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Old 09-10-04, 08:31 PM
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My first post...
I think I'm mean on my bike, but you know once I start moving I don't want to stop.
I ride my bike to and from school and I'm sure it only adds up to a total of 10 miles a day but it's still fun. Can a cyclist get ticketed for going over the speed limit?

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Old 09-10-04, 10:17 PM
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Ride to work was brisk. Temp was right at 42F with a light NNW headwind.

I took off work early. I was heading home to drop the panniers then out for a longish ride. My rear tire blew! The rear tire is a sew-up (tubular). Soooo. I walked the bike 3 miles home. Put on my old Tufo Rhino (32mm) sew-up and waited for the glue to dry. It has to dry for 12 hours before riding. I can't wait until I can afford to replace that wheel! I just hope this tire holds until I can!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'll be out in 40MPH winds trying to get some miles in before the rain on Sunday.

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Clear, calm & 47F at 6AM today, it was bright & sunny through lunch time, but then it began to cloud over & was threatening rain by late afternoon when I rode home. It is raining hard now & will be much warmer & wetter for the next several days.
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Old 09-12-04, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Andrea Rae
My first post...
I think I'm mean on my bike, but you know once I start moving I don't want to stop.
I ride my bike to and from school and I'm sure it only adds up to a total of 10 miles a day but it's still fun. Can a cyclist get ticketed for going over the speed limit?

thanks for reading a newbie's post.
Welcome to commuting!!!
Yes you can get ticketed.
Your welcome.

Last two days have been great. Cool mornings with 80'sF on the way home.
Read about Ya'll on Monday.

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Old 09-12-04, 06:05 PM
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14 deg C, but a cool headwind into work this morning. A few spots of rain, and now looking out my window, it's drizzling.
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Old 09-13-04, 03:08 AM
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Incredible! It managed to rain for almost the exact duration of my ride this morning. Once I arrived the weather erupted into bright sunshine. Never mind, at least we're not bearing the brunt of that awful hurricane in the Carribean.

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Old 09-13-04, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Ed Holland
Incredible! It managed to rain for almost the exact duration of my ride this morning. Once I arrived the weather erupted into bright sunshine. Never mind, at least we're not bearing the brunt of that awful hurricane in the Carribean.
Sadly, neither are we. We could use the rain here. 17 degrees C on both the morning and evening commutes today. Blissfully uneventful, apart from that idiot whom I passed in gridlock who had his car stereo blaring at such a level that it could be heard from a km away. Would have been alright, except his taste in music is absolute shyte.
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just perfect
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Old 09-13-04, 05:56 AM
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I spent a couple hours last night and gave my bike a good cleaning. Typically this means that it will rain in the morning or that it will rain over night. Either of which will cause all my efforts to go down the proverbial storm drain. Well that didn't happen. So I was able to enjoy a nice cruise in on a quiet, clean drive train in some decent weather. Sadly the nice weather is almost over.
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Old 09-13-04, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by nolageek
I see that "I'm too cool to pay attention to my surroundings" look a lot.
me too - it bites. or they look you right in the eye and walk out in front of you anyway.

today's ride was mellow...we've had quite the warm and dry september up here. i'll be glad when the cirque du soleil microtunneling troupe leaves town, and i no longer have to dodge their orange barrels and little heaps of gloopy drilling mud in the bike lane.
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Old 09-13-04, 03:24 PM
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Tonight, I beat my personal best for the trip home by more than 1 1/2 minutes!!! With a combination of luck with traffic lights and a decent energy level, I made my eight-mile, long-way-home commute in 28:31 (it was 27-something if you don't count stops at traffic lights).

Yeah, I know some roadies go a lot faster, but I'd never broken the thirty-minute barrier, I live uphill from work, and I had two loaded panniers. It helped that I passed a guy who decided to keep up with me. for a mile or two. Not wanting to get passed by the guy I passed kept me moving.

