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Old 04-26-13, 10:49 AM   #1226
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Pretty much identical weather here in NorCal.
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Great commute for me this morning. Sunny, 40's... I must have had a tailwind, because I was making good time the whole way.
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Spring was nice while it lasted (a little more than a month)!
It's funny how everyone is bemoaning the grasp that winter still has on most of us, but then, no, it's not that funny. My training for my first and upcoming metric centuries is behind because of the weather.

I was perusing Wikipedia the other week, reading up on Bangalore India and the state in which this city resides, Karnataka. What I read that was so interesting was:

Karnataka experiences four seasons. The winter in January and February is followed by summer between March and May, the monsoon season between June and September and the post-monsoon season from October till December.

I thought that all of the world uses the 4 seasons that we know and in the same order (although I realize that December - February in the southern hemisphere is the hot season).

Hmm, interesting
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Nice fast commute on the way to school today, 27 kms in about 1 hour and 10 minutes. but on the way back it was raining hard and against the wind the entire time, turning it into a miserable 1:40 commute..
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Sacramento has 4 seasons: fog season, allergy season, "but it's a dry heat" season, and leaf pile season.
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Been a while since I've checked in here... my Surly LHT was stolen a little over a month ago, and as it was my only bike I was metro-bound for a few weeks as I began to consider my options. For the last three weeks, I've been riding a Nishiki Colorado borrowed from a friend, so at least I've been riding again. I've even got saddle adjustments dialed in to where it's actually a pretty comfortable ride at present.

I picked up a mid-1990s Trek rigid MTB (830 Mountain Track) frame and fork w/ shifters and brakes on it the other night from CL for $45, and am receiving the other required components sometime next week hopefully, so I can put it all together and get it on the road. It'll need further upgrading, but it'll make a good replacement, if not for many years, then at least until I decide to build up another Surly LHT with the Trek MTB serving as a donor bike. I'm even going to make a go at my first wheel build, too, as I was unhappy with the array of ready made front wheels. Handspun had a good looking rear, but fronts were not available with 36 spokes other than custom build. So for less than half the cost of having something made, and for less even than some of the 32h wheels I saw online, I got a decent Shimano hub, a solid double walled rim, and spokes of appropriate length. Plan on following Sheldon Brown's guide to wheel building and improvising wheel building tools. Having replaced a few spokes and trued up my wheels several times in my time, I think I'll be able to pull this off without too much difficulty.

As for actual commuting, it's getting better now that the crowds aren't as big here in downtown DC, post-cherry blossoms. Still a lot of tourists about, but it's not as shoulder to shoulder as it was. Today was a MAREVELOUS morning for riding, and I expect a beautiful ride home. Temps this AM around 50, beautiful sun. Today's high is supposed to be mid-60s w/ sun around, so again, great weather. Wish it could be like this all year. Sadly, summer heat is right around the corner.
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I thought that all of the world uses the 4 seasons that we know and in the same order (although I realize that December - February in the southern hemisphere is the hot season).
Some years back I would leave Athens in October-November (15-25C) for Moscow (-20 to 0C) till the end of November then off to Perth (+40C) for Christmas and New Years (at the beach), to return to Athens in January with -5 to 5C and snow; this for three years in a row!

It would takes weeks before my body would adjust to the temperature and daylight length causing havoc with sleep and seasonal flu.
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Sacramento has 4 seasons: fog season, allergy season, "but it's a dry heat" season, and leaf pile season.
Here in Québec we have just two seasons : ''damn it's too f*****g cold'' and ''damn it's too f*****g hot''
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Been a while since I've checked in here... my Surly LHT was stolen a little over a month ago, and as it was my only bike I was metro-bound for a few weeks as I began to consider my options...
What a bummer. When I read the rest of your post it was a painful reminder of how life changing it is when someone steals your bike. Especially if you don't have the cash immediately available to just run right out and replace it. And then that your bike was all set up for you and getting that set up right is no easy thing. The bike you're putting together sounds like it will be a solid replacement and the building up of the bike will be a satisfying experience. But really sorry to hear that your Surly got snagged.

