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Old 11-05-08, 08:20 AM
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The commute was glorious today

It was cloudy out here but all I saw was sun

I was a bit hung over but pedaled with the strength of many men in my legs

Someone cut me off but all I did was smile and wave

There was a dream still stuck in my head but great joy in my heart

Thank you, America
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Old 11-05-08, 08:57 AM
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Weather report was off by about 10 degrees. As a result I got to work very sweaty this morning since I wore a long-sleeve t-shirt.

We may get rain this afternoon; that could make the commute interesting.
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Old 11-05-08, 09:10 AM
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I was tired, stayed up to watch President-Elect Obamas speech, but the commute was a good one. I still don't like the new saddle, and Im not 100% adapted to bike shorts yet. They help, but at the same time they seem to be chafing a bit. i think I need to wear briefs instead of boxer breifs with them.

Nice weather, and I found that in the mid 40s even I still like the thin gloves under the fingerless bike gloves.

Tonight, I ride to the bike co-op and then home. Guess I need to buy a light as it'll be dark by then.
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First commute of the season in snow today! It was right around freezing, so I wore shorts and mittens again. The snow wasn't sticking to the ground much, which meant that ice-cold spray was hitting my shins. Aieee! I got used to it after a few minutes. Cars were moving very slowly today, which was nice.
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Old 11-05-08, 09:25 AM
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Commute was awesome, -3 but almost perfectly still.
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Old 11-05-08, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by TechKnowGN
and Im not 100% adapted to bike shorts yet. They help, but at the same time they seem to be chafing a bit. i think I need to wear briefs instead of boxer breifs with them.

You shouldn't be wearing any kind of underwear with any type of padded short.
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Old 11-05-08, 09:33 AM
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I almost hit a pedestrian this morning. It was 100% my fault, and feel really lousy about it.

She was in a crosswalk and I just didn't see her. I should have though, all sight lines were clear. My head just wasn't where it should be

She actually said sorry to me. I said sorry back to her and added "My fault." I wish I could have done better than that, but there were cars behind me and I was in their way at this point. I feel bad about the whole thing.
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Old 11-05-08, 09:40 AM
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Up until 1AM, waved off the commute this morning and took the bus. Yeah, lame, I know.
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Old 11-05-08, 09:48 AM
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I'm loving the cooler weather (low 50s early in the morning), though I hate coming home and it's already nearly dark. I recently misplaced my cheap-o blinkie, so I purchased the planet bike blinkie, holy crap that things is bright! Also picked up a Ultrafire C3 Cree Q5 with a twofish mount, and am loving it.

I'm trying to commute an entire week, it seems in the past there was always some reason for me to take the car a day or two. So far so good!
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Old 11-05-08, 10:12 AM
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Beautiful morning - high 40's when I left, low 50's when I arrived, perfect temperatures. Fastest commute of the year today as well, a full 1.5mph avg., and nearly 8 minutes faster than my next fastest time. 15.8mph and 1:07! My legs are feeling it a bit, but if feels good. May have something to do with my extreme euphoria over the election results last night...
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Old 11-05-08, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by apricissimus
I almost hit a pedestrian this morning. It was 100% my fault, and feel really lousy about it.

She was in a crosswalk and I just didn't see her. I should have though, all sight lines were clear. My head just wasn't where it should be

She actually said sorry to me. I said sorry back to her and added "My fault." I wish I could have done better than that, but there were cars behind me and I was in their way at this point. I feel bad about the whole thing.
don't feel bad - you both did the right thing. Glad no one got hurt.
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Old 11-05-08, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by SouthFLpix
Can't wait for lunch.
+1,000. About to go out and get a calzone.

I'm amused by the number of "I'm tired/hungover/slow" commute posts this morning.
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Old 11-05-08, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Pig_Chaser
Welcome to the forums Brett. 60km RT is getting pretty long alright, how many days a week are you doing it?
Thanks, I really enjoy reading this forum. I was lurking for a while but decided I might as well post something

As for the commute, my average week looks like this.

Monday - ride both ways (I'm usually fairly rested after the weekend
Tuesday - ride both ways
Wednesday - bus to work then ride home (I need a little mid week break)
Thursday - usually ride both ways but sometimes bus home if I'm feeling lazy
Friday - both ways

I haven't ridden both ways all five days of the week yet but I think that'll happen soon. I'm kinda lucky because the whole ride is pretty much flat so it usually only takes me an hour to get to work. One funny side note that I'm sure a few of you will laugh at is that I was biking in jeans for the first four weeks I was doing this commute haha. I didn't really realise my foolishness until my mom bought me some proper bike gear for my birthday. Man it makes a difference, I'm 100% more comfortable on the ride now.

As for today I took the bus, needed the mid week break and little extra nap. Hope everyone had a good ride. It's fairly nice out here, so the ride home should be enjoyable.
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Old 11-05-08, 11:39 AM
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Monday morning, coming around a sharp corner off a bridge, where I have to ride on the sidewalk, I hit this thing that was hanging out over the sidewalk. It was dark. It appeared in the beam of my headlight for a split second and then I was on it. Next thing I know, this piece of blue plastic was hanging from my rear axle. WTF? Ah, a McCain / Palin sign.

No damage done, so I'm not going to sue the McCain campaign over this, but I really hate these campaign signs hanging out over the sidewalk.

