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Old 10-23-08, 06:39 PM
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Holy moley it was cold! Glad it's only 5 miles!

On the way home, I got a slow leak in my rear tire, from a tube patch, I suppose. I stopped twice to pump it up and got home just as it was getting squishy.

On the porch was a package containing my Nu-Teck airless tires. I put them right on. I read all the bad comments lately and I was worried that I'd be disappointed. I took a short ride just before dinner to try them out. I think they're going to be good. Seem solid, but not harsh riding. They're not heavy or really any of the bad things I had heard.

We'll see how they hold up on the commute. I know you purists are going "Bah, you'll ruin your bike!". Well, I hope not, I just don't like fixing flats on a busy road with cars whizzing by at 70mph, (the speed limit is 55).
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Traffic was actually sane on my trip home today, and the wind was at my back. I should have bought a lottery ticket.

I had one car pull along side, and slow down. I figured it was going to be trouble. The young guy in the passenger seat complimented me on my lights. Cool!

I stopped at Target on the way home, and bought a windbreaker and thermals. That along with the tights and rain jacket I have should help. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold and rainy.
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Old 10-23-08, 07:04 PM
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31 f. this morning when I left, 40 by the time I got there. The leaves are just about done, but birch trees will be hanging on to their yellow leaves fro a few more weeks. Late Maples will be in and out of bright red for a few weeks as well. This may be my last fall in New England, so soaking it up while I can. I fear only about another month of commuting weather.
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Old 10-23-08, 07:27 PM
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very good rides both ways, 40 deg am - 60 deg pm, dry/lite wind!

Saved in AM by air-zound horn!!

at interchange with limitted access (4 lane) road, a van driver was approaching from "jug-handle" (nj for off-ramp) onto secondary road. i ride to work on this road. i watched him proceed, there was no eye contact, and it seemed he was proceeding into my established area.
i horned 2x and he cought eye contact, waited as i had right of way (VB).
he road next to me further up road, rolled window down, and stated he was sorry, did not see me due to the rising sun (i got a later start), and he also stated that the horn got his attention. i waved a "thanks for sharing" and we proceeded on our way.

wore shorts with goretex jacket on return, re-loaded air-zound to 80 psi and hope i don't need to use it again (but it's ready)!
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Old 10-23-08, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by martybucs

On the porch was a package containing my Nu-Teck airless tires. I put them right on. I read all the bad comments lately and I was worried that I'd be disappointed. I took a short ride just before dinner to try them out. I think they're going to be good. Seem solid, but not harsh riding. They're not heavy or really any of the bad things I had heard.
i am thinking of getting the same or simular airless tires/tubes. these would be for commuter, to build endurance, and enjoy coventional tires on club rides or tours when i have more time.
i look forward to hearing how these tires work for you, pm if you prefer .
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Old 10-23-08, 08:08 PM
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Another beautiful ride home from work through Riverside state park. The pics are in the Nine Mile area of the Centennial Trail and the Spokane river just before the Nine Mile dam.



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Old 10-23-08, 09:09 PM
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Wow. What a pretty lake. And what a nice path to ride. Lovely.

Didn't do much riding today. Rode to class and back, and then it started raining, so I used the car for the next two trips. Will drive tomorrow as well due to the rain.
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Old 10-23-08, 09:34 PM
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breezy and overcast on the way in to work, besides fighting the wind the whole time it was a good ride. the way home the wind was somewhat at my back and a solid drizzle the whole way home. gotta figure out some rain gear pretty soon i guess. oh and as i was passing some pedestrians i was downshifting and slowed down a bit to not rip they're clothes off as I flew by them and in between gears i felt a clunk and my pedals were spinning free, i was hoping i didn't bust my chain (it was too dark to tell for sure) so I had to coast into a gas station to inspect. turned out my chain just popped off my sprocket *whew* i was glad to see that and then laughed as i remembered the couple gasp because i has passed them.



Commuting is fun.
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Old 10-23-08, 11:09 PM
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Great pics!!


My commute was great up until near the end where my front tire went flat!
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Old 10-23-08, 11:22 PM
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Had a good commute today. First below 30 degree ride this year. New Target soft shell jacket works awesome. Anyone have suggestion on a face mask that keeps you warm, does not suffocate, and does not fog up your glasses let me know.
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Old 10-23-08, 11:27 PM
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I have used the Pearl Izumi (sorry for spelling) for that last few years and it works great for me. It is the full face cover and I just make sure I tuck it into my jacket. when I exhale the warmth blows into my jacket... really nice! I will try to find what I have!

Edit: https://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/item/PEAXWXYQ

I also wear this under my snowboard helmet when I go, I recommend it!

