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General Chat Thread, Cycling to Work in General; Looking out of the window at the torrential rain, I'm regretting choosing the bicycle as my mode of transport this ...
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    Looking out of the window at the torrential rain, I'm regretting choosing the bicycle as my mode of transport this morning!

    Oh well. At least it will give me the chance to test if my new waterproofs really are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieM View Post
    Looking out of the window at the torrential rain, I'm regretting choosing the bicycle as my mode of transport this morning!

    Oh well. At least it will give me the chance to test if my new waterproofs really are!
    At least its the home journey. Nothing worse than getting wet on the way in and not being able to fully dry off your gear.

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    Does anyone rotate there chains for a clean one every week? (I racer I know change his chain ever ride)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    Anyone got an stories of getting caught on the bike by students? had a lad on a bmx last week blaze past me screaming nice tights sir, what a rascal
    Occasionally. The middle school next door to mine supplies bmx-boys every so often. One stood up and started pedalling furiously when I passed him last week. Clicked the three-speed into top and left him for dust. Bmxs with their one gear suck on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Does anyone rotate there chains for a clean one every week? (I racer I know change his chain ever ride)
    Only time i've changed a chain was when I broke one on a ride. Aslong as you keep it clean and lubricated you shouldn't have to change chains

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Does anyone rotate there chains for a clean one every week? (I racer I know change his chain ever ride)
    Isn't that like shaving legs (men), chamois creme and drilling holes in everything / buying lots of £carbon£ - the sign of an obsessive?

    Btw - good to see your CEOGB badge, good org imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieM View Post
    Looking out of the window at the torrential rain, I'm regretting choosing the bicycle as my mode of transport this morning!

    Oh well. At least it will give me the chance to test if my new waterproofs really are!


    I looked at the weather forcast the night before and though a who gives a ....

    Cyclied in in the dry and got wet on the way home as expected..



    My chain will get done when it's getting worn out. It's doen 800 miles so far and not a problem.



    As for being passed by other people, nop always me passing others usualy doing twice the pace of the other comuters ... Lovely to see the little BMX'rs spingging like crazy and going nowhere..

    Rob

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    I got my hybrid when I was 17 I set a trend and at least 2 of my friends got them for going to school. If people had hybrids they would cycle more places on them. My hybrid got used for 10 yrs as my main form of transport.
    Last edited by nicholab; 18th October 2013 at 09:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    I got my hybrid when I was 17 I set a trend and at least 2 of my friends got them for going to school. If people had hybrids they would cycle more places on them. My hybrid got used for 10 yrs as my main form of transport.
    I use my 29er as a hybrid, just swap tyres if I know my ride will take me off road alot. Makes road riding so easy using good tyres. I just wish I lived closer to work so I could cycle easily (there are also some pretty hefty climbs each way too)

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    Has anyone got experience of the cycle to work scheme? I'm thinking of joining it but not sure if it's worth it. Thanks!

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    I bought my bike using it. I got a £400 bike and £100 of accessories and I'll end up paying something like £330 for it. I'm happy, it meant I'm paying a lot less for the bike and that I got a better bike than I would have been able to afford otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLM123 View Post
    Has anyone got experience of the cycle to work scheme? I'm thinking of joining it but not sure if it's worth it. Thanks!
    You save money!!!!!

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    Thanks Norphy and E_G_R2 - it does seem money saving but it's helpful to hear how much it is in actual figures!

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    I'm sure the scheme website has a calculator that shows you how much you pay/save.

    http://www.cyclesolutions.co.uk/how-it-works
    Last edited by E_G_R2; 18th October 2013 at 02:46 PM.

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    My bike was £550, accessories got that to £685.

    It's costing abiut £9 a week so £468.


    It's basicaly a straigth forward salary sacrifice so the value is taken of before tax and so you don't pay tax/ni/pension/union on that value of your pay.

    793 miles so far on my steed break 800 next week if I don't go out over the weekend.

    Rob

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