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Old 07-18-08, 05:03 AM
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Limped home (to the LBS actually) with a broken front spoke last night- They fixed me up on the spot which was kind of them. This AM I had a very nice ride-Beautiful full moon setting, pretty sunrise, coolish temps w/ lowish humidity, light traffic....Very Nice!!! Am doing a 60 mile charity ride tomorrow, so will take it easy on the way home to avoid depleting my glycogen stores.
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Old 07-18-08, 06:25 AM
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Today was a bit muggy but an otherwise great morning. Looks like it's going to be very hot and humid for the ride home.

Traffic was lighter than usual this morning.
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Old 07-18-08, 06:49 AM
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Big Ron: Glad to hear you got the spoke fixed. I hope your route isn't too bumpy. On mine, I have a section where there is construction going on and there's a ton o' potholes and gravel. Just glad I'm riding a hybrid.

Having said that, I took this morning off. Last night's commute home involved going into a headwind, which forced me to drop down a few gears, but still made the trip in under an hour. My legs are basically cooked right now, even after a hot shower and stretching. I may ask my wife to massage my legs tonight after we go see "The Dark Knight".
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Originally Posted by harleyfrog
Big Ron: Glad to hear you got the spoke fixed. I hope your route isn't too bumpy. On mine, I have a section where there is construction going on and there's a ton o' potholes and gravel. Just glad I'm riding a hybrid.

Having said that, I took this morning off. Last night's commute home involved going into a headwind, which forced me to drop down a few gears, but still made the trip in under an hour. My legs are basically cooked right now, even after a hot shower and stretching. I may ask my wife to massage my legs tonight after we go see "The Dark Knight".
You know, If your legs are sore, riding will actually help them feel a little better. Works some of the excess acids out of the muscle.
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Old 07-18-08, 07:19 AM
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no bike for me today - heat advisory for the NE - real feel of 102 around noon (I get off early on Fridays) and the air quality is atypically poor.

ok, so I'm a wimp
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Old 07-18-08, 07:26 AM
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Well, I guess I am truly a bike commuter now, because after 495 miles of commuting since June 1, I got my first flat this morning! Luckily, it was on mile 9.5 of a 10 mile commute, so I just walked it to my office where I can repair it in comfort this morning. Looks like it might be a tiny pinch flat right next to the valve. Oh well-Not much energy today, the calorie deficit I am running is taking its toll, but I think it is working well.
The tough part will be getting through the bike store at lunch without buying a new bike to go with my new tubes.

Gonna be hot this afternoon, though-might have to jump in the neighbor's pool!
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Old 07-18-08, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cg1985
You know, If your legs are sore, riding will actually help them feel a little better. Works some of the excess acids out of the muscle.
Thanks for the advice. My wife actually suggested that I ride (even leisurely) this Saturday, just so I can get some saddle time in and work my legs. I might just take that advice. (BTW, my wife told me that she was very proud of me for riding to work. )
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Old 07-18-08, 07:43 AM
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Good commute in, I left a little earlier than normal for me (6:30) and it was nice and cool. Every day I pass 20 or so rabbits and a prairie dog camp...I'm afraid one day they're going to take me out if I don't watch my speed.

Just about put 300 miles on my 7.5 since buying it on 6/05, which is amazing since I couldn't even ride 2 miles the first day I got it and now I'm commuting to/from work 15-20 miles 2-3 times a week plus shorter rides most other days. Only problem now is I want a road bike! Guess I could always put drops and STI shifters on the 7.5...but by that point I could spend $400 or so more and get an Allez.
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Old 07-18-08, 08:36 AM
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Train was on time, not too hot yet this morning... I've got friends going to Six Flags today but I had 3 meetings scheduled for this morning so I didn't go. 2 of them have canceled and the one that is left will take about 15 minutes.

