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  1. Hi - Any hubbers that's riding from Durbanville to Paarl for work? or maybe planning to do so?
  2. In the words of that great philosopher and genius, Borat - "Wha, wha, wee! wha!" Let another year of commuting begin! As a new year rolls round, so to, do the wheels and pedals of our trusty steeds. No doubt this year will be the most competitive yet. There were some impressive numbers posted in 2018 and some big targets have been set for 2019. Some house keeping for those new to the challenge family. How to join the challenge 1) Download the Endomondo app on your phone. (Not essential, but makes life simpler)2) Create an Endomondo Account - www.endomondo.com3) Once you have an endomondo account click on the link below to the 2019 challenge and join.4) Remember when you log your commutes make sure the workout is "Transport" Endomondo - 2019 bikehub Commuters Challenge. The challenge is a personal one to track and challenge yourself to ride those extra km's especially on days when you really don't feel like it. Can I ask that people do not track the following as commutes: a. Training ridesb. Racesc. Stationary bike ridesd. Mountain rides The challenge is a Commuting challenge for bikehub members What was achieved last year?Link to 2018 challenge:https://www.endomondo.com/challenges/35609491 2019 Challenge:https://www.endomondo.com/challenges/39138326 Wishing you a successful, safe and fitness filled 2019! Commute safe, commute relaxed, commute far.
  3. Dear Hubbers A student here looking for some commuting, route and safety advice. I’m very interested in commuting daily with the road bike, from Durbanville to Stellenbosch, and back. In the mornings I’ll leave at 07:00 and get there at 08:00, and in the afternoons I can ride back at ~12/1 or on some days 4pm, depending on classes. I’m considering 3 route options, and that’s where I want to ask what you think will be safest. Safety (with regards to getting hit by a car, as well as being attacked/mugged by a person) is my biggest concern, and the only thing holding me back. 1st option is Bottelary road and then the R304 into Stellenbosch, past Kayamandi. That last part is obviously my main concern, but maybe at 8am, with cars sitting in traffic there, it might be okay? Or is that some false security? And maybe avoid this route in the afternoons, if there is little traffic? 2nd option is also Bottelary road, but then taking Kromme Rhee to the R44, and past Cloetesville into Stellenbosch, to avoid Kayamandi. I just don’t know if Kromme Rhee is a good idea with lots of cars in the morning…I’ve had some of my closest passes there, not fun. But maybe a good afternoon return route, with less traffic? 3rd option is Polkadraai road (after taking that new road past Zevenwacht to get to Polkadraai). Similar distance, but the more hilly route should take a bit longer. But like I said, I’d rather ride 10 minutes longer than not arrive there at all.. I’ve linked the routes below if you want to have a closer look or make a better suggestion. Lastly, route options aside, would you do it, or allow your son to do it, from a safety aspect? I really want to at least try it during the summer time, to save money on petrol and car maintenance, save the frustration of traffic, and get some good training in at the same time. But I obviously realise that none of that is worth it if you’re risking your health or life.. I look forward to hear your opinions, thanks! ----- Route links: Bottelary route: (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tyger+Valley+Shopping+Centre,+Willie+Van+Schoor+Drive,+Bellville+Park,+Cape+Town/-33.8775771,18.6826083/-33.9041575,18.699289/Stellenbosch+University,+Stellenbosch+Central,+Stellenbosch/@-33.9024175,18.6797014,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m16!4m15!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc50ba223f9d4d:0x37df01cc2657c7c3!2m2!1d18.6350371!2d-33.8735434!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcdb2432e9fe5d1:0xcb41c6b0379331f3!2m2!1d18.864447!2d-33.9328078!3e0) Kromme Rhee route: (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tyger+Valley+Shopping+Centre,+Willie+Van+Schoor+Drive,+Bellville+Park,+Cape+Town/-33.8775771,18.6826083/-33.9041575,18.699289/-33.8676453,18.848498/Stellenbosch+University,+Stellenbosch+Central,+Stellenbosch/@-33.9000289,18.6797014,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m17!4m16!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc50ba223f9d4d:0x37df01cc2657c7c3!2m2!1d18.6350371!2d-33.8735434!1m0!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcdb2432e9fe5d1:0xcb41c6b0379331f3!2m2!1d18.864447!2d-33.9328078!3e0) Polkadraai route: (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tyger+Valley+Shopping+Centre,+Willie+Van+Schoor+Drive,+Bellville+Park,+Cape+Town/-33.8775771,18.6826083/-33.9509485,18.7097798/Stellenbosch+University,+Stellenbosch+Central,+Stellenbosch/@-33.9174227,18.6797014,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m16!4m15!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc50ba223f9d4d:0x37df01cc2657c7c3!2m2!1d18.6350371!2d-33.8735434!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcdb2432e9fe5d1:0xcb41c6b0379331f3!2m2!1d18.864447!2d-33.9328078!3e0)
