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Old 10-15-13, 09:39 AM   #3226
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Chilly 1C/34F, negligible winds. Opted for the road bike instead of the fixed gear because I didn't feel like pushing up hills with 72 gear inches today.
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Nice temps in the mid 60's this morning, no fog this time, pretty nice overall. Yet somehow I made my SLOWEST TIME EVER this morning. I mean I had a small headwind but it wasn't THAT bad. Yet it still took over 79 minutes moving time to go 15.5 miles, when I have done it in 65-68 minutes on prior commutes.

I don't know, lately I've just been feeling slower than usual. And no the brakes aren't dragging

This afternoon is supposed to be rainy on the ride home, but at least I should have a decent tail wind.
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Old 10-15-13, 12:10 PM   #3228
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Last week of Sept: sick
First week of Oct: vacation
Last week: wife away and I have to drive 1 kid to school (barely can make it to work on time, precludes cycling)

Wife is back tonight, so I CAN RIDE TOMORROW! I've missed it a LOT!
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Old 10-15-13, 01:11 PM   #3229
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Recovering from a half marathon Sunday and I have a 200 mile relay this Fri/Sat. I'm taking it easy this week. Hopefully next week I can back on track. It's going to be much cooler next week.
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Old 10-16-13, 05:09 AM   #3230
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Very pleasant conditions here in DC this morning, 63F/17C, no wind, a little light fog. Great ride.
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Old 10-16-13, 06:02 AM   #3231
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Very pleasant conditions here in DC this morning, 63F/17C, no wind, a little light fog. Great ride.
Yes, a great commuting morning in DC (Kingstowne to Mark Center)!!

I wanted to ride yesterday but my pump decided to let air out of my tires rather than fill them so I bought a Lezyne Alloy last night (vs the cheap Walmart Zefal that went into reverse mode). What a great pump, once I figured out how to get the chuck to work with my Presta valves.

I did pass (twice) your typical DC stoic non-communicative fellow rider this AM. Even after almost 30 years in the DC area, I still find it odd that saying hello to strangers on the street (not just cyclists) is considered a sign of weakness.
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Old 10-16-13, 06:41 AM   #3232
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A very mild 12C (54F) ride in. The roads were a bit wet from all the rain we had last night but other than a bit of mist and slight bit of spray, it was dry. If it wasn't so dark, if I wasn't riding on the highway, I'd have put away my high vis waterproof jacket but since I didn't have my reflective vest with me, I had to suffer through the warmth (even though the jacket was completely open). Forecast for rain for the rest of the day so I may be riding home in rain.
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Old 10-16-13, 06:48 AM   #3233
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My ride today was dark, dry, and cold (but not too cold). Hmmmm, that's the same way I like my refueling libations.
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Old 10-16-13, 07:16 AM   #3234
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My ride today was dark, dry, and cold (but not too cold). Hmmmm, that's the same way I like my refueling libations.
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Old 10-16-13, 07:28 AM   #3235
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A warm 16░ celcius this morning, good tailwind, cloudy sky, a lot of traffic .

Nice commute
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Old 10-16-13, 10:16 AM   #3236
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Nice ride in this morning 57 and 80-90% humidity I beleive. I got my new head light yesterday and put it on my bike for the ride this morning. It is amazing what a light in dawn hours will do. I had it pointed down but I still noticed people looking at me as the drove by and I noticed that everything reflective lit up even 2-3 blocks down the road.

I am pleased with it so far and hopefully this will get back to a more consistent riding schedule now that I can see and be seen on the road.
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Old 10-16-13, 10:30 AM   #3237
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Old 10-16-13, 10:48 AM   #3238
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dang it's already almost 6 PM over there? Barely lunch time here.

Yesterday was wooooeeee in a word... WET!!!

