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Old 07-25-08, 08:15 AM
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Absolutely perfect cycling weather. 10C when i left the house no noticable wind whatsoever. I stopped along the way to pick up a red flag (just lying in the road) to attach to my bike on 'wear red to support the troops day'.
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Old 07-25-08, 09:42 AM
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Today was my first day commuting. It went really well... riding home may be different... its uphill!
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Old 07-25-08, 09:49 AM
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66F in July? Yes, it is true. Really nice morning ride; much warmer today, around 90F. Still some debris on the trail after storms, but it looks like the big sticks were removed. Great start to the weekend.
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Old 07-25-08, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
Nothing really to post. Just trying to avoid working.

Nothing amazing this morning. No drivers trying to run me over. No sudden emergency manuevers. I did come out to the garage and my commuter had a flat. Swapped bags and jumped on my tarmac. What a fun ride easily doing 21 mph instead of my usual 19. I think adding gears to my salsa will be the project this winter.
I think it's good to post these kinds of days as a positive control, just to show that most days are normal.

Today was normal for me but slow.
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Excellent point.
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Old 07-25-08, 11:20 AM
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Today's weather is ridiculous. Warm breeze which happens like two times a year. I was absolutely thrilled to get to bike home in this kind of weather.
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Old 07-25-08, 11:25 AM
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Nice and easy. Although I did have to give a honking driver The Look.
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Old 07-25-08, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by rbn14
Today was my first day commuting. It went really well... riding home may be different... its uphill!
Cheers!

I'm caging it today - trying not to overdo it as I get back up to speed. No swelling or any signs of problems today!!
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Old 07-25-08, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by dalmore
Cheers!

I'm caging it today - trying not to overdo it as I get back up to speed. No swelling or any signs of problems today!!
I'm with you there, but for a different reason. I'm just getting back into cycling after a 10+ year hiatus. Resisting the Siren's call to go too far too fast. For now, twice a week (Tues. & Thurs.), then 3x/wk (Mon., Wed., Fri.), then 4x/wk (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.) and finally 5x/wk. Oh, and at some point during my current phase, increase my distance from 21 miles RT to 31.5 miles, RT.

Hang in there.
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Old 07-25-08, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by rbn14
Today was my first day commuting. It went really well... riding home may be different... its uphill!
*clap* *clap*, keep it up!
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Old 07-25-08, 01:25 PM
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great ride in
the only sunny day all week here, the ride home should be divine
 
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Super ride in this morning, almost 60 degrees before 7:00 am. Going a different route home tonight for a change. It's got a killer hill at the end, different than the killer hill in the middle on my regular route.
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Old 07-25-08, 02:47 PM
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i cant wait until i get a bike and i can start commuting.
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Old 07-25-08, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by .Jared
i cant wait until i get a bike and i can start commuting.
Do it! You know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it these days.
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Old 07-25-08, 03:01 PM
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^ I really do. I've been looking for a bike lately, but I never have any extra money for a bike. lol
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Old 07-25-08, 04:11 PM
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beautiful weather, got out an hour early, and was extremely bonked nonetheless. Still made it home in ok time, and get to head out for drinks and eats tonight
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First clear day this week :S

Nice ride down. Some fool of a cat ran out from between cars and almost killed himself as well as me!

On the way back, some lady honked me and passed me on the right lane (St Clair). I caught up behind her at the light, waiting for the left turn. At the next light (Spadina), I stopped next to her. And then got in front of her when it changed to green. I then sat in the middle of the single lane and slowed right on down when making my left turn off that street (Spadina).

I noticed my seat is too low, too tilted and too forward. I put a lot of my weight on my arms. Not that I can't hold myself up with my arms... Need to fix that. Need to strengthen my core?

I'm getting this... cramp when I bike home. It's not the first time. Right side, half way between hip and bottom rib. Sharp pangs when peddling. Sore stomach muscle? Something else? Worth worrying about?
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Old 07-25-08, 05:28 PM
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Woke up to some thunder with a little rain. Stepped outside to see what it felt like and I decided to ride the Fuji in today.

A little water was kicked up from the road but not much rain. A good 5 days of commuting this week.

