Author Topic: Have you been out today?  (Read 2432677 times)

bludger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23075 on: April 06, 2020, 09:02:36 am »

As far as I'm concerned those with bludger's attitude are selfish, arrogant, self-entitled and basically anti-social. He can't even justify his actions (other than nitpicking over vocabulary) - apparently it's all "bollocks".

Yeah because I don't need to. I cycle alone. Once a day. Which is the rule. Indeed I deliberately avoided going to the nearest loop to me in regents park because the royal parks asked people not to at the weekend.

Cry about it. Don't try and uphold me to these fabricated rules you came up with in a fever dream.

If they *do* crack down it will be in a scapegoating exercise to stick the fault on cyclists etc as being to blame for our morgues overflowing with victims of government ineptitude. Nothing to do with solo spins to Windsor and back.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23076 on: April 06, 2020, 09:33:36 am »
I do wonder why roadies still go to ride laps of the parks.  Even if you live pretty central you can’t be more than 10 miles from the countryside.

The lanes have made for incredible riding this last couple of weeks.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23077 on: April 06, 2020, 09:37:49 am »
Ah but once you've gone 10 miles from the front door that's your "hour" as good as used up isn't it ::-)

I've been going to regents for after work rides, it's ok. Getting out of town is a bit of a job for me whereas the route to regents is about 35 mins and is pretty enjoyable both there and back. I generally go clockwise now to thin out the congestion.
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zigzag

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23078 on: April 06, 2020, 09:45:42 am »
london is quiet these days, interesting to experience it from a different perspective. it feels like a personal playground.











Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23079 on: April 06, 2020, 09:53:11 am »
Ah but once you've gone 10 miles from the front door that's your "hour" as good as used up isn't it ::-)

I've been going to regents for after work rides, it's ok. Getting out of town is a bit of a job for me whereas the route to regents is about 35 mins and is pretty enjoyable both there and back. I generally go clockwise now to thin out the congestion.

There’s a bloke that lives near me who rides in at 5am to do laps and then rides back out.   If he went the other way he’d be on the lanes in 20 minutes. 

I can see why you would do it if you worked in town and had a pre-work workout.

I’ve not ridden in for 3 weeks so must get up early one day to go take a look.

Wowbagger

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23080 on: April 06, 2020, 10:45:20 am »
london is quiet these days, interesting to experience it from a different perspective. it feels like a personal playground.

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If I lived in London I would be all over that. Looks wonderful.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Phil W

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23081 on: April 06, 2020, 11:25:22 am »
london is quiet these days, interesting to experience it from a different perspective. it feels like a personal playground

That must be quite an experience, only ever having ridden in London when it is in full congestion mode, when going between railway stations. I ride in the lanes as they are only 5 mins away, and pictures of the lanes look as they always do, empty.

S2L

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23082 on: April 06, 2020, 11:45:06 am »
6 AM on a Sunday morning in the heart of the financial City looks like that even without the Corona Virus

zigzag

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23083 on: April 06, 2020, 12:21:29 pm »
6 AM on a Sunday morning in the heart of the financial City looks like that even without the Corona Virus

it would still be fairly busy with buses, cabs, maintenance and service vans, utility vehicles, construction traffic, tourists - london never sleeps..

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23084 on: April 06, 2020, 12:34:36 pm »
You also get speed racer scum just roaming around for fun at all times of day. As many who've done a 400 or 600 can tell you!
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23085 on: April 06, 2020, 01:16:22 pm »
When I ride North on DIYs I like to go through the City 3/4am.  A lot of walks of shame going on.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23086 on: April 06, 2020, 01:58:31 pm »
6 AM on a Sunday morning in the heart of the financial City looks like that even without the Corona Virus

it would still be fairly busy with buses, cabs, maintenance and service vans, utility vehicles, construction traffic, tourists - london never sleeps..

Yes it does, I spent a week stuck in a city centre hotel on a training course. Try and find a bar open at 10:30 on a weeknight without travelling for miles, no bloody chance. Ended up using deliveroo for food and it came from miles away.

To paraphase Mark Steel, it was easier to get a late drink in prohibition America than it is in London now.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23087 on: April 06, 2020, 02:31:26 pm »
Yeah, wander round the City on a Saturday afternoon (before The Event) and beyond a few thoroughfares it would be completely empty - no cabs, deliveries or service vehicles when there's no one in the office.

It's the West End that's eerily empty. Even early on Xmas day when it's meant to dead, it was much busier.

