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Old 11-08-04, 09:29 AM
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Good Day! Awesome ride...there was supposed to be a headwind but I didn't even notice it. If I had driven the tin can I can just imagine how I would feel. It was -3 with just enough of a skiff of snow to make it slick. On the bike, I just took my time and enjoyed the ride. I am developing a low tolerance level for cagers who are always grumpy. I appreciate having a non-alcoholic "glow on" from nothing but my own endorphins.

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Old 11-08-04, 10:05 AM
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47F/8C Mostly clear skies and very light winds. I felt energetic so took a route with some short steep climbs.

Those of you commuting after sunset, keep an eye out for the "Northern Lights." They should be brilliant for the next 2 nights. The Leonids Meteor Shower will occur this week as well.

It would be cool to see commuting photos with the Aurora behind your bike!
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Good ride. Didn't get much sleep last night. Awoke with a headache. I rode and the headache eventually went away and about 4 mile into the ride the nerochemicals started kicking in. I feel good!!!
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Old 11-08-04, 01:15 PM
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Didn't get much sleep last night either, must be the cold weather. I pushed a 17 mph head wind all the way to work this morning, a very humbling ride, I should get a free ride home tonight though, the wind is still blowing.
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Old 11-08-04, 01:44 PM
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Strange day for me... I came around a corner just outside of downtown Seattle and noticed a police car with the lights on in the middle of an intersection and thought huh... As I got closer I saw 4 more cars with out their lights on parked in a Chinese restaurant parking lot. As I pulled up to the light behind another bike and he said “Wow, you don’t see cops with their guns pulled everyday…” I looked over and noticed that there was an officer standing there with his gun pulled. My first thought was that they must not have liked the service… Then I thought it might be a good idea to find a different way into the city off of the I-90 Bridge. And this is probably not a good place to be sitting on a bike… Finally when the light turned green I rode across the intersection and notice the car with the lights on was right behind another car. As I passed I saw that office holding someone’s hand through the window of the car.

Then again maybe I should get a smaller digital camera…
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Old 11-08-04, 01:44 PM
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Ah yes, after a wonderful weekend and we are back to our normal temps for this time of year today. I had a nice ride in, the weather is a little gloomy but dry, I don't think we are going to top 36F/2C today. When you're dressed for it you can still have a great ride.
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Old 11-08-04, 01:59 PM
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converged with 3 other bikers this morning at a choke point crossing a major street (Glenmore and 5th St (if you are in calgary)). nice temp, little wind.
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Old 11-08-04, 02:16 PM
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The weatherman says its 69F right now! I'm leaving work early for an extended ride while the sun and temperature is up!

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Man! It felt like summer out there this afternoon! I did a hilly 20 miles. Sunny and 69F in the middle of November! Ahhh, Life is good!
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Old 11-08-04, 08:06 PM
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Very cold. 32F plus a 40MPH downhill sprint equals very chilly fingers, toes, and face. Must remember to bring the winter boots I recently bought along with the balaclava, and winter gloves..... Brrrrrrr.....
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Old 11-08-04, 10:27 PM
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Just a lovely day to ride in to work. Slight breeze, temp that had to be around 67-68F, calling in "sick" would have been a good option if I were not so darn honest. Ride back this evening at 9:00 was much cooler, glad that I wore my work shirt under the long sleeve poly cycling shirt. Rode on the drops the last 5 miles to see how my back felt doing this; no problem at all.
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Old 11-08-04, 11:08 PM
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We had a beautiful weekend but this morning it was foggy and 46F at 5AM. Started my commute about 15 minutes early & had a quiet ride in. I only encountered a few cars. I left for the day at lunchtime & it was only up to about 50F, the fog had thinned some but didn't burn off until this evening. Finally found the right size stem for my project bike & was able to install it this afternoon. Don
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Old 11-08-04, 11:20 PM
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Nice ride to work and home .Cool ride to day .
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Old 11-08-04, 11:45 PM
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Well on the way home, I was riding past a line of cars waiting at a stop light, and I nailed the sideview mirror of some big SUV that was a bit farther to the right than I estimated, with my shoulder. I apologized but I think it really pissed the driver off. Ah well, I hate SUVs.
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Old 11-09-04, 06:56 AM
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havent posted here in a while, but this morning was great. No wind, brisk 29 degrees, no traffic...ah, a cyclists paradise
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Old 11-09-04, 07:36 AM
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Absolutely Amazing ride in to work this morning. My ride usually takes around 30 minutes... today It took about an hour!