This week was sort of a recovery week. Next week I will be watching my average speed. Trying to keep it above 14.
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Originally Posted by caloso
All the cool kids are doing it these days.
Aw, man! Now I have to stop...
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Thanks for the encouragment! The ride home was a little harder but fun none-the-less. What a great way to end a week and get work off the brain!

Cheers
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Did the new routes to and from the new office location today. The new route in is about 18 miles and takes me on urban arterials through Barberton & downtown Akron and into downtown Cuyahoga Falls, while the commute home takes me down into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park then up through mostly country roads to home. I spent a lot of time scoping routes in before I found one that didn't totally suck (big climbs, bad neighborhoods, crappy roads). The ride in was much easier than I expected and the ride home was about what I expected (since 3/4 is over my old route)
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A storm cell blew through with high winds and rain. Took off after it finished and dodged a few other cells until one hit me a couple miles from home. Nice 30 mph sidewind with horizontal rain pushing me around in traffic. Crossed one street and it was like a whole other world with no wind or rain. Excellent! Finally an interesting ride that did not involve SUVs trying to run me over.
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This is kinda weird. I was on vacation this week. Did not get to ride much. Dont have to work till Monday. Ok I am actually kinda worried about me. You guys think it would be werid if I rode to work in the morning and just rode back home? I kinda missed the commute all week.
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This is kinda weird. I was on vacation this week. Did not get to ride much. Dont have to work till Monday. Ok I am actually kinda worried about me. You guys think it would be werid if I rode to work in the morning and just rode back home? I kinda missed the commute all week.
Ride somewhere else!!!

My commutes have been uneventful for the most part. I had a staff meeting a week ago so since I didn't need anything but a pen and my name badge I rode my Varsinental frankenstein bike with the ape hangers. The lady rode her Breeze. She hasn't ridden it in almost 2 years so when I pulled it out of the shed the tires were flat and there was a thin film of mildew on the seat. I gave it a quick wash and aired up the tires.

We took went on a trial run to get lunch since her bike had been sitting so long. I start hearing a wierd noise...kind of a rub and a rattle. The tire was starting to come off the rim and rub the chainguard. We went home so she could get her other bike and we went to lunch. I got back and put a different tire on her bike. I'll mess with that one another time. I'm not sure if the bead is messed up or I just didn't have it seated properly.

I must say though, that there is something magical about two shiny blue schwinns going down the road with the sun reflecting off of the chrome!

Today I rode to the pharmacy to refill my perscriptions. since my insurance was supposed to be cancelled july first I was expecting to have pay full price. Since one of my medications is $450, The Dr. is trying to get me samples but I still would have needed a week's worth. Finally the idiot's in the office at my job made a mistake in my error and forgot to file the paperwork so it was covered. I rode home with a smile on my face and a tail wind!!
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Originally Posted by StokerPoker
Ride somewhere else!!!

My commutes have been uneventful for the most part. I had a staff meeting a week ago so since I didn't need anything but a pen and my name badge I rode my Varsinental frankenstein bike with the ape hangers. The lady rode her Breeze. She hasn't ridden it in almost 2 years so when I pulled it out of the shed the tires were flat and there was a thin film of mildew on the seat. I gave it a quick wash and aired up the tires.

We took went on a trial run to get lunch since her bike had been sitting so long. I start hearing a wierd noise...kind of a rub and a rattle. The tire was starting to come off the rim and rub the chainguard. We went home so she could get her other bike and we went to lunch. I got back and put a different tire on her bike. I'll mess with that one another time. I'm not sure if the bead is messed up or I just didn't have it seated properly.

I must say though, that there is something magical about two shiny blue schwinns going down the road with the sun reflecting off of the chrome!

Today I rode to the pharmacy to refill my perscriptions. since my insurance was supposed to be cancelled july first I was expecting to have pay full price. Since one of my medications is $450, The Dr. is trying to get me samples but I still would have needed a week's worth. Finally the idiot's in the office at my job made a mistake in my error and forgot to file the paperwork so it was covered. I rode home with a smile on my face and a tail wind!!
The opposite direction seemed more appropriate this AM. I will go the other way all week next week. 450 a month is crazy.Did you just retire or something?
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