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Old 10-29-13, 03:28 PM   #3426
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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.
Were they wearing white dress shirts and ties?
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Old 10-30-13, 04:51 AM   #3427
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I think I read a few of you noting some presidential motorcade blocks in NYC...I had one last night on the ride home (but that is relatively common here in DC).

A nice ride in with misty light rain. Warmer for sure.
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Old 10-30-13, 05:06 AM   #3428
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great weather again ... don't let people let you that it rains in England.
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Old 10-30-13, 05:09 AM   #3429
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great weather again ... don't let people let you that it rains in England.
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Old 10-30-13, 06:19 AM   #3430
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Cool 22 degF this morning and partly cloudy. Started out a little cold and warmed up quick with only cold toes at the end of my 1.5 hr commute. Can't wait to get my new shoe cover booties to try out and if that doesn't work, the clipless pedals and shoes will go away for the winter.
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Old 10-30-13, 06:45 AM   #3431
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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.
Haven't seen those guys for quite a while.

Today's weather was milder than yesterday, -2C (29F): in fact, it felt even milder but there was much less wind so that may be part of it. I dressed lighter today because it was milder and was quite comfortable.

The rest of this week is forecast to be milder but wet. The worst part of it is that tomorrow, Halloween, is forecast to have 20-30mm (about 1in) of rain, that's not good for the kiddies, it may be a fat Halloween for me this year if we can't get rid of the treats.
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Old 10-30-13, 07:39 AM   #3432
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-2░ celcius with the Wind chill this morning, I tried chemical warmer in my shoes but when I got to work the feet were as cold as yesterday. I think my shoecovers are too airtight so the warmers can't work properly.
Beside that the ride was great, no Wind at all, my cold is almost gone.
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Old 10-30-13, 07:47 AM   #3433
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-2░ celcius with the Wind chill this morning, I tried chemical warmer in my shoes but when I got to work the feet were as cold as yesterday. I think my shoecovers are too airtight so the warmers can't work properly.
Beside that the ride was great, no Wind at all, my cold is almost gone.
Make sure your shoes are loose, especially around the toes so that there is a pocket of air around them: even compressed wool socks don't work well in tight shoes.
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Old 10-30-13, 09:45 AM   #3434
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Yeah they were all dressed up. Looking for guys to just ride around with, I asked if they wanted to sometime. They said, "We do this pretty much 24/7."
Sounds pretty lame besides the sharing your faith part.
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Old 10-30-13, 09:54 AM   #3435
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Yeah I've seen those guys doing that in the heat of summer. Can't imagine being out there in dress clothes like that.
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Old 10-30-13, 10:38 AM   #3436
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I picked the completely wrong day to take the bus. The traffic backup was horendous - due to an earlier collision near Yesler or wherever. It took me an hour door to door. It would've been quicker had I ridden in!
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Old 10-30-13, 11:05 AM   #3437
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I went mountain biking last night with a buddy and I rode in again today. Very impressed with my light from China. secure and bring on the Jamis 650b1 last night.

A slight warming trend this week the forecasters said... It was 56 when I left the house. I talked to a fellow rider this morning and we both agreed it felt colder than 56 this morning. It was still great to ride and had a good time considering I had sorta tired legs from Mountain biking. It is really amazing how different a full suspension bike feel vs. a cyclocross commuter, both fun, but in their own way.
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Old 10-30-13, 11:18 AM   #3438
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Cool 22 degF this morning and partly cloudy. Started out a little cold and warmed up quick with only cold toes at the end of my 1.5 hr commute. Can't wait to get my new shoe cover booties to try out and if that doesn't work, the clipless pedals and shoes will go away for the winter.
You commute 1.5 hours each way? In Maine? Man, you are one tough cyclist. I'm looking for a job and hope I can ride to it most or all of the time. But I don't crave a ride longer than 30 or 40 minutes, and the climate here is probably easier than it is there.
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Old 10-30-13, 12:56 PM   #3439
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I feel cold just looking at some of the temps posted here. Cycling in the "cold" is new to me, I was always a fair weather cyclist but now that I am commuting I will try to do in all the weather Norcal throws at me (which many of you would hardly consider cool let alone cold I am sure).

