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Old 08-07-09, 12:01 PM
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Cloudy for the ride in. Temps mid 60's. Close to perfect. Turned a 12 mile ride in to 21 because........well just because.
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Old 08-07-09, 01:25 PM
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Absolutely perfect weather today. Mid/upper 50s, sunny, dry, not humid, barely a wind to be found. I experimented and did a first singlespeed commute this morning. To my surprise, I made it up both short, steep hills on my morning ride without hopping off. Amusingly, I was 30 seconds faster this morning on the SS than yesterday on my normal 14-speed commuter.

Here's the SS in question. '84 Schwinn Le Tour, geared 40/16, 700x25 Conti GP4000 tires.

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Old 08-07-09, 03:21 PM
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It was hot riding home. I played in traffic. That can be interesting if done right.
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Old 08-07-09, 03:23 PM
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Playing in traffic. Suddenly I dont feel too smart. Hope I know enough to come in out of the rain.
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Old 08-07-09, 03:24 PM
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Lord Bass: Is that a World Sport?

[edit: Never mind, it's a LeTour. I guess I should actually read these posts instead of just reacting to pretty pictures!}
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Old 08-09-09, 02:05 PM
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I arrived at an intersection with a green light for me. SUV crossing from my left to right blows through his red, turns left (I am now looking at the back of the vehicle) into the break in the median. Now we both have a green light but he stops. Soon as the light turns RED...he goes.

I think he was lost because next chance he got he whipped a U-turn.

No big deal for me because I don't put the light color as a high priority to my safety. I look both ways before I cross the street, light color be damned.
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Old 08-10-09, 04:25 AM
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A warm ride in today, 72 F ( 22 C). It is supposed to get near a 100 F (37 C) today. It will be nice
to sweat my way home this afternoon, and I enjoy it. In the meantime another day of work.
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Old 08-10-09, 05:51 AM
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I really wanted to ride today, but the temperature is supposed to hit 101 F this afternoon with a heat index of 105+. So I drove. I bike commuted several days in 2007 with temps over 100 F, and I told myself never again. With all the hills and humidity around here, 100+ temps are a killer.
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Old 08-10-09, 07:13 AM
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It's starting to be dark when I leave the house to ride into work... been a while since it's been like that.
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Old 08-10-09, 07:28 AM
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Send some of that heat north please. I had to wear two jerseys this morning, one with long sleaves because it was only 59 Degrees F! We are getting October weather early this year.
That request was from last Thursday and someone was listening because it arrived yesterday. I was out 50 kilometers from home at about 11 am when a wall of hot humid air came up from the south, probably Detroit or even Cleveland, towing with it was rain, thunder and lightning. Have you ever got so soaked from the rain that it was very difficult to peel off your jersey?
Anyway, who ever sent summer our way, thanks.
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Old 08-10-09, 07:44 AM
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Weird commute today. Was running behind and when I got out there in the neighborhood, it was like a scene out of Omega Man. There was no one out that I normally see, no cars passing, seemed like no birds, no dogs barking. It was eerily silent, until I hit the main artery. Creeped me out.

Saw three other commuters, one that filtered past me in traffic that I caught up to later on the MUP, one I never caught up to, and one that commutes to my building that I only saw for the first time, today.
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Old 08-10-09, 07:59 AM
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Steamy and sultry!
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Old 08-10-09, 08:21 AM
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extra day off today. So I rode the exact same distance as my commute anyway. I think we (yea, all you guys) are weird.
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Old 08-10-09, 10:18 AM
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Nice ride this morning.
I put a new rear tire on and it rolled along nicely, it's a 700x32.
I wish I had worn shorts instead of pants, it's going to be toasty on the ride home.
 
