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Old 12-10-08, 07:53 AM
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Forgot my helmet, which has my headlight and blinky on it. On the plus side, I remembered my headlight battery.
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Old 12-10-08, 08:58 AM
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Temps read 13-17F. The snow is still melting providing a few ice flows and what not.
Thus, I took the MTB to the light rail station to shorten the distance.
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Didn't commute today-too tired from last 2 days. Good thing though other wise I would have missed the call from my son of his commuting accident. He got nailed by a lady who ran a stop sign. Thankfully she was only going about 10 when she hit hiim. He is ok he says, just scratched up. After finding out about him, I then turned to the bike that I built him at Thanksgiving. He said the wheels are shot but the rest seemed to be ok.
He got the lady's insurance info which I told him to go to the doctor and get checked out even though he say's he's fine. You never know what is lurking underneath. Then he is taking the bike to a LBS to see if it is worth fixing or if he should just get another one. Wish him luck.
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60 degrees on the ride in. Too warm! This is December for cryin' out loud. I rode in a T-shirt and shorts. It felt bizarre.
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Old 12-10-08, 09:39 AM
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Warm but wet, should be in the 60's this afternoon although, I'll have to dodge rain showers. Legs feel good but I've been battling either a mild head cold or allergies so my wind isn't great. My last post disapeared with a lost connection on Friday. It was wordy but went something like this:

1) another "all ride week"
2) new baby = tired
3) cooper's hawk hunting under 14th st. bridge
4) new tires are coming
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Old 12-10-08, 11:01 AM
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Forgot to juice up the light battery last night. Plugged it in for a few minutes this morning as I topped off the tires, wiped the chain, filled my water bottle. But it wasn't enough. It died as I pulled into work. I'll have to call my wife and see if she can either bring my charger or just swing by and pick me up when she gets the kids from preschool.
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Old 12-10-08, 12:30 PM
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dark and wet.

I actually leave the charger at work so the light gets topped up during the am...
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Old 12-10-08, 01:13 PM
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1 deg F. and Dark
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Old 12-10-08, 03:59 PM
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Started out wet roads and freezing rain. When I hit the trails the rain stop and it was just wet. Still a great ride!!
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Old 12-10-08, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by KLW2
1 deg F. and Dark
I am almost too ashamed to post after that one^^.

Put on full rain gear to get home this PM. 49°F, wind/rain in my face, 3 mile visibility. Tall buildings downtown were half in the clouds. An OK ride as I can scram from work on Weds at 4PM and have some daylight - barely. Beats the rush hour too.

I bet it has been nearly a year since I wore rain pants. No complaints. Happy to not have 1° to endure, although I bet some of you NearCanadians dig that stuff. I would love to get my Pugsley up there to play in the snow.

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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
dark and wet.

I actually leave the charger at work so the light gets topped up during the am...
That's a very good idea. If I had to choose, I could get away with being lightless in the morning. Not so much on the way home.
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27*F and 20mph wind. new winter clothes passed the test.
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Old 12-10-08, 09:12 PM
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Weird. No wind and sort of warm in the high 40s. Somehow I was hauling arse the way home on my slow MTB. That was a nice final commute for this week.
I have to travel to a specialist in the middle of the day and can not take the day off. So I drive tomorrow.
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Old 12-10-08, 09:29 PM
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tough to gauge the weather and what to wear. Suddenly it was spring time in Boston. Very windy at times. Warm and wet. had to stop to strip down at a certain point- too many clothes!

Otherwise a lovely commute.
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My Light & Motion Vega headlight only holds enough charge anymore to get me home if I keep it in blink mode and switch to full only at certain times, so there's a lot of doinking around with the controls.

But more annoying than that... Grip King pedals are the coolest for summer riding, but man, they SUCK in the rain. I'm slipping all over the stupid things. I need to get my Matrix from the shop in Queens that finally finished its warranty repair and take the FUNN Soljam Vipers off it. Those things are awesome in all weather.

Other than that, it was an average rainy commute. I'm probably getting some Foxwear rain pants made. Until then, it'll be soggy tights.
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Super warm today -- my winter coat was way too much. I do sorta enjoy commuting in light rain both ways, though, kinda refreshing (unlike downpours).
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27, but it felt a lot warmer, was sweating by the time I got to work, but ride was great.

And I've come to the firm conclusion that cager attitude is based on time of day. If I leave between 6:30 and 6:45 everybody is so nice...if I leave from 7:00 on, I take my life into my own hands, they're insane.
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First long rain ride to and from choir last night. Flood watches up. I swung by my LBS in my volvo to pick up fenders, had them on un 15 minutes and hit the road. I carried some tevas in the panniers and a change of clothes to wear at church, then changed back. Couldn't find my gloves, but wasn't really that cold. It was oddly warm. The strange weather only motivates me more and more to use my car less and less.

Getting a wheel trued for my commuter clunker at my LBS, and then I'll be ready to start commuting to work and not just going to church.
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Whew. BF is back! (The internets were broken this morning...)

Nice ride for me. Calming, somehow. Light snow cover. Some ice. Lots of bicycle tracks in the snow, including some going off into the woods trails. I think there are some new winter cyclists around here!

Temps were in the low teens F, and I had a light tailwind.

Here's the Trek next to a steamy Lake Champlain, looking toward Burlington Harbor. (Bad cell phone picture.)
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Ah well I only fell once today. As I take a left turn and crest and hill I found myself on a street of ice.. Nope not from rain or snow from $#*)($*($#)( sprinklers
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4*F this morning. Maybe colder in some places.

I suppose it might be about time to think about breaking out the balaclava. My face was getting a bit chilly by the end of the ride.
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mtn-biked it and boy am I tired. I wasn't expecting that. Brutal headwind at a delicate stretch. No kid shuttling this morning, everyone else slept in (actually I slept in too, up at 20 to 6 instead of at 5)
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yuk. My least favorite riding: cold rain. 40F/4 or 5C and steady. Normally I post after the morning ride, but it looks not to matter today--conditions as steady as the rain...
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Good riding in denver, the ice/snow is almost completely melted off the roads
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Rode the fixed gear in this morning, just for a change of pace. I'd been riding the race bike lately since my buddy and I have been trying to reestablish our off-season training routine.
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