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forgot how much i love doing this. when i really started training, mostly in the mornings, i stopped riding to work for fear i was not giving my body enough time to recover from the training ride.

one of the reasons i sold the pista and got the one-way was to start commuting to work again, on a bike that wasn't fixed-gear and brakeless.

so yeah i'm loving riding to work again. unless i have to wear a suit to work i'm staying off the goddamn subway.

cutty, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 15:19 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, it's great!

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:03 (fifteen years ago) link

i mean, i'm biking to school, but whatever

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:03 (fifteen years ago) link

biking to school = better cuz you dont have appearances to keep rly, but = worse cuz texts are heavy.

an md friend told me while i was in school that my books should not be heavy "because how hard could it be, theyre making fucking lawyers."

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Being able to cycle to work is one of my primary stipulations for a job.

krakow, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 22:10 (fifteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

i've never been a morning person but this seems to have massively improved my motivation to actually get out of bed!

Korg Boy Polysix (haitch), Thursday, 27 August 2009 02:42 (fourteen years ago) link

I love that I ride to work but the combination of stiffness and sleepiness (and winter, when appropriate) makes the whole morning thing rather more of a chore. Maybe if I was the kind of person who could get up an hour and a half before leaving, have breakfast, wake up a bit?

Mark C, Thursday, 27 August 2009 09:26 (fourteen years ago) link

This morning was a complete slog. Felt like I was going backwards. And about half way to work realised I'd forgotten my lights, and so couldn't cycle home tonight.

Any other way of getting round London seems insane tho.

GamalielRatsey, Thursday, 27 August 2009 11:55 (fourteen years ago) link

It does a bit (though I still maintain the tube does a pretty good job, and when you can easily go on overground rail it's usually great). What time do you finish, GR? After 8pm I guess? And I assume you cycle east-west :)

Mark C, Thursday, 27 August 2009 12:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Today I'm doing an 11-11 shift, so yes. And in the morning - west to east (Stoke Newington to Isleworth) evening, the opposite.

I did once start cycling home and realise the batteries had gone in my front light, and thought 'ah, sod it, I'll just get some batteries in Chiswick' and on the way to the shop a car, more or less deliberately I feel (it was a perfectly well lit street) turned right into me across a crossroads, screeched to a halt and said 'Where are your lights you cvnt!'

So I don't do it any more.

GamalielRatsey, Thursday, 27 August 2009 13:18 (fourteen years ago) link

raining this morning. :(

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:35 (fourteen years ago) link

How far is everyone's commute? Mine's only 3 miles, but yes I totally love biking to work every day.

claws of jungle red (Stevie D), Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

I used to love my 3 mile commute, enough to get the blood flowing round the system, but not too much to end up a monstrous sweating wreck.

15 miles now, but the knowledge that it's easily the fastest way across town means that it doesn't feel too bad. And cycling back at 11, (as I would be tonight had I not forgotten my lights) is lovely. Cool, empty streets.

GamalielRatsey, Thursday, 27 August 2009 15:10 (fourteen years ago) link

the people vs peer gynt (goole), Thursday, 27 August 2009 15:12 (fourteen years ago) link

7 miles each way, very flat, and with the prevailing wind behind me in the morning, so no complaints. About 35 zebra crossings + sets of traffic lights each way, though.

Mark C, Friday, 28 August 2009 11:08 (fourteen years ago) link

I've had commutes of a) 2 miles, even that felt worthwhile and enough to wake me up in the morning; ii) 7 miles, was just a bit too much for me, anything over 30 mins and you're into shower/change of clothes territory, too much hassle; and now 3) half a mile. Would spend more time getting the bike out of the flat and locking it up at the other end than actually riding.

ledge, Friday, 28 August 2009 11:18 (fourteen years ago) link

2.5 miles, with a bit of a hill - perfect.

Stevie T, Friday, 28 August 2009 11:20 (fourteen years ago) link

he prevailing wind behind me in the morning,

I have it into me in the morning, which I always curse, but I do much prefer having it behind me in the evening and so get a relatively speedy ride home.

Ignoring those occasions when it switches round during the day of course.

GamalielRatsey, Friday, 28 August 2009 11:38 (fourteen years ago) link

7 miles each way as well. Can do it in half an hour fairly easily although i reckon I'll be able to cut that by at least ten minutes once I acquire a more practical roadgoing bike. I get the most amazing view of St. Paul's from the bottom of the Walworth Road at Camberwell that pretty much makes the whole journey worth the slog.

