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Old 10-23-04, 03:56 AM
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Sort of ticked coming into work last night...One end of the bike path leading into work was open..After riding almost 3 miles the other end was chained shut and could not continue on into work without backtracking...If only I had a pair of chain cutters in my tool kit/ I might have gotten arrested. Added about 15 minutes getting to work, so less time for cleaning up...Fall setting in...Temp's only about high 60's. But sunny.
I feel encouraged to do the commute when the weather report says the early AM fog will be light..This is supposed to be the case in the coming morning.

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Old 10-23-04, 10:12 PM
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It rained in Southern California! I guess that means winter is here. So I was only able to ride one day, Friday, last week. First ride with my new chain. Clear skies with temp 55 degrees F in the morning, and about 62 in the afternoon. My legs were a little sore, I think because I lowered my seat about 1/3 inch or 8 mm. It feels more comfortable overall, but I think I should have done it in several steps, not all at once. My odometer turned over 13,000 miles while I was riding, and my bike will be 3 years old at the end of next month.
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Old 10-23-04, 10:20 PM
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I commuted home from work this past morning...Felt pretty tired after 12.5 hours of work..Yes, you can fall asleep on the handlebars! Usually,catch yourself pretty quick..Just happens once in awhile..
But found a new sport to keep my ride home interesting... There are political yard signs everywhere for the pending election. My new sport to stay attentive.
Spitting at the yard sign of my political Unchoice. I do not think that vandalism? Some signs were So close to the bike lane.
Must have had enough fluids within me to spit at maybe 10 signs..Think I only made a bull's eye Once !....Having a full water bottle helped.
Heah, it kept me awake. For the worst candidate, I worked on technique...Too much mass or less for velocity... Took about 6 attempts before I came close at about 12 MPH...
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Staying awake can be a challenge sometimes. We attended the R.E.M. show last night. i had to be at a 6 am meeting this morning then go back to work a split shift 10-7. Hoo boy. Did drive to the meeting and returned to work on the bike.
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Old 10-24-04, 09:31 PM
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Riding through the debris-covered road in Surfers Paradise after that stupid car race yesterday. Something of an obstacle course, but then, most of my evening commutes are like that anyway. Still, I was about the only one able to get through it.
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Old 10-25-04, 01:17 AM
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I'm still having trouble riding home from work, but after a 12 1/2 hour shift, I'm not terribly stressed about it.

I did ride to work Sunday afternoon, including a side-trip to stop at Captain D's to get some fish for supper! The ride was *perfect* - temps in the high 50's, sunny, light traffic (except for Uptown, where everyone was getting all ga-ga about the Panther's game), and I thoroughly enjoyed the almost 9 mile trip. Even got to work 45 minutes early!
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I left at 5:20 AM this morning so it was still dark when I got to work at 6:30! First time I rode the whole morning in the dark. There were very few cars the first half of my ride. If one were opposed to rolling through red lights, one would likely reconsider at that time of morning! I myself blew through plenty. Temp was 60 F, had a slight tailwind, which turned into a moderate headwind when I hit the ocean. I was wearing a vest and arm warmers, which turned out to be just right.

Saw 4 wrong-way cyclists with no lights along the way. If one of these guys were to get hit, would that really be a bad reflection on the rest of us? I don't think so. People in cars probably think we're geniuses compared to them.

Just before I got to San Clemente I saw a red blinker ahead and poured it on to catch up with him. I did catch him, and waved just before I turned inland for 2 miles of climbing. Not too smart. Especially with a heavy backpack. I usually bring clothes and food in my car on Mondays, but it is supposed to rain tomorrow (again!) so I rode today.
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Old 10-25-04, 08:17 AM
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after what seemed like weeks of clouds, the sun came up this morning after a clear, chilly night. but south of twon there was fog, which interrupted my plans to take pictures of the commute. i'll get things sorted out eventually, and post them in the appropriate place.
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Old 10-25-04, 08:40 AM
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Gorgeous day today, after a gorgeous Sunday, after a week of rain and gloom. The ride would have been great if I hadn't had to do it with a TiVo strapped to my back (long story). But at least I don't have to take it with me back north, so with the winds from the south and the sun and the lake as beautiful as they were this morning, I'm thinking the ride home's going to be a blowout.
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Old 10-25-04, 09:15 AM
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5C this morning. Not a single bike on the path this morning. I slept only 3 hours last night, so I went out backwards... 10 minutes into the ride I was awake. Now I'm tired, but I am more awake and focused then I would've been if I cabbed in.
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Old 10-25-04, 09:38 AM
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After two weeks commuting on the mountain bike, I was back on my hybrid this morning. My legs are thanking me. Hats off to all who faithfully commute on a MB. I'm not sure I could commute on my MB 5 days a week. I was tired out by Thursday each of the last two weeks.

