Did you ride to work in Melb today?



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Bleve

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Richard Sherratt wrote:

> You were very brave :)


It was only 3km to this job :)
 
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Humbug

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On 15/11/06 at 21:39:46 Richard Sherratt somehow managed to type:

> You were very brave :)


I dunno about brave but stupid springs to mind. I've had MUCH drier and
warmer commutes. Going up Barkers Rd this AM was NOT even a tiny bit
better than horrid.



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Gags

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"Richard Sherratt" <[email protected]> wrote in
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> You were very brave :)
>
> --
> Regards.
> Richard.


Ride in this morning was pretty cold.....I had worn long fingered gloves
yesterday and got too hot so I went for the short fingered option this
morning (left home at 0600h). Was OK for a little while but fingers were
numb by the time I got to work (about 50min or so).

Left work at about 1630h or so and initially it wasn't too bad.....got to
about the MCG and it started raining....by Collingwood it was hail coming in
at nearly right angles due to the wind. I just kept riding and alternating
between maniacal laughter and flinching when hail made it through the vents
on the helmet and hit me on the skull. As I went down the hill from the
Collingwood Children's Farm onto the Yarra Trail there was a guy waiting out
the hail under the Johnson St bridge. He was shaking his head at me
(probably due to my ****-eating grin) so I let out a big "WooHoo" as I went
past to make sure he knew how much fun he was missing out on.

Hailed most of the way to Fairfield and then just rained for the rest of the
trip. Sun came out from behind the clouds for the last km or so but by that
stage my fingertips were very pink and I had no feeling in them. At one
stage I considered stopping and getting out the socks that I had worn to
work to put over my hands but ended up not bothering as I figured that I
could make it home. Struggled to get my shed keys out of my jersey pocket
when I got home due to not being able to feel them very well with my finger
tips......went inside and warm shower was great except for the fact that it
felt red hot on my fingers!!!!

Thank god I decided to ride the SS mtb today......might throw a bucket of
water over it tomorrow and oil the chain and it should be good for another
couple of months......gotta love bikes that you don't really need to look
after too well.

Gags
 

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Took a look at the radar this morning and figured the rain would beat me to work by 5-10 minutes - and it looked pretty heavy. Hopped on the train instead, and sure enough by the time I was half way it was bucketing down. I got pretty wet just walking from the station too, even with an umbrella. Bloody sideways rain!

Riding home would have been fine though, was just raining lightly at that point.
 
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persia

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Richard Sherratt wrote:
> You were very brave :)
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> Regards.
> Richard.


Yeah, same as every other day. Was there a reason not to ride in?
Didn't notice one. It was a bit cool initially & there were some
showers on & off and a fairly feral wind, but I've been in lots worse.
If you've got the right kit, nothing's really a problem, weatherwise.

Persia
 
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"persia" <r[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Richard Sherratt wrote:
> > You were very brave :)
> >
> > --
> > Regards.
> > Richard.

>
> Yeah, same as every other day. Was there a reason not to ride in?
> Didn't notice one. It was a bit cool initially & there were some
> showers on & off and a fairly feral wind, but I've been in lots worse.
> If you've got the right kit, nothing's really a problem, weatherwise.
>
> Persia
>


I rode all day from 8am to 5pm ;-)

Being a courier on a day like yesterday sucks. Hail and wind squals galore
and cars that dont slow down.
 
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DaveB

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gplama wrote:
> yep - on the slllooowww MTB. I made it to work 30 seconds before it
> came down. Coming home was another story :(
>
>


I put on all the wet weather gear and bagged everything in the panniers
going in and coming home. I had blue skies in both directions with the
skies opening just after I got to work and again within 2 mins of
getting home.

DaveB
 
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BT Humble

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Gags wrote:
> "Richard Sherratt" <[email protected]> wrote in
> > You were very brave :)
> >

> Ride in this morning was pretty cold.....I had worn long fingered gloves
> yesterday and got too hot so I went for the short fingered option this
> morning (left home at 0600h). Was OK for a little while but fingers were
> numb by the time I got to work (about 50min or so).
>


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I must have just gotten lucky for once. I left for work at 07:00 and
headed for home at 17:00 (Coburg-City, 10km), and apart from a wet road
and moderately gusty winds it was just like any other day. I'll
probably pay for it today. ;-)


BTH
 

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BT Humble said:
I must have just gotten lucky for once. I left for work at 07:00 and
headed for home at 17:00 (Coburg-City, 10km), and apart from a wet road
and moderately gusty winds it was just like any other day. I'll
probably pay for it today. ;-)

Check the BoM radar before leaving to/from work for any of those little hail/rain clouds:
http://mirror.bom.gov.au/products/IDR023.shtml

Personally it's the wind squalls, not rain or hail, that **** me off & although what happened to Paul Crake was an extreme example, from (harsh) experience I prefer not to ride in slightly dodgy weather conditions.
 