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Old 10-23-08, 11:29 PM
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A little wet, but not soaked.
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Old 10-24-08, 04:45 AM
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Nice ride in this morning: ~39F, call it 4C, clear and calm. A few minutes later than usual but traffic still light.

Took off a little early yesterday to run an errand which tacked an extra 6 or 7 miles onto my normal commute and I actually felt a bit stronger for it this morning. The errand amused one of my co-workers. He's a guy about my age (53) who's a confirmed and committed petroleum-burner (both on land and on the water) who I frequently refer to around the office as, "Oil-spill Bill." He was pretty tickled to learn that I was riding my bike to the Motor Vehicle Administration to get my Driver's Licence renewed.

The real punch line, though, was when I told him I was going to loudly complain about the fact that the MVA doesn't have a bike rack.
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Old 10-24-08, 05:35 AM
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Nice ride in this morning...I left about 10 minutes earlier than normal and took a easy cruise in.

23F and very foggy for the first half. Then, the sky slowly turned red as the sun rose, and it made all of the fall colors really pop...all while looking over fields covered in frost. I don't think a camera could have caught all that was going on.
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Old 10-24-08, 05:44 AM
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Jeebus, Remember to look at the weather in the morning. I damn near overheated.

yesterday me and my girlfriend carpooled, whenever she has a matching schedule to mine, she likes to carpool. I cyclo-commute the rest of the time, which is about 90% of the days. Wednesday, it was 25 degrees out when I was riding. and while I wasn't freezing, I was colder than I'd like, so Today, being the next day Id ride, I put on some long socks and long underwear, figured it would help keep me warm. Well, it did.

But it was always 42 degrees. welp. I had to really monitor my work output to make sure I didn't start sweating up a storm.

Lesson learned.
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Old 10-24-08, 06:02 AM
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Nice and quiet ride in to work. Still dark outside. Temp. was about 50 degrees. I had some time so I went down Jefferson to window shop the furniture stores. stopped at my donutshop for a bottled water since I forgot mine this morning.
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Old 10-24-08, 06:55 AM
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Upper 20s F, clear, no wind. Saw bmike going the other way. More geese hanging out in the water.

I passed a guy, and later he caught up at a red light. I dropped him on a hill after that, and then when I got to my building, he came in too. Turns out he works for the same company.

Yesterday I was playing cat & mouse with a woman on a road bike. She was pretty quick.
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Old 10-24-08, 07:51 AM
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Low 40s, steady rain. Today's commute was all the way (16.5 one way) and on the recumbent. I was testing out my new wet weather gear.... and I still need to make some adjustments.

I'm still glad I rode. The look on people's faces when I got to work dripping wet on the bike was great! I just hope my clothes dry out before I have to put them back on to go home.
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Old 10-24-08, 07:53 AM
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chilly ride but i wore my snowboarding mits today so my hands were quite warm the entire ride and my feet were happy too, i saw a few other people out on bikes this morning not sure if they were all commuting or not
 
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My coldest commute ever today (only 41F, so most of y'all probably aren't impressed). Layered up and was a bit chilly on the descents and arrived a little sweaty. Need to refine the getup to find the right balance.

The ride (all 6 miles of it) felt pretty hard actually. Maybe I'm tired or maybe the cold affects me more than I expected.
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Old 10-24-08, 07:55 AM
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Drizzly weather this morning. Didn't ride, but then again, I'm heading to New Orleans for Voodoo Experience after work, so it's all cool.
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Old 10-24-08, 08:59 AM
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Damnit...lost indexing on my grip shifter for my rear derailleur. Cold, dark, cold rain expected on the way home, tonight.
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Old 10-24-08, 09:49 AM
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I was flying solo today, as my wife was at an apres-work industry party and left her bike at the office. The construction detour was gone, and it was smooth sailing all the way in. I'm hungry.
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Old 10-24-08, 10:31 AM
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<40F, foggy. No kids today, my wife has a roadtrip and the 7 yr old's school is closed today so she drove them both to their respective destinations. Yesterday was my first commute for a while w/ both kids, not just one or the other.

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Old 10-24-08, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
I've never used, so please forgive my ignorant question. Here goes: how impaired would she be, driving her car during/after smoking? Not so sure I like the idea of being on the roads on my bike when drivers are, um, indulging.

Was running late this morning and rushed the commute as a result. Much less traffic on the road at 8:30 than at 7:30, which was a pleasant change. No temperature difference though.
oh, she wasn't driving, she was in the passenger seat.
not to say the driver wasn't too........trust me, more people are driving impared than you may realize, all you can do is be cautious on your bike, which you should be doing anyways

don't wanna start a pot discussion, though, i just thought it was an unusual & interesting thing to happen on the way home.
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