Ride to Work Day 2009

Kramer 15 October 2009 34

[First Filed – Oct 13, 2009]
Tomorrow, Wednesday 14 October is National Ride to Work Day. As one of the most cycle friendly cities in Australia, I’m hoping to see Canberrans out in force on their bikes tomorrow. Personally, I’m planning to cruise to work on my “fun” bike (long travel, freeride mountain bike). It’s only a very short 2 Km commute for me (which I usually walk), so I’ll have some fun for ride to work day, maybe even a quick fang at the skate park before work (just hope the weather is kind).

Anyone else got fun ride plans for RTW day?
[Ed] And we’d love to see any photos you might take for the day, email them to images@the-riotact.com
[Car driving agitators can keep to themselves, as we’ve seen enough slinging between both camps lately]


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tristero tristero 7:04 pm 15 Oct 09

Deckard said :

Sometimes you get a bit of glass or something stuck in the tyre which, when the tyre is up at full pressure, causes a slow leak. This happened to me a few weeks ago – 3 puntures in 3 days. Finally found the tiny piece of glass stuck deep in the tyre. Almost needed tweezers to get it out.

The first puncture was a worn segment inside the rim. Quite possible I didn’t fit it properly 3 months ago (pinched maybe and it was an ultra cheapy tube). The second was glass. Ever since a similar thing a few years back (slow leaks, eventual careful look, tweezers, glass) I always go over the tyres carefully now. That said, it doesn’t help that the quickest way for me to get to work is via cycleways (I know!) and that they take me under a couple of underpasses that always seem sprinkled with beautiful shards of glittering glass…

I’ve had more than a few chats with fellow commuters while we clear the way.

Kramer Kramer 2:56 pm 15 Oct 09

It was a miserable day for RTW! I managed to dodge the rain on my short commute to work, although didn’t hit the skate park as planned. On the way home I copped the rain full on, and had made the silly decision to pack my goretex into my bag rather than wearing it – Doh!

If you are getting lots of punctures, then adjust your tyre pressures and check for holes/thorns in your tyres. Also Stan’s No Tubes is supposed to be good too.

KB – I reckon your issue is just more tyre pressure needed on the rear to prevent pinch flats.

niftydog niftydog 1:12 pm 15 Oct 09

Super tough tires for commuting – Specialized Armadillo’s. You can get them in knobby treads, but I’ve got relatively smooth “Hemispheres” which roll very nicely.
I no longer have to look out for glass on the path!

@ KB1971: I think it’s more to do with the Maxxis possibly being designed as a light weight XC tyre. They tend to have stickier rubber which is the opposite of the cheapy Kenda’s which are probably MADE out of old boots!

Deckard Deckard 1:01 pm 15 Oct 09

Sometimes you get a bit of glass or something stuck in the tyre which, when the tyre is up at full pressure, causes a slow leak. This happened to me a few weeks ago – 3 puntures in 3 days. Finally found the tiny piece of glass stuck deep in the tyre. Almost needed tweezers to get it out.

KB1971 KB1971 8:36 am 15 Oct 09

Aeek said :

tristero said :

Puncture on the way home yesterday. Puncture on the way home today. Damn it.

Either your very unlucky or you’re doing something wrong.

Tyre pressure too high or too low, $100 gets you a track pump.

Tyres, its worth spending the extra money on tougher tyres, some of which are still quite fast. Commuting, tough is more important than fast.

Took me years to learn this basic stuff 🙂

Funny you know, my $15 Kenda on the front has not had one puncture, the $45 dollar Maxis on the rear gives me no end of grief.

I suspect the Kenda is just an old design that is tough as old boots. I am happy with tough as old boots over wasting maybe 30 seconds on a 30km ride.

Danman Danman 8:21 am 15 Oct 09

I have 3 words of advice for avoiding punctures, Slime, Slime, Slime,

Learn it, love it, live it.

Aeek Aeek 10:25 pm 14 Oct 09

tristero said :

Puncture on the way home yesterday. Puncture on the way home today. Damn it.

Either your very unlucky or you’re doing something wrong.

Tyre pressure too high or too low, $100 gets you a track pump.

Tyres, its worth spending the extra money on tougher tyres, some of which are still quite fast. Commuting, tough is more important than fast.

Took me years to learn this basic stuff 🙂

Aeek Aeek 8:12 pm 14 Oct 09

Bad timing, my first to-work puncture in years. Hit a rock at speed coming down Caswell Drive. Simple change of tube and I was on my way. Too late for the presentations and prizes, but still got my work sponsored breakfast.

No real rain today, was a great day for a ride.

Special G Special G 7:54 pm 14 Oct 09

No riding the pushie today – did get out for a rare ride on a scooter whilst picking up the wifes vespa after a service (not sure if I should be admitting to this one. Ride to work every other day so why make this one special. Other that that I wasn’t at work.

tristero tristero 7:43 pm 14 Oct 09

Puncture on the way home yesterday. Puncture on the way home today. Damn it.

Grail Grail 4:09 pm 14 Oct 09

Postalgeek said :

-More excuses to buy virtual partners and cycle gps apps for my wanky iphone.

