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    Light snow and freezing drizzle with temp around 27F. No problem for the schwalbe studded snows this
    morning. Very little traffic a 5:30 a.m. as usual. Ride home was fog and light drizzle and 36F. All in a very
    enjoyable commuting day. Sure beats yesterday when I got clipped by the passing car.

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    I finally managed to make my first commute of the year!

    I rode in today through a light drizzle, and the skies were a wonderful blend of grey, white, and the promise of some blue. All of the colors are thoroughly saturated from last night's rain and the cloud-diffused light. The browns of the tree trunks stand out in sharp relief from the lighter tan of dormant grasses. Lovely.

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    4th commute of the year today. Woke just before 5, half convinced I wasn't going to bother getting kitted up and heading out on the bike. Felt tired and lethargic.

    5:20AM mid-30's start then19miles/1200ft over the east bay hills to pick up the ferry in Oakland - awesome, awesome ride. What is it about these mind games we play?

    Getting to ride the ferry before dawn is an awesome reward - 40mins to watch the sun come up over the hills. From Monday:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    4th commute of the year today. Woke just before 5, half convinced I wasn't going to bother getting kitted up and heading out on the bike. Felt tired and lethargic.

    5:20AM mid-30's start then19miles/1200ft over the east bay hills to pick up the ferry in Oakland - awesome, awesome ride. What is it about these mind games we play?

    Getting to ride the ferry before dawn is an awesome reward - 40mins to watch the sun come up over the hills. From Monday:
    Wow! Nothing so stunning for me this morn but warmer temps and rain have cleared most of the snow. Hard to believe a week ago it was -30F
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    Tough commute home yesterday. The forecast called for light spotty rain but it turned into steady showers with temps in the 40s on my way home. I had to work late, so it was dark the whole way and I had to remove my glasses because they fogged/spotted up too much to see through them. The only plus was that I got to really field test my new Showers Pass jacket and it was incredible. My feet, hands and face were wet but my torso stayed dry and comfortable. My PI AmFib tights were also incredible and kept my legs dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arsprod View Post
    Wow! Nothing so stunning for me this morn but warmer temps and rain have cleared most of the snow. Hard to believe a week ago it was -30F
    Kudos to the folks posting in this thread riding with such low temps. Worst I contend with here are upper 20's. Still we get some crazy inversion layers when I go up and over the hills that can lead to 15-20 degree temperature swings. That kinda sucks when you're in winter gear with a backpack and suddenly the temps are in the low 50's.

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    my first ride in the new year and the temp was 26f degrees this morning with clear starry skies as I rode to work. It was an uneventful ride in which is nice. The temps are going to go up to the high 40's today so maybe a there will be a warmer ride home. It is staying light longer at night so I hope to be able to ride more often sooner rather than later, but that also depends on the weather.

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    Really a nice ride in after last week. Temps well above freezing, no wind at all, and fairly quiet city streets. I shed my extra outer layer and was glad I did.

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    first full working day of 2014

    first bike commute of 2014

    what's not to like
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    Definitely not the first full working day of 2014 for me, but it was the first commute by bike (second ride of the year). Slow, but nice.
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    Cool ride in this morning, had my tights on for the first time this year, as I left the temp was right at 52 degrees, but the air was still, so it didn't feel any colder. Fairing on the recumbent is a help when the weather gets cool, keeping all but my face out of the wind stream. I 'fat thumbed' my cycling computer over the weekend and switched it over to metric somehow, had to get on line today to see how to set it back to miles. May have screwed up the wheel value too, will check on the way home and see if it's work correctly.

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    light/moderate rain low 50s.. I felt sorry for those who were stuck in their cars (but only a little).
    Nashville, like L.A. without a tan.

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    Excellent ride. Mid 40s felt great compared to last week.

