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Old 05-24-13, 07:51 AM   #1551
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Cold morning seems to be the pattern - 44F here. The nice 9mph tailwind this morning was the vestige of last night's 18mph headwind. It's only taken me !@$% years to figure out fighting the wind is not worth it - the wind always wins. It was surprisingly pleasant to ride easy (though colder than I was prepared for) and didn't add that much time
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Old 05-24-13, 09:01 AM   #1552
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13C/55F, grey, windy. Dry for the ride in, but gonna get soaked this afternoon.
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The race bike got a new cassette, chain, and brake pads for this weekend's races. Whenever I change anything like that I like to use the Friday commute as a shakedown. So I rode in early, dropped off my backpack and headed off to my super secret training road.

All good: dérailleurs work, brakes work, tires still glued on tight.
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All good: dérailleurs work, brakes work, tires still glued on tight.
You use tubulars? What do you do when there you have a flat? Carrying a spare tubular, sure, I can understand that but how would you glue it (quickly that is)?
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On my race wheels, yes. I carry a spare tubular. It has glue on it and it's a matter of prying off the old one and putting the spare on. The glue in the rim bed plus the glue on the tire basetape plus the air pressure is sufficient to hold the tire to the rim, sufficient enough to get home. Hope to never have to change a tubular on the side of the road, but according to venerable roadie wisdom, it's just as fast if not faster than fixing a clincher.
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Old 05-24-13, 08:41 PM   #1556
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Wow, I didn't get rained on. It sure didn't take me long to get used to the nice weather we had the first part of May. This morning I renewed my love/hate relationship with my rain gear, but as it turned out it didn't rain. Cool.

Between the wild roses and the black locust trees, this is a great time to be out and about. Unless you're stuffed with allergies I guess, then it might be wasted.
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Old 05-25-13, 09:24 PM   #1557
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This morning on my commute the chain came off the front chainring, plus no accident. The way home wasn't to bad, a bit windy though.
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Great ride ... Left the LTH in the shed , dusted off the Bianchi Pista - nothing like a steal fixed gear to liv'n up the morning ... Recipe for a Great Commute !
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Very nice sunny morning, low temps for the end of may at 5-6 celcius. No wind.
It rained for the last 5-6 days so it was good to see the sun.
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Probably just us Canucks reporting in today, eh? Happy Memorial Day!

Sunny, light breeze, pretty nice except for dead legs. Reeled in another commuter on the trails. From a distance, I was admiring his rather unique helmet, but when I got closer, it turned out to be a rather impressive coiffure! His actual helmet was strapped to his rack.
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Athens calling! (no Memorial day for us)

Typical sunny weather, a bit cooler than usual (mid 20's C) made today's commute very comfortable. My late morning commute to work was quiet with little traffic but the afternoon commute back was hectic to say the least with your typical tired drivers not paying attention, and even worse was the hoards of zombies returning from a day at the beach.

Don't know if any of you have this problem, but lately a lot of pedestrians waiting at bus stops sit down on the curb with their feet sprawled into the lane forcing cars and bicycles alike to migrate towards the center lane! I'll try and snap a photo but I'm still puzzled and perplexed as to why they aren't scared of having their legs run over!

Oh well, life in the Med I guess!
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Athens calling! (no Memorial day for us)
Oops! Sorry Telly (and all other non-USA dwellers)!
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Whether or not you get Memorial Day off in the States depends highly on your job. I have it off because the machinist's union where I work has it negotiated as one of their holidays, but we only get half of the usual (not Veterans Day or Presidents Day etc.) since they traded them for the whole week off at Christmas. I'm not in the union since they consider engineers to be management, but nothing can get done and so the company puts us all on the same schedule. At my previous job where I worked for the government, we obviously got all the federal holidays but had to use vacation for Christmas week. My fiancee, who is a social worker at a hospital, has a normal work day today, no holiday.

I put a ride in this morning and it was nice not to have the pressure to accomplish anything or be anywhere on time.
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Finally had another day of sunshine. It's been two full weeks without completely dry days, so I've been out of it. Still made a good time though, and biking in a t-shirt sure beats the cold winter mornings.
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really nice day for commuting today. Bit chilly in the morning, but arrived all sweaty anyway. On the way back home I thought I had dropped a mountainbiker going down a gentle slope but it didn't work out that way. To my surprise he was able to catch me although I'd put some distance between him and myself. I myself was cruising along at 23 mph so he must have been going faster than that to catch up. Anyhow, for the rest of the ride home he kept clinging to my wheel until eventually our ways parted. I didn't have power left to take it up a notch to get rid of him sooner
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school is out! another year of 5th grade done. i just started bike commuting at the end of the school year and I think I did it about 7 or 8 times. was pretty awesome. i'm teaching summer school starting next week but i don't think i'll be biking in - road situation - long story.

so i guess i won't be posting much in this thread until the next school year. though i did do a 16 mile ride today...it just wasn't a commute!
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so i guess i won't be posting much in this thread until the next school year. though i did do a 16 mile ride today...it just wasn't a commute!
Have a nice summer!
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I had the day off - holiday - but I went into the office anyways. No, I'm not a workaholic. We have an office cat and I like to check on her on the weekends. She likes that. And it's a good excuse for a little bike ride (5 miles one way).

She was mostly my idea so I feel a lot of responsibility to care for her (my choice). I sometimes would say "We should have an office cat!" We all love cats but it seemed a bit impractical so we didn't really pursue it. Then last fall I happened to find a stray/abandoned kitty in a culvert down the street from the office. The office manager, a great person, and also a cat lover, said, "looks like it's meant to be." So I brought her into the office. She went to the vet and had her shots and got spayed. Obsidian, "Sid," is now the Supervisor Kitty. Another co-worker and I don't mind paying for her food and kitty litter but the last time I went to buy it the mananger told me to charge it to my company credit card, as Sid is an important part of the company now.

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school is out! another year of 5th grade done.
Another year? How many times have you repeated 5th grade?

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i'm teaching summer school starting next week
Ooohh, you're the teacher.

Have a great summer, and try to get back to the bike commute in the fall if possible!
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Greetings everyone,

Back in the saddle on a Tuesday morning. Overcast skies here in DC, warm temps, tourists are here for the rest of the summer.

Good ride in, I am tryiong to stop for red lights at all major intersections.
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Nice mild day, 9C (48F), slight breeze, mostly clear sky, butt still a bit sore from the 2x100km rides on the weekend but legs were fine. Warmer and sunny this afternoon but rain tonight, hopefully after I get home.
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ditto! I want a job with summers off... just without having to teach kids... or anyone else for that matter.
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New commute this morning since I moved over the weekend! It's on the same route though only closer, saving me 8-10 minutes. My original plan was to move further away for a longer ride but I think I'm going to like this.

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Athens calling! (no Memorial day for us)

Typical sunny weather, a bit cooler than usual (mid 20's C) made today's commute very comfortable. My late morning commute to work was quiet with little traffic but the afternoon commute back was hectic to say the least with your typical tired drivers not paying attention, and even worse was the hoards of zombies returning from a day at the beach.

Don't know if any of you have this problem, but lately a lot of pedestrians waiting at bus stops sit down on the curb with their feet sprawled into the lane forcing cars and bicycles alike to migrate towards the center lane! I'll try and snap a photo but I'm still puzzled and perplexed as to why they aren't scared of having their legs run over!

Oh well, life in the Med I guess!
I have one here where they're standing out in the road sometimes. I think it's a subconscious territorial thing laying claim to the space.
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absolutley wonderful ride in. 65F little traffic, roads still a little wet but no rain. Nice.
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