Thank goodness it’s not just me! My current favourite is “B.iCycle” – moving map with all the usual cyclocomputer stuff (no cadence, for obvious reasons). It records the track so you can review it in Google Earth later too! Which conveniently ties in with the geotagging of those photos you’ve been taking with the built-in camera! Man I love being a wanke… sorry, I love having a wanky iPhone! And dammit, I need more reasons to use exclamation marks and capitalising the second letter of words.

What other iPhone apps can I get to support cycling?

Postalgeek said :

-Zero crappy lite diets. I can have Brodburger whenever I can afford it, which is always coz I don’t have to buy petrol

The best bit for me is that, working in Dickson, I’ll have burned off most of the excess calories on my way back to the office.

Postalgeek said :

-Never gets boring. There is always a pedestrian doing something interesting across both lanes.

Let us not forget the car drivers using the bike lane as a Clayton’s transit lane!

KB1971 KB1971 2:52 pm 14 Oct 09

Danman said :

KB1971 – Ture indeed, but I would rather smash it in with a 50-70km WNW in the morning going SE rather than N.

I prefer arriving home frazzled than work.. Some +1hr rides TO work in gusts up to 70kmh got to suck – luckily the wind is on my back most mornings and usually on my nose on the way home.

I would have thought the breakfast would have been a light ceral/toast type thing…The ride to work website was spruiking cerals to purchase in bulk for the event.

I hear ya, the reason I mentioned it was that as I arrived at Glebe Park this morning a guy said to me “How good was the wind this morning?…..”

I nearly smacked him one 🙂

Crypto50 Crypto50 2:32 pm 14 Oct 09

Oh yes I thought the wind would be bad coming over commonwealth bridge but no probs.

Cleo, if you want to learn, check out pedal power, or ask a cyclist at your work.

What postalgeek said, it is all good, and danman, good on you

Jenna57 Jenna57 2:16 pm 14 Oct 09

I saw only 1 cyclist on the way to work this morning Canberra Ave/Hindmarsh Dr, and traffic was much heavier than the last couple of days so thought it must have been cancelled. LOL! I envy those who can ride as the pluses described above sound wonderful, however am too old and decrepit. Good on you to those who regularly cycle or walk to work!

Danman Danman 2:16 pm 14 Oct 09

KB1971 – Ture indeed, but I would rather smash it in with a 50-70km WNW in the morning going SE rather than N.

I prefer arriving home frazzled than work.. Some +1hr rides TO work in gusts up to 70kmh got to suck – luckily the wind is on my back most mornings and usually on my nose on the way home.

I would have thought the breakfast would have been a light ceral/toast type thing…The ride to work website was spruiking cerals to purchase in bulk for the event.

KB1971 KB1971 12:31 pm 14 Oct 09

Top day for it…….30km with a NW headwind blowing the rain in your face for a sausage at Glebe Park!!!!!! It was much nicer last year.

For all you Notherners that have a head wind on the way home most afternoons……us Southerners usually get a nice tail wind most of the time 🙂

Postalgeek: you hit the nail on the head.

Good on Pedal Power for putting on a nice brekky even though the weather was unsociable.

S4anta S4anta 10:09 am 14 Oct 09

GnT said :

Sorry about the weather everyone! Hopefully there are still some die hards who’ve lycra’d up for the occasion.

What should I do if I work from home?

Spend the day riding the kids toy trike round the house, doing whatever it is you have to do!

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:55 am 14 Oct 09

Oh riding to work, how I love thee. Let me count the ways:

-My only chance to get exercise with a high maintenance schedule

– I hate being corralled in traffic and get impatient with it. Sad but true. A motorbike removed much of the stress, but on a bike it’s beautiful open road all the way. On a bike you can communicate with the blockages, politely, and then not so politely.

-Riding to and from work is Metamucil for the mind.

-Riding means I don’t tail at the back on weekend rides

-More excuses to buy virtual partners and cycle gps apps for my wanky iphone.

– I can squeeze through gaps in kiddy playgrounds when my little one goes AWOL

-I get to wear lycra which annoys exactly the sort of people I would like to annoy

-Zero parking hassles

-Zero fuel bills

-Zero crappy lite diets. I can have Brodburger whenever I can afford it, which is always coz I don’t have to buy petrol 😀

-Most senses are engaged on the way to work in Spring. Lovely perfumes this time of year. Even the cold lets you know you’re alive.

-Never gets boring. There is always a pedestrian doing something interesting across both lanes.

GnT GnT 9:37 am 14 Oct 09

Sorry about the weather everyone! Hopefully there are still some die hards who’ve lycra’d up for the occasion.

What should I do if I work from home?

Danman Danman 8:15 am 14 Oct 09

Rain, hail, sub zero, snow, dust, I dont care, its the wind that really irks me, unless it’s a tailwind, which is barely never.

The beauty of the wind is that it is on you rnose the whole way in, then magically swings 180 degrees regardless of your home location and is on the nose for the way home.

Che, the scenery is beautiful indeed, frost and fog shrouded mornings along gunghalin drive to barton highway are exceptionally pleasant.

40km tailwinds gave me a pb of 40:49 to Braddon from ngunnawal today – but riding home will hurt.

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