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Old 07-22-08, 07:21 AM
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Beautiful day, got into a higher gear this time around (top out at an estimated 20 MPH, my fastest yet, for about 30-45 seconds). All this after debating whether I should ride or not; glad I didn't listen to that inner voice.
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Old 07-22-08, 07:27 AM
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Today's commute was GREAT. I got my new Cross Check!
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Old 07-22-08, 07:50 AM
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I almost got my self t-boned by another cyclist today. It was weird I was riding down a road and pulled up to a stop sign looked both ways then looked left and saw someone on an upright with bright yellow saddlebags and just kinda got stunned like I was looking at some mirage. Tried to move but failed to clip in and almost stalled out but I finally got myself together and across the road without slowing them up too much I hope.

So um sorry about that to the first commuter I ever saw in the dark going north/west on royal this morning in los colinas.

Otherwise it was just slow. Seems I am slow in the am and fast in the pm lately. You'd think I'd be slower in the pm when it is 100+ not counting asphault/cement warmth.
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Old 07-22-08, 08:16 AM
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Nice and cool this morning; a nice change of pace from the heat/humidity/thunderstorms lately.
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Old 07-22-08, 08:17 AM
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Commute was ok. I felt alot faster than usual and was riding in a faster gear than I normally use. Up until some bonehead took issue with me riding anywhere but the gutter, as he rode past me on his motorcycle he shouted that I had to be "1 meter from the sidewalk!". It gets tiresome with all the people who heard a traffic law from a friend of a friend of a friend that now thinks it's actually in the highway traffic act.
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Old 07-22-08, 08:21 AM
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Adjusted the saddle down about a half inch and shaved two minutes off my morning commute. Felt above average. It could be favorable alignment of the stars, today's cool air, or the cinnamon roll I nabbed at home before heading out.

It's been humid like a wet blanket for a week. Hoping to avoid daily evening showers on the return ride.
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Old 07-22-08, 08:49 AM
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I felt quite strong on the way in. I think I'm getting faster. I may have to switch my gear to 53x17...
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Old 07-22-08, 08:54 AM
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Surprisingly cool this morning for Texas in July. For a few minutes, wished I had worn sleeves. But fun as usual
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Old 07-22-08, 08:54 AM
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With my slicks and steel frame, I don't take out my (dad's) road bike when they are predicting rain. Which makes this a lousy week
I think we got this hybrid sitting in the back of the garage not being used. Maybe I'll get it down, tune it up and use it to ride to work in rainy weather.
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Old 07-22-08, 09:03 AM
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nice ride
got the new gr-9 pedals yesterday and they are so comfy
can't wait to ride home
 
Old 07-22-08, 09:06 AM
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Awesome! The ride to work in the morning is generally cool with relatively low level of traffic. I picked up some new neon green riding jersey's and a new commuter bag (novara) and I can tell that I've been noticed more by motorists. Going home is another story, people are absolutely crazy and inconsiderate in the evening! I've added some info to my website that discusses some of the things to do to make commuting a bit less dangerous. https://mrbikefantastic.blogspot.com/

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Old 07-22-08, 09:17 AM
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Raining on the way in, second day of commuting after a two week hiatus due to illness that ended up going into my lungs. It was enjoyable and brought me peace.
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Old 07-22-08, 09:26 AM
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Good ride this morning. Stopped on the bridge over I-40 to watch the traffic jam for a couple of minutes. Had a nice laugh about it and moved on. Only saw 1 other bike today.
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Old 07-22-08, 09:29 AM
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Saw a young buck nibbling on someones flowers on the way in. We just looked at each other as I passed within 5 feet of him.

He didn't care that I was coming by and I didn't care that he was eating someones flowers.

You don't get that interaction when you ride in the car.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:20 AM
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Dangnabbit - back in the cage today - all swollen up after just two commutes. f-ing hamstring injuries ...
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Old 07-22-08, 10:27 AM
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Great fast ride. New chain, cassette, and scrupulously cleaned crankset, so just flew.
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Last night's ride was nice. Managed to sneak between a couple small weather systems, and stayed dry all the way.

This morning, I was tired, so I tried to keep it slow, which just about worked, as I was a couple (2) minutes slower, but found myself still going fast in some areas. I seem to have this problem a lot where I cannot intentionally ride slower
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Old 07-22-08, 10:28 AM
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Well I tested my knee out after giving it a week and half off yesterday but it hurts today. I'm not liking the direction this is going so I scheduled an appointment with an Orthopedic today. Bad news is, the appointment isn't until August 5th when my health benefits finally kick in. I'm staying off the bike until then for fear I could be making the injury worst. This sucks pretty bad but who knows, maybe another two weeks of rest might help it.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:34 AM
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Another cool day. Actually wore a longsleeved jersey this morning. And brought a set of my team kit in my backpack in case I get a chance to go on the local Tuesday night hammerfest this evening.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:39 AM
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In 3 years of commuting I've never run into my friend Todd (a fellow commuter) on the way to work in the morning. Today it finally happened, though I had to bust my hump trying to catch him. Then he (unintentionally) humiliated me by mentioning that today was a "recovery ride". :-|

About 1/4 mile from our building we saw a fellow commuter pulled over on the grass. We stopped and asked him if he needed help. He didn't--he was changing a flat and had just pulled his kit out of his bag. Still, it felt good even to offer.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:45 AM
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first commute in about two weeks, went fairly well although the legs were feeling the 80 mile ride on sunday.. thinking about changing the gearing on the SS but i might try a tire change first and see how that effects the ride. ride time was just at two hours since there are some climbs. i think i'm going to take the long way home and head down to the coast
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Yesterday's ride home was sweet - great tailwind so I hauled *****. The ride in this morning was warm. I was doing intervals today and a sprint at the end. That heated me up pretty good. With the weather in the 90's in the afternoons, I'm not seeing as many commuters.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:53 AM
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Average speed

I generally average 10MPH on my commutes. The fastest that I have ever gotten my MTB to go is 18 but that's with the wind to my back and going downhill! So my commute to/from work is 9 miles and I make it in an hour, sometimes 45 minutes when I feel like pushing it.
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Old 07-22-08, 01:21 PM
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A bit damp this AM. We had some serious storms rolling through around 3-4 this morning, but it was down to light rain by the time I left at 5:50. By the time I was 1/3 of the way to the office, it was completely stopped.

Rode a bit slower (wet manhole covers and steel plates set into the pavement make me cautious), but otherwise no big deal.

Now the total lack of hot water in the shower, on the other hand...
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Old 07-22-08, 01:44 PM
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Wet. Wasn't supposed to be so I didn't grab any rain gear. Just rode off in my dress pants and button down shirt. Guess I'm screwed for the ride home. Wet and cold. lol!
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