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Friday, 28 August 2009 11:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Really? Am in Camberwell quite a lot and have never noticed!

ledge, Friday, 28 August 2009 11:56 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

i park my bike in my building's parking garage, which is accessible to the public but sorta in view of the pay station/exit. there's usually 30-40 bikes in summer, 10-20 in off season. anyway, i forgot to lock my bike the other day in the very full bike racks. when i came back there were like 5 bikes still there, including mine. so grateful. so, crime survey-

would your bike still be on your rack if left unlocked? also,everyone just leaves their helmets around their saddles. never heard of one being taken. some people leave their blinkies. how would that go over?

must add, i met the guy who owns the rivendell atlantis w/ full xtr/pauls/brooks that parks in our racks. what a crazy expensive commuting bike to throw into a rack. nice guy tho.

bitter about emo (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 27 October 2009 21:11 (fourteen years ago) link

anything other than a fancy looking road bike would probably be fine where i live in suburban munich. i know a guy who locks up a nice kona with what looks like a piece of chain link fence and a luggage padlock here. theft was common in oxford, but i had the impression it was mainly students looking for a ride home rather than pro crime, because the bikes i heard about being stolen were worth maybe £20 and looked it.

i leave my lights on. they are attached with cable ties, so unless you investigate they look like you need a knife/scissors to get them off. i typically lose one or two every couple of years, which is acceptable to me for the convenience.

caek, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 21:18 (fourteen years ago) link

i hide mine in the old kitchen at work. you need a different key to access it via the old entrance, so i don't have much competition for a spot. it's a sweet deal and i use it as secure parking for going to the pubs nearby and stuff.

outside there's two bike hoops. one former colleague had her 2-week-old giant stolen after being at a late meeting off-site, another had her freshly-fitted blinkies stolen (but the bike left). there is a police station down the road, fyi!! meanwhile one clunky old konya has been locked there for probably two months, helmet and all.

lad: "et tu, lady?" (haitch), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 02:08 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

today i saw an old guy commuter sitting on path next to his bike, in obvious pain-- doing the old kollarbone klutch. there were several other riders about who were rendering assistance, so i only slowed, then rolled on. be careful folks.

rhymes with a$$ange (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:31 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

14 deg w/ spitting snow and ice fog wrecking my glasses. broke out the neoprene half booties. so invigorating.

end aggro business now (Hunt3r), Friday, 25 February 2011 18:44 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

I need to start commuting on my bike more. It's pretty much exactly 2 miles door-to-door, but the last 1/3 of a mile is uphill, which results in sweatiness. We have a big, lockable bike shed at work for my building though, and showers and changing rooms too. I've probably only done it five times in the last 9 months though, which is terribly lazy.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 18 April 2011 12:19 (twelve years ago) link

I deal with sweatiness by a) being clean and wearing clean riding clothes and b) changing into clean work clothes at work. I don't usually have a shower, and it takes longer than the usual working day to start getting smelly :)

But if the shower's decent then it's worth changing your routine to shower at work if you can. I'd also change your routine by doubling or tripling your commute distance too - it's the best way of getting exercise but 2 miles isn't going to do all that much good.

Mark C, Monday, 18 April 2011 15:51 (twelve years ago) link

Going a bit slower than you normally would is a good countermeasure for sweatiness ime.

it's time for the fish in the perculator (Steve Shasta), Monday, 18 April 2011 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

Shasta averages a disappointing 23mph to and from work.

Mark C, Monday, 18 April 2011 17:26 (twelve years ago) link

My boss occasionally does a 32-mile round trip over Devonshire hills.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 18 April 2011 19:10 (twelve years ago) link

i used to worry about the sweatiness when i got back on the bike to begin with, but frankly i only do three of your imperialist 'miles' in my commute and once i transitioned from "omg the work commute is SUCH a long way" to doing the distance comfortably, i didn't find any issue with sweat, i don't even bother with changing at work now. just put it in the lowest gear and climb the hill slowly if need be.

idgi and the stooges (haitch), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:46 (twelve years ago) link

2 miles in 16 minutes this morning. Not sweaty. Changed from shorts and t-shirt into work clothes when I got here, did my hair, easy peasy.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 08:39 (twelve years ago) link

Ally, who also cycles in, has a 6.5 mile journey which he did in 21 minutes. But he's an animal, and needs a shower now.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 08:39 (twelve years ago) link

