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Old 10-02-09, 05:42 AM
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No ride for me. Did my 2.5-mile hike to the bus instead. Going out to the local dens of iniquity after work.


However, yesterday, I came upon an old bike lying on its side in the middle of the MUP. I stopped and moved the bike off the pavement. Here it is, 24 hours later, right where I left it. I wonder how long it'll sit here.

It was pretty gloomy out so this picture is grainy.
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Old 10-02-09, 06:45 AM
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It was brisk this morning - 42°, so I layered up with leg warmers and a jacket over short sleeve jersey, long finger gloves and an ear band. Worked out fine. The ride was pretty uneventful. I broke a spoke on my summer rear wheel, so last night I swapped on the fall wheels with cyclocross tires. I definitely felt the extra resistance but the ride was softer. It's probably a good idea to ride on the fall tires starting now anyway, because they will get me used to the extra resistance as prep for the winter/studded snow tires.
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Old 10-02-09, 07:37 AM
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Coldest day of the season so far at 32F (0C). I wore my warmer tights and cycling jacket and was fine.

One bit of excitement coming to the light at Niwot Road. The pickup truck saw the light turn yellow and gunned it to get through the light. Then he noticed the sheriff's deputy sitting at the light. He tried to brake but started skidding through the intersection. The deputy immediately pulled out and busted him.

Interestingly it was the same cute female deputy with an British accent that had busted me for speednig a few months earlier.

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Old 10-02-09, 08:16 AM
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Woke up with a bit of a sore throat and some congestion (I typically get a cold at the change of seasons, so this must be it). Decided to sleep in and drive to let the cold pass over the weekend, then hit it again Monday.
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Old 10-02-09, 10:00 AM
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I had a couple crumpy drivers try to "Teach me a lesson" today. First, I'm in the right turn lane and this lady pulls up alongside and in front of me. She was essentially cutting in line, and I would have to wait for her to turn before being able to safely turn myself. So I scooted in front of her and gave her a look. She wasn't happy and revved her engine but didn't actually do anything.

At this turn I end up heading straight to the far left lane (6 lane divided city road, 30 mph speed limit, not a ton of traffic) because I make a left turn in 2 blocks. I usually maintain about 25 mph on this road with the biggest issue trying to time the one light I go straight through. In the left lane I get an SUV that accelerates very quickly then comes flying up on my ass and lays on the horn. I look over my shoulder, ask him what his problem is. The light turned red at this point, and he's in the left turn lane so I roll up to his window and he tells me I don't belong on the road. He tells me I should be on the shoulder, to which I ask "what shoulder"... he then says to get on the sidewalk... I tell him that is unsafe and obviously a place for walking not riding (side.. what? is usually my reply) then he tells me it's illegal for me to be on the road. I disagree and tell him to ask the police officer behind him about it, as they not only recognize my right to the road but that it's the best place for me.

The light turns green, he gives me the bird.
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Old 10-02-09, 11:31 AM
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Bike commuted every day this week, first time I've done that in a while due to weather, work and other factors. The weather has been ideal - sunny and mild.
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Old 10-02-09, 11:52 AM
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Just on the verge of being brisk this morning. My windvest kept my core fine but my arms and legs were cool. Might need the kneewarmers soon. Still rather invigorating to ride in so its nice.
I got a late start so I had to keep the pace up the whole ride.

My drive side crank loosened up on me so I had to limp a bit on the final 1.5 miles. I've been wanting to get an upgrade so this might be it.
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Old 10-02-09, 12:28 PM
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Luvverly ride this morning on the old Raleigh
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Old 10-02-09, 01:52 PM
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Low 50s this morning. Fall has arrived. Wore knickers for the first time this year.
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Old 10-02-09, 03:44 PM
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I hope I find my blinky on the way home today. One can hope...
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Old 10-02-09, 05:32 PM
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My commute home at 12:30am was great. The wind had finally died down so I pushed harder then I normally do and made it home 2 mins faster then my best time.

Heading back to work at 11:30 am though was a whole different story. The wind was blowing harder then it was yesterday and I was riding against it. (gusting over 50 mph) I was surprised though, that it only took a few mins longer then normal to make it to work.

The weather channel said the wind is suppose to die back down before I head home, but the temp is going to be in the mid 30s.
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Old 10-02-09, 06:12 PM
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windy, windy, windy.

still good though.

but windy. i hate living near the shore.
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Old 10-04-09, 04:23 PM
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Had to work overtime today, so I got to commute!
It was nice... low 60's no wind and not too many cars.
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Old 10-04-09, 05:16 PM
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No commute till the 12th burning up vacation days. Did get out and make a nice 26 mile loop and enjoy the cool weather today. Met a nice couple at Kennesaw Mountain that were out enjoying a ride as well. Really nice day for a ride despite the overcast skys.

