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Old 12-03-13, 11:37 AM   #3826
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A good ride in this morning. Wet and foggy but the roads were mostly clear of any snow from yesterday. No ice that I could see anyway.
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Old 12-03-13, 11:59 AM   #3827
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First snow commute of the year.

This was probably the most gratifying commute I've ever done. I know I shouldn't take pleasure in others' misfortune, but it all started when I was stopped at a light in the middle of a hill. The light turned green, but the car in front of me couldn't get going. I just rode right by. Later on, there was a big line of cars stuck on a hill. Again, I just rode right by. In the middle of the hill there was a car flipped upside down.

Sometimes people ask me what I do in the winter. How do I get to work?
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Old 12-03-13, 01:13 PM   #3828
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Tough ride this morning as my legs have been inexplicably tired and sore the past two days. I actually had to get up during the night and take some Vitamin I (ibuprofin) because the pain woke me up. Over time, I've found that the best recovery technique is to continue riding but slow it down. So that's what I'm doing until my legs return to normal. Part of the issue may also be my new commuter bike, which I am still dialing in the fit on. I am starting to suspect that the saddle is positioned wrong, either too far back or forward. Need to take some measurements of my other bikes and compare with the new one. It's not easy measuring saddle setback in relation to the bottom bracket, or at least I have not found a simple way to do it.
Use a 24" or longer level with one end on the saddle and hold the other end so it's level (up near the stem). Then hang a plumb bob from the level so it points at the BB. Have a helper then measure from the end of the level to the plumb bob string.

Or better yet use a level with measurement marks already on it.
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Use a 24" or longer level with one end on the saddle and hold the other end so it's level (up near the stem). Then hang a plumb bob from the level so it points at the BB. Have a helper then measure from the end of the level to the plumb bob string.

Or better yet use a level with measurement marks already on it.
Thanks. I'll give that a try.
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Old 12-04-13, 06:53 AM   #3830
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First commute in more than six weeks! I have several excuses, the best one that I strained something in my lower back doing a Tombay on the Labor Day weekend, and then injured it again the end of the month when I did my birthday ride. So all into October, every time I rode my bike, my lower back would hurt like crazy. I finally decided it was an injury, and vowed to stay off the bike for a few weeks to let it heal. I have a new car, and have really been enjoying driving it to work on those rainy days we have been enjoying, so I didn't miss the bike too much. HOWEVER, the holidays are upon us and with it lots of fatty foods and drinking, and I have been packing no the pounds. So, today, I was back on the recumbent for my commute! A nice ride today, 61 degrees with no real wind, a little heavy traffic, but no on misbehaved, so it was an easy seven and a half mile ride. We'll see how my back feels on the weekend after a few days of riding...

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Old 12-04-13, 07:25 AM   #3831
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too warm for December, almost 60░F.
otherwise, it was a nice ride in.
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Old 12-04-13, 07:26 AM   #3832
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First commute to the new job, I've been here about two months, and I finally got the parking/showering/storage stuff situated, so I'm situated to ride in. 17 miles, 1:06 minutes. I used to ride the 10 mile ride in for a fitness ride, and I still may now and again, but I'm feeling the 17 mile ride anyway. I also learned that the shower at work doesn't have hot water... so theres that.
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Old 12-04-13, 07:36 AM   #3833
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Mid 50s and clear so pretty darn perfect. It's supposed to get icy this weekend and being that we get ice here maybe 1-2 times per year I think I will sit Friday out if it looks to be bad.
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I also learned that the shower at work doesn't have hot water... so theres that.
It will keep your pores nice and tight!
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It will keep your pores nice and tight!

It doesn't feel the greatest, but it really helps bring the body temperature down after the ride.
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Old 12-04-13, 08:18 AM   #3836
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I never realized how much more wildlife you see with a helmet light. Last night I crossed paths with possum, half a dozen rabbits, frogs hopping everywhere, but the deer are the funniest. Hiding in the forest where they think you can't see them, they look like a fat white pole with big round glowing eyes staring at you.
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Old 12-04-13, 08:47 AM   #3837
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I never realized how much more wildlife you see with a helmet light. Last night I crossed paths with possum, half a dozen rabbits, frogs hopping everywhere, but the deer are the funniest. Hiding in the forest where they think you can't see them, they look like a fat white pole with big round glowing eyes staring at you.
Every week I have my share of skunks, racoons (a lot of racoons), rabbits, once in a while I see coyotes, I saw a fox once and last month for a whole week, on every morning at the same spot there was a blue heron on the Yamaska river taking flight because it seems that I was coming too close, it was a beautiful sight.

The morning ride was great, sunny, low winds, the roads were icy a bit but nothing too bad.
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Old 12-04-13, 09:04 AM   #3838
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The sun was a welcome change as I arrived at the office today. It was an icy ride in but relatively uneventful thanks to the studded tires.
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Old 12-04-13, 09:05 AM   #3839
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A balmy 48F this morning but it's apparently the calm before the storm (literally) - looking for snow accumulation by Friday.

