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Old 02-05-09, 11:29 PM
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56 degrees today: That's warm.

My ride today reminded me why I love winter commuting: The cold and ice gets the peds and their dogs off the MUP. Today the MUP was packed with peds and dogs. A couple extra commuters and a few recreational cyclists and some roadies. I might not have to wear 3 inches of extra clothes but I have to slow down all the time to wait for traffic jams.

Oh well, it's supposed to rain next week and that'll clear the way for me.
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Old 02-06-09, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by buzzman
...Unfortunately, I had removed my face mask so I was easily indentifiable.
Clearly it would have been more suggestive if it had been on...

19F/-7C and calm this morning. Several degrees warmer and no wind compared to yesterday, but I swear my fingers felt colder (same glove liner/lobster combo). Go figure...

The header/pothole experience had me looking even more closely at my route than normal this morning. The light I've been using for a year and a half now is OK, but it doesn't exactly "light up the night." As it turns out, I have a dynamo hub front wheel and latest generation LED light on the way. It should be interesting. Kind of expensive, but the time of day I ride my morning commute is always dark even at the summer solstice (though the sky is beginning to lighten in the east there for a few weeks), and after much weighing of cost/benefit, I decided to go for it. Or was it that I finally rationalized it?
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Old 02-06-09, 06:28 AM
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Awesome. 21*, no wind, perfectly clear, and not a car on the road.
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Old 02-06-09, 06:39 AM
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Lovely ride. Calm winds, zipped along past the guys on the corner of Rockville Pike and I370 who are contracted by Liberty Tax Service to stand, in Statue of Liberty costumes, at said corner and wave to motorists. Nice guys. We always say hello to each other, or "stay warm!" They've been out there for a month solid, at least, day and night! For once I'm not the goofiest-dressed guy in rush hour traffic.
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Old 02-06-09, 06:54 AM
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My coldest commute of the winter so far, about 22 F. It was supposed to drop down to the mid-teens overnight and I had psyched myself up for my coldest commute ever, but some high clouds spoiled it. I'm not complaining. It was very comfortable compared to yesterday, when it was about the same temperature but very windy. I drove because I had to go somewhere in my truck after work, and I wasn't missing the ride with the cold wind blowing all day.
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I looked down to check if my tires were flat about five times before I conceded it was me...
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Old 02-06-09, 07:41 AM
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A fellow bike commuter talked to me for the first time ever (I think)! She asked me if I parked in the Hancock building, and I said yes, when in fact I do not. I don't know why I said yes... Where I park is in a garage near the Hancock, but not in it, or below it. I'm kind of embarrassed by that, but whatev, I guess.
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I have been off the bike way too much this year. The weather has not cooperated. Today, that has changed.

The snow and ice has mostly been cleared or melted. The tree limbs from the ice storm are mostly picked up. It was a balmy 29F on the way in to work, and will probably be mid-40s on the way home.

I rode my 'bent for the first time in a while, and arrived to work feeling incredibly good.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:41 AM
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Very nice ride to work* Temps about 60, windy but it was a tail wind most of the way (it's gonna suck riding home).

*I did have an interesting exchange with a fellow sharer of the roadways. I was a bit behind a car. There was a car in a driveway waiting for the car in the street to go by. After the car went by, driveway guy looks at me, then decides that bikes are inanimate objects and proceeds to pull out. He left plenty of room for me to cruise on by in front of him, which I did. But when I did, he was all of a sudden surprised to see me (after making eye contact with me earlier) and honked his horn at me when I was right in front of him.

About a half a block later, he caught up to me at the stop sign, rolled is window down, and started to lay into me for riding in front of him when he wasn't moving. I started yelling back, informing him that he had infringed upon my right of way and that had there been a mishap, he would have been liable for causing said mishap. Okay, it didn't sound like that really; we were both spittin' and sputterin' at each other like two actors in a comedy skit. I found the whole thing pretty amusing actually. Neither one of us wanted to be the first to stop yelling, but we both ran out of breath at the same time. He rolled up his window, pulled away, and I rode on.

I still think it was pretty funny.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:57 AM
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Nearly listless, felt almost completely drained this morning. In an attempt to boost my energy I ate a bowl of cereal just before I left. Bad idea, I think digestion made things even worse. So, for once, I just accepted things and muddled along at 12/13 mph. That was until I was passed. I decided to see if I could hang-use the guy as a rabbit. I let him pull me along at (probably) 18/19 mph until we split company after crossing the 14th St. bridge. It was a struggle but felt good. Otherwise: temps around 28F, little wind and, appropriately dressed. I was actually a little nervous in anticipation of yesterday's ride home, everyone was warning me of the cold. It was cold but actually felt great. By the time I got home I was nice and toasty as well as sweaty. Being a year 'round cycle commuter, I guess my perception of "cold" is different from others'.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by hnsq
I looked down to check if my tires were flat about five times before I conceded it was me...
Ha! i've done that... did you check to make sure the brakes weren't rubbing too?

