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Old 12-09-08, 07:59 AM
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Sore legs syndrome continues, but the commute itself was fine. I am going to try to make it all the way to Friday without a break. That will make it 3 weeks in a row without a day off.
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Old 12-09-08, 08:07 AM
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Got cold just reading the last page here.

Today in New Orleans - 68 and breezy.

sukkas.....
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Old 12-09-08, 08:17 AM
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It was a sore day; my legs never seemed like they warmed up even though it was warm outside (mid-50s). Oh well, if I'm gonna be lethargic, at least that's easier when its warm. By the time I leave it should be down to the mid-40s), but the wind will shift around to be out of the north (i.e., at my back). So I got that goin' for me.
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike
Got cold just reading the last page here.

Today in New Orleans - 68 and breezy.

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I like the cold. It makes for nice variety. I think I'd get bored with beautiful weather all year.
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Old 12-09-08, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by apricissimus
I like the cold. It makes for nice variety. I think I'd get bored with beautiful weather all year.
Beauty as they say, is all about point of view and taste. Sounds like you have beautiful weather too - if that's what you like.
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my legs felt great on the bike today must have been the veggie filled dinner i had last night...it wasn't too cold this morning at 18f and my toes stayed warm too i realized that keeping the shoes just a bit loose helps keep the circulation flowing and keeps a layer of air around my foot
 
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Good news is that it is in the low 30's today. Bad news is up to 12" of new snow. Haven't been able to commute since before thanksgiving. Too much snow and ice on the roads. We have had some accumulation of snow every other day for a couple of weeks now. Roads are getting narrower and trying to dodge snowplow blades doesn't sound like fun. I applaude those who are still riding in this slop but I am just not man enough. I am on the trainer but that is extremely boring and very sweaty. Hopefully the snow will end sometime soon.........
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"Where are you going?" asked the security guard as I finished locking my bike to a street sign in front of my office building. I looked at him like he had two heads and said, "I'm going to work!" "Oh, ok.", he responded and walked away. Must be a new guy.
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Ride in today was windy, VERY. Two days in a row going for 3. Eventually I will work my way up to everyday.

Last night was almost eventfull, when a Bobcat and I almost collided. He ran out in the road and a car scared him my way. It was back and forth for a minute then he ran across the bridge and into the woods. No one got hurt. As long as I don't have the same experience with a bear or panther I will be o.k.
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Well at my arrival it warmed up to 24.... and according to the news there are wind gust up 30 mph, add the mix of snow/rain from yesterday it was actually a fun ride!! The wind was all I didn't like!
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cold and clammy.

My son was fooling around again riding to school and wiped out again, but he got back on and rode off, after stopping to check that his brake calipers and levers were working. Then, it was raining when we got there and his numero uno concern in life is keeping his seat dry, so he got off the bike and stood there holding his sweatshirt over it and waited for me to take the plastic bag out from under the seat to put on it. I put it in the rack for him and then realized that he had moved over to shelter my own bike's seat. That was cute.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
cold and clammy.

My son was fooling around again riding to school and wiped out again, but he got back on and rode off, after stopping to check that his brake calipers and levers were working. Then, it was raining when we got there and his numero uno concern in life is keeping his seat dry, so he got off the bike and stood there holding his sweatshirt over it and waited for me to take the plastic bag out from under the seat to put on it. I put it in the rack for him and then realized that he had moved over to shelter my own bike's seat. That was cute.
HAHAHA!!! That is great! Kids is gonna be a biker!
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Cold and clammy here too. 35F, 98% RH, and calm means pea soup fog. And a chill that just gets into your bones.
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Incredible sunrise as I was riding to work this morning. That made it somewhat more bearable catching every red light on my route.

