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Old 12-15-08, 11:34 PM
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Really nice commute home with a HUGE tailwind. Ran the helmet cam to capture some Christmas lights downtown and caught this scene.

Can you find the confused motorist in this photo?

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Old 12-16-08, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike
...Can you find the confused motorist...
My left hand involuntarily clenched a bit at the sight of it!

Nice ride in for me today: 44F/6 or 7C with about a 10mph headwind and light rain. Absolutely nothing to complain about! Even the motorists were well-behaved and alert (at least alert enough for my purposes).
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6*F this morning. I dressed for it and was quite comfortable the whole way. The only cold bit was my toes; I need to get those neoprene booties sent back to Performance to get them exchanged for ones the right size. Either that or switch to platforms and hunting boots, which I normally do at some point in the winter.
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19*F this morning, I left at my perfect time, traffic was light, no wind...it's better then coffee!
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Old 12-16-08, 06:59 AM
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Mid 40's with a light headwind and sporadic showers, not bad. I was dressed just right and was very comfortable. I'm still waiting on my new tires, it's been about 2 weeks now, and feel that I'm really starting to push it riding on slicks-they're calling for a rain/sleet mix this evening. In addition, I'm learing how to adapt to being perpetually calorie-deprived. We're so busy these days that my evening meals are really taking a hit, my energy level and strength are noticably lower, making my normal pace impossible. Hopefully, I'll lose weight, at least.
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I hated to drive this morning because it was really warm, but it was very foggy and it's supposed to turn cold and rainy by this afternoon. So I wussed out and drove. I don't like riding in rain and fog. Good thing I don't live in the Northwest!
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Snow! (Not nearly enough for them to close work, alas.)
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Old 12-16-08, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike
DRIVING FAIL!


Rode today after a couple days off due to snow. Had some bad ped-tracked ice to deal with. Did not like. The studs held, more or less, but the surface was horrible.

Temps in the high 20sF. Nice tail wind.
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Old 12-16-08, 08:31 AM
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6*F along the lake shore this morning in chicago. I only saw 1 othe biker and 5 joggers along my 7.5 mile commute. It feels good to out there. I am sure my toes would not say the same. Ride safe guys and keep it up.
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Old 12-16-08, 11:50 AM
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19F but nice
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No commute today, 1/2 inch of ice covering everything here in the "bluegrass", and about 20 minutes north they began getting snow, up to 3 inches. So I walked today...bike tomorrow hopefully.
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35F and raining. Not hard. Just enough to slicken the roads and make me glad I took the time to reinstall the fenders on the fixed gear commuter.
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38ish or something like that, a sprinkling of rain. I got passed by a roadie with a 700c wheel strapped to his back, but besides him, I was the fast guy on the greenway.

Which just tells you how light the traffic was.
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Old 12-16-08, 12:56 PM
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slippery but fun
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Old 12-16-08, 02:48 PM
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We got rain here in SoCal yesterday. When it rains they (not sure who, but some gov't agency) locks the gates to the MUP's that parallel local rivers, I suppose to avoid having people fall in the river and need rescuing. So this morning I had the joy of hopping 4 fences (with my bike) during my commute. It added a bit of fun and adventure to the normal commute.. but killed my pace.
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50 degrees, pouring rain outside, headwind part of the way home. My bag was wrapped with a ghetto poncho (trash bag), and the rest of me got soaked.

I had a blast, per usual.

Passed another cyclist just before getting home, gave him a grin and a wave. If you're out there, mystery cyclist in Tempe who passed a ninnyhammer on a yellow Motobecane, hi!
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Morning commute was typical cold for this time of year in SW Ohio (mid 20's). PM commute was more exciting...freezing drizzle. Had to stop a few times to scrape the ice off my googles.

It was complete pandemonium out there. UPS truck wrecked into a FedEx truck. Cars sliding into each other, through intersections, as usual, driving too fast for conditions. Anti-lock brake sounds all over town.

One car decided to go left of another to avoid a rear end collision and nearly hit me as I was making a left turn. Of course they look at me like it's all my fault even though I was probably the ONLY vehicle under control in the entire city.

I put on the Schwalbe Winter Marathons last night, just in a nick of time. Wow! What an awesome first day on studs. Worth every penny.
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still struggling with a cold but the weather has been relatively warm. Managed to get this far into the winter without studs but I think they'll go on before tomorrow's ride- snow storm coming.
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Old 12-16-08, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by wildergeek
UPS truck wrecked into a FedEx truck. I was probably the ONLY vehicle under control in the entire city.
I don't know why, but the UPS/FEDX thing made me smile. It's nice to be on the outside of the mayhem looking in isn't it?! Wish you had a helmet cam!
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This morning was cold, but clear. Then about noon the snow started down. By the time I got on the road it was insane. I had to wait for no traffic and walk my bike to a clear spot in the center of the road. There I saddled up and took off.

I slid a few times to the side, but kept it upright. I had someone going to opposite direction yell "You're an idiot", to which I replied "**** you too!" After that I had a short bus driver lay on the horn after passing me. Everytime people do this I want to pull out my chain and smack it through their windows.
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Old 12-16-08, 10:28 PM
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Awesome, after yesterday starting at -13 todays 34 was damn near summer like
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Lots of snow and ice. No cycle commuting for this princess.
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Old 12-17-08, 06:08 AM
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35F/2C with just a hint of drizzle. Road spray a little chilly on my bare shins and calves, but I don't usually head to the office expecting romance anyway.

Kid's stuff in comparison to some our rides here, though...
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No ride this morning.. the fog yesterday riding in was horrible.. couldnt see anything, so I drove this morning for safety reasons.

Its expected to clear up tomorrow morning, I will try again then.
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Made my first real commute in to work today. I have been planning it for a week or two now, but always found an excuse not to do it.

It was overcast and about 40F. 7 mi one way (not counting the bus trip) with just a few hills. It's nice to know I put 0 miles on my car today. My wife tried to talk me out of it because she's worried I'll get run over, but I called her when I got to work, so maybe she won't fuss as much next time.

It only took me an hour to get to work (1/2 that time on the bus).
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