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Zebee Johnstone

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In aus.bicycle on Thu, 16 Nov 2006 08:53:13 +1100
DaveB <[email protected]> wrote:
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> I put on all the wet weather gear and bagged everything in the panniers
> going in and coming home. I had blue skies in both directions with the
> skies opening just after I got to work and again within 2 mins of
> getting home.


What's "all wet weather gear"?

So far I haven't had really cold rain to ride in, in fact bugger all
rain! I have a Jagged jacket with removeable sleeves that I have used
minus sleeves in what rain there's been. Rest of me just gets wet....

When I was riding in winter in Adelaide I used a sweatshirt - it got
wet but I was still reasonably warm. I just hoped it wasn't raining
again that afternoon....

Zebee
 
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cfsmtb wrote:
> BT Humble Wrote:
> >
> > I must have just gotten lucky for once. I left for work at 07:00 and
> > headed for home at 17:00 (Coburg-City, 10km), and apart from a wet
> > road
> > and moderately gusty winds it was just like any other day. I'll
> > probably pay for it today. ;-)

>
> Check the BoM radar before leaving to/from work for any of those little
> hail/rain clouds:
> http://mirror.bom.gov.au/products/IDR023.shtml
>
> Personally it's the wind squalls, not rain or hail, that **** me off &
> although what happened to 'Paul Crake' (http://tinyurl.com/ttgq4) was
> an extreme example, from (harsh) experience I prefer not to ride in
> slightly dodgy weather conditions.


Those wind gusts are annoying, but not too big a deal for a plodder
like myself.

That's bad news for Paul Crake, and for Renee Junga (also mentioned
inthe article) as well. Still, I reckon that cycling improves the
health and wellbeing of a mucher higher number of people than it
cripples. :-/


BTH
 
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DaveB

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Zebee Johnstone wrote:
> In aus.bicycle on Thu, 16 Nov 2006 08:53:13 +1100
> DaveB <[email protected]> wrote:
>> I put on all the wet weather gear and bagged everything in the panniers
>> going in and coming home. I had blue skies in both directions with the
>> skies opening just after I got to work and again within 2 mins of
>> getting home.

>
> What's "all wet weather gear"?
>
> So far I haven't had really cold rain to ride in, in fact bugger all
> rain! I have a Jagged jacket with removeable sleeves that I have used
> minus sleeves in what rain there's been. Rest of me just gets wet....
>
> When I was riding in winter in Adelaide I used a sweatshirt - it got
> wet but I was still reasonably warm. I just hoped it wasn't raining
> again that afternoon....
>
> Zebee
>


Yesterday wasn't exactly a normal November day. Ordinarily at this time
of year if it rained I'd wear a jacket and that would be it (ok I'd be
wearing knicks and jersey). But yesterday was so cold as well I had
waterproof booties, arm warmers, leg warmers, shower proof jacket, and I
carried a serious cats and dogs rain jacket in the panniers. The fact
that the sun was out most of my ride home meant I cooked, but the big
black clouds all around me convinced me if I took anything off I would
anger the gods.

DaveB
 

slaw

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DaveB said:
Yesterday wasn't exactly a normal November day. Ordinarily at this time
of year if it rained I'd wear a jacket and that would be it (ok I'd be
wearing knicks and jersey). But yesterday was so cold as well I had
waterproof booties, arm warmers, leg warmers, shower proof jacket, and I
carried a serious cats and dogs rain jacket in the panniers. The fact
that the sun was out most of my ride home meant I cooked, but the big
black clouds all around me convinced me if I took anything off I would
anger the gods.

DaveB
Not normal? Anyone for skiing?

I'm working from home, so my commute is an hour's ride around the Yarra trails, when I can get myself pushed out of the door in the morning. Yesterday, I checked the radar and knew I had time for it, but I kept off the trails and did a Boulevard loop on the commute bike instead. Only got a bit wet from a splash from a puddle.

This morning, I didn't get out, but I will ride over to see my daughter in a show at her school.
 
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DaveB

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slaw wrote:
> I'm working from home, so my commute is an hour's ride around the Yarra
> trails, when I can get myself pushed out of the door in the morning.
> Yesterday, I checked the radar and knew I had time for it, but I kept
> off the trails and did a Boulevard loop on the commute bike instead.
> Only got a bit wet from a splash from a puddle.
>
> This morning, I didn't get out, but I will ride over to see my daughter
> in a show at her school.
>
>


I'm working from home too, but due to the one-car family situation will
need to pick the daughter up on the trailer bike this arvo. Hopefully
things will have settled down by then. Or maybe we just take a break at
the Chocolate SHop on the way home to ease the grumbling.

DaveB
 
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Bleve

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Walrus wrote:
> You guys are soft. It's worse in winter. ;)


Not this 'winter' it wasn't!
 

Walrus

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Bleve said:
Walrus wrote:
> You guys are soft. It's worse in winter. ;)


Not this 'winter' it wasn't!

You're right about that, I can't remember many bad days...worse last year though.