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Old 11-26-03, 06:21 AM
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Decent ride home last night, traffic was pretty heavy due to trains blocking the roadway. I ended up taking some side streets to avoid the bunch of cars. Besides that it was warmer then the ride in 40 degf.

The ride in this morning was warmer then yesterday wih temps in the mid 30's. slight wind, but nothing to severe.

With all this riding I will be able to eat a lot tomorrow for Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-26-03, 10:14 AM
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Ouch!
33 deg this morning...
7 layers on top, 3 below, double gloves.
How do you cold region riders do it?
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Old 11-26-03, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by ET_SoCal
Ouch!
33 deg this morning...
7 layers on top, 3 below, double gloves.
How do you cold region riders do it?
Your on the right track. LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS.
I would have to ask what you are layering with. Even when its around ZERO F I don't have 7 layers on the top.
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Seven Layers is a lot to me. But everyone's body is different. This morning at around 38 degrees I wore midweight poly-pro long john tops and bottoms, rain pants and windbreaker. Add gloves for the hands and I was fine. It just takes a few minutes to warm up but once thier the set-up is perfect for my metabolism. Make sure you are wearing gloves, extra head warmth such as a balaclava, and warm enough socks or shoes, as the warmth gets sucked out of those areas quick. And perhaps make sure they are wind proof and not just knit if that would help, though I seem to be all right with just the knits. Dont worry about your thighs or tummy as much!

Once the temps start dipping into the 20's and below though I will make some other adjustments, perhaps a fleece vest to start out, and def put on my balaclava, and overboots for my feet.
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Stats:

Top:
(2x) long sleeve thin shirts (Nike "ACG" brand) 100% polyester.
(1 pair) of Supergo brand arm warmers (kinda thin) 85% nylon, 15% Lycra.
Very thin tank top (usually used for hot summer day's by itself). 100% polyester.
Old Pendleton Jacket. 100% wool (Kinda thick).
Thick tank top ("Champion" brand, 100% cotton).
Wind-breaker, tank top (Adidas brand, 50% cotton, 50% nylon).
(Even used my "Artic 180" ear warmers this morning)

Bottom:
Thick 100% wool socks.
My old pair of 6oz riding shorts/tights.
Standard 100% cotton long underware.
Thin Coolmax knickers ("Everlast" brand) 60% Cotton, 30% Poly, 10% Lycra.

This is my first week with the new computer, I've been able to measure my speeds, times & such:
Into work:
5.5 miles, 19 minutes, 17mph ave, 30mph max (That's when I get cold, on those DH runs!)
Here's the DH Stretch:

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Old 11-26-03, 01:44 PM
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WHOA... everything is still green, and you have leaves on your trees! Quite a contrast to what we have here in Minnesota right now.
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Old 11-26-03, 03:22 PM
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Very similar ride in this morning to the commute I had on Monday. I wasn't able to commute on Tuesday as I had to deal with car emissions and registration. I tell you cars are such an albatross around ones neck. If there was decent public transportation between the Eastside and Seattle I'd sell it right quick. Anyway, today was partially sunny, not too cold and with a bit of headwind. About halfway through my ride the sun disappeared into this ominous cloud bank (which seems to have taken over the whole sky now) and the temp dropped a good 5 degrees. On the whole, a decent ride and the end of the commuting week here in the US.
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Misty day, coming and going. At least the forecast high wind didn't happen (Yeah, I know Chris L, I'm a wuss). In fact the evening turned out to be much warmer than forecast and I was overdressed. Staring into the cone of reflected light from my headlight I was wondering, do those lights that let you swivel the light to where you want it work as "dimmer" switches in fog and mist? Anyone have any experience with them under those conditions?
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Old 12-01-03, 06:37 AM
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The temperature this morning was much higher than forcasted so I had to stop and shed clothing three times on the way into work. Nice morning to ride, slight headwind and ocercast skys. The traffic was light and everyone seemed to be taking their time going wherever they were going. The temp. is forcasted to drop as the week goes on so winter riding is upon us. Well i didn't get the studs on this past weekend, I spent my spare time on the bike, although cool, it was a great weekend to rack up some fall miles.
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Old 12-01-03, 07:23 AM
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Rain rain rain today!

At least I have a sure way to keep my feet dry and therefore warm on the 1/2 hour ride. Warm socks (2 pairs if its really cold here), bike shoes, plastic shopping bags tied about the ankle and finally neoprene "booties". The key to sucess here is the plastic bags - booties on their own do not keep out much water.

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Old 12-01-03, 08:51 AM
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Bad commute today. Punctured on the way in, inevitable with my patched up and booted front tyre.
Called round to Johns bike shop and informed the Conti top touring 2000 tyres,one of wich i`d ordered had not delivered yet. So another repair to get me home, but flatted again returning and this time in the middle of a torrential downpour, repairing a puncture in those conditions is no fun at all. as I had used my spare inner for this mornings flat.

