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Old 11-14-08, 10:00 AM
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I met up with a coworker, Simon, to commute on the roadbikes.

He clubbed me like a baby seal.

He opened a can of whoopass with a healthy dose of pain.

Strong feller ...
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Old 11-14-08, 10:09 AM
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Snowy and fun in denver, I still have some work to do on my winter bike - gears are a pain
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Pretty good actually, no rain (which is lucky for vancouver island in November). i have taken to downloading audio books to pass the time as I ride. It makes such a difference seeing how my ride can get pretty boring day in and day out, long and flat.
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Okay...I've been on and off this week, only twice. Last week was pretty bad, as well.
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Old 11-14-08, 12:01 PM
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There was a light drizzle as I set out. That wasn't in the forecast, of course. And my tendonitis in my left knee was acting up. My new saddle is still breaking me in. And so when three miles into my commute my front derailer broke, I turned around and spun home.
 
Old 11-14-08, 01:53 PM
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Went to the gym last night for the first time in a long while. My legs were HEAVY this morning. But it's a beautiful day to ride a bike. I'll be off for next week and may just work from home T'giving week, so this is a good last commute for the month.
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I'm just now finding time to post about my ride this morning.
HAHA... terribly busy this morning for some reason.
Woke up alot later than usual. Got on the road about 10 minutes later (cut corners out of eating, etc) and in my haste had no listened to the weather lady very well. Chita (the weather lady) would not have lead me astray.. so I must have not heard.
I get going and not 300 yards from the house it happens. The 35mph headwind. Thankfully, it was warm this morning. The new bike did well in the wind. Amazing how much the position really helps.
Lovin my 7.3fx!
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Old 11-14-08, 02:56 PM
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Took my first ride to work in about 9 years. In that time, I moved away from where I used to work, lost that job, took jobs that required me to drive, then looked for a new job to ride to on the bike.

Its my second week there, and a good day for it, so I rode. Great ride, but my legs are pretty jelly-like and its a long climb at the end of the return trip home. Its 11 miles each way with a 3 mile downhill in the morning, and a 3 mile uphill in the afternoon.

Riding to work rules. I am so alive after a ride in the morning, its great.
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Old 11-14-08, 03:25 PM
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Wimped out today. Heavy rain forecasted on and off all day (and they got it right for once). I would have ridden anyway (so I say ) but my wife had the day off AND my manager was out too. 3 strikes, I'm out.

Worked from home.
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Old 11-14-08, 03:26 PM
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Hillish nearest home

"...its a long climb at the end of the return trip home. Its 11 miles each way with a 3 mile downhill in the morning, and a 3 mile uphill in the afternoon."

I have the same situation, though on a slightly smaller scale. That first downhill mile and a half is great in the morning, but coming up it at the end of a long day, in the dark amid hurrying cars, is another thing altogether. Still, it certainly beats being one of the car-bound myself, or stewing on the bus.

Day off for me today, so I had to content myself with short rides for groceries and a haircut in place of the usual 45 minutes each way to work.
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Old 11-14-08, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Caleab
I get going and not 300 yards from the house it happens. The 35mph headwind. Thankfully, it was warm this morning. The new bike did well in the wind. Amazing how much the position really helps.
Lovin my 7.3fx!
Wow - The only complaint I have about my 7.3FX is when the Santa Anas hit here and I feel like a sail sitting too upright... Just goes to show - no bike is perfect for everyone. Tomayto tomahto...

That said, the ride in was super nice this morning, but still too hot. The winds are picking up here and I'll be ready for some serious wind on the way home and it's supposed to get into the mid-high 80's this afternoon. But I'll still be on a bike, so I'll be smiling!
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Old 11-14-08, 09:56 PM
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I'll admit to being a cold weather wimp, so when I heard a low of 47 and no rain until later in the day, I had to do it. Great ride. Some drizzle when I started out, but just wet roads after. My wife and son were in town today anyway so I left the bike at work and rode home with them. Given our forcast, I may be done for awhile. Like I said, I'm a cold weather weanie!
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Old 11-15-08, 05:55 AM
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It wasn't that bad yesterday in terms of the cold. I was able to stop about halfway home, pull off my coat, and ride the rest of the way in my sweat top and pants. That will probably change as the fall turns into winter but it isn't going as bad as I thought.
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Old 11-15-08, 09:05 AM
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I had to come in to work early... 5:30am, which meant leaving at 4:15 to give myself time to warm up and drink a cup of coffee before starting. It was 20 degrees out! It wasn't as bad as I thought, I kept getting surprised by how far I'd made it since I spent the whole time focusing on keeping myself working enough to stay warm but not break a sweat. It was an absolutely beautiful morning, full moon, quiet.

