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Old 09-10-02, 06:59 AM
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Crispy cool morning, left before sunrise and I got a rare moment to use my headlamp. [I had to beat the sun]. An uneventful, peaceful ride. Except after I huffed it up a massive hill and whiffed in two heaping lungfuls of roadkill.
It's nice to get back on the hybrid for a change. My road bike has been killing my back!
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Well the temperature was down to 90F yesterday (well below my 100 degree limit) so I decided riding home was just too tempting to pass up so I skipped the bus ride home and rode. I had a tailwind most of the way and actually beat the bus by quite a margin. I even had energy left after I arrived home! Today I had to drive the stinkpot (My Truck) in as I had a long errand to run at lunch (dang those errands! They get in the way of more fun).

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It was 95 when I left the office, but 89 as I aproached home and the ocean. As for errands...check out the trailers produced by the people at Bikes at Work:

https://www.bikesatwork.com/products/

Pretty cool...may pick one up as mostly down hill on the way home, so heavy loads would not be a problem.
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Woke up looking at my alarm clock saying it was 1/2 hour after I was supposed to be up. Ran around trying to gather all my stuff up. Couldn't find my hydration pack so pulled out the old one found a water bottle. Almost stepped on the cat a dozen or so times so she is scared of me now. Ran to catch the bus got on realized I left my helmet at home (duh) stopped to buy a latte and some zuchinni bread (and flirt with the owner of the Latte stand ) left the bread on her counter. Boy I better be careful for the rest of the day! Though it was avery nice ride, cool and sunny great way to start the day.
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I had a wonderful day commuting today! On the way in, it was cool and cloudy, and I had a killer tailwind blowing me along at high speeds.

On the way home, the wind had died considerably, and the clouds were gone. I pedalled home under a starry sky, and there wasn't too much traffic (and the drivers were all polite.) I saw a meteorite fall, too!
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Switched the the commuter/dirty road bike because it's forcasted as a rainy day, had a great ride in under heavy clouds, nice and warm and the air was still.
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Gorgeous, bright and sunny for the ride in. I hope this holds as I have an archery competition this evening.

Puts me to thinking that some combination of the archery and cycling might offer the opportunity for revenge in those moments where cyclist and motorist are not in perfect harmony. Handlebar mounted crossbow anyone? Car tyres are easier to hit than mine

No, No, it would only escalate, and violence never solved anything.

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Ooh, sounds like a bad TV movie just waiting to happen....."Cyclist.....with a Crossbow!" (Play theme music)
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A good ride in comfortable, clear weather. Much as the ride was jus as it was a year ago. The key difference was all the police directing traffic and roaring around on motorcycles in the Pentagon area today, as the commemorative service began. For a little bit, I was concerned that some of the roads on my commute route might be shut down for security, but there were no such hassles

If last year's attack had been eight hours later, I would have been at the impact point. It puts one's troubles in perspective.


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It occurred to me this morning that the faster I pedal, the less time I actually spend on my bike for the commute. So I decided to slow things down and coast as much as possible to take in the great aspects of the morning. Ironically, since I felt I had come to a good realization, I got charged up and began pedalling quickly anyway.
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Last night's trip home: a character builder, hot 90F, humid, gusting head/cross winds all the way home. Had to wait 10 minutes for a lake freighter at the lift bridge.
Trip in this morning: a character builder, cool, 30mph gusting head/cross winds all the way in (how does that happen?? I should get a tailwind in there somewhere!!) :confused: Light showers, just enough to keep the dust down.
No tailwind on the way home, weather forecast says diminishing winds!
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Rode the roadie in today because I was too lazy to fix the flat on my commutie. Noticable difference. Flew off the stop lights, conquered the hills. It was fun.

Co-rode with another biker for a few miles. Unusual to have company. Hit practically every traffic light there was
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Forgot to add that my roadie is not fitted with my NiteRider Digital blinking front and back lights that put out 1 million candlepower, I swear!! I had only one of these blinking rear lights, though I had on one of those fluorescent jackets and a colorful helmet, etc.

