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Old 08-27-14, 11:00 AM   #2351
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You insulted the police officer who just complimented you? Or were you joking with him?
It was just my subtle way of telling him he shouldn't tailgate bicyclists.


No commute today, I'm taking a couple rest days to prepare for a 60+ mile ride Friday, so I drove in today.
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It's been a fantastic week for riding so far.... It still boggles my mind when I see kids waiting inside their parent's car for the bus. Can't leave the A/C for too long, I guess.
this really blows my mind too. I mean couldnt they drive kids to school instead of running the car and it be more efficient than waiting in car. I knew a lady who drive her car down the street to wait at the bus stop with her son and then drive back up the street to her house. It was the weirdest thing. i mean your son can not walk past 9 houses for the bus?

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Last night I yelled at driver to put away his phone. This morning I yelled at a driver to use her turn signals. And I yelled at a bike lane salmon. Tired of yelling.
a guy pulled out yesterday almost hit me and did not see me because he was looking at his phone. He almost ran down a lady and her dog as they crossed the street. I caught him at light and knocked on his window (he was texting) I said you should hang up your phone and be careful you almost hit me and almost hit the lady crossing the street. he got mad started yelling and put his window up. I waited out the light in silence but I hope I helped him gain some perspective.
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Old 08-27-14, 11:27 AM   #2353
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What is with people yesterday?!

3 of the last four posts have been about idiots.

I decided to not confront the illegal right turner yesterday, since it is a new traffic pattern and the sign is obscured by construction scaffold.
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I know it is not my business, but have you two tried visiting a therapist and I mean a Registered Psychologist. I think that it is a shame they are not covered my medical plans. Medication is not always the complete answer but it is a crutch when coupled with proper therapy.

I know there is a stigma about seeing a psychologist but it is something that is sometimes necessary and never anything to be ashamed of. They are trained in ways doctors (psychiatrists) are not and vice versa. Their training program is incredibly intense and drawn out and their profession is poor at advocating for themselves.

Sorry to get on my soap box but mental health it something important to me and I try to advocate for more than medications. Which is ironic since I am chemist who works for a pharmaceutical company.

Look at therapy and medication as cross training for better mental health. Just like biking and lifting can produce a better athlete.
Good advice and not something I had considered or been offered (by my GP) before.

Let me put a fresh coat of paint on that soap box as a thank you!!
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When I dismounted and was untying the straps holding my delivery, he pulled up and waved over to me to compliment me for actually signaling and stopping for all the stop signals in town. I responded, "Thanks, I know how to ride safe and courteous to those around me, when are you going to learn?"
I would never have done this... not sure what that would buy you, but animosity...
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What is with people yesterday?!

3 of the last four posts have been about idiots.

I decided to not confront the illegal right turner yesterday, since it is a new traffic pattern and the sign is obscured by construction scaffold.
Well no idiots yesterday from my piece of the world, except maybe me this morning. I haven't decided on that yet (but I don't plan on expending any effort on the question). I might have got yelled at but I had my earbuds in and could pretend that I couldn't hear anything ...
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Old 08-27-14, 06:08 PM   #2357
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Awesome commute home today, met a lot of interesting people. A cyclist decked out for touring asked me to help me find him directions to food. He introduced himself as Winston and he was cycling from Washington, D.C. up to Maine.
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Great! Perfect day - 32 mi commute. So nice out I even walked 3 miles at lunch.

But hey, the days are getting shorter
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You know it's a hot day when you can feel the heat coming up from the asphalt through the heel of your sneakers.
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I had yesterday off and went to the beach, today it was back to work. The commute in this morning was very nice as we have been having great weather of the last few days.
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Old 08-28-14, 06:37 AM   #2361
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Another nice, cooler morning, though a bit warmer than the past 3 days.

I definitely have a front shifter issue. It is not responsive as in it does not move the cable at all. A little research turned this up.

My choices now: do nothing and ride in the big ring all the time; find a replacement and fix it myself; take it to the bike shop.
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I got called into work last night at 1:00 AM. I got back home at 2:15 and had to leave again at 5:30 for work so I drove. My body just was not up for a ride. That is two nights in a row that I have been called at 1:00 AM. I also have been working lots of hours. If I don't get called tonight I will ride in tomorrow. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
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Our pleasant week of relatively cool dry weather is ending today, with highs expected in the 90s F and more humidity. Next week, it is supposed to be hot and humid with much greater chances of thunderstorms. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Amazing what a difference the nicer weather made this week on my commute times and overall enjoyment in riding.
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It's my Friday

Didn't want to get out of bed, but did anyway. Had a very nice, uneventful ride. Slight headwind at times, right around 66 degrees out. Ride home last night was also uneventful.

Crossed over 1,200 miles for the year so far. That kind of blows me away. I think I did a little over 400 last year, but got a late start. Hoping I can ride through September and late into October.
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Not to get too far off track, but I've tried the no meds thing too, and for me it just doesn't work.

And there's nothing wrong with it
Amen! A bit cool this morning but seemed less muggy, which means it was muggy and not MUGGY. Went home early yesterday because I felt like I was getting sick - I think the ride home helped because after a nap I felt better. Still feeling hinky but rode in anyway - bicycle is good medicine!
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I started earlier this morning because because of a strong headwind.

Got honked by a car this morning, probably a new guy on this road, he'll get used to me...
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fifth week of the new job/commute.

Plus side: weather is great, scenery mostly gorgeouw, ride mostly downhill to work, going to retrofit a shower at work, 15 miles round trip a day so getting in great shape, saving oodles on petrol.

