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Old 10-09-03, 07:17 AM
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[QUOTE]Oh how my heart bleeds for them!
Chris, In my limited experiance, I've learned that some things just don't make sense. How much longer do you get the road to yourself? Then the next question is how badly is the race going to affect your ride in?Off today so I have little man to look after at least 'till his mom comes home. I think I'll ride to the L.'B.S. (local 'Bent shop) around one o'clock, they don't open 'till two.
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Mango, 1st ride

My first ride in the Mango was not perfect, but very close. I had to carry extra stuff above and beyond my normal work things. One item was a box. I had intended to use my mountain bike and trailer, but the thought of not riding my Mango to work was eating at me. So I put the box to the left of my seat. I had to sit crooked in the seat and the box rubbed against my left thigh all the way in. Despite this and without any effort, I hit 28 mph in places where I normally only get to 20 mph on my Vision R40 bent with panniers. And even more fun than that is that I was able to coast up hills that I normally pedal up. My route is very rolly polly, so I should be able to cut my commute time way down.

I will start logging my experiences once I get the daily log script figured out.

Until then, enjoy!
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Well, not technically a commute.. but! I did go back to my former place of work to visit and drop off a report. I took the same route in as I always used to, but it's just so darn nice out today that I took a longer route home, and enjoyed every second of it. I kinda miss the daily commute, and my "commute" to school is pretty short (ie. 5 mins) so it doesn't really count. Oh well!

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Old 10-09-03, 12:43 PM
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the cutie that works at nasa was on the train today. always make for a nicer commute
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Cancel one trip to the L.'B.S. Tornados are out and about. I think I'll stay inside.
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Too busy to post yesterday, but it was a heavily overcast morning with a bit of sun breaks at the very end. During lunch I got some replacement tubes and some legwarmers from the REI. It was only partly cloudy in the evening when I left and pretty cold so the legwarmers were welcome. Had a strong tailwind for about 2/3's of the ride home.

Today, also overcast and windy, quite windy a times with a constant low mph headwind. Wore the legwarmers and a fleece type sweatshirt. Was a little cold, especially on the arms as the fleece didn't seal at the wrists. A surprising amount of people on the trail considering the wind and ominous black clouds. Perhaps it was that I was about 15min earlier than normal, or that it was partly sunny early in the morning.
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Old 10-09-03, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Ritz
Chris, In my limited experiance, I've learned that some things just don't make sense. How much longer do you get the road to yourself?
That ended this morning - not that it bothers me unduly. I just claim what I need.

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Then the next question is how badly is the race going to affect your ride in?
I'll have to take a slightly different route for about three days, possibly a week. Still, at least I'll be able to go through Surfers at more than walking pace -- nobody else will.

Uneventful ride this morning, except that the legendary Queensland traffic lights lived up to their reputation as Australia's slowest. Still, a nice headwind and a forecast storm to look forward to this evening. Bring it on!
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Originally Posted by Chris L
Uneventful ride this morning, except that the legendary Queensland traffic lights lived up to their reputation as Australia's slowest.
I thought that honour was held by Melbourne.
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Old 10-09-03, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Allister
I thought that honour was held by Melbourne.
Did some riding in Melbourne last year. They don't even come close to Brisbane or the Gold Coast in that respect. I'm thinking it might be a hangover from the Joe Bjelke Petersen days.
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Ok commute home last night. Light wind and warm temps.

Ride in this morning I got some rain. Nothing major just some light sprinkles. Warm morning temps.
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Anyone drink coffee on the ride in? I started doing it this week and love it. I have to wait for a long smooth section to drink it. I keep it in a cheap plastic travel mug which fits snugly in the seatpost downtube bottle cage.
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Old 10-10-03, 07:53 AM
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Hi,
did my 3rd week, commuting by bike 4 days out of 5. Next week I think I will start trying longer ways home.
Unusually warm last couple days, 40's in the morning and 60's in the PM.
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This Morning

Finallly a morning w/o much fog...
Seems this time of the year it's still warm, but you can tell the season's changing. But still in a sleeveless jersey on the way home (at 75deg)
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We're back to the warmer weather, nice morning no wind, heavy traffic. Nice ride in and we should have a nice ride home.
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Second day commuting in the Mango. It was 46 F when I headed out. I only had to wear a biking shirt and shorts. I was way toasty. I was also able to bump my average commute speed up to 19mph over 9 miles.