  4. Dear Hubbers A student here looking for some commuting, route and safety advice. I’m very interested in commuting daily with the road bike, from Durbanville to Stellenbosch, and back. In the mornings I’ll leave at 07:00 and get there at 08:00, and in the afternoons I can ride back at ~12/1 or on some days 4pm, depending on classes. I’m considering 3 route options, and that’s where I want to ask what you think will be safest. Safety (with regards to getting hit by a car, as well as being attacked/mugged by a person) is my biggest concern, and the only thing holding me back. 1st option is Bottelary road and then the R304 into Stellenbosch, past Kayamandi. That last part is obviously my main concern, but maybe at 8am, with cars sitting in traffic there, it might be okay? Or is that some false security? And maybe avoid this route in the afternoons, if there is little traffic? 2nd option is also Bottelary road, but then taking Kromme Rhee to the R44, and past Cloetesville into Stellenbosch, to avoid Kayamandi. I just don’t know if Kromme Rhee is a good idea with lots of cars in the morning…I’ve had some of my closest passes there, not fun. But maybe a good afternoon return route, with less traffic? 3rd option is Polkadraai road (after taking that new road past Zevenwacht to get to Polkadraai). Similar distance, but the more hilly route should take a bit longer. But like I said, I’d rather ride 10 minutes longer than not arrive there at all.. I’ve linked the routes below if you want to have a closer look or make a better suggestion. Lastly, route options aside, would you do it, or allow your son to do it, from a safety aspect? I really want to at least try it during the summer time, to save money on petrol and car maintenance, save the frustration of traffic, and get some good training in at the same time. But I obviously realise that none of that is worth it if you’re risking your health or life.. I look forward to hear your opinions, thanks! ----- Route links: Bottelary route: (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tyger+Valley+Shopping+Centre,+Willie+Van+Schoor+Drive,+Bellville+Park,+Cape+Town/-33.8775771,18.6826083/-33.9041575,18.699289/Stellenbosch+University,+Stellenbosch+Central,+Stellenbosch/@-33.9024175,18.6797014,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m16!4m15!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc50ba223f9d4d:0x37df01cc2657c7c3!2m2!1d18.6350371!2d-33.8735434!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcdb2432e9fe5d1:0xcb41c6b0379331f3!2m2!1d18.864447!2d-33.9328078!3e0) Kromme Rhee route: (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tyger+Valley+Shopping+Centre,+Willie+Van+Schoor+Drive,+Bellville+Park,+Cape+Town/-33.8775771,18.6826083/-33.9041575,18.699289/-33.8676453,18.848498/Stellenbosch+University,+Stellenbosch+Central,+Stellenbosch/@-33.9000289,18.6797014,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m17!4m16!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc50ba223f9d4d:0x37df01cc2657c7c3!2m2!1d18.6350371!2d-33.8735434!1m0!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcdb2432e9fe5d1:0xcb41c6b0379331f3!2m2!1d18.864447!2d-33.9328078!3e0) Polkadraai route: (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tyger+Valley+Shopping+Centre,+Willie+Van+Schoor+Drive,+Bellville+Park,+Cape+Town/-33.8775771,18.6826083/-33.9509485,18.7097798/Stellenbosch+University,+Stellenbosch+Central,+Stellenbosch/@-33.9174227,18.6797014,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m16!4m15!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcc50ba223f9d4d:0x37df01cc2657c7c3!2m2!1d18.6350371!2d-33.8735434!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x1dcdb2432e9fe5d1:0xcb41c6b0379331f3!2m2!1d18.864447!2d-33.9328078!3e0)
  5. Hi. I am looking for a place where I can purchase hooks for pannier bags. Preferably in South Africa. And that isn't expensive? Any recommendations?
