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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,670 Lives Here

    cjcp said:

    Looking forward to a relatively deserted traffic volume in ~20mins, compared to heading in at ~0800 is recent weeks, although we now have a number of popup bus/cycle lanes through Southampton that made things feel less hostile on the later starts.

    Some of these pop-up lanes have appeared in central London, but I don't think I'll see any on my route.
    None on my commute, I do use Kingston bridge if I’m going for a towpath/Richmond Park/Wimbledon Gravel up which is not terribly useful to be honest.

    I got taken out at the end of the lane on Kingston bridge, car cut across the front of me and hit the brakes as I was coming out the end of the lane at Hampton Wick. That was the first week it was there, claimed he didn't see me. Having driven over the bridge several times it's almost impossible not to see someone in the temporary lane so I suspect it was a case of must get in front.
    I was thinking how nice it was to have a bit of space only moments beforehand.
  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,147

    cjcp said:

    Looking forward to a relatively deserted traffic volume in ~20mins, compared to heading in at ~0800 is recent weeks, although we now have a number of popup bus/cycle lanes through Southampton that made things feel less hostile on the later starts.

    Some of these pop-up lanes have appeared in central London, but I don't think I'll see any on my route.
    None on my commute, I do use Kingston bridge if I’m going for a towpath/Richmond Park/Wimbledon Gravel up which is not terribly useful to be honest.

    I got taken out at the end of the lane on Kingston bridge, car cut across the front of me and hit the brakes as I was coming out the end of the lane at Hampton Wick. That was the first week it was there, claimed he didn't see me. Having driven over the bridge several times it's almost impossible not to see someone in the temporary lane so I suspect it was a case of must get in front.
    I was thinking how nice it was to have a bit of space only moments beforehand.
    If anything for faster cyclist it maybe more of a hazard, I swear traffic is less friendly than normal on the bridge, plus it’s a pain if you arrive from the towpath.

    Didn’t your bike end up damaged? Has that been sorted yet? And I’m assuming that nothing untoward with your self?

  • silverstreaksilverstreak Posts: 48
    RP laps are possible again - albeit with chicanes, which adds a nice twist (several in fact). Took advantage of the early doors emptiness and good weather to squeeze in a 3LC I wanted to try months ago. Watch showed something around 58-59 minutes (Strava didn’t get all the segments). Nice, steady ride and took it easy round the chicanes. Very civilised.
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,670 Lives Here

    cjcp said:

    Looking forward to a relatively deserted traffic volume in ~20mins, compared to heading in at ~0800 is recent weeks, although we now have a number of popup bus/cycle lanes through Southampton that made things feel less hostile on the later starts.

    Some of these pop-up lanes have appeared in central London, but I don't think I'll see any on my route.
    None on my commute, I do use Kingston bridge if I’m going for a towpath/Richmond Park/Wimbledon Gravel up which is not terribly useful to be honest.

    I got taken out at the end of the lane on Kingston bridge, car cut across the front of me and hit the brakes as I was coming out the end of the lane at Hampton Wick. That was the first week it was there, claimed he didn't see me. Having driven over the bridge several times it's almost impossible not to see someone in the temporary lane so I suspect it was a case of must get in front.
    I was thinking how nice it was to have a bit of space only moments beforehand.
    If anything for faster cyclist it maybe more of a hazard, I swear traffic is less friendly than normal on the bridge, plus it’s a pain if you arrive from the towpath.

    Didn’t your bike end up damaged? Has that been sorted yet? And I’m assuming that nothing untoward with your self?

    The funny thing being as I was on the old bike I'd fixed up I was pootling, too lazy to reach for downtube shifters. Frame was bent but hopefully that will be repaired.
    That was 7 weeks ago and they've just confirmed that I've broken my wrist, that would be why it still hurts like hell. Xray looked ok at the time but apparently it's not unusual for it not to show for a few days, I was carrying on thinking it just takes longer as I'm no spring chicken.
  • kingstoniankingstonian Posts: 2,134
    Yeah, may have been a hairline break which can be super hard to see on an x ray unless it is taken at exactly the right angle.

