Tales from today's commute....

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

  1. bonker

    bonker Über Member

    Had to walk the bike over icy slush to a bigger road but once on my way all was fairly snow and ice free. I was finding it very hard going. Was it the easterly wind, the effects of the weekend or the extra pair of longs to keep the cold out? No, it was the back brake against the wheel rim as I changed the chain at the weekend and hadn't set the wheel back in properly...doh.

    The Izumi track chain I had on the fixed ( Pearson Now You See Me) suddenly wore massively. It's been on for a fair while (12-18 months). It was fine for ages but then, over the space of a couple of weeks, got as baggy as hell. I'm trying a cheap as chips KMC to see what the difference in life time is.
     
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  2. Dec66

    Dec66 A gentlemanly pootler, these days

    Location:
    West Wickham
    On Friday, I was thinking of when I should revert to bib shorts and shave the legs.

    This morning disavowed me of any such fanciful notions.

    My goodness, that was chilly.
     
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  3. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Didn't cycle today as
    1. Still snow and ice on roads
    2. On way home one of the roads i have to go down his closed

    ps still annoying as bus was 30 mins late due to icy conditions and not many of the stops where i have to get off are being served due to gas works :tongue:. So i'll probs end up cycling tommorow (If it doesn't snow again overnight and just find a different way home.
     
  4. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Location:
    Wirral
    Bit of a headwind on the way home, had to pop into the supermarket, when I came out, clipped in and my left pedal fell off.

    Scooted over to Halfords and had to get a new pair. Fair play to them they let me use their tools to swap them over. Which was easier said than done as the pedal was stuck on pretty hard.
     
  5. J1888

    J1888 Über Member

    This evening was first time on the bike for a week, for various reasons.

    Not a bad ride - long bibs and my Btwin Aerofit wintr jacket with baselayer was enough to keep me warm...shame my commuter is completely knackered - have not maintained it recently and think it needs new cassette, chain, front rings and rims.
     
  6. Dec66

    Dec66 A gentlemanly pootler, these days

    Location:
    West Wickham
    Think I came across someone either having his bike nicked, or somebody who'd tried to have it nicked, in Dulwich Village of all places at about 5.30 to 5.45 tonight, don't know if anyone one here saw what happened?

    There was a minibus bumped onto the pavement on the wrong side of the road, a fella with an orangey bike being talked to by a few people, and three halfwits heading the other way, one on a bike, one on a bike and holding another with no rider on (until the third jumped on it).

    Something very odd happening, I didn't stop as there were loads of people involved anyway and there didn't seem much point in my adding to the throng.
     
  7. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    No snow here in Melbourne. All I have to put up with daily is the worst drivers in the world. I wish I could afford to leave this messed-up cyclist-hating country. :sad:
     
  8. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    I thought people didn't mind cyclists in Australlia.
     
  9. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this......

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    What kind of pedal?
    I'm thinking of M9000 XTR for my next bike (purely for the bling, I'm sure they won't perform any better than XT SPD) but have read many tales of failure on the older versions so now a bit worried in case the M9000s are the same but the stories haven't hit the web yet.
     
  10. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Location:
    Wirral
    Boardman MTB pro. Decent pedal for the price (£23), but there is supposed to be a bolt that you undo to grease the bearings, I didn't realise that it had come off. Could also have been damaged at some point being fair as I've come off a few times over the last year.

    Either way it's done about 10k km without me even looking at it.
     
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  11. Bazzer

    Bazzer Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.

    Pleasant journey home last night. Wind behind me most of the way, the sun trying to cough some UV on me and seemed to catch the traffic just right as for the most part, it was lighter than usual.

    This morning was probably the best ride for about a month. Darkness, (at least to begin with), no wind, cool and no black ice. Even the traffic light fairies smiled on me as I only had to stop at 29 and 30 out of 30.
     
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  12. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti

    It's well known as a cycle hating country.
     
  13. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    I've been using those pedals on both my commuter/tourer and leisure bikes for years. The reason I like them is that you can take out the spindles to change the grease in them. OK.. and the bling :okay:
     
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  14. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    Cold and bleedin' headwind this morning. There was a little bit of drizzle in the air but not too much to get the clothes wet.
    The first mile of my morning commute is a mile and a half downhill trot. It passes a huge new housing development and a quarry, so when the roads are wet or damp, the much from the sites get's all over the bloody place. My nicely stripped own, sparkling clean bike is now all mucky again. ggggrrrrrr.
     
  15. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this......

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    That's good to know. I have been running a few sets of M780 XT pedals for commuting, road and off-road and just recently had to adjust one of the newest ones due to running a bit tight. I think these adjust the same way as the XTRs, simple to do.
     
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