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Old 01-26-09, 10:26 AM
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24F, crystal clear. I gave my hat to my 7 yr old, so my ears were pretty numb when I left his school, but by the time I was halfway to work the circulation had kicked in pretty well so all was good.
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I'm happy to report I survived last week's bad weather. I worked from home on Tuesday and Wednesday because of the snow, but commuted the other 3 days. Thursday wasn't TOO bad, except for a patch of ice in the shade under a train trestle. Making my way through it at about 22 mph on thin tires with cars next to me doing 60+ got my pulse racing for a second, but I made it through OK.

Uneventful rides otherwise.
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-5 F. My man thing got cold! Otherwise, fine. I did break out the chemical warmers for the toes.
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Old 01-26-09, 12:32 PM
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Brrr. Cold one in NY today. Was out sick from work a few days two weeks ago and also had days off for MLK and Inaugural so I haven't biked to work since ....it was a cold and tough ride this morning! Def. put on a few pounds too. Ugh....I'm so ready for spring

here's a more positive commuting report for the ladies:
https://lifestyle.msn.com/your-life/b...6&imageindex=6
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34F and clear. Bit of mist down by the river. Gorgeous.

I had a run in with the first Suicide Squirell of 2009: Lucky for us both that he missed my wheels and ran right under my bottom bracket. I could feel his tail on my foot. We both survived.
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Old 01-26-09, 02:56 PM
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I think I've met that same squirrel.
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Old 01-26-09, 05:19 PM
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Almost Got Killed Today ... !!!

I almost got smashed and maybe killed today! I was riding through downtown, in the right lane, to the right as far as I could ride safely, and several cars came to close to me when they passed, but one car nearly hit me, and so I almost crashed into the parked cars.

I even had on my bright orange road construction vest, which is very visible. Visibility was good, sun was out, and I was actually keeping up with the traffic!

So, from now on I'm taking up the entire lane when I ride ... !!! Drivers are so rude here and dangerous!
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Old 01-26-09, 05:24 PM
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50(F)ish, dry. Nice.

A can lid fell off of a recycling truck and the next car flung it directly at my bike frame like it was a sharp-edged metal Frisbee. Coulda hurt bad if it hit my leg.
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Old 01-26-09, 09:18 PM
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8〫F on the way home tonight and it felt oddly warm- no wind for a change.

took the bike path in this morning- hadn't ridden on it in 2 weeks but thought I'd check it out. It was plowed and "ridable" but basically like riding a mountain bike on rough single track in a lot of sections. My speed dropped at times to about 4-5mph. Other sections were quite nice but not consistent enough to make it worthwhile.

Back to the streets route tonight, which was fine.
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Old 01-26-09, 10:13 PM
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I've adopted a new route that incorporates a couple of rural roads. I've been riding it during the day,but I was concerned about the traffic at night. I tried it last night, and then rode it again tonight. Seems to be ok. It's twice as long as the bike path I can't take right now, but I think it's faster because there are only two stops instead of 12.

This avoids a 2 block stretch on 4 lane road with a 40mph speed limit that has a lot of speeding on it. That was causing me a lot of stress even though the motorists have seemed ok on there for the most part. For most of the year, there is a bike path along the road that I ride on, but it's impassable now.

The new route has the advantage that it is photogenic. I'm thinking about taking the camera soon.
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My first day commuting home from work. I took a few wrong turns to say the least. Route I should have taken = 8.1 miles. Actual route=15.4 miles!! What an idiot.

I mapped my route on google (backwards: from home to work).

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=37.340991,-121.879985&daddr=CA-82%2FW+Santa+Clara+St%2FThe+Alameda+to:Naglee+Ave+to:Newhall+St+to:CA-82%2FEl+Camino+Real+to:E+Fremont+Ave+to:Kifer+Rd+to:Walsh+Ave+to:Walsh+Ave+to:Scott+Blvd+to:3350+Sco tt+Blvd+%23+8,+Santa+Clara,+CA+95054+(Clean+Innovation)&hl=en&geocode=%3BFWyjOQIdPuW7-A%3BFU6tOQIdGJi7-A%3BFWq9OQIdDl-7-A%3BFXbzOQIdsOe6-A%3BFfryOQIdRzm6-A%3BFa5HOgIdt1e6-A%3BFQg_OgIdUNG6-A%3BFbo2OgIdlgu7-A%3BFS05OgIdlgu7-A%3BFftgOgIdV7K6-CE1VZbqkdgpqw&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=16&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9&dirflg=w&sll=37.342373,-121.879427&sspn=0.007114,0.014033&ie=UTF8&ll=37.351328,-121.937943&spn=0.113806,0.224533&z=12
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Old 01-27-09, 04:53 AM
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Originally Posted by vja4Him
I almost got smashed and maybe killed today! I was riding through downtown, in the right lane, to the right as far as I could ride safely, and several cars came to close to me when they passed, but one car nearly hit me, and so I almost crashed into the parked cars.
Nasty. Glad you're OK.