Rode 16+ miles home almost all in the rain. Had to turn back once because the park I cut through is closed while they put up the Christmas lights so that added probably 10 minutes to my ride time. Got home, let the bike dry a bit and wiped it down, then later noticed some rust on my chain. Lubed it up, but it's also time to replace it. It's got about 0.7% stretch in it, around 3/32" in 12 inches. Only has 2,100 miles on it since I bought the bike a year ago. Oh well, perhaps that and a new cassette will remedy some of the issues I've been having lately.
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Old 10-16-13, 11:02 AM   #3239
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Started raining and then it stopped and the sun peeked out. I was about a mile down the road and decided i better turn around. No sense going 8 miles in jeans and a baja-hoodie. Leaving my house the second time I was descending a bridge and at the bottom almost hit a car because it was turning left and then right. I would have been fine if it would have only been turning left. Glad I tightened my brakes a few days ago.
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Old 10-16-13, 11:05 AM   #3240
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dang it's already almost 6 PM over there? Barely lunch time here.
actually, I find it funny as all of my continental buddies are one hour later throughout the work day when I chat with them.
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Old 10-16-13, 12:54 PM   #3241
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Just above freezing for the ride in, which looks like will be the norm for the next while. It's not unheard of to get snow before the end of October around here, but I have my fingers crossed that we won't get anything that sticks until late November. In the meantime, I'm still enjoying riding skinny-tire bikes.
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Old 10-16-13, 02:40 PM   #3242
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47F when I left the house. Wore my wool jersey for the first time this season.
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Old 10-16-13, 03:11 PM   #3243
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My first ride this week. Dark, stars, about 38 degrees F. I was still a little tired from running 8 miles of hills yesterday, and was going to take it easy in to Dallas and the bus. But I got distracted in downtown Falls City and started talking with a log truck driver who was snugging up his load. He had all small logs so I was wondering where they were headed, as I've been thinning trees off my place like that and just making firewood. But I probably spent 5 minutes talking to him before I remembered I had a bus to catch. I already go full speed on the downhill parts of my ride, so the only way I could make the time up was by sprinting (by my standards) up the hills. Ouch. It was still a nice ride though.
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Old 10-17-13, 04:43 AM   #3244
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More of the same, 63F/17C, light clouds, dark...just nice riding. Oh, and a little compromise in the air....
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Old 10-17-13, 04:59 AM   #3245
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First sub freezing commute today. A little cloud and light snow on the way in (took the long route) but clear on the way home. I got to check out my cold weather gear and new mtx rack setup.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8mJ.../preview?pli=1

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Old 10-17-13, 05:23 AM   #3246
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nice and unseasonally warm ride but I will take it. Got a few sprinkles of rain on the way in this morning. I have a 50% chance of rain this evening. I hope it doesn't.
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Cooler ride in this morning, about 6C (43F), which was nice because my waterproof shell keeps the heat in so I was nice and toasty (and a bit sweaty when I stopped at work and took the jacket off). Again, shorts and a short-sleeved jersey (underneath the coat).

Got a honk from a car coming in the other direction on the 4-lane section of the highway (so I was at least 2 lanes away). It has been the same person giving me a single honk from the same car for the last couple of weeks at about the same spot on the highway. I'm beginning to think that it is not an angry honk but a "good morning" honk because it is a quick, short honk.

I have my new Kona Sutra 2012 and I've done a bit of fiddling with the setup (seat height, etc) but I haven't attached lights and I haven't received the bottles, cages and panniers yet so I'll have to wait until next week sometime for my first commute ride. At that point, I will probably decommission my KHS Tempe 29er as a commuter, clean it up, switch the tires to fat knobbies and hang it up for next summer's rides to, from and at camp (cottage).

Forecast is for rain this afternoon but unlike yesterday's ride home, which was rain but no heavier than spray for a short while, likely it will be heavier. Monday's morning ride in is forecast to be COLD, -4C (25F) so likely, I'll don the tights and booties, but who knows, maybe I'll be a stupid Canadian (while pretending to be a tough Canadian) and not wear the tights, just shorts on my legs.
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Nice commute with warm temps. Thought about driving due to high probability of rain this afternoon, but decided to ride and drop off my commuter at the bike shop for some work. I was planning to swap the brakes for another set with more stopping power. However, I came across a great deal on a cyclocross frameset on eBay this morning and ended up buying it, so instead will get my LBS to swap all of the parts from my commuter to the cross frame. My existing commuter is a Gunnar Sport, which I like except for the long-reach brakes, which don't stop nearly as well as my bikes with canti brakes. The frame I bought is a Gunnar Crosshairs, which is essentially the same as the Sport but with canti brakes, so it should be a seamless transition. I got such a good price on the Crosshairs that I might actually make money on the deal. More importantly, the Crosshairs will be a better bike for my purposes.
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A mild 13░ celcius, swirling Wind, cloudy sky. Very nice ride. the road was still wet from last night pouring rain.
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