  6. Morning all, Trying to see whether this man is a Hubber - gentleman on a Canyon doing his morning commute (I presume), every morning on Heidelberg Road leading into town just past fruit market. Anyone know this guy? His bike sure looks expensive. Traffic was tight this morning, hope he made it to work!
  7. Good evening all Hubbers!! As I won't be going anywhere this festive season, I have decided to spend my last energy of 2016 on my bike, getting the "base" in for 2017. On these early morning rides I have spotted many commuters, those folk who cannot afford vehicles or a taxi fare to get to work. What worries me most about these commuters, other than the state of their bicycles, is the lack of protective head gear or any lights, and I cannot sit here and preach to my peers about them having to buy expensive gear and not do something about getting these commuters some affordable helmets and front and back lights. For those who are more experienced in the donations and collection area, how do I go about starting this initiative? I know some people might be skeptical to help, but let's think about it this way - you perhaps cannot relate to him in a social way, but he is using the only tool he knows and can afford, a bicycle, to get to his place of honest work. Why potentially lose a hard working South African in an accident that could possibly have been avoided with some lights, or prevent horrible injury with a reliable helmet? Thanks all, looking forward to hear from you all!!
  8. Hi there I want to buy a bicycle to ride to work and back, but i think i must take a mountain bike if i want to go off road and think it would suit me better because i am 1,88m and weigh 130kgs. I dont want to do compititions or down hill etc. mostly for fitniss to school and maybe start a hobby but nothing hectic down and up mountains etc.Can you please give me specific bike brands and models which i can consider. Im probably going to buy a second hand bike, because cash is low, so im thinking in a range of R3000-max R5000 for a second hand bike, i know i wont get a new one for that price. So if anybody can help i would appreciate it. Thanx
  9. Hi, If this is not appropriate here, do tell me and I will delete the post. I am mostly a commuter (I do about 6000 kms a year), I was a bit worried about cycling at night. Which is when I realized that utilizing the backpack, which is the most visible part of a commuter cyclist, to improve safety is such a natural idea! Over 6 moths, I started building this backpack and several prototypes later, I think we got it right! Presenting to you - Aster, the safest commute backpack in the world! Do check it out at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/1656733 . I took inspiration from cars and motorcycles and built in a turn indicator, automatic brake lights, rear lights visible from 250M/800ft, static profile lights and door-me-not front lights. The indicators are controlled by a handlebar unit via Bluetooth and the backpack can be configured through an app. Of course, as a cyclist, it gave me an opportunity to rethink the backpack from a cyclist point of view too! For example, an "Emergency contact info" slot is just basic and should have been there in every cycling backpack! Also, I decided to put in reflectors that were visible from multiple angles! I finally launched the backpack on Indiegogo. I would love to hear feedback from the community. This is still a work in progress, of course, so would love to hear any ideas on how else we can improve safety through this! Thanks Gandharv
  10. Yesterday cycling home after work from Bellville, where you turn off on amandel road from the bottelary road, there were millions of duwwels across the entire road! I got two in my front weel and one in the back, and decided to walk back to the petrol station and fix things there. everywhere I looked the things were scattered. I think they were cutting the grass there and caused it. I eventually decided to take the main road rather. Was a long day on the bike with the wind, sigh
  11. Hi All, I am looking for a cycle buddy to cycle with me from Greenpoint to Montague Garden or in the Afternoons (3pm) cycle back from Montague Gardens to Greenpoint. Let me know!
