the buses were cancelled).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: geoff on January 05, 2010, 08:21:06 pm
I crunched into work over loverly frosty fields today. Knobbly tyres rule!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: eck on January 05, 2010, 08:27:02 pm
Glad you're ok after your adventures this morning, mate.  :thumbsup:
No issues other than a frozen bottom  ;D
:-X
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: andygates on January 05, 2010, 08:30:28 pm
Huge chunks of frozen breath in my beard on the way in today; milder on the way back, but now the snow's falling so I'm getting the knobby MTB ready to tackle the squeaky-crunchy fray. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 05, 2010, 08:50:30 pm
Rather bizarrely, it's a couple of degrees warmer in London now, than it was this morning (in daylight) on my commute in, and that was already warmer than it had been first thing.  I don't know if it's caused by the possible approaching snowyness, but it stopped ice being much of a problem for my commute home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 05, 2010, 09:15:27 pm
Glad you're ok after your adventures this morning, mate.  :thumbsup:
No issues other than a frozen bottom  ;D
:-X

Yes, on the plus side it increased my mileage as well  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 09:50:37 pm
Unexpectedly uneventful ride home this evening. :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on January 05, 2010, 10:48:25 pm
Nasty...walked it a lot of the way. Car pulls over...he's a cyclist, has his cycle rack in the car, did I want a lift.
Twenty yards from my front door!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 06, 2010, 08:44:33 am
First 100 yards on my road were interesting but once I got to the main road it was fine. Started snowing again by the time I got to London Bridge
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 06, 2010, 09:47:08 am
No commute for me today  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 06, 2010, 09:58:23 am
I probably should have got the MTB out today (although that only has slicks atm).  Meant that I couldn't ride through the snowy middle of Richmond Park and had to endure much silliness on the road (including drivers overtaking even when I was doing the speed limit.

I've set myself a goal of not missing a commute if I can help it this month so was determined to get out this morning.  Most roads were pretty snow free and as soon as I was past Priory Lane wasn't really troubled by it (although did divert from some of my back street routes).  Traffic was pretty light I thought.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 06, 2010, 10:03:35 am
This morning I decided on a mixed commute.  Ride into Cardiff the train To Bridgend and ride to Work.   So I rode down the steep hil snow covered so nice and secure.  When I got to bottom more cars had passed and the grit/salt had done its job and there were clear patches.  I feel more nervous on this sort of surface but I continued on to the Taff Trail cycle path that had plenty of Snow.  One bike had been along here before me.  As I cycled through the trees at Hayley park I wondered if I was still on the path but the other track led me through.  Although shortly after I decided to ride straight across the Rugby pitches. More cycles had used the path as I approached town.  The gates at the lodge near Blackweir were pretty slippy as all the bikes must make the same swerve. I lost the back wheel but the front kept me upright.  Again I lost the path in Castle park and improvised a route to the gate and arrived at the station soon after.  A long wait for the train. I arrive in Bridgend.  A big difference in conditions.  I was nervous descending Court Road from the station but the roads I used were now clear.  The side roads on the estate looked dodgy but I got to work half an hour late. A two hour commute, but 35 minutes of it was waiting for a train.


  
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 06, 2010, 11:10:30 am
My commute in was pretty uneventful.  I did take a slightly more torturous route to use main roads, rather than cutting across Tooting Bec Common and Clapham Common on their cycle paths, but the traffic level was much lower than is normal for a morning.  The vast majority of vehicles on the road were commercial of one sort or another, Taxis, Vans, Lorries, and Buses.  Very few private cars, which was kind of odd, since the main roads were perfectly drivable (and cycleable), and even the minor roads easily traversed with a little care.

I should have avoided the side road route up to West Croydon station, and taken the Purley Way instead, but aside from a couple of slippery moments, and taking it very gingerly, it was OK.  If it hasn't melted by this evening, my return route will be on the Purley Way.

Unusually I saw one guy skating along the cycle path on Queenstown Road, up the side of Battersea Park.  I was using the road, to avoid the sludgy, snowy mixture, and he was making fairly slow progress by the look of it.  I wouldn't think skates were ideal in the snow, they must clog fairly easily, and you would probably loose traction (not to say stability!).

Now I'm at work, it appears that out of the six of us who work in this Lab, I'm the only one who managed to get in, which isn't that impressive, given how mild the conditions are in London.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 12:07:30 pm
That's pretty pathetic of them, tbh.  I was the one who struggled the most with the weather here, and I was just late.  All doctors, nurses, managerial & admin staff here got in today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 06, 2010, 12:35:40 pm
Not as bad as I was expecting this morning, although there was snow/ice, the roads they were in pretty good condition, no nearly offs to report and my brakes/gears are working again. Think the journey home could be fun, clear skies so going to be icy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on January 06, 2010, 02:43:20 pm
Not bad at all today...
Getting out of our road and the few miles through the Mayfield Valley was quite hard going and slow with 6" of snow clogging up the works but once on ploughed roads it was much easier...
Going down the A61 dual carriageway only one lane was "open" with motons crawling down it - overtook them all on the outside and left them for snow...  ;D
Going home will be more fun - temperatures are already dropping as we speak and are forecast to be quite low, -5C or lower, with a brisk northerly adding a significant headwind chill... May have to wear the balaclava.

Edit: (20h05)
Trip home OK - Almost kept pace with the motons on the freezing (gritted) surfaces going UP the A61! It was quite chilly....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on January 06, 2010, 06:51:27 pm
We had less than an inch of snow overnight, but it fell on top of frozen lanes
I took the trike to work but had a few hairy moments and can confirm that :

Ice + trike + downhill + camber = AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

At one point I wished I'd packed an anchor or something  similar to thow out behind me.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 08:59:07 pm
Ee, that were a grand ride home.  Really good.  Tailwind, I gather, but I'd paid for that this morning.  And two very careful motorists, one of whom was a cabbie! :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 09:08:22 pm
Quite a lot of motorists do have a strong sense of self-preservation.

My ride home was very good: we'd just had an inch of fast-falling snow which made the motorists very wary. I just trundled along outside the traffic, Solidlights flashing and Hope Vision 1 glaring, and lots of drivers, apparently thinking "WTF?", moved left as they caught sight of me in the off-side wing-mirror.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on January 06, 2010, 09:25:24 pm
At one point I wished I'd packed an anchor or something  similar to thow out behind me.

An anchor behind you may not be the best thing. Especially going downhill on ice.


Another walk/jog to work for me. The gritted roads looked rideable, but I was glad that I walked as I watched a long line of cars about 2 car lengths away from each other. It doesn't strike me as a clever way to drive when it could well be icy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RichForrest on January 06, 2010, 09:38:24 pm
Yes was fun here, I walked home this morning. It took me just over an hr 30
Fell on my arse once ;D was lovely walking past the lake and along the canal at 6.30 this morning though.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Deano on January 06, 2010, 11:10:48 pm
Narnia, anyone?

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2750/4252527648_91d021dde1.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on January 07, 2010, 07:52:39 am
A driving colleague tells me it's minus 13 here. That's the coldest I've ever known and certainly the coldest I've ever ridden in. Shame I'm at work or I'd be knocking up a pair of studded tyres and going out to play.

Getting to work and home again feels like playing because it's a bit dicey in places.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 07, 2010, 08:46:42 am
Damn cold again this morning, the roads were in pretty good condition but again the gears were not running smooth often frozen, nearly felt brave enough to clip in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 07, 2010, 09:23:11 am
That was  . . . long.

Went the Wetherby route, so about 27miles. Took me 2 hours!  Snow built up under mudguard, it was like riding with the brakes on.

I tried taking some photos, but it was too dark for my phone.

So i'll cheat and use someone else's pics. This was taken yesterday, on part of my Wetherby route.

(http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/resources/images/1147818/?type=gallery)

The snow is a bit deeper now, and the wheel tracks a bit clearer.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 07, 2010, 10:00:07 am
Respect, mr charly!  That's an ambitious ride in these conditions.

My ride was shorter but still quite interesting.

Once out of the backstreets, the roads were pretty clear, but the amount of snow'n'ice at the edges pushed me out so I had to take different lines past some familiar hazards.

A contraflow cycle lane was very sketchy, but I managed to scoot it.  The road the other way had been gritted (yesterday, I suspect), which helped, but the van stopped skewiff across the road, forcing the cars into the contraflow cycle lane to get past, was another thing.

I was surprised that the next bits of road were so icy, but, by the time I got to Tooting, I was onto the Red Route, so it was fairly normal.

I was very conscious that I was slow, and less able to dominate the road than usual, so junctions were more difficult to negotiate.

I decided not to take the back road up to work, but go further along and double back along a bigger road.  I'm glad I did, because I saw a lad down on the ice at one of the side junctions.  I was literally round the corner from work, but I'm one of the few people who rides with a first aid kit, and I'd not forgive myself if I hadn't checked on him.

U-turn on New Kent Road :o  then back.  The road mouth he was negotiating (well, actually, the sharp, ramped turn onto a cycle lane just before the junction) was absolutely glassy, and pedestrians were struggling.  Fortunately, by the time i got to him, a passer by and the (fortuantely very aware) Range Rover driver stopped behind him had helped get him and his bike safely off the road, and I just had to deal with the aftermath.

I think he'd bumped his head, but it was hard to tell because there were so many marks on his helmet.  He was clearly bruised & a bit stiff, and rather woozy.  I sat him down & parked our bikes together while I made an assessment.  Nothing to bandage, wipe or dress, so the FAK stayed in the saddlebag, but I did strongly advise him to go to St Thomas's or the Guy's MIC.  I don't believe he did.  When he was a bit more together, we walked together to the bike route, and he continued on towards his work, while I peeled off the other way, and rode gingerly on the ice I'd earlier decided to avoid.

We saw two Council workers spreading grit by hand on the footpath (but not the adjacent cycle path ::-)  Not their fault).  I persuaded them to do something about the end of the cycle path so I hope there won't be any more falls there.

As we were crossing New Kent Road again at the pelican, we were naturally a little cautious, so were still on the crossing as the light began to flash.  Not a problem - there's time to finish crossing.  Well, there would have been, had a B*W not been speeding up the blind side of a truck without even slowing.  In this weather? >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 07, 2010, 10:27:54 am
Went in by bike today (I’m aware that it’s a lot less challenging to do so where I am than where many other posters are) , got some wide knobbly tyres for my old Marin Hardtail on the way home last night.  I rode in on my Ribble yesterday and had a few problems coming back through Richmond Park last night, was a bit slippy on slick tyres (I had to get off and walk up part of Sawyers Hill as I had no traction and the rear wheel kept spinning round while I went nowhere, I also had an off at the RAB just before Kingston Gate).

This morning on fat knobbly tyres I was much happier – the conditions in the park were worse than yesterday with the roads and snow now having frozen.  The police were stopping vehicles from entering at Kingston Gate (and advised me to walk my bike).  I took the flattest route via the middle and down to Robin Hood Gate, then Roehampton Gate.  I only saw one other cyclist the entire time, a person on a road bike heading for Broomfield Hill.

Then there was a huge tailback of vehicles down Priory Lane to negotiate as they had all tried to get in the park and then had to turn back, was one of the few times it was more convenient to use the cycle path.

It was lots of fun but I was very slow in getting to work.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 07, 2010, 11:08:51 am
Rode in to work today. I left home about 9:30 (there was a telecon to India between 8:30 and 9:30, so I decided to do that from home and avoid the traffic).

This was typical of my route in; the main roads were easily passable by bike, just the minor ones had any problems.
(http://haigh.org/20100107.jpg)
(that is the A30 between Hartley Wintney and Hook, near Basingstoke).

Most cars gave a wide berth and were very patient - though at 20mph on most of these roads I was only marginally slower than they were going anyway.

The only real idiot I got was riding along our road; it is only about 500m, but it was compacted snow with only the width of a car available (the rest was 8-9 inches of snow). So why did the white Astra van driver think it was worthwhile driving inches from me honking his horn? Where was I going to go? And he only had to wait until the end of the road at worst.  ???

I have to say, it was tempting to skip work and just carry on riding  :)

The few people who made it in today in cars are currently sitting around discussing digging in the snow at lunchtime to make sure they can get their cars out.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 07, 2010, 01:09:11 pm
Last night I made it home much more successfully than any of the cars I saw, despite all the stupidity drivers displayed. I can't be bothered to even rant about it.

South Circular outside our house (an urban dual carriageway):
(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Cycling%20pics/IMG_0170.jpg)
(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Cycling%20pics/IMG_0169.jpg)
Nice ride through the park this morning. Slow and steady, very much fun.

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Cycling%20pics/IMG_0172.jpg)
(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Cycling%20pics/IMG_0173.jpg)
Riding on the roads was a bit nasty, too many motons not giving a shit about the conditions.

One extremely scary moment on Kennington Road. I was blasting along at 18-20mph, when I spotted a bus sized patch of compressed slush at a bus stop (I presume because a bus had been stood there when the gritter went past). A truck was overtaking me, so a bail out into the next lane was off the cards and by now I was too close to e-stop... I braked for a couple of meters before letting them off and attempting to relax my grip on the bike to hit the slush. Everything got very wobbly and I somehow managed to ignore the stupid part of my brain that was screaming "BRAKE! BRAAAAAKE!" and got off the compressed slush. My HR was through the roof and I was shaky from a massive dose of adrenaline that had been dumped into my bloodstream. There was a cyclist infront and behind, and when we looked at each other as we got ourselves together after the scare, we all had that same "bloody hell" look on our faces ;D

Other than that, a relatively uneventful ride - I was pleased I cycled.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: scampi on January 07, 2010, 01:26:08 pm
I managed half a mile this morning before getting scared and turning round for home.  My route is usually nicely gritted but today even the roads in the town were dicey.  It wasn't so much the ride in, it was more the thought of negotiating the same roads home this evening in the dark if they were still bad.

So car for me today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RichL on January 07, 2010, 01:57:19 pm
Skived yesterday as the early trains were cancelled Bristol TM - Swindon, and because I didn't think the folder would be up to it...

So I went out on the fixie and bought a couple of new tyres for my Stumpjumper, fettled it and then went for a ride instead, stopping off at TM to book the bike on the train for today and Friday.

This morning rode on semi-packed snow along the river into TM, then along the canal and railway paths once in Swindon. Really enjoyable commute, tempered only by news of cockroaches on the desks at work ???.

Rich
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on January 07, 2010, 04:40:53 pm
You're all managing to make me feel like a right wuss. I haven't ridden in since Dec 17th and it's mostly 'cause I'm scared of falling off (again).  :-[
In my defence I'd either have to walk 2 or add an extra 5 miles each way because the lanes are sheet ice, but even so...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on January 07, 2010, 07:36:20 pm
Today I swapped my trike for the Surly fixed with the studded tyres. I'm so glad to get another bit of use for them 'cos I've had them for three or four years.  :-[

Five miles of ice and seven miles of gritted roads were fine on the way in, but the amount of ice remaining on the way home was much less, so it was a drag. But the commute was brilliant, again. Glorious, glorious, glorious. What a way to start a working day!!!!!

I was warm and toasty despite -7 degrees. My cunning plan involved two pairs of gloves, overshoes over winter boots, three buffs and a bin bag taped over my helmet.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on January 07, 2010, 07:43:20 pm
I was warm and toasty despite -7 degrees. My cunning plan involved two pairs of gloves, overshoes over winter boots, three buffs and a bin bag taped over my helmet.

I can think of no comment that would not condemn this to NSFW except for......
bragging or complaining?
 ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 07, 2010, 08:05:20 pm
The commute home today was harder than the commute in yesterday (the two being interrupted by an extended fettling session on the front brakes).  The bit of snow we had in that gap doesn't seem to have cleared quite as well as the earlier snow, and the slush is also getting dirtier, so harder to spot at night.

I only had to adopt primary a couple of times, when the slush was too far out for me to be anywhere else, and the drivers were patient, presumably since I was going over speed bumps to avoid the slush, they realised that I wasn't just doing it to annoy them!

The traffic was still quite light for the time of day, I would normally have expected a lot busier roads at that time, so people are obviously still avoiding driving.

My one attempt to leave the main roads, onto what is normally a busy side road was aborted when I realised I was cycling on ice with a layer of slush on top.  One quick retrace later, and I was back on the main road, one-way system around Streatham, normally pretty lethal, but which was still preferential to the ice, and as is turned out, relatively quiet traffic-wise.

I'm undecided whether to continue cycling tomorrow.  With the forecast low temperatures, the icy bits are just going to get icier. :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on January 07, 2010, 08:14:13 pm
I'm undecided whether to continue cycling tomorrow.  With the forecast low temperatures, the icy bits are just going to get icier. :-\

It does tend to get worse after the initial snowfall as the snow gets compact and becmes solid ice. Even worse when it gets rutted.
It'd be great if you had some studded tyres.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 07, 2010, 08:16:32 pm
...It'd be great if you had some studded tyres.

Fecking slow postage system...<fume>...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 07, 2010, 09:24:48 pm
That was . . . interesting.

There is something curiously liberating about the weather being so bad that it is unreasonable to maintain any sort of speed. Instead, the journey becomes complete in itself, without any demands to reach the destination. 

2hrs 40min for 35miles  ::-)
No '6 miles of hard ice', instead it was hard-packed snow, not at all slippery.  However, the blizzard did knock some of the enjoyment off.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 07, 2010, 09:37:04 pm
2hrs 40min for 35miles  ::-)

That'll be faster than my usual everyday normal weather average speed then.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on January 08, 2010, 12:14:34 am
Bugger me

That was cold. Down as low as -12 according to some drivers (and i've upped that a couple of degrees to compensate car thermo accuracy)

Had to stop and go home after 100m to de-ice the gear cable runs. Was also having problems with the free hub going into neutral if I stopped peddling. Have to say - once it reaches a temperature where the bike stops working properly I wonder......

Also had the dubious pleasure, of experiencing for the first time, moisture in the nostrils freezing. Felt odd!

Still - bike is stored in the warm tonight, so should all be set for the morning. I'll get into trouble though cos it's dropped loads of black mush onto the downstairs toilet floor.   ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 08, 2010, 09:00:32 am
Continuing my temporary mostly train commute..., as I got off the train and wheeled my bike along the platform a guard came running up to me, "Switch that red light off you are stopping the train!"  Not easy with a dynamo light.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 08, 2010, 09:08:23 am
Last night journey was tops, we finish our clinic at 7pm, by this time the roads were clear of metal boxes, been gritted (well upto Blackpool) and the road was clear of ice, it was the first time this year I have been able to clip in all the way and plod along at 24kph.
This morning and the prats are back out, inpatient as ever and normality has returned!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: cyclone on January 08, 2010, 09:22:24 am
What a difference a set of knobblies makes! Slow but super stable with loadsa traction - Now all I have to do is get used to the mtb riding position as everything was seizing up (not as fkexible as I was 15 years ago  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 08, 2010, 09:37:06 am
Cor, that was icy in places! :o

And slow.  A bitter headwind.  Not hard, but just a constant, freezing resistance like pushing a block of ice.  My legs are knackered after a longish lay-off over Christmas straight back into an icy Full House this week.

But I'm here.  I'm a wee bit late for work, cause I woke up late and over-faffed.  I realised as I got moving that this was all subconscious, and I was just avoidig setting off in the dark.

And I have the rare delight of London's extra maggoty warmth and high levels of gritting allowing me to creep temporarily into the club top 5 on Bikejournal.   8)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on January 08, 2010, 09:51:53 am
Trains suspended on the branch line to the office, and my normal route of A30 - A325 being singletrack in each direction through the snow I bottled it and dug out the car this morning.  :-[

A30 - A322 - M3 all clear and flowwing well provided you remained in the wheel tracks.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 08, 2010, 09:59:31 am
And I have the rare delight of London's extra maggoty warmth and high levels of gritting allowing me to creep temporarily into the club top 5 on Bikejournal.   8)

I hope you enjoyed your brief stint there  ;D

I too am enjoying my brief sojourn at an unaccustomed place in the table.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 08, 2010, 10:26:36 am
Cor, that was icy in places! :o

And slow.  A bitter headwind.  Not hard, but just a constant, freezing resistance like pushing a block of ice.  My legs are knackered after a longish lay-off over Christmas straight back into an icy Full House this week.

But I'm here.  I'm a wee bit late for work, cause I woke up late and over-faffed.  I realised as I got moving that this was all subconscious, and I was just avoidig setting off in the dark.

And I have the rare delight of London's extra maggoty warmth and high levels of gritting allowing me to creep temporarily into the club top 5 on Bikejournal.   8)

That headwind was a killer, absolutely horrible to cycle into :(

Not to much driver idiocy this morning, which was pleasant.

Again though, I'm not looking forward to the ride home this evening - I was a nervous wreck last night. Hopefully tonight should be better, but I'm already on edge about it. :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 08, 2010, 10:46:48 am
Not too much driver idiocy? :o

Your batch must have been diverted to the A3!  The first motorist I encountered came within a squeak of dooring me.  Fortunately, I was travelling very slowly.  Then there was a whole battalion of motons who think that squeezing past with oncoming traffic, leaving me just inches to spare, is a great idea in icy conditions.  Cabs swerving in front & U-turning, Police swerving into the Bus Lane without looking, and (different vehicle), abruptly swinging across the road for an unsignalled 3pt turn - neither responding to emergencies.  Oh crikey, there were so many more... Numpties, the lot of them.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 08, 2010, 11:08:34 am
I have just spoke to Brian, he works at our other practice in Cleveleys, he was telling me up there he has had nothing but abuse from motons, verbal abuse, aggressive driving etc, bit different to the south of the Fylde coast.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: geoff on January 08, 2010, 02:06:26 pm
here in Oxford, quiet roads, polite drivers and ice on all the lanes homewards. Zen


(In by MTB across the fields in 20 cm of snow yesterday...v. hard work but I only fell off once)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: domesticated ape on January 08, 2010, 08:29:13 pm
I've had three snowy commutes this week, went in on Wednesday through deep snow, the only people who made it into work who don't live within walking distance were me and one other who also biked (both about 12 mile commutes).
Back from work on Wednesday I did half bike half train and only went on main roads so that wasn't too hard, had to wait ages for the train though.
Rode in again yesterday, tried to ride as much as possible despite being on country lanes that resembled ski runs for about half the journey! Then got a lift back with someone cos I was feeling knackered by the end of the day. Only had one unplanned dismount out of the three journeys, and I hopped off and stayed on my feet when the bike went down.
It's been hard but pretty fun, hopefully I'll manage to get back out on the bike this weekend for a bit more snow-riding!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: coll_coll on January 08, 2010, 08:45:10 pm
Ipswich, outbound Woodbridge Road just past Kesgrave school - abuse from passing Galaxy - probably passenger. Caught up (!) with them moved alongside (nearside) whilst stationery at pedestrian lights to advise passenger that the highway code means I can use the gritted road rather than the 3+ inch snow covered cycle path (crossing multiple side roads with inherent crossing traffic hazard);

and galaxy pulls away and sharply to the left impacting me (slush ice snow dark)... I stay up, note number - now waiting for call back from a police officer (rather than the civilian assistant who just called asking if i wanted to see a police officer ?!)

ffs
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 08, 2010, 08:47:45 pm
Zoomed home.  Well, not quite, but it felt like it, with a bit of a tailwind, and the roads relatively clear.  One of those times when, though the legs are definitely feeling 'Friday', they just keep moving like a metronome, almost by themselves, and you're taken along for the ride, able to just enjoy gliding homeward.

Got left-hooked in the same place (Walworth Road Roundabout) for the third day running, though. ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: peliroja on January 08, 2010, 08:56:14 pm
Intimidated by a bully of a policeman today, sitting squarely in his car in an ASL box. Bloody Met.  >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on January 09, 2010, 08:26:57 am
Todays commute was lovely and quiet. Better than Fridays where two bits of driving had me in fear of my life    
a bit worried.

I left 10 minutes later than normal and the sun was on its way up by the time I got here  :thumbsup:

And I was wearing the overgloves recommended upthread by MrCharly. Toasty! Thanks for that.

And it's snowing again.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 09, 2010, 08:42:25 am
Really nice quiet ride in today, dusting of fresh snow on the ground.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 11, 2010, 09:38:28 am
Last night's snow barely evident on the roads today.  What there was was a whole towering scrapheap of cars with drivers who seem to have forgotten how to drive during their enforced lay-off. :-\

But it was a good ride nonetheless. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 11, 2010, 10:14:56 am
Not a very nice ride in today  :( Our road has gone from hard packed snow - which was rideable with care - to moderately hard with uneven ice beneath. The tyres bite down into the snow, whihc is hard enough to be difficult to ride forwards through, hit the ice and divert you into random directions. It takes some bike-ninja skills to keep upright, but it'd take forever to push the bike down the footpath, which still has quite deep snow. Lots of like-a-bike style pushing it along.

The main road was reasonably clear, but only one lane all the way up the A30. Many more people were out today and driving much faster, so holding them up became more of an issue. A nice bit of wheel spinny black ice up to the big roundabout between the Basingstoke ring road and the A33 added to the fun.

Then, arriving at work, the car park had been cleared over the weekend by the business park landlord (on Friday they had only cleared the roads through the car park, meaning that as soon as anyone pulled into a parking space they were stuck). Of course all that snow has to go somewhere, so there are huge piles of it around the carpark, and a small pile that has to be crossed by bikes getting into the bike shed. None of the footpaths around the bike shed area have been cleared either.

It was still better than driving in  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 11, 2010, 10:20:28 am
Gutted - I've got a chest lurgy that won't shift, and couldn't work yesterday anyway due to the snow.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Russell on January 11, 2010, 10:29:10 am
Had to walk the bike to the road at the bottom of our road then the conditions were slushy but ridable (thin tyred folder) the long way round to the A325 which was fine but I kept out of the gutter by a long way.  Trains packed but running on time then roads through Surbtion, Kingston, RP and Kew were fine but the traffic was very heavy!

Got quite warm, overdressed I think!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on January 11, 2010, 10:35:53 am
My first ride to work since Dec 14th. (Lay-off was not weather induced.)

Roads between Raynes Park and Sunbury almost completely clear of slush/ice.

Too warm with skull cap, longs, two l/s jerseys and gloves.

Nice to know that a near one month lay off hasn't resulted in my becoming either too unfit or too porky.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 11, 2010, 07:37:19 pm
On the way home:

*     My spongegrip failed

*     Batteries ran out in both front lights

*     Yards from home I nearly skidded into a parked car. My car :facepalm: At least the experience I got from blasting along on the hardpacked snow on my mtb were put into practise :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 11, 2010, 10:22:58 pm
I've had two sets of batteries give out today :(  Can't believe that the Duracell rechargables didn't manage more than an hour :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 12, 2010, 11:20:21 am
Roads mostly clear, York to Leeds. Verges and hard shoulders still covered with ice and snow, so I'm sticking to the back roads. That's nice, but it's 3 miles further. The icy drizzle ain't all that pleasant either.
Shedloads of people commuting in cars. Busiest I've seen it in years.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Paul D on January 12, 2010, 11:39:56 am
I pass a young bloke on an old MTB most mornings (a surprising occurance for darkest Dorset). He's either pretty keen or, more likely, has to get to his job 6 miles away but doesn't have a car. Public transport is a bit like magic round here - it might exist but nobody has actually seen any to confirm or deny it.

This morning he hadn't got a (working) rear light, which after our usual "Morning" exchange I mentioned to him. I offered my clip-on light off the back of my bag. He declined. "I'm only going to Winterborne Kingston" he said. Yeah, at 7am, on a fast, dark A road. But no, he definately didn't want the light. I did the rest of my commute wondering how I'd feel if he got knocked off.  :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: urban_biker on January 12, 2010, 11:45:53 am
I pass a young bloke on an old MTB most mornings (a surprising occurance for darkest Dorset). He's either pretty keen or, more likely, has to get to his job 6 miles away but doesn't have a car. Public transport is a bit like magic round here - it might exist but nobody has actually seen any to confirm or deny it.

This morning he hadn't got a (working) rear light, which after our usual "Morning" exchange I mentioned to him. I offered my clip-on light off the back of my bag. He declined. "I'm only going to Winterborne Kingston" he said. Yeah, at 7am, on a fast, dark A road. But no, he definately didn't want the light. I did the rest of my commute wondering how I'd feel if he got knocked off.  :-\

You should have pushed him off and held him down forceably while you attached your spare rear light to his bike. Or , maybe not  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on January 12, 2010, 11:49:01 am
After half an hour of hunting a cat so that I could shut it out of the alarmed parts of the house and head off to work, I set off down the road on my newly cleaned bike.  Met a Jurek and had a brief chat.  At the end of the road there's a left turn.  Well, there should have been, but as I approached the relevant bit of road I suddenly found myself on ice.  My 23mm tyres didn't agree with my plan to turn left and I skittered over to the other side of the road, up onto the pavement and decelerated rather suddenly against a fence.  That was a bit more excitement than I needed.

Then on the way through New Cross a Dulwich Paragon rider skimmed past me so close that his elbow brushed mine. What an arrogant twunt.  I'm half tempted to post a message on the club forum about crap riding by people in club kit but it wouldn't help.  And anyway I've ceased to feel any loyalty to DP and haven't renewed my membership.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 12, 2010, 12:31:55 pm
This mornings journey in was not the best, head winds are back and the roads for the most part are clear but there are still patches where I have to ride out a little to avoid. The biggest problem for me was my back, I had a propper feet in the air back slapper crossing the road on Sunday, landed on my coxit after a about 4 miles it was starting to hurt.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 12, 2010, 12:33:07 pm
Ouch!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on January 12, 2010, 12:44:19 pm
Then on the way through New Cross a Dulwich Paragon rider skimmed past me so close that his elbow brushed mine. What an arrogant twunt.  I'm half tempted to post a message on the club forum about crap riding by people in club kit but it wouldn't help.  And anyway I've ceased to feel any loyalty to DP and haven't renewed my membership.

If I were you I would post a message on their forum, that is really bad overtaking.  >:( Plus I would have said (like I did to another cyclist the other day): 'you are such a f*cking crap cyclist'.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 12, 2010, 12:54:03 pm
OTOH it might be more productive to start from a polite point of view.  Given that many are racing cyclists, the person responsible might have no clue that such a close overtake is not very good quality riding on the roads.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on January 12, 2010, 05:06:43 pm
I'm not sure I have the appetite for more grief.  I have to bite my tongue a bit about DP riders (I have friends and family in the Paragon, not to mention having been a member myself).  Nothing I have seen from them seems anywhere near as bad as the reports I hear about Dynamo riders, and I've found them OK on rides such as the RotFL and DD.  I had a bit of an iffy ride with them a few months ago and then there seems to have been a spate of problems with their club runs getting a bit out of hand, so I'm steering clear.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: cyclone on January 12, 2010, 05:37:07 pm
Yesterday near death experience courtsey of a bus driver...lights on down hill just managed to squeeze past after he pulled out of a T-junction from the right...
Today f***y visit whilst late for meeting. And a nice blizzard to return home in  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on January 12, 2010, 05:57:42 pm
I'm not sure I have the appetite for more grief.  I have to bite my tongue a bit about DP riders (I have friends and family in the Paragon, not to mention having been a member myself).  Nothing I have seen from them seems anywhere near as bad as the reports I hear about Dynamo riders, and I've found them OK on rides such as the RotFL and DD.  I had a bit of an iffy ride with them a few months ago and then there seems to have been a spate of problems with their club runs getting a bit out of hand, so I'm steering clear.

My experience is that people who commute in club colours ride like tossers.

You would think that if you have big words advertising your cycling club all over your back then it would be a good idea to ride sensibly and within the law, not jump red lights, ride on the pavement, nearly hit pedestrians on crossings etc.

But they don't, so if I see someone riding in club gear then, like those who ride with "Hump" rucksack covers, I think to myself "it's very kind of you to wear a sign telling me that you're an idiot, I won't be surprised when you act like one".
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 12, 2010, 06:29:03 pm
My experience is that people who commute in club colours ride like tossers.

<fx>Quickly throws away yacf jerseys</fx>
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 12, 2010, 07:13:52 pm
My experience is that people who commute in club colours ride like tossers.

My experience is that people who label other people as tossers dependent upon what design of jersey they are wearing are making absurd generalisations.  :demon:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on January 12, 2010, 07:33:27 pm
My experience is that people who commute in club colours ride like tossers.

My experience is that people who label other people as tossers dependent upon what design of jersey they are wearing are making absurd generalisations.  :demon:

Normally I'd agree.....but I've had too many vortexes in Richmond Park.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: geoff on January 12, 2010, 08:09:33 pm
Commute by omnibus today...MTB commute on slushy-snow'n'ice was such hard work that I need a rest (also MTB riding-position doesn't help).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 12, 2010, 09:35:48 pm
Like the previous post on this, I don't think the DP are anything like as bad as the dynamo.  The only thing I've seen from the DP is riding right in the 'kin door zone on club rides.  A dooring will take out half the club in that situation.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on January 12, 2010, 09:51:33 pm
My experience is that people who commute in club colours ride like tossers.

My experience is that people who label other people as tossers dependent upon what design of jersey they are wearing are making absurd generalisations.  :demon:

With respect, you don't commute in London, if you did you might find yourself agreeing with me.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on January 13, 2010, 09:02:03 am
Very, very interesting commute this morning....  :D

Temperature a couple of degrees below 0C.
Light drizzle of supercooled rain.
This hits the ground and promptly freezes over giving a beautiful smooth sheet ice surface.
Cars and pedestrians sliding all over the place. Sheffield city centre apparently at a complete standstill with people with broken limbs lying all over the place waiting for ambulances. (Or so SWMBO has informed me when I phoned to see how she was getting on - she could not get to work)
I passed a couple of "lets slide across the road and demolish the oncoming sliding vehicle" accidents.
Winter tyres coped fine; could not easily stay upright on my feet when I had to stop but once cycling it was OK  :)
1 hour for the 15 miles.  :smug:
I wear a helmet with a helmet cover to keep my head warm in these conditions and, by the time I got to work, it had accumulated a layer of crinkly ice all over...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 13, 2010, 09:05:53 am
I failed.  10 cm minimum of snow overnight and riding with it up to my MTB rims was really difficult.  I tried the main road and initially it was fine but when I got to an area that was full of snow drifts yesterday I cam undone.  A snow plough had been through yesterday afternoon but it had not been cleared as well as it could.  The new snow on top of the rough surface did me in.  I was crawling up this bit plus it got deeper.  I turned around and tried a different route but decided not to bother.

I do not think I could do that for 17 miles ( shortest route to work ) and then back again.

I also can work from home so what is the point - kept going through my head.

8.46 miles in 1 hr 2 mins !! 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 13, 2010, 09:20:32 am
Interesting journey :-\

What a bunch of arsewits behind their steering wheels! FFS people! Conditions, even here in Teh Big Smoke, are crap - why can't people driver slower and more carefully ???

Too drained to post about the rest.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 13, 2010, 09:25:10 am
Yes, but on my MTB, decided that the single speed would make the journey too interesting. Cold and wet but otherwise OK.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 13, 2010, 09:25:56 am
Interesting journey :-\

What a bunch of arsewits behind their steering wheels! FFS people! Conditions, even here in Teh Big Smoke, are crap - why can't people driver slower and more carefully ???

Too drained to post about the rest.

Sorry for those who've had tough ones. They weren't too bad on mine. One WVM undertook me where I was riding wide to avoid a big slush pile, only to go straight into the big queue on Waterloo bridge where they have closed off half of it, whereupon I serenely cycled past him.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on January 13, 2010, 09:37:12 am
All last week I used the WindcheetahSNOLeopard, and took a route that was almost entirely traffic-free.
The thaw this Monday took me by surprise, and I arrived at work covered in road-splash.  Slush on top of ice meant no grip and lots of splash on the paths and closed roads, and the on-road bits were just WET.
Wimped out and took the Omnibus yesterday.
Day off today - the nice man from E-On has just arrived to fit a new electricity mete %$&&* {#  +++ NO CARRIER
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on January 13, 2010, 10:25:15 am
Took the pub-bike today.  So that I could ride in walking boots.
It only has those silly shorty aluminium mudguards.  Ooh, very wet botty.

Amazed at the consideration, space and holding back by other road users.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RichL on January 13, 2010, 10:34:57 am
I met a woman at Swindon station who turned out to have just started work as Cycling Development Officer for the CTC. Rode with her until she turned off.

Best job in the world? Perhaps.

In other news: messy on the roads, but I'm still convinced I've had the best commute of anybody over the last week. The only time I did get the car out I bent it, so went right back to the bike again.

Rich
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2010, 10:38:02 am
Bending cars = not good.

Hope you're OK & that it isn't an expensive bend.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 13, 2010, 10:38:35 am
I rode my bike for the first time this year!  Only a couple of miles but it was my first bike commute of 2010, and I'm off to the next site in an hour or so which would be a half hour-ish walk but it won't be cos I'm on my bike :)

Although I did get half way to work and realise that my front light had stopped working... had forgotten to check batteries after a couple of weeks off  :facepalm:

Fortunately I was a couple of minutes walk from a corner shop.  And since getting to work I've been to see site management to acquire some spares for the rear light which I noticed was no longer quite as bright as it should be.

My new bike is officially very lovely indeed, btw.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2010, 10:40:17 am
Yay! 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RichL on January 13, 2010, 11:30:43 am
+1 Yay! for first ride of the year  ;)

The car isn't bent badly ta clarion - just moderate muppetry on my part. It's not worth anything, but I have been trying to keep it in as decent condition as possible just for the  sheer obtuseness of driving an immaculate car that really should be a compete beater or in the scrapyard by now.

Rich
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2010, 11:31:18 am
;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on January 14, 2010, 09:39:47 am
Still no ride-y bike-y.

The 2 cm of snow on top of ice yesterday afternoon just refreshed the slush.

I've been feeling bad about not riding so I measured it, it's like this:

House to road 300m slush topped ice. I'd walk this except
Road to village- 1 mile slush topped ice
Village road- 2.5 miles shallow slush with patches of black ice (single track lane) or alternative route 0.5 mile shallow slush
Main road- 1 mile clear (yay!) or if alternative route 4 miles
Walsham road- 2-6 miles some slush in middle of the road- rideable
Lane- choice of 3 but all are 1.5 miles of ice-topped slush, including some patches of black ice and on north facing 'slope' hard packed skiddy white stuff
Badwell Road- 2-6 miles as Walsham road above
Long Thurlow road- 2 miles shallow slush
Lane to work- 1 mile deep slush on top of ice.

I reckon I could walk a mile to get to a rideable road but I'd end up walking more than half my route. It'd take me 3 hours to get to work :(

I wish I either lived or worked in a town....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on January 14, 2010, 09:55:13 am
I had another good commute today, but those studded tyres sure are hard work. My legs are aching. I scasred myself a few times by riding too fast on icy bits, but managed to stay upright - the maniac grin might have helped.

Motor traffic light.

My only issue is dealing with hand-wringing colleagues who seem to think that my cycling is (even more) dangerous than usual. Yet the town is awash with pranged cars and bent lampposts - most staff who drive are late in and desparate to leave early because of "the roads."

THE PROBLEM IS THE CARS, YOU IDIOTS, NOT THE ROADS.

And breathe.......
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 15, 2010, 04:24:21 pm
Rode home in daylight for the first time this year !  :thumbsup:  (It helped that I skived off completed my assigned tasks at quarter to 4. ;))
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on January 15, 2010, 05:05:45 pm
Quarter to four? I don't know how anyone can work 'till that time of night, I had two lates this week 'till ten past four and it nearly killed me.  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 15, 2010, 05:19:57 pm
Quarter to four? I don't know how anyone can work 'till that time of night, I had two lates this week 'till ten past four and it nearly killed me.  :)

You are a postie and ICMFP!!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on January 15, 2010, 05:39:05 pm
Quarter to four? I don't know how anyone can work 'till that time of night, I had two lates this week 'till ten past four and it nearly killed me.  :)

You are a postie and ICMFP!!

Nope, though I used to be one back in the seventies, worked out of Streatham.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 15, 2010, 05:51:53 pm
LOL, I do remember where you work - your PM re the two chaps I came across at Victoria.  It was supposed to be a less bad joke.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on January 15, 2010, 07:21:01 pm
Keep schtum, especially around JRG  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RichL on January 15, 2010, 07:22:18 pm
My first full house on the Bristol - Swindon commute this week. I know it isn't far, and not at all intrepid, but I'm very pleased with myself. I'm only in for 4 days next week, so I'll have to take the long short cut every day and use the stealthy SS folder to get the same moderately smug feeling.

Rich
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on January 17, 2010, 08:09:51 am
I is idiot. I've now got another left hander to be wary of. I should have been warier to begin with.

3rd off so far this year, second pair of overshoes ruined and a pair of better ventilated bibs are now my own.

Cosmetic damage to me and the bike - ibuprofen should start working soon I hope.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 18, 2010, 08:45:32 am
First fixed commute - well, first half anyway. Great to be on the bike again  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on January 18, 2010, 09:10:11 am
I cycled.

YAY!

There is fog, there was a little bit of crispy puddles but I am here in one piece.

It took forever. I now appear to ascend faster than I descend.  :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: border-rider on January 18, 2010, 09:12:29 am
good work FBOAB :)

Take it gently, and enjoy the view on the way down.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: handcyclist on January 18, 2010, 09:48:20 am

3rd off so far this year,


 :o

Blimey. Hope isn't too sore this time. Take it easy on the way home!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 18, 2010, 10:02:39 am
Well done, fb.  I'm very cautious about riding now.  I was completely wussy downhill at the weekends, and normally I'm a fast descender. :-[

I'm dealing with the car-infested roads a few metres at a time.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on January 18, 2010, 10:04:47 am
I got called a 'Fixie Dude' by another cyclist.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 18, 2010, 10:06:58 am
FBOAB, FWIW I'm a good 10km/hour slower than normal on descents at the moment.  Damp roads, low temperatures and more clothing and fear means that I'm a lot slower than in the spring and summer.

I also did my first ride yesterday and loved it, despite being slower than normal and still coughing with the remnants of lurgy.  It seems I've lost huge amounts of fitness in the last four weeks, so it's lots of slow commuting for the next 4 or 5 months until my fitness comes back in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 18, 2010, 10:07:39 am
Oh, and I told a fixie dude he lost on handlbar length.  He laughed!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on January 18, 2010, 11:01:23 am
First Ride in of the year  :thumbsup:

I have since had to spend 1/2 and hour on fillthathole.org.uk reporting various bits of minefield.

Matthew
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 18, 2010, 11:07:20 am
First ride since last weds.  Was ice/snow then I had a cold.  Felt great when I got to work.  I had been concerned that I would feel dead tired but the ride enlivened me I feel fabulous.  It was quite a nice morning too, quite bright after sunrise.

Possibly my last commute on the single speed, the new bike is nearly ready and will steal the single speeds front wheel/saddle/SQR.  End of an era.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: kcass on January 18, 2010, 11:48:31 am
I cycled.

YAY!

There is fog, there was a little bit of crispy puddles but I am here in one piece.

It took forever. I now appear to ascend faster than I descend.  :-\

Hooray! Well done. I'm glad you're back. I'm counting on your support on some of these silly long rides we're about to do
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on January 18, 2010, 12:41:27 pm
First commute this year on the fast bike*

2.5mph faster average than the studded tyre equipped MTB.

Yay.

*fast for me, means 32mm shod alfine equipped hybrid.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on January 18, 2010, 02:47:48 pm
First commute on new chain-free rubber-band-drive bike.  Nothing to report; it's quiet (like a nicely-running chain) and doesn't appear to be losing me huge amounts of energy.  Here's a pic from Trek's website: Clicky (http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/urban/soho/soho/)

But these Shimano Roller brakes appear to need some substantial 'bedding-in'.  They're very 'progressive' - pull the levers harder, and it stops harder - but a couple of scary moments occurred when I wanted the bike to stop even sharper.

The previous commuter bike was 26" wheels, and this has 700c.  So it feels a lot bigger.  The gears are quite high - and getting different sizes of chainbelt-ring and sprocket is going to be a nightmare - so I'm stuck with these ratios.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on January 18, 2010, 05:14:32 pm
Finally got around to fitting my helmet cam today.  It was really strange but the motons were very well behaved, I can't believe that they could spot the camera though.

I'm sure normal service will be resumed tomorrow.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on January 18, 2010, 05:38:41 pm
I enjoyed riding in on tyres that are pumped up nice and hard today. I was riding in at least a whole gear higher than over the last few weeks.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pippa on January 18, 2010, 08:04:26 pm
First commute in of the year - and let there be many more (after a rather paltry 5 or so cycle commutes last year!!! :-[ ).

I did it on my fixed as well :smug:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on January 18, 2010, 08:21:21 pm
Another one back on the bike for the first time this year.   :D

And three of us did just over 9 miles at lunchtime
(mountain bikes on a road ride - that's why we're slow - that's our excuse and we're sticking to it)

Steve
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Andrij on January 18, 2010, 08:22:59 pm
First commute since mid-November today.  On the ride in I was as quick as a sloth on Valium.  Moved much better on the ride home until around Mile End where traffic got in the way.  I even had to filter coming down Col du Bow.  :o

Looking forward to commuting again tomorrow — and the rest of the week.  :)
 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: spindrift on January 18, 2010, 08:53:23 pm
My first seven miles of the year. The gutters are filled with grit and crud from the melted snow.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 18, 2010, 09:22:14 pm
A lovely ride, followed someone for a few miles, which was nicer than riding by myself even if we didn't speak.

Then got a puncture 2 miles from home <grrr>. So walked the rest of the way.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on January 18, 2010, 09:53:08 pm
First commute on new chain-free rubber-band-drive bike.  Nothing to report; it's quiet (like a nicely-running chain) and doesn't appear to be losing me huge amounts of energy.  Here's a pic from Trek's website: Clicky (http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/urban/soho/soho/)

But these Shimano Roller brakes appear to need some substantial 'bedding-in'.  They're very 'progressive' - pull the levers harder, and it stops harder - but a couple of scary moments occurred when I wanted the bike to stop even sharper.

The previous commuter bike was 26" wheels, and this has 700c.  So it feels a lot bigger.  The gears are quite high - and getting different sizes of chainbelt-ring and sprocket is going to be a nightmare - so I'm stuck with these ratios.

It was roller brakes that put me off that bike when I got my Giant. Annoyingly the previous years version had disks, but also chain drive. I'm sure one day soon they'll do a disk brake belt drive version.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on January 18, 2010, 10:12:08 pm
First commute on new chain-free rubber-band-drive bike.  Nothing to report; it's quiet (like a nicely-running chain) and doesn't appear to be losing me huge amounts of energy.  Here's a pic from Trek's website: Clicky (http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/urban/soho/soho/)

But these Shimano Roller brakes appear to need some substantial 'bedding-in'.  They're very 'progressive' - pull the levers harder, and it stops harder - but a couple of scary moments occurred when I wanted the bike to stop even sharper.

The previous commuter bike was 26" wheels, and this has 700c.  So it feels a lot bigger.  The gears are quite high - and getting different sizes of chainbelt-ring and sprocket is going to be a nightmare - so I'm stuck with these ratios.

It was roller brakes that put me off that bike when I got my Giant. Annoyingly the previous years version had disks, but also chain drive. I'm sure one day soon they'll do a disk brake belt drive version.

I was talking to a friend at work about my Ridgeback Nemesis recently. I was really surprised to see that Ridgeback have dropped it from their current line-up. You have pretty much no choice if you want an off the peg hub-geared/disc braked bike. I think there's only the Cannondale (expensive) and Charge left.
I did look all the rollerbraked bikes, but all of the poor reviews of the brakes put me off.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 18, 2010, 10:19:11 pm
Gordy found a very pretty Merida (Spresso?  Maybe - I remember it was sort-of coffee coloured...) with an alfine hub and disk brakes when I was bike-hunting - out of price range, and not available thorugh our C2W scheme, unfortunatey.  I saw another one somewhere too, but I can't remember off the top of my head what it was...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 18, 2010, 10:25:47 pm
...but I think it might have been this Civia Bryant - Commuting and Transportation Bicycles (http://www.civiacycles.com/civiacomplete_bryant.php#beltAlfine)

the power of google and a half-remembered halfaclue :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on January 18, 2010, 10:28:20 pm
I was talking to a friend at work about my Ridgeback Nemesis recently. I was really surprised to see that Ridgeback have dropped it from their current line-up. You have pretty much no choice if you want an off the peg hub-geared/disc braked bike. I think there's only the Cannondale (expensive) and Charge left.
I did look all the rollerbraked bikes, but all of the poor reviews of the brakes put me off.

There is the giant escape R sub 0 also - I think a couple of others.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on January 19, 2010, 08:46:16 am
At the risk of diverting this thread...
(Sorry everyone)
I liked the roller brakes on the Nemesis; I am GOING to like the ones on this Trek Soho, just they haven't bedded in yet.  They're already (after only 20 miles) getting firmer and more reassuring.  [Fnarr?] That might be why they've had bad reviews - the reviewers get bikes straight out of the box.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: chris n on January 19, 2010, 08:48:59 am
Got potholed today.  Managed to lift the front wheel over, but the rear clobbered a sharp edge and dented and buckled the rim.  Tube didn't puncture, so I carried on for a bit, but the dent was big enough to let the tube squeeze out, and eventually it popped (very loudly, outside an old folk's home :-[).  Booted the tyre to stop it happening again, and rode the rest of the way in (5 miles or so) on a very under-inflated rear.