A year ago, I would have considered myself more than safely prepared. Not any more.

You see, I noticed a distinct difference in the behavior of cars along my busy commute route. Cars tended to "right-hook" me (or get close to r-h'ing me), cars tended to pull out onto the road far closer than normal, force squeeze situations, etc.

Overall a very different and significantly less safe ride.

Commuters ... do yourselves a favor and find a brightly blinking front light. IT REALLY MATTERS.

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Old 09-11-02, 07:00 PM
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Today, I had to ride in just for a required physical. A little hot coming back, but going in at 7 am was tremendous. Commute traffic going into Temecula, motorists acted like the angry commute crowd. Difficult getting about freeway on ramps, because traffic had right green arrow and no time for me to get over in lane going straight ahead. Too much traffic for that..Got some harrassment from kids with windows down, while trying to get over two lanes..
ANyway had my work physical. Only at work 2 hours.. My main point. The doctor asked what do I do to myself. My pulse and lung capacity was tremendous for my age. Without knowing asked what exercise I do. May had suspicions due to tan lines on my hands? Didn't say so. My lung capacity was 5.3 liters. Last year was 4.8 liters.. Plus weight down 12 pounds..
I go on a tour of Nevada next week for 6 days touring. I have greater expectations of weigt loss, since tour organizer will be giving us a proper diet for cyclists and the area is so remote, there are no McDonalds or hopefully mad motorists present... Just the "Lonely Highway." US 50...
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I lost track of time and had to drive today.

Probably just as well...I needed to take some heavy books and a small animal carrier into the library, and pick up some groceries n stuff. And there was some sort od 9-11 memorial at the firehouse tonight, so there might have been more traffic than usual on the highway, too.

Also, I'm worried about my bike. I finally noticed that, apparently due to the larger chainring I had put on, the chain has been rubbing against the frame in low gear and has sawed a little notch. Dunno what to do about that....I suppose I'll have to ask at the LBS.
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I bolted home today because I had to be home in time to take my girls to b-ball practice and do a thousand other things. I actually expected to drive home (after bike-commuting in) but realized I didn't have my car keys!! That's all right ... gives me another excuse to b-c in tomorrow a.m.

Anyway, made it home just fine on the hilly but more direct route. I've noticed the afternoon tailwinds have dissipated ... yet another sign of the changing seasons. The absence of the tailwinds added about 5-10 mins to my ride home even though I was cranking all the way.
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A couple days late in posting this, please forgive...

Tuesday morning. Temperature at 7:30 a.m. in the high 50s or low 60s. No wind to speak of, as I recall. Traffic pretty standard (medium-heavy). All in all a very pleasant ride until...

...I'm on my final approach to work and am preparing to make a left turn. I check my mirror and glance back over my left shoulder. There's a car coming up pretty speedily but far enough back that I feel confident as I signal left (I'm a flamboyant signaler, by the way; I leave no mystery as to my intentions, ever) and begin to steer into the left-turn lane.

And here comes the car I observed seconds before, passing on my left no more than perhaps a foot from my mirror. The woman driving clears me and then steers right to pass on through the intersection. Not turning left, mind you, but heading straight on. As she drives on her only reaction to my obvious consternation and the meaningless syllables burbling from my lips (at full volume, naturally - and why is it that I can't ever scream something coherent in such a situation? I must have sounded like Nell to anyone within earshot) was a vague flapping of her right hand. I have not a clue what the gesture was meant to communicate. "Oh sorry! My bad!"? "Off my road, d!p*****!"? I'll never know.

That mere moment has been rattling around in my head for most of two days now.

I believe I mentioned in at least a couple of posts to this forum that my commutes have been unfailingly serene. I guess the honeymoon's over. :irritated

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Today's commute started the same as the two previous days, riding to work about 3.7 miles, getting my shower, and beginning work. But today was to be different--I needed to get a respiratory protection program physical at a doctor's office in Beaverton, a number of miles from my home and work, and I was determined that today, it would be only by bicycle. September 11th is a day I will use not one drop of gasoline!

