- Worst thing you've forgotten when commuting?
Braved the 0.5C this am for a great ride in only to realise that I forgot to shave, have 2 days of growth and a presentation to the Board….. I do not look trendy merely scruffy.
Anyone forgotten enough or something serious enough to have to return home or go out and buy?Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
About once a fornight, I’ll get up to change, pick up the bag with my shirt and socks in, head to the disabled loo, get half way changed and realise my trousers are still on the back of the chair.
And then there’s riding home, and realising the next morning that I’ve got a client meeting away from the office, smart shoes are under my desk…Posted 4 years agotheflatboyMember
treaclesponge – me too, quite recently. up until then I’d forgotten everything else and either bought replacements or coped. Trousers were a different story though – 21 mile back and forth round trip at full effort was definitely an interesting start to the day! I now have a spare old suit at work!
I’m waiting for the day when I forget the bag itself…Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
the key to the lock on my London bike I keep at Paddington station. Get off the train and can visualise the key sitting on my desk 100 miles away.
At least I got to have a go on a Boris bike for the first time. It was…interesting….but still better than taking the tube.Posted 4 years agomuzzleMember
Once got halfway to work on a 5-mile commute to realise I wasn’t wearing my helmet… decided to do the 2.5 miles home to get it rather than the 7.5 miles I’d have otherwise had to do without it that day, cos I just knew that it would be the day I fell off. I didn’t fall off.Posted 4 years agopondoMember
Whilst driving most of the way then cycling the last twelve miles, I have suffered the vexation of arriving at my parking spot and realising the bike’s front wheel is still in the garage, thirty miles behind me.
On the bright side, at least I ended up at work over an hour early. 🙁Posted 4 years agobenp1Subscriber
All sorts, but I keep back ups knowing I’ll forget (spare socks, spare boxers, spare towel, spare trousers and shirts, spare shoes, spare belt etc). Also motorbike in so this stuff can serve double purposes
A little while ago I forgot my wallet and keys – couldn’t buy anything, had to go into London for a meeting and didn’t have my oyster card, couldn’t get back into the house easily, couldn’t lock my bike at work etc etc. On top of that I was out the office for nearly a week so wasn’t comfortable my bike would be secure without being locked, had to leave it by the printer in a big open plan area of the office. Lesson learnt (I hope)Posted 4 years agomrhoppySubscriber
Forgot my work shoes for a week away in meetings had to go and buy some new ones. I’ve picked up the wrong suit bag which had my older (slimmer fitting) suit in, spent the 1st day turning puce with a squeaky voice before I could buy some new, kind of matching, trousers that fit properly.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Does getting off a flight, getting to a hotel late, not unpacking properly and then realising at 0730 the next day (Monday) that I hadn’t packed a single proper shirt or tie. Or cufflinks. 😳
Emergency shirt shopping in the US is a very dispiriting experience. Bought two, they were worn for a day each and then thrown away as soon as my two days of meetings were over. Button cuffs? Bleurgh.Posted 4 years agowarpcowMember
Keys. I picked up the car keys by mistake as I was leaving home, so couldn’t lock my bike or get into the building, let alone my office, without waiting for the lucky bastards who were starting at a normal hour.
Forgetting my phone is becoming a regular occurence too.
I keep back-ups of quite a few things at work nowadays; change of clothes, spare lights, etc.Posted 4 years agondthorntonMember
Was a newish job too – and an 18 mile commute.
Realized just before getting to work – hung round Tewkesbury market waiting for it to open then bought the cheapest most horrible pair of polyester trousers in size too big.
Arrived mega late – wore for 1 day – banished to a draw where they became my emergency trousers.
Anyone else have ’emergency’ trousers?Posted 4 years agotoxicsoksMember
Locker key, trousers, socks , underwear, security pass/door cards, wallet, phone, lunch, cycling gloves – yup, done all those but not at the same time and usually have spare clothes at work. Tbh, I was more rattled by realising I’d not put gloves on, half way to work. Don’t like riding bare handed, wuss that I am.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
I have suit, jeans, shoes and emergency underwear at work in a locker. Sometimes if I don’t ride home and go out, the shoes make it home. On one occasion they didn’t make it back. Cue a day walking around on tiptoes in cleated road shoes. Some admiring comments from the ladies.
Of course I’ve left my briefcase on the drive too – rode home. And left my glasses behind so spent the day wearing my Rx Rydon cycling frames.
My worst faux pas is having to break out of the garage after the internal door slammed shut and the family were away for the weekend. Had to remove the deadbolts from the garage door using tools from the garage, then break back into the house with a ladder. Was late that morning.Posted 4 years agoradoggairMember
Once forgot a tyre lever, but thats about it really. All my clothes stay at work along with a gym bag and have shower facilities, changing facilities, towels galore and washing and drying facilities. Perks of running a hotel and restaurant i guess ( along with free food and drink )Posted 4 years agoFantombikerSubscriber
Cuff-links. Followed by board meeting. Spent a good 30 mins trying to fashion paperclips into a usable alternative. Couldn’t make it work so rolled sleeves up, looked rather odd in November.
On a slightly different issue. Had chain break on the way to work. Chain was really oily. got to work and couldn’t get all grime off my hands and out from under nails. Had to do team presentation….Now I carry a pair of silicon gloves with me…Posted 4 years ago
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