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Old 10-11-13, 07:29 AM   #3201
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Cool (6C, 43F) and misty so it felt cooler but, despite (still) wearing shorts (but a thick long-sleeved jersey over a short-sleeved jersey), it was fine. However, when descending into a valley near the end of the ride, the temperature felt like it plummeted but there are no listed weather stations in the area so I don't know what the localized temperature was, likely 2–4C (4–9F) colder (at least it felt that way). Nice ride in nevertheless.

Because of the darkness for most of the ride (especially, the highway portion), I donned my reflective vest and attached my bright light so that I could see the side of the road (light) and be seen by cars in both directions (vest).

I can't wait for the arrival of my Polaris Grid RBS (Really Bright Stuff) jacket to arrive, it will be welcome on cold and dark rides, especially wet ones.



Encountered 2 idiots on bikes in the last couple of days. The first was on Tuesday, a bike-commuter who had no front or rear lights (it was still moderately dark), no front or rear reflectors on the bike and no reflective patches/areas on his clothes (I saw him from the front as he approached me and from behind as I followed him) yet he bombed from the sidewalk, across the road on the pedestrian crosswalk and back onto the sidewalk, nearly getting hit by a car turning right (would have served him right). Had I not had to slow for the car in front of me to stop (the car that nearly hit him, and me following the car, also making a right turn), I would have caught him and given him an earful. The second person was this morning but this person didn't affect my travels, this person, also in dark clothes, no visible reflectors or reflective wear and certainly no lights was travelling on an unlit street entering the city. These idiots are making bike-commuters look bad and are giving cagers more reason to dislike us.
I understand your frustration. The other day I was cruising at traffic speed taking the lane and going along fine and I met up with a man and woman looking like hobos, on crappy bikes riding the wrong side of the road, very slow and weaving. I just said "wrong side of the road folks!!" and kept on going. I don't know why the police don't enforce the laws. They let them get away with this because they are too afraid to ride on the proper lane in the RH side so they avert to sidewalk hoping etc.

Nice Jacket BTW Any links? or where to shop?
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Old 10-11-13, 07:34 AM   #3202
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Rode on the new lime green bicycle lane along Grand Ave yesterday and this morning. Cool from the cyclists perspective. But they cut Grand Ave from 2 lanes each way to 1 lane each way to do it. Not so cool for rush hour auto traffic.
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Old 10-11-13, 07:38 AM   #3203
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We're currently getting dumped on with rain from what was Tropical Storm Karen. I'm finding out what's waterproof and what's not.

#1 . North Face jacket - waterproof
#2 . Merrell hiking boots - somewhat waterproof (good for a few miles)
#3 . Starter running pants - not waterproof at all

I've switched to wearing wool socks and have been very pleased with how quickly they dry out. This morning I wrapped my sneakers in plastic bags and that worked pretty well; just a little damp inside instead of dripping wet.

Another milestone today, although not a good one. I had my first collision with a car. A lady stopped at the stop sign, looked both ways, and pulled out right into me. She hit me right on the right rear pannier, so my clothes absorbed most of the impact. Bike seems fine, although the chain got pushed from the middle ring to the small ring. I'm fine too. I was able to get my leg out of the way. She was still in shock and kept apologizing. I'm pretty sure she'll be more careful in the future. It was partly my fault, since I should have taken the lane, but with the rain and it being one of the busier roads in my route, I stayed on the white line.

For those who care, I was running my MagicShine headlight on medium, a blinky red on the back of my rack, and a solid red on my seatpost. I was wearing a regular orange jacket (not the reflective vest I wear in the winter), and didn't have my spoke light turned on. Visibility was poor to fair - no fog but raining pretty hard and darker than normal because of the cloud cover.
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Old 10-11-13, 07:40 AM   #3204
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Nice Jacket BTW Any links? or where to shop?
Polaris Bike wear makes the jacket, I purchased it from CRC.
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Old 10-11-13, 10:24 AM   #3205
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Weirdly short. I started a new job this week and the office is only 2.5mi away *and* I can bring my bike inside! Life is good.
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Old 10-11-13, 12:23 PM   #3206
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Just registered on the forums, so this is my first post here... I've been commuting by bike a couple of days per week lately. It's about 6 miles one-way, half of which is on a paved bike path and the other half on surface streets. Tuesday morning there were leaves and pine needles all over the bike path, due to high winds the day before, and the fact that it is fall. Anyway, as I was riding down the leaf-carpeted bike path, I saw a large bird (possibly a hawk, but I'm not that good at identifying birds) flying down the path toward me, under the canopy. He was only about 6-8 feet above the ground, moving fast toward me. About 100 yards out, he swooped up into the trees, but it was a really cool sight. No one else on that section of path to share the moment with.

A little while later, after I was on surface streets, I was passing a row of Cape Cod style houses which are set pretty close to the road. In the front yard of one of them was a deer! I slowed down to watch the deer grazing. A couple of cars went by. The deer didn't pay much attention to me or the cars.

I don't normally see any wildlife at all on this commute, so to see those two in one morning was pretty unique!

Oh, and the town must have swept the bike path sometime that day because it was completely clear of leaves by the time I rode home.
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Old 10-11-13, 12:52 PM   #3207
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Welcome to the forum and to bike commuting.

Careful on those leaf-covered paths. They can be slick as ice sometimes. I have seen people right in front of me go down because of them.
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Old 10-11-13, 01:06 PM   #3208
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Welcome to the forum and to bike commuting.

