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Old 02-23-09, 11:24 AM
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Got sprinkled on but no biggie. Quite warm this morning, seems to be a Pineapple Express system coming through. Lots of rain, but unfortunately, it's melting the snowpack.
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No fun. First, I was late getting out the door this morning. The road was still slushy from yesterday's snow and there was thick fog with temps near freezing. Then I flatted on my way in (my first flat ever while commuting), then I cut my finger pretty deeply when I pulled the shard of glass out of my tire. I fussed with the tire for about 15 minutes dripping blood everywhere. I finally got in about 30 minutes later than usual. The ride home was uneventful, but my tire pressure was low because the little emergency pump that I had could only put about 40lbs of pressure in it.

Oh well. Still beats driving.
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Old 02-23-09, 01:43 PM
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Here's a pic of the bobcat I saw along my extended commuting route in Gateway Park, east of Ft Worth.
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Old 02-23-09, 03:16 PM
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Should have taken the studded bike though it turned out all right.
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Old 02-23-09, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by truman
Here's a pic of the bobcat I saw along my extended commuting route in Gateway Park, east of Ft Worth.
Thanks for the pic! How cool is that? Bobcat's are tough to spot. Very elusive and well camouflaged. You've got a tracker's eye if you saw him.

My commute was fast and furious on the way in today- I was LATE!! I ended up getting there on time but I was running behind much of the way. Funny I mixed in with some guys on fixies on the way in and I think they thought I was messing with them and racing them on my big old hybrid with it's fat tires and milk crate. But I was just running late and I stop at traffic lights and they'd run them and then I'd catch up and then they'd run them and then I'd catch up it was goofy.

The ride home I took the bike path- windy again!! and it made it cold. Plus I took the rear studded tire off my bike and though the bike handled fine through most of the icy stretches I started to go down on one of the corners where it's shear ice- first time in 3 years of riding with studded tires.

I've ordered a Schwalbe Marathon Winter so that'll go on as soon as I get it.
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Old 02-23-09, 11:01 PM
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I was told by a driver to slow down. BOOYAH!
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Old 02-24-09, 05:38 AM
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22F/-5 or 6C but not so windy as yesterday--though a couple of cross-blasts were notable. Nasty and brisk.
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Old 02-24-09, 06:50 AM
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10*F but no wind. But man the freaking cagers were aggressive for the first half of the ride. If we weren't traveling at a good clip I could have easily slapped a dozen of them.

I'm in the lane on the right tire side and they were still trying to squeeze me, so I took the whole lane. It's a four lane road (2 each way) and the other one was clear so they were just being aholes.
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Old 02-24-09, 06:53 AM
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It wasn't the coldest commute I've had this winter, but it felt like it. I was dressed fine, but my water froze and I got caught at a very long traffic light near the end of my ride. The official low was 24 F, and I've had several previous commutes this winter when the low was 22-23. The one week when we had lows in the teens I was out of town.

I carried in some extra clothes today so I can ride my single speed tomorrow if I feel like it. I don't have a way to carry much extra gear on the SS, so I try to stock up ahead of time for those rides.
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Old 02-24-09, 07:33 AM
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More headwind, though it varied, just to toy with me. Used the facemask again--that's 4 times this winter! It's the wind that necessitates it. Pleasant and sunny weather, just some near stand-still moments battling wind and climbing grades.
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Old 02-24-09, 08:53 AM
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Yay, they cleared the mup sometime this morning. It snowed fairly constantly all day and night so they must've hit it pretty early in the morning. Last night i tried riding in the road but the lanes would come and go and i fined the semi-packed snow the worst. I was pretty thankful for a cleared mup.
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Old 02-24-09, 09:04 AM
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Wow a bobcat in east Texas, cool!

Nice ride in this morning, a little headwind, but it's downhill so it cancels out, and hopefully it'll mean a nice tailwind for my uphill ride home. The wind made it a little cold, but not bad at about 50 degrees.
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Old 02-24-09, 10:14 AM
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wet. No kid today, surprising how much cutting out that leg w/ the 7 yr old adds to my avg speed. Even w/ a detour over chunky gravel added in.
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Old 02-24-09, 11:17 AM
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Weather was perfect. Cool, sunny and no wind.