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) were the most vivid and active I've seen in years! At times they filled the entire sky. I stopped 3 or 4 times to take it in, then decided to find a bench in a darker area of the park (to escape some of the city's light polution). I layed on my back watching the increadible show. I stood up to leave a couple of times, but just couldn't... I ended up on the bench again. I watched for about 15 to 20 minutes. The sky was perfectly clear with just enough ice crystals in the air to create a cool glow around the crescent moon. As I was laying on the bench watching the show, I saw 3 shooting stars, one that lasted quite a while & seemed to break up half way through it's flight.

This is one of the reasons our licence plates tag line is "Land of Living Skies"

By the time I got to work the Northern Lights had faded & all but dissapeared... was I ever glad I took the time to stop and take them in!

And they think I'm crazy to bike to work in the winter!?
 
Old 11-09-04, 08:07 AM
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they had us on the alert for northern lights down here but i saw none, sad to say.

this morning was brisk (27 °F) and clear with high clouds moving in. last night the gingko on brooks street dropped its leaves; it looked like a giant yellow paintball had splattered onto the sidewalk, the extension and the street. the group of osage orange trees on state (just south of the tracks, by the golf course) had released a fusillade of fruits overnight as well, and i almost wiped out maneuvering around and through them. autumn! i love it...
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Old 11-09-04, 08:29 AM
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I had never knowingly seen the Northern Lights. Thanks to N7CZin MT's post yesterday I looked to the Norther sky on my commute... Breath-taking! I'm not good with words so I won't be able to give the splendor the discription it deserves! I was kicking myself that I didn't have a camera with me. I think I'm going to get one of those $20.00 digital cameras to take with me every where I go.

I probably shouldn't have ridden in this morning. I have been nursing a cold/flu for 2 weeks, I was progressively getting better until Sunday, I felt the worst yesterday… but I have spent entirely too much time off the bike so I rode anyway!

It was my first ride with the heavy, noisy Nokians, on top of the 2 week hiatus and being sick… My average speed dropped 4.5mph! I figured I would be slow, but I spent way to much time in my Granny gear!
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Lethargic ride in this morning. Felt strong yesterday, but I've been out of town a lot lately and haven't done much commuting, so I guess it's just the muscles waking up again.

That being said, it's been great on the bike the past two days... around 45 deg F when I leave home, warming to around 50 by the time I get to work. Thanks to the end of daylight savings, I'm no longer starting off in the dark, though my ride home is definitely dark! Fitted a 10W light last night, which should make things a bit better. Most of my ride is on well lit streets and not many busy ones, so hopefully this should be enough... for now!
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Near 50F/10C, mostly clear skies with a NW wind to around 15MPH/24KPH. The NW wind is a harbinger of the storm that looms. We are expecting snow tonight and tomorrow. We have to pay for the 71F/22C record high temperature of yesterday.

Glad some of you were able to experience the Aurora. The shooting stars noted in Sask. were part of the Leonid Meteor Shower.

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Besides being cold (29F) the ride in this morning was beautiful. Clear skies, and clean fresh air. Real nice.
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Grrrrr. The one afternoon I'm *not* commuting by bike, and it's clear and warm and gorgeous outside, with a 20 mph tailwind.

Hmf. Want my bike.
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Nice ride on the way home. Mid 50s, and a 10mph tailwind. I cruised at an easy 18mph clip. (ya gotta love tailwinds!)
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I had a nice ride in this morning. Superdark when I left at 6am. Hoping it will stay dry for the ride home.
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Nice day for commuting today, dry streets, broken clouds & no wind at 6AM, rode my Specialized touring bike in the early darkness & returned from lunch on my Bianchi, rode a few extra miles as it was so nice out. Looking forward to picking up my new Torelli road bike later this week. Don
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So after 10,882 miles (17,411km) commuting the past 4.5 years, I finally got to try my Fiber-fix spoke kit. Yup, I broke my very first spoke today. I'm happy to report that the fiber-fix work well enough to make my bike rideable, although the wheel was not perfectly true, not even close. But it got me home without calling Dan out of his barbershop rehearsal and that was why I've carried it all these miles. Otherwise a beautiful day for a ride.
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