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Forum: Commuting
07-21-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 614
Views: 116,374
Posted By timvan_78

i rode into the office 2 days last week, and...

i rode into the office 2 days last week, and again today. I was out of commission for quite a while: I fell hiking last Sept and broke my neck and my foot and sprained my ankles and a bunch of...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 85,798
Posted By timvan_78

Yesterday AM a bug went full kamikaze into my...

Yesterday AM a bug went full kamikaze into my eyeball. I finally dug it out at 3PM. RIP.

My collarbone is 9 weeks post surgery (it got busted into 4pcs) and I got the green light to mountain...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 85,798
Posted By timvan_78

First commute in 6 weeks this AM. Back on May 20...

First commute in 6 weeks this AM. Back on May 20 I busted my collarbone into 4 pieces while mountain biking. I went around some kids standing on the trail, and then I was going slow so I readjusted...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 85,798
Posted By timvan_78

I'm stupidly going to go out an a limb here and...

I'm stupidly going to go out an a limb here and say we're done with snow for the season. It was just below freezing this AM, but sunny, which was nice. My bike could use some spring cleaning,...
02-25-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 803
Posted By timvan_78

i would caution that the southern gulf islands...

i would caution that the southern gulf islands (between vancouver island and the mainland) are hilly, which the OP wanted to avoid.

Ferry to vancouver island and then ride the lochside trail and...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

This morning was...

This morning was dry-rain-dry-rain-pouring-dry-rain. Oh, and dark. Clouds are absolutely racing across the sky now. Annual commute is currently sitting at 4774kms and my goal was 4750kms, so I'm...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-18, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

Very rare crash the other night: it was dark and...

Very rare crash the other night: it was dark and raining and I was almost parallel to a curb cut that I usually go up to go into a parking lot. I went up the curb cut a bit earlier than normal...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-18, 10:31 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

So soaked. Last night's commute was not exactly...

So soaked. Last night's commute was not exactly the safest, so last night I charged up all lights, repaired my string lights, changed all 4 brake pads, lubed the chain, and added another headlamp on...
09-27-18, 06:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 396
Posted By timvan_78

Vancouver - Bike Skills Park Advocacy

The Vanier Park bicycle skills park is owned by the City of Vancouver and maintained by a dedicated group of locals.
October 1st was supposed to be the start date for Joyride Bike Parks...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

It has finally turned 'wet' here. Last night I...

It has finally turned 'wet' here. Last night I re-installed fenders. Commute was good this AM.
Forum: Commuting
08-10-18, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

This AM there was a barge full of scrap cars and...

This AM there was a barge full of scrap cars and appliances that was on fire. Air quality sucks. Usually I figure that bike commuting increases my lifespan, but probably not today's commutes.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-18, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

My car is still being repaired so I've been...

My car is still being repaired so I've been commuting every day. (2 months now, ECU is fried and it's rare) Commuting plus lots of time at the local bike park means my legs are getting soooo tired....
07-30-18, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By timvan_78

The advice above is on track. Bike kitchen is...

The advice above is on track.
Bike kitchen is awesome.
I would stay away from a single-speed if I lived at UBC. UBC itself would be fine, but getting back from downtown would be a pain.
07-30-18, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 844
Posted By timvan_78

the RSVP (by Cascade bicycle club) was a nice...

the RSVP (by Cascade bicycle club) was a nice route. You can find the route on their website.
Forum: Commuting
06-26-18, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

my bike commute hit 30,000kms since i started...

my bike commute hit 30,000kms since i started (about 5-and-a-bit years ago).
Forum: Commuting
05-24-18, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

Wow, so many dry commutes in a row. I've been...

Wow, so many dry commutes in a row. I've been commuting every day for the past +3 weeks, but not by choice: my car's computer is messed up and apparently it's very rare.
Forum: Commuting
04-11-18, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

Yesterday AM was cold and wet, and in the PM it...

Yesterday AM was cold and wet, and in the PM it was sunny and warm. I'm either wearing a bunch of clothes or carrying a bunch of clothes these days!
Forum: Commuting
03-23-18, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

yesterday AM was cold and wet. The gear was...

yesterday AM was cold and wet. The gear was still cold and wet when i put it on for the ride home. :(

This AM had just enough rain to wake me up proper. I had a headwind this AM but I should...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-18, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

It was nice and clear this morning with a bit of...

It was nice and clear this morning with a bit of frost in places. Now it's >50F & sunny. I'm not used to large temperature variations within a single day!

I started out about 5-10 minutes late...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-18, 06:47 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

Sunny and cool this AM. Part of my bike route...

Sunny and cool this AM. Part of my bike route (the usually quiet residential streets of the CVG) was packed with cars this AM. The parallel car-commuter route was shut down due to a head-on...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-18, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

It snowed Friday so I took the MT bike. Great...

It snowed Friday so I took the MT bike. Great traction through anything.

Today was mostly dry with some ice patches so I took the road bike. Way faster. For the ice patches, just sit down,...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-18, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

above freezing and wet (again) this morning. ...

above freezing and wet (again) this morning. Front derailleur has been very sticky this winter. (grit filled, no doubt) I have to unclip and kick it if I want it to shift to the small ring.
Forum: Commuting
01-05-18, 05:32 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 95,794
Posted By timvan_78

Wet and dark in the AM, wet and gloomy daytime,...

Wet and dark in the AM, wet and gloomy daytime, then wet and dark in the PM...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-17, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

pea soup fog in the dark again, but at least it's...

pea soup fog in the dark again, but at least it's well above freezing so no worries about black ice.

I've been loving the shape that my bike light cuts through the fog.
Forum: Commuting
12-08-17, 10:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,093
Posted By timvan_78

There is a guy who commutes through my 'hood...