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    A veritable heatwave of 46F though it felt a lot colder. I could really feel the cold radiating (radiate? what's the cold version, coldiate?) from the still piled snow along the mup and streets. Really nice having an uneventful ride
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    Ride in started out cold (25F) but I was too warm by the end in my cold weather gear. Slowly getting back in shape from the holiday/snowy weather break. The road crews are going to busy this Spring; potholes are opening up everywhere.

    Should be very nice riding home. Temps are supposed to hit 47F.
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    A very nice morning for a bike commute, a warm 5░ celcius, nice sun and a big tailwind! What's the catch? I had to take my wife's car to work to get the timing belt replaced , The good news is the weather should be nice all week long, i'll even be able to ride the summer bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    *sigh* was hoping to ride today finally. Woke up at 5 and checked the weather: 33░F and rain with threat of freezing rain. That's a big ol' fat NOPE! Turned over and went back to sleep until 6:30.

    Not riding is making me go crazy. This weekend looks great for riding, and next week looks nice, too, so next Tuesday should FINALLY be my first commute of 2014.
    bah, remembered I have dentist appt tomorrow AM so first commute should be, hopefully, Thursday.

    Got in a NICE 35 mile'r yesterday, though. Sunny and around 60░F, wore just cycling shorts and long-sleeve jersey, was super comfortable. Rode up around the neighborhood where I grew up. My old house I grew up in from 1980-1993 is for sale again. Tiny place but fixed up well, and property taxes would be even more than my current house. The living room is smaller than the MBR in my current house.

    Checked out some ski goggles at a local outdoor sports chain store, and got to see a freight train pass by up close (love trains). Unfortunately I forgot to unpause Strava for nearly half the ride, so I have a 15 mile gap on it.
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    8th day of not driving to work in the morning, second day of not driving to the train station in the morning. New Years starts this week for me, since leaving the car at home entirely during the work day was a resolution. Getting off to a flaky start is no reason to give up on it.
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    my first of 2014

    my first ride of the new year. It was around 40 degrees and coworkers though I was kidding in our meeting today about riding in. They said it was freezing. I have ridden as cold as 30degrees and 40 really isn't that bad. I am not so sure about the rest of the week though. 23 and 21 are the lows. I have to see how crazy I feel.

    It sure felt good to ride vs drive to work.
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    My first of 2014 too. It was in the mid 30s when I commuted in, but in the mid 50s when I came home. Why did all the little hills feel like mountains after I did a 6000' climb just 2 weeks ago?

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    good day ... a little bit of rain on the road.

    good view from the river of my employer

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    edit: believe it or not that is student accommodation ... here's another view of where the some of the students live ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    good day ... a little bit of rain on the road.

    good view from the river of my employer

    a.jpg

    edit: believe it or not that is student accommodation ... here's another view of where the some of the students live ...

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    dining hall:

    c.jpg


    Those are amazing pics...sadly I type this from my windowless basement office. That's partly why I enjoy bike commuting so much, gets me outside everyday before heading down under.

    50F +10C Very nicve ride in today on damp streets.

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    I enjoyed the pictures also.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcb23 View Post
    ..sadly I type this from my windowless basement office..
    My office is on the second floor, but it sits in the 'core' so no windows for me either without taking a stroll.

    It's been a long time since I've seen fog as dense as it was in places this morning. There were spots were it was difficult to see the road/path in front of me, much less anything on it. It's about 40, so not bad other than the poor visibility in spots.
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    Another nice commute, high 30s and even though it isn't raining, my butt is wet...must order fenders.

    Speaking of office views, I am in the 6th floor and they are constructing a 30 story building right outside my window so I get to listen to that all day.

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    Bonus commute for me this morning. I thought I would end up driving today because the forecast called for lots of rain, but the radar this morning showed a nice "window" with no showers about the time I normally leave for work. So I went for it and made it to work with only a few sprinkles and light mist, although the roads were still very wet from showers overnight. The front that is causing all of the rain is supposed to pass through in the afternoon, so it's supposed to be clear by the time I ride home. Hopefully that will be the case because I don't want another soaking like I got last Friday.

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