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First cycle commute since August

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by radger, 19 Jun 2008.

  1. radger

    radger Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I rode my bike to work today for the first time since last August (various reasons for this, not least the absence of job for a considerable portion of this time).
    The good things about it:
    it took me 15 minutes to get to work rather than the best part of an hour
    racing the cars down Whiteladies Road
    the considerate drivers
    getting home in 25 minutes despite all the getting off and pushing

    the less good things about it:
    the feeling that I have been kicked in the ar$e
    the fact that I arrived at work bright red and sweating even though 2½ miles of the 3½ mile route is downhill (I really should learn the art of pootling)

    the frankly rubbish things about it:
    attempting to ride up Park Street into a headwind when my hill climbing skills have never accurately been described as skills

    I might actually re-insure my bike and carry on with it, even though I still think it was more fun commuting in London.
     
  2. Norv

    Norv New Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Hello! Another Bristol based forumer here.

    Best part of an hour?!! How were you trying to get to work? Knowing Bristol, that sounds like a public transport experience to me.
     
  3. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Well if you made it up Park Street you are doing better than me... its always a hill that defeats me... though I usually make it past the Guild, then I look up and realise that the bloke walking up beside me is the same one I past at the bottom of the hill and give in.
     
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    radger

    radger Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I usually walk - it's 3½ miles each way. If the bus turns up as scheduled, it can take as little as 25 minutes, but that's not including hanging around at the bus stop for half an hour :smile:

    I only made it as far as Great George Street :smile:
    I did manage most of Whiteladies though - I got off near Tescos (ie where it gets steep)
     
  5. Robster

    Robster New Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Well done radger, especially cycling up park street! I've never tried but always thought it was best avoided.

    If you keep it up I'm sure you'll pretty quickly be less red and sweaty when you get to work.

    Where are you going from/to? Around Bristol I normally try and find a longer but less steep route if there is one.
     
  6. andyfromotley

    andyfromotley New Member

    Location:
    Otley, west yorks
    What! you stopped cycling to work because you had no job? Bloody fair weather cyclists!
     
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    radger

    radger Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I work near the YHA, and I live in Stoke Bishop, so I think the alternatives are Stokes Croft/Redland Hill, or Anchor Road/Portway/Bridge Valley Road :biggrin:
     
  8. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    *waves* Hello again Radger!
     
  9. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Glad you back among our elite group...;)

    As for headwinds and hills, just look at them as a workout. A few extra calories that you can eat at lunchtime! :o)
     
  10. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Didn't Bristol just win a share of something like £500 million to improve their cycle facilities? I think the usual suspects also got in on the act, too (Cambridge, York etc).
     
  11. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Next week I'm working at the bottom of St Michaels Hill ... another that I can't get to the top of....

    For your route .. as an alternative... what about going up Jacobs Wells Rd? And I'm afraid as you are on the other side of the Downs .. you are going to have to get upto the top one way or another (a longer more gradual route might be up Pembrooke Road perhaps?)

    Maz:
    I do like the idea of using the money to iron out the hills that would solve a lot of problems for me ....:biggrin:
     
  12. Absinthe Minded

    Absinthe Minded Veteran

    You're clearly not knackered enough.... :smile: