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Old 08-19-08, 08:20 AM
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Fast, nice tail wind...
Hot already this morning, 16C for the ride in (i iknow that's not exactly hot, but for the morning at this time of year/latitude, it's hot).
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Old 08-19-08, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Traffic was stupid this morning. I could've gone faster on the sidewalk if I wasn't blocked in by so many cars.
O please dont say you rode on the sidewalk,
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Old 08-19-08, 09:20 AM
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Last night first time in over a week trailering the toddler up the hill. Stopped halfway up to yak w/ a friend ran into coming down, and got that better-than-2nd wind for the rest of the way home.

This morning, quick ride in trying to beat the rain.
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On the way home last night I was pretty bagged, which made me dread the mtn bike ride I had planned for later in the evening. Then I saw him - a roadie about my size, carrying a load similar to mine, riding out of the saddle up the hill, and about 1 block ahead of me.

Must...

catch...

up...

I just couldn't help myself. I caught and passed him before the top of the hill, then stayed away until he turned off behind me. Sigh.

The ride in today was really warm. Perhaps too warm. I hope it rains on the ride home.
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Old 08-19-08, 09:58 AM
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Well, today was my day back at the commute after my Vasectomy....and it was great! I could tell I hadn't ridden those hills for a while, though. I did get me a new steed also, which is about 5# heavier than my old bike. But, the smooth ride more than makes up for the weight, I'm really liking steel and fatter tires!
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Old 08-19-08, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
On the way home last night I was pretty bagged, which made me dread the mtn bike ride I had planned for later in the evening. Then I saw him - a roadie about my size, carrying a load similar to mine, riding out of the saddle up the hill, and about 1 block ahead of me.

Must...

catch...

up...

I just couldn't help myself. I caught and passed him before the top of the hill, then stayed away until he turned off behind me. Sigh.

The ride in today was really warm. Perhaps too warm. I hope it rains on the ride home.
That must've been what happened on my ride in today, I tried a new route and was riding in front of a guy for a few blocks, at a stoplight I took off and was about a block ahead and he came zooming up and passed me...then stayed about a block ahead the rest of the ride.
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Old 08-19-08, 11:13 AM
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Unseasonably cool. I'd call it a "marine layer" except that we're 100 miles from the beach. Rode the Gazelle today as the Trek is in the shop. I'm half-hoping they'll pronounce it dead....
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Old 08-19-08, 11:16 AM
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Much cooler... we hit 36 C (95F) yesterday and things have cooled down by 16 degrees.
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Old 08-19-08, 11:38 AM
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Cool in Reno too, about 65F this mornign at 9am, perfect 9 mile ride though, no bad cars, good hill climb and I dropped someone instead of getting dropped for once.
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Old 08-19-08, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by threeflys
Well, today was my day back at the commute after my Vasectomy....and it was great!
How many days did you give yourself? I gave myself two full work weeks off, then I was back on the bike for the third week. No problems at all. (Back in March of this year)
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Old 08-19-08, 03:42 PM
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I feel like I'm spamming the thread! These posts are about 3 hours apart, I promise.

I caught a guy on a really cool bike when I was riding home. Basically, there were two foot levers that he pushed down alternately. Each engaged one chain. So, one chain on each side of the frame. I think it had bungee cords to pull the pedal up so he could push back down. So it was somewhat like pedal action on a normal bicycle.

I pulled up along side and told him I liked his rig. He said he planned it out and had some folks fabricate various parts, but that others have made similar designs. Pretty cool.

Screaming headwind home, but I managed to slog through it pretty quickly anyway. Building up those guads!
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Today was a good day to ride! On the way to work I enjoyed a warm ride (81F) but it was a bit windy (this summer has been very windy). But the gem was on the way home. I enjoy a variety of wild life in the areas where I ride. I've been graced by many unusual animals like Bald Eagles, Egrets, Guinea fowl (domesticated), and Fox (both small like a cat and large like a medium dog). I sure I've forgotten something. Today I came across a group of seven wild turkeys! My wife thinks that they are a young brood and that makes sense as they are about two feet tall, thin and they didn't scatter when they finally saw me. It's pretty easy to sneak up on wild animals when riding a bike. I remember riding past a Red Hawk eating a snake (way cool) and about 50 Turkey Vultures feasting on a deer carcase (Ooh, ooh that smell. The smell of death surrounds you.). That was a little spooky.
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Old 08-19-08, 08:15 PM
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2nd 1/2 of yesterdays wind push 'farfignuggan', but not so bad. thanks for asking!
head/side winds from the nw, traffic COOL, temp 82 deg F, humidity below 50 %!
a winner commute!
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hello all...once again I have abandoned you and been unfaithful. please accept my apologies

nothing too exciting to report on my recent commutes. Yesterday on the way home some guy almost ran into me head on with his piece of crap car...i yelled and kept riding.