Need to get the hammers out later and try to whack the dent out so I can get home tonight.  Good job I've got a spare rim in the shed already. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 19, 2010, 11:03:09 am
Got potholed today.  Managed to lift the front wheel over, but the rear clobbered a sharp edge and ..
ooh ow ouch.
Check that pothole is reported at fill that hole
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 19, 2010, 11:07:29 am
First day on new bike.  I just finished building it late last night, this was the test run
Stopped to straighten stem/handlebar/wheel alignment and to rotate the drops to correct angle
Took it easy down big hill
Cheeky young scamp on MTB thought he could overtake me as I was taking it easy.  It seems that the new bike will do 40kph uphill quite happily  ::-)
Of course the gear cable stretched during the ride and will now need to be adjusted at lunchtime.  At the moment it won't do gear number 8 ( the fastest, biggest gear )
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on January 19, 2010, 11:13:18 am
Snow almost all gone... Just a few patches of melting snow/ice on the north facing slopes of Ivy Cottage Lane in the Mayfield Valley. Heavy fog this morning so, of course,  muggins goes and almost falls off when hitting one such patch  >:(
Back on the slicks this week so commute is a few minutes faster again.  :)
Except, I go and break my chain (new one installed on Saturday last) on the way up Hady Hill (12%) 1/2 mile from work....  >:( >:( >:(
Almost got wiped by a National Express Bus as well - complaint lodged.  >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2010, 11:15:32 am
Crikey, you've had a journey!  Glad to see you've begun racking up those miles again though :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on January 19, 2010, 11:56:04 am
Crikey, you've had a journey!  Glad to see you've begun racking up those miles again though :thumbsup:
Indeed - Glad to see your troubles with weather and traffic have also not dampened you enthusiasm for the cycle! I'll try to wave as I struggle to catch up sometime in the next few weeks... ?  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: FyPuNK on January 19, 2010, 12:31:03 pm
Boring, boring  and more boring, in fact I was bored stiff this morning. Without doubt the most boring trip in so far this year.  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on January 19, 2010, 06:32:22 pm
On the commute today .... there were other cyclists! And other people using the changing rooms, too. It seems like people are coming out of hibernation.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on January 19, 2010, 08:09:31 pm
On the commute today .... there were other cyclists! And other people using the changing rooms, too. It seems like people are coming out of hibernation.

Bugger.  :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2010, 08:53:33 pm
There were back to normal type numbers of cyclists on my commute today! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 19, 2010, 09:18:57 pm
There is still snow on the ground from last week !!
It was a lovely ride in and then home again.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on January 19, 2010, 09:53:13 pm
lots more cyclists today. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: geoff on January 19, 2010, 11:41:51 pm
Finding it necessary to go much too fast for the road conditions, owing to being back on the road bike and perpetually late because our kids are no longer off school with the sno.

Maybe the snow tomorrow will fix that?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 20, 2010, 07:08:49 am
I will be riding the MTB as it is already snowing.  :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Andrij on January 20, 2010, 08:54:44 am
Much better commute this morning — except for the traffic.  I think this is down to one of the Thames tunnels being shut.  I have two main routes to work, must try the other one this evening and see what the traffic is like.

A special note to all the ladies commuting in skirts and knee-high boots: Thank you.  :-*
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 20, 2010, 09:16:49 am
No ladies in kinky boots here.
Just a lot of rain
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 20, 2010, 09:27:00 am
A special note to all the ladies commuting in skirts and knee-high boots: Thank you.  :-*


Are there any?  Can't say as I've noticed.  O:-)   

 ;)

 :demon:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 20, 2010, 11:32:04 am
Changed my mind and took the Etape.  Grateful for the extra mudguard protection and more lighting as it was quite wet and dark out there.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 20, 2010, 11:46:17 am
Decent commute, but where have all these people come from!

The roads were completely choked with cyclists :thumbsup: and motorists >:(

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 20, 2010, 12:14:12 pm
I nearly got doored this morning by a moving vehicle.  I was overtaking on the bridge past Mitcham Junction station, and a rear seat passenger flung the door open & jumped out before the car had rolled to a halt.  Clearly wanting to catch a train, but I realised I've been excluding rolling vehicles from my 'dooring hazard' alert.  I re-calibrated, shouted, 'That's ridiculous!', and rode on. 

I think, if I'd been on a motorbike, there would have been two injured people, a fair bit of bent metal, and traffic delays.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 20, 2010, 03:11:47 pm
I just seemed to see a lot of police officers around today.  I saw half a dozen police vans, and at one point on Cavendish Road, eight officers within a couple of hundred feet.  The odd thing was, they didn't seem to be interrelated in any fashion.  There were a couple of pairs on feet, one walking with a non-uniformed person, two in full Met police on bicycle kit (ie dayglo etc), on their bikes, and one on a bike, just wearing "normal" police officer clothes, plus a helmet.

(Actually some of them could have been PCSOs, I didn't check that closely).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 20, 2010, 07:20:44 pm
Coming home I removed a very large dead dear from my path.  It was just dead on the road.  No sign of impact, no blood, just dead.  I was half expecting it to kick when I grabbed the front legs to heave it onto the verge half and half at a time.

After that I got into some nice little interval sessions on the flatter sections and that lightened my mood.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pingu on January 21, 2010, 12:37:23 pm
Cycled past the traffic queues caused by this: BBC News - 'Suspicious' package declared safe in Aberdeen (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8471824.stm)

There's probably someone in an office in Aberdeen wondering where his lunch is.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RichL on January 21, 2010, 03:41:50 pm
One of my co-mmuters described my stumpjumper as "old-school".

It's 2002 I'll have you know. Young man.  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on January 21, 2010, 03:45:35 pm
Coming home I removed a very large dead dear from my path.  It was just dead on the road.  No sign of impact, no blood, just dead.  I was half expecting it to kick when I grabbed the front legs to heave it onto the verge half and half at a time.

After that I got into some nice little interval sessions on the flatter sections and that lightened my mood.

You didn't strap it to the rack then?!?  ???

Or don't you have a rack on your speed machine?  See - if you did, you'd be able to take advantage of such bounty.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on January 21, 2010, 03:49:58 pm
Coming home I removed a very large dead   dear from my path.  It was just dead on the road.  No sign of impact, no blood, just dead. I was half expecting it to kick when I grabbed the front legs to heave it onto the verge half and half at a time.


So you still wasn't certain then?   ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 21, 2010, 04:01:43 pm
Commuted in at lunchtime this morning, which made a very pleasant change from rush-hour bedlam. It was a slooooow ride though, my legs just had no power in them.

Had a little accident when I came to dismount at work. I was carrying a 3 Wood upright in one of my panniers and forgot all about it ::-) Que muggins here swinging his leg over the bike as normal, for it to meet the shaft of the club and direct the bike's top tube smartly against my crotch in the ensuing tripping :-X :'(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 21, 2010, 04:04:49 pm
Commuted in at lunchtime this morning, which made a very pleasant change from rush-hour bedlam. It was a slooooow ride though, my legs just had no power in them.

Had a little accident when I came to dismount at work. I was carrying a 3 Wood upright in one of my panniers and forgot all about it ::-) Que muggins here swinging his leg over the bike as normal, for it to meet the shaft of the club and direct the bike's top tube smartly against my crotch in the ensuing tripping :-X :'(

So you haven't got wood then :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on January 21, 2010, 04:11:52 pm
sounds like Jacomus has been shafted :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 21, 2010, 04:14:00 pm
So long as he hasn't now got a hole in one.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 21, 2010, 04:15:09 pm
So long as he hasn't now got a hole in one.

No I think he just bruised them
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 21, 2010, 04:16:41 pm
I think you have it to a tee, but he may have gone a little green.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 21, 2010, 04:22:19 pm
Is he still feeling rough?

We've got a fairway to go here
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 21, 2010, 04:31:27 pm
I'd say he's joined the club of those falling off in their daily commute.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pingu on January 21, 2010, 04:54:24 pm
Shame, having wood but not getting a birdie.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 21, 2010, 05:51:22 pm
At least he struck the ball straight, but I'm not sure about the follow through.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: LindaG on January 22, 2010, 06:58:07 pm
Coming home I removed a very large dead dear from my path.  It was just dead on the road.  No sign of impact, no blood, just dead.  I was half expecting it to kick when I grabbed the front legs to heave it onto the verge half and half at a time.

After that I got into some nice little interval sessions on the flatter sections and that lightened my mood.

Was it an old dear?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on January 22, 2010, 07:14:19 pm
 ;D

Doe, I'd missed that one.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on January 22, 2010, 07:20:46 pm
Do motons never give way to cyclists turning right at a mini-roundabout?  They just plough straight on.  Second day on the run for me.  I'm expecting it now.  Twunts.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on January 22, 2010, 07:25:57 pm
Do motons never give way to cyclists turning right at a mini-roundabout?  They just plough straight on.  Second day on the run for me.  I'm expecting it now.  Twunts.

I've had that more than a few times. Luckily I have my fingers on the brakes as I anticipate it's just going to happen.

In the hot weather, on a few occasions, I've almost got my head into their open window to scream "C*NT!!!" into their earhole.   :smug:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: simonp on January 22, 2010, 08:30:47 pm
Passing a group of POBs on the way home tonight; as I pass their group on the left (they were heading right) one of them exclaims "I thought it was a fucking CAR!"

Edelux FTW.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on January 22, 2010, 08:40:36 pm
Do motons never give way to cyclists turning right at a mini-roundabout?  They just plough straight on.  Second day on the run for me.  I'm expecting it now.  Twunts.

I always expect it. I think a lot of it is down to them thinking that bike=very slow.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on January 22, 2010, 08:44:22 pm
Riding home the other night, on an unlt section I came up behind a woman on a new Christiania trike with several kids on bikes ahead of her. As I approached, with a born with a silver spoon up her arse voice, she announced 'move over children, a car is coming. Oh, it's just a man with stupidly bright lights'.

The power of twin Ixons.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on January 23, 2010, 12:46:29 pm
Do motons never give way to cyclists turning right at a mini-roundabout?  They just plough straight on.  Second day on the run for me.  I'm expecting it now.  Twunts.

I always expect it. I think a lot of it is down to them thinking that bike=very slow.


I have to negotiage one of these mini RABs within 50m of starting my commute....one of the reasons I got an Airzound, they do it every time, presumably because they are on the 'main' road.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 25, 2010, 10:37:52 am
On my commute today, I think I was abducted by aliens.  I was riding as normal, but ended up at work over five minutes later than normal.  And not my slowest average speed by quite a margin. ???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on January 25, 2010, 10:58:39 am
I came in on the singlespeed. As this is the bike that's listed on the company's asset sheet as being worth £1000 (slightly creative invoicing from Mr Madgett) I felt it was about time.

I think I might have been mistaken about the worst hill. I actually moaned out loud.
Unless, of course, I am in for a world of pain tonight, too...

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 25, 2010, 01:13:26 pm
Do motons never give way to cyclists turning right at a mini-roundabout?  They just plough straight on.  Second day on the run for me.  I'm expecting it now.  Twunts.

I always expect it. I think a lot of it is down to them thinking that bike=very slow.

That's probably the main reason, but could it also be that they see you on the mini roundabout, which I presume doesn't have lanes - most don't - and because you no longer have your arm out (cos you're negotiating the rab) they assume (and I do mean assume, rather than think!) that you're going straight on, despite road positioning (which they may not notice anyway).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on January 25, 2010, 01:27:01 pm
Usual S E London traffic this morning with the addition of a bevy of police motorcyclists on the Old Kent Road.   I was waiting behind one of them at some traffic lights but when they changed to green he didn't move forward and seemed to be worried that he wouldn't fit through the sizeable gap between the right-turning car to his right and the roadworks to his left.

I mumbled, totally under my breath, that he could go, and that he wasn't really all that fat, despite the doughnuts. (I feel I am qualified to comment on doughnuts, as I eat several of them each week.)

When he did pull away, another police motorcyclist drew up alongside me and had a go at me for being irate.  Irate?  I had been mildly amused, and now this patronising git with a self-satisfied moustache has a go at me for being irate.  He claimed he had heard what I had said and refused to explain why he thought I was irate.

Of course, by this stage I was irate.   >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 25, 2010, 01:52:32 pm
On my commute today, I think I was abducted by aliens.  I was riding as normal, but ended up at work over five minutes later than normal.  And not my slowest average speed by quite a margin. ???

There is a noticeable North-Easterly wind at the moment, it's not strong, but when your commute is pretty much continuously against it, it slows things down a bit.

On the plus side, if it's like Saturday (when I cycled to/from St Pancras1), the commute back home this evening should be good. :thumbsup:

Footnote [1]: Otherwise known as St Pancreas.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 25, 2010, 03:44:29 pm
It's either that or the tons of scrap metal that's been dumped on my commute - lines & lines of it, impeding the progress of traffic. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on January 25, 2010, 03:58:01 pm
While stopped at a set of lights at 7.30 am today, I remarked to the other cyclist there that today appeared to be "Drive Like a Nutter" day, and we'd missed the memo.  He agreed that the A6's motorists were more agressive than normal - he'd been beeped 3 times.

Combination of Monday and slightly colder than usual?  Or the traffic had been held up behind a tractor, and everyone put their foot down once past?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 25, 2010, 04:12:58 pm
I dunno, but I had 2 near misses this morning - both times I avoided a collision because I hit my brakes. 1 classic left hook, one turning right across my path.

I don't normally get any of these, so I think it must be National Drive Like a Myopic Chimpanzee day.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on January 25, 2010, 07:29:12 pm
Invigorating ride home over the peaks this evening - freezing rain and sleet.
When I got home, bits if sheet ice fell off various bits of the bike (spacegrip, forks, headset, computer, helmet cover...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wowbagger on January 25, 2010, 07:32:55 pm
Taking the third exit of the roundabout a few hunderd yards before home, I was obliged to give my lungs and larynx a bit of exercise as a dozy person in a Micra-style car decided it would be a good idea to pull out in front of me.

The second 100-decibel "Wait there!" did the trick and I was able to proceed unmolested.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 25, 2010, 11:34:25 pm
On the way home I got a puncture in the delightful village of Coate.  I used my Spoonerskills to spot the nice cosy wind shielding bus shelter so changed the tube in comfort.  As I was only 10 miles from home I resisted the urge to lay down for a nap in practice for up and coming events  ;D
A kind neighbour even popped over the road to ensure I was okay  ;D
Either that or he was curious why his bus shelter looked brighter than the sun ( Lumicycle LED4 system )
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: simonp on January 25, 2010, 11:44:09 pm
Went a longer way home (12-13 miles) to have some extra calories burned, as the smallest haggis I could find was 1lb (1225 kcals).  Along with 1lb of mashed potatoes and 150g of neeps, and the butter etc, it was 1908kcals.

Fortunately that means I'm only 366 kcals over budget because I cycled 20 miles today.   O:-)  Though I'm now having a little fruit which will push me to over 400 kcals over.

Still, I do realise why I'm not fat.  I have to try *really* hard to consume the calories I burn off.  Like eating 3 servings of haggs and 3 servings of mashed potato.  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: LindaG on January 26, 2010, 09:30:49 am
Spoonerskills  ;D ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on January 26, 2010, 07:22:59 pm
What was going on today??

Normally I see 3-4 cyclists going the other way on my way to work and 1 occasionally 2 on the way home.

This evening I saw 10 riders. A gang of 4 going the other way and a group of 4 and a group of 2 who blazed past me.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on January 26, 2010, 08:05:46 pm
A few hundred yards into my morning commute I'm wondering why my hands are feeling a bit slippery on the bars.  That's when I noticed that I was wearing only my glove inners.
"Ah bugger it" thinks I, "I'll manage"

Mistake!!!!!

Arrrrgggggggg!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Salvatore on January 26, 2010, 08:19:17 pm
Spoonerskills  ;D ;D

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Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 27, 2010, 12:30:26 am
Spoonerskills  ;D ;D

?

That's from this:-

I used my Spoonerskills to spot the nice cosy wind shielding bus shelter

Haven't you heard of the mythical Mr Spooner? The legends tell that he roams the land endlessly on a silent wheeled chariot. There is a darker side to the tales; if you intend waiting for a bus in a rural location late at night, then in the manner of a child who checks under his bed for monsters, you should approach cautiously and inspect the interior of the shelter with great care lest his prone form is lurking in the shadows.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 27, 2010, 05:42:37 am
 ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on January 27, 2010, 07:54:57 am
More accurately on the commute home last night....

Absolutely gorgeous sunset.  Lit up half the sky in just about every shade of red from scarlet to cherry.  So good I stopped to watch it for a couple of minutes.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 27, 2010, 09:46:17 am
Last night's commute had a magical moment.  Coming down Upper Tooting Road is very frustrating, because there is always a queue of traffic doing stupid things, and idiots pulling out from the side roads without looking for cyclists.  But, just once, last night, there were four of us cyclists - me, a Bianchi, a Rockhopper and a Marin hybrid - swooping down the hill with no traffic at all on our shoulders, nothing ahead till we got near Broadway, and nobody appearing from side roads.  No random pedestrians, either, and the lights on all the junctions & crossings were green.  Big big smiles.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Salvatore on January 27, 2010, 10:21:22 am
Spoonerskills  ;D ;D

?

That's from this:-

I used my Spoonerskills to spot the nice cosy wind shielding bus shelter

Haven't you heard of the mythical Mr Spooner? The legends tell that he roams the land endlessly on a silent wheeled chariot. There is a darker side to the tales; if you intend waiting for a bus in a rural location late at night, then in the manner of a child who checks under his bed for monsters, you should approach cautiously and inspect the interior of the shelter with great care lest his prone form is lurking in the shadows.

Thank you. All clear now.

As you were.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 27, 2010, 10:26:06 am
Took the MTB and the canal tow path route today.
The hint of ice means this option is safer, especially with my winter tyres installed.
Got a puncture from a thorn 12 miles in of the 19 though.  :-\

I must say that riding the MTB is more challenging and uses different muscles and I reckon my bike handling skills are improving too.  I would recommend getting out on your MTB now and then if you can just for this purpose.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on January 27, 2010, 10:34:36 am
Was running later and on a different route today because I had to pick up my bike from the shop but the amount of muppetry witnessed from other cyclists was astounding: one guy going up the inside of a cement lorry that was indicating left  ::-). Some nice overtakes by lorries followed by one from a coach that left me literally millimetres.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 27, 2010, 10:38:36 am
Resolved to take it easy this morning on the way in.

But I couldn't find my woolly hat so went up to the garage a bit late
The cable tie holding on the back mudguard had disappeared so this had to be replaced
It was only -2C but it felt much colder.  Wore the fleece under the coat+ski mitts and I wasn't too hot

Pretty much stuck to my take it easy plan but got to work a little late
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on January 27, 2010, 10:41:53 am
If I'm to be brutally honest, it was yesterday's evening commute, but between the office and the hotel I wandered down to the beach for a game of footy with some colleagues on the shores of the Gulf of Oman. Not a bike in sight.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: simonp on January 27, 2010, 11:25:35 am
Lots of people overtook me between Cherry Hinton and Newmarket Road.  I kept seeing the same vehicles again sitting in queues.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on January 27, 2010, 11:28:18 am
Absolutely gorgeous sunset.  Lit up half the sky in just about every shade of red from scarlet to cherry.  So good I stopped to watch it for a couple of minutes.

There have been some loverly red skies down here in the West country this week as well
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 27, 2010, 11:32:00 am
Spoonerskills  ;D ;D

?

That's from this:-

I used my Spoonerskills to spot the nice cosy wind shielding bus shelter

Haven't you heard of the mythical Mr Spooner? The legends tell that he roams the land endlessly on a silent wheeled chariot. There is a darker side to the tales; if you intend waiting for a bus in a rural location late at night, then in the manner of a child who checks under his bed for monsters, you should approach cautiously and inspect the interior of the shelter with great care lest his prone form is lurking in the shadows.

Thank you. All clear now.

As you were.

That's OK. Personally I don't believe a word of it, I think it's just something mothers tell their kids to scare them into using cars rather than buses :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on January 27, 2010, 02:18:58 pm
Last night, got overtaken.  No surprise in that.  What did amaze me was the speed of the guy.  I've never seen anything like it in my life.
Didn't have time to note what the bike was - some sort of road machine.
Appeared to be spinning at least 100" at a fair old rate.  I couldn't believe how quickly he pull away into the distance and out of view.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 27, 2010, 02:46:13 pm
This guy (http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/345741/bowdler-makes-his-mark-on-the-bbar.html) sits about four desks away from me at work. He is amazingly fast when he passes me on our commutes - and then he's just on a pretty basic Ribble road bike, with about 20 miles to go to get home (so not just out for a five minute blast). Awesome isn't the word.

Having said that, he did refuse to do LEL with me because that's just for nutters  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 27, 2010, 02:50:25 pm
Awesome doesn't quite cover it.

77 tooth?  Eh?

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on January 27, 2010, 03:34:29 pm
Well I've been riding with 82 teeth since Christmas.
They are split over two chainrings though!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on January 27, 2010, 08:25:51 pm
or rather...
not on the commute today

It was below zero this morning.  As the leaking manhole (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2177.msg511700#msg511700) has still to be fixed, I decided that the car was the better part of valour.  Good thing I did as there was a sheet of ice all across the road.  Later I discovered that the decision was even better than that, as the road had been closed due to an accident on said ice and would probably have still been closed by the time I got there on the bike.  (Having the shower at the other end of the commute makes the difference.  I'm not really that much faster on the bike than in the car)

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pippa on January 28, 2010, 10:33:18 pm
I spotted a fellow cyclist wearing skiing googles on my way home this evening  ;D

Is this de rigueur cycle commuting attire  ???

2nd week of commuting for me and it felt like the bike did all the work rather than me for the first time  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on January 28, 2010, 10:34:45 pm
That rain was icy cold, I would have liked some skiing goggles!  :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 28, 2010, 10:38:03 pm
I had a headwind all the way to work.
At work I met an Inspector that has recently bought an electric bike by Giant.  He went all the way to Yorkshire to pick it up as the shop had a deal on.
On the way home I saw what I thought was the same man in the distance.  I put a bit of effort in and caught him up and we then had a chat for the next 3 miles until he arrived at his house.
My normal speed is 15+mph and the assisted bit of his bike cuts out at 15 mph.
It was quite noticeable how quick he was off the mark though.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on January 29, 2010, 09:08:13 am
It was cold, wet and windy.  So I came the longer way for the first time this year.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: chris n on January 29, 2010, 09:10:00 am
Puncture.  Second in five days of commuting and both on the rear wheel (of different bikes).  Nice to be out though. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on January 29, 2010, 10:18:12 am
It was cold, wet and windy. 

Aye.  This too.

And my light was playing up.  And the bracket needs re-fettling.  And there are still a heeyuge number of half-awake feckwits charging around in what amount to mobile phone booths.  And I experienced another bus driver who just expected me to disappear during his drift to the kerb.

Great ride :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on January 29, 2010, 10:47:55 am
Terrible ride - I was just late enough to think that I could be on time if I caned it. I walked in the door to the office 3mins late and a total wreck.

Didn't really notice any bad driving as I was too busy attempting to keep my lungs inside my chest. The Beast is not a good machine for riding really fast... 18kg unladen, probably 23-25kg laden  :(

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on January 29, 2010, 11:35:56 pm
I almost just got taken out by a shopping trolley which someone had left on a not terribly well lit residential road in the last mile of my commute.

Since they're just made out of wire, and not noted for having masses of high vis retroreflectors fitted, they really aren't that obvious until you're almost on top of one (and this is with an Exposure Race Maxx front light, which is fairly bright).

I swore, stopped, and pushed it onto the pavement.  Further along I noticed a couple more by a house, so presumably the local scrotes have been doing something with them (if only nicking them and leaving them doted around).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on January 30, 2010, 10:42:12 am
I almost got taken out twice - once by a huge juggernaut which for some reason was coming down a lane barely wide enough for it to fit.  I had to get up on the grass verge.

Five minutes later another idiot cyclist came out of a path to my right and, without looking, turned towards me, using the wrong side of the road.  I swerved, and we passed each other on the wrong side.  This happens a lot on that piece of (quiet) road - it links two sections of cycle path and although it's full-width and cars use it (there are a few houses and a chavvy road pub) your average POB continues to ride on whichever side they see fit  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on January 30, 2010, 12:18:53 pm
I had a helluva commute home last night.  I'd been at Wootten Bassett all day in case Charles or Camilla got into strife and the boys in the black pyjamas had to suit up to the rescue.  But they didn't.
I saw it start snowing whilst in WB.
We finished early so I was on the road home by 6pm.  It was initially cloudy but then cleared to a very clear and bright full moon.  The temp was dropping.  The first 14 miles was fine - I had a tail wind and I was going some.
Then I hit black ice.  It was wicked so I stopped and started to walk towards a more main road in the hope of finding it had been gritted. I rang Mrs G to warn her that I may need assistance.
The main road was no better so I kept walking and put in a call for rescue.
I was having trouble keeping the bike upright, even walking it.
Mrs G got the car sideways in two places on route to me but luckily as she was being careful and driving very slowly there was no connection with either verge  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 30, 2010, 10:44:47 pm
dramatic, grub!

Last night. A puncture, again. A hawthorn, again.  And a broken spoke.

Through *exactly* the same hole as last time?  How likely is that?

Getting a bit sick of this. Used to average 3000miles between punctures. Now I'm getting one a week.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 01, 2010, 08:13:28 am
An interesting mixture of light snow, assault by gritting lorry - grit stings you know and a hard frost.  Still beats driving tho'.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 01, 2010, 09:20:00 am
This morning was beautiful. The skies are blue and the sun was out. Unfortunately, I nearly got sideswiped when the driver of an Audi moved swiftly and suddenly into my lane. I dived for the space to my left, which was street parking for cars that was empty, and also let out an involuntary scream. On reflection, the move hadn't been as bad as I initially feared and at the next set of traffic lights I tried to apologies to the Audi driver, but he refused to wind down his window. I guess he thought I was going to give him a load more grief, which wasn't my intention. Ah well. I carried on and continued to enjoy the wintery sun, cold temperatures and blue skies. It really was lovely. Hopefully the temperatures don't drop too much tonight or else it'll be slip-sliding my way home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on February 01, 2010, 09:40:48 am
Normally my commute is hassle free.

Today, in the space of perhaps 400 yards I had an Audi decide that I wasn't sufficiently close to the car in front (I approximate about 3/4 of a car length) so decided that he would overtake. I wouldn't have minded too much (oh alright then, I would), but as he pulled alongside me I spotted that his left indicator was on. I held my position and he backed off.

Then up the hill and approaching a line of near stationary traffic and the Mini behind overtook despite my signalling (outstretched arm and palm backwards) and moving to primary. He didn't complete his manoeuvre and so was left looking a little foolish half out of the lane.

And 20 yards later (still heading uphill) someone in a side turning on my left turning to his right decided that it was more important that he stick his nose out into the traffic  rather than let the right of way traffic (me) continue.

The rest of the run was fine though. A beautiful clear blue morning.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 01, 2010, 09:46:08 am
Yeah.  In a similar vein, I got cut up by a van on a mini-RAB at a very icy spot.  He then went on to yell abuse at me.  Shame he turned off, as he'd have been stuck in a looooong line of stationary traffic I passed if he'd been going straight on.

And I got pipped by a car that felt I wasn't riding fast enough.  Since that was faster than the car in front we were gaining on, I didn't feel that was an issue.  That driver got caught in a queue, so, having replied, 'Good morning!' to his tooting, I tooted back as I rode past and away.

The usual overabundance of incompetent drivers.  And ice.  They haven't a clue, have they?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Redlight on February 01, 2010, 10:20:17 am
What is it about Audi drivers?  On yesterday's Hell of The Ashdown a bunch of us were weaving our way in and out of the ice uphill on a single track lane when an Audi came down towards us, ignored the passing place where he could have pulled in to let us squeeze by, and forced us all to come to a slippery halt - after which we had to walk the next part of the climb because it was too slippy to get any traction from a standing start.

I think he knew he was being a p---k as he avoided all eye contact  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Arno on February 01, 2010, 11:52:42 am
This morning  in Grove Green Rd, Leytonstone, arriving towards a red traffic light. Occupying the primary position in order to avoid the cycle lane which was icy and also running along a row of parked cars. ( here: Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=e12&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=19.563564,39.506836&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=London+E12,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.557443,-0.006217&spn=0.002505,0.004823&z=18&layer=c&cbll=51.558433,-0.005419&panoid=5InJudxW0daLO2tL6-F5wg&cbp=12,232.56,,0,7.7) )
Lady in white fiesta honks her horn once... I ignore her. When arriving at traffic light (still red) am still in primary position and she honks again, walking towards her for a little chat, she is really angry and tells me I should be riding on the side of the road.
Explaining my reasons for being there she shouts, 'you're just playing' then drives off.
The fact that am on a recumbent seems to make me less credible as a 'serious' road user like her.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on February 01, 2010, 11:57:17 am
My icy options include a trike and a hybrid all ready with studded tyres. But I didn't think is was that bad....

So I took the normal bike and ended up walking (skating) for a mile until I reached the dual carriageway. Doh!

Of course I was still in on time and ended up with three classes of children squeezed into my room at 8:45 because colleagues using "superior" methods of personal transport were all jammed up and late to work.  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on February 01, 2010, 09:41:48 pm
A buttock-clenching ride this morning on a dusting of snow which turned out to be thicker across The Marsh, a weird part of my commute with its own microclimate.  It's always 3 degrees colder there than it is in the village, and sometimes the mists are reminiscent of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Tomorrow it's supposed to be 5 degrees and chucking it down.  I prefer that.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 01, 2010, 10:10:40 pm
Tomorrow it's supposed to be 5 degrees and chucking it down.  I prefer that.

I don't.  Give me cold, clear, sunny mornings any day, over dull, pissing down and dreary.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 02, 2010, 05:39:51 am
Ditto.  Light hair mist rain is sort of okay compared to bucketing down, but cold and clear and bright wins out over all.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 02, 2010, 09:09:47 am
Mild, wet & faster.  I'm happy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 02, 2010, 09:46:22 am
I was a little overdressed this morning and sweated buckets as I rode like the wind. Minimal motonic behaviour made for a pleasant ride, even if I was going eyeball out.

Noticed cycle-plod on the case of RLJers here, not that it would affect me but a nice little dose of schadenfreude in the morning goes down well.

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Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 02, 2010, 10:27:32 am
I was a little overdressed this morning and sweated buckets as I rode likeinto the wind.
+1.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: keeks on February 02, 2010, 11:53:38 am
Going along nicely glanced down and noticed I had forget to attach pump post bike clean. What are the chances? I chuckled to myself in the knowledge that nearly a year of commuting on my armoured Schwalbes and not one of those .

Oh dear don't tempt fate , honestly less than 5 mins later there I was cussing away like a confederate in an yankee ambush. After I had replaced the inner tube I managed to wave down a fellow commuter( the first one by) and pump it up.

So well done to the nice man on the Marin ( I think) and well done to the cycling community knowing that I could count on them to help out.:thumbsup:

Hey p**ture fairy................ up yours

 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 02, 2010, 11:57:45 am
Hey p**ture fairy................ up yours

Ooooh, you do know what's going to happen to you on the way home tonight, don't you? ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: keeks on February 02, 2010, 12:47:15 pm
Hey p**ture fairy................ up yours

Ooooh, you do know what's going to happen to you on the way home tonight, don't you? ;D

I'll let you know , anyway ying yang and all that surely there is a anti-p**ture fairy or sprite , I can count on ?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on February 02, 2010, 12:59:19 pm
Couple of miles from home. Notice a "tick tick tick" coming from the front wheel. Stop to take a gander.
Nice egg of inner tube poking through a failed bit of front tyre side-wall, about to *POP*.

Why is it than the day you need something is the day you don't have it? I have been carrying a tyre boot around for 6 years now and never needed it.... Until today... *sigh* So, it was a case of deflate to minimum pressure and slow down for the rest of the ride in. Will fettle a tyre boot for the trip home this afternoon.

Must be a tyre manufacturing fault - its only done 3300km.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on February 02, 2010, 03:17:52 pm
What make tyre PDM?

I had something similar on a commute home last week.  I needed to get home in a hurry so took the shortest route home, a route I nearly always avoid because of a sharp descent right onto a mini-RBT, with my approach road blind to the cars coming from my right.  I'd been ignoring the slight ticking when braking, and about 10 metres from the RBT my front tyre went from 120psi to 0psi interfrastically (and noisily).  I'd been on the brakes for a while, and was going very slowly fortunately.  My tyre had a small tear by the wire, coincidentally (?) where the valve was.  I don't know if the warm rims had caused the puncture, or whether the brakes had caught the bare tube.  I had a boot, but didn't use it because I was in a hurry, and the tear was small enough that I could pump to a descent pressure without there being too much of a bulge.  The tyre was a Conti GP 4 seasons.

 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on February 02, 2010, 03:47:11 pm
Marathon Supreme.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 02, 2010, 05:06:23 pm
Funnily enough, something put a slit in my rear wheel on last Saturdays WARTY, so I had to stop and replace the tube and put a boot on the tyre, and that's also a Marathon Supreme.

I should probably replace the tyre, which has now done a further 100 miles or so, since it was rather a large slit, and the Park Tools Boot isn't really a permanent solution.  I do have three spare tyres sat in the kitchen, so it's not that I'm short of spares!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 02, 2010, 08:18:28 pm
Had a horrible head wind to work. Saw 6 deer in a field and then one more sat down next to the hedgeline.
Only managed 14.5 mph for the 24 miles to work.

Had a rubbish day doing rubbish mundane and difficult tasks.

Left on time and had a stonking tail wind home.  Managed 17 mph average for the 24 miles  :thumbsup:

Near the crematorium there is a pedestrian island with raised kerbs to protect it.
Highway Maintenance car derived van with the obligatory hi viz jacket driver could not wait for the nanosecond it takes me to exit the said narrow section so decided to push on through.  I maintained my position due to grates on the nearside verge so hi viz man had to go wider.  He obviously did not see the raised kerbs but obviously felt them and heard his front tyre go pop as it was emptied of all air.  I did not bother to stop and advise him of his stupidity.  He appeared to realise it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on February 02, 2010, 09:09:07 pm
I was passed too closely by a van on Monday morning, and muttered the usual curses.  As it drew clear I noticed the rear was covered in hi-viz chevrons with the legend "Keeping Wiltshire Safe (http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/)" above the rear doors  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 02, 2010, 09:25:27 pm
He obviously did not see the raised kerbs but obviously felt them and heard his front tyre go pop as it was emptied of all air

*snigger*

Glad that little tale ended as it did.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 02, 2010, 10:04:22 pm
I was passed too closely by a van on Monday morning, and muttered the usual curses.  As it drew clear I noticed the rear was covered in hi-viz chevrons with the legend "Keeping Wiltshire Safe (http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/)" above the rear doors  ::-)

Did you report it?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on February 03, 2010, 06:52:51 am
Had we been forecast it to be this cold?
I've just turned around and come home- I'm not risking these lanes with that invisibly black shiny slippy stuff :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on February 03, 2010, 07:54:55 am
Still mild and drizzly in S Wales.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 03, 2010, 08:07:15 am
Had we been forecast it to be this cold?
I've just turned around and come home- I'm not risking these lanes with that invisibly black shiny slippy stuff :(
Err, yes.  Roughly; anywhere south west of a  line running SE, NW through just north of Oxford / Buckingham. Mild(ish) and rainy. Anywhere t'other side cold and snowy/sleety/icy.  I'm on the "warm" side of the line today. Thankfully.


Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 03, 2010, 09:17:57 am
As I rode to work the sun was appearing on the horizon, giving the clouds a lovely reddish tint, which coupled with the fields and trees that were speckled with ice* made everything look beautiful. Even the vapour clouds from the nearby power station only added to the affect. It was a shame I couldn't spend the whole day cycling.


__________
* Thankfully the roads were ice free apart from the occasional frozen puddle.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on February 03, 2010, 12:46:20 pm
This morning was a very successful puddle and pot hole dodging exercise.  I even managed to get around the the metre wide pot hole hidden in a puddle.  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on February 03, 2010, 06:22:01 pm
That was not as planned.

I watched the last train I could put the bike on this morning pull out of the station as I was on the platform :facepalm:

Cue 27 miles to Fenchurch street to get the train to Barking for a progress meeting on site.
A30 - A315 - A4 - Hammersmith Gyratory, then wrong exit, had planned A4 but ended up going past the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park corner, Parliament square, embankment, London Bridge 2h 10m.

Coffee, bacon roll and orange juice hit the spot and the cafe didn't bat an eyelid when I brought the bike in with me.  :thumbsup:

The meeting overran so I got to Waterloo on  the way home as the commuting restrictions came in at 16:45. Fortunately the guard on the 16:50 took pity on me and let me on anyway. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on February 03, 2010, 06:32:31 pm
Oh and Mr gray mondeo estate on the embankment I folded in your passenger mirror.

We were both going forward at the same speed as the vehicle in front and it was in reach.

So you pulled past and slowed (the traffic in front was stopping for the next set of lights) whilst opening your passenger window. I therefore explained as I folded the mirror out again that if it was in reach it was too close.

 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 03, 2010, 08:08:26 pm
Took a geared bike for the first time in quite a few weeks today - such an odd feeling, that freewheeling lark!

Twatboy: no, I will not "move the fuck out". Kindly overtake on the outside.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 03, 2010, 10:03:49 pm
Well that was . . . .crap.

The heaviest wet snow I've seen all winter. Ended up taking my glasses off in order to see *anything* (I'm very short-sighted).  Soaked to the skin, thank the gods of modern fabrics for my windproof montane velo. Snow jammed between wheel and mudguard giving the feeling of riding a really crap exercise bike with the resistance turned to max.

2hr 15min to get home. I think the low point was changing down as I approached an intersection and discovering I was already in bottom gear.  >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on February 03, 2010, 10:11:14 pm
I got a sore face tonight in the sleety snow. I distinctly remember wondering whether to take a cap this morning and went without.

I also had to dodge what I thought was a road sign lying in the middle of the road but it turns out be roadpaint of a traffic light warning sign. They've helpfully painted this less than a hundred metres from the lights on a downhill stretch of road where two sets of lights are straight ahead and very visible for nearly half a kilometre.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 04, 2010, 08:36:55 am
Last night I felt as if I were riding the heaviest bike in the world, I just couldn't 'make progress' though my jorney was only 5mins longer than normal ??? :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 04, 2010, 09:43:52 am
No snow here in Devon but yesterday was very rainy

It was blissful to get to work this morning dry
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 04, 2010, 12:31:22 pm
... I got three punctures.  Well strictly speaking two, but when pumping up the second repair, I obviously hadn't reseated the bead on the rim quite right, and got an impressively large <bang> when the inner tube popped.

I wouldn't mind, since I normally carry two spares, but I had a puncture at the weekend on the WARTY, and hadn't had a chance to replace that one yet.  So I had to do two actual puncture repairs "in the field".  It's lucky I also always carry a repair kit as well as the spare inners.

With some luck the fairy will have used up all her wrath on me for a while. <fingers crossed>

(Just in case you were wondering, this wasn't the same bit of glass causing the two punctures.  One was in the rear wheel, and one was in the front.  Totally independent, and eight miles apart).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on February 04, 2010, 12:58:12 pm
WVM sort of tried to squeeze me off the road. I stood my ground and he had to back off and had his wing mirror taken off by another van. Nice crunchy sound.

Turning left from Lower Richmond Road onto Putney Bridge. There are two lanes but they narrow considerably. Two cars can just about turn at the same time, one car and one van no, two vans side by side not a chance.

Good luck getting two transit vans side by side through this gap (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=putney+bridge&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=17.151708,39.506836&ie=UTF8&hq=Putney+Bridge&hnear=Putney+Bridge&ll=51.465966,-0.214244&spn=0,359.990355&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=51.466056,-0.214336&panoid=6OPGwMrrvgZrZl86LL7Abw&cbp=12,90.83,,0,24.03).

(From the satellite view, note how the inside lane narrows nicely up to the cycle reservoir. Also note that the railings in that picture have been removed, there's no way in the world I'd have been going up the inside of a vehicle with them still there unless the traffic light was red and I knew I could get past before it changed.)

The van on his outside cut across him (it was slightly ahead of him as the lights changed) and because WVM was too busy wondering whether his intimidation had worked or not he hadn't noticed the van cutting across him slightly. Not sure where he was going either, the bridge is rammed full of traffic. All he wanted to do was prevent my progress.

Crunchtinkle.

I didn't stop as he'd only blame me. Luckily the traffic was bad enough that I was generally overtaking cars the rest of the journey in to London.

I'll admit it was a bit aggressive filtering on my part, and I feel slightly guilty for distracting him enough that I contributed to it, but then it's a twat in a white van who tried to squeeze me off the road.

Orange YACF jersey wearers of SW London beware, there may be an angry WVM out there looking for revenge but he's only got himself to blame.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on February 04, 2010, 01:03:21 pm

Orange YACF jersey wearers of SW London beware, there may be an angry WVM out there looking for revenge but he's only got himself to blame.

Oh bugger !

That's me today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 04, 2010, 01:05:27 pm

Orange YACF jersey wearers of SW London beware, there may be an angry WVM out there looking for revenge but he's only got himself to blame.

Oh bugger !

That's me today.

I'm safe, I'm only wearing my long sleeved ones at the moment, and they're red and black.  The orange one is strictly summer use only, so hopefully he'll have forgotten by the time the sun reappears!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 04, 2010, 01:19:18 pm
WVM sort of tried to squeeze me off the road. I stood my ground and he had to back off and had his wing mirror taken off by another van. Nice crunchy sound

 :) I go that way on my commute. Quite nasty traffic and associated irritable drivers over the last couple of mornings, especially today. I note a sort of mob mentality among the cyclists at times. Interesting...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on February 04, 2010, 01:59:00 pm
It's my second commute of 2010. Quite dreadful really.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 04, 2010, 03:43:54 pm
...my first one on fixed tonight since my 'bent derailleur hanger is sheared.  Ooooh my butt is going to hurt.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tim Hall on February 04, 2010, 04:08:01 pm

( One was in the rear wheel, and one was in the front.  Totally independent, and eight miles apart).

That's one hell of a long bike...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 04, 2010, 04:25:31 pm
(One was in the rear wheel, and one was in the front.  Totally independent, and eight miles apart).

That's one hell of a long bike...

As pointed out recently (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1241.msg531342#msg531342), I am rather tall. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 04, 2010, 11:25:51 pm
I had an effortless ride in - due to the tail wind.
On the way home a people carrier tried to take me out - silly fool of a driver.
Near home I saw two flashing tail lights in the distance so that gave me something to chase.
One was a friend from work out for her first training ride of the year.
A chap went passed us while we were talking - not even nodding or saying hello.
As we had finished chatting a short time later I set off for home and managed to catch him and as I blew him away I shouted a very loud hello  ;D ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 05, 2010, 12:20:50 am
Gods, that was a bit of a commute on the way home.  The loons seemed to be out in force this evening, did I miss a Memo or something?

One guy came within a gnats whisker of taking me out, and I think the only thing which saved me was that he didn't see me at all, even though he was almost driving directly into the light of my Exposure Race Maxx.  If he had seen me, and slowed down even slightly, we would have collided.  As it was, his total and blithe ignorance of anyone else on the road saved me, although it also caused the near miss in the first place. :-\

It was one of those heart pumping, adrenalin rushing near misses that I have every few months.  I can do without them.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Arno on February 05, 2010, 10:06:32 am
boy racer in metallic blue hatchback in Leytonstone this morning, obstructing cycle path while trying to overtake on the left other car stationary in middle of the road that was about to turn right. (he had no chance of passing that car, there wasn't enough space).
Little ting of the cyclist ahead of me, little 300 millisecond parp of air zound from me as we both squeezed through the tiny gap left at walking pace.
F*** Off was his answer to this, then revving his pride and joy like a lunatic and overtaking like a bullet.... a bit scary to watch him approach in the rear mirror.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on February 05, 2010, 12:04:37 pm
Last night I put myself in a ditch.
I was hauling myself up a narrow little lane on the singlespeed and a car came slowly carefully and considerately down the hill in the other direction. As soon as it passed I eased back out into the centre of the lane only to find the car was towing a trailer and a slightly panicky moving vehicle avoidance clipless moment ensued.

Fool.

Luckily the only witnesses just flew off, clucking & sniggering. At least that's what it sounded like to me.

Incidentally my commuting time is fantastic on the one gear. How does that work? How can I be 10% faster when there's no big gears to thrash on the flat bits?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: simonp on February 05, 2010, 01:55:19 pm
You gain more by going fast uphill than by going fast on the flat.  Single speed may be making you push harder on the climbs.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tim Hall on February 05, 2010, 02:12:07 pm
Getting back into the commuting groove - work lately has meant I've either been away from the office, or carting tons of kit.

Rode to and from work yesterday, plus a 10km spin at lunch. Dozy bint in a Beamer pulled alongside me, then I noticed her left indicator (see they do have them). This coupled with a left turn ahead alerted me that bad stuff might happen. I stopped, she stopped. I waited till she had completed her manouvere and then followed  her down the road to explain the error of her ways. However I bottled it at the last minute - too wound up and worried I'd escalate the situation unnecessarily. 47km overall.

Took the longer way in today. Earlier start but a cracking ride. Looking forward to riding home again.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on February 05, 2010, 04:42:21 pm
Incidentally my commuting time is fantastic on the one gear. How does that work? How can I be 10% faster when there's no big gears to thrash on the flat bits?


When I ride my fixed in a group of gearies, I either ease off on the pedals or overtake them as they change gear. You lose a lot of momentum changing gear, even if you do a very good job of it.
Riding fast on the parts of the ride that are allready fast won't gain you as much time as riding a bit faster on the slower bits of the route. If you usualy climb a hill at 5mph and it takes you 2 minutes, you'd gain a minute by climbing at 10mph.
If you usualy descend that hill at 20mph then firstly, you won't be descending for as much time as you'd be climbing it, so your 1 minute 10mph climb is a 30 second 20mph descent. If you descend that hill at 40mph, which would take a lot of doing, you'd gain 45 seconds, so would still need to keep up a very high pace for some time.
A fixed wheel will climb even better than a singlespeed freewheel.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 05, 2010, 04:56:33 pm

NA58 TZM - Morrison Utility Services driver apparently on the phone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZaohQwoyeU).

I'll wait for youtube to index it before I send off an email.  That way I can suggest they search on their company name for the youtube footage.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 05, 2010, 05:02:03 pm
Nabbed!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on February 05, 2010, 05:28:27 pm
I got away sharp tonight and rode part of the way home WITH THE SUN ON MY BACK AND MY SHADOW ON THE ROAD IN FRONT.

It must be Spring!

Yippeee dooo dah dayyyyy.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 05, 2010, 06:03:36 pm
Incidentally my commuting time is fantastic on the one gear

My (flat) fixed wheel commute average speed is definitely faster than on gears. I think it is because 1) it is a relatively light bike and 2) pootling is not really possible, there is a certain minimum comfortable speed - as long as there is no serious headwind etc. My feeling is that it is more efficient.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: simonp on February 05, 2010, 06:10:36 pm
My Pompino is faster than my Galaxy.  But I reckon my Madone would be faster still, being about 7kg sans pedals.  Of course I tend not to commute on that.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 05, 2010, 06:18:45 pm
I'm sure I could average the same speed on a geared bike of similar weight - but I think I ride more lazily on gears.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on February 05, 2010, 07:13:57 pm
I'm sure I could average the same speed on a geared bike of similar weight - but I think I ride more lazily on gears.

I think that you've hit the nail on the head there, with gears I'm generally lazier. This afternoon in Richmond Park I was on my geared bike and span up the hills on the granny ring whereas I'd grind my way up on single speed.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Arno on February 05, 2010, 07:15:42 pm
Started using Schwalbe's Matrathon plus on Wednesday, which is advertised as  'flatless'. Punctured tonight on third trip on some broken glass along regent's canal....
 ::-)

-- edit
Mounted police patrolling the canal is quite reassuring while fixing puncture.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on February 05, 2010, 09:16:28 pm
Started using Schwalbe's Matrathon plus on Wednesday, which is advertised as  'flatless'. Punctured tonight on third trip on some broken glass along regent's canal....
 ::-)

I put some on at the weekend to replace a worn-through Gatorskin. Bloody hell, they're slow, aren't they!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Arno on February 05, 2010, 09:48:34 pm
Started using Schwalbe's Matrathon plus on Wednesday, which is advertised as  'flatless'. Punctured tonight on third trip on some broken glass along regent's canal....
 ::-)

I put some on at the weekend to replace a worn-through Gatorskin. Bloody hell, they're slow, aren't they!
Yah, not in the same speed category as gatorskins, feeling like you forgot the handbrake on? On the plus side they're a good way to train the legs until spring.
Did also try Conti sport contact that come with a one year no-puncture guarantee, they fared no better than Schwalbe on the harsh paths of London.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 05, 2010, 10:26:40 pm
...Did also try Conti sport contact that come with a one year no-puncture guarantee, they fared no better than Schwalbe on the harsh paths of London. ...

To be fair to the Sport Contacts, a pair came with all the other bits for the Kaffenback, and I swapped out the rear one in annoyance after 2500 miles and three fairy visitations.   I've just decided to bin the front one after 6000 miles and one fairy visitation.  It doesn't actually look all that bad, but since I need to change the rear Marathon Supreme anyway (big slit), I thought I'd swap both tyres over.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Arno on February 05, 2010, 11:16:43 pm
...Did also try Conti sport contact that come with a one year no-puncture guarantee, they fared no better than Schwalbe on the harsh paths of London. ...

To be fair to the Sport Contacts, a pair came with all the other bits for the Kaffenback, and I swapped out the rear one in annoyance after 2500 miles and three fairy visitations.   I've just decided to bin the front one after 6000 miles and one fairy visitation.  It doesn't actually look all that bad, but since I need to change the rear Marathon Supreme anyway (big slit), I thought I'd swap both tyres over.
Yes,  my previous comments about  Sport contact and Marathon + were maybe a bit harsh as  I think they're quite sturdy in general compared to many others, and rolling (unintentionnally) on broken glass is bound to attract trouble.
2  commutes is too early to form a reliable opinion.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 05, 2010, 11:33:35 pm
The Sport Contacts are OK, but I don't think I could tolerate them long term for commuting, they simply aren't as bomb proof as something like a Marathon Supreme.  They are a bit easier rolling resistance wise, so I guess it's horses for courses.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: simonp on February 06, 2010, 12:04:36 am
Started using Schwalbe's Matrathon plus on Wednesday, which is advertised as  'flatless'. Punctured tonight on third trip on some broken glass along regent's canal....
 ::-)

I put some on at the weekend to replace a worn-through Gatorskin. Bloody hell, they're slow, aren't they!

My tyre of choice for all except my touring bike are Continental GP4S.  The tyre that the Gatorskin should have been.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on February 06, 2010, 11:45:52 am
...Did also try Conti sport contact that come with a one year no-puncture guarantee, they fared no better than Schwalbe on the harsh paths of London. ...

