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Old 02-03-16, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I don't take them even when I do have a pain prescription so I'm afraid you're out of luck. It's all purple today but again, I didn't feel it all all while riding.
Sorry, I meant a prescription to take the day off and just ride.
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Old 02-03-16, 08:59 AM
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My city (Burlington,Ontario) has done quite a bit to add in bike lanes which is great. The odd thing is that it doesn't seem to follow any rhyme or reason. They seem to have spent an extravagant amount of money to add in bikes lanes for a 1/4 mile stretch that is the best lanes in the city. The thing is - the past 2 days I have had issues with drivers immediately following that stretch where the bikers are abandoned and left with some of the worst spots in the city. Why would you put in so much effort to direct cyclists to their death?(sarcasm as I have obviously not died) O well.... Several pleasant miles along a MUP at a slow pace (feeling sick) saying hello to all the nice people, then a short couple of miles with rather ignorant drivers.... I bet the nice people along the MUP turn into their Hyde counterparts once they get in a car too. I know that sometimes happens to me.
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Old 02-03-16, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by jdoff View Post
Several inches of fluff this morning, fortunately over a hard base. My girlfriend took this photo of our driveway when she left for work.
That looks serene. I believe I would have enjoyed that commute. For me it was 13 celcius (55). Certainly no more snow left here in Canada....(although Burlington, Ontario is much further south then the UP).
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Old 02-03-16, 09:31 AM
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38F, very nice sunrise behind Rainier. When it gets above Rainier, will be above clouds.
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Old 02-03-16, 10:03 AM
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Lots of snow everywhere, I take side streets to work and non are plowed or got one pass last night so tons of loose snow. I probably should've rode my Pugsley in but stuck it out on my Ogre, so it was a bit of a balancing act until I got to the MUP which was plowed.

Apparently our office had a late start (10am) unknown to me....
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Old 02-03-16, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jdswitters View Post
Sorry, I meant a prescription to take the day off and just ride.
Haha I didn't even think of making it official like that. Doctors don't usually listen to my ideas of the healing properties of bike riding though, they're always telling me to stay off the bike. If I do find a Dr that goes for it, I'll for sure post it here!

I'm thinking it couldn't have been broken because I'm walking on it without a limp today, or at least not enough that you'd notice. Still has the awful coloring though. Shoulder's not so great either but I didn't re-fracture the collarbone. Strangely it's all ok on the bike. The commute again felt great.

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Old 02-03-16, 06:47 PM
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My commute was awesome today! Rode home in 74°F weather with a nice breeze. Absolute perfection. And to think just a few weeks ago it was under 20°.
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Old 02-03-16, 08:43 PM
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I petaled through winter storm kayla yesterday mornin... that sucked. A lot. My goggles kept icing and fogging over, and I had to walk up a hill that normally isn't an issue at all due to the horrendous head wind (and snow). Still, I made it to work, on time even, when others who drive didn't. The ride home was worse, though not for the same reasons. Because it was above freezing everything turned to a salt/sand/slush mix (wasn't solid enough to call it "brown sugar").

Today, well, today was awesome in comparison, though not without its own "charms". My chain and rear derailleur froze solid over night so I was stuck in 8th gear and it skipped horribly for about half my mornin commute. On the bright side it didn't skip on my way home tonight, though it was still frozen in 8th gear.

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Old 02-04-16, 05:51 AM
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The commute in today was a very nice uneventful ride with the temp at 55f degrees it was warm.
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Old 02-04-16, 07:08 AM
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Ugh. 2nd day in a row that I flatted on the rear. This time, a pinhole in a different location. Fortunately, I was near a local gym where I could change things out in a lighted interior room.

Ordered a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires when I got in. I'm tired of this nonsense.

Otherwise, a brisk tailwind today at ~48 degrees. Pretty nice.
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Old 02-04-16, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
Apparently our office had a late start (10am) unknown to me....
I've done this a few times, just hopped on my bike and arrived to find an empty office.

