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Old 11-05-13, 06:41 PM   #3526
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The evening commute was problematic. I liked the cooler weather. However I was going up Allen Street and two hipsters decided they were going to totally run the red light on Delancey. They both came with in three feet of hitting me. I usually don't say anything but I felt obligated to point out that this is a very dangerous intersection and they probably shouldn't be running it. They looked at each other like the thought never occurred to them. Seems like there are a lot of salmon out there and a lot of people without lights on. Is it they don't realize it gets darker earlier in the winter? Also First Ave bike lane seemed to be full of homeless people pushing carts.

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Old 11-05-13, 09:14 PM   #3527
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Rode in, drove out. We have trouble with salmon here too - the kind that actually are. The bike path goes to the fishing hole and there was a Hansel and Gretel trail of eggs going all the way over the Hazel bridge to the park and ride lot. Ewww!
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Rode in, drove out. We have trouble with salmon here too - the kind that actually are. The bike path goes to the fishing hole and there was a Hansel and Gretel trail of eggs going all the way over the Hazel bridge to the park and ride lot. Ewww!
Wait, so you have a trail named after Hansel and Gretel? That's awesome!
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They looked at each other like the thought never occurred to them. Seems like there are a lot of salmons out there and a lot of people without lights on.
Give it some time... natural selection will prevail.
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Old 11-05-13, 11:34 PM   #3530
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Give it some time... natural selection will prevail.
Thats kind of what I'm afraid of. I don't want them to take out another cyclist or a pedestrian.
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57F/14C, almost balmy out there. Slight breeze, great ride in.
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Old 11-06-13, 07:27 AM   #3533
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Nice ride in this morning. Warm enough that I didn't need my facemask, but cool enough where I wasn't sweating. It's supposed to get up to 60F today, so I'm sure I'll be sweating enough in my Cold Gear shirt then.
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First work day since July 22 that I haven't ridden in. My car was hit on Monday, I spent yesterday dealing with the police report and insurance and my son's can't drive the rental car so I have to drive my wife into work, just down the road from my work (2km/1.25mi). I'll probably have to do that for the rest of this week and then I'll be back on my bike again.
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Old 11-06-13, 08:00 AM   #3535
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Pleasant cool ride, still in running shorts and long-sleeve jersey. The "cold" weather made me slow today, 16-18 the whole way. Or maybe it's just age.

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Old 11-06-13, 09:43 AM   #3536
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First work day since July 22 that I haven't ridden in. My car was hit on Monday, I spent yesterday dealing with the police report and insurance and my son's can't drive the rental car so I have to drive my wife into work, just down the road from my work (2km/1.25mi). I'll probably have to do that for the rest of this week and then I'll be back on my bike again.
I hope everybody is okay.

The morning ride was great, a warm 6░ celcius with a nice tailwind. The winds should pick up speed during the day so if the forecast is accurate I should have a 50-70 kmh headwind on my way home. It could be worst, I could have use the van...
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I hope everybody is okay.
Yes, the car was parked, the hit and run occurred when my son was at work. Who cares if the other driver was hurt!!!
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Pleasantly surprised by the sun break. It was chilly but wasn't bad as yesterday morning. Had a couple of close calls near work, but they weren't bad enough to make me shaky...
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Extreme thunderstorms this morning and once again, I decided to take the car to work... MAJOR MISTAKE!; upon arriving in the vicinity of my office, I spent 3/4 of an hour trying to find a parking space and ended up driving back home and taking a cab to work (luckily arriving just on time). Later in the morning, I found out that there was a major transportation strike and EVERYONE had taken their cars to work.

Tomorrow the weather forecast has rain and mild to moderate storms, but I'm still going to cycle to work!

Edit: BTW, the temperature, even with this stormy weather is still in the mid 20's (C).
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Another Masshole commuter who experienced the 23F ride in today. It would have gone a lot better had I not gotten a slow leak that would have been an easy fix if my pump hadn't broken on me. Had to walk a mile and a half back home to get another bike.

As this is the first winter I've tried to commute until the snow, I've been having a hard time getting the right layers/materials for the commute. A wicking layer seems to work as a base, but the long sleeve cotton t-shirt and thin fleece jacket don't seem to be cutting it. Any brands that make a good middle layer between the base layer and the jacket?
There's a good winter riding thread, check it out. The rule of thumb I've followed is wicking base, warmth (if needed), windbreak. The big thing for me is managing sweat. If I'm wet and that layer gets cold I'm toast (or frozen as it were!). I never use cotton - if it gets wet it feels colder than the air. Key for me was finding a windbreak jacket that wicked moisture away (ended up with Foxwear). Like I said, lots of good info on winter thread.

