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Old 03-18-05, 08:55 AM
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Spring is just around the curve. I can smell it. Took an extra spin through Patapsco park this AM. I hope to get out for a quick nooner ride. Don't know the temps but they were above freezing with lots of sun. Have a good weekend folks.
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Great day to be back on the bike. Still haven't gotten new wheels for the commuter, so had to borrow a road bike for the day. What a difference! I don't know how much faster it made me, but it sure was fun. And a guy stopped to talk to me about it at a light. Maybe I've converted someone...
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Fantastic commute today. From the get-go, I felt stronger and faster. Cut a whole 6 minutes off my commute--pretty good, considering I've been back on the bike for only a week.

A guy in my office wants to start riding to work and asked for some advice. I'm glad I can be a good influence every now and again.
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
Great day to be back on the bike. Still haven't gotten new wheels for the commuter, so had to borrow a road bike for the day. What a difference! I don't know how much faster it made me, but it sure was fun. And a guy stopped to talk to me about it at a light. Maybe I've converted someone...
I know what you mean. Sometimes I use my admittedly ancient and junky road bike for the ride to work and it's like flying.
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Old 03-18-05, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
Great day to be back on the bike.
Yes!! The rain is gone and the sun is out. Jeans and three layers coming in. Shorts, jersey, and vest going home.
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Old 03-18-05, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
And a guy stopped to talk to me about it at a light. Maybe I've converted someone...
Kudos! I hope you were successful. I less cager?
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The weather here is great! 61F at last check and not a cloud in the sky. I still got another 1/2 hour until quittin time. Can't wait to get out and soak up some of that great weather on the way home!
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this morning was nice - a fresh layer of snow, but not too cold. yesterday on my way home i heard (but did not see) the first red-winged blackbird of the season - o-ka-leeeeeeee!
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Beautiful! 61F and light SW winds...17.5 miles. But spring must be coming 'cuase had 2 irate motorists. A young smoking kid screaming "You Suck!" and another car cut me off, then stopped in front of me waiting to make a turn all while making nice gestures. Guess they couldn't see the blinding neon jersey!
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Old 03-18-05, 05:06 PM
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77 degrees, 10-15 kn following breeze, fixed gear, free Subway sandwich, caught and passed only car that honked.
The only way i can think that this ride cold have been better is if it hadn't ended at work. Looking forward to ride home.
Happy to read that everbody else appears to have had good rides today. Be safe - Ride - enjoy!!
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Old 03-21-05, 06:54 AM
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Decent ride today. Good to be back on the bike as I missed any chance of riding at the weekend.

Cheers.

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Old 03-21-05, 07:12 AM
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Great ride in this morning. New wheel set really makes a difference that I wasn't expecting. I had heard that low spoke count wheels could be a rough ride but now that I finally got to switch from my Xero XR-3 (16f, 20r) to my new Salsa Delgado X/105 (32f/r, 3Xf/r) and the difference is amazing. The ride feels much smoother and these wheels even with the 460g Delgado X rims are LIGHTER (enough that I can feel it whel I lift the bike). So the ride was fun.

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Old 03-21-05, 08:00 AM
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Beautiful morning. Nice ride with my son to his school, then on to work. Happy trails!
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Spring Break has ended,
Vernal equinox has come,
Rode in light this morn.
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Since my commuter's rear hub is in many pieces on my workbench, this morning I rode my wife's Cannondale hybrid in to work. I'm used to a road bike with drop bars and skinny tires. This thing is all upright and bouncy with front suspension and fat tires. It was a slower, but more relaxed ride than I normally take. Not too bad but it made me really appreciate my bike. Being on a different bike that doesn't really fit me made me realize how great it is to have bike that really becomes a part of you.
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Great weather- sunny, in the 60's

In the opposite lane, cars were being flagged to slow down near a construction site,
and I saw one SUV rear-end another at the end of the line of cars. Lady wasn't paying attention.

I laughed to myself and rode on by...
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Old 03-21-05, 02:21 PM
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Nice ride to work today. The roads were still wet from some rain last night. I got soaked on Saturday but I had rain gear on and seeing the poor triathletes going in the opposite direction with short sleeve skin suits on made me not feel so bad about myself. Although I looked at my rims today and realized they got trashed this winter. The brake surfaces have about 0.020" deep dish to them. My pads were down past the wear bars so I replaced them last week and Sunday I popped a spoke. I guess 4000 miles is not terrible but I would have like to have gotten 6k to 8k mi. What kind of mileage do you guys get out of your wheels?
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So Friday night I come cruis'n up the the light and there's a guy already waiting. STP (Seattle to Portland) race jacket eh? OK well the rest of the gear is toned down maybe he's not such a hot-shot.

Light changes and I can easily pass him but know he'll catch up at the next light...this goes on for 2 full miles! FINALLY at the last light I look over and it's my boss from my last project!!!!

Good think I didn't pull some hot-dog maneuver. We have a nice chat, light changed and we went our separate ways. A way-cool dude!
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once again my commute was more a race against the clock then an actual enjoyable ride. I try to leave at 11:40/45 (school is at 12:30 and is a 25 minute ride away), I managed to get all my stuff together but it was already 12:00 so I ran downstairs, grabbed my fixie and took off to school. No bad drivers today like there were on saturday on my way to work. I got to my first class about 2 minutes late (extra 5 minutes for locking up and wiping my face off). Tommorow I have to be in at 10 so hopefully I get out of my house around 9:15.
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Commute home from after-work social gathering (4am Sat.) on fixed gear very good. No wind, no traffic, no mechanical malfunctions, very slight to moderate buzz.
Quite enjoyable!
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Commute into work this morning was beautiful, with the sun shining brightly. Didn't even get harassed by any drivers in a hurry, or cops who don't know the law.

The ride home was very nice, too, all in the dark. Only one run-in with a Q-tip (I ride by Leisure World, aka Laguna Woods) trying to run me off the road by turning onto it after I passed by, and deciding that the bike lane was a perfectly nice place to drive. I would have caught up to him at a light to mention he should pay a little more attention in the future, but alas, the next mile was all uphill, and cars have a wee bit more power.
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Good ride to work and home . The best part of by workday apart from home is the ride to work and home .
Have a good nite .
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Still some wind left from yesterday's storm but our electricity is back on after being out beginning at 12 Noon Sunday, 37F with light rain at 6 AM, Sun breaks & showers during my Noon circuit and clear/sunny 50F this afternoon. Saw the remains of several downed trees on my commute, now nicely cut & stacked with the yellow tape pulled out of the way. Lots of branches & debris on the roads, hope they clean it up before tomorrow. Don
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Hi Folks
It was raining this morning, not too heavy, but splatter from the road was enough to make a mess. The ride was good though and it will be the last commute for a bit, since I'm away to LA for a week. Still, should get some rides in while I'm there.

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Old 03-22-05, 06:29 AM
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Nothing spectacular on the ride this morning. Pretty typical commute in. I rode the rain bike in, supposed to get some rain this afternoon and for the next couple of days. Tempature is slowly rising to spring like conditions.
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