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Old 10-01-06, 05:21 PM   #1
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Very long commute club: week 26

Well, my friends, we are winding our way towards the end of the VLC to the XLC. That time is not yet here, but we are definitely starting to face weather and darkness challenges not always associated with the very long commute only. Now, we can get up in the morning looking at cold, cold rain, howling wind, and dark skies. I don't know about you guys, but at times like that, I can use a little inspiration. So, how about this week we post inspirational sayings and stories?

Here is my offering today:

"If the furnace is hot enough, it will burn anything."
- John Parker, Once a Runner
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Old 10-02-06, 01:17 AM   #2
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When it's cold, dark, howling wind, raining sideways, and i know it's going to hurt I talk to myself like a drill sergeant, the inner conversation goes something like "well? what are you waiting for numbnuts? get the f**k out there and try to show us that you're not the girl your momma tried to raise you as! What are you waiting for? your momma to change your daipers and pop het tittie in your mouth? WELL, IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN YOU FRIGGIN *****! GET YER WIMPY ASS ON THAT GODDAMNED BIKE AND GET OUTTA MY SIGHT YOU *****!"

Then I get out on the road and even though I'm a devout practicing atheist I mock god and say things like "geez for an all powerfull entity that's a piss-poor effort at wind and rain, I can piss harder than that, c'mon I'm laughing at your almighty all-powerfull ass.... I'm going to thoroughly enjoy riding through your halfassed effort at this so-called 'bad weather' coz it aint half as bad as you think"
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Cyclaholic - That is classic. I think I need to print that "saying" out and pin it on my wall next to my bike.

I just remember all my friends/family/coworkers/stranger who think I'm either real stupid or crazy. Either way I love proving to them that I CAN do this year round!

But for me we just passed the heat and humidity of the summer so it is all down hill until next April. August is the hardest month to ride through.
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I sometimes struggle with motivational issues... I just try to think of all the tasty meals I get to eat when I ride, guilt-free

I rode my Pista today. I've never ridden my brakeless fixie to work before... Whew, what a workout. I don't use a cyclocomputer so I don't know what speeds I was hitting, but I did hook up my Polar heart monitor: my normal morning commute is about 530 calories burned for 52 min. riding. This morning was 720 for 51 min. Yikes! Pushing the 48x16 forces a workout Speeds were definitely higher, the total time accounts for random traffic light stops so really can't be compared. Fun commute, kept me awake.

It's supposed to be 81 degrees today. That's crazy for Fall. I hope we don't skip fall and dive right from 81 into winter...
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O-Town, I can take the 110 deg weather, for me the hardest month is February. I don't like it when it gets below 65 deg. That's way I moved down here in the first place.

I'm kind of like Cyclaholic. in my head the drill sergeant from basic training comes back and get's me goin. But I don't temp God, I just mock mother nature.

I have been thinking about upgrading the Peugot with shifter/break levers.I have never use the shifter/break levers before so I do not know how they work. I have been looking at Shimano Sora ST-3300-7: 7-speed, Double chainring compatible, STI Brake/Shift levers. have any of you tried these?

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I have 105 brifters on my 'cross bike. They were my first experience with shifter/brake combos, also. I have come to like them OK, although I like the Campy system way better. Nothing better than running through your casette with a flick of your thumb. This is right up your sprinting alley, CigTech. If you're starting from scratch I say go Campy.
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Then I get out on the road and even though I'm a devout practicing atheist I mock god and say things like "geez for an all powerfull entity that's a piss-poor effort at wind and rain, I can piss harder than that, c'mon I'm laughing at your almighty all-powerfull ass.... I'm going to thoroughly enjoy riding through your halfassed effort at this so-called 'bad weather' coz it aint half as bad as you think"
Dude, that's HILARIOUS!!!
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When it's cold, dark, howling wind, raining sideways, and i know it's going to hurt I talk to myself like a drill sergeant, the inner conversation goes something like "well? what are you waiting for numbnuts? get the f**k out there and try to show us that you're not the girl your momma tried to raise you as! What are you waiting for? your momma to change your daipers and pop het tittie in your mouth? WELL, IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN YOU FRIGGIN *****! GET YER WIMPY ASS ON THAT GODDAMNED BIKE AND GET OUTTA MY SIGHT YOU *****!"

