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Old 09-11-07, 07:50 AM
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First flat & Inclement weather = parting of the MUP sea

I've been commuting since I started my job about a month ago and I got my first flat on the way to work this morning on the Capital Crescent Trail! I didn't ride yesterday and rode in the NYC Century on Sunday so I probably picked up some glass while hitting the mean streets of New York. I was pleased that a bunch of people asked if I needed help, a good feeling of camaraderie between commuters even though the help was unnecessary (thanks again to any BF readers who passed me). I was still at my desk by 9:02 so it didn't mess up my morning too much.

Today was also the first day I've ridden when the weather wasn't sunny/clear (it wasn't even raining at the time, but it had rained over night), and my the CCT was noticeably quieter. All the fair-weather stroller pushers, joggers, and cyclist must have slept in. That made the ride much more enjoyable and makes me excited for cooler temperatures when the numbers of people on the trail will drop even more.
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Wait until the winter in the dark of night when you won't see anybody and you feel like a total bada55 for being the only one out there.

Did you enjoy the NYC Century? (I rode it too)
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Must be get a flat on the MUP day today. I too got offers of help from three bikers and one jogger. The other two bikers and two joggers didn't even say hi.
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The NYC Century was fun. I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New Jersey so New York will always be my favorite city and I rarely have the chance to ride there. My dad is the one who suggested I come up for it so I settled and did the 35 miler with him, although I would have preferred to ride 75 or 100. My only complaints were the riders who were lacking on group riding knowledge/etiquette, but once we got out of Manhattan it wasn't much of a problem.
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Rando -- We must have had our flats around the same time. I flatted down near the G'town end of the CCT. In 2-1/2 years of riding the CCT I have found the other riders to be very helpful. This morning I lost track of how many people asked me if I needed help once it hit 10. I'm not sure what to do with this water falling from the sky stuff though. My raingear actually has dust on it from lack of use. Oboeguy is right though, come January, you'll be able to count the number of bikers you see on the CCT with one hand. Of course when its 10 degrees, windy and there are patches of ice everywhere you may start to doubt your own sanity in January.
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CYCLISTS SHOULD STICK TOGETHER - I always offer help and love it when people do the same!

well technically it would be ideal if everyone stuck together, but then again, when is *that* ever going to happen?
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I've always found the cyclists around DC very supportive of each other. Whenever I've had a breakdown I've usually had someone stop to help. And I usually stop to ask when I see another cyclists stopped and looking like they need help.
Sounds like you had fun in NY. I was up there visiting my parents in NJ and was on the 75 mile ride. My first time riding in the Bronx (not counting the half mile they do on the BikeNY5B's)
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