How was your cycle commute?

Discussion in 'transport' started by ChrisFilter, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Hand-wringing liberal.

    Thinking about it, the implication is that my 23 inch MTB is too big - I'm 6 foot 2, 31 inch inside leg ... it often feels like I'm perched on top of it...
  2. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    If the seat has to be fitted in the position in the photo then yes, it's too big. I originally thought you were at the other extremity of the seat rails implying it would be too small.
  3. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Got to uni in plenty time for shower and breakfast before a last minute revision lecture before my afternoon exam yesterday.

    I even checked to make sure I had a clean tshirt, towek and shower gel before I left - no last minute dash the shops for me. Forgot my keys.

    Mad dash home, but no biggie - takes half as long as journey in because gravity. Except I got a puncture half way. Hand pump in my other bag.

    Walked up to the royal mile to get a taxi. Cash only, so I'm nearly home and I tell the driver to drop me off at tesco. There's a cash machine there and I can get the messages instead if going after me exam. Pay the driver and go to lock up me bike then remember why I'm going through this whole rigmarole in the first place.

    Walk home from tesco, shower, changed and bus into uni. FML.
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  4. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Alas putting in a new inner didn't work either, as it was flat when I got to the shed this morning without having gone anywhere. I resolved that in fact the tyre was also gone so I've bought a new one. I couldn't feel anything inside the old tyre or the rim, but the tyre was pretty old.
  5. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    New tyre day is a good day.
    You've cycled so much that you have worn it to nowt. Good work, sir.
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  6. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    It was a right old wrestle to get the new one on though. It's one of those things where a growing a third or fourth hand would be useful.
  7. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    A heads-up for any of you south-of-the-river types that come in via Southwark Bridge - it's shut from 6AM tomorrow until late afternoon for some kind of ceremony, according to notices on it.
  8. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    awful ride in yesterday.
    3 miles into journey, the spoke in the front wheel broke.
    returned home (took 30 mins).
    Used my secondary bike, 3 miles in and almost at the same spot, puncture - and I didn't have a spare tyre.
    Terrible day.
  9. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    This is the worst cycling weather. Warm and humid, with the road still wet from the night's rain. N/S cycle route absolutely heaving with riders.
  10. plurker

    plurker tú no tienes la culpa mi amor que el mundo sea feo

    Agreed. Cycling stuff still wet in the morning from the ride the evening before. Nightmare.

    But still preferable to the train.
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  11. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    Baffles me why more people don't wear cycle capes when it's raining.
  12. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Because they're combined personal steam sauna and braking parachute, neither of which I need while cycling. I'd rather just get wet.
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  13. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Hard to say. They look so cool.

  14. iamwithnail

    iamwithnail Well-Known Member

    I'd get just as wet under that as not wearing it, speaking as someone who can break a sweat standing up.
  15. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    Braking parachute, yes. But sauna??? I assume you've never actually used a cycling cape then.

    But that's the best thing about capes. You *don't* sweat under them; the air still circulates round you under the cape.

    I stay much drier riding with a cape than a waterproof jacket because it's not boil-in-the-bag riding.
  16. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    I like getting wet.
  17. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

  18. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Hand-wringing liberal.

  19. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    Yes, a camo poncho. make yourself invisible to audi drivers
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  20. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Hand-wringing liberal.

    I have to say I prefer something less militaristic, but my current jacket is black - though I wear a Sam Browne when it's dark.
  21. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    Embarrassingly, while setting off from the lights on Clapham North, I fell off my bike.
    Didn't attach my clip to pedal properly and about 20 metres in, while sprinting, I front of about 15 cyclists.
    Jesus Christ :facepalm:
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  22. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Did you get laughter or offers of help?

    I managed to slip my toe off my pedal and in to my spokes last year. Very embarrassing
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  23. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I go that way fairly often, though not this morning.

    If I see you do it again I'll be sure to offer to help.
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  24. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    Yeah, a couple of lycra-cyclists stopped, asked if I was okay, if I banged my head etc...
    I was too red-faced to look at anyone. Picked up my bike quickly and went over to the pavement. Pretended it was a mechanical fault that caused the fall...but it was friggin obvious it was my pedalling :facepalm:

    Nothing major in the fall, just some minor cuts on the knee and arm. I have a tendency to fall well.

    You fell on your spokes?! Was there much damage?
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  25. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    Cheers!! I too always check.
  26. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    My foot went into the spokes. Not the rest of me.
    I snapped one and everything.

    But it probably wasn't as impressive as your powerful sounding face plant. :D
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  27. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    Loads of cyclists today, then I figured out the reason...:(
  28. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    London bridge was open but utterly silent this morning - nothing from the people walking across it. Even the motorised traffic around the south side of the bridge area seemed totally courteous and hesitant to drive as usual. very odd to experience.
  29. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    fuck that.
    i'm working from home today.
  30. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    The anti-terrorist barriers on Blackfriar's bridge are a fucking joke.


    Massive bottleneck and completely over-engineered. What's wrong with slim bollards?
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