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    It was another glorious sunny and clear day in beautiful Vancouver BC today; in fact, hasn't rained on one of my commutes since before my birthday in the first week of October. Rained the first few days of the month though, before I got my birthday rain gear :-S I'll still take this weather any day...

    Was a bit chilly 4░C (39F) when I left home this morning, and warmed up to about 11░C (52F) by the time I got in. Between 12░C (54F) and 17░C (63F) on my way home

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    the storm in northwest europe really cleaned the street.

    marvellous! it was super nice riding the bike in ... all the leaves, oil and everything else is gone

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    45F/7C the very pleasant Fall rides continue...again almost no breeze to speak of.

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    Due to circumstances beyond me, I was not able to commute by bike in the morning yesterday. Though I was able to commute home by bike. Yesterday the commute home was nice with the temp at 54 f degrees and partly cloudy skies. Again today, I will commute home by bike.

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    Inexplicably slow pace this morning, riding my fastest commuter bike. Weather was perfect with very little wind and mild temps, and my legs should have been fairly well rested. However, I had nothing on the hills and my bike felt like the brakes were dragging. (I checked and they weren't!) Hope I'm not coming down with a cold.

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    It was colder this morning, -9C (16F) with a windchill of -14C (7F) but if you assume that I'm riding 15kmh, wind chill was -17C (1F). I wore wool socks for the first time but I didn't loosen the toe strap on my shoes so my toes were tighter than they should have been and that may be why they got cold by the end of the ride. However, I did wear full winter gloves (not cycling specific) and my hands were nice and toasty after about 15min on the road when I turn away from the headwind. I started getting a bit of a headache from the cold in the first few minutes but that went away shortly afterwards: my skull cap may not have been pulled down over my forehead enough, I'll watch for that the next time it is cold, tomorrow morning's forecast is only -2C (29F) and it will be getting milder through the rest of the week.

    I saw another cyclist on the road: like me, he was properly dressed for the weather and for biking in near dark conditions, we exchanged greetings. There is another cyclist at work who I think will be challenging me for endurance: looking at the bike he road in today, it appears that this bike might be a winter bike although the front tires were not studded (didn't look at the rear tire). Oh yes, there was a cyclist very early in my ride but this person was not a safe rider with no lights or bike reflectors, just a reflective belt around the waist: I should have given this person whatfor but I decided not to: from the way the person was slowly riding, s/he may have just been out for a bit of exercise and hopefully stayed off the busier streets.
    Yeah, I've been thinking about it and I've come to the conclusion that being an adult isn't going to work for me.

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    First commute below the freezing point. I tried winter shoe cover but the toes were frozen by the time I got to work. The rest was fine.
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    My first below-freezing commute as well, and it's amazing how much difference just a few degrees make. It would have been less unfun with a balaclava today.

    Each day I ride in, I swear it's the last ride of the year. And then the next day I go out and do it all over again.
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    Running late I took the direct route where I can also up my speed. I did meet my target arrival time which is 30 minutes early, but it started less pleasantly with a string of cars cutting me off at the first right. Traffic departing from a middle school drop off, the worst. It was no big deal since I anticipated it, but I think I need to take that route more regularly and get these folks a little more used to seeing a bike on the road.

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    Not as cold as yesterday but still cold. The house thermometer read 32F when I left.

    Traffic seems to be calming down again. There was a marked increase in aggression from the end of August through mid October.

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    Could not commute this morning as my work involved hauling some equipment and computers. Last nights ride was fine, a gusty west wind wasn't too bad as it kept shifting from the northwest which gave me an indirect tailwind. I was commanding my lane in the city where I turn right to proceed to a very steep uphill climb with 4 lanes. I use the left one to go straight and the one on the right is for cars to go on the onramp to the highway. Well, like I said I was commanding my lane and keeping up fine until the steep part where I naturally slow down and huff like crazy to keep my momentum and this idiot is in the right hand lane obviously planning his right turn and he is honking his horn at me when I wasn't even in his lane. He slows and glares at me through his window and flicks me the bird. Whats up with that? Same place a few days ago, same scene and a guy in pickup truck goes by and then he's glaring at me in his rearview mirror and I can see his disgruntled expression and muttering something at me. I really am not doing anything wrong here, just sharing the road. I do not see any other bikers commanding the lane, they just use the sidewalks and I think motorists believe I should not be on that road.
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    Today would have been a nice day to ride, upper 50's this morning and low 70's this afternoon. But I'm expecting my bike parts to be delivered today and wanted to take them home today so I drove to work.

