How was your commute today

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Helen » Mon 29 Jan 2018, 9:14 am

Did anyone look at the BOM Melbourne forecast yesterday - forecast for the rest of Sunday "Oppressive" and today "Sultry" :lol: I asked for a weather report not a piece of literary prose people :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Snuffy » Mon 29 Jan 2018, 10:19 am

Helen wrote:.... today "Sultry" :lol: I asked for a weather report not a piece of literary prose people :lol: :lol: :lol:


There is nothing about today's weather that's making me feel any sense of attraction......
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Canuck » Mon 29 Jan 2018, 10:54 am

Snuffy wrote:
Helen wrote:.... today "Sultry" :lol: I asked for a weather report not a piece of literary prose people :lol: :lol: :lol:


There is nothing about today's weather that's making me feel any sense of attraction......

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Claude Cat » Mon 29 Jan 2018, 8:42 pm

It was a tad warm on the way in.
It was a tad wet on the way back. Fortunately, it wasn't a full on downpour like we're getting later in the evening, but damp enough to know about it.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby lard » Mon 29 Jan 2018, 10:37 pm

First flat of the year for me today. Heading outbound on the MYT pontoons, the pontoons must have moved around a bit with the sudden downpour of rain this evening and weren't sitting nicely. I smacked across one of the pontoon connections and pinch flatted the rear....not happy Jan!

The cool change and rain did make a nice change from the 35+ stinky weather we've had tho.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby victor » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 8:37 am

My longer commute is giving me good weekly totals this year: I'll have done about 1050km by this afternoon's commute, the last for the month, and that's over 3.5 weeks of commuting.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby baudman » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 9:37 am

Escorted Thing1 for her some of her ride to high school.

I normally don't ride at 'peak hour', but I have at times. Sure, there's a lot more traffic, but when your spawn is riding ahead of you it really gets the whole parental instincts going. Meaning... there's some absolute morons out there with no thought of anyone but themselves. Passing into oncoming riders. Passing where there's no sightlines.

I thought the on-road parts of Thing1's commute were where I'd be anxious, but it was the bike path. :roll: I know, I know, nothing new here, but I just needed to rant.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby victor » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 9:45 am

baudman wrote:Escorted Thing1 for her some of her ride to high school.

I normally don't ride at 'peak hour', but I have at times. Sure, there's a lot more traffic, but when your spawn is riding ahead of you it really gets the whole parental instincts going. Meaning... there's some absolute morons out there with no thought of anyone but themselves. Passing into oncoming riders. Passing where there's no sightlines.

I thought the on-road parts of Thing1's commute were where I'd be anxious, but it was the bike path. :roll: I know, I know, nothing new here, but I just needed to rant.

High school!? :shock: I distinctly recall you posting about carrying Things 1 and 2 on your bike when they were too small to ride their own. Now I'm feeling a bit old... :(

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Helen » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 1:23 pm

I normally don't ride at 'peak hour', but I have at times. Sure, there's a lot more traffic, but when your spawn is riding ahead of you it really gets the whole parental instincts going. Meaning... there's some absolute morons out there with no thought of anyone but themselves. Passing into oncoming riders. Passing where there's no sightlines.

I thought the on-road parts of Thing1's commute were where I'd be anxious, but it was the bike path. :roll: I know, I know, nothing new here, but I just needed to rant.


Yes, the bike paths are really scary at times with this behaviour. I used to feel like a lone voice in the wilderness complaining about this phenomenon, now I see people bringing up the topic quite a bit. Hope it's a sign of impending culture change.
As I see it:
-In the 60s cycling became a Kids and Sports thing
-The GEDDOFFTHEROAD phenomenon
-The only people who could ride to work/uni/school were the tough, hard and fast (with exceptions of course)
-Cycling became geared to the tough, hard and fast

Hopefully the tide will turn on that now.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby parawolf » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 1:38 pm

Helen wrote:Hopefully the tide will turn on that now.


E-Bike price and commonality will be that for Melbourne. People think 10km is too far to ride in business attire on a comfortable bike.
Buy a bike, park the car, ride your ass off...

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby fixie » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 2:22 pm

parawolf wrote:
Helen wrote:Hopefully the tide will turn on that now.


E-Bike price and commonality will be that for Melbourne. People think 10km is too far to ride in business attire on a comfortable bike.


From what i have observed on GCT, E-bikes may add to the problem. A couple have gone past me at a rate of knots that I did not think they could achieve with the legal assist of 200 watts!

Not to mention the hoons that baudman ranted about.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby victor » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 2:35 pm

parawolf wrote:
Helen wrote:Hopefully the tide will turn on that now.


E-Bike price and commonality will be that for Melbourne. People think 10km is too far to ride in business attire on a comfortable bike.

Most likely the same people who think that 1km is too far to walk, and so they drive the car that distance instead. Then they point fingers at lean, fit people and declaim "you're too skinny!".

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Magnus tG » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 5:59 pm

Clipped a couple of times by a car this morning while traveling through a chicane. I say twice because the first hit came from the side mirror then a moment later (and for good measure), the car’s side panel! Event was kinda slo-mo but I still ended up losing balance and in the gutter. Did however stay upright :) Driver didn’t stop but I did get rego number etc. No damage to bike nor me really but reported the incident to the Greensy police, who were very helpful.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Claude Cat » Wed 31 Jan 2018, 7:59 pm

Herald Sun Tour prologue forced a bit of a detour on the way home.
Cut through Southbank boulevard to avoid all the fun, only to find a bunch of the pros in full skin suits and aero helmets mixing in with the rest of us pleb cyclists as they finished runs.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Snuffy » Thu 01 Feb 2018, 8:31 am

Have been commuting using rechargable lights and carrying a musette for the last month, but yesterday I finally finished wiring the dyno lights and fitting the luggage. (I have to admit, I spent a seriously LONG time mulling over how to route the dyno cabling nicely). I can finally declare that the Christmas holidays project bike is finished.

Given that I finished it yesterday, I'm still claiming that my December/January project went entirely to schedule. :lol:

victor wrote:Most likely the same people who think that 1km is too far to walk, and so they drive the car that distance instead. Then they point fingers at lean, fit people and declaim "you're too skinny!".


I was recently reading a discussion about that show "How to Stay Young". Even though the show is mostly focused on the "body age" concept, the discussion invariably mentioned BMI. Of course you get the usual people who say "BMI doesn't work", but what really shocked me was the number of people who said "My BMI used to be <within healthy range> and I hated how skinny I looked. My BMI is now <disturbingly high> and I'm much happier with how I look".

Sure, BMI has some flaws, but it's somewhat concerning how many people have a messed up view of what "normal" is!
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