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Old 11-22-13, 01:36 AM   #3726
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It warmed up to -13C today and we are expected to get another 4 inches of snow before tomorrow... rode down to the south side to teach a class before the snow started falling and this was great as I made really excellent time.

The ride home was a more of a slog as a few inches of snow had fallen and cars were churning things up on the roads.
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A little warmer here this morning.
Clear skies and supposed to be about 60 for my ride home.

Next week is going to be pretty chilly, so I'll take this last bit of nice weather.
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Old 11-22-13, 06:10 AM   #3728
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Very pleasant ride in this morning, 47F/8C, no wind, moist air but no rain.
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Old 11-22-13, 06:51 AM   #3729
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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?
nice.

good here ... 6C/42F and slightly damn ... seems like English autumn is upon us
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This is my first week since last winter where I didn't ride in. Between different work commitments, an evening out, and the weather, it just didn't work out. At least I've had a few good sessions on my trainer.

And next week is a short one. I probably won't be riding in next week either, but I'll have the long weekend to get some good climbs in.

Edit: I just remembered that I DID ride home on a Citibike on Monday, so I wasn't entirely without a commute.
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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).
Oh great, are we starting the Telly beauty pics again while we languish in nasty weather?! Never mind... I like them too!

Ride home yesterday was in a steady rain, ride in this morning was a warm 47F with fog and rain. I have great gear but tired of being wet. Have a great weekend all!
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Oh great, are we starting the Telly beauty pics again while we languish in nasty weather?! Never mind... I like them too!

Ride home yesterday was in a steady rain, ride in this morning was a warm 47F with fog and rain. I have great gear but tired of being wet. Have a great weekend all!

It's not all fun and games around here

...anyway, have a great weekend!



This is what the roads look like after moderate rainfall:
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Old 11-22-13, 09:49 AM   #3733
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Nice ride home last night. The first really dark ride of the season and my headlight battery died about 1/2 mile from home. When those MagicShine lights start flashing red, you have about 5 minutes max.

A bit of a drizzle on the ride in this morning, but otherwise nice. Temps much warmer - around 52F. Battery is charging
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Old 11-22-13, 10:35 AM   #3734
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Nice, uneventful commute this morning. Yesterday afternoon, not so much. In two separate incidents, drivers talking on cell phones almost hit me. I don't understand why certain drivers feel the compulsion to yak on their phones while driving in rush-hour traffic. In the first instance, a pickup truck drifted into my lane, so I moved over and he did it again. It was soon before a corner with a right turn only lane. After turning the corner, I sped up beside him to chew him out, and he almost moved into me again -- all the while yakking on his phone. In the second instance, I was riding through a parking lot with the right of way. Driver approached from the side, with a stop sign, appeared to glance in my direction but pulled out in front of me -- also while talking on her phone. Cell phones have to be one of the leading causes of traffic accidents these days.
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@tarwheel - I find a good slap on the side of the car wakes them up.
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@tarwheel - I find a good slap on the side of the car wakes them up.
+1, in tight traffic, sometimes a good rap on the side of the car is the best way to get driver's mind focused on their driving.
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@tarwheel - I find a good slap on the side of the car wakes them up.
That only works if the driver isn't a moron... last time I did that (less slap, more gentle tap), the incident almost escalated to a brawl because the chimpanzee behind the wheel was worried that I might have scratched his paint with my course palm.
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That only works if the driver isn't a moron... last time I did that (less slap, more gentle tap), the incident almost escalated to a brawl because the chimpanzee behind the wheel was worried that I might have scratched his paint with my course palm.
I've had good luck with morons and chimpanzees behind the wheel over the years. I've only had two incidents that reached the point where the driver insisted on calling the police. The first was when I was doored, and caught it just right breaking the door hinge, and the second when I was right hooked and my handlebar left a long gauge down the side of the car.

In both instances the officer listened to both our stories which pretty well matched (one officer even commented on how rare and refreshing that was), asked if I was OK, took down an incident report, and promptly issued the driver a citation.
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Old 11-22-13, 12:24 PM   #3739
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1st ride in two weeks

i rode today. earlier than usual and it was a pleasent ride. There was a lot less traffic.


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A little warmer here this morning.
Clear skies and supposed to be about 60 for my ride home.