To be fair to the Sport Contacts, a pair came with all the other bits for the Kaffenback, and I swapped out the rear one in annoyance after 2500 miles and three fairy visitations.   I've just decided to bin the front one after 6000 miles and one fairy visitation.  It doesn't actually look all that bad, but since I need to change the rear Marathon Supreme anyway (big slit), I thought I'd swap both tyres over.
Yes,  my previous comments about  Sport contact and Marathon + were maybe a bit harsh as  I think they're quite sturdy in general compared to many others, and rolling (unintentionnally) on broken glass is bound to attract trouble.
2  commutes is too early to form a reliable opinion.


Standard Marathons have served me well in London - two punctures in the last three years of fairly extensive commuting on road and paths. First one was a jagged half Becks bottle submerged in a puddle (and o, who can resist a big splashy puddle, sploshy temptress of muddy joy), the second one was a thin piece of metal wire through the sidewall. Yes, I evidently cycle through some kind of post-apocalyptic landscape. Welcome to south-east London.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on February 07, 2010, 11:22:32 am
but I think I ride more lazily on gears.
I think this is the answer.

A fixed wheel will climb even better than a singlespeed freewheel.
When all risk of ice is gone I'll flip the wheel and we'll see if TG is right with my legs.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on February 07, 2010, 12:16:36 pm
A fixed wheel will climb even better than a singlespeed freewheel.
When all risk of ice is gone I'll flip the wheel and we'll see if TG is right with my legs.

Will you use the same sized gear fixed as your singlespeed?
If you use a low gear (less than 65") and freewheel on descents, it's probably worth upping the gear by about 5".
If you use something like a 65-75" gear on the singlespeed, I'd keep it about the same for fixed.
65" fixed is a good starting point, but can be unnerving on descents at first, until you get used to spinning the legs.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 08, 2010, 08:13:56 am
Ah. So that's what the big ring is for.  Wheeeee! ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 08, 2010, 10:18:57 am

NA58 TZM - Morrison Utility Services driver apparently on the phone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZaohQwoyeU).

I'll wait for youtube to index it before I send off an email.  That way I can suggest they search on their company name for the youtube footage.

Happy happies. Another successful campaign action. Response from a Morrison PR Officer that the driver will be dealt with by HR, and the video used to reinforce training about phone usage in company vehicles.

Well done Morrison Utility Services, thank you!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on February 08, 2010, 12:17:38 pm
Well, yesterday.

Mother (I assume) in a people carrier, at least three young kids strapped in, attempting to negotiate a right turn on what is effectively a staggered crossroad on a busy main road into Beckenham (by Birkbeck station), with poor sight lines owing the tram/train bridge (which the road has to dip under). Gradually edging out into traffic without once looking to her left or across the junction to where I was (commonsense advised me to just leave her to it, the probability of her noticing a cyclist was nil). She wasn't indicating, but then she was far enough into the main roadway for her intent to be clear.

It probably goes without saying that she had a mobile wedged between shoulder and ear and was deep in conversation (this explains why she could only look left). She seemed to be rummaging under the dashboard for something at the same time, which I assume was why the phone wasn't in her hand.

Anyway, she was almost hit by two cars but despite some vigorous beeping I don't even think she noticed, so evidently engrossing was her phone call. Last seen heading toward Beckenham.

FFS, what conversation can be that important? I was waving my arms and mouthing PUT THE PHONE DOWN (which she also didn't notice) since I was convinced something was going to broadside her, and it really was just pure unadulterated luck she made it through unscathed.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 08, 2010, 12:58:40 pm
Almost slapped in the face by an arabic man who was gesticulating wildly out of the window of his parked van, bopped a dog on it's head when I went past it dead slow, but it decided to do a 180° turn and smacked it's head into my bottom bracket, triggered the 30mph(1) warning sign on Cedars Road, got lightly snowed on, and came within a hair's breadth of being doored half a mile from work.

So, a fairly normal days commute. ;D

Footnote (1): I was probably only doing 22mph or so, and there were no other cars on the road, so I assume it triggered on the spokes on my wheel (the uppers ones of which would have been doing 44mph).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 08, 2010, 08:02:01 pm
Good bit of snow on the way out to Richmond way this evening - wasn't expecting that really. Glad I packed an extra layer. Pleasant enough  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: John Henry on February 08, 2010, 08:06:51 pm
I got loudly beeped at by some red-faced bloke in a Seat. I will never know what for: I hadn't been anywhere near him and despite the fact that he was shouting loudly, he hadn't bothered to lower his car window.

Never mind. I'm still ahead on karma, as I got lots of thumbs up after pointing out some horrific potholes to a chap in a Mini yesterday.  :smug:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 09, 2010, 03:21:24 am
Since I left quite late today, even for me, around 2am, I was curious about how much traffic I'd see.

When I lived in Cheltenham, at 2am on a Monday night/Tuesday morning, you'd be lucky to see any moving traffic.  Probably less than half a dozen vehicles would be busy, and several of those would be police cars!

In London, over a bit less than an hour, I saw 89 motor vehicles, 5 cyclists, and 10 pedestrians.  That was actually more motor vehicles than I expected.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 09, 2010, 06:13:53 am
Well my commute was like a return to the beginning of my cycling revival.  I had to go to Marlborough for a change so went up up up and then down down down.  It was actually very enjoyable.  I compensated with a much shorter but steeper ride by having a very full Nelson Longflap including some heavy shoes and jeans.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on February 09, 2010, 06:32:58 am
Horrible last night - dark, wind-driven snow like needles in the eyes, and some git had spilled diesel all along the lanes for the last two miles.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 09, 2010, 07:53:30 am
Horrible last night - dark, wind-driven snow like needles in the eyes, and some git had spilled diesel all along the lanes for the last two miles.
Isn't astonishing the difference only a few (about 10 or 12) miles can make to weather conditions?  I had a straightforward, dry, ride home albeit with a strong bitterly cold breeze in my face.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on February 09, 2010, 08:32:40 am
I was bitterly cold on the way home yesterday, cold cold wind finding the slightest gap in my layers, and fine precipitation lacerating my front (it felt).
Arriving home with snot & tears (from the wind) all over my face, I looked in the mirror to see it's unlikely my single status will change any time soon...

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on February 09, 2010, 10:13:25 am
I was bitterly cold on the way home yesterday, cold cold wind finding the slightest gap in my layers, and fine precipitation lacerating my front (it felt).
Arriving home with snot & tears (from the wind) all over my face, I looked in the mirror to see it's unlikely my single status will change any time soon...



real beauty lies within:the outside is merely the wrapping which should not be used to judge the contents. ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Andrij on February 09, 2010, 10:38:48 am
Commuting time has improved, even though I took the slightly longer (+1km) route I was still a couple of minutes quicker than a few weeks ago.  I wanted to include the Isle of Dogs loop but didn't leave early enough.

Today was the first time I did my commute before 7am and a lot of the drivers were right tossers, especially those using the bus lanes before the restrictions started.  I've learned my lesson: from now on I will ride right in the middle of the lane instead of sharing.  Traffic is light enough - they can use the other lane, the ba5tard5.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: John Henry on February 09, 2010, 06:46:41 pm
I got loudly beeped at by some red-faced bloke in a Seat. I will never know what for: I hadn't been anywhere near him and despite the fact that he was shouting loudly, he hadn't bothered to lower his car window.

And today I saw the same driver, in the same place, drive along for several yards with two wheels on the pavement rather than waiting for three seconds to allow the driver in front of him to turn right.

His abuse to me yesterday was obviously nothing personal - he's just a nut-job. Phew.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 09, 2010, 08:26:07 pm
I had the highs and lows.
I saw a Hustler type magazine, well many pages of said item displaying all sorts of pink fleshy shots but then a little further on a dead badger.
On the way home I met a big boss that was going home on his bike so we chewed the fat for a bit.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on February 09, 2010, 08:28:06 pm
I had the highs and lows.
I saw a Hustler type magazine, well many pages of said item displaying all sorts of pink fleshy shots but then a little further on a dead badger.
On the way home I met a big boss that was going home on his bike so we chewed the fat for a bit.

Sounds like the badger was so engrossed in the magazine that he never noticed the car bearing down on him.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 09, 2010, 08:30:31 pm
They say too much of that causes one to go blind  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on February 09, 2010, 08:42:23 pm
It was the height of summer and I could smell a dead badger.   :sick: :sick: :sick:

Where was it? Only a further 100 metres or so down the road from where I first could smell it.    :sick: :sick: :sick:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on February 09, 2010, 08:42:47 pm
I had the highs and lows.
I saw a Hustler type magazine, well many pages of said item displaying all sorts of pink fleshy shots but then a little further on a dead badger.
On the way home I met a big boss that was going home on his bike so we chewed the fat for a bit.
So...which was the high point?  And which of the three aroused you the most?  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on February 09, 2010, 08:44:18 pm
I had the highs and lows.
I saw a Hustler type magazine, well many pages of said item displaying all sorts of pink fleshy shots but then a little further on a dead badger.
On the way home I met a big boss that was going home on his bike so we chewed the fat for a bit.

You dirty fecker!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 09, 2010, 08:45:06 pm
Hustler caused a wry smile to youthful memories of furtiveness.
Badger caused a tinge of sadness.
Boss was enjoyable as I had not caught up with him for a while and it was good to chat.

None aroused me whatsoever  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on February 09, 2010, 10:12:06 pm
I was bitterly cold on the way home yesterday, cold cold wind finding the slightest gap in my layers, and fine precipitation lacerating my front (it felt).
Arriving home with snot & tears (from the wind) all over my face, I looked in the mirror to see it's unlikely my single status will change any time soon...


Quote from: fboab
It's all about grip strength
;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 10, 2010, 07:49:17 am
Mixed bag this morning.   

On the not quite plus side I had to ride the main road, there was a bitterly cold head/side wind pretty much all the way and a 10 minute shower of sleet - out of an apparently clear sky. Weird.

On the quite definitely plus side it was obviously beginning to get light at 0630, there was beautiful crescent moon, the volume of bird song has definitely increased significantly over the last week and leaving aside the pillock in the artic in Lechlade all the motons gave me lots and lots of room.

The darktime is ending!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 10, 2010, 08:24:42 am
Apparently the smallest CrinklyCub had his second off :(  Turning right, black ice, down they went.  One exploded front light, no injuries, bike probably OK.  Littly cried for 30 seconds and has apparently been going round the nursery telling everybody "I was crying before.  We fell off daddy's bike."  It's slippy out there!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 10, 2010, 09:09:50 am
Nearly hit 3 times.

1) Narrow road due to roadworks a twat in a Volvo passed me so close that if I hadn't made a corrective swerve he would have hit me.

2) Mini-RAB, approaching to turn right, sitting to the RHS of the lane, big signal. As soon as I dropped my arm to the bars and entered the RAB a police car opposite assumed that I had given up on my turn and started forwards. An e-stop from her and a nervous swerve on the paint for me.

3) 2 lanes going round a dogs-leg at Oval, car decides that the racing line is appropriate and comes within centimetres of taking me out.


Then I nearly got hit by bird poo.

Then I got snowed/hailed on for 10minutes.


 :'(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 10, 2010, 01:10:48 pm
Rather bizzare weather today, almost the entire way in every five or ten minutes it swapped between snow and bright sunshine.

The snow wasn't settling, but was the small really hard stuff that can be quite painful, and at times made me slow down, since it made it difficult to see when it was going straight into my eyes. :-\

Aside from that and the damned North-Easterly wind that's been a drag for the last week or so, it was an uneventful commute.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 10, 2010, 03:03:42 pm
It is rather variable in London. Got lucky this morning - rode in early for a lecture at 0800, thereby missing some snow type stuff that I would have been out in had I rode in at my usual 30 mins later. Left work early - first daylight ride home from work this year, bright and sunny  :) Also my first ride outside of the rush hour in ages, lovely. Commute average is around the 15 mph mark these days, regardless of traffic. I noted a nice comfortable cruising speed of 18 mph today, possibly wind-assisted. I'd never noticed this before as my computer is on the top tube and I never like to look at it in rush hour conditions, but today I got to lower my head to it for a bit  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: JonBuoy on February 10, 2010, 05:03:34 pm
Proper snow here in Leicestershire and it appears to be sticking.  The ride to the leisure centre in 30 minutes for badminton will be entertaining and the ride home after rehydrating could end up a tad unpleasant.  Not sure whether this still counts as part of the commute though.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on February 10, 2010, 05:20:30 pm
The ride home tonight was strange, lovely and sunny but the wind was ludicrous.  I plumbed new depths with my gearing just to get nowhere.

I don't know if I'm imagining it, but now it's getting lighter the dangerous overtakes seem to be on the increase.

Just about to harvest the footage.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 10, 2010, 09:12:35 pm
Ride to work involved ice patrol.
Ride home was horribly cold and windy and involved more ice patrol.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on February 10, 2010, 09:15:55 pm
Tonight on the way home I had a lovely chat with a lady who said I was riding "one of our bikes". Turns out she works at Condor. She was on a Pista which she takes via Richmond park on her way home.
They're having a Rapha sample sale on Friday, for anyone who's interested. And the women's line launches in March. I may have to starve the family in favour of some new duds.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on February 11, 2010, 08:16:17 am
What?!!!
Your brother can't get you free samples!

These supermodels nowadays just have no clue do they?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 11, 2010, 08:40:19 am
It was a lovely morning and I was really enjoying the cycle to work, until after 2.5 km a women started to pull out on my at a major roundabout. I hit the brakes, glared and then heard a pop as a spoke in my front wheel snapped. I guess the sudden breaking must have caused the snappage, although clearly it must have already been weak. I managed to limp back home. I'm going to drive into work in a bit, but there's no point setting off yet because the traffic will be hell. Hopefully I can get the wheel sorted by Sunday or else I'll have to DNS the Rutland & Beyond audax.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on February 11, 2010, 09:26:55 am
What?!!!
Your brother can't get you free samples!

These supermodels nowadays just have no clue do they?

He's not doing it any more. They dumped him in favour of a different model. Or something. Such a fickle business.  ::-) ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on February 12, 2010, 07:24:41 pm
The journey home was, erm interesting.  Only three miles from home when there was a dreadful grindy graunch and I wasn't going anywhere, back wheel locked up solid.  How I managed to unclip I'll never know.

Closer inspection revealed that the rear mech hanger had sheared right off.

I'm delighted to report that every cyclist passing by stopped to see if I was OK, cyclists are such a lovely bunch.

Trouble is, I'm none the wiser as to how it happened, which is worrying.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 12, 2010, 07:33:29 pm
The journey home was, erm interesting.  Only three miles from home when there was a dreadful grindy graunch and I wasn't going anywhere, back wheel locked up solid.  How I managed to unclip I'll never know.

Closer inspection revealed that the rear mech hanger had sheared right off.

I'm delighted to report that every cyclist passing by stopped to see if I was OK, cyclists are such a lovely bunch.

Trouble is, I'm none the wiser as to how it happened, which is worrying.

Unlucky mate.  Same happened to me on Hell of the Ashdown, the chain ended up the other side of the wheel.

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Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 12, 2010, 07:34:18 pm
Had an excellent commute yesterday, brilliant traffic.  I did get some amusement out of telling off this speeding driver:


      YouTube
            - R002 XOL speeding driver amusement
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTxSqNqovZU)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pingu on February 12, 2010, 11:21:26 pm
The journey home was, erm interesting.  Only three miles from home when there was a dreadful grindy graunch and I wasn't going anywhere, back wheel locked up solid.  How I managed to unclip I'll never know.

Closer inspection revealed that the rear mech hanger had sheared right off.

I'm delighted to report that every cyclist passing by stopped to see if I was OK, cyclists are such a lovely bunch.

Trouble is, I'm none the wiser as to how it happened, which is worrying.

Unlucky mate.  Same happened to me on Hell of the Ashdown, the chain ended up the other side of the wheel.

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(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3435/4002065636_b79501df2e_o.jpg)

Not mine, thankfully.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 13, 2010, 01:04:30 am
I'd almost say it was uneventful this evening, except I saw six police vehicles in the penultimate mile of my commute, on the approach to the centre of Croydon.  All of those were driving or parked up separately, and only one was on Blue and Twos.  This probably says something about Croydon Town Centre on a Friday night.  I try not to think too much about that, and just cycle a bit faster to get past that bit!

Now I need to get my head down, so I can wake up nice and early and go off on the Peli and Woollyless Peli and Woolly Pootle (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=29423.0).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 13, 2010, 02:56:11 am
Had an excellent commute yesterday, brilliant traffic.  I did get some amusement out of telling off this speeding driver:


      YouTube
            - R002 XOL speeding driver amusement
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTxSqNqovZU)

Private Hire Vehicle - shocking ::-)

A silly little game I play on commutes is... based on the overtake as it is in progress, guess whether it will have a private hire sticker in the rear window.

I'd say I get it right over 80% of the time. PHV-taxi drivers do make it way too easy though.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 13, 2010, 07:31:30 am
Just a short one for me yesterday.  On the way in decided not to break my neck by going all the way to Divisional HQ only to come back to HQ for a meeting to then go back to DHQ to another meeting prior to coming home again.  The second meeting was cancelled so I just with to HQ on route, sat in my Assos kit and then went home afterwards and kept working from home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 13, 2010, 05:22:24 pm
I may have to starve the family in favour of some new duds

I see they are already listing some female specific items on their website - not available as yet, but it gives you an idea.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on February 15, 2010, 03:50:25 am
On the way in tonight, I had something I haven't had for a while: the incoherent, window-down passenger rant. I was just going past the pub-now-Indian-restaurant when I felt a car coming up behind me. Oncoming traffic, narrow road, so I took primary.
They actually waited.
When they went past, however, the most I could decipher was a possible suggestion that I should be further left and riding over the potholes.

I am afraid my response was limited to a 'koff.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 15, 2010, 08:43:10 am
In on the Yukon this morning - first time I've ridden that bike in, literally, months. All jolly nice and all that but I think I'll be back on fixed in a day or two...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 15, 2010, 01:30:12 pm
After >200 km yesterday, today I decided to take things easy on the way to work. It's a shame I didn't inform Aeolus of this fact as he gave a nasty headwind to battle against; so much for taking things easy. Oh and it was sleeting, too.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 15, 2010, 02:47:27 pm
I was ill at the weekend

In Devon on sunday afternoon  it was glorious sunshine, very clear, great views.  Maybe a bit cold but the sun warmed it up a little.  This is my usual slot for a meander around the hills

I spent half the afternoon in bed and the other half feeling cold and tired

This morning I was a bit underpowered but I managed to ride to work in the rain...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on February 15, 2010, 02:49:48 pm
Used a different back wheel. It is an old one with cones from a different hub. It felt OK, a bit different, but that could be put down to the Rubino at 100psi. I am not sure the bearings are right. Some play in them when I wobble the wheel, will try to remove some play ce soir.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on February 15, 2010, 05:53:50 pm
How embarrassing is it when after a fettling session you don't do up the skewer tightly enough?  :-[

So this morning, as I powered off to cross the main road near my house, the wheel locked completely against the chain stay.  Left me hopping around in the road trying to disengage from the pedals and then having to apologetically lift my bike across to the far pavement past the surprisingly patient motons.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 15, 2010, 09:27:06 pm
Lovely commute in. 
On the way home I was ghosted by a Barn Owl.  I wonder if they do that as they are hoping for a mouse or whatever to be frightened by my passing along the road thus identifying their location to the owl?
By ghosting I mean staying level with me in the same direction but just slighlty off into the field in the hedgerow.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 16, 2010, 08:53:28 am
Bailed out and took the train -  just too tired to get on the bike in the pouring rain (then of course, spent my whole commute wishing I was on the bike ::-) )
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Andrij on February 16, 2010, 08:59:16 am
Nice bit of commuting yesterday, detouring around the Isle of Dogs both ways.  It's lovely cycling there: traffic volumes are low and there are very few traffic lights.  On the way home I went all the way around without putting a foot down.

On the way in I surprised a fellow cyclist.  I was stopped at a red light when a bloke on a nondescript MTB pulls up next to me.
Him: Wanna race?
Me: No thanks, I leave that for the weekends. (OK, I lied, but I no longer race/chase on my commutes).
Him: *laugh* OK.
The light turns green, I put myself into motion the way I usually do: like a sprinter.
Him: {expletives not fit for print}.
 ;D

And I learned something last night.  A 45 minute spin class is a great warm-up for the 45 minute commute home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2010, 09:08:05 pm
Moist this evening.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 16, 2010, 09:27:06 pm
Lovely ride in.  The rain dodged me.
Coming home it paid me back.  I couldn't be bothered to stop and Goretex up but I paid for that as by the time I got home my hands were like blocks of ice.  Blood sugar had dropped to 4.7 too so that was not helpful.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 17, 2010, 08:04:34 am
Oh dear. If it isn't ice it's mud.  Do you remember when the roads weren't like skating rinks? :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 17, 2010, 11:22:57 am
Moist again on the way home, but this time with a headwind.  Bracing.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: spindrift on February 17, 2010, 11:29:49 am
There's a nasty, narrowing bit of road on the way to the office. Yesterday I heard a car behind me, and he hung way back. It wasn't safe for him to overtake and he didn't, he waited then passed leaving loads of room.

 Distinctive vehicle. Pink and very long.

 I emailed the company last night to say thanks and I wish all drivers were as good as theirs. Got a reply.:

Dear spindrift.
 
We wish to Thank you for taking the time to e mail us regarding the manner in which our limousine was being driven on Monday 15th February
 
We pride ourselves on being a professional company and all our drivers are trained to respect other road users and it is most pleasing to receive positive feedback
 
Your comments have been passed to our driver
 
With Kind Regards
 
Pretty in Pink Limousines.

 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on February 17, 2010, 11:44:20 am
Managed to get my average speed into the 16s for the first time in a while, albeit helped by clear junctions, not having to stop at level crossings and it being half-term.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on February 17, 2010, 12:03:41 pm
Managed to get my average speed into the 16s for the first time in a while, albeit helped by clear junctions, not having to stop at level crossings and it being half-term.

Grande! I actually managed 17 mph moving average on Monday - but was also in part due to the absence of any ice! I didn't ride at all last week as each day I'd awoke to a good frost.


All that has changed now. Snow tyres arrived last week and over the weekend I recommissioned the mountain bike. I even cycled down *evil* hill even though I could see it was icy!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Redlight on February 17, 2010, 12:28:06 pm
Came close to splatting a "cyclist" today. Was using the car to take stuff to the recycling centre. Doing about 25, crossing a set of lights on a main road when a guy on a bike shot out from the road I was crossing (i.e. through the red light) and made a wide left turn in the middle of the lane in front of me.  I don't know for sure that I would have hit him had I not braked hard but I suspect I might have done. 

He had earphones in. I'm not sure if he was even aware I was there.

For a moment I felt a bit like a Daily Wailer  :sick:

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on February 17, 2010, 01:21:09 pm

For a moment I felt a bit like a Daily Wailer  :sick:


If you were a reader of aforementioned snoozespaper you would probably have hit him, stopped, then proceeded to rant on at him about all the ills of cycling.

 :P
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on February 18, 2010, 09:01:45 am
Fog freezing on my brake levers.
Nice. Not.
I really need to start believing the weather forecast. ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wowbagger on February 18, 2010, 09:12:42 am
Fog freezing on my brake levers.
Nice. Not.
I really need to start believing the weather forecast. ::-)

We have rime and reason too.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 18, 2010, 09:35:22 am
No icy stuff here but there is thick fog and heavy rain so I don't feel left out

The fog was so bad I felt the need to turn on the superflash
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 18, 2010, 09:36:31 am
Lovely commute in yesterday in the rain.  I was well rugged up and comfortable.  Managed to stay in my zones all the way.
On the way home it was dry but cold.  I defrocked the Goretex but still managed to keep warm in my ACF roubaix top.  After 5 miles of the journey I hooked up with a chap named Will.  He had left Trowbridge on a training ride - he is going to compete in duathalons.  We had a chat for a couple of miles before our routes parted.  

That was a nice change.

I am certainly enjoying the lack of traffic due to half term too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on February 18, 2010, 11:46:54 am
Pannier came loose as I was honking over a bridge. Went into the rear wheel and nearly bucked me off. Rear wheel was buckled and I was 12 miles from work. Google local gave me the number for the nearest bike shop, and he agreed to fix the wheel while I waited. When I arrived, he showed me where the spoke was bent, and that I could do with replacing my brake pads. I was meant to be at work, so he trued the rear wheel to get me back on the road (no charge), and I am dropping it off to get the spoke and pads replaced tomorrow.

Thumbs up for Cambridge Cycle Company in Shelford - Cambridge Cycle Company, Bicycles, Cambridge, Cycle, Cycles, Claud, Butler, Pushbike, Bikes, Bike, Mountain Bike, Classic Bikes, hire, Bicycle, Cambridge, Cycle, Claud, Butler, Pushbike, Bike, hire (http://www.cambridgecyclecompany.co.uk/)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: urban_biker on February 18, 2010, 12:02:16 pm
Climbing Portsdown hill this morning on a busy A road. Two cars came flying down the hill towards me and as they passed I felt a pain in my ear. I'm pretty sure a stone was flung up as they passed at speed. Subsequently found, when I got to work, that I had blood all over my ear from a small cut. I can see why people wear protective glasses when cycling, wouldn't want to get hit in the eye like that.

Had a few punctures this week too. 3 so far this week and I'm getting a bit fed up with it. Ok - so I should probably be on tougher Winter tyres but I like the speed.

Roll on Spring.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 18, 2010, 01:21:16 pm
<snip>
Had a few punctures this week too. 3 so far this week and I'm getting a bit fed up with it.
Never mind; that'll be your quota for the decade. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on February 18, 2010, 01:40:30 pm
<snip>
Had a few punctures this week too. 3 so far this week and I'm getting a bit fed up with it.
Never mind; that'll be your quota for the decade. :)
I've had more punctures this week than in the last decade.Two.Both on the trike.Each rear wheel.On consecutive days.While the trike was stationary in the garage. ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: urban_biker on February 18, 2010, 04:29:01 pm
<snip>
Had a few punctures this week too. 3 so far this week and I'm getting a bit fed up with it.
Never mind; that'll be your quota for the decade. :)

If only that were true  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 18, 2010, 06:23:45 pm
A tad dampish this evening in London  ::-)

What's going on with the weather forecasters this week?? None of them have predicted all this pissingdown.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Riggers on February 19, 2010, 09:25:56 am
Absolutely nothing happened on my commute today, and nothing ever seems to happen on my commute on any other day either. What am I doing wrong?


No, hang on. Wait a minute … I said "morning" to Dick (who runs the local bike shop) as he walked into work on the other side of the road, and he was carrying a letter. I couldn't see what the letter was, but he was obviously intent on posting it because it was already in his hand.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on February 19, 2010, 09:30:04 am
Came off my bike this morning on black ice, the only thing damaged was my pride as there were other cyclists around.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 19, 2010, 09:43:25 am
After being off the bike on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week I was missing cycling and even dreamed about cycling to work last night.

Got up this morning and left the house to driving sleet - that blew away the cobwebs! A most enjoyable ride in 60% of it without sleet :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Andrij on February 19, 2010, 09:49:28 am
No bike commute today.  Legs feeling tired and a bit sore, perhaps been overdoing things a bit this week.  :(

Instead I 'slept in', took the Tube and gave my legs a rest.  I would much rather be on the bike.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 19, 2010, 09:51:10 am
Black ice for 10 miles.

Puncture.

Bonked because I left 30min later than usual and then delayed by puncture.

Only good thing was I got to use my new Road Morph in anger, and it is a fantastic bit of kit.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Riggers on February 19, 2010, 10:55:36 am
Where are you chaps? It's all calm and tranquility in Brighton.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pumpkin on February 19, 2010, 11:08:18 am
Dad’s 28-mile cycle to work

   - Manchester Evening News (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1192982_dads_28mile_cycle_to_work)

Came across this yesterday. For those of you familiar with the route you know it's a good workout. It is only once a week though
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 19, 2010, 11:14:59 am
Fair ride.

But you wouldn't want to live near Middleton (not the one in Teesdale, obv), would you?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 19, 2010, 11:36:22 am
He claims to do that in 1.5hrs? F*ck me, that's shifting over those hills. No wonder he can only manage once a week.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on February 19, 2010, 12:03:21 pm
Where are you chaps? It's all calm and tranquility in Brighton.
You're forgetting Dick again, and the mysterious letter.  Will we ever find out if he posted it, do you think?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hulver on February 19, 2010, 12:54:31 pm
A bit of drizzle on the way in, but nothing horrible.

I discovered that I can do an emergency stop on the fixed.  :thumbsup:

I also had a bus pull out on me. Those two events might be related.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: perpetual dan on February 19, 2010, 08:58:52 pm
Where are you chaps? It's all calm and tranquility in Brighton.

Calm and tranquility? I managed to keep pace with someone on the last hill home today, and I got to ride both to and from work - considerable excitement at this end of Brighton.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 19, 2010, 10:40:52 pm
And another blowout, on the way home.

Despite putting a patch on the inside of the tyre covering the slit, the tube blew out through it on the way home. fasdhf
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 19, 2010, 10:52:47 pm
Ice all the way in.  I had to leave my back roads for the main road.
Still managed to stay upright and in my correct zones.

Tough day at work.  Busy busy busy.  HRM played up for the first mile and then I remembered something MV had suggested a while ago - when fat burning training - give yourself one day a week for a blow out.  I chose tonight.  I really enjoyed my ride home.  Everything came together and I was flying.  Got the HR up to 91% of max and even did some awesome spinning with a high 80's HR.  Great fun.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 20, 2010, 10:03:20 am
Had a great blast home last night, met Emily on the way which was a nice fluke of timing and we paced out the rest of the journey together  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hulver on February 20, 2010, 12:33:45 pm
Interesting commute home last night. Almost home, queuing at a junction to turn right out of the road into the main road. There was a car in the middle of the main road turning into my road. The Van in front of me got impatient and tried to drive around the back of the car, as it turned the back of the van scrapped down the side of the turning car (which wasn't moving) practically destroying the rear bumper.

The Van then drove off up the road.

I didn't get the Reg of the Van, and the woman driving the car was in a right mess. I calmed her down and found her a safe place to pull over and assess the damage.

She was panicing because it was her boyfriend's car, she was only taking it round the block to see what it was like, and wasn't actually insured to drive it  ::-)

I left her my number in case she needed a witness, but somehow I doubt she'll be in touch.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 21, 2010, 07:19:44 pm
Oh my goodness, that was tiring.  Either it was riding the fixed instead of the recumbent, or the very fast (well for this time of year) commute on the recumbent yesterday, or I'm going down with lurgy, or a combination of all of these.  I'm shattered now, and I did hardly any teaching today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 22, 2010, 10:14:45 am
Moist this morning again.

I almost didn't ride, but I'm glad I did.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 22, 2010, 10:28:14 am
Snow, sleet, rain, dry, small hard snow, big soft flakes, rain, rain, rain.
I seemed to go from one micro climate to another, all in the space of 24 miles this morning.
I was comfortable though as I was well dressed for the conditions.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 22, 2010, 10:40:49 am
Snow, sleet, rain, dry, small hard snow, big soft flakes, rain, rain, rain.

I had thick fog, rain, sleet and the odd bit of snow.
Oh and a headwind
It wasn't cold however
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: cyclone on February 22, 2010, 10:41:46 am
Struggle against the headwind today, snow on the hills and a massive effort considering the paltry 5 miles into w**k. Really showing that I havent been well for the past month....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on February 22, 2010, 10:53:16 am
Moist this morning again.

I almost didn't ride, but I'm glad I did.

It was significantly more unpleasant than I was expecting. I hope that wind stays in the same direction for the ride home, because I want some payback!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pumpkin on February 22, 2010, 10:56:35 am
It was COLD in Mcr but the snow had gone. But the windchill was grim. Still, I managed to cycle in so that was good :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on February 22, 2010, 10:59:40 am
I took the long route to the office via the spare bedroom & from there saw a Robin on the bird feeder on the top lawn.Only the second sighting this year.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on February 22, 2010, 11:28:17 am
There were a couple of puddles which were at least 8" deep along the Tooting bec cycle path. I looked down at one point and my bottom bracket was engulfed by the bow wave from my front wheel. Pretty spectacular.
Funnier though was the very small dog who was prancing along like a Lipizzaner stalliojn trying to keep above the water.
Less funny was private hire cab LG58PHV who decided that passing so close to the cyclist in front of me that his wing mirror actually touched the guy's elbow was perfectly acceptable behaviour.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on February 22, 2010, 12:44:37 pm
Decent snow here. Got my waterproofs on, buff up to my eyes, wooly hat down, radiant gloves on. Nearly slipped over on the way to the garage. Realised prolly need to take the MTB. Nearly fell off within 50 yds, but persevered. Headwind and heavy wet snow meant I could barely see, and had to pull the buff up over one eye as it was sore. Got to the main road. Snow was too thick on the cycle path, so tried riding on the tracks that the cars had made. After several vehicles and finally a bus passed me at 60 and showered me with snow, I decided I had enough, and rode back home. I passed a person on an MTB going in the other direction going very slowly, with a balaclava and oakley shades on. Hero.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 22, 2010, 01:37:08 pm
Rain. Lots of rain. First time out with overshoes though. I like. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: urban_biker on February 22, 2010, 02:10:52 pm
I'm working on overshow layering. Current approach is Endura overshoes covered by my Carradice oiled cotton overshoes.

Seems to do the job for a 1 hour commute anyway. Will be interested to see how they handle an audax.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on February 22, 2010, 02:53:53 pm
Rain. Lots of rain. First time out with overshoes though. I like. :)

Really?! I am wearing 2 different types of overshoes at the moment, as at present I have 3 mismatched ones  ::-)

Today was really not as bad as last Tuesday when I was cycling on the fruity A205 towards Richmond, it felt like I was ingesting a whole pondful of water.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 22, 2010, 03:40:19 pm
Really?!

Yep. I know its a bit silly, given this is (hopefully) the tail end of the wet season, but this was also the first day after the weekend that the mrs and I cleared out the loft. Cue much discovery of bike related stuff that had been stashed / tidied / hidden since we moved house 2 years back.

Overshoes were a birthday present from Oct 2007 I believe. I can see why people wear them. Quite lovely. Still have to find some way to waterproof the cleat openings in my MTB soles though. 40 odd miles a day of this is getting me a little sodden. :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 22, 2010, 03:56:52 pm
Gore Tex overshoes are my favourite.  I put my Assos toe warmers on underneath too as I do suffer from cold feet.  Add to that my silk socks and then my Woolie Boolies  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 22, 2010, 04:02:49 pm
Toe warmers... MMMmmmm... Even the words sound good.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 22, 2010, 08:04:16 pm
Zen cycling on the way home.  Don't know why, it just felt great.
Even the cold strong head wind could not disipate my feeling of oneness with thy cycle.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on February 22, 2010, 08:18:53 pm
Horrible both ways.  Morning: big flakes of wet snow that got in my eyes, and the road was rapidly becoming slushy.  Couldn't use the psyclepaths because they were white (and the studded tyres are reserved for long snowy spells since it takes half an hour to fit them).

Evening: freezing headwind, mud, diesel, vacant locals walking in the middle of the road.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on February 23, 2010, 08:26:44 am
I believed a forecast of 'above freezing' and came in fixed.
This is what I have learnt today:

i) At 6.15 you are asleep. Plz to not be sleeping when the pedals wont stop turning  ::-)
ii) in the dark it doesn't look as icy as it does in daylight  :o
iii) 'one nation under a groove' is too slow for even the gentle-est downward slope on fixed  :facepalm:
iv) I should take up 'cross. That walk on the ice splattered crunchy verge with bike slung over the shoulder wasn't too shabby  :thumbsup:
v) That boss-type person drives far too quickly. He picked me up because I was walking past his house and then drove at 45mph on blind corners on a road that was too icy too cycle on.  :hand:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 23, 2010, 09:11:37 am
ii) in the dark it doesn't look as icy as it does in daylight  :o

Oddly enough, recently I've often found it easier to spot ice at night, it reflects back from the light with a twinklyness that tarmac doesn't generally demonstrate.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 23, 2010, 09:41:24 am
I ended my (very brief) use of overshoes.

Seems the bent puts my feet at an unexpected position when waiting at lights, with the result that the waterproof membrane has lifted and ripped around the toes.

Well, it was warm whilst it lasted.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 23, 2010, 09:43:16 am
Snow on the Blackdowns.  Only on the high up bits.  Drop down and it's light rain
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 23, 2010, 09:47:26 am
I ended my (very brief) use of overshoes.

Seems the bent puts my feet at an unexpected position when waiting at lights, with the result that the waterproof membrane has lifted and ripped around the toes.

Well, it was warm whilst it lasted.

You *need* some winter boots.  Toasty comfy lovelyness on such a long and wet commute.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 23, 2010, 09:48:08 am
A surprisingly nice ride in. Lots of patches of lumpy frozen snow, but no offs  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 23, 2010, 09:55:19 am

You *need* some winter boots.  Toasty comfy lovelyness on such a long and wet commute.
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How do I know winter boots won't suffer the same fate? You and I both know Wendy's little tootsies never touch the ground.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 23, 2010, 09:56:25 am
Because soles of shoes are tougher than "membranes".   :P
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 23, 2010, 10:10:21 am
Another cold ride.  I had my Bones on with my Gore Tex over the top.  I was toasty but don't remember having to do that much layering before.

Lovely ride in though.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on February 23, 2010, 10:17:22 am
This guy.


Less funny was private hire cab LG58PHV who decided that passing so close to the cyclist in front of me that his wing mirror actually touched the guy's elbow was perfectly acceptable behaviour.


turned out of the same road this morning as he did yesterday morning. It's a cul de sac. I'm betting he lives there.

Note on the windscreen? Something along the lines of: "You're a dangerous driver and I know where you live!"

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 23, 2010, 10:20:27 am
Because soles of shoes are tougher than "membranes".   :P

But its not the soles that hit the floor. 'Cos I'm horizontal, it tends to be the very tip of my toe that is in contact with the ground, and sometimes the top of the front of the shoe too. Might have to look around for a pair with a wrap around sole at the the front :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 23, 2010, 10:22:44 am
Just stick a bumper on there if by chance the sole doesn't touch.  Done all the time in skating.

@Alex, maybe a note with a copy of rule 163, including the image, and explaining that you saw him pass close enough to touch a cyclist with his mirror.  I would always be specific, because these sorts of driver are very unlikely to understand hints, at least even less so than a random ordinary person.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 23, 2010, 10:29:23 am
Good idea. Cheers!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 23, 2010, 10:31:05 am
<snip>
Still have to find some way to waterproof the cleat openings in my MTB soles though...
<snip>
Fernox LS-X external leak sealer, about 5 or 6 quid a tube from DIY places like B&Q.  Doesn't go rock hard so replacing cleats and plates is easy enough.

Product details: LS-X (http://www.fernox.com/?cccpage=ls_x&sub=6)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: arallsopp on February 23, 2010, 10:33:32 am
Thanks TheLurker. I could yet find my way back with warm toes. Good times!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 23, 2010, 10:39:51 am
Easy peasy ride in this morning; getting light from about 0625, roads dry, good side/tail wind and not too cold. 

Mind you I'll pay for it tonight.  The forecast is for heavy wet and that delightful tail wind of this morning... ah I can see you're ahead of me. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on February 23, 2010, 11:13:27 am
Punctured in Battersea Park - rear wheel, naturally. All going well until the tyre wouldn't seat properly in the rim next to the new valve, so I spent at least 20 mins fiddling with it to try and get it to go in properly. Then realised that the new tube wouldn't inflate. Just as well I had a second spare. And cursed myself for not having my trusty frame pump, having to rely instead on the shitty little mini pump (mini pump = mini inflation) and taking it easy the rest of the way in on a very soft tyre. 45 mins just to change a tube. Gah.

And on top of that, I started out thinking that I would save my gloves from the gak on my bike, which is the dirtiest it has ever been in its entire life, and do it bare-handed - easy enough to wash hands at work. Which would have been fine if I'd been able to do it quickly. Instead, I now have ingrained grime in my knuckles, fingers, and especially under my long nails which are impossible to clean out properly without a nailbrush and some muc-off. I had the cracking idea of giving my nails an emergency coat of polish to try and hide it, but the grime is showing through and now I look like some skanky bag lady.

So, lunchtime trip: Boots for nail polish remover, Action Bikes for muc-off wipes.

Good grief.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 23, 2010, 11:24:46 am
Skanky bag ladies (who can repair p*nct*res) FTW!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 23, 2010, 11:55:18 am
To pick up on the "Overshoes" discussion

I was given a pair of Endura Neoprene overshoes for xmas
They have "kevlar reinforced" straps across the soles

After less than 3 months commuting the straps across the soles are looking like old sacks and very frayed.  On the right foot bootie the stitching across the front of the foot is coming undone

Warm and comfy...yes
Durable...no
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on February 23, 2010, 12:00:04 pm
This guy.


Less funny was private hire cab LG58PHV who decided that passing so close to the cyclist in front of me that his wing mirror actually touched the guy's elbow was perfectly acceptable behaviour.


turned out of the same road this morning as he did yesterday morning. It's a cul de sac. I'm betting he lives there.

Note on the windscreen? Something along the lines of: "You're a dangerous driver and I know where you live!"



Possibly unethical and probably untruthful. But leave a note telling him that you saw him hit another road user and leave the scene, and have duly reported it and provided his details to the police, so he should expect them to call around shortly.

A few days of worry might encourage him to revisit his attitude to driving.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 23, 2010, 01:43:01 pm
To pick up on the "Overshoes" discussion

I was given a pair of Endura Neoprene overshoes for xmas
They have "kevlar reinforced" straps across the soles

After less than 3 months commuting the straps across the soles are looking like old sacks and very frayed.  On the right foot bootie the stitching across the front of the foot is coming undone

Warm and comfy...yes
Durable...no

Stick with them.  They get to a certain state of dilapidation very quickly and then they last for absolutely ages.  My current pair, Xmas '07, got to the state you can see in the photograph within a month or two and they haven't got significantly worse since.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4381413223_5b88e88baf_m.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on February 23, 2010, 01:49:27 pm
To pick up on the "Overshoes" discussion

I was given a pair of Endura Neoprene overshoes for xmas
They have "kevlar reinforced" straps across the soles

After less than 3 months commuting the straps across the soles are looking like old sacks and very frayed.  On the right foot bootie the stitching across the front of the foot is coming undone

Warm and comfy...yes
Durable...no

Stick with them.  They get to a certain state of dilapidation very quickly and then they last for absolutely ages.  My current pair, Xmas '07, got to the state you can see in the photograph within a month or two and they haven't got significantly worse since.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4381413223_5b88e88baf_m.jpg)


Yep I've got those, only have lost one of the pair  :( It does make your feet look like a zeppelin in a condom though...I bought the small size (size 5) and it took me a few minutes to get them over my shoes.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 23, 2010, 03:21:17 pm
You should try looking at size 12 shoes in overshoes then.
Especially with tight ankles from lycra leggings  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on February 23, 2010, 04:00:50 pm
To pick up on the "Overshoes" discussion

I was given a pair of Endura Neoprene overshoes for xmas
They have "kevlar reinforced" straps across the soles

After less than 3 months commuting the straps across the soles are looking like old sacks and very frayed.  On the right foot bootie the stitching across the front of the foot is coming undone

Warm and comfy...yes
Durable...no

Stick with them.  They get to a certain state of dilapidation very quickly and then they last for absolutely ages.  My current pair, Xmas '07, got to the state you can see in the photograph within a month or two and they haven't got significantly worse since.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4381413223_5b88e88baf_m.jpg)


I've got some I bought from ProBikeKit. They're now pretty tatty around the toes, but the kevlar reinforcement seems to work fine, so although the neoprene has holes in, it's all held together by kevlar cloth.
I agree though, they get tatty looking very quickly and then just stop wearing out. Once you have a hole in the toe it's your shoe making contact with the ground again - there's nothing to wear out anymore!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 23, 2010, 06:32:44 pm
Bloomin' weather! It started snowing ten minutes before I could leave work this evening. Normally cycling in snow isn't too bad, but this was driving snow and I kept getting eye fulls of the stuff, which was horrible. Plus it was only just cold enough for snow, meaning as soon as the snow hit anything (ie me) it melted, so by the time I was home I was very soggy and cold. Top marks for the yacf buff that I turned into a balaclava after about 2 km of the commute to keep me warm.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on February 23, 2010, 07:54:42 pm
20 miles home into a raging headwind blizzard again this evening....
White roads, very few motons, could not see much of the scenery other than the road due to the driving snow...
Forecast 8C tomorrow afternoon, falling to -1C in the evening - thats UK weather for you!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 23, 2010, 10:05:19 pm
Homeward for me was a drag too.  Strong cold wet headwind.  Depressing.  I lost the will to live at about the 12 mile mark  ;D

Forget to mention this morning I had an excellent draft behind a grain lorry.  Just checked my top speed and I managed 45.9 mph  ;D  No wonders it was so choppy in his wash when I came out from behind to turn off left.

p.s. Pieter, I am about to tap you on the shoulder and wave as I go by  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 24, 2010, 07:23:18 am
A glorious morning here in the bottom right hand corner of Gloucestershire.  Light in the sky at about 0550 and no need for headlamps from about 0630.  Next to no breeze and patches of light mist.  Lovely.

The only fly in the ointment was that my legs are absolutely cooked after last night's slog home so I couldn't take advantage of it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on February 24, 2010, 08:29:09 am
Charged back to the hotel last night, did it in 34 mins, down 1:30 on the trip in.  This morning was good and bad, in equal measure.  The good was playing cat and mouse for a couple of miles with another cyclist, before he turned off towards Ruislip.  Bad was not one, but two, motons trying to kill me by pulling out of side streets into my path.  Thankfully, on both occasions, they were greeted by a VERY loud "WHOAAAAAAAAAAA" from me, which made them stop....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: spindrift on February 24, 2010, 08:31:41 am
Strange last night, a sporty hatchback overtook and a yoof leant out of the passenger window and went "Waaauuuggghhh!!!".

I have no idea why, I hadn't held him up, it was a straight road and a straightforward overtake. Weird.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 24, 2010, 09:03:30 am
As I've already yesterday, the ride home yesterday was bloomin' cold. In comparision, this morning I had to stop to remove my buff and Pertex top because I was overheating. This is clearly a sign spring is on the way because it was the first 2010 ride that I've managed without wearing my Pertex or Altura NightVision.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on February 24, 2010, 09:18:36 am
I CBA to ride home in the falling but not settling SNO last night so got a lift.
Penance is Other ThingsTM meaning you can't ride when the weather is nicer.
This daylight thing is quite good though. I could get used to that.   :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 24, 2010, 09:24:17 am
Thick, thick fog

Grey cars without lights on.

Did someone dump a supertanker load of stupid on the road this morning?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 24, 2010, 06:03:40 pm
Thick, thick fog

Grey cars without lights on.

Did someone dump a supertanker load of stupid on the road this morning?

Perhaps that was the run-off from the supertanker that dropped such quantities of diesel on the roads that in some places the shiny spill covered the entire lane. >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 24, 2010, 08:17:49 pm
Very warm and moist this morning.  No trucks to draft either.
Very windy and moist coming home.  Blood sugar had dropped to 4.4 by the time I got home so it was no wonders I was hallucinating  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on February 24, 2010, 08:24:53 pm
Blood sugar had dropped to 4.4 by the time I got home so it was no wonders I was hallucinating  ;D

Although you're still well in the "target zone" you also get all the nasty "hypo" symptoms too, although it's 4+ mmol/L?

Shitty isn't it?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on February 24, 2010, 08:42:16 pm

p.s. Pieter, I am about to tap you on the shoulder and wave as I go by  ;D

*** Waves ***  as Grub swirls past and disappears off into the distance into a cloud of fog and sleet...  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on February 24, 2010, 09:21:23 pm
Pestilence. War. Famine. Death. Or, as their friends refer to them: the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Well, it turned out to be a bad day for them. Seems they may be out of a job, for I’ve seen the true agent of our doom.

Now, as a creature of habit, I’ve mostly avoided the vehicular maelstrom that is school collection time. Until today. Pesky software gremlin jumped into my breakfast porridge and swam around till late-afternoon, delaying my daily baptismal in the local pool. My route takes me past a school, which I believe is a place were during the day they imprison children, mostly to keep them from scaring Daily Mail readers into early incontinence.

I would like to say I rode past the school. But it was surrounded by an impermeable wall of stationary cars. My initial thought was that some freak science experiment gone wrong had turned the school into a giant magnet that had reached out and yanked in cars from several streets around. Surely, considerate parents wouldn’t have ignored all the ‘no parking’ signs, the bright yellow zig-zag lines, the ‘keep clear’ notices, the threats of £120 fines. Surely they wouldn’t just sit there, blocking the road, choking out fumes, in a great mass of toxic, grinding metal. Surely.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have nothing on the Fifty-or-so Drivers of Bromley. Pestilence. War. Famine. Death. Meet your successor: Stupidity. And prepare to have your equine-elevated asses kicked so hard you’ll feel like you have given cause for Chuck Norris to become mildly miffed.

Now, OK, I suppose your blessed little angels may require the services of a chauffeur. The pavements could be dirty, after all. There are all kinds of unconscionable scenarios, so I salute you for doing the right thing. But you know, just a teensy, little element of criticism. I just have to let it out. I’ll try and be constructive.

You are morons. Your stupidity is so visible that it can be seen from space by a myopic astronaut. Park your car somewhere safe, somewhere where there aren’t signs warning, begging, pleading, for sake’s of your own children not to park. Switch off the engine. Walk the extra hundred metres to the gate. Your legs are unlikely to work loose and fall off.

Think for the briefest flicker of a moment. Think that this is the selfish, lazy example you are setting to your children.

You are not people. You are mulch. If your children follow this path, then I think we may be a teensy bit doomed.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on February 24, 2010, 09:31:36 pm
Ian, you've done it again.
POTD.
[Bow in awe smiley]
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 24, 2010, 09:47:56 pm
Blood sugar had dropped to 4.4 by the time I got home so it was no wonders I was hallucinating  ;D

Although you're still well in the "target zone" you also get all the nasty "hypo" symptoms too, although it's 4+ mmol/L?

Shitty isn't it?


Yep, 'tis our life.  But on the up side, it is good training for audax night riding  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 24, 2010, 10:54:27 pm
Blood sugar had dropped to 4.4 by the time I got home so it was no wonders I was hallucinating  ;D

Although you're still well in the "target zone" you also get all the nasty "hypo" symptoms too, although it's 4+ mmol/L?

