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Old 09-08-08, 07:21 AM
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decided to wear a long sleeve shirt under my t-shirt and i am glad i did...was a pleasant ride and i took the route with the big climb...felt great when i arrived at work
 
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Originally Posted by jpdesjar
decided to wear a long sleeve shirt under my t-shirt and i am glad i did...was a pleasant ride and i took the route with the big climb...felt great when i arrived at work
I'm a fellow Portlander (yes, the one in Maine), and I went with regular shorts and short sleeves at about 7:15 this morning. Really nice riding weather, although it was a bit cool coming down off of Munjoy hill. I did manage to get away without showering for the first time in a while.
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hey there portland commuter...where do you ride to?
 
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Mid-70's with really high humidity after all of the rain that the hurricane dumped. Tree dooties all over the road. Some headwind but just a beautiful day. Am I OCD because I live to ride into work?
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1st time back in about a week and a half, family was in town, nagging knee injury. Was cool and brisk out, burned a couple other commuters, got burned by a few others. Fun.
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Cool, 1 or 2*C when i left (late) this morning. In order to avoid the rush on the main route that i usually take i tried another route. Man, there was no traffic, too bad there was a signicant gravel portion. I think i'm coming down with something too.
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Old 09-08-08, 09:33 AM
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'Twas a brisk and sunny morn. This is my wife's favourite time of the year, when things cool down but aren't really cold. She gets to put on all her favourite outfits [all with matching jackets]. I'm still wearing shorts and a t-shirt most of the time...
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Cool? They're forecasting 91 F here!

Got new Pearl Izumi gloves over the weekend; I'd lost one of my Novara gloves last week. I like these better; the Velcro hooks are in the right place, where the Novaras' hooks kept catching on the fabric of the gloves themselves.

Had a flat Thursday, a hole that developed around one of my tube valves. Replaced that with a pre-patched tube I happened to be carrying around.

JeffS, how was the ride home Friday? Conditions here weren't so bad during normal commuting hours.

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Old 09-08-08, 11:07 AM
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I'm fidgeting, had to drive today because I'm day call and was running late and would have never made it in in time and tomorrow I donate plasma, and that leaves me too spacey to ride, so it looks like Wed, Thur, Fri this week, oh how will I last!!
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first ride to work in 4 months. New job, new much longer commute. It went quite well! I'm way up north, my new workplace is in Southland (Calgary). Took 4th Ave to downtown, jumped on 5th and then took Elbow all the way south. No traffic for the most part. Just over an hour ride time. Glad to be back on the bike to work.
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Old 09-08-08, 11:18 AM
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A bit overcast here in the Long Beach, CA area. Temps in the upper 60's so I just wore a jersey and shorts and wasn't chilly at all. Got to work and as always greatly enjoyed my morning oatmeal and coffee. Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of the clouds of gnats I have to ride through. I'll become a millionaire when I develop a product to solve this problem.
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Old 09-08-08, 11:53 AM
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Nice and sunny. 40sF. Supposed to touch 80 later.
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Old 09-08-08, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by jpdesjar
hey there portland commuter...where do you ride to?
East end to outer Congress. I go around the Back Cove, take Woodford St to Stevens, Frost, and then Congress out past the highway.

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Old 09-08-08, 12:06 PM
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sounds like a fun one, i ride from outer stevens (where it meets congress) to west falmouth...out by the turnpike exit, its 5.5 miles or so

we just may cross paths
 
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Originally Posted by jpdesjar
sounds like a fun one, i ride from outer stevens (where it meets congress) to west falmouth...out by the turnpike exit, its 5.5 miles or so

we just may cross paths
I'll keep my eye out for ya!
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Great weather today. The ride in was a breeze as always. Mid-low 70s. No wind. Quiet.

Coming home I was heading right into a big rainstorm......but then it just shifted and moved to the west of me and I got hit with some gnarly headwinds/sidewinds. 97*s, overcast. A little breezy towards then end, but overall a good ride.
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Really good commute both ways. I extended my commute to about twenty miles in the morning (getting my stamina back up for some centuries I'll be doing).

It rained a bit in the afternoon and cooled things off, but stopped raining before my commute back home.
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Old 09-08-08, 04:35 PM
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Meant to go slow this morning but went a lot harder than I thought I could originally. Significantly cooler this morning than the prior week.
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40s and drizzle this morning. About the same, only without the drizzle for the ride home. Was kind of cool to ride in different weather conditions.
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great weather today. comfortable ride in and a sweet ride home- it was dark, though.
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Awesome weather and a great ride overall.

I did almost get hit by a city bus right at the beginning of the ride home. Dumbass tried to turn left at the intersection as I was traveling through. I pointed at him, and he saw me in time to stop the turn, but it left him hanging pretty akwardly in the intersection. Other than that, it was a great ride with really courteous drivers throughout.
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Ah, it was righteous! About 10*C both ways, not bad for shorts and a long-sleeved shirt. My fingers were pretty cold at first; I need to invest in some full-fingered gloves. I adjusted my cleats' fore-aft adjustment to perfection last night so they were great today.

Was riding stronger today, at some points sustaining a cadence of ~120 or so, with the majority at ~110. Managed to shave off about 5 minutes from my average commute time. I wasn't hungry onthe ride today, so that's always a bonus!
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Not so much fun today. I use a bus to get part way to work and the company told me to start coming in an hour earlier. Given the schedules I can show up 15 minutes late or an hour and 5 minutes early. Show up late and you can be out of a job. Show up early and you sit outside in the cold and dark until a manager shows up. So now I have to carry thick tights, a good jacket and gloves round-trip just so I can sit for an hour and stare at grape vines without freezing.
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Originally Posted by ken cummings
Not so much fun today. I use a bus to get part way to work and the company told me to start coming in an hour earlier. Given the schedules I can show up 15 minutes late or an hour and 5 minutes early. Show up late and you can be out of a job. Show up early and you sit outside in the cold and dark until a manager shows up. So now I have to carry thick tights, a good jacket and gloves round-trip just so I can sit for an hour and stare at grape vines without freezing.
how far is the full distance?? you might be able to make the whole thing by bike with some determination
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I think my favorite weather for commuting is mid-40's to mid-50's and cloudy... just the way it has been the last couple days. I always look out the window and think "aww, crappy weather!" until I'm out in it for about ten seconds and realize it's that perfect kind of chilly, fresh air.

I rode past a group of people, late middle age, who were dressed up like they'd just gone to some Big Event. When I passed them one said hi, then I started hearing...
"oh my!"
"I can't believe he's on a bike!"
"ooooh, it's cold!"

Nice end to my ride.
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