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Old 07-27-04, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by gravelpot
Thanks for the welcome...

My route is pretty short -- from 51st and Burnet Rd. to UT. I actually start out going in the wrong direction in order to get to North Loop and then take Guadalupe along the Intramural fields, hit 39th east to Speedway, which takes me all the way into campus.

Do you take Shoal Creek to get from north to south?
Yeah, I take Shoal Creek down to White Horse Trl. and work my way over to Guadalupe around Payne Ave. which is North of Koenig. Then we are on the same route through the campus. Very Good... Maybe we’ll see each other on the commute. I ride a maroon C’dale with blue panniers and blue helmet. I hope you have a good ride tomorrow.
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Old 07-28-04, 05:24 AM
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Great ride in this morning even with all the rain. I only realized it was still raining, after last night's storms, when I left the apt, but, at that point, I'm pretty well comitted. I was riding on a little faith (still without my multi tool) that my crank arms would stay attached. I removed, cleaned, and re-attached them with Loctite last night and they seem to be pretty secure. I shared drafting duties with the only other rider out there and spent the better part of 20 minutes drying off and cleaning up this morning. I've set my stuff in front of a fan in the hopes of riding home in dry clothes this afternoon.
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Old 07-28-04, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Jean Beetham Smith
This is shaping up as the summer that wasn't. My tomatoes haven't started to ripen, mornings I think about long sleeves.

I could not agree more! It feels more like October here than July. Cool tempatures again this morning around 56(F). Nice morning though. No rain like yesterday, traffic was pretty good.

The ride home last night was ok, nothing out of the ordinary happened.
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Old 07-28-04, 08:49 AM
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It was a beautiful morning here. The ride in was excellent and I racked up a 19mph average speed, which is top of the line for me.

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Today was good ride. I did not know there was a 40% chance of rain today. Maybe I'll stay dry on the way home. I would like to know… How many people out there must or choose to drive or ride a bus for part of their commute?
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Old 07-28-04, 11:32 AM
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Great ride in today. Temps a bit on the cool side in the upper 40sF.
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Old 07-28-04, 12:10 PM
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The weather was just fine for the ride. The wind wasn't bad either. I got to the healthclub across the street from my work, showered, and gave a kid a tip on how to secure his helmet to his bike so thieves don't take it. (He was just going to set it on the saddle and leave it.)

I rode across the street to my work, but had to stop to let some cars pass. I waited, then I rode on. Then I looked down and saw that I had gotten grease on my pants. No, not down by the ankle, but up near the knee. The grease came from the headset. Now I have to figure out how to get the grease out. Grrr.
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Old 07-28-04, 04:30 PM
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Graduated to the whole 12 mile ride home, still doing 6 + train in the morning. Next week I'll boost it to no train at all, at least 2x a week. Nice and cool in the mornings, not too bad after work. Finally found the Pas-LA basin bike trail, which also helps... way less glass.
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Old 07-28-04, 05:39 PM
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Overcast skies this morning with no wind but it had burned off by 11 AM & it quickly warmed up to 85F this afternoon. Really enjoying my Summer commuting now but I need to wind up my current projects & get busy on a thorough teardown, clean & lube of a couple of my Winter bikes.
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Nice easy 25 mph jaunt at 75 deg. no sweat hence no need to shower. Felt real good on the way home even though it was 104. Stayed off the saddle the whole way, made it in record time.
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Old 07-28-04, 09:28 PM
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Still being "blinded by the light" -- interesting that we haven't had a single cloud of any description pass overhead since I broke my sunglasses. I really need to do something about this.
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Old 07-29-04, 04:30 AM
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Dark ride in the morning already, I gues winter is just around the corner, hot humid ride in this morning, wet roads all the way. The day is forcasted to improve so we should be in good shape for the ride home.
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Old 07-29-04, 08:15 AM
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It was cool this morning, temps in the lower 50's, but there is still no wind. I counted 24 other people out on bikes this morning.

Wonkerjaw, I take a bus home much more often than I ride. I have several options for riding distance when I take the bus (2 miles - 10 miles), it's kind of nice to pick what I want to do. Though most of our worst weather arrives in the afternoon, it was not the primary driver behind my desire to ride the bus. Fact is with a 17 mile commute each way - I just get too physically tired going both ways for days on end.
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Old 07-29-04, 08:53 AM
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It's hot today. No breeze either. I took it easy this morning, which was nice. I think I'll stock up on water and push on the way home.
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Old 07-29-04, 10:31 AM
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I commuted to work on my bicycle for the first time this morning. A little over 11 miles one way. Temperature in the lower 60s (~15°C), sunny and clear. Funny enough, it isn't the distance or effort required, nor the afternoon ~100°F (~37°C) trip home, that has been problematic. The logistics are the hard part. Getting the proper combination of necessary food, appropriate clothing, and the supplies to clean up... well, it's like dragging a baby out of the house. There is no such thing as just popping out for a quick errand when you have a baby, and the same thing goes for bike commuting. I'm just glad I had the luck to read stories and tips on bikeforums.net first.

