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    I eat carbide. Psimet2001's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyLowe97
    5/13 = Not yet. But I did finish building a swingset out in the yard for the kids.

    And it hasn't fallen down yet.

    I feel like I have just discovered fire or created Frankenstein's monster or something.

    Need to pick up some armwarmers and kneewarmers. Mine got nabbed out of my bike bag in my car when I was riding a forest preserve loop last Thursday. Note to self... don't leave the bag on the seat where thieves can see it . I sure hope they like CarbBooms and chamois creme. Bastards.
    Aren't you glad I don't take this approach working on your bike?

    Also - you should let Hip know that the Grouch socks are safe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001
    ....snip.........I think it was a big hit. Much to my wife's dismay. He's been wanting to be with me all night since we got back.

    - he is hooked.
    speaking of hooked, click the link and scroll to the bottom.............i got her!!!

    The Link


    later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23
    speaking of hooked, click the link and scroll to the bottom.............i got her!!!

    The Link


    later.
    Dude...that's friggin scary....your house:


    My house:



    ...weird...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyLowe97
    Need to pick up some armwarmers and kneewarmers. Mine got nabbed out of my bike bag in my car when I was riding a forest preserve loop last Thursday. Note to self... don't leave the bag on the seat where thieves can see it . I sure hope they like CarbBooms and chamois creme. Bastards.
    No way! Was your car unlocked? That really blows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001
    ...weird...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemp
    No way! Was your car unlocked? That really blows.
    Smashed a window, grabbed my gear bag. They did the same to the other rider I met there. My window was fixed next day via insurance, but it's the hassle of it all.

    The only up side is that I actually pared down the gear bag a few days earlier to take out the heavy wool socks, tights, and a sentimental 1990 "Vetements Z" world champ stripe cycling jacket. Still....

    Hide your stuff the best you can when you park and ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyLowe97
    Smashed a window, grabbed my gear bag. They did the same to the other rider I met there. My window was fixed next day via insurance, but it's the hassle of it all.

    The only up side is that I actually pared down the gear bag a few days earlier to take out the heavy wool socks, tights, and a sentimental 1990 "Vetements Z" world champ stripe cycling jacket. Still....

    Hide your stuff the best you can when you park and ride.
    If the Team Z-- jacket and the grouch socks had been lost I think that it would have upset the balance of the universe.

    5/14 = Yes. Commute in for the first day of "Bike to Work Week". The leg in today was slow. I just don't feel like I have much in my legs anymore. Stats:24.48 miles - 1:37. Two minutes slower than usual.

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    It doesnt get any better as they get a little older, this is just the lower half of the fridge.

    and the road becomes my bride
    I have stripped of all but pride
    So in her I do confide
    And she keeps me satisfied
    Gives me all I need

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    ^^^ magically only the letters that spell out my little girl's name came with our set????

    and are we really posting pics of our kitchen appliances??

    later.

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    5/16 = Yes. Morning commute. They have the trail shut down just South of St Charles into Geneva. Pain in the butt. I made it through on 31 . Sick. It was cold and wet. New PR though - 4 minutes faster.

    That means I had a tailwind - afternoon commute does not look good.

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    Hey Psimet, any news on your calls to St. Chuck?? How bout just taking 25 into the trail by the Geneva dam instead of riding on 31.. 25 is less traffic and wider in most spots.
    and the road becomes my bride
    I have stripped of all but pride
    So in her I do confide
    And she keeps me satisfied
    Gives me all I need

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    5/16 = Yes. But just a quick lunch 7 miler around the subdivision. Was taking corners as fast as I was brave enough to take them and almost met a pickup truck head on, but was able to lean a bit more and stay on my side of the road.

    I'm about two weeks behind on where I wanted to be for year-to-date miles. Psimet, you're free to ride ahead on Saturday. Just wait for me at the finish, yeah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbercop
    Hey Psimet, any news on your calls to St. Chuck?? How bout just taking 25 into the trail by the Geneva dam instead of riding on 31.. 25 is less traffic and wider in most spots.
    5/16 = Yes X 2

    Horrible commute home. It was 25 that I was thinking of to begin with. I rode it this morning, but I hate how fast the traffic goes. I split up to 7th(?) just North of Geneva on the way home and then came back to the trail after crossing Main in St Chucks.

    Rained on me most of the way home. I was frozen to the bone, and my cheap Performance rain jacket tore. Oh well I got 2 uses out of it. Time to invest in a decent one.

    This was a miserable ride.....but when I got home....I felt better than ever!

    CyLowe - I seriously don't have any speed so no worries. I just have stamina. Besides you are always in better shape than me anyway.