There is a guy who commutes through my 'hood daily on a uni.
My previous neighbour also commuted by uni.
So for a while I was seeing 2/day if timings aligned...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-17, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 674
Posted By timvan_78

I live by the advice above "conditions in...

I live by the advice above "conditions in Vancouver seldom justify the expense and trouble of swapping in studded tires". I use 25mm gatorskins on a road bike year round. The city is pretty good...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-17, 12:05 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Last night is was cold and raining and the creek...

Last night is was cold and raining and the creek crossing the MUP was flooded.
I know the drill, but this guy riding behind me said it seemed fine. (It was his first non-summer day riding this...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-17, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Wednesday night it was cold, dark and very rainy...

Wednesday night it was cold, dark and very rainy as I grabbed the brake going down a hill--only to hear a sickening grinding noise! Brake pads were worn out, stores were closed.

I limped it...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-17, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

I went for a mountain bike ride in the snow in...

I went for a mountain bike ride in the snow in the mountains the other day (FUN!) but the commutes have been snow/frost free so far.

Today I brought my poor old car in to the shop on a recall...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-17, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Beauty AM, mid forties and clear. It's fall...

Beauty AM, mid forties and clear. It's fall bike-to-work-week here. Pulled up to an intersection and counted 7 cyclists all in yellow jackets. Must be the commuter-uniform.

Reasons you should...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-17, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

No surprise. I'm in Canada and I don't think...

No surprise. I'm in Canada and I don't think I've had a morning below 50F yet.

Speaking of Canada, I drove this AM due to kid duties, but it gave me a chance to blast Tragically Hip full volume...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-17, 12:31 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Wow did I get thrashed by rain this dark morning....

Wow did I get thrashed by rain this dark morning. It was like someone was hurling buckets of water directly at my face. I got hit in the face by a wet stick that fell from a tree.

Now it's calm...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-17, 04:28 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Oh so glad i spent some quality time last night...

Oh so glad i spent some quality time last night fitting and tweaking my fenders for the season! It was a real drencher this morning!!!
Forum: Commuting
10-05-17, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Forgot gloves and had cold hands this morning!! ...

Forgot gloves and had cold hands this morning!! The post-commute shower water felt like lava. I wont forget again.
Forum: Commuting
09-29-17, 12:52 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

i got sooo drenched this morning! (Not used to...

i got sooo drenched this morning! (Not used to that, but will have to get used to it again!)

On the way in to work I stopped at the local dirt jumps to put a few tarps in place to try to protect...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

I commute east in the AMs and lately the sun has...

I commute east in the AMs and lately the sun has been blinding--right at eye level. I'm certain that half the drivers are driving mostly blind.
Forum: Commuting
09-11-17, 05:31 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Great commute this morning... great weather,...

Great commute this morning... great weather, minimal traffic, and i had slept well. Generally, the commuter pace was a bit faster than usual, so i got to work a bit early.
Forum: Commuting
09-07-17, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Forest fire smoke is back and with it comes the...

Forest fire smoke is back and with it comes the "apocalypse now" sun. Like a red rubber ball.
Fewer commuters than usual too.
Forum: Commuting
08-24-17, 11:33 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

The other day I was riding home and I watched a...

The other day I was riding home and I watched a wasp heading directly for my face.
I put my head down and it went right through a helmet vent and stung me instantly.

I looked strange as I ripped...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-17, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 521
Posted By timvan_78

I have been lucky since i have started stretching...

I have been lucky since i have started stretching more. Exercising the legs/hips in a lateral motion (hip adductor, hip abductor, lateral leg raises).
Forum: Commuting
08-14-17, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

The forest fire smoke cleared up this weekend, so...

The forest fire smoke cleared up this weekend, so the ride was great and the air was fresh and cool and clear again! Awesome.
Forum: Commuting
08-11-17, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Wow. good luck joeyduck with the upcoming...

Wow. good luck joeyduck with the upcoming surgery. You seem to be very self-aware: stagnant recovery, general health, etc.

Commutes are still smoky as heck. It's supposed to rain Sunday which...
08-09-17, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 988
Posted By timvan_78

ugh. cannot come soon enough!!

ugh. cannot come soon enough!!
08-09-17, 04:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,148
Posted By timvan_78

SP seawall is a leisure ride. SP ring road is a...

SP seawall is a leisure ride.
SP ring road is a road rip.

"Seymour Demo Forest" is also called LSCR (Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve) so that might have led to your friend not having heard of...
Forum: Commuting
08-04-17, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

lots of smoke in Vancouver lately. There are a...

lots of smoke in Vancouver lately. There are a bunch of forest fires out in the mountains/interior of BC. The smoke usually doesnt drift west towards the coast, but it is doing that right now. As...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-17, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Beautiful weather again! So many commuters out....

Beautiful weather again! So many commuters out. Love it.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-17, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 69,840
Posted By timvan_78

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4325...

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4325 (4753 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) ____________________________ 4030 (6003 total)
Gregf83 (BC) ____________________________ 3588 (5940 total)...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-17, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

it's BC Superweek, which means daily pro races in...

it's BC Superweek, which means daily pro races in Vancouver and the burbs. I've seen some expen$ive bikes and some giant quads on my commutes.

Watched the Tour de Gastown last night and then...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-17, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

Dry and perfect weather again! I don't remember...

Dry and perfect weather again! I don't remember the last rainy commute!
(Although in the winter i think it will never dry out.)
New (to me) bike is running smooth and great. Loving the commutes!
Forum: Commuting
06-30-17, 01:57 PM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 137,598
Posted By timvan_78

I was riding along and a truck is coming up...

I was riding along and a truck is coming up behind me, and I hear a "pop". I look back and the hood of the truck had flipped open. (One of those flip-forward-to-open type of truck hoods.)

I...
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