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Old 09-21-08, 06:55 PM
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went out to fix the wobble that I noticed on the way home after work Friday. Another broken spoke. The local bike shop was already closed and the Sports Chalet didn't carry my spokes or have the tool to remove the cluster. They didn't even have the tube I needed for my back up bike. I might be riding the Mtn. Bike tomorrow. I better leave early. Yuck!
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Old 09-21-08, 09:10 PM
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The commute was good and cool. I am really wishing I had lights though....riding a black bike with a black helmet and no lights is starting to scare me a little.
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Old 09-21-08, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by metalchef87
The commute was good and cool. I am really wishing I had lights though....riding a black bike with a black helmet and no lights is starting to scare me a little.
Get lights ASAP! I bought lights when I started commuting. I have a bright LED blinking red light behind me and I still almost get hit. I'm going to get another one.

I think it's also the law in most places but more importantly you want people to know you are there!
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Old 09-22-08, 05:02 AM
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It was cool in SoMD today! But I had a sweatshirt on and it was too much. So my commuting time was higher than normal because I had to pull over, take off my helmet, take off my clear safety glasses, take of the class-II safety vest (with blinking LED's don't you know), take off my Showers Pass jacket, pull the sweatshirt off, pack the sweatshirt, put the jacket back on, put the vest back on, put the helmet on, and put the glasses on. Whew. I got more sweated up just standing alongside the road. I'm a cold weather wimp but need to just suck it up and accept the fact that I will be cold for a few minutes when I start my commute.
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Old 09-22-08, 05:43 AM
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Over dressed this morning. Temps were 48 F. Put on a long sleeved shirt and it was too hot. Yesterday was 38 F and I put on the longs. This time of year in New England, cool mornings, warm afternoons.
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Cool and wet. Wore a long-sleeved shirt and rain-jacket.

I need fenders in a bad sort of way.
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I was right! I regretted missing out on the fall leaves yesterday. But I rode today, and if the meeting after work gets out on time (or if I skip it, a likely alternative), I will get to wander home on the MUP and see the leaves.

This morning's ride was a little warmer than usual, and absolutely gorgeous. There were little translucent bands of clouds painted across the sky, with stars peeking out from behind.
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Old 09-22-08, 06:48 AM
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This was my first time riding to work without a backpack. Instead I carried all my stuff in a trunk bag, and it definitely made for a much more comfortable ride. The weather was hot and humid, which is normal for Florida.
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Originally Posted by metalchef87
The commute was good and cool. I am really wishing I had lights though....riding a black bike with a black helmet and no lights is starting to scare me a little.
I may do that in a bit. I have a blinker, but as winter approaches might be a good idea to load up. I have a helmet blinker. Sometimes I think it makes me look like a knob but i'd rather not leave behind a cool looking corpse.
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Old 09-22-08, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by jplynch019
Over dressed this morning. Temps were 48 F. Put on a long sleeved shirt and it was too hot. Yesterday was 38 F and I put on the longs. This time of year in New England, cool mornings, warm afternoons.
That is pretty much how mine was. I wore one of those stretchy under shirts and I almost didn't need it. It is fairly warm in the afternoon here too.
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Old 09-22-08, 07:29 AM
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fun ride this morning, left a bit later than i wanted to but i was moving slow...took a slightly different route this morning and the climb was steeper than i thought it was going to be but i am glad i did it

it should be sunny for the ride home which i am looking forward to
 
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I'm back in the game. I rode in today (even though I went for a 60-mile ride yesterday), I felt good. I felt fast, but my bike computer disagrees.

