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Old 06-15-04, 05:33 AM
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70F this morning coming in and very humid and sticky. The crank feels a little funny when I peddle, there seems to be a little play in it. Something for me to do when I get home. Check the crank and BB.

Supposed to get a little rain this afternoon.
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Old 06-15-04, 08:14 AM
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Oh alright, reply #5,000 then! Picky, picky...
Ohhhh, I see.

Second morning in a row, I looked out the window and witness calm. Jump out of bed, throw my riding gear on, go outside, and dark skies, thunder and lightning greet me , with rain to follow.

Although my RAGBRAI training is technically not commuting, it is almost every morning for 35-60 miles.
The bad thing about being retired, is there is no where to commute to. Or is it, every ride is a commute for me, since where ever I'm going is part of my retirement job? Yeah, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!
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Originally Posted by Chris L
Oh alright, reply #5,000 then! Picky, picky.

What exactly do you mean by again?
Um, well. I was actually attempting a play on words.
Like in the comic books from my youth.


The commute this morning was quite nice. Bright sun which made the 40F temp. seem warmer. Winds were west at around 15-20MPH. Still having to wear tights and a jacket on the morning ride. I saw 3 other folks on bikes this morning on my way into town. Thats a first. Normally the 2 ladies that are walking their huge dogs and the cagers are the only "intelligent" life I see in the mornings.
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The ride in this morning was rather inspiring… 10:00am before I needed my first cup of coffee. 75F with a gentle breeze. I was press for time this morning and did not take the time to stretch. How many of you out there take the time to stretch before and after your ride?
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Old 06-15-04, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
Normally the 2 ladies that are walking their huge dogs and the cagers are the only "intelligent" life I see in the mornings.
I love biker terminology.
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Nice ride in today. Great temps and just a slight cooling breeze. I've just had four days off the bike for various reasons, and today the legs felt great. I was hitting the hills at least 2 gears higher than I was last week! Amazing what a bit of rest for tired legs will do...
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Man, it was about 75 and humid at about 6:30 this morning when I started out under threatening skies. I got to within a mile of the office and it started pretty good...within a half mile it started hailing! Small nuggets, and it didn't last too long, but I had just given my legs a fresh shave last night so they stung a bit! Pretty soaked, but nothing a good shower didn't fix.
 
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Last night I was heading for home, rolling out of the garage and coming to a trackstand on L Street waiting for a gap in traffic. I realized that to most people I probably look like a total dork (and a total Fred to roadie snobs): dress shirt and pants with reflective cuff-bands, loosened tie, helmet, bike shoes. A huge, dinged-up 4X4 rolled by and there was a teenage girl in the passenger seat. She leaned out the window and I expected her to say something rude or throw a soda can. Instead, she smiled, gave me a friendly wave, and said, "Hey! I like your bike!"

Now that made my day.
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Originally Posted by WonkerJaw
How many of you out there take the time to stretch before and after your ride?
Hmmmm... I've been commuting and touring now for twenty three years, I really should start doing that. I suppose it's just a matter of getting into the habit.
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Sweet day today, mostly blue with scattered big fluffy clouds. Getting warmer to, with 70s and 80s in the future. Skipped the MUP today and took to the streets for the 1st half then back to the MUP at the construction section. They routed us onto the road again as they were working in the underpass. Nice ride in today and I picked up Simpson's Season 4 (my 2nd fav season) from apt. office on the way in. Woo Hoo!
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Originally Posted by mtessmer
Hmmmm... I've been commuting and touring now for twenty three years, I really should start doing that. I suppose it's just a matter of getting into the habit.
I worry about it in the morning… sometimes. I jump out of bed and I'm on the bike in 15 minutes. Maybe it would cut down on some of the soreness.
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Today was my first day ever commuting by bike and it was fantastic. Clear skies, cool early morning temps and really polite drivers. And on top of that it only took about 10 extra minutes to get to work (granted the majority of the ride is slightly downhill) ... but what a fantastic way to start the day.
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Conrats Moistfly on your first commute! A word of caution. Bicycle commuting can become adictive.

