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Old 07-16-03, 06:24 AM
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Had a good ride in this morning, it didn't cloud up until I got to work, Hopefully it will clear for the ride home, if not, well I'll get wet.
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Commute was great today - a weird sight on the bikeway as
I was nearing my downtown exit was a group of about 40
people out for a run/jog. I suspect a corporate team building
exercise. Odd.
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Old 07-16-03, 12:04 PM
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Was very overcast, foggy, cool yet humid this morning. The sky has now opened up, so looking for a wet ride home.
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Overcast, but with evidence of furture clearing, a bit cooler than yesterday and a headwind with some fairly strong gusts. I was feeling a bit worn out as well, not recovered from my time off I guess. But a nice ride for the most part. I'm ready for the weekend already...
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Wow, a new record, 4 commuters this morning. I usually only see 1 other commuter, my previous record was 2 in a ride. I hope this is a sign of real change, at least for the summer.
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Old 07-16-03, 08:10 PM
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I must have been in a weird mood today because I did something pretty stupid. I was riding in the bike lane at about 21mph when I noticed that the car traffic was doing about 25. So I dropped in behind a Jeep Cherokee and drafted it until it got up to about 32mph. I was focusing on the brake lights, and could see through the windshield to the traffic up ahead. Plus I had an escape route so it wasn't totally suicidal. I could see the passengers turn around and point at me. It was fun. But stupid. Kids, don't try this at home.
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Had a good ride in this morning - was feeling pretty good so cranked up the speed a bit. Looks like it'll be a hot one tonite though...

Last night on the ride home I noticed that some of the bigger pot-holes on my route had been filled in - very nice
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Ran into a train delay three times today at three seperate crossings (10 miles between two of them), the same slow train! I don't expect that to happen again anytime soon! Had a hot ride in. Hope the rains start soon!
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I brought my wife's car out to Falls Church to get the A/C serviced, then rode to my Arlington, VA office from there. The WO&D and Custis trails are ill-signed, but it is amazing to be able to ride for perhaps 6 miles (10) km without a single stoplight or stop sign. It was also amazing how much more of a workout a trip can be if one is not coming to a stop every few blocks.

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Old 07-17-03, 01:40 PM
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Well the temps are heading up in the PNW, which made for a great morning ride today. Pure blue skies, a little crosswind, ok trail traffic, the kind of commute that makes you want to just point the bike toward Mt. Rainier and just keep pedaling.
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This morning at 6:15, as I was pretty much the only vehicle on my street, a woman in a Ford P.O.S. pulled out of a gas station directly into my path. I swear she looked right through me as she was (guess what?) talking on the phone. Since there was no traffic I was able to swerve safely out of her way while she cut across three lanes (it's a wide one-way boulevard) to get in the left turn lane.

Her passenger window was down and I yelled, "Hey! You need to hang up now and pay attention to driving!" Response: "[blah blah] A**hole! [blah blah]"

Sheesh. I thought the streets were relatively safe before 7.
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Originally posted by Kodama
the kind of commute that makes you want to just point the bike toward Mt. Rainier and just keep pedaling.
I was just thinking about how one of these days I'm going to get to work and decide to just keep riding... today would have been a beautiful day to do that Unfortunately I had a 9:30 meeting
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Absolutely perfect commute in this morning. Glorious blue skies, about 15oC out... Not a single traffic aggravation, all cars, busses, trucks and pedestrians were very courteous. Garbage truck waved hello, over took a bus which then over took us, which we then overtook, which then overtook us... oh you get the idea... Life is good.
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Terrific morning commute, though a tad scary.

I rode the Lotus road bike into work for the first time and my plan was to ride the Springwater trail because I have yet to install lights and mirror. When it came time to turn off for the trail, though, I opted instead to continue on my normal route. I quickly found that I really missed having a mirror, and a few motorists came awfully close as they passed. Traffic as a whole seemed to be in more of a rush, but this could have been a psychological thing.

At lunchtime, I got the urge to hit the trail after all. I wolfed a sandwich and went for a seven-miler just for a change of pace. First time I've ever done that, and it may become a habit!

It occurred to me as I rode the trail that a mirror on a path designated for non-motorized traffic could be more beneficial than on the road. Bikes make a lot less noise from behind than autos do. No problems this time around; it was just something that I thought of as I passed pedestrians and other cyclists taking their rests on the side of the path.