When I fired up my computer, I had a message from Dolphin Software's CEO. Here's what he had to say, and my reply:

Dear Friend,

We will always recall where we were on September 11th, 2001. As a
participant in the Dolphin Software InfoEx '01 Conference we endured the
news, devastation and emotions together. Today, as we remember the tragic events of last year, Dolphin also remembers you.

May you and yours be well,

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Mark, Marie, and Dolphin Staff

Thanks for the message. This event commemorated today is like the Kennedy assassination, and yes, it will be remembered. I really appreciated the professional way your staff handled the situation too last year. I know that, a year ago today, we thought we had lost ~40,000 people in the Twin Towers collapse. Thank God, it was much, much fewer. This is thanks to some measures taken after the first Twin Towers bombing, I'm hearing, and the emergency responses developed as a result of that event. Our common profession had a role in saving a lot of lives a year ago, and we should be happy about that, but as I write these words, the screen is becoming a bit blurred.

Today, like last year, I'm again on my bicycle; driving and using oil today seems somehow disrespectful. I have a fairly long ride at noon from Hillsboro to Beaverton for a respiratory physical. It will remind me of another long ride from downtown Portland, and the InFoX conference site, to Beaverton to get home.

Take care, and we will always remember.

John

As I began my ride, I simply rode home for lunch with my wife, who was off today. After a quick lunch, I again got on the bike, and decided how to get to my Beaverton appointment on Hall Street. I had at first wanted to go another route, but it had a large hill and would be further out of the way. So I started into Beaverton and toward Hall Street.

As I went, the traffic seems less vicious today. Cars stopped for me, not once, but many times. They were courteous, and observed the rules of the road. Many rode with their lights on, something a local radio station promoted as a way of commemorating the 9-11 tragedy. I saw kids playing in a park fountain, then saw the “walk the bike” sign on the path between two roads, braked and walked the bike to the roadway. Beside the fountain was a park, where there were people dressed with American Flags showing, giving instruction to boys and girls gathered around. I pedaled away, and saw a home with what seemed to be a party going on, and at least three American Flags flying along with Red, White and Blue decorations.

As I rode, I remembered my ride back from downtown Portland to Beaverton a year ago. I was so glad I had taking my bicycle that day! After the emotions of the morning; seeing the towers collapse before riding to the MAX station to go down town for the conference; having to tell my son, Brian, that indeed one tower had collapsed (as a mechanical engineer, he though that at first incredible); thinking about the loss-of-life; learning new techniques on a hazard communications program software database, then turning the TV on in the hotel room to find out about the Pentagon; learning about the flight in Pennsylvania; all this had left me numb and in need of doing something physical. Instead of riding the MAX back, I rode my bicycle. I wanted to hurt, wanted the pain, the distraction of a ride over an unknown route back to my temporary home. I had a bicycle map, and in an hour and a half made it back home. I was very tired, but the physical toll had used up the adrenaline that had been building all day, and in a positive manner. Mentally, I was refreshed.

The ride to the doctor’s office took less time than I had thought. I had left myself an hour, and it took forty minutes. My riding over the last few years apparently has helped my lung function too, and the doctor complimented me on my efforts.

Riding back, I decided to ride all the way back to work, and as there was only about one hour left to work, I stayed in my bicycling shorts. I was able to accomplish some thing’s too.

On the way home, I stopped by the store and picked up some ice cream (“Lite” ice cream, at that) that was on sale. It seemed the perfect way to end the day, and without any use of gasoline by either of us. I had this idea planned since the beginning of the week, and it ended with about two and a half hours on the bicycle, and 30 miles or so. It was one of the best rides I’ve had recently, and my way of thumbing my nose at the terrorists who get their money from oil.

