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Old 09-22-08, 05:47 PM
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I'm home from work. As usual the ride home was slower than the ride in. The weather was beautiful, except for a mild headwind.

I stopped at a convenience store for some Gatorade, and several people asked questions about my 'bent.

For the most part drivers were friendly today. I did have one guy yell at me to get on the sidewalk. His timing was great, I was on the bridge where the lane is marked for sharing with bicycles. I just smiled and kept going.
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Old 09-22-08, 06:11 PM
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The ride home sucked bad. There was a lot of wind and it made me exhausted and my back hurt. Stupid wind.
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Old 09-22-08, 07:50 PM
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I did my usual 1 hour see the ocean and watch the waves cardio ride before work today. I go riding for PT because my commute is less than 2 miles each way.
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Old 09-22-08, 08:00 PM
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Happy Fall

Ah, the first day of fall. Sad that I didn't know it until I logged into Google this am. Ride in was nice - cool enough that I did not sweat through my tshirt. Ride home was also good, until the stupid hills just before the house. Oh, and I every piece of junk on the road both ways. Still feels good to get out of the car and relax on the ride.

So, Happy First Day of Fall everyone!
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Old 09-22-08, 09:26 PM
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Good ride in the AM. Mondays are always a little more challenging! Plus I had to use my cheapo wheels. The Moon was above me so I couldn't really watch it. Half way through the ride I thought maybe I should have just worn my T-shirt. I wore my long sleeve and hat and was plenty warm.

I really love riding. It really is addicting. I don't like stop signs.
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Old 09-22-08, 09:28 PM
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I rode home in the dark.
Bummer.

These days where I don't get to go outside in the daylight are kind of a drag...but at least I get to go outside. The ride home was a good reminder of that. The weather was warm and calm, and I made it a point to notice all the nature around me, even though I was riding on the street and seeing everything through artificial lights. I heard crickets. I saw weeds growing wild on the slope up to the freeway retaining wall. I smelled freshly-cut grass. I saw a mirror image of the stars that I had seen this morning.

I found a good cadence, mellowed out, and drastically improved my night.
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Old 09-22-08, 09:52 PM
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sounds like your an optimist! Sometimes all we have is weeds and crickets!
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Old 09-23-08, 05:11 AM
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Good ride, despite an annoying headwind. Hoping it will be a nice tailwind on the way home!
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Old 09-23-08, 05:14 AM
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Upper 60's this morning, so my jersey worked out just great. And a tailwind too! Woohoo! Clouds looked heavy so it was really dark riding in. I get in for a 6:30 start and usually leave the office at 6pm, so soon I am going to really test how my front light battery makes out for both the ride in and ride home. A deer (I think) scared the crap out of me today. I think it was grazing in the swail along the road and when I went by it bounded out into the field. All I saw was this big dark shape flying through the air. It sort of looked like it was one of those flying demons from the movie Constantine! Maybe it was and I am only rationalizing that it was a deer. Yikes. I think I will change my route.
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Old 09-23-08, 05:15 AM
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outstanding.
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Old 09-23-08, 05:57 AM
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Got ready to leave yesterday morning, and my front tire was flat. I started to fix it but didn't have time, so I ended up driving. Bummer, but I operate on a pretty tight schedule in the mornings and generally don't have time for repairs. The bike was fine the day before, so it must have had a slow leak.

Repaired the leak yesterday after I got home from work, and decided that I need a new set of tires with winter approaching. I've got some Panaracer Paselas with lots of miles left on them that I could just slap on, but I don't like them. Their rolling resistance is very high, and they are so large that they rub my fenders if everything isn't just right. Thinking about trying some new Continental GP4000s with reflective sidewalls that I saw on the net for a good price. The added visibility would be nice and I'm sure they would roll much better than the Paselas.

the ride into work today was nice. Temps in the low 60s with a stiff NE wind, which meant I had a tailwind much of the way. That will make the ride home more difficult, but at least it won't be hot. It is dark now for about 2/3 of my morning commute, so that means it will be sometime next May before my morning ride is in daylight again. Comforting thought.
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Old 09-23-08, 06:46 AM
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Nice this morning. Wore a hat under the helmet today, and I thought it would be too much but it was fine. I definitely need to pick up some full finger gloves, though.

