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Old 07-30-08, 07:49 AM
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outstanding, glad to be here. Came about 5 foot from a cop car going about 100 mph. Glad he seen me and I seen him.
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Old 07-30-08, 07:53 AM
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making, wow how did you see each other? Do you have strobes on your bike?
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I have two headlights and one is strobe. Really it was not that scary, there were two cars coming toward me on a four lane (2 each way) city street. Due to bumps and stuff I take the inside of the slow lane. He was just flying up behind the two cars coming toward me, crossed the double yellow and flew by those two cars. I seen him in plenty of time to ditch on the sidewalk, but he seen me and stayed over. Not as bad as it sounds, but it coulda been.
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I got maybe 3 hours of sleep last night. I am tired. The commute didn't suffer at all, which was nice.
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i commuted computerless. No speed, no time no distance... omg that's boring i need my data! I left my computer in my back pocket and ran it through the wash which apparently is bad for them.
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Totaly awsome. First, I met a couple on the trolley who were vacationing from England, and had ridden thier tandem all the way from Vancouver B.C. Then on the way to the store where I buy my lunch on the way in I passed six other bike commuters - the most I have seen yet. Three were comming the opposite direction on the other side, the other three were comming the opposit direction on my side. Wasn't bad for me as those last three were all on the sidewalk %^(.

When I got to the grocery, there were already three bikes chained up outside.
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Last night's commute home got off to a bad start. First, I noticed that one of the bolts holding my toe clips was missing (when did that happen?); then, less then ten minutes into my ride, I roll over some railroad tracks and I hear something fall off and hit the ground. Turns out it was my rear blinkie; the mount broke off due to metal fatigue. Managed to retrieve the light, stuffed it into my pannier, and rode the rest of the way home without further problems. Now I have scrounge up a bolt, washer and nut for my toe clip and "borrow" the reflector clamp from my wife's bike. *sigh*
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Old 07-30-08, 09:19 AM
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Great! The for as hot as it has been getting in the afternoons the mornings are beautiful. I wasnt nearly as worried going through the gnarly roundabout we have buy work either.
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Old 07-30-08, 09:20 AM
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Geez! The Traffic!

Last night at one point I had more the dozen riders in view, this was on a stretch of pathway where I could see maybe a 100 yards.

Then this morning, came round a corner to find a guy weaving across into my lane,
"What are you doing? Oh!" Behind him an attractive young lady was walking up the path, heavily tanned, belly button ring, stiletto heels,.... and a Bikini!

This is on an overcast morning, little chilly, by the river, in the industrial area. After a few blinks and a WTF under my breath, noticed the guys standing by the cars parked the other side of the pathway barrier, and all the professional photo equipment. Aha! There is some new bank work around there, with picturesque rocks that make a nice view, if you don't zoom out and show the surroundings! Don't see that everyday.
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Old 07-30-08, 09:31 AM
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Gorgeous sunny morning, 50sF. Fast ride.
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Originally Posted by Pig_Chaser
i commuted computerless. No speed, no time no distance... omg that's boring i need my data! I left my computer in my back pocket and ran it through the wash which apparently is bad for them.
I only have computers on my road bikes. Neither the Fuji nor the BD have one and it's kinda nice to not know and not care about speed during the commute. I don't need to know distance...that data should be etched in one's brain for anything but a brand new route. Same goes for time...it's gonna be close to the same every day unless something happens like a flat...and knowing how late you are doesn't make you any less late.
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Saw the same guy sleeping on the bench this morning. Took it easy on the way in, didn't see any other commuters.
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Raining here... took the car to the bus today... I miss the bike today.
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Old 07-30-08, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
For the rider who carries a spare tire! WooHoo!
Right now, I'm one of those riders. Stretching it, I'm 5'10" and yesterday weighed in at 213 (that's down from 225+). I have another 40+ pounds to go.

