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Old 09-01-04, 11:47 AM
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I almost got hit by a van! I was riding towards an intersection and there was buddy in the left turn lane. Light was already green as I approached the intersection so I start to hammer through, buddy decides that just as I enter the intersection at full tilt, he's going to make his turn hitting the gas and jumping into the intersection. I thought for sure I was going to go down hard. I start yelling at the top of lungs and he locks up the brakes and stops a few feet shy of where I would have been traveling had I not swerved to avoid the collision as I saw him coming at me. I was pretty pissed, "You f&*kin' a$$!" Was the next thing out of my mouth as I travelled past his open driver's side window and continued on my way. Scared the living crap out of me. I had to took a few deep breaths and settle down.

Other then that it was o.k.
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Old 09-01-04, 11:57 AM
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Hey, JamesV! If you can ramp it up and hold it at 24mph, L Street feels safer than Capitol, even though there's no bike lane. Plus, if you're comfortable with drafting, you can occasionally catch an RT near Sutter's Fort.

My ride in this morning was a nice detour to the American River Bike Trail. Unfortunately, I decided to access the trail at Sac State where there were a zillion cars filling the parking lots and an overzealous trainee traffic cop.
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Old 09-01-04, 04:41 PM
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I left work early because I didn't feel well. Took a 22 mile detour on the ride home to see if it would help me to feel better. Sure enough. I feel much better. Cycling is good medicine!

(it didn't hurt that it was over 90F and mostly sunny this afternoon either! )
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[cough] I think I may feel a case of that coming on. [/cough]
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Old 09-01-04, 05:26 PM
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It was 58F & threatening rain at 6AM but I made it within a few hundred yards of our building before the first shower hit. There was lots of blue sky & sunshine at lunchtime so I rode back thinking the showers were finished for the day. Later, I watched a series of heavy showers work through our area. Managed to ride home in sunshine on fairly dry streets.
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Old 09-01-04, 05:34 PM
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I don't think it could have been much better this morning. Riding from Kingston to Hobart over the bonet (anyone who knows Hobart will know how nice this ride is), not a cloud in the sky. A little mist on the Derwent river. And only got stopped by 4 red lights. What a great start to the day. Can't wait for the ride home
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Old 09-01-04, 05:59 PM
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Bonnet, actually...

Yes, not a cloud in the sky, almost no wind, mirror calm on the river. 7 deg C in the city. A great way to start a working day (and terrorising bikeforums).

And I saw that delicious lady who has been doing a walk-commute across the bridge to her accounting firm for as long as I remember. Now, that really did make my day (again).
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Old 09-01-04, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Rowan
And I saw that delicious lady who has been doing a walk-commute across the bridge to her accounting firm for as long as I remember. Now, that really did make my day (again).
Does that accounting firm have any vacancies going?

15 degrees C and sunny this morning, with a decent tail wind. I took it pretty easy as I'd already been out to Hinze Dam for a quick 45km or so before work this morning (where it got down to 10 C). Strangely invigorating ride except for getting stuck behind that truck in Surfers this morning. Queensland must be the only place in the world where they encourage heavy vehicles to use the back streets. Surfers Paradise must be the only place in the world where their garbage needs to be taken out every frikken day!
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Old 09-02-04, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris L
Does that accounting firm have any vacancies going?
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Sadly no, there haven't for the past six years, and won't for another decade, as far as I know
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Old 09-02-04, 07:25 AM
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The ride home yesterday was not as bad as I thought it would be. The Reds game got fininshed pretty early and most of the traffic was gone by the time I hit the roads.