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Oh baby, what a morning. I got the bike out, put all my bags on and loaded them up, I stood over the bike in the driveway and looked up to see the clearest morning sky I've seen in weeks. It was a little on the cool side but I had a light jacket on and long fingered gloves. I rolled out of the drivway on my 70 pounds of bicycle and the junk that I usually carry around in case I need it, although I never do. That was the start of one of the best commutes I've had this year, I took the long way into work through the countryside, I rolled along at a comfortable pace of an average speed of 16 miles an hour, I pushed a slight head wind all the way. Traffic was extremely light and some how I managed to miss just about every bump in the road. The total mileage for the ride in was 27 miles of rolling hills, It was dark the entire way and I had my headlight on the 12 watt mode, which isn't too bright. It was like I was alone in the world, no one to tell me where to go or what to do. I could hear the beautiful sound of the rubber on the pavement and the slight click as I changed gears to climb. My commute this morning is truely what it's all about, it's why I do it, and why I'll coninue to do it.
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Mrfix, you have it just right. When a commute is good, quiet and there is nice weather it is a great boost to mind and body. Even when the weather is bad, I might get frustrated by a headwind, but still feel better when I arrive.

This morning saw some very busy traffic in the centre of town, but out on the open road there was a chance to enjoy the sunshine.

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Yesterday was the best and the worst for me - trip in against headwind 1 hr, 13 min for 27 km (17miles). Trip home - finally a tailwind! new record of 59 minutes!!
Trip in this morning - a little brisk - 8 degrees C (47F) at the airport, a little cool for tee shirt and shorts, but I persevered and made it with 1 hr 2 min travel time - had to wait almost 15 minutes at the lift bridge!
Looking forward to another great ride home!
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I was forced to the car yesterday and as I was stuck in traffic I thought about my bicycle. I like riding the bicycle more, I have decided, because I am more in control of my life on the bicycle. I can go whatever speed I want regardless of the amount of traffic (Yesterday I would have saved 15 minutes had I ridden my bike home). I get to relax instead of getting frustrated with all the morons on the road (on a bicycle my aquaintance with them is limited to only a mere passing instead of getting stuck behind them for some time). I also don't get that great feeling of accomplishment. Well, had a great commute this morning.
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Fall is in the air here in Maine. 50 degrees when I headed out. Strong winds out of the NW which is a head wind for me. Gusting to over 30 mph, but could have been worse. Can hardly wait for the ride home when these gusts will be at my back. Miss Ellie, my travel partner, loves high speed.
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Well, this is my first in the Commuter Space... being a novice at this, I'm still learning my craft. Got "Chain Suck" earlier in the week, and bought a SRAM-48 to replace the remnents of my old tristed chain... so I was eager to ride this morning.

At this point, I'm still waiting for sunrise... you guessed it... no light. I'm still shopping for that... and the Cyclocomputer.

Anyway, my commute is 25 one-way miles through the foothills of Northwest Georgia. I have a great route picked, it winds a good bit, not too many killer hills... and lots of pretty schenery.

Well, this morning started out fairly normal... whiz-whiz-whiz... as the traffic flys by... do they make a handlebar mounted Howitzer? I was cruising along, heading for the Railroad underpass... rock walls on either side, concrete stantion in the middle to hold up the train tracks, about a 10 foot opening for each lane... and all of a sudden, a tractor-trailer roars past me, and just as the trailer end is even with me... the knucklehead veers right in front of me, onto the shoulder. I locked it down, and missed becoming a frisbee by a few feet... but the truck veers right back up onto the road... barely making the opening. Needless to say, I didn't know chamios could hold so much fluid... lol.

I can't wait for the ride home!
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Originally posted by bigdog2all
...rock walls on either side, concrete stantion in the middle to hold up the train tracks, about a 10 foot opening for each lane... and all of a sudden, a tractor-trailer roars past me, and just as the trailer end is even with me... the knucklehead veers right in front of me, onto the shoulder. I locked it down, and missed becoming a frisbee by a few feet... but the truck veers right back up onto the road... barely making the opening.
You are a brave person bigdog! Sounds like a really bad spot on a very nice route.
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