Tales from today's commute....

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

  1. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Morning's are usually fine:

    On way home random car stopped in 3rd lane just before traffic lights before roundabout with car door open. Which is a real pain as it causes you to switch lanes and back again which is dangerous especially near a roundabout and a really close pass by a driver who must hate cyclists as it reved it's enging whilst overtaking and then pulled in way to close (Closest pass i've had was only like 2 inches away. and this was just before a school zone.
  2. Jenkins

    Jenkins Guru

    Two consecutive days without the need for a bike with mudguards and the wind has dropped. Is spring finally here or is the excrement about to hit the air recirculating device weather wise?
  3. lazybloke

    lazybloke Über Member

    Surrey Hills
    Haven't had a bad close pass for a couple of years, but was nearly left-hooked by a van this morning, then had two VERY close passes tonight.
    Feels like an epidemic of cr*p driving, which is putting me off cycling in traffic. I'd switch to offroad routes but they're so swampy - - bring on the hotter weather.

    Also saw a Volvo on fire tonight. that made me feel a bit better.
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  4. dhd.evans

    dhd.evans Über Member

    Spring has sprung! 3/4 bib shorts and no buff. Engaged in SCR with two roadies (a BMC aero bike!) on my singlespeed. Torched them. Love me spring.
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  5. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    N Ireland
    Dropped off the car to the mechanic for maybe the 4th time this year.. and rode onto work. I like riding from his as the country roads are a little quieter than what I'm used to normally. Just before turning into the street beside my work a Royal Mail van was stationary on the oncoming lane. There was a queue behind him and nothing in front of him. I was beside him in seconds and just stopped at his window and glared in at him, of course he was sitting texting away and hadn't noticed the traffic had moved off ahead of him. He looked up and seen me and floored the van. Then I got into work and one of my overshoes ripped taking it off..

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  6. Ciar

    Ciar Über Member

    Nothing too exciting started of by riding down into the local subway and into a lovely ganja smelling cloud being emitted by two gentlemen at 7.20 am :smile: and then out into the headwind which killed my motivation completely, so I pootled into work.
  7. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Yesterdays' commute home was short sleeve jersey, shorts, no arm or legwarmers and just a thin pair of gloves!!! Winter is definitely over now. Back to a long sleeve jersey this morning though.

    I liked this, but because it reminded me I need to buy a spare hanger! Make sure you find out exactly why it snapped, for me last time I didn't realise how worn the big ring was and ended up having to replace the rear derailleur too.
  8. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Tonight's commute home was an exercise in how not to de-escalate conflict. I was interrupted by a moton beeping and close passing me as they went past on the main road. It's about 1.5 normal lanes with a cycle lane on the right handside. The cycletrack is usually filled with gravel and crap, and given that I was going relatively quickly at about 28mph I kept right, just over into the main lane, leaving ample space to pass, even though I was essentially keeping up with the rest of the traffic.

    Pulled up alongside them at the next set of lights inevitably to be greeted with a deluge of profanity. I tried to explain to the driver that I was well within my rights to cycle there, cue more profanity, road tax, more profanity etc etc, at which point the lights changed so as I was losing my temper I called her a shoot driver and told her to fark off and learn how to drive. This prompted her boyfriend(?) to get out of the now moving car without waiting to stop, so I called him a bellend as I went around them and carried on up the road.

    I'll readily accept that I dealt with it poorly, but their attitude and roadcraft were appalling. I'm not one to post these sorts of things in this thread, but I'm still seething a bit some six hours later.
  9. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Driving instructor?

    Good deals on Cycliq products at present, and your police force have an online reporting system where you can share private(?) YouTube links. Also, if you know you are being recorded, you might moderate your behaviour, not that I think you were being unruly.

    I suggest this as, other than stew, there is nothing really positive you can really get from the experience. And who doesn't like buying gadgets?
  10. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    I've had a look at the Cycliq stuff, and they seem very bulky to me to be honest, plus I already use a dynamo lights setup. I do use a barfly computer mount, which has a gopro mount underneath...

    In all honesty though, 99.999% of drivers are fine, and on the odd occasion I do feel the need to stop and speak to a driver, they usually apologise when I explain that they were too close, and that's it. You can't plan your life around dealing with tossers, you'll go mad.

    But then, more gadgets!
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  11. chriscross1966

    chriscross1966 Senior Member


    Alfine's are very sensitive to getting the setting right and keeping the gear cable moving smoothly.... It seems to pay to get really good cables and I find the outer seems to be more important than the inner... I use Jagwire Road Pro and it seems to work well on my 11-speed Brompton... also the alignment dot thing on the shifter mechanism should be considered a starting point for negotiation rather than the last word in the matter....
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  12. John_S

    John_S Senior Member

    Hi chriscross1966,

    Thanks very much for your message and advice which is much appreciated!

    I've actually just bought myself a new Jagwire gear cable because that's the next thing on my list to try in order to hopefully solve my shifting issue. No I just need to get the time to fit it which is easier said that done between work and all of the family stuff on the weekends but fingers crossed I'll get it sorted soon.

    In the meantime having done quite a few rides with the bike as a single speed I'm staring to get used to it now.

    Cheers, John
  13. dhd.evans

    dhd.evans Über Member

    Committed to 3/4 bib shorts yesterday. Today was a downpour but sacked up and did it again. I'm Caucasian but my ankles were definitely Afro-Caribbean on arrival at work.... :smile:
  14. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    It was raining when I got up this morning and looked out of the window. I though it was going to be yet another wet cycle commute. Luckily it had stopped by the time I had left home. Bloody right too... bleedin' inconsiderate crappy wet weather. We've had enough y'hear.
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  15. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    This mornings commute was yet another gusty cross/headwind, kept getting pulled left/right as vans or lorries went past creating a draft in the opposite direction. At least it was dry, last night the forecast was for rain.
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