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Old 12-02-04, 11:04 AM
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Another gorgeous crisp morning. But I was nearly taken out by a little pickup that veered into the bike lane to pass a left-turner. No real danger but I saw it a little late and I think I was madder at myself for not anticipating that maneuver sooner. Anyway, at the next light I caught up and yelled through the passenger window: "Please don't pass on the right!"

Dull look of non-recognition from both the driver and passenger. As they pulled away, I started to think that they don't speak English. They looked fairly Slavic so I spent the rest of the ride in trying to figure out how to say "Please don't pass on the right" in Russian. Too many verb forms of "to go," too many cases and declensions in Russian grammar!
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Originally Posted by SaskCyclist
I had trouble getting motivated this morning. Once I got going it was all good. On route one cager was pulling out of a driveway and when he did finally see me I must have scared him good because he really hammered on the brakes. Funny though, I thought that he hadn't seen me but I wasn't concerned because I had lots of time to hammer the brakes if I needed to. Only other incident was a van squeezing by me. Probably close enough to smack the window if I wanted. All in all it was a good ride at -7C with no wind. It is supposed to snow and -27C next week so a day like today will feel like a heat wave.
Sask, I'll let ya know how that weather system is, because we are supposed to get hit by it first here in cowtown. I should go buy a balaclava (sp) this weekend.

The other benefit I just discovered recently is construction zones. There is now a construction zone on my commute and the workers just wave me thru it. It's great. Just gotta watch for things that will give me a flat.
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Old 12-02-04, 06:23 PM
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40F & overcast with dry roads this morning, 46F & mostly clear by my afternoon commute. Switched bikes at lunchtime because of the nice weather & managed a few more miles on the new bike. Don
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Very cold for this part of the country this morning. No wind, which made a good difference. I had to wear more of a dress shirt to work, so I wore it over my cycling attire so it wouldn't get wrinkled. Nice and toasty.
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Old 12-02-04, 08:12 PM
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the high winds we had last night were gone this morning, beautiful, partly cloudy sky for the sunrise, temp just below freezing. Some motorists seem to be "getting It", 2 of them started to right hook me, but stopped and waited for me instead. Is this a case of "holiday spirit" or an outbreak of lawfullness?
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Old 12-02-04, 09:04 PM
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Taking off this morning, it was very cold...Thermal T shirt and two layers, I was ok...Wore a 'windstopper'...Glad I have this jacket..Wind was awful..
My trip..A commute..40 miles to Solana Beach to get a birthday gift for my Mom and French Christmas music for my wife...
Santa Ana's maybe...Cool crisp, but so clear..Could see the smog of LA, blown way out over the ocean...Far, far away...
From Oceanside you could see Torrey Hills climb,must be 20 miles away... Ride felt great...The ocean was a clear as the sky...Could see the reefs on the bottom of the Pacific,way out to sea...Even large fish could see seen from Swami's...Such a nice day and not huge numbers of cyclists...Must have gotten up the the low 60's...have a couple gifts to put under the Christmas tree as a result..
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Was not one of my better nights. 2nd flat this week. Sunday I decided to patch my extra tube that has had a hole in it since July. I think this jinxed me. Monday night I noticed I had a flat before I even left the office. What a better place ot have a flat. Used the fork lift in the warehouse as a repair stand. Worked great.Turned out that the valve stem was parting from the innertube. Pitched that one and used my extra tube that I was glad I fixed the night before. Tonite, about half way home (3 mile mark), I start feeling a thump thump thump. I get off the bike and all seems ok so I get back out and thump thump thump. I get off again and rotate the tire and come across an 1 1/4" roofing nail. The nail totaled out the tube. Ooops, had not had time to get a back up tube. I get out my cell phone to call the wife. Dead, you gotta charge those things every so often. Walked to a near by business and called the wife to come and get me. I was suppose to be home on time tonite cause the kids were over for supper. Oopps, I missed supper, the wife did pick me up but has not said one word to me since. It's still not that bad. I'll go out tonite and get a couple new tubes and I'll be on the road tomorrow. The wife will get over it and if she don't, I still have my bike. Happy days ahead!
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Nice ride to work , But hard ride home . It took a lot longer . But still a good ride . Have a good nite .
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Only rode twice this week, Tuesday and Thursday. 35 F both mornings, 55 F evening. My toes were numb when I got to work Tuesday, so on Thursday I put plastic sandwich bags over my socks before putting on my shoes. That worked really well at keeping my feet warm, but there was a little moisture in the bags. Next time I'll poke a few holes in the bags. If it was that cold more often I would get booties.

Some guy yelled "Kick it, baby, kick it!" at me this morning as I was climbing a long hill. I didn't know whether to get mad or laugh out loud.
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Old 12-03-04, 06:17 AM
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Wonderfull ride home yesterday, bright clear skies and a tempature around 48F. Also had a tailwind! That was really nice. Had a few people pull out in front of me but I had plenty of time to react. Besides, I could have more days like that and be real happy.

