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Old 07-19-13, 09:11 AM   #2201
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Warm (16C) with sun poking through clouds and not a breath of wind. I have a stupid summer cold, and I didn't sleep well last night, so I was pretty low energy for the ride in. This afternoon has a forecast of thunderstorms, so it could be an interesting ride home.
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Old 07-19-13, 02:23 PM   #2202
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The city installed huge wide-angle mirrors at two of the intersections on the MUP! I'll have to get pictures before someone breaks them.

It was kind of fascinating this morning. I'm not certain that I can make out objects around the corner in time to slow or stop, but I'm sure they'll be helpful. I tend to stop there and ease out anyway.
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Old 07-19-13, 03:49 PM   #2203
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The city installed huge wide-angle mirrors at two of the intersections on the MUP! I'll have to get pictures before someone breaks them.

It was kind of fascinating this morning. I'm not certain that I can make out objects around the corner in time to slow or stop, but I'm sure they'll be helpful. I tend to stop there and ease out anyway.
My city installed a nice mirror at a blind intersection of two MUPs, and it was great!...but some hooligan(s) smashed it a few weeks ago and it hasn't been replaced.
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Old 07-19-13, 04:18 PM   #2204
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another perfect day: sunny, 20degC (about 70degF), nice breeze. I don't even know where my rain gear is.

In the winter, it's cloudy/raining a LOT, and you can't even picture what 'sunny' would look like any more...
In the summer, you wonder how anyone could choose to live anywhere else.
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Old 07-19-13, 04:41 PM   #2205
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Sunny, 26 degrees, but Weather Network says it feels like 30.

Ship was late coming in, so I got to wait at the ramp and met a couple bike touring on a Tandem, all the way from Everett.
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Old 07-22-13, 05:10 AM   #2206
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Ann odd issue has come up...after a short ride last night I notice my front tire was down completely, glass. So I replaced the tube but now I have this odd bulging around the valve...no matter how many times i re-seated the tube, shifted the tire, inflated only 6olbs...it bulges out right at the valve stem.

Well, probably not wisely...I still mangaged my 4-mile commute in this morning. Will head to the shop right after work.

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Old 07-22-13, 05:28 AM   #2207
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Back on the bike today for the first time since last Wednesday as I have been in Chicago. It felt great but I think my GPS is messing up. It seems to lock on 12.9 mph alot of times and I know I am going at least 30 mph down a hill. I hope I can reset a Garmin 510
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Old 07-22-13, 07:28 AM   #2208
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Temp: 77F, dewpoint 74F Still didn't feel too bad on my way to work.
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Old 07-22-13, 07:31 AM   #2209
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I finally got the bottom bracket cup loose on my beater/rain bike, and a sealed shimano bb installed!! It's been sitting around for a year waiting on me to somehow wrestle that power-tool cross-threaded cup off. The solution was much simpler than I had feared it would be. In celebration I rode it in today, plus we're expecting storms anyway. Thick tires, luggage rack, higher handlebars, 1x7 gears, heavy frame it's not like my usual ride but it's rideable again and I'll probably spiff it up now for the winter months.
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Old 07-22-13, 07:42 AM   #2210
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Rain as i left, but no thunder and lighting. It slowed and came to a stop after about 10-miles. The sun never broke through, and the road never dried, but the ride was nice once the rain slowed to a drizzle. I'm glad I passed up the impulse to drive.
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Old 07-22-13, 08:13 AM   #2211
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beat the rain.. I had just a few sprinkles here and there. 15 minutes after getting to the office - downpour.
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Old 07-22-13, 08:17 AM   #2212
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Ann odd issue has come up...after a short ride last night I notice my front tire was down completely, glass. So I replaced the tube but now I have this odd bulging around the valve...no matter how many times i re-seated the tube, shifted the tire, inflated only 6olbs...it bulges out right at the valve stem.

Well, probably not wisely...I still mangaged my 4-mile commute in this morning. Will head to the shop right after work.

Your tire is not seated properly. deflate it completely and make sure it's installed correctly before you inflate it again.
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Old 07-22-13, 08:18 AM   #2213
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Nice cool morning, beautiful sun.
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Old 07-22-13, 08:25 AM   #2214
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It's amazing how much better the bike rides after lubing up the brakes and shifters. I guess a 6 months of grime has an effect.

Much nicer ride in this morning. Last week was too hot. I think I found my upper limit, and it is 98F.
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Old 07-22-13, 09:27 AM   #2215
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Tired and grumpy this morning. Lots of muttering under my breath. No jam in my legs.
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Old 07-22-13, 09:50 AM   #2216
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Fantastic commute this morning. Much cooler than last week, though still very humid. I have six lights between my house and the MUP. Green lighted ALL six (well the last might have been a little yellow). My normal commute time is 45-47 minutes, made it in 37 today. Should be an untouchable record.
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Old 07-22-13, 01:20 PM   #2217
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About 50 degrees and clear, nice. Two cars passed me in 9 miles. But I seem to be losing my 5:00 morning daylight, and all too soon will be back with my helmet and Blackburn Flea.
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Old 07-22-13, 04:17 PM   #2218
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they call it stormy Monday...
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Old 07-22-13, 05:38 PM   #2219
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Made my fastest time this afternoon in the heat. I will be at it again tomorrow.
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Old 07-22-13, 07:33 PM   #2220
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75░ and humid at 6:00 on the way in to work. 97░ and humid into a headwind on the way home.

Pretty typical weather in this part of the world.
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Old 07-23-13, 05:07 AM   #2221
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Lots and lots of runners out this morning, and more bikes than usual too. These steamy mornings I sit here at my desk and sweat for a while. Hot coffee probably not a good idea.

Figured out my bulging tire problem yesterday...the bead was broken. New tire is on.
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I got out of the shower 30 minutes ago and I am still sweating. The ride in was good though.
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Old 07-23-13, 06:33 AM   #2223
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Back in the saddle today after a much-needed rest on Monday. I had ridden about 300 miles over the previous 8 days and my legs needed a break. Plus, the forecasters were calling for lots of thunderstorms, which never materialized. My legs were sluggish this morning, which is typical for me after a rest day, so I took it easy. I didn't really have much choice because a stiff headwind was blowing in my face all the way to work, which actually felt nice because it was rather hot and humid for 6:30 am. We are supposed to finally get a break from the extreme humidity starting later today, and it's supposed to be relatively dry the rest of the week. I'll believe it when I feel it.
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Old 07-23-13, 06:36 AM   #2224
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Warm and humid (we did have rain early this morning, 4am). It was a slow ride but it's my fault, I've been wimping out more often these days.
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beautiful morning, 70F, little bit of a headwind
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