Silly commuting racing

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby TGOTB » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:45 am

jacemano wrote:My girlfriend thinks that she can get back from her office faster by car than I can by bike.

I tried racing a girlfriend in a car once, albeit over a shorter route (~3 miles). As she opened the door she was already boasting to her mate how ridiculous it was that I thought I could beat her; she went a bit quiet when she found me sat on the sofa, showered and changed.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby DrHaggis » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:46 am

Also, if you're comfortable, choose a rainy day! That'll do wonders to traffic.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby itboffin » Wed Oct 09, 2019 13:56 pm

jacemano wrote:I now have a new aim in life.

My girlfriend thinks that she can get back from her office faster by car than I can by bike. (Her office in Tadworth, back being Clapham Common). 25km, 200m downhill elevation.

I'm going to take a train just to keep fresh legs and demonstrate oh just how wrong she is.

Think this counts as a silly commute race right?


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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Kingstonian » Wed Oct 09, 2019 14:30 pm

Yeah, if you lose you're dead to us, my friend

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby hopkinb » Wed Oct 09, 2019 15:09 pm

Every time I have "raced" the wife and family in the car from Raynes Park to Leytonstone to visit the in laws, I have won by >15 mins. Bus and tube also lose to bike, but that's due to the crappy bus ride/walk to the train or tube from our house.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Asprilla » Wed Oct 09, 2019 15:27 pm

Do we need to organise a Sky / Ineos style train to make sure you win?
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Veronese68 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 15:54 pm

I once raced a car from my folks' place to a pub, less than a mile. He went racing off whilst I gave the old dear a kiss goodbye. It was uphill all the way but I passed him as he was trying to reverse into a parking place. Had the bike locked and was sat down with a half full pint of beer in front of me when he walked in.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby MTB-Idle » Thu Oct 10, 2019 09:57 am

Kingstonian wrote:Yeah, if you lose you're dead to us, my friend


:lol: this
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby njee20 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 09:58 am

Riding into London is quicker on a bicycle than even a motorbike according to a friend of mine that does both, not on the same day of course.


I'll buy that, motorbikes just don't have that maneuverability in traffic, they can't filter anything like as efficiently.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby m00k » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:11 am

back in the saddle after ~10months getting fat and i'm dying after just 3 days this week :shock: (teddington - waterloo)

met a guy around putney on a white cube w/blue+red trim, deep sections and a solid track-stand who was going well. stayed with him until parson's green when a younger guy, also full carbon, joined in and they took off. i used to be able to set the pace but it nearly killed me today trying to keep with them up to lambeth bridge. now sat in the office feeling vey sorry for myself.

still, at least i've realised that i'm not water-soluble this week, was beginning to doubt myself.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Asprilla » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:13 am

njee20 wrote:
Riding into London is quicker on a bicycle than even a motorbike according to a friend of mine that does both, not on the same day of course.


I'll buy that, motorbikes just don't have that maneuverability in traffic, they can't filter anything like as efficiently.


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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby anonymousblackfg » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:19 am

Not quite as nodderish as yesterday but still noddery out there. Decided to play the game again and won, annoyingly there was an unfit looking chap on an odd sized flat bar BMC who kept being able to pull away from me so ended up to drop all on the final straight up to E&C.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby monkimark » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:43 am

Depends how far out you're riding from and which route. For me the motorbike is 45 minutes, bicycle is around 1hr 10 (18 miles into shepherds bush) doing 50mph up the A3 gives the motorbike a big advantage but once I get to putney there's probably no much in it.


njee20 wrote:
Riding into London is quicker on a bicycle than even a motorbike according to a friend of mine that does both, not on the same day of course.


I'll buy that, motorbikes just don't have that maneuverability in traffic, they can't filter anything like as efficiently.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby njee20 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:59 am

I'm pretty sure car would be quicker for me (from Dorking this morning), particularly as I'm hideously unfit, but agree once in central it wouldn't even be close.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby monkimark » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:11 am

I wouldn't be so sure, google maps gives me estimated driving time from home to work and it's always way longer than it takes me to cycle (I'm in ashtead)

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby parmos » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:14 am

well commuting home last night on my Cannondale quick 2 hybrid i quite enjoyed passing two separate guys on road bikes fully kitted out on a wide cycle path too shift out my way could see one of them make an attempt but just flew past him

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby elbowloh » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:15 am

monkimark wrote:I wouldn't be so sure, google maps gives me estimated driving time from home to work and it's always way longer than it takes me to cycle (I'm in ashtead)

I sometimes drive and sometimes cycle to/from work from Wallington.

It's marginally quicker by bike on the way in, but much quicker on the way home by bike. Cycling is also quicker door to door than getting the train/tube combo.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby TGOTB » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:42 am

Pretty even on the Embankment part of my commute (Chelsea - Parliament Square) - that is, it's fairly normal to see the same bikes at both ends. These tend to be the ones that are limited to 30mph, either by the machine itself or by the rider. Anything slower (New Kings Road) and I'm faster than the legal ones (though the ones with a real death wish still manage to get ahead).
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Wolfsbane2k » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:39 pm

Was overtaken by an sports e-biker going uphill this morning, but managed to reel them back about 100m before the very top of the hill, but couldn't quite overtake before we went our separate ways.

Good to see more e-bikers out and about in the area - more people on bikes means less people in cars.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Asprilla » Thu Oct 10, 2019 13:41 pm

Wolfsbane2k wrote:Was overtaken by an sports e-biker going uphill this morning, but managed to reel them back about 100m before the very top of the hill, but couldn't quite overtake before we went our separate ways.

Good to see more e-bikers out and about in the area - more people on bikes means less people in cars.


I think my issue with de-restricted ones is really because they overtake me with such ease whilst I'm battling into a headwind on the way home. There's a chap who regularly goes past me between Kingston and Hampton Court like I'm standing still even if I'm on the drops and doing 350w.
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