Careful on those leaf-covered paths. They can be slick as ice sometimes. I have seen people right in front of me go down because of them.
Even the NYC Subway posts slow orders on tracks that are subjected to leaf cover in the fall. Trains just skid on the rails when they pull into stations.

As for my commute, it was cool and damp, but not really raining. I took the East River Bikeway instead of going up 1st Ave for a change of pace.
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Old 10-11-13, 01:43 PM   #3209
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The commute today was fine except for an RTA bus that came into the bike lane behind me then out around me and then back in to take a right turn. Close enough that I had to edge towards parked cars and by the time the bus stopped I had one hand on the side of the bus and very little room on the other side. I went forward and looked into the door and the driver looked over and shrugged then looked into the intersection.

I did get the bus number and sent the RTA an email with all the information I could. Nothing will come of it.
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Old 10-14-13, 06:25 AM   #3210
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FINALLY a couple days of dry weather! I have had a poor record this past summer, as South Florida has had the wettest season on record, with pouring rain every afternoon. Starting the middle of last week, things finally began to dry a little. I rode to work on Friday, took a longer ride on Sunday and managed to ride into work today as well. Forecast for the rest of the week is for it continue to be dry most of the week. Maybe I can get in some miles for a change. My new boss walked into my office this morning, and told me that I didn't have nearly lights enough on my bike, and to do something about it. It's the first time he has seen me during the morning commute, and he has a valid point. Any of you got any strong feelings about what lights are good and what lights are bad? I guess I need something super bright for the back, and a new light for the front as well.

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Old 10-14-13, 07:28 AM   #3211
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October has been such a dismal month for bike commuting. Fall obligations basically take away my chance to ride 2 days a week and then the weather is overcast and drizzling for the past few mondays and off on 2 fridays which would have been great days to ride but I didn't work so I did not have to. AAHH
i miss my bike and riding.

oh yeah waiting on my fast tech light to be delivered but it won't happen today because of Columbus Day. So for the negative post but feeling gloomy and really need some sunny fall days on the bike.
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Old 10-14-13, 07:52 AM   #3212
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A beautiful crystal clear 45F morning. It would have been a perfect commute except my local npr station is doing their Fall pledge drive
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Old 10-14-13, 08:09 AM   #3213
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Cool but clear here too, right around 44. Definitely sporting more layers.

Got some Dakine Tundra gloves too, and they're great, but my hands/wrists were sweaty upon arrival, so I'm hoping they dry well between uses.
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Old 10-14-13, 05:22 PM   #3214
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Contrary to what the weather has been like in some parts of the country, it has been so beautiful here for the last 3 weeks that we are getting totally spoiled. Not sure how much longer this can last. Anyway, no commute today. Had the day off and took a nice pleasure ride this afternoon for a change. Then I continued work on my lastest restore project.
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Old 10-14-13, 10:27 PM   #3215
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Cold start this AM, maybe 45. The afternoon almost hit 70! Gorgeous day here on my bike.
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Old 10-15-13, 02:01 AM   #3216
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Great 25 mile commute today slight breeze in the mid 70's.
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13C/56F, quiet morning, seemed especially dark...good to be riding again after the day off. (Seems quiet here in the office too.)
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Old 10-15-13, 06:24 AM   #3218
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First day with sunshine and no threat of rain in over a week, and it felt great. Temperatures were about ideal for me, mid-50s F. Rode at an easy pace since my legs are still recovering from lots of miles over the previous weekend. Took a rest day from commuting yesterday but with any luck from the weather I should be able to ride the rest of the work week.
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A cold 3C (37F) but after the first couple of minutes, I was fine in shorts and a windproof jacket. I guess it is just a matter of acclimating your body to the weather changes and you can tolerate more: had I tried to ride in shorts on a 3C day in August, I wouldn't have made it out the house, let alone down the road. The weather was clear but it is forecast for rain this evening, I hope it will hold off until after I get home.
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Warmer morning, low 50'sF. I needed to leave early so almost the whole ride was in the dark - sample of things to come in a few months!
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A cold 3C (37F) but after the first couple of minutes, I was fine in shorts and a windproof jacket. I guess it is just a matter of acclimating your body to the weather changes and you can tolerate more.
No it's not! You're a mutant!!! This morning at 10░ celcius I wore pant and long sleeve jersey and I was just fine.

It was a nice ride after a 4 days week end spend at moose hunting, we saw two moose but couldn't get clear shots. We'll try again next year.
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Very foggy this morning. It was so foggy, I could feel mist on my face. I need to get new spoke lights - I felt a bit underlighted this morning. It was really cool riding into DC, and up Virginia Ave. I could barely make out the Washington Monument. It was also my very first commute on the new All-City Space Horse, and it was great! I sold 2 other bikes this weekend, so now I'm down to 3 bikes. Life is good.
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no it's not! You're a mutant!!!
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Rode on the new lime green bicycle lane along Grand Ave yesterday and this morning. Cool from the cyclists perspective. But they cut Grand Ave from 2 lanes each way to 1 lane each way to do it. Not so cool for rush hour auto traffic.

Ok, that's cool. Will be back in PHX in a week or so. Will have to go down and ride that just to say I did.
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I know fall is here. Crystal clear skies and cold overnight. Most of the traffic in the mornings is farm trucks heading to the packing houses and the sun is not making it over the eastern mountains before I get in to the office in the morning.

it was -1*C this morning when I left the house.

Seems to have come suddenly.
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