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Old 03-30-09, 07:46 AM
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I hadn't rode to work in a week. I am ashamed. I finally did today, on my new repaired Giant Cypress. I also set a time record for the commute (on that bike) of 1:15 for the 16.5 mile ride.

It was a beautiful, if somewhat cold, morning. The wind was still, and traffic was light. I am very glad I rode today.
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Brrrrr....
Heavy wet snow up in my suburb. The ground was too warm for it to stick on the roads and bike paths.
Thus, I gambled and took out my skinny tired FG and rode it into work.
It was actually somewhat pleasant until I closed in on work. The wind picked up and the snow turned into little stinging hail like snow. I needed some sort of a weird weather commute. Fun fun fun!
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Cloudy, 40F.
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nice ride in this morning, a little cool for me, but it should be nice on the way home (75-80)
Friday's ride home was a little tough, 20+ mph head winds and my ride home is uphill. I was tired when I got home!
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Old 03-30-09, 11:19 AM
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I committed the ultimate bone head move today on my way into work. I got to within a mile of the office and realized that I had forgotton my mess bag that contained my work clothes, eye glasses, badge, wallet...basically everything I needed to perform my job. I could have handled wearing my biking gear, but not having my glasses would not have worked. I would be worthless not being able to read drawings or spreadsheets all day.

Had to turn around and ride back home to get it. By the time I made it home I decided to just shower again and drive in. On the bright side, it was a great ride in and back again!!
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Old 03-30-09, 11:35 AM
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Not that boneheaded if you were able to do all that and still get to work at a reasonable hour.
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It snowed enough last night, and temps were at 28*F, that I put a studded tire on the front. I don't think I needed it, but better safe than kissing pavement in front of a car.

The ride was quite nice. I'm finally getting over my cold enough that I felt relatively strong. I've been just spinning slowly to work and back for 2 weeks now, feeling like a baby.
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Old 03-30-09, 11:45 AM
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Actually payed attention to my average time, and I realized the time it takes me to get to work is down 15 minutes (on a 13 mile ride) from last year.

I feel like I am slowing getting to the point where I am not embarissed to tell people how long it takes me!
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Old 03-30-09, 06:09 PM
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Rode into work today after snow plowing Saturday and Sunday. Today the snow had melted off completely. On the way home I dropped off my tax forms. This side trip added 15.7 miles to my round trip commute. Total miles ended up to be 23.3 miles. There was a strong south wind. 45 in the morning and in the 60's on the way home.
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Old 03-30-09, 06:12 PM
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Today my ride was windy, it was a little hard to pedal.
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Old 03-30-09, 06:35 PM
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20 F on the ride this morning, snow and rain coming. This is making me weary. It's not that I'm not comfortable, I just want something different! I WANT TO TAKE THE BALACLAVA OFF!
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Old 03-30-09, 09:00 PM
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Man, I got honked at on the way home before I even left the parking lot. Sorry for wanting to survive my first left turn of the afternoon. Weather was nice, though. A little cold in the morning, but great sunshine and a tailwind on the way home.

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Old 03-30-09, 10:32 PM
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Was almost hit today. I was going through an intersection where I had a green light and the person turning in to my lane with a red light almost hit me. She didn't even stop at the red light she just coasted through and I had to swerve a couple times. I think she might have been talking on a phone. Very scary incident. The road I ride on is very dangerous. I'm having second thoughts...
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Old 03-30-09, 11:03 PM
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nice tailwind on the way to work. nice headwind on the way home. it was wet... and still a bit on the chilly side.

loved it.
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Old 03-31-09, 06:02 AM
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I love you guys who go year round. I rode in today. Had to stop twice to adjust front brakes. New drops on the hybrid are awesome but I'll need to adjust my saddle up in front a degree maybe. I'm always over dressed but I wear good stuff and somewhat layered. Thin wool hat under helmet, poly-top under a fleece, covered by day-glo lime-green jacket, downstairs had my new bike shorts! :-) tights and wind-water pants, 2 layers of socks and big mountain shoes. Showered and changed all at the office. Only one cager jerked his wheel toward the curb after he passed me - he was looking right at me in his mirror - nothing accidental about it.
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Old 03-31-09, 06:11 AM
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Rode my fixie to work for the first time this year. Nearly got wiped out by a blue Ford Ranger backing out onto Rte 33 as I was riding past. Didn't get the lic.#. But that truck is parked at that house every night so I could haunt the driver, if I felt it necessary.

