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Old 12-31-08, 10:05 AM
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I decided to call it a year (okay, a month-and-a-half I've had my commuter bike) when the stars aligned on my ride home last night. I made the light which leads to the Metro station (normally wait a full minute there for the light to change); Metro train was waiting as I arrived on the platform so I had time to walk to the most ideal car at the head of the train (goes with next section); then arriving at my stop, since I had the closest train car to the elevator (see?) I got the elevator with no waiting (it's a looong elevator wait if you miss it due to the depth of the station) and home in record time door-to-door of about 45 minutes. Happy new year all, and safe, fun commuting in 2009.
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Old 12-31-08, 12:02 PM
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I had a beautiful ride this morning. It was an unusually (for SoCal) foggy morning in Long Beach with visibility at just over 100 yards. The fog gradually burned off as I rode north up the Los Angeles river and by the time I got to work it was a brisk sunny morning.

I love riding in the fog on a MUP here. All the wussies stay home so I have it all to myself. The fog means no wind and it is so peaceful and quiet. I wouldn't want to ride in the fog in traffic.
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Old 12-31-08, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by hoggster
Not so good.
I didn't ride my bicycle. On the 23rd I rode the motorcycle and I was hit by a truck that ran a red light at 35 mph. Luckily all that happened was my hand was crushed! I probably won't regain use of it, but I am alive! I am home now and things are ok, even though I had to get an attorney because the jerk is lying, saying he had a green light!
Only pedal power from now on....after I recover from the surgeries.
wow! glad you're ok! hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Old 12-31-08, 03:39 PM
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Today was better than yesterday since the crazy drivers seem to have stayed home for the time being. My super-flash bounced off the clip this morning and splattered all over the road. No cars behind me though, so I picked up the pieces, put it back together and nada. No more light. It's only two days old! I'm going to return it due to faulty clip (those things really don't hold well do they?). Hopefully it'll be another uneventful ride home, sans rain and wind, and leaving work a bit early so it can be liesurely...
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Old 12-31-08, 04:36 PM
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one of the worst commutes of the winter today. had to ride the f/s mountain bike on 25 PSI due to the ****ty D.O.T. here. almost took off a mirror on a box truck with my bag as I pass between it and a car. Otherwise it was windy, cold, and took twice as long as normal. At least on the way home the sun was out shining on all the fresh snow. **** winter!!!!
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Old 12-31-08, 06:22 PM
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weeeee! snooooow!
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Old 12-31-08, 06:28 PM
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37F at noon with high winds and sunshine. Not too bad since I took the Bionx equipped cross bike with studded tires.
26F with high winds and high gusts - 9pm - I've brought a balaclava, silk base layer, and heavier gloves. I'm hoping that's enough.

edit - Yep, the extra clothing was required. Not too bad overall, I'm glad I had the assist to counteract the wind.
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Old 12-31-08, 06:45 PM
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I had a good commute today.. I wore too much this morning and started sweating some coming in this morning.. but I can't complain. The ride home was nice.. I rode through downtown and by the river, had to detour due to police and city officials getting ready for new years events tonight.
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Old 12-31-08, 08:24 PM
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Here on cape cod we had 6-7 inches of snow while at work. Forcasted 30-40mph winds with 50+ gusts with lake effect snow at quitting time. Once on the bike found the roads weren't so much plowed as compacted. Regular road tires, put it away lower gear & kept the back wheel moving.

Several plows went by on the other side of the road, pleased none came up behind me.

It was a blast! Soon as I finish eating its back outside to shovel, the wife leaves for work at 5a.m.

Happy New Year to all!!
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Old 12-31-08, 08:41 PM
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Chilly but not bad.
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Old 12-31-08, 10:06 PM
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Awesome except my ride home was strangley challenging. I felt like I was really struggling to get a pace. I thought my tire was actually rubbing but I don't think it was. https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=498509
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Old 01-01-09, 12:23 AM
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like this:


then this:
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Old 01-01-09, 12:51 PM
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First commute of 2009 was OK.