Old 08-10-09, 10:59 AM
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Rode fixed next to my 8 yr old. The leg w/ him was easy, but once I started putting some rpms on after dropping him at his destination, my left crank fell off! No crank bolt wrench in my saddle bag, in fact this is the only bike I tote a mini tool on. 2 adjacent tools on the mini fit the corners of the bolt so I could put it back on (twice, it loosened up again ~5 miles down the road). I do have a crank bolt sized (is it 8 or 10mm) allen key in my desk so hopefully should be able to make it home fine.
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Old 08-10-09, 12:10 PM
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Not a normal commute, but Saturday night I went with my husband to pick up pizza (our first time on a bike) and a movie. We ended up hitting road construction for about a full block. We both got followed by two totally rude drivers reving their engines so we would move out of the way. We were at different areas of the block, but just couldn't believe the rudeness of the drivers around there. Did they want us to drive in the road construction? And since it was road construction with a very low speed limit, did they want to kill the guys doing the construction too? If it weren't for me trying out my new pizza holder on my bike, I would have been angry.
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Old 08-10-09, 01:07 PM
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extra day off today. So I rode the exact same distance as my commute anyway. I think we (yea, all you guys) are weird.
Hey! I resemble that comment.
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Old 08-10-09, 01:35 PM
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Moved offices over the weekend so today was new commute day. My commute is now even shorter than it was before. Didn't really scope the place out beforehand so right now I'm locked to a street sign. Found a bike rack in front of a different building around the corner and across the street. It's close, but not close enough for my lazy ass to lock their everyday. Who knows. I'll give it a try tomorrow to see how I like it.
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Old 08-10-09, 03:20 PM
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I rode home today in what felt like the hottest day of the year. I know this morning was. It was 75f with something like 90% humidity at 4:30am.
....This aftn I tried and failed to outrun a small storm front that just brought a light steady rain. It felt real good riding in a tank top and shorts. Every once in a while a nice cool breeze would blow across the area and cool me off. But it felt nice sitting at a traffic light with the rain and the cagers all buttoned up in their cars. I know I was more comfortable than they were. That's the nice thing about bike commuting is being in tune with the weather. Whether its enjoying a nice quiet aftn with a light snow falling, or riding in a nice, steamy summer rain. We're comfortable no matter what. And the stress factor is real low.
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Old 08-10-09, 03:47 PM
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Rode home with a blow dryer in my face.
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Old 08-10-09, 04:44 PM
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Got yelled at by a Mom pushing a stroller with a baby in it as I was bombing down Mass Ave at Central Sq. in Cambridge. She was half way through the crosswalk, she had the "Don't Walk" signal, I had the green light. Motor vehicle traffic was proceeding through the intersection with the green as they should, and she's pushing a baby stroller through it?? What's wrong with some people! Wait for the Walk signal! Especially with a baby stroller! Especially with heavy traffic through a busy intersection!

She was partially obscured by a car ahead of me and to my right, so I was still going about 20 mph when I saw her 30 or so feet ahead of me. It was still easy enough not to hit her, but I got called an a***ole as if I were the one behaving improperly at this intersection
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Old 08-10-09, 05:43 PM
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The morning was cool and foggy. My glasses fogged up a bit, but otherwise it was good.

Heading home, on the other hand, felt like the beginning of the 5th Harry Potter Movie. You know, the part where the dementors are coming, and the sky looks like a stormy black hole just appeared out of nowhere. I managed to skirt the worst part of the storm but still got drenched and blown around a bit. However, that's the fun part. ;-)
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Old 08-10-09, 06:23 PM
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Got a call that my 8 yr old was hurt, and he said to me on the phone that he wanted med attention, so I raced home (6 miles, vs 12 w/ detour to pick him up), got the car, put him and his bike into it, got him to chiro. In practice, he was basically fine but there was one other time recently where he wasn't so I had a bit of a hairtrigger. Next time he has to tough it out a little more.

At least my crankarms stayed on for the race home.

And, on the bright side, it started raining while he was in the doc's office. Unfortunately my wife is trailering our daughter home in it.
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Old 08-10-09, 06:49 PM
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Was riding north on the wilson bridge trail when i passed a couple... I rang once when i was about to pass the guy, then ringed again when i was going to pass the girl. When i finished i heard someone kept ringing their bell, i guess i must have annoyed them with my ringing twice. ahahha
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Old 08-10-09, 07:28 PM
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Hurricane Felicia fizzled, so it's business as usual today. Hopefully any lightning will delay until after dark and be gone by morning....
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