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Old 07-07-08, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by virre
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That happens a lot.

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Nothing too special about the ride. Did have a fairly typical problem with a motorist. The arterial I ride switches from 5 lanes to 7 very narrow lanes as I approach my office. I typically move just a little left to make it even more obvious that a car can't share the lane with me. Every now and then one of those people who are mentally unable to change lanes will end up behind me - and then still be behind me as I need to move left across lanes to make the turn into my office. It's just a hassle.

The annoying part is that many of these people pull up behind me at the previous light. If you're in a car on a six lane road, why would you pull up behind a bicycle (instead of changing lanes) that you won't be able to get by? I guess I've already said it... they're mentally incapable of changing lanes.
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Old 07-07-08, 07:47 AM
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felt nice to bike in with new shorts, i have been biking in knickers for the most part but it was really refreshing to let the legs feel the breeze more, it took my a bit to cool down after my shower but i am now finally feeling cool

did a long ride on the 4th with my lady which was really great, our destination was the beach and then we decided to bike a bit more to find some lunch...good times, decided to do this all on my singlespeed
 
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I almost rode over something bright blue and fluffy. Just after my front wheel narrowly missed it, I realized it was a bird. I turned around and stopped and it was a parakeet, obviously in shock at having gained its freedom. After a few attempts to have it climb onto a stick, I finally just picked it up with my hands and placed it on a branch. I called animal control when I got to the office and they said they would send someone out to get it -- I hope they got it. The little guy/gal tried to climb up my arm. I wish I had just stuck it in my pannier and brought it to the office but that didn't occur to me until I got to the office.
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Old 07-07-08, 08:02 AM
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Loverly. Mid 70s, breezy and low traffic. Chased by the same dog who always chases me. He's such a badass.
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High 70's with UV index 9. Hot! But nice. I did it in 30min opposed to the 25 I can hit if I push. It is relaxing and refreshing to not push.
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Old 07-07-08, 08:37 AM
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Detoured to return some library materials for the wifey and got lost Oh well the point was to add some k's anyway. Ended up going 40kim this morning and it was perfect weather for it! Really nice ride.
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Old 07-07-08, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by JeffS
Nothing too special about the ride. Did have a fairly typical problem with a motorist. The arterial I ride switches from 5 lanes to 7 very narrow lanes as I approach my office. I typically move just a little left to make it even more obvious that a car can't share the lane with me. Every now and then one of those people who are mentally unable to change lanes will end up behind me - and then still be behind me as I need to move left across lanes to make the turn into my office. It's just a hassle.

The annoying part is that many of these people pull up behind me at the previous light. If you're in a car on a six lane road, why would you pull up behind a bicycle (instead of changing lanes) that you won't be able to get by? I guess I've already said it... they're mentally incapable of changing lanes.
I had an encounter with a relative of one of these folks today. The arterial that feeds my neighborhood ends in a "T" intersection at a major road called South Miami Blvd. I make a left at that light. This morning I was the first vehicle at the light, waiting for a green light so I could turn. A lady pulled up behind me in the left-turn lane and stopped about a car-length back (why? Is my bike suddenly going to do a back-flip and land on your hood? Is my tailpipe spewing noxious fumes? but I digress). As usual for cases like this, I turned around and did the "come hither" with my fingers asking her to move closer and pointed down at the pavement behind me. She moved up...and veered left so the front end of her car was sticking out into the oncoming traffic lane next to us. WTF? Why would she do this? I looked her in the eye, rolled my eyes heavenward, and shook my head in disbelief.
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Old 07-07-08, 10:31 AM
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Second time riding in today and a fellow cyclist (slim dude on a mtb, pedaling hard) told me that I was fast! The Athena in me beamed and thought about how much faster I was going to get. Of course, I wasn't going as fast after I finished the 21 km ride to work. Man, I love my new bike.
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Old 07-07-08, 10:36 AM
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I do that too, especially if I'm my carbon bike because it won't trigger the sensors. And more often than not, the driver just looks at you with wide eyes and a slack jaw.