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Old 09-13-04, 04:24 PM
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I'm in Seattle for the week, so this morning was my first West coast commute. I cleaned my drivetrain yesterday so, sure enough, it was raining this morning. Good times. The commute was uneventful, I suspect with about the same ratio of dinkleberry drivers to reasonable ones here as anywhere else. The Seattle area has a bunch of nice long hills which are very hard to come by in Minneapolis which is just what the doctor ordered for some hill-climbing practice. Fun fun fun.
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Old 09-13-04, 08:11 PM
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Cool 53F this morn with that light "romantic" fog, no wind.
This afternoon, mid 80's with a strong wind at about 9 0'clock which got behind me from time to time, which helped me make good time too.
Time to go...........somewhere.
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Old 09-13-04, 09:34 PM
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Our weather is doing some very pleasant things right now. Just 15 degrees C this morning. The last 2-3 weeks have constantly been 10-20 C cooler than at the same time last year. How long can this last???
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Originally Posted by Chris L
How long can this last???
I was just writing to someone that we seem to be having a "normal" spring that hopefully will lead into a good summer with mid to late 20 deg C. At least we don't have to worry about drought down in our neck of the woods! It's drizzling and sunny and windy here right now.
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We actually broke our drought last Feb with 250mm of rain in five hours. However, we could always use a bit more. I want to ride in a flood!
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Light rain this morning, Sunbreaks at Noon which turned into a sunny afternoon.
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Our temps have ranged from5-18 deg showers, though since late last week the temps are into the mid 20's with noticable humidity on the rise.Hope to get more rain before summer to top up the water supply. Great ridding weather now,cant be to long on the computer.
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Well my commute yesterday was a nightmare!

I wasn't feeling too well so I decided not to cycle to work - big mistake!

My bus is supposed to run every 15 minutes, well the 1st one didn't turn up, neither did the 2nd one and when the 3rd one eventually did turn up, naturally it was crowded (it was a double decker). Anyway we got 10 minutes down the road and were all ordered to change to the single decker bus waiting at that stop - it was quite a crush. Of course this bus didn't go where I was going so I had to change at the bus station and had a 20 minute wait for a bus there. I got off to go for my final bus, and was no more than 5m from the bus stop when it turned up, I put my hand out to stop it and the driver refused to stop so I had another 10 minutes wait for the next bus. My journey to work took 2hrs to do a journey that is no more than 8 miles (I can cycle and train it in 40 minutes).

Well I can tell you it has strengthened my resolve to cycle to work as much as possible and I am in the process of writing a nasty letter to the bus company!
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Frodocious, that really is a tale of woe.... I could not bear the frustration of using the bus day in day out, it would send me off the edge.

Today's ride was pretty weatherbeaten though. Very strong gusty winds had me weaving around in places and slowed to a crawl in others. At one point I was about 8 mph slower and struggling to keep it going in two or three gears lower than usual. Things don't look as if they will be much better for the ride home, but are still more inviting than the bus.....

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Pretty good ride in this morning. Temps were in the high 60's. Supposed to be a nice day today. Looking forward to the ride home
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My legs felt heavy this morning, perhaps still tired after the hill work-outs I did over the weekend. I still however did two short hills (have to deviate 'cause they're still repairing the road that leads staright to work) one of three minute and the other of almost six minutes, between 5 and 8 degrees. I just concentrated on my spinning....
Cool temps, can't complain...

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My legs felt heavy this morning, perhaps still tired after the hill work-outs I did over the weekend. I still however did two short hills (have to deviate 'cause they're still repairing the road that leads staright to work) one of three minute and the other of almost six minutes, between 5 and 8 degrees. I just concentrated on my spinning....
Cool temps, can't complain...
Commute lasted 1'05" today for 12 miles, like I said felt sluggish.
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Near Perfect!!! 67F(19C) but little humid (1.5”(38mm) of rain last night!) no wind and the road was damp, not wet.. The ¾ mile(1.2km) gravel road was soft and treacherous (I had to use my granny gear for the first time!!! Very disappointing!) After that is was smooth sailing on my 13 mile commute out in the country.

I met the typical number of vehicles on the single lane (one each direction) road without a shoulder. 10 coming and 5 passing. All 5 that passed me slowed down below 50mph(80kph) and moved completely over to the other lane. There was an opportunity for a squeeze play and the driver behind me patiently waited until it was safe to pass in the far lane. I make a point to give a friendly wave to all drivers that move over.

My entire commute is before sunrise, and with the clouds in the sky it was very dark this morning. Not much moving as far as animals and not much scenery. I did draft behind an indecisive rabbit for about 10 yards.

I pulled up and set my bike against the building. (If it is expected to rain I will bring it inside). I took my cloths out of my locker, showered and started working. I’ve been at work for two hours… Now that it is daylight I suppose I should take the time to go out and lock my bike.

Bliss!!!!
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Nice tailwind this morning. Its starts off kinda of cool but as the sun comes up so does the tempurature, and my arm warmers get a little warmer. Summer is over. Bring on Fall.
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