Hmm, I feel OK at that sort of level.  The worst cycling level I ever had was about 1.5 mmol/L, barely within the capability of the meter, when I just got home after a FNRttC.  I couldn't have cycled much further at that point!

I've found that I have to eat pretty much as much food as I can keep down after having breakfast on a FNRttC, otherwise I easily suffer from a really bad hypo.  FNRttCs have caused my two worst ever hypos.

ian, unfortunately I have to agree with you about people picking up / dropping off kids at schools.  They are by far and away the most moronic group of drivers you're likely to meet.  Luckily my commute very rarely hits the couple of locations with schools at just the "wrong" time.  One typical occasion was when some of these geniuses decided to park two deep on the stop line of a (single carriageway wide) traffic light.  Yes, that's the best place to stop guys. :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 24, 2010, 11:03:20 pm
At that level I am still okay in the legs as long as I am in zone 2 and not trying too hard (below 70% of max HR) but what does go is my head  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on February 25, 2010, 06:07:38 am
Thank you, Ian. You have brightened up my day already.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tewdric on February 25, 2010, 06:28:34 am
Superb Ian.  POTD for sure.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on February 25, 2010, 08:06:42 am
First barn owl of the year.
Lots of bird song in the hedgerows.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 25, 2010, 09:26:23 am
What a lovely ride!

Yes, I know, what about the cagers?  Well, yes, they were there, and one tried dooring me as I went round the first corner from home.  But mindless idiots will always exist, and I overtook an awful lot of them this morning. 

I wasn't looking forward to my ride, and was a bit 'faffy' before going out, but the first thing I had noticed on waking this morning (besides the most beautiful woman in hte world lying beside me) was light shining through the curtains.  And so I had my first proper daylight commute of the year - sun shining, no snow, no rain, and miraculously no incessant headwinds.

I wasn't very fast - not by my usual standards (and definitely not by others') - but it was the fastest journey of the month, and reminded me why we ride.

:) :) :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 25, 2010, 10:04:41 am
plus points
it wasn't raining
it was reasonably warm
beat my time up Wallace's Hill was 3m50s, now 3m36s
let a car pass and it bipped a thank you

minus
Turning right to take new short cut.  This is on a downhill so breaking is required.  One handed, as is arm indicating.  Hit a groove worn in the road, yikes.  Momentary loss of control at 20mph with traffic behind, not nice.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on February 25, 2010, 10:36:09 am
 +
Matched my best commute time so far this year, despite heavy traffic
Exceeded evens easily on every open stretch that wasn't more than a slight ascent
Out-accelerated the "rapha guy" - as if he was standing still*.
A couple of drivers were very courteous
Maintained some very high cadences, over 25 mph in something like 42 x 16, over 30 mph in 42 x 12 (on 26" tyres)

-
Some moronic moton behaviour
Traffic


I can't wait to get the new road bike commissioned - I never imagined being so quick on an MTB with Marathons.


*Last time we crossed paths, he worked very hard to get ahead and stay ahead of me. Until he blew a light and I let him go. Oh, and I was towing a trailer at the time!



Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on February 25, 2010, 10:37:58 am
Nice ride in, as others have said, in daylight.  Wind low and running well, apart from two little issues:

1) the road over the M4 at Harlington (A437) is pothole central, and the former contents of those potholes is spread across the road :(
2) an idiot from Imperial coaches tried killing me by passing me on a really narrow bit of road, with traffic coming the other way!!!!

Other than that I did it in ~30 mins, so getting better and faster :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 25, 2010, 10:40:38 am
That's good news.

I'm reminded that, for the first time this year, I've been riding with a lot of other cyclists, and I'm not just one of the pack, but the one who gets away first from the lights and stays ahead.  That's how I like it.  I'm not competitive, but it's a good indication things are going OK.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Russell on February 25, 2010, 11:11:48 am
I was going to start a new thread entitled 'What a great ride in today!' but I see I don't need to!

Weather, temp, wind and clothing all just right and nobody tried to kill me which was a great bonus.

Happy bunny!

R
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on February 25, 2010, 11:21:51 am
My commute in today shall be labelled as 'The Great Ride of Irritability'. The wonderful A202 has now succumbed to a series of roadworks which stretches from New Cross to Peckham. Not a big distance but it means more irritable drivers, delays to the journey and an increasing lessening of the zen factor. Then once you enter into Southwark, the lollipop men and women of doom who stop the traffic every frigging 3 seconds so that one person can cross the road and then that builds up a huge traffic jam of buses which block the junction. At the moment I am really not liking my commute.  >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on February 25, 2010, 11:45:05 am

All these other people having great commutes, looks like you and I are in a minority hrer_welshness.

As I wheeled my bike out of the garage I noticed that my rear wheel was fairly flat, so I took my track pump out and topped it up.  It was noticeably milder than of late so I took my hat and long-fingered gloves back inside and put on some mitts and a cap. 

4 miles in to the 8-mile commute, through Clydach, and there were some blue flashing lights round a corner and cars were turning round in the road.  There were a couple of fireman and I asked if I could go through.  Hesitation – then “Probably not, sorry mate” and a pat on the shoulder.  Room for persuasion but never mind, the alternative is a little shorter but a lot steeper (back road from Clydach to Morriston hospital for those who know it) and I could do with some hill practise for Saturday’s Gospel Pass Audax.

Get to the bike shed at work by 7:10 to discover that I don’t have my keys with me; the keys to lock up my bike, open my locker in the changing room, and open the locker at work with my laptop inside.  Phone home.  Yes, they are still in the garage door.  My routine had been thrown out slightly, and that was the result.  Turn tail and get home again.  Check rear tyre.  Still solid, but front is now spongy, so top that up and head back towards work.  No detour this time - the fire tenders have been replaced by police cars and there’s a burnt-out Range Rover with incident-scene tape surrounding it.  Front tyre getting spongy again so remove tube to discover the valve coming away from the rest of the tube.  Replace it.  Get to the changing room to discover both showers occupied.  I rarely see anyone else in the changing rooms so having to wait feels like adding insult to injury.

Eventually get to my desk at 9, nearly 2 hours later than usual.  Discover the sandwiches I made last night are not in the Carradice so are probably still in the fridge at home.  I should probably request that my access to the production database be suspended for the rest of the day, just in case.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on February 25, 2010, 12:42:44 pm
I had to laugh yesterday on my commute, well travels to a site meeting, someone had tried to take a double decker bus onto the tube.

Or rather had tried to get down the steps into monument station at the north end of London Bridge. Fortunately the huge kerbs and the railings had done their job but the front of the bus was a bit battered.

Thanks to the friendly policemen and fire brigade I was directed round past the Monument itself to get back to the bridge which was then blessedly free of traffic.

Regards

Matthew
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Lycra Man on February 25, 2010, 02:17:12 pm
My commute is 15 miles from Waddesdon to Leighton Buzzard. I go across country and there is a decent rise, a dip in the middle, and another climb. Same coming back.

Before Christmas I was doing it in 54-57 minutes, but then held off to avoid the ice in December and snow in January. Feeling like I had lost a lot of fitness, I started again 3 weeks ago, and got my time down from 64 minutes to 56 minutes 44 seconds today.  :thumbsup:

Hopefully next week I will start to use my newly acquired Genesis Day 06, when it will have been fitted with a new dyno hub front wheel, B&M Cyo front light, and Carradice Nelson Longflap.

I'll be disappointed if I'm not faster.

Lycra Man
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 25, 2010, 08:07:18 pm
Nuncio,

Those days are the worst  ;D

My commute today was okay going in due to the electrolyte tablet but coming home was very windy, wet and cold.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on February 25, 2010, 08:18:11 pm
Best thing about my commute today was actually being on the bike.
For a variety of reasons I've been car bound since last Friday.
So I didn't really care about the damp, the s**t all over the road, or the cars.

And we went out at lunch time for a 10 miler.
Started to rain heavily at the highest point of the route which is about 1.8 miles from work, but all down hill.
Exhilarating rather than anything else.
 :D :D

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pingu on February 25, 2010, 10:18:04 pm
Karma:

While stopped at traffic lights this evening, I looked down & saw a cable lock on the road. I picked it up and put it in my pocket, as you do  :) Further down the road I passed a geezer on a mountain bike & asked him if he'd lost a lock. It turned out to be his and he seemed quite please to get it back  :thumbsup: (complimented me on my Pomp too).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Andrij on February 26, 2010, 09:09:57 am
Wind, wind, and wind.  >:(

Cycling West — headwind.  Cycling South — headwind. Cycling West — headwind. Cycling North — crosswind, hurrah!  Cycling West — headwind.

In spite of the wind, I was slightly quicker this morning.  It was good to be on the Ribble again.  Just hope the ride home is not as wet.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on February 26, 2010, 09:22:18 am
i set off on time but felt a little under powered.  So I took the short(er) route to work.  Unfortunately as I rode along I felt better and so arrived at work 10 or 15 minutes early....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on February 26, 2010, 10:22:11 am
Felt underpowered and struggled into the headwind all the way to work. Glad I rode though, I nearly didn't as I came home with an achey knee last night but it didn't cause any trouble this morning.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on February 26, 2010, 01:40:37 pm
Yes, I struggled cycling against a headwind on the way home yesterday, and struggled cycling against a headwind on the way to work today. :-\

On the plus side, that should mean the wind will be behind us for the FNRttC tonight. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on February 26, 2010, 01:57:16 pm
Man what a ride today, to start with I almost took at a pedestrian crossing the road (she didnt look once and was bloody texting too) It was also monsoon rain, lucky I got my new set of mudguards yesterday. Towards the end a dumb bitch woman almost took me out pulling out at a junction, she pointed out the lights past the junction were on red but I still had right of way and could easily queue up at the front. She also didnt look before pulling out and had the cheek to beep her horn.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on February 26, 2010, 02:16:47 pm
Just been out for a wee ride to the bank.  Northwards to Borough was into the wind.  Excellent.  That means I will have a tailwind tonight.

Except I won't.  On my way back south, I still had a headwind. :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 26, 2010, 02:19:28 pm
Massive slog into a headwind all the way.  But it is still blowing a gale out there so going home will be ace.

Two drivers in Devizes didn't like me being in front of them and did moronic overtakes.  Luckily they both turned left at the next roundabout as I was about to get my pointy finger out, and my flashy bit of tin.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on February 26, 2010, 02:54:46 pm
Coming out of Richmond Park there's a mini roundabout (Roehampton Gate for the locals :)) with a right turn into a cul-de-sac where there's a school. It being drop off time so a woman going the other way stopped just as she cleared the roundabout opened doors and stared letting her kids out. When someone remonstrated her reply was "I've got to get the kids to school"  ::-) Fortunately the ensuing gridlock meant that I could procedd easily between the lines of cars  :demon:

Later filtering slowly outside a line of stationery traffic Mr BMW decided he was above looking for oncoming traffic and pulled straight out in my path. My first emergency stop since I've had the disc brake fitted and it did the job perfectly.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: recumbentim on February 26, 2010, 07:23:17 pm
Tail wind form Finavon A90 to Blairgowrie.Cold 3 degrees but did my first over 20 av  --20.3 YES.          22.5 miles in total to Tescos to buy Gin
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on February 26, 2010, 09:35:31 pm
It was cold coming home, even with a tail wind and sunshine.  Managed an average of 17.8 mph for my 24.2 miles with 958 ft of climbing.  Average HR was 74% of max too.  I was really flying  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 27, 2010, 12:40:58 pm
Yesterday, rather than today.  I got to stop alongside a Sky van, knock on the window and indicate 'please can you roll down the window'.

So that I could say to the driver 'Thank you.  It's really nice when there are van drivers who properly ook out for cyclists and it really made my day that you did."

Good (albeit short, windy and very very wet) ride :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on February 27, 2010, 07:29:03 pm
Some absolutely lovely drivers out there today, lots of friendly cabbies and bus drivers.  I did get a couple of close overtakes, and saw one blatantly red light jumping cyclist.  Hopefully I got some good footage of that.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: dasmoth on March 01, 2010, 09:24:34 am
What a beautiful morning!  One might almost think it was spring.

The faeries are still out and about though, but at least they only struck 1/2 mile from work -- so didn't spoil the great ride.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 01, 2010, 09:48:35 am
What a lovely morning for me too.  It was so sunny and blue skied at home that I broke out the 3/4 leggings for the first day of spring.  There was still loads of ice about in the shade though.

At the 12 mile mark I descended into a thick gloom of fog.  Very thick.  I was thankful that I had not taken my Joystick MaX2 off my helmet as the extra flasher gave me peace of mind.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 01, 2010, 09:56:27 am
Grand, grand ride!  Only marred by Butterfly being the recipient of an aerial excremental bombardment from a passing bird. :(

But nicely cold, no wind, no rain, and not much ice. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on March 01, 2010, 10:09:32 am
Lovely morning but  lots of black ice in Richmond Park. Saw about 5 cyclists go down and heard reports of several others. One poor chap was taken away by ambulance: concussion and broken collar bone according to the paramedics.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on March 01, 2010, 10:17:32 am
Lovely ride in this morning - all the idiots were coming the other way so were easy to see.

No ice, lots of sunshine and I'm back in shorts  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 01, 2010, 10:21:47 am
Re: All  the idiots.  There were a phenomenal number of fools queueing in their motor vehicles.  No idea why.  And I passed at least two unscheduled vehicle interfaces - fortunately no one seemed to be hurt, and the low sunlight was unlikely to be a factor.

But there were lots and lots and lots of bicyclists :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on March 01, 2010, 11:15:09 am
No ice,
How did you manage that?
Still sheets of it here >:(
Maybe I just get up earlier than you...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 01, 2010, 04:01:27 pm
Lovely lovely ride this morning :D.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 01, 2010, 04:02:23 pm
You forgot to mention the poo ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 01, 2010, 04:16:18 pm
Well, it's all gone now :), and that wasn't enough unlovely to make up for all the lovely :D.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 01, 2010, 04:22:38 pm
There was lots of lovely. Especially on the first half of my commute :-*
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 01, 2010, 04:25:04 pm
You forgot to mention the poo ;D

Hope that wasn't "poo" poo?  :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 01, 2010, 08:05:58 pm
Mrs G has been reminding me that I promised to get home on time.  So tonight, after being reminded that I had not accomplished my promise of late I caned it home  ;D 
My reward was to have dinner with my family - all together at the table.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on March 01, 2010, 08:52:17 pm
Commute home was a disaster. Managed to lock the folding bike in the office and myself out the office. I left my fob on my desk and nipped out to the loo. half unfolded bike left in doorway behind the locked door. Fortunately I at least had my wallet with me!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 01, 2010, 09:23:24 pm
Here's my nice bus driver from Saturday:


      YouTube
            - Excellent bus driver - R2 Orpington PN02 KRK
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWqQHXFagDE)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: dasmoth on March 01, 2010, 10:01:22 pm
The faerie seems on my case  :(.

When I finally made it home this evening, I was heard -- for pretty much the first time ever -- to speak the dread words "Marathon Plus".
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 01, 2010, 11:28:22 pm
Commute home was brilliant. I went to a public lecture after work, so it was gone 9pm by the time I was heading home. The full moon was strong, the night clear, the roads empty and my new Hope Vision light lit the way wonderfully. Just over 14 km at an average of 28.4 kph put a smile on face.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on March 01, 2010, 11:38:17 pm
I had a nice commute too - not terribly fast (and rather heavily laden on the way home) but I took advantage of being on the Marin to take a short muddy Thames path section both ways. The latter was especially good in the dark: Fenix L2D is pretty hard to beat on a short commute when you are not too bothered about run time and can run it full tilt, very nicely shaped beam for towpath type stuff.  

There was a definite increase in driver niceness: waiting for me to get through pinch points, for instance, and this morning I could hear a black cab driver backing off to let me go around a bad patch on the road (I'd been preparing to ride more or less over it as per usual). 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 02, 2010, 09:02:44 am
I went through a bit earlier than usual today, and took the alternate route via the Col de St Reatham, but it was uncommonly clear.  I was doing 35kph past Brixton Town Hall, and 26kph past Atlantic Road, which is almost unheard of.  Yes, there was a bit of stopping & starting after that, and what looked a bit like car knitting near Walworth to get through, but it was a brilliant ride.  Fastest of the year, I think, and the fastest maximum so far this year.

Cold but sunny.  Lovely.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 02, 2010, 01:03:09 pm
Despite suffering from the dreaded lurgy, and having no sleep, I had a fantastic ride in today.

Sun just starting to come up, motons giving me plenty of room and no ice.  Managed to reach a max of 29.3mph on my way in, and still averaged 13.5 for the whole distance....

I iz enjoying this...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 02, 2010, 01:23:26 pm
Cold but sunny here, too. Surprised to find a lovely 'icing sugar' coating of snow on fields, trees and cyclepath. No ice tho'.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 02, 2010, 07:34:22 pm
Colder today and much less ice.
Caned it home last night.  Couldn't repeat it tonight but I tried.
Shagged now.  Can't move the legs very well.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 02, 2010, 08:21:35 pm
Cold again tonight, but a lot of fun, even on the A23. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 02, 2010, 08:28:22 pm
And on the way home the front gear cable outer exploded. Really. It looked liked an Alien had erupted from it's innards.  So much for poncy parallel-strand Shimano cable outers.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on March 02, 2010, 09:52:17 pm
On the way home I had a family in a car wind down their window while we were in traffic to ask how far I'd ridden as I had two rear panniers on.

"About a mile, I've just left work". They thought it was funny and it put a smile on my face that someone was interested enough to ask.

Then a couple of miles later someone stopped their car and got out to tell me that they thought my wallet had fallen out at the lights. It had and I am very grateful to the bloke in the silver Mondeo. Ta.

The sun was mostly shining, one pair of gloves, no buffs - just a cap, no overshoes and I nearly got home before the streetlights came on. A good trip.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on March 03, 2010, 09:00:56 am
Stupid incident spoiled my ride completely this morning, even worse that the ride was shaping up to be a beauty :(

A cyclist who we see relatively frequently, who always passes within a hairs-breadth, did it to me again this morning on the approach to Kennington Road. This time he was so close, just before some nasty broken up tarmac, that it gave me a real scare. There weren't even any cars in the lane next to the bus lane.

Unfortunately I chased him down (not difficult) and leant on him and shouted "next time you want to pass someone that close, do it on the club run" before moving back away. He wasn't very happy about this, unsurprisingly, and all the way down Kennington Road we had a chat about his pass. He couldn't see any difference between his "I didn't touch you" and my "You passed me dangerously close and intimidated me"

I apologised for leaning on him, but he was too full of self righteous indignation to accept it and too full of his own skills as a cyclist to agree to pass with more room next time we met, simply coming back with the standard moton justification of "I didn't touch you".

Pissweasel. >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 03, 2010, 09:21:25 am
My brake broke :(

With a kershproingklunk from the vicinity of the lever.

And now the rear disk is jammed on, and I don't know anything at all about how to fix disk brakes.

Fortunately this happened about 10 minutes walk from a friend-wivva-garage's house.  Well, nearer 20 minutes if you're carrying a bike with a wheel that won't go round.  And there was a garage with a cashpoint fairly close to the bus stop so I could go and extract bus fare money.  So it only took me an hour and a half to get to work today....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 03, 2010, 09:24:37 am
Last night I was flying, took me 29:49 to get back, sun shining and, although not warm, it wasn't freezing either.

This morning was a similar story, so much so that I packed my jacket in the rack pack and rode in just in my cycling top (and shorts, natch).

I think my old form may be returning :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 03, 2010, 09:27:09 am
leant on him and shouted "next time you want to pass someone that close, do it on the club run"

Nice one Jacomus!  Yes, I know it's wrong, but well done.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2010, 09:30:26 am
... he was so close, just before some nasty broken up tarmac, that it gave me a real scare. There weren't even any cars in the lane next to the bus lane.

... He couldn't see any difference between his "I didn't touch you" and my "You passed me dangerously close and intimidated me"

...he was too full of self righteous indignation to accept it and too full of his own skills as a cyclist to agree to pass with more room next time we met, simply coming back with the standard moton justification of "I didn't touch you".

Pissweasel. >:(

I think I can guess what club he belongs to.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2010, 09:38:16 am
Grand ride in this morning, even unspoiled by the tosspot from Merton Timber, who was unable to anticipate, so accelerated past me as I was trying to pull out round a bus.  Never mind, the weather was good, there were loads of cyclists on the road, and my speed was good.  Just wish I hadn't had to stop at work :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 03, 2010, 09:46:04 am
Headwind all the way in, which made "cold" feel like "very cold"

I was undertaken by a 4x4 just before a mini roundabout

But overall good because this is the 5th commute in a row I have not been rained on!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 03, 2010, 09:56:14 am
My brake broke :(

With a kershproingklunk from the vicinity of the lever.

And now the rear disk is jammed on, and I don't know anything at all about how to fix disk brakes.

Fortunately this happened about 10 minutes walk from a friend-wivva-garage's house.  Well, nearer 20 minutes if you're carrying a bike with a wheel that won't go round.  And there was a garage with a cashpoint fairly close to the bus stop so I could go and extract bus fare money.  So it only took me an hour and a half to get to work today....
Is this the new bike?

Sounds like the brake cable outer has slipped it's retainer in the brake lever.

Where did you get the bike from? If it's the new one and from a shop, drop it into the shop to sort out.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 03, 2010, 10:06:40 am
Tis indeed the new bike.  And yes, I need to call the shop and sort out taking it in.  Fortunately my friend-wivva-garage has said that she'll drop it off at my house (a convenient 5 minute walk/10 minute carrying a bike) tonight or can take it straight to the LBS on Friday - otherwise it would be a loooong walk.

Having just about got the hang of dealing with the p-word, brake fettling was on my list of 'things to start learning' for this week.  Clearly Valencia has a different timetable to me...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 03, 2010, 10:24:25 am
I am currently commuting on Dawes Discovery 101 (because indestructible commuting bike is broken.)   Now I plan to commit bikicide on Dawes 101 so maintenance has been a little lax.  I start my commute this morning, I hear a car behind me and as I am in a good mood I decided to pull over to the side on to an area of hard mud.  Bike does not stop, the brake blokes have finally given up and I roll forward a couple of feet on to soft mud and sink 20cms.  I continue onward having some very unsafe stops behind cars as traffic dictates.  As I approach work I carry on past and into Bridgend to the local bike shop in Five Bells lane. I buy some brake pads and return back down the busy road to the industrial estate.  This was particularly alarming, descending in traffic that stops every so often, requiring lane changes is very dodgy without braking. I arrived at work and will make my bike safe lunchtime.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 03, 2010, 06:23:04 pm
Saw an abandoned BSO  with snapped cables and a pringled back wheel in the Innocent Tunnel. A bloke  helped me get it to the tunnel entrance (Southside end) but I couldn't get it any further on my own and I don't care enough to go back for it to drag it to the police station to hand it in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 03, 2010, 06:58:29 pm
Startled the same 3 deer this morning that I did yesterday.
I didn't see the Barn Owl that I did last night though.
Horrendous head wind all the way home.  Great training.

I now have 3 dead badgers on my route.  All three looked great specimens on the way to work.  One had been totally crunched by the time I came home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jane on March 04, 2010, 06:12:33 am
Stunning sunrise (yesterday) over East London- I even took a detour up a hill just to get a better look.  And the early morning moon has been just amazing.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 04, 2010, 07:27:23 am
Last night I witness some of London's finest (read worst) driving.  Riding through Harlington at a fair old lick (read ~20mph) a Daewoo ShoeBox started to overtake me, then it swerved left into my path, braked and indicated to turn right.....

By the time it was STARTING to turn right I was already 50 yds ahead of it, having passed it as it was indicating.... GAH!

This morning was better, chilly, a bit of a headwind for part of the way, but nothing dramatic.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on March 04, 2010, 07:41:18 am
Startled the same 3 deer this morning that I did yesterday.
I didn't see the Barn Owl that I did last night though.
Horrendous head wind all the way home.  Great training.

I now have 3 dead badgers on my route.  All three looked great specimens on the way to work.  One had been totally crunched by the time I came home.


Mmmmm..... badger curry.   :P
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on March 04, 2010, 08:51:39 am
Blimmin' London drivers.  I was in the right hand lane of the New Kent Road coming up to the Elephant RAB, to head round to the lovely bus and bicycle lane up to St G's Circus.  Little blue car behind me has to get past at all costs, so skims my left elbow as I pull out onto the roundabout.  OK, fair enough, I'm sure you're a lot more important than me.

Then I'd just pootled out of the northern end of St G's Circus when, blow me down, the same little blue car, which has had to take the longer way round past St G's Cathedral, is hurtling up behind me and, doing about 40mph at a guess, skims my right elbow at the same time as giving me a delightful "poop poop" on its hooter.

Naturally, I caught up with little blue car by the Old Vic and, all polite like, asked what that was all about.  Window was compliantly wound down, and driver says, accusingly:

"I nearly knocked you off your bike!"

I am speechless.

"There was a bus coming the other way and I had to pull in", she adds, as if that might help matters.

I remain speechless.

"You shouldn't have been in the middle of the road"

I am beginning to think angry thoughts.  Is she going to tell me I don't pay road tax?  Or that I'm not even wearing a helmet? 

But I remember that cycling to work is generally quite pleasant and, although this morning was cold, it was bright and dry and I wouldn't want to spoil it all by getting angry.

And then I get a bit angry.  Frustratingly, I am unable to sustain the anger because the motons were all stuck in a queue and I was free to roll. 

By the time I was on Waterloo Bridge, my head was full of sunny thoughts again, such as "I'm getting to work nice and early, which means I'll be able to waste a bit of time sharing my commuting experiences with the good folk of YACF.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 04, 2010, 09:23:51 am
I got fed up with a load of potholes and the "ploughed" feel of a bit of cycle path shortcut I use most days on the way in to work.

As you know I don't approve of cyclepaths in general but shortcuts through the park instead of going up the A38 are worth cutting speed for and dodging the odd pedestrian/ pile of broken bottles is generally worth it

At the end of the park the route cuts through a car park and this is the problem area.
Initially I reported it to "fillthathole" website.  But this resulted in the highways agency saying that "it's not our problem".  I did a bit of trawling for email addresses and reported it directly to the parks dept.
Over the last week or so there have been at least three lots of work done on the holes.

The rough surface and the potholes have only been patched and they need resurfacing..but it is 100% better than it was

A nice email was sent to the parks dept
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on March 04, 2010, 09:24:48 am
I fell off.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 04, 2010, 09:25:30 am
You OK, Martin?

Edit: Missed this :-[. (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=30517.0)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on March 04, 2010, 09:26:33 am
You OK, Martin?
I think so, just bashed about a bit. Bruised, now stiffening up.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on March 04, 2010, 09:34:44 am
Last nights checklist before leaving work:

Fill waterbottle - check
Put shirt, kecks and socks into pannier - check
Put mobile, wallet and Oyster card into pannier - check
Keys into zippy pocket in jacket - check

[wavy lines]

15mins into ride home

[/wavy lines]

Reach down and grab a handful of thin air... 3 or 4 more times on the journey, reach down and find that there is still no waterbottle - bugger! Where is it?!

Come in this morning (by train - Red Cross training tonight) to find full waterbottle standing to attention in the middle of my desk. :facepalm:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Speshact on March 04, 2010, 06:49:39 pm
Onto the Wellington Arch bit in the middle of Hyde Park Corner following  a cyclist on a Bianchi who's wearing a duffle coat with furry hood off his/her head just where it would obsure looking back; with a helmet dangling from some part of the coat; holding a large cup of coffee; seemingly riding no-handed while fiddling about with coffee. Pretty confident dude.

He/She then proceeds, ignoring the red don't cross toucan light, straight across the traffic setting off round Hyde Park . He/She made it across two of the four lanes of traffic which stopped for the nutter before being blocked by the (quite reasonably) moving traffic. Eventually he/she made it to the traffic island, where he/she waited for the green man before starting to cross the last bit of road...and dropped the coffee cup in the road. Then he/she dismounted picked up the cup and walked across.

Very close to winning a Darwin Award.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on March 04, 2010, 07:49:58 pm
This morning's commute was wonderful, with a stunning red sunrise and some zip in my legs.

Coming home was a miserable slog. I don't really know why.  :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 04, 2010, 08:17:44 pm
Ditto to the miserable slog.  Long week.  Headwind.  Cold wind.  I even tried to mix up the route a bit but still couldn't really escape it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on March 04, 2010, 08:19:31 pm
First homebound commute with no lights.  Left work at 5.00 and needed sunglasses (which I have) and some sort of peaked cap (which I don't have).

Could have done without the windchill or the headwind mind...

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 04, 2010, 09:13:41 pm
I took dearly beloved's bike (a Claud Butler Urban Comfort that fits him - who is a good 6" taller than me)  because the headset had gone all loose and wobbly so my plan was to take it with me after work to the rescue for some assisted fettling.  So much of today's commuting was done whilst pushing.

Once the headset was sorted, we also addressed the issue of the brakes (I must have words about cleaning rims at least once a century - totally trashed blocks!) and then I hammered the seat down as far as it would go and rode it home.  Good lord, front suspension is weird!  And it felt like when you're a little kid and you borrow your mum's/elder sibling's bike and have that 'oh crikey, will my foot reach the floor' wobbly feeling every time you stop.

It was rather nice (in a slightly riding on blancmange way) once I got going, which confirmed that I really need to put Valencia's seat up a bit before I take her out again.  I am also now totally sure that my bike is much nicer than his :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on March 05, 2010, 07:39:14 am
Oh, I forgot to mention a curious incident the other day at the southern end of Waterloo Road.  A pedestrian started to scamper across the road at a pelican crossing when the red man was shining.  A double decker bus was approaching at speed and gave him a blast of the horn.  Pedestrian stumbles and falls and, thank goodness, the bus manages to stop with a couple of feet to spare.  Pedestrian gets to his feet, revealing what may have been his problem: jeans that were so low slung that they (a) had probably prevented him from running without falling and (b) were round his ankles when he stood up.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on March 05, 2010, 08:48:03 am
Managed to have an argument with Emily about exactly why I have, yet again, bought a bike that is too large for me :facepalm:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on March 05, 2010, 09:00:52 am
I overtook another cyclist this morning!
It MUST be spring... :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 05, 2010, 09:06:12 am
Managed to have an argument with Emily about exactly why I have, yet again, bought a bike that is too large for me :facepalm:

I suggest you invest in a rack. I'm sure Emily would be happy to assist the turning of the winches.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jAr-z0nLqt8/SJ86OKRrF6I/AAAAAAAAA_8/pOBiNMjlQb0/s400/TortureRack.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 05, 2010, 09:58:26 am
Weird thing happened today.  I had a good ride in.  No tailwind, but I still managed to post my first ride this year over 23kph, which is good for me.  My average for the year is still below 20kph, suffering from the heavy weather.

So it was a good ride, despite what I think might be an emerging chest infection.  But I did have a bit of a blip, struggling up - it's embarrassing to relate - Upper Tooting Road, at less than 20kph.  Part way up, I felt a friendly hand on my back, and found I was being pushed by another cyclist.  He just gave me a helpful shove, and then went past.  I couldnt help giggling.  When we stopped at the lights, he pulled down the buff from his face, and smiled. 'It's Friday.' he said, 'We're all struggling.'

He was a tall, thin man, a wee bit older than me, riding a not-new-but-well-kept Specialized Allez.  It may be someone on here, motivated by my yacf jersey.  I don't know.  I can imagine a lot of people would take it the wrong way, or just be so startled that they wobble.  But it was kind and well-received.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: NickM on March 05, 2010, 10:04:28 am
I've given up using the cycle path through Hyde Park as I'm travelling against the general flow of traffic (bloody cyclists are a bloody menace!) so these days I use South Carriage Drive. That's fine; it takes me where I want to go (towards Hammersmith via Kensington), but it always knackers me out and I don't know why.

I get onto the road from William St/Albert gate and turn left (West). I always try to remind myself not to try and peg it too hard because I know I'm going to get knackered if I do.

Excuses:
1. It's a false flat. No, really, it is. It looks flat, but it goes distinctly uphill and at a tougher gradient than you'd think.
2. There's no shelter from the prevailing easterly tornado (okay, okay, zephyr).
3. I've just pegged it up Sloane St in a bid to outrun a cyclicidal cabbie and so am knackered anyway.
4. On South Carriage Drive there is very little traffic and no traffic lights to slow me down so I am going faster than I normally would anyway ( I like this excuse).
5. The road surface is rubbish and frequently covered in horse sh…
6. I haven't had any breakfast and have simply run out of fuel.

I do always try to pluck up some brio and look a bit manly as I wheeze past the guards outside Hyde Park Barracks, but this is usually the point where I'm feeling it worst. I'd like to be in the drops, but usually I'm sitting up trying to get some air into my lungs.

I guess it's a combination of all those things (plus I'm not as fit as I think), but it hits me harder than I think it's going to every time.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on March 05, 2010, 10:16:37 am
Pedestrian gets to his feet, revealing what may have been his problem: jeans that were so low slung that they (a) had probably prevented him from running without falling and (b) were round his ankles when he stood up.

I always have to resist the urge to point and laugh at those types with their underwear on display. And it's not like I'm some old bat either, it just looks stupid.

I can imagine a lot of people would take it the wrong way, or just be so startled that they wobble.  But it was kind and well-received.

It would have startled the hell out of me, I'd have done a wobble all right! But a nice kind gesture nonetheless.

I thought it was very nice of the cyclist in front to point out particularly nasty potholes to me the other day. I always have a bit of an urge to do this, but any cyclist not used to riding in groups might wonder what the hell I was doing...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wowbagger on March 05, 2010, 10:24:59 am
On Tuesday I cycled to my school at noonish. Whilst wheeling along Chelmsford Avenue, in Westcliff, I noticed a large number of very deep pot-holes and made a mental note (I often make mental notes but then lose them later) that they really were quite serious and I ought to contact Fill That Hole.

When I returned a little over an hour later, they had been filled in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 05, 2010, 10:27:45 am
Wow, psychic pothole reporting!  Wowbagger, you are astonishing.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 05, 2010, 10:35:15 am
Yesterday evening, loverly
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4408565884_dfe006333c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/36911087@N05/4408565884/)

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 05, 2010, 10:42:24 am
Crikey, there's some camber on that road! :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on March 05, 2010, 10:49:12 am
My commute in takes me onto the A3 to Clapham for the last leg of the journey, and it is normally very civilized. However around Stockwell tube there are around 2 or 3 buses blocking the bus lane, I swear to God that they are permanently parked there. I obviously signal right to get into the other lane, making sure that I have room and time to splistream into the traffic. Little red astra nearly clips my elbow as he passes me. He then starts to take issue with the blue car in front of him, and then by the time I catch up to the next set of traffic lights he is now having a barney with wvm. Traffic lights flip to green, twat in red car is still arguing, so I shout, very loudly, 'Moooooovvvvvve'. He looks back in his mirror to be faced by the most evillest Paddington bear stare from myself. Apart from that, its was a pleasant ride in this morning  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 05, 2010, 11:16:41 am
It's the weather.

So nice to be riding in daylight and without sleeting rain. OK, there was the moment this morn when I thought I had a flat (rear end going squirrelly), then realised it was black ice, but, still . . .
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on March 08, 2010, 08:02:59 am
Lack of proper hat this morning = very cold ears.

A beautiful morning for it nevertheless, I was trying to time it so I could catch the lights on red and gaze longingly down Longdendale and over to the Snake but missed it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 08, 2010, 08:05:48 am
Nice, sunny, cold, relatively fast (considering i was carrying an extra 20kg of stuff today)...


BUT my first ever commuting visitation.  Lucky they visited me about 300 yds from work so I walked the rest and have now fixed it in the warmth and comfort of my office, rather than at the road side :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 08, 2010, 09:18:39 am
Cold, sunny, cold, fast, cold, fun and cold.

Except for falling off on the ice, it was a really good ride.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 08, 2010, 12:03:21 pm
Air temp 19*c.no wind.sunny.no traffic.......no problem ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hulver on March 08, 2010, 12:37:14 pm
My face nearly froze off this morning. I had to stop to adjust my buff, which I was glad of. I nearly didn't wear it today.

I'm not confident enough on fixed to adjust it while I'm moving.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on March 08, 2010, 01:15:21 pm
Air temp 19*c.no wind.sunny.no traffic.......no problem ;)

And * means?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 08, 2010, 01:20:27 pm
it means I can't find a little"0" to represent degrees. IT philistine you see :-[
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 08, 2010, 01:22:31 pm
I often cut & paste symbols I need from wikipedia: Degree symbol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degree_symbol)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on March 08, 2010, 01:23:29 pm
19[sup]o[/sup] comes out as 19o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: chris n on March 08, 2010, 01:24:43 pm
Alt + 0186 [on the keypad, Windows] = º
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 08, 2010, 01:26:33 pm
  :thumbsup: Greenbank & Chris n
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: chris n on March 08, 2010, 01:31:16 pm
It was about -4º when I left home today, but a beautifully crisp, clear morning.  Could see all the way to Cannock Chase and the power station at Rugely - steam from the cooling towers heading straight up.  Bit icy in places, but ok.

Lovely to be out on the bike too, first ride for a week.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on March 08, 2010, 02:30:01 pm
It was about -4º when I left home today,

Fahrenheit or Celcius?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 08, 2010, 02:35:59 pm
It was "ski mitts with liners and a scarf and a hat" cold this morning
That's Celsius

In other news I took the easier route to work as my knees preferred this after 250km yesterday
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hellymedic on March 08, 2010, 02:52:21 pm
Alt + 0186 [on the keypad, Windows] = º

I always use Alt + 0176...
°

I thought Alt + 0176 was the degree sign and Alt + 0186 was an exponent of 0 BICBW.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 08, 2010, 02:58:21 pm
Alt + 0186 gives me º, which wikipedia says is an ordinal indicator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C2%BA).

Alt + 0176 gives me °, which wikipedia says in the degree symbol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C2%B0).

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: chris n on March 08, 2010, 02:59:26 pm
Fahrenheit or Celcius?

Kelvin, I think.  It was really frickin' cold.

I thought Alt + 0176 was the degree sign and Alt + 0186 was an exponent of 0 BICBW.

You're right Helly - Alt + 0186 is a Masculine Ordinal Indicator, apparently.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on March 08, 2010, 03:36:24 pm
Use a website like:

The HTML Document Character Set (http://www.natural-innovations.com/wa/doc-charset.html) or

HTML Codes - Characters and symbols (http://www.ascii.cl/htmlcodes.htm)

...and just cut and paste the relevant character.  With things like 2/3 you have to bugger about with the [sup] and [sub] tags, since there is no HTML symbol for this.  There are symbols for ¼, ¾ & ½.


Back OT, I didn't think it was particularly cold today.  I didn't wear anything different or exceptional from what I've been wearing.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 08, 2010, 04:54:46 pm
By 'eck it was nippy first thing, quite bracing though.  I nearly didn't bother with the extra layer, glad I did.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 08, 2010, 07:06:18 pm
Today I saw an oxblood leather sofa sitting in the burn.  ???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 08, 2010, 07:54:18 pm
Fast commute in on the TCR with that botersome Easterly behind me.
Twas not so fast on the way home but still ace.
Witnessed and accident between car rear ending motorcycle on the way home.  Did my eye witness bit and exchanged names and details and explained to them the process.  No injuries so all fine and dandy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 08, 2010, 08:18:17 pm
So that's why motorists think that cyclists jump red lights?

I came to a large 3 lane traffic roundabout set of lights that were clearly on green (all four of them)
and proceeded through them in the outside lane.

While at the same time turning to and beckoned  the car driver in the middle lane
that had now pulled up to come on through with me.  

He then realised they were green and not red and then easily proceeded through.  The dopey twat.   ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on March 08, 2010, 10:03:40 pm
I was glad the wind was behind me on the way home, since I've clearly still got a bit of whatever lurgy stopped me commuting by bike last week. :-\

The downside is that I know tomorrow morning, like today, is going to be a bit of a slog.  Ho hum, at least in the evenings when I feel a lot less fresh I'll get a boost from the weather!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pippa on March 08, 2010, 10:19:25 pm
First commute in this year that was not in pitch black  :thumbsup:

I may have been on holibobs last week, but when I got back on the bike this morning I realised how much I had missed it. So much so I was decidely chirpy when I got to work this morning  :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 08, 2010, 10:22:04 pm
As I rode out of Balham on the way home, I passed a van with the windows open, with the passenger singing with enthusiasm but no tune.  He caught me looking, shut up and blushed.

'Enjoy it!' I said, and we laughed together, then he started singing again.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 09, 2010, 09:25:00 am
This morning was mainly slooooow because of the head wind and I was also feeling lethargic after rock climbing last night. However, it was 4.5 °C when I left home this morning, so positively balmy after yesterday when it was 0 °C. Being able to cycle without wearning my my overshoes or Pertex windproof is nice :thumbsup:. 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 09, 2010, 09:26:29 am
Flat tyre before I set off. As I didn't have a spare tube, I thought I'd better fix it at home before leaving. Good thing I did, it was a 2nd hole I'd missed last time.

The zip pull was broken on my overshoe. Then the zip pull broke on the other one.

My cycle computer has stopped working.

The freehub is still faulty.

erm, anything else going to go wrong?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on March 09, 2010, 09:31:14 am
I got the bus. Still not able to ride after my crash on Thursday.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 09, 2010, 09:32:07 am
Last night I was on a flyer, 26:21 for the 7.7 miles, this morning a good deal slower, 34:30 for the same distance.

Could have something to do with the hangover I had this morning....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 09, 2010, 09:43:01 am
I got the bus. Still not able to ride after my crash on Thursday.

:/

The good news is that by the time you are back on your bike, the days of worrying about black ice will be over.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: chris n on March 09, 2010, 09:46:18 am
I drafted a crop sprayer for four or five miles this morning at 20 mph. Didn't smell or sound very nice, but it did wonders for my average speed!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 09, 2010, 09:46:38 am
I forgot to look out for the ice I slipped on yesterday.  Guess it was gone, then ???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on March 09, 2010, 09:57:20 am
No ice today!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I left the clearing and was pootling through the woods at 6.30am, half asleep dodging the enormous holes in the track when suddenly something fell from the sky. A squirrel! It fell at least 20ft from the overhanging trees to less than a foot from my front wheel and I laughed out loud at it. Would've been nasty if it had hit me eh?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 09, 2010, 10:08:28 am
No ice today.  No best bike either as that obviously picked up a small puncture yesterday and it slow released overnight.   Cue a quick lights change and Hope came out.
It was like getting back into a comfy armchair.  :thumbsup:

Two new dead badgers on route to work.  The first one was gimacing in death just off the nearside and made me wonder how easy it would be to extract some of it's teeth.  I was thinking about a badger tooth necklace  ::-)

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on March 09, 2010, 10:11:42 am
No ice today.  No best bike either as that obviously picked up a small puncture yesterday and it slow released overnight.   Cue a quick lights change and Hope came out.
It was like getting back into a comfy armchair.  :thumbsup:

Is your best bike not comfortable then ?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 09, 2010, 10:13:32 am
Yes, very but in a more racy way.  Different material, different riding position ( lower ) and much stiffer so more responsive.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on March 09, 2010, 10:13:41 am
No ice today.  No best bike either as that obviously picked up a small puncture yesterday and it slow released overnight.   Cue a quick lights change and Hope came out.
It was like getting back into a comfy armchair.  :thumbsup:

Two new dead badgers on route to work.  The first one was gimacing in death just off the nearside and made me wonder how easy it would be to extract some of it's teeth.  I was thinking about a badger tooth necklace  ::-)



Make use of the badgers that you see... (http://living.scotsman.com/features/Sauted-badger.3276255.jp)  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on March 09, 2010, 10:15:55 am
I drafted a crop sprayer for four or five miles this morning at 20 mph. Didn't smell or sound very nice...

I wouldn't worry, the driver probably didn't even notice you.

Back commuting yesterday and today after driving last week.  Like Rafa Benitez, I have a bad side.  Still not right but getting slowly better and the drugs work.  Yesterday was hard, but this morning was springier - both me and the weather.  Still v. cold, though.

2 dead foxes.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on March 09, 2010, 10:27:49 am
2 dead foxes.
Two new dead badgers on route to work.

My roadkill tally: 4 rats
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 09, 2010, 10:38:56 am
A tad warmer this morning, which is welcome
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on March 09, 2010, 12:22:56 pm
A dead badger at the top of Coombe Lane hill. This in deepest suburbia.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on March 09, 2010, 01:13:57 pm
Off work sick with dreaded lurgy. We all have it. It's mucus central at the brain HQ.


Very little cycle commuting last week either, due to other commitments. So defo not getting the mileage I expected for the first quarter of this year.


It also means I'm probably not going to get a return on my investment in Sno tyres this year. I won't mention the new disc brakes, but from what my nephew in the trade says, the Avid squidgys would have given out on me sooner or later anyway.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on March 09, 2010, 08:10:36 pm
Blow me down!
I am STILL passing patches of snow on the way home in the evenings...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 09, 2010, 10:19:40 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/sofaintheburn.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 09, 2010, 10:40:07 pm
That is quality  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 09, 2010, 11:02:13 pm
What I like best about it is that the cushions have happy faces in them.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 10, 2010, 07:39:48 am
Today's commute was completely unremarkable.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on March 10, 2010, 08:51:06 am
Horrible headwind - just light enough to make me think that I can overcome it but constant and strong enough to sap me of energy.

Still, I got to ride my bicycle so :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 10, 2010, 09:50:26 am
The wind was awful, but a whole series of bumbrained antics by motor pilots of various forms meant there were standing queues of motor traffic from Tooting to Southwark (or maybe beyond - I don't know).  A pleasingly large number of cyclists flowed around, through & past them.  I got to work in a normal sort of time.  I would estimate that the average delay to a car driver would be in excess of 30mins.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 10, 2010, 10:36:13 am
Air temp 19*c.no wind.sunny.no traffic.......no problem ;)

same again :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 10, 2010, 11:17:35 am
Tailwind to work.  Stopped to stroke the stomach of a badger on the way in.  Photo when I get home.

Picked up a JCB at the head of a long line of traffic in the centre of Devizes.  Tanked it passed and then took advantage of the rolling road block behind so straight lined for about a mile  ;D

At the top of Caen Hill I saw my favourite quary in the distance - a milk float.  It was just turning into Poulshot.

Now on the flat with a strong tailwind I was trying hard to catch it on the flat.  It was acting like a metal kite and was doing 22.2 mph.  I am sure the chap was doing his best to not get overtaken as it was the normal miserable milkman of a driver.  A smile would crack his facade.

As I tucked in behind it for a brief recovery I saw I was now doing 22.9 mph.  I then took a deep breath and really pushed down and came out and around.  I am now doing 23.7 mph and all I thought about now was putting some distance between us so mad Mr Milkman could not get the satisfaction of overtaking me.

Job done.  When I get to work I averaged 19.3 mph for the 24.3 miles  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 10, 2010, 11:22:17 am
Stopped to stroke the stomach of a badger on the way in.  Photo when I get home.


Had it succumbed to the traffic in the night?   :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on March 10, 2010, 11:42:08 am
Stopped to stroke the stomach of a badger on the way in.  Photo when I get home.
If that's a euphemism, I don't want to see the photo... :hand:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on March 10, 2010, 12:09:29 pm
The wind was awful, but a whole series of bumbrained antics by motor pilots of various forms meant there were standing queues of motor traffic from Tooting to Southwark (or maybe beyond - I don't know).  A pleasingly large number of cyclists flowed around, through & past them.  I got to work in a normal sort of time.  I would estimate that the average delay to a car driver would be in excess of 30mins.

Yep, the A202 was terrible this morning, worst I have ever seen it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 10, 2010, 12:54:04 pm
Stopped to stroke the stomach of a badger on the way in.  Photo when I get home.


Had it succumbed to the traffic in the night?   :(

It is the one that was grinning at me yesterday  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 10, 2010, 01:27:49 pm
Stopped to stroke the stomach of a badger on the way in.  Photo when I get home.


Had it succumbed to the traffic in the night?   :(

It is the one that was grinning at me yesterday  ::-)

You are Ron Davies AICMFP!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 10, 2010, 08:37:32 pm
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/GruuB/10-03-10_0826.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 10, 2010, 08:48:48 pm
Badger badger badger ;D. (http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on March 10, 2010, 09:07:21 pm
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/GruuB/10-03-10_0826.jpg)

That'd make a good pecil case.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 10, 2010, 09:21:21 pm
and a warm hat
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on March 11, 2010, 07:38:01 am
Nice trip in.  Started with the merest sliver of a crescent moon in a pale blue sky,  lovely sunrise.  Cool but invigorating rather than debilitating, no breeze to speak of and cute (live) fauna into the bargain; barn owl, woodpecker making a racket at Quenington, pheasants galore, bunnies and buzzards. Oh and lots of yellowhammers and a few newish lambs at Poulton Fields.

Then I got here. *sigh* :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 11, 2010, 07:45:00 am
A relatively quiet ride in today, apart from a number 90 bus emulating the Imperial Coaches move of starting to pass me then cut me up.

LK08FNF, there is an email on it's way to your boss today....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on March 11, 2010, 08:53:34 am
For the first time in 9 years, I actually had a companion for over 1/2 the way in this morning going at the same speed as I! He also turned out to be a colleague at work.
A very pleasant experience and about 2 minutes faster.
Things must be improving - 9 years ago, I could commute for 6 months and see no other cyclist at all.  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 11, 2010, 10:00:42 am
Good ride, but it seemed uphill all the way to Southwark, with a cold and relentless headwind.  But, despite that, and a number of morons, I got a swift ride in. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on March 11, 2010, 10:25:03 am
A pretty uneventful ride yesterday and today, yesterday was kinda reassuring as I let a car pass me on a narrow road and he flashed his hazards in thanks, made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, makes a big change. Same happened today when I let a bus pass me just before the bus/taxi/cycle lane, he flashed me also. This sunny weather makes cycling more satisfying and motorists seem happier too.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on March 11, 2010, 11:03:28 am
Good ride, but it seemed uphill all the way to Southwark, with a cold and relentless headwind.  But, despite that, and a number of morons, I got a swift ride in. :)

My headwind was such that at one point I stopped to check my tyres were still inflated! But I'm extra paranoid since my inner tube escaping and nearly killing me...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on March 11, 2010, 08:28:52 pm
Nice trip in.  Started with the merest sliver of a crescent moon in a pale blue sky,  lovely sunrise.  Cool but invigorating rather than debilitating, no breeze to speak of and cute (live) fauna into the bargain; barn owl, woodpecker making a racket at Quenington, pheasants galore, bunnies and buzzards. Oh and lots of yellowhammers and a few newish lambs at Poulton Fields.

