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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:41 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:06 pm 
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Here is my daily work bike.
1991 Trek 990 in matt black powder coat.

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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:07 pm 
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ashsmith wrote:
Here is my daily work bike.
1991 Trek 990 in matt black powder coat.

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Really like that.


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Kona Tone wrote:
Here's my SS Kona Lava Dome work bike outside of work today


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better stick it the Kona thread too


My similar one below:


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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:33 pm 
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groovyblueshed wrote:
The allotment flyer – also commutes 165 miles per week from Enfield to Wimbledon and back through London.


16 miles each way 5 days a week on flat pedals and nobblies?


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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:26 am 
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gtRTSdh wrote:
groovyblueshed wrote:
The allotment flyer – also commutes 165 miles per week from Enfield to Wimbledon and back through London.


16 miles each way 5 days a week on flat pedals and nobblies?


Yeah, seems crazy. It's about 12.5 miles (50 minutes) from home in Enfield to Waterloo Station, where I then catch a train to Wimbledon, to ensure I get into work by a certain time. After work, I ride all the way home from Wimbledon via Waterloo to Enfield which is roughly 20.5 miles. That takes about 1 hour 45 mins. But I'd rather do that than be on foot crammed into 3 trains/tubes for nearly 2 hours each way.

The original Deore DX pedals aren't up to the job and the old Onza HOs are in the parts bin hoping for repairs. I'm using some DMR V12s now which are excellent grippy platforms– you have to be ready for very quick stop starts and even a bail out, if the need ever arises. I often get stuck behind bikers at the lights waiting for them to clip themselves back in for the off.

The fat 2.2 Race Kings aren't that nobbly really. They roll fast but are best on tarmac/hardpack in dryer conditions. Wouldn't trust them off road or in slippy conditions.


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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:52 am 
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groovyblueshed wrote:
Yeah, seems crazy. It's about 12.5 miles (50 minutes) from home in Enfield to Waterloo Station, where I then catch a train to Wimbledon, to ensure I get into work by a certain time. After work, I ride all the way home from Wimbledon via Waterloo to Enfield which is roughly 20.5 miles. That takes about 1 hour 45 mins. But I'd rather do that than be on foot crammed into 3 trains/tubes for nearly 2 hours each way.


V12's are fine pedals. I think my mile and a half each way is quite sensible, 3hrs commuting each day. . . there must be some serious motivation there!


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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:59 am 
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groovyblueshed wrote:
Yeah, seems crazy. It's about 12.5 miles (50 minutes) from home in Enfield to Waterloo Station, where I then catch a train to Wimbledon, to ensure I get into work by a certain time. After work, I ride all the way home from Wimbledon via Waterloo to Enfield which is roughly 20.5 miles. That takes about 1 hour 45 mins. But I'd rather do that than be on foot crammed into 3 trains/tubes for nearly 2 hours each way.


V12's are fine pedals. I think my mile and a half each way is quite sensible, 3hrs commuting each day. . . there must be some serious motivation there!



Either mad or motivated.

Cost of annual 4 zone season ticket kept going up to the point were I could no longer afford it on top of all the other bill rises. Also, was ill and had a bad back (see the Sciatica thread on here). At the same time, I was reunited with the old bike after many years. I felt that 2 hours a day each way, wedged into tubes trains standing at an awkward angle, was not value for money and precious time lost, particularly after the daily service delays. So once I'd got the bike road worthy again, I decided to save the money and use the time lost standing on trains, to cycle to work and get fit at the same instead. Now, if there are any days when I ever have to use public transport, I feel immensely frustrated and restless.

The V12s do a lot of spinning and have survived a couple of mishaps, but the only problem so far is a missing plastic dust cap off one of them. I'd buy those again, but may be in a more restrained colour.


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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:39 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Work bikes
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:11 pm 
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My current daily ride, pretty much all original bar the tyres / grips / pedals and saddle. does what its meant ta :wink:

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