  12. The Safe Cycling Initiative #staywider brought to you by Pedal Power Association is collecting data and film evidence of conditions out there on the roads as experienced by bike riders. Tell us about the route you ride, how often you use the route, times of day you ride and a bit about yourself for a chance to be allocated the use of a Fly6 HD rear facing camera with red safety lights incorporated in the unit. We are looking for riders who spend time on their bikes in traffic along typical commuter routes. You will film your commute and upload footage to us for analyses. Please email your motivation to liz@pedalpower.org.za.
  13. I ride a 26inch MTB for my commute. I am currently using Maxxis Crossmark Tubeless tyres, which I am quite happy with. For the last couple of months, I have not seen these available in the shops and I am starting to look at alternatives. What tyres would you recommend, keeping in mind that most of my riding is on tar.
  14. Is anyone doing ride2work day? I'll be going into Sandton along the route: Italian Club Bedfordview / Linksfield / Houghton / Rosebank / Illovo. Would like to do a hop on/hop off bike train. Cheers Andrew R2WD_PROMO_Poster01.pdf
  15. I Commute on my MTB to work and back, Keep a weeks clothes at the office, morning i get into my cycling gear and ride to work, freshen up when I arrive and get into work clothes. The Route is only about 9 return, I would like to extend my ride back home, any ideas on routes i could take.
  16. Out of curiosity - Are there any routes or people commuting from Blouberg / Table View to Newlands / Rondebosch? What are the options?
  17. Hallo there peeps. Seeing that its been raining on and of here in PTA recently and sometimes quite hard im looking for a waterproof laptop backpack. I commute to work about 20km on average and have to lug around laptop at lease 5 out of the 6 work days a week. Currently my backpack is a standard laptop backpack which isnt very aero dynamic and when it starts pooring it isnt very waterproof. Which is a concern. I dont mind the rain personally and will cycle winter snow rain you name it. But i only have one laptop which works better dry. What will you recommend for a replacement. Not to expensive. waterproof and must fit a 15.6 inch laptop with charger and diary basically. Aero dynamic isn't the biggest concern but it must not big to big and heavy. some padding for comfort. http://images.highspeedbackbone.net/skuimages/large/CNET-YYI1-PC8666.jpg
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ8iRVBpz2E
  19. Hi hubbers, I would like to commute to and from work a couple of days a week along the R102. But as this is a slightly dodgy route my better half insists that i not ride alone. Anyone out there who does this route that i can join?
