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Old 04-09-09, 05:42 AM
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Chilly this morning... the weather is changing alot... warm one day and cold the next. It was a beautiful sunrise on the bike. Clouds hung like jellyfish in the sky the rainbands forming their tentacles.
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Old 04-09-09, 06:23 AM
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Low 30sF. Sunny. Headwind. The sun was nice for a change. Haven't seen it in a while.

I caught & passed one woman, then later watched some guy blast through a stop sign at the bottom of a hill, so of course I reeled him right in.
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Old 04-09-09, 06:30 AM
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Feeling last night's seder dinner wine (Buzzman your post reminds me ) Beautiful, cool (not cold) ride in. I am starting to see progress in my leg strength after 4+ months of commuting 2-5 times/week. I pull hills more easily and at a faster pace. I'm not looking to set records, but as I extend my commute, I want to keep it to an hour at most, so faster I must go, or else find some bend in the fabric of space-time that allows folders to pass through. Some kind of cogsmic event
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Old 04-09-09, 08:02 AM
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the ride in was quite pleasant today
it's supposed to get up to 55 today...pretty excited

i can't wait to do another long saturday ride

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Old 04-09-09, 09:02 AM
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Cold. Hands were frozen on the way in. Beautiful & clear, though. Got passed by a dude on a fixie.
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Old 04-09-09, 10:11 AM
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OK, are you ready for my big news? I rode into work for the third day in a row. And it's amazing how I'm gaining strength so rapidly. Who would have thought that a 48 year old could build his body so fast?

Maybe it's not newly acquired strength but it's getting to know my body better and knowing that I can push myself more than I thought.

I rode home yesterday, shaved quickly (as I was a mess), jumped in my car and headed for Manhattan. Traffic was gawdawful headed in through the Lincoln Tunnel, one of the three inadequate thoroughfares from New Jersey into Manhattan. I should have allowed much more time. I picked up my stepmother and ailing father and we headed back out of the city to the seder, north this time, to Westchester county. Traffic leading up to the George Washington Bridge was also pretty awful, but once we passed that, we moved quickly. Traffic on the first night of Passover is normally bad in the NYC metro area, and I should have allowed more travel time. So we got to the seder an hour late, but everyone cheered us as we arrived and everyone could start.

I slept late and came to work late, but I'm glad being late didn't deter me from cycling. I just told myself that cycling would only had about 20 minutes, and I'll make it up this evening.
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Old 04-09-09, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by JoeSoMD View Post
It was a beautiful sunrise on the bike. Clouds hung like jellyfish in the sky the rainbands forming their tentacles.
Nice imagery.

After anticipating eagerly the end of winter, I had forgotten how challenging it can be to ride in the spring. Our weather in NC lately has been like the old cliche -- if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. We have gone from 80 F one day to 30s the next. Lots of rain and wind. I rode in the rain more in March than I did the whole previous year. This morning I checked the radar on-line when I got up, just out of habit, and noticed a rainshower had popped up over my part of the county even though the whole rest of the state was clear. I couldn't believe it. However, the showers blew over quickly and had quit by the time I left for work. It was one of those rides where I really appreciated having fenders, which kept the road splash from getting me wet.

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Old 04-09-09, 10:33 AM
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Managed to miss the rain again. Sweet.
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Old 04-09-09, 10:37 AM
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Almost-showers this morning. More like a light mist, just enough to get the roads slick and make me wish I had a rear fender. Still a great ride though.

I definitely prefer nice weather, since it gives me other cyclists to ride with. As soon as a cloud comes out in California, everybody gets scared that "bad weather" is coming. I consider "bad weather" to be more than 6" of snow (at one time) with sleet coming down on top of it. That's when I start wearing gloves.
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Old 04-09-09, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
I rode in the rain more in March than I did the whole previous year. This morning I checked the radar on-line when I got up, just out of habit, and noticed a rainshower had popped up over my part of the county even though the whole rest of the state was clear.
I think that Doppler image was a computer glitch, because it showed my area of Durham getting dumped on this morning too. As I saw that on TV I turned and looked out the window. No rain, and the roads were bone dry (no rain had come through the area). I didn't see any sign of rain on the way in either.