I keep glancing over and checking out the surreal sight of the Specialized next to me in my cubicle. Pretty dang cool.
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Congrats daeley on your first commute! After a while, you will be able to get up late, and still be to work on time with all the goodies you need for your work day. It becomes second nature.

Nice and cool ride in this morning. Temps in the 40's (F) again. Crisp enough to put on a wind jacket. The bike wouldn't shift into the big chain ring this morning. I'll have to look at that when I get home. The stuck link is sticking again also. More TLC is in order.

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I LOVE this. Only my 2nd commute, and I am thoroughly addicted. I must be particularly endorphin-susceptible or something, because when I got to school today my friends thought I was high. I had just ridden 15 miles to get there, so I guess I was a little bit. Biking just makes me HAPPY. It was 90 degrees when I rode home, and I have some killer hills in the mix, and I was still singing all the way. Especially when I passed a guy (in a red convertible) who had earlier cut me off - he was stuck in traffic as I cruised by. Oh, so lovely.
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Old 07-29-04, 08:18 PM
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Day off yesterday, but rode to a friend's house about 5 miles away where I am installing ceramic tile. Stopped by the LBS on the way home and bought a pair of cycling gloves. Very stuffy riding in at 8 this morning, but I was able to go up a couple of minor hills in a higher gear than normal. Very nice ride home, just took it easy and spun.
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Old 07-30-04, 01:38 AM
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Today was my first full commute. I've been "training" for the last few weeks trying to get used to a modern bike, the whole cadence thing, etc. The commute is down a steep bike unfriendly (if you are going up) hill, along a public bike trail and then up to the corporate campus along one of two routes -- both of which are steep for me. I'm OK on the flats but suck on hills even in the granny gear.

Anyway, the 9.2mi outbound commute took about an hour -- most of that spent dying (pedal, pant, rest, pedal) on the hills at the end. Inbound commute which is a slightly different route was 7.4mi at 36 minutes and skipped the big hill at this end.

Had a good time -- left the car at work so tomorrow will be similar. A good start to something that will hopefully become a daily activity.
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Had a good ride in this morning, however, I didn't see much as I spent most of it stuck to this guy's rear wheel who could've handed me my a$$ on a platter if he wanted too. I wanted to see if I could keep up and we must've been pushing 30 for a while. We each passed eachother twice and I know that one his second pass he could've poured it on a dropped me, fortunately I had a good excuse, I had to make my turn where he kept going straight. I also re-packed and adjusted my headset last night, replaced my bottom bracket (the 68x109 was too narrow and causing poor shifting and chain chatter on my big ring's teeth), and adjusted both derrailleurs. I test rode it last night and was happy to see that it's riding much better now. I also have been having some numbness in my groin and just replaced my saddle and lowered it as well-things seem to be improving.
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This morning was a good ride... very humid with temps around 76… very low for this time of year. 50% chance of rain with isolated storms... I may have to catch a ride home.

Originally Posted by RicardoJM
Fact is with a 17 mile commute each way - I just get too physically tired going both ways for days on end.
We have the same route... I'm right at 17.5 miles each way with some killer hills that are close to the house. My goal is to be able to ride both ways 3 times a week... It will be a while before that happens. Plus, with the temps in the mid to high 90s it may not too smart for me to try. Later

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Sure was a nice morning to be on a bike! Temps around 55F with a bit of a breeze. I rode the Raleigh Grand Prix for a change this morning. Coleen was to meet me at the office with my clothes for the day since the Grand Prix doesn't have a rack for the panniers. I'm almost to the office when the cell rings. She has a flat. So, I was glad to have my "emergency" clothes in the office.

The skies here are getting smoky from the wildfire SW of us. Worse today since the winds have picked up.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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I've had a great week of bike comuting. Three of those days having over 30 miles. Tomorrow (Saturday) my wife and I will doing our weekly morning coffee or breakfast run on our tandem. That will make seven weeks in a row that we've done this, we really enjoy it (it's not allot of miles but it's fun). Have a great weekend!
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Well the rain is coming and I am out of here. Everyone have a good weekend and be safe.
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Got an unseasonal storm on the ride home last night. Another awesome light show, and a short, sharp downpour. Just beautiful!
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