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Old 09-30-04, 08:36 AM
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plus 2C, cloudy - supposed to rain/snow tonight; it could be interesting tomorrow. I am getting more comments like "you are still riding your bike, huh?" Riding makes the bad days pretty good and the great days even better.

Have a great day.
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Old 09-30-04, 09:52 AM
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Gorgeous, gorgeous day. Actually had to get out the gloves. Arrived at work with pink cheeks and happy smile. There was frost at my house, but supposed to be 65 today. I love this weather!!!!

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Old 09-30-04, 01:11 PM
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48F with patches of dense fog @ 5:50 AM & still cloudy when I rode home for lunch. The sun is just peeking through the clouds as I head back to work. Surprisingly few vehicles on the road today.
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Old 09-30-04, 01:53 PM
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I've been overly lazy this week...have only commuted 2x. I'M SOO GUILTY!
At least I slept in everyday, and rode 5+ after the bus ride...zzzZZzzzZZZzzzz...
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Old 09-30-04, 02:43 PM
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Beautiful ride home in the dark and the fog. Late from work so the roads were empty so there was only the faint hum of my tyres keeping me company for most of the ride. The mist made it like a whole new route home. Beautiful.

Time for a beer!
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Old 09-30-04, 02:44 PM
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A cool (to me) 65F this morning. If it gets any cooler, I may have to go with long sleeves. Traffic not too bad close to home. A little worse closer to work. I'm still working up to full time commuting, and my legs felt a little rubbery this morning, but they're feeling better now. My glasses kept fogging up. Humidity must have been >90%. One red light sensor wouldn't work for me. I had to use the crosswalk. Also had one car reach the intersection at the same time I did, and I thought that they were going to try to beat me (they could have made it, but I'd had to get on the brakes), but they stopped at the last minute. Overall, an OK ride. Currently 79F without a cloud in the sky. Looking forward to the ride home. I may try a detour this afternoon to avoid some traffic.
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Old 09-30-04, 03:10 PM
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Almost called in sick today due to a raging migraine. I waited past the latest time I have ever allowed myself to leave for work, hoping the headache would at least weaken. It didn't. I can't call in sick -- I depend on the bonus of two weeks pay I receive for perfect attendance. I can't drive -- my old van needs brakes. With 40 minutes left to get to work, during the busiest time of the daily commute (7-8 AM) here in the Chicago west burbs, I jumped on the bike. I knew I was going to have to hammer to make the 12 mile commute before my 8 AM start time. A lot of times it's hard to make it on time in a car, much less leaving at the same time on a bicycle.

AMAZING -- after five minutes on the bike my headache turned to a small buzz. Maybe it was the cool air or the exercise -- I don't know. My legs felt strong enough to maintain a faster than normal pace. I hit most of the green lights. My drivetrain held steady (it's past worn out and has been slipping every time I stomp on the pedals).

I clocked in a 8:06 AM. Close enough. I can work an extra 15 minutes and keep my perfect attendance. The headache is better, although I am going to have to buy some Pepto Bismol to help get rid of it.

Best year of bike commuting yet and today is one example. The bike heals, brothers and sisters. Can I get a witness?!!!?
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Old 09-30-04, 03:19 PM
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*raises hand*
It certainly does heal. Most of my headaches go away or are reduced by a lot when I get to work. I love it.
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Old 09-30-04, 03:36 PM
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Was cool here in Indy this morning, only able to ride in today as the wife is picking me up after work for her birthday dinner. Mini-van, 4 kids, bike rack, what a combo.

This has been a great summer, starting riding 1-2 miles a night, now commuting 3 times a week and group rides on the weekend.

I <3 my bike
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Old 09-30-04, 04:43 PM
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I recently got a new bike and just started commuting regularly. My commutes (6.5 miles each way) have been lovely. Today the weather was cool. A bit of fog in the morning but clear with some sun this evening. My route is mostly on city streets. The only problems are the drivers who seem to want to prove a point by gunning their engines as they overtake me.

I agree with the bike heals comment. Some mornings I'm tired and have no enthusiasm for riding to work. But I climb on the bike and start peddling anyway. By the second mile I feel great.
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Old 09-30-04, 07:06 PM
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The mornings have been getting a little cool for me. I'm the kind of person who likes summer and enjoy leaving for my Sat/Sun ride around noon when the temperature is 90F.

