Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-06-02, 05:59 AM   #1
Ellie
Dazed and confused
Thread Starter
 
Ellie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Cambridge UK
Bikes: Trek 1000, Kona Caldera, Raleigh Record ("Rusty"), Tiger Foldaway ("Cub")
Posts: 319
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New commute!!

Yay! I finally got a new job! And with it a brand new commute.

Distance has gone up to 14 miles, as I've found a place to live that's slightly rural. I now live on a ridge in the fens, so my commute starts going up the ridge, then a good downhill off the ridge, and then it's flat. Totally and spectacularly flat. For approximately 10 of the 14 miles! I'll have to take my camera out and get some pictures. Wind is going to be an issue, I think.

The new workplace has showers, which I think is going to be a definite plus. And my working hours are 9.30-18.00, so that should be commutable for the next 6 months at least.

Thought I'd share,
Ellie
Ellie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-02, 06:26 AM   #2
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Bikes:
Posts: 12,923
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
There is a hill in the fens!
I crossed the fens with the wind in my back both ways. It can get really gruesome into a fen wind.
You should be able to ride in winter with some poweful lights. As I recall, fen roads have pretty good sight lines, not the twisty lanes edged by high hedges.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-02, 11:41 AM   #3
Richard D
Donating member
 
Richard D's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Faversham, Kent, UK
Bikes:
Posts: 1,852
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congratulations on getting the new job :thumbup:

I'll swap you a few of my hills for some your flat

Look forward to the pictures.

Richard
__________________
Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)
Richard D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-02, 11:46 AM   #4
aerobat
Love Me....Love My Bike!
 
aerobat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Winnipeg
Bikes: Bikes: Giant hybrid, Trek 4500, Cannondale R800 Some commuting 20mi/day, mostly fitness riding - 20-50 mile rides
Posts: 1,231
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Way to go Ellie, sounds like almost the perfect commute. I can identify with the winds, if not the hill!
__________________
"...perhaps the world needs a little more Canada" - Jean Chretian, 2003.
aerobat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-02, 01:46 AM   #5
chewa
The Flying Scot
 
chewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North Queensferry Scotland and London (and France)
Bikes: Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more
Posts: 1,902
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by Ellie
And my working hours are 9.30-18.00, so that should be commutable for the next 6 months at least.

Ellie
Congrats on the new job. I've got one too, but its literally 50 yards closer to home.

The 6 months of commuting will mean you can save up and invest in some decent lights so that you become a year round commuter---helps keep condition in winter.

What is the traffic going to be like on your commute?
__________________
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
chewa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-02, 01:57 PM   #6
Ellie
Dazed and confused
Thread Starter
 
Ellie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Cambridge UK
Bikes: Trek 1000, Kona Caldera, Raleigh Record ("Rusty"), Tiger Foldaway ("Cub")
Posts: 319
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by MichaelW
There is a hill in the fens!
Actually, all the old towns and villages in the fens are on small hills. They were the only bits above water before the Dutch came to help us drain them. That's why the city of Ely's proper name is the Isle of Ely.

Quote:
Originally posted by Chewa
What is the traffic going to be like on your commute?
Depends which way I go. Either way there are long stretches of single carriage-way 60mph road. One is a major A road, with quite a lot of traffic. The other is a smaller B road, with less traffic, but also slightly narrower. I'm leaning towards the B road at the moment, because I think it'll be nicer. Too many lorries on the A10.

Ellie
Ellie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:06 PM.