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New Cycle Blog

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  • Started 1 month ago by CycleCommute.CC
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  1. I had a look but couldn't see any general thread for blogs. Please move this if needed.

    I just started a new blog about my daily cycle commute. Hopefully plenty new content to go in, and it can encourage and entertain on the way. Have a read and join me as I try to cycle commute every working day in 2019.

    Website link :

    CycleCommute.CC

    There are Facebook and Instagram links at the bottom of the blog.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    @cyclecommute.cc great effort. Is your 17.5 mile route Livingston canal, then NEPN? I mean mostly off road?

    @arobcomp if you go into the About section of the blog there is a very fetching photo and you can see the swing I am trying to fob off on you in @cyclecommute.cc's garden. Partially obscured by hedge. Or as previously discussed locate it on its side in wilderness at bottom of my garden. On its side as when up the passing weans were coming over for a swing and breaking the fence.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. Thanks @gembo.

    It's mostly usually road. Livi to Uphall, down the A89, A8 then through Edin to my office.

    I'll probably do a post on the route and options at some point.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. neddie
    Member

  5. bill
    Member

    @cyclecommute.cc nice effort and good luck with both the writing and the cycling commitment.

    The photo in your first post is at the place where I leave the canal take the roads into Livingston. Maybe we will cross the paths one day OR we could just switch the jobs!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  6. Haha @bill, if we swapped jobs how would we get the mileage on the bike though?

    Promise I'm not a stalker but I think we have passed several times and exchanged waves.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  7. bill
    Member

    @cyclecommute.cc good point about the bike mileage. Also wouldn't have the same excuse to have cake/chocolate/bikkies for breakfast.

    This is my (almost but not quite anymore) daily route: https://www.strava.com/activities/2070450751
    (yes, I am not very fast)

    Please, do shout at me next time you think it's me.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. @bill, yes saw you on strava flyby before. Just sent you a follow request.

    So true about the cake!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. Better than jewellery?

    http://cyclecommute.cc/2019/01/12/oooh-shiney/

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. ARobComp
    Member

    @gembo - thanks I actually was riding up there yesterday and snooped at swing. I've been told however by wife of ARob that we are not getting a swing because "it needs too much supervision when they're young". I can see her point - I can imagine based on her current swing addiction (mini Arob not wife of Arob) that we would reach a point where she might drive us insane with requests to go use the thing. So maybe down the line, but not right now!

    @CycleCommute.cc Nice blog shall keep an eye. Part of me would love the distance you go, but I'd need a more formal 9-5 than I have now. Are your hours quite stable/do you do much travelling with work? That's my current challenge, in that I might be one place one day and another city the next, it's hard to plan kit, routes, keeping bike safe etc.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  11. gembo
    Member

    @arobcomp - fair points - i was down in the jungle checking it out Saturday and retrieving a bin lid and tending to my hilarious intruder hedge that never took (shade loving yes but total darkness no)

    my commutwe this morning was eventful.

    8 mergansers in total 2 on WoL 6 on canal
    1 cormorant on canal
    1 polish transgender person gie'in it laldy on the aqueduct

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. Thanks @arobcomp, I'll try and keep it up to date. Hoping it will highlight what is possible and provide a bit of help for anyone wanting to start.

    One of the best things about my job is the flexibility. I can pretty much make up the hours anything between 7-7. Current role has no travelling either so I'm here Mon-Fri.

    Anyone who wants to follow can like the facebook link in the blog header.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. Arellcat
    Moderator

    gie'in it laldy on the aqueduct

    Verbally, shopping carryingly or speedily?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  14. Frenchy
    Member

    shopping carryingly

    That'd be "gie'in it laldi", no?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  15. gembo
    Member

    @arellcat affirmative on the verbals, big deep sweary(I assume) polish, in particular to the person in front who bravely lifted her bike and walked round, leaving the getting pushed in option very real. Also shopping in loose bag to the rear. no speed though as pushing very slowly over aqueduct.

    Also some verbals at me and all I did was wish her good morning. NOt a morning sort of person?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  16. Snowy
    Member

    I saw the aforementioned person at Wester Hailes first thing...she now breaks into loud swearing at the sight of me. Not sure what I've done, although I was seen in @Greenroofer's company once or twice; that may have done it.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  17. Rosie
    Member

    @CycleCommuter - I enjoy the idea of your blog, but what is your route, or your starting point and destination? Have I missed something?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  18. Greenroofer
    Member

    @Snowy - yeah, that's probably why. I've had a few passing encounters in the past months, but not on the aqueduct (luckily).

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

    That'd be "gie'in it laldi"

    That's enough of that.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    @snowy, I think you just have to be a fellow cyclist as it were

    Posted 1 month ago #
  21. I'll do a post shortly on the route. Maybe I should have done that first. Its from Livingston to Edinburgh (Crewe Toll).

    New post is up from today:

    http://cyclecommute.cc/2019/01/14/totally-worn-out/

    Posted 1 month ago #
  22. Road rage is too common:

    http://cyclecommute.cc/2019/01/16/radge-gardener/

    Posted 1 month ago #
  23. Forgetful me:

    http://cyclecommute.cc/2019/01/17/wheres-my-bike/

    Posted 1 month ago #
  24. bill
    Member

    @CC.CC at some point I would like to hear about your experience with nutrition, i.e. whether you had to change your diet after you started doing this commute daily.
    I know nothing about nutrition but I found I had start making sure I eat enough proteins if I regularly do 50km/day. When we had a veg-heavy diet for a week (and we didn't use pulses etc) I experienced some sort of craving for something (unspecified) but it went away if I had enough proteins (mostly meat, eggs).

    Posted 1 month ago #
  25. Hi @bill, that's a good idea about the nutrition.

    Also, a new blog post is up, with someone from this ward included:

    Copycat!

    Please like and share the Facebook link if you enjoy it.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  26. New page about my route. Link from menu at the top of the page.

    Cyclecommute.CC

    Posted 1 month ago #
  27. Freezing cold, but absolutely beautiful ride today:

    CycleCommute.CC

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  28. I've put a couple of pages on the blog. One with update on the ride:

    Give me a Brake!

    The other a list of the annual costs:

    How Much?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  29. LaidBack
    Member

    @CycleCommute
    Costs aren't bad if you divide by mileage you cover. Over 7000 miles a year... higher than the average cummute.
    Many bike commutes are in the 3-6 mile zone where a bike is more convenient / faster than most other modes without too much effort. (As proven by the EdFoC SEStran Commuter Challenge in past).

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  30. @Laidback
    Yes, I should hopefully have a cost per mile by the end of the year that will be significantly less than driving or public transport.

    Even considering the £100 spent already this year, over 600 miles that is only 16.6p per mile. Roughly in the region of fuel costs alone. Then there is wear and tear on the vehicle and depreciation to account for.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #

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