Have a dental cleaning on my birthday (8th) and it is at 11:30 so I can ride to that one after traffic clears.
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Old 10-04-09, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
If you have any piece of the light, even just the clip, and you bought it at a brick-and-mortar store, take it back. They might give you a new one (this happened to me with a different brand and the LBS took care of me).
Thanks for the advice, Performance gave me a new one. Now I'll be getting the rack specific mount and taping/rubber-banding/ziptieing this one on.
I just now see that Price Point has a 9.99 version and PBK has the same SF version rebadged for $18 (and no shipping or tax)

I may pick up a few more if I have any other orders to make.
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Old 10-05-09, 03:53 AM
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Good commute today, early though 3:45am but good…
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Old 10-05-09, 04:39 AM
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It was a chilly 48 F ( 8 C ) this morning. Coming across a bridge that serves as a highway interchange, I was clearly in view of the exit ramp, as well as being all lit up in the dark, but some
fellow decided that he didn't want to stop, so he kept coming at me, until I just moved over to the
left. Even though it was dark, we looked right at each other, and he still kept coming. The traffic is
light that time of morning, so moving left was a safe move. I have no doubt this fellow does the same
things to cars, because he does not feel the need to yield to right-of-way traffic. The amusing thing
is that he has a vanity plate. You'd think that if you are a stupid driver, that you would not want a vanity
plate.
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Old 10-05-09, 08:14 AM
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Beautiful morning. High 50's, breeze in my favor, low traffic, bright moon.
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Old 10-05-09, 08:25 AM
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Almost didn't ride in as there were reports of fog and drizzle in the city but it was dry at my place so off I went at 5:30 am. Loving my new magicshine 900 light. It was low 40's (5-6C) and dry until about 15 miles in, ran into the drizzle and the fog. Couldn't tell if the water flying off my face when I turned my head was sweat or rain water. Love that feeling. My bag was too heavy. Still carrying a messenger bag but it doesn't work with all of the stuff I had in there this morning. I felt like my lungs had to move the bag to fully expand when breathing hard. I'll leave the laptop at the office this time and won't be carrying all of the food home so that'll shed 12 about pounds for the ride home.

Wednesday afternoon was just about the hardest commute home I've done. Winds were 25-30mph gusting to 40 and it was a headwind about 2/3 of the ride. Had the laptop in the messenger bag that day with some other stuff I wanted to take home from the office. Worked from home the rest of the week.
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Old 10-05-09, 08:32 AM
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A little warmer today, 43F. I was a bit overdressed and a bit sweaty by the time I got to work. A light rain started during the last 2-3 miles. I got passed by a guy on a SS who asked if his blinky (attached to a messenger bag) was working. It is, but it's pointing straight up. I tell him, and he makes an adjustment that doesn't really help. He get a couple hundred yards ahead of me and I can't see him at all.

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Old 10-05-09, 09:46 AM
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Cold! 30sF. Went for longsleeves and tights, no coat. Fullfinger gloves. 8 yr old was a mess 'cause we left his backpack at school Friday, routine disruption not good. His lunchbox fit in my bar bag fine though.
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42F when I left the house. I was dressed comfortably (bib knickers, l/s jersey, windvest, glove liners) except for my feet. Now where did I put those toe covers last spring????

Legs were dead from yesterday's Mt. Diablo Challenge. Luckily for me, my buddy did Levi's Grand Fondo on Saturday and he was in shape for a hard ride either. So we took it easy and chatted.
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Nice and chilly this morning, 34F (1C) and wet from a stady soaking rain yesterday and most of the night. The skies had cleared over my area of town, and I rode in the dark with the brilliant glow from the moon. Loving the P7 headlight.
I received the J&G rain gear on Saturday, and donned it for the ride in, though I really didn't need it. It is supposed to rain later today, so it is nice to have.
I had to return the booties to exchange for the next size down. The XL's are REALLY big. One note, the J&G rain booties do not have a cutout for cleats. I'll have to cut mine, which I'm sure will void any warranty.
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Old 10-05-09, 10:56 AM
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45*F cloudy, got flat about half way in, such a pain to change in the dark. Looked at it once got to work, looks like a good size nail went straight in and out. That's it for these tires, going to switch them back to my other ones, as these have no puncture resistance. Other then that ride was good.
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Old 10-05-09, 11:08 AM
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Nice and crisp! I was gone on business to New Mexico (which is neither new, nor Mexico), and now that I'm back it's a totally different climate. When I left, temperatures were in the low 60F in the morning and mid 90's in the afternoon. But, just one week later it's definitely fall! 46F when I left my house, climbing to 71F for the high. Great ride, but I'm going to need some gloves and a head band soon.
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