Great full moon early morning mid December bike ride. Cold, clear, and a blazing full moon.
^^ Agree with Edzilla.
I didn't get to ride monday or tuesday and kept thinking how much I wanted to be riding with the bright mornings we've had lately.
It was 30ish and windy here, but a really cool ride with the full moon. That being said, I shaved about 5 minutes off of my commute and felt like dying when I walked into work.
The moon yes...even in a cityscape the bright morning moon is making a difference. Nice ride in, wet streets with some ice on cars from the overnight freeze.
Swapped bikes today and forgot the keys to my office. Fortunately I carry a spare key to my bike lock on my pocket, so I was able to lock up. Waiting for someone to show up at work with keys to the storage room where I keep my clothes, towel and bath supplies. I've been lucky with the weather so far in December and have missed only one commute day so far. If I can keep it up, I should top my goal of 5,000 commuting miles this year.
In my case it's the other way around, the weather forced me to skip 5 commute days so far in december so I'm already 110 kms short of my annual goal of 10 000 kms total (not just commuting) With the forecast I'll probably have to skip few more days.
I'll try again next year.
It didn't start well. My bike helmet headlight/flasher died on me (with a full charge) and I no sooner get out of the driveway and my rear tire was almost flat. Hmmm... I hope my day gets better.
So if you live in an area where your car won't cold start easily, figure your lights will likewise suffer.
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WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
Temp. was 58 Deg.F when I left the house, so no problems and no issues with motorists equals an excellent commute this morning.
Should be in the 70's by the time I ride home.
Rick / OCRR
Last two days have seen both my main bike and backup bike break. So my commutes have been bad. Hopefully I can find my chain repair tool and a spare link or three and get the backup running again at least.
In the words of Einstein
"And now I think I'll take a bath"
Last nights commute home was great. Cool but not cold and I was layered perfectly.
Moon was big and bright giving me fantastic views as I approached and went over the Golden Gate Bridge.
I stopped at a bike store on the way home to pick something up, browse a bit, and ask questions about a bike I have been eyeing. Felt much colder when it got back on the road and had a bit of a chill the rest of the way home, but didn't feel like adding a layer.
This morning was great. In the low 40s warming to mid 40s after being about 50 yesterday. After a cold start I pushed hard to warm up and felt good the entire ride. Made good time and even got a new best on one of my climbs.
UGH! Had a meeting out of town so I drove today. Then about 10 got a phone call. meeting cancelled. Perfect day too. Was under 30 this morning when I would have left in, but about 62 forecast for the ride home this afterrnoon. And I missed it.
cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting
Last commute today until the 30th....happy holidays and safe riding everyone!
Dry and warm (30/-1) but I had to ride through a police barricade where a pedestrian had been killed by a driver.
I almost fell over this morning from a dead stop, an embarrassing moment. I'd veered into the grass to circumnavigate one of those huge tree clipper platforms, but there was about a two inch lip to get back on the path. Stopping, I'd forgotten the straps. By blind luck I ripped both feet out just in time.
I've been using the clips and straps since early fall, but I still can't say for sure that they're really worth it over just platforms for commuting. All my starts are pedal a couple of times, pause a second to slip my foot in, settle then go. No really quick starts any more, plus feeling spastic if you have to jerk your foot out in a panic. Does it ever get better than that?
Great job tarwheel and dramiscram. Those are some amazing commuter miles.
Left work early and decided to take a new longer route home. This is the longest hilliest route home so far, but I enjoyed it. It took me about 2 hours to get home with some stops. The hills frequently had me in the lowest gears. 20 miles and 828 feet of climbing.
First daylight morning commute in a while as I did some work from home and left late. Although it was nice riding in sunlight for a change, I really felt less safe due to increased traffic and less visibility without my lights standing out. I have actually started enjoying my commutes in the dark lately with all of the Christmas lights glowing. I should get plenty of that on my commute home today because I'm going to a Christmas party after work and will be riding home entirely in the dark again.
26 F and clear sky with lots of snow and ice. Love the 35 x700 studded tires. They plow 3 bike paths that I use, nice. Gatorade did not freeze up for the 18 miles, bonus. Just have to get used to the front wheel crazy dance with rutted, bumpy ice as well as the brown car snot.
Multi-release cleats are available if you have difficulty unclipping at stops...
I like this setup much better than straps/clips on flats. Winter weather conditions in austin/atlanta are a bit similar.
Been running SPD's on my commuter setups for almost 10 years.
No reason to change, here.
40F this morning, a veritable heat wave! That's almost 30 degrees warmer than yesterday morning. More importantly, the snow and ice has finally cleared from most of the MUP. There was a pretty stiff headwind but I'm not complaining - I'll take a headwind over surface-of-the-moon riding... until I forget about it and will start complaining about headwinds again
I'm slow, go around
Finally a decent ride in today. 15F and calm. That time of year has arrived where I have to ride in the traveled lane as there is snow on the shoulder. The traffic was fairly forgiving allowing me the room I need to stay on the cleared pavement.
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