I do 14 miles in an hour dead, but am a member at the gym on-site so I can get changed (pants, socks and shirt go in saddlebag - suit stays at work just in case) and showered before starting work.

problem chimp (Porkpie), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:21 (twelve years ago) link

Used to have a 7 mile commute, which took about 35 mins due to having about 100 traffic lights on the route. Was far too long for my liking, a 2 mile commute I had before that much more preferable. I am a lazy fuck though.

standing on the shoulders of pissants (ledge), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:24 (twelve years ago) link

my commute clocks in about 20 minutes, with five or six possible traffic light stops along the way.

best-ever commute effort was the dash to the city after i woke up late (boozy nite out) and saw i was meant to be at important staff meeting in 20 minutes - 4.2km in 12 minutes, including being held at three lights and melbourne's worst roundabout!

atlas frugged (haitch), Wednesday, 20 April 2011 01:16 (twelve years ago) link

2 days in a row now; Emma even biked in today too.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 20 April 2011 13:09 (twelve years ago) link

i have done 20 minutes from oxford circus to brixton without pushing it too hard and with most of the lights in my favour.

usually it's about 25-28 though and don't have showers at work so try not to build up too much of a sweat. love my ride in when the weather's nice.

DISPLAY NAMING RIGHTS (Upt0eleven), Wednesday, 20 April 2011 13:32 (twelve years ago) link

3 days in a row. Ema biked again too.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 21 April 2011 08:02 (twelve years ago) link

Emma. Duh.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 21 April 2011 08:02 (twelve years ago) link

I've been extending my commute to work so that it's about 10 miles instead of 7. Tend not to extend it on the way home, although on Tuesday the weather was so lovely I added about 5 miles of my favourite roads and just rode around taking it all in.

Mark C, Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:32 (twelve years ago) link

I'm much more likely to extend the route home, I think. mainly cos my house is by about 26 miles of cycle paths along the Exe estuary, and work is on a hill.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 21 April 2011 13:06 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I have begun a trend; shortest route to work (1.9 miles), taking it easy, and then string out the homeward journey to 7-8 miles, and give it a bit off effort. That way I'm not sweaty in the office and get 15 minutes extra in bed.

lol sickmouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 21:22 (twelve years ago) link

Hmm I like your thinking. I still find it easier to extend the route in the morning for some reason, though I didn't today since I'll be riding 75-odd miles on Friday and I'm tapering, yo.

Mark C, Thursday, 12 May 2011 09:28 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

people are acting crazy on the roads recently, this is just in the last couple of days

- lady on bicycle call me a bastard when she didn't see me approaching a junction (outside waterloo station). she was turning across the junction, it was my right of way. i was riding in a very obvious place and she just didn't bother to look, i spotted her not looking a mile off and was riding with caution, somehow she still managed to hit me.

- white van man knock into my back tyre ON PURPOSE honk his horn and then drive past/round me, also called me a cunt. i was turning right and had to wait for oncoming traffic to clear. this is at that bridge where old street meets clerkenwell road.

- school run mums (morning edition aka the most dangerous people on the road) speeding past at 50+ mph down a 20mph road, scary shit, the road has potholes that will knock you right off your bike

- old street roundabout knobheads cutting up traffic to get in front of me. arghh. so i end up overtaking them because they are lol slow then when they catch up at the lights they stop right in front of me, meaning i have to overtake them again. this really drives me insane, especcially when i'm trying to get some max effort in on my commute.

- cyclist this morning riding on the wrong side of kingsland road and nearly hitting me because i was paying attention to the million other hazards down kingsland road at 9am. FUCK YOU.

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:21 (twelve years ago) link

also, total a+ bike dude got hit when a car went on the wrong side of a narror road to overtake another car that was turning left. ploughed right into my friend and then drove off. he now has lots of metal in his feet. said there was nothing he could have done.

