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General Chat Thread, To cycle or not to cycle in General; I've been cycling in to work almost every day for over 2 months now and miss it when I can't, ...
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    To cycle or not to cycle

    I've been cycling in to work almost every day for over 2 months now and miss it when I can't, but with tomorrows strong winds forcast (60mph gusts in Preston) I'm in two minds whether to take the car tomorrow. Bah. I'll just have to see what it's like in the morning.

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    Depends which way you have to cycle to work,

    If you have to cycle work Southwards, you'll have to get up earlier as the winds will be against you; but you'll get home quicker

    If you have to cycle to work Northwards, you can have a lie in as the wind will be behind you (quicker), but it'll take you longer to get home.

    In reality, the wind wind will be always against you in any direction, combined with heavy rain!

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    My 'cycle to work' decisions are made on the day. There have been one or two where prevailing weather conditions at the time of departure have suggested that an alternative mode of transport would be better for me!!

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    I cycle in everything apart from deep snow, I even cycle over ice and such like, as I know how to handle the conditions. Nothing like having a bergen, a zip lock dry bag with a set of dry clothes, zip lock dry bag with a pair of dry shoes, zip lock dry back with a towel. And a radiator at work to dry my stuff off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    And a radiator at work to dry my stuff off.
    My room is well known as the coldest in the school... if not the south east. Wet gear would freeze before it dried!

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    In this case get pally with the site agent and use the boiler room...in my old work that was the hottest place in the school...middle of winter it was near 70 in there (server room was a close second at 50)

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    Well, it's south all the way to the office (and downhill all the way) and north back again (4 miles uphill), so it may make that a bit more bareable.

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    Have a ziplock bag (or bags) so you have dry clothes to get into at the office.

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    For me wind is the real killer when cycling...

    I can put up with a bit of rain or cold weather but wind...it is torture...I think that it's because my increasing girth over the years has made me rather less streamlined than I used to be...

    So for me windy days mean taking the car!

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    I wimped out and came in the car, but i do have govenors tonight so i'll use that as my excuse.

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    Eh? There's a way of getting to work that *doesn't* involve a bike?

    Knobblies + MTB for snow, normal bike for the rest!

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    I cycled. Cue 2 huge downpours, and a few gusts that almost made me come to a halt. Gore-Tex FTW!
    I don't feel guilty about not doing it now

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    Thats what we like to hear @Dos_Box. Sadly my cycling is going by the wayside until I find another job. Most places wont look at me because I do not have a drivers license, but when I say I can usually beat traffic and get into work on time, they don't believe it. My last job was 7 miles away and I once raced the mrs, and beat her. She was in the car, I was on the bike, wind against me. I won by 5 minutes.

    Looking at getting a child seat/trailer on my bike if my daughter will sit there for the duration of a bike ride! lol

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    How can they discriminate against you for not having a car, if you are expected to travel around carrying a load of equipment to perform your duties ok understandable but otherwise it's up to you how you get to work and they should be happy that you are so green as long as you are there when you should be of course.

    Ben

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    Why will they not let you carry kit on your luggage rack or in Panniers? That is narrow minded no wonder we have carbon problems it a bit like the Olympic officials not using Public transport.
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