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Old 03-11-05, 12:56 PM
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I left home at 7:52 AM, a bit later than planned but my wife called and set me back. The first section of the ride consists of 100 yards of slight upslope, I had no problems here. Once I cleared the Palm Colony gate, I had a traffic free ride till I came to the "Las Posas Jig" (at least that is what I call it). I waited at the light then crossed and took Las Posas for several hundred yards of bicycle lane riding. I came to the turn for Rosewood, and took a right. Rosewood consists of a slight down hill, then it levels out. There was no traffic until I came to Podorosa. Here I had to wait for a car to pass then I crossed the street. I continued on until the stop sign at the Rosewood/Paseo Camarillo intersection. As no cars were there I blew through it and made my left. 400 yards later I pulled into the parking lot of the office.

Total time: maybe 9 minutes
Mileage: about 1.4 miles
Climbs: I'd say a good 30 feet.
stop signs blown: 2/3
Time lost at red light: around 1.5 minutes
Time late for work: 5 mintues
Max speed: 16 mph (Rosewood decent)
Min Speed: 7 mph (Palm Colony accent)

I've been riding a 22/32/42 and think I may adjust this for next week to get max performance.
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Today was the best yet. It was above freezing and sunny so I left the windpants at home and wore only the jacket, jersey's and shorts. I have had two days off the bike to relieve a saddle sore and felt very strong this morning. I hit all 5 lights green and at warp speed and rolled into my office 2.78 miles and 8 minutes later. I did not have to worry about traffic in the congested spot today because they were all going the same speed I was so I just took the lane. I love this commuting thing. The problem is that I just get going when I have to stop ( I am too lazy to take the long way). We are moving next week and my commute will then be 9 miles each way. I just got a new job where they let me keep my bike in my cube so I get to take the TCR 0 to work. Life is pretty good right now!
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This morning was windy ~15-20 mph headwinds most of the way in.
Going home should be a breeze (sorry for the pun ). Since I'll be going the other way, this morning's headwinds will be tailwinds.
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Old 03-11-05, 04:51 PM
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Wednesday during my commute (rather an errand) I ran over an old rusted piece of a coat hanger. My back wheel hit it and the hanger caught into my chain and went up into my rear derailer bringing me to a violent stop and destroying my rear derailer and cracking my sweet Avenir rack. I was going about 20 mph and the rear wheel just stopped. It was on a highway with fifty five mph heavy traffic. Close call. Back on the sadle today!
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Giant rodent almost got me this morning - scared the sh*t out of me. About a mile later, my left clip-thingy came loose. So, I'm sitting on the grass of a grocery store tightening the thing when the sprinkler system starts. Didn't get too wet, but was beginning to think that perhaps my ride karma was out of balance. The rest of the ride was very nice. Still have a wierd clicking that I have not figured out.
Have a great weekend - ride !!
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Super windy on the way home. Wore me out.
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39F at 6AM with patchy fog today...60F this afternoon, cloudy with sun breaks all day. Nice riding but almost got right hooked twice, once at lunctime then again on the way home this afternoon. Have a good weekend. Don
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I ride 4 miles to work and 4 miles back. (Wichita, KS) Three days a week I am allowed one hour of workout time, so I get an additional 15 miles. I got 85 miles in this week. AM commute was 34F, ride home was 58F almost everyday. Cool wind out of NW. I lost my military ID on one afternoon workout ride and ended up re-riding the entire route to look for it. No luck.
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Old 03-14-05, 08:02 AM
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beautiful 20 F and sunny. first time on the bike in a week (don't ask about last week), and a fresh drive train overhaul to boot. wheeee!
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Great ride in this morning....too bad I had to stop when I got to the office. No wind and no cagers this morning. There is an upside to a 6:30am commute. Conditions were -16 with very little wind.


Have a great day.
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This morning wasn't quite as nice as Sunday, which is probably a good thing. Yesterday it was 77F (25C) and bright sunshine. Summer is on the way!

Anyway, this morning it was in the high 40s, light wind, and slightly overcast. The traffic seemed kind of light too, or maybe they were just being "cooperative".

