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Tales from today's commute....

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by martint235, 28 Jun 2012.

  1. IBarrett

    IBarrett Senior Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I was poorly over the new year period so barely on the bike even at weekends, so I decided I'm back into commuting on the bike when I can. Its only been a couple of months since I last properly commuted but blimey my wits don't half need sharpening.
    Fecking walking ninjas really don't help when riding a lovely wide footpath/cycle path on the oncoming traffic side of the road. Can't see a thing for the headlights and every pedestrian seems determined to blend in to the undergrowth.

    I enjoyed the ride in anyhow and am really looking forward to the ride home which is mostly downhill or flat.
     
  2. kevin_cambs_uk

    kevin_cambs_uk Veteran

    Location:
    Near Cambridge
    Grim
     
  3. si_c

    si_c Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Not too cold, but the road was proper slippery tonight, had two offs, both on corners.

    Was riding back with a mate, coming round a sharpish left handed with a car being way too close for comfort, doing around 25 when lost the front wheel on a patch of wet leaves and mud. My fault as I took too much of an inside line. Bike went from out underneath me, and the guy I was with came off too when he went over my bike.

    Second off was a roundabout, again slightly damp but thought I'd have had more grip than I did.

    Bashed up shorts ripped leg warmer and gloves.
     
  4. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
    Fun ride in this morning. Was one of those really dark mornings were the front light couldn't penetrate the dark, the fog didn't help. At one point it was that bad I ended up off the road and into a farmyard, I only realised when the tarmac had turned to concrete. I've ridden that road hundreds of times but felt lost for a few miles as I had no idea whereabouts on the road I actually was. :laugh:
     
  5. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    I did the school run this morning which generally means the first 5 miles on to work is in the car. Parked the car and rode the remaining 7 miles in. Really clear and mild conditions and the roads are noticeably quieter after 9am. I left my winter gloves at home and donned some snazzy ones from my Spring/Autumn collection. :tongue:

    First 5 day cycle commuting week of the year!
     
  6. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    First ride in to work today after being hit by a car on my motorbike Tuesday. I have a minor crush injury to my left leg. I was initially slightly worried, but I managed the 23 mile commute in this morning without issue. Much less painful than walking or driving. I'll see how it holds up this evening before deciding whether to do a club run in the morning.
    Overall it was a pleasant commute in, not too cold and not too busy. But slightly slower than my normal winter speeds as I was taking it easy with the leg.
     
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  7. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    Location:
    South Glos
    Sorry to hear you were hit & I hope you feel much better soon. Take it easy !
     
  8. hennbell

    hennbell Über Member

    Have not looked at the bicycle since I parked it Tuesday evening. We are having a very cold snap -31C this morning, hopefully next week will be better.
     
  9. Slick

    Slick Über Member

    Bit more than a cold snap then. Stay safe, and warm. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
    You make all us UK based riders look like wimps. :notworthy:
     
  11. si_c

    si_c Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Managed to get home tonight without falling off. Very careful around corners though.
     
  12. Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    It wasn't anywhere as low as 3°C heading to work tonight never mind -31!!
     
  13. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Active Member

    I've got a pedestrian island on some days i cycle and i've never had a close call there. However friday afternoon i did have a close pass with the HGV's that have loads of cars on the back.
     
  14. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    I always find Monday a little tough to get going after no riding on Saturday or Sundays. Very bright low sun this morning that required a bit of care.
     
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  15. John_S

    John_S Well-Known Member

    Well this morning was pretty grim out there with a lovely combination of it chucking it down with rain plus high winds with some nasty gusts.

    My clothing was so soaked by the time I got to work I think that I probably weighed about twice as much. I think that it might be one of those days when the cycling stuff doesn't completely dry out during the day and so I'll be really looking forward to putting it on again at the end of the day.
     
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