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Old 03-03-05, 09:13 AM
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urban coyote
crossed my path, quick and sure,
as gray as the dawn
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Old 03-03-05, 09:22 AM
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plenty of snow still
neighborhood a crunchy mess
under azure skies
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Old 03-03-05, 04:51 PM
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I rode a single speed to work today.
Problem is, when I left my door it was a three speed. And wouldn't you know it, the two low gears where the ones lost. Luckily there wasn't anything too hilly, but starting out from red lights wasn't fun. I only had to walk the bike once--up the ramp to the parking garage.
The weather was great, though.
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38F with very wet, dense fog at 6 AM: rode in on the "foggy day" bike with its 55watt headlight & yellow zenon flashers. The light traffic was very aware of me & everyone passed with care. Later the fog burned off & we had a sunny 60F day.
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Old 03-03-05, 11:33 PM
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Good ride to work and home . But it was very icy .
Have a good mite .
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Old 03-04-05, 06:28 AM
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I finally took off the Nokians and put on two 700x32 panaracers (Soma New Xpress and Urban Max). The ride was going well, but then the wheel went out of true. I couldn't get it true on the road, so I had to pull out my emergency bus fare.

Today, I am grateful for bike racks on busses. They saved me a 1-2 mile walk with a loaded bike slowed down by a possibly messed up axel. I'll check on the wheel later in the day. If I can't figure it out, I'll just take the bus to the LBS on the way home.

On the bright side, when something goes wrong, it's a satisfying feeling just to reach into your seat bag and pull out the solution.

Edit: I checked it. The hub is loose. I just rehabed it a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, I'll be able to tighten it tonight. But it looks like I'm bussing it home.

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Old 03-04-05, 08:05 AM
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I had to drive today. I was so bummed. It's getting so I hate to get into the car at rush hour. It would have been a great ride, sun was shinnning, cold but refreshing air.
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Old 03-04-05, 08:33 AM
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First commute in a while this morning. Felt great, good weather, traffic still sucks.
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Old 03-04-05, 10:21 AM
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I had the "A" bike all prepped for a hard early morning ride today but when I got up it was drizzling with dark clouds to the west. Sigh. Time to bring out ol' Reliable with the fenders and the heavy tires and the blinkies and the balky rear derailler. Still got a good ride in but I kept thinking about the Pretty One, sitting in the garage, all dressed up but nowhere to go.
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Old 03-04-05, 10:44 AM
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Great ride in this morning. I was surprised when I got up this morning and found out it was above freezing! I got extra miles in yesterday and I'll get them in today too! My favorite bike shop got a new bike in so I'm going to take a little extra time at lunch and pedal over there and check it out. Ahhhh, it won't belong and spring will be here. Have a great weekend!
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Old 03-04-05, 03:16 PM
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Greetings from someone who wishes he still lived in Portland. With regards to your post, I ride both multi-gear and fixed and recommend trying fixed to all my geared friends. Not because I think it is really cool (it is, though) but because it is just plain fun !! Really does take me back to the feeling of first learning to ride. Plus, there are benefits with improved pedal-stroke and such. Besides, you live in what is, IMHO, the perfect city for any and all types of cycling (I miss bike lanes and people in cars who act like they have actually seen a bike on the street). Not trying to convince you to try fixed (a lie- I am too). Just my two cents. Enjoy Portland, I never realized just how nice it was until I ended up here in Texas.
Oh man... maybe I'm just too lazy to ride a fixie. I actually live out by I205 in outer SE, and I commute daily to Milwaukie. It gets pretty hilly in some parts. When I lived in Honolulu, I used to ride a mongoose bmx type cruiser, which was singlespeed, but the commute was 4 miles each way, so I was able to bear the hills and bridges over the freeway (boy did my legs get buff from that).

Fixies are kind of on the back of my mind. Perhaps having both (like you do) would encourage me more. I am looking to convert one of my bikes to a singlespeed for bike polo. Did you ever check out their games on the east side o' the river? Seems pretty cool :B
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Old 03-04-05, 06:13 PM
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34F, clear with no wind when I left home at 6AM today but about a mile from work I noticed a lot of white frost on the road. I had just crested a hill & was already doing about 25 mph on my Bianchi with its 700 X 18 tires! Very carefully eased out of the bike lane into the traffic lane which was mostly bare where the auto tires tracked. I coasted down without gaining much speed, then rode very carefully to the back door at work. Checked the temperature there & it was 32F. It was sunny when I came home for the day but now (4:12 PM) a high layer of clouds rolled in. Supposed to be nice this weekend. Hope the forecast is right. Have a good weekend. Don
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I biked for the first time since the first of Feb. Scheduling conflicts, wife’s trip, and cold temps (My gear will only keep me comfortable/safe to 10F) have kept me off the bike. My wife was gone the week that it was in the 50’s in Feb!!! I’m about 300 posts behind on this thread… I felt guilty reading when I wasn’t riding.

