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Old 09-10-03, 02:09 PM
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Windy today. A steady headwind the whole time, with some pretty strong gusts. Fully overcast with temps around 60 degrees. Rain was threatening the whole ride but only managed a kind of mist with a few isolated drops toward the end of my ride.

I've been wearing my raincoat over a t-shirt the last few days and I find I get too hot in them. I Need to get something long sleeve for temps in the mid 50s to low 60s. Maybe just a long sleeve t-shirt will do, but any ideas?
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It was cool going in this am, I used my kneesock armwarmers, but I still was comfortable in a jersey and shorts. The increased traffic in the morning since school started is a pain. I got out of work just at dusk, and as I came over Moose Hill there was almost a barnyard scene: 7 wild turkeys of varying ages and gender, a doe and a pair of this year's fawns; all grazing in a tight cluster.
Why did I forget my camera today?
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Old 09-11-03, 02:31 AM
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Summer's here. 32 Degrees C last night (that's right, I said last night!), slightly cooler today, but if those northerly winds come back, it will get worse. Geez, seems like only a couple of months since the last one ended.
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Last night all the energy left my legs. I felt drained as I pulled into Willow Glen to meet my wife and daughter for dinner before a school event. We've been real busy and I think I'm just tired overall.

Today I'm taking the day off of biking, as I am tomorrow. Saturday I'm riding to San Francisco for the Grand Prix race on Sunday. Should be a hoot.
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Awsome ride in! I can once again push a little harder and not end up at work soaking wet from the heat! Daytime highs are once again starting to sink into the double digits and I had a beautiful 80 degree commute this morning. Great to see the cooler weather back!
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It was real wet this morning, but was not actually raining while I was out. All hail the fenders! Fully overcast with dark thick clouds, probably more rain today. A bit of a headwind. Wore a real thin sweater-y type thing that was pretty comfortable. A refreshing ride for the most part.
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Old 09-11-03, 09:40 PM
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Seems all the drunks are out right now. A heap of them in Surfers Paradise this morning (or were they just idiots? sometimes hard to tell around here!). And to think, I'm supposed to be in "cotton wool" in preparation for tomorrow's Glorious Mee ride.
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A beautiful, cool, clear, still morning this morning, I had a relaxing, uneventful 15 mph ride in to work.
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Yep

those days when you just can't miss your ride but you lack the energy - got an early meeting - whatever - I have the perfect backup.

Its a 1.3kw motorised bicycle - actually its more like a pedal assisted motorbike.

Does 38kmh on the flat, up hill, down hill. Tie flayling in the wind. no sweat. Big stares.

Biggest hassel is keeping the bugs out of your teeth.
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Fantastic commute today. Cool weather, and light enough traffic that I could practically sprint from traffic light to light. Really got the endorphins going. It's mornings like this that make me wonder why everyone who is able doesn't commute by bicycle.
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Worst commute ever

Caught in a summer hail storm. Took refuge on the porch of a new car sales lot. All the stupid sales dudes were pissing themselves laughing.

Best commute

One month latter - same car yard - bucketing rain (lucky my skins waterproof).

Stupid car dudes running around trying to stop their new cars from floating down the (now) flooded creek.

Ahhh ... sweet justice.
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Today was a special commute. I finally got my computer working again, and today was the day my Terry Flora turned over 5000 miles. Most appropriately, it happened climbing Moose Hill returning home tonight. Well done, Little Pony.
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Great trip home. Reasonably heavy traffic on Memorial Drive, but the weather was near perfect. I rode alongside a motorist for about three traffic lights, who finally smiled, and shouted "Great exercise, huh?". I'm finally getting accustomed to my ancient Bianchi having clipless pedals. On the commute in I rode alongside another cyclist for awhile who was riding a two year old Bianchi.
I told him mine was more like twenty-two years old. He then noticed my old down-tube shifters.
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Originally posted by Jean Beetham Smith
Today was a special commute. I finally got my computer working again, and today was the day my Terry Flora turned over 5000 miles. Most appropriately, it happened climbing Moose Hill returning home tonight. Well done, Little Pony.
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Old 09-12-03, 06:40 PM
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First time to my new office today. The office used to be in the terminal at the Montreal airport, we are now at the weather station. The "straight" distance is almost the same but because I have to go across a few highways and around the runways, my commute is 5 km longer. The route is good, mostly wide industrial area streets, the worst is the service road along highway 520, lot of dirt and heavy traffic (trucks).