Ride in this morning was nice again. I think I am going to get spoiled.
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Old 09-02-04, 07:51 AM
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The weather has been excellent! This morning… it felt like there was no humidity and it was 70 degrees. Today I go pick up my commute bike from the LBS. No more wearing a backpack!
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Old 09-02-04, 09:55 AM
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Unfortunately I could not bike in this morning as it was my day to drop my little girl off at PreSchool. I did the next best thing. I put the sun roof back and my windows down. I am back on the bike tomorrow.
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Old 09-02-04, 10:03 AM
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Good ride, hot already today, but there's a new coffeshop on my route with very yummy fruit-oat bars (it's The Muddpuppy on N Fig in Montecito Heights, for those in the area-- and they'll let you bring in your bike), so what's a little heat?
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Old 09-02-04, 11:13 AM
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Nice tailwind coming in today. Which means its going to be a b*tch going home tonight.
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Old 09-02-04, 11:14 AM
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Enjoyed the moon today, and the sun coming up behind me. Weather is great as always, and I made pretty good time.

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Old 09-02-04, 11:16 AM
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Hmmmmm... I've hardly said boo all week. It's been great, I took Monday off and did a day ride with a friend of mine, the weather was perfect, we did allot of exploring and ended up with 76 miles and lots of treats. The weather has been good all week for the most part, it's finally summer like today, they say we might hit 90F. I had a great ride in this morning, I love my route to this office, it's one of my favorites (it's also the longest). Although my other offices that I ride to have their merits.
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Old 09-02-04, 11:55 AM
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Weather was great, wasn't too sweaty when I got to work... the baby wipes did their trick. There was a wakeboarder on the lake, which is always fun to watch as I'm riding around it.
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A mostly lazy commute for me this morning, but I had a nice opportunity to draft a landscaping truck on Vernon Ave. My top speed was 34.4 mph on essentially flat ground, spinning around 135 rpm still on the small chainring. Umm... thrilling.
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My commute was a disaster. I have a haunted rear tire that eats holes in my tube. There are three patches in a tube that was brand new on Monday evening. This morning I though I had it licked, until I was one third over a bridge without a sidewalk. Perfect.

Now there are three patches, and one leak in the tube.
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Really good.
Yesterday I saw a HUGE doe, if it were earlier in the year I'd say she's pregnant, but not at this time of the year. She was only 40 yards from the road. Beautiful!!
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Old 09-02-04, 09:07 PM
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16 degrees C this morning, and a big southerly. That will be a decent headwind this evening should it stay there (which is less than likely). A rarity on the Gold Coast this morning, no idiots!
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Oh Chris, Chris, Chris, you've left yourself wide open on this one...

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A rarity on the Gold Coast this morning, no idiots!
Except the one on the bike

About 9 deg when I came in, with a headwind about 10mph. I had a puncture coming off the bridge, but relaxed and changed out the tube -- the cause was a tiny piece of Michelin wire.

Last night was great, though. First stage was to a meeting, but when that finished, I had a very fast and enjoyable ride home.
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Old 09-02-04, 09:30 PM
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Oh Chris, Chris, Chris, you've left yourself wide open on this one...
I'm more concerned that I might have jinxed myself. Surfers Paradise + Friday night =

I might take Bundall Road this evening.
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Originally Posted by caloso
If you can ramp it up and hold it at 24mph, L Street feels safer than Capitol, even though there's no bike lane. Plus, if you're comfortable with drafting, you can occasionally catch an RT near Sutter's Fort.
"hold it at 24mph" -- ooh, i feel a case of anaerobia slowly coming on
Drafting a bus? Propane, not diesel I hope! Haven't done that, seems to me that would be an exercise in frustration as soon as it pulls over to the next bus stop?

I understand L, N, P and Q to be converted from 3-lane 1-way to 2-lane 2-way with bike lanes between 15th and 29th in the next few months. For most bike commuters prolly a good thing. For the more adventurous among us who like taking one of those 3 lanes, not so good.
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Old 09-03-04, 12:14 AM
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It was chilly at 6AM so I wore a long sleeved jersey and had another solitary commute in to work. The weather is still good but I haven't seen any regular commuters in the morning all week long. I do see quite a few cyclists at lunchtime & in the afternoon so maybe everyone is just sleeping in?? This week, I was able to spend time on the frame of the bike I'm rebuilding, almost finished the repaint, just needs the clear coat now.
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