Thursday, 24 September 2009

Thursday 24/09

Proof today that public transport is often not my quickest commuting option. 10 minute wait for a very crowded train at Noisy le Sec (yes, a train was mysteriously cancelled – perhaps they figured it wasn’t required at 7.30 am).
Then all hell at St. Lazare, for reasons I’m not sure about. I managed to get a train going out towards Argenteuil (line J, I believe) then walked from Asnières.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Monday 21/09

Well some real action at last! Having experienced a flat-free run of well over 2 years, I finally had a rear wheel puncture on the way home on Friday.

Fortunately I was not on a very busy stretch of road at the time and it was not hard to get to a safe, quiet place for the repair.

It didn”t take me long to find a tiny shard of glass embedded in the tyre.

Back up and running within 20 minutes.

I used to panic quite a bit when these incidents happen, but now I sort of enjoy it as I know that I have the tools and know-how to fix the problem!

With fine late summer weather promised for much of this week I will try and keep on the bike as much as possible. Nice ride in this morning, although the congestion was just ridiculous in places, notably at the n. end of the Pont de Clichy. It took me at least 6 minutes to turn left on exiting the bridge as the bus and car drivers consider it bad form to let bicycles (or even pedestrians) through the gridlock they create.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Friday 18/09/2009

I've settled in to a routine of cycling in 2 or 3 times a week, which is not too bad. Have already had to dig out the lights as they are needed in the morning now.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Wednesday 09/09

So did I take the 09: 09 train on 09/09/09?
Well actually no. Managed to avoid public transport altogether this morning by catching my neighbour on his way to work at Levallois. Walked into the office from there.
Fortunately the temperatures have dropped somewhat so the RER won't be quite as unpleasant this evening as it was earlier in the week

Tuesday 08/09

Thought that the cycling shorts had been put away until next year, but they were needed today with temperatures going up to the high 20s

Monday 07/09

Not a bad commute today, all things told, by public transport

Friday, 4 September 2009

Friday 04/09

Well I just about escaped the rain yesterday eve, but it caught up with me this morning as I was walking to and from the station. Got thoroughly soaked in fact. Just about every symbol on the weather chart today except snow so expect another drenching on the way home.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Thursday 03/09

A rain-free ride in, but it looks like I'm in for a bit of a shower this evening. The weather forecast is becoming frustratingly unreliable.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Wednesday 02/09

About the only upside of travelling on public transport is that you bump into colleagues (the ones that you're happy to bump into that is) That is what happened to me this morning, so train ride and walk in seemed to go much quicker than normal. Fortunately as it is a wednesday, the public transport network was not quite as busy as on the other weekdays.

Tuesday 01/09

Nothing if not eventful this morning.
RER E as far as Magenta where, for entirely mysterious reasons, it's journey terminated. As at least 2/3 of the passnegers seemed to be waiting for the next one to come along to take them to Haussmann (and bearing in mind that this train would already be pretty full) I immediatly went to street level and took a Velib down to St. Lazare.
I took a direct train to Asnieres - the one that heads towards Bois-Colombes afterwards - and changed on to the line that goes to Bécon. All was going well until the heavens opened just after I'd left the station of Les Vallées to walk in. There was no point even trying to remain dry (I didn't have an umbrella or raincoat anyway). But was glad of full set of dry clothes waiting for me in my locker at work.