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Old 12-18-08, 02:03 PM
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Am reading all these replies about how cold it is. brrr... in Atlanta today it's 64 degrees! am having a dickens of a time dressing for the right weather on these commutes. back to summer clothes.
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Old 12-18-08, 02:11 PM
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Another snow-day for schools today, so home again with the kids. Commuted with them to school on the toboggan for some sledding. Would be surprised if there is school tomorrow.
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Old 12-18-08, 07:24 PM
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I made a couple of videos of deer on the way to work this morning. Terrible quality, but you can see the deer reasonably well.

https://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2...t=DSCN0371.flv

https://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2...t=DSCN0375.flv
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Old 12-18-08, 07:44 PM
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It's summer here. Commuted in under blue skies, sunshine and 23C (73F) temperatures.
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Old 12-18-08, 08:56 PM
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It's summer here. Commuted in under blue skies, sunshine and 23C (73F) temperatures.
I'm jealous...can I stay at your place?
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Old 12-18-08, 10:22 PM
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Eerie commute this morning, but I loved it. I had to get to work earlier than usual, so I left my house a little before 6AM. I took my usual route, which starts on an MUP that runs along a major road here in Montgomery County. There must have been a power outage or something because EVERY traffic light was out. It was pitch black, but a strangely bright half-moon lit my way. When I came into a neighborhood I usually cut through, I saw a fox run right across the road in front of me. Made it to the Metro station and was in DC by 6:30 AM. Once in DC, I meandered my way through the city as I usually do. The early hour combined with the approaching holiday meant that the streets were pretty quiet. It was great day for biking through DC. As I made my way to my office, (near Capitol Hill) I caught my usual view of the Capitol building just as the sun was rising. It was a bit chilly but no wind which made the ride really nice. It was a good day for a bike ride.
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Old 12-18-08, 10:47 PM
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I drove this morning. Probably a good thing I did so. When I was inspecting my bike tonight I noticed a bubble of inner tube sticking through a tear in the sidewall of my rear tire. Oh well, guess I know what I'll be buying tomorrow.
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Old 12-18-08, 11:27 PM
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rolled in again on the studs today. A little slower than usual but not bad. Big snow due tomorrow!

Fortunately, I've got the day off- snow day!
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Old 12-19-08, 06:28 AM
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We're suppose to get 8-14" of snow starting any minute and snow the next 7 days...oh boy trainer here I come.
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Old 12-19-08, 06:47 AM
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Fog as thick as pea soup. Made for a very spooky kinda ride.
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Old 12-19-08, 07:55 AM
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Here are the projected snow totals for the next week. Today, so far 9.5" on the ground 3 or 4 more to come before noon. 6 more on Saturday night, and then another round on Tuesday. Haven't had a chance to ride outside since Thanksgiving because of crappy roads due to the 20" we've had thus far not including today. I've put on 200 miles on the trainer but its just not the same. There was a poll recently about whether trainer miles count, well I'm counting them! I have no choice. Hopefully the new year will bring better conditions.
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Old 12-19-08, 08:32 AM
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Fogged out again, for the fourth day this week. I drove because I tried biking to work one of those days and visibility was very poor. Today the fog was even thicker. We rarely get fog, so this weather is kind of baffling. The ironic thing is the temperatures have been milder here than they have been in weeks, yet I was only able to ride to work two days this week. I'm off next week, so I've only got three more potential commuting days left in 2008.
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Old 12-19-08, 08:58 AM
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had a fun ride this morning, it was a lot like yesterday's ride except this morning more of the bike lane was cleared so i was pleased...i had to slap the side of a truck that was creeping towards me and sort of squishing me to the side of the road...i don't think i startled the driver too badly

looks like the snow will not start fallling until i am just about to leave for work so i will get to ride through it!
 
Old 12-19-08, 09:22 AM
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Beautiful ride in today with temps in low 60's and headwinds about 7mph.
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Old 12-19-08, 09:26 AM
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Damp and foggy...At least it was warmish (mid-50s).
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Old 12-19-08, 09:45 AM
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One of my three-year-olds has speech therapy on Fridays, so the other has half an hour with Daddy in the morning. He loves helping me with the bike, so we cleaned the chain (he turns the pedals while I hold the chain cleaning tool) and I drilled him on what turns what in the drive train. He no longer says ROCKET! when I ask him what the chain turns, which I kind of miss, but SPROCKET! is pretty cute too.

So I glided to work today with a clean drive train, big snowflakes starting to fall, David Sedaris on the iPod. I don't know if I'll be able to ride home tonight, since I haven't been able to afford studs or knobbies and the Marathon Pluses are pretty near slick, but the ride in was nice. We'll see.
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First ride with the M & G's. Thought I would have to stay seated on the significant hills but no, the traction was amazing. I love these things. Worth every penny!

Otherwise 4 degrees f and comfy thanks to all the info learned here.
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Old 12-19-08, 11:44 AM
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alright, I cant download a pic. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-19-08, 12:06 PM
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Mellow ride on the FG this morning. I spent an hour doing intervals on the trainer in the garage before breakfast so it was nice to just sit and spin and watch the city go by. Looks like the storm has passed east for now. I hear I-80 is closed at the summit, but there are patches of blue sky to the southwest.
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Old 12-19-08, 05:00 PM
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I was pretty unsteady on the snow, slush, and ice, but I made it home. Veeery slowly.
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Heading home soon, dark, rainy and wet. Fun stuff.

On the plus side, I passed 5,200 miles for the year this week, meaning that I’ll have averaged ~100 miles a week. Not too shabby given that last year I rode a ton on the last couple days of 2007 just to hit 3,000.

The increase is mainly due to my commute length, which got longer by 9 miles a day in Oct 2007, and longer and more frequent weekend rides in 2008.
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Old 12-19-08, 07:19 PM
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Awesome commute.
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Awesome commute.
You did it with slicks? I as well have not been able to afford knobbies so I know what it feels like, luckily it hasn't been too bad here.
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Old 12-19-08, 07:39 PM
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You did it with slicks? I as well have not been able to afford knobbies so I know what it feels like, luckily it hasn't been too bad here.
Semi-slicks. The Marathon Plus has a little bit of a tread pattern, just enough that I was able to ride 95% of the way. I don't think it could have worked on straight slicks.

The guy I met during the other 5% recommended, "When you get home, have a goddamn good drink," which suggestion I have taken.
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Semi-slicks. The Marathon Plus has a little bit of a tread pattern, just enough that I was able to ride 95% of the way. I don't think it could have worked on straight slicks.

The guy I met during the other 5% recommended, "When you get home, have a goddamn good drink," which suggestion I have taken.
Lol. I figured they had to have some sort of tread pattern...nicely done. A toast to your success
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