The commute today was brisk at -10C. It was fun cruching through the ice on the mup. During my on road portion some lady did the old 'last second veer around and brake slam right before a red light' move. I lost the moral high ground when i zipped past on the right.
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Old 02-06-09, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by apricissimus
A fellow bike commuter talked to me for the first time ever (I think)! She asked me if I parked in the Hancock building, and I said yes, when in fact I do not. I don't know why I said yes... Where I park is in a garage near the Hancock, but not in it, or below it. I'm kind of embarrassed by that, but whatev, I guess.
LOL. That is so something I would have done. No commute for me today due to the rain and my lack of rain gear. Supposed to last through Monday night although I'm hoping for a break in the clouds on Saturday for me to go for a quick spin. Don't want my legs to think I'm on a on vacation.
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Old 02-06-09, 11:43 AM
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40sF and medium mist (definitely needed to wash the glasses when I got in). My wife's 1st commute since December or even November. 7 yr old had a friend stay over last night and he biked to school too, so 4 bikes and a 4 yr old in a trailer leaving the house this morning.
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Old 02-06-09, 12:01 PM
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50F and light rain. Actually it was very pleasant. Rode the fixed gear bike and listened to the soft zzzzzzz of the tires over the wet asphalt. Traffic was light due to the furlough of most state offices today.
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Finally a break in the Hot'tlanta Freezer weather. only 24 this morning and almost no wind. nice ride! though this afternoon is going to be crazy hot. 58 deg? this is insane. been in the teens all week in the morning and low 30-40 afternoon. did not ride weds/thurs due to cold near 0 wind chills in the morning. can't wait for the commute this afternoon. like someone posted earlier feels so good to get out and ride.
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Old 02-06-09, 12:41 PM
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Sowly warming up. Was 10f this morning shooting for mid 30's this afternoon and 40's and 50's for the weekend. As it warms up, I'm seeing more joggers on the road. When I say seeing I mean seeing at the last possible second. The guy I almost nailed last night was in black tights, black jacket, black hat and yes it was faily dark out.
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Old 02-06-09, 03:13 PM
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Finally warming up! about 35f this morning required only a jacket and ear-muff-things, and 60f for lunch! Can't wait to leave work & ride the 20mph tail wind home!!!
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Old 02-07-09, 02:51 PM
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Commute was only 8.4 miles yesterday. Nearly got hit when I was crossing the crosswalk (broad daylight). A car didn't stop, and as they started to turn, they almost hit me! And I had my bright reflective vest on. Lucky I was was able to stop quickly. One good thing about my Townie is that the brakes are very good!

Later in the day I went shopping and loaded my Townie with $133.00 of groceries! That's the most I've ever carried before.
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Old 02-07-09, 10:53 PM
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I just got home from my first commute to my new job. It was a total of 42 miles round trip. I'm using my Trek 820 with slick tires. I think that I need to get a road bike for this stuff. The best thing is that the weather here in northern VA right now is like 55 degrees. So it was a fantastic ride. Looking forward to doing it again.
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Forgot to post Friday's commute. I ride a folding bike with a 3-speed internal hub drivetrain - there's no deraileur or tensioner. On the way out of work, my chain kept slipping off. I made it to the train station, coasting downhill most of the way. I ended up calling a cab at the other end of the trip.
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Old 02-08-09, 05:33 PM
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$156/67 Pounds of Groceries

Commute today was 13.1 miles. No problems today. Weather has been warming up in the upper 60s, and a couple days in the lower 70s. Nights are still brisk, must be in the middle-upper 30s.

Average speed today was 10.8 miles. On the trip into town, I made better time, about 12mph average speed. Coming back home there was a bit of a head wind, which got stronger as I got closer to home. My knees could really feel the heavy load, so I had to take it easy hauling the load of food home!

Carried $156/67 pounds of groceries on the way home. This is the most I've ever carried before! I think I just about maxed out the load.

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The nut holding the fender to the fork came off on one side and made a really good racket at 0615 this morning. I undid my twofish handlebar LED flashlight holder and looked for the nut without results cussing the whole time. I walked the Cross Check back to my abode and found a suitable sub for my missing nut and headed out 20 minutes late. Of course I tightened everything else I could.
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Beautiful full moon in a nearly clear sky--could've ridden without a headlight (though I wouldn't dare to do without taillights ).

30F/-1C with a little headwind. After a warm (+15C or so) weekend, I underdressed a little--and I optimistically packed along fingerless gloves for the afternoon trip. The whole week is supposed to be pretty nice...
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First commute of the year for me - compliments of unseasonably warm weather. Nice bright full moon guiding my way too. Very nice!! Fingers and toes were a bit chilly to begin, but warmed up after ~ 10 minutes. I was glad to see that my battery still had enough juice to light my way for 45 minutes ( I threw it on the charger for a few hours last night). Should have a light head wind on the way home, but temps in mid 60'sF. Hoping to ride in tomorrow too.
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Old 02-09-09, 06:50 AM
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Nice job Big Ron!

My commute was fabulous today. It started with just making the train. I heard it pulling into the platform, so I tucked my folder under my arm and ran and just made it. That set the tone for an expeditious ride in bueatiful weather. And, I actually dressed just about right. It's a little warmer the past few days here in DC, but still cold in the mornings. I went with really light pants and the lightest gloves, and that was a good move. Cheers all!
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