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Old 01-13-09, 06:11 PM
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first commute to work and back for the year 2009. hey what can i say. it warmed up to 36 F before sunrise, and most of the snow is off of the roads. decided to go for it. dressed a little too warm. will do better tomorrow. only did 16 miles though. but it was fun. missed riding the weather was just too nasty. first ride since 12 december last year.
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Old 01-13-09, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by daredevil
20 degrees above normal.....global warming, gotta love it!
oddly enough, mars also has ice caps. oddly enough, those ice caps are also melting. (must be all those space ship emmisions) earth first, we'll screw up the other planets later.
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Old 01-13-09, 06:41 PM
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05:00 this morning was -17 F and -30 F wind chill. Some snow...uphill....and my goggles frosted over... just what you might expect around here. I'm ready for summer already....
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Old 01-13-09, 06:53 PM
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It was about 15' when I left this morning. I warmed up quickly and enjoyed the quiet streets of East Jabip.

While walking to my desk someone was moaning about their remote car starter not working and how they were freezing while waiting for their POS car to heat up. They saw me carrying my helmet and got real quiet real fast.
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Old 01-13-09, 08:20 PM
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Yesterday I rode the tallbike to work. Before then I'd only test-ridden it in the dark when nobody could see me. I doubt anyone in this town has seen one before, and the double-takes were plenty. The bike rack at work was a huge draw all afternoon, with passing cars slowing down, a cluster of people at the window, and every neck craned as people came in the building. What a hoot.
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Old 01-13-09, 08:24 PM
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Cold and wet and I almost had a collision with a duck.
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50 and sunny nice
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Too hot in the morning (15 degrees... didn't need the arm warmers AND pogies on the handlebars) and just right in the evening (down to 0 degrees).

First commute with my new ski goggles... worked great. Will be even better when I get my clear lense
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High 30's this morning, smooth ride in. Ride home in the mid 60's. Ah, Texas winters. Beats the Idaho winters I remember growing up in. Summer's a real killer though.

There is another (sometimes) bike commuter at my job. We look for each other's bike at the bike rack when we bike in. No bike for him today. Oh well, I don't ride in all the time either.
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Old 01-13-09, 09:28 PM
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30 degrees F and snowy...
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bike path ride in tonight- I'll post a ride report for bike path users in Boston in the Northeast forum.

rough ride in though- the plowing was wildly inconsistent. It was like riding through 6 inches of frozen, lumpy mashed potatoes.

the ride home was a bit better- came home on the streets. But it's just above freezing and really close turning everything to black ice. I was glad to get home before the freeze.
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Old 01-13-09, 11:50 PM
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It was actually SUNNY today in Portland! Yesterday was really quite grey in so so temps...but today was magical. Even though it was a little cool out.
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It has been soooo nice this week, I actually walked to work to kinda mix things up.
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Just bummed that my head-cold-that-wants-to-be-a-chest-cold has lingered to the point where I called in sick - of course the worse thing about not working is I miss the commute.
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Old 01-14-09, 05:35 AM
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Headwind! Only about 10-20mph, though--less than I expected. Temp 24F/-4C. All was well save that my fingers, as usual, tendered their resignations a couple of miles into the ride...

If I ever find a pair of gloves, or combination of them, that work for me, I'll need to have a going-out-of-business sale to get rid of the growing pile that DON'T work. Sheesh.
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Old 01-14-09, 06:29 AM
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Easy ride today

It was an easy ride, 17 F, -8 C, and a slight wind, but not enough to chill me. The traffic was typical, and not anything unusual happened. It is supposed to be 30 or so when leaving, so that is good. The heat wave is not supposed to last though.
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Old 01-14-09, 06:33 AM
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Have you tried the lobster claw gloves? I have the pearl izumi brand, and they have kept me warm down to about 0 F. Below that I don't know, if they will work.
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Old 01-14-09, 06:57 AM
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Nice ride to work this morning, clear and calm with temps about 30 F. It's still a little too dark on my morning commute for nice sunrises, but we had an absolutely incredible sunset yesterday on my way home, making up for having to leave work late. The next few days are supposed are supposed to be extremely cold -- for NC that is -- with lows near 10 F. However, I have to go out of town on work so won't be riding in it. I kind of regret it, just to see what it's like.
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Originally Posted by fletchh
Have you tried the lobster claw gloves?...
I have a pair. I also have a pair from MEC which I think are a bit better (should've worn them this morning, in fact). I am one of those whose fingers are more sensitive to the cold than a lot of folks--I think it stems from a near-frostbite incident (self-inflicted) in my youth. The search continues...

Commuting post-script: Coming through the lobby just now, a guy asked me, "You don't ride on mornings like this do you?"

Mistaking his question for a marriage proposal, I answered, "I do."

I am the only person in this whole damned building who rides year 'round, but maybe I'm not quite sure just how many people are aware of it.
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It was nice and cold this morning. I rode a little slower than yesterday because I was a little sore from yesterday's commute. It was low 30's and quite pleasant. I think I might take it slower more often.
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18F and couldn't find my balaclava (didn't need it) or spare pairs of wool socks (woulda been nice to have). Supposed to be colder tomorrow w/ 1" - 3" of snow. I can deal w/ the cold, but 3" of snow w/o snow tires? Hmmm...
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The heat wave continues in Sac. Only 32F coming in this morning, but it will be mid 60s going home. Unfortunately, the drought also continues. Skiing may suck this year.
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SLOW SLOW SLOW! 10.1 mph average.

A little breezy and very cold, for us. Below 30 F. Even the woolen socks didn't keep my toes especially warm. But I'm sure they're better than they would have been!
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Great day in Denver, ride home should be even better
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Cold with a small headwind, but I left off one layer-saving that one for tomorrow and Friday when it's supposed to be in the single digits. Other than that, really slow-my new tires are killing me, can't keep it above 16 mph. Every day I'm noticing additional barriers, fences, etc for the upcoming innauguration, if Friday weren't supposed to be rediculously cold, I'd really be looking forward to it. Some of my co-workers will be amazed if I ride the next two days. I'm planning on it.
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