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Old 06-14-08, 07:03 PM
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Two flats today...and my pump is conveniently out of commission at the moment. Fun walk home...
Got a flat today! Boy do I love road construction!!
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Old 06-14-08, 07:44 PM
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Took my car to a garage where I do my own work. Brought the bike along just in case I couldn't finish before the shop closed. I haven't ridden in over a week due to a knee problem that cropped up when I switched to clipless.

As luck would have it, I hit a snag and the shop closed before I was able to finish up (struts and wheel bearings). So, I packed everything up, mounted my trusty steed and rode the ten miles home.

Hot DAYUM that was fun! Light rain cooled me off, nice scenery, light traffic and lots of energy. I'll be using platforms until I can get a proper fitting for these pedals. Knee was kinda iffy, but I took it easy and everything was fine. I even made a side trip to the store to get groceries.

I'm hoping to get back into full-time commuting and errand-running again soon. The X-rays showed arthritis in my knee which is no surprise - 18 years in the Army does that to ya. Going back to the massage threrapist next week for more knee support work, so we'll see how it goes...

I'm looking forward to the ride back to the shop tomorrow!
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The ride home was hot and slow. I didn't respect the heat yesterday, and nearly fainted when I got home. Today, I wore my shorts and took it super-slow, just dawdling along the MUP and enjoying the scenery.
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My commute to work from home was easy. It is only a four mile ride, downhill, and it was cooler than usual. Back home was bad even though it is a short ride. Uphill, strong headwind (like 30 mph gusts strong), it was 92 degrees, and pollen in the air like no other. I had to stop two or three times to stop and sneeze and blow my nose .
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Old 06-15-08, 01:29 AM
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today on my way in i was stopped next to a guy with what i would assume was a track bike on top of his car. we both kind of checked each other out and smirked, me because he was probably driving his bike to the shop right up the road for repairs, and him probably because of my heavy aluminum but oh so useful commuter ride.
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Old 06-15-08, 04:18 AM
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Nice, quiet ride tonight for my nightshift. No wind and about 12C.

I did get a bad cramp in the calf of my standing leg though when I went to lift my other leg over the seat to coast up the driveway. Been looknig up causes and I think it was because I hardly drank anything today.

I'll try and drink at least 4 bottles before I head home.
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Old 06-15-08, 04:38 AM
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My commutes this week have been great. I ride 3 days a week now and drive two so I can take care of the odds and ends. But this week I've extended my morning ride so I can go along lake Champlain. At 5 am it is beautiful. Get to watch the sun rise, catch all those early bugs in my teeth. It extends my ride another 3 miles but that's ok as I'm also training for a Tinman. So it's now 20 miles each way. I honestly can't say that I'm getting any faster, but it really is a great way to spend part of my day. And in this part of NY, the traffic is really minimal. The problem is for me, the season is just too short. Anyway, good/safe commutes to all.
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The ride in was awesome. I stopped at Starbucks and saw one of the ambulances that I dispatch. I ended up hanging out and talking to the crew for a while. Then I got to ride down the big hill, and see an absolutely beautiful sunrise. Days like today are why I love bike commuting.
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Wet. Flat tire. Bent RD hanger??
Not much else could have went wrong!
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Old 06-16-08, 02:34 AM
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Commuting to work at 4:00am has its advantages. Almost no traffic, nice and peaceful and except for the occasional run-in with road kill it is pretty safe. Coming home is the challenge, traffic here is terrible.
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Good Solid Commute Home at 420 Am For Me. I Work Third Shift 7 Days A Week And RIDE Everyday Rain Or Shine, Snow, Hail, Lightning or Wind. I Ride Singlespeeds and Occassionally my KHS DJ 200 With Upgrades. I Have No RACKS,SADDLES, or Water Bottles. Weight Is Key. I Carry a Multi Tool and two tubes and 1 Tire. UR Karma Must Be Good To Pull This Off and Luck Must Like You. Most People keep a Full Kit N Kaboodle In Even a 3-day a Week Ride.
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Old 06-16-08, 06:02 AM
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Nice temp for riding this AM. All went well except for that early-ride "almost" when one of Canada's geese decided to hop off the curb in front of me. He nearly became a small throw pillow! I saw 5 other riders this morning, which is always good. After riding through North Carolina's version of Hell last week [100+ temps, forest fire smoke, etc.] this morning felt like I was being towed in it was so nice.