Ride in this morning was cool again, tempature around 30F. Traffic was a little heavier, but I think that is because I left a little later.
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We had the third warmest November on record. It was a good ease into year round commuting for me. I'm having a tough time justifying the $400 I spent on winter gear as I really haven't needed to use much of it yet. I can't say thatís all bad, I would rather have in and not need it than need it and not have it.

I took the day off from work to head to the library to get some school work done. So I won't be spending as much time on the forum as normal. It sucks taking my hard earned vacation time to do homework; but the end of the semester is lurking around the corner.

My ride home last night was uneventful. I was trying to push it because I was late. I have found that my average speed has really dropped latelyÖ Iím not sure why?
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sunny and cool (upper 20s), slight following wind on the way in. very refreshing! no verbs for this post...
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It was a little slick this morning but overall a nice quiet ride. It should be plus 7C today and -20 by wakeup on Monday with snow. So Wulfheir, how's that coldfront coming? Any of the white stuff falling?
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First commute on the road bike. Not a bad day, about 40 degrees here in NYC. Only a couple of cabbies tried to dive-bomb me on CPW, also about 5mins faster than i've done on the MTB. Of course i'm only going about 5mi, so i can't really expect a huge difference.
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decided to take the long way in today and it was cold this morning, 34F. Maybe not cold by most everybody elses's winter standards, but for me.....COLD! I wear a jersey under a long sleeve shirt, and shorts. Today I knew it was cold, so I dug up my snowboarding gloves for the ride. Hands were toasty, legs were fine, arms were chilly ears were COLD! I still loved it though

The best part of the commute this morning is all the ghastly looks from drivers and people freezen their arses off walking from their car to the front of their building. and I just ride by in shorts. I love it.
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decided to take the long way in today and it was cold this morning, 34F. Maybe not cold by most everybody elses's winter standards, but for me.....COLD! I wear a jersey under a long sleeve shirt, and shorts. Today I knew it was cold, so I dug up my snowboarding gloves for the ride. Hands were toasty, legs were fine, arms were chilly ears were COLD! I still loved it though

The best part of the commute this morning is all the ghastly looks from drivers and people freezen their arses off walking from their car to the front of their building. and I just ride by in shorts. I love it.
I have to say YOU'RE NUTS!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by fastedddie
Was not one of my better nights. 2nd flat this week. Sunday I decided to patch my extra tube that has had a hole in it since July. I think this jinxed me. Monday night I noticed I had a flat before I even left the office. What a better place ot have a flat. Used the fork lift in the warehouse as a repair stand. Worked great.Turned out that the valve stem was parting from the innertube. Pitched that one and used my extra tube that I was glad I fixed the night before. Tonite, about half way home (3 mile mark), I start feeling a thump thump thump. I get off the bike and all seems ok so I get back out and thump thump thump. I get off again and rotate the tire and come across an 1 1/4" roofing nail. The nail totaled out the tube. Ooops, had not had time to get a back up tube. I get out my cell phone to call the wife. Dead, you gotta charge those things every so often. Walked to a near by business and called the wife to come and get me. I was suppose to be home on time tonite cause the kids were over for supper. Oopps, I missed supper, the wife did pick me up but has not said one word to me since. It's still not that bad. I'll go out tonite and get a couple new tubes and I'll be on the road tomorrow. The wife will get over it and if she don't, I still have my bike. Happy days ahead!
Two words - PATCH KIT!!!! Could save you and your marriage.
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Damn cold! 6 degrees this morning. Yes, six degrees Fahrenheit!

Reminder to self: wear two pairs of socks!

I feel proud of myself.
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Great, first ride on new wheels that I built. SON hub and lumitech light. Built up on mavic A719 with conti top touring tires, big fat ones.
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Old 12-03-04, 04:56 PM
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ON my commute today..Someone yelled out 'Lance.' Be nice. I have a thing for Sherly Crow's music...Really, I was not moving all that fast. Thought that to be a compliment over the usual hassle..
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Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
Two words - PATCH KIT!!!! Could save you and your marriage.
Darn tootin.' I don't even ride to the coffee shop without a patch kit or spare tube.
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Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
Two words - PATCH KIT!!!! Could save you and your marriage.
Darn tootin.' I don't even ride to the coffee shop without a patch kit or spare tube.
I did once, and I got a flat.
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35F at 6AM today, 40F this afternoon: Rode in thru light, patchy fog with not much traffic; pleased to see City of Lacey swept their part of my commute again yesterday. Now if we can just get City of Olympia up that level of road maintenance, the bike commute will be much improved. Very heavy traffic this afternoon for some reason. Still riding on dry streets but rain is supposed to start tonight & last through the weekend with much lower temperatures. We may even see some white stuff.
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took an alternate route home tonight....15 miles. Felt great. Up a big hill, then down into a valley where it was pretty cold, I started to think that I'd have to call for a ride if I didn't get home soon.

Got on the bike path that lead out of the valley where it warmed up slightly. Drivers were respectful, lights worked great...but what's up with pedestrians dressing head to toe in black clothing and going for a stroll on the bike path? I must have passed 8 pedestrians and 6 of them were in all black.
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Usually have both too. Did not have time after Monday to get a spare tube and the tube was punctured not only thru road side once but many times on the rim side. The patten of the holes was much larger that any patch I've carried.
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