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Old 03-31-05, 10:34 PM
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47F, overcast but dry roads at 5:45AM today. Still cloudy with a few sprinkles at lunchtime. Heavy rain commenced in the afternoon.
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Old 04-01-05, 12:33 AM
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47F sprinkles both ways...a very nice ride. The new rear light bracket I made last night worked well. I'm getting better at drilling and working with metal.
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Old 04-01-05, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Map tester
Late last fall my wife and I hammered out an agreement about what kind of weather I would ride in.
Good point; we did the same thing. Now my husband looks at the radar. If he see's red or orange, he knows I won't be on the road. It's less worrying for him.
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Ok ride home last night. Windy, but the tempature was warm. Traffic was pretty heavy and somehow all the lights turned red when I rode upto them.
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Old 04-01-05, 07:13 AM
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today i decided to ride to vermont and back on my way to work. it was mellow.
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Old 04-01-05, 07:27 AM
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A driving sleet storm
took Arizona by chance.
Odd for April, no?
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3 feet of snow in maryland, very tough ride but someone had to do it on 4-1
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Old 04-01-05, 07:49 AM
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Good ride again today. I love spring....don't much care for the attitude cagers get in (they think they are more invincible than normal)....but I still love spring. Today is -4C with a tailwind for part of the way. It is supposed to hit double digits for the weekend.
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Happy April 1! For 10 seconds I thought an idiot had posted 50 messages in a row.

The strikeout tag is a nice touch.

Anyway! Switched to the Peugeot for its first commute of the year. Average speed went up even though I had a 15-20MPH headwind and had to walk a 15-foot section of ice. (1 1/4" slick tires)

Was a little damp, too. I washed the bike last night and now it's covered with sand. Blah.
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Old 04-01-05, 08:28 AM
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Dry as a bone and bitter cold (100F). Disk brakes rock! Happy trails.
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Old 04-01-05, 09:34 AM
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Well I can proudly post here today, although it is a little screwy.

I commuted for the first time today and it was great (aside from having to fill the back tire once). It was only 5 miles, but it feels good to have done that. A little cold this morning it'll be a nice 60f ride this evening!
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Old 04-01-05, 09:44 AM
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Sahara like sun and heat, to make matters worse a sandstorm blinded me on the last hill. Then my tires melted to the road about a 1/4 mile from work. I shot the bike where she lay and continued on foot.
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The commute yesterday (2 days in a row) was again awesome, though I am cheating a little - I have a 24 mile R/T Commute, however, the last 5 miles on the ride home is mostly uphill - Being tired and not in great bike shape, I meet my wife at a gas station on the way home and she picks me up and I take the truck the rest of the way. It is still a good 19 mile daily ride - Once I get in better shape, I will make the whole trip.
Someone else said it best - I am walking around with a smile on my face all day when I ride to work.

S'funny, my coworkers are absolutley astonished that someone would ride that far if they didn't have to - Especially when it is still 40 degrees out.

By the way, I was on the side of a 2 lane highway as far to the right as I could be, tooling about 21 mph when some jackass got right up next to me and laid on the horn - Scared me for a moment and almost caused me to swerve off the road. My ear was ringing all the way home!!! Aaaaargh!!!!!
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2 of my best commute rides last nite and this morning.

I've been sick, demotivated, tired etc. At least once a week, I drive w/ my bike to work. I bike home at nite and the bike back the next morning. (I'm in sales so I need a car to visit customers.) I was dreading the ride home last nite, almost drove back. I didn't want to train, or feel bad that I was riding slow or w/ a low HR.

Then I decided, "Screw it, I'm just riding home and enjoying it. Just a cruise, nothing more, nothing less." Last nite and this morning's rides were probably the best rides I've had in months. Totally vibing the ride, enjoying the great weather in the SF Bay Area. And to top it off, it was only a few minutes slower than normal. Go figure.
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Old 04-01-05, 04:15 PM
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On the way to work I got passed by a scooter with driver and passenger just before getting to the light at the intersection onto the highway by-pass. Passed them early on the down-hill run and they didn't catch me again until we got to the bottom of the hill. Passed me at over 60 K/h, Ding-Dang speeders, it's a 50 K/h zone. 64 F, wind out of the ESE at 9 mph, mostly cloudy. On the way home it was 73 F, with wind out of the E at 16 mph and overcast. Had to stop twice on the way home. The first time for an ambulance coming up behind me that turned off before he got to me. The second time I was blowing down the road when I saw five early teens on the sidewalk with four cruiser bikes, one of which was upside down. Had to go on down the road a bit to a driveway because of the curb and when I got back to them they had fixed whatever the problem was and were getting mounted up again. Just before I got home I checked the computer for the total mileage for the week. 117.something, a lap around the neighborhood gave me 120 just as I pulled up to the house.

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Old 04-01-05, 08:03 PM
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Good ride home this morning (1 am). Expected rain never materialized and wind not a factor at all. Quite a nice surprise considering forcast (rain) and observation from about an hour before ride (15-20 kn wind right on nose).
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND !!!
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Originally Posted by oldskoolboarder
Then I decided, "Screw it, I'm just riding home and enjoying it. Just a cruise, nothing more, nothing less." Last nite and this morning's rides were probably the best rides I've had in months. Totally vibing the ride, enjoying the great weather in the SF Bay Area. And to top it off, it was only a few minutes slower than normal. Go figure.
That is a great strategy for getting back into it. I'm usually really competitive with myself, I know what
"good", "medium" and "slow" times are at 5 or 6 different points along the route and push it pretty hard.
But man, when I'm sore or missed a day or just not feeling up to it -- Leaving the clock off and just riding
for kicks can really be a great re-motivating elixir.

Riding today was indeed great here in the South Bay. Beautiful entry to the weekend. I got up early this
morning and gave my chain / cogs some Simple Green lovin' to get off the road gunk from the rain. I was
rewarded with an easy 2 mph boost

Weekend task: try to find a Jamis Aurora or Nova somewhere in the area for a testride. Pretty sure I want this
bike but I would really like to ride one before commiting.....
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Friday morning it had rained all night but stopped just before I