Flatted-out: The culprit-- the remnants of what looks to be an old presta valve! This one inch piece of metal devastated my tube. Swapped out the tube and still got in early.

I met a cool commuter at the gym this morning. He rides 30 miles in (almost everyday I think), and rides the train home. He uses the gym to shower before work. I pointed him towards bikeforums.

I'm experimenting with a new 'early' schedule two days a week to free up some evenings. I get the 6:00am train, Swim at the gym and then off to the office at 8:15am. I'm also trying to ramp up, so I'm in decent condition to pull longer rides home (20-30) miles a few times a week without being wiped out, when daylight savings hits (plus my weekend riding).
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Toes ... still ... so cold ... must ... double .. layer .... in morning.
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I distinctly remember the forecast this morning as "wind-calm" and 29F. Didn't I? The 29F part didn't bother me so long as there was no wind. As it turns out there was plenty of wind, it was a blustery headwind ripping at my face and ears the entire way-very frustrating. Since we were supposed to be done with the wind I didn't wear my balaclava so...I lost the feeling in my face by the time I got to the MUP. I went to pass a guy and yelled something like: "on yer llllllllllll!"--my lips couldn't wrap themselves around the rest of the word. I think he understood me anyway. On top of that, my allergies decided to kick in yesterday morning and I've been a miserable, snotty, headachey mess ever since. I'm taking Advil cold and sinus with Claritan chasers, it seems really early to have to think about allergies. Oh well, the bike is running much better after the drive train replacement so, the fun is back.
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Great mid-40's temps, clear skies, and beautiful. Rode into headwinds most of the way to the park-and-ride though. Brought my average speed down to 11mph or so. I was surprised it wasn't lower because I'm normally averaging around 13 mph (I have a hilly commute).

I really enjoyed the ride though. I hope to begin commuting by bike three days a week soon instead of two.
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Had my annual checkup this morning so I rode to the doctor, got the exam (and I mean THE exam), had some blood taken, and then rode in.

Between giving blood last week, fasting overnight for the blood tests, the wind, the cold, and doubling my usual commute distance, I now feel like warmed-over garbage.
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Warmest morning of the year (52F when I left the house at 6:30). No need for the underhelmet beanie or gloves. Trying to get back into a rhythm that's been disrupted by the weather and the budget crisis.
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Nice ride in this morning. Temp in the high 30's but felt warmer.
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Pretty good commute. When I got to work I got a call from my Wife asking me to come home to watch my sick little one. So I rode right back home. First time for that. It was different. My body usually get's at least a nine hour break in between rides. My commute is pretty short so it's not that bad. I just wasn't use to it. If I had a long commute like some of you it would be more tricky. I probably would have had to get a ride home.
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Originally Posted by Heather H
Nice ride in this morning.

Pretty cold for me, 37 degrees. That's just about as cold as it gets here. But I was dressed well for it. I'm hoping maybe today was the last morning I'll need the face mask and heavy jacket as it's supposed to be over 50 in the mornings the rest of the week.
I love reading the reports of riders from other areas.. 37 is balmy for us at the moment, it's that right now for a high. 19 degrees when I rode in this morning with a wind chill of single digits...
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Old 02-24-09, 07:03 PM
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Great commute both ways today, 17F in the morning and 38F in the afternoon with sun. I can make it all the way home now without lights or flashers. I still need them in the morning though.
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whoa. I just sat down to write how my commute was and am so busy and distracted with work and stuff right now I could barely remember the ride.

It was 25〫F and windy tonight. But it's fine. I'm not normally one of those "can't wait for winter to be over folks" but this year has been relentless. I'm looking forward to some more light and some more warmth. But I'm very glad to ride every day. I don't know how people get through a winter cooped up indoors every day.
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First bike commute since getting my cold last week.

33* and partly cloudy. I was cut off by a Ninja Biker that shot out of his driveway (I think it was ****** Ninja Biker because he had no lights, but was wearing a reflective vest). Yelled at him. Because of that, a nosebleed I had yesterday started up (stupid NB's...), so I rode halfway with my glove finger jammed up my nose, until I sniffled...the glove fell out, the clot slid back, and I was coughing blood sprays. Looked like something out of a horror movie.

But would I do it again? Hell yes! Buzzman, you're right on about being cooped up.
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