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Cycling mileage 2015 vs 2014 vs 2013

2013 2014 2015
Miles Count Miles Count Miles Count
Sirrus 2529.39 124 153.81 9  152.69 4
Sirrus Light  1597.21  75
Linskey 3357.64 160 3243.03 158
Khatmandu  84.94  8 46.66 3 40.08 4
Khatmandu – ice 190.15 11 7.83 1 101.61 6
Raptobike 49.17 5 152.83 7 2.86 1
TOTAL 4450.86 223 3718.77 180 3540.27  173

 

The third year of commuting to Camberley. Strange how 2014 & 2015 seem to blend together. Maybe it’s because we had the same camping holiday both years…

Very similar between the two years cycling wise. Felt like I did more cycling in 2015, mainly because of the failed 600k, but I think there were fewer mid distance Audaxes & weekend rides.

Also average commuting speed (combined moving average of going in and coming home) for all 3 years.

Commuting speed graph 2015, 2014vs2013

Definitely had a good patch through the end of the summer holidays and I think that extra effort (and lack of back pain) lasted through to the end of the year.

 

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Cycling mileage 2014 vs 2013

2013 2014
Miles Count Miles Count
Sirrus 2529.39 124 153.81 9
Sirrus Light  1597.21  75
Linskey 3357.64 160
Khatmandu  84.94  8 46.66 3
Khatmandu – ice 190.15 11  7.83  1
Raptobike 49.17 5  152.83  7
TOTAL 4450.86 223 3718.77 180

New bike this year, but reduced mileage. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think it’s a combination of:

  • having a lingering cold for the first few months of the year, so taking the car to work some more
  • doing in my back mid August which curtailed fun rides during a prime season
  • working at home more (especially several weeks in the summer where the air con was broken in the office)

You can really tell how much milder last winter was than the previous one by the fact that the spiked tyres only got used once (though really should have been at least one more time to avoid terror!).

I have also been collecting my average commuting speed (combined moving average of going in and coming home) for the last couple of years.

Commuting speed graph 2014vs2013 scatter

 

Not sure what it means, apart from that a TI bike won’t double your speed. However, I think this year I’ve been taking slower, but more pleasant routes, so it’s definitely not slower.

Cycling mileage 2013 vs 2012

Straight onto the stats.

2012 2013
Miles Count Miles Count
Brompton 821.9 175
Sirrus 611.83 20 2529.39 124
Sirrus Light 1597.21 75
Khatmandu 42.55 3 84.94 8
Khatmandu – ice 190.15 11
Windcheetah 53 3
Raptobike 49.17 5
Mum’s Raleigh 8.6 1
TOTAL 1537.88 202 4450.86 223

Massively more miles, mainly because I’ve been cycling 9 miles each way to work rather than 2.5, which was the case for the majority of 2012.

Less miles than the All Season Cyclist and I haven’t even had surgery or live somewhere where it’s freezing half the year! However, I do have children, which means I tend to prefer being with them rather than on the road.

Mille Camberley

Three months into the year and I’ve hit 1000 miles!

Here’s the daily moving average.

Commuting speed graph

 

I’m not an Excel guru or I’d make the points different colours depending which bike I was on and just have the range from 13-20mph. You see the dent made by riding the “Khatmandu” mountain bike with ice tyres through the endless winter. The first 3 days were also just after Christmas before everyone went back to work so were pretty much traffic free, giving an initial spike.

I think the trend’s upwards ever so slightly. How much of that is fitness and how much is me learning every inch of the route I can’t say.

 

£10 Transport

My new office is about a mile from the town centre. My colleague and I were getting annoyed by having to take our whole lunch break to take a trip into town. I missed being able to just pop out and get little bits and pieces that I needed. I do cycle to work, but my “real” bike looks a little flash and I’d be paranoid locking it up in town.

So, I decided to trawl EBay with a budget of £10 and the result is “the office bike” (innuendo included as it’s a lady):

Office bike 1 Office bike 2

Unfortunately, on the first ride, an inner tube blew and had to be replaced, increasing the value of the bike by 50%!

Now that’s fixed, it goes surprisingly well. The gears work and I think the brakes are ok (though my colleague disagrees). Now it takes 5 minutes to get into town and it’s less effort. Question is, why doesn’t everyone do this for £10?

(That was a good point to end it, but I think the answer is that re-cycling £10 bikes doesn’t make anyone any real money, so there’s no interest in it from those that could make it more popular.)

New job, new bike stats

I started a new job mid December, which is between 8 and 9 miles from my house. This seemed a perfect commuting distance that would train me up.

I’ve decided to obsessively log my average speeds so I can see if I get any fitter. I’ve decided to log moving average as it will hopefully be less affected by traffic.

My stats so far aren’t going so well:

Commuting speed graph

There are reasons. After day 3, the schools started again and the traffic got much worse. Then for days 11-13, the ice and snow arrived and I had to switch to my massively slow alternative:

Baby bike

Which can take spiked tyres, but is immensely heavy, has very high rolling resistance (but at least I don’t slip off) and has the aerodynamics of a barn.

I’ll be updating the stats and will probably make a page alongside the speed records page.