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Old 06-11-04, 08:36 PM
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No rain but cloudy with a few sunbreaks today. It was 56F at 6AM but I'm still not seeing many cyclists out & about.
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Old 06-11-04, 11:37 PM
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First commute for me today (hello everyone!). Picked up my '02 Alpe D 'Huez at the LBS this morning and got to
try it out riding to work this past evening. Nice and hot out when I rode in at 3 p.m. Beautiful cool evening riding
back around 12 am. I'm in a northern suburb of Atlanta where bike commuting has not quite caught on.
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Hello Alphie and other fellow commuters.
I also started commuting this week. Biked in Tues. and Thurs. 24 Klicks each way. I have had excellent weather but windy. I am riding a Lemond Poprad. I start work at 7am so I am up by 5:30.
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Old 06-12-04, 07:11 PM
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Nice ride in this morning for the 9-6 shift. Took an errant shortcut on the way to work that led to a couple
of extra miles. No problem though, I allowed plenty of time to get to work today. Ride home was hot, but with
thankfully light traffic. Corrected my shortcut error this evening.
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Old 06-13-04, 10:08 AM
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Its nice to see the new commuters. Alphie, maybe your riding will encourage others, I have a coworker who says he's going to start riding this week and maybe we'll even go out for a quick ride at luch. Its infectious.

I had a great ride in this morning. Drill weekends suck, but they get a lot better when I ride in. A cold front rolled through last night so it was in the mid 60's for the ride.
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Old 06-13-04, 09:42 PM
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No work today, put on fenders, bought a rain jacket and a bag that will be modified to fit the handlebars. Looks like I'll get to try the rain gear out tomorrow. Dave, I only hope to get others to bike-commute traffic here is no fun. I work such unusual hours that I don't experience rush hour that much; tomorrow will be different as I work the 9-6 shift. :/
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Old 06-14-04, 05:35 AM
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Well, just sold my commuter so it will be at least 2 weeks until I'm riding to work again. It was either sell it now or donate it to charity (I needed the $ to finish building its replacement), so unfortunately its gone. I kept the seat, pedals, pump, computer, lights, and water bottle cages to install on my new Cross Check. I'll miss it but I out grew it too and feel I needed a more competant road bike for the touring and multi-day rides especially. I'll miss the rides and hope to be back on the road asap.
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Old 06-14-04, 07:23 AM
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Nice ride in this morning, no wind, nice temps and legs that were feeling good after a couple of light days over the weekend. The numbers of other bikers out this morning was back up - its good to see so many others out and about each morning.
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I bought a set of panners this weekend and loaded them up for my commute to work today. The weight was not evenly distributed but was not off by too much. I put the heavest one on the left side of the rack. With about 80% of my commute over my left leg started to ache, may be more like a cramp. My question is could this be due to the heaver pack on the right side? Was the pack making my right leg work harder, any suggestions or answers?

Other than thay I took the river route to work today It added about 2 miles and 15 mins to the ride but I enjoyed the change of senaery.
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Old 06-14-04, 10:42 AM
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Nice morning for a change. Temp in the low 50s with SSW winds gusting around 20MPH. The ride in felt great and went by quickly. This was my first time back on the bike since my first Century on Saturday. I'm glad to report, everything still works.
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Well, I was very thankful for the aero bars this morning as I used up all the strength in my right arm setting up flags for the boy scouts (fund raiser, I had to drive 58 pieces of rebar into the ground with a sledge hammer to hold as many flags up). Nice warm morning too by the time I started heading off to work. Computer said it was 100 degrees at 9:00 AM, even allowing for bike computer temp inflation thats still pretty warm for that time of morning.
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My 6 miles was very nice, and after a 40 mile ride yesterday (my longest yet!) it was great to get on the bike and do more. I'll be riding in a few minutes as I go to lunch too
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Old 06-14-04, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul L.
<snip>Computer said it was 100 degrees at 9:00 AM, even allowing for bike computer temp inflation thats still pretty warm for that time of morning.
NO KIDDING THATS PRETTY WARM! I hate to think what your commute home will be like!
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Ah, what a beautiful morning to ride in this morning, it coaxed me to take the long way in. I also did a river run to Dinkytown on my lunch break. I've got a floating holiday that I've got use by the end of the month or lose it, I'm aiming for Wednesday for a day ride, if it's raining I'll just go to work and try another day. I'm looking forward to the ride home too.
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Overcast, a hint of drizzle and a peak at blue skies. Nice ride in except for the monday blues.
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Very humid but not too hot this morning going in. Threatening thunderstorms on the way home but stayed dry. I'm always in a better mood when riding to work and home rather than driving. Even makes the beer taste better.
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Ride home was nice. Around 70F with 30MPH gusts. First ride in just jersey and shorts in quite a while.
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Well it is finally light enough at 4:15 to ride in without headlights (well cars may not see me but at least it is bright enough for me to see where I'm going). There's no shower at work so it's slow and steady all the way! $3 from the company every time I ride in!
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Old 06-14-04, 09:12 PM
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Pleasant 15 degrees C this morning on another "winter" commute. Back among the crazies of the Gold Coast after a much needed weekend away. Nothing much changes around here in that respect. Interesting to hear another rider tell me what a wonderful effort his 94km was yesterday. I didn't have the heart to tell him that I did 106km with a full touring load yesterday, which followed on from the 106km (and 1,380 metres of climbing, mostly on corrugated dirt roads) from the day before.

EDIT: Hey, I got post #5,000 in this thread! Ra!
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... Hey, I got post #5,000 in this thread! Ra!
By my computer it appears you are 5001. We'll have to wait for 10,000, I guess.
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Originally Posted by Gus Riley
By my computer it appears you are 5001. We'll have to wait for 10,000, I guess.
Poor Chris, foiled again!
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Jealous. Light at 4:15 am...A summer benefit of living in the far north..Here it gets light about 5:15 AM...About 32 degrees north..I ride to work at about 3 PM for evening shift. So all year I have light..
Was a great ride. Mid' 70's...Gusty winds to cool you off...Great sun.. Felt so good and I did well enough speed wise, I added about 4 extra miles to my 26 mile commute.
If it got that light that early here , I might be inclined to ride in while on day shift.
Oh yes...I keep track of my mileage daily in my bike log...On the ride home, I will top 1,000 miles just commuting alone for the year...

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I had to hand my two boys, 8 and 9, over to my wife in the salt mines( we work in parellel shafts) so I sugested to the monsters, that we bike the 6.5 miles there. They squacked, and I was about to drive instead of bike, but then I got a great idea. I sugested that they scooter to a bus, on which I could load my bike on the front, we stop for rootbeer, then bike/scooter a few more miles to my workplace.

They thought that this was a great idea. We did it and had fun the whole way. They zipped at an average 9 miles per hour, almost as fast as they bike! They did 4.25 miles under their own steam, and got a lot more exercise than they would have, if they had cycled. To make up for my abreviated ride in the afternoon, I took a long way home, when I came back, tonight. I look forward to doing this again.
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Originally Posted by Gus Riley
By my computer it appears you are 5001. We'll have to wait for 10,000, I guess.
Oh alright, reply #5,000 then! Picky, picky.

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Poor Chris, foiled again!
What exactly do you mean by again?

Oh yeah, 19 degrees C this evening, and if anything it's warmed up since I got home. Another surprisingly quiet commute through Surfers. Dusting off the old bike tomorrow as I need to replace the chainring I bent over the weekend.
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68 degrees, very humid this morning I rode under heavy overcast, gusting wind and traffic seemed to be heavy. All in all, the start of another great day.
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