Sometimes cycle commuting is not Ideal!!!!!oh well "win some loose some".
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Old 12-01-03, 09:55 AM
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very mild here in DC for a Dec 1 - was nice to get back on the bike and get some exercise - a tree had fallen across the bike path but there was just enought room to squeeze under it without having to dismount
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Old 12-01-03, 09:58 AM
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Renew commute

My commute was great today. To see the sun rise over the Potomac is incredible and the temp was moderate at about 49 degrees. It was my first ride into work in about 2 months. Even though I was a little slower than usual it was fun riding in the dark and felt great to get some exercise in the morning. I also saw many more riders than I was used to back in the summer. I recently backed off of the communting as the weather started to worsen (getting colder, darker, and rainy), and after taking a week off to recover from a ride back in September (you know how sometimes a number of factors conspire to affect you), it's been difficult to get back into it. But after several long and frustrating Metro and traffic delays that thwarted recent attempts to leave work early, I remembered how much I miss the autonomy of biking into work. Even though it's a bit chillier than I'm used to, I know that, regardless of any Metro problem or rush hour traffic, I'll still get home in 30-35 minutes and don't have to pay for parking or metro fare. I was worried that I didn't have the right cold weather gear, but I layered effectively to keep warm and will look into buying a winter riding jacket soon (can anyone recommend a good winter riding jacket?). Even though my evenings are largely booked this week, I know that by the time I get home, I will have ridden about 18 miles, getting enough of a workout to stay in decent shape and lose weight. I'm re-committing to continue commuting through the winter.
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That's good to hear, mjw16! Keep it up, we're behind you. I had a great commute, a little icey in spots but not bad and it felt good to ride after being off for the long holiday weekend. It's really nice weather here in Minneapolis for this time of year (right around freezing). I look forward to my lunch run and ride home.
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The rest of the DC contingent is all posting, so I might as well chime in.

Morning temperatures, at 49 F, were much warmer than I expected. I was still glad I had worn my overcoat and gloves -- they were appreciated during the first hald of the ride. I unzipped the coat for the second half, and that felt good, too.

It really was a pleasant morning and I greatly enjoyed the ride.

I recommend the L. L. Bean "Stowaway" rain parka. It is a knee-length hooded topcoat. Worn over normal ovffice clothing, it provides sufficient warmth under the coldest DC conditions. It also rolls up into a small bundle that fits easily on the rack.

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Old 12-01-03, 12:09 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement and info on the jacket, I'll check it out although it looks a bit longer than what I was thinking of.
I almost forgot the funny thing I saw on my ride in this morning. After passing under the 14th street bridge, and turning on to the path that loops up to the pedestrian/bike lane on the bridge, I noticed a school bus stopped on the exit ramp with its door open and lights on. I could see the silhouette of a small kid standing on the steps to the bus and thinking that was an odd place for a bus stop. When I got closer I saw that the kid was standing on the bottom step taking a wiz onto the curb. He was probably about 5-6 years old and just couldn't hold it any longer. I laughed and yelled "go for it kid!"
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Today I rode about 10 miles to school so I guess that counts as a commute.

It was a fun ride, I ended up riding past the ocean right during sunrise, it was beautiful.

A couple of driver honked at me for no reason(I really wasn't doing anything wrong).

Overall, it was fun and I made it to school in about 35 minutes.
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Old 12-02-03, 07:28 AM
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Wheee, my first snowy commute for this year. I got about 100 yards from my house when it started to snow (which is much better than cold rain) and it was coming down pretty good but not really accumulating all the way til I got to where I work.

Yay, so winter is here... got my ear bags which work good and I'm all set.

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FINALLY!!! The wind has let up! 14F but no wind so it was very nice. But both my lights were dimming as I arrived at work and my commute is only ~1hr. So it may be time to replace the batteries.
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Part I:

I found a new route home yesterday. Right now, there is about a 5 mile section that makes me very nervous...no shoulder, rush hour traffic, 45 mph speed limit, etc. This new route will cut out the majority of the nasty roads and get me onto a rural 2 lane for the last 5 miles of my commute. The only catch is there is a section that isn't paved for about 1/4 mile.

Part II:

I nearly took out a jogger this morning. She had no light, no reflective clothing, except for the dime sized reflectors on her shoes (the only thing I noticed as I swerved to miss her). I'm glad there wasn't a car to my left!!!
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Yesterday morning was a beautiful 49 F. This morning the weather boy on the radio reported that it was 38 F. However, I happen to know that he must have been wrong -- this chronically wet block that is caused by some water line leak was ice and slush. Still was a beautiful ride. Actually perfect for the clothing that I had.
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I had the same experience, erraticrider. There was one frozen puddle on Columbia Pike, right near the Navy Annex. I assume that its a microclimate kind of thing, whereby some pockets became much colder than the "official" 37 F, measured at National Airport.

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Originally Posted by mjw16
I noticed a school bus stopped on the exit ramp with its door open and lights on. I could see the silhouette of a small kid standing on the steps to the bus and thinking that was an odd place for a bus stop. When I got closer I saw that the kid was standing on the bottom step taking a wiz onto the curb. He was probably about 5-6 years old and just couldn't hold it any longer. I laughed and yelled "go for it kid!"
Gotta wonder about that one...


45 F and Tail Wind all the way to work this AM. Took 11 minutes to go 3.1 miles.
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Nice ride in today - Cool but dry and I managed to put a bit of effort into it and averaged 18.7mph. I think part of this has to do with pacing myself at the start of the ride. The temptation to blitz the very first section, a 100ft climb up the hill from my house, is often too great, so this leaves me depleted for a significant portion of the remaining ride. Doesn't really matter as long as I get on the bike!

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In the spirit of fairness rarely seen in our nation's capital, I have to say that it looks like the city has finally decided to fill in the divots, crevasses, and canals they had created on 13th and 14th. I was complaining on the board a couple of months ago when it was impossible to make my commute without hitting at least three man made potholes, so I thought I should thank Mayor Williams' boys for patching it all up.

Of course, this probably just means they have moved to another part of downtown and are making life miserable for some of you other DC folks.
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