Hardly any traffic out, which was nice. Two other things I noticed:

1. No matter how much a pain in the ass riding in snow is, it's WAY funner than riding in sideways rain.

2. My road bike is stupid fast compared to my 60 pound cruiser and mountain bike with spikes in the front tire.
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Old 01-01-09, 04:39 PM
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New Year's commute was great. No traffic to speak of, and clear blue skies. 40 degrees F. I am so glad it has been mild this year...hopefully it stays that way.
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Old 01-01-09, 05:19 PM
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Strong winds

New Year's eve commute home was in strong winds. Most of it was head on, with a breif period of being slammed from the left. I never worked so hard going down hill. It was a cold wind too, but I was toasty, so other than allot of work to get home, I was OK.
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Old 01-01-09, 09:33 PM
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I work for the county so...no commute today . But I did go on a joy ride with my son!

Cheers
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Old 01-02-09, 06:28 AM
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Nice tailwind this morning with temps in the low 30's. A lot of debris on the trail from last week's wind, but most of it was small and avoidable. Legs felt good and had good energy. The tailwind had me in the mid 20's for a stretch near the rugby fields, that allowed me to make up a surprising amount of time. I'm waiting on new tires and hope to install them this weekend, a replacement is long overdue. I guess they're calling for an Alberta Clipper to make it's way through the DC Metro today, rain/snow showers are likely, I'll keep an eye on radar and adjust my departure time as necassary.
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Old 01-02-09, 08:19 AM
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The wind was in my face the whole way this morning. So I was very slow. Unfortunately I think it's going to be raining on the way home so I won't get to enjoy the wind at my back.

Hardly anybody on the roads this morning.
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Old 01-02-09, 11:47 AM
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Woohoo! 1 for 1 for 2009. Started sprinkling just as I left the driveway but never really turned into full rain. Glad for the fenders.
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Old 01-02-09, 11:52 AM
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1 for 1 for me as well
it was cold this morning but not too windy, my toes suffered a bit but i ordered some shoe covers today so i am hoping they will help keep the wind and the slush out
 
Old 01-02-09, 02:52 PM
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First ride this morning, being it the first day at work in the new year.
Hardly any traffic this morning, cold , around -2C,and dry roads.
I noticed that there were very little traces of New Years Eve to show for the party.
It seemed like any other day of the year, nothing special at all.
A guy at work wanted to know about my bike , he is moving to another town soon and needs a new way of transport,combined with a trip on the train.
Seems like he too will soon be coming in by bike.
One more for the cause !!
I wish the very best to all of you , many safe miles and lots of fun!
2009 will make you faster,fitter and more beautiful than ever!!
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Old 01-02-09, 04:52 PM
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Although it was only -35 today I wimped out again.
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Old 01-03-09, 01:02 PM
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Nice, 5 miles, 22-25 F. little bit of ice here and there, first time out on the road in a month. I have been training indoors, wow I can really feel the benefit out on the road.

I guess 20 degrees is not that cold after all!
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Old 01-03-09, 08:34 PM
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Nice ride. It started out much colder than I expected but I warmed up after about 2 miles. Still a little fog remaining from this morning.

The seatpost keeps falling about 1 inch and stopping.

The ride home in the morning should be cold and wet, I just hope I'm fully prepared in terms of clothes.
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Old 01-04-09, 07:03 AM
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Sunday mornings really are the best commute, by far. It was spinnin zen. Almost no cars on the road this morning.

On the other hand, one driver failed to yield as he entered the roadway from my right, setting me up for the perfect T-Bone collision with his driver's door (that would have really surprised him but he got a couple of NiteRider MyNewt spots in his eyes for his failure) and another driver passed close enough to make me jump when there was plenty of room to ease over into the oncoming lane (there was no oncoming traffic).

It was warmer than I expected it to be going home so I had more layers packed than I needed. There's still a wee bit of fog hanging around from yesterday. The expected rain came through during the night so the ground was wet. My bike and the underside of my garment bag pannier are filthy (not like I care ).

All headlights dimmed so I'll have to charge the two NiteRiders and swap the batteries out in the other one. Looking forward to the ride in to work this evening.
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