Then I got here. *sigh* :)

I know what you mean. If I arise from the pit early enough, I'll go the very slightly longer way along the stream and lake. I'll see ducks, bunnies, geese, some other water birds (?) and a heron if I'm lucky. Getting to work is the downside, but I do feel happier at work for a while after a good ride in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Paul D on March 11, 2010, 08:35:59 pm
I had some naive idea that ambulance drivers were more considerate than others, maybe because they watch people being scraped up off the tarmac as part of the job.

Today's ride home has changed my opinion.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: simonp on March 12, 2010, 12:20:26 am
Got beeped on the way to work for, er, nothing, really.  Riding down the road at 20mph, secondary pos., car coming the other way car behind beeps (slightly too long to be "I'm here") then overtakes.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 12, 2010, 09:31:20 am
I had some naive idea that ambulance drivers were more considerate than others, maybe because they watch people being scraped up off the tarmac as part of the job.

Today's ride home has changed my opinion.

G4S?  I've had problems with their drivers.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 12, 2010, 09:47:35 am
Splendid ride.  Felt like a tailwind, but it really wasn't.  Nice contrast to the struggles of the last two mornings, where I've managed a decent speed, but into a headwind.  I managed an average of 23.3kph, which is very fast for me.  I was just thinking as I was dragging myself up the slight rise of our road that it's the mornings where I start with my legs feeling rubbish that I get the best rides.  Odd that. 

By the time I reached Mitcham Common, roadworks notwithstandng, I glanced down at my Babbage Engine, and saw it read 24.1kph and the pacer arrow was pointing downwards.  I lost a little pace going through Tooting (I always do), especially because I saw a cyclist knocked off and stopped to prevent a punch up, but, by the time I was in Clapham, I was moving well.  It felt really good.  Shame I have to do some work now.  And that I'm not riding home tonight (but that's for a very good reason ;) )
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 12, 2010, 09:48:39 am
I had some naive idea that ambulance drivers were more considerate than others, maybe because they watch people being scraped up off the tarmac as part of the job.

Today's ride home has changed my opinion.

G4S?  I've had problems with their drivers.

Like this one:   ;D


      YouTube
            - Group 4 Securicor armoured van apparently jumps red light. KE55 EFF
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuVk4NkeeLM)

I love the comments....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 12, 2010, 10:53:32 am
So, this morning, I was riding into Tooting, coming down from the bridge at the station, when I saw a cyclist coming the other way in the bus lane just past the Police Station.

Coming past Seely Road, he was struck by a van driving out without looking.  As I pulled up, the cyclist had opened the van door, and was hitting the driver with his bike.  OK, the pillock deserved it, but I felt that it probably wasn't appropriate.  So I calmed things down by asking if the cyclist was OK, and then giving his bike a quick glance, noticing his bars were askew, but it seemed generally OK.

The bus driver who had witnessed the incident obviously felt it was nothing to do with him, as he pulled right round me to progress towards Mitcham. ::-)

The cyclist went on, but I had a few words (all suitable pre-watershed) for the driver before I left it.  Though I suspect his English was almost non-existent.

Could I have reported it, given we were almost right outside Tooting Police Station?  really, what would have been the point?  I would have made myself late for work and got annoyed (yet again) by tossers who don't give a fuck.  Besides, I was riding quite well, so I let my vanity take over and I set off again, determined to report the van on the MPS website.

Half an hour of exhilirating riding later, I'd forgotten the Reg number.  I'd even forgotten the company name on the side of the van. :-[

Not fulfilling my duty as an active citizen, really, though I console myself with having stopped a fight and checked the victim was OK.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 14, 2010, 09:27:19 pm
(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/GruuB/10-03-10_0826.jpg)

Crocodile Grubdee: "Well, you can live on it, but it taste like shit."
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 15, 2010, 10:19:52 am
At the weekend the summer commute bike was fettled.  Various parts were checked and lubricated.  The tyres were pumped up.  The little saddle pack was fitted.

But on monday morning there was freezing fog first thing so I took the winter bike with full lights.  It really was freezing.  I stopped to try and work out an annoying rattle from the front mudguard and noticed ice forming on the V brakes

There was fog in the valley I live in but it was clear and sunny at the top of the Blackdown Hills and over in Taunton

Maybe tomorrow...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on March 15, 2010, 01:06:10 pm
I got blown in... and the sun is shining... and all is well with the world...
 :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on March 15, 2010, 02:17:06 pm
First day without tights and a jacket. Apologies to anyone who saw my white legs.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on March 15, 2010, 05:28:44 pm
So, this morning, I was riding into Tooting, coming down from the bridge at the station, when I saw a cyclist coming the other way in the bus lane just past the Police Station.

Coming past Seely Road, he was struck by a van driving out without looking.  As I pulled up, the cyclist had opened the van door, and was hitting the driver with his bike.  OK, the pillock deserved it, but I felt that it probably wasn't appropriate.  So I calmed things down by asking if the cyclist was OK, and then giving his bike a quick glance, noticing his bars were askew, but it seemed generally OK.

The bus driver who had witnessed the incident obviously felt it was nothing to do with him, as he pulled right round me to progress towards Mitcham. ::-)

The cyclist went on, but I had a few words (all suitable pre-watershed) for the driver before I left it.  Though I suspect his English was almost non-existent.

Could I have reported it, given we were almost right outside Tooting Police Station?  really, what would have been the point?  I would have made myself late for work and got annoyed (yet again) by tossers who don't give a fuck.  Besides, I was riding quite well, so I let my vanity take over and I set off again, determined to report the van on the MPS website.

Half an hour of exhilirating riding later, I'd forgotten the Reg number.  I'd even forgotten the company name on the side of the van. :-[

Not fulfilling my duty as an active citizen, really, though I console myself with having stopped a fight and checked the victim was OK.

I carry a marker pen in the side pocket of my Carradice. It will write on anything, even in pouring rain. A quick scribble on my wrist or the back of my hand will last for hours, or wash off in seconds with dilute alcohol. Worth thinking about for the future?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: JonBuoy on March 15, 2010, 06:14:33 pm
I was flagged down by a motorist on this morning's commute.  I was instantly on the defensive and wondered whether I had cut him up or upset him in some other way.  It turned out that he had broken down and wanted to borrow a phone.

Five phone calls later and he had still not managed to get anyone to answer.  One of the unanswered calls was because he had accidentally dialled his own mobile that was still at home.  At that point he gave up and started walking.

I had been a bit late setting off and the stiff headwind wasn't helping with my attempts to get to work on time.  I now had the perfect excuse for being late and just cruised in. 8)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on March 16, 2010, 07:54:40 am
Mixed bag this morning.

On the plus side... beautiful sunshine, first skylark of the year, barn owl, yellowhammers, pheasants, rabbits, magpies, blackbirds and more LBJs than you can shake a stick at.

However... I'm only just getting feeling back in my thumbs and  what the hell have they been spreading on the fields this year? It is positively emetic.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 16, 2010, 09:18:34 am
First ride of the summer! :thumbsup:

Sunshine, dry roads, lots of cyclists. 

Very fast (for me) - 23.3kph average, and 53 mins door to door.  I spent a lot of time riding faster than 30kph, which hasn't been happening for months.

I can still feel it in my legs nearly 50mins after I stopped.

Yes, there were complete imbeciles behind steering wheels as usual, but they're going to get themselves killed or maimed soon anyway.  I just don't want to be part of their 'accident'.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 16, 2010, 09:31:40 am
First ride of the summer! :thumbsup:

Sadly it's still winter for at least another 4.3 days.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 16, 2010, 09:34:05 am
Well, we can have summer rides whenever we like ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 16, 2010, 09:34:42 am
I had a lovely ride in until someone behind failed to register that I was stopping for a Zebra crossing in time to unclip and crashed into me, knocking me over. Ow :(. Still it was sunny, quite fast and there were LOTS of cyclists :D.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 16, 2010, 09:35:31 am
>:(  You OK, flower?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 16, 2010, 10:06:17 am
Last night I had a run in with a bus

I was coming out of Nicholasheign on a rural road.  Narrow-ish.  I was in primary and about to turn left.  Then the number 20 bus barged past.  I had to brake and steer right in to the side and it went past with about a foot to spare.
The road was much wider 50 metres down the lane.
The bus was doing a classic "I'm bigger than you get the fuck out of the way" move

I don't normally get cross at badly behaved traffic but...

As I said I was about to turn left.  Onto a short cut.  So I raced up the stoney back lane.  I could see the bus on the parallel road ( it turned left further down )  The bus beat me to the next junction but I kept up a good speed and it wasn't gaining much of a lead.  Then the bus had to stop on a narrow sharp corner.  There were two cars coming the other way.  I got right up to the buses bumper. 
Then me and the bus went down the hill into Culmstock.  I knew there was a bus stop in Culmstock.  The bus got ahead and stopped for passengers.  I passed the bus on the right intending to have a word with the driver.  But before I could do that the bus started indicating out.  So I overtook.  In Culmstock me and the bus go different ways

In future I won't ride in primary when I see a bus on that road.  I will ride in the middle of the road so there is no chance of an attempted squeeze past.  Bus drivers cannot be trusted to DTRT
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 16, 2010, 10:16:43 am
Oooh bummer Butterfly and vorsprung.

Vorsprung, I hope you got the reg and complained? 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on March 16, 2010, 11:45:40 am
I haven’t had one for ages and ages, and then on the commute today: 
The most full on, perfect and spectacular clipless moment ever. 
Maximum embarrassment factors.  In two lanes of crawling traffic, over I go.
Lots of spectators? – Check
People actually getting out of cars to ask if I’m OK? – Check
Blood? – Check.

The only thing that stopped this one being a perfect ten was the absence of a bus stop full of jeering school kids.

Bugger.  :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 16, 2010, 11:53:07 am
Oh eck, Basil. 

Is the bike OK? ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on March 16, 2010, 12:08:27 pm
Oh eck, Basil. 

Is the bike OK? ;)

Yeah, I broke its fall with knee skin.  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 16, 2010, 12:12:16 pm
That's OK then. ;)

You've lost weight to the tune of a bit of skin, then?  Hope it heals quickly.  The embarrassment probably never will :[
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on March 16, 2010, 12:13:56 pm
I had some naive idea that ambulance drivers were more considerate than others, maybe because they watch people being scraped up off the tarmac as part of the job.

Today's ride home has changed my opinion.

G4S?  I've had problems with their drivers.

It was a privated Patient Transport Service driver that hit me.  As a result of his behaviour, and a number of other complaints, the PTS provider lost its contract for that trust.

If it's a private PTS provider, complain to the contracting trust (should be written on the side of the vehicle).

If it's a proper ambulance, then complain to the the relevant Ambulance Service trust.  My experience is that they take complaints from vulnerable road users very seriously.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on March 16, 2010, 12:30:39 pm
Actually, I've been thinking about this.

People actually getting out of cars to ask if I’m OK? – Check

Are people more likely to show friendly concern only when an "off" is obviously caused by a cyclist's own numptiness?
Certainly different to when I was sitting in the road after a high speed (downhill) left hook.  On that occasion I was hooted at for reclining in the road.  ???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 16, 2010, 12:35:40 pm
I think so yes.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 16, 2010, 12:36:21 pm
Worth £250 if you can get it on video.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 16, 2010, 12:39:45 pm
Oooh bummer Butterfly and vorsprung.

Vorsprung, I hope you got the reg and complained? 

No, i was too steamed up and pumped at catching the bus.  After I overtook it I couldn't be bothered stopping and trying to memorize it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 16, 2010, 06:26:55 pm
The sofa is gone from the burn, but the path is strewn with dead Christmas trees. Well, there was only one, and I moved it. But still.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 17, 2010, 09:55:19 am
First ride of the summer! :thumbsup:

Sunshine, dry roads, lots of cyclists. 

Very fast (for me) - 23.3kph average, and 53 mins door to door.  I spent a lot of time riding faster than 30kph, which hasn't been happening for months.

I can still feel it in my legs nearly 50mins after I stopped.

Yes, there were complete imbeciles behind steering wheels as usual, but they're going to get themselves killed or maimed soon anyway.  I just don't want to be part of their 'accident'.


Second summer ride!  24.8kph average and 51mins door to door. Riding bicycles is fun :thumbsup:

I wonder what I could manage if I wasn't riding a tourer with full racks?*




* Experience shows I do about the same times, whether on my tourer, my fixed or my road bike.  This morning, I wasn't carrying a lock, as I'd loaned that to Superstoker, and had a 6mph tailwind[/url]
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on March 17, 2010, 10:41:47 am
Actually, I've been thinking about this.

People actually getting out of cars to ask if I’m OK? – Check

Are people more likely to show friendly concern only when an "off" is obviously caused by a cyclist's own numptiness?


IME no. Both of my last two crashes have been skids, no one else involved. Both times following motorists stopped and asked if I was OK. My BOG crash in 07, a young chap took my mate and our two bikes to his friends house where he left them before delivering my mate to hospital where the ambulance took me. Immediately after my last crash, the third motorist to ask if I was OK offered me a lift.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on March 17, 2010, 11:57:00 am
It was a nice commute for me, slightly marred by a couple of events.

At this (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=51.430058,-0.13499&spn=0.001162,0.002411&z=19) junction, another cyclist shouted at a car driver for being in the advanced stop area (actually he was well over the more advanced stop line as well).  This caused him to turn into the classic apoplectic, "Come here and say that" raving driver.  I might have had some more sympathy for the cyclist, except that he was cycling across the pedestrian crossing part of the junction, and as guilty of breaking the law as the driver. :-\  Of course the driver continued to shout out the window, even when the lights had turned green, until the drivers behind him started using their horns.

Later on, crossing Clapham Common, I almost got hit by another cyclist who was so engrossed in his mobile phone, that he was making no effort to actually watch where he was going.  When I shouted out something like "Careful!" he almost came off, with a very alarming wobble and apologetic "Sorry".  If it's that important, why not stop and use the phone?  It wasn't as though he was belting across town to a meeting, he was bimbling across Clapham Common in jeans and t-shirt.  Stopping on the cycle path wouldn't have blocked anyone, and would have been a lot safer than the erratic wobble back and forth across the path.  This wasn't your typical teenager with a mobile phone stuck to the side of their head, this was a late 40s, early 50s bloke on a reasonable looking dropped handlebar bike.

All that aside, the weather was very pleasant this morning.  Mild and dry, with little wind.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on March 17, 2010, 11:59:13 am
Nice commute in this morning, despite an alarming rise in the number of frog corpses...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 17, 2010, 12:00:35 pm
Nice commute in this morning, despite an alarming rise in the number of frog corpses...

Agincourt?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 17, 2010, 01:17:22 pm
Nice commute in this morning, despite an alarming rise in the number of frog corpses...

Agincourt?

PMSL
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 17, 2010, 01:20:53 pm
More likely Cressy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 17, 2010, 02:37:55 pm
My first ever train assisted folder commute today :D. It was lovely, but I don't fancy carrying the Dahon down station steps regularly. The ticket guard at the staion was mightily impressed though 'A bike in a bag, I've never seen anything like it - that's amazing!' :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 17, 2010, 02:40:46 pm
My first ever train assisted folder commute today :D. It was lovely, but I don't fancy carrying the Dahon down station steps regularly. The ticket guard at the staion was mightily impressed though 'A bike in a bag, I've never seen anything like it - that's amazing!' :D

Long may it stay that way.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 17, 2010, 02:41:11 pm
:thumbsup: Best to plan your stations carefully for flat ones, eh? :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 17, 2010, 02:42:52 pm
:thumbsup: Best to plan your stations carefully for flat ones, eh? :)
If you could just have a word with Southern then - it's easier said than done ;D.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 17, 2010, 02:48:03 pm
I'm sure they'd be happy to co-operate.  You know their customer service policy - Nothing's too much trouble (except running trains on time, or at all, or informing passengers, or keeping their stations up to date).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 17, 2010, 08:41:24 pm
The Christmas tree I threw across the park last night was this evening upright by the side of the path. I really hope someone put it there and it's not that it's come alive. And there was a lone bagpiper piping at the bottom of the tunnel.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 17, 2010, 10:05:46 pm
I had a lovely commute today.  Around 10 miles round trip, nice weather, reasonably nice routes, sensible dog-walkers bringing their dogs to heel when they saw me coming on the shared use path, bit if pleasant country lane, most of the pot holes have been temporarily patched and I spotted the remainder in plenty of time, bike ran really sweetly and (with the exception on a knobinnavan who tried to reverse out over me) lots of smily happy people in steel boxes who mostly gave me space.  I even got a few 'thank you' waves; one was when I indicated really early so that the person in the car knew I was turning left and they could get out of the side street - it was nice to see a driver giving someone on a bike a big grin and a thumbs up.  I even had a reasonably productive day at work too!  I need to ride my bike more - it makes for a much happier CrinklyLion.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 17, 2010, 10:40:40 pm
A spoke broke on the way in. The cones unwound themselves, despite tightening to within a whisker of thread-shearing (maybe the bent axle has something do with it?).

So I road home very gently.  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on March 17, 2010, 11:07:00 pm
Side-road entering from the left, about 4 car-lengths back from a set of traffic lights.  3rd vehicle back in queue at lights is a bus.  Cars turning right out of side road cannot look to their left, as all they can see is the back of the bus.

So I stopped just before the side-road junction, where I could see the (lack of) traffic hidden by the bus, and waved 1 car into, and about 5 cars out of, the side road while the lights were still red.  I got one or two thank-you waves.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 18, 2010, 06:32:20 am
I don't think I'll be going home via the park again. 

Despite the signs clearly stating that the paths are for shared use and would everyone please be nice the twuntery, mostly from dog walkers, is too much.  A couple of times I've actualy come to a complete stop to see if they'd take the hint.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Steve GT on March 18, 2010, 07:16:10 am
After 2 months of commuting in sub zero temperatures, last nights ride back to the apartment with the temperature at +3c felt almost tropical!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on March 18, 2010, 08:27:59 am
Nice commute in this morning, despite an alarming rise in the number of frog corpses...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on March 18, 2010, 09:15:36 am
Taxi drivers being very nice at the moment; pulling over so I can filter down the middle easily, and an oncoming one stopping and giving way to me when there wasn't enough room due to parked cars. They got a smile and a wave. Must be the weather.

It just about cancels out the incident that had me chasing the bus driver down, placing myself and the bike in front on the bus and kindly informing him (albeit in a loud screeching tone - those who have been offroading with me will know it) exactly why what he had done was wrong while he tried to pretend I wasn't there. But I'm trying not to rant about that any more, because most bus drivers are ok on my route.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 18, 2010, 09:40:12 am
I really enjoyed my ride in this morning.  Fabulous.  Even the numpties and the potholes seemed insignificant compared to the joy of just riding.

Riding home last night was fun, too.  I didn't go directly - we went to a party with the nieces & nephews & Superstoker & Our Kid of course.  Then three of us (Our Kid remains, I'm sad to say, avelopic :( ) rode to Balham station to get a train home.  Superstoker's enjoying his riding a lot at the moment, and it's really good riding through the dark, quiet backstreets in the warm(ish) night, the three of us enjoying a shared activity and being very together.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on March 18, 2010, 09:40:35 am
V unusually I drove in today.
I know I've said it before, but I get treated a hell of a lot better by other drivers when I'm on my bike.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on March 18, 2010, 01:31:26 pm
Track mitts! Kepi!  Summer (well mebbe spring) is here!
Still wearing longs mind you.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on March 18, 2010, 01:47:35 pm
Shorts today !!   First time on the commute this year.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on March 18, 2010, 01:49:38 pm
Track mitts! Kepi!  Summer (well mebbe spring) is here!
Still wearing longs mind you.

I've been wearing mitts all this week.  I haven't quite shifted into shorts yet, mainly because I generally come home after dark, and it's got a little cooler by then.

I was seriously considering only cycling in a jersey today, since with the thin fleece over the top it was rather too warm.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 18, 2010, 01:53:15 pm
Track mitts! Kepi!  Summer (well mebbe spring) is here!
Still wearing longs mind you.
Same here, first day for mitts in the morning. Still wearing longs
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on March 18, 2010, 03:20:53 pm
Track mitts! Kepi!  Summer (well mebbe spring) is here!
Still wearing longs mind you.

I've been wearing mitts all this week. <snip>
On Tuesday morning (0630) I wore gloves and glove liners.   It took over an hour after I got to work for feeling to return to my thumbs.  Painful.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 18, 2010, 04:49:58 pm
Shorts this afternoon and rain too
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Paul D on March 18, 2010, 07:42:43 pm
Yep, lovely sunny morning ride over to Portland. Horrible, sopping wet evening ride back. Even my headphones packed in, full of water.

I preferred cold & icy commuting. I like to save the warm, windy & wet weather for 200k+ audaxing. :hand:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 18, 2010, 09:48:27 pm
...the Very Lovely Valencia found top gear, for the first time.  I had a very very big grin.

I was riding home from the bike rescue, along the river path and just at the bottom of the bridge (on the side of the river I was coming along) side' there was a fairly large gang of fairly large teenagers.  Not particularly doing anything, just hanging around smoking with a couple of them mucking about on bike.  But a while back there were a few reports of people getting hassle on that path - stuff thrown, a couple of thumpings and so on.  So, whilst I wasn't exactly worried I was fairly 'aware' of them, and went past and up the bridge probably rather faster  than my usual pootling-along speed.  Which meant that I went down the other side with a bit more of a head of steam than usual, and for the first time ever there were no other bikes/pedestrians/suicidal dogs around and I didn't have to slow down at all so I just kept pedalling away and clicking up through the gears and suddenly there were no more gears and I realised that, my my standards, I was going really rather fast.

I quite liked it  :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 18, 2010, 10:01:40 pm
No sofas, no pipers, one Christmas tree and a bpoab today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on March 18, 2010, 10:04:34 pm
...I was going really rather fast.

I quite liked it  :D

Danged lycra clad speeding cyclists. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on March 18, 2010, 10:17:32 pm
No sofas, no pipers, one Christmas tree and a bpoab today.

BagPuss on a brompton? ???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on March 18, 2010, 10:33:10 pm
Gahhh, after leaving work at 8pm it was a rather rapid ride home. Hit the A20 from the A205 and breezed past another lass and worked like a bastard hitting the hill before the beautiful downhill into Loampit Vale. It was when I hit the cycle path into Cornmill Gardens that I realised that the p*ncture faerie had hit on the back wheel. Bahhhh  >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 18, 2010, 11:03:45 pm
...I was going really rather fast.

I quite liked it  :D

Danged lycra clad speeding cyclists. ;D

Well, my M&S socks are possibly 5% lycra.  And I imagine there's some lycra in knicker elastic.... but me in lycra is NOT a good thought!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on March 19, 2010, 08:44:58 am
Overtaken stupidly by a white van today, stationary traffic in front, I'm slightly beyond secondary (primary side), on a narrow uphill stretch (by Hampton waterworks for those who know it) doing about 14mph. He gets half way past, then tries to bully me into the gutter. Contact made with wing mirror as I hold my position and he brakes.

Driver of GX09 AOY be very ashamed of youself, especially as the badge on your arm said 'Metropolitan Police'.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 19, 2010, 09:22:23 am
No sofas, no pipers, one Christmas tree and a bpoab today.

That last would brighten the day.  Good spot :thumbsup:


I'm digging out the mitts this weekend.  My gloves are getting too damp every ride now.  I'll wear them when we go to the track on Sunday because there's a lot of cold standing around, but I do think it's mitt weather :)

Lovely lovely ride in this morning.  My only spoken words were:

'Shit for brains!'
'Learn to drive!'
and
'Look, you incompetent' followed by a surprisingly teenage 'wha'eva' when the passenger in the car that had pulled out in front of me on E&C gave me some incomprehensible verbal.  What did I care?  I'd had a good ride, and I was soon to have a shower.

After I'd disposed of the dead rat.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 19, 2010, 09:32:03 am
Fastest commute of the year so far, 16.9mph average, only 47 minutes door to door.  Probably a rubbish time if I was out in the country but not bad for London in rush hour.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: andygates on March 19, 2010, 09:34:12 am
Sadly rush hour and dawn silflay are coincident again, so it's chunks of wildlife a-go-go.  Today: be thankful for mudguards when dodging badger giblets. :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 19, 2010, 11:45:52 am
For the second time in a matter of weeks my rear mech hanger has sheared off.  I tried to do an emergency single speed conversion but I couldn't get the chain to stick to one rear sprocket.

Bike currently residing at a friends house near to where it happened.   :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on March 19, 2010, 09:05:30 pm
I caught up a BSO on a path in Derby this morning.  I was very concerned that the back wheel was about to come loose, as the QR lever was wide open.  So I told the rider; we stopped, and it transpired that he (or the mechanic of the house) had used the QR lever as a spanner, and just tightened it as far as it would go in a rotating direction. :facepalm:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on March 20, 2010, 01:20:19 am
Got home to find I'd hit an average of 17.0mph. First time in the 17s this year. Love the sunny weather.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 22, 2010, 08:58:12 am
On the way in this morning nearly killed by two different Firstbuses.

The first (LK05FCO) was a bendy bus who passed me and nearly took skin off my right shin, it was that close!

The second (W919VLN) was a double decker, and to the driver's credit he stopped, put his hazards on, waved me past and apologised for passing so close.  He said it was because a car had come out of nowhere coming towards him and he had instinctively moved left.  Fair play to him, I thanked him for stopping and apologising.

Other than that a good ride in, no wind, sunshine and a 16.5mph ave.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hulver on March 22, 2010, 09:05:04 am
I took the longer route to work this morning, a very nice ride. Didn't need my top covering or buff today, it's certainly warmed up a lot in the last week.

Saw a very fat, very dead pheasant.

A huge tractor and trailer tried to bully me off the road, which was a bit scary. The top of his front wheel was higher than my head. He eventually realised that I wasn't going to move off the road, and sat behind me for another 10 seconds before the junction  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 22, 2010, 09:11:59 am
Lovely warm morning.  It's mitts weather.  It has to be - my favourite gloves (BG Radiant (old style)), having split last year, have only just survived another, and my newer gloves have been adopted by Superstoker.

Fun ride in.  Felt fast & smooth.  Not quite as fast as I thought, but it's still pulling my monthly and annual averages up :)

Hundreds - I do not exaggerate at all - hundreds of cyclists on the road, especially near Stockwell.  Phenomenal sight.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on March 22, 2010, 09:55:41 am
Hundreds - I do not exaggerate at all - hundreds of cyclists on the road, especially near Stockwell.  Phenomenal sight.

Weird. There seemed to be fewer than normal on my route in. Though I did have a 'snap bikes' moment with a guy on the embankment - always nice to agree on each other's good taste  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 22, 2010, 11:19:38 am
Pulled up next to a nice BMW convertible, chatting, and complimenting each others' rides.  Friendly guy, beautiful car.  The next second there are flashbulbs going off everywhere. I look to the other side, and there are like 100 tourists on the pavement all taking photos. The BMW driver was nonplussed, he didn't know what to do with so much attention despite having a convertible.  Upstaged by a peasant on a bicycle, LOL!

A five year old riding on the front footpegs of a BMX down Peckham High Street.

      YouTube
            - Child riding on BMX footpegs
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNAiAmNjsyU)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on March 22, 2010, 11:59:52 am
I used to pick my (then soon to be) wife up from Brighton General, and come down Elm Grove with her on the back pegs, regularly having to pass cars and buses as we did 40mph down the hill. Must have been quite a sight with her in in nurses uniform. Getting round the corner at the Level was somewhat sketchy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 22, 2010, 12:21:22 pm
Pulled up next to a nice BMW convertible, chatting, and complimenting each others' rides.  Friendly guy, beautiful car.  The next second there are flashbulbs going off everywhere. I look to the other side, and there are like 100 tourists on the pavement all taking photos. The BMW driver was nonplussed, he didn't know what to do with so much attention despite having a convertible.  Upstaged by a peasant on a bicycle, LOL!

A five year old riding on the front footpegs of a BMX down Peckham High Street.

      YouTube
            - Child riding on BMX footpegs
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNAiAmNjsyU)
What was going on at that set oflights (apart from the RLJ0?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 22, 2010, 12:31:26 pm
You mean the car RLJing?  I think the driver got confused when the pedestrian lights on the other side of the junction changed.  Bad design perhaps, it's not the first time I've seen a driver get confused with that.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 22, 2010, 12:35:01 pm
Not strictly a commute, but....
I set off to go down to Horsham Folk Club, which is a short ride either side of the train to avoid the racetrack dual carriageway. I was passed at speed by HJ03VBY* , whose front passenger was leaning out and screaming the usual incomprehensible gibberish**. John, from the Folk Club, boarded at another station, and then the train stopped. Signals shagged....
It was,ofcourse, much nicer riding the rest of the way, till we got to the edge of town. There was a woman proceeding round a roundabout at about 3mph. No signals...she did a couple of loops, and then I saw why. She had slowed forsafety reasons,as the mobile pressed to her ear made it difficult to drive safely. I expressed my opinion loudly.
On into Horsham and over the little bridge before the station, then attack the town centre road. This comes to a set oflights with a left filter onto a dual carriageway. Just as we arrived we were overtaken by a Lancia,who slid to a halt across boath lanes at an angle because he wanted to beat us off from the lights. They changed, we went to the next lights...together. Then to the mini roundabout...together. He parked on the footpath and John and I just shook our heads.

*I spoke to my friendly traffic warden at work on the way in. "The car was weaving and speeding, looked like the driver might've been drinking"

**Probably something to do with road tax....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 22, 2010, 12:35:57 pm
You mean the car RLJing?  I think the driver got confused when the pedestrian lights on the other side of the junction changed.  Bad design perhaps, it's not the first time I've seen a driver get confused with that.
...and the bike that sailed straight through!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 22, 2010, 12:39:21 pm
TBH I was more shocked at taking a 5 y/o on the footpegs.  Either I'm getting old, or it's because I've seen serious consequences from a similar situation.  I'd be seriously unhappy if someone took my child for a ride like that, one decent bounce and the child will be face first to the pavement with the bike going over her, never mind the traffic and highstreet.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on March 22, 2010, 02:24:33 pm
Speaking of footpegs, I was on them back when I was 7 years old, the rider went downhill on a sharp bend and i lost my footing, basically took all the skin of the insides of both legs.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 22, 2010, 06:46:17 pm
I passed 7 horses in a field, all with their bums facing towards me.  I nearly stopped to take a photo.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2010, 10:41:28 am
This morning, I crossed the level crossing, and saw a chap trying to get his chain back on.  I stopped to offer help, as it didn't look like he was carrying many tools.  I quickly noticed that the bike was a Colnago Arte bought at De Ver Cycles.  I also noticed that the rider was a voluble Italian, who explained how he'd been knocked off at the approach to the level crossing, and had a lot of verbal from the van driver.  He'd pointed out the CCTV and suggested the Police, and, when a street cleaner offered himself as a witness, the van driver quickly agreed to give his details.  I hope the rider doesn't get ripped off by a tosser giving him some false info, or fobbing him off once he realises that damaging a Colnago isn't a cheap mistake to make.  The rider seemed to have just a little bruising and I saw him riding a few minutes later.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 23, 2010, 12:20:08 pm
This morning was my fastest commute EVER! It was an average of 14.6 MPH which may not be much to a lot of people, but considering I've had some sub 10 mph rides, I'm really happy :D.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 23, 2010, 12:26:28 pm
This morning was my fastest commute EVER! It was an average of 14.6 MPH which may not be much to a lot of people, but considering I've had some sub 10 mph rides, I'm really happy :D.

SOME sub 10mph?  I aspire to one day cross that barrier :) 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 23, 2010, 12:32:31 pm
I passed 7 horses in a field, all with their bums facing towards me.  I nearly stopped to take a photo.

I never had you pegged as a keen amateur equine proctologist  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 23, 2010, 12:54:23 pm
This morning I was pedaling along and started to really enjoy my position on the bike.
I now have everything just as I want it.
It is even starting to look more minimalistic with fewer batteries hanging off etc.
Very nice indeed  :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on March 23, 2010, 01:21:03 pm
Closest shave for a long time this morning. Heading east on Lower Richmond Road, approaching end of queues at the lights, Addison Lee Galaxy obviously sees the queues and decides on an abrupt left across me. Inches  :( and nothing I could have done if it had been closer.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 23, 2010, 01:28:24 pm
Riding home last night, tailwind, rocking along with good visibility. Coming up to a sliproad, I could see a queue of cars approaching the sliproad. 'bu&&er' thinks I, I'll have to duck between them. First car undertakes me, I signal left. 2nd car comes alongside, driver looks at me. Then she slows down and stays alongside me.  ffs, I was doing 30 (it's downhill), I don't if she expected me to speed up and cross in front of her or what. Eventually I slowed a bit and she got the message and sped up so I could get across behind her.

Here
http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=53.875297,-1.265665&spn=0.002195,0.005429&t=k&z=18 (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=53.875297,-1.265665&spn=0.002195,0.005429&t=k&z=18)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 23, 2010, 02:29:49 pm
This morning was my fastest commute EVER! It was an average of 14.6 MPH which may not be much to a lot of people, but considering I've had some sub 10 mph rides, I'm really happy :D.

SOME sub 10mph?  I aspire to one day cross that barrier :)  
Read 'some' as 'rather a lot' ;). The tail wind today helped :D.

I did overtake a chap on a fairly fast-looking giant road bike though. This was good :thumbsup:.
Also bear in mind that with a 16 mile round trip commute, I really do feel that I ought to be a bit faster. I usually just dally. :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 23, 2010, 02:49:44 pm
Dally you say.I usually do "slow dally":"medium dally" & "stopped".If there is a need to hurry up I can do a "fast dally" which fortuitously equates to an audax minimum speed(15kmh) so that with cake stops I can get round a 100k audax & finish not too much out of time
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on March 23, 2010, 04:13:44 pm
*Looks out of widow - notices umbrellas being deployed.*

*Checks Will it Rain Today? | Rain radar for the UK | Going to rain? | Meteogroup (http://www.raintoday.co.uk/) *


Bugger.  I've come in on a bike that doesn't have mudguards.  :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 23, 2010, 04:16:08 pm
I passed 7 horses in a field, all with their bums facing towards me.  I nearly stopped to take a photo.

But you were quite content with the mental pictures.  ;D

You should show your post to your colleagues.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2010, 04:19:39 pm
*Looks out of widow - *

Errr....?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 23, 2010, 04:21:28 pm
*Looks out of widow - *

Errr....?

Perfectly possible if you're Ed Gein.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on March 23, 2010, 05:18:27 pm
*Looks out of widow - *

Errr....?

oops
 ::-)  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: BrianI on March 23, 2010, 05:39:34 pm
On the commute today I never wore any cycling shorts.
 :o






seeing as my commute to work from my new house is under 1.5 miles each way, I may as well cycle in work clothes rather than lycra!   ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 23, 2010, 07:11:59 pm
Generally my commute is numpty free. This evening I had three separate people attempting to kill me.

1) A women pulling out of a house into the main road while I was coming towards her at >40 km/h. I realised she was going to perform this stunt and had already started slowing down. I ended up screaming at her just to make her aware of my presence, and even then I'm not 100% sure she knew she'd pulled out on me.

2) Heading towards a roundabout in the middle lane, which was void of traffic. Well it was until a van decided to move from the right hand lane into the middle lane as I was passing. It felt very close and I pulled onto the pavement to recover from the shock. He apologized and said he hadn't seen me in his mirror ::-).

3) The diver of a French car pulled out on me as I was sprinting up a hill. I didn't have to use to the brakes because it was steep enough for me to simply stop pedaling.

Hopefully tomorrow morning will be back be normal.

Grr.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on March 23, 2010, 07:28:56 pm
It's carnage on the roads round here

This morning (only counting 'fresh' ones)
1 badger
2 pigeons
2 deer (muntjack and roe)
6 pheasants (4 cock, 2 hen)
a partridge (no pear tree)
a ginger pussy cat :(
2 hares
2 rabbits
and a massive

35 amphibians. Hard to tell toad from frog when splatted.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on March 23, 2010, 07:44:30 pm
First commute home in pouring drizzle for a long time - I love it!  ;D (Though not as much as arriving home looking like a snowman....)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 23, 2010, 07:58:26 pm
I passed 7 horses in a field, all with their bums facing towards me.  I nearly stopped to take a photo.

But you were quite content with the mental pictures.  ;D

You should show your post to your colleagues.   :thumbsup:

You can't beat thoroughbreed arse  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on March 23, 2010, 09:32:33 pm
It's carnage on the roads round here

This morning (only counting 'fresh' ones)
1 badger
2 pigeons
2 deer (muntjack and roe)
6 pheasants (4 cock, 2 hen)
a partridge (no pear tree)
a ginger pussy cat :(
2 hares
2 rabbits
and a massive

35 amphibians. Hard to tell toad from frog when splatted.

Crikey! Where's the guy who lives off roadkill? He could eat like a king for weeks on that lot!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 23, 2010, 10:11:06 pm
It's carnage on the roads round here

This morning (only counting 'fresh' ones)
1 badger
2 pigeons
2 deer (muntjack and roe)
6 pheasants (4 cock, 2 hen)
a partridge (no pear tree)
a ginger pussy cat :(
2 hares
2 rabbits
and a massive

35 amphibians. Hard to tell toad from frog when splatted.

Crikey! Where's the guy who lives off roadkill? He could eat like a king for weeks on that lot!
[/quote

Caught TB and died  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on March 23, 2010, 10:17:19 pm
I passed 7 horses in a field, all with their bums facing towards me.  I nearly stopped to take a photo.

But you were quite content with the mental pictures.  ;D

You should show your post to your colleagues.   :thumbsup:

You can't beat thoroughbreed arse  ;D

I'm sure you can - if you use the correct.. erm... implement.
 :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Deano on March 24, 2010, 12:05:04 am
Generally my commute is numpty free. This evening I had three separate people attempting to kill me.

1) A women pulling out of a house into the main road while I was coming towards her at >40 km/h. I realised she was going to perform this stunt and had already started slowing down. I ended up screaming at her just to make her aware of my presence, and even then I'm not 100% sure she knew she'd pulled out on me.

2) Heading towards a roundabout in the middle lane, which was void of traffic. Well it was until a van decided to move from the right hand lane into the middle lane as I was passing. It felt very close and I pulled onto the pavement to recover from the shock. He apologized and said he hadn't seen me in his mirror ::-).

3) The diver of a French car pulled out on me as I was sprinting up a hill. I didn't have to use to the brakes because it was steep enough for me to simply stop pedaling.

Hopefully tomorrow morning will be back be normal.

Grr.



It must be a national thing.

I was shocked by two near-misses today: first, a driver nearly t-boned me when he turned right while I was trying to turn left into the the same road.  I knew the git had seen me and went anyway, as he stared steadfastly ahead despite my loud "Oi!".  Braking to avoid him, I had such a dramatic front wheel skid that I thought the tyre had come off the rim.

Cruised to the bike stands, locked the bike up, checked the tyres.  Everything was fine.  Stomped along to the car park to head the driver off on his walk to our office.  I don't know how much of my angry, shaky rant had an effect, but he looked suitably browbeaten at the end of it.

On the way home, I had to drop something off in Newton Aycliffe, then ride the horrible rat-run through Middridge and Shildon to Bishop Auckland.  Hairy, but fine.  I was riding into Bishop Auckland, though, and some tosser in a white van nearly left-hooked me.  Only my finely-honed reactions saved me, as I saw the turn, noticed the van's approach, saw the blink of the left indicator, BRAKED and screamed "WHOAH!" at speeds which would put a microprocessor to shame.  My anger-circuits (already buzzing after the sheer fuckwittery of the day) kicked into action and I yelled "WANKER!" as his wing passed within inches of my front wheel.  The van's brake lights came on - I wasn't sure whether he was going to proffer profuse apologies, flowers and a conciliatory drink, or whether he was going to reinforce his argument with the humungous "Peacemaker" spanner he probably keeps on the passenger seat to scare off the tea-leaves.  I scarpered before finding out, still grey from the encounter, plotting an escape route in case he did follow me.

A fair gauge of how close it was came a few seconds after, as the two taxicabs which overtook me gave me so much room, I wondered if I was in a Highway Code photoshoot.

Did I mention it was raining? It was hoying down, and cold, and miserable, and I was wet and cold and miserable, so I took the train home, via the supermarket for BEER.

There's a difference between driving which is merely inconsiderate, and that which is actually dangerous.  I don't think either of those specimens realised how far along the scale they were.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on March 24, 2010, 08:05:09 am
Last night.  OK. I acknowledge that rain and wind are part of the commuting cyclist's lot, but did there have to be quite so many vicious little gusts of head wind and did it have to drive the rain into my face with quite as much malicious glee as it did?  No. It did not. It's not big and it's not clever. Stop it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 24, 2010, 08:13:59 am
After my fast ride in, I managed to keep the speed up so that I had the fastest over all ride of the year :D. And, I think, my second fastest ever. Despite having to negotiate quite a bit of staionary traffic. The round trip average was 1 whole mile an hour faster than my second fastest round trip this year :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 24, 2010, 08:27:55 am
Definately a nationwide thing, this fuckwittery driving, on the way back last night I was riding along the Uxbridge road (in the cycle lane) when I heard a car horn beep and a black Astra RK03somethingsomethingsomthing swerved towards me.  At first I thought it was just a "nothing to do with me" case, but I caught them up at the lights and they did the same again to me and another cyclist.  Should have known, considering the evidence before me, thus:
1) cheap nasty chavved up car (tinted windows, big exhaust etc etc
2) Loud music blaring out through the open windows
3) 4 up, all young males
4) strong smell of green coming out of the open windows....

I was glad when they disappeared off up the road....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: cyclone on March 24, 2010, 09:28:48 am
only halfway on todays commute (visit the nearby campus first before heading off to the regular one..) It's still precipitating down, in fact every time since last Friday (including Sats audax), so actually getting a little weary of it now. Shows how much we were spoilt here in Wales with the cold dry weather :thumbsup:).
Here in Swansea every time it rains the fuckwittery quotient rises and now it seems to have spread nationwide....
Rant over, we'll have to see what happens in half an hour or so...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on March 24, 2010, 09:35:21 am
The traffic this morning was heavy on the the Embankment coming up to Embankment tube, and I was weaving through the stationary cars (slowly, because I am Little Miss Cautious). Probably for the first time in my life I actually knocked the corner of a rear bumper. It was really more of a gentle tap and there was no damage, but because the driver's window was open and he had heard something, I said sorry as I filtered past.

"CUNT", he yelled, as I continued on my way. I think that's the first time anyone has shouted that at me, ever.

I like to think he felt like one himself after shouting like that.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 24, 2010, 09:44:24 am
Remember LMM that such as yourself make pricks like him stand to attention.
Game,set & match to the lady.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Spikey on March 24, 2010, 09:45:45 am
Overtake of the day prize goes to:
     the lady who overtook while exceeding the 20mph speed limit, leaving about 12 inches gap, downhill on damp roads, over a speed bump, half on wrong side of road round a very blind RH corner, just before a primary school, while braking to turn left across a sideroad with young children crossing.

Despite locking both wheels I was just about able to stay upright and avoid both the car and pedestrians.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 24, 2010, 09:53:42 am
Other than two complete numpties, it was a good ride in.  After having dealt with two dangerous drivers last night (both reported on roadsafelondon), I tried to find a bit of a quieter route.  But it's not easy, so I just went for the usual.  Real, deep enjoyment. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 24, 2010, 11:58:58 am
Puncture on the way to work.
On the plus side the tarmacers are doing my Report the Hole road.
Loads of it is being resurfaced, not just plasters over old potholes  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 24, 2010, 02:02:58 pm
Last night, riding into Crawley to play at a dance. Seriously close pass by a car, less than four inches from my elbow ith the mirror.
Dual control, driving school car, driver under instruction.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on March 24, 2010, 02:28:29 pm
Last night, riding into Crawley to play at a dance. Seriously close pass by a car, less than four inches from my elbow ith the mirror.
Dual control, driving school car, driver under instruction.

You could do a Cunobelin - write to all 6 driving schools in the local area describing the driving, quoting the registration number, and mentioning that you didn't catch quite which school it was so are copying all of them in on the letter.   ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 24, 2010, 07:09:09 pm
Unfortunately that one was a bit too quick and close and I was too busy to memorise it. It was on the little hill in Brighton Road in Crawley.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 24, 2010, 07:42:50 pm
Oh well, I managed to go about 150m from my front door this morning before being subjected to weapons grade WVM thuggery. 

Just coming up to a traffic island so stayed in primary, engine roar very apparent coming up from behind.  Due to parked cars had to stay out.  WVM screamed past and missed me by centimetres.  I'm going to upload the footage onto Youtube and log a complaint on the Met's website......Needless to say I caught up at the lights.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on March 24, 2010, 08:19:55 pm
Shouty commute today. Not me. Firstly, coasting through badlands of Peckham, an overtaking Homo whitevanicus leaned out of his window and evidently felt compelled to loudly grunt 'PUNCTURE' at me. Oddly, neither of my tyres chose that moment to deflate. I would have been pretty impressed (and worried) if either had.

The on the way home, scooting around the bottom of Crystal Palace hill (there be dinosaurs), a local troupe of burberry apes had the wit to shout 'CYCLIST' as I passed.  They'll be assembling basic descriptive sentences soon.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 24, 2010, 10:15:38 pm
Last night, riding into Crawley to play at a dance. Seriously close pass by a car, less than four inches from my elbow ith the mirror.
Dual control, driving school car, driver under instruction.
[OT] What do you play, Tony? [/OT]

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 25, 2010, 07:12:20 am
No real commute yesterday so had to do with 2 laps of heathrow to compensate.

this morning I was in top form tho, bezzing along at ~17mph and I see a guy on a MTB up ahead that I had played cat and mouse with before (and failed), "game on" I thought.  I clicked up a few and chased him down, as I got to the point of passing him I look over my right shoulder and see another cyclist drafting me.... Oh well, I am not as good as I thought :).  Rode the rest of the way in to Uxbridge chatting to Chris, who had just finished a night shift and was heading to Edgeware.  last nights ave speed 18.6 over 18 miles, this morning 16.87 over 7.7 miles...

Good times :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 25, 2010, 07:15:07 am
No real commute yesterday so had to do with 2 laps of heathrow to compensate.

this morning I was in top form tho, bezzing along at ~17mph and I see a guy on a MTB up ahead that I had played cat and mouse with before (and failed), "game on" I thought.  I clicked up a few and chased him down, as I got to the point of passing him I look over my right shoulder and see another cyclist drafting me.... Oh well, I am not as good as I thought :).  Rode the rest of the way in to Uxbridge chatting to Chris, who had just finished a night shift and was heading to Edgeware.  last nights ave speed 18.6 over 18 miles, this morning 16.87 over 7.7 miles...

Good times :)

Hopefully the drafter was not on an MTB too  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 25, 2010, 07:35:46 am
No, he was on a rather nice black Willier Mortirolo, first time I had seen a black one...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 25, 2010, 09:54:09 am
I had another fastish ride this morning, with the hordes of traffic lights being kind, as was the disposition of the traffic jams so I could sail happily past.  I kept leaving people behind as we pulled away from the junctions, and I had to look over my shoulder twice to confirm that the expected cyclist nearby had really dropped back.  Oh - and, for the first time this year, I saw a young woman riding in a dress.  Making good pace, too.  It was a glorious morning.

Of course, when I was making a cup of tea at work, I looked out of the window and saw a grey, wet morning with nothing to recommend it.  But being on a bike can transform that :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on March 25, 2010, 09:55:17 am
Yesterday the puncture fairies paid me a visit with 6 miles to go, luckily I had my spare tube and all my tools with me. Was a 15 minute job then I was on my way. Another cyclist stopped and asked if I had everything I needed, we had a brief chat then he carried on his way. Was nice of him to offer though. So mr Bury cyclist if you visit here, thanks for offering to help.

PS it was quite a violent puncture, went past a junction and bang... Next thing I saw was the green slime pissing out and the tyre was deflated in 10 seconds or so. It was a huge shard of glass that was hidden in the wet road. I need to invest in some kevlars I guess
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on March 25, 2010, 12:07:43 pm
...It was a huge shard of glass that was hidden in the wet road. I need to invest in some kevlars I guess

If it was that big, I doubt anything would stop it.  Tyres with "puncture proof" layers only really stop the small bits, which would otherwise give me about a puncture a month in London (based on the older tyres that I used to use).  I killed a Marathon Supreme (£25-£35 each) after only 3000 miles a month or two back, when something put a 15mm slit in it.  I managed to get another 100 miles or so out of it with a boot, but after a second visit, I decided that it was a goner.

After a couple of days off to let a slightly twisted knee recover, I commuted in today, which was a pleasant enough and quiet ride.

Unusually at one junction I stopped to let an emergency vehicle go through, which was presumably an unmarked police car.  It had no blue lights whatsoever.  It did have a siren, and the headlights were doing the alternate flashing thing that most police vehicles do these days, but there were no hidden blue lights in the front or rear, and no temporary rooftop suction cup one.

I see a lot of unmarked police vehicles on blues and twos (and probably even more which aren't using their lights and sirens!), but that's the first time I've seen one with no blue lights.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on March 25, 2010, 01:56:28 pm
OK I admit I exaggerated about how big the glass was, but it was big enough for me to see it lodged in the tube when I pulled it out, maybe 5-7mm across
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on March 25, 2010, 02:06:31 pm
First day riding the commute for a while today  :-[

Got passes by another fixie in Bagshot, normally I only see cyclists travelling in the oposite direction.

I blame the fact I had a pannier with the office laptop for the fact I couldn't stay with him and then the traffic lights for completely loosing his wheel.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 25, 2010, 02:10:18 pm
The good part of the ride (cat and mouse) completely obliterated the bad 2 parts, until now.