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

seriously, i haven't had as many incidents as i've had in the last few days in nearly a year cycling 20+ miles pretty much every day in london

now feeling a tiny bit anxious on the road, which is annoying, becuase that makes me feel like i'm more likely to have an accident

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:26 (twelve years ago) link

ugh, scary

man at least what i've heard anecdotally makes london/uk sound so much worse w/r/t motorists openly hating and/or targeting cyclists. i live in the midwest of the US (where everyone loves cars) and still haven't encountered more than a couple ppl saying shit like "get off the road" or w/e. and then its usually just a yell from a window.

cop a cute abdomen (gbx), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:29 (twelve years ago) link

when they catch up at the lights they stop right in front of me, meaning i have to overtake them again.

disgusting, savage.

the other day i rolled past a bunch of slowcoaches stopped behind the line, to stop in the group of go-getting dudes gathered in front of the line, who were obviously going places and fast - some of them had overaken me previously. then when the lights changed, to a man they all took off at a perilously slow wobbling pace, spread out all over the road, me trapped behind them and cars beeping.

ledge, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:30 (twelve years ago) link

slow startin wobblers are the ~worst~

cop a cute abdomen (gbx), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:32 (twelve years ago) link

this morning i wasted *everyone* in the bike box at the waterloo junction. mind you i had to hit a pace i would have no way of maintaining if my commute were more than 500 yards long.

ledge, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:32 (twelve years ago) link

- school run mums (morning edition aka the most dangerous people on the road) speeding past at 50+ mph down a 20mph road, scary shit, the road has potholes that will knock you right off your bike

yeah my route to work takes me past an elementary school these ppl are the worst, cannot wait until school is out

ideas are death (Lamp), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:37 (twelve years ago) link


also, at the school i pass, they all park up right outside the school then they don't bother to signal or even look when pulling out, which is annoying because it's impossible to tell if a car is parked up or if it's going to pull out at any second. usually they'll do a turn in the road too, just to make sure if you do have to swerve round them, they'll still probably hit you anyway.

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:43 (twelve years ago) link

i kinda hate this cyclist moaning talk, i mean i try my best to have a positive attitude on the road i always try to make life as easy and obvious as i can for cars. think it's kind of important not to be riding around hating on everyone / everything, but sometimes it's really really tough to stay cool. that guy that beeped me, bumped into me then drove round me and called me a cunt, i hate to think what i could have done :-/

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah I do find myself cycling with an in-built grudge waiting to take itself out on someone. It's not good. Partially a function of going everywhere at hypersonic speed. "Slow down!" is my not-constant-enough refrain to myself.

ledge, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 15:54 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah I do find myself cycling with an in-built grudge waiting to take itself out on someone.

Purely because of this, I yelled at a bus driver yesterday for alerting me to the presence of pedestrians on a crossing. Although I hadn't seen them at that point, I was slowing down ready to stop in case I had to, but he really had no way of knowing that. So I felt bad.

Upt0eleven, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:01 (twelve years ago) link

I try to be as courteous and pleasant as possible, and try never to be in a rush, but I'm beginning to think there is something genuinely psychopathic about people who want to drive their individual vehicles in, well I was going to say 'urban centres', but I mean London. It's slow, horrible, violent, noisy, smelly and aggressive, and they all snarl each other up - the cars are just too goddam big to negotiate a high street like Marylebone High Street sensibly.

And the aggression doesn't just operate at the level of the odd driver who will actually try to scare you or knock you off your bike, or who clearly hate you, but just general low-level entitlement to road space which also comes across as extremely aggressive.

I've also had a couple of incidents over the last couple of days, one of them on an all but empty road at half six in the morning, where a minicab driver just pulled a complete u-turn across the road right in front of me, which I was lucky to avoid getting knocked off by. I pulled up to him at the lights (which were red, hence his urgency no doubt) and asked him what the hell he thought he was doing and he said 'You didn't see me mate'. Quite the opposite in fact.

I'm generally tolerant of less confident cyclists' tactics to avoid cycling with traffic as much as possible nowadays. However what really peeves me is cyclists going through Hyde Park, a park you'll note, as if it's their personal race track and perfectly respectable dawdlers, wanderers, sky gazers, etc are getting in the way, causing them to shout with phenomenal rudeness. Just wait goddam it, cycle more slowly, wave people through! Be more nice ffs.

Fizzles the Chimp (GamalielRatsey), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:04 (twelve years ago) link

Grudge-cycling is bad for all-concerned but it's so easy to get into that mindset.

I think I'me quite a good city cyclist but this morning I simply forgot to look when I turned into a road and, sure enough, the reason that other car had stopped was to let a car past. As it happened, I had enough space to look like a death-defying urban warrior rather than a broken, embarrassed heap in the middle of the road. But that's not the point. Idiot Mark.

Mark C, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:06 (twelve years ago) link

So easy tho, all it takes is that level of permanent omniscient concentration to slip. That car stopping to let another one past is one of the most regular danger spots I think I have.