And for the sake of full disclosure I will admit that, had it been an Obama sign, I might have gone back and put it back up. But... well, you know: if things were different, things would be different.
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Old 11-05-08, 11:43 AM
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Only one other commuter in 10 miles.

A youngster going to school.
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Old 11-05-08, 12:14 PM
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Monday morning, coming around a sharp corner off a bridge, where I have to ride on the sidewalk, I hit this thing that was hanging out over the sidewalk. It was dark. It appeared in the beam of my headlight for a split second and then I was on it. Next thing I know, this piece of blue plastic was hanging from my rear axle. WTF? Ah, a McCain / Palin sign.

No damage done, so I'm not going to sue the McCain campaign over this, but I really hate these campaign signs hanging out over the sidewalk.

And for the sake of full disclosure I will admit that, had it been an Obama sign, I might have gone back and put it back up. But... well, you know: if things were different, things would be different.
i hear ya on the signs, those blasted things...they are either just lying in the road or they are sticking out into the road
 
Old 11-05-08, 12:33 PM
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I'm still registered to vote at my old address, so I rode 19 miles into Queens, voted, ate, and then rode 13 miles to Wall Street to my day job.

Maybe not the most picturesque commute I've ever had, but one of the more important ones.
Where in Queens? I've been looking for a decent route from Riverdale...
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Dang it. A couple weeks ago my front crank assembly was "knocking" and didn't feel right. Quickly took it in to LBS for fixing. They were suprised, said it had come loose and re-adjusted everything. Told me in no uncertain terms that if it started doing it again, immediately cease riding and bring it in again. So yesterday, same thing happened. So bike will go to shop on Thursday. I'm doing a part bus/part walk to work now. Not so bad, but today it is a beautiful day and I miss my bike. At the least it's still under warranty so the assembly should be replaced entirely.
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I <heart> my fixed gear bike. There is nothing like the silence of a perfectly cleaned and lubed fixed gear drivetrain. Nothing but the gentle zzzzzzzz of the tires on the asphalt.
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Yesterday afternoon's ride was the most miserable ride of my life.

It rained all day yesterday; I got pretty wet on the ride in (I really need rain gear). That meant putting the wet tights back on for the ride home. You know how unpleasant it is putting on a wet bathing suit? Now imagine a wet bathing suit...over most of your body.

The good news: it didn't matter much after about a mile. The bad news: it didn't matter because by that point I was soaked to the bone.

When I arrived home I literally poured water out of my shoes.

I've said before on this thread that I've often regretted driving in on days where the weather was bad in the morning and never regretted riding in under similar conditions. As of yesterday, that's no longer true.
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Another deferred flat. Yesterday was glass, today was a piece of bicycle brake cable that I pulled out of my tire halfway in today. Made it in fine, then took off for meeting. 4 hrs later, come back, flat tire. 1st flat on the front >6k miles.
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Old 11-05-08, 07:30 PM
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The morning was awesome, a few other commuters, and when I stopped to adjust my seat a fellow rider asked if I was alright as he came behind me. Darn nice of him.

Instead of heading home after, I went straight to the bike shop, and then after I trued the wheels and paid for the parts I bought last week, I rode home. In the dark, for the first time, with no lights. I need to buy some. Got home safe, but even on fairly well lit streets it was sometimes hard to see the onramps to the sidewalk. I had simply forgot it was going to be dark when I left.
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Old 11-05-08, 07:40 PM
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The ride home was ok. Windy, but not terrible.

My rear disc brake seems to have lost it's stopping power...Maybe have to run by the LBS for an adjustment this weekend.
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Originally Posted by caloso
I <heart> my fixed gear bike. There is nothing like the silence of a perfectly cleaned and lubed fixed gear drivetrain. Nothing but the gentle zzzzzzzz of the tires on the asphalt.
My fixie has developed a soft 'click' each time the cranks go round, and the chain rattles a bit because the chainwheel isn't quite centred so the chain tension varies slightly.

It's starting to annoy me more and more. I want it to be silent! (It's still quieter than my road bike though). Could be another service, another trip to the LBS...

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Yesterday afternoon's ride was the most miserable ride of my life.

It rained all day yesterday; I got pretty wet on the ride in (I really need rain gear). That meant putting the wet tights back on for the ride home. You know how unpleasant it is putting on a wet bathing suit? Now imagine a wet bathing suit...over most of your body.

The good news: it didn't matter much after about a mile. The bad news: it didn't matter because by that point I was soaked to the bone.

When I arrived home I literally poured water out of my shoes.

I've said before on this thread that I've often regretted driving in on days where the weather was bad in the morning and never regretted riding in under similar conditions. As of yesterday, that's no longer true.
Ah, but it made a great story. However bad it gets, just keep telling yourself that it will make a great story down the pub...
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This morning was a great ride, a little tailwind to make it nice and easy. But when I was about a half mile from class, I started to feel my right pedal wobble a little bit. It was a very strange sensation, so I walked it the last half mile because I didn't want to destroy my crank arm and my pedal. After class, I walked the bike the mile over to the lbs and their tech called it a warranty repair so I got two new pedals and a new crank arm (I tried not to destroy them by not riding but the damage had been done) and the nice fellow straightened my rear derailleur hanger for free cause he felt bad that I walked my bike a mile and a half today. You gotta love the customer service at a good bike shop. I wish I hadn't walked all that way, but all and all not a bad day.
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