1) a Menzies bus tried killing me on the Heathrow Perimeter road
2) a nutcase in a beaten up old nissan obviously thought the white lines on the road are advisory, as he failed to stop at the roundabout that I was currently circumnavigating....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Deano on March 25, 2010, 08:46:52 pm
Had to brake to avoid a silver Mercedes (1D DT1) which cut across me on the way home.  Still, it meant I could tell the driver "You've misspelt 'Idiot' on the back of your car" as I passed him twenty yards up the road.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 25, 2010, 09:06:27 pm
Jeez that was hard coming home today.  The wind was horrific.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 25, 2010, 09:25:10 pm
More WVM thuggery for me today.  Wanting to turn right I did the shoulder check and saw the lesser spotted WVM some distance back, so I stuck out my right arm, hoping he would ease off and let me move over to the right....Nah, instead he accelerated aggressively  and nearly ripped my arm off.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 25, 2010, 09:36:55 pm
More taxi fun. I shall edit this post later and add his details,but while his passenger was calling me a f...... w...... I took some pics.
"So what's that going to do, tosser?"
"Put your vehicle where it can be searched for on the internet....with a commentary on how you drive it for any potential buyers"
And your picture.
No, three inches is not plenty of room; I should not be "closer to the kerb"; the lane on your right is not a bus lane (that's the one to the left); the speed limit is 30, not 55, mph.
And no, you don't pay road tax.
EDIT: LJ08 FRX, Broxbourne taxi number 336. The happy passengers to the right of the picture,the weasely driver centre. Now, boys and girls,how many stereotypical items are there in this picture?
(http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae29/cyclisttony/IMG_0925.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 25, 2010, 09:56:32 pm
Wind.  Rain.  Tough riding.  Fun.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 26, 2010, 07:27:33 am
Wind.  Rain.  Tough riding.  Fun.

Last night's commute, ditto.  this morning I had to use the horseless carriage to get to work as I will be heading home today, only to notice I have a headlight out.  Not too big a problem you might think, but then if you think that you have never tried to change the nearside headlight lamp on a Renault Scenic....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on March 26, 2010, 07:37:44 am
A friend had a lot of "fun" changing a bulb on a Megane.

On the commute today there were a lot of worms on the road which needed avoiding.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 26, 2010, 09:36:53 am
Today, for various logistical reasons, I rode to work on Butterfly's Dahon.  Scared mesen witless, but I managed a 14.4mph average.  Might have been more if I'd not unshipped the chain first time I tried top gear, and didn't dare give it a go for another half an hour.

There was a tailwind, but my speed was not too shabby compared to my normal ride. 

My wrist has regained feeling now, but it was very buzzy when I got to work.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 26, 2010, 09:46:32 am
I must have been channelling Chris Hoy this morning when I overtook a scooter on the Embankment  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on March 26, 2010, 01:13:26 pm
I must have been channelling Chris Hoy this morning when I overtook a scooter on the Embankment  :thumbsup:
Woohoo! 8) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on March 26, 2010, 01:17:19 pm
I must have been channelling Chris Hoy this morning when I overtook a scooter on the Embankment  :thumbsup:

What, one of these?  :)
(http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/46-3674196MSA72UC604043M.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 26, 2010, 02:08:39 pm
As I've been feeling rubbish all week, I was considering DRIVING in this morning, but in the end I decided I'd be good and cycle instead. (Plus I didn't get up early enough and so would have sat in traffic for far too long.) What reward did I get for cycling to work? A stonkin' great big head wind. I'm not impressed.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on March 26, 2010, 02:12:20 pm
As I've been feeling rubbish all week, I was considering DRIVING in this morning, but in the end I decided I'd be good and cycle instead. What reward did I get for that? A stonkin' great big head wind. I'm not impressed.

You should be used to headwinds after last Saturday!

I've got one to deal with tonight on the FNRttC, and I didn't enjoy the benefits of it into work this morning, since I had to abandon the bike at work last night with an exploded rim (for which I brought a replacement in with me on the Tube/Tram this morning).

On the plus side, I guess the speed of the FNRttC this evening will be fairly moderate (with 110 odd riders), so the headwind will probably have minimal effect.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 26, 2010, 02:16:36 pm
I must have been channelling Chris Hoy this morning when I overtook a scooter on the Embankment  :thumbsup:

What, one of these?  :)
(http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/46-3674196MSA72UC604043M.jpg)

Yes, I think the owner was six.  I had to push him off in order to stay ahead.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 26, 2010, 05:02:24 pm

No usual going through the ford today. A bit on the spate side.

(http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss226/SgtBikeo/henshaw.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 26, 2010, 05:03:43 pm
Ya big jessie! ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 26, 2010, 05:05:13 pm
Squelch - squelch - squelch.    :hand:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 26, 2010, 06:37:00 pm
The wind was mental today, though oddly exhilirating.  I was late for a dentist's appointment on the way  home so despite the 'Friday legs' managed a PB.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 26, 2010, 08:16:18 pm
The wind was mental, I agree.   Mentally draining too.
Good commute really.  Avoided the moisture both ways.
I've got 2 more dead badgers and the tarmacers have done a great job along what was fast becoming my personal pave route  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on March 26, 2010, 08:19:03 pm
Had to wait ages for a bus tonight.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 26, 2010, 10:07:30 pm

I've got 2 more dead badgers
Are you making a collection?

Would you be interested in a dead frog and a very squashed small bird, possibly a starling?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 27, 2010, 12:19:00 am

I've got 2 more dead badgers
Are you making a collection?

Would you be interested in a dead frog and a very squashed small bird, possibly a starling?

Kirst,

That reminds me.  Yesterday I saw my first squashed female Blackbird.  It was a real mess, all feathers and bones sticking out.  The saddest part was I could still see the beak  :-[  A couple more metres along there were two male Blackbirds sort of just in the road.  I had a chuckle to myself that perhaps they witnessed the carnage and were in shock  :P

The second dead badger is in the same location as the first.  That set's resale value will be decreased if the carnage gets out amongst the old Brock community.  Not worth two roots and some berries at all.

Frogs?  No thanks.  Had my fill at Center Parcs last week.  It was obviously suicide frog week.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on March 27, 2010, 12:30:38 am
  It was obviously suicide frog week.

Suicide frogs?

You mean, they Kermit suicide?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Vernon on March 27, 2010, 12:35:50 am
I must have been channelling Chris Hoy this morning when I overtook a scooter on the Embankment  :thumbsup:

What, one of these?  :)
(http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/46-3674196MSA72UC604043M.jpg)

Yes, I think the owner was six.  I had to push him off in order to stay ahead.
Preferable to pulling him off, I suppose  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 27, 2010, 08:38:05 am
  It was obviously suicide frog week.

Suicide frogs?

You mean, they Kermit suicide?

Touche  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Moloko on March 27, 2010, 11:08:45 am


Frogs?  No thanks.  Had my fill at Center Parcs last week.

They now do French cuisine? Oooooh, how posh.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on March 29, 2010, 07:54:15 am
Soggy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on March 29, 2010, 08:55:07 am
A ride built entirely from meh this morning.

Plus, my 'too-large-bike-aches' are back with vengeance meaning 5minutes in, I am uncomfortable and get progressively more uncomfortable for the duration of the mere 7mile ride.

ARGH!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 29, 2010, 09:18:31 am
Quite a quick ride this morning.  I suspect tailwind.

I did see a record four people dealing with p*nct*res at the roadside, though, looking at the types of bikes, they were those sensitive types that can only come outside during BST, so I suspect a winter's mouldering in a shed hasn't done much good.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on March 29, 2010, 03:18:05 pm
I think a record was set this morning. Six mobile phone-using drivers in a row along Dacre Road and Silverdale. They were trumped however by the guy who was reading a book. A fairly weighty hardback by the looks of it. Admittedly, he was in traffic, but still rolling forward. And they say drivers can't learn.

Still, the police pull-out from south London now seems complete*, so I guess they have no need to worry.

*To be fair, PCSOs still bumble around, and the occasional squad car sirens through on its way to far more exciting crimes.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 29, 2010, 03:22:53 pm
I actually saw two proper Policemen walking through Brixton yesterday :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on March 29, 2010, 04:25:19 pm
Half an hour ago it was dry(ish).
It is now very nearly time for me to go home.
Anyone care to guess what the weather is doing right now?
Go on.
I bet you can't guess.

*Walks away from desk grumbling* :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: spesh on March 29, 2010, 04:40:15 pm
Half an hour ago it was dry(ish).
It is now very nearly time for me to go home.
Anyone care to guess what the weather is doing right now?
Go on.
I bet you can't guess.

*Walks away from desk grumbling* :)


Timing - the very essence of comedy.  ;D :demon: ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 29, 2010, 07:02:28 pm
That was . . .  damp. And chilly.

I have a frostbitten belly. I think my middleage flab is developing chilblains.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 29, 2010, 07:18:14 pm
First 13 miles was fine.  The wind did not really seem to bother me.
Then once I'd topped Caen Hill - jeez the wind was hard and horrible and it contained wet stuff.
I trudged home in the end.  Thank goodness I had taken a gel before I left.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 29, 2010, 07:27:25 pm
I saw two ducks playing in a puddle in the Meadows.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 29, 2010, 09:37:10 pm
Moist.  And a bit blowy.

Thought we'd covered that for this end of the year.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on March 30, 2010, 06:38:34 am
OTOH I donned the overtrousers and there wasn't a drop....sweated my guts out for nowt.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 30, 2010, 07:42:37 am
First commute of the year without knee warmers or arm warmers!!! I even had a short sleeved jersey on (although I did have a windproof jacket over the top.

28:10, a good time, no numpties (apart from the driver at Dawley r/b who just pulled out without looking, but I have come to expect that and ride accordingly!)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on March 30, 2010, 08:56:26 am
In contrast to yesterday, my commute was a pleasure this morning. Despite the rain and the copious amounts of oil on the road.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rdaviesb on March 30, 2010, 09:12:38 am
It is a bit damp on the Fylde....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 30, 2010, 09:21:22 am
I saw two ducks playing in a puddle in the Meadows.

One duck. Squashed on the road :'(.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 30, 2010, 09:42:15 am
For complex reasons, I drove part of the way to work :(

And only got 15mins down Denmark Hill & Walworth Road.  It was fun, but poor surface, and some of the junctions are badly designed.

Ave speed in car: 9mph
Ave speed on bike: 22.0kph
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 30, 2010, 09:58:19 am
Plenty of drivers had their stupid pills for breakfast today.
Especially the Vauxhall Frontera that pulled out of scumville in Devizes.
I decided a Zen like state was more becomming that launching a full on attack.  Too many primary school children about anyway.
Was a headwind for a lot of the journey so hopefully, fingers crossed, I will fly home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 30, 2010, 10:17:18 am
I was taking the best bike to the LBS to get it serviced

It's a lot faster commuting on a Ti bike with tribars :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2010, 11:19:54 am
Air temp 19*c.no wind.sunny.no traffic.......no problem ;)

same again :)

same again ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on March 30, 2010, 12:45:59 pm
I was starting to enjoy the lighter traffic since the schools started the Easter break.  However it seems to have brought out an increase of cars towing trailers. Some wider than the car, some driven by people who do not pull out, scary.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on March 30, 2010, 06:49:02 pm
Rather wet tonight and I saw a very bedraggled chap with a very large cross over one shoulder in Stalybridge.

He looked like he was going far as he had a map in a holder over one arm but did have a wheel on the bottom of the cross to make it a bit easier. If it weren't raining so hard I'd have stopped for a chat.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 30, 2010, 09:58:28 pm
Hard slog into work.
Awesome tailwind on the way home.  So much so that when the really cold wet stuff started to fall I didn't really mind.
I was dreaming of being a pro rider as I was going that fast  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on March 30, 2010, 10:07:41 pm
did have a wheel on the bottom of the cross to make it a bit easier

cheat!

 ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Deano on March 30, 2010, 10:11:19 pm
Unbelievably foggy going in. Unbelievably wet coming home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on March 31, 2010, 05:51:46 am
It is blowing a gale out there, and wet.  :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on March 31, 2010, 07:18:28 am
Windy and wet going back last night, and had a stupid idiot in a Kia Sedona try to wipe me out, not once, but twice.  the second time was as we approached a set of lights, that was on red.  she passed me with millimetres to spare then cut in.  I rode round the side of her and gave her a piece of my mind.  She looked a little non-plussed as to what she did wrong, but hopefully by the end of my rant she realised :)

this morning was uneventful apart from the wind, again...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on March 31, 2010, 08:02:32 am
I am dreading the wind this morning. Staying up until 2am with a cyring child may be affecting me, but it's making me have thoughts of... taking the short route :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on March 31, 2010, 08:51:51 am
Wind and freezing cold torrential rain on the way home last night. Contrary to the morning, the cagers were all set to DETH mode and did their very best to erase my existence for the whole journey >:(

This morning was a bit of a slog, though pretty enjoyable (a couple of wonks, but hey, they weren't to bad).

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 31, 2010, 09:32:02 am
I was very lucky this morning.

Lucky because, though the weather looked horrible outside, the rain held off, and the wind, though a crosswind, was slightly more behind me than in front, so I got a bit of a shove, and arrived in to work very early.

Lucky too that I wasn't hit by the car that turned right across my path.  I thought I'd had it, but my speed and instinct got me past.

Mind you, I'm not as lucky as the bastard driving, who managed to have a clear escape while I was turning round to chase him, so I didn't even have the prospect of getting him within VRN-reading range.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on March 31, 2010, 09:47:54 am
It's winter again

Tailwind in ( more of a tail gale) and snow falling on the Blackdowns.  The snow wasn't settling though, the ground was too wet
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: cyclone on March 31, 2010, 10:03:45 am
Gotta agree with Jacomus, nationwide the cagers were trying to murder all cyclists. T**ts. Had a shouting match over use of indicators, 3 passes within 6 inches...
Today, had to make an effort to face the howling headwind and not relishing the thought of pedalling about doing chores in between campuses... ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on March 31, 2010, 10:09:33 am
Cold and wet (but not as wet as yesterday), nice tailwind not looking forward to the ride home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 31, 2010, 10:09:39 am
I had a nice ride in, despite the threatening clouds. New cycle computer fitted  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: токамак on March 31, 2010, 10:35:27 am
Lucky not to have been knocked off this morning by a motorist who just wasn't going to stop at a junction - 1 car stopped at junction to turn right, driver of 2nd car approaching junction looking way up the road, filters to left of stopped car and continues into main road to cross straight over. They suddenly see me right in front of them and skid to a stop ::-). Fortunately I saw them coming and had moved well wide. A classic SMIDSY - motorist looking up the road for oncoming traffic and not seeing what's there in the immediate vicinity. One for all cyclists to be aware of I think...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on March 31, 2010, 10:47:54 am
Cold and wet (but not as wet as yesterday), nice tailwind not looking forward to the ride home.

Cold and wet (but not as wet as yesterday), nice tailwind horrible headwind not looking forward to the ride home.

 ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on March 31, 2010, 10:53:02 am
Two days tunnelling the 11 miles home in a horrid head-wind. Yesterday with the added joy of cold, driving rain. Like being spat on by angry eskimos, while stuck in a wind tunnel set to 'high'. Ick.

I'm staying at home today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 31, 2010, 11:06:45 am
As I passed through Mitcham, I saw two broken bike locks within about fifty metres. :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ian on March 31, 2010, 11:20:31 am
As I passed through Mitcham, I saw two broken bike locks within about fifty metres. :-\

There was a lonely rear wheel D-locked to a Sheffield stand in Tavistock Sq yesterday. Probably not the best plan, as the wheel in question had a QR.

(There was a Kryptonite cable that had been snipped too, I presume that had been looped around the frame.)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 31, 2010, 01:23:52 pm
I always find that logic odd. D-lock(s) through frame, cable for ancillary bits/wheels
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hellymedic on March 31, 2010, 01:28:43 pm
I always find that logic odd. D-lock(s) through frame, cable for ancillary bits/wheels

+1
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on March 31, 2010, 01:33:38 pm
The other way round doesn't make an awful lot of sense either.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Cyclops on March 31, 2010, 02:35:08 pm
Well the weather here's either been heavy rain or heavy snow with gale force northerly winds so I've taken the car to work. The path I use on my commute even got on the news (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8596071.stm) (0:48 onwards) because of flooding.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Fluffy on March 31, 2010, 02:48:24 pm
Got my new road tyres today, 26x1.75 Continental City Contact with kevlar protection, replaced my awful puncture loving knobblies 26.x2.1 Continental Speed Kings.

The difference is immense, it felt like the tyres were flat at one point the ride is that smooth. Takes me half the effort to get up to 20 mph on flats now, hopefully they actually are puncture resistant.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on March 31, 2010, 05:26:00 pm
Cold and wet (but not as wet as yesterday), nice tailwind not looking forward to the ride home.

Cold and wet (but not as wet as yesterday), nice tailwind horrible headwind not looking forward to the ride home.

 ;D

Well if your run home if half as good as my run home was bad you'll have a smile on your face!!

That was truly a slog into the wind, no fun at all.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on March 31, 2010, 07:01:11 pm
Smile on my face here !!   Up around the 23mph mark for a lot of it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 31, 2010, 08:01:58 pm
Although it rained on and off all day, I managed to avoid all the rain on my four mini-commutes!  :D 

I think it's weather karma, to compensate for the ride to the swimming pool last night.  I swear I got slightly drier getting into the pool than I was after the ride there.  In a leaky cheapo 'waterproof' jacket and jeans.  Wet denim is not nice to ride in!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on March 31, 2010, 09:12:52 pm
Why did I remove my race blades?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on March 31, 2010, 09:21:31 pm
Hah! I have been luxuriating in full-mudguard-dryness for days  :smug:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on April 01, 2010, 06:56:30 pm
On a country lane I saw a young lad (late teens) on the phone, standing by the side of the road next to his upturned road bike with the front wheel off. I asked if he needed help, it turned out he had no tyre levers with him so was calling for a lift home.

I offered him mine, and waited whilst he removed the tyre and tube completely from the wheel. He then carefully wrapped the new tube around the rim, and started to try to fit the tyre - without checking for sharps still in.

I bit my tongue for a bit, then asked if he minded if I showed him an easier way (it's awkward bringing up a subject like that, it's a bit like saying they are incompetent). He gratefully accepted, saying it was only the second puncture he'd sorted and it had been really hard last time! I showed him how to do it right, then we rode back together for a bit (he lives in the next village over from mine) - a really nice lad, I hope I bump into him again on my commute.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on April 01, 2010, 07:04:59 pm
3rd night in a row now that I have cycled home over the hills into the teeth of a gale laden with snow - not sticking to road, but a little uncomfortable....  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on April 01, 2010, 07:37:05 pm
This morning.  Tabbynwhite invader (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=31233.0) gets into the garage as I'm trying to get the bike out and starts 'playing'.  When (s)he hides behind the freezer I call MrsC for assistance and set off for work.  Although I'm now running late it wasn't too bad a ride.  More traffic than I really like but I can cope.

Get to work.  No keys.  Phone MrsC to make sure she doesn't leave the house and lock them in. Ride back home.  Get keys.  Ride back to work.  So no early finish for me today.   :-\

But, just to ensure this doesn't get moved into a rant thread, the ride home was good, despite being into a headwind. 

And we got a just-less-than-ten miler in at lunchtime.   :D

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on April 06, 2010, 08:50:11 am
Finally lost my rag with Menzies Aviation bus drivers.

The twunt this morning overtook me on a r/b then cut me up at the exit to said r/b....

Strongly worded letter sent to said bus company....

After that the rest of the ride in was an oasis of calm :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 06, 2010, 09:50:08 am
Odd commute, as I took the train with the lad and a folder.  Rode in to work through Vauxhall (How I hate that junction!) and Waterloo, where I went the wrong way :-[

Still, go to work OK, if a bit late...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 06, 2010, 10:23:24 am
...and Waterloo, where I went the wrong way :-[

There's something about the roads near railway stations.  They always seem to be tortuously designed with multiple no-entries, one-ways, and lots of signs limiting whether you can go down there depending on whether you're a bus, taxi, mere-mortal in a car, or pedestrian (cyclists are of course rarely mentioned).

I've got lost around most of Londons railway stations now, mainly since I only very occasionally use them, although I was impressively organised with London Bridge and St Pancras the last time I visited, mainly through having lots of spare time to get lost in, so of course I didn't need it!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on April 06, 2010, 08:42:51 pm
There's something about the roads near railway stations.  They always seem to be tortuously designed with multiple no-entries, one-ways, and lots of signs limiting whether you can go down there depending on whether you're a bus, taxi, mere-mortal in a car, or pedestrian (cyclists are of course rarely mentioned).
Reminds me of a time (several decades ago) when I arrived at Reading by train.  The roads round the station were so confusing that I'd done two complete laps of the one way system before I saw my turning, which was about five lanes over, so I had to go all the way round for a third time!

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on April 07, 2010, 07:24:56 am
(This might belong in the Rant thread.  Do we have a bike-specific rant page, rather than the one in the Pub?)

Driver of Blue Golf S11 EBE.

You are not behind the wheel of a Taxi.
You are not behind the wheel of a Bus.
You are not riding a bicycle.

So what, in the name of Satan's Suppurating Sphincter, makes you think you can use the Bike/Bus/Taxi-only turn?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Barnsdale on April 07, 2010, 07:52:41 am
First commute on the bike for 6 weeks as I've been on paternity leave.  Sunny, not too cold, but road works and closed roads.  Still, my detour meant that I discovered a couple of new roads that I did not know about.  Still puzzled about when they will make their minds up about what sort of speed bumps will be installed in the cycle lane in Rotten Row (Hyde Park, London). 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on April 07, 2010, 07:57:10 am
During the weekend folly my right shoe tongue rubbed a sore on the front of my ankle.
Yesterday it was really painful and swollen with infection.
I tried to release it but now it is worse.  I slept terribly.
My diabetic right leg is always the problem.
No commute today for me, working from home so I can go to the clinic.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on April 07, 2010, 08:34:11 am
Warm feet today and yesterday.  Lovely.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 07, 2010, 09:05:01 am
I was going to take the Orbea on the commute today.  It has a new toy on it.  An altimeter/stop watch/HRM cycle computer from Lidl.  But the ground was too wet so it's gonna have to wait.  I used the Roadrat with enormous mudguards as usual
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2010, 11:40:43 am
Fred took me up the hill to a hospital appointment this morning, then rushed me in to work.  Reasonably fast.  One chain unshipment.  Pretty uneventful.  I didn't notice Balham Hill.

I like riding bicycles, I do :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 07, 2010, 01:13:20 pm
Quite eventful...

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/photo5.jpg)
Right overshoe

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/photo2.jpg)
Left overshoe

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/photo3.jpg)
Left shoe sole scrapes

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/photo4.jpg)
Right shoe sole scrapes

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/photo-3.jpg)
Back of right lower calf


:( :(

I was putting down the power out of the saddle taking off from a big junction (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&gl=uk&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114381718295501472633.000483a434cad7cf5cefd&ll=51.488525,-0.11118&spn=0.001112,0.00284&t=k&z=19), focussing on the simultaneous pull/push of a proper sprint, when I yanked my right shoe out of the pedal on the upstroke.

The movie of that pro-cyclist who does the same thing and narrowly misses a lampost sprang to mind as my right foot skimmed along the tarmac. I so so nearly managed to save it, but my toe caught on a lump in the road and my leg was dragged backwards into the chainring (hence the calf damage). My balls were being firmly squished on the top tube at this point and the jolt made my left foot came unclipped which left me clinging onto the bars, sitting on the toptube with my feet dragging on either side of the rear wheel 'superman' style. The angle that I was at meant that I couldn't reach the brake levers, so had to simply hang on.

After much grinding and scraping I managed to pilot my stricken steed to the kerb which arrested my forward progress and dumped me in a heap on the pavement.

I was in quite some pain from the chainring bite and from the landing and stayed down and still until I could work out if anything was badly hurt. After beating every other cyclist apart from Emily off the line, a good 8 cyclists had seen events unfold and most of them stopped to see if I was ok which was heartening. There was a mildly amusing convo with a nice lady who came over and said that she was a first aider, I said that I was too and that I thought that I was find, I'd just taken a knock.

No damage to the bike, but those overshoes are gonners and I'm quite impressed with the amount of shoe missing! Somehow my bib-tights haven't got a mark on them despite what my leg shows.

My leg aches now, but no real damage has been done.

Waaaay too much excitement for a commute.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2010, 01:31:48 pm
Ouch.  Glad you managed to get out of the traffic before downing.  Hope it heals quickly.

That could leave you with a funky scar, mind.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 07, 2010, 01:33:28 pm
Ow bugger!!!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 07, 2010, 01:35:44 pm
focussing on the simultaneous pull/push of a proper sprint, when I yanked my right shoe out of the pedal on the upstroke.


You need a dose of souplesse. 

I'll send you some in a pill.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on April 07, 2010, 01:41:36 pm
that's why the track sprinters use straps as well. Roadman sprinters don't start from stationary.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on April 07, 2010, 01:49:32 pm
Ouch indeed.
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but all I can think about is that your leg would look so much nicer if it were shaved  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 07, 2010, 01:52:30 pm
Oh shaved would be nice, but waxed is *much* better.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on April 07, 2010, 01:54:50 pm
I agree, I should have said smooth legs  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 07, 2010, 02:53:24 pm
Oh lovely, its raining and my overshoes are now ex-overshoes.

Parceltape repair before going home tonight methinks ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on April 07, 2010, 03:04:41 pm
That could leave you with a funky scar, mind.
Looks like a tiger scratch to me ;).

Hope it feels better soon and you don't get too stiff or wet.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 07, 2010, 03:23:36 pm
Parceltape repair before going home tonight methinks ::-)
Wouldn't a really big sticking plaster be better?  :D

Sounds like it was a much more interesting commute than one would like.  Hope your journey home is extremely boring, and that the leg isn't too sore!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 07, 2010, 06:40:38 pm
Likewise ouchie!

It sounds a bit like you mostly got away with it, but obviously not entirely.  Mandatory "Chicks dig scars". ;D

My commute today was quite quiet, I had to leave work early to take Talisker to the vets for his hyperthyroidism checkup, and so was cycling through Croydon at 4-30 which normally means I hit the start of the rush hour, but actually the traffic was quite light, so much easier than I expected.

It was nicer this morning, since it wasn't spitting and dull like this evening, but it's very mild out there.  I've switched over to the summer weight (ie non-waterproof) shoes, and was just wearing a jersey (and wishing that it was short sleeved this morning!)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 07, 2010, 08:45:34 pm
Jacomus - you twit!   ::-)    ;D

Get better soon - or I shall be round with the 'salve'...  ;)  :-*



And now for my commute rant...

What is it with all the fecking diesel over the roads today?

It was like trying to cycle on an ice rink...  >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2010, 08:49:41 pm
And now for my commute rant...

What is it with all the fecking diesel over the roads today?

It was like trying to cycle on an ice rink...  >:(

Holy crap, yes.  Fred has v. narrow tyres for me, and I had some interesting moments...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on April 07, 2010, 09:26:50 pm
that's why the track sprinters use straps as well. Roadman sprinters don't start from stationary.

Yup.

Are your shoeplates worn? They don't hold so well if they're worn.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 08, 2010, 09:13:25 am
What a lovery day.  Sun, dry roads: cold yes but in a crisp way.
The sun is now strong enough to actually warm you with it's early morning rays
No headwind and the kidz are still on holiday so the traffic is light
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 08, 2010, 09:41:20 am
Yup.  All of that.  Fast too.  Two numpties to report to Roadsafelondon.  Done.  All is well :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on April 08, 2010, 09:43:18 am
Jacomus - you twit!   ::-)    ;D

Get better soon - or I shall be round with the 'salve'...  ;)  :-*



And now for my commute rant...

What is it with all the fecking diesel over the roads today?

It was like trying to cycle on an ice rink...  >:(
Yup, that's what contributed to my last crash, been unable to ride since
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on April 08, 2010, 09:54:16 am
Cool and windy last night, sunny and crisp this morning, WITH ZERO numpties....

Maybe I was too early for them :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on April 08, 2010, 10:18:35 am
First day in shorts rather than longs.  :thumbsup:

5 minutes faster than Tuesday and only one driver tring to give me a heart attack.

he was turning right out of the garage forecourt across the approaching 15 tonne lorry straight at my side. cue step change in cadence from ~90rpm (29kph) to ~105 rpm (34kph) to get out of the way.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 08, 2010, 10:24:02 am
7 miles out from york, a puncture (in the Pasela on the rear). NP, stop, pull out wheel, oh heck, it's the Pasela on Chrina, hell to get off. Discover on tyre lever is broken. NP, I have 3. Get tyre off. Can't find puncture. Traffic roaring by, so can't 'listen' for air coming out of tube. Check tyre over, can't find puncture. Replace tube. Break one of 2 remaining tyre levers getting tyre back on.

Wheel back in frame, pump up, get to 90psi, pump breaks. Oh buggeration. this is the nearly new RoadMorph, and the shaft has broken off from the valve/piston. I'm 18miles from work, 7 miles from home. Walk back to a junction, cross road and cycle home. Then take train to work.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tim on April 08, 2010, 10:30:32 am
Pleasant sunny pootle this morning, but I'm sure the bike is getting heavier.

I wonder how deep the open cast mine* is going to be just here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq&ll=51.287863,-0.262105&spn=0,0.013068&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.287916,-0.261995&panoid=JNNnnmDgJIgJFGUkCrl3bw&cbp=12,228.47,,0,13.94) when I go home.

Though it would be nice of them to reroute the road before the tunnelling to Oz started.

*The pot hole is producing lumps chunkier than half bricks.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 08, 2010, 10:41:45 am
Lovely ride in this morning...

They've even started filling in the potholes along Mill Road*







*OK, they're only patch fills which will be all over the road within 24 hrs, but it was such a nie morning I don't feel justified in grumbling.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on April 08, 2010, 10:56:08 am
Flipping 'eck, the A202 between New Cross and Peckham was hairy today. It does not help that there are huge Thames Water roadworks and excavations going on which lets the traffic build up terribly, cars and vans feel very irritable about it all and they feel that they have to ride aggressively to get somewhere. Only the cyclists can serenely sail past them and the buses and onto better climes, like Camberwell, Elephant and Castle...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 08, 2010, 11:30:31 am
...Can't find puncture. Traffic roaring by, so can't 'listen' for air coming out of tube. ...

Handy hint; "feel" for it on your face.  If you hold the tyre up near your face and move it along, you'll often easily feel the air from the leak on your face (assuming that it's not in a howling gale).  You can also do it with the back of your hand, but I don't find that quite as sensitive.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 08, 2010, 11:50:23 am
Cars were passing 4 ft away at 60mph, and there was a gusty 15-30mph wind so it was a bit too rough for that trick. It's what I usually do.

I've emailed chain reaction about the pump. I'm a bit p!ssed that a £29 pump would break like this. Only used it 4 times.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 08, 2010, 11:58:52 am
Charly, ya daftie!  It's pointless trying to fix a p*nct*re beside the road.  Carry a spare tube - much easier. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 08, 2010, 12:02:02 pm
I do and did.

Was trying to find puncture so I could locate whatever caused the puncture - no point putting in another tube if there is a thorn/glass stuck in tyre.  Suspect it was glass as I'd passed over remains of broken bottle 3 miles back (still no cuts in Kryllion).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 08, 2010, 12:08:21 pm
OK, fair enough.  I'd not picked that up.  And you certainly don't want to put a new tube in just to have that p*nct*re.

I use a Marathon Plus in the first place, which means that, if anything gets through, it's something like a javelin or a pneumatic drill that you can see sticking out from 50m away ;D

I also do a visual inspect of the tyre, inside & out, and cautiously run my hand round the inside.  In the past (i.e. with inferior tyres), I've found a few pieces of glass this way, and not injured my hand.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 08, 2010, 12:10:03 pm
I realised I am a weather god.  My birthday is at the start of the Month, I get presents and this makes me happy.  So the sun and gentle zephyrs create perfect cycling conditions.  All worship me  :demon:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on April 09, 2010, 09:35:47 am
Yesterday evening I took a long route home (15 miles rather than 8.5).

Then this morning I can only assume I had a tail wind. Fastest ride in in a long time, though having another cyclist on my wheel for the first 2/3rds of the ride helped as I did not sit up as much as usual. I just wish he had taken a turn on the front.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on April 09, 2010, 11:52:30 am
Passed a chap in civvies pootling along on a road bike last night. Nothing unusual in that, except that his bike the loosest chain I've ever seen - a good couple of inches droop in the bottom run. I'm not sure how it stayed on (or even if it did!).

And this was on a geared bike, with the rear mech pulled as far back as it could go on its spring (i.e. taking up as much slack as it could). I guess he'd bought a new chain and not chopped it down to length.

Didn't get chance to talk to him, unfortunately, the traffic was too heavy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on April 09, 2010, 12:46:46 pm
On my way in this morning I foolishly stopped at a red light (well, the junction of Waterloo Place and Strand is not an ideal place for RLJing even if I was that way inclined).  Silly me, I should have realised that by doing this I was blocking the way for some poor motorist who then proceeded to drive into my back wheel.  I guess I should have realised that, for some motorists, it counts for nothing that the traffic light is shiny bright red and there is someone directly in front of them in the queue.

I thought it might be nice to take a picture of him to share with others, so got my camera out.  Poor beleagured motorist got out of his car and tried to throw me and my bike to the side of the road so that he could drive on.  He was a little rude in the process.  Lots of jolly passers-by started yelling at him.  He got back in his car.

And the light was still red, and the sun was still shining.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 09, 2010, 02:52:12 pm
I hope you can share your jolly holiday snaps with us :thumbsup:

Hope your bike & you are not too badly hurt.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on April 09, 2010, 03:10:34 pm
I'm fine and my bike is fine, thank you.  Oddly enough, this was not the first rear-end shunt of the week (fnaarr) as my brother-in-law crashed into me at E&C roundabout on Tuesday morning.

Frustratingly, the camera was not feeling very co-operative and I've just got one nice picture of the motorist returning to his car and one of my foot.

Mind you, the police (to whom I reported this assault) tell me that they're checking for availability of CCTV footage of that junction.  Does anyone know if I'm likely to get in trouble if I post it on youtube?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on April 09, 2010, 03:58:38 pm
I'm sure Wendy will be along in a minute to relate any experiences he''s had after posting on YouTube, but I'd go for it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on April 09, 2010, 05:22:10 pm
What a very mixed day!
I finished the last of my night shifts this morning, rode home on a lovely spring day and grabbed afew hours sleep. Up at half twelve, and off to Crawley on a contrived error to get a run out, the excuse being to get some mapsof the Loughborough/EMA area.
Back past the Beehive, where the council have put up several signs telling cyclists that cycling on the footpath is completely banned. It is also impossible, as all the footpaths are so full of cars that pedestrians cannotpass. No camera with me, but I shall return on another day....
Then onto the "muddy path" Sustrans route out of Gatwick, which is no longer muddy. That is because it is now fine gravel.....and on to a major supermarket, for a bottle of wine and a film for tonight. Up to the cycle rack, and lock mine upnext to a rather spiffy S-Works with all sorts of goodies, single-sided fork, Twin Headlights of Death, etc. I nattered with a rather nice African chap about the bike; it later turned out he knew the owner.
As soon as the nice chap departed, a nice Irish chap came across from his tarmaccing wagon and started trying to pull off the lights. We talked.....
"What are you doing?"
"I'm nicking it"
"No you're not!"
"Oh, I didn't know it was yours"
His three friends then turned up, wanting a "pleasant chat" to pretend that they were not thieving bastards, and eventually they drove off. I took plate details, and contacted security.
The owner was waiting for me when I returned to my bike, with the babylon on his phone. A nice three-way chat ensued, and it turned out that the estimated value of the bike is around five grand. Owner was a very nice guy, lives just around the corner from me, and we had one of those cyclists' natters that makes the world seem warmer. Followed by a pleasantly swift run back home.
He may turn up on an FNRttC, or even here, so make him welcome!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 09, 2010, 05:35:38 pm
That's quite some brass neck, trying to nick it while you were right next to it.

It's funny how when you commute the same way every day, even minor changes become exciting events. For example, this morning the cooncil workers who have been strimmering the Bingham undergrowth this week were doing something else. I don't know what, but they were putting cones out on the grass and there were four on the path which I enjoyed cycling through, pretending it was a slalom. And a little further on their lorry was parked taking up the full width of the path so I had to get off and push round it. Small changes, but quite an event. Oh, and the blown down tree is finally gone.
 
Also, it is officially the end of the singing out loud season - far too many flies now.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 09, 2010, 06:37:43 pm
As soon as the nice chap departed, a nice Irish chap came across from his tarmaccing wagon and started trying to pull off the lights

Unbelievable.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on April 09, 2010, 07:00:58 pm
5 other bikes on the commute home tonight.
One roadie going my way, who whooshed past with a cheery greeting, another commuter coming the other way, then three people in ordinary clothes, just out for a ride in the sunshine.

5 is a lot of bike for round here!

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pauldavies50 on April 10, 2010, 08:01:18 pm
Re: On the commute YESTERDAY.

I like to say a big fat thank you to 'Tourist Tony' for saving my beloved S-Works Enduro yesterday from the clutches of a thief in Tesco Gatwick carpark.

THANK YOU
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 10, 2010, 08:27:03 pm
Well done Tony. (http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/smilies/clap.gif)

...and welcome to the forum pauldavies50.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on April 10, 2010, 08:38:41 pm
Absolutely :thumbsup:
Well done Tony and welcome Paul :D.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 10, 2010, 08:47:36 pm
Tony's a star.  Welcome Paul. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on April 10, 2010, 09:23:16 pm
Hi Paul!
Again......
Still laughing!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on April 10, 2010, 09:26:27 pm
PS
his lighting set up puts even Zipperhead's to shame......
Nagged him to go on an FNRttC so we could all bask in the glare
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on April 10, 2010, 10:11:29 pm
Nice work Tony, and welcome Paul.

While I'm here, I've got a picture of the chap who had a go at me yesterday.  I'm not sure I'm cut out to be much of a photojournalist.
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f130/PaulRide/DSCF1215.jpg)

But I was pleased to see that I captured the gorgeous salmon coloured Stratton in the background.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on April 10, 2010, 10:13:31 pm
Just thinking of Mikey.....
"Whatchoo gonna do, bitch (sic)?"
"Check you tube tonight...."
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 12, 2010, 10:37:41 am
Headwind this morning, but I still managed 56mins.

Friday night I left work a bit late, and was concerned we wouldn't be able to get the lad to his youth club in time.  I pedalled hard on the 85" top gear, and, despite stopping several times to check for messages, in case I was to meet Butterfly & Superstoker anywhere else, I got home just in time to turn around and go out (no dinner till late :( ).  But pleasingly fast.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on April 12, 2010, 11:14:22 am
Hopped atrain to get to Horsham (the A264 is a seriously scary road in the dark) and ran firstly into a couple returning from Majorca with their S&S equipped tandem, and then a random lady Bromptonista. The tandemers turned out to be friends of Tim Hall, and the Brommer was into Moultons, and we just nattered bikes and 'bents and trikes and.....
Just nice.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rogerzilla on April 12, 2010, 07:57:25 pm
Nearly got taken out by a Honda which didn't give way at a mini-roundabout.  This happens a lot when you're turning right across oncoming traffic - best to assume they are going to pretend you're not there.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 12, 2010, 08:51:24 pm
Spotted a group of plainclothes coppers waiting to go for a raid this morn. 7 big blokes, with short-short haircuts, hiking jackets, blue jeans and Brasher/Lowe boots clustered round a dark blue transit was what tipped me off. My suspicions were confirmed when a woman emerged from the back of the van carrying her coat, exposing her stab vest with a big 'POLICE' patch on the front as well as one of the other coppers shouting "Put yer jacket on ya daft bastid, we're supposed to be U/C!"

p.s. Bloody headwind >:-(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on April 12, 2010, 09:55:02 pm
I'm struggling with the 'freeze in the morning and boil to death on the way home' lark.  I'm sure I'll crack it one day.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jellied on April 13, 2010, 08:15:56 am
First commute in over 10 days

Sun shining
No strange noises from the bike
No slack chain
Everything works
Massive traffic jam on other side of the road
Birds singing.

Doesn't get much better than this.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on April 13, 2010, 08:32:49 am
No traffic jams to feel smug about for me, but lambs, daffodils, primroses etc probably made up for this.  Still a chill in the air - it was down to 40 but there was the promise of warmth to come.  As I got to the top of the hills the sun was cresting the ridges behind me and everything was suffused in an wonderful pinky-orange glow, which left me almost awestruck for a mile or so until I remembered I was wearing my rose-tinted glasses. (Well, orange-tinted).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on April 13, 2010, 08:35:29 am
Tried a new route today to avoid The Highway and all its potholes. Got a little lost, found my way, got very lost and then, serendipitously found myself back on route and half a mile closer than I thought I was :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on April 13, 2010, 08:48:09 am
Slow, cold ride in today.

Had a couple of bad nights sleep so my brain is not operating at 100%.  Got to work, found my jumper, undies and socks, then realised that my jeans are still in my hotel room :(

Just waiting for the shops to open now so I can go and buy some....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Riggers on April 13, 2010, 08:52:26 am
Fantastic two-minute cycle into work once again this morning.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 13, 2010, 08:53:06 am
First sub 2 hour round trip commute this year last night.  This was thanks to a stonking tailwind on the on the A38 coming home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 13, 2010, 09:17:24 am
Headwind. RARGH!

Otherwise, very pleasant indeed :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 13, 2010, 09:23:57 am
Headwind. RARGH!

Otherwise, very pleasant indeed :)

Me too. Doesn't matter though cos with any luck we'll be blown home tonight!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on April 13, 2010, 09:25:53 am
considerably preferable to having the tail wind on the way to work and knowing the journey home will be a slog.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 13, 2010, 09:26:43 am
Bah, I had a headwind yesterday, but it didn't seem to help that much on the way home.

The headwind in was worse this morning (although I was quite a bit earlier, so maybe that effected it!)

When I come in early, from Clapham Common onwards, there are always a lot of cyclists on Queenstown Road, and a lot of them seem to have little road sense. :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 13, 2010, 09:46:19 am
Again a headwind.  Again 56mins.  Last night, I got home in 54mins (there may have been a tailwind for part of it ;) ).

Tonight, I'll have a circuitous route home, via Brentford :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 13, 2010, 09:46:49 am
considerably preferable to having the tail wind on the way to work and knowing the journey home will be a slog.

Which is how it is has been for me the last few weeks! Makes a nice change.


When I come in early, from Clapham Common onwards, there are always a lot of cyclists on Queenstown Road, and a lot of them seem to have little road sense. :-\

I've been trying really hard not to whinge about this, because I know more cyclists is undoubtedly a Good Thing.

But since Easter there have been tons of cyclists on the road who don't seem to have a clue and I've needed to have my wits about me in order to avoid accidents even more than usual. I've been very restrained in only posting a ranty thread about one of them. But if it carries on I may need to unleash the Wrath normally reserved for people wot take me offroading :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 13, 2010, 09:48:58 am
Re: On the commute YESTERDAY.

I like to say a big fat thank you to 'Tourist Tony' for saving my beloved S-Works Enduro yesterday from the clutches of a thief in Tesco Gatwick carpark.

THANK YOU

You know those one-person crime waves you hear about?

Our TT is a one-person anti-crime wave. Specialises in tackling people in the front of supermarkets.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 13, 2010, 09:50:23 am
I got a wonderful feeling approaching the junction at the top of Clapham High Street.  There was a bunch of cyclists waiting at the lights looking like the start of a sportive from a distance.

Of course, the amount of pavement riding, red light jumping, zebra crashing, cutting up etc proved to be greatly increased :(

Still, we were all n00bs once, and at least they're out on their bikes...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 13, 2010, 09:52:52 am
Gah. Horrendous ride in. Worse bike ride since the day I was knocked off last year. I hit rush hour as I decided before I left to do a tyre swap. This meant I could ride in on the new commuting machine which I'd set-up the week prior - however with not enough tyre clearance. It's nice to be back on a drop bar bike for everyday riding!

There was a lot of bad driving (does the post-Easter sun make people more absent minded?) and once I reached the Manchester conurbation, a lot of bad cycling too.

All that can be taken in stride so wouldn't really dampen my spirits. However, one motorist had a good go at knocking me off by pushing his way through a gap that wasn't there and then afterwards it all got very unpleasant. I guess he thought I was the reason he was late for work?

Looking forward too tomorrow. Will be out nice and early. Should be a good one.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Paul D on April 13, 2010, 05:00:15 pm
Are you people at work? What a shame for you. When the weather is this good I don't commute, I holiday. ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Riggers on April 13, 2010, 05:02:52 pm
I'm sure I had a baseball bat near me when I last looked!  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on April 13, 2010, 05:18:13 pm
Are you people at work? What a shame for you. When the weather is this good I don't commute, I holiday. ;)

working from home does have some advantages :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Paul D on April 13, 2010, 08:25:07 pm
No working from home, just the good fortune to a) have a teacher for a partner and b) taken leave to coincide with her half term.

Don't worry, I'm far too busy doing stuff in my newly-bought house to go out on the bike (although I did get lightly sunburnt in the garden this afternon giving my Roberts a clean).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on April 13, 2010, 08:27:37 pm
Forgot to get a proper lunch today, then worked late. The ride home wass going great until I hit the headwind. The last 8 miles were grim. I ate a banana in one mouthful when I got in the door. Haven't stopped eating since.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on April 13, 2010, 08:53:12 pm
Cycled to our tiny little Library in Waterloo library to be told that there was a cock-up with the staffing, so I got told to get back to Clapham Library. 2 miles south of Waterloo, my back wheel seems decidedly low on the old air, sure enough: p*ncture. Bah. Pushed it to Clapham and fixed it in my lunch hour. Then, whilst fixing it spotted broken spoke, which had wrapped itself into my cassette.  >:( LBS were kind enough to take a HUGE pair of pliers and remove it until I get it replaced on Friday. Nice ride home (barring seemingly idiotic Easter crowd) but what a frustrating day. :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on April 14, 2010, 09:25:37 am
VERY fast back last night, then out for a few drinks in Brentford.

Was plodding this morning until I caught up with Chris(non-forumite), and then we bombed along to UXB.  I was aiming for a 35 minute ride in (before catchup) but this became a 30 minute ride in, and I arrived all out of breath and sweaty :(

EDIT: but I did remember my trousers today  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 14, 2010, 09:55:49 am
Coming round a corner I felt the 'ping' of a stone exiting from beneath the rear tyre...



... followed shortly by the sound of breaking glass.  I looked back over my shoulder and - yep - it just *had* to be the windscreen of the Porsche 911  :-[

The car was parked in residents parking, so I knocked on a few doors but no-one knew who it belonged to.  I left a message on the car and popped into the police station to report (I know I don't have to but I am an honest person).

Just waiting for the owner to call.  Hopefully they'll be full comp and it will be covered by their insurance.  If not, my insurers will have to fork out.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 14, 2010, 10:01:45 am
Oops!  Can you really be held to blame for a stone chip like that?  I'd understand if you were driving negligently fast on a newly laid surface full of chips, but behaving carefully?  Surely just wear and tear, and a normal risk to keeping your car parked on the public highway.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 14, 2010, 10:05:56 am
Oops!  Can you really be held to blame for a stone chip like that?  I'd understand if you were driving negligently fast on a newly laid surface full of chips, but behaving carefully?  Surely just wear and tear, and a normal risk to keeping your car parked on the public highway.

I think that's why a lot of insurers will pay out without it affecting your no claims bonus.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 14, 2010, 10:47:32 am
This morning was supposed to be a low energy, rest day style commute

And it was until I got half way down Blagdon Hill.  At this point I joined the back of a queue of cars behind a lorry with a tractor on it's trailer.  First I overtook the car ahead of me because I didn't like the way it was going.  Then I maintained 30mph behind the next car for about a mile.  When we got to a small hill I started pounding up it at 25mph get back behind the car but then I remembered I was supposed to be going slowly.  So I eased off and a queue of about a dozen cars went past.

Trouble is the Orbea likes going fast.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 14, 2010, 10:55:00 am
I screwed up on yesterday's commute - filtering past a long queue of cars on the offside of the offside lane towards the same junction from the cyclist gets a fright video.  I get to the front, but have left too little time before the lights change and surprise the driver on the nearside lane by my appearance in the ASL.  Oops, my bad timing and paying attention.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 14, 2010, 12:01:54 pm
A good commute in today, 200% better than yesterday!

The motons all behaved, more or less. Apart from one idiot who pulled out on me whilst I was riding down hill at somewhere near 30 mph. However, thankfully his move was well anticipated.

I found some legs so maintained an average in the high teens despite the northerly head wind. In total contrast to yesterday, there were fewer cyclists, most of whom were riding to a better standard.

Had a nice chat with a young american chap who I think left me for dead yesterday on the way home! He steamed past as tho I was track standing. Today when I spoke to him, he told me how he only travels from Didsbury to Stockport but detours via Wilmslow and Reddish!! He strode off climbing up the hill on the A6 out of Stockport on his black/grey/white soot bike, a BMC with ultegra and Fulcrum 3 wheels.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on April 16, 2010, 10:41:50 am
Golly! Six cyclists last night.  That's about ooh six more than usual.  Five of them quite sociable.  The stand-offish bod is (or was) a Swindon RC rider.  Odd that because Swindon RC riders I've encountered in the past have been fairly affable. Oh well never mind.


Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 16, 2010, 06:58:00 pm
Commuting too fast. I really need to learn to pootle it before the weather gets much warmer. Or, as well as perspiring in an uncouth fashion, I might go arse over tit. Also exhibiting marked Tourette's-type symptoms while riding this week.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on April 19, 2010, 08:25:09 am
FAST ride in this morning, no wind, quiet traffic (prolly 'cos of all the planes parked up next to my route!)

Lets see if tonight's is as fast :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 19, 2010, 09:26:12 am
Not so fast for me.  I didn't have it together.  Still managed within an hour, but it didn't flow so well.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on April 19, 2010, 11:14:04 am
Got sent homw yesterday evening as we are down to a skeleton staff. Decided that as it was a nice evening, I would go to the Folk Club by way of the main road, a fast dual carriageway, which I usually avoid by taking the train as it can be a bit hairy. Fourteen miles of "time-trialling" later I popped into a Wetherspoon's and had a proper meal and a decent pint of Jennings'.
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pippa on April 19, 2010, 08:15:59 pm
Cycling in this morning I was stopped in some traffic near Tower Bridge and opted against filtering through the traffic - I wasn't really in a rush and about 3 cars down was a big ol'HGV that I didn't want to get too close to.

