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Old 06-08-04, 05:28 AM
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Nice ride in this morning. Traffic was light and the road was all mine. Going to be a humid day I arrived to work pretty sweaty. Temps were in the low 60's(F). High today could get to the low 90's.

Happy to be back riding again.
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Wow, it had been a long time since I biked when the temps were in the high 90's (98 was our high). The temperature along the river was not bad, but as soon as I left it and was back in the direct sun it was HOT. Anyway, I made it home just fine and I didn't melt.

There was a headwind (8 mph) this morning and the temp was around 60 - quite a contrast to yesterday afternoon.

I noticed there were much more bikers out in the morning last week, I chalked it up to people starting their summer commute routine. This morning it seems the numbers are down, we'll have to see if they come back out.
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Old 06-08-04, 08:48 AM
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Low 40's (F) and rain this morning. Had a dump truck pulling a "pup" make a WAY CLOSE PASS on the way in. Gave him the finger. His buddy following in another dumptruck right behind him gave me plenty of room. I hope he told the first truck on the radio that I said HI!
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Originally Posted by RicardoJM
Wow, it had been a long time since I biked when the temps were in the high 90's (98 was our high). The temperature along the river was not bad, but as soon as I left it and was back in the direct sun it was HOT. Anyway, I made it home just fine and I didn't melt.
Was certainly warm here yesterday afternoon... I had a headwind on the way home, so with the extra effort and the heat I ended up drinking a lot of water on the ride. There's been quite a few more cyclists around on my commuting route, too... hopefully they all keep it up!

Ride down this morning was awesome. Great temps (60F/15C) with a nice tail wind (I rarely ever get a tail wind here in the mornings ). Sometimes I really feel sorry for all those poor schleps in their cars. They just don't know what their missing...
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4 times?!?!... I have a set of Ortlieb and they are wonderful. Good Luck
Yep, the first two they mounted the rack hooks too low so the quick release snap could "snap" into place. The third pair a zipper stopped working (no matter which may you moved the zipper the pocket was open -- thankfully it was a tiny pocket for hold keys or somesuch!) and one of the screws that held on the stabilizing bar fell out. I found the screw at work, but didn't realize what it was for until I got home with my panniers (and the screw was still at work). Thankfully, Trek has a 100% lifetime warranty on these things, but if something else happens, I'm getting a different pair!
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Old 06-08-04, 11:16 AM
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It was toasty warm this morning at 7am. 70F/20C. It was way too hot to sleep last night and we don't have air conditioning. Fortunately, our basement was a tolerable temperature and I got some sleep there.

Just a few blocks from home and I'm riding down a street where a new building is being built (the road is open to all traffic) and both sides of the street are lined with the workers' pickups (with toppers) and other big vehicles. I'm riding down the middle of the street so I can be seen (hopefully). I'm about halfway down the block when I see a pickup with a worker who must be late (or he's got the donuts) turn from the perpendicular street onto my street and start traveling in the the same direction I am (away from me). Then he stops. Then he pulls into a driveway. At this point I am nearly right behind him. He is now in the phase two of his three point turn and backs into the street without looking. Were I a car he'd have hit me. He didn't even look. He just figured that when he turned onto the street that because he didn't (couldn't with all of the big trucks parked on the sides of the street) see anything that nobody was there. I was waving like mad and scowled at him to look more carefully next time.

The rest of the ride was uneventful.
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Old 06-08-04, 02:24 PM
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Shorts and t-shirt weather this morning. Mostly overcast, but clear and 70(f) now. Lots of riders out today -- not crowding the trail but really a bunch of people out. Bodes poorly for this evening, have to take an alternative route home.
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Old 06-08-04, 04:16 PM
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Heavy overcast & showers yesterday but back to Summer today! Blue sky & big fluffy white clouds. Today was "Motobecane" day at work, I rode my Grand Jubile & Brian came in later on his Grand Record. These classics looked great parked together. I only saw 1 other commuter today (not counting the 3 I work with). I guess we need several days of good weather to bring them back out.
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Ah yes I decided to take my classic to work today. My fixie commuter is being refurbished so I took my 83 Nashbar touring/cross bike in. Started in the thick fog that shrouds my house every morning then off the road through tall grassy fields, open the farm gate take the dirt road to the woodsy bike path that goes rite to my office door. Of course dismount in classic cyclocross style
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Old 06-09-04, 07:52 AM
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Rain, rain go away… come again another day. 2nd day I have not been ale to ride. Not so much the rain but all the lighting strikes is what is keeping me from riding. The good news is that it will be nice for the Fire Ant 100k charity ride (62miles) this weekend.
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Old 06-09-04, 08:33 AM
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Well the ride home last night was slightly less wet than the ride into work was.

The ride in this morning was dry and cool. Had a headwind all the way in. Kind of felt tired. Just couldn't get my speed up to where I thought it should have been. Oh well. There is always the next ride.
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Rode past the LBS last night to get them to check out a creaking sounds. Seemed to be coming from the BB - they removed and re-lubed, said it could do with a bit more grease anyway. Creaking is still there. I'm wondering if it might be from the seatpost...

Ride in this morning was great. Great temps again, slight headwind to help keep me cool. The legs are a little bit tired this morning, but I'm sure will be fine by the afternoon.
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I encountered more cyclists today than I ever have before. There were three MTB's and a roadie.