*sigh*

I should have gone with them...
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Old 07-18-08, 08:38 AM
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I skipped the last two days and took transit, so I rode today, even though there was smog advisory, 77F and 75% humidity... Averaged 22.2kmph with traffic...
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Old 07-18-08, 08:55 AM
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Sweaty, but the big news I hit 3000 mile mark for 2008.
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Old 07-18-08, 08:59 AM
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Nice ride this morning after a major thunderstorm in the early morning. Paths were wet and puddly with not too many commuters. Had to slow down for a bunch of Canada Goose goslings who hogged the path. There's a thunderstorm warning for this afternoon and I'm still not rain-ready so I may have to take a bus to my car.
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Old 07-18-08, 09:35 AM
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On my afternoon commute i took a 20km detour. It took me up RR231 N. of TWP231. I saw two other cyclists on this road. One was going my way, he was riding a mtb though so i caught up and passed him. The other was a roadie chick headed the opposite way. I waved, she didn't, but i think she secretly wanted to (pure speculation of course). I'm guessing this stretch of road sees a few cyclists on it.
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Old 07-18-08, 09:41 AM
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Nice ride in. Cool, fast.
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Old 07-18-08, 09:49 AM
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Ride in this morning was OK - 68 degrees again, but damp. The ride home is going to be hot - it's predicted to be up in the mid 90's with a heat index in the really high 90's.
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Old 07-18-08, 11:17 AM
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Very mellow. I had a platelet donation before work this morning so now I'm all full of juice and free cookies.
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The whole week has been a heat wave and the commutes have all been slogs. Even in the morning. Still better than riding the el.
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Old 07-18-08, 12:57 PM
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Good commute in morning the with the full moon still in the sky and a little muggy. Left work early today a little warm out but not bad as long as I was moving. (Performance fabrics rock!!)
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I had a craptacular ride today - I had a blowout in the rear tire on a MUP about 3 miles from anywhere. Sounded like a rifle shot. Had to walk the bike into town to buy a new tire. And then to top it off, all of that walking looks like it ruined the cleats on my shoes (I could still clip in, but they are really worn down and need replacement).

The tear in the tire was over an inch long - maybe 2 inches. I recalled the dollar bill trick, but given the size of the rip it seemed like a futile effort to try it. Maybe I should have tried anyways..
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Originally Posted by noteon
Keith. I'm the guy on the Swift, wearing a weird combination of bike gear and work shoes. Once the new hitch gets here, I'll be the guy on the Swift towing a trailer.

I'll be hitting the greenway at Battery Park around 5:15 today, heading uptown. Maybe see you along the way. (And today I get to try out the new Crossrack, which supposedly handles grocery bags well, by calling ahead for take-out at Dinosaur.)
that's great about the trailer; with that and the Swift I should have no problem spotting you

I plan to commute at least twice a week. I'll prob hit your area of the greenway (at the 170's) by 8:15am or so. I leave work by 34th and 7th at 6:30pm so if you leave work after 6 we may run into each other...
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I almost hit a jaywalker this morning. Turns out it was Ray Davies (of The Kinks). He darted out of the parking garage driveway of a hotel as I was rolling up pretty fast. Poor guy was rather startled. I'm glad I have good brakes.



Those rock n' rollers - what a bunch of scofflaws!
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Originally Posted by donnamb
I almost hit a jaywalker this morning. Turns out it was Ray Davies (of The Kinks). He darted out of the parking garage driveway of a hotel as I was rolling up pretty fast. Poor guy was rather startled. I'm glad I have good brakes.



Those rock n' rollers - what a bunch of scofflaws!
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It was a beautiful DRIVE up the PCH. They cancelled the train so I had to take the car
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Old 07-18-08, 07:02 PM
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Hot! I rode in to work probably during the hottest part of the day but I'll be riding home after midnight so it should be much cooler. I've been riding everywhere and hardly use the car anymore. Rode to UPS drop box to return some winter clothing I bought for my anticipated winter commutes and also rode to the gym. I don't think I stopped sweating all day until I got to work at 4PM. I feel born again.
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Originally Posted by donnamb
I almost hit a jaywalker this morning. Turns out it was Ray Davies (of The Kinks). He darted out of the parking garage driveway of a hotel as I was rolling up pretty fast. Poor guy was rather startled. I'm glad I have good brakes.



Those rock n' rollers - what a bunch of scofflaws!

Brush with greatness! I'm going to see him play tomorrow night in Seattle, glad you didn't break his hand(s).

Crazy ride home tonight, usually my wife trailers our 3.5 yr old to the daycare, leaves the trailer, and I go straight from work to pick her up (and bring her back *up* the hill to our house), but today my wife drove her to the daycare and then had an after-work engagement so I had to go home, get the trailer, and then go to the daycare. A lot more rush-hour exposure to people bustin' loose for the weekend on that little detour.

Also, ran across a friend where she was leaving work. This happens ~monthly, but this time we both had so much momentum in our respective (opposite) directions that we totally didn't stop to talk. Each stopped at the end of our respective blocks to stop and think for a bit but then went on the ways we were going.

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