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Old 09-19-08, 07:00 AM
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It was clear and 51 out today. I need to get some more cooler clothes I suppose I just bought one of those walmart under armor knock offs and need a couple more in the rotation. I also need to get some more reflective stuff since it is dark when I first start out. I do have lights on my bike that came with the factory, so that is helpful.
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I'm expecting some deliveries that are too big to carry on bike, so I took the car. Still, 4 days out of 5 on bike is not bad for my first week. Hopefully next week I can make it 5/5.
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Old 09-19-08, 07:10 AM
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45 degrees when i left the house so i wore gloves and threw a sweater on and a windbreaker...i saw one guy speeding down the road on a bike and he was wearing shorts and then i thought i was overdressed but i think i wore just enough...the ride felt a bit slow because of the extra weight

need to look into some neoprene booties soon...not too soon though
 
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Originally Posted by jpdesjar
45 degrees when i left the house so i wore gloves and threw a sweater on and a windbreaker...i saw one guy speeding down the road on a bike and he was wearing shorts and then i thought i was overdressed but i think i wore just enough...the ride felt a bit slow because of the extra weight

need to look into some neoprene booties soon...not too soon though
I was wearing shorts this AM. Where did you see this guy?

I rocked a light poly-pro under a capilene T and was pretty comfortable except on the big downhil at the start of my ride. I definitely need some gloves, though. I've always had cold hands and feet, so maybe some booties eventually as well.
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Old 09-19-08, 07:27 AM
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Beautiful morning for a commute. Temp 71, humidity 80%, clear skies. Felt like I could ride forever (or at least another hour ).
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Really nice flow to trafffic today. It was smooth sailing all the way in. Woot!
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It was a great ride in, cool and completely still. I think i freaked out a pedestrian whom i followed for all of 5 seconds on my way to a mailbox. Can't say that i blame her, it was at like 6am and it was pitch black save for the streetlights and she was walking in the "spotlight" of my bike light. I also dished out my first blinky to a biking ninja later on in the route.
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Old 09-19-08, 08:19 AM
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I was pretty tired this morning and having trouble getting my bike folded properly. Caffeine!
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Old 09-19-08, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by jplynch019
Where (on the road) are you riding? If you are in the breakdown lane, where all the debris is, you will get LOTS of flats. I made that mistake my first year of commuting. Took 7 flats the first year. After that I started to move closer to the traffic lane and didn't get as many (maybe 1 or 2). Sure it takes a bit more nerve, but you will stay out of the crap on the side of the road and get fewer flats.
Haven't changed road position although I push it a little more on the new bike.
old: entry level hybrid, Kenda Kourier 700x40 @ 65psi, generic rim tape and Forte SV tubes. 13 months no flats.
new bike: 26x1.9 tires @ 65psi=3 flats and now has 26x1.25 tires @ 85psi. Name brand rim tape and Bontrager or Forte PV tubes.
My commute is on two, 5 lane arterials at night. The traffic is fast (45+mph) but less dense than the day time. There is a gutter lane maybe a foot or more wide. I ride this as traffic flies by but move closer to right tire track when its clear. I also move away from storm drains with the 26x1.25 tires. 4 of the 7 major intersection have some sort of club so there is broken glass all the time. The Forte tires are still on probation before I switch to SM+s. The latest culprit:
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Old 09-19-08, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by jgrendel
I was wearing shorts this AM. Where did you see this guy?

I rocked a light poly-pro under a capilene T and was pretty comfortable except on the big downhil at the start of my ride. I definitely need some gloves, though. I've always had cold hands and feet, so maybe some booties eventually as well.
were riding on brighton ave this morning around 745 or so?
 
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Some lady in a nurse uniform kept honking at me on a street with clearly posted 'bike route' signs every 100 yards or so... I just ignored her and finally she went around (two wide lanes), honking as she passed of course. I wanted to catch her at the light and point out the bike route signs, but it turned green before I could catch up. It must've been tough for her being stuck behind a bike, why, i'll bet it added about 30 seconds to her commute! What was I thinking riding in the road?!
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Old 09-19-08, 12:02 PM
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misty and a bit rushed; took both kids to their respective destinations (2nd grade one way, preschool the other).
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Old 09-19-08, 12:14 PM
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Great weather, cool temps, but massive headwind. Of course in three hours, I'll really enjoy that 14mph pointed straight at my house.
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Old 09-19-08, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by slloth
I thought it looked similar to my peugeot. I think my bike is a '72. I have to do a little more research!
I also have a Peugeot (a 1962) and although the bikes are the same size and same weight (22 pounds and a few ounces) they are very different machines... (the Pug is also a fixed gear).

