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Old 06-29-04, 04:44 PM
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Got hit by a truck with "whiskey" plates yesterday - He hit my barend with the tailend of his truck when the two lane road shifted into a one lane.

Today I got told to get off the ******** road, and then I got swore at more when I told the moron to learn the rules of the road or he should get off instead.

Only halfway into my second week of commuting and I already have to deal with this... ugh...
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What a great commute. My commute is 25K and I had a tail wind to work and back. Happens about once a year!
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The summer weather continues, with 70(f) and clear skies as I head home. The tailwind that becomes the headwind when I ride hom was present as usual. For the first time in a while the trail didn't have the detour onto the road, so no break to the ride. Still tired but I enjoyed the ride.
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Colder this morning, 48F at 6:00 AM so I had to wear a long sleeve jersey with my shorts. Only saw one other commuter today. By my afternoon commute, we were back up to 81F with a bit of head wind. I broke a toe strap on the way home. It had been rubbing on the crank, the other side was also but didn't wear as much I guess. They were Pinarello's too so probably can't find a replacement.
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Old 06-29-04, 05:52 PM
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I had a run in with a jerk in a Ford F-150 on the way home. Click here to read my rant on the incident

Otherwise, it was such a great day to be on the bike. Temps near 80F and light winds. Lots of people out on the river again this evening.

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EDIT: From reading some of today's other posts, I can only guess that it must be the moon phase causing the incedents mentioned.
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Old 06-29-04, 07:38 PM
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[QUOTE=Gus Riley]I thought it would be interesting to have a thread where commuters might post the results of their daily commute.

Another beautiful, warm day in Seattle. I work downtown and live in Burien just south of Seattle. The ride is 12 miles door to door. It is a pleasant ride at any time, but especially in summer. The only bad part is going through Rat City in the early morning hours, where I frequently encounter gangs trolling the streets. But so far they have never done anything except give me the evil eye, and I blow through Rat City in about three minutes. After work, I cruise around the downtown area for an hour or more and hit book stores or Bud's Jazz Records, then find somewhere to have dinner. It's really great being loose in town with my bike! Today, as on most days in spring and summer, I had a nice tail wind to assist me going home and made it in 40 minutes, despite having a lot of long hills to climb.
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Old 06-30-04, 04:17 AM
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12 Degrees C this morning, and about 19 this evening. Had a pr!ck of a day at work today, so the ride home was just what I needed. Another couple of morons fighting over one parking space this evening, again I blasted straight between them without even batting an eyelid.
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This is one of the nicest mornings of the year so far, no head wind, clear sky and wildlife everywhere. forecast for the afternoon ride home is hot and dry, maybe I'll leave work early and take the long way home. Welcome to the world of commuting Cyclochica.
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Nice commute in this morning, a little on the chilly side with tempature around 54(F). That won't last. Humid sticky weather is in the forecast for the rest of the week.
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Reporting from Fairfield, NJ.
Nice, quiet ride on a rather cool side morning, it'll be hot going back home though.
It helps with the summer hours starting at 7:30 am, that means I start riding at 6:10am, all the roads are fairly empty at that time. A good thing.
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Old 06-30-04, 06:23 AM
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I took the short route today in the interests of recovery from riding at the weekend and a particularly intensive game of football on Monday evening. My poor legs were still like lead blocks this morning... It was a good journey though and I can tell that I will bounce back with more strength and power than before.

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Nice morning here in Denver, temps in the mid 50s. I altered the route a bit this morning. The change put me on pavement for a couple of miles more than usual, but I only saw two cars. The pavement was level, nice and new. With no cracks, bumps and cars it seems I was able to go much faster with no effort. I wonder what it will be like on the way home.
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Old 06-30-04, 11:16 AM
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Great morning, overcast and cool. Tried new route this morning with added hill. One of those sneaky looks flat in a car kind of grades that never ends! Will play with the route on the way home as well, still trying to find the best way to work for my current level of experience/fitness. Have to say though, that I am learning to own the road and cars no longer intimidate me as much as they did before! Probably helps that the folks near my house are getting used to seeing me, too.
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Tried a variation on my segment from Fairlington to the Arlington Court House area today. I found a more direct route that bypasses the steep section on Walter Reade and cuts a least a mile off the total. Easy as pie and 5 minutes faster.