ATTN: Any local Triangle bike commuters want to get together next month? Maybe a grill-out somewhere [Crabtree?] and heated discussions about traffic laws, Conti Vs. Schwalbe, to Fred or not to Fred, etc.
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Old 06-16-08, 06:12 AM
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Low 60sF. Overcast. Plenty of rain last night, so there were damp spots on the MUP. Only saw a couple of riders going the other way. Saw another kitty too.

You ever ding your bell at pedestrians and they duck? That was a first for me.
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Old 06-16-08, 06:25 AM
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Just started late last week here in Houston. The morning weather is freckin awesome between 4:30 am and 6:30 am. This morning I took a wrong turn around Herman park, ended up at Reliant Stadium instead of downtown Houston. It was a fun detour though, the road was smooth and it was easy to keep the bike at around 18-19 mph.

Heck I didn't even mind the detour, though I problably will this afternoon when I ride in the heat and need some leg power!
 
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It was good, nice and cool, mounted the new rear fender I picked up last night. Facilities management, guy, broke my balls this morning, though. Yelled at me because he thought I was going to lock up to the tree, then accused me of stepping all over the plants. Maybe he had a bad weekend. Saw another dedicated commuter who told me he picked up a Gore-Tex suit for US$40 @ Dick's Sporting Goods on sale over the weekend, he reports it breathes well. Perhaps I'll have to take a look. Got some cycling shorts over the weekend & some orange peel. Happy belated Father's Day to you guys.
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Lazy ride in last night. The sky was amazing and there was lightning in every direction. Work was extra stressful so I rode home, dumped my work stuff and took off running errands. Pounding the pedals for a while helps after a hard night at work.
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We're supposed to have better weather this week in central Ohio (Columbus). Hot temps and big storms last week-- got caught in one going home Friday evening. I thought that I could out run it (ha!), but it caught up with me and swept me home. Other than the lightning strickes, it was actually very nice-- no one else on the path, no kids/dogs/runners that I had to dodge, nice cooling rain that felt good. Nice weather this morning, and the weatherman/woman says high temps this week will be in the mid 70's--- yahoo!!
I took a slightly different route this morning- cut through the campus of Ohio State. Not many students out at 7am, nice to see the old buildings are looking very "scholarly", Mirror Lake very peaceful. I should cut through OSU more often.
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Old 06-16-08, 08:24 AM
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took the heavier singlespeed out this morning, supposed to be a pretty rainy week so i am going to use the concord for most of my riding, it was nice to let the legs coast
packed the rain cape just in case things get a little wetter

hope everyone had a good weekend~
 
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Beautiful morning in Raleigh NC.

Too bad I spilled some water in my messenger bag
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Nice looking ride! Congrats!

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Twas a great commute with the new rig, a Jamis Aurora. About 1/2 way home, rain was visible in the distance but ducked into a Valvoline Qwik Change (how ironic), and missed most of the rain. Commute is 15 to 20 miles depending on route, 18 today.

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Originally Posted by VinoHrdTailComm
I Have No RACKS,SADDLES, or Water Bottles. Weight Is Key. I Carry a Multi Tool and two tubes and 1 Tire. UR Karma Must Be Good To Pull This Off and Luck Must Like You. Most People keep a Full Kit N Kaboodle In Even a 3-day a Week Ride.
No saddles? That sounds uncomfortable I don't think luck likes me that much, but Murphy sure does, so I try to be prepared... He doesn't seem to show up when I'm ready for him...

How far is your commute?
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Back on the commuting track after a mtn biking vacation in Colorado. Traffic was surprisingly bad today. I got stuck in the slow lane pretty much all the time. Booooo!
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Ugh, cold, windy, and overcast. "Summer" in the Bay Area can really suck sometimes. I know many of you back east would looove to have a chilly commute this time of year, but believe me, it gets old after awhile. Be thankful you can actually walk outside in a t-shirt and shorts at night, enjoy thunderstorms, and listen to crickets in the evening. I miss all of those things...
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Small mist, confortable temperature, but lot of goddamn birds flying right in front of me, forcing me to slow down to avoid hitting them. I hate them, i hate them so much
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Best commute to work so far today. Temps are about perfect here in Chicagoland, with lots of sun. I rode to the GF's for a shower and change of clothes before finishing the trip to work. And when I got there, I noticed a pair of police bikes parked in the one handicaped parking space I'm not sure why, as there was plenty of room for them to park somewhere else.
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