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Old 09-23-04, 06:15 PM
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Was hot today...but managed to beat my time by 5 minutes! w00t! made it up "the hill" in higher gearing as well...glad I managed that.
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55F with a very heavy drizzle, only wore the top to my rain gear & pants/shoes were pretty wet by the time I reached work. Not a problem as I keep a change of clothes & shoes in my locker. The day became partly cloudy with lots of sun & 67F for a perfect afternoon ride. Don
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Old 09-23-04, 06:44 PM
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Nice ride home this evening. I am taking a route that is primarily on surface streets so I do not see as many bikes as when I take the path. There was a big breeze this evening, most of the time behind me. Temps were in the low 60's.
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Old 09-23-04, 06:53 PM
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The Rain God’s are my friends! (knock on wood) I stayed dry on the way in… from noon – 3:00 we got an inch in of rain… 1.5 hours later I rode home in 70F partly cloudy skies on dry roads with a 10mph tail wind!!!!
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Old 09-23-04, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Rogerinchrist
Oh yea, passed the 700 mile mark yesterday too.
Congrats!

Beautiful misty morning, the bike lane felt faster than usual (probably due to limited visibility). I pulled up to the intersection before work where the bus was stopped for passengers in front of the green light. The volvo pulls into the left turn lane to pass the bus. I think, "dumb." "B*itch," thinks the bus driver as he pulls out into the intersection before the woman has a chance to make a right turn in front of him. I pull forward, taking up the whole lane, and shake my head at the woman with her right-turn signal on in the left turn lane of an intersection that now has a red light. She pulls out and drives off giving me that, "So what?" look. I pull into the work, this time remembering to unclip from the pedals *before* stopping ("socks first, _then_ the shoes").

I walk up the hill for lunch and step into a crosswalk. The guy in the red truck obviously saw it coming and thought accelerating hard would remind me of his dominance. I stopped in the crosswalk, raised both my arms, yelled, "It's a CROSSWALK." and very deliberately pointed to each of the stripes on the road. "F*ck you," says the man who then floors it again when I finally get out of the way.

Meanwhile, my girlfriend got the Right Hook at 20 mph 2 weeks ago and still complains of the shoulder pain. *sigh* Training one driver at a time I guess.
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Old 09-23-04, 09:32 PM
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Almost another tragedy today, but fate got owned becuase it failed to take one minor detail into consideration. Did the 45km Hinze Dam ride before work, however a nail was sticking up on the road at Robina (had to be bloody Robina, didn't it?) and gave me a pretty quick flat. Stuck on a bridge+no air in tyre+Queensland "roads" equalled damaged axle. Couldn't get the wheel back on properly, need to take a closer look at that one tonight. Limped home (if 35km/h with a damaged axle is limping), was running half an hour late at this point.

Got into the garage, and there was the answer to all my problems, and the one thing fate had forgotten about -- The Green Machine. An untidy apartment can be a blessing at times like this, made up the 30 minutes getting ready because everything I needed had been left just where I could find it. Went out, mounted The Green Machine, and had a very pleasant, sea-side ride to work. I really should give my old bike more outings if it's going to be so dependable in times of crisis.

Fate = 169% owned.
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Long day at work. Good ride to work and home ,85 amd sunny , Nice day .
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Old 09-23-04, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris L

Fate = 169% owned.
Blah!!! You stole it from me.

Day before yesterday, commute to work ended up commute to hospital. Right arm dislocated from shoulder, plus broken bone in joint thanks to slick chipseal corner and front-wheel lose at 25km/h. Really strange sensation having a bicep line up with the ribs (as if the pain wasn't enough to tell me something was wrong). Retraced my route three kilometres to the local doctor's surgery where they called an ambulance and gave me some pethedine. Spent six hours in hospital. Loved the knock-out sedative they gave me so they could reset the dislocation.

Bus to work yesterday and today . I'll try to ride home tonight, dammit, and if I get there, then it will be a 300km randonnee on Sunday. The surgery on the joint will have to wait until late-November because of all the randonnees I have planned in other States culminating in the Great Southern 1200 late next month.

Oh yeah, more importantly -- the bike came out of it much better off than me. Both (!) STI levers pushed out of line and a broken lens on the 5-LED Cateye rear light was all it sustained. It was going to get a virtual rebuild this weekend anyway, including new Velocity wheels (woohoo).
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Old 09-24-04, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Rowan
Blah!!! You stole it from me.

Day before yesterday, commute to work ended up commute to hospital. Right arm dislocated from shoulder, plus broken bone in joint thanks to slick chipseal corner and front-wheel lose at 25km/h. Really strange sensation having a bicep line up with the ribs (as if the pain wasn't enough to tell me something was wrong). Retraced my route three kilometres to the local doctor's surgery where they called an ambulance and gave me some pethedine. Spent six hours in hospital. Loved the knock-out sedative they gave me so they could reset the dislocation.

Bus to work yesterday and today . I'll try to ride home tonight, dammit, and if I get there, then it will be a 300km randonnee on Sunday. The surgery on the joint will have to wait until late-November because of all the randonnees I have planned in other States culminating in the Great Southern 1200 late next month.
Ouch! Just don't rush it too much on the way back. Those shoulder problems can be a real pain! (I still haven't forgotten mine from last year). Just don't try to do anything too quickly! You really do not want to miss the Great Ocean road in October (trust me on that one). BTW, where is the planned ride on Sunday?

