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Old 01-08-09, 09:50 AM
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Yesterday's weather was incredible. Winds were terrible.


Today, back at it. About 40 F with a little bit of wind, but nothing like yesterday.
A decent ride, but I'm getting SLOW!
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Old 01-08-09, 09:54 AM
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Thanks Kudzu! I just read tarwheel's report of 60-mph gusts. I didn't realize they got that high yesterday; now I'm glad I didn't ride.
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Old 01-08-09, 09:59 AM
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I had to take a bus in to work yesterday; I missed my stop coming back because of power outages (couldn't see my landmarks at night). Had you tried to ride, I think you would have soon regretted the decision.
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First ride with my new bike. I bought a 2007 Devinci Caribou (touring bike) to replace my 1970s Apollo Prestige. The apollo just didn't cut it for the commute (37 miles round trip), it would break down way too much. I now plan on converting the apollo into a single speed or fixed gear, I haven't decided yet.
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Old 01-08-09, 10:38 AM
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back to heavy mist/steady drizzle from horizontal downpour, very peaceful
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Old 01-08-09, 05:59 PM
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Mucho windy today! The temps weren't bad. I only got one 'you're crazy' today from my co-workers!

These are the same jackasses that go out for a smoke in the same cold weather!
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Was a day of (re)learning for me.

In the am, rediscovered that riding with studded tires is hard work

In the pm, switched to the rebuilt Super Sport and rediscovered the need for fenders.
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Old 01-08-09, 06:40 PM
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Windy. I wound up riding along-side another rider for a bit so we chatted along the way; that was pretty nice.
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Old 01-08-09, 07:01 PM
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23F but felt much colder...my toes hurt...

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Old 01-08-09, 07:11 PM
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Much warmer today, probably due to the high cloud cover rather than that freezing mist. Good legs today.
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FUN! I just got a new single speed 29er which i am commuting on. instead of avoiding all the bumps/cracks/sidewalks/etc, I can now aim for them! also 75F beautiful
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Old 01-08-09, 09:45 PM
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First Commute is 3+ weeks (I was on vacation the last two weeks of Dec but did a lot of pleasure rides then). Had a lot of rain this week till today so I drove (I have next to no wet gear). Nice ride in now that the weather broke.

Got to try my $15 REI dent sale used Night Rover. Works good but the batteries are shot and it was showing that it needed a charge after 45 minutes (we played with it at work). Trying to condition the battery to see if I can bring it back. Looks like I can rebuild the pack for about $30 worse case.

Ride home was a little windy but thankfully it was mostly a tailwind with some side gusts I had to lean into since I had the panniers on the bike. Overall it was really nice to ride again.
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Old 01-09-09, 05:26 AM
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26F/-3C. First full (5-day) commuting week in a while (with use-or-lose, I'd taken every Friday off stretching back to Thanksgiving). But dead legs, a mentionable headwind, and cold fingers couldn't deter me from reveling in the clear view of a nearly full moon beckoning me onward. Very nice, indeed.

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Old 01-09-09, 07:31 AM
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I think I was pushing myself since it was the last ride before the weekend; I was already tired and I was just pushing myself to get home.

Last night on the way in and this morning on the way home I had several things simply fall off of my bike. Last night I lost a braze-on bolt near the drop-outs for my pannier rack (I fixed that before I left work). On the way home this morning, one of my headlights came off in my hand, one of my taillights was millimeters from getting left in the road somewhere, and the garment bag pannier tried to jump off the rack while I was crossing a busy intersection.

At least I made it home with everything ... except my groceries (which I left in the fridge at work so I can expect that they'll be thrown away before I can get back to pick them up this evening).
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Old 01-09-09, 07:50 AM
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I hit nearly 60MPH! Oh, I drove. I haven't been posting here lately because I've been hiking 2.5 miles to the bus every morning instead of riding. The MUP (only direct way) is a mess.

But I wanted to share this: I can't remember the last time I drove to work, and this morning I feel tired, kinda lethargic, and almost "bloated." Ugh. Self-powered commutes are the best.
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Old 01-09-09, 08:20 AM
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great weather in DC land. Nice 30f/1c/272kelvin ride in with little wind. Tired ass legs! Sunshine today and should be nice ride home, too.
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Old 01-09-09, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by kegoguinness
great weather in DC land. Nice 30f/1c/272kelvin ride in with little wind. Tired ass legs! Sunshine today and should be nice ride home, too.
Roughly the same for me in NoVA, but I did have a headwind, heading West. I was out of town and/or off the bike for the 2 full weeks prior to this one, and have ridden every day this week- am a bit worn out.
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Fun commute in this morning. It was mid-60's and the road was wet from overnight rains. I don't have fenders yet, so I got a nice wet spot on the seat of my shorts. Oh well, I enjoyed the whole ride. This is my third commute and I am finding that it doesn't seem as far as teh first two times. In fact, I kind've wish it was a little longer (it's about 7 mi).
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Old 01-09-09, 08:34 AM
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15f with no wind and some icy spots but the roads were mostly clear
saw another commuter on my route and i could hear his studs on the pavement

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Nice and quiet ride in to work today. Dark as usual. Instead of my MTB, I rode my Schwinn LeTour and got to work plenty fast. I overdressed and was sweating bullets by the time I got to work. Glad I have my bike shorts in the locker at work, I'll wear those going home.
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Old 01-09-09, 09:37 AM
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Denver weather is awesome today, no wind and 40. Glad I forced myself to bike even though we had a few beers last night.
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Originally Posted by vtjim
I hit nearly 60MPH! Oh, I drove. I haven't been posting here lately because I've been hiking 2.5 miles to the bus every morning instead of riding. The MUP (only direct way) is a mess.

But I wanted to share this: I can't remember the last time I drove to work, and this morning I feel tired, kinda lethargic, and almost "bloated." Ugh. Self-powered commutes are the best.
I drove on Wednesday because of high winds and had the same experience--felt terrible all day and my legs were completely weak that night. I think not having ANY work to do all week didn't help--8 hours sitting at your desk and surfing isn't good for you.

Took the new bike again today. My word but it's so much easier and faster on a real road bike than my P.O.S. commuter.
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22F, slight headwind, light(ish) traffic. A good ride, but my feet were a bit cold. I got passed on the right in heavy traffic by another commuter. He was passing cars also.

Tonight's ride home is supposed to be warmer, but with a chance of rain.
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Old 01-09-09, 09:55 AM
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We are still getting snow, nothing is plowed decently and temps around 20*F with wind chill down to 0-5*F.

So now that the back injury has subsided it looks like the trainer and maybe weekend rides but the route to work is still impassable...this sucks, it isn't the weather that's killing me it's the street departments!
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Beautiful rider in SW Florida today. Started out in mid 40's. Funny today I felt better than the other but my time was worse. Go figure still better than driving.
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