I'm getting into the BIg Apple rhythm after 3 weeks of being here and commuting 6 days per week in NYC and on the 7th riding to Penn Station folding up my folder, bagging it, taking the train back to Boston and riding home to Newton, commuting into work in Boston the next day, then hopping on the train back to NYC and riding back to the apartment I'm staying in here- rinse and repeat!

Had 3 positive truck driver experiences in NYC yesterday and that's a first! And driving a truck in NYC is NOT easy so any kindness to a biker is greatly appreciated.
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Lovely afternoon yesterday, so I left off the extra layers for the commute home. The Lakefront Trail was jammed with people taking advantage of the great weather (many more bikes, tons of joggers), but there was a terrific tailwind and everybody else was as pasty white as I was, having just emerged from their winter cocoons. :-)
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Pretty nice, except for the fact that a car tried to run me over, exiting wrong way in reverse gear from the ambulance's bay of the ED.

I already have a cheap piezoelectric device on my bike in addition to my traditional bike bell, but the young lady didn't hear it at all, so I think I'll get something like this.
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55F 0mph wind in


65F 14mph out, took the extra long way home cuz its so nice out and got lost in the woods

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@Mumonkan : your road in the wood....very beautiful
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Here in Québec we have just two seasons : ''damn it's too f*****g cold'' and ''damn it's too f*****g hot''
...and in Belgium, also two seasons : the raining season et the winter season !!!
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Been a while since I've checked in here... my Surly LHT was stolen a little over a month ago, and as it was my only bike I was metro-bound for a few weeks as I began to consider my options. For the last three weeks, I've been riding a Nishiki Colorado borrowed from a friend, so at least I've been riding again. I've even got saddle adjustments dialed in to where it's actually a pretty comfortable ride at present.
Karma...Karma comes round and that b*stard will get his! My good friend was nailed by a hit and run driver on East Capitol Friday on her ride home from work. She's ok. I sent some bad karma in that driver's direction as well.

A wet ride in this morning but it was nice temp-wise.
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A very nice and warm 11 celcius this morning, sunny sky and a very very nice tailwind. The perfect ride.

The first ride fo the year wearing a short sleeves shirt.
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Wet ride in from rains yesterday and last night but 53F. DPW still working on mup and about .5 mile section was a total mud pit - thank goodness for fenders! It was one of those wet spring mornings when everything smells really good
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Just got home from work, very dangerous morning on the bike. Extremely foggy this morning and the vehicles were flying by me. The first time I've been that nervous on the road. Actually my first time riding in the fog, and it was super thick. But, made it home in one piece soaking wet lol.
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Yikes, 42 km/h westerly with gusts to 90. I'm driving.
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Snow? Really? Okay, so it's still (slightly) above freezing and it won't stick, but this is getting old.

Swapped the studded knobby tires for slicks on the weekend and cleaned the chain, so my bike is nearly silent now.
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Usually I fly the recumbent dragoncycle but I don't have instrument rating so I have to ride it on the ground on cloudy days.

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Yikes, 42 km/h westerly with gusts to 90. I'm driving.
I rode that all the way in this AM!! I didn't feel any wind on my face until over 40km/hr, which was effortless btw! A few cross-gusts almost sent me flying, but it was fun.

(I hope it dies down by this evening.)
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Great weekend of biking and a great commute to work today. I've got to take advantage of this nice weather we are having. We went from freezing and snow to 70+F degrees over night (although we are suppose to get cold again by midweek, maybe even some snow). Of course it makes it real difficult to sit here in the office knowing it's so nice out right now.
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Great weekend of biking and a great commute to work today. I've got to take advantage of this nice weather we are having. We went from freezing and snow to 70+F degrees over night (although we are suppose to get cold again by midweek, maybe even some snow). Of course it makes it real difficult to sit here in the office knowing it's so nice out right now.
I too had a great weekend of biking and we too are experiencing a similar change in temperatures. I was able to ride ~135km this weekend, including ~65km on Sunday in 23C (73C) sunny weather (see results below). Didn't commute today as my wife needed me to help ship fudge (sucre a creme and chocolate varieties) to her work (hummph, not mine?) and we're going to dinner afterwards with friends and family to celebrate the loss of our last child (he turned 18 on Saturday, now that he's an adult, we can only boss the dog around).

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