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Confessions of a Cycle Commuter

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  1. fimm
    Member

    @amir I don't usually do drafting but even I did try to hold the wheel of the guy who came past me this morning - didn't succeed for very long...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. wingpig
    Member

    The rattle from my rear mudguards on the way home (which I ignored, as it was only the rear) turned out not to be a loose stay bolt but a crack at the seat stay. Fortunately, the rear light wire would have prevented the rear portion swivelling round and scraping the ground.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. Snowy
    Member

    Disconcerting noises (new ones) on the commute were traced to jockey wheels which are so worn they're more like pulley wheels than cogs, once the, erm, protective layer of gunge was removed. After 9k miles it's probably time to spend a couple of quid...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. paulmilne
    Member

    After having done literally nothing to my new bike (acquired in April) I noticed today the tires are a bit mushy - hence the incrementally increasing difficulty in pedalling over the last week or so. Pump at Saughton House doesn't seem to work properly (or I couldn't get it to work, so I blame the pump naturally) so I'll have to train it out to Dunbar this weekend for a general going over.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. steveo
    Member

    Twitchy bum moment this morning on the tram path access road to Balgreen, heading for the cichane and my front brake errm broke. Gave the guy coming up the hill a start when I started making faces and trying to get my foot down for some extra friction.

    I've not had a good look yet but looks like one of the pistons isn't moving but just gently resting against the rotor.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. ARobComp
    Member

    Snapped my chain and had to shorten it, have bought a new one, but it's in my commuter bag, awaiting:

    a) I get sick of not being able to use the big ring (sort of enjoying my leisurely spinning at the moment)

    b) chain snaps again and I need to replace it on the road with the new chain.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. dougal
    Member

    Been riding to work for some time with thoroughly borked front brakes:

    https://twitter.com/dougalstanton/status/1043544583102189568

    Got them fixed on Saturday morning and it's taken two further days of riding for me to realise I didn't replug the dynamo to my light.

    Would I be better at maintenance if I did it more often? Hmm.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. wingpig
    Member

    I usually forget to unplug the dynamo until I've tried to pull the wheel out of the forks, usually after trying to pull the wheel away from the forks without disengaging the brake noodle. I'll always remember to re-plug-in the dynamo (probably due to having to be aware of where the connector is in relation to the fork when putting the wheel back in) and front brake but sometimes get to the front gate before remembering to re-connect the rear brake noodle.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. chrisfl
    Member

    Having broken my saddlebag last week, I've been using a rucksack. Which I left at the bottom of my stairs this morning and didn't realise until I was passing Meggetland on the canal. Cue turning back to pick it up.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. bill
    Member

    It's getting into this time of year when the very very enjoyable moment in my morning commute is the few minutes after I blow my nose when I stop to get off the canal towpath. I am more of a tissue person, you see and I haven't mastered the on-the-fly nose blow into the air.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  11. Snowy
    Member

    Indeed, the cyclists handkerchief. Shoulder-check compulsory...

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  12. unhurt
    Member

    In my case, shoulder wipe also compulsory. I just can't master the technique...

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  13. HankChief
    Member

    "the cyclists handkerchief" - No relation.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    @bill, you talkin' 'bout a snot rocket?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  15. bill
    Member

    you talkin' 'bout a snot rocket?

    @gembo This is a very neat name! and yes

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  16. wingpig
    Member

    The subject of the relative disgustingness of discreet hankies versus launching globbets of snot onto public surfaces should be approached carefully, as it might have been a contributory factor in forum departures.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  17. Arellcat
    Moderator

    the cyclists handkerchief. Shoulder-check compulsory...

    When said shoulder check is not performed.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  18. bill
    Member

    In my case, shoulder wipe also compulsory.

    @unhurt I tend to use gloves for wiping but I tried using shoulder today based on your recommendation(?). Couldn't easily reach my shoulder so i went for arm. I caught my face in scratchy velcro. Twice :P I think I will stick to my soft gloves.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  19. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I explained to madame IWRATS the other day why cycling mits often have toweling backs on them. She smiled, knowingly.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  20. Arellcat
    Moderator

    @IWRATS, you can also use the towelling sections to mop up the blood when your AWESOME POWER reaches 11 out of 10 and you snap off your right-hand crank at the spider, accelerate to the ground and break your fall with your kneecap. You may ask me how I know that.

    I took the long(er) way home from town today. Headed out to Portobello, ambled along the prom and met a very lovely, very hairy greyhound, then out to Musselburgh and Millerhill and Shawfair, whereupon I got lost four times at once.

    The National Cycle Network signage around there is terrible. Eventually I found the route signposted Loanhead and Roslin.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  21. wingpig
    Member

    That's why I've ended up going home along the Wisp twice after going to IKEA.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  22. Frenchy
    Member

    The National Cycle Network signage around there is terrible.

    There's no NCN route there to be signed.

    That doesn't excuse the crap signage, of course, but it may change who's to blame.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  23. Arellcat
    Moderator

    OK, not NCN but regular blue signs for cycle routes. You'd think the terminator for the Shawfair-Gilmerton-Loanhead-Roslin expressway would be readily identifiable, but it's just a wiggly nothing of a path leading off west from Shawfair Avenue.

    The ridiculous thing is, I have cycled this route before, albeit only in the other direction.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  24. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    You may ask me how I know that.

    It's about time we talked. I will ask you that.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  25. the canuck
    Member

    cyclist's handkerchief: step one, have a lot of air in lungs.
    step two, strong diaphragm muscles. (i recommend singing along to power ballads.)

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  26. wingpig
    Member

    The early freezingness and sensibleness of re-mounting winterspikes means I now won't have to remove and re-mount the non-winter tyre on the geared bike which has been annoying me since March (or whenever it was I removed the winterspikes) due to a noticeable non-roundness issue possibly caused by a disagreement between the anti-puncture tape and the tube.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  27. gembo
    Member

    I was asked to dip my light tonight, if it was you going the other way, I am sorry. It was on bridge just after boroughmuir heading west. The cyclist heading the other way had experienced the sensation known as The Lightening as I put it on just before being asked to dip it, lighting up the landscape. For fifteen years I have asked people to dip but I have given up. I did put my hand over the beam twenty times on way to Balerno.mthis was reciprocated once. Though three people did thank me for this

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  28. steveo
    Member

    Cold and Wet = sintered pads = brown trousers time

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  29. acsimpson
    Member

    @Arellcat, was that an attempt at strava art. A drawing of a one cranked bike for instance.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  30. paulmilne
    Member

    @acsimpson @arellcat I was thinking a very tall giraffe.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #

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