It's great to be commuting again. The two "big" hills I hit going to work and coming home are getting much easier. I've only been commuting (a.k.a. employed) for about 5 weeks. Another few weeks and they'll be a piece of cake.
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Old 09-30-04, 10:12 PM
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Good ride today, Nice and fast.
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Old 10-01-04, 04:40 AM
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foggy, wet and cool but a great ride. Aren't they all?
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Old 10-01-04, 06:59 AM
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more perfect weather (clear, 48 F). was almost taken out twice by quick-right-turn-without-signaling boneheads, but for some reason i can usually sense when that's about to happen. so here i am, not dead or anything.
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Old 10-01-04, 07:52 AM
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Great ride this morning. It was 10C, and the air felt crisp again. For the 2nd time this week, I had company, which made the ride even more pleasant. Was great!
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Old 10-01-04, 08:28 AM
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Today it is clear sunny and feels like -15C with a headwind. Hard to believe there was ice on my rid from runoff from lawns being watered. There was fog comming off the lake...it looked pretty cool.

Another awesome day in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Have a great day!
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Old 10-01-04, 10:18 AM
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I was running late this morning but it's a Friday morning during a slow time of the year so I wasn't going to hammer in. Perfect weather for a commute yet again and I've noticed a few more bikes in the cage. I still feel like we're all in on a little secret about how nice it is to ride your bike to work.
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Old 10-01-04, 10:44 AM
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Cool (45 dF) and clear here in Cleveland this AM. I left home at 5:30 AM for my 9 mile ride downtown. All was great except for one clown that blew past me in their beat up old SUV going at least 60mph in a 35 zone. I've seen this neanderthal do this before - I'm going to let the cops know - maybe they'll catch the imbecile before someone gets killed.
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Old 10-01-04, 12:57 PM
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48 F, patchy fog again & a big, bright moon shining down from on high @ 6AM, Blue skies, Sunshine, 60 F & a light breeze during my lunch ride home & back today. My mileage is up this week as I try to store up as much great riding a possible during our Indian Summer. Don
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Old 10-01-04, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by vtjim
Upper 30s (F) at Burlington airport this morning. Shorts, windbreaker, hat, gloves. Bit of Limp Bizkit on the Rio and I was good to go.

I saw one Serious Biker Chick heading north on the trail. Yellow jacket. Full luggage. We nodded in acknowledgement as we passed one another.

I wish I had a camera yesterday though. Spooked a couple of neighborhood deer (female).
Jim, You weren't one of the IDX commuters I chatted with yesterday morning are you? I am a "Serious Biker Chick" with "Full luggage and a yellow jacket"...and my route takes me out near the airport...
Anyway, I got in to work last night (I travel a ton) so late, and had to be in so early this morning that I just stayed over at work. (Not fun) The ride home tonight was great though. I love these fall evenings. The air smells so clean, and the temps are perfect!
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Old 10-01-04, 08:39 PM
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Well thought I would use my first post the forum to tell everyone bout my commute. It was a cool 47F and rainy, thank goodness for waterproof outerwear. It was very funny when I left work and everyone was hiding under the oeverhang and I rolled out on my bike, boy did I get some funny looks.
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Old 10-01-04, 08:57 PM
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Welcome Special K! I look forward to reading your commute posts on a regular basis!
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Old 10-02-04, 12:56 PM
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Friday night was frustration time. Got through with work about 8:30pm and went to the basement to head home. I knew I was in trouble when I saw a light in the cornor. The low battery warning light on my NiteRider Digital had come on. Although I'd turned the light off in the morning, I'd forgotten to unplug the light from the battery. Oh well, that's why I carry a back up Emitter and another Cateye on the fork. The emitter was dead, even though I'd just put fresh batteries in it. That left just the 3 led light on my fork that is more of a "look at me" light than lighting. So I fell back on my final "just in case" item... cell phone and patient husband. Best part was that he was willing to drop me off today on his way to the hardware store, so I got to ride home today in daylight, which is getting to be a rare treat.
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Old 10-03-04, 05:39 AM
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Well, it appears that fall is not going to be messin' around. A cool 35 degrees when I left this morning. I underdressed a by just a little, coulda used a windbreaker - but I was warm enough by the time I arrived.
Traffic was almost zero. Stumbled across a pair of police cruisers behind a carrout (shortcut) that were 'taking 5' or 50 or whatever. I think I scared 'em as I blasted by them, sort of funny...
Time to find a pair of winter tights I suppose. Looking forward to the ride home though at least it will be 60-ish then.
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Old 10-03-04, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by cicadashell
so here i am, not dead or anything.
That's a good thing!

I made it! Actually rode to work every day that I worked in September (October so far too)! First time ever. Twenty four days in one month, can ya tell I proud?
This week ended "normal" 50'sF & upper 60's with a breeze in the afternoon.
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