Driving the Mango this winter is going to be a treat due to the added weather protection and a fully enclosed drive train.
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I have successfully commuted car-free every day this week. Three days on bike, two running. It feels good, but my legs will probably hurt on the way home tonight. It's a good hurt...
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Getting colder wore my rain jacket over my sweatshirt both last night and this morning. Fully overcast this morning, with a bit of variable wind. Saw several families biking the trail today which I thought was a bit interesting. Don't these people have work/school (of course they could be visitors from the Marsyville district who have been on strike for 38 days)
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My ride in today was from my daughters' high school for 13 miles. Seemed really short compared to the 20-miler I do from home.

It was very chilly, too, for these parts. I think it was 52 degrees when I left. I should have worn knee warmers or running pants but couldn't find them quickly enough.
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BTW, I saw the second-ever stupidest cyclist move today. This idiot was riding along on busy Lafayette Blvd, northbound above El Camino where the lanes get narrow and the traffic heavy and fast.

He was in the left lane against the curb. The damned fool was lucky that none of the screeching-to-a-stop motorists nailed the dummy.

Of course, no helmet, no visibility gear, nothing.

(The dumbest-ever move was the idot who waited for the light to turn green and then proceeded to turn cross-traffic.)
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First commute in four months.

Today, I did my first 45 mile commute since my shoulder surgery in late June..It felt so good, even if my arm is probably half way through my therapy. It has been awful, the jersey must have shrunk, making the gutt look far worse.
Ashamed I let that happen. Felt I had a little more trouble on the hills, but I did ok. Did not loose it all.
Calves still have respectable muscleture if that means anything. Had a pretty steep 1.5 mile hill, went up it about 6 mph. Not sure, my doctor would not think it a little soon.
Keeping the arm straight actually made it feel better. Has a tendency to be drooped and bent. Now have enough stregnth to manipulate the handlebars and pull the arm up fairly fast.. Wore my new Jersey, "Bike to Work" with a car beneath the circle with diagonal line through it.. Weather, not like summer,but some sun. Of course I had to miss out on the nice summer weather. My average speed was down to something like 12 mph. I must certainly be careful for now.
Oh, yes.. told my orthopedic doctor of my gaining almost 20 pounds, higher blood pressure, and greater cholesterol values... He congratulated me, said glad I was behaving his instructions.
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Nice ride in today, stopped at the bike shop to visit on the way home, threat of rain but no actual wet stuff. All is well! Glory be to God!
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Old 10-10-03, 10:04 PM
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Not officially a commute, but had to run a little errand to South Tweed Heads today, mostly following my old commute from last year. Beatiful ride next to the South Pacific (a particularly enticing shade of blue) on a beautiful day. The only downside was that I got sunburned just before tomorrow's century.
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Chris, Lots of aloe tonight, lots of sunscreen tomorrow. I hope you finish the 100 in the position you desire. Nice ride today, overcast, not to hot. Pretty decent folk out driving today, I guess all the NUTS stayed home today.
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Chris, Lots of aloe tonight, lots of sunscreen tomorrow.
Yep, plenty of that, and kept the arm-warmers on for the whole century (a challenge in itself at this time of year). Should have gone the sunscreen on yesterday's errand. The century itself became something of a battle for surivival as a massive south-easterly wind sprung up just after Mt Tamborine. It was great fun turning it aside gradually.
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CZ it's good to see you are able to ride again. Be extra careful, the speed will come back as long as you don't fall during your recovery.
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