Another beautiful, fairly cool morning.

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Cool here too. Good for my ride in but my tomatoes are still green! They need some of that famous frying-pan-hot Sacramento heat to bring out the red.

I was beat this morning and slept in, skipping my run, still half-asleep on the bike on the way to the office. Now I'm feeling like sneaking out of the office for a 20-mile spin.
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Had yesterday off, had to leave this morning about 5:15 am, was working 6-3. Nice and cool and peaceful riding in the darkness this morning. Had to take a long route because the bike path is closed after dark; I did not mind a bit. The ride home was on damp roads with weather cooled by afternoon showers. Got my handlebar bag from Nashbar yesterday, taking my clothes to work is much easier now.
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Nice ride in this morning to my office that's the closest to home only to find the bridge that crosses the freeway is under construction and the lanes are narrowed and the bike lane is closed. Hmmmmm... well, I made it in one piece. I'll take the longer way home but I'll still have to deal with that bridge, it's my only option. Wish me luck. At least we finally have summer.
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Old 06-30-04, 02:41 PM
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Cooler this morning then it has been the last few days. The wind was variable this morning which meant I generally had headwinds in all directions I need to leave work a bit early today so I pushed it on the way in. Even with the wind I had a nice quick ride in.
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Heavy overcast today but it burned off by lunchtime & we hit 79F this afternoon. Saw 7 or 8 other bike commuters today. Don
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riding north on the lakepath around 20 blks south in chicago north towards the field museum some ******* in a recombinent (or however you spell that) almost hit me screaming "hellllloooo!!!" as he went by. I'd been having major trouble on my bike, as something was vibrating beneath my seat and getting worse. I'd pulled over, checked things out, couldn't find out what was wrong, and was just getting back on the path when that old jerk passed me with such a nasty attitude, it gave me a wave of road-rage that lasted for hours. (fortunately, i was at the museum in a few minutes....)

Please.... there are polite ways to announce chasing traffic.... 'on your left' is classic and always well received.

"on your left... that means get to your right" is far nastier.... and this fellow's hollering even a simple 'hello' at me was really disheartening, 'cause it sounded a lot more like "get out of my way a$$h*le"... when in fact, i wasn't in his way.
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Old 06-30-04, 09:33 PM
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11 degrees C this morning, no wind, the sun was shining. We soooo need some rain here right now.
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I had to transfer the kids to my wife at work, today. They balked at the heat after riding several blocks, so we went back home and got the car, after I extracted a promise to go for a long bike adventure tomorrow. To make up for my loss of cycling, I stopped for a Delirium Tremens, on tap, at Bryant Lake Bowl, on my way home.
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My first ride in about 2 1/2 weeks. Finally got my new Cross Check up and running last night after a nightmare-ish effort to install V brakes with road levers (they finally work after much frustration). The bike felt really good and fast, although I still have some tweaking to do. I guess it was a beautiful morning, I don't know, I was too preocupied with my new bar end shifters-switching back and forth between indexed and friction shifting to find the best option. Like I said the bike is fast: I was passed by another rider who I quickly overtook as he muttered something like: "I knew it wouldn't last long" referring to his lead. Even though I haven't setup my computer yet, I'm pretty sure I'll be setting new personal best times soon. Anyway, it's great to be back on the bike again, getting my exercise, saving money, and being completely independant of Metro.



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another nice day, can ya believe it, 2 in a row. i took the long way in stayed on all the back roads, no wind, no traffic, saw two other cyclist going in the other direction.
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Ride home last night was pretty good. traffic was ok. A lot of impatient drivers. Weather was getting warmer and more humid.

Ride in this morning was nice. I started about 15 minutes late. Still cool in the morning. The ride home should be pretty warm.
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