My commute was very wet. My glasses fogged up every time I stopped and my shoes are full of water . I've stuffed them with newspaper to soak some of it up. Any more tips?
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Old 01-27-09, 05:32 AM
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Originally Posted by J.P.W.
...I've stuffed them with newspaper to soak some of it up. Any more tips?
Change out the paper after a few hours if they're really wet.

28-30F/-2 to -1C with snow. Just started as I was setting out, and was collecting nicely along the way in. Actually started as a kind of sleet. As I was walking around the building here at work I noticed that it was a kind of crystaline sort of stuff--very slick. Didn't realize it 'til I started walking on it.

Put studs on last night, and didn't really need them this morning (though I may have needed them more than I know). I do have a feeling I'll need them this afternoon, though...
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Old 01-27-09, 06:38 AM
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Finally! A little bit of snow. I can now justify my heavy, slow-rolling, but deeply treaded and puncture resistant touring tires that have taken 4 mph off of my average speed and have daily broken my spirit :-) The snow was starting to stick in patches along the trail and was merely a dusting, crackling under my tires and throwing up granular bits of (I guess) salt in front of my headlight. I saw tracks from 3 other riders, passed another on a single speed, and two joggers. I'm hoping that we get more rather than less, I love riding in fresh, powdery snow. Tomorrow morning is supposed to bring freezing rain. On top of the re-freeze, that may be treacherous without studs. Can't wait for the ride home.
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Old 01-27-09, 08:46 AM
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I caged today. Predictions of freezing roads this afternoon = no thanks. I won't do that to myself. First time I've driven in almost two weeks.
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Old 01-27-09, 08:55 AM
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I pushed hard. Good ride.
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Originally Posted by mjw16
Finally! A little bit of snow. I can now justify my heavy, slow-rolling, but deeply treaded and puncture resistant touring tires that have taken 4 mph off of my average speed and have daily broken my spirit :-) The snow was starting to stick in patches along the trail and was merely a dusting, crackling under my tires and throwing up granular bits of (I guess) salt in front of my headlight. I saw tracks from 3 other riders, passed another on a single speed, and two joggers. I'm hoping that we get more rather than less, I love riding in fresh, powdery snow. Tomorrow morning is supposed to bring freezing rain. On top of the re-freeze, that may be treacherous without studs. Can't wait for the ride home.
Made it to work well ahead of most of my (driving) co-workers. Fat flakes had started to fall just before I left home, and were close to an inch by the time I got to work. Tonight will probably carefully pick my way to the Metro a couple miles away and take the train home, which is a much better alternative than driving (or the bus).
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I also caged today. Freezing rain predicted for this afternoon. I don't have the gear to bike in that weather yet.
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Today it was great.

Yesterday I realized that I had accidently converted my 27 speed bike to a 3 speed when I installed my kickstand. Last night I fixed that so the ride was much faster and more pleasant.
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Decided to take the light rail for part of my commute today, it was like 3F when I left this morning. I love riding in the snow but hate riding on roads where the snow is all beat up and creamy, feels like your going to slip and fall under a moving car.
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Old 01-27-09, 10:23 AM
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It was a bit colder than I expected this morning, and I didn't wear my long sleeve shirt, which I was regretting for the first mile and a half. Once I warmed up, though, my commute was one of the best I've had. After all the winds yesterday, my legs feel like they have limitless energy.

I do need to tighten up bolts and true my wheels, since I'm getting a few creaky noises there. Better safe than sorry.
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Not a bad ride in today - just cold (10F) but I was dressed for it. Loving the roads being fairly cleared off - at least I can track my way on the side streets thru the chunky ice sheets on mostly a little pavement trail.

Tomorrow should be a different story though - says we're getting 6" of snow.
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30F, windy, snowy. Made my traffic lights, which was good, the sensors were covered w/ snow and tough to spot.

Snow supposed to turn to rain any minute now. Wait and see.
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High 20's F and light snow. The main streets were slushy and the MUP is covered with mostly pristine snow. The studded tires worked well but it does take a lot of power to push through the snow. The Bionx kit helped. More snow and perhaps freezing rain or sleet for the commute home about 9pm.
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