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Riggers

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #100 on: December 01, 2010, 11:03:48 am »
Last night: Slicks off, knobblys on. This morning, cycle the several hundreds of yards to work along a round that already had compacted snow on the ground. No falls. Hurrah. Nice to see motorists driving cautiously. Hmmmmm, will that last?
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CycleCindy

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #101 on: December 01, 2010, 11:07:00 am »
I could have commuted in today but...having mounted my bike on the drive, I soon realized I had underestimated just how icy the slope was. Lost control of the bike, bike fell to the left far too quickly to do anything about it...I fell into the flowerbed. Hubby found it hilarious, of course.

rower40

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #102 on: December 01, 2010, 04:52:51 pm »
Over 8 inches of snow. The buses weren't running. Walked for 70 mins to the station,  then some nice snow-encrusted trains to London. On the return trip, there was nowt out of St Pancras, so I'm now aboard London Midland's finest to Tamworth.
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vorsprung

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #103 on: December 01, 2010, 06:01:40 pm »
I could have commuted in today but...having mounted my bike on the drive, I soon realized I had underestimated just how icy the slope was. Lost control of the bike, bike fell to the left far too quickly to do anything about it...I fell into the flowerbed. Hubby found it hilarious, of course.

Ouch.  I  don't find it hilarious, it's so easy to do this kind of thing and break something.
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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #104 on: December 01, 2010, 06:10:34 pm »
... I'm feeling a bit cruddy and not up to cycling on the iffy bits of snow again.  Actually I'm feeling a bit grotty even considering the walk to Gloucester Road Tube Station, which isn't a good sign. :-\
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #105 on: December 01, 2010, 06:29:19 pm »
The locks are frozen on my shed so I couldn't get my bike.
My pal Colin cycled from Granton to Chesser House, where he tried to lock his bike on the stand. The key snapped off in the lock.
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citoyen

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #106 on: December 02, 2010, 09:10:07 am »
...the only way I'm getting to work would be if I rode all the way.

If Southeastern trains were to hold their Christmas party in a brewery this year, I wouldn't put money on anyone coming away from it drunk.

d.

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #107 on: December 02, 2010, 11:05:25 am »
They could share the planning with Southern Railways. There would be even less chance ::-).
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Redlight

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #108 on: December 02, 2010, 11:27:37 pm »
going back to the thread title....

I left my bike at work last night cos I was dining at Buckingham Palace and there is, apparently, nowhere to leave a bike (which was a relief as I was in full white tie regalia).  When I left, I wished I had been on the bike as I had to bung a ludicrously large tip to a cabbie to get him to agree to take me home (sarf of the river an all that.)  Coming home tonight wasn't too bad on the main roads as the traffic, curiously, wasn't that heavy so I didn't get much hassle when in primary, but as soon as I got off the A-roads I had to wheel the bike as the local roads were just sheet ice. 

Picking up ItsBruce's comments, I was glad to be on fixed tonight.  It just felt a little more secure, but I don't know why.
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clarion

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #109 on: December 03, 2010, 09:09:51 am »
...I was dining at Buckingham Palace...


As you do...
Getting there...

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #110 on: December 03, 2010, 09:35:18 am »
Meh. slept in. Checked weather (from the warmth of the duvet; smartphones are lovely). -9 and falling. contemplated the 8 miles of ice I had last night having turned into 27miles of ice. Check trains. they are running on time.
Go to station and buy ticket. fecking trains aren't running on time, and the one I did catch didn't have heating. Now -14 outside York - so the icy roads wouldn't have been slippery.
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Redlight

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #111 on: December 03, 2010, 11:43:51 am »
...I was dining at Buckingham Palace...


As you do...

Yeah, just chucked that in to see who would bite  ;)  I was actually just there accompanying Lady Redlight who was the official guest.  When I explained this to whichever royal it was were were presented to he (they all look the same to me) he said: "ah, so you're just here for decoration."  I felt so proud. but now we're right off topic.
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Jules

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #112 on: December 03, 2010, 11:51:41 am »
...I  decide to walk in but they changed my mind and cycled in anyone.

It doesn't sno properly in SW London (again the law I think) and we seem to have more of the world's rock salt collection this year.
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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #113 on: December 03, 2010, 11:59:17 am »
I just checked on Google Streetview, and there's definitely some railing around Buck House that you could have locked a bike to, although it's possible that the local security (I think called the Met Police or something like that) may have had issues with you doing that. ;D

I decided to public transport it again, since I'm still feeling a little bit off colour, and didn't really fancy the extra effort of cycling in, especially since it's a little bit nippier out today than it was (LGW has -5°C and LHR has -3°C currently).  Of course, the District Line picked almost the exact time I arrived at Wimbledon to fall over entirely, so I took a somewhat more circuitous route, which got me to work, only more slowly. :-\
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rower40

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #114 on: December 03, 2010, 01:23:49 pm »

so I took a somewhat more circuitous route, which got me to work, only more slowly. :-\
The yellow line doesn't go through Wimbledon.
 ;D
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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #115 on: December 03, 2010, 01:41:47 pm »

so I took a somewhat more circuitous route, which got me to work, only more slowly. :-\
The yellow line doesn't go through Wimbledon.
 ;D

It doesn't run in a circle any more either.
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rower40

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #116 on: December 03, 2010, 01:46:40 pm »

so I took a somewhat more circuitous route, which got me to work, only more slowly. :-\
The yellow line doesn't go through Wimbledon.
 ;D

It doesn't run in a circle any more either.
Quite - which makes it all the more circuitous...
Be Naughty; save Santa a trip

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #117 on: December 05, 2010, 10:05:04 pm »
Hmm.  Looking at the clear forecast for the week ahead, I put the M+ tyres back on and took the spikes off.  Now the pointless incompetents at the Met Office are forecasting light snow for 3am tonight  >:(

I might have to drive in, but I think my winter tyres for *that* have arrived at the fitters, so I could pop over and get them.
And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #118 on: December 22, 2010, 05:58:38 pm »
1) the bike was in the garage
2) the garage lock was frozen and I couldn't open the door  :(
3) the can of lock de-icer was in the pannier on the bike in the garage...  :( :(
4) plan B was to warm the lock up with a gas stove - I found the canister in the unheated conservatory
5) it's filled with butane, of course  ???
6) the butane was too cold to vapourise...  :( :( :(

I gave up at this point and reverted to shanks' pony... It's cold out there.

Nightfly

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #119 on: December 22, 2010, 07:07:36 pm »
This morning I peered out from under the duvet. Everything looked white, so thought by far the best course of action was to beat a hasty retreat back under the duvet.

itsbruce

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #120 on: December 23, 2010, 12:30:41 am »
I have been laid low by the worst cold I've had in a very long time.  And while I've been indoors, most of the snow seems to have vanished from London streets.
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vorsprung

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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #121 on: December 23, 2010, 11:58:37 am »
I have been laid low by the worst cold I've had in a very long time.  And while I've been indoors, most of the snow seems to have vanished from London streets.

Oh dear GWS.  Xmas over eating will help  ;D
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Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #122 on: December 23, 2010, 01:32:18 pm »
the office is closed, because of holidays!

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #123 on: December 23, 2010, 04:25:50 pm »
And while I've been indoors, most of the snow seems to have vanished from London streets.

Ermm... I think we might have it - would you like to come and collect it and take it home please.

Re: I could have commuted in today but...
« Reply #124 on: January 04, 2011, 05:29:07 pm »
My name is Sergeant Pluck and I have not commuted by bike since Christmas Eve  :-[