    Fix up soon.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,659

    cjcp said:

    Looking forward to a relatively deserted traffic volume in ~20mins, compared to heading in at ~0800 is recent weeks, although we now have a number of popup bus/cycle lanes through Southampton that made things feel less hostile on the later starts.

    Some of these pop-up lanes have appeared in central London, but I don't think I'll see any on my route.
    None on my commute, I do use Kingston bridge if I’m going for a towpath/Richmond Park/Wimbledon Gravel up which is not terribly useful to be honest.

    I got taken out at the end of the lane on Kingston bridge, car cut across the front of me and hit the brakes as I was coming out the end of the lane at Hampton Wick. That was the first week it was there, claimed he didn't see me. Having driven over the bridge several times it's almost impossible not to see someone in the temporary lane so I suspect it was a case of must get in front.
    I was thinking how nice it was to have a bit of space only moments beforehand.
    If anything for faster cyclist it maybe more of a hazard, I swear traffic is less friendly than normal on the bridge, plus it’s a pain if you arrive from the towpath.

    Didn’t your bike end up damaged? Has that been sorted yet? And I’m assuming that nothing untoward with your self?

    The funny thing being as I was on the old bike I'd fixed up I was pootling, too lazy to reach for downtube shifters. Frame was bent but hopefully that will be repaired.
    That was 7 weeks ago and they've just confirmed that I've broken my wrist, that would be why it still hurts like hell. Xray looked ok at the time but apparently it's not unusual for it not to show for a few days, I was carrying on thinking it just takes longer as I'm no spring chicken.
    Oh dear that's censored , i've managed to break both wrist once so far, one was dead obvious by the black & purple hand etc the other i broke the elbow which also cracked the wrist in the process and i'm sorry to report that still hurts when its wet/damp years later and neither breaks had any surgery or casts. Time & beer heals :/
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,670 Lives Here
    Yes, apparently quite common and the wrist is quite busy with lots of small joints so I completely get it. I'm just going to try and milk the sympathy angle until the trouble tells me to stop whining. A medicinal beer might help of course.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,659
    sympathy! what’s that?
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,670 Lives Here
    itboffin said:

    sympathy! what’s that?

    A forlorn hope
  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,147

    cjcp said:

    Looking forward to a relatively deserted traffic volume in ~20mins, compared to heading in at ~0800 is recent weeks, although we now have a number of popup bus/cycle lanes through Southampton that made things feel less hostile on the later starts.

    Some of these pop-up lanes have appeared in central London, but I don't think I'll see any on my route.
    None on my commute, I do use Kingston bridge if I’m going for a towpath/Richmond Park/Wimbledon Gravel up which is not terribly useful to be honest.

    I got taken out at the end of the lane on Kingston bridge, car cut across the front of me and hit the brakes as I was coming out the end of the lane at Hampton Wick. That was the first week it was there, claimed he didn't see me. Having driven over the bridge several times it's almost impossible not to see someone in the temporary lane so I suspect it was a case of must get in front.
    I was thinking how nice it was to have a bit of space only moments beforehand.
    If anything for faster cyclist it maybe more of a hazard, I swear traffic is less friendly than normal on the bridge, plus it’s a pain if you arrive from the towpath.

    Didn’t your bike end up damaged? Has that been sorted yet? And I’m assuming that nothing untoward with your self?

    The funny thing being as I was on the old bike I'd fixed up I was pootling, too lazy to reach for downtube shifters. Frame was bent but hopefully that will be repaired.
    That was 7 weeks ago and they've just confirmed that I've broken my wrist, that would be why it still hurts like hell. Xray looked ok at the time but apparently it's not unusual for it not to show for a few days, I was carrying on thinking it just takes longer as I'm no spring chicken.
    Very painful breaking the wrist from memory, and lingered. Mine didn’t show apparently but they were sure it was. No cast just told to be good and not do anything silly...
  • langtounboylangtounboy Posts: 48
    An almost surreal 10 mile commute this morning with the traffic light gods smiling on me. No racing but green lights all the way :)
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  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,213
    This thread is as good a place as any to ask this heatwave related question, without starting a fresh thread...

    Yesterday, I dithered and delayed like Boris until almost midday, before going out for a ~2 hour pootle. I finished the last of the fridge cooled 1.5l in two Camelbak Podium bottles at ~1hr45mins, but the water was quite warm after ~70mins due to the temp hitting ~34C.

