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Old 09-19-04, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by CommuterKat
I didn't even bother trying to explain it to her. I just asked her to please not run me over!
I would have just said "please do, I could use the money!".

19 degrees C this morning, but feeling more like 29 in the humidity. I was recovering a little from the stomach bug I somehow picked up on last night's ride. Strangely, I felt OK after I rode the first 5km or so easy to warm up. Go figure.
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Old 09-19-04, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by CommuterKat
This past week I commuted 4 times! Last week was 3 times in one week, I am hoping to make it in on the bike all 5 days next week. I have realized that there is a headwind going both ways, which I can't quite figure out... The wind must change direction during the day. I am going to have to start living at work, and working at home to take advantage of the wind!
We're just getting into a season when there is a headwind out to work in the morning, and a headwind back home again in the afternoon. Land breeze headed for the ocean in the morning; seabreeze headed for the land in the afternoon. Sometimes I wish for my shorter commute that was in the opposite direction coming off the bridge, but I rationalise it by saying that it makes my legs stronger.

As to your other post about studded tyres, it's something I'd like to try just for the challenge, but we don't get enough snow to warrant it. Good luck to you for committing to cycling in the winter.
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Old 09-20-04, 04:20 AM
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Yikes - Damn windy this morning... and its getting more unsettled and rainy by the minute. The seasons, they are a changing

I've taken to wheeling the bike into our building, rather than lock it up outside. Well, I say lock, but I discovered that my trusty U-lock was highly susceptable to the pen trick that has become such a focus of attention recently. B****cks!

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Old 09-20-04, 04:39 AM
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The first ride of the year for the shoe covers and lobster gloves, winter in in new england, I didn't check the temp but it felt like it's in the fortys. Just a little over a month from now the studded tires come out of storage. My ride in this morning was fast with no wind and light traffic, the end of the week is forcasted to be nice so fall commuting should be great.
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Old 09-20-04, 07:29 AM
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Nasty head wind on fatigued legs from yesterdays ride. I am grateful for my aero bars, else I would still be pedlín!
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Old 09-20-04, 08:10 AM
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almost got ran over this morning by a van. The lady slams on her brakes and swerves. The she pulls over about .5 mile ahead and gets out and tells me sorry, but she didn't see me. We were both heading into the sun. I told her to put down her visor or wear some sunglasses. Either way it's negligence on her part. I was riding couple feet from the curb as always. Heak, maybe her windshield was too dirty or something. oh well, I made it to work safely.
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Old 09-20-04, 09:01 AM
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33F with a stiff north wind this mornig. Driving rain/snow mix pelting me in the face most of the way. Dressed just right on the top, but a little under on the legs. They never did reall warm up.
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Old 09-20-04, 09:17 AM
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OMG this must be National Idiot Driver Day. Part of my commute involves a harrowing 2+ mile ride on Broadway in upper Manhattan. For some reason, three morons almost hit me today. Now when I say "almost hit me" I mean more so than in the usual sense of riding on B'way during rush hour. My voice is a little hoarse from the primal screams I let out when one guy pulled out from double parking, and two other idiots tried to left turn in front of me (those are the worst).

Good ride today, other than that. Chilly, though. Should have worn tights today, brrrrr!
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Old 09-20-04, 09:38 AM
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Excellent ride in this morning, weather in the 60's with a nice headwind!
This will be my first week commuting every day! Although, I still have my car here at work just in case. Glad I have a junker car I can leave at work all week.

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Old 09-20-04, 12:04 PM
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Cold, Cold, Cold this morning. No snow yet, but plenty of frost. I gave up wearing the Tevas this morning, as my toes have been getting pretty chilly. Lots of fog this morning too, made the ride interesting. I wasn't quite sure how visible I was in it, so I turned on my blinky in the back and hoped for the best. No close calls, so I guess all was well. Here are a few pics of my ride home this afternoon, (sunny!!!) and one of the fog this morning. The leaves are starting to turn up here in Vermont, so the rides are getting very pretty. Enjoy!

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Old 09-20-04, 02:11 PM
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Nice pics CommuterKat. The leaves are starting to change here too. I had a nice commute this morning, came in shorts again... man, I can't believe it, I know these days are numbered. Took the long way in, did a river run at lunch time and plan on taking the long way home... even though there is a pretty stong wind out there. This is great.
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Old 09-20-04, 03:18 PM
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Glad to hear that those of you with close calls are makin' it in safe!