Great ride this morning. Finally no headwind to speak of.

Agreed, this March was brutal for rain, as was the entire winter. My weekend Ultimate Frisbee game got rained out for 7 weeks in a row. We played once, and then got rained out for 5 more weeks.
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Old 04-09-09, 02:31 PM
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Just discovered this Forum

I have been commuting for almost a year now. I was begining to think that I was the only one. I never see any one on my commute and none of my freinds bike commute, as a matter a fact most of them think I am crazy. Butt I love it. Any way it was great to stumble on to this fourm and discover I am far from alone.

My Commute is 10 miles one way and for the most part it is a flat ride, and beining in California weather is seldom a problem. I know tuff right.
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Old 04-09-09, 03:36 PM
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warm!
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Old 04-09-09, 04:26 PM
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My New LHT Rear-ended ... !!!

My commute today was terrible! A young lady, 19 years old, rear-ended my new LHT!!! I'm really bummed out ... She did pay for a new wheel.
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Old 04-09-09, 04:37 PM
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I forgot to mention that this morning, two drivers, on different occasions, drove by me too close. I wish they had waited until there was more room. On the second occasion, I shouted out of fear. Not sure the driver heard me. Probably not. Ah well. I'm still lucky to have a pretty safe route.
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Old 04-09-09, 05:06 PM
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The Cherry Walk finally bloomed!
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As I rode past the playground on the way home tonight, one of the kids hollered "Hay, there goes the speedy guy. The speedy guy on a bike!"

Yes, that's me, the speedy guy.
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Old 04-09-09, 09:16 PM
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Whoa, we topped 50F two days in a row! Plus we are finally seeing some sunshine. I had great comute today, I even took the long way home. I think spring has finally sprung.... knock on wood.
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Old 04-09-09, 09:25 PM
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I was off today, but I ordered a set of SKS Raceblade fendersfrom biketiresdirect.com. It's time to get rid of the winter flab, so I'll be taking the long way, rain or shine
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Old 04-10-09, 06:06 AM
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noteon - Thanks for the picture! I'm from Yonkers and usually look forward to early blooming for Easter. I won't be coming down this weekend so it's nice to see that path along the West Side Highway? We have some cherry tress up here too - along the Charles River by Harvard U. I don't think we're blooming yet The trees outside my office barely have tiny buds. I got a bird feeder that has not been visited once - I'm hoping some tree cover will bring the birds.

Today's commute was very nice. Rode my old steel bike and it was very efficient. Chilly but sunny. Traffic was very light probably due to the holiday weekend. I'm experimenting with black socks ... just thought I'd share that.
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Old 04-10-09, 06:29 AM
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Still looks like winter (sans snow) up here, but tulips are beginning to poke out of the ground.

30F, no wind, clear sky. I reeled in a guy on a hybrid almost immediately after I got on the MUP. He was an old(er than me) dude. Thin/fit looking. Cruising right along at 15MPH. I used him as a pace bike. He was waving to everyone was passed, which was cute.
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Old 04-10-09, 07:37 AM
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Lousy. My train got stuck in between track work and another train, so I missed my conenction. On top of that, I put a can of soda down on my seat to put my bike out of the way, then sat back down - on the can of soda.
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DOH!

... the ride home's gotta be an improvement ...
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Old 04-10-09, 08:09 AM
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Its been a great week for riding. I was 5 for 5 this week. Temps in the morning for the ride in were mid 30's and mid 40's for the rides back home. Perfect temps IMO.

Today is opening day and I can see Miller Park from my office. The brats are going to be a grillin and the beer a flowin, but I am stuck a workin.

Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!!
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another great ride this morning...i am seeing more bike commuters too
it's been a pretty great week for riding, even the day i got soaked was fun
 
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Dry this morning. Brought out my fixie. I'm expecting a wet ride home though. Oh well... more of the usual.
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