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Old 2018-08-17, 05:47 AM   #16
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Speaking of rain, I'm surprised you folks feel comfy riding a uni with an umbrella in the rain. I'm a big guy, and can remember winds that turn umbrellas inside out or just tug violently and throw me off my step.

But I guess when you're experienced, riding a uni doesn't seem as crazy a balance problem as it does to a newbie like me who can't ride one yet.
The more you ride the more unbalanced motions you can absorb and continue your ride. Haven't ridden with an umbrella yet. Every time I want to ride it seems to just be dry.
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Old 2018-08-22, 07:05 AM   #17
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High potential for rain today here in Oslo, so I took an umbrella with me as I left for the morning commute in today. Didn't rain for me though (despite getting quite dark), so I just carried it.

Maybe on the way back. Though if the weather is anything like Friday, I might not be able to use it. Lot's of rain and wind on my way home. They even wrote about it in the news:

https://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/ode...uvaer/70114883

I had no umbrella or suitable rain clothes and was completely soaked through after being out there for half an hour. Only one UPD (because of wind), so I am quite pleased about that.

Interesting thing I noticed though is that I got a lot more attention from passing cars. I wasn't actually on the road itself but next to it at points. Several people wound down their windows to cheer me on and give me the thumbs up. Probably the most attention I have ever received when commuting. It was all well meant but kinda distracting, when I was already distracted.
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Old 2018-08-22, 09:03 AM   #18
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Når et træ vælter på dig, hjælper en paraply ikke så meget.

Do you ride to work every day? I rode today, because this is the only day this week they expect it to be dry. When I started riding to work 2 years ago, I got complaints from especially old peeps that my flailing left arm was in the way and they couldn't pass. Now I mostly ride with both hands on the seat or my right hand afloat. There are always some peeps who take notice and cheer me on. Somehow they think riding uphill must be very difficult and they show that when I ride up a long bridge, but nobody says anything when I go downhill, which is always more tricky
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Old 2018-08-22, 10:28 AM   #19
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Når et træ vælter på dig, hjælper en paraply ikke så meget.
Well indeed.

Google translate or you are learning for some reason?

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Do you ride to work every day?
At the moment, yeah pretty much. We shall see how long I keep that up.

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I got complaints from especially old peeps that my flailing left arm was in the way and they couldn't pass.
No complaints so far but the 3 routes I tend to take (I like to mix it up) are all pretty quiet.

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Somehow they think riding uphill must be very difficult and they show that when I ride up a long bridge, but nobody says anything when I go downhill, which is always more tricky
I actually like going uphill (as long as it is not too steep). I feel that with the added pressure I run smoother, similar to when you move to shorter cranks. I am also riding a 26" for the commute at the moment and up hills are the only time when I have a chance against bikes, since you are both running in low gear. I sometimes even overtake bikes on long uphill stretches. I did yesterday in fact and the guy took it pretty well and just gave a little chuckle as I went past, which was nice.
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Old 2018-08-23, 09:54 AM   #20
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I actually like going uphill (as long as it is not too steep). I feel that with the added pressure I run smoother, similar to when you move to shorter cranks. I am also riding a 26" for the commute at the moment and up hills are the only time when I have a chance against bikes, since you are both running in low gear. I sometimes even overtake bikes on long uphill stretches. I did yesterday in fact and the guy took it pretty well and just gave a little chuckle as I went past, which was nice.
I speak Danish in my job. Lived in DK for 8 years and moved back to NL in 2016. I still work for the same company, just from the Dutch office. Before I spoke Danish I learned Norwegian just for fun.

I've been wondering why bike peeps are so slow uphill, even if they have the gears. Bikes are prolly too heavy and we're stuck with our one gear. It doesn't feel as heavy going uphill on uni though. Just try to keep the same speed.

I try to ride uni to work once a week and prefer to ride when it is cold, so I don't sweat too much, since they don't have showers here. the other days I'm also just lazy and take the car ^_^
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