Warmest morning in a while here, upper 30s, which tells you how cold it's been lately. It's already warmed up to 63 F by 1 p.m., about 5 degrees warmer than the forecasters predicted, so I'll be overdressed riding home. Hopefully it won't be raining by then because showers are supposed to be moving in sometime later in the day.
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nice ride this morning. dark of course, 42 deg. no wind to speak of. and.... No Rain. weathermen sheesh. all hype about rain and no rain. so I'm watching this afternoon's weather... we might get lucky and miss it today. Tomorrow is another story though. Doesn't look promising for missing the rain. This is one big storm. Canada to the Gulf. wow.
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It was Clean and Green. The city had run the street sweeper during the night so all the broken glass, car parts and dead armadillos were gone from my (the bike) lanes. And I caught all the green lights .
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Adventurous ride home, at least for Texas. Temperature of 35 F, winds of 23, gusting to 38 out of the NNW (which was fine because a good chunk of my commute is SSE ;- ) I got out of work just a little early because it also shows precipitation on the edge of town.

Considering the ride was dry, I was dressed just right in blue jeans, short sleeve shirt, long sleeve t-shirt & hoodie (with the hood up underneath my helmet), and warm gloves. If it had started to rain my yellow vinyl jacket and pants would have seen duty but I'm not sure how effective they would have been.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the day I usually drive to work if I drive; I have an off-site meeting that I haven't quite worked out the logistics for (and I'll probably leave that for when the weather warms up a little; a mid-week break isn't the worst thing). I managed to ride last Wednesday, only because once a month the meeting is a breakfast meeting and was closer to my home than the office building I usually have to go to.
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it was good today - light rain, temp in the 40's, gear kept my dry & warm.
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Wonderful! It has been nearly 3 weeks since My last commute (forgive me father). Started with weather and need to work late. Then I was on vacation thanks giving week but I took a few rides.
Went back to work and weather was cold, rain wind and Wife and kid were passing bugs I was trying not to get and limiting my exposure to the cold but eventually they gave me the crud on Wednesday. Toughed out work.

The BUMMER was I picked up a new (to me) bike on Nov 23. Its a T700 Cannondale that needed some love. It took me a week to get it all sorted out to ride then the family started with the crud. Today was the first day I got to ride it to work. Weather gave me a break and it was in the 40's on the way in and 60's on the way home. Not even trying the new bike saved nearly a minute of my fastest run on my Hybrid I rode for the last 1,000 miles. I love my new bike!


Now I'm bummed because we have heavy rain in the forecast the next two days and it has already started raining. I'll be driving to work till Friday when it is suppose to clear.

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left late so had to do the streets ride in. The ride home along the river was nice.

passed a few cyclists in a row on the way home on the bike path. as I was about to pass the last one he saw me coming along and sped up and wouldn't let me pass him. We booked along at 20-22 mph for a few miles. Every time he'd slow down and I'd start to pass again he'd speed up. At one point I passed him after a traffic light where I go on the road for a stretch and he stayed on the path. I went right to the speed we were going before the light and he came powering by me again. It was kind of fun but I like when the other rider gives a little smile, wink, nod to let me know it's all in fun. This guy looked a little too serious about it.

Eventually he turned off at H' Square but I managed to keep a nice strong pace all the way home and was thankful for the warm up. 47F! Felt like a heat wave!
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Cool, dark, low wind, and the threatened rain never materialized.

I saw a blinky on a dark road, about 500' ahead of me, some guy on a black mountain bike (I think). I tried to catch up, but he must have ducked into a side street. Later on, I was taking a shortcut through a school parking lot that saves me a few blocks. I saw the same guy ahead of me.
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Ride home at 7PM = 71F and 90% humidity.

Broke a nice sweat in shorts and summer SS shirt.

I love winter in the South!
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Actually, just by reading the posts lately, the majority of people seem to find the cold weather invigorating and uplifting, JoeyBike.
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The gravel roads were QUITE slippery this morning, the temps were around 33 and it was raining on top of ice on the roads. The car drivers were nervous as heck.
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Balmy. 60F/15C at 5:00 AM. Wet pavement and windy, but what's not to like? It's a pretty fair jump from the 20F this past Monday morning which called for my basic winter kit.

This morning it was fingerless gloves, sleeveless T under my rain shell, and knickers (and it most CERTAINLY was warm enough for shorts--they're all packed away for the season at this point, though). The changeable weather this fall is turning me into a clothes-horse.
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