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Confessions of a Cycle Commuter

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  1. the canuck
    Member

    stem could work, but i like having it within thumb reach as i'm not massively confident about groping around the bike while riding. i'll give it a go. (old bell was bog standard and fit fine, not sure why this one won't.)

    today i had to shout MOOOOOOOOOVE at a student who was walking in the cycle lane--i had vehicles to my left so couldn't just swing around. turns out, he was from a group i'm working with this week, but luckily i was in disguise...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. steveo
    Member

    Back went click as I was trying to put my jeans on in the shower cubicle. This is not ideal, can't bend over...

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  3. wingpig
    Member

    Can you reach down with a clothes hanger and hook it round the belt loops to pull them up?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  4. steveo
    Member

    Got them on and had to sit with my head between my legs for a few moments. At my desk with my clippy shoes on trying to decide if I need rescued.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  5. wingpig
    Member

    Lie on your back and pull each knee up to your chest in turn, then together.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  6. steveo
    Member

    If I'm not back in 5 minutes I'm stuck on the floor...

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  7. wingpig
    Member

    Reach up to your desk with the coat hanger and use it to pull yourself up.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  8. steveo
    Member

    Can't even get down. Not sure the coat hanger has been built that'll lift me up.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    IWRATS' patent back-fixer: crawl to a door, stand up, lace fingers of both hands together, reach up and hang from the door with your feet off the floor.

    If your spinal cord ruptures as a result Admin please delete this post.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  10. steveo
    Member

    hang from the door with your feet off the floor.

    Climb out of cavern and go save Gotham?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  11. paulmilne
    Member

    If you are at work and seriously can't move, get a coworker to ring for help, either in house first aid/health and safety or ring for an ambulance. Other than that you'll just have to get home somehow, taxi might be easiest, work should pay for it. I wouldn't stay at work in this condition. I speak from experience, btw.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  12. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Look on the bright side: you're at work and not in Glen Feshie.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  13. steveo
    Member

    Cheers paul its easing off a bit now, I can get up and walk slowly I'm sure it'll be fine.

    you're at work and not in Glen Feshie.
    On the other had I'm in work... :(

    Was planning a trip with my big camera and camp gear out to Loch Derculich at the weekend but I suspect a 15kg pack will be vetoed by mrs steveo

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  14. DaveC
    Member

    Cycled in today. Stopped in town on the corner of Albany St and Broughton St to help a lady whose chain had come off her Yubo Mundo(??) cargo bike. She had already dropped her child off (empty seat) and was on the phone trying to get help. 2 minute job, and the vinyl gloves came in very handy in keeping my hands free of oil.

    Feeling good.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  15. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @steveo

    But you seem to camp with just the contents of your pockets? What's the other 14kg?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  16. steveo
    Member

    Was planning on taking a proper canvas tent to try for winter use, its about 3kg plus pegs and poles. And my big camera is really quite big! :D

    Shen Hao by Steven, on Flickr

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  17. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Nice. I have actually used a 5x4" plate camera at work. Please tell me they come with a digital back these days...?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  18. steveo
    Member

    You can get a digital back but it only goes up 645ish (6*4.5cm) which is tiny by comparison. Its much more "fun" when each shot or error costs an appreciable sum of money. And I have made a great many mistakes!

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  19. chdot
    Admin

    Many great mistakes too?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  20. steveo
    Member

    not nearly enough.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @steveo

    Fantastic. Loading your own plates and doing your own darkroom work?

    I used to absolutely brick it about putting the film in back to front for the shot of the Queen's guard at Balmoral. I think three of us each checked each side of each of six film holders.

    Very Ansel Adams, much kudos. Got me thinking about looking the Hasselblad out.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  22. steveo
    Member

    Fantastic. Loading your own plates and doing your own darkroom work?

    No room for a darkroom until I can kick out one or more of the children! Loading the plates is slightly unnerving not putting the darkslide in before removing the plate from the camera after a 20 minute exposure is... Irritating. Packing up and moving on before you realised you hadn't removed the darkslide before starting the exposure, more irritating. Loading the tank and realising you'd just shot with an empty holder! The list of ways to mess up 5x4 is extensive. :D

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  23. paulmilne
    Member

    @steveo how's your back by the way?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  24. steveo
    Member

    It's eased off now but still uncomfortable. Cheers

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  25. HankChief
    Member

    Discovered that one of the lower hooks on my (other) old Ortliebs wasn't there this morning. Looks like it has been bashed out of the track.

    I do have a recollection of hitting a lamppost with one of my rear most panniers yesterday but I can't recall where it was.

    Maybe another warranty claim ;-)

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  26. wingpig
    Member

    I think it was the cool airflow over my back which alerted me to the absence of my bag on Carrington Road, half-way in.

    I had the bar bag and bike seat in a pannier so would have thought I was the right weight when setting off. Fortunately, it was a pleasant morning to go back down the WoL the way I had come, though I then had to go the shortest and trafficmost way to get straight to work.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  27. Arellcat
    Moderator

    I had the bar bag and bike seat in a pannier

    That's certainly a drastic application of Rules #5 and #61.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  28. wingpig
    Member

    I seem to have lost the SPD pedals I swapped out for BMX-y flats on the singlespeed at the beginning of July so that I wouldn't need to take bike trainers on holiday. Fortunately I found another pair.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  29. steveo
    Member

    Turns out the nice wicking running t-shirt I was going to wear this evening to go home makes a great emergency towel...

    Posted 1 week ago #
  30. amir
    Member

    Grumpiness at the guy who drafted me for at least a mile into a very stiff headwind

    Posted 1 week ago #

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