Then I get out on the road and even though I'm a devout practicing atheist I mock god and say things like "geez for an all powerfull entity that's a piss-poor effort at wind and rain, I can piss harder than that, c'mon I'm laughing at your almighty all-powerfull ass.... I'm going to thoroughly enjoy riding through your halfassed effort at this so-called 'bad weather' coz it aint half as bad as you think"

Be careful what you say to ol' Fracto...
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Dude, that's HILARIOUS!!!
....and if I'm wrong about the atheism thing then one of these days I'll be taken out with great vengance and fuuurious anger by a lightning bolt
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Then I get out on the road and even though I'm a devout practicing atheist I mock god and say things like "geez for an all powerfull entity that's a piss-poor effort at wind and rain, I can piss harder than that, c'mon I'm laughing at your almighty all-powerfull ass.... I'm going to thoroughly enjoy riding through your halfassed effort at this so-called 'bad weather' coz it aint half as bad as you think"
Cyclaholic: As a devout Druid, I find your mocking of g_d very infruiating but funny

Nice commute this morning, but was overdressed by the end. I too struggle with mitivational issues and am glad that I have a commuting partner. It is much harder for me to let someone else down than laying in a warm comfortable bed on a cold dreary day.

Hope everyone has a nice day.
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mornin' folks: This weeks riding has been beautiful again but I think the forecast gets a little sketchy later in the week. Still in shorts. I think I might break out the tights Thurs with AM temps in the low 40's. I gotta find them first.
Newbie how was the C&O?
As for motivaion: If I hear rain falling on the roof I bum out, who doesn't. Then I have to decide; listen to the weather reports OR the traffic reports. This alone motivates me. I know my BP will go through the roof with a driving commute in nasty weather. I always get a boost in cold rain when riding over a traffic jammed beltway.
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Since I've always been a morning person I'm up much earlier than I need to be so that eliminates any desire to lie in bed a while. My only motivation technique is to force myself to justify not riding. Since I'm already awake it takes some major illness or other problem to warrant not riding. Its not a very noteworthy technique, but it works.

This morning's commute was totally uneventful except for the one large tree across the end of the trail. I'm guessing it came down late last night since the Park Service had not gotten it cut up yet.

We did it! Our first self supported family bike tour. We did a total of 120 miles on the C & O Canal towing a trailer piled high with gear. It was a great trip and the only rain fell Saturday night while we were sleeping. So with lots of sore muscles, a few saddle sores we made it home yesterday afternoon. We saw many historical sites, lots of wildlife and my wife and son made their first 50 mile day. We're already thinking about the next possible trip!
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Newbie: Congrats on a job well done!!!!!
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We did it! Our first self supported family bike tour.............my wife and son made their first 50 mile day. We're already thinking about the next possible trip!
impressive!
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This clear fall weather is just inspirational for riding a bike!

I can handle the cold, but the darkness does keep me from riding my bike home at night. The last few years, I shifted my schedule a bit, riding in the morning to work and then putting my bike on the Metro to get home in the evenings. Metro takes so long, though, and when there's a basketball or hockey game or concert or whatever downtown, it's a mess with all those people getting too close to my bike!

This year I may try alternating riding and driving. It may mean a bit less riding, but I really can't ride in the dark, what with my only one good eye and the sometimes questionable neighborhoods that I traverse (and live in).

But I'm not giving up! I like the cold and the snow, and I do have studded tires for the ice!
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velogirl: One of my coworkers lost vision in one eye last year, he has a lot of trouble in the dusk/dark, too. Especially in the rain. It has been difficult for him.