  20. Laserlight, the bright idea of a student behind a lifesaver for cyclists Emily Brooke has created a virtual cyclist, seen by drivers if there is a rider in their blind spot – with 3,000 sold at £125 each The Guardian, Sunday 24 August 2014 14.52 BST http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2014/8/24/1408886739524/Blaze-Laserlight-in-actio-008.jpg Blaze's Laserlight projects a green image of a bike on to the ground 5 metres in front of the cyclist, alerting drivers and pedestrians to their presence The moment of clarity for cyclist Emily Brooke was less like an apple falling on her head and more like the prospect of a white van slamming into her. Like many bicycle users before her, she realised that if the vehicle beside her on the road turned left, she would be squashed as she was in the driver's blind spot. "I thought that if I was just 5 metres ahead, I would be safe – I wished I had a virtual me just 5 metres ahead, if I could just project myself there," the 28-year-old said. About three years later, the designer has sold more than 3,000 Laserlight units from her company Blaze. Aimed at nighttime cyclists – 50% of urban bicycle commuting is during the evening or night – the aluminium device combines a light and a laser which projects a green image of a bike onto the ground 5 metres in front of the cyclist. It attempts to make drivers, who may not see the bike in their blind spot, aware of their presence, especially at night. It also alerts pedestrians about to cross the road. Brooke got the idea while studying product design in her final year at the University of Brighton and looking at what the challenges were for urban cyclists. "There is one statistic which stuck in my mind and that is that 79% of bikes that are hit are going straight ahead and a vehicle turns into them," she said. Another common collision, dubbed a Smidsy for "sorry mate I didn't see you", is when a driver comes out of a junction. Brooke wanted to tackle what she saw as being the biggest challenge for city cyclists. After dismissing other ideas, like creating a full hologram of herself, came upon the idea of projecting an image on to the ground to alert drivers. Having left university, she created a prototype and was among the first tranche of companies to get the benefit of the wave of publicity that came with the advent of Kickstarter, gathering £25,000 in investment in five days and proving there was demand for the product. "Naysayers are people who have not seen it. I completely agree with them, it sounds completely wacky. But when you see it in practice, it is a passive green bike, passively travelling on the road in front of you," she said. "It is the symbol of a bike clearly attached to a moving object moving along the ground in one direction, you see it and you orientate to 'where is the bike'. If it doesn't make sense when you first see it, you see it once [more] and then it makes sense." Laserlights were shipped to preorders in January this year. Priced at £125, the light comes with a bracket to attach it to handlebars, is waterproof and the internally sealed battery is charged via a USB cable. The laser, assembled in Shenzhen in China, can only be used when attached to the bike. Both laser and light can be used at the same time, either flashing or in a constant beam. The green light is visible during the day but not effective, says Brooke, and is really aimed for night use when "you can't miss it". The bicycle symbol - instead of branding or writing - was chosen to ensure it was universally recognised. Although her first use of the new device resulted in protests from a van driver, she claims reactions from drivers have been positive since and rejects suggestions that the device may be seen as a gimmick or unnecessary. "This started from a problem first. It started from six months of a problem before I even had an idea. I looked at tracking devices – a light that lights up the rider, that you have a head torch in your face – all sorts of concepts, but it was six months of understanding the problem before I came to the solution," she said. The relatively high price is as a result of the quality of the parts used, she says. The company has just completed preorders and will now sell Laserlights through Evans Cycles shops in the UK as well as through its own website. Demand from the US – especially in cities such as San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Chicago – now accounts for half of sales, surpassing the UK. Purchases from renowned cycle-friendly cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam have highlighted different concerns for cyclists, said Brooke. "For us it is personal safety and large vehicles. For them it is pedestrians stepping out in front of a bike and the Laserlight tackles that really well. Someone will see that symbol coming before they see me. It is enough for them to go 'Whoa, what is that' and hesitate on the pavement," she said. The company has raised £500,000 in investment so far from, among others, Richard Branson's family and Index Ventures. Another round of investment, for £1m, is being finalised. Blaze now has six employees, including Brooke, and would be in profit but for investment in future products, she says, one of which will be a new type of rear light, expanding on her vision to become the company that caters for the urban cyclist. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/24/laserlight-lifesaver-cyclists-emily-brooke
  21. Would you source from a registered trading company directly out of Taiwan for your components? Higher end stuff will of course be cheaper, and group buying on tires etc will save a lot of money. What would be your concerns as a customer? Thanks. Expat in Taiwan
  22. SpiralS

    New Commuter

    Hi all. Finally got my bike and set to do the Table View to Paarden Eiland commute. Would there be any special recomendations be for someone who is new to commuting? What will be the best remedy in the first couple of weeks be to recover properly. Do it every other day at the start will probably be a good place to start I guess? What will the timeline be for an unfit individual to get up to a fitness level to do it every day? All advice will be appreciated. PS have read all the commute advice thread. Most valuable thread on the net.
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