It was an enjoyable ride. I'm being a little more aggressive about taking the lane. It's working well. No idiots today. It was cool, and I still need to buy gloves.
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Odd commute. I was riding down the street next to the light rail station at union station in Denver. A motorcycle going the other way pulled a U turn into my lane directly in front of me. Fortunately it was at a slow speed and I was already slowed down watching the biker a tad incredulously. Then the rider would not speed up so I passed the biker in the left lane and thanked him\her for cutting me off.
As I went further south the temps increased. I ended up in a jersey and shorts at the end. Almost overheated. The results for such an occurrence are quite painful for me.
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Old 09-22-08, 08:12 AM
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It's brisk baby! Now is the time of year where I start to watch the thermometer. 7C today, supposedly -2C tomorrow morning...
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Old 09-22-08, 08:16 AM
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Last night after hearing the weather forecast, i decided to drive. I warned my wife not to assume my truck was stolen if she didn't see it in the morning. In the morning i got all ready to drive and had my key almost in the door when i decided to ride. The wind wasn't as bad as they had forecast, and the rain was only light. The temperature wasn't too bad either. So i went back in and changed into some wet weather gear and headed out. The wind was at my back coming south but totally in my face heading east. All in all it was a great ride and i wasn't too wet when i arrived.
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Old 09-22-08, 08:38 AM
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I had my latest epileptic seizure on Saturday and my legs were stiff all weekend. I had to cancel a 60+ mile ride, which kinda killed my Saturday.

Back on the bike this morning, I felt fine. It's starting to be dark when I leave the house, so I get to use my new helmet-mounted Dinotte 200L. So cool.
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Today was the first morning in a long while where a brief, "I'm to tired to bike" thought passed through my mind. I Quickly booted it out of my head and got on the bike, a "Shut up and Ride" moment if you will.

It had become such routine that I never even thought about it before, but for some reason I was really dragging this morning.

It was kind of cold, I thought about stopping at REI after work, to look at some tights for the colder mornings, but at 75 bucks being the low end, I think I'll wait for Pay day.

Also might be time to get a new water bottle holder, one that won't scratch up my thermos!
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Originally Posted by slloth
Get lights ASAP! I bought lights when I started commuting. I have a bright LED blinking red light behind me and I still almost get hit. I'm going to get another one.

I think it's also the law in most places but more importantly you want people to know you are there!
Last night I bought a taillight offline, the Cateye ld1100 model. But still no headlight...there are so many to choose from, and I want one that puts out a good amount of light, to be able to be used to ride at night, not just to be seen. Of course being seen is important.
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Sunny (at least, it was rising) and brisk. Long sleeves. Nice ride. Overhauled hubs and lubed the bejeezus out of freehub. I should have done that in spring to get nice summer's worth out of them, but whatever. It was really nice and smooth coming in today. Time for headlight very soon.
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Had to use the back pack as I haven't gotten my panniers and I hate the back pack. But had to lug my clothes in for the week. Nice and cool, I was getting a little too toasty the last 2 miles though. Glad to have my zip off pants I use for ridding (they are actually hiking pants but I love them for this extreme temp days) as it's suppose into the 70's on the way home
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Also, I had this screaming back spasm Saturday that basically incapacitated me the rest of the day. I am recovering but still, about the only thing I can do normally, is bike, so that is something at least.
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Old 09-22-08, 11:10 AM
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Upper 30sF this morning. Clear sky though. No wind. I passed 4 cyclists. Lots of squirrels out running around.
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Temperatures are really nice these days. If only I could keep track of my armwarmers, it would be perfect. Instead, I wore a long sleeved capilene baselayer under my jersey. And that was about right.

Rode the steel roadie this morning to meet my buddy before work for our standard Monday morning tempo ride. Legs were fairly heavy due to my first ever CX race yesterday afternoon, but John took mercy on me and we went a little easier than usual.

In about an hour, I'm going to ride home and swap the roadie for the MTB-plus-trail-a-bike so I can ride my 4-year old to soccer practice this afternoon. I think he'll enjoy that. Yesterday he said his three favorite things were 1) riding his bike, 2) playing soccer, and 3) playing with his cars. He makes me so proud!
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Old 09-22-08, 04:43 PM
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It was 34 degrees when I left this AM. I think that's about as cold as I want to get. I put plastic bags over my socks inside my shoes and they were fine. My head just gets so cold even with a hat. However, by the time I reached town (10 miles) i was in good shape. Actually I think it's a little warmer there.
As I was cruising down a little side street in our village, I ended up sharing the road with a skunk. Fortunately he just kind of ran along side me briefly then cut out into the grass.. Could have been bad.....
The return trip was absolutely great. A slight headwind, tried to break my record time. I missed it by about 30 seconds. Maybe later in the week.
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Had to go to a conference this AM. No ride.
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