WARM ride in.
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Old 02-04-16, 08:27 AM
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Rained out for the second day in a row, continuing our pattern of extended bouts of rainy weather from El Nino. The rain was very heavy yesterday and a lot of streets were flooded on my drive home, and more of the same is expected today. It's supposed to dry out by tomorrow, so I should be able to salvage 3 riding days this week, which seems to be the best I can hope for this winter.
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Old 02-04-16, 08:51 AM
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Today I noticed my morning commute was noticeably darker than just this past week. First time we've had to turn on lights since mid-November or so. Winter is coming
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Back on my bike today after yesterday's concession to drive. I fixed my flat last night. Gave me a good look at how much my whole drivetrain has deteriorated from winter riding. My cassette has maybe 1500 miles on it (if that) and all of the teeth are just sharp little points. Chain ring looks the same on the smaller two rings (I rarely use the big ring for winter riding.) Both derailleurs are quite rusty. Wow. Probably going to have to sink some money into the bike after this season.

Ride was uneventful. 18 degrees, but a very light wind. All the streets and MUP were plowed out after the Tues/Wed blizzard. In fact I passed two trucks making their 2nd pass clearing the MUP and gave them an enthusiastic thank you wave.
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Old 02-04-16, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by kuroba View Post
Today I noticed my morning commute was noticeably darker than just this past week. First time we've had to turn on lights since mid-November or so. Winter is coming
No, no, winter is leaving! I've been noticing how much sooner the it gets light here in the morning - you're upside down!

... and winter is back with a vengeance, 24F and snowing this morning. I didn't think it was much but apparently enough to gather inside my rear fender and make scraping sounds. I hate scraping sounds
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No, no, winter is leaving! I've been noticing how much sooner the it gets light here in the morning - you're upside down!
I'm on the wrong side of the world
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Old 02-04-16, 10:01 AM
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40F, very wet but no active precip
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Old 02-04-16, 10:28 AM
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Grr, I had to drive my wife's car. We found an excellent mechanic, so whenever one of her cars needs repair, I drive it to the garage two blocks from my workplace. I had to make a stop in midtown on my way, which meant I had to drive through midtown, which is torturous.

One funny thing is that I asked my phone's navigation app to get me to work. It told me to take the "Maj Deegan Expressway" and pronounced "Maj" as "mahzh," as if it's some kind of Indian name.
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Old 02-04-16, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by arsprod View Post
No, no, winter is leaving! I've been noticing how much sooner the it gets light here in the morning - you're upside down!

... and winter is back with a vengeance, 24F and snowing this morning. I didn't think it was much but apparently enough to gather inside my rear fender and make scraping sounds. I hate scraping sounds
Another 5 weeks or so and you'll be in the dark in the morning once again, until about May.

Had planned on riding today, but tomorrow looks better in terms of temperature and wind direction so I'll ride tomorrow.
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Old 02-04-16, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
Another 5 weeks or so and you'll be in the dark in the morning once again, until about May.
True, but doesn't seem so dark when it's warmer. Yeah, that's nuts, but true
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Old 02-04-16, 11:58 AM
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52F and very wet on the roads some spots hanging in the sky. overall a good ride. Kneewarmer, arm warmers and vest. lowest temp i saw was 49F on the ride in.

i always think it seems darker when the sky is cloudy versus clear.
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Old 02-04-16, 12:13 PM
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I got my first ride and commute of the year in today. The road are finally clear (at least for the time being) and there's no precipitation in the forecast. It felt nice, but the cold temperatures just ad to the sting of atrophied muscles.
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Old 02-05-16, 06:16 AM
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36F/2C, rain/snow mix and a strong headwind which turned into a buffeting cross wind and I went over the Potomac into the District.
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Old 02-05-16, 06:50 AM
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It's gonna be a chilly one this mornin, 14 f currently.
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Roads very wet this morning but the rain had mostly quit. The forecasters originally had called for rain only on Wednesday, but it was a slow-moving front and continued through about 7 am today. Fortunately, it rained heavy enough that it should have washed all of the salt off the roads leftover from the winter storm. The weather is supposed to turn much cooler than it's been for the past week or so, and we will be back to freezing temperatures in the morning through next week. That's fine by me as I like the cold.
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