Next week is going to be pretty chilly, so I'll take this last bit of nice weather.
we have the same forecast again. crazy. I am probably not going to get to my goal for the month. 220 miles a month on the bike but i have been running a lot more and feel pretty strong running.

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...anyway, have a great weekend!



This is what the roads look like after moderate rainfall:
Telly that looks simply crazy to ride in. Please tell me you were parked somewhere high and dry to wait that out. WOW
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we have the same forecast again. crazy. I am probably not going to get to my goal for the month. 220 miles a month on the bike but i have been running a lot more and feel pretty strong running.
I'm planning on upping my weight training in december/january/february. I'm going to keep commuting but I know my mileage is going to drop a bit. I've got a 5k on Thanksgiving morning so that should be an interesting change of pace, cause I don't run.

+1 on the earlier commutes. I leave work early a few days per week, and the traffic is so much better.
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That specific picture wasn't taken by me, but it's the closest approximation to what really happens, and in these conditions the grey stuff between my ears kicks in and I (try) using alternative means of transportation. Unfortunately the weather changes so rapidly that I'm sometimes caught in the above conditions and have to soldier on regardless of how soaked I am, and what damages my commuter might sustain (usually potholes which can't be seen under all that water).

Here's a pic I took a earlier in the year after a 20 minute storm:

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25 F with an inch of fresh snow. Took a little longer than ususal but worth it.
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Rode in under constant rain yesterday morning (61 Deg.F), rode home in the dry but with dark clouds above (68 deg.F). This morning its all dry and the storm has passed. Should be sunshine on the ride home this evening!

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Here's a pic I took a earlier in the year after a 20 minute storm:
We have a place in Cozumel, MX and that's exactly what roads look like when it rains. The only difference is that those near the shore are full of SALT water.
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That specific picture wasn't taken by me, but it's the closest approximation to what really happens, and in these conditions the grey stuff between my ears kicks in and I (try) using alternative means of transportation. Unfortunately the weather changes so rapidly that I'm sometimes caught in the above conditions and have to soldier on regardless of how soaked I am, and what damages my commuter might sustain (usually potholes which can't be seen under all that water).

Here's a pic I took a earlier in the year after a 20 minute storm:
wow Telly you could ride a fat bike through that stuff!

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I'm planning on upping my weight training in december/january/february. I'm going to keep commuting but I know my mileage is going to drop a bit. I've got a 5k on Thanksgiving morning so that should be an interesting change of pace, cause I don't run.

+1 on the earlier commutes. I leave work early a few days per week, and the traffic is so much better.
i was going to do a 5k on thanksgiving with my sister but she hurt her leg. I am hoping to hit the mountain bike before consuming turkey and all the trimmings. I will be hitting the gym next week too since it is going to be so cold, nasty next week. I love riding but miss the weight training. When I get back in the gym and lifting I really like it. So does the Mrs.
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That only works if the driver isn't a moron... last time I did that (less slap, more gentle tap), the incident almost escalated to a brawl because the chimpanzee behind the wheel was worried that I might have scratched his paint with my course palm.

I left a lot more than a scratch on a car recently. Woman came through an intersection to make a left turn. The problem is that I was where she wanted to go and was forced to turn sharply to avoid getting creamed.

I guarantee she has, at the very least, a scrtach on the the side of her car where my cycling shoe with cleat attached made contact.
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Yesterday and today were nice.

Clear skies and clear roads. About -12*C leaving the house in the morning and last night heading home was about -4*C. Today will be a bity warmer.

Better than Monday and Tuesday when I was riding home through almost freezing temps with heavy rain and a little snow mixed in for good measure.
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It warmed up to -13C today and we are expected to get another 4 inches of snow before tomorrow... rode down to the south side to teach a class before the snow started falling and this was great as I made really excellent time.

The ride home was a more of a slog as a few inches of snow had fallen and cars were churning things up on the roads.
It's pretty gross out there...good on ya for braving the elements.

I "commuted" to my home office with a 30 minute ride on the stationary bike.
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I saw a new low in driving stupidity today as a guy went whizzing by while typing a message with both hands on his Blackberry, staring down the whole time.

Starting to warm up again now; it's been below freezing in the mornings for most of the week. Somehow that always makes me ride slower.
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Today's commute was sucktastic... I needed to drive the car and it took nearly 40 minutes to drive 20 blocks on roads that were not that bad although it seems that the snow was giving some driver's fits.

I felt like the only person who was running winter tyres.
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