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Confessions of a Cycle Commuter

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  1. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    "Wait, how did you not notice you were pedalless until outside your daughter's school? Or do you live immediately above the school?"

    Was wheeling the bike on the pavement as she scooted. Can't believe I walked nearly a mile without noticing...

    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. HankChief
    Member

    What did you so next. Try to style it out or trudge home muttering under your breath?

    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. unhurt
    Member

    Ride home like you're on an adult balance bike?

    Posted 9 months ago #
  4. IanE
    Member

    "Was wheeling the bike on the pavement as she scooted. Can't believe I walked nearly a mile without noticing..."

    Ha! Useful lesson for me, I'll be doing the childcare run in a few months trying to juggle bike and pram (until he gets old enough to be embarrassed by my bright pink bike!).

    Posted 9 months ago #
  5. Frenchy
    Member

    Ride home like you're on an adult balance bike?

    Definitely an excuse to go down hills like this: http://l450v.alamy.com/450v/da10te/a-mature-woman-cycling-along-a-country-path-legs-outstretched-da10te.jpg

    Posted 9 months ago #
  6. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    "What did you so next. Try to style it out or trudge home muttering under your breath?"

    "Ride home like you're on an adult balance bike?"

    Bit of all that - had to walk/mutter the busy and uphill bits, but got a bit of a freewheel on downhill sections. Surprisingly hard to get saddled using just the protuberance of the non-drive side crank.

    Once home, the next problem was finding a 15mm spanner to sort the pedals, which I seemed to have hidden from myself

    Posted 9 months ago #
  7. unhurt
    Member

    I put too much cayenne pepper on my roasted sweet potato with shallots. Ow!

    Posted 9 months ago #
  8. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Amir: Once I drove all the way to the other side of Glasgow for an audax and found I'd forgotten my shoes. The organiser lent me some but they were too small. I had to apologise profusely to cyclingmollie who I'd given a lift.
    We rode to Duns instead and had lunch 187km from where we meant to.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  9. Iain McR
    Member

    Cycling home last night, realised i hadn't zipped shut the side pocket of my in-frame bag. So reached down & closed it without looking, only to realise 2 secs later I had zipped part of my large winter glove into it. No amount of pulling was going to release it.

    Not great when riding along rush-hour Ferry Rd - came to a very wobbly stop shortly afterwards. Stupid mistake.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  10. Hopey
    Member

    Today of all days I left my change of clothes sitting on my sofa. No trousers, no shorts, no underwear. Sitting doing my work on the stairs at the office next to a radiator in a cycling tshirt and leggings trying to dry off. Socks, shoes and jersey are on the radiator downstairs.

    Office is relaxed and we're all pals so it's fine, but still...

    Posted 9 months ago #
  11. rider73
    Member

    @Hopey - took a brave person to share that ! :-)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  12. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @Hopey

    After doing much the same many moons ago I started leaving emergency apparel at work. A whole work package of nearly worn out clothes. Saved my blushes a couple of times too.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  13. unhurt
    Member

    This is why my desk drawer contains Emergency Underwear. (Next to the emergency can of mackerel fillets in tomato sauce.)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  14. bill
    Member

    Confessions of a Cycle Commuter getting a lift fairly often in the past 1.5 month:
    I am enjoying being able to have a cup of tea as late as I want during the work hours. When I cycle in colder weather I have to stop my liquid intake at about 3pm because otherwise the way back is problematic. Luckily Mrbill learnt to leave the toilet available about 1.5h after I leave work.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  15. Iain McR
    Member

    my desk drawer is mostly emergency items or cycling related - only reason i need a drawer really.

    Just about to drag back on damp cycling kit - worst part of the day.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  16. unhurt
    Member

    @bill: nowhere you can nip behind a bush / wall on the way home? Cycle touring has made me pretty shameless about that...

    @Iain I go uphill in morning, and if it's a change-of-clothes trip (long way round in or v wet) I just keep my work gear on to go home. It's dry and warm and then goes in the washing machine on arrival. (At which point, if staying in, it's time for what a friend has dubbed "relaxoslacks" - any trouser type things that are warm/stretchy/fleecy & you might not want to wear to the shops if anyone you know could spot you).

    Posted 9 months ago #
  17. bill
    Member

    @unhurt I did a couple of times but somehow always feels like a lot of faff when I am on the bike. But similar to you I am pretty shameless when walking :D

    @Iain McR My life has changed since I can use the plant room to hang my cloths and it dries my cloths of the time.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    "relaxoslacks" - any trouser type things that are warm/stretchy/fleecy

    Ha. In our house these are called 'leezure trousers', a phrase coined by my Canadian auntie.

    @ladies

    Many men (me included) piss anywhere and everywhere. This practice (like all others not related to childbirth) should not be gendered. Have at it.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  19. unhurt
    Member

    Arrrrgh! I use an old phone for my alarm at home. Set alarm on good phone for first time since recent android update as staying with friends closer to airport. New system. But seemed to be fine. Till they woke me up 20 minutes after I had planned to leave for the airport. "Are you... supposed to still be here?"

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

    Had meant to cycle to airport but half awake and panicked and looked v snowy out. Taxi firms all ringing off hook. Traffic crawling in snow. Threw on clothes, left bike in garage, RAN to airport bus stop on slippy snow. Got to airport with just enough time to make 09:20 flight, sans caffeine, quite stressed, unwashed and untooth cleaned and - - - - the Kirkwall flight is delayed till 11:50.

    Coffee now. All coffee. And maybe a nap.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  20. wingpig
    Member

    Toothbrushing first, then nap. Don't spend all your money on coffee as toothbrushes at airports are bound to be pricey.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  21. unhurt
    Member

    I have my own toothbrush with me. So. Maybe I'll splurge on dry shampoo...

    Posted 9 months ago #
  22. Snowy
    Member

    Standing up to leave the office and realising you have forgotten to charge your front light. Grr. Time for a cuppa...

    Posted 9 months ago #
  23. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I use an old phone for my alarm at home. Set alarm on good phone for first time since recent android update

    Your use of 'old' and 'good' is, well, curious. The alarm on my phone works fine. It can't be 'updated' because there is nowhere to get a punched card into it.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  24. unhurt
    Member

    Indeed, the palaeophone is transformed in my eyes - like the phone version of a librarian in an old film taking her glasses off and shaking out her hair. (Ish.) I undertake not to be mean about it ever again for a reasonable period of time*.

    *as defined by me

    Posted 9 months ago #
  25. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    To quote my nephew on the paleophone, every six months; 'T'as toujours ton silex, IWRATS?'

    Posted 9 months ago #
  26. unhurt
    Member

    The acheulian hand axe of mobile communications. (Nephew will go far.)

    Posted 9 months ago #
  27. Greenroofer
    Member

    @snowy - or time for a dynamo...

    I'm sure I've mentioned before that they are rather good.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  28. Iain McR
    Member

    argh ....

    leaving the office @ 9pm to discover that your tubeless 29er has a flat and you ain't got a pump (as its on the other bike).

    Posted 9 months ago #
  29. unhurt
    Member

    Are you channeling @rider73 now?

    ETA: "my desk drawer is mostly emergency items" - other than spare pumps.

    ETA2: ...I might put a spare pump in my desk drawer now just so fate doesn't feel too tempted by this comment.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  30. rider73
    Member

    you know about 9 hours ago ("POSTED 9 HOURS AGO") i felt a cold sweat across my brow, like someone had rode across the landfill site that contains my 7 or 8 inner tubes from the past 3 weeks of riding....

    Posted 9 months ago #

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