Oh yeah, an update on my situation. False alarm about nothing as it turned out. No damaged axle, just a quick release spring put on the wrong way. Don't I feel like an idiot!
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Old 09-24-04, 04:40 AM
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nice ride in thick fog and heavy dew, rode the road bike for the third day in a row, it's like getting a free ride to work.
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Old 09-24-04, 05:42 AM
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Beautiful morning here in sthlm/sweden. about 10-12 degrees celcius and sunny skies. Dry roads and no wind. For once i had a really hard time overtaking another commuter. It took me two kilometers to catch him, a couple of hundred meters to wheelsuck myself fresh again and then pass him the final kilometer to work. :-) Good fun!

Rowan I feel your pain man! I've had my right shoulder dislocated some four-five times and if I was you I'd give it a week at least to heal!!

Anyway, have a nice weekend guys and gals!!
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Old 09-24-04, 06:58 AM
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another calm, dry morning ride. 62 °F, thin high clouds. the osage oranges are beginning to be a road hazard in certain spots.
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Old 09-24-04, 07:08 AM
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Minneapolis (Richfield, Edina, Minnetonka)

Windy as hell - 15-30mph. Plus drizzle that wasn't there on the news report....
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Old 09-24-04, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by colinm
Minneapolis (Richfield, Edina, Minnetonka)

Windy as hell - 15-30mph. Plus drizzle that wasn't there on the news report....
I second that "Windy as hell" Luckily for me it was mostly a cross wind.

I like the drivers on my morning commute... It is pitch black out for my entire morning ride now. With all of my blinky lights I get all the respect in the world. In the last 2 months I have only had one squeeze play (2 cars opposite directions and 1 bike in two lanes) on my morning commute. In the late afternoon with plenty of daylight I get squeezed almost daily!
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Old 09-24-04, 09:05 AM
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Finally was able to start commuting again after starting a month ago. Got bit by a tick with Lyme Disease. Now that I've recovered I rode to work this morning and it was great. I rigde 9 miles to work about 5 in the city and then about 4 down a limestone trail. Funny thing was in the city I saw 5 turkeys and had a falcon or a hawk fly out of tree and fly head level in front of me by 5 feet for a couple of seconds which I think was pretty cool. Not sure who was spooked worse, me or the bird.
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Old 09-24-04, 10:04 AM
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I have finally gotten around to riding the whole way to work, 12 miles each way. The weather has been gorgeous here in chicagoland. I get to ride a while through the forest preserve. Today I was running a little behind and had to really crank. Covered the 12 miles in 41 minutes at 17 mph. That is pretty much the same time total it takes me to get to work when I drive my car half the time.
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Old 09-24-04, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by colinm
Minneapolis (Richfield, Edina, Minnetonka)

Windy as hell - 15-30mph. Plus drizzle that wasn't there on the news report....
Yep, I missed the drizzle though. I'm Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Edina, Evil Prairie. What's your route? Are you one of those guys always going the wrong way on Blake Rd?
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Old 09-24-04, 01:16 PM
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Awsome commute for most of sept. so far. We've been having almost only sunny days, with temps around 12-16C in the morning (Montreal, Quenec). This morning I had a 15km wind in my back so I made really good speed. It's fun to get to work right after a nice workout. I feel so awake.
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Old 09-24-04, 01:58 PM
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This was my first week trying to commute daily. I made it all but today. The totals for the week were 72.8 miles (9.1 miles each way), avg speed 14.6 mph, top speed 38.7. The weather all week was super nice highs in the low 90's and mornings were mid 70's. I'll have to see how the commute goes when the weather turns.

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Old 09-24-04, 02:03 PM
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Well, we just topped 60F and it's 3pm, it's been a gloomy day but my commute has been nice. Colinm and Madhouse said there was nasty wind this morning... hmmmm, I guess I didn't notice it... I did notice the drizzle. Oh well, I must have been in a different world in my head this morning... it's good though.
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Old 09-24-04, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by BenyBen
Awsome commute for most of sept. so far. We've been having almost only sunny days, with temps around 12-16C in the morning (Montreal, Quenec). This morning I had a 15km wind in my back so I made really good speed. It's fun to get to work right after a nice workout. I feel so awake.
Ditto to the above quote. Amazine weather here in Vermont, and amazine commutes. Foliage gets better every day around here and traffic has been uncharacteristically (sp?) polite! Took the long way home again today, and feel on top of the world!
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Old 09-24-04, 04:35 PM
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September has been an odd weather month, Green Bay TV station says that it's the 2nd dryest September on record and 15F degrees above normal. Kinda makin' up for the cool wet spring I guess. Nearly 70F this morn with a light tail wind, NICE. Sunny & breezy 15-20mph headwind this afternoon. About half way home I met one of the few other cycle commuters that I see daily. So I decided to turn around & introduce myself, turns out to be someone I used to go to highschool with some (25?) years ago. So I rode the wind with him back to my starting point, them headed for home against the wind all over again! Boy, we cyclists do odd things don't we?
Well the week of commuting aint over just yet, gotta go one more time tommorrow.
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Bike lane was littered with walnuts today and the crows that were trying to break them open. Very surreal. Almost killed a poor squirrel. The crows, however, knew better and just threw nuts at me from the safe distance of an overhead powerline.

My boss tells me today, "We'll compensate you for your car's commuting mileage." Car? Gas? Um... maybe you'd buy some Koolaid for my waterbottle instead?
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He should compensate for your morning and evening meals. heh!
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45F @ 6AM, 72F PM. It was a perfect sunny day, so I rode my Bianchi Trofeo for a fast commute. Pictures of my rain bike with its home made light system/cargo box are up on the "total geekiness" thread, check them out. Don
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