someone passed me on the right side when I was in the right lane - that was fun. Caught up to her two lights later and motioned for her to roll down her window...she didn't - I wouldn't have either if I were a women and some crazy geek-looking freak on his bike that I just blew by and cut-off caught up to me and asked me to roll down the window. I dropped the hammer at the light and got my revenge that way.

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Old 08-19-08, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by vtjim
I feel like I'm spamming the thread! These posts are about 3 hours apart, I promise.
I feel the same way on Sundays. My posts are usually 12 hours apart, with one post or none at all in between.

The ride home tonight was slow, both because my brain was processing some very bad news (a friend of mine got in a wreck) and because my body was processing a strong drink. But it felt good, I let my emotions run the gamut while I slowly pedaled home.

Now I'm still stressed out and slightly buzzed, but I got to go for a bike ride, and that improved my night somewhat.
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Old 08-19-08, 11:01 PM
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Commute today was awesome! About 1/2 way on my way in, spotted a momma river otter and her 3 pups. The pups were having a ball playing with each other while mom was searching for food. Naturally, I forgot to pack my camera of all days! DOH!

Ride home, for once, had the wind to my back and WOW what a difference in my speed it made. Sure beats that head wind!

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Old 08-19-08, 11:02 PM
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today it was slow. i was tired. on my way home, i had a headache. and was nearly right-hooked by a bus. (even though i was riding very legally in my city-designated bike lane.)

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I was stopped at a light in the bike lane today on the way home. A guy on the sidewalk asks if he can ask me a stupid question. I said well sure you can ask but ... he then steps in front of me and asks if he can have a few dollars for gas ... blah blah story he doesn't have his wallet blah blah. I had to move out into the car lane to get around him when the light changed. Seriously, he's asking a cyclist for gas money?
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Originally Posted by mek
...Seriously, he's asking a cyclist for gas money?
Yeah right. Clearly his buzz was wearing off.

My commutes lately have been consistently good and uneventful. Cooler weather this AM with a bit more northwesterly breeze than has been the norm. Didn't really break a sweat this morning, but was nicely warmed up. Once my steed was tied up at the trough I walked up to the top of the "hill" behind our building. The campus adjoins a major power line right-of-way so it's about a 100 meter wide cleared area that catches whatever breeze is blowing. No place to be in the dead of winter, of course, but on a cool summer's morning it is a delightful cool-down spot, and almost certainly has been incorporated into my early morning routine...
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Old 08-20-08, 05:53 AM
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Cool commute this morning. Low 50s. Mild tail wind. Lots of crows out making noise. I saw a few cyclists this morning, including a couple of cute young women heading the other way. I reeled in a male/female couple and the woman had curly red hair hanging below her helmet.


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Oh what a beautiful day. Nice ride. Nuthin broke.
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Was pretty cool this morning. Made me appreciate the coffee at the end, though it is particularly Dark coffee. Might go as far as to say burned.

What is the fascination with Dark roasted coffee? it seems almost every coffee place favors it.

Give me City roasts or give me death! or at least a cinnamon roll.

EDIT: I also got another flat. I hate this cities roads. F'ing people throwing glass bottles everywhere. Even with Conti Gatorskins I still get flats.

Also, I think the "glueless" patches are useless. Every time I have used one, it goes flat again within 48 hours. I've tried sanding more, sanding less, different rubbing patterns, Fail everytime. I think I might grab a better patch kit next time I go into the LBS.

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Worst headwinds I've had for a while. Total slog.
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Old 08-20-08, 07:08 AM
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The students are coming back to campus in droves! It was like a slalom course this morning!
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First hung-over commuting experience, and hopefully the last.
Ouch. My head still hurts.

Other than that, though, it was a nice ride. Good weather, pretty sky, no traffic problems, and I went fast.
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