The weather was nice, but I expected cold, due to the backside of my house staying cooler than ambient and a gust of cold when I released the hounds this morning for their, ahem, business. I told myself that I would take it easy, as I pushed it pretty hard last night. While taking it easy, I broke my 40-minute barrier for my 10.4m commute. That was rather surprising to me. The signals were approximately normal, with the same amount of stoppage. One of these days I have to get a cycle computer so I can actually see what my ride time is...
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Old 06-09-04, 10:14 AM
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Took an alternate route this morning that added 2 miles but made for a more leisurely spin into work.

We learned yesterday that the Capitol will be shut down on Friday for mourning Reagan's death. I'll gladly take the day off, but I wonder if the former Governor would have preferred that the Legislature get the Budget Bill hammered out.
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[QUOTE=Stubacca]Rode past the LBS last night to get them to check out a creaking sounds. Seemed to be coming from the BB - they removed and re-lubed, said it could do with a bit more grease anyway. Creaking is still there. I'm wondering if it might be from the seatpost...[QUOTE]

I had a slow ride in last night because my tires were below pressure and I too have a creaking sound coming from the bottom bracket area. It was annoying, and it was still there this morning for the commutte in to work, which was a warm morning, a little humid, not too much and with barely any wind. I really like to see the skies shortly after the sun has come up. I see some beautiful sunrises this way.

As for the creaking, I am looking into a new set of pedals. Last time this happened, it was a creaking and clicking because I bought clipless pedals that were cheap enough for meto find out if I would like them or not. I like clipless, so for me, it is time to upgrade my pedals.
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Originally Posted by crestdude
As for the creaking, I am looking into a new set of pedals. Last time this happened, it was a creaking and clicking because I bought clipless pedals that were cheap enough for meto find out if I would like them or not. I like clipless, so for me, it is time to upgrade my pedals.
Hope you find the source of your creak! I've checked pedals, BB, crank bolts, hubs etc. Listening to it this morning, I'm pretty sure it's seat post related. I guess I'll lube it up a bit tonight and see if I'm right!
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Overcast cooler with a fairly vigorous headwind. The weather forecast I heard on the radio before leaving work informed me the wind would flip directions in the afternoon. Headwinds both ways Woo-Hoo!
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Originally Posted by Stubacca
Hope you find the source of your creak! I've checked pedals, BB, crank bolts, hubs etc. Listening to it this morning, I'm pretty sure it's seat post related. I guess I'll lube it up a bit tonight and see if I'm right!
Hey Stu, could the noise be coming from your seat rails? I know mine make a bit of noise from time to time.
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Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
Hey Stu, could the noise be coming from your seat rails? I know mine make a bit of noise from time to time.
Hmmm... 'tis a possibility, I suppose. I might throw it up in the workstand and have a play around tonight. It's very much tied to the pedal strokes, and even happens when standing.
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Originally Posted by Stubacca
Hmmm... 'tis a possibility, I suppose. I might throw it up in the workstand and have a play around tonight. It's very much tied to the pedal strokes, and even happens when standing.
Ok, so much for the seat rails if standing does not make it go away.
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Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
Ok, so much for the seat rails if standing does not make it go away.
Just greased the heck out of the seat post and collar bolts. No more creaking for me! YAY!

Ride home was mostly uneventful. There are quite a few big storms brewing around greater Denver, so I was watching out all the windows of the office to pick my moment. Must have done ok - I left just after a tornado warning finished, had a long ride home into a stupidly strong gusting headwind, and got home just as a big downpour hit my neighborhood.
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After a very protracted spring, We finally hit a hot day, 98F/36C, so I loafed on the way home. Well, as much as I could given the gusts of wind I was riding into, the same wind that will bring thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow. Oh well, 3 days of sun is pretty good. My big complaint is that they are going to turn one of my commute intersections into a rotary (roundabout, traffic circle). This is on one of the few marked bike routes in our town, and I am more than a little apprehensive about this. Massachusetts has had the highest car insurance claim rate in the US for something like 20 years, and much of it is due to the popularity of rotarys here, and our notorious driving habits.
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55F& cloudy when I left at 6AM but 5 minutes into my ride I received warm rain in big, fat droplets. Got a bit wet on the way in as I had made an optimistic weather assessment & left my rain gear in the garage. The rain was beginning to ease up when I reached work and a half hour later when the next bike commuter arrived, he complained of being damp & sweaty from wearing rain gear when it wasn't necessary! You can't win I guess. I got home in time to watch the Reagan procession & the ceremony in the Rotunda. Very moving.
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Yet another piece of stupidity from our notorious Gold Coast drivers today. This clown stopped on a green light and refused to move until the thing changed, then proceeded through on the red light. I'm still trying to figure out how a multi-car pile up didn't result. I'm still trying to figure out which is worse -- this incident or the fact that it didn't surprise me.
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Yet another piece of stupidity from our notorious Gold Coast drivers today. This clown stopped on a green light and refused to move until the thing changed, then proceeded through on the red light. I'm still trying to figure out how a multi-car pile up didn't result. I'm still trying to figure out which is worse -- this incident or the fact that it didn't surprise me.
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