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Old 11-20-13, 01:05 PM   #3701
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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.
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Old 11-20-13, 01:19 PM   #3702
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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.
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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.
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Old 11-20-13, 03:02 PM   #3704
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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
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Old 11-21-13, 05:50 AM   #3705
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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.
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Old 11-21-13, 06:15 AM   #3706
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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.
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Old 11-21-13, 06:21 AM   #3707
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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
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Old 11-21-13, 07:04 AM   #3708
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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.
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Old 11-21-13, 07:21 AM   #3709
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20F/-7C this morning when the sun was just rising. Clear and calm, a nice ride in to the office.
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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.
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Bike was faster.


Train was SSLLOOWWEERR.
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Old 11-21-13, 08:08 AM   #3712
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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.
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Old 11-21-13, 08:28 AM   #3713
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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!
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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.
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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
beautiful sun, birds were singing, life is great!!!

Have a great week end everyone.
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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.
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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.
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Old 11-21-13, 10:58 AM   #3718
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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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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.
I'm sure the specific laws vary among the states, I was stating the law as it is in NY. However from a common sense and enforceability aspect, the law has to be based on when you enter not when you finish since the first is a known discrete point in time, whereas the second would be based on an estimate made at decision time -- "Gee your honor, I was sure I had the time to get across".

In any case, there's a pecking order when there's conflict between laws. In most states the "first in the intersection rule" is trumps. This makes sense because it protects slow moving vehicles and pedestrians. Without 1st in the intersection rule an old lady with a walker would be vulnerable to cars starting to move while she was only halfway across the street.

Regardless of lights, stop signs or any traffic controls, no car has a right to enter an intersection until it's clear.
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Sky cleared up a bit, but still too hot and humid to enjoy the commute. I did finally get around to picking up my new front wheel which has been ready for almost six weeks, and the difference is quite evident with a good quality Shimano Deore hub, DT2.0 spokes and a Mavic A319 rim... now all I need are new tires!
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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.
Yellow is not the same as a green. From PennDOT's driver manual:
"A STEADY YELLOW LIGHT tells you a steady red light will soon appear. If you are driving toward an
intersection and a yellow light appears, slow down and prepare to stop. If you are within the
intersection or cannot stop safely before entering the intersection, continue through carefully."

From NYS DMV driver manual:
"STEADY YELLOW: The light is changing from green to red. Be ready to stop for the red light."

Both states (and I assume most others) state that you should prepare to stop.

In the case above, the cyclist was already in the intersection, so this discussion is moot.

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I'm not saying you should make a steady habit of riding this way, but you can spare yourself the mia culpas.
Yup, not riding like that anymore! (not that I was doing it on purpose today anyway )

With more hindsight, I was fixated on the cars that were turning right in front of me. When one finally stopped, I was still fixated on the car and assumed it was stopping for me, but it might have been stopping for the yellow light! Lesson learned I guess.
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Overcast this morning though air wasn't that cold (in the 50s). Everything was still a bit wet from the last of the rain overnight. Took it a bit slower then normal today, partially intentionally as my tires don't seem that grippy when wet and there were a lot of we leaves, etc in places, but I also just felt a bit slower then normal today. Might be lack of sleep, etc. who knows. My bike and my gear got quite dirty today...makes me want fenders. Guess I should plan on cleaning my bike off tonight.
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A few sprinkles turned into a steady rain for the last 20 minutes of my commute. But the winds were cooperative and I made it in just 65 minutes moving time for a 14.3 mph average, one of my fastest rides ever!

It was in the low 60's and I started with just my short sleeve jersey and windbreaker shell. But I was getting much too sweaty so I stopped and stowed the jacket inside itself in the little pocket and then stuffed it inside my jersey pocket.

Also had a guy in a pickup stop and pull in the parking lot where I was stowing my jacket, thinking I was his brother in law, because he said he bikes on the same road and "has the flashlight" (referring to my Cygolite front light). Just seemed weird haha.
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Although these are post-commute pics (early morning coffee run), I wanted to share them so you can get on idea on where I commute.

BTW, these pic were taken about 45 minutes after a thunderstorm (seen in the distance).



Notice one of the few morning commuters of the season?
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