Minus: stretches of my commute involve highway with some scary huge trucks, realizing at 57 I'll never be in as awesome shape as younger me, haven't figured out all the clothes change rhythms (suit and tie at work), Nexus 7 speed hub still problematic after inexperienced mechanic "adjusted" it.
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Amen! A bit cool this morning but seemed less muggy, which means it was muggy and not MUGGY. Went home early yesterday because I felt like I was getting sick - I think the ride home helped because after a nap I felt better. Still feeling hinky but rode in anyway - bicycle is good medicine!
I've been in a training class all week ... and two people so far have come down with what seems to be a cold of some sort. I felt a little "hinky" also and all but forced myself to ride today (and I'm hoping to ride tomorrow even though I'm off work) because I'm convinced that cycling is the best thing for a cold that hasn't gotten bad yet.
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Close call yesterday with a minivan -passed me within a foot! Talked to the driver at a red light and she apologized and said she did not see me, even though I had a flashing red light and was wearing a hi-vis vest. If they don't see you, what can you do? I was shaken up a little, and hope she was too. Today, I had TWO flashing tail lights and rode on the sidewalk for the short stretch of road where the incident occurred. Not sure what to do now. I really thought that road was wide enough for cars and bikes - never had any problems before yesterday. I think I will just put it out of my mind and do my thing. If I stopped riding because of what might happen, I would never ride a bike, drive a car, ride the bus, or fly in an airplane. Stay positive is my motto. Aside from that, nice day today - quite warm. Sun is a bit of a problem in a few places, though.
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I've been in a training class all week ... and two people so far have come down with what seems to be a cold of some sort. I felt a little "hinky" also and all but forced myself to ride today (and I'm hoping to ride tomorrow even though I'm off work) because I'm convinced that cycling is the best thing for a cold that hasn't gotten bad yet.
When I could run a friend I ran with was getting sick. So I told to just run the ***** out of the cold, he did. He ended up actually having a severe sinus infection, went to the doctor. He told the doctor he tried to run the ***** out of the cold, the doctor told him he was an idiot and prescribed appropriate meds. He gave me crap for it, I told him he was genetically inferior. We have a good friendship, true story.

But I do think getting a good workout in is good to keep the immune system going. But there is a fine line of over doing it. Have a great ride tomorrow.

I had a nice commute. I rode my race bike for the second time today. I still need many more miles on it to get accustomed to the position and do minor tweaks on the set up. Thursdays are also tiring for me in general so I was feeling slow; plus I had a super fast commute yesterday.

@dramiscram I like the interpretation of it must be a new driver. My usual response since undergrad has been a wave and shout of, "Thanks, I know I am hot."
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Nearly Tboned a headphoned walker on a MUP when he decided it was time to turn around and go the other direction as I was biking in Today..."On your left" doesn't do much good when your target is wearing head phones...2,600 miles on the bike commute so far this season...Giddy-up!
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Moose block this morning on the Campbell Creek Trail. Didn't think ringing my bell or shouting "On your left" was wise so ended up back tracking and finding a different route. Shortly after taking this photo a couple of guys came around the corner and I thought one of them was going to kiss her on the snout as they went by.
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Close call yesterday with a minivan -passed me within a foot! Talked to the driver at a red light and she apologized and said she did not see me, even though I had a flashing red light and was wearing a hi-vis vest. If they don't see you, what can you do? I was shaken up a little, and hope she was too. Today, I had TWO flashing tail lights and rode on the sidewalk for the short stretch of road where the incident occurred. Not sure what to do now. I really thought that road was wide enough for cars and bikes - never had any problems before yesterday. I think I will just put it out of my mind and do my thing. If I stopped riding because of what might happen, I would never ride a bike, drive a car, ride the bus, or fly in an airplane. Stay positive is my motto. Aside from that, nice day today - quite warm. Sun is a bit of a problem in a few places, though.
Were you riding the far right edge of the lane? If so that's why you were buzzed and she didn't see you. Motorists simply do not pay attention to things along the sides of the road.
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Tuesday was rather out of the ordinary. Morning commute started out ordinary, until just after my usual mid-point stop for a quick breather. I had just started down the road again, when suddenly a bug flew into my neck below my chin, and either bounced off or flew down my jersey! I had to make an emergency stop on the gravel shoulder and wiggle the bottom edge of my jersey around to get the thing out of there. Not sure what kind of insect, I just saw something black on the ground. I'm sure the passing motorists were like WTF??

Going home was even more interesting. Shortly after leaving the office, I could see someone else cycling behind me, with a flashing white light. I usually go weeks at a time without seeing another cyclist on the roads at all. Knowing I'm slow, I knew he would catch up to and pass me. We had a quick chat when he did. He looked in his 50's yet still way faster than me, and he was riding what looked like a brand new disc brake road bike. Didn't catch the make or model.

Shortly after that I was riding past a subdivision where there's a wide section of paving along the entire subdivision frontage, to the side of the 2-lane road. I'm cycling in the lane as usual, and some woman in a Lincoln Town Car decided to just pass right by me on the right side "shoulder" paving (if that's considered a shoulder). Kind of irate about that.

Then not too long after that a Mini Cooper comes up behind me, and just stays behind me for at least 60 seconds, maybe more. They had plenty of chances to pass, but did not. Soon 2 more vehicles were behind them, and at one point the 2nd vehicle back, a pickup, decides to pass all of us, including me, with not-so-great sight lines.

So all of that within the first 5 miles going home. The rest was uneventful, other than feeling like poo because I ate too much for lunch that day, and having a headwind.

This morning was uneventful. We'll see how it goes this afternoon.
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warmer this morning which was nice. mid 60s!

I had a flat tire as i was riding. I am not really sure how or why it happened. I was going to fix during my break but boss just told me to go fix it now instead of during my break. I am bit surprised.
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