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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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago #
  10. Cyclingmollie
    Member

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

    Posted 4 days ago #
  11. unhurt
    Member

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

    Posted 3 days 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 3 days 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 days ago #

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