I was a bit tired this morning. I rode 53 miles yesterday (17 on the commute, 36 on a group ride). Went to bed late, couldn't get up at my normal early time ... left at about 7:00. That meant more traffic than normal. 69 degrees and humid, legs took a bit to loosen up.
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Old 07-30-08, 10:40 AM
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last nights commute home was great... met a fellow commuter at a light and chatted/rode with him for about 6 miles... we parted ways and i pushed the pace a bit since my legs felt a lot better. still think i am going to regear the ss to 44:16 since 46:16 is a tough gear with all the hills and crap... sucks pedaling into the headwind all the time as well
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Old 07-30-08, 10:44 AM
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Wow, some of you guys are hard core. An inspiration. After changing my tube this morning I moved stuff in my bag and had to put my banana in a side pocket, needless to say when I got to work I discovered I lost my banana ... is that a straight line or what.

Regarding time, my watch was buried and I was concerned due to the flat so I asked someone waiting at a bus stop, without missing a stride he was able to give me the time, and I was able to say thank you. I was going slowly up a grade.

Hey, has anyone ever put a sign on the back of their bike showing town of origination and destination ...? You know like: "Boston or Bust" or for me: "Maynard / Brighton". Do you think motorists would give us more respect if they had a friggin CLUE what we were doing?
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Anybody ever hear of elliptical gears for the crank? I remember reading that they gave you more leverage and the down stroke without costing more in energy consumption, or something like that. The gear was wider at the point where the pedals were.
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Ugh, I was a lame duck coming in to work today. I did a single speed century and a half on saturday and haven't really given myself time to recover. I still made good time this morning, but my legs just felt shot. Weak and achey. Funny thing is that they've been fine for 30+ miles a day since Sunday, just today they act up. I gotta start getting more than 4 1/2 hours of sleep a night...
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Old 07-30-08, 10:55 AM
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I was tired and slow this morning. A bus almost ran me over. I counted 30 other cyclists on my strange, neighborhood route.
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Old 07-30-08, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
Anybody ever hear of elliptical gears for the crank? I remember reading that they gave you more leverage and the down stroke without costing more in energy consumption, or something like that. The gear was wider at the point where the pedals were.
shimano used to make some called biospace but they never really caught on.. another company has been making something similar..

https://www.rotorusa.com/s1-q-rings.shtml
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
Anybody ever hear of elliptical gears for the crank? I remember reading that they gave you more leverage and the down stroke without costing more in energy consumption, or something like that. The gear was wider at the point where the pedals were.
Ya, I read on the sheldon brown site that they are bad for your knees. There is also biopace (shimano) which is similair in idea but seems to have more testing to back it up and actually is "opposite" of elliptical chainwheels. My roommate's '91 rockhopper has biopace.

Edit: tkblazer beat me too it!!!!

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Old 07-30-08, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
Anybody ever hear of elliptical gears for the crank? I remember reading that they gave you more leverage and the down stroke without costing more in energy consumption, or something like that. The gear was wider at the point where the pedals were.
I have q-rings from rotorcrank on my recumbent and they are great. I don't know if they give you more leverage but they reduce the dead spot in the pedal stroke to allow you to spin smoothly. On a recumbent you spin up hills since you can't stand and mash.

There are a number of recumbent riders that I know of online that use q-rings or the actual rotor cranks and love them and other that say they make no difference. For me it meant no tearing feeling on top of my kneecap early in the morning which is a big +++ for me.
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Nodded hello to a couple of CHiPs on bikes this morning. They were keeping an eye on an early-morning protest rally. I made sure to come to a complete stop at the light....
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Nodded hello to a couple of CHiPs on bikes this morning. They were keeping an eye on an early-morning protest rally. I made sure to come to a complete stop at the light....
I know stop means stop but I've been wondering/rationalizing lately whether if I brake and stop pedaling and coast I spend more time behind the stop line than a lot of cars do, even if I never stop moving.

It's just not fair.
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Old 07-30-08, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg

It's just not fair.

Originally Posted by my mom
life isn't fair.
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