I always see several cyclists on my ride, and I never recognize any of them. This is a good thing, I think.
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Old 09-23-08, 06:53 AM
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It was overcast this morning, which made the ride a little cooler and more pleasant. My 6th commute overall, and everything is starting to feel routine. My goal is for it to become so routine that I will grab the bike every morning without even thinking about it.
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Old 09-23-08, 06:53 AM
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Rode halfway in chatting with a commuter who has been taking the same roads for 12 months but we never crossed paths. Except I think he may have been the rider I was trying to chase down months ago but couldn't catch on the way home one day. It turns out he is building a house right down the street from where I live and trying to get a coworker who lives nearby to commute also. Howdy Neighbor!
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Old 09-23-08, 07:03 AM
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the ride was good this morning, it was a bit chillier than yesterday so i wore a long sleeve shirt and my marmot and it was just right, i wore gloves too but took them off at the halfway point
i have been enjoying climbing the steep hill in the morning it keeps things interesting
 
Old 09-23-08, 07:10 AM
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Temps in the upper 50's this morning, no wind, little bit of low lying fog, but not enough to hide a pretty gorgeous sun rise. I've been doing the commute around 3 days a week for a couple of months now so my route is set and I am becoming familiar with all the danger zones. Its a 12 mile trip through 5 towns mostly on parkways, MUP's, and residential streets. Did the trip in 45 minutes this morning!!
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Old 09-23-08, 07:24 AM
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Cool clear weather. I wore two shirts, the outer one being long-sleeved. I never took it off.

The ride was nice. I had one random stranger wave, honk, and smile. I watched the sun rise.

Traffic over the bridge was slow and heavy. I coasted along with the cars at 5 to 10 MPH.

I shared the elevator with another bicycle commuter at work. Doing a little "bike dance" to get out at the right floor was fun.
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Old 09-23-08, 07:36 AM
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Mid 30sF, no wind. I went with full leg covering and long sleeves. No gloves though. Gloves are for wimps! Passed a couple of cyclists. I'm dreading winter for some reason.
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Sick, didn't ride in today :-(

Sick, didn't ride in today :-( Took the subway instead. I'm going to hide in my office so I don't infect anyone else.
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Old 09-23-08, 07:38 AM
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i am not a fan of gloves either, i took them off as soon as my hands warmed up a bit...i think i just like feeling the handlebar tape...it just feels more secure to me
 
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Felt around 74F, low humidity, very nice. I think the cooler air made the dead cat smell not-so-strong. The wind must have been blowing the stench from the garbage station the other direction as well, very nice. Apparently I ran over something that took a chunk of rubber from my tire, not sure if it's bad or not.

First commute with the rack bag though, it's so nice not having a backpack on, but boy does it change the feel of the bike!
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Okay so first the ride home. I rode 10km straight north, the crosswind was so bad i was literally leaning left. The good news? I was about to turn right After the turn i was able to sustain 50kph on the flats, which just so happened to be the speed limit on this stretch of road. I was riding with the traffic, it was pretty fun. Oh, and some cager STILL tried to pass me. I made an immature point by cranking it up to 57kph and passing cars on the right. I know i know...

This morning was pretty chilly, 1C according to my thermometer. I wore thermal underwear and a light jacket. My extremities were a tad cold and my core was too hot. Not too bad though. I took it ez and didn't work up too much of a sweat.
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Old 09-23-08, 08:52 AM
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FIrst post in months. Nice ride in today. Traffic heavier then usual. Particularly on Hawley Rd. Thanks to the additional 500 or so houses being built. If there is a problem in the real estate market it's not evident on my route.

Installed a Conti Grand Prix, 4 Season tire. Replaced the flat prone Bontrager. 500 flat free miles!

3400 miles so far this year.
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Old 09-23-08, 08:59 AM
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Nice ride. Not much wind or traffic. Kindaa cold though. Forgot my gloves, and hands were pretty numb by the time I got to office !
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Wonderful. The battery to my light is apparently no longer holding a charge, so I had to wait until it was light enough to start my ride. I left at 7:20 and didn't have time to fix my hair, but it's all good. I rode hard the whole way and I felt incredible when I got to work. So much fun!!!
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