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Loving it

Postby jonnyboy77 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:14 am

A frivolous post to let you all know that I am loving my cycle to work.

The last 3ish years I've been riding to work almost every day. Then I changed jobs this summer. It was a change for the better, but I was hesitant to ride to work for a number of reasons. With a little help from a few forumites, and couple of doses of MTFU, I did it once last week, again today and planning on ramping up to close to a full week depending on a few factors.

I have increased my total journey mileage, it started in 2010 with 3 miles each way, and grew over time to 8-15 miles in the morning and 3 home. This new job means close to 15 miles each way minimum - but doable in under the hour (I lose on average 5 mins to stoppages it seems)

Anyway - this morning it made me feel particularly good, hence this post. Its one of those 'shout it from the rooftops' kind of feelings that i wanted to share.

Cheers!

- Jon
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Re: Loving it

Postby Veronese68 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:34 am

Excellent. I really like reading posts like that.

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Re: Loving it

Postby BigMat » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:38 am

I'm hating my commute at the moment. Maybe its the time of year - changeable conditions so never know what to wear, losing the sunshine, back to worrying about lights. Traffic is horrific at the moment - I know its back to school time but I can't remember it being this bad. Generally, having to interact with the general public whilst cycling is proving a miserable experience. Losing count of the number of cars pulling out on me, pedestrians stepping out in front of me, just now had a c**t on a scooter give me a load of abuse because a couple of other cyclists had pulled out in front of him. FFS man, I was the one who actually waited....

Bah humbug.

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Re: Loving it

Postby menthel » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:42 am

Give me a choice between a train and my bike and I pick the bike every time. Apart from PT days- my legs won't go round!
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Re: Loving it

Postby iPete » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:47 am

It's because you now ride CS8, this is a game changer, my fitness increased dramatically when I joined the blue strip.. you'll be crit racing soon...

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Re: Loving it

Postby rubertoe » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:51 am

I always love it.

Like Bigmat, I hate the weather at this time of year though.
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Re: Loving it

Postby jonnyboy77 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:52 am

Veronese68 wrote:Excellent. I really like reading posts like that.


I think I was partly inspired to write a positive post after a slew of less positive ones of late.

iPete wrote:It's because you now ride CS8, this is a game changer, my fitness increased dramatically when I joined the blue strip.. you'll be crit racing soon...


Yes, I had noticed the 'blue strip peloton'!
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Re: Loving it

Postby menthel » Wed Sep 25, 2013 08:59 am

[quote="jonnyboy77]Yes, I had noticed the 'blue strip peloton'![/quote]

Perhaps we need to meet up 1950's US teenage gang style to race and fight for the honour of our particular blue strip! ;)
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Re: Loving it

Postby Slowbike » Wed Sep 25, 2013 09:13 am

Brought the best bike in today ... nice! :)

Some days I do feel like cheating and taking the car - but by that point I'm usually on the bike so take a MTFU pill and head off ...
I've got 500 miles to go to hit my target for the year (4k) so should have that wrapped up by end Oct without much worry.

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Re: Loving it

Postby The Rookie » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:00 am

I got my Mojo back after some whipper snapper at work (10 years younger) claimed to be faster than me on the commute (we had about 4 miles in common), at that time we were about 50:50 on strava segments, it's now about 80:20*, that'll learm ya - PA! In fact I now do an extra 1/2 mile each way to do more segments with him to take even more off him!

*OK off road he's still faster than me as we ride in the same MTB club

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Re: Loving it

Postby notsoblue » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:12 am

My new (and pretty awesome) job is in Fulham. Only a 3 mile commute, not even far enough to justify the nice bike let alone lycra :'( I'm going to have to join a club properly.

I'm learning to love slow riding though. My Genesis is lovely.

