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Old 11-13-04, 11:17 PM
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We had flukey weather today, I got in a ride from 7:30 to about 9AM & it was a 49F with blue sky horizon to horizon, no wind. I rode with shorts & a long sleeved jersey under my ragwool sweater. I was about 7 miles into my commute when I realized I had left my helmet on my workbench! Just riding along with nothing on my noggin but a yellow cap. There was almost no traffic except a few other cyclists & joggers so I took it easy for the rest of the ride & made it back home ok. Shortly after my return, clouds rolled in & it was overcast the rest of the day but still no rain. Don
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
I was about 7 miles into my commute when I realized I had left my helmet on my workbench! Just riding along with nothing on my noggin but a yellow cap.
That is one of the mistakes I make as I transition to winter gear. If I feel anything on my head I assume it is my helmet. I've taken to slapping my head before I leave to check!
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Old 11-14-04, 12:11 PM
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Last night I had to climb a mountain on my bike...literally. 1150 ft elevation gain up desolate mountain road where cars zoom around and its pitch black dark. Hard ride up, deadly ride down, what was scary is that I didnt realize that dew had built up on my bike while I was inside which isnt a big deal except for the dew that built up on my rims rendering my brakes useless. Thankfully before heading too far I tested by brakes to find they were failing me. After a nice wipedown, I had a good half hour of dangerous downhill speed of doom!!!

It was great.
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Old 11-15-04, 08:34 AM
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Sunny and cold (31°F). I need to keep dialing my layers in--it is too easy to put on too much on at the start and then get sweaty on the ride in. The family and I did a 24 mile roundtrip on the Silver Comet Trail yesterday, so I just loafed in today.

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Old 11-15-04, 08:42 AM
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low 30s, some clouds moving in, frosty and dry. mellow-reeny, mcvouty!
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Old 11-15-04, 09:42 AM
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I don't commute very often. I usually ride for a couple hours before work and then have to drive the dreaded car to work. I rode today and it was pretty uneventful. 3.06 miles in 12 minutes 41 seconds. Heck my shower took longer than that.

Oh well, at least i am a "commuter" today. It is also cool to have my bike in my office with me. I parked it right in front of the chair across from my desk so nobody can come in and talk to me. Now it is how we (my bike and I) like it. Nobody can come in and bother us, we are alone again!!!
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Old 11-15-04, 10:24 AM
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Another great day on the bike. Motorists seem to all be my friends today. I put on a rear view mirror last night, a new louder bell and reflective wrist straps. It was an awesome morning....-3C with a slight headwind no clouds. Cool and crisp; just the way I like it.

I wish I could bring my bike in my office. It would be a good way to initiate conversations about my favorite topic. I guess it would be hard on the bike though in the winter.

Have a safe ride.
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Old 11-15-04, 11:22 AM
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48F winds SSW at 25MPH gusting to 35MPH. Nice to be back on my normal schedule.
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Old 11-15-04, 11:37 AM
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It was a cool, but not quite frosty morning for today's ride to work. The benefit was nice bright sunny weather, similar to my sunday ride.

The experiment with a new chain oil is also interesting - castor oil. I know what you're thinking.... Actually it works extremely well, the chain runs very smoothly, shifts well plus its fairly clean (and inexpensive). I'll keep the expt. going for a couple of hundred miles and report back. I believe it will compare favourably to Finishline's "cross country", but am awaiting a rain trial.......

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nice mild ride this morning. a wild rabbit darted out onto a quiet residential street and stayed about 30-40 in front of my at the same speed for around a block or a block and a half before darting off back into someone's yard. it felt like the environment was showing their approval by providing me an escort in the form of a hare. then i got to work and realized it was probably just a curious little rabbit.
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Old 11-15-04, 06:42 PM
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52F and raining today, had a quiet ride in until the very end. As I approach our parking lot entrance there is an uphill stretch. Today, as I labored up this stretch, a new officer on my team blew by me on his Jamis road bike. Unfortunatley for me, there were witnesses! I was peeling off my gear inside & one of the young ladies said "Did he just dust you Mr H?" I trotted out my excuses:
1. I didn't know he was back there 2. My touring bike is heavier & the front wheel was rubbing on the fender 3. I overdressed & felt like I was riding in a sauna inside my full rainsuit
I didn't use the primary reason: I'm 64, he's 34. Back to plotting my revenge, I'm bound to catch him sleeping one of these days. Don
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Old 11-15-04, 06:59 PM
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While stopped at a traffic signal, a MBTA bus pulled up beside me. The door opened and the driver said, "We can see you, don't worry about that, we can sholly see you."
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Old 11-15-04, 11:20 PM
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Good ride to work & home . But my front light is dead .
So no light on the way home . But did have flashing light on messenger bag . So tonite I will be trying to put new batteries in tonite .So hopefully I can take the long way home tomorrow . Have a good nite .
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Old 11-16-04, 08:32 AM
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Good ride in this am. You just can't beat a November day that hits 16C (yesterday) and 6C overnight. It could just as easily be -25C with 2 feet of snow. I will take every day as it comes. I am sure someday soon I will put those Nokians to good use.
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saskcyclist, that's the weather that came thru calgary the day before. the temperature actually rose 3 degrees overnight, go figure. it was 0 this morning. i hate when it's zero, it's like there is no temperature. it should jump right from -1 to 1, none of this zero crap.

