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Old 08-23-13, 01:26 PM   #2626
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I've stared at the picture a few minutes, but I guess I'm missing it. It looks to me like he is using his U-lock to lock the pipe to the lower frame tube. Are you just thinking about the way the shopping cars will whack his handlebar?
Maybe I'm wrong, but with a decent bike and a ulock that size I would at least lock the front wheel and the frame to the pipe.
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Old 08-23-13, 03:04 PM   #2627
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Great commute today! Carpooled home yesterday and swam this morning, so I felt very good for the ride. Perfect weather as well. Took it easy to save for tomorrow's race and still riding at 22 mph. Hope I feel that good tomorrow!
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Old 08-24-13, 06:46 AM   #2628
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Nice ride 61f head light battery died half way to work, still waiting for the new battery I ordered from deal extreme to get here so for now ill deal with having to charge it almost every time I use it.
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Winter riding

Commuting since early May, 20 Km one-way, to work. First year spending serious time on the bike. Presently riding 200+ Km / week and I just want to go farther and spend more time on the bike. Car/bus= incarceration. Bike= FREEDOM! However, this is Canada, and winter is soon arriving. Any tips on safe winter riding are appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-26-13, 05:12 AM   #2630
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Commuting since early May, 20 Km one-way, to work. First year spending serious time on the bike. Presently riding 200+ Km / week and I just want to go farther and spend more time on the bike. Car/bus= incarceration. Bike= FREEDOM! However, this is Canada, and winter is soon arriving. Any tips on safe winter riding are appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-26-13, 05:32 AM   #2631
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First full commute (15 miles) since Monday of last week. A series of flats (3) had me sticking close to the bus routes.
It felt good but every little bit of road noise had me checking my rear tire.

warm upper 60s, humid.. but tolerable.
It was good to be back on the streets.
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Old 08-26-13, 06:01 AM   #2632
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beautiful super early morning commute in the dark.
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Old 08-26-13, 06:19 AM   #2633
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Great commute this morning, with cool dry weather. Wore arm and leg warmers for the first time in months. Students went back to school today, so the buses were out in force. Looks like I'll need to start leaving home earlier again to avoid the extra traffic.
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Mornings like this are golden, mid 60's which for me is cool, the sunshine melting away the wisps of fog in the forest clearings. On the high traffic street approaching our offices the city has surprised me by adding a white line over the weekend marking off about three feet, effectively a bike lane. Not that it makes me much safer but it should manage motorist expectations on that stretch.
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Cloudy sky, a little tailwind, nice commute.
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Overcast, misty but mild and roads were essentially dry so I got to work dry (sweat excepted) but likely not the same going home, I expect to be rained on.
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I go from Lancaster City to Brickerville, usually pass airport around 7:20AM and 5:30PM.
501 the whole way? I go from East Pete to Lititz.
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Another fine morning! But very heavy traffic. More trucks than usual, and long backups at lights. There is so much construction going on in the county that my guess is traffic has discovered my route to avoid it.

Forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow is in the 90's, hopefully I'll be able to get home before the tstorms.
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First commute since my tumble last Monday - great to be back on the bike. Upper 60's and beautiful - bracing for near 90 this afternoon and the rest of the week.
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First commute since my tumble last Monday - great to be back on the bike. Upper 60's and beautiful - bracing for near 90 this afternoon and the rest of the week.
Nice to know that you're back on the bike.
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Old 08-26-13, 08:41 AM   #2641
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Drafted a bus out of the transit center all the way up to 28 mph (We started from the outside of a double left turn pocket). Got nervous and broke off into the bike lane. Guy in a Honda following beeped and gave thumbs up after passing.

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Mornings like this are golden, mid 60's which for me is cool, the sunshine melting away the wisps of fog in the forest clearings. On the high traffic street approaching our offices the city has surprised me by adding a white line over the weekend marking off about three feet, effectively a bike lane. Not that it makes me much safer but it should manage motorist expectations on that stretch.
Weather here has been fairly constant since June except for my morning commute. It has been within two degrees of 64F at 5:15 AM for months.

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After riding only fixed for a week, I was back on a geared bike today. I haven't forgotten how to shift, but the fixie has evidently made me afraid to coast. I kept pedaling downhill until I would remember that I could coast instead.

Chased another commuter for a while today, and passed him on a short hill. Then he chased me for a bit, but I figured I would bury him on the much longer, steeper hill ahead. I didn't. Got to the top, and he was right behind me! Buried him on the next downhill instead, because I took a shortcut on the road, and he stuck to the longer route on the trail.

A little warmer today at 14C/57F, cloudy, and no wind. Might need to start running lights in the morning soon.
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after a week off it was good to be back on the bike. I broke out the bib tights this morning. probably wont need them the rest of the week. 57 degress F. It felt good to be back on the bike. THere was a lot more traffic/ school buses too. I might have to leave at a different time.

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Raining this morning but headed out regardless as my bride needed the car. Nice ride regardless but I have one stop light that probably has sensors instead of a timer because it never changes if I'm first in line. I waited 2 cycles and just proceeded through the red when no cars were coming. There wasn't anybody behind me either to trigger it so I had no choice. Darn sensors.
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Raining this morning but headed out regardless as my bride needed the car. Nice ride regardless but I have one stop light that probably has sensors instead of a timer because it never changes if I'm first in line. I waited 2 cycles and just proceeded through the red when no cars were coming. There wasn't anybody behind me either to trigger it so I had no choice. Darn sensors.
Have you tried rolling your wheel right over the slit in the pavement where the sensor wire is? It often works for me.
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Have you tried rolling your wheel right over the slit in the pavement where the sensor wire is? It often works for me.
There is no visible slit that would resemble anything like that. The pavement is usually cracked all over anyway. Could it be photoelectric?
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There is no visible slit that would resemble anything like that. The pavement is usually cracked all over anyway. Could it be photoelectric?
Most of the newer ones around here are optical, and I insure those "see" me by making myself big, slowly fanning my arms a couple of times like doing jumping jacks. The older ones are wires buried in the asphalt that work like a metal detector. You can usually see a four foot round (sometimes octagonal) seam in the pavement. If you put your wheel right on this seam, the rim and spokes are often enough to trip the sensors.
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There is no visible slit that would resemble anything like that. The pavement is usually cracked all over anyway. Could it be photoelectric?
I've had hit and miss results on the sensors, with no rhyme or reason to success.

I had three flats last week. All the way home this afternoon, I'm thinking my rear tire is soft, low pressure. I got home and the tire pressure was right where I pumped it to this morning. Mind games, I suppose.
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Great 32 mi RT. On the trail saw a doe plus her yearling and a fawn. The fawn ran diagonal across the path about 10 feet in front of me. Glad I took that route which added a mile!

On the bad side on the way in, had a school bus buzz me with a foot to spare, and had a car pass me on a right turn after which I was making an immediate left. Almost ran me over.
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