Whilst waiting for the traffic to get moving again I heard the familiar sound of a freewheel behind me and looked round to see a guy inna suit on some sort of MTB with knobbly tyres. He decided to filter up on the inside of the traffic and as he went past shouted, "and you're narrower than me!". I opted to take that as a compliment.

Anyhoo, as he approached the HGV he started going up the inside. I started eeeping. The HGV started moving and did the cyclist stop? Nope, he grabbed the back of it and let it pull him along!  :o I have NEVER seen anything quite like it! I hope I don't again. It can't be a very sensible thing to do....
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 19, 2010, 08:21:50 pm
... The HGV started moving and did the cyclist stop? Nope, he grabbed the back of it and let it pull him along!  :o I have NEVER seen anything quite like it! I hope I don't again. It can't be a very sensible thing to do....

Stupid and very dangerous.

Skaters call this skitching, and certainly the odd skater in London has been prosecuted doing it behind buses and the like.  Possibly it's more dangerous with a bike, since you can't get as close to the vehicle (I'm not sure I want to work out which is the most lethal...)

Oh well, think of it as evolution in action, and keep well away from people like that.  If the traffic doesn't get them, then something else will.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jurek on April 19, 2010, 08:31:18 pm

Skaters call this skitching, and certainly the odd skater in London has been prosecuted doing it behind buses and the like. 

I guess (having never tried this sort of stunt) as a skater, potential injuries are limited (sic) to those that can be dealt out by the towing vehicle and the tarmac. Without adding a few kilo of pointy / tubie / ally / plastic / carbon fibre components into the mix.

So that's all right then  ::-)

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on April 19, 2010, 09:19:19 pm
As has become my habit. I pedalled constantly and stayed in the one gear.

But I was on the geared bike & when I realised that's what I was doing, felt a little foolish...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 19, 2010, 09:23:14 pm
*cough*  skitching.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: perpetual dan on April 19, 2010, 10:00:59 pm
First commute for April due to the holidays for me.
On Mrs Dan's new bike, which was strangely upright for me.
Unusual to see the vapour in my breath while wearing shorts and t shirt, it felt refreshingly cool rather than wishing I'd brought a more sensible top to work.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hellymedic on April 19, 2010, 10:11:43 pm
Cycling in this morning I was stopped in some traffic near Tower Bridge and opted against filtering through the traffic - I wasn't really in a rush and about 3 cars down was a big ol'HGV that I didn't want to get too close to.

Anyhoo, as he approached the HGV he started going up the inside. I started eeeping. The HGV started moving and did the cyclist stop? Nope, he grabbed the back of it and let it pull him along!  :o I have NEVER seen anything quite like it! I hope I don't again. It can't be a very sensible thing to do....

It is illegal for good reason.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on April 20, 2010, 08:11:37 am
Brrrr. Wrong gloves this morning.  Ouchy ouchy ouchy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 20, 2010, 09:06:18 am
I told a fellow cyclist, as discreetly and kindly as I could, that her lycra 3/4 lengths were completely see-through in the bright sunshine. She was surprised but grateful.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on April 20, 2010, 09:23:02 am
I told a fellow cyclist, as discreetly and kindly as I could, that her lycra 3/4 lengths were completely see-through in the bright sunshine. She was surprised but grateful.

Last week I told a fellow cyclist that her leggings (not cycling tights) were showing about half of her nekkid bottom. She said she knew, but didn't want to stop to sort it out  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jellied on April 20, 2010, 09:26:27 am
Perhaps the first outing of the fingerless gloves this year was permature.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on April 20, 2010, 10:20:27 am
I told a fellow cyclist, as discreetly and kindly as I could, that her lycra 3/4 lengths were completely see-through in the bright sunshine. She was surprised but grateful.

Spoilsport!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 20, 2010, 12:36:02 pm
This morning I was overtaken by a cyclist straight out of a Rapha catalogue picture.

The guy was riding a Condor fixie in grey and pink 'colourway'. SIDI mtb shoes. Rapha socks, Rapha 3/4 tights, Rapha short-sleeve jersey and a Rapha Musette bag.


Otherwise a pleasing ride, aside from twatinnabmw who beeped me then undertook me with inches to spare, right before a traffic jam.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 20, 2010, 12:54:07 pm
Am I really bad for finding the juxtaposition of these two msgs funny?
I told a fellow cyclist, as discreetly and kindly as I could, that her lycra 3/4 lengths were completely see-through in the bright sunshine. She was surprised but grateful.

Last week I told a fellow cyclist that her leggings (not cycling tights) were showing about half of her nekkid bottom. She said she knew, but didn't want to stop to sort it out  ;D

And

Perhaps the first outing of the fingerless gloves this year was permature.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 20, 2010, 01:19:40 pm
I've been wearing mitts for weeks now.  I'm still wearing long tights however, because it's often a bit brisker at one end of my commute.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tim Hall on April 20, 2010, 02:00:30 pm
In on the recumbent today. 

Gong past a bunch of school kids

"Now that is plain lazy"  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on April 20, 2010, 05:26:00 pm
I left the war pig at home today took my norty soot bike instead.

I was having so much fun I went for a little detour on the way home, over Epsom Downs.  It's times like this, when the sun is shining that make it all worthwhile
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tonycollinet on April 20, 2010, 09:29:57 pm
Hit a pothole tonight. Tyre flat within 20 yards. When I got the tube out, I couldn't get enough air in to see where it was coming out. Luckily I carry a spare tube.

Need to buy a new one tomorrow.


Edit: two 8mm long slits in the tube. Looks like Marathon Supremes can't do anything about snake bites.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 21, 2010, 09:22:14 am
It seemed to be 'Every Idiot Driver Try and Get Greg Day' this morning.  I've never had so many near misses with car doors being opened on me (and before you have a go, there are some parts of my commute where you are in the door zone whether you like it or not due to the narrowness of the roads and the idiots parked either side), drivers pulling out on me or in on me, or twats on phones ad nauseam...  >:( >:( >:(


...but I did top the Mill Road Bridge at 20.3 mph without being out of breath!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 21, 2010, 09:24:00 am
Awesome on the speed and fitness!!

p.s. you must have been carrying a camera and "looking for trouble", DUG!!  ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 21, 2010, 09:29:49 am
Rode through a load of unavoidable white stuff. Thought it was milk. Seems to be paint  >:( Hope the tyres are not ruined. Rollocks.

Why is everyone wearing high-viz waterproofs?  ??? Sun is splitting the trees.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 21, 2010, 09:31:47 am
Bit nippy to start with, but a great day to be out riding.  Usual numpties, but I was back on my normal bike, and zooming along as fast as on the skinny tyred forum bike.  And it's so comfortable!  Gosh, I love that bike! :-*
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulR on April 21, 2010, 09:41:13 am
Despite the appalling traffic and crowds of, as others have observed, fluorescent rain-jacketed cyclists whose riding style and general road sense and courtesy are perhaps not quite what we would all aspire to, today's commute was nearly perfect.  Fresh, bright, a gentle headwind to make sure I didn't get too lazy, a cheery chap who tinkled his bell at me because I think he wanted to squeeze past the traffic waiting at the red light and he clearly thought that his bike would fit where mine definitely wouldn't, and who grinned when I turned round and rang my bell back at him; splendid bright views across the Thames, nose-to-tail traffic on Waterloo Bridge (and therefore a good opportunity to practise low speed bike-handling skills).

Only marred by the fact that our trainee (yes, the patronising helmet-preaching one) has locked her stupid bike in the place where I like to lock mine.  If the ride hadn't been so agreeable, I might have been tempted to take advantage of the fact that the way she had locked her bike up would have enabled me to turn her bike completely upside down and out of my way.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on April 21, 2010, 09:45:37 am
Nice ride in today although disappointed not to witness any of the type of wardrobe malfunctions described yesterday :( Roads were quiet and drivers gave plenty of space, just the I encountered on Parliament Square who decided to dart in front of me  ::-)

I noticed a lot more riders today, and some of them were really quite fast!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 21, 2010, 10:05:03 am
All the rain-jacketed ones must be boiling. Such gorgeous weather, I am just in a longsleeved jersey at the moment. And hopefully 3/4s that don't show any more than they're supposed to!

Also went over Waterloo Bridge, hate the traffic there at the moment. I think I p*ss off others because I filter quite cautiously, but there are cyclists nipping in and out everywhere so you have to. A fakenger-type squeezed past on my left, almost clipping me, and then tried to squeeze through another gap between a bus and a moped just as the moped was moving, clipping his back wheel on the moped's front wheel quite hard. He did eventually raise his hand to say sorry (a cynic might say it was when he realized he was stuck right in front of the moped after that as there really was no more space). Eejit.

Yesterday there was a mother (or nanny/au pair of some sort) screaming hysterically at her two little kids on Albert Embankment - they were running off down the road quite a way ahead of her paying no attention whatsoever. A cyclist in front of me caught them up, stopped and told them 'Go back to your mother NOW!' very firmly. They looked slightly dumbstruck and stopped for a minute before turning round and heading back.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 21, 2010, 10:16:05 am
On the way home last night

A transit van passes me, with a small car very close behind. What's that between them? Ah, 10ft of blue poly rope.

Towing with a bit of crappy poly rope, at 60mph on a dual carriageway.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 21, 2010, 10:23:06 am
It was so cold I had a mild ice cream headache when I got to work
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Marco Stefano on April 21, 2010, 10:27:08 am
Colder than I thought it might be, knees and shins chilly. Head ok.

Daily numpty was the woman driving east on the Southery-Feltwell road (straight & Fen-bumpy) at least at the speed limit, busily applying skin cleanser to her face whilst looking at herself in the sun visor mirror.  >:(  Luckily for me, I was travelling west.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on April 21, 2010, 10:34:22 am
Last night, as I exited a set of lights, road narrows from 2 lanes to one, car ahead turning right.  Poxy little golf tries passing me, realises he is not going to get past car that is turning right so he swerves hard left, whilst alongside me.  Cue "OI!!!" from me, I accelerate so I am in front of said numpty and then turn around a scream "Fuckwit" at him.  His destination? The row of shops on the lefthand side, the entrance to which is just beyond where the other car is turning right!!!!

This morning it was cold, even more so as I had left both my windproof jacket and my gilet at work!!! So a slower than normal ride in...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 21, 2010, 01:13:01 pm
I certainly couldn't cycle in any sort of waterproof at the moment.  I've been cycling in with a short sleeved jersey, and if it's later on my way home, put my thin fleece over the top of that.

I was sort of amused by a motorcyclists this morning, who was trying to fit between a moving bus and articulated lorry around here (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=51.424654,-0.13057&spn=0,0.009645&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=51.424768,-0.130622&panoid=vaE8cNpm5l_pL-RUcsQaPw&cbp=12,352.46,,0,13.31) (Streatham High Road, near the Ice Rink).  Once that bus had pulled up, he zoomed forwards a couple of hundred feet, and tried it on again with a coach and some other traffic.  A total idiot.  If he'd managed to get in between them, the risk of being crushed as traffic was moving was not insignificant.  The first bus driver obviously saw what he was doing and put his right indicator on, not that it stopped him.

Ho hum, at least he wasn't threatening my life, mainly just his own.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on April 21, 2010, 01:13:49 pm
It was a lovely, if chilly, ride today and there were definitely more cyclists than usual, mostly female :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on April 21, 2010, 01:48:23 pm
I knew there was a reason I should have cycled....

Passenger in the car at J4 of the M3, on the roundabout when the two vehicles infront decided to collide.

The Securicor van decided he was going to go round the roundabout further from lane 3 of 4. the astra van in lane 4 was taking the fourth lane of the exit and suddenly found himself with the securicor van trying to enter the left side of his vehicle. Fortunately we were going further round and the astra avoided the barriers as he found his backend knocked sideways and then caught the van as it snapped the other way.

I got dropped off at the entrance to the business park and returned to the scene to provide details as a witness.

.... I don't go that way when I cycle.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 21, 2010, 02:05:39 pm
Not chilly here.  I am puzzled this month. Why do I stop at work?

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on April 21, 2010, 09:18:36 pm
Not chilly here.  I am puzzled this month. Why do I stop at work?



Because if you didn't, it'd be a CommuteTooFar?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on April 21, 2010, 09:52:45 pm
I had my bike disinfected.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: spesh on April 21, 2010, 10:07:40 pm
I had my bike disinfected.



Bike dipping season?

Or were you caught up in a biohazard emergency exercise?  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on April 21, 2010, 10:32:32 pm
I had my bike disinfected.



Bike dipping season?

Or were you caught up in a biohazard emergency exercise?  ;D

Biohazard. And no exercise, this is for real. Honestly. We have suspect classical swine fever (http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/csf/factsheet.htm#suspicion). It's notifiable.
AH have us on lock-down pending confirm or deny.
Realistically, it shouldn't be that, but better safe than sorry.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: spesh on April 21, 2010, 10:47:50 pm
I had my bike disinfected.



Bike dipping season?

Or were you caught up in a biohazard emergency exercise?  ;D

Biohazard. And no exercise, this is for real. Honestly. We have suspect classical swine fever (http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/csf/factsheet.htm#suspicion). It's notifiable.
AH have us on lock-down pending confirm or deny.
Realistically, it shouldn't be that, but better safe than sorry.

Fingers crossed...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on April 22, 2010, 07:18:14 am
I had my bike disinfected.

Not good, I presume you have seen farmer's cars and 4X4's from the period of F&M?  That disinfectant really brings out the tinworm....

Just make sure you give it a really really good wash off as soon as poss.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on April 22, 2010, 07:48:13 am
Good run last night.  Fast type from Burford on a kinetic-one soot bike caught up with me about 2 miles in and kept me company (and had the charity not to push it too hard) until Netherton where MrsLurk was waiting to escort me the last 5 miles or so home whereat he disappeared in a (red-shifted) cloud of dust while me & MrsLurk bimbled home.

Another chilly run in this AM, but bonus Barn Owl spotting.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: PaulF on April 22, 2010, 08:40:08 am
Work at home today so my 'commute' was a quick lap of Richmond Park. Lovely still, crisp morning with a touch of frost on the ground. At one point found myself riding in a cloud of parakeets :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 22, 2010, 09:00:54 am
Ride home last night in best time this year, 47 minutes for 24km
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 22, 2010, 09:22:48 am
Home in 1h1m last night.  Fast, but not neatly so.

In to work in 56mins this morning.  23kph ave.  I'm happy with that. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 22, 2010, 09:30:18 am
Work at home today so my 'commute' was a quick lap of Richmond Park. Lovely still, crisp morning with a touch of frost on the ground. At one point found myself riding in a cloud of parakeets :)

I'd like a photograph of this incident
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 22, 2010, 09:33:03 am
Colourblind pedestrian. He darted in front of me on a green light, and I stopped in time. He pointed at the (green) light and said sanctimoniously 'It's a red light'!

Very strange.

And I can vouch for the fact that there are millions of parakeets in RP :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on April 22, 2010, 10:09:14 am
Riding up to the approach to albert Bridge this morning I had some sanctimonious pedestrian shout "You're supposed to dismount" at me. Thing is, I was on the cycle path at the time and a good fifty feet or so from where I needed to get off.
The fact that I got off and walked (as I do every morning and evening) meant that he gets the little victory of thinking that he's made a difference I suppose.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on April 22, 2010, 10:39:58 am
Cycling to a different library site today and came to an abrupt stop on the Camberwell Road (A215), the police had cordoned off an area as someone had just been stabbed. Apart from a small diversion and then back onto the Walworth Road, it was bus free and full of disconcerted pedestrians waiting for their buses.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 22, 2010, 10:47:05 am
Riding up to the approach to albert Bridge this morning I had some sanctimonious pedestrian shout "You're supposed to dismount" at me. Thing is, I was on the cycle path at the time and a good fifty feet or so from where I needed to get off.
The fact that I got off and walked (as I do every morning and evening) meant that he gets the little victory of thinking that he's made a difference I suppose.

Ooh that would really wind me up, that would!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 22, 2010, 10:56:46 am
I was mashing up the hill on the A4119 between  Rhydlafar and Radyr.  A road bike comes up behind me and the rider advises me to shift into a lower gear because I would be able to climb faster.  I point down and tell him it is not easy to shift single speed.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on April 22, 2010, 10:59:53 am
I was mashing up the hill on the A4119 between  Rhydlafar and Radyr.  A road bike comes up behind me and the rider advises me to shift into a lower gear because I would be able to climb faster.  I point down and tell him it is not easy to shift single speed.

I had that from an American rider on the first hill outside Cheshunt on LEL.

Him: "You should shift to a lower gear, climbing at that cadence isn't good for your knees."
Me: "I'm in my lowest gear."
Him: "Oh, then try a higher gear then, don't tell me you Brits refer to gears the other way round too?"
Me: "I'm in my highest gear."
Him: *looks down* "Oh. You're mad."
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on April 22, 2010, 11:00:34 am
I was mashing up the hill on the A4119 between  Rhydlafar and Radyr.  A road bike comes up behind me and the rider advises me to shift into a lower gear because I would be able to climb faster.  I point down and tell him it is not easy to shift single speed.


 ;D ;D ;D Awesome.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Manotea on April 22, 2010, 11:04:55 am
I was mashing up the hill on the A4119 between  Rhydlafar and Radyr.  A road bike comes up behind me and the rider advises me to shift into a lower gear because I would be able to climb faster.  I point down and tell him it is not easy to shift single speed.

I had that from an American rider on the first hill outside Cheshunt on LEL.

Him: "You should shift to a lower gear, climbing at that cadence isn't good for your knees."
Me: "I'm in my lowest gear."
Him: "Oh, then try a higher gear then, don't tell me you Brits refer to gears the other way round too?"
Me: "I'm in my highest gear."
Him: *looks down* "Oh. You're mad."

Out with the not-so Mini Manoteas cycling along a flat piece of coast on Hols when we hit a steep climb up a coastal 'down'. Ms Manotea the Elder had a mini-strop. "It's OK for you. You've only got one gear and we've got 21 AND THEY ARE ALL WRONG!".

She calmed down after an emergency jelly baby or two.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on April 22, 2010, 11:20:05 am
Lovely sunny day and hardly any wind resulted in my fastest average speed of the year so far (17.7 mph over 18.3 miles).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tom M on April 22, 2010, 11:39:12 am
By the cycle hoops I use at work I found two largish looking flags packaged up. One is Barbados, one St. Lucia. Odd...

Left them there for a couple of days to see if anyone would look for them, but still about, so now in my posession.

Anyone have a fancy for some carribean flags?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jurek on April 22, 2010, 11:42:08 am
Anyone have a fancy for some carribean flags?
Do you have a flag? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEx5G-GOS1k)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 22, 2010, 12:39:36 pm

Out with the not-so Mini Manoteas cycling along a flat piece of coast on Hols when we hit a steep climb up a coastal 'down'. Ms Manotea the Elder had a mini-strop. "It's OK for you. You've only got one gear and we've got 21 AND THEY ARE ALL WRONG!".

She calmed down after an emergency jelly baby or two.

Ahaahaahaaahaaaahaahahahahaha!!!!   ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 22, 2010, 01:30:19 pm
I had a lovely ride in today in the sunshine. Just my toes went a bit numb in the cold.
I can't believe we are getting frosts! It is nearly May!

I was reasonably quick too. Fastest time yet on the Kona.

Only one idiot, who walked over and apologised to me afterwards on the work car park.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 22, 2010, 01:36:10 pm
Out with the not-so Mini Manoteas cycling along a flat piece of coast on Hols when we hit a steep climb up a coastal 'down'. Ms Manotea the Elder had a mini-strop. "It's OK for you. You've only got one gear and we've got 21 AND THEY ARE ALL WRONG!".

That's fabulous. POTD
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Frenchie on April 22, 2010, 09:05:55 pm
Lovely day, if very cold, for a ride! One my way at 6:25 and quickly into action to warm up. Second morning in a row. Very, very few people out... OTOH so many new cyclists and runners in the evening this week (some trialing their fancy/fashionable kit). Were are they all coming from?! He?  ;)

At work one colleague commented on how dirty my Langster was; sure, I felt like saying, but it's been piling on the miles for months, when your bike was been shined up I guess! No, for me, it is definitely not about the bike (but about the cycling)!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on April 22, 2010, 10:21:33 pm
Eventful journey home.
Frayed front brake cable resulting in locked solid brake.  (Serious resistance training)

On arrival home I found that no matter how much I twisted, I couldn't disengage my left SPD.  In the end I had to release my foot from the shoe and then get all medieval on it until I got it off the pedal.  Looks like a bolt has sheered and the SPD thingy on my shoe is just floating around.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 23, 2010, 09:01:33 am
Beautiful ride in this morning, I'm full of the joys of cycling :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 23, 2010, 09:03:45 am
Gah!  Normally I would be griping/rejoicing about the commute, but I'm stuck at home, waiting to go to a GP appointment. 

Should be an interesting commute later, though.  I'll be carrying loaded panniers and a tent! :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on April 23, 2010, 09:35:30 am
Saw an eviscerated deer in the road near Wallaces Farm shop.  It was quite young.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: darkpoint on April 23, 2010, 09:51:11 am
Riding home last night at about 21:00 as I approached Camberwell, a chap crossed the road in front of me,   saw me coming stopped looked at me to confirm that I was going to cycle behind him, and then stuck his leg out behind him, in what I assume was an very attempt to get me to crash into it.. 

Me shouting Oi, resulted in the leg being waggled about a bit more.

There was space clear of his leg behind him, so I used that.    But I can't think what he was trying to do,  that sort of impact while it could bring me down,  would in all likely hood break his ankle or really muck up his knee.
All I could think of is that I was on my way home from collecting my race number for the London marathon, and how any kind of spill would result in me having to withdraw, and that would really annoy me..
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: her_welshness on April 23, 2010, 10:10:24 am
Riding home last night at about 21:00 as I approached Camberwell, a chap crossed the road in front of me,   saw me coming stopped looked at me to confirm that I was going to cycle behind him, and then stuck his leg out behind him, in what I assume was an very attempt to get me to crash into it.. 

Me shouting Oi, resulted in the leg being waggled about a bit more.

There was space clear of his leg behind him, so I used that.    But I can't think what he was trying to do,  that sort of impact while it could bring me down,  would in all likely hood break his ankle or really muck up his knee.
All I could think of is that I was on my way home from collecting my race number for the London marathon, and how any kind of spill would result in me having to withdraw, and that would really annoy me..

Feckin hell, thats just bad Russ - Good Luck for Saturday!  I cycle through Camberwell nearly every day, but last night as I was cycling back from Waterloo I discovered quite a nice cycling route which goes through Burgess Park and out into Peckham, which completely bypasses Camberwell - luverly.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 23, 2010, 10:13:26 am
I wish this weather would make up it's mind. 0 - 2 degrees in the morning, 15-16 riding home. I need two different tops for riding in and going home!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Greenbank on April 23, 2010, 10:24:14 am
I wish this weather would make up it's mind. 0 - 2 degrees in the morning, 15-16 riding home. I need two different tops for riding in and going home!

I just use arm warmers and a base layer in the mornings. Same short-sleeve jersey for both journeys.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on April 23, 2010, 10:27:13 am
I wish this weather would make up it's mind. 0 - 2 degrees in the morning, 15-16 riding home. I need two different tops for riding in and going home!

I just use arm warmers and a base layer in the mornings. Same short-sleeve jersey for both journeys.

+1, although in reverse since I've been leaving home at 16.30 and coming back at 22.00
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MSeries on April 23, 2010, 10:29:04 am
First single speed commute today, weird. Lot's of freewheeling waiting for me to slow down to allow the gear to catch. Felt quite slow on the descents.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 23, 2010, 10:31:57 am
You're back on the bike!
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 23, 2010, 12:07:24 pm
Gah!  Normally I would be griping/rejoicing about the commute, but I'm stuck at home, waiting to go to a GP appointment. 

Should be an interesting commute later, though.  I'll be carrying loaded panniers and a tent! :o

Doned it!  It was a bit slower (c10%), but not bad.  A lot of that was because I wimped out of E&C RAB for the ridiculously crap cycle bypass (Incidentally, I hear that this will be the Superhighway 'solution' for this junction ::-) ).

I reflected that, with about 5kg each side in panniers and a 2.5kg tent, I was carrying about the same weight as I did when i started cycling again! :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 23, 2010, 01:32:46 pm
...A lot of that was because I wimped out of E&C RAB for the ridiculously crap cycle bypass ...

What's that?  I only cycled through there last weekend, and it seemed the same as normal ie lethal, but not too bad so long as you hit it as fast as you can.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 23, 2010, 01:35:18 pm
...A lot of that was because I wimped out of E&C RAB for the ridiculously crap cycle bypass ...

What's that?  I only cycled through there last weekend, and it seemed the same as normal ie lethal, but not too bad so long as you hit it as fast as you can.

True, but Clarion doesn't have the lung capacity for that kind of shenanigans at the mo.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 23, 2010, 01:39:02 pm
I normally come through Walworth/E&C twice a day, and you're right, matching speed is important.  Carrying my camping kit, I wasn't so confident of doing that.  There are a lot of drivers round there who haven't a clue about lanes, and that's why one young woman got killed there not so long ago.

The cycle route goes either side of the RABs, through a series of 'facilities', starting, if you're heading north, with a sharp left turn into a narrow lane.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 23, 2010, 01:39:36 pm
...A lot of that was because I wimped out of E&C RAB for the ridiculously crap cycle bypass ...

What's that?  I only cycled through there last weekend, and it seemed the same as normal ie lethal, but not too bad so long as you hit it as fast as you can.

True, but Clarion doesn't have the lung capacity for that kind of shenanigans at the mo.

Not loaded up, no. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 23, 2010, 02:30:38 pm
Today I took my favourite diversion on the way to work.  The I speak thy sloth machine on the handle bars indicated I had a more time to get there.  So instead of continuing on the A473 and into Pencoed I branched onto the B4280 through Heol y Cyw and climbed up Heol Llan to get the descent off the common into Coity. I sprinted into the village so I didn't need to pedal much to get up past the primary school. Turned left before the Castle. I noticed that the except buses and bicycles road was still obstructed but I took it anyway. Then mostly downhill to work.  Altogether a much more interesting and fun way to work.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 23, 2010, 02:54:45 pm
...A lot of that was because I wimped out of E&C RAB for the ridiculously crap cycle bypass ...

What's that?  I only cycled through there last weekend, and it seemed the same as normal ie lethal, but not too bad so long as you hit it as fast as you can.

True, but Clarion doesn't have the lung capacity for that kind of shenanigans at the mo.

Not loaded up, no. ;D

You're finishing my sentences... it must be love, love, love ;)

*note to self* if you have to hurridly get off yacf because you are posting at work, just close the window and restore when the threat of being spotted has passed instead of posting 50% of it - thingz will be makin the moar senses
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 23, 2010, 03:15:14 pm
I wasn't criticising Clarion, I really didn't know that there was any cycling bypass around E&C.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 23, 2010, 03:20:17 pm
The cycle bypass of E & C is marked on the TFL maps. I use it when I'm escorting newbies round that way and don't want to force them to cycle round at speed if it's busy.

It is pretty rubbish and I once got lost heading south and ended up pottering round an estate in the dark in a state of confusion! It's much slower, but probably safer if you're a nervous newbie.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 23, 2010, 03:34:27 pm
I've done the N-S eastern section twice.  It's rubbish.  I've done the S-N western one three times.  It's beyond that.  There's one place where there are big one way signs sending you left, and you have to go right - not into the road you're crossing, but across any unsuspecting turning traffic into a little lane.  Tight right angled bends are common, unsignposted turns are there too, and there is one bit where I have gone wrong (as in going the wrong way along a cycle lane wrong) all three times.  Oh - and the lights for crossings change as you approach.

There is No Way At All that this route can handle anything like the cycle traffic that comes through the Elephant.  Not a Chance, Boris.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 23, 2010, 05:04:02 pm
<fx: gets out bike maps from buried bit of desk and looks>

Ah right.  I thought you meant some sort of facility on or near to E&C itself, but you mean the little meandering routes going in roughly the same direction and requiring you to cross numerous roads where the cars have priority.

Totally agree with you, that sort of thing is pants, and if that's what Boris is going to be pushing for E&C then it's not going to work.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 26, 2010, 08:48:43 am
Oh what a perfect commute!

The sun was shining, just enough to make it summery, but not enough to be blinding. My clothes gave me the perfect balance of warmth. Traffic was minimal (I was on the road 0622-0655). The air tasted sweet. My legs had loads of power and my lungs efficiency rating must have been sky high. Headwind - minimal. All capped off by a prime parking space in the bike shed and an hour and a half to myself to get some work done.

*bliss* :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 26, 2010, 10:45:46 am
I commuted in on Regina this morning (I want to show her to a few people at work).

Lots of wide overtakes and motorists hanging back without overtaking...  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on April 26, 2010, 12:07:29 pm
Pulled up at a set of lights this morning and stared in horror at the chap in front, whose quick release on his back wheel was entirely open. I pointed this out to him and said he'd better sort it out immediately... to which he thanked me then set off when the lights turned green as if nothing was amiss.

An odd bike, by the way. Hybrid, in Google livery (white with Google logo down the tubing).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on April 26, 2010, 12:09:09 pm
He may be one of those who uses the quick release lever like a spanner - just rotating it until it is tight, rather than flicking it over on the cam to pull it in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: JJ on April 26, 2010, 12:40:56 pm
Riding in with an empty Bob Yak (guitars to shuffle later), I was pressing on over Fen Causeway when there was a crash-scrape behind and I looked round to see a total absense of trailor wheel.  Not lying in the gutter, not mangled in the carriageway, just absent.  It took me about 10 minutes of poking around in the nettles to find it.

The QR is a bit dodgy.  Perhaps I'll loop a pair of zip-ties over it.

Rear QR open isn't too bad.  The worst that's likely is a jammed back wheel. I found out the hard way, years ago that a front wheel coming off is Not a Good Thing.  I still recall the scary hospital matron scrubbing gravel out of my face with a nail brush <shudder>
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: rower40 on April 26, 2010, 06:46:16 pm
Hotel at the South-west corner of Abingdon to place-of-work in dead centre (triangle of nothingness) in Didcot.  7 miles, 33 mins by Brompton, almost all on NCN route 5.  I got overtaken by anybody and everybody.  (37 mins back this evening - headwind?  And getting a bit lost didn't help.)

I won't hear a word against that bit of NCN.  Adequate surface (small-wheel-friendly), reasonably good sightlines, courteous car drivers on the on-road bit through Sutton Courtenay, flat, well-signed, and well-used.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 26, 2010, 06:57:58 pm
A nice circular 13 mile route back from work.  Being out on Regina in the evening sun reminds me why I like being a cyclist...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on April 26, 2010, 07:00:06 pm
Awesome ride home.  Well fast due to a tail wind and not having a Carradice or Bagman on the bag of the Etape.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on April 26, 2010, 07:57:57 pm
Interesting ride in this morning.  They were resurfacing the road through the village as I was trying to ride along it.
And the road from the edge of the village to the edge of Yeovil.
Nasty gritty slidey stuff.

But the lunch ride was great!

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tim Hall on April 27, 2010, 09:26:41 am
Broke my chain on the way in today, bugger.

Only 2km from work, so I pushed and rolled down the hills.

I guess the ticking feeling I was getting through the pedals was trying to tell me something.

No chain tool so off to the LBS to ask nicely if I can use theirs. Or buy a joining link (it's a 1/8 chain on my fixie).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on April 27, 2010, 11:52:10 am
Found my path blocked by a bunch of geocachers on a bridge (I have the same cache stored as a poi on my phone), but despite this, averaged 17.3 over 17.64 miles. Didn't feel fast, and I wasn't focussed this morning (just had to look on the phone to check which way I went - was on autopilot this morning), so it must have been wind assisted. I suspect I will pay on the way home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on April 27, 2010, 12:03:02 pm
Found my path blocked by a bunch of geocachers on a bridge (I have the same cache stored as a poi on my phone), but despite this, averaged 17.3 over 17.64 miles. Didn't feel fast, and I wasn't focussed this morning (just had to look on the phone to check which way I went - was on autopilot this morning), so it must have been wind assisted. I suspect I will pay on the way home.

Ooh!  Which cache?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on April 27, 2010, 06:11:27 pm
I saw Mr TimeTrial again this morning.

I see him every now and then, in a blur of speed, always in roughly the same place. Along Kennington Road he can be (briefly) seen hammering along, on the TT bars on a red Spesh / Cervelo.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 27, 2010, 08:34:20 pm
I got a complement!

A young roadie on a nice CF bike pulled alongside me "You ride to York" I'm a bit taken aback "How do you know that?"
"I normally drive, I've seen you on the dual carriageway. You've got really good style."

Wow, I didn't know what to say. So I just said it was a product of being slow, so I'd learned to be efficient. He then told me I didn't look slow, he was heading back via the country roads and pulled away like I was standing still.

That's probably the first time someone has complemented me on my riding  :)

I was very inspired by that, and I won't be on my bike for 6 days (donating blood tomorrow, then it's the bank holiday). So I trundled along at a good pace, 3 miles from home realised that if I kept up 20mph it would be a record run. Made it, 1hr 16min for 24.5miles.  That's really scorching for me.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on April 27, 2010, 08:59:45 pm
Found my path blocked by a bunch of geocachers on a bridge (I have the same cache stored as a poi on my phone), but despite this, averaged 17.3 over 17.64 miles. Didn't feel fast, and I wasn't focussed this morning (just had to look on the phone to check which way I went - was on autopilot this morning), so it must have been wind assisted. I suspect I will pay on the way home.

Ooh!  Which cache?

It looked like a bunch of students and some teachers, so my guess is that they were going for this one

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=2ad021d3-b3d6-4f74-9af5-0b8c83715244

Or it could havfase been the Nine Wells one.

Seems like I am having a good day. Averaged 18.2mph over 15 miles on the way home. It's making me want a fast bike, or even a 'bent. Found myself going through the options on an ICE B1.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on April 28, 2010, 05:49:31 am
Yesterday was the first time this year that I noticed significant bug activity.  After a bee tried to fly into my mouth I decided it was now time to stop riding whilst agape.  Well for a few months anyway.

This nice weather is bringing out more riders on my commute too however all but one have been in the opposite direction.

The cows are also out of the winter shed storage and back into the fields so I have a muck run to traverse too.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 28, 2010, 07:49:29 am
Yesterday was the first time this year that I noticed significant bug activity.  After a bee tried to fly into my mouth I decided it was now time to stop riding whilst agape.  Well for a few months anyway.
I've had to stop singing.  :'( I suspect everyone I pass is now  :D .
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 28, 2010, 09:11:58 am
It felt a bit like the Freewheel (or Skyride or whatever) at points today. Which, as those who've done the Freewheel will know, is mostly a Good Thing.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on April 28, 2010, 06:15:54 pm
Got to work and found that I'd neglected to fasten either strap on the barley's flap.
Those of you that know the angle an unsupported barley hangs at will be as amazed as I was that both the plastic carrier bag containing shirt, tie and socks and the box containing my lunch were still in there.  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: teethgrinder on April 28, 2010, 06:20:18 pm
This nice weather is bringing out more riders on my commute too however all but one have been in the opposite direction.

You're going the same speed as everyone else going in your direction. Either slow down and let them catch you or get a move on and catch them. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 28, 2010, 07:31:03 pm
I did 25 miles today which included commute and visits to two hospitals (work purposes) and one client and every single mile of it was into a headwind. Even though I travelled in several different directions over the course of the day. Clearly the weather gnomes are envious of my new bike.

In other news, Edinburgh drivers' reenactment of Wacky Races yesterday has continued today as well.  ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on April 29, 2010, 07:59:34 am
A very short conversation yesterday evening on ascending Netherton hill1...

  TheLurker  (drawing level with TheOtherCyclist)     
   - Aye, aye. Don't you just loathe hills?

  TheOtherCyclist (who is struggling up the hill
  - Yeah, but I'm not wearing lycra shorts.

Made me laugh out loud. It has to be one of the best cycling put downs/come backs/non sequiturs2 I've heard for quite a while.

1Which is not an especially nasty hill.
2Classify according to your own rules.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on April 29, 2010, 10:14:03 am
I followed a Bendy Bus along the A23 between Thornton Heath Pond and Norbury, which shouldn't be notable, except I've never seen one in that part of London before.

He didn't appear to have any passengers or route number displayed, so I hope he was just transporting it somewhere, and not testing out its suitability for the route. :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Frenchie on April 29, 2010, 10:30:13 pm
Rain. tonight.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on April 29, 2010, 10:56:33 pm
Rain. tonight.

Sweet, wasn't it?  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: redshift on April 29, 2010, 11:22:10 pm
Coming home tonight, I watched with bated breath as the motorcyclist who'd just overtaken me was nearly wiped out - the car which overtook him whilst he was passing me swung back in to turn left at the next junction before being clear of the motorcyclist.  The biker was edged sideways by the car (not sure if there was contact) and had to use his horn to warn the driver that he was there.

Unfortunately, the car was a white Vauxhall covered in stripes, as it was a marked patrol car, driven by one of GMP's finest.  I got the registration number, but couldn't catch the motorcyclist to tell him, so now I'm wondering whether to send a stiff email to GMP's driving standards department myself, or just post a note on MotorCycle News' forum.  >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Torslanda on April 29, 2010, 11:31:41 pm
Coming home tonight, I watched with bated breath as the motorcyclist who'd just overtaken me was nearly wiped out - the car which overtook him whilst he was passing me swung back in to turn left at the next junction before being clear of the motorcyclist.  The biker was edged sideways by the car (not sure if there was contact) and had to use his horn to warn the driver that he was there.

Unfortunately, the car was a white Vauxhall covered in stripes, as it was a marked patrol car, driven by one of GMP's finest.  I got the registration number, but couldn't catch the motorcyclist to tell him, so now I'm wondering whether to send a stiff email to GMP's driving standards department myself, or just post a note on MotorCycle News' forum.  >:(

Once upon a time a police officer was required to have completed the advance driving course before being let loose in a patrol vehicle of ANY description.

I believe the regulations changed which allowed officers to drive patrol vehicles without having completed the course.

I didn't realise they'd changed again to allow anyone with a licence out of a lucky bag!

Name and shame, I say! Post it on here. Send it to GMP. Give it to MCN.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on April 29, 2010, 11:36:39 pm

Name and shame, I say! Post it on here. Send it to GMP. Give it to MCN.

That ^
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: redshift on April 30, 2010, 12:58:31 am
I have filled in the complaint form on GMP's website, with details of incident/time/location/registration plate number.  I have no idea whether the motorcyclist might complain, but I may put some info on MCN's forum, just in case.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Frenchie on April 30, 2010, 08:07:44 am
Rain. tonight.

Sweet, wasn't it?  :thumbsup:

Really?!  :-\  Not on my commute I'm afraid. I got rather wet!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on April 30, 2010, 08:17:08 am
Coming home tonight, I watched with bated breath as the motorcyclist who'd just overtaken me was nearly wiped out -

Unfortunately, the car was a white Vauxhall covered in stripes, as it was a marked patrol car, driven by one of GMP's finest. 

falling standards everywhere?

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Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: David Martin on April 30, 2010, 08:21:12 am
How apposite. This is what I saw on my commute today..

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/4565223760_df7dc1f833_b.jpg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on April 30, 2010, 10:19:48 am
At least I got a commute today! :thumbsup:

Four days off the bike and feeling terrible.  But this morning, I got the train with a 'hon.  Felt good riding up to the station, and pootling through from LB to work.  Sad that the computer tried to escape from the forks into the spokes.

But I've been really fed up wheezing at home, and last night I took Superstoker to his club night, and sighed heavily as they all set off without me.  I was really jealous.

So not a long ride, but a special one.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on April 30, 2010, 11:35:36 am
This morning I was so distracted by the fact that the guy who serviced my bike last week had moved the rear light up the seatpost so I couldn't adjust my saddle mid-ride when it slipped (as I don't normally carry the philips screwdriver required to move the light clamp back down again) and the clamp was catching my new tights, and the seat was uncomfortable, that I rode into the kerb and almost fell off.

Happily, no other cyclists around to laugh at me, and it happened in a nice, wide, empty bus lane.  :-[ ::-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Deano on April 30, 2010, 07:36:35 pm
What I should have said: "You don't know the rules of the road, everything you've said is wrong, and compounding your mistake by trying to force me onto the pavement crossed the line from stupidity to criminality".

What I did say: "Try reading the Highway Code and not the effing Ladybird version, you stupid ****."

 >:(

Still, one ranty nutter every month or two isn't too bad.  And I gave him a big thumbs up as I overtook him again in the massive queue of traffic ;D :thumbsup:

(Edited to remove sweariness: probably more appropriate to the RANT thread...)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on April 30, 2010, 08:07:18 pm
Saw a new twunt stunt today.

Pavement cyclist, bombing along, decides to rejoin the carriageway.  Flew off the footway and dumped himself off the kerb.....just inside a car indicating to turn left.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: David Martin on April 30, 2010, 08:27:21 pm
How apposite. This is what I saw on my commute today..

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/4565223760_df7dc1f833_b.jpg)

Apparently one of the police had a cut head. The pic online was taken well after they had got mine by email..
Evening Telegraph: News (http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/output/2010/04/30/story14979027t0.shtm)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on May 03, 2010, 10:13:30 am
I am posting here merely because I can, being in the office on a bank holiday.

That said, it was almost a zero-traffic commute in central London - pretty rare. And every other person on a bike looked like they were on their way to FUN rather than the office.

I need to throw a few of these around:  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 03, 2010, 11:43:30 am
Being on the way to anywhere on a bike is to already be at fun :)

But I understand your trio of >:(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on May 03, 2010, 12:20:02 pm
I'm at work n all. The only one in the whole firm here today. The ride was ok, nice and quiet.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: redshift on May 03, 2010, 01:43:09 pm
Working here too.  Still, the roads were quiet.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 03, 2010, 05:53:00 pm
Well I'm also at work, but that's so I can use the laser printer and stuff. ;D

The trip in wasn't that quiet, and for a few miles around the Croydon end was actually very busy.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on May 04, 2010, 07:44:35 am
I had a very poor overtake this morning by a lorry. I've managed to remember the reg plate, how do I go about tracing the owner of it please so I can complain? No company livery was noticed as it had a big container on the back.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 04, 2010, 09:11:38 am
First proper commute in in nearly two weeks.  Felt good, and was fast enough, given recent breathing issues.

I banged the side of a van that cut a corner as it passed me.  At the next traffic lights, as I was two vehicles ahead of him, I felt very vulnerable, especially as there were two nasty pinch points coming up before the relative safety of the bus lane. 

First the car passed, then a long gap before the van passed, nice & wide, just as the road widened. :thumbsup:

The nip in the air passing through this city's many shadows just served as a counterpoint for the lovely warmth of the sun on my arms and face.

It's good to be back. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 04, 2010, 10:04:21 am
A fairly benign commute in today, but when I got to this (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=51.441929,-0.1437&spn=0.000282,0.000603&z=21) roundabout, I was surprised to see that it's now been marked out as a four way stop.

Are four way stops even legal in the UK?  Possibly they haven't finished it, but at the moment there are basically straight double dotted "Give Way" lines from each road (instead of the curved Roundabout ones on the Google image).

That was an appalling roundabout, since westbound cars coming from Emmanuel Road rarely stop to see if anyone is crossing the roundabout (as I do every night from Cavendish Road towards Tooting Bec Common).  I'm not sure that a junction which no one understands is better. :-\ ???
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: delthebike on May 04, 2010, 10:10:46 am
A fairly benign commute in today, but when I got to this (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=51.441929,-0.1437&spn=0.000282,0.000603&z=21) roundabout, I was surprised to see that it's now been marked out as a four way stop.
Prep for traffic lights to go in perhaps.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 04, 2010, 10:12:23 am
I hope so.  It's a hazardous junction place where driver behaviour is hazardous for cyclists, whichever way you're going.  A rude shock after the Common.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on May 04, 2010, 11:58:37 am
A fairly benign commute in today, but when I got to this (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=51.441929,-0.1437&spn=0.000282,0.000603&z=21) roundabout, I was surprised to see that it's now been marked out as a four way stop.

Are four way stops even legal in the UK?  Possibly they haven't finished it, but at the moment there are basically straight double dotted "Give Way" lines from each road (instead of the curved Roundabout ones on the Google image).

That was an appalling roundabout, since westbound cars coming from Emmanuel Road rarely stop to see if anyone is crossing the roundabout (as I do every night from Cavendish Road towards Tooting Bec Common).  I'm not sure that a junction which no one understands is better. :-\ ???

I'm guessing that the roundabout is going back in since they have just resurfaced the road. There are no poles or electrical works for traffic lights.

I'll be mad as hell if they don't resurface the bit on Cavendish Road which is full of huge potholes.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Frenchie on May 04, 2010, 12:23:32 pm
Nothing much to report; it was very cold at 6 and a bit this morning. 1h45 later I was at work, with a smile, but only just getting warmer! Lovely sunshine though and, at last, reduce wind levels. Are we really in May?!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gaz on May 04, 2010, 01:46:37 pm
a relentless headwind today, everytime i looked at the speedo and felt like i was pushing it i was only doing around 18mph :(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 04, 2010, 03:11:00 pm
I'm guessing that the roundabout is going back in since they have just resurfaced the road. There are no poles or electrical works for traffic lights.

I'm not so sure, the original markings were curved, and the new ones are dead straight.  I suspect this is going to be left as a four way stop, which do seem to be used from time to time in the UK.  They appear to be meant to only be used on very lightly used residential roads, and it's arguable how lightly used this one is.  They also seem a mite pointless, since the rules are essentially the same as if you consider it a roundabout. :-\

I'll be mad as hell if they don't resurface the bit on Cavendish Road which is full of huge potholes.

Yes, since that bit has been getting worse and worse over the last few months.  It's an exercise in slalom to avoid all the holes now.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on May 04, 2010, 03:16:59 pm
I'm guessing that the roundabout is going back in since they have just resurfaced the road. There are no poles or electrical works for traffic lights.

I'm not so sure, the original markings were curved, and the new ones are dead straight.  I suspect this is going to be left as a four way stop, which do seem to be used from time to time in the UK.  They appear to be meant to only be used on very lightly used residential roads, and it's arguable how lightly used this one is.  They also seem a mite pointless, since the rules are essentially the same as if you consider it a roundabout. :-\

Except if it was a 4-way stop. They would have solid lines, not dashed lines.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 04, 2010, 04:16:14 pm
I'm guessing that the roundabout is going back in since they have just resurfaced the road. There are no poles or electrical works for traffic lights.

I'm not so sure, the original markings were curved, and the new ones are dead straight.  I suspect this is going to be left as a four way stop, which do seem to be used from time to time in the UK.  They appear to be meant to only be used on very lightly used residential roads, and it's arguable how lightly used this one is.  They also seem a mite pointless, since the rules are essentially the same as if you consider it a roundabout. :-\

Except if it was a 4-way stop. They would have solid lines, not dashed lines.

Actually, that doesn't seem to be the way (http://www.roadsuk.com/roadepedia/four-way_stop.html) that they are done in the UK.  Possibly the term is a little bit of a misnomer, they seem to be more like "Four Way Give Way".
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: longers on May 04, 2010, 07:17:04 pm
Sorry, can I ask again how to find the owner of a vehicle from the reg plate please? I would like to complain. I'm lucky to not need to complain very often but this one was worth it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 04, 2010, 07:35:36 pm
Sorry, can I ask again how to find the owner of a vehicle from the reg plate please? I would like to complain. I'm lucky to not need to complain very often but this one was worth it.

I think you need to use Form V888 (http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@motor/documents/digitalasset/dg_065303.pdf), which is sent to the DVLA.  It will cost you £2-50, and you will need a good reason for the request.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on May 04, 2010, 09:00:41 pm
Sorry, can I ask again how to find the owner of a vehicle from the reg plate please? I would like to complain. I'm lucky to not need to complain very often but this one was worth it.

There isn't an easy method. Lots of sites (RAC etc) will identify a vehicle type from a reg plate but not the owner.

There's a CTC site for reporting bad driving (I can't find the link at the moment,) or perhaps just report it in writing to the Police?

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on May 04, 2010, 09:06:26 pm
I'm guessing that the roundabout is going back in since they have just resurfaced the road. There are no poles or electrical works for traffic lights.

I'm not so sure, the original markings were curved, and the new ones are dead straight.  I suspect this is going to be left as a four way stop, which do seem to be used from time to time in the UK.  They appear to be meant to only be used on very lightly used residential roads, and it's arguable how lightly used this one is.  They also seem a mite pointless, since the rules are essentially the same as if you consider it a roundabout. :-\

Except if it was a 4-way stop. They would have solid lines, not dashed lines.

Actually, that doesn't seem to be the way (http://www.roadsuk.com/roadepedia/four-way_stop.html) that they are done in the UK.  Possibly the term is a little bit of a misnomer, they seem to be more like "Four Way Give Way".

Looks as though you're right Tim, the road markings all seemed to be finished tonight, but no sign of a roundabout. however, the cars seemed puzzled by the new tarmac and paint and I did get my right of way which was sort of a shock in the circumstances.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on May 04, 2010, 10:11:56 pm
I actually had a commute today.Not the usual hop across the landing from bedroom to office.I've put the essential details in the "Have You Been Out Today" thread 'cause  it's as much a holiday as business excuse or visa versa IYSWIM :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 05, 2010, 11:12:09 am
A fairly uneventful commute, which is good, although I got part way in before I realised that I'd taken my lights off earlier when I popped out to pick up a parcel with the trailer.  Ho hum, I guess that just makes sure I leave early today!

When I was crossing Chelsea Bridge, I noticed that there was a group of Police Officers (or similar, they may have been Specials or PCSOs) who appeared to be stopping cyclists cycling on the footpath.

They were on the Northbound side (iyswim), which does have a No Cycling sign at the start of the Bridge (more or less where the last little bit of cycle path rejoins the road).  The other side is a bit vague, since there are some cycle paths signs which look like they may be relevant, however looking at cycle path maps in the past, I don't think they are, it looks like cycling is verboten on that side as well.

Luckily I was cycling 100% legally on the road, in fact I don't think I've ever cycled on that footpath (I did cycle on the other footpath a few months back, but the entire bridge roadway was closed due to an accident, and I asked the police officer on duty if it was OK to walk across the bridge footway, and he said it was fine with him if I cycled. :thumbsup:).