The good thing are I don't have to lock my bike anymore, I have a (about) mile long really quiet road next to my office where I'll be able to ride during work (yes, I can ), and I'll be able to do maintenance on my bike here. Also, me and some co-workers agreed to buy some training equipment to kill time here. The other nice thing is the falconry right next to us. I love raptors.
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Old 09-13-03, 10:06 PM
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For the past two years I have been reporting on my commute on 9-11. This year, on Thursday, I intended to take a long ride from work to the occupational physician for my annual respirator physical, but they were full for appointments. I had ridden to work, and intended an all-afternoon ride. Instead, I walked over to the local ice cream outlet (Baskin & Robins) for an ice cream treat at noon. In the evening, I took the long way home, then spent time raking my yard until my wife arrived home from her job at 8:00 PM. I listened to the National Public Radio reports during the time I spent raking. This year seemed less meaningful to me than the last two. However, I've decided that at least on 9-11 each year, it will be a time without use of fossel-fuel internal combustion engines for anything.

Today, Saturday, I participated in a local group's clean-up of a local river (Tualatin Riverkeeper's) in my canoe. It seemed fitting to spend a few hours in this way right now.

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All this week, I faced major headwinds on the way in, which died down to light tailwinds on the way home. I shooed another suicidal kitten out of the middle of the road, and saw an owl as I came home. (It apparently had pounced on something on the road, and was slow enough getting airborne again that I caught it in my headlight. It took off, bumped into a power cord and squawked loudly, and went on.

Yesterday we finally got rain, and I rode to work and home in the wet. The trip home was complicated by the fact that I had 5 rotisserie chickens and a pile of library books in my panniers. (The local grocery store, when the chickens are unbought for too long, marks them down half-price, $3 apiece. I like to buy them then, and cut them up and freeze them for future quick microwave meals. After weeks of not having been lucky enough to snag one, I couldn't resist buying them all, when the store had 5 marked down and I providentially had enough money to buy them all. It was fun trying to fit them all on the bike, what with my books already being there.)

Anyway, any dogs who might have come out in the rain to chase me yesterday would probably have been motivated by more than dislike of cyclists.
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I rode into work this Sunday morning to cover some overtime work our factory is doing today. I had a few unusual sightings. Another cyclist passed me on the left wearing a world champion jersey. We exchanged "good morning's" as he went by but i really didn't look at him. when he was about 5' in front of me I almost asked what he was WC of, but not wanting to be a smart ass i let it pass. now he's 50' in front of me and i remember that i live in Austin and Lance is back in town. Could that have been.............................................? Naaaa.
later a woman was walking through a neighborhood in her skimpy nightgown. She didn't seem embarrassed and kind of gave me the eye. Funny.

The radar now shows some storms heading this way. We’ll see.

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Hi Folks,

Ooooh it feels good to be back on the bike! First ride this morning since the crash last wednesday. I'm really getting back into shape now after feeling pretty bad for a couple of days. Weather is gorgeous sunshine and lovely temperature for riding.
The repairs bill on the crash victim is going to be tasty. The STI shifters got damaged and though they seem to work, I dont trust the brake levers to stay in one piece forever. Price for new Sora STIs: £90 which seems a lot of money - "lucky" it was not Dura Ace, which would have been £250... Fortunately I have another bike to keep me going until things are sorted.

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The heat seems to have subsided a little. Only 27 C today, much more pleasant for riding! Southerly winds here this evening made it feel even cooler! Bliss!
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all of my commutes last week were great as the DC region basked in beautiful mid-70s sunny weather - today was decent as well - as I biked by the Kennedy Centre a large fish jumped out of the water, something I had not seen before

I'm starting to get a little worried about this hurricane thats supposed to hit later in the week....
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Very nice temperate weather. Thought I might have a wet ride in, but no rains came during my commute. Traffic flowed nicely on both Memorial Drive and MLK (the two main arterials I hit). I'm
working on increasing my average speed (which is limited by frequent traffic lights), and this morning I had a smooth flow the entire distance.
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Cool, humid morning, had a great ride to work, stopped and picked up bagels for the morning break for the shop. The Marwi lighting system is growing on me, I'm getting used to that stupid little hard to use switch for the low beam light, the niterider is still in 1st place though.
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I "commuted" from San Jose to San Fran to catch the Grand Prix action. Awesome ride for 50 miles (got a ride part way to avoid the same, tired roads I'm always on!!).

Saw Lance and Vinukirov (sp?) and a bunch of others. Can't wait to get home to dump the digital images.

Out of town this week. I'll miss the commute.

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Kinda cold today. High thin clouds let the heat out, and foiled the life giving rays of the sun. A flannel kept the upper body warm, but it may be time for the long pants. Not sure what the best pant like thing will be for the fall, but I need to hit REI for a spare tube, and I'll see what is on hand.
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