The ride was good, but I have lost all my conditioning, and my saddle wasn’t as comfy as I thought it was… I had just gotten used to it. I still have Nokians on… I’m too afraid of tempting Mother Nature if I remove them. I figure they just add to the intensity of the workout.
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Old 03-06-05, 07:25 PM
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Awesome ride...the best yet on this 5200. If every ride were like Friday nigth's fast easy ride, I'd truly have an addiction problem. Broke all records and arrived not even winded.

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Old 03-07-05, 08:39 AM
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Spring is definitely on the way. Nice ride today, birds-a-chirpin'. A little sluggish since it's been a while since I rode, but give me a couple of weeks and i'll be back in form.
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Wow, Velos back...must be spring. Was nice AM ride, best of '05. No jacket, no gloves. The bike at the train was waiting for me with a front flat but I didn't even mind with the great weather. PM ride is calling for shorts!
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Bike path rush hour. Saw at least seven other people riding today. Felt superior, because I had ridden all through winter (except for when the trails were caked in ice for a few days).
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Originally Posted by balto charlie
Wow, Velos back...must be spring. Was nice AM ride, best of '05. No jacket, no gloves. The bike at the train was waiting for me with a front flat but I didn't even mind with the great weather. PM ride is calling for shorts!
Yep, I'm back. I took most of January and February off because the ice and my travel got in the way. No turning back now.
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It was going really well until . . . I was on my approach to this difficult intersection with a shared straight/right turn lane with a red light/ green arrow. I had moved to center lane position because after two years of negotiating this intersection, I've found that is the safest position, and allowed under Missouri law. Position to the right, then traffic will move to my left and cut me off with a right hook. Position to the left, then straight moving traffic will be on my right after the intersection, bad news. So I'm perfectly in the middle of the lane, about 100 ft before the intersection, and I get the beep from a car behind me. I maintain position and speed. The car zooms past me close on my left and turns in front of me. Small blue sports car. The light is red. I position myself close to the rear bumper, a small blue sports car. I note the license plate. Missouri 846 MGB. 1 second passes. The driver roles down his window and shouts, "You need to be over to the right." I respond, "I have the same rights to the road as you do." Driver, "You have to stay to the right." Me, "Learn to share the road". Then all of a sudden we are shouting at each other at the top of our lungs, "^&*(^&*(*()(*^&*#&*&W#)&#@$^%@#^#$^" . . . I ended up chanting "8 4 6 M G B . . . 8 4 6 M G B". He sped away with the last profanity. What I learned. Wow, anger close to the top. I am glad I did not pull up to his driver side window because surely it would have escalated. Spit was flying from my mouth as it was. I sort of like that position for the confrontation. The worst he could do was back over me. Um, guess that is pretty bad. Maybe side position has it's benefits. Somehow I felt safer at the back. It was so heated, I'm sure he would have taken a swing at me if I were at his window. As it was, his head and shoulders were out the window yelling backwards at me.

So I missed an opportunity to educate my fellow traveler as to the finer points of the rules of the road? ie. riding to the right EXCEPT when the lane is too narrow to share? Somehow, I don't think this was a teachable moment. I was attacked at this very intersection 1.5 years ago by a driver wielding screwdrivers, big hairy backwoods lookin dude. Maybe if I were totally zen, I could have de-escalated the situation. I have some growing to do.
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BillH, I think we've all been there. I'm glad he didn't throw it into reverse....

This morning is absolutely gorgeous. It hurts to come into the office. Just kills me.
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Man, yesterday it got up to 60F/16C, now at mid day today and the current temp is
20F/-7C. None the less I still had a nice ride in this morning. I'm about to head out for lunch for a cruise, the sun is shining. I've had a taste of spring and now I'm ready. Oh, I took my studded tire off yesterday... I hope that isn't an omen.
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Finally back on the commuter this week, after spending most of this year so far out of the country. It was a nice feeling... though my legs are definitely aware of the lack of riding lately!
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Spring for sure today. I left my coat at home and enjoyed the warm breeze. Rhere were several people out there riding in shorts.

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What a beautiful day! Portland's supposed to be sunny for the rest of this week. My commute started out alright, although biking when you need to #2 kinda sucks. Not to mention that dead raccoon from last week is still on the road *ick*.

My new drivetrain should be showing up this week, and I'm gonna be helping my roomie with his bike for the triathalon coming up. I'm pretty excited :B
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Snow is compacting, it is still a chore getting my bike to the basement at work but if the snow stays away not for much longer. Sick of snow. On the plus side, tonight was warm, 44F/7C, and I could spin fast for the first time in months. It felt good to get my winter tank up to decent speeds.
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