What I have learned after week 1 of commuting

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by stalagmike, 16 Feb 2019.

  1. stalagmike

    stalagmike Enormous member

    Milton Keynes
    Thanks to a change of employment, I've just made the leap from weekend warrior to cycling 8miles to work (and 8 miles back) Here's a list of things I've realised after week one.

    1. Your bike gets a lot dirtier, very quickly.
    2. I need more clothes.
    3. I need fatter tyres.
    4. For fatter tyres I 'need' a new bike.
    5. 75% of pedestrians are either wearing headphones or looking at their phones while walking.
    6. The redways in Milton Keynes are brilliant for cycling across town without getting involved with cars and buses.
    7. Redways are also brilliant for getting involved with pedestrians, dogs, cats, squirrels and bags of rubbish.
  2. Mudguards are your friend in this case. I added a mudflap made of old inner tubes on the front which makes a big difference too.
  3. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    I used to make mine from old plastic milk cartons, I did a lot of my commuting on fixed.
  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

    The Redways get a lot of stick, but I like them. Some of the older parts of the network are delightful to ride.
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  5. Incontinentia Buttocks

    Incontinentia Buttocks Über Member

    Mudguards are worth their weight in gold, a dry arse is a thing of joy!
  6. After 10 years and 61000 miles you’re points are all great

    What I have learned is that I dont care what I wear anymore or buying good kit as it’s all going to get trashed!

    As for the bike I gave up on the cleaning bit ages ago

    Wd40 is my friend!
  7. OP

    stalagmike Enormous member

    Milton Keynes
    Sadly I already have mudguards! I think that's part of the problem. I've squeezed a pair or crudcatchers into the small clearance on my Triban and so all sorts of crap ( mostly leaves) is getting bunged up in between. I like the old inner tube flap idea.
  8. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Those aren't worthy of the name mudguards, they are rubbish. Time for N+1
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  9. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Maintenance and repairs were reduced massively when I switched to disc brakes. Best thing I ever did. So much of the really difficult gunk was brake pad rubber.
  10. My goal this year is to get a second hand bike and winterise it and the throw away the BSO

    The BSO is so bad that I gave up and started back on the Trek which now looks trashed but it’s quicker but the aim is to rebuild it back to its TDF glory!

    If lance Armstrong saw it he would be in tears at its condition!!
  11. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    I have uhm about 8-9 pairs of shorts an appropriate tops for each season etc etc , kit goes into the family wash cycle so reappears mlater on so no wash and wear .
    Luckily my commute is all country lanes and small villages so no suicidal peds , just lorry drivers trying to to take you out on mini roundabouts ;)
    Currently commuting on my rat bike carrea TDF build with 23 mm tyres and i manage just fine , thank gawd for mudgaurds though and as its a cheap bike i can maintain it easiy and cheaply , the final bonus is its locked up with decent locks compared to a lot more expensive bikes in the shed at work that have locks you can chew through with your teeth so its less attractive to a tea leaf .
  12. The Redways are great if you a new policeman trying to make a name for yourself. I became known as the burglar catcher in MK. One burglar a night was not unusual. Sit in a bush after midnight and wait. They are like buses. Miss one and another will be along in a few minutes pushing their shopping trolley full of stolen goodies.
  13. I agree on mudguards and disc brakes. The bike then requires a lot less cleaning.
    In the winter I use merino wool base layers under my jacket, I can wear a couple a week and they do not get too smelly. I now have 5 sets of cheaper bib shorts and bib tights that get washed at the weekend. I already had more than enough summer tops.
    I have a frame bag to put my lunch in, but on Monday and Friday I take my back pack with my overalls.
    Pat "5mph" and stalagmike like this.
  14. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Bikes are cropping up more often in crimes.

    The idea is to leave your mobile at home and use a bike to travel to the crime, thereby keeping yourself safe from registration number cameras, gps/phone mast tracking, and, mostly, CCTV.
    Last edited: 16 Feb 2019
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  15. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Buy a decent set of mudguards. Then you can take them down the bike shop to find a matching bike.
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