My first commute

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by defy-one, 21 Jul 2012.

  1. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Well i'm a bit chuffed with myself. Out the door at 8am with my cycling jersey and padded shorts on. It was chilly so a light jacket for the first 3 miles. Jeans and a t shirt stuffed in my rucksak between my laptop,charger & screwdrivers.
    22.5 miles into London (SE1) from Iver (between uxb & slough). Average speed 14mph in 1hour 40mins.
    Felt fresh as a daisy when i got there for a few hours work.
    Quick cuppa with my colleague before the journey home,but now London was busy. Lots of stop starts until i reached Southall.
    I think i bonked at this point and wished i had eaten before setting off home. Completed the return leg in 1 hour 50 mins at an average of 12.5 mph.
    Pretty pleased for a 10 year old hybrid which had a D lock,rear rack and my heavy rucksack strapped to it.
     
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  2. Sandra6

    Sandra6 Veteran

    Location:
    Cumbria
    Sounds like a good commute. But will you do it again?!
     
  3. OP
    OP
    defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Monday morning - bright & early!
    I can still claim my mileage and won't have the hassle of parking/traffic.
    Wish i could take the Defy,but i would be to worried about having it stolen.
    Might have to look at some cheap cheap panniers as the rucksack affects handling
     
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  4. Kiwiavenger

    Kiwiavenger im a little tea pot

    Well done. A cake before leaving will give you enough fuel for the return leg!

    Sent from my LT15i using Tapatalk 2
     
  5. OP
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    defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Can anyone advise about panniers and rack. I don't want to spend loads,just enough to do the job right.
    The rucksack sitting high and heavy on the spring loaded rack just isn't cutting it. Time for 2 panniers. One with my bike kit in it,the other with laptop and tools.
    Do/are panniers lockable?
    Sorry for the noob questions :rolleyes:
     
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