    And of course after ordered the Ultegra CS-6700 cassette for $63 on Amazon last Monday I see it on Nashbar today for $45.
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    Overslept by 55 minutes...briefly thought wtf I'll drive...then quickly reconsidered thinking I'll just skip breakfast and see where that gets me. Made up 30 minutes or so and arrived 1/2 hour later than usual. Upper 30s was the temp and slight headwind but all in all another excellent day to bike to work. The streak continues...haven't driven to work since April 28th. Ride on! :-)

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    52F/11C, calm and overcast. Wore bib knickers, thin baselayer, and l/s jersey. Was overdressed, especially with the heavy backpack. Good ride in otherwise but was reprimanded by the security guard for following a car in through the gate rather than walking through the loading dock. I was wondering if anyone was actually watching those security cams.
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    37 degrees, very little wind. I also overdressed. The ride home should be very pleasant.

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    It was COLD in the low 30s. I was dressed properly except for the socks. By the time I got to the office, my poor feet were freezing.
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    My first post in this thread, but I figure posting here might give me a bit more motivation as the days get cooler, darker, and wetter.

    Today was my first bike commute it just over a week due to traveling for work last week and not being able to ride yesterday. I didn't get enough sleep so it was a challenge to motivate myself this morning despite really missing my ride to work. Got a slightly later start then normal, which at least meant I didn't need lights.

    It was warmer then forecasted, 54 degrees at the start and about 58 by the end. of my commute. Virtually no wind today, cloudy at the start but clear by the end, making a startling skyline as I approached SF with the sun and clouds. After a few cool minutes to start my commute i warmed up and rode at a good pace. Feel great getting back on the bike, and look forward to the next few days before daylight savings ends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    Running late I took the direct route where I can also up my speed. I did meet my target arrival time which is 30 minutes early, but it started less pleasantly with a string of cars cutting me off at the first right. Traffic departing from a middle school drop off, the worst. It was no big deal since I anticipated it, but I think I need to take that route more regularly and get these folks a little more used to seeing a bike on the road.
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    I'm looking forward to the additional morning light when DST ends, but not so much the earlier darkness in the evenings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droy45 View Post
    I was commanding my lane in the city where I turn right to proceed to a very steep uphill climb with 4 lanes. I use the left one to go straight and the one on the right is for cars to go on the onramp to the highway. Well, like I said I was commanding my lane and keeping up fine until the steep part where I naturally slow down and huff like crazy to keep my momentum and this idiot is in the right hand lane obviously planning his right turn and he is honking his horn at me when I wasn't even in his lane. He slows and glares at me through his window and flicks me the bird. Whats up with that? Same place a few days ago, same scene and a guy in pickup truck goes by and then he's glaring at me in his rearview mirror and I can see his disgruntled expression and muttering something at me. I really am not doing anything wrong here, just sharing the road. I do not see any other bikers commanding the lane, they just use the sidewalks and I think motorists believe I should not be on that road.
    I sometimes shrug my shoulders at them and give a "what else am I supposed to do?" expression. Some drivers will find fault in everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstraus View Post
    It was warmer then forecasted, 54 degrees at the start and about 58 by the end. of my commute. Virtually no wind today, cloudy at the start but clear by the end, making a startling skyline as I approached SF with the sun and clouds. After a few cool minutes to start my commute i warmed up and rode at a good pace. Feel great getting back on the bike, and look forward to the next few days before daylight savings ends!
    Sounds like perfect cycling weather!

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    Stay safe, even if it means not educating others!
    I just educate them by being there. After a while they'll realize that it's "normal" and they don't have to get to the corner first or do anything special other than going around as necessary. Or it comes up in conversation somewhere and someone explains things. All I know is that after a few weeks or a month on the same roads at the same time, they seem to get it.

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    Had a great day biking to school then home. Later I decided I would check out the LBS i hadn't visited yet. I was looking for some fenders for my winter commute. Turns out the owner was there and I saw the a sign reading, "Taking Applications". So I told him I was interested. Hopefully I get the opportunity because I want to learn to repair and build bikes. On my home I saw some guys on bikes who are my age taking a break. Turns out they are from Salt Lake City, UT. Yes you guessed it, they are Mormon Bicycle Missionaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spivonious View Post
    Sounds like perfect cycling weather!
    Yes it was! I really think that October is the best time to bike in the SF Bay Area. Temps are comfortable and the famous winds die down. Looks like we have a bit more nice weather coming before we enter our rainy season.

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    I had a lunch date uptown to get advice on obtaining employment. I had cool and heavy headwinds on the way up. I ride on the Hudson River Greenway, and the River is usually very windy. I rode really hard against the wind, and it was invigorating.

    Coming back, I had a tailwind, and I pedaled lightly.

    I wore a tweed jacket, which is far from ideal for cycling, because it gets hot so easily. I like the pockets, though.
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