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This morning I was cruising along going about 35 km/hr when two younger guys in a beefed up Mustang pulled right up beside me with the window down. I (after hearing some of the stories here on BF) became a little bit nervous, but, they proceded to very nicely ask for directions, then thanked me before driving away. I was very pleased (and relieved) that it was such a nice encounter. SO... that pretty much made my ride, as I was in a very good mood from then on. Hopefully tonite will be nice as well.
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Hotter today. YAY !!! Going to be a scorcher this pm !!! Love it.

Traffic was light and the traffic light gods were kind to me. Made it in to work in about 1h05m. 10 mins faster than normal.
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Old 07-18-03, 11:08 AM
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Gonna be a blazer today on the trip home: 106F forecast. My wife is miserable but it's just the way I like it.
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Cooler today! Nice cloud cover, and since conditions were so perfect I thought I would mix up the route a little bit. Went way out into the country and managed to take my ride up to 30 miles. Gorgeous commute, it was cloudy (doesn't get cloudy here very often).
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This is a question for Andy D. ...

I just started commuting in the past month. Are the afternoon breezes off the bay just a summertime thing or do they occur all year long? I hate the first few miles of my afternoon commute because I start out with a headwind followed by a crosswind. I seem to have hardly any tailwind. Can I expect this all year long?

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SteveE, the afternoon sea breeze is like a trade wind -- very predictable. It blows from a northerly direction, right over the bay. It picks up in mid/late-spring and tails off in autumn, and starts at 11:33am every day and dies down approx 7:11pm every night.

Luckily for me I live south of where I work so I benefit from the tailwind it provides. (At night, the winds reverse, but are much weaker than during the day.) These winds can make for a very tough weekend ride, though, and you'll find bikers tending to head north at first, then heading south for the afternoon portion of the ride.

During the winter months the prevailing winds will be from the south, but won't be as strong and not quite as predictable as those you're battling now.

You'll see visible evidence of this annual wind pattern by the route jets take to/from San Jose airport. For half the year (roughly summertime) the planes land and take off to the north, into the wind. They flip around during the cooler months. For months, the pattern will not change.

Think of the winds you're enduring now as invisible hills. You actually come to enjoy the challenge after a while. When they die off later this fall you'll be able to set world record speeds !!
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Another great day, even warmer and with little wind. Looks like the usual afternoon headwind is kicking up but that just helps one burn off the work day that much faster. Glad it's friday, and with the same weather projected through the weekend, I'm going to get in some long rides.
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It's 3:27 on Friday. A warm, humid day at the beach in Los Angeles. And I'm looking at my bike. I think I will sneak out at 4:00 and head on the beach path early toward home.

I love to commute on hot days since my car's air conditioning doesn't work. And given the Friday afternoon traffic, I will probably get home faster.

I'm blessed with an entirely flat, 14 mile commute along the beach on a dedicated path.

Hope everybody has a great ride home and an excellent weekend!
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The temperature hit 105 degrees today!! It was great. I went from work to do swim, then hopped back on the bike and went a longer distance with a monster climb. In the earlier, steepest part of the climb I had a pretty stiff headwind. Then the wind dropped to 0 MPH and the climb continued and I felt like I was in a convection oven.

Along the way I had to stop twice to buy more H2O. Overall, it was great.
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I've been commuting, but been too busy Prefecting at CoSForums to post. (The release of the new Harry Potter book has caused a mad inrush of newbie posters who don't know the forum rules yet.)

Anyway, nothing of note has happened in the last few weeks...except, perhaps the interesting sight of a horse chasing a little dog away. My bottom bracket has been ticking, and I took it in today for a look-see, but the mechanic didn't find anything wrong but a crooked seal. Regreased it, and I'll find out tomorrow if it's fixed. I also cracked a shifter--the little tab that kept my Gripshift from sliding out snapped off--and I'll be getting some new shifters to replace them...ones with shorter shift surfaces, so it will be less easy to shift by mistake when I'm wrestling with a sudden stop or crash.
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A very nice ride in this morning, but looks to be a wet one on the way home this evening. How am I supposed to get any work done today with the amazing race going on?!?
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