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tarwheel 11-20-13 11:25 AM

Still adjusting to the time change as well as cooler temperatures. I was used to riding to work in the dark and riding home mostly in daylight, but that is all reversed now and it seems like the change is increasing the run time needed for my lights-batteries. Regarding temps, I'm basically relearning what clothes combinations work best for given weather conditions. Some days I hit it just right, while other days I over or under-dress.

Rocky Ford 11-20-13 11:28 AM

Got a break from the rain ,36 and clear this morning kind of overdressed got to work a little sweaty. Should be a nice ride home with a slight tailwind

bmontgomery87 11-20-13 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by arsprod (Post 16262394)
Brilliant! I actually calculated yesterday that with working days left this year I'll be about 70 miles short of my goal of 4,000 miles. When I started thinking about working on holidays I realized it's just a goal, not an obsession!

30F this morning, clear and sunny. I met a new commuter today. She told me her job pays workers $0.75 per mile to ride. Honestly, I had no idea places did this but I'm now lobbying hard for this policy at my workplace!


That is awesome.
So with your 4000 miles you can generate an extra 3 grand per year just for not spending money on gas? Sounds like a win.

arsprod 11-20-13 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by bmontgomery87 (Post 16262540)
That is awesome.
So with your 4000 miles you can generate an extra 3 grand per year just for not spending money on gas? Sounds like a win.

hypothetically... the HR folks are NOT being very receptive (everyone thinks I'm crazy anyway)

bmontgomery87 11-20-13 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by arsprod (Post 16262558)
hypothetically... the HR folks are NOT being very receptive (everyone thinks I'm crazy anyway)


i know how you feel. I'm the only person that seems to commute here, and everyone thinks I'm crazy for riding all of 10 miles to get here.

I'm in the south. The trend here is being fat and lazy and eating margarine :p

noglider 11-20-13 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by noglider (Post 16258880)
Seems like it's warmer up north than it is farther south, on the coast. It's cold and windy here today. I'm scheduled to ride 19 miles to pick up my car. Now I'm thinking about whether I'll do it or wimp out.

I wrote this yesterday. I actually did it, riding from my place in lower Manhattan through the Bronx, to Mt Vernon, NY. It was extremely windy and somewhat cold. I was well dressed, but it was a challenge, because sometimes the wind was in my face, and sometimes a crosswind wanted to knock me over. Plus I didn't know the route and had to climb some steps to get off and back on the bike route. Traffic was heavy and a bit confusing, and I lost my cue sheet on the Grand Concourse. So it was an adventure that I don't regret taking.

Rick@OCRR 11-20-13 12:01 PM

Nice enough commute in this morning. 51 Deg. F at home, then dropped to 49 by the time I got to the Metro station. No wind, no hassles with cars or trucks, fairly crowded on the (Green Line) Metro but well behaved sardines so no worries!

On the Metro, when the train is getting close to my depart-station I put on my helmet and gloves and most folks "get it" that I'm getting ready to de-train and move out of the way so I can get to the door. The "bike area" is close to the door, which is good. Just starting to get light (a little) on my ride from the station to my job.

Rick / OCRR

caloso 11-20-13 01:05 PM

First rainy commute of the year. It was absolutely pouring when I got up, but I thought it'll lighten up. For once in my life, I was right. Just a heavy drizzle once I got going It's nice to have so much space on the bike rack too.

Standalone 11-20-13 01:19 PM

Just getting back into it after being swamped with grad classes and the need to drive. I love the new drop bar-y goodness of my Dahon, but.... SO. OUT. OF. SHAPE.

caloso 11-20-13 02:24 PM

When I arrived at work this morning I realized I'd forgotten to transfer the frame pump to the commute bike. I hope my luck holds out on the trip home.

Telly 11-20-13 03:02 PM

Serious climate issues here in Greece with the temperature hovering around 18C - 20C during the day and the low never dropping below 15C.
Also immense lightning storms throughout these past few weeks, with record lightning strikes for Greece.

Check out the link below which shows today's lightning/electrical activity:
http://www.meteo.gr/meteoplus/thunders.cfm

bmontgomery87 11-21-13 05:50 AM

Couldn't ride this morning.
Accidentally broke some glass and sliced my hand last night. Grip strength is gone and I didn't wanna open the cut back up, it probably needed stitches.

thechemist 11-21-13 06:15 AM

40F.
underarmor Tshirt,SS jersey, bibshorts, legwarmers,booties,castelli jacket

Dressed a bit too warm but quite enjoyable. Should be 55-60F on the way home, which is my ideal temp! I will leave the jacket at work and put on arm warmers for the way home.

acidfast7 11-21-13 06:21 AM

8c/46f

well, the tail wind that helped me home last night properly crushed me on the way in ... such is the life of a person with a single speed bike i guess

dcb23 11-21-13 07:04 AM

Almost a carbon copy of yesterday, mornings are slipping back into total darkness with the sunrise visible only when I am about at my office.