A slightly odd time to be stopping cycle traffic, since by 10-30, you wouldn't be getting the vast number of commuting cyclists that you would have gotten two hours earlier.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: NickM on May 05, 2010, 11:41:00 am
A fairly benign commute in today, but when I got to this (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=51.441929,-0.1437&spn=0.000282,0.000603&z=21) roundabout, I was surprised to see that it's now been marked out as a four way stop.

Are four way stops even legal in the UK?  Possibly they haven't finished it, but at the moment there are basically straight double dotted "Give Way" lines from each road (instead of the curved Roundabout ones on the Google image).

That was an appalling roundabout, since westbound cars coming from Emmanuel Road rarely stop to see if anyone is crossing the roundabout (as I do every night from Cavendish Road towards Tooting Bec Common).  I'm not sure that a junction which no one understands is better. :-\ ???

I'm guessing that the roundabout is going back in since they have just resurfaced the road. There are no poles or electrical works for traffic lights.

I'll be mad as hell if they don't resurface the bit on Cavendish Road which is full of huge potholes.


Not to mention that bloody great crater on Rossiter Road
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on May 05, 2010, 01:08:34 pm
The five miles took me somewhat longer today.

Because I walked it.  :)

Trying to get fit again.  ::-)  I'll be doing it once a week.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 06, 2010, 01:02:59 am
I got a rather alarmingly close overtake from a skip lorry.  It gave me the right collywobbles.  It was particularly irritating that he chose to overtake at speed and give me about 6" of space before slamming the brakes on and screeching to a halt at the red light.  On a wide dual carriageway.  I suspect that he was peeved that I wasn't in the bike lane - that would be the bike lane that runs to the left of a left turning lane going to a carpark, where you then have to cross the lane, and then along the left of another sliproad/bus lane out of the car park that leads to a set of lights that can't be triggered by a bike ::-).

On the plus side, at the next junction a large white truck stayed well back all the way onto and around the (two lane) roundabout, and waited for a properly sensible space with zero parked cars or oncoming traffic to pass me once we were off the roundabout - I did go like the clappers round it, and as soon as it was safe for him to get past I went into free-wheeling gutter-clinging mode to make it really obvious that I was expecting him to pass. And I gave the driver a HUGE grin, wave and thumbs up (and shouted thanks to him, although I doubt he heard).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 06, 2010, 09:24:27 am
I stopped off to vote on my way in to work.

Then a mile down the road got left-hooked by a B*W.

Hah!  Too late, Posh Boy! ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on May 06, 2010, 09:28:13 am
That was wet

It seems my new leg warmers bead off small amounts of rain nicely but are not of course water proof :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on May 06, 2010, 09:30:07 am
I stopped off to vote on my way in to work.

So did I. The bods counting polling numbers at the exit were a very handy replacement for a bike lock. Thanks chaps  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 06, 2010, 09:37:37 am
Our polling station is a primary school with hooped (if low & bolted down ) Sheffields under a canopy :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 06, 2010, 10:01:14 am
Bah - got horn blown at me, and resorted to flipping off motorist.

There are a few sliproads to cross on my route. Usual tactic is to look for a gap in traffic, indicate and nip across - should be fine.
   
This morn I looked behind me, 3 cars back (a long way back) there is a car indicating left to pull into the sliproad. They were straddling the line between sliproad and the main road.
So I indicated, and nipped right, joining main carriageway. 40 yards further on, car undertakes, slows down and hammers their horn. wtf?  If I'd waited for them to overtake, I'd have been going up the sliproad!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 06, 2010, 10:33:12 am
Our polling station is a primary school with hooped (if low & bolted down ) Sheffields under a canopy :thumbsup:

When I was at young Hywel Dda primary school would have been the polling station but George Thomas, MP for Cardiff West was the Speaker so was unopposed. Result I did not get a day off school  >:(  Hence my jaundiced view of elections.

This morning I voted. Just the Conservative party bloke had arrived outside to guard my bike so I gave him my voter number and entered to make my vote.  Afterwards I rode on a road I have never ridden before . I have been living in Radyr for a quarter of century but to my delight I had never ridden or walked along than section of road.(in that direction)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 06, 2010, 12:37:48 pm
Interestingly there were a load of police bods at Thornton Heath Pond, with a small car transporter, so I suspect that somewhere there was one of those camera cars catching plates so they could stop people with no record of MOT / VED / Insurance etc.  I was very glad that my stopping at the lights etc was scrupulously correct (not that it normally isn't).

For the first time in over two years of passing it every day, I actually saw a Fire Tender leave the Fire Station at Norbury (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/26519) with lights going and sirens blaring.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on May 06, 2010, 06:02:16 pm
I stopped off to vote on my way in to work.

So did I. The bods counting polling numbers at the exit were a very handy replacement for a bike lock. Thanks chaps  :thumbsup:
One of my colleagues did the same.  I just took my bike in with me.
(It's our village hall, I'm the chair of the committee, my wife is the secretary and the presiding officer for the election, so I wasn't anticipating a problem  ;D )

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on May 06, 2010, 09:40:51 pm
So, there we were on the way home tonight, sat behind a bus in Old York Road.

We were waiting behind it because it had it's right hand indicator on, and because we could see another bus coming the other way (the road bends to the right), and the road there is only wide enough (just!) for one bus.

A cyclist in his trendy skateboard helmet and wearing hi-vis came past and then went down the right hand side of the bus - halfway down he realised that if he went any further he would be squashed between the two busses (they were both now moving and he was in a small gap between them), so he stopped.

As we went past him, following the bus, he said to us "It's lethal here isn't it?"

Paging Mr. Darwin, paging Mr. Darwin.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on May 06, 2010, 10:37:53 pm
As we went past him, following the bus, he said to us "It's lethal here isn't it?"

Paging Mr. Darwin, paging Mr. Darwin.

Send him thisaway, his house is only just around the corner.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on May 07, 2010, 12:04:06 pm
Nice ride in, though a bit of a slog into the headwind.

Emily totally pwned me on the blast up Kennington Road. I stayed level with her for most of it, but blew up at the final 100m and dropped behind so fast that I couldn't even catch her draft :'(
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Speshact on May 07, 2010, 05:32:57 pm
Saw a RLJ totally caught out going south down Kennington Road at the Imperial War Museum junction. He nipped through on red, saw two police on bikes on t'other road waiting for the lights to change and had to stop in the middle because the lights  changed and traffic started flowing east-west while he was midway through the junction.  Police, looking akin to fishermen who have had a fish suddenly jump into the boat. waved him over to the pavement for a chat and hopefully ticket.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: perpetual dan on May 07, 2010, 07:37:58 pm
Just the usual ride home for me ... except that I took it easy.
No big ring, no chasing other cyclists, no keeping pace with the cars, easy does it on the hills.
I'm not sure I'm cut out for this, I did it, but I've not needed willpower like that since I gave up smoking.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on May 07, 2010, 08:12:20 pm
Big diesel spill up the A233 near Fishponds, stopped to phone it in, and a fire engine turned up as they'd already been called.  I didn't realise it was diesel until my bike felt like it had a puncture.

Then saw a driver of a small white van with a smashed up front, bumper grinding along the road and half under the right front tyre, trailing a smell of burning tyre.  I reckon either a hit and run driver, or a drunk driver.  It was making an appalling noise.

Oh, and these two sets of red light jumpers:

Deadline Couriers jumps red light - KU54HHW (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYiPxrH62vM)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpX71Qq0wNk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpX71Qq0wNk)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on May 10, 2010, 08:10:36 am
Another cold ride in.
Roll on warm mornings.
Nice and bright tho' and only one car in the first 8 or 9 miles.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on May 10, 2010, 10:30:53 am
I pointed out to a bloke on a folder this morning that he was cycling on a flat rear tyre. He said he knew.
He caught up with me again at the next set of lights, still cycling on his flat. I suggested he might knacker his rim if he went any further on it, and pointed out the nearest bike shop, 20m away (as he clearly didn't have the kit/know what to do, because he would have stopped and fixed it if that was the case). I do hope he went to the bike shop rather than continuing to grind away at his rim  :hand:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Riggers on May 10, 2010, 10:50:24 am
As I was cycling this morning on a recently stolen folding bicycle, some busy-body pointed out that I had a flat tyre. "Hey" I thought "I don't care, it's not my bike". Instead, I just politely said I was aware of the situation young lady.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on May 10, 2010, 10:55:03 am
Nice to have met you, Riggers. Quite slow and obstinate, aren't you ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 10, 2010, 11:35:40 am
Very enjoyable ride in this morning.  On Friday Pink,White and Blue bike's bottom bracket collapsed so has gone to the not very local bicycle rest home to recover.  So this morning I had to use Red bike. I never seem to go out on weekends anymore. It is almost a year since Red bike was last used.  At first my legs were a little confused by the easy pedaling.  I believe of my three bikes the theoretical speed should be similar.  However when I am cruising along Dawes Discovery 101 [bikeicide in progress] tells me to slow down, Pink White and Blue bike tells me this is nice but Red bike tells me faster faster faster!  I am moving relatively fast (for me) so have to get used to cars pulling in before they are fully past me. As I approached a roundabout where I normally use secondary position plus to put cars where I want them, Red bike decided the best way to control the traffic would to move as fast as them so I pedal like I used to when I was younger and the I speak thy sloth device on the handle bars showed that I was moving above 30mph. I conclude I am not as unfit as I think I am, that was fun! Must use Red bike more.


   
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 10, 2010, 11:40:59 am
Red bikes are fast.  I don't have any red bikes.  That is why I am slow ;)

But, white van wazzocks aside, it was a good ride in.  Traffic felt quite quiet, but still enough to make car driving frustrating, it seemed.

Saw lots of nice bikes and happy people.  Coldish, but I had an extra layer, so I was fine.  And the sun was shining :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on May 10, 2010, 12:52:45 pm
Grrr!

Today is the second time in three years I have diverted to the Police Station on hte commute.

Last time Wokingham police (TV) listened to my complaint, and attempted to confirm the report by tallying the remembered numberplate with the database - OK my memory was off but I felt like the copper was at least trying.

Today I entered Camberley Police Sation (Surrey) and said I would like to report two incidents of inconsiderate driving and was told I was reporting dangerous driving. I was then handed a single form (note I was reporting 2 incidents) and when I requested a pen was told as the form was so long (4 sides of A4) I should take it away to complete.

Thank goodness the incidents occured in Sunningdale, I shall now have to report them to TV and see if either driver gets their collar felt.


For the record:

Incident 1: - BMW X6 - Maroon - passed me whilst we crossed the pedestial crossing outside waitrose on the A30. West bound. Thank goodness those things make so much tyre noise. I heard him coming and was therefore able to flinch left to the kerb. Unfortunately that dumped me in all the potholes at the junction with Ridgemount Road.

Incident 2: Mitsubushi Gallant RX55... - mid Grey - There was a vehicle waiting to turn right Major to Minor across our path. There was not enough space between them and the left kerb for both a bike and a car and I got there first so wait your turn.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on May 10, 2010, 02:31:29 pm
I have to own up to nearly crashing into a BMW X5 on the way in this morning, and it was all my own fault for being stupid and showing off.

There I was cycling along in the bus lane, no hands. The BMW was waiting to pull out of the next turning on the left (looking like it was going to be patient and wait for me to pass).

When I got level with the turning the wind blowing out of it hit me and as my rapidly clenching cheeks corrected, I swung left and until I got my hands back on the bars I was heading straight for the X5.

Note to self: Pride : Fall.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on May 10, 2010, 06:33:43 pm
Not a bad ride in really.....Things took a downward turn when I got to work to unpack the saddle bag.  I'd fallen for the 'involuntarily going  commando' gambit.

Guess it had to happen sooner or later.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 11, 2010, 09:24:02 am
Nearly home last night, see glaring orangey pink bike with riser bars being ridden along the pavement. Single speed. No brakes.

They should be shot for riding a bike that colour.  Then buried at a crossroads during a full moon for riding single speed, brakeless on the pavement.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on May 11, 2010, 09:37:35 am
In the 20mph zone, doing 20mph and a Mercedes pulls out from a side turning just as I am there.  Naturally I accellerate to stay ahead but the bloody Merc breaks the speed limit to go past me.  So it tries to cut me up and then breaks the speed limit

Obviously a heart surgeon on a mercy mission to save a small child.  He is the only one in the world who can do it.  And he is in love with the childs mother.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 11, 2010, 09:42:34 am
20mph zones, Hah.

Exhibition Road is a 20mph area, and has been for some time now. Nothing sticks to the 20mph speed limit.  The buses don't, the taxi don't, and of course no commercial vehicle or private car keeps to it.  They may as well have not bothered, an utter waste of time.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Riggers on May 11, 2010, 10:10:44 am
In the 20mph zone, doing 20mph and a Mercedes pulls out from a side turning just as I am there.  Naturally I accellerate to stay ahead but the bloody Merc breaks the speed limit to go past me.  So it tries to cut me up and then breaks the speed limit

Obviously a heart surgeon on a mercy mission to save a small child.  He is the only one in the world who can do it.  And he is in love with the childs mother.


Might I offer another alternative Vorspers?

Could he have possibly been an irate cop? He's just had a 'run in' with his lieutenant, handed over his badge 'n' gun, his 'live in' girlfriend wants him to sober up, and the only one who understands him is his dawg.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 11, 2010, 10:18:20 am
I got up late, as I'm going to an evening meeting today.  I was intending to aim to be at my desk about 11.  But I was just getting sorted when Butterfly realised that doing the laundry and the washing up (must have a word with the boys about that) before going out was making her late.  So we rode together to her work.  

For the second day in a row, I experienced a completely pointless and dangerous overtake approaching the back of the queue to the RAB at Mitcham Common.  I know I'm a large fellow, but, if a driver can't see past me to the car/lorry in front, then either I'm bigger than I thought (in which case they should be more cautious and give me some damn space) or else their eyesight is so awful they shouldn't be on the road.  Either way, their judgment is below par for being allowed to continue breathing.

That aside, it was a good ride, and, after leaving Butterfly at work, I rode into Wandsworth, across to Battersea, then crossed the Thames at Chelsea Bridge.  Pretty busy there - I suppose Albert Bridge is still closed.

I then found that the Tour de Commute had entered the crucial Etape d'Embankment.  My aggregate was +7 -5 :-[  Lots of fast lads. But one should be DQ'd for RLJing ;D

I was happy to be avoiding Vauxhall, Oval, Stockwell & E&C, though. :thumbsup:

I trundled along, conscious that I didn't want to go under the tunnel, so I turned off for Blackfriars Bridge after a polluted cutting.  I didn't take it, though, as I was aiming for Southwark Bridge (which I somehow missed the turn for :-[ ).  Hey ho - I came south over London Bridge and through the back streets, taking the time for four circuits of the local square, which added 1km and put my average speed up to 20kph, after it had been adversely affected by congestion in Wandsworth and the City.

An extra hour of sleep, the long way round, and still at work for ten. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pingu on May 11, 2010, 11:15:34 am
See today: pavement cyclist, rucksack in left hand, sprog on rear pannier rack.

Sprog was wearing a magic hat.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on May 11, 2010, 12:47:28 pm
In the 20mph zone, doing 20mph and a Mercedes pulls out from a side turning just as I am there.  Naturally I accellerate to stay ahead but the bloody Merc breaks the speed limit to go past me.  So it tries to cut me up and then breaks the speed limit

Obviously a heart surgeon on a mercy mission to save a small child.  He is the only one in the world who can do it.  And he is in love with the childs mother.


Might I offer another alternative Vorspers?

Could he have possibly been an irate cop? He's just had a 'run in' with his lieutenant, handed over his badge 'n' gun, his 'live in' girlfriend wants him to sober up, and the only one who understands him is his dawg.

He didn't look like a cop.  But these loner types who are only interested in justice (and not sucking up to the man) don't do they?  I expect as well as being in a irate mood he was on his way to bust some drug dealers who wear backwards baseball hats

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Zipperhead on May 11, 2010, 02:23:17 pm
I suppose Albert Bridge is still closed.

Albert Bridge is closed until August, August 2011.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Speshact on May 11, 2010, 05:15:28 pm
I was following a 'racing' cyclist with all the gear and the calf muscles to go with it around Regents Park perimiter. I was slightly concerned at the cyclist's lack of rearward looking prior to moving out past the occasional parked car etc. but it looked like she had years of experience and I wondered if she had feng-shui type situational awareness.

Turned out that, if she had, she'd left it at home as, when we got into a stop-start moment behind some traffic, she misjudged a vehicle moving and also the difference between cycling at a crawl and being stationary with a resulting topple sideways due to staying clipped in.

Gave a chap on the pavement a good opportunity to gasp and help the maiden in rueful un-distress up.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: RJ on May 12, 2010, 01:30:35 pm
Got tail-ended by a school-run mum.  Fortunately (1) impact was low-speed and (2) I wasn't school-running this morning, otherwise the impact would have been with the rear of the tag-along as opposed to my rear mudguard.

No damage that can't be remedied by replacing a couple of cable ties, apart from to (a) my dignity [shouting though not sweary] and (b) my liberal conscience for even daring to think about wondering whether or not the driver's niqab might in any way have compromised her vision ...  :-\ :-[
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 13, 2010, 07:35:34 pm
On Tuesday night I had to stop and phone the fire brigade on my way home through Bingham.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 14, 2010, 02:37:45 am
It was probably a bad idea to just wear shorts and a short sleeved jersey today, now it's something like 4 to 5 °C out, even with arm warmers, it was a bit chilly cycling home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 14, 2010, 10:26:06 am
Yesterday, I saw a grinning loon from Delaune CC, ripping up the road on his lovely Condor Ti bike.  I caught up with him at the lights, and commented on how nice it was, and that he seemed to be really enjoying it.  He said he was off out for a three hour training ride after work, and was really looking forward to it.  He then sped off, still smiling :)

Funnily enough, I passed another Ti Condor just a little further in.

This morning, we commuted in with TGL.  It was far too early for a teenage lad.  He might wake up later on. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 15, 2010, 10:42:20 am
Several of my minor commuting roads have been resurfaced with chippings.  Made for several slower sections last week due to the amount of excess chippings before the roadsweeper was deployed later in the week.
Still enjoyed 200 miles at an average of 17.6 mph for the week.  Chuffed with that.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on May 15, 2010, 12:42:05 pm
Fastest commute of the year yesterday.... 2h06 for 35 miles/2500ft. 16.25mph average. Slow, I know, but not bad for a heavy, fat old git...
Now I am thoroughly knackered  :D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 15, 2010, 12:50:33 pm
Fastest commute of the year yesterday.... 2h06 for 35 miles/2500ft. 16.25mph average. Slow, I know, but not bad for a heavy, fat old git...
Now I am thoroughly knackered  :D

Add that to your excessive climbing though and it makes my undulating route look much slower  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on May 17, 2010, 08:26:25 am
This overtake from a police car:


      YouTube
            - 20100515 close police overtake
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXnH8hjjgbw)

Unamused!!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on May 17, 2010, 08:46:00 am
This overtake from a police car:


      YouTube
            - 20100515 close police overtake
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXnH8hjjgbw)

Unamused!!

Holy crap.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 17, 2010, 10:05:42 am
I had a good commute today.  The motons seem to have tidied themselves into standing queues, and the rest of the roads were comparatively empty.  I was a bit late setting off this morning, and rode half way with Butterfly, then tried to zoom the rest of it.  Got my average up a bit, and was in work in time, but at my desk a few minutes after nine. :-[
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on May 17, 2010, 12:13:30 pm
This overtake from a police car:


      YouTube
            - 20100515 close police overtake
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXnH8hjjgbw)

Unamused!!

I had one like that from an ambulance this morning as well. I was doing my lifesaver prior to moving hard right to cross the road on a red traffic light and spotted the lights. He then lit up the siren and blasted through the junction flat out. On the other side of the junction he came very (and I mean very) close to brushing up against a car which had just completed a right turn from the side road.
There were kids on my side of the road about half way across the road. If they'd started to cross from the centre they'd have been toast.

I can't think of any situation that needs such excessive speed on public roads. The risks must outweigh the benefits.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 17, 2010, 01:03:32 pm
This overtake from a police car:


      YouTube
            - 20100515 close police overtake
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXnH8hjjgbw)

Unamused!!

I would seriously let them see that one Mikey.  They had a lot more room to go out onto the offside of their lane so that was poor driving.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on May 17, 2010, 01:57:18 pm
I would seriously let them see that one Mikey.  They had a lot more room to go out onto the offside of their lane so that was poor driving.

Cheers mate!  Out of respect for coppers, I'm going to do this one on the quiet.  I have a neighbour who's a copper who knows someone in the Catford dog section I think this vehicle is from, and they'll have a quiet word.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 17, 2010, 03:33:31 pm
I would seriously let them see that one Mikey.  They had a lot more room to go out onto the offside of their lane so that was poor driving.

Cheers mate!  Out of respect for coppers, I'm going to do this one on the quiet.  I have a neighbour who's a copper who knows someone in the Catford dog section I think this vehicle is from, and they'll have a quiet word.

Good idea.  There are already loads of zealots our for their pound of flesh.  Your idea is great.  But if they fail the attitude test then you could always refer it onwards. 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 17, 2010, 03:38:26 pm
I can't think of any situation that needs such excessive speed on public roads...

I've seen quite a few scarily fast police blues & twos of late. Obviously these are trained drivers and I'm sure if I was the unfortunate person waiting for help I'd want them to be going as quickly as safely possible, but I do sometimes wonder about the risks being taken. For instance, there is little account given for those of us who have poor hearing and / or poor ability to tell where sounds are coming from.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tim on May 17, 2010, 03:46:52 pm
My back's been feeling stiff and twingey for about half a week and meant I sat around eating cake in the cafe whilst others were biking yesterday.

This morning went to the gym to work on my knee, then got straight on the SMGT. My back feels functional and flexible again. Woo for HPVelotechnik ergonomics.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 17, 2010, 04:19:37 pm
I've seen quite a few scarily fast police blues & twos of late. ...

I reckon I have an emergency vehicle pass me in one direction or the other about once a day on average, on my commute (mainly because of the five miles or so of the A23 I use every day).

Mostly they're pretty good, and you get lots of warning and lots of clearance (where they can).  Obviously given enough warning and the possibility of doing it, I'll get entirely out of their way on the pavement if possible.

Occasionally they can be a little less than perfect, the last one was when I had heard the siren some way off, but then it went quiet.  I assumed that they had turned off, stopped, or the emergency had been cancelled and they'd reverted to normal bimbling mode.

A short while later the siren started up again right behind me.  It was so damned loud I almost came off the bike.  Kicking the siren on just before overtaking seems bad form to me (and they would have seen me far before that, it was a straight road, and I had my Dinotte rear light, and a Cateye TL-TL1100 light on).  I suspect part of it was keeping the siren's use to a minimum after dark, but it was sub-optimal behaviour.

Still, as others have said, they do have a justification for trying to get where they need to be as fast as possible, and I think their accident rate is pretty low, especially given the environment and manner in which they have to drive.  (eg Accidents involving Ambulances (http://emj.bmj.com/content/25/5/301.full.pdf) have an average fatality rate of just over 6 a year between 1999 and 2004, vs 3201 fatalities from road traffic accidents in 2005[1]).

Footnote [1]: Unfortunately I think the figures for Ambulances relate to any accident involving an Ambulance, not just when using "Blue & Twos".  Likewise, it would be better if the number of fatalities was quoted vs distance travelled under these conditions, but I don't think anywhere near enough of this sort of information is recorded and/or available.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on May 17, 2010, 05:03:14 pm
I can't think of any situation that needs such excessive speed on public roads...

I've seen quite a few scarily fast police blues & twos of late. Obviously these are trained drivers and I'm sure if I was the unfortunate person waiting for help I'd want them to be going as quickly as safely possible, but I do sometimes wonder about the risks being taken. For instance, there is little account given for those of us who have poor hearing and / or poor ability to tell where sounds are coming from.

This was at the junction between Tooting Bec Road and Dr Johnsons Avenue
tooting bec road - Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=tooting+bec+road&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Tooting+Bec+Rd,+London+SW17,+United+Kingdom&gl=uk&ei=BmjxS4StAY___AajpPjmBg&ved=0CBgQ8gEwAA&ll=51.431217,-0.14632&spn=0.009217,0.01929&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.431191,-0.146155&panoid=H8aIZzRcC_PcR70mwCWV7Q&cbp=12,271.75,,0,18.31)

At the time, there were kids with parents on the crossing, just about to get to the central refuge, there were bikes on the right, just about to cross the road and there were two lanes of traffic queued at the lights. The ambulance went to the right of the central reservation flat out. Anyone who'd entered the junction would have been hit very, very hard.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on May 17, 2010, 05:06:33 pm
I usually encounter emergency vehicles several times on each commute, but until now have never had an issue.  I'd rate that overtake as bad as a once a year incident, purely in terms of closeness and speed.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 17, 2010, 05:47:52 pm
Having a Google and read about it, whilst the information on Emergency Vehicle incidents is not that good, a couple of things were apparent.

Compared to other classes of vehicles, a higher proportion of incidents involve excess speed, although this is clearly the nature of the beast, so hardly that surprising.

Similarly a higher proportion of incidents also involve fatalities, which I'd attribute to the previous fact, since the faster you're going, the more serious any collision is likely to be.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on May 17, 2010, 07:11:40 pm
For the first time this year I took an unplanned extension as the weather was so lovely.

Sorry childers, you'll be doing your own tea more often now it's summer.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Jacomus on May 17, 2010, 07:32:22 pm
Having a Google and read about it, whilst the information on Emergency Vehicle incidents is not that good, a couple of things were apparent.

Compared to other classes of vehicles, a higher proportion of incidents involve excess speed, although this is clearly the nature of the beast, so hardly that surprising.

Similarly a higher proportion of incidents also involve fatalities, which I'd attribute to the previous fact, since the faster you're going, the more serious any collision is likely to be.

So true.

Generally I find ES vehicles driven on blues of the highest standard.

From signing up for the rapid response driving course with BRC I have been told in no uncertain tones that I will need to log a minimum of 100hrs behind the wheel of a BRC vehicle, with an instructor present, before I will even make the training list for rapid response.

It's a good policy, IMO. Driving is a serious business at the best of times.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jane on May 17, 2010, 07:35:27 pm
I've seen quite a few scarily fast police blues & twos of late. Obviously these are trained drivers and I'm sure if I was the unfortunate person waiting for help I'd want them to be going as quickly as safely possible, but I do sometimes wonder about the risks being taken. For instance, there is little account given for those of us who have poor hearing and / or poor ability to tell where sounds are coming from.
+1 I have minimal hearing in my right ear-  I can hear a siren but I find it impossible to identify the direction it's coming from. I often just get off the road and wait on the pavement till the vehicle has passed.  I do feel a bit daft sometimes when it comes hurtling past on the other side of the Old Kent Road, at the point where it's about two lanes wide each way.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: pdm on May 17, 2010, 08:22:13 pm
Decided to take the scenic route both to and from work today - I wonder if the legs will last till Friday??  :P

(http://www.meiring.org.uk/pdm/Audax/Graphics/long_commute.jpeg)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on May 18, 2010, 10:47:20 am
Today, Parks Police in Battersea Park were stopping and fining cyclists who were cycling on no-cycling paths.

Good.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 18, 2010, 06:20:12 pm
I had to cycle with my mouth shut for most of the journey home.  Sunshine and Cowslip meant bugs galore  :facepalm:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Adam on May 18, 2010, 06:45:46 pm
Yesterday I made the mistake of commuting in a yellow top - despite an average 15.5 mph, I was covered in greenfly when I got home.

Today, I wore a blue/white one - no bugs.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: gordon taylor on May 18, 2010, 08:58:58 pm
Ah yes. Bugs and more bugs today.

Swallow them quickly - that's my current technique.  :sick:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: jogler on May 18, 2010, 09:35:15 pm


Swallow them quickly - that's my current technique.  :sick:

particularly  :sick: if you are vegetarian or some other type of no-meat eater
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 18, 2010, 09:50:39 pm
Only one got in but I caught it quick enough to spit / pick out - which is no mean feat wearing long fingered gloves  ;D  I was too close to the sewage works to swallow it.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: alexb on May 19, 2010, 10:25:53 am
There was a crash on Clapham Common this morning. It seemed to have been caused by a dog.

I missed the actual crash, but there was a very, very angry man in a suit shouting at a woman holding the dog. She was saying it wasn't her dog, so not quite sure where the dog owner was.

I have no idea what actually happened, but every morning I have to deal with dog walkers who think that standing having a chat by the cycle path makes sense. When i walk my dog, the last thing I want to do is hang around with traffic, of any sort!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: citoyen on May 19, 2010, 11:06:49 am
Slightly scary moment when I moved to overtake a bus this morning on the Lambeth Road. It was at a stop and there was another bus coming the other way, but I was going at a fair lick and so I felt I had time to get past safely.

Except the bus I was overtaking started to pull out, making the gap suddenly somewhat narrower. It was only after I slammed on the anchors that he started indicating. ::)

d.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 19, 2010, 11:09:43 am
I had a wonderful ride this morning.  Sunny, fast, reasonably clear, no more than a handful of incredibly stupid motorists, and even the comedy roadworks didn't seem so bad this morning.  It kinda flowed, so, despite my breathing problems, and a lot of red traffic lights, I got a good average.  :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: citoyen on May 19, 2010, 11:56:17 am
I had a wonderful ride this morning.

Yeah, me too, despite the aforementioned bus incident.

I normally do my chauffeur thing on Wednesday mornings but didn't have to today, which I realised just in time to make a dash for the early train*, so for once I had time to get off at Bromley and ride the rest of the way. And what a beautiful day for it. Overtook hundreds of cars.  :thumbsup:

d.

*4.4km in 9 mins 1 sec, max speed 66km/h, average a shade under 30 - that was fun! Got to the station at exactly the same time as the train. Perfect!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Pingu on May 19, 2010, 12:10:34 pm
On Friday, Betty Swollox reminded me why I don't usually commute in civvies  :-X
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Adam on May 19, 2010, 01:26:31 pm
Whilst I was filtering up the middle of the road, Mr WVM in front of me decided to throw out of his window an almost full packet of crisps.  I think they were aimed at me, although he threw them when I was still 2-3 metres behind him. 

Unfortunately by the time I'd stopped and scooped up the packet, he'd wound his window up.  He still got a sarcastic comment from me, asking if he wanted his litter back, before I pootled off past the queue and dropped it in a bin.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Butterfly on May 19, 2010, 01:32:34 pm
Absolutely lovely ride in - great tail wind, sunshine, birdsong, flowers...cool :). The only upset was the aftermath of a crash near Figgs Marsh - debris all over the road, fire engine, ambulance, police, smashed up motor bike, man being loaded onto stretcher :(. Hope he was ok. I couldn't see what other vehicle was involved - but judging by the spread of litter, there must have been some speed involved somewhere. :-\
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Speshact on May 19, 2010, 07:05:17 pm
Lots of lovely things today, starting with a Mercian being ridden round Hyde Park Corner, then a Segway coming out of Hyde Park on to Hyde Park Corner - and not crossing through the middle but also being ridden around it!

Past a horse and carriage; several soldiers on horseback; up Hyde Park where a cyclist came on a recumbent style bike but rowing rather than pedalling.

Then to the school where one of the pupils wants to learn to ride on road on a single-gear bicycle like this one  ::-)
(http://is.gumtree.com/image/big/9203791.jpg)


On the way back a tramp on a bike with dozens of bags tied to it making it a good wide load!
And a police trike (one of those motorbikes with two wheels at the front and one at the back).
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Si_Co on May 19, 2010, 08:49:16 pm
What a wonderful journey home!

Glorious sunshine, flew up the hill, feared the worst when a shiny Nissan? warrior, complete with bull bars appeared over my shoulder for the descent , but a glance gives a friendly nod :o, and a realisation that 30mph is fast enough through the S-bends and blind hairpin whilst we all enjoy the glint on the lake.

Bring on the sunshine :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 19, 2010, 10:35:44 pm
Overcast coming home so not so many bugs.
I had a bit of an energy deficit from such a strong ride in too.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on May 19, 2010, 11:11:26 pm
Fastest commute of the year so far, well happy.  My summer fitness is coming on tune nicely.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on May 20, 2010, 09:01:02 am
First day riding in to work wearing shorts.
I've ridden home lots of times in shorts but it's just that bit cooler in the morning and I am a wimp
But today the air is warm even with a bit of speed up
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on May 20, 2010, 09:14:08 am
Indeed. My leg coverings are shrinking on a weekly basis. If this carries on I'll be riding in a thong come August.
Apologies for the mental image chaps, rest assured *that* will not be happening.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TimO on May 20, 2010, 09:35:19 am
I'm quite disappointed that I only managed 40.6 miles of my commute yesterday, with a brief stop over at a pub (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=33204.0) on the way.  I must try harder. ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Oaky on May 20, 2010, 09:45:48 am
Indeed. My leg coverings are shrinking on a weekly basis. If this carries on I'll be riding in a thong come August.
Apologies for the mental image chaps, rest assured *that* will not be happening.


You could bring out the little black dress again.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on May 20, 2010, 10:13:45 am
The little black dress is a chrimbo special. I have a yellow one for summer, and a range of skimpy skirts. With shorts underneath. Bring on the sun :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Wendy on May 20, 2010, 10:15:27 am
Got told I'd be voodoo'd and die if I put this mad woman on youtube, LOL!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: dkahn400 on May 20, 2010, 11:30:04 am
Got told I'd be voodoo'd and die if I put this mad woman on youtube, LOL!

Ha! Please post the link.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 20, 2010, 12:43:36 pm
First day riding in to work wearing shorts.
I've ridden home lots of times in shorts but it's just that bit cooler in the morning and I am a wimp
But today the air is warm even with a bit of speed up

I switched to shorts a month ago.
Last week I stopped wearing a base layer.  So just shorts and cycling T shirt (rain coat yesterday morning). I regretted it a couple of days when the temperature dropped but its mostly OK.

Location: Cardiff.
Start Time 7:40am
Home Time 6:20pm
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Basil on May 20, 2010, 01:43:47 pm
This nearly went into the rant thread, but I've calmed down now.

Look lady, stop bloody shouting at me.  I'm the one stopped here at the lights.
The idiot onna bike that undertook me and almost took out your rat like thing on a lead wasn't me.  You should be able to tell by the fact that I'm still here at the stop line.
So stop shouting at me!  Is there something wrong with your bains?  Or are you just a naturally nasty person?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 20, 2010, 10:34:43 pm
First time this year for me to wear shorts too.
I didn't even take my gilet today, just arm warmers for the commute in and then basically naked on the way home.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: sg37409 on May 20, 2010, 10:55:03 pm
The scenic route home along the Carron Valley and stopped at big Als to get h/set fixed. Really enjoyable dawdle along that road that I usually am breenging along on a "training" ride.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: citoyen on May 20, 2010, 11:28:15 pm
First time this year for me to wear shorts too.
I didn't even take my gilet today, just arm warmers for the commute in and then basically naked on the way home.

I've had bare calves since March but I've still been wearing knee warmers this week though they haven't been at all necessary, and I keep wearing my gilet mainly because it has pockets. And because it's sometimes a bit chilly by the time I get home in the evening. I've dispensed with the arm warmers though, and I haven't worn the full-finger gloves for a few weeks.

I was very glad we have showers in the building by the time I arrived at work yesterday morning.  :P

d.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 21, 2010, 03:53:09 pm
On the way in I found myself in the middle of a herd of 150 milking cows.
I started at the back talking with the farmer.  He was riding his MTB to push them along the road.  He took the right so I took the left and that meant that gradually I was able to melt into the herd and filter down the left.  The string of cars behind me were not so lucky and I managed to gain a huge drop on them.
The only downside was fresh cowshit had to be avoided repeatedly as the TCR is well clean at present.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on May 21, 2010, 04:25:23 pm
The only downside was fresh cowshit had to be avoided repeatedly as the TCR is well clean at present.

nice big mudguards are  good sometimes
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: SteveC on May 21, 2010, 07:53:51 pm
Lots of close passes today.
Don't know why today in particular.

Their problem -- I was having fun in the sunshine  :smug:

S
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on May 23, 2010, 09:39:57 pm
Been riding in shorts (or three quarters) since...er....summer 2008
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Nuncio on May 24, 2010, 08:07:44 am
SPD sandals today for the second time this year (first time was Friday).  Came over the mountain way for a change.  As I crested it, the air was perfectly still, the sun hazy, and the sky shrill with larks.  What larks!
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hulver on May 24, 2010, 08:11:44 am
I saw another cyclist  :o

Of course I pulled out onto the road before him and left him in my not-insubstantial wake. There are standards to up hold after all.

First one I've seen going my way for a very long time.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: fboab on May 24, 2010, 08:30:18 am
I was in the car and passed a cyclist I would've been happy to ride behind for several hours. Perhaps I could change my hours to allow me to ride in later and spot him more often...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: hatler on May 24, 2010, 08:41:26 am
Had my first fellow cyclist compliment today.

He tucked in behind me for a mile or so (without asking) then we split as we came to some slow trafiic, he went inside, I went outside.

After that he was in front so I tagged on behind him up a slight hill and then after a half mile offered to take the front. Two miles later as we hit the Sunbury Cross roundabout I was a sweaty pulp but he had the good grace to say "Great pace mate !"
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on May 24, 2010, 09:26:28 am
I saw an enormous chap heaving his racing bike onto the road as I went past

I said hi but didn't really expect to see him again, even though I wasn't going at full speed and I was on the winter bike with the heavy tyres.

He caught me up at the top of the hill and said it was due to fresh legs.  Apparently the chap ( name Tony ) was doing road bike training for down hill MTB races.  He was carrying extra weight in a backpack.  He'd not ridden a road bike before.  "It goes really fast" he commented

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 25, 2010, 05:59:27 am
I formed a mini peleton yesterday as I neared Son2's school.  I was behind time due to extra work from home so met up with all the boys as they rode to school.  We had a great laugh.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: TheLurker on May 25, 2010, 07:38:53 am
Hmmm. Nice.  Now. Remind me; wtf am I doing at work?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on May 25, 2010, 07:44:12 am
Gorgeous morning today, warm, but not hot, a little breeze but not windy.

Just like TheLurker, WTF am I doing in work?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 25, 2010, 09:08:52 am
Wonderful wonderful ride.  Usual feckwits in their cages getting hot & bothered, and a lot of RLJers among the cyclists, but it was a good ride nonetheless.  Nice flow, and I got smoothly away from the lights ahead of the other riders quite easily, catching the RLJs just a short way down the road. :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: darkpoint on May 25, 2010, 09:27:15 am
I was quite amazed at the amount of compliance with the red lights today,  i was in groups of 30+ riders a few times this morning, and everyone stopped.

Which helpped it be a stress free jouney in.
(I am shutting out the lady who did the very dangerous overtake at Oval,  as i am not going to let her spoil my day.)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on May 25, 2010, 09:29:53 am
Rode the first 8k or so with my son this morning - MrsH has been persuaded that he's OK to ride to school despite a couple of fast roads. She's more worried about him coming home on his own - but that has been mitigated a bit by him doing a scout cycling expedition a couple of weeks ago, when the leaders said that he was the only one of his group that positioned himself properly (not kerb hugging), rode predictably and took roundabouts confidently and safely in the correct lane (not around the outside edge)  :thumbsup:

Left home five minutes earlier than he normally would to catch the bus (due to last minute faffs on my part as well as his - we'd meant to leave earlier), arrived at school just as the bus pulled in having taken it quite easy. Must decide what to do about a commuting bike for him - today he took the Islabike Luath 700, as it is the most suited to the job, and both less expensive and probably less nickable than his MTB (which is only so expensive because I won it). They do have new bike sheds at school with proper sheffield stands, so hopefully it'll be OK with a combination of sold secure gold D-lock and cable for the front wheel on it. 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: little miss mac on May 25, 2010, 09:31:48 am
More police out around Westminster for Brenda's speech today than I have ever seen before. Literally one every few yards, and lots of motorbike police hanging around in sexy leathers waiting (presumably) to stop traffic for the important people to get through.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 25, 2010, 09:34:12 am
Glad to hear it, darkpoint.  Actually, there were an awful lot of people complying with red lights, if I'm to be fair.  Just so many bikes on the road that there were a couple going through or round the pavement at almost every stop. >:(

The other weird behaviour was apparent when I passed a wobbly hybrid rider on Balham Hill.  Seeing she was a bit unsteady, I thought I'd give her a bit more space.  Then an idiot on a Marin zipped in between us on my left (there was still plenty of room to overtake me properly within the bus lane), causing a big wobble from the woman.  Idiot. :(  And it happened again as a bunch of us were setting off from a traffic light, and a prat on a yellow Saracen came charging through where there weren't really any gaps.  We all passed him in seconds, though.

It's not hard to share the roads.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 25, 2010, 11:45:19 am
The first 12 miles were uneventful.
I then had a clipless moment and fell off after hitting the car in front of me at very slow speed / minimal impact.  So much so they had no idea and drove off.
There was a car in front of them turning into the entrance to the car park for Caen Hill locks.  I stopped fine when the car behind the one turning did.  As the turning car moved off so did the one in front of me so I did too.  Then they braked hard and I was still concentrating on clipping in and moving forward so was unprepared for the sudden stop and as I'd only just clipped in and was starting to power on and had to brake hard I then lost balance as I did so and fell off onto the nearside kerb.
Cue slight scratch damage to rear stay of carbon TCR  :-[
Said 'Oh bollocks' then got back up and on and rode on. 
I went no more than 100 metres when I hit the mother of all pot holes.
It jarred me completely and my bars even dropped in the stem !!
I stopped then as I wanted to inspect my bike.  I adjusted the bars and then continued on.
Cue only about one mile and a spoke in my rear wheel went.  Bloody marvellous.
I then had to arrange recovery via an annoyed Mrs G and took a day off work.  I missed the bus back to Devizes by 6 minutes too !! 
Not my day today.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 25, 2010, 11:48:14 am
That sounds like a rapid succession of unfortunate events.  You got some bad karma cleaned out now? ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Regulator on May 25, 2010, 11:58:26 am
More police out around Westminster for Brenda's speech today than I have ever seen before. Literally one every few yards, and lots of motorbike police hanging around in sexy leathers waiting (presumably) to stop traffic for the important people to get through.

There is something about policemen in motorcycle leathers...  :P

And I must say that our very own Nutty is hawt when he's in his gear.  :-*
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on May 25, 2010, 11:58:37 am
First 5km was spent chasing down a xc mtber. I hit 44kph downhill trying to break away, but couldn't shake him. I then bimbled along for 10km at about 25kph, only to hear the telltale noise of a clicky freewheel. There was roadie in Cambridge Cycling Club kit on my back wheel. At a junction, I made the pretence of reaching for something, and he attempted a breakaway - full on stading up and honking - not today; we ripped along at 35kph on the flat for a bit until he blew up. I managed to keep up 32kph long enough to lose him. I felt like a hero, albeit I am sure his version of the story would be completely different. Averaged 28.1 over the 28.7km route. For a reasonably headwindy day, a decent time.

The day I crack the 1hr (1.00.15 is my PB), I am treating the office to cake.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 25, 2010, 12:01:10 pm
More police out around Westminster for Brenda's speech today than I have ever seen before. Literally one every few yards, and lots of motorbike police hanging around in sexy leathers waiting (presumably) to stop traffic for the important people to get through.

There is something about policemen in motorcycle leathers...  :P

And I must say that our very own Nutty is hawt when he's in his gear.  :-*

Butterfly holds the opinion that the French motorbike cops in their jodhpurs are preferable.  She studied the matter rather closely at the TdF Prologue in London...
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: matthew on May 25, 2010, 12:39:30 pm
Set a PB on the ride in yesterday, 28:44 for the 14km. Then with the Air Con at the office being bust I left at 5pm and extended the ride home to 40km.

This morning the ride in was ~29:30. I used to think that 35 minutes was good for the commute in.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: vorsprung on May 25, 2010, 01:35:37 pm
Slight almost sunburn redness on the tops of my legs coming home last night

It's a little cooler today
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Tourist Tony on May 25, 2010, 04:22:23 pm
I saw an enormous chap heaving his racing bike onto the road as I went past

I said hi but didn't really expect to see him again, even though I wasn't going at full speed and I was on the winter bike with the heavy tyres.

He caught me up at the top of the hill and said it was due to fresh legs.  Apparently the chap ( name Tony ) was doing road bike training for down hill MTB races.  He was carrying extra weight in a backpack.  He'd not ridden a road bike before.  "It goes really fast" he commented


Hmmmmm.
Nope, not me.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on May 25, 2010, 05:23:53 pm
Two incidents within a quarter of a mile today.  First one was a boy racer in his Astra, fag papering me me at 40-50 mph in a 30 zone.  

Second one was rather more imaginative. There is a little bit of a descent on my way in and I invariably trigger the LED 30 MPH thingy.  As the descent flattens out I then have to turn right.  So I've looked over my shoulder stuck my right arm out  in good time prior to turning right.... guess what lard mountain in his BMW coming up behind me does.  Yep you've guessed right, he roars past almost ripping off my right arm.

I do hope I got some footage.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: dkahn400 on May 25, 2010, 05:27:10 pm

I do hope I got some footage.


Ooh, so do I. A nice clear reg plate would be nice too.  :-)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 25, 2010, 05:56:46 pm

I do hope I got some footage.


I'm glad I didn't have my camera on my bars this morning or all I would have got was crash, bang, wollop - all my mistakes  ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on May 25, 2010, 06:26:24 pm
Averaged 30kph on the way home, which meant my PB has gone from1.00.15 to 57.20. Gonna get some cakes in tomorrow.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: citoyen on May 25, 2010, 08:10:58 pm
Impressive, Dr M.

My average was barely above 20kmh today. It's usually closer to 24. I blame the blustery headwind. And general sluggishness. :(

d.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 26, 2010, 10:05:00 am
Another lovely ride.  Felt like a stiff headwind, but I still made good time, and came close to winning my stage of the Tour de Commute ;)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Chris L on May 26, 2010, 01:42:29 pm
I had my photo taken!  Clapham Common South Side, just before Clapham Common station at about 8.20.  Man and woman by the roadside with bikes against railings.  Man takes exciting speedy sweep with his camera aiming roughly at my feet.

Anyone else?  Anyone like to own up as Voyeur Camera Man?
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 26, 2010, 01:47:08 pm
I was snapped too, from a low angle.  I'd forgotten about it till you reminded me.  I was wearing my red forum jersey, so if it comes out anywhere, it'll be good publicity.

Didn't look like a professional, though.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: citoyen on May 26, 2010, 01:51:11 pm
if it comes out anywhere, it'll be good publicity.

As long as you weren't jumping a red light at the time. ;)

d.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 26, 2010, 01:57:43 pm
Me?  Jump a red light?! :o
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: citoyen on May 26, 2010, 01:58:49 pm
Thought that might get a reaction! ;D
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: GruB on May 26, 2010, 03:54:32 pm
On the way in my USE seat post went skywards.  Hopeless.  I have bastardised a police bike and taken the seat post to get me home.
I shall be installing the Specialized carbon post tonight and sending this USE one back to either Chainreactions or USE for a refund.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Adam on May 26, 2010, 07:49:05 pm
On the way in my USE seat post went skywards.  Hopeless.  I have bastardised a police bike and taken the seat post to get me home.
I shall be installing the Specialized carbon post tonight and sending this USE one back to either Chainreactions or USE for a refund.

So it was pretty useless as a seat post then?

IGMC
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on May 26, 2010, 08:24:42 pm

I do hope I got some footage.


Ooh, so do I. A nice clear reg plate would be nice too.  :-)


Here we go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndcWyhZDK2A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndcWyhZDK2A)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: LindaG on May 26, 2010, 08:32:51 pm
I can only get it to play up to 0.27
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: dkahn400 on May 26, 2010, 09:11:17 pm
I can only get it to play up to 0.27

I got it to play up to 0:28. Not a lot happens between 0:27 and 0:28 so you haven't missed much.   :)
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: Gandalf on May 26, 2010, 09:36:11 pm
Mmm, I'm guessing it hadn't finished processing. 
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: DrMekon on May 27, 2010, 12:39:01 am
On the way in, I saw a total of 2 cars. Also, got a PB on the way home, averaging 30.1kph, due in no small part to a race with a teenager on a Dolan.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: dkahn400 on May 27, 2010, 01:03:51 am
Mmm, I'm guessing it hadn't finished processing. 

It has now, and it gets much more interesting after 0:28. He showed utter disregard for your safety. As you mentioned the 30 sign is nicely lit up too and he actually passes you at the school entrance then carves you up so he just makes it back onto the left side of the white line before braking for the corner. You really have to wonder what's going on in what passes for the minds of some of these numpties.

Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: MattH on May 27, 2010, 09:23:07 am
Two incidents on my way in  :(
Approaching a roundabout on a 50mph limit dual carriageway where I turn right, I got into the right hand lane a couple of hundred meters before the turn, doing 30mph+, but slowing because there was a car waiting at the roundabout. Still overtook the car in the LH lane.  Made a mistake of not taking the whole lane as I usually do, so a post office van shot past me on the right at (I'd guess) 60mph+, he then stood on his brakes, swerved across in front of the car in the LH lane narrowly missing the car stopped in the RH lane and turned left! We were the only four vehicles within 500m on that bit of road. Unfortunately I didn't get his plate.

I went round the roundabout to take the right turn at a good pace (the car in front had started off, and the roundabout was clear, so no need to stop). The car coming onto the roundabout in the opposite direction to me did the "I've seen you but I don't give a damn so I'm still going to edge out" maneuver, after I'd looked him straight in the eye as I came round. Cue hard braking and shouting at him.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: tiermat on May 27, 2010, 09:27:13 am
Only one incident this morning, same place as normal, blind left hand bend, wall and hedge to the left.

Van goes to overtake me, well I think he forgot to do the pull out bit, either that or he was driving in the gutter before passing me as I felt my right elbow brush the side of his van.

SEA Systems are about to get an email about one of their drivers, in van reg LV06LWT.
Title: Re: On the commute today
Post by: clarion on May 27, 2010, 09:58:19 am
I had a good ride in this morning.  Because I'm off out to club night tonight with TGL, I thought I'd use the Woodrup.  Unfortunately, I've not had the time to replace the cassette yet, so I had a lot of chainskippety moments at junctions :-[

I tried riding as smoothly as possible, and that improved thi