Fizzles the Chimp (GamalielRatsey), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

yeh jesus i hate that

i just try to remember that undertaking always = caution

i forgot to mention the dude that overtook me at speed, braked super hard and tried to turn left down a narrow road only to find another car coming up that road and not leaving enough room to get past (esp at the speed the dude that overtook me was going) so he kinda skidded forward and ended up infront of the other car waiting to pull out

this, judging by his body language, was my fault

i might come back here often to vent about these kind of things, my gf and housemates must be sick of hearing these stories

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:19 (twelve years ago) link

That overtaking plus left turn also happens a lot. And while I find a lot of bus drivers quite courteous, overtaking then pulling in to a bus stop, or similarly taxis suddenly pulling in for a fare also happens a lot.

BUT on the positive side I LOVE my morning and evening commute. I'm happiest when I'm on my bike at the moment, and I also know it's quicker and more pleasant than any other mode of transport.

Fizzles the Chimp (GamalielRatsey), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

oh and dude that got hit by a car was d@n at fitzr0vi@ cyc1es (used to be cavendish cycles before they took it over) if that's a shop anyone goes to often

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:25 (twelve years ago) link

Oh right, that's my main shop. Always found them really good down there. Damn.

Fizzles the Chimp (GamalielRatsey), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:25 (twelve years ago) link

yeh, they're a good bunch that lot.

i like buses and taxis. they're fairly predictable.

anyway home time. time for some pwnage! ride safe guys :)

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:29 (twelve years ago) link

had a wonderful ride to work today, just a great attitude adjustment.

so come right back, we have count dracula and we have adam rich (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 16:48 (twelve years ago) link

at a SUPER busy 4 way intersection in the suburbs a few nights ago, i saw a cyclist pull a dipshit stunt that left me with an unprecedented reaction: i wished he'd gone down. tbh i don't know how he didnt. my two lane road intersected a very wide four lane arterial road with two turn lanes, and i had a red light, at which i stopped. fixie dude came down hill behind me and simply charged the intersection frogger style at about 30mph. when he realized he wouldn't have space to clear the intersection on the proper side of the road, he swerved hard to the shoulder of the opposite side of the road, however, that oncoming traffic lane had a car peforming a right on red. it missed him by inches.

to be all scoldy schoolmarmy, i imagine any witnesses would fucking hate cyclists at tthat moment.

so come right back, we have count dracula and we have adam rich (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 17:01 (twelve years ago) link

Crackle Box, you tell your gf about your near misses etc? Mine is worried enough - I keep most of the negative experiences to myself, unless I actually do myself an owie.

Mark C, Thursday, 9 June 2011 13:43 (twelve years ago) link

i like to keep her worried.

"you really should get out of this stupid mood because you probably won't see me again"

n.b i tried this once and her reply was "good"

Crackle Box, Friday, 10 June 2011 12:34 (twelve years ago) link

Like you Mark I tend to keep quiet, although sometimes I'm angry enough about a piece of stupidity on the road to blurt out an incident, which immediately after threats to hide my bike I have to downgrade to 'Oh it was fine really', making my anger look misplaced and foolish.

Fizzles the Chimp (GamalielRatsey), Friday, 10 June 2011 13:16 (twelve years ago) link

riding with a s.o, that's a whole other thing... have done it a few times and it's just too much stress in the city

Crackle Box, Friday, 10 June 2011 17:34 (twelve years ago) link

as long as i wear a helmet and have disability insurance, i'm allowed to play in traffic

so come right back, we have count dracula and we have adam rich (Hunt3r), Friday, 10 June 2011 17:48 (twelve years ago) link

riding with a s.o, that's a whole other thing... have done it a few times and it's just too much stress in the city

oh man, whole 'nother can of woims.

Fizzles the Chimp (GamalielRatsey), Friday, 10 June 2011 20:43 (twelve years ago) link

haha oh yeah

caek, Friday, 10 June 2011 21:04 (twelve years ago) link

my wife didn't learn to ride a bike until way late in life, and since she's learned, only done it a few times. we went on a group ride through easy city streets and she ran into poles and a bridge. she was a trooper though. seriously funny

jaxon, Friday, 10 June 2011 22:09 (twelve years ago) link

mrs. shasta won't ride since our last time out and she ate it on a sidewalk apron right in front of our house. we lol about it but she would rather just run.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Friday, 10 June 2011 22:37 (twelve years ago) link

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