Share your tricks...

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ETreeson
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Share your tricks...

Postby ETreeson » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:46 pm

Hi all,

I've recently started my 16 mile e/w cycle commute up again. While the actual door-door time isn't much more than the useless trains, I do find myself faffing a bit when I arrive at work.

Do you have a particular way of packing/sorting/organising yourself for the commute that speeds things up? What do you recommend to make your ride & arrival as seamles as possible?

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Re: Share your tricks...

Postby Long Time Lurker » Wed Jan 09, 2013 13:32 pm

Everything packed the night before. Cycling kit layed out in spare room.
Clothing in a separate plastic bag (in case of spills, leaks and bag waterproofing issues).
Check tyres and brakes the night before (no flats to fix in the morning).
I have 2 compartments in my backpack - 1 for clothes/food. Other for tools, inner tubes etc (I don't want to get oil/mud over workstuff if I have an emergency).

Towel, shower gels etc in locker at work (along with change of clothes - just in case).
And I am always the first one in. Makes sure that I get the best shower, straight after the cleaner has been in there, so I don't have to deal with anyone else's mess.
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Re: Share your tricks...

Postby tomhowells » Wed Jan 09, 2013 17:59 pm

I bring all my clothes for the week in on Monday, including shower gels, gym kit, etc (big rucksack!), cycle in every day with just the basic tools & my lunch in my tiny rucksack, then bring it all home on Friday. Fortunately I have a locker that I can keep everything in. Get to work 15 mins before my start time so I can shower & change & be ready bang on time :D

Also, as the Lurker says, get all my kit sorted out the night before - saves a lot time in the morning when trying to get the kids ready for school!
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Re: Share your tricks...

Postby DesWeller » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:41 pm

I repack my bag as soon as I get home - fresh shirt, underwear, lunch etc. Everything is laid out the same way every night. My rucksack is packed in reverse order to removal so it all just comes straight out when I get to work. Even my coffee pot is on a timer so I just tip delicious fresh hot coffee (ah beautiful liquid enthusiasm, where would I be without you?) straight down my gullet and then get on the bike. From getting out of bed to getting on the bike takes no more than 15 minutes.

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Re: Share your tricks...

Postby Kieran_Burns » Thu Jan 10, 2013 16:14 pm

Share my tricks?

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Azhar
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Re: Share your tricks...

Postby Azhar » Thu Jan 10, 2013 21:01 pm

Long Time Lurker wrote:Everything packed the night before. Cycling kit layed out in spare room.
Clothing in a separate plastic bag (in case of spills, leaks and bag waterproofing issues).
Check tyres and brakes the night before (no flats to fix in the morning).
I have 2 compartments in my backpack - 1 for clothes/food. Other for tools, inner tubes etc (I don't want to get oil/mud over workstuff if I have an emergency).

Towel, shower gels etc in locker at work (along with change of clothes - just in case).
And I am always the first one in. Makes sure that I get the best shower, straight after the cleaner has been in there, so I don't have to deal with anyone else's mess.



Hello ETreeson, The above, by Long Time Lurker, is exactly what I do. My route is also 16 miles each way and I pack all my stuff the night before, lay out the cycling clothes out so theres no faffing about in the morning. I have a DHB 25l cycling back pack. I prefer that than panniers. that bag has ample space and doesnt feel too bad when riding in it.

how long does it take you to get to work...at the moment i'm averaging between 1hr 10 - 1hr 15minutes. but i gotta tackle a lotta hills.

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Re: Share your tricks...

Postby ETreeson » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:34 am

Azhar wrote:Hello ETreeson, The above, by Long Time Lurker, is exactly what I do. My route is also 16 miles each way and I pack all my stuff the night before, lay out the cycling clothes out so theres no faffing about in the morning. I have a DHB 25l cycling back pack. I prefer that than panniers. that bag has ample space and doesnt feel too bad when riding in it.

how long does it take you to get to work...at the moment i'm averaging between 1hr 10 - 1hr 15minutes. but i gotta tackle a lotta hills.


Door-door it takes me about the same amount of time as you - I spend about 10 minutes of that waiting at red lights and negotiating level crossings according to my GPS.


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