As usual I had to strip down half way to work. Took off my gloves as my hands were getting damp and removed the light weight windbreaker (with sleeves). I have two sleeveless windbreakers (one light weight - one heavier weight) but I wish someone made a short sleeve windbreaker. Some days a sleeveless doesn't work. My shoulders and upper arms get cool. Maybe someday.
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Old 03-14-05, 10:29 AM
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I left a bit late today, at 8:00 AM which is actually the time work begins. Temps were a bit warmer than last week so I had to keep things slow as I work in the cloths that I ride in. On this trip I was also using GPS, but as it was calibrated to a different set of satallites it was not useful on this trip, although I did hit 29 kph on the Rosewood slope. Back to the ride, exit from the condo gate was slowed due to a Honda Civic that arrived at the gate just before me. Once past the Honda it was a non trafficed ride to the Las Posas Jig. A wait at the light for eternity then the quick ride down Las Posas. I flew down the Rosewood slope. Valuable seconds were lost at the stop sign as the lady in the small car did not want to use here right of way. After the turn onto Paseo Camarillo, I used the sidewalk just because I could, then slid into the office late, but not as late as my supervisor. Total commute time was maybe 10 minutes.
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A fairly stiff north wind this morning. My mom, the retired fourth-grade teacher, will tell you that a north wind makes kids hyper and spacey. I was hoping it wouldn't affect motorists the same way.

So far, so good.
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Well, we are certainly stuck in this winter thing, it was 12F/-11C this morning and we'll stay well below freezing all day. At least we have more daylight. I still had a wonderful ride in this morning, I'm use to it.
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good: early start, new panniers, blooming maple trees
not-so-good: slow me, cold toes
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Hi,
This is a neat idea. Today I did my first commute, and it was cold. I hope tomorrow will be easier and warmer. We'll see...
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Velogirl...Cold feet will definately slow your commute times. Hope your next commute is warmer.

Temperature extremes today. Frost last night, departing at 41F, arriving at 47F temps expected to be 65. Thought I took it easy this morning but arrived 1mph faster than last week.

Still honk'n slow compared to those racer dudes A co worker saw me on a climb and exclaimed at how fast I was. ROFL she didn't see my speedometer... Nice compliment anyway.

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Originally Posted by caloso
A fairly stiff north wind this morning. My mom, the retired fourth-grade teacher, will tell you that a north wind makes kids hyper and spacey. I was hoping it wouldn't affect motorists the same way.

So far, so good.
Go again? Wind coming FROM the North? Hmmmm. I'll have to check this theory out on the road.
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Good commute today.

Caught up to a guy on a mountain bike (Seeing other morning bikers around here is pretty rare, so that's always a plus.) while climbing a hill. Gave a friendly greeting as I passed and he asked "Why ya goin' so fast?" Replied, "Late for work." as I rolled on by (I got a bit of a late start.).

Later on in the commute one car buzzes me kinda close, while another looks like they're gonna pull out of a side street in front of me. Gave the "evil eye" to the side street car and felt myself starting to get that pissed-off-at-all-cagers feeling, and talked myself out of it.

Had the realization that I'm out on my bike, on a cool, clear morning, *enjoying* my ride to work while they're trapped in their crappy metal-cage probably stressed out and hating it, so why should I let their misery impinge on my good commute-vibe? Close call, dumb-move, whatever, as long as I'm still rolling it's not gonna do me much good to get pissed off. Trying to get better at maintaining that bike-zen attitude instead of raging. It's easy on mornings like today.

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Originally Posted by vrkelley
Go again? Wind coming FROM the North? Hmmmm. I'll have to check this theory out on the road.
Well, here in the Sacto Valley, the prevailing wind is from the SSW. When it starts blowing from the north, it's a reverse flow. Same phenomenon as the Santa Ana for our SoCal friends.
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29F, clear & calm at 6AM today. I woke up with a sore throat & cold but decided to try to ride it off & pushed all the way into work. Didn't work, & I began to lose my voice. Co-workers told me to go away & come back healthy so I came home for good at 12:30 pm. Sunny and 61F, think I'll take a nap this afternoon. Don
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Fell sideways into pool yesterday, hip bounced really hard off coping on the way. Nowhere near enough range of motion to ride a bike today
Enjoy yourselves, and stay away from pools (they are more dangerous than you might think.
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Took the long way home and bonked bad. Had to pull off into the park and get off the bike. I couldn't believe how bad I felt. It took me twice the normal time to get home We had a party at work today and I ate a few cookies about an hour before I hit the road and I think that contributed.
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I was halfway up one of the two colossal hills I take up to school every morning today, when what happens, but a bright orange corolla with a spoiler and a grille the size of my bookshelf screeches through a stop sign and stops, dead, two inches from my right leg.

He had kind of a quizzical look, and I was mighty p***ed off, so I gave him the friendly finger and kept going.

Otherwise it was fine. Doesn't compare to the time this punk opened his car door at night and smoked my leg with it.
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nice 10mile ride home today. Weather has been great lately.....pretty uneventful ride, until I got 1/2 mile from home and I see a lady pickup a piece of trash and walk over to some hedges and throw it behind. I was wondering what the hell she was doing until I got closer and saw a child squatting and going to the bathroom right there next to the sidewalk! She was throwing the toilet paper the child used behind some hedges.

Oh, and I passed a one-way cyclist with walkman blaring too.

anyway, it was a great ride.
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