Marylandnewbie: very cool on the family tour. I'd like to do that someday!

My commuting news: I love the ride on my Bianchi Pista so much I'm going to go steel for my next commuter. Already cooking up plans. Has to have fender room, steel, singlespeed or fixed, and be available at one of two LBS's I frequent. That leaves me with a Surly/Vicious/IF custom or a Bianchi. Think the San Jose ($599) fits well, I might rock that this winter.
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Last week was only monday. 2/2 this week. Very wet and dark and foggy this morning. Almost crashed into 3 dogs and owner splayed across the trail. Then I was caught on the left by a train of MTBikers in nice gear blinding me with what I am guessing were helmet mounted HID's. they dropped me quick but it kicked my pace up for a while. They turned left into middle fork savana forest preserve.... anybody part of them...doubt they read here, but worth a try. Loads of puddles, lakes, branches and soup of fog.
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Velo -- seems like you're making a smart and effective compromise. Better to keep riding some in the winter even if its not everyday. It's just about time to break out the lights for the trip home. If I get too much later than normal its getting pretty dim on the last mile of the MUP.

Thanks for the congratulations. It was looking a little rough on the second day because we were travelling slower than expected on the muddy trail, but they managed to pull off 50 miles. We learned a lot about our gear and packing style. We did not take as much extra stuff as I feared, although there is always some room for trimming. I think in the future we're going to get my son a rack and small panniers so he can carry some/all of his gear. He turned out to be stronger than we anticipated. I think we also learned that 2 more evenly loaded panniers would be more comfortable for my wife than 1 heavily loaded bag. All in all I'd call it a success, and in a couple of days when the pain passes I'm sure my wife and son will agree.
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I had to skip yesterday because I needed to wear a suit (I have to do so very infrequently, and try to leave one at the office just in case) so I took the opportunity to take in some other clothes and food so that I can carry less on my commutes. Two days of vacation now, but all that really means is I can arrive late and leave early, riding in the daylight both ways.

I took the big motivation step this summer and sold my car. My wife still has one, but I can't use it to go to work, so it is either the bike or the bus/metro. Bus/metro takes as long at biking so there is no timed to be saved. Like Newbie, I'm an early riser so it just comes down to handling the weather - and since I have to walk and wait at the bus stop, I figure I'll be wet and cold anyway - might as well ride.

That's my optimistic side talking - ask me again in December and we'll see if I can follow through.
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Nice job Maryland and family. That is an inspiring story.
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That's my optimistic side talking - ask me again in December and we'll see if I can follow through.
xroader, you might want to get some studded tires if you on riding through the winter.

Another nice commute in the Nations Capital, hope there will not be too much rain tomorrow and Friday.
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another great day weather wise. I think it's getting hotter!
xroad: What's a suit? Only one car! very nice. There was a point last year where we had 5, yes 5 cars and I almost never drove. We are down to 3 and hopefully down to 2 by next fall.
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Today was the sort of day you ride for. Couldn't really ask for a nicer day. Rode with my son to school and then enjoyed a fairly leisurely ride. For some reason there was a lot of traffic when I got downtown. Nothing too nerve wracking, but I guess it made me realize how light things have been most days. Have a good ride home everyone.
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Studded tires: my LBS said forgo them. We do get snow here, but it doesn't stick all winter. They said the patchy areas with no snow would ride like ice on studs (when turning). Any suggestions for an Ohioan? They told me just to ride my 'cross tires.
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Studded tires: my LBS said forgo them. We do get snow here, but it doesn't stick all winter. They said the patchy areas with no snow would ride like ice on studs (when turning). Any suggestions for an Ohioan? They told me just to ride my 'cross tires.
Ducati:

I have two sets of commuting wheels, one with road tires, while the second set of wheels has studded tires. When it is disgusting out, I just swap out the wheels.

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