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Old 03-17-09, 04:03 PM
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Nice ride in and because of the good weather I took 3 hours off and rode over to a park and hiked in the woods. It is 81 degrees right now.
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Old 03-17-09, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
FYI: when I bike commute I offset my hours to avoid the worst traffic - so I leave at 4:00

SAFE HOME! Assume nothing / expect everything.
What's your commute?- where to where? Should I look for you on my rides into Boston and back to Newton?

The Boston area weather is getting downright spring like. Not warm, creepy all-of-a-sudden-it's-summer kind of spring, which we often have, but a slow crawl up the thermometer. In the morning it's still a touch on the cool side- there are even little hidden patches of particularly gnarly snow or ice- but by the afternoon it's getting almost comfy!

Nice ride in this morning and a very enjoyable ride home tonight.
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Originally Posted by buzzman
What's your commute?- where to where? Should I look for you on my rides into Boston and back to Newton?

The Boston area weather is getting downright spring like. Not warm, creepy all-of-a-sudden-it's-summer kind of spring, which we often have, but a slow crawl up the thermometer. In the morning it's still a touch on the cool side- there are even little hidden patches of particularly gnarly snow or ice- but by the afternoon it's getting almost comfy!

Nice ride in this morning and a very enjoyable ride home tonight.
I used to live in Dedham! That's one ROUGH commute you have, especially when it starts getting cold.
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Old 03-17-09, 07:13 PM
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Too nice to go straight home so I dodged a bunch of tipsy people wearing bright green, then followed a messenger dancing around traffic up to Central Park. He turned off and I went into the park and enjoyed the early signs of spring. This is why I ride.
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Old 03-17-09, 07:19 PM
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The ride home was nice, even though there was a stiff headwind. I think it was almost 80 degrees.

I caught up to another rider at a light and we rode together for probably a couple miles which was pretty cool.

Riding my hybrid again for the commute was sweet. It has index shifting, which my other bike doesn't have, so it's kind of sweet to ride it. I put on the Origin8 Space Bar over the weekend and... well, I didn't tighten up the stem all the way. So by the time I got to work, they were drooping a bit; not so bad that it was obvious they had moved, but I was feeling it in my wrists. I checked the bar before leaving and saw I could lean on it and move it so I tightened it up before setting out.

This bike is truly a great commuter.
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buzzman - we moved so now I commute from Maynard to Natick - downhill there - uphill home - UGH
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Old 03-17-09, 09:02 PM
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I'm commuting vicariously today through the rest of the week due to familial duties !!

Next week may be better
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Old 03-17-09, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by drummingpariah
I used to live in Dedham! That's one ROUGH commute you have, especially when it starts getting cold.
You've made my day (night?). I've managed to miss only 3 days of bike commuting this winter due to weather and this was a tough winter up here- but I feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of bikers- "I don't get no respect." People that know me are so used to me biking every where that I don't get quite as much attention for it as I used to- and I used to claim it didn't matter- now I realize it does! So thanks, yes, it is a ROUGH commute- especially when it starts getting cold. But the truth is I love it.

Now comes the time when bikers start appearing every where on my commute and I wonder why the seas don't part as I come riding along!- I want to wear a sign that says, "I rode all winter. Get out of my way!" Unfortunately, it earns me no special privileges so I appreciate your comment.

To anyone that commuted all winter in a snowy, windy, icy, bitter, salty, sandy, potholed, slushy, slippery, freezing, dark, mess- BRAVO!!!! WE did it! And now it's almost spring!