    Also I have a buddy that might join us on the century route who really doesn't have any miles in him this year. I promised we'd go slow....no really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001
    5/16 = Yes X 2

    Horrible commute home. It was 25 that I was thinking of to begin with. I rode it this morning, but I hate how fast the traffic goes. I split up to 7th(?) just North of Geneva on the way home and then came back to the trail after crossing Main in St Chucks.

    Rained on me most of the way home. I was frozen to the bone, and my cheap Performance rain jacket tore. Oh well I got 2 uses out of it. Time to invest in a decent one.

    This was a miserable ride.....but when I got home....I felt better than ever!

    CyLowe - I seriously don't have any speed so no worries. I just have stamina. Besides you are always in better shape than me anyway.

    Also I have a buddy that might join us on the century route who really doesn't have any miles in him this year. I promised we'd go slow....no really.

    nice commuting! way to tough it out. i laughed when i read you were bringing a buddy, a slow buddy? who was the last buddy you brought to a ride? oh yeah, speedy! later.

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    10 mile TT this afternoon. 13 minutes out, 16+ minutes back... ouch. Stinkin NW winds this afternoon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23
    nice commuting! way to tough it out. i laughed when i read you were bringing a buddy, a slow buddy? who was the last buddy you brought to a ride? oh yeah, speedy! later.
    Funny you should mention that. This buddy called me up again:
    Him: "So how far are you guys riding."
    Me: "The century route. I already told you that."
    Him:"Oh yeah. You realize that the longest ride I've done this season is only like 20 miles?"
    Me: "Well there will be others that will opt for the shorter route if you decide you want to drop off early."
    Him: "How long do you guys normally take for a century?"
    Me: "Approx. 6 hours ride time. Sometimes less. Sometimes more."
    Him: "Oh! So you guys aren't averaging over 20 then. Yeah, I shouldn't have a problem."

    F'n sandbagger. I say we carpool so he can't ditch us.

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    5/18 = Yes Daily commute. Was up until 2am rebuilding my main rig. With all of the other shop traffic (I think I've put close to 10 bike through there this season), a one year old, and wife I just haven't had time to do my own bike.

    I got had every component dis-assembled and cleaned, re-installed, new chain, new cables, etc...I thought I would get it done to ride in today for the commute until I looked at the time and noticed I still had to wrap my bars. Bar wrapping doesn't really bother me, but it just takes a long time.

    Woke up late and in my hurry forgot to eat breakfast. I bonked about 10 miles into the commute. Less than half way. Miserable the rest of the way.

    Time to consume food.

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    5/18 = YES

    The Ride

    i decided to work from home this morning !!! so i knocked out a solid 30 miles. it was a lovely sunny 50 degrees at 8am when i departed and i enjoyed every minute of the ride, er, work. kind of my way of celebrating bike to work week.

    now i sit in my office staring out the window thinking about tomorrows ride plans. i think it will have to be 50 and have to be a new route. maybe some rolling roads along the Fox River.

    later.

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    5-18 = Yes

    Finally got out on the trail by myself for a real ride. Only 20 miles but I did well for the 1st real ride of the year. Sure feels good, this 4pm-2Am shift has been kicking my butt, and weekends are always promised away since I get so few of them off normally, soIve been having a tough time finding time, but finally decided just to take time and sweat the small stuff later.
    and the road becomes my bride
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    umm, 5/18

    Great ride today, not as long as i would have liked but that's because i got my day off to a slow start. For whatever the reason though i was cranking my butt off. I kept looking down and reading 22...25...27mph i thought "must be tailwind" but...it never let up. And now i'm faster than Ryanf so i'm going to go win the TDF soon.

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    5/18 = Yes X2 - better ride on the way home. Felt stronger, and like Timmyquest I felt like I had a tailwind the whole way.

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    5/19 = YES

    already knocked out 48 miles! went out early at 6am. the legs took some time to warm up, but they did eventually. part of this route is new to me and ran along the fox river. much better then my normal "plain field" scenery. the last 15 miles into home base had a nice little tailwind that help me avg 18.2 mph for the ride. good times! later.

    The Ride

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    I dragged my wife out for 30 miles today. Got buzzed by trucks twice, once close enough for my wife to shriek. Unfortuatley the ass pulling the horse trailer had no license plate. Not one other car in view in either direction yet he couldn't give us more than a foot, if that. Then the semi truck that buzzed us blew past us so fast, I was lucky to catch the name on the trailer and hold a line. First bad experience of the year, and I get a two-fer... and with my wife along no less. I just don't get why drivers have to be such asses to cyclists. Oh well, off to Milwaukee to catch the baseball game this afternoon.

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    5/21 - Yes. Just a quick lunch ride, but it counts, right?

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    as a man you should well know that a quickie counts later.

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