This was my third day of riding with a new, shorter crank. I'm trying to protect my knee and the short crank is forcing me to spin at a steady, high rpm (which is good). But this morning was my first experience with a decent headwind and I have NO torque. In my mind I know all I need to do is drop a gear or two but my head also says "you're a wimp if you ride in that gear." I'm glad no one else knows of my insane self talk... oh wait, now you all do...
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Nice ride home last night...got to around 50F.

This morning was something else. Close pass by a dump truck and a flat tire from running over a staple. How does a staple get in the road?

Put in my spare tube, hooked up my frame pump, started pumping. Got to 30psi and the pump seal broke. :-|

Luckily that was enough pressure for me to go another mile down the road to a car dealership. They very kindly pumped up my tire to 80psi in less than 10 seconds (go air compressors!) and I got to work only 15 minutes later than normal.

If anyone is looking for a frame pump, do NOT get the Bell Airstrike 1000. I've had it less than a year and used it twice before it broke.

Tomorrow should be very nice, with temps expected to reach 60F. Isn't it December?
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...yeah, it's December. 22 degrees and a glorious star-filled sky this morning, for my first bike ride this week. I over-dressed a little bit but I always change into my work shirt before I get on the bus anyway, so my riding shirts are drying in my office. The bus drivers thought I was crazy but I prefer this cold dry stuff to rain any day.

The county guys screwed up my gravel portion again by grading it. Even with my fat tires that slows me down, as I plow through the gravel. In a few days the cars will have it sorted back out and I will cruise along in the tire tracks. I can't be too mad at them I guess -- they're really liberal with the de-icer stuff in my county. The first time I saw that stuff I was on my motorcycle, and I freaked out thinking that some maniac had sprayed water on the road to freeze.
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Grr - I succumbed to rage yesterday. A car passed me with about 3 inches to spare - caught up with him at the next light and told him he passed too close. Was pretty angry, which is never a good thing - I don't think clearly when I'm angry. The motorist just abused me racially, then went on his way. I rarely get angry nowadays - and road rage is even rarer - so this was out of the ordinary for me. Oh well .. lesson learned.
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Grr - I succumbed to rage yesterday. A car passed me with about 3 inches to spare - caught up with him at the next light and told him he passed too close. Was pretty angry, which is never a good thing - I don't think clearly when I'm angry. The motorist just abused me racially, then went on his way. I rarely get angry nowadays - and road rage is even rarer - so this was out of the ordinary for me. Oh well .. lesson learned.
It stinks that there are still people in the world that are racist. So far the drivers I've had words with were all apologetic; they thought they were giving enough space. I usually start by saying, "Hey, how about some more space next time?" instead of the more accusatory "You almost killed me, you idiot."

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In my mind I know all I need to do is drop a gear or two but my head also says "you're a wimp if you ride in that gear...
Man up, princess!!!
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Nice riding yesterday, about 48 in the morning and 57 in the afternoon/evening.

Tomorrow it starts raining into Friday, and the temperatures are supposed to be falling steadily from the 60's now into the 20's by Saturday morning before they start to come back up again. Ice predicted Friday. I probably won't ride tomorrow because I'm simply not equipped to ride in cold rain when it's in the 30's, which it will be by tomorrow afternoon.
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Wow, what a great day for riding today - clear and just below freezing but no wind or ice to speak of. If this is how winter is going to be this year, I'm OK with that.
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Snowing tonight. For the first time, I did not make it home - made the "call of shame". There really wasn't very much snow - maybe 3 or 4 inches - but it was just the wrong kind of wet for my 1.9" mtb bike tires. I'd float up, then crunch down, so even through the unbroken snow it felt like I was constantly riding over bumps. Just exhausting. I could barely stay upright on the smooth sections, but where there was plow chop thrown over the trail I couldn't ride it. Interestingly, I saw tire tracks from the super fat tire bikes - they didn't have a problem. And one guy passed me on a skinny tire single speed - he was cutting through the snow better than I was and was managing to stay upright, though he was really working at it.

It took me two hours to ride what usually takes me 45 minutes. That is the halfway point, and the end of the "good" trails. At that point, I knew the next 4 miles would be un-rideable, since the trail is right next to a busy 4 lane. Hiking 4 miles sounds like fun I know, but I was in my SPDs with booties. So I figured it would take me at least another two hours to get home, probably more, and I was already exhausted from the first part of the ride and the ten hours of work before that.

So I called my wife.

I'm sure the trails will be clear tomorrow, but I'm too tired to think of riding now. We'll see how I feel in the morning.
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9C/48F and raining (work about 5 miles from the North Sea)

windy (40mph sustained)

not so good with my fancy deep dish rims

i guess a little further north there are sustained 100mph winds and flooding

edit: entire Scottish rail network shut down

flying to Dublin tomorrow (I know that's Ireland) to do all my Xmas shopping and to drink a little! hope the flight still goes

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Got a little moist riding through the fog/drizzle this morning. Temp is supposed to hit 60F this afternoon but then drop rapidly as a cold front moves in and (hopefully) brings some snow. It means I'm probably driving in tomorrow, because heavy rain and/or snow when it's cold just isn't fun.
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Got a little moist riding through the fog/drizzle this morning. Temp is supposed to hit 60F this afternoon....
Sounds like my commute here in Chicago yesterday. Nice tailwind going home, foggy, temps around 55. I needed a break (still getting over a cold), so I took the train today.
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