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Confessions of a Cycle Commuter

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  1. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Can I confess that I am inordinately distressed with my Berghaus waterproof trousers? No use for cycling, the zips let all of the waters enter at the knees.

    Fine for walking, leg-gutters when cycling.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    @frenchy I had long finger gloves on yesterday, well not long finger just not fingerless.

    My Hugely expensive gore trousers are too long

    Mrs Garto has had the heating on at night since @IWRATS linked my heating to application of brakes on this forum.

    Boiler engineer out on Friday

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. dougal
    Member

    Really pleased with hipster-made waxed cycling jacket I picked up in Toronto last year. Was a Christmas present really but really coming into its own at this time of year - my top half was dryzabone when I got home last night. I just need something equally effective & stylish for my lower limbs...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. ARobComp
    Member

    @dougal - I find that american hipster winter gear is perfect for scottish summers/autumn.

    I bought this for $50 but in a lumberjack shirt pattern last year and it's awesome. Mildly waterproof (not enough for yesterday) but always warm in the chilly winds as it has a reinforced front, plus it looks good enough to wear as a light jacket at work etc.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. ARobComp
    Member

    I also have an awesome light jacket I bought in Australia that's designed for Australian skaters to wear in the depths of a sydney winter, but is perfect for Scotland in spring/summer.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. wingpig
    Member

    Looked a bit wet before I left yesterday, so I put my cap on and stuck my phone in a nappy bag. At my first junction the rain's heaviness rapidly increased, resulting in near-saturation, but then it eased off to the point where I was almost dry again by the time I got home. I did briefly consider a second layer in case the rain was cold, but it wasn't.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. unhurt
    Member

    Travelling for work the slow way. On the north boat to Kirkwall and managed to get travel sick reading on the train to the ferry. Now confessing to ignoring the guidelines on the Travel Calm packet I had forgotten I had with me. Hyoscine hydrobromide and a glass of red wine might not be medically approved but, ooh: hello clouds! hello gannets! hello hoping to find an unused bit of seating to nap on...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Not on a commute but last weekend I managed to hook my banana around the bottom of my mini-pump as I pulled it out my back pocket. The pump fell into my back wheel, there was a bang and it flew over my left shoulder into the grass verge. The wheel wasn't so buckled that I couldn't keep going with the brake QR opened up. And I stopped swearing after about a minute (though the person with me kept a discrete distance for a couple of kilometres).

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. wingpig
    Member

    Can you try the same thing but dropping the banana into the wheel instead, to see if they're capable of damaging wheels?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    I don't doubt I'll do that at some point. It might cause an awful skid though.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. unhurt
    Member

    @Cyclingmollie that is an impressive banana related mishap! (Sorry about your wheel though. Did you retrieve your pump?)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    @unhurt My companion found the pump which I was able to straighten out with some effort and the wheel trued up okay.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. wee folding bike
    Member

    Pump in the wheel is a common Brompton thing given the position of the pump. I've bent a few.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. Snowy
    Member

    Pumping up tyre prior to ride home, I discovered two snapped spokes. So *that's* what the funny noise was this morning!

    Rode home ever so gently...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  15. unhurt
    Member

    Oops...

    Respoked now?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  16. Snowy
    Member

    Indeedy, thanks to the nice people at BikeWorks

    Posted 1 month ago #
  17. Iain McR
    Member

    following freezing feet on Saturday morning, extremely bright fluorescent over-socks have been purchased. I feel ridiculous wearing them, warm but ridiculous.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  18. amir
    Member

    @Iain McR - to increase embarrassment factor (and hence warm face), try wearing them in McDonalds. (this is part of the audaxers initiation ceremony)

    Posted 1 month ago #
  19. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Got to my place of work, opened rucksack. No laptop. Homeward bound.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  20. unhurt
    Member

    I'd have thought you'd notice the weight difference? Though possibly your work laptop is one of those super featherlight creatures.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Laptop is a paving slab with a keyboard. Inexplicable other than as self-sabotage.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  22. unhurt
    Member

    Not as inexplicable as carting a paving slab around on your back. #pannierevangelism

    Posted 1 month ago #
  23. paddyirish
    Member

    Had a lovely ride in this morning through new parts (to me) of Hopetoun Estate, then Abercorn and Dundas Estate, then got to work to find my keys (+ work remote access token) have been dislodged from my rucksack pocket. Long route home tonight in the hope that I may find them, but don't hold out much hope.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  24. rider73
    Member

    left my braking far too late at crammond in the rain, as the cycle path came to end near that pub - skidding straight into the curb and grass, was lucky no car was turning into its car park.
    fortunatley bunny hopped the front wheel but not the back, somehow kept upright sliding across the grass - think the rear might need trueing....

    Posted 1 month ago #
  25. rider73
    Member

    CRAP
    puncture on way home after FRB, thought nothing of it as they are routing us over some crappy scraped tarmac,
    began to inflate the rear
    noticed bulge on the tyre - -- dam tyre busted after this mornings curbing.
    inflated it just enough to get me home (+15mins riding)
    removed the tyre put on my spare
    just before i start to inflate that i notice the wheel is wonky! its now oval!
    CRAP

    Posted 1 month ago #
  26. SRD
    Moderator

    All ready for busy day at work today - ironed trousers and packed them in new pannier with undies, proper shoes, nice socks for proper shoes, cardie, very proud of myself for remembering belt for trousers....spotted what I forgot yet?

    amazingly, realized this before I left the house!!!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  27. rider73
    Member

    you bare chested today at work then? ;-)

    Posted 1 month ago #
  28. SRD
    Moderator

    not sure my navy long sleeve 'great edinburgh run' shirt would have gone over well...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  29. rider73
    Member

    so after my curb mount, the bills still mount up, as above , new wheel, new tyre, new inner tube.
    thought the front had got away with it as i bunny'd a bit,
    nope
    front tyre bulge, side wall looked a bit dodgy, so new tyre to.
    ugh, all my own fault :(

    Posted 1 month ago #
  30. rider73
    Member

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    another ride and another problem.
    a90 cycle way north, bushes across the path, double puncture front and rear!
    thankfully i had 2 tubes and 2 co2's but i was very cautious for the rest of the ride home. thankfully no further punctures.
    thats 6 rides i think now on the trot all with problems....

    oh cycle gods, why have though forsaken me

    Posted 1 month ago #

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