I have never commuted to work to date but would like to start but a little apprehensive to start.
I am after some advice from cyclist that might commute or ride in the city on good roads to use and or not use on my way in and my way out during peak traffic periods.
I live in the southern suburbs and will commute down the Veloway which is a no brainer but where to from here. I work on Unley Road, Malvern near Wattle Street so was considering Marion Road, Cross Road and Unley Road. My thought was they are wide roads with room for cyclists with little stopping hopefully required.
What should I be considering in my route planning?
Thanks Ben I will try a couple of these routes, especially this one to see what feels safer, one might work better on the inward journey and another on the outer journey.
Im 35 and never had a license. I've lived all over oz and rate Radelaide as the best in the world as a city year round for a cyclist.
I used to commute from Reynella to Regency Pk before the velo way was built. I would just draft buses or trucks (not recommended) down South Rd to make the 32km commute a bit quicker.
Don't be a bike commuter if you're not ready to lean right out. ESPECIALLY if you got some hills in your commute. Make sure you keep the carb intake high + water so your immune system handles the extra training and absorbs it.
Leave a bit earlier so if you get a flat etc.
Nothing quite satisfying as passing traffic standing still. Just be aware of gaps opening up and sleepy drivers not looking for other road users aka cyclists. A niteflux red zone 4 is a good idea. ;)
I am self employed so if I am running late its all good.
durian rider, you must be a committed cyclist to have commuted 64km round trip, but especially on South Road!
Have you got access to a shower or are you having an "Italian Shower" (quick blast of deodourant) ?
No showers at work unfortunately, I was thinking face washer and spray :-)
I read a post from a touring cyclist who learnt how to clean himself by squirting warmed water from a bottle at the 'whiffy bits'. If your quick wash does not work in summer, another idea I learnt when cycling and rough camping -- Johnsons baby wipes. Need only 2 for all over clean. Cheaper Target brand are OK for hand cleaning before a meal, but need many for a body clean.
I think if you used a mint scented chamois cream you could probably get away without a shower....even on a 40 degree day.
the route i go Paul is Veloway - South Road - Right turn on to Quinlan ave - Left Turn on to Cashel. Follow this to the end which is Daws road. Right turn on to Daws - Left Turn on to Winston. Follow this to Cross road then right on to Cross road.
Apart from South road the streets are pretty quiet and the surfaces are great. couple of round abouts but plenty of room.
How do you go crossing South Road?
i usually cross at the pedestrian crossing and use the footpath on the park side for the 100m or so until Quinlan. saves trying to cross 4 lanes of traffic. pretty stress free from there and a nice surface to ride on.