Weirdly warm and wet 58F today with a ripping headwind. It's been steadily raining now so ride home will be... you guessed it... warm a wet!
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Wife brought me to work yesterday. I should have rode into work because it took her forever to get ready. Had a great ride home. Weather was warm for November. Running shorts, short sleeves, and vest was about perfect. Averaged over 13 mph which for me is fast. Almost no traffic after the first mile. Loved this ride. I think I'm getting hooked on commuting, but I don't think my legs can take 30 miles per day 5 days a week.
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Old 11-06-13, 12:28 PM   #3542
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There's a good winter riding thread, check it out. The rule of thumb I've followed is wicking base, warmth (if needed), windbreak. The big thing for me is managing sweat. If I'm wet and that layer gets cold I'm toast (or frozen as it were!). I never use cotton - if it gets wet it feels colder than the air. Key for me was finding a windbreak jacket that wicked moisture away (ended up with Foxwear). Like I said, lots of good info on winter thread.

Weirdly warm and wet 58F today with a ripping headwind. It's been steadily raining now so ride home will be... you guessed it... warm a wet!
Thanks. Didn't mean to threadjack. From what I've used and from what I've read, I really would like to get something that breathes, blocks wind and keeps me warm. Looking at the Foxwear now. Looks great.

Today's commute was great in Boston/Cambridge. A mild morning with little wind. Rode in shorts, no face mask and my light gloves. Hoping that this winter is mild. Last one was brutal and definitely not a good one for commuting.
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Apparently it was -19C this morning. The snow that fell the last two days has either melted on the streets where the sun can get to it, or is mostly well-packed in the shade. Lots of ice around the manhole covers. Studded tires a little squirrelly through the "heavier" snow; still can't bring myself to drop the pressure to flatten the tires out.
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Had words with a driver this morning. She said I made an illegal move to leave the bike lane so I could make a left turn at the light. It's not, by the way; there's a specific provision for it in the bike lane statute in the CVC. But I said I was more concerned that she didn't see me move left until the last minute because she appeared to be staring at her lap rather than out the windshield. She turned bright red and unleashed a string of profanities and ranted about bike lanes and stay out of the street and use the cross walk. None of this made any sense of course. I ended with "Please pay more attention and put your phone away until you get there." She ended with a middle finger.
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rainy and cold. UK cycling is here to stay I think
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Wife brought me to work yesterday. I should have rode into work because it took her forever to get ready. Had a great ride home. Weather was warm for November. Running shorts, short sleeves, and vest was about perfect. Averaged over 13 mph which for me is fast. Almost no traffic after the first mile. Loved this ride. I think I'm getting hooked on commuting, but I don't think my legs can take 30 miles per day 5 days a week.
Yeah, if I do my 31 miles per day 5 days a week, I am really tired and hurting by the weekend because of all the hills I have, so I try to plan my days around the weather, and job assignments to give me an average of 3 commuting days per week.
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Wife brought me to work yesterday. I should have rode into work because it took her forever to get ready.
Hmmm, that sounds familiar. I had an early meeting at work and was all set to leave and my wife says she's ready to go. 15 minutes later she is still fumbling around in the house when I tell her I have to go, and of course she gets mad because she's READY.

On the bike commuting front, I think all the hill training I'm doing on my road bike is paying off. With my loaded down commuter/mtb I was still able to cruise up the hills in the park and on the bridge and barely broke a sweat. But as I've always claimed, speed <> time. I still had the same girl next to me stopped at the lights 5 miles later. I left her behind countless times.
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It was 45F and down pouring yesterday. Even with the rain pants and booties, I was soaked and cold after a 21 mile ride in the evening. Still better than driving though.
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The radar showed no rain around my area, but I could hear my gutters dripping so I knew what was going on. That misty/foggy crap that gets you really wet in a short distance. The stuff that will get on your glasses no matter the size of your helmet or hat brim, and render them useless withing a hundred yards. Luckily I put my contact lenses in. My safety glasses came off before I made it a mile, but that mist actually feels pretty good on my eyes. There, I said something good about it.... I wore rain gear, but I think the next time I ride in this stuff at 50 degrees I'm going to go along with others who say just get wet, as I was pretty sweaty under my rain gear. I'll bring a towel and change into my dry shirt (which I do anyway) before I get on the bus. My riding shorts dry fast.

I just kept telling myself "At least I'm not on a treadmill." though in the dark it kind of feels like one.

Edit: on the way home the weather was similar, and it was even warmer at about 56 degrees F so I skipped the rain gear. I have several miles of gravel back road on part of my commute, so I hosed off my bike when I got home, but missed these:



And that was with full fenders:



I haven't biked for a week and a half. I think they graded that road in the mean time, as it was a mess and I kept hitting patches of thick gravel in the dark that made the bike all wiggly even with 2" tires. Bleah. I should be able to ride again on Friday, and since it's just meetings, I hope to go in late and get off late and have both rides in the daytime.

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The first snow of the season today so naturally I rode the fat bike. Really didn't need to but why the hell not. Really pretty commute with the wet snow on the trees and lots of this, Rrrrr, Rrrrr, Rrrrr, Rrrrr, Rrrrr.....all smiles over here.

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