Even with 125 psi tyres the Gran Sport rides like a dream, handles like it's on rails, and is just a trifle fast.

I rode her in today and she was back to being her glorous old self... I have also been really pleased at how well those 630:20 Avocet tyres roll and ride, even when they are running 120 / 105 psi.

My Pug will beat me up a little more if I run higher pressures as the frame is a little stiffer and tighter.
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Originally Posted by jpdesjar
were riding on brighton ave this morning around 745 or so?
Nope. Must have been some other nut case.
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74 degrees with wind at 10mph pushing me. Was riding at 20-21mph consistent. That was going to work, on the way home; it was 10mph winds slowing me down..I was about to die at the end...

Single speed I suppose does not always help against the wind..
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I actually saw another cyclist today! As I was approaching a side road from the main road I could see the bike headlight and I got all warm and fuzzy. We almost came to the intersection at the same time. We both acknowledged each other with a low wave.

That is the third biker I have seen in the a.m. since I started commuting 4 months ago.

Great commute today both ways. I need to work on my rear wheel it was wobbling pretty bad on the way home.
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didn't have to go in until about 5:30 pm tonight but it was chilly!! Got really chilly on the way home- I actually had to wear gloves.

Picked my wife up at BU and we had the late night ride along the river. I almost ran over a rabbit on the bike path across from the IHOP/Staples on Soldier's Field Rd.- there are so many rabbits there I call it "Watership Down"
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No commute for me today and I'm not going to ride all this weekend. I figured I would give my leg muscles a chance to recover, as they have been feeling sore on my commutes last week.
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Last night's commute home was hell. The lid on one of my bucket panniers came off, twice; the second time I had to ride three miles to find it, strap it down with a couple bungee cords, and ride home. Oh, and someone ran me off the road. Took me two hours to get home.
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Originally Posted by lego
True. Sad but true. Starting with a free bike at least means you have plenty of upgrade room before it starts getting pricey...

Jared, that bike doesn't look like a scam to me, but if you can afford a $900 bike, you need to quit whining and start commuting!
It ended up being a scam....https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/467228-pinarello-fp2-opinions.html


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I starting bike commuting in May and I am on my third bike. All three where free! I also converted all three to Single speeds! I sold them for $100 and $80 on craigslist. I would love to have a nice road bike someday but I am not going to let a little thing like money slow me down! Even though my commute is only 9 miles round trip I probably save over a hundred dollars a month by riding. It is addicting and now I hate driving to work. The Winter is really going to test my bravery and dedication!
Yea I cant wait! I've been looking and looking.
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The commute to work was tiring today, a lot of traffic, there is a huge festival going on this weekend. I work in the afternoon/night so the temp was around 75 when I rode...beautiful day though.

The ride home was nice, about 65 degrees. I currently ride ninja style, which I know is dangerous, but I can't afford good lights and don't want to spend money on crappy lights. But I just ride extra cautious.
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Old 09-21-08, 08:23 AM
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I too had a night ride home from work at about 8:30 pm. SUPER! I went through the park 2/3 of the way home as usual, with no street lighting. My improvised bright headlights are great. They run off a 12 volt jump starter battery. I carry this around all the time and it weighs 8 lbs (which is the smallest jump start battery I could find). It's worth every pound of its extra carry weight due to the safety, confidence and convenience of being able to SEE at night. Plus, since my commute is short (3.5 mi), I need the extra exercise. On days when I get on the road bike sans battery / rack/ etc it seems to be a lot less effort (so I go longer on those days).
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I did my weekend commute on my Schwinn LeTour(27 miles this time) from my home in Oak Cliff to Katy Trail. The whole trip was cool and pleasant. I must be getting in better shape 'cause I hardly broke a sweat. On the way back, I ran into a group of roadies. They were pretty cool and even let me tag along as we rode through downtown on Houston St. and across the Zang bridge. They turned down a side street and I continued on home.
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I drove today because I overslept.
I know I'm going to regret it this afternoon; the leaves are just starting to change.
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