Nice morning with a gorgeous sunrise. Loved it!! Needed the pick me up after my precious Cardinals lost two to Boston this past weekend.
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Old 10-25-04, 09:42 AM
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40% change of rain today. Mostly cloudy. It's been that way for a couple of days now.
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Old 10-25-04, 10:32 AM
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That's exactly how my crash happened last week. I need raingear!
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25F, a SSW breeze, and clear skies. Much more traffic than normal today for some reason. I rode the Jamis. Supposed to rain/snow Wed-Thur so have to ride it when I can.
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Dry, 45F, crusing down the .7mi hill (350ft) was COLD. Good quick ride in today (short 2 mi route from a friend's house), barely awake when I got to work! Looking forward to a normal 10mi home tonight.
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Old 10-25-04, 12:19 PM
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started my ride without my neckwarmer (-3c/27f), got to a redlight and grabbed it out of my backpack for the rest of the ride. 0c must be my threshold for a neckwarmer.
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Do you all find that commuting by bicycle makes you more likely to hate your fellow man? Since my "commute" is less than a mile I usually just walk it, and it's great and peaceful and I get to work in a good mood. I've just started riding my bike instead, and now I get to work in a bad mood, hating all those stupid stopsign-running jerks with their cell phones and their SUVs. They stop for pedestrians, but for a bicycle with the right of way? Forget it.

Maybe this explains that heart attack statistic from the other thread.
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Just rode to school. It's amzing how good you feel after even a couple mile of riding. No need for coffee. I just ride to get the same effect. The commute was great today becuase I rode during non rush hour traffic. Drivers were nice and gave me plenty of room.
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Originally Posted by xeney
Do you all find that commuting by bicycle makes you more likely to hate your fellow man? Since my "commute" is less than a mile I usually just walk it, and it's great and peaceful and I get to work in a good mood. I've just started riding my bike instead, and now I get to work in a bad mood, hating all those stupid stopsign-running jerks with their cell phones and their SUVs. They stop for pedestrians, but for a bicycle with the right of way? Forget it.

Maybe this explains that heart attack statistic from the other thread.
On the contrary, my commute almost always calms me. The majority of drivers are polite and courteous to me. The jerks are usually quickly forgotten. In reality, drivers are human, too. Think about it - interaction between a cyclist and a driver is just another form of the same communication you have been (or will be) experiencing all day, just a more simple version!
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40F @ 6AM with just a few high clouds & bright stars above. It was only up to 48F by lunch time. We got some pretty heavy rain later & when I rode home, it was still raining steadily but had warmed up to 52F. Traffic was light & courteous. (edit)I forgot to mention that I suffered a chain drop/jam on the way in this morning: A quick, multigear shift made the chain drop & jam between the cog & the seat stay. I was able to coast down hill & up onto the sidewalk next to the I-5 onramp. Tightest jam I ever saw but thanks to good illumination from cars entering the freeway, I was able to free it up & be on my way without completely removing the rear wheel.(edit) Don

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Old 10-25-04, 08:41 PM
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good ride home. Took a longer way home, but missed a turn because it looked a little nasty, so ended up riding an extra few miles. Got a good workout.

After dinner tonight I went to goodwill and found some almost new Diadora biking shoes for $3.75! they fit perfectly!
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Ride home was great tonight - I would have doubled back again, but by the time I got home it was getting dark and my light, as I have mentioned, is not so much a "light" as it is a "slightly less dark". The good news is, I picked up a new cateye at the bikestation - we fished through several trek light packages with batteries included to scavenge so I could test it before I bought it, and I was really happy with it. Most of my riding so far has been on very well-lit roads and a fairly well-lit bike path, but the path has patches where the lights are down for one reason or another, and it can get pitch black before you know it. My original light was pronounced "pathetic" by everyone working at the bike station today (we'd gathered together to do the test, and it ended up in a comparison with like ten different lights laid out to try), but the cateye should help with both the seeing and being seen. It's not the verybright EL500, but it's still pretty darn bright.

I'm thinking about getting up early tomorrow and riding north for a while before I head south to work. It's supposed to be another warmish, pretty day.
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Long day at work . all most 12 hour long . But good ride to work and home .Have a good day ..
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Old 10-26-04, 03:22 AM
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Nice ride this morning. We are starting to see some Autumn colour in the landscape and there was a definite chill in the air. The first frosts cannot be far away.

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Cool morning with fog so thick I couldn't see the white line on th side of the road. I was quite wet when I got to work, the ride was enjoyable in spite of the fog, traffic was light and the drivers seemed to give me a lot more room then usual, probably do to the poor visibility. The sun is forcasted to shine for the afternoon commute so it should be a good ride home. have a nice day all.
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