That said today was the coldest morning commute I have had yet, as temps were in the mid 40's at the start of my ride so had one more layer then previously to keep warm. Temp warmed up from the sun and shelter from the cool pacific ocean air at one point in my ride, that happened to also be where my main climb is. Also got rather humid from some residual fog part way there (ground was still wet). Just as I was about to take off a layer temps lowered a bit as the sun was blocked again by clouds. I am starting to learn what of my gear works well in cooler air and what doesn't. Not sure how wife will react as I start to buy more gear
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Old 10-30-13, 01:20 PM   #3440
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Make sure your shoes are loose, especially around the toes so that there is a pocket of air around them: even compressed wool socks don't work well in tight shoes.
The shoes are ok with regular socks. Unfortunately I can't wear wool sock, it would be too tight. That's why I tried chemical warmer. those things get warm when they're in contact with air but they were cold when I got to work so I'm guessing that my shoe cover don't let air in enough. I always had a hard time keeping my feet warm and I'd like to keep my cycling shoe as long as possible. My sorel boots keep me warm but cause me other problems on the bike.
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Old 10-30-13, 01:32 PM   #3441
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I'm actually looking forward to cooler weather. Temps have been in the 50s F mornings and close to 70 F afternoons lately -- a little too warm to avoid sweating a lot.

Forgot to charge my helmet light last night, so I had to turn it off after riding a few miles. Really missed it, even tho my handlebar light is very bright. The helmet light is great for staring down drivers that are poised to pull out in front of you -- stops them dead in their tracks.
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Old 10-30-13, 03:50 PM   #3442
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I had my first actual, and literal, run in with a fixie dweeb with no brakes. I was going down the bike lane, and started making a left turn when I hear behind me, "Hey, hey! Whoa, whoa!" Before I could react, down we went. Fortunately he had slowed enough that we more or less staggered to the ground, rather than fell, so neither we nor our bikes were hurt. I reflexively said "sorry," but with a moment of hindsight, I did nothing sudden or unexpected, and he essentially rear ended me. I'd happily to consign the idiot to the Darwin Awards, except next time he might actually take someone with him.
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Old 10-30-13, 04:52 PM   #3443
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This happened on my commute home yesterday. I was in the office lobby, just about to leave. Saw a leaf sticking to the front tire, brushed it off. Hisssss! Was a thorn plugging the hole it had created - left me in a really awkward spot. I had to collect my son from the day care because my wife is sick - day care is walking distance from home but she just couldn't have gone yesterday. So I felt the tire, and decided to risk it - 3 mile sprint on smooth roads that I normally avoid (too much traffic - the small, rough roads have less traffic). Made it home while the tire still looked okay

Moral of the story - don't touch a tire if everything is running okay unless you have the time to deal with consequences
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Old 10-30-13, 06:39 PM   #3444
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42F/6C with 96% RH. Wore my wool jersey and roubaix knickers this morning and was super comfy, all except my feet. Need to dig out my old toewarmers.
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This happened on my commute home yesterday. I was in the office lobby, just about to leave. Saw a leaf sticking to the front tire, brushed it off. Hisssss! Was a thorn plugging the hole it had created - left me in a really awkward spot. I had to collect my son from the day care because my wife is sick - day care is walking distance from home but she just couldn't have gone yesterday. So I felt the tire, and decided to risk it - 3 mile sprint on smooth roads that I normally avoid (too much traffic - the small, rough roads have less traffic). Made it home while the tire still looked okay

Moral of the story - don't touch a tire if everything is running okay unless you have the time to deal with consequences
I have learned that lesson myself. Just keep going!
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Old 10-31-13, 01:00 AM   #3446
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An idiot swerved at me deliberately.

I was in the slow, pulling in lane. Guy in a grey BMW (YES) honked. I thought: "good, I see you, but good you made sure". Moving slowly, waiting for him to pass to pull in.As he was next to me, passing me, the idiot swerves into my lane, onto me - I just managed to evade being knocked down. Then rides on.

What is the worst thing, some 3 kms later, on 5th traffic light, I was standing on the traffic light (in a separate bicycle lane). Guy turned right in front of me as I was waiting for the green light to cross. Spotted him as he was already past, going on.

Got the licence plates, but since there was no contact - I can just forget about it. Probably the best.
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Old 10-31-13, 05:20 AM   #3447
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Warmed up out there! Almost 60F/16C...moist air, darkness, lots of runners back out and more bikes that I usually see.
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Old 10-31-13, 06:34 AM   #3448
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Also in the 60's here, but woke up this morning to HEAVY rain and 21 MPH winds gusting to 29 MPH. Nope! Decided I didn't want to deal with that for 2 1/2 hours round trip, so decided to drive for 45 minutes round trip instead.
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Old 10-31-13, 06:58 AM   #3449
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All week my average speeds have been off and I've been kind of dragging, altho I otherwise felt fine. I couldn't figure out why my pace was so slow because I was riding my fastest commuter bike and didn't ride much over the weekend. This morning I found out why when I woke up with a sore throat. I went ahead and rode to work anyway because I felt much better after getting up and eating breakfast. Rode my touring bike and just took it easy, and my commute to work was actually very enjoyable.
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Old 10-31-13, 07:03 AM   #3450
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Rode in the rain Today due mostly to the South (tailwind) and nearly 60 degree temps...who knows when I'll get that chance again. Probably next Spring! It all relative. Ride on!
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