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Old 07-07-04, 09:28 AM
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Back up after a week's vacation...good to be back on the bike but sad to be back from the beach! NY was warm this morning and promises to be muggy tonight. The commute was OK but a big adjustment from the empty road I rode during the time off...
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Old 07-07-04, 09:33 AM
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Cooler this morning and a good breeze to my back.

Late to work, as usual, but had a nice exchange of pleasantries at a stop light with a young woman on a hybrid. I noticed she was wearing a Livestrong band and I offered a little unsolicited advice about staying out of the door zone. I showed off by trackstanding the whole while. Then the light changed and I hammered the last mile to the office.

I briefly imagined myself taking a turn at the front of the Blue Train during today's team TT. That'll get you to work on time....
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Old 07-07-04, 11:12 AM
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Very pleasant this morning. I was sleepy after a late night last night (went out to a concert), and didn't really care too much about getting to work early. I watched the start of the tour coverage until about 745, then just meandered down to the office, not trying to break any records.

Had a breif chat with another cyclist doing the Tour de Work this morning while stopped at a light... the nicest fellow commuter I've met so far.
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Old 07-07-04, 06:27 PM
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I guess I'm antisocial. Tonight a cyclist passed me while I was climbing Moose Hill, but at the top of the hill he had slowed to my climbing pace and stayed there. I didn't want to play "pass me, I'll pass you" so I slowed and followed 2 bike lengths behind. He kept a slow pace across the top of the hill. Finally he upshifted as we approached the descent, but then he coasted down the hill, taking the lane. Now this is the hill that I use to get my spin up so I can crack 30 mph across the flat and carry it as far as I can up the next grade. Was he being a little obnoxious, was I wheel-sucking, how do you handle that sort of situation?
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Old 07-07-04, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Jean Beetham Smith
Was he being a little obnoxious, was I wheel-sucking, how do you handle that sort of situation?
I just ride as I would normally and not worry about what others are doing. If he wants to suck on my wheel for a while, let him. After all, he isn't going to get any real benefit in the long term from that, is he? If he wants to shoot ahead on the descent, I don't care. After a decade living on the Gold Coast, I'm of the opinion that if I tried to understand everyone I ever met, I'd go mad.

13 degrees C this morning, a cross-wind from the west with a slight northerly aspect to it. Not much else to say about it really.
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Old 07-07-04, 09:35 PM
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Back to work after a 4 day weekend. It was a bright sunny day in South Puget Sound but very windy all day. I made a quick recovery from my 4 finger jam a few weeks ago & today I was able to type my keyboard with both hands for the first time since the fall.
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Old 07-08-04, 04:33 AM
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wet, soggy, foggy and windy, what a great ride. I was the only out this morning and I guess I'll have a repeat tonight on the way home.
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Old 07-08-04, 05:28 AM
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Nice ride home last night. No rain and the tempature was not as high. Traffic was light and it looks like the street sweepers came through and swept up all the crap in the gutter.

Ride in this morning was really nice. Tempature was around 60(F). Made some good time coming in as I sort of pushed it a little this morning. Nice
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Old 07-08-04, 08:51 AM
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The rain that was going to hit last night wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. Dry this morning too. Weather here is so subdued. Can't complain.

The wear on my cassette is getting worse by the day - I couldn't make it up the Big Hill today, first time ever. Got tomorrow off so those parts better get here before I leave.
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Old 07-08-04, 09:06 AM
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Dry and pleasent here this morning, but a good sized thunderstorm has just passed over us at work...

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Old 07-08-04, 09:31 AM
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Had a nasty encounter with a driver on the way home yesterday. Nothing that remarkable but it left a bad taste in my mouth the whole evening. I think what upset me most wasn't the driver's actions (riding my wheel, honking her horn, flipping me off) but that I lost my cool. I allowed her ugliness to trigger my anger and I brought myself down to her level.

But today is a new day and I had a very pleasant ride in, making a big loop of the Pocket and the Sacramento River Trail.
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Old 07-08-04, 10:38 AM
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Pretty good commute today, nearly doubled my bike route (now up to a whopping 6 miles one-way! I'm excited.) by picking another train stop. Plus a detour for road construction. 17C, overcast, light sprinkle. Made it to to the train station in 36 minutes, and the only thing kind of bothersome was that I had to yell at a van driver who got confused by the detour and tried to back into me.
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Old 07-08-04, 02:39 PM
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Heavily overcast and cool today, seemed to keep the pedestrians off the trail. However I saw 19 other cyclists, making for a round 20 including myself. I have to admit that I've been enjoying the cloudy cooler weather; keeps the crowds off the trail, you stay cooler and it's easier to sleep at night.
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Old 07-08-04, 05:30 PM
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I have to tell you all about yesterday's commute.

