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Old 07-01-04, 06:53 AM
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Lesson learned today: proper air pressure is very important. I was 5 minutes faster in my commute this morning because my tires were properly inflated and I was running late. It is nice to know that if I am a few minutes behind schedule I can make it up. On a sad note the catcalls have started, but I am happy to report I kept my temper in check and managed to not flick anyone off or tell them to go to h - e - double hockey sticks. Almost forgot, I saw a white tailed bunny, which is cool since my hometown is quickly turning into a gigantic concrete jungle.
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We have had rather a windy couple of days here, not perfect riding weather but still warm and sunny!

I started the rebuild of my #2 bike last night, following a strip and repaint of the frame. So far I have fitted the forks (including new headset), brakes and a new bottom bracket unit. I hope to have some pics to show off when she is ready to ride again and looking her best (though I'm biased here ).

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Old 07-01-04, 09:39 AM
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Great temperature here in Denver this morning. With a road closure for a month or two, my route has been altered to go through the local state park (entends my total trip from 12 to 15 miles) which includes about a mile or so of gravel trail. I've noticed a lot more bike commuters while riding this route - great to see!
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Almost 60F this morning. Another A.M. ride in shorts and jersey. I think I'm getting spoiled! Got to see a large Hawk soaring overhead half way into town. Pretty cool.
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Old 07-01-04, 12:58 PM
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58F overcast with a light mist falling @ 6AM, still cloudy and 61F at lunctime. Hope it burns off before my afternoon commute.
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Old 07-01-04, 02:40 PM
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Fully overcast and thus much cooler today. Pretty stiff headwind as well, and the radio tells me I have a headwind to look forward to on the ride home. Had a good ride in though, still pushing it for increased exercise. Lots of other bikes out today, few of who looked like commuters. Kids off for summer perhaps. Damn kids, why don't I get summer off?
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Old 07-01-04, 02:48 PM
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Beautiful ride into my south office this morning (16 miles), great weather! I'm not going to say anything about my ride home, the last two times I did the weather changed and I nearly drowned, got beat up with hail and nearly blown away But I survived.
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Boombastic.
Overcast, slight tailwind, cool at 67 degrees. "Summertime" in SF, CA!
Took a short lunch ride too. Same weather.


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Old 07-01-04, 03:38 PM
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Today I drove a car to work.

I dropped by wife of at the airport and the only way to make it to work on time was to keep driving. (my wife wasn't keen on the idea of leaving 1hr earlier in the morning so I could then go home and cycle to work) Anyway we share one car, hence my normal cycle commuting.

I feel more tired today and need coffee. When I cycle to work I crave juice, not coffee.

Its strange to be behind a wheel after not driving for 10days straight. I didn't pass any cyclists.

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Old 07-01-04, 06:04 PM
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Kind of a rough ride in this morning, the weather and traffic were o.k., but my g.f. and I celebrated the end of Georgia's 6% alcohol limit for beers, last night at a popular brew-pub. Excellent trippels, barley wines and imperial stouts were sampled (as a homebrewer I can appreciate a tasty beverage), but this morning's ride in was wobbly. Warm and overcast on the return trip with traffic heavier than usual. Fortunately no altercations to report.
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Old 07-01-04, 09:31 PM
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This morning's commute combined a 25 mile training ride on the bike trail. On the way out we noticed a woman standing directly in the middle of the path holding an empty milk jug. Figured she was probably waiting for her husband picking blackberries from the huge vines between the path and the river.

On the way back, at the same spot, there were 8 police and sheriff's cars. No cops visible and no sign of the woman. Weird. Was she attacked? Did she find a dead body? Such a mystery....
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Old 07-01-04, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclochica
On a sad note the catcalls have started, but I am happy to report I kept my temper in check and managed to not flick anyone off or tell them to go to h - e - double hockey sticks.
You get them too? I get them (and other things) everytime I wear red, which is even more disconcerting if you're a male living in Redneck Wonderland. I find arrogance is the best way to deal with these things, just treat them with the contempt they deserve.