My hands absolutely froze. I need to find a solution for these below-freezing days. Maybe some chemical finger-warmers, the only thing that really hurt were my thumbs, which can't be fixed by using lobster gloves or mittens. They still hurt.
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Old 11-15-08, 11:33 PM
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Wild weather tonight!

Had to go into downtown Boston for something work related at 7:30pm. Didn't leave until 6:55p and time was of the essence so it was a fast and furious streets ride with tornado warnings and bursts of warm rain. Fortunately, the wind gusts were in my favor and I managed to fly through Brighton and down Commonwealth at over 20 mph most of the time.

Left downtown for home at around 9:30 pm just as a shower came over and I rain suited up for a bike path ride home. The wind was whipping across the river and in my face for a good part of the ride. Not a soul on the path for most of the ride. Two couples walking arm in arm and a few couples nestled on benches in the misty dark. Was lucky to make 14 mph much of the time in the wind. Lots of downed branches and wet leaves.

Couldn't believe the warm temperatures. Eerie for this time of year. Sure was beautiful though.
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Originally Posted by lookingforcool
Wow - The only complaint I have about my 7.3FX is when the Santa Anas hit here and I feel like a sail sitting too upright... Just goes to show - no bike is perfect for everyone. Tomayto tomahto...

That said, the ride in was super nice this morning, but still too hot. The winds are picking up here and I'll be ready for some serious wind on the way home and it's supposed to get into the mid-high 80's this afternoon. But I'll still be on a bike, so I'll be smiling!
Well the previous ride was a 7200 set up in a way non-aggressive stance.
So I'm quite a bit more aero on the 7.3fx

Sad thing is that I'm already shopping for another bike. But I have a dream...
a dream of housing at last 2 bikes in the stable.
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I bought a new balaclava over the weekend. For what I paid for it, I was expecting it to be awesome. It is not awesome, but it is satisfactory. I can layer my old fleece turtle fur over it.

The ride itself was also satisfactory, but not awesome. I could not get going for anything! (I think that's my baseline before about 0600) I found out that my taillight had burned out, threw a Knog Frog on there, and when I got to work, it was gone. Damn. I guess I'm going unlit on the way home, at least I have my safety vest.
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32F with 3mph wind. Pretty nice. A little cloudy to start with but a few stars poked through. It cleared up for a beautiful sunrise. Five deer from big to really small ran across the road in front of me. And I saw a skunk that had a really big white stripe on it. Didn't know they had that much white on it. (I wonder how they keep that stripe clean?) Wore leg warmers and a balaclava for the first time. They worked pretty good. My feet still got cold... even with shoe covers. I think I have to find a better pair of socks. My speed drops with the temperature. I was pokey today!
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Snow bike got put back into duty for the first time this season. It's been snowing since yesterday and there's a chance of 2-4 inches every day this week. There really hasn't been any accumulation on the roads, yet, but around here ya just never know.

Of course now everyone here at my new place of employment have confirmed what they already suspected...that I am nucking futs.
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Nice ride this morning. Dry. Low 30sF with a crosswind off the lake. Saw one cyclist as I was pedaling around the Burlington waterfront area to kill some time before I went to the office.
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28 Degrees this morning, so I tried out some of the new winter clothing...awesome!

About a mile in a full roadie pulls up next to me, unclips, waits at the red light, says good morning and takes off...and I think "I'm hunting wabbits"

Now I'm on my winter MTB, with 20 lbs of work week things in my panniers but I figure time for a good work out.

I was able to keep him within a block, but he kept running the reds, so I could never catch him and I realize if he had ever went into the drops the hunt would have been over in a hurry but I had fun knowing the stuff in my panniers probably weighed more then his bike and I kept him in sight and it made the mindless morning ride much more fun..
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59 degrees and sunny with a 15mph tailwind; need I say more?
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Mild headwind most of the way. I felt good and warm in my many layers (it was in the mid 30s). I still need a balaclava, but I used a beanie and scarf today. Traffic was light. I had my Christmas lights on my bike.

The was a wicked crosswind on the bridge that wanted to blow me into the other lane, so I was probably weaving like I was drunk. I'm at work now, with the endorphin glow.

I challenged myself to ride all the way, every day this week. I don't want to touch my car until at least Saturday. That is my goal.
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It was about 35 when I left the house so a little bit cooler than last week. I rode in the rain a couple times last week so I was grateful for sunny skies this morning and dry streets. I am hoping to ride in some snow showers this week, looking forward to it. I didn't get on the bike at all over the weekend due to weather and I ran a 5k yesterday morning so my bike legs felt pretty fresh.
 
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32F & flurries. Saw one other commuter way ahead, didn't catch him/her.
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