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Old 05-11-09, 05:59 AM
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37*F this morning, which was good as I was carrying an extra 20 lbs of things needed for the week.
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Old 05-11-09, 06:13 AM
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Picture perfect. Temps in 40s but the torn Hawaiian shirt made into a head sweat was perfect for a thin layer of warmth and then did a fine job to contain my sweat. Cheap running pants over the bike shorts, base layer under the day-glo windbreaker. The cagers were fine. At one traffic light I found a homemade screwdriver and picked it up, I paused before tossing it to see that a cager was watching me and waiting for me to get ride of whatever it was. I showed it to her and smiled and she smiled back and I tossed it tot he sidewalk. Hopefully the cagers learn that cyclist have all wheeled vehicles in mind when we help clean up the roadways.

I'm liking my old steel bike with steel wheels and many spokes. Still waiting for my 700c wheel to be fixed for my main-duty commuter. That wheel has to go and so I should shop.
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Yikes! -1 degrees C this morning with a frost warning in the area. Back to looking like a Ninja.
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Old 05-11-09, 06:36 AM
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I like the ninja look - when I was partially undressed I was down to my black base layer; bike shorts & headsweat and I liked the look.
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Old 05-11-09, 06:37 AM
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Epilogue:

Must've been the adrenaline keeping me from hurting too much. I rode home Friday with pretty much only elbow pain, but when I woke up Saturday morning, EVERYTHING was hurting. I think even my eyebrows were sore. I'm a little better today, but didn't ride in. I think I'll give it a go tomorrow. Yeesh. I guess my body doesn't bounce off asphalt like it did when I was 15.

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I took a BIG tumble this morning. I was on the Kelly Drive path and there's a big regatta going on. Lots of people, support vehicles, boats, TV crews etc. There was a metal speed bump (the kind that protects big heavy TV cables from being run over) and I decided to go around it instead of over it (I was traveling around 14 mph). Bad move. My wheels slipped on the cables (they were wet) and the bike went out from under me. I slammed into the ground (at least I know now that the SPD pedals actually do release quite well upon impact) and tumbled. In mid-tumble I did some sort of a flip and landed on my feet, Jackie Chan-style. It must've been quite a scene. My only injury is a badly scraped elbow. The chain fell off my bike, but after resetting it and running through the gears, checking brakes, wheel true, etc. I saw that the bike was absolutely fine. The panniers absorbed the impact, protecting the bike. One of the panniers is an Arkel Commuter, which is designed to hold laptops. The laptop is also fine (obviously, since I'm typing on it right now). Anyway, nice way to start the morning...