On another note, I passed a truck today -- and he wasn't even stuck in gridlock. Dropped him/it like a stone. Obligatory weather report, temperature range on the commute of 10-12 degrees C, amazing how it can gain two degrees in 20 minutes in the middle of "winter".
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Originally Posted by caloso
This morning's commute combined a 25 mile training ride on the bike trail. On the way out we noticed a woman standing directly in the middle of the path holding an empty milk jug. Figured she was probably waiting for her husband picking blackberries from the huge vines between the path and the river.

On the way back, at the same spot, there were 8 police and sheriff's cars. No cops visible and no sign of the woman. Weird. Was she attacked? Did she find a dead body? Such a mystery....
Are you sure the milk jug was empty?
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It was 61F during my lunch commute home but the sun came out this afternoon & I rode home in 79F weather, lots of cyclists out & around town this afternoon. Spent the evening bringing my tractor & implements back home from across town & now I'm ready for a great Fourth of July.
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Old 07-02-04, 12:33 AM
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I commuted about 3 times and found that it was too hard both ways. So yesterday I drove to work and cycled home. One small problem, I only brought 1 cycling shoe so I wore my tennies. I really like the ride into work much better. Already, they started to tear up my route with construction, so I had to make a 3 mile detour.
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Old 07-02-04, 01:20 AM
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A bit breezy this morning. We had strong winds and heavy rain last night so there was a couple of large puddles to be avoided along with the fallen bits of trees. This is supposed to be Summer in the UK. More like autumn/winter.
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Old 07-02-04, 07:52 AM
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Temps in the low 60s, no wind. I slept in a bit, so I ended up seeing some different people on the way in. It is going to be a wonderful day, might leave a little early and get a jump on the holiday weekend. Happy 4th to all here in the USA!!
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Hard rain last night left me with deep puddles, wet roads and fog, traffic was heavy but seemed to be under control. The ride to work took me 1 hour 5 minutes, the fenders kept me dry and the bright tail lights and hi-vis jersey kept me seen. Teh skys are clearing so hopefully we'll have a nice ride home.
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Old 07-02-04, 08:15 AM
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Windy, windy, windy again today - and there have been a few showers this afternoon. This morning's journey was hard work, there was one uphill section straight into the wind. That really knocks the speed off...

Have a good weekend folks,

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Old 07-02-04, 08:39 AM
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I'm liking these warm mornings! Having to pick my way through road-kill lately. Seems to be a lot of squished critters on my route these day.

To all my U.S. commuter friends, Please have a fun and safe Independence Day holiday!

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Chris L: now that I think about it, the milk jug was filled with BLOOD!

Today was cool and calm, an ideal day for an extended detour on the way to work, but also an ideal day for lying in bed. I chose the latter and had a leisurely spin to the office.

As I was locking my bike to the rack, I had a nice chat with one of my senior attorneys. He lives out in the burbs but lately has been putting his old Schwinn Collegiate in his trunk, driving to Midtown, and riding the last couple of miles in to the office. He thanked me for giving him the idea that was saving him parking fees and getting him back into the fresh air.

One more commuter!
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Overcast today, looking like it will be a classic PNW 4th of July weekend: cloudy with a good chance of rain It was also pretty darn windy today which slowed things down a bit.
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Early this morning I was awakened by a severe thunderstorm, with many lightening strikes close by, and the resulting fire sirens. By 5:30 when I got up the sky was clear but there were lots of big puddles. Fortunately, most people were taking the day off and the traffic was very light. Late in the afternoon another storm rolled through, but since I got stuck working late, it was over by the time I left, so both rides were puddly but fine. PS, the Tom turkeys are displaying again. 2nd clutches or just establishing territory?
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Heavy overcast all day. 53F at 6AM, warming up to 67F by late afternoon. Finally saw lots of cyclists & commuters today, 20 or more. I saw several classics including an older Schwinn Paramount, a Stevenson (local builder), and a couple going the other way on beautiful touring bikes that looked very French but had no decals. Probably custom built.
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Wet roads this morning. Too bad because my girlfriend gave me a B-17 saddle to spiff up my ride, and I really wanted to show it off to my coworkers! Didn't want to get it wet the first time out, though. Dry and cooler than is normal for Atlanta on the return trip.
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