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Old 09-10-08, 08:58 AM
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Nice ride in this morning. Left at 6:15ish and it was dark. Not bad, though as there were fewer cars on the streets I ride before joining the MUP.
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Old 09-10-08, 09:02 AM
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A nice, cool ride in this morning. First ride with the Dinotte tail light and it seems that most people were more cautious when passing me. The batteries didn't last the entire ride though (~40 minutes) but I brought an extra set just in case which I will be using for the ride home. Gotta recharge the dead ones and see if they last longer next time.
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Wind SUCKS
Hills SUCK
Bumps SUCK
I know, I know............WHO GIVES A SUCK
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Hoorah, the footbridge at Summerhill is finished, my route can go back to being shorter again with no walking detours.
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My commute today was GREAT! I wore my North Face fleece, and for some reason it felt so much better to ride with it. Can't wait to ride back home!
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Old 09-10-08, 10:50 AM
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another humid ride in this morning...i leave early today and it looks like it will be a nice ride home in the steady rain...WOOHOO - been a while since I rode in the rain
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Last night, raced from work to 3 yr old's daycare and then raced to get her to the Y for swim class. Left work 1 hr early, had her showered and changed and waiting for class 10 min ahead. Unfortunately random events make scheduling to take advantage of those 10 min difficult so I still might leave work at the same time tomorrow.

This morning, took her to her 8am dentist appt and then to daycare and then out to work. Ran into another parent from the daycare bringing in her son on a trail-a-bike, and then later on ran into a colleague riding the other way on the MUP.
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Fun! Fun Fun Fun. No wind. No rain. Saw the sunrise (need to put 2nd headlight on). Saw Mt. Rainier's image reflecting off the Duwamish River. Went fast. Stopped a left-crosser by pointing and yelling at her "Don't you DARE turn!" and she slammed on her brakes and looked chagrined. HA! Fun!

Edit: I just realized that left-hook person's windows were all fogged up and 1/2 wiped off so she couldn't see me, or my light all that well. So were many other car windows. I was almost mowed down last year as a ped by someone trying to drive with foggy windows. It's that time of year for sure.

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Old 09-10-08, 02:45 PM
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Chilly. Relatively speaking, of course. I wore arm and knee warmers. Meh.
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It was hot, humid, and windy, did I mention the wind is not my friend but overall another great day to be on the bike.
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Great commute due to outstanding weather (cool, clear). Was twilight at 7:00 am but no problem just turned on the headlights that I installed this summer. Coming home I noticed that I went faster than usual, not having to breathe hot polluted air. Also traffic was light. So, no complaints from me today.
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Old 09-10-08, 06:29 PM
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Nice cool ride in this morning. For the second commute home this week, I managed to get into a 4 man pace line from downtown to where I turn off onto the BCT. Sure makes the commute go by faster when in a nicely rotating pace line.
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I was sick this morning, sore throat achy and stuff, so I drove my truck in. By noon I felt great, and today was probably the most beautiful day in Indy we will see for a while. Spent half the afternoon trying to figure out how to get my bike to work. ahhh, I will ride tommorrw.
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Rode to work with a slower buddy today (15 miles)...nice slow relaxing ride.
Raining on the way home...dropped the buddy at his turnoff, stomped on the pedals and rode as hard as I could the rest of the way home. I was thinking about getting fenders for my bike, but today I decided I love the feel of water getting sprayed in my face as I ride down the road at 30 MPH. H$*L of a ride home!
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Old 09-10-08, 08:49 PM
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Unfortunately, my commute cycle (3 days bike, 2 days bus) was interrupted by some bowel issues. I'll be back it tomorrow.
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Rode to work and back for a three-hour class.

I stopped at Target on the way in and added an extra mile (and an extra hill!) to the route. I had a headwind, which irritated me, but it wasn't a bad ride.

The ride home was fun. No wind at all. The sky was gorgeous, the moon was lighting up the clouds. The weather was nice. I took it slow and easy, just so I could stay outside for longer.
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Put the bike in the shed last night at 8:30pm pulled it out at 4:30am this morning. Hate that. Good ride though. Weathers been unbeliveable lately.
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Well, I was wrong about yesterday, today promises to be at least as nice. Might sneak out of work early if my adult supervision aint watching. Wonderful ride in this AM. A bit cool for the first couple of miles. Dont know how it could be any nicer. And since I bought my new wheel the old one has not had a single problem. Might have to build a bike around the new wheel. I am glad my wife dont read this fourm....I dont think.
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Cold Ride this morning

Left the house at 6:25 and it was 38 deg F!

4.5 miles down the road at the plant, it was 43, granted that is on the lake as well.

Still cold. Wore my tights, longsleeve jersey and gloves! thinking I need to start layering and put on the skull cap (ears still hurt)
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The browning corn stalks became visible as dawn broke over the fields. Their autum has arrived, as has mine with my thinning and greying hair. I am comforted by the sound of my tires rolling on the road.
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Ugh. I drove today. First time since March(!), and that was because I got snipped!

Coldest day of the season so far, too. Clear blue sky. Low 40s. Would have made for an excellent ride. I'm leaving work and driving directly to the airport for my biennial flight review. Not enough time to use the bike. Gets dark too early now.
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What a ride! It was nice and cool and I was hitting all the green lights! I shaved almost 15 minutes off my commute by hitting the freaking lights. Now if I can do the same going home that would be really sweet as the ride home is more down hill.
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Old 09-11-08, 06:31 AM
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Nice ride in this morning, temps were in the low 70's, but had low energy (didn't eat enough yesterday). However, I'm more excited about how things worked out on yesterday's ride home. Our son started daycare which prompted a slight change in my commute, one that's very dependant on timing and coordination. My wife drops him off in the morning, then returns to park the car near the metro. She then takes the metro to work and calls to tell me where the car is. I continue the moring part of my commute unchanged, however, ride directly to the car in the afternoons, not home. I put the bike on the rack, change (throw shorts over top of my riding shorts, shirt, shoes) and jump in the car for the 20 minute drive to the sitter. I pick him up, return home, throw my bike in the back yard, and take care of our son until my wife gets home roughly an hour later. Then, I can go cover the bike, top off tire pressure, charge battery, regular maintenance etc. I was excited that it worked so well on our first attempt, without a "dry run" even. The only improvements to make are: 1) leave gatorade, water, or other recovery drink in car, and 2) find a better way of securing front tire while bike is on the rack (I got a bunch of velcro strips from work and cut them into usable lengths). It looks like this will be a sustainable system where I can continue my daily commuting. Anyone else doing something similar? Recommendations for improvement???
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A little chilly, so I took it a little slower so I can haul some ass again on the way home! Not too bad a ride, my left leg's a little tired lately, wtf?
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Ride seemed harder today. Also. It's been a month or so since I got my new shifters on, and I think the cable has stretched enough to warrant an Adjustment.

Time to stop at the bike shop after work.
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