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I think I might start bringing a few days worth of clothes out once every two weeks or so...it would be nice to not carry a shirt, pants and shoes every day...
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Old 05-11-09, 06:54 AM
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Recovering from a virus. I'm easily-winded and felt overheated and sweaty before I even left the house this morning. I considered working from home, but I rode in anyway. High 30sF. No wind. Bright blue sky. The ride was okay but I forced myself to ride slowly to avoid taxing my lungs. Saw a big Siamese cat.
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Old 05-11-09, 07:12 AM
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There were a lot of bike commuters out this morning. I wasn't expecting that since most of the college kids have gone home for the summer. At one point I was a part of a convoy of about 10 or so cyclists. We took up the whole right lane. That lasted maybe 3 or 4 blocks before people started turning off onto different streets. That was pretty neat.
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Old 05-11-09, 07:22 AM
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I keep shoes and clothes. The shoes are easiest. Clothes are so changeable - I'm getting quite the selection going and started shopping for a set of nice looking plastic drawers. I also made a trip in by car yesterday to stock up food supplies.
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Old 05-11-09, 07:26 AM
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The ground was dry but the air was wet this morning- 100% humidity. Not exactly raining, more like a heavy mist. Kind of nice actually, but chance of thunderstorms this afternoon for the ride home, which kinda sucks. If it's just rain I'll ride, but if there's lightning in the air, I'll get a ride home from someone.
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Old 05-11-09, 07:45 AM
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Nice ride this morning. For once, I didn't go through the "I don't want to do this - yes I do - no I don't - yes I do" argument I just got on the bike and rode. Left about 10 minutes late, still got downtown on time.
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Old 05-11-09, 08:07 AM
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Great! The train was very quiet, and everything went smoothly. I feel far too good for a Monday morning.
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Old 05-11-09, 08:09 AM
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Very wet this morning.
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Slow and frustrating, but also interesting.
Got buzzed twice, once within my 3 feet! Had to stop twice to reposition my seat because it slid on the seatpost making the tilt uncomfortable. During the first stop, in the parking lot of an abandoned diner, a tourer came by and stopped for a bit. He was on a tour from Florida to Rhode Island, with 2-3 days left in the tour. It was a nice interaction and I'm kinda glad the seat tilted at the time it did, so I was in the place I was when he came by.
Hopefully the ride home will emphasize the pleasant aspects of riding more than the frustrating.
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Took a slight 50km detour on the way to work today for a total of 60km. I went from one end of our river valley trail system to the other and then on to work.
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49F. Colder than I expected, and I dressed poorly. Started sprinkling near work. Passed some other commuters, saw a guy's light behind me in the distance, he never closed.
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Wet, soggy, and wet & soggy. 69* when I left and it was 59* when I arrived. The rain wasn't heavy at all, just a constant spit. 23 miles, give or take a tenth. It will be cooler this afternoon, so the ride home will be pleasant, temp wise.
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Great commute for the first 14 miles, then a rear flat. This is the 3rd flat I've had in a month or so: front a few weeks ago, front explosion Saturday, and rear today. I don't know what I'm doing wrong here. The roads I ride are fairly clean, I try to be on the lookout. I may need to look into some bulletproof skins.
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Great commute for the first 14 miles, then a rear flat. This is the 3rd flat I've had in a month or so: front a few weeks ago, front explosion Saturday, and rear today. I don't know what I'm doing wrong here. The roads I ride are fairly clean, I try to be on the lookout. I may need to look into some bulletproof skins.
I will not say the f word but buy good tires. The only good thing about putting it off for so long is I can change a flat in a couple of minutes now, <5 usually. Spend the money I bought new wheels and tires after probably more than 20 flats in a year and half or so. Gator skins were the answer for me.
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50F and damp.
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Saw a coyote on the way home at 2pm. Next to a 4 lane road by the mall. They've been spotted along the beach strip and from where he was there is pretty much a straight run down there. Little bit north of us is the escarpment which runs all the way to Georgian bay, so hopefully he makes it through.

Wonder how many of the drivers saw him.
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Feeling fine and fast lately. Gotta love May.
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Sunny, blue skies and fast......

I have been riding on my crappy Shimano RS10's I use for commuting for a few months, even for my longer weekend rides. Well, I broke another rear spoke on Sunday.......So, today I rode up the mountain to work with my Rolf's on my bike. Those wheels, plus that little 22mm tire up front, sure made the climb quick.

I can't wait for the run down the mountain to get home
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Today's ride was hot- 97+ on the way home. I wore my camelbak to ward off dehydration- it worked. I really put down good time (for me) 15 miles:50 minutes +/-. My old Alante lived up to its name. I can't wait for my new saddle to show up...
No other commuters-
Rode with the IPOD (jury is still out)-
No rain-
Close pass with a logging truck (3'). No one to his left, he just didn't get over...

*Failed to mention a fox that ran in front of me Friday. We startled each other pretty throughly. Its a lucky thing no traffic was coming
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I've been watching the weather radar online lately, but today I took off right as a fairly thick rain started, and it ended when I got to my daughter's daycare. But there was a brutal headwind the whole way, both with and without the rain.

Oh yes, tearing down the main drag as fast as possible to get to the daycare, I was noticing the road was *really* bumpy, then THUMP, that was my pannier w/ my 6 month old laptop sailing away and crashing to the pavement. It starts up fine, anyway.
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