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Old 07-29-08, 07:43 AM
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Leisurely pace this morning (12MPH average); a lot on my mind. Got caught by the train at Texas Ave., but luckily it was rather short. Hot in the 80s with 89% relative humidity at 6:00 am.
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Yesterday was the first day commuting on my new Tarmac with clipless pedals. Yesterday was also the first time I forgot to unclip and tipped over at a big intersection. :\

This morning went better. A bunny tried to kill me but I lived to tell the tale. I'm running low on food at the house so I'll have to pick something up for lunch, ah well. More time on the bike!
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Old 07-29-08, 07:52 AM
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Commute home yesterday was a bear, I collapsed and fell asleep. The roads are filled with motoring idiots! Can we discuss idiot motorists? What motorist was the most stupid on your commute ...? Tell me yours and I'll tell you mine. Let's just 1 at a time though - cause I can go on forever!

My commute in today was in may car. OMG I felt so quilty. What a luxury! I'll be biking tomorrow. Running at lunch today.
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New rule: "ALWAYS road test any changes to the bike."

I swapped my clipless pedals out for new ones on Sunday, and this morning I couldn't clip in my left foot properly. I'm an idiot...

Still, it was a nice ride anyway.

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Old 07-29-08, 08:06 AM
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Pleasant weather if a bit warm. I got my brother to ride the first third or so with me . (He took the subway from there...)
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Old 07-29-08, 08:07 AM
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I installed toe clips for regular pedals and did a check out ride. They stank so I hack-sawed most of them away and now I only use the front that holds just the toe. The straps are gone too. It was like I needed to buy special shoes to fit into the toe clips - to heck with that! I think they are helping - I haven't slipped off a pedal.
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Saw a lot of commuters today, I was running behind, still achy from this weekend's crash.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:08 AM
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A very humid ride in this morning means it will be unbearably humid this afternoon. Also, I sorta tweaked my 'good' knee halfway into my ride so that is very frustrating. Been at work for 2 hours now, and I'm in a cranky mood (nothing like working on help desk). Despite the humidity, I'm so glad I rode in. I will need the decompression time.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:14 AM
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Lovely! Low traffic, cool but not cold, and city council is proposing harsh fines for those who litter. No more lit cigarettes out the window? Dare to dream...
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I had my own little newly paved highway through downtown Akron this morning. They've had the pavement all tore up on Broadway for the last week, but I guess they started putting down the new asphalt last night, because when I came through this morning they had all the traffic diverted to the far left lane, which was still tore up, while the remaining 4 lanes were all nice blacktop, but closed to all traffic...except me.
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2 kid dropoff morning. Tried a couple routes I usually don't through downtown, worked pretty well. Sprinkly, 60s, a nice change (from 40s/50s am, 70s/80s pm).
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A perfect day and I have an injured ACL.

As I drove our van to work, I saw people walking downtown and wished I were part of the club today.
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Old 07-29-08, 10:13 AM
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I learned I get even more respect pulling the trailer. I got a lot of strange and interested looks too.
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Old 07-29-08, 10:34 AM
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Leisurely ride in today. I'm thinking of trying cyclocross this fall so I found some 30mm knobbies that just fit my brake calipers. Also I put wider bars and a higher stem on for a more upright stance. And lowered the gearing.

Anyway, it makes for a very plush ride on the old 660. Looking forward to taking her up to Tahoe City this weekend to see how she climbs and handles the fire roads.
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excellent commute this morning - that is all
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ah man its hard to get out of bed early to do the commute... left my house at 7am and got to work right at 9am.. thinking about changing the front chain ring out to a 44T, since the 46T is kicking me ass on the ss... but i think i will wait until i put some miles on some serfas seca rs tires i just bought off ebay.
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Old 07-29-08, 11:14 AM
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I dislike that big gear. I know I should be on it more often and I make every effort, but that smaller gear just keeps calling me. I miss the shifting of my hybrid. These old 10-speeds stink, because I have to move my hands off the bars to shift. Only 1 person passed me yesterday, so I think I'm doing better.
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Got cut off by some guy in a honda passing me, then turning into a driveway just ahead of me. At least the preek had the courtesey to honk to let me know he was comming
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Old 07-29-08, 01:09 PM
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Success!! First commute (of 3 so far) without a flat!

Ride was good. left earlier than usual (7:45) and rode the 12.75 miles in 57 mins. I almost ran over a HUGE dead rat on the Henry Hudson greenway, though. I wonder how it ended up there...
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What is this strange thing to the right of my recumbent in my parking lot at work!?!?!? All I know is the rider is male based on a helmet left in the mens locker room at the gym. They didn't ride today so I hope they are pacing it or off work and not throwing in the towel because of the 100+ heat.
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Old 07-29-08, 01:24 PM
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Hey Riverdale! WAS-UP! I grew up in Yonkers, but now reside in MA. Just a shout out to NY!!
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Old 07-29-08, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
Hey Riverdale! WAS-UP! I grew up in Yonkers, but now reside in MA. Just a shout out to NY!!
Nice! I hope you remain a faithful NY sports fan. I know it may be hard out in New England...
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Had a brief, yet intense, thunderstorm earlier this afternoon. Looks like it may be a cooler ride home this evening than the ride to work this morning (maybe even a little wet).
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Hey Riverdale, Sorry. I have kids now and they have to be fans of where they grow up. I root for NY when I can. The superbowl was hard though. That was a weird game anyway - it was like both teams suddenly learned how to play football in the last 3 minutes ... ugh Where was the action for most of the game. Weird I tell ya. Been here since '84 when I was 23. I miss the big city and get down there a few times a year for a breath of real life. Boston is quaint but a bit "dink". I live in a tiny town that's a lot like Mayberry RFD.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
I installed toe clips for regular pedals and did a check out ride. They stank so I hack-sawed most of them away and now I only use the front that holds just the toe. The straps are gone too. It was like I needed to buy special shoes to fit into the toe clips - to heck with that! I think they are helping - I haven't slipped off a pedal.
I was just in MEC mulling over whether I should pick up a clip addon...
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