Nice ride home. Temp around 60F with SSW winds around 15MPH. Skies were full broken clouds that look to be trying to form into thunderheads.
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45F & sunny @ 6AM then 68F @ lunchtime & up to 72F this afternoon. Nothing but clear skyall around.
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Sweaty, hot, fun (I took some risky manouvers around cars), a bit disatisfying when I couldn't go full speed down the hill, and short (I sprinted). But as someone else said, a bad day on the bike beats a good day at work.
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So at work today I realized that they actually have a private shower stall in one of the bathrooms .... I'm sure everyone would think i'm wierd if I started using it ... but they'd probably think worse if I stunk every day ... and I don't have enough patience in my bones to take it slow to work. This is great, I only wish I could have been introduced to it sooner.
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3-12 shift today. Warm and overcast when I rode in, thunderstorm arrived just after I walked in to work. Was a little concerned this afternoon about the ride home; strong lightning was prevalent. So much so, that my gf called to ask me not to bike home if the weather stayed rough. Nice and calm by 12 midnight though. Had a lovely cool ride home.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Last night I was heading for home, rolling out of the garage and coming to a trackstand on L Street waiting for a gap in traffic. I realized that to most people I probably look like a total dork (and a total Fred to roadie snobs): dress shirt and pants with reflective cuff-bands, loosened tie, helmet, bike shoes.

Now that made my day.
In the Netherlands..I saw this as common place...Sacramento gets pretty hot..BIkes do not come with A/C to keep you cool and your clothes sweet smelling...Watch out for that tie..Not so long it could get caught up in the spokes.
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Old 06-16-04, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
In the Netherlands..I saw this as common place...Sacramento gets pretty hot..BIkes do not come with A/C to keep you cool and your clothes sweet smelling...Watch out for that tie..Not so long it could get caught up in the spokes.
I actually remember a guy around here a few years ago who used to ride (apparently to work) in a three piece suit everyday. This is in Queensland, where 7am temperatures regularly top 30 degrees C. I don't know how he survived.
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beautiful morning, I rode the road bike to work today, it was like getting a free ride. I had to take the long route in so I could be out there long enough to take in the sunrise. Mornings like this are what it's all about.
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Old 06-16-04, 05:18 AM
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Got home before the rain started to fall yesterday afternoon. Not a bad ride home, wind at my back but the air was thick and sticky.

Ride in this morning was refreshing, the rain overnight blew in some fresh air and cleaned the streets.
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Stormy weather and very gloomy. A bit of lightning here and there both yesterday and today, but no rain yet. Legs are feeling great and I think I've got the new bike dialed in pretty well for shifting and riding position now.
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Today was one of those mornings where the world seemed new. No wind, no rain and cool temperatures. (40F) Had to dodge a dead skunk. Anyone for roadkill stew?
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Well, I planned on riding the 14 miles to work today. Had the extra clothes already in the office, etc. Then last night, my shoulder and neck muscles got very tight and sore, probably from a workout I did the other day or perhaps the hour I spent planting new items in our garden on Sunday. Didn't sleep real great last night and wasn't especially keen on feeling uncomfortable when I was riding so I opted to just drive in as usual.

Mind you, I want to ride in about once a week or so all summer and only got started last week. Now, I'm all pissed off and depressed 'cause I didn't ride today! The neck is still sore but not painful or anything just muscle stuff. Arggggg........how completely lame to feel so down about this. (can't ride in tomorrow because I take my daughter to camp on Tu/Th and I'm off on Friday).

Well, gonna shoot for Monday!

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I ride home in the late afternoons, yesterday was 100. Mileage is 14. I was pretty beat. Today is supposed to be in the mid 90's. Fortunately I have three things going for me: The bike trail is beautiful (saw two turkeys and deer), it's not humid and I have a pool at home!!
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