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Old 01-25-05, 11:04 AM
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wow, heat wave. Felt rather balmy in the mid 20'sF Hopefully the slop will melt away. I so do miss the shoulders of the road. apparently the road crews don't like to clean them. Charlie
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Old 01-25-05, 11:39 AM
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50's today, hopefully sending you on the east coast some good weather . . .
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Good ride today. -1C with a stiff 40K headwind. I changed my route today to use some main drags rather than sloppy side street. Yesterday on the way home I was stopped behind a car at a light. The driver must have told the rear passenger to look at the guy on the bike out the back window. She couldn't take her eyes off me. I would say she must have liked what she saw but I know what I look like in full gear. Kind of a freak on wheels. Maybe I should have told her to stop starring cuz she was freaking me out. Or I could have made a face at her like I do to my two year old at home when I want her to laugh.
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Originally Posted by billh
50's today, hopefully sending you on the east coast some good weather . . .
Thank you
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Old 01-25-05, 01:34 PM
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It’s currently a balmy 41F! Unfortunately I will have an 18mph headwind on the way home… after pushing a 7mph headwind on the way to work! I’m tempted to switch tires back to my slicks, after the last two thawing days there isn’t much snow/ice on the roads.

Yesterday the janitor at work was shoveling snow from various areas. He went out with a jacket, hat and gloves. I saw him outside an hour later and he was down to a sleeveless shirt, hat and gloves!
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Old 01-25-05, 06:03 PM
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Fog, fog, fog.
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No commute Monday as I came down with a sore throat & cough over the weekend. Its been working through our office since Thanksgiving & can be bad so I took the day off & just laid around feeling sorry for myself with all the sunshine outside. It was quite foggy & 42F Tuesday morning, went to work but I drove again. Felt much better by lunchtime, the fog was lifting & the roads were dry so I rode back to work on the Torelli. Felt good get some fresh air into my lungs & get loosened up. It was 51F with a few sprinkles on the way home & I took a detour out to Group Health so I could pick up a prescription for my wife. encountered much more traffic in the neighborhood around the clinic but its flat & I negotiated my way there with no problems since most vehicles were moving about my speed. Don
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Old 01-25-05, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Rescue35
It was COLD this morning. Must have been a whole 72* []

Little cloudy but itll keep the sun off of me this afternoon.

That post was just WRONG.
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Old 01-25-05, 08:13 PM
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Great commute after taking a month off. Weather was cool and misty. Thrilling but compared to last year...I'm so slow! Ollo hope you're feeling better.

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Old 01-25-05, 09:22 PM
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January hath passed indeed, through record highs in the former and snowy abyss in the latter. Blue horse's hip bones continue to be gnawed upon as it grunts in anger. A new Silver horse hath been bartered for $40.
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Old 01-25-05, 11:13 PM
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Good ride to work and home .It must had been close to 40f. I hope it last a little longer . Have a good nite .
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Old 01-26-05, 07:25 AM
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Best riding weather in weeks....but I didn't ride. bummer
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Awesome.

It's in the mid-20s (F), snowing like crazy, traffic is just disgusting. I helped push some guy in his Jeep off the ice at Washington & Tremont. Paint me self-righteous.
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Fine, thanks for asking. The only thing, my mechanical problems continue. I fear the winter has taken its toll on my drive train. My chain is slipping in the top three cogs, which is a real pain coming off a stop, killing my knees. Guess I will have to break down and buy a new chain and maybe cassette. Argh. This after having two rims fail within the past month. I built this bike in Feb 2003 out of used parts and have ridden it about every day since so guess it is due for an overhaul.
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Rained last night so the streets were wet. And it was surprisingly warm so I had to slow down and open the pit vents on my jacket lest I become wetter on the inside than outside.
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Old 01-26-05, 11:50 AM
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Brrrrr! cold this morning, but a very pleasent ride in the sunshine. I was hoping we'd get some snow here in the UK, but things look likely to warm up again in the next few days.

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Thanks VR, feeling much better today while some of my co-workers are still out sick or suffering at work. I think regular commuting kept me in some kind of "healthy" zone & let me recover faster. It was 43F at 6AM today, 53F in the afternoon. Streets were dry all morning & I switched bikes at lunchtime which was fortunate because when I arrived home this afternoon, I noticed the Grand Jubile had developed a flat rear tire. Must have picked up something close to home. Best place to get a flat is in the garage but I'm beginning to see a pattern here. Flatted on 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 so far this year. FLAT WEDNESDAY??? There were a few sprinkles on the way home this afternoon, just enough to get the Torelli dirty when I went down to the LBS after work for a checkup & adjustment. Bill gave me 2 Torelli logo water bottles! How bout that?
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I rode to work it was 32f and coming home it was 12f .
What the weather can do in 8 hour time .Wow .
But still a good ride . Have a good nite .
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The commute back home today was a walk. The trusty fixie commuter got a flat outside the office today. I could have called a neighbor to come get me, but instaed decided to walk the 1.5 miles home.
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The ride home last night was a blast: 65°F and a beautiful sunset! I rode my backup bike ('81 Takara) for the first time today. I can see that I will have to swap out some parts to make it comfortable to use very much. Happy trails!
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3F with a slight headwind... A month ago I comforted my wife's fears for my livelihood by agreeing to not bike when it's below 10F... But it's promising to be a very nice day!!! My toes were my biggest concern… a pair of toesties and booties over my SPDs and I was good to go. They started getting cold the last 10 minutes of my commute… close to perfect.
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about 20F/-7C Felt good except when I rode on a dirt road that was never plowed. The few tire tracks had turned to ice after yesterdays warming temps. When I hit the ice tracks I new I was doomed, too much speed. Tried to leave the tracks for the snowy middle but the bike didn't want to follow. Down we went and boy did I slide down the ice. No injury though.

BillH from MO: Your heat you sent only lasted a copule of hours. Try to do better next time. It did clear up a lot of the road shoulders.
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Chilly one today. Something like 6f plus decent wind. I went straight for the snowboarding pants and tossed the sweater for a coat this morning. Warm and toasty the whole way. I suppose the toes could have been a touch warmer, but I'm not complaining.
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It was 2F/-17C this morning, I must have had some moisture in my shifter cables from my last ride so I had a one speed all the way in this morning, hmmm... I brought it in the building so it should be okay for the ride at lunch and home this afternoon. Clear skys and a pretty sunrise.
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Originally Posted by balto charlie
about 20F/-7C Felt good except when I rode on a dirt road that was never plowed. The few tire tracks had turned to ice after yesterdays warming temps. When I hit the ice tracks I new I was doomed, too much speed. Tried to leave the tracks for the snowy middle but the bike didn't want to follow. Down we went and boy did I slide down the ice. No injury though.

BillH from MO: Your heat you sent only lasted a copule of hours. Try to do better next time. It did clear up a lot of the road shoulders.
Oh well. It is sunny but cold and windy today. Think warm thoughts.
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