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by Ritch
Wed 11 Apr 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: How was your commute today
Replies: 50712
Views: 2128734

Re: How was your commute today

I was just sticking to the bike lane, riding at a consistent speed, when an impatient cyclist starts drafting me without asking me if I was OK with that. . Is this really a thing? Am I missing some unwritten rule of commuting where I need to shout at the bloke in front if it's OK to sit on his whee...
by Ritch
Sat 16 Dec 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: Beach Road - Morning Peak Hours
Replies: 22
Views: 3560

Re: Beach Road - Morning Peak Hours

I look for the best route that takes many things into account: how direct; how busy; how many stoppages; how many hills, as well as how fresh i am, how much time i have and so on. All this means is that sometimes I use Beach Rd and other busy roads, while other times I use the paths. Beach Rd is fin...
by Ritch
Mon 20 Nov 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: How was your commute today
Replies: 50712
Views: 2128734

Re: How was your commute today

Saw a horrible head-on between two bikes on the Gardiners' Creek Trail under Toorak Road at about 8.15 this morning. The inbound rider was riding on the right hand side of the trail to avoid the mud on the track from the weekend rains and collided head-on with an outbound rider, who was just riding...
by Ritch
Sun 20 Aug 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Cycling furiously causing death
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Cycling furiously causing death

Hmm, although i have the standard crank-actuated brake on my fixie, the front hand-actuated brake is far more effective. I'd be to scared to travel much faster than walking pace without the hand brake in traffic, maybe I'm don't have enough inexperience. More a case of cycling stupidly than furiousl...
by Ritch
Sat 22 Apr 2017, 4:31 pm
Forum: Plan a ride
Topic: Werribee biking - local knowledge?
Replies: 5
Views: 1404

Re: Werribee biking - local knowledge?

It looks like you took the route that is 14.5km to WRR. As for south of Cheetham wetlands, strava heatmap indicates you probably can't do it. You can at least get to Sanctuary Lakes, then cut through to Saltwater Blvd and further down to the homestead road.

Ritch
by Ritch
Sat 22 Apr 2017, 10:20 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Pedestrian death - St Kilda
Replies: 45
Views: 3190

Re: Pedestrian death - St Kilda

Comment from the son: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/dont-let-my-dad-die-in-vain-says-son-of-man-hit-by-cyclist-20170421-gvpueq.html His view is completely wrong if he thinks registration and licencing would make pedestrians any safer as the very next day's tragedy in Berwick demonstrated. At th...
by Ritch
Fri 21 Apr 2017, 9:09 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Pedestrian death - St Kilda
Replies: 45
Views: 3190

Re: Pedestrian death - St Kilda

I don't think there was much wrong with the coverage. It is far more newsworthy to cover a pedestrian fatality due to a collision with a cyclist than other causes because it is so rare... man bites dog is rare, which makes it interesting, ie newsworthy. Did the story include all of the relevant fact...
by Ritch
Thu 06 Apr 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Melbournes worst bike paths
Replies: 38
Views: 2785

Re: Melbournes worst bike paths

Upfield path wins the worst path award for mine.

Make the paths wider and put a median strip in please! Keep left or suffer the consequences!

Ritch
by Ritch
Mon 03 Apr 2017, 4:05 pm
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: The Age - Riders doing it tough in Melbourne's west with cyclists citing poor paths as a big turn off
Replies: 60
Views: 4538

Re: The Age - Riders doing it tough in Melbourne's west with cyclists citing poor paths as a big turn off

Needs to be wider I reckon, but it's a pretty good April Fool article anyway (they even published it on the wrong day to throw you off the scent)

Ritch
by Ritch
Thu 09 Mar 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: MYT to Port Melbourne - peak hours commute
Replies: 16
Views: 1272

Re: MYT to Port Melbourne - peak hours commute

That will work... if you don't want to fight as much traffic, then take the Southbank shared space at jogging pace, past the casino, along the boardwalk to Lorimer St. There wouldn't be much difference even if you take it slow through the shared area (and probably quicker if you like annoying pedest...
by Ritch
Thu 16 Feb 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: How was your commute today
Replies: 50712
Views: 2128734

Re: How was your commute today

Well, I've just about had it and seriously considering packing it in for good. ... I can guarantee you that it isn't just "freds" as you like to call them. Try travelling the opposite direction outbound from Docklands at peak hour and there are all kinds of wobblers on the wrong side of t...
by Ritch
Tue 31 Jan 2017, 8:05 am
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: How was your commute today
Replies: 50712
Views: 2128734

Re: How was your commute today

And why do so many runners decide to take to the bike paths during peak hour? FFS, you've got your Tan and plenty of other more suitable track and footpaths. I just don't get it. My marathon training days are well and truly over, but when I was training I much preferred footy ovals, the beach or th...
by Ritch
Wed 11 Jan 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: Melton Rd bike friendliness, btwn Hillside <> Melton?
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: Melton Rd bike friendliness, btwn Hillside <> Melton?

Not commuted there, but Melton Rd is quite unfriendly. I think speed limit is down to 80 now, but not sure for the full way. Depending on the time of day and your direction of travel, sun glare can also be an issue too. Definitely a road for the more experienced/confident and even then it isn't very...
by Ritch
Wed 11 Jan 2017, 5:47 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: A subsidy for commuter cyclists, sort of?
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: A subsidy for commuter cyclists, sort of?

The advertiser pays the media company to put a billboard on a bus stop. The bus stop doesn't pay the media company for the right to an unknowable share of an unknowable commission pool generated by the advertiser's unknowable sales. As a business model, it is fatally flawed, but true innovation can'...
by Ritch
Sat 10 Dec 2016, 10:16 am
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: Bike fun between Melb CBD & Sunbury?
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Bike fun between Melb CBD & Sunbury?

I commute regularly from the Macedon Ranges to the CBD. This is the reverse route of what I do, hopefully it makes sense! Leave the city via the Footscray Road path then go up the Mariybyong path. Eventually you'll reach a switchback section going uphill. After this join Buckley St westbound. Then ...

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