Other than that, the ride was uneventful. Even warm. I think I'm gonna like my fixie now that I've wrapped my head around the idea of how to ride it.
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Old 03-31-09, 06:22 AM
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29*F this morning, didn't quite expect that, suppose to be 50+ for ride home.

I wish the temps would level off a bit so I wasn't packing 2 gloves, 2 hats, etc. for the below freezing mornings and warm afternoons.
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SQUISH! Glad you weren't! Hey I'm a fan of visibility and even though it might be overkill for most of my commute each Item I use serves to help in any number of unique circumstances. I use a bright strobe up front even in daylight this helps cagers see me even through trees and bushes that might otherwise obstruct their view of me. I now sport a day-log lime-green jacket which really stands out even for color-blind people, and lastly is my bike flag - yes I have one. It helps me stay alive crossing Route 9 in Natick, MA and generally riding in traffic or waiting at a light. Since you know that driveway you know it's a kill zone. Think I'll start a thread just about everyone's kill zone(s). I certainly have mine.
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I had a pretty good ride in this morning. There are loads more people commuting over the Queensboro bridge. I passed a few people going up the first half. It reminded me of when I started commuting and I'd see people just fly right by me. I like playing the catch up game, it makes me push harder and ride faster. Once I was in the city, it was pretty cool there were about 3-4 riders all weaving in and out of traffic.

I need to chat more people up. I see them all the time now.
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Originally Posted by slloth
Was almost hit today. I was going through an intersection where I had a green light and the person turning in to my lane with a red light almost hit me. She didn't even stop at the red light she just coasted through and I had to swerve a couple times. I think she might have been talking on a phone. Very scary incident. The road I ride on is very dangerous. I'm having second thoughts...
That's pretty whack of her. So annoying.
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Cool morning with temps in the upper 30s. Took it easy but made good time from a nice tailwind. Looking forward to the mid 50s on the way home tonight.
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Passed a few other commuters on the way home. It is nice to see others out there! I was about 15 feet behind another bike and he stopped at a green light to let a car pass him and turn right at the light. I was not expecting it and almost hit the bike AND the car.

I almost stopped to explain that he had the right of way, but I just wanted to get home.
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Spring is definitely in the air in NC. Lots of redbud and cherry trees flowering, but unfortunately the pollen is also kicking up. I had a coughing fit last night, probably due to pollen, that made it hard to sleep. So I went into work late today and had my first morning commute in daylight since the time changed in early March. It was really nice riding in sunlight for a change.
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I was running SO late yesterday. I was halfway down my street before I realized I had no helmet. It was nice riding without it, but it was back on today. I got to the platform and was folding my bike just as the train arrived. Phew!

I do feel relatively fast on my folder. I once caught up with a serious road rager I met in New Haven... in the next town! After having to dismount to get off the curb! (He had literally run me up and into the sidewalk) I was bad-- I rode into the parking lot where he was pulling in, circled in front of him and left. I was hoping he'd be fretting about getting his car keyed while he was in the post office. Still, it's pretty stupid to get drawn in by those people. I try to ignore it now.

But I'd rather use the speed for good purposes such as making the train.

On the way home, I spoke to a guy at the NH train station who was planning some kind of rally to bug MTA to allow non-folders on the trains during peak hours. He had a nice cannondale. I stopped and talked with him for a while, about the MTA's plans for bike racks on the trains and such.

Today: blue, breezy, and beautiful.

EDIT: MARCH STATS

Calories Burned: 11,125
Distance: 223.77
Weight Change: -7 Lbs.

Number of R/t Bike Commutes: 14.5 (flatted and walked home after 3 miles one day)

Number of Car Commutes: 6

Ratio of Bike to Car Commutes since I "gave up the car" for Lent: 2.09:1
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Old 03-31-09, 08:18 AM
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There is rain in the forecast today, but I rode in anyway. The rain is supposed to be light and its not that cold out (40's) so it should be ok. Since this is the end of the first quarter I thought that I would tally up my rides and I was surprised to see that out of 62 commutes 30 of them were by bike. Not a bad percentage considering the wind, snow and cold in Southeastern Wisconsin.
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