Still seeing plenty of bikes out despite the cooller temps.

droy45 11-21-13 07:21 AM

20F/-7C this morning when the sun was just rising. Clear and calm, a nice ride in to the office.

tarwheel 11-21-13 07:32 AM

Fastest morning ride yet on my new commuter, aided by some different tires. My commutes seem to blend together during colder months because it's dark so much of the ride. My helmet light lost its charge a couple of miles from home last night, but my handlebar light had plenty to go. Another reminder though about the importance of backup lighting.

Standalone 11-21-13 07:59 AM

Bike was faster.


Train was SSLLOOWWEERR.

Greg M 11-21-13 08:08 AM

Cool 28 F this morning . Big difference from the balmy 60 on Monday. First morning in a long while
with no headwind. But that means no tailwind for the trip home. Mornings at 5:30 have been dark for
awhile now and with the cold settling in I'm wondering how much longer I'll keep this up. On the upside
no traffic to speak of.

arsprod 11-21-13 08:28 AM

Wet and rainy, temps up to 43F. This is the first morning this week where I've felt like I wasn't in a hurry because of a morning meeting so I took it easy. Despite the weather it was a really enjoyable ride!

spivonious 11-21-13 08:50 AM

Pleasant ride home last night. Upper 40s and no wind. I did have some kids lean out of a car and yell "bang bang bang". Not sure what that was about, but they seemed pleased. Ah, youth. ;)

The ride in this morning was cold (25F when I left home). I definitely feel slower; I guess it's the denser air.

dramiscram 11-21-13 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by arsprod (Post 16262394)
Brilliant! I actually calculated yesterday that with working days left this year I'll be about 70 miles short of my goal of 4,000 miles. When I started thinking about working on holidays I realized it's just a goal, not an obsession!

Well it is a bit of an obsession for me, If I can ride to work everyday till the end of the year I should end up with 10220 kms approx.
It's a personnal thing, I'd like to be able to say that I did ride over 10000 kms in a year. It's silly, I know...

The morning ride was great, for the first time in many many days NO WIND AT ALL :D
beautiful sun, birds were singing, life is great!!!

Have a great week end everyone.

ShartRate 11-21-13 09:22 AM

Ride was pretty good this morning, but I need to make a commuter confession. I was accidentally one of those "dangerous, irresponsible" cyclists this morning. I was approaching the crosswalk of a big intersection and slowed down for some cars that were turning right. Unfortunately, while I was watching the cars, I didn't pay attention to the fact that the light was turning yellow about the time I entered the intersection :( Once I realized this, I floored it but I still had one car edge out just as I was passing in front of it.

In the end, nobody got hurt and nothing got broken but I wanted to make a public apology to my commuter brethren for giving a car driver something to complain about at the water cooler today.

FBinNY 11-21-13 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by ShartRate (Post 16265502)
I didn't pay attention to the fact that the light was turning yellow about the time I entered the intersection :( Once I realized this, I floored it but I still had one car edge out just as I was passing in front of it.

In the end, nobody got hurt and nothing got broken but I wanted to make a public apology to my commuter brethren for giving a car driver something to complain about at the water cooler today.

No apology is needed. In most (all?) states it's 100% legal and proper to enter an intersection on a yellow. The yellow is legally a green, and simply a warning to cars approaching the intersection that that it would be red in seconds.

Of course, as a cyclist moving slower than motor traffic you might want to allow some more time to cross intersections, but here too the law is with you in most states under the "first in the intersection rule".

So, as long as the light was still yellow when you entered, you were OK and the entering motorist was jumping the gun on his green, by not waiting for the intersection to clear.

I'm not saying you should make a steady habit of riding this way, but you can spare yourself the mia culpas.

PatrickGSR94 11-21-13 10:58 AM

I've always heard that if you enter on a yellow, you must make it fully through the intersection before the red to make it "legal" otherwise a cop can ticket you. Of course that's for a car anyway. And I think red-light cameras will activate if you're anywhere still in the intersection (in a car) the instant it turns red.

We've been having southerly winds so warmer this morning, right around 50. But had substantial headwinds and cross winds the whole way in. This evening should be much better with a tail wind but there's a chance of rain starting about mid-way through the commute so we'll see. Got the fenders on the bike just in case. Temps should be above 60 going home.


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