Extra tired this mornin', not sure why. Left late but made ok. time. Ever try sleeping on a bike? It don't work!! I wonder how those guys that do the RAAM can ride all night for OVER A WEEK!!! Well anyway, the rides were rather uneventful, I didn't get any sleep or crash. Near 60F this morn' and about 70 or so now with a South breeze.
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Old 09-20-04, 05:50 PM
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51F at 6AM, so foggy out I had to remove my glasses. The fog burned off during the morning leaving us with a sunny day & light breeze. Perfect commuting weather this afternoon. I had time to get some of the wiring done on the battery/cargo & lightbox I'm building for the Winter rainy season. Don
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Old 09-20-04, 09:50 PM
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Nice pics Kat! Thanks for sharing those!

Good ride home. Temp just under 50F with light winds. The smell of winter in the air!
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Old 09-20-04, 10:31 PM
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Nice ride in and home ,long day ,no help at work.
Nice ride all ways makes up for a bad day at work .
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Old 09-21-04, 07:36 AM
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nice to be back on the bike after a little traveling last week. i shudder in sympathy with those of you riding in frigid weather; here, it has been almost unspeakably gorgeous for the past week. sunny and dry all day, with clear nights and dry nights leading to cool mornings. only the occasional headwind on the way home, just to kind of test me a little.

i will be needing to get a bigger gear for my bike, however. yesterday i timed myself on the flats by the airfield and was pedaling at about 120, which is really unnecessary. keeps the appetite up, i suppose...
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Old 09-21-04, 08:25 AM
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Cool ride in this morning. Supposed to be a beautiful week for commuting. 45 more miles and I reach 2000 commute miles for the year! Woo Hoo!
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so many roadkilled squirrels.
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Old 09-21-04, 12:18 PM
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Cool again this morning. Around 35F when I started out. Nice to have the sun with me. Really felt like fall this morning. Even the smell of wood stoves burning. Trees are just now beginning to change. Today will be my last commute for 2 weeks as I am going on vacation for 2 weeks. I plan on riding a lot, but not the normal commute gig.

Have fun & stay safe everyone!

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Old 09-21-04, 01:15 PM
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Commute in this morning wore me out! I rode home pretty hard yesterday to see how fast I could make it and then this morning I woke up to a strong headwind...Oh well, still feels great! I hope to have that same tailwind this evening.

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Old 09-21-04, 01:22 PM
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Today, it sucked!

A few weeks ago, I began installing the rear rack. It took a few weeks because the bosses had a little paint in them, and I broke one of the cheap screws in the boss. I attempted to remove it with a Craftsman screw-remover, and succeeded only in breaking that off in the boss. So, now I have a piece of cheap soft steel, with a piece of brittle hardened steel in the middle. My wife, bless her, suggested a diamond bit in my Dremel tool to extract the material. I successfully cleared the boss, chased it with a tap to clean up the threads, and put my rack on.

I got off to a late start leaving the house. I had removed the repair kit while installing the rack, and forgot to put it back on the bike before leaving the house. I remembered about a half mile away, and since I was running late, decided I would probably be fine without the kit, since I usually have no problems.

Halfway through my 10-mile commute, I start feeling "oddness" in the drive train. A couple of times, the chain shifted funny, and then the chain broke. Augh! I have a repair link in my repair kit, but it's at home!

I've yet to actually look at the chain, but I think the whipperman link was reinstalled incorrectly, and it came disconnected. It's all that makes sense, since there are no broken link parts still connected.

A couple of bus rides will get me to the bike store, but what a pain. There was even a nice guy who said, "Hey, I've got a repair link. Oh, wait, it's on my bike and I took the bus. Sorry!"
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Old 09-21-04, 01:37 PM
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Hmmmm... bummer, Seanholio.
It was a soggy and dark one out there this morning on my bike commute in, at least it was warm (67F). I went out at lunch time to a light drizzle and 63F (temps dropping) but it wasn't bad. We'll see what my ride home brings, it will be raining but I don't know how much, and this is my 30 mile round trip day (not counting my lunch run)... oh well, it's all part of the adventure.
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Old 09-21-04, 03:47 PM
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[originally posted by mistake in another thread, but it's really about the commute so here it goes]

I had a multi-modal commute this morning. We're having a new roof put on the house this week. The tear-off is so loud and messy that there's no way anybody should sit in the house while it's going on. So this morning we loaded the dog and kids into the wagon, put the bike on the rack, and drove to my in-laws. Got everybody set up, had a nice cup of coffee, and then rode to work.
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Old 09-21-04, 05:04 PM
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Crummy day at work.

Bike commuting is amazing therapy. Sunny, windy, and cool. Very theraputic. Just what the doctor ordered.
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Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
Crummy day at work.

Bike commuting is amazing therapy. Sunny, windy, and cool. Very theraputic. Just what the doctor ordered.
I hear you on the crummy day at work. I got into an argument with my shift supervisor this morning, and then she held the grudge all day. Really professional... grumble...grumble... All I could think of all day was how great it was going to be to crank on the bike really hard all the way home to get all the frustrations out. When I got home, guess what? No stress! I love, love, love commuting!!!
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