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Re: Loving it

Postby backo » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:16 am

cant beat it, regardless of the weather...the only time I dont commute is if the temperatures drop below zero (I have learned from experience with that one!) and this is when I become a proper grumpster :)

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Re: Loving it

Postby Kieran_Burns » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:32 am

backo wrote:cant beat it, regardless of the weather...the only time I dont commute is if the temperatures drop below zero (I have learned from experience with that one!) and this is when I become a proper grumpster :)


Some of my best commutes have been when it's been sub-zero :D As long as you're wrapped up properly and the roads are dry (if not the studded tyres come out) it can be insanely refreshing. The coldest I commuted in was -8C and it was glorious.
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Re: Loving it

Postby PBo » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:55 am

BigMat wrote:I'm hating my commute at the moment. Maybe its the time of year - changeable conditions so never know what to wear, losing the sunshine, back to worrying about lights. Traffic is horrific at the moment - I know its back to school time but I can't remember it being this bad. Generally, having to interact with the general public whilst cycling is proving a miserable experience. Losing count of the number of cars pulling out on me, pedestrians stepping out in front of me, just now had a c**t on a scooter give me a load of abuse because a couple of other cyclists had pulled out in front of him. FFS man, I was the one who actually waited....

Bah humbug.


I wouldn't say I hate my commute, but the clothing issue is irritating.

However, I too have noticed an increase in all of the other stuff.....

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Re: Loving it

Postby jonnyboy77 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 13:46 pm

I'm choosing to ignore the negatives as much as possible and focus on the positives. The weather has been favourable this last couple of weeks, and I know it gets tougher when its colder, darker, windier etc. but the feeling of having achieved something at the end of the commute is always good.

This morning, second cycle commute of the week, I found myself singing the "I don't care, I love it" song to myself as I rode towards Parliament Square ... hopefully I internalised the singing, as I was not alone on the road!

Amusingly, and I apologise in advance if they're a forumite, but there was a guy next to me at the lights on the NKR this morning shaking his head at a few folks who rode straight through a red light, I didn't say anything but was in total agreement. The funny bit - watching the same guy blow through a red light on Embankment later in the journey ...

"I don't care, I love it"

:)

- Jon
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Re: Loving it

Postby Slowbike » Thu Sep 26, 2013 14:00 pm

Kieran_Burns wrote:
backo wrote:cant beat it, regardless of the weather...the only time I dont commute is if the temperatures drop below zero (I have learned from experience with that one!) and this is when I become a proper grumpster :)


Some of my best commutes have been when it's been sub-zero :D As long as you're wrapped up properly and the roads are dry (if not the studded tyres come out) it can be insanely refreshing. The coldest I commuted in was -8C and it was glorious.

I agree - cold weather, clear skys and in the dark - glorious! Love that ride home. I quite enjoyed riding in the snow too - especially going up the hill that had all the cars slipping around on it and two buses stuck at the bottom.

I used CX tyres in the snow/ice last winter, they weren't the best - but you just ride more slowly and carefully (and unclipped for some of it!)

Kieran - What studded tyres were you using?

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Re: Loving it

Postby Agent57 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 14:13 pm

I'm looking forward to my new commute starting in a week and a half, too. Back to the 5 miles up to the uni, rather than there mere 2 miles into the centre of town. =)
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Re: Loving it

Postby Slowbike » Thu Sep 26, 2013 14:28 pm

you could always make the ride longer by not going direct ....

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Re: Loving it

Postby gabriel959 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 14:38 pm

PBo wrote:
BigMat wrote:I'm hating my commute at the moment. Maybe its the time of year - changeable conditions so never know what to wear, losing the sunshine, back to worrying about lights. Traffic is horrific at the moment - I know its back to school time but I can't remember it being this bad. Generally, having to interact with the general public whilst cycling is proving a miserable experience. Losing count of the number of cars pulling out on me, pedestrians stepping out in front of me, just now had a c**t on a scooter give me a load of abuse because a couple of other cyclists had pulled out in front of him. FFS man, I was the one who actually waited....

Bah humbug.


I wouldn't say I hate my commute, but the clothing issue is irritating.

However, I too have noticed an increase in all of the other stuff.....


We have not seen anything yet regarding the traffic, wait until the clock changes. It is carnage for 2 weeks. Take care guys.
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Re: Loving it

Postby Wrath Rob » Thu Sep 26, 2013 14:56 pm

Last night I did a club training ride and then rode home. Part of the ride home is across Wimbledon Common (Canazaro Road for those of you that know it). My legs were shot, I'd run out of water and my speed had topped out at around 16mph, yet the roads were empty, the air was warm and I had Wimbledon Common to myself. I too had that "shouting from the rooftops" feeling, tinged with the melancholy realisation of the changing seasons and that this would be one of the last times I could be riding short sleeved at 9pm until next year.
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