    I have a 600ml Camelbak Podium Ice as per https://www.amazon.co.uk/Camelbak-Podium-Sports-Bottle-Crimson/dp/B015WHPTOW bought from Merlin ~2 years ago.

    In these 25C+ temps, how long do people find it takes to be able to get regular ~5min slurps, having taken the frozen bottle out of the freezer just before their ride?
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 10,836
    Richmond Park is reopening to cars from Saturday, and ridiculously trumpeting it as creating car-free areas.

    Both major rat runs opening up again, only real changes are no cars on Broomfield Hill or from Sheen Gate.
    I'm winking at it.
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,670 Lives Here

    Richmond Park is reopening to cars from Saturday, and ridiculously trumpeting it as creating car-free areas.

    Both major rat runs opening up again, only real changes are no cars on Broomfield Hill or from Sheen Gate.

    Really, that was quick. I'd have thought they'd wait until September at least.
    In other news I might start silly commuter running as I'm still incapacitated and will be for some time I suspect. Bit warm at the moment so SCW to start with I think.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 10,836
    Apparently it's also not safe for boats to go underneath the bridge, so something might get done about it.
    I'm winking at it.
  • daveholladaveholla Posts: 10
    Anyone else bamboozled by the vauxhall bridge works? Signs say lasting until December. Traffic is absolutely horrendous anywhere within 5 miles of it. Riding past is ok until you get up towards Chelsea Bridge then it's just quite dodgy with sporadic road works infringing the cycle path.
  • Anyone ridden the CS7 eastbound through Colliers Wood since the bike lane 'upgrades'?

    At one point the path goes up onto the pavement and passes within 1ft of a bus shelter.

    *slow handclap for Merton council*
  • Anyone ridden the CS7 eastbound through Colliers Wood since the bike lane 'upgrades'?

    At one point the path goes up onto the pavement and passes within 1ft of a bus shelter.

    *slow handclap for Merton council*

    ...and here it is:


  • >> In these 25C+ temps, how long do people find it takes to be able to get regular ~5min slurps, having taken the frozen bottle out of the freezer just before their ride? <<

    IMX about 30 minutes at 28C, during the recent heatwave. For some reason I only took 1 bottle on a 2-hour ride and really suffered during the second hour.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,213
    edited 25 August

    >> In these 25C+ temps, how long do people find it takes to be able to get regular ~5min slurps, having taken the frozen bottle out of the freezer just before their ride? <<

    IMX about 30 minutes at 28C, during the recent heatwave. For some reason I only took 1 bottle on a 2-hour ride and really suffered during the second hour.</p>

    Only just seen this reply, thanks, if I remember the details when we next get a heatwave day!

    Today's dilemma is not commuting or racing, but perhaps silly...

    Deliberating whether to head out from SO18 to be blown up Watton Lane on the south-west side of Old Winchester Hill, in the ~25mph (gusting to ~40mph) south-westerly breeze, to do an ~35 mile loop.

    Or set the turbo up and Zwift.

    Getting so frustrated about not being able to head out to the South Downs hills for most of the past four weeks to allow my lanced back abscess to heal, while last week and most of this week when I can do a bit more on the bike, it's windy/rainy/both.
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,659
    Having just come back from a week of cycling in Wales and Exmoor in wet and insanely windy conditions I have zero desire to go out in this, last week on summiting the Black Mountain turning directly into 45 mph wind and rain, i came to a complete stop several times, the conversation at the top was how dangerous the descent was going to be and the answer VERY, the only saving grace was the conditions we're so bad there were no cars on the road, which was good because we couldnt stay in a straight line let alone the right side of the road.

    Character building stuff but not the worst conditions of the day that would be reserved for the twisting lanes leading up to the ascent, barely any tarmac, sand roads branches and more water than an ocean and no punctures, I had two spectacular slides first a full on double wheel snake on mud and then again leaning in to much for a sharp bend, so glad I've been riding off road a bit this last year it really helps with bike handling skills.

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    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,213
    Probably right, I ended up doing neither!

    Might not be a good time to climb Bwlch Y Groes at the mo, 75mph winds recorded at Lake Vernwy today! :o

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53889484
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