I rode from work to the Kerry/Edwards rally in downtown Dayton's Riverscape. Thousands of people there, along with closed roads and police/security everywhere. Didn't have to worry about parking, rode right up to the event gates (I didn't have a ticket) but I was right there straddling my bike and watching the candidates speak. Since they were so far away they all looked so tiny but John Kerry's height, blue shirt/red tie and silver hair were unmistakable!

There were TONS of bicycles there too, chained to everything imaginable! Even some of the Bush supporters rode bikes, too. Seems like some people are starting to get the message about how convenient bike are these days!
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Old 07-08-04, 10:17 PM
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Clear & 48F at 6AM, broken clouds & 70F at 3:30 PM; had a nice ride in but had to wear a long sleeve jersey to stay warm. Only a few other cyclists out today.
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Old 07-09-04, 05:55 AM
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Lovely commute this morning, now that yesterday's humidity dropped big time. I'm using an alternate route (12.4 mile), about a mile longer but much less hilly, that avoids me arriving too sweaty.
Love the 6:10 am ride start because of the so much less traffic, but hate to wake up at 5:00 am !!! arrrrgggg!!!!
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Old 07-09-04, 06:26 AM
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Last night's commute was one of the wettest rides I can remember for a long while, and actually was rather enjoyable. The weather was extraordinary - apparently there were 4 inches of rain in the afternoon, and flash flooding caused traffic chaos in town. Riding on flooded roads was entertaining... Later, my wife and I took the bus into the city - the driver said that his service was running 1.5 hours late!

This morning was windy, but dry. Our summer weather is.... not very well sorted out at the moment

Have a good weekend,

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Old 07-09-04, 08:17 AM
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Ed, are you sure your not in Montana! Our weather is quite the same.
We tied a record low temperature yesterday!

Cool ride in this morning. Back into tights and wind jacket. My legs feel tired today. Took it pretty easy. The winds of the past 2 days must have worked me harder than I had thought. It is nice to see the sun making an appearance again.
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Old 07-09-04, 08:41 AM
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Hi there! This is my first post. However, I have been an avid reader of the forum for some time.

I have to admit I have been a fair weather commuter up until today. My first commute in the rain, 14(C) not much of a wind, was very invigorating.

So much fun that I may invest in some actual rain gear.... Wringing out my socks into the toilet at work is an experience I only want to enjoy once.
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Old 07-09-04, 10:58 AM
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Great ride this morning with perfect low-60s temps. I left a little bit later again (got sucked into the tour coverage...), but made great time to work. The legs were feeling good, and I was able to spin in pretty high gears. It felt like a fast trip.
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Old 07-09-04, 12:13 PM
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Short ride this morning, chilly, missed train... legs and brain sloggy today. Home trip will attempt transport of laptop in new Bike Bureau + Tom Bihn Brain Cell combo.
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My buddy and I had a great ride in today. Always seem to have a headwind along the American river in the AM and then it reverses for our ride home in the PM - oh well. Still tweaking my new bike (Bianchi Axis) - having problems with hands falling asleep.
Have a great weekend.
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Originally Posted by Vision-
Hi there! This is my first post. However, I have been an avid reader of the forum for some time.

I have to admit I have been a fair weather commuter up until today. My first commute in the rain, 14(C) not much of a wind, was very invigorating.

So much fun that I may invest in some actual rain gear.... Wringing out my socks into the toilet at work is an experience I only want to enjoy once.

Welcome! I, too, lurked a long time before posting. It has only rained on me once on the way to work, but several times on the trip home. I enjoyed those rides.
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Old 07-09-04, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Rooker
My buddy and I had a great ride in today. Always seem to have a headwind along the American river in the AM and then it reverses for our ride home in the PM - oh well. Still tweaking my new bike (Bianchi Axis) - having problems with hands falling asleep.
Have a great weekend.
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Do you ride all the way into Sacramento? The ARBT isn't technically my commute route but I do a training ride before work a couple of times a week. We ride from downtown to the bridge at Arden Park and turn around.

Today was very mellow: still full from last night's dinner. We took my parents to their favorite Spanish restaurant for their 37th wedding anniversary. I ate way too much paella but I figure if it's good for Indurain, it's good for me.
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No commute in, but I did take a 24 mile ride in the afternoon. I headed up the Cherry Creek path from downtown out to the resivoir.

When I got up there and turned around I noticed a storm had built up, no worries they usually blow right over. I thought I would wait it out, but after 15 minutes it only got darker. I took off right into the storm. The trip will definately make it onto my list of stupid things I've done that I really enjoyed.

Have a good weekend all.
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