Tales from today's utility ride

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Pale Rider, 16 Jan 2016.

  1. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Well done for persisting, but I find plumber's pliers set just shorter than ½" and applied non-moving-corner-to-non-moving-corner across the opening link opens them just as well ;) (Generally, you'd be amazed how often plumber's pliers can substitute for a specialist bike tool - including a few times when they really shouldn't!)
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  2. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    I've managed without them before, but was wondering just how easy 'proper' tool would make it.
  3. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Thought I'd try a ride out this to the gym for the 1st time. Early enough to avoid rush hour. Main rd in quiet as nothing only one car. Came home a back street way I know never get's used as a rat run avoiding early morning build up. Just over 5 Miles round trip saved me 20 mins on normal walking time.
    Great start to the day :smile:
  4. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    A mile and a bit over to a mate's house to scrounge enough tile adhesive to gum down 2 floor tiles in my bathroom, and a mile and a bit back.
    Plus, it gave me a chance to check the gears on the Trek.
    A quick fettle on my return sorted them out..
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  5. galaxy

    galaxy Über Member

    Day off work, so a ride to Town, Bank, butchers, Co Op and home again, tempreture better today, very enjoyable.
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  6. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    My utility ride yesterday was from work down to the vets and then back home so more traffic than i usually ride in , it's a great feeling when you ride past a line of cars that are moving so slowly ^_^

    It was warm as well so by time i got home it was a bit sweaty in places
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  7. ren531

    ren531 Senior Member

    Lancaster uk
    Found this ladys german Mifa bike in a skip near my work so wheeled it round to work stripped it and took it home one piece at a time mainly to avoid more ear ache from my other half, afew more bits in my workshop will never be noticed but another bike would :laugh: i am combining a utillity ride with a comute but it would have needed a car otherwise and i do like the challenge of transporting something by bike it gives you a real sense of satisfaction my Islabike workhorse has the sram 5 speed hub back pedal brake back wheel from the Mifa strapped to it, the Islabike has a sram 7 speed hub gear drive train too so they are brother and sister realy IMG_20190719_170639.jpg IMG_20190711_153433.jpg
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  8. annedonnelly

    annedonnelly Girl from the North Country

    Not today, but Saturday. Headed to the pet shop - I'd read that a dog grooming brush is the perfect tool for sprucing up a sheepskin rug. Just pleased that no-one asked what sort of dog I have.

    On the cyclepath ahead of me was a very small boy & his mum. Obviously the small boy hadn't long been on a proper bike and was wobbling about as he rode along. Mum was riding slowly beside him.

    I gave a little ding of my bell to let them know that I wanted to pass. Mum stopped to let me pass & I slowly came along side the boy. He'd obviously heard my bell and thought that it was a good time to ring his bell too. So as I came alongside him I joined in with a good few dings of my bell. And he turned to look at me with such a joyful smile on his face. He was enjoying riding that bike so much!
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  9. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

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  10. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Riding with a gas bottle is a good way to get cautious overtakes but even an empty small one is rather hard work!
    The signpost on the left has one of those little blue/white cycle route arrow stickers which have started appearing here, along the proposed routes I uploaded to osm.org - no idea who's doing it.
  11. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    A tad under 6 miles up Cut Throat Lane this morning to pick enough blackberries for a crumble or two.


    .. :hungry:
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  12. Goldy

    Goldy Well-Known Member

    Windy 6 Mile round trip to collect a parcel from the sorting office, only a mile away but I decided to take the scenic route
  13. Hebe

    Hebe getting better all the time

    Yesterday, 1.5 mile round trip with the girl to drop off films at the darkroom. My first errand ride in about six years*, so via wide pavements and shared paths rather than the direct road route over an uphill roundabout and then onto an industrial estate full of lorries and potholes.
    *the only other two short rides were to prove to both myself and the girl that I could still remember how to ride a bike. (answer- just about).
  14. Yesterday, nine mile round trip along seafront and then down the mineral line into Watchet to pick up Sunday paper. Big bonus, on way back came across large box of free cooking apples, outside cottage. A few found their way into my backpack alongside the paper..........and the sun was shining. Result.
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  15. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    I used to live in Watchet, many years ago.. 19, Swain Street
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