some guy: "hey, what's the temperature?"
me: "nothing, we don't have a temperature this morning"
some guy: "no temperature?"
me: "nope sorry, there's no weather either, we're screwed."
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Old 11-16-04, 10:38 AM
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A little bit warmer when I left home this morning (36F/2C). Warmed up a little bit more as the sun came up too, making for a very pleasant ride in. I keep having people around the office tell me that I won't be able to ride in for much longer... they just don't seem to get that I'm kinda looking forward to a bit of the white stuff on the ground.
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Brand new to the board, and not sure if this is the right quote/reply box or not, but wanted to add my .02 about the commute here in NW Washington state today . . . The weather was great! Overcast, 50's no rain. The traffic, as usual was pretty decent too. I ride 12 miles, with about 9 being country highway and the other 3 being city. The country is always a treat b/c nine out of ten vehicles that pass me are 4x4, crew-cab, dually, diesel trucks, jamm-packed with . . . one driver. They blow enough exhast to warrant a gas-mask on the commute. But aside from that, most are fairly decent about sharing the road; only two idiots who thought it'd be cool to get up next to me, put it in neutral, and blare their 8 miles-per-gallon engines. Boy was I impressed. And intimidated. I didn't know whether to be turned on or piss myself. Either way I couldn't help but sing "And I'm proud to be . . ." Anyway, all things considered, the ride to work today was great!
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I pulled my Nokians off last night. The 20 minutes it took to swap tires will be made up in ride time with today’s commute.

I finally dressed right. I have typically been comfortable for the first 3 miles and then opening zippers to try and regulate heat. By the time I get to work I have soaked the liner in my jacket with sweat. I have been reading the details of what people have been wearing at various temps. And I walked out of my house this morning at 40F with a bottom layer, long-sleeve jersey, thin tights, hat under my helmet, and neoprene booties. It was chilly for the first 3 miles, then all was good!
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Old 11-16-04, 11:21 AM
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Roguehippie: You're in the right place. Welcome, et non ilegitimi carborundum!

Cool fog in the Big Valley this morning. And courteous drivers on 21st Street (big ups to the guy in the Honda Accord who passed quickly and safely with a friendly honk and wave). So it was a nice ride in.
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I had a nice ride in this morning. It has been quite a while since I have ridden to work and it was like traveling a brand new route. There are allot of changes to trees, plants and yards that have occured over the last month. I did count 17 other people out on bikes this morning. That was much more than I expected, but more power to them. The temps were in the low 40's and there was no wind to speak of. I'm looking forward to the ride home.
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Old 11-16-04, 03:50 PM
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Commuting today is crazy! This is like living on the West Coast with Ollo Ollo listed above... well.... minus the Marion Berries and Salmon---- BUT: with a week of rain and mildly cool temps a question remains--- where is Winter? My tan is still here, and my fellow cyclists are also unfashionably un-pale this late in the season!
Alas we have had it too good since Spring!
SaskCyclist-- my Nokians still have that new-tire smell too! Was hoping to have Winter's cold as a reasonable excuse to store up some body-weight on butter tarts!!!
-- light shirt, no gloves, high of 60 F for the ride home too!!
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Bad commute today. I completely lost it. It was 5 p.m. traffice. I took the shorter but more dangerous route because it was getting dark fast. There is a part of the road that exist like a freeway entrance ramp. I couldn't stay in the turning lane because I was going to keep straight. Yet the guy behind me was honking his horn because he had to slow down. I honked my Air Zound which was just as loud as his horn. I started yelling at him at the top of my voice. Wishing that he was could be removed from the gene pool. I wished I hadn't flared up like that. I should have just taken the long way around and cought the trail just off campus.
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Great ride this morning - cool, beautiful, light wind from the South, and my days off this weekend put paid to my overtraining blues, so it all felt really good.

This afternoon, I went home early due to a crashing headache -- only to learn when I got to the Bike Station that it was because I'd been POISONED! Ok, not intentionally poisoned, or badly poisoned, but still. I thought I smelled something odd when I was showering in the ladies' locker room this morning, but wasn't sure what; when I got back there to gather my stuff (planning to throw my bike on the front of a bus to get home), I found a notice on the locker room door: "Due to Gas Leak, No Hot Water Until Further Notice!"

Immediately I remembered the weird smell, and it all made sense. I rode the bike home instead of taking the bus, figuring that an hour in the fresh air would do me MUCH more good than an hour breathing bus fumes. I did feel better when I got home - I took some excedrin and a nap and that, plus the ride, pretty much killed the headache. I still feel a bit tired, but not bad.

The ride home was really nice, headache aside - still cool, and the wind was at my back most of the way. Overcast, with a bright green lake and a lead-grey sky.
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Ran out of light again today! I need to get a bigger battery or drag my charger back and forth to work, neither solution sounds very good. I just bought the battery a couple months ago! I had enough light to be seen… I just couldn’t see the road. Regardless, I made good time. I did have to stop and take my hat off, it was warmer than I expected.
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Old 11-16-04, 08:49 PM
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I almost feel guilty posting this. I didn't commute today because I was able to work from home, but instead, carved out an hour plus for a ride on the bike trail in Roseville and some additional mileage through the foothills. The weather was fabulous, with sun and a light breeze. I got in almost 17 miles, which isn't quite as much as commuting, but it was sure more enjoyable.
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