Socks

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23088 on: April 06, 2020, 07:24:14 pm »
I have a wife, daughter and son in law who are in the at risk category for a variety of reasons.  For what it's worth, I suggest a few key principles to keep in mind:

- whatever we do, should prioritise the needs of the many (thank you Spock)

- there is clear advice available - avoid social contract, wash hands, and minimise risk

- daily exercise or local walking / cycling helps physical and mental health

And as a few previous posters have suggested, cyclists are an easy target, especially when things get even more difficult.  Which they will.  So it may be a good idea to keep under the radar as far as possible.

Keep safe and take care.

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23089 on: April 06, 2020, 08:26:25 pm »
28km on the lanes ne of slough. First ride since the last ride I posted on here. Ave 13.5 km
 Despite a few short climbs. I'm riding down hill on the narrow lanes very carefully on the sun ez3 as the road surfaces are in a awful condition with some deep potholes in places.
the slower you go the more you see

Blodwyn Pig

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23090 on: April 06, 2020, 09:39:07 pm »
Yes I have been out today, and yesterday, and... BUT I'm not telling you how far, in case some people moan. ;)

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23091 on: April 06, 2020, 09:43:02 pm »
Not been out today. I will bank my mileage and save it up for Saturday for a big splurge.
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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23092 on: April 06, 2020, 09:57:53 pm »
It’s amazing how divisive this has become.  This is the first time in my life I have had so much debate with fellow cyclists.  I have just had a run in with someone from my club on the WhatsApp group who described me as selfish and irresponsible and that he’s glad there aren’t more people like me.  I actually started by defending someone else who was still going out for the odd ride.  Doubt I’ll ride in club colours again.

Feanor

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23093 on: April 06, 2020, 10:00:42 pm »
Went out for a 40k loop with Junior the Elder.
He wanted to do a faster ride ( he's in training for an IM that probably won't happen ).

Brutal headwind out, flying back.

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23094 on: April 06, 2020, 10:02:10 pm »
The issue for me is that if I'm more than a certain distance from home (I've settled on a loop of around 5k) and I was to be involved in any kind of accident or have a serious mechanical, I would be needing help, and I personally would be uncomfortable in asking for that help at this moment in time.

I agree, but everyone will have different answers. If you were stopped by police, or had to be picked up by an ambulance, could you look them in the eye and claim that your activity was reasonable?
For some, 5 km. is reasonable,for others it may be more.

In North Yorkshire,were fairly lucky in being able to bimble about and hardly see anyone else on the road.

So, yes I have been out today. Did my regular 15 mile loop. Done regularly my fitness mojo has been returning until the world stood upside down.

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23095 on: April 06, 2020, 10:03:36 pm »
It’s amazing how divisive this has become.  This is the first time in my life I have had so much debate with fellow cyclists.  I have just had a run in with someone from my club on the WhatsApp group who described me as selfish and irresponsible and that he’s glad there aren’t more people like me.  I actually started by defending someone else who was still going out for the odd ride.  Doubt I’ll ride in club colours again.

I had the same on our club FB page yesterday.
I could see that my posts, though polite, were becoming terse and were heading towards non-excellence, so I butted out having said all I wanted to say.

Blodwyn Pig

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23096 on: April 06, 2020, 10:10:27 pm »
MAYBE     This thread should be locked until after lockdown ends??

Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23097 on: April 06, 2020, 10:17:02 pm »
london is quiet these days, interesting to experience it from a different perspective. it feels like a personal playground.











Some excellent and enviable pics, Rimas. :thumbsup:

zigzag

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23098 on: April 06, 2020, 10:27:56 pm »
It’s amazing how divisive this has become.  This is the first time in my life I have had so much debate with fellow cyclists.  I have just had a run in with someone from my club on the WhatsApp group who described me as selfish and irresponsible and that he’s glad there aren’t more people like me.  I actually started by defending someone else who was still going out for the odd ride.  Doubt I’ll ride in club colours again.

it's best to not to get involved, any reasoning will go over their heads..

out of curiosity, just checked my time outside (total, including once a week trip for groceries) - only 1h35min/day last week and 1h10min/day the week before, averaged out. the rest of time - over 22hrs/day - confined within four walls. still, have been told off by the righteous for my "misbehaviour" (it wasn't received, btw) ::-)

zigzag

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Re: Have you been out today?
« Reply #23099 on: April 06, 2020, 10:43:11 pm »


Some excellent and enviable pics, Rimas.

cheers, here's one from today's run (time outside 20min, for the yacf bobbies)