This morning the air was just terrible. But my legs were suprisingly fresh after racing 3 times over the holiday weekend. I think I've finally gotten off a fitness plateau and all it took was 2 crits and a hilly road race within 24 hours to do it.
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nice ride in this morning - no rain and the roads were pretty dry - that may not be the case a quitn time though - supposed t-storms this afternoon
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Old 07-07-08, 11:21 AM
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Home... the ride was quite good, for the first time I didn't get off the bike in the step hills, although I did a slight detour, and did stop to ask a girl if she was lost (she was fipling with her map, so I thought she was lost. I was wrong though... And I didn't notice what kind of bike she had).

I was extremly tiered as I started carrying the bike up the four flours. (It would be so nice, to be able to actualy have the bike in the intended stands on the backyard, but no... that I don't dare, as I want my bike left)
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Old 07-07-08, 11:23 AM
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Great ride in. 1st time in 14 days after vacation and some weekends. Oh yes, I stopped at one nasty intersection for a light and thought I'd see how many people were violating the week old hands-free cell phone requirement. I was surprised I didn't see anybody! Sampling error, I'm sure.
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Old 07-07-08, 11:28 AM
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hadn't riden all weekend, felt good to get back in the saddle.

it was a nice cool 65 degrees, no traffic, perfect ride.
loved it.
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Old 07-07-08, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by AmberRae
hadn't riden all weekend, felt good to get back in the saddle.

it was a nice cool 65 degrees, no traffic, perfect ride.
loved it.
Weather is always perfect in Tustin. cept you get those dang Santa Anas.
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Rode all weekend. My legs are soooo tired. I'm actually looking forward to working on the deck tonight.
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My ride to work was immediately followed by my ride home from work, due to a death in the family. The rides were a much-needed infusion of peace and nature into my day. In fact, since I'm off for the day, I may go for another ride just to clear my head.
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Originally Posted by girljen
My ride to work was immediately followed by my ride home from work, due to a death in the family. The rides were a much-needed infusion of peace and nature into my day. In fact, since I'm off for the day, I may go for another ride just to clear my head.
Sorry for your loss, girljen. Take it easy.
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Sorry to hear, GirlJen.
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Ride in to work was nice. Mid 70 degrees.

Ride home was hot with a side of hot. Topped off with a little more hot. Thermometer said 98. They said the heat factor(whatever that is) was 104. Plus a head wind. Still beats being in a car..
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Nice ride home too. A little rain, those large ice cold drops but only lasted a few min.
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Morning commute was OK.
evening was rainy, fresh but humid (75F, 94%).

PS: On my way back my left resin platform pedal broke, so i had to use the axle has pedal, lol. I knew this was gonna happen but never expected this soon, hopefully I will be getting new pedals tomorrow.

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90F but felt closer to 100. I'm glad I bought a second water bottle.
Except while at MEC I got suckered into buying a bike computer. I blame you guys.
Now I gotta measure the wheel and mount it up.
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1pm was a 5 mile voyage through hell at 105F, took me quite a while to cool down before work. The return trip at midnight was a pleasant 88 degrees. 10 miles in total, which included my fastest time home yet: you'll be surprised how fast you can ride when you gotta go to the bathroom.

got a question for you sweaty guys/gals with a locker... i tend to add in a few miles before and after work into my commute, what do you guys do with your sweaty clothes/wet towel? is there some magical way to get them to dry?

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Old 07-08-08, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by gaberX

got a question for you sweaty guys/gals with a locker... i tend to add in a few miles before and after work into my commute, what do you guys do with your sweaty clothes/wet towel? is there some magical way to get them to dry?

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Coat hangers on the outside of locker. What gross person steals someone elses sweat-soaked gear?! For a towel? In all seriousness I use one of those synthetic chamois you can buy to dry your car. They work great!
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All in all a fine ride today. A little sticky at 73 degrees with 94 percent humidity.


Hey "gaberX", you can get one of those desk fans to dry out clothing. I have one under my
desk for general airflow purposes, but they work great if you hang clothes in front of them. Other
than that I just use my locker. I don't really mind putting on gear that isn't fully dry some days.
It's going to be sweaty again in a few minutes anyway.
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