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I rode a 60-year-old bike to work today
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Originally Posted by JoeyMac
I rode a 60-year-old bike to work today
Sweet. I've commuted on 14-, 24-, 25-, & 43-year old cycles.
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Old 03-18-09, 05:15 AM
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Missed the past two days riding due to a cold and sore throat. Was I sick from riding in the rain on Saturday and Sunday with temps about 40 F? Hard to say, but those were miserable rides. My cold was still lingering this morning, but the weather is supposed to be so nice today that I couldn't pass up riding. It's supposed to be sunny and calm with a high near 70 F.
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It was a foggy ride in 30 F (-1 C). The traffic was light, but in some areas I couldn't tell the difference from cars or street lights. My light was reflecting back, and my glasses appeared steamed, but it was the fog. Somewhat of an annoying feeling. At least it was warm. I also was covered in a film of wet, as was
everything on the bike. Normal for fog.
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Old 03-18-09, 05:52 AM
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OK, I'm in, showered & dressed. Ready for coffee. Had my short protein recovery drink. 50 minutes for 13 miles including lots of stopping for traffic lights. The cagers on this route seem courteous, including the trash truck drivers. bonus. the new shower is great, except that's where I got the feeling back in my toes, ouch! no need to hang my towel because I had to use it as a floor mat too, so everything is buttoned up in my rack bag for the trip home. the wet stuff is in a plastic bag, and the whole bag is in the boiler room. only my outer wear helmet & lights are at my desk - soon to be stowed. left the bike out back where everyone (8) parks. should be safe enough. new cables and housings make the operation of my old steel so much better that I am not swearing at it. there is no doubt in my mind that this bike is the one to use for commuting, not the modified MTB, not the tweaked hybrid, they are both fine, but this is the machine for this particular task. no boss yet, WooHoo!
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A wonderful morning to ride to work. First time since fall. Somebody moved around the pot holes over the winter. The mayor had them paint a white lines on one of my worst roads and called it a bike lane. I really do think it might help. I called and complained many times last year about it. I am going to pretend he did it for me. 50+ degrees, just a great ride.
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52*F this morning, but after yesterday's best times in and back for the year, was a little slower this morning due to a 15 MPH wind with gust to 30.
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Commuted today for the first time since the fall. I don't consider myself a bicylce commuter but I have to say the ride was fun. I am hopeful to do more of it when the kids get out of school for the summer and I no longer need to get them off to school.
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More signs of spring: more bike commuters.

It's really not fair when you have to pedal hard to go down a hill.
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Gnarly headwind. 40F. Not too bad, but I could have done without the wind.

I'm hearing redwing blackbirds now. A sure sign of spring.
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my bike rode a 50 yr old to work today
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Originally Posted by buzzman
You've made my day (night?). I've managed to miss only 3 days of bike commuting this winter due to weather and this was a tough winter up here- but I feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of bikers- "I don't get no respect." People that know me are so used to me biking every where that I don't get quite as much attention for it as I used to- and I used to claim it didn't matter- now I realize it does! So thanks, yes, it is a ROUGH commute- especially when it starts getting cold. But the truth is I love it.

Now comes the time when bikers start appearing every where on my commute and I wonder why the seas don't part as I come riding along!- I want to wear a sign that says, "I rode all winter. Get out of my way!" Unfortunately, it earns me no special privileges so I appreciate your comment.

To anyone that commuted all winter in a snowy, windy, icy, bitter, salty, sandy, potholed, slushy, slippery, freezing, dark, mess- BRAVO!!!! WE did it! And now it's almost spring!

You are a madman. Just putting that out there. I'll absolutely give respect where it's due, but you're a madman just the same.

Yay spring! You're coming up on roadwork season, one of the 4 New England seasons: before winter, winter, after winter, roadwork season.

My ride in was great today, but I did break down and take BART (train) for a portion of it. I rode around a lot last night and don't want to beat myself into the ground too quickly.
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am commute interrupted by eye exam, so final leg completed w/ dilated pupils and blurry vision. Otherwise fine! No rain which was kind of a shocker.
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Have ridden in a few times, first since December. Morning ride in is brisk, still around freezing so lots of layers. Ride home in long sleeve jersey and shorts, all the opther stuff jammed into the backpack. Still - it's good to be on the road again.
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I had a new experience yesterday. I was stopped at a red light and taking the lane on a major road (55 mph speed limit) when I noticed something moving slowly alongside me on my right (I was in the right lane). I looked over and it was one of NC's huge yellow DOT maintenance trucks with 4 or 5 guys in the cab. The driver had his window open. As I looked over at him he said, "It's safer not to be in the middle of the road." I was surprised, but I managed to get out, "Yes it is, because there's a merge lane to the right..." but at that point the light changed and we both moved off.

I've posted my situation to another thread here on Commuting to ask folks their opinion about where they'd ride on this road.
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Old 03-18-09, 02:09 PM
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Daymn, I’m a lucky guy. I commute up through the Santa Cruz Mountains to work and this morning the temps were in the 50’s and it might hit 70 for my ride home. Blue skies, dry roads, and courteous commuters today; not always the case on those narrow two lane roads with no bike lanes or shoulders!

It was a crying shame that after the 12 mile climb up to work I had to stop and go into my office and……… Are you ready for this horror? I had to actually work, yikes!!!. A long ride home might just be in order for tonight.
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Santa Cruz mountains! Don't rub it in!

But hey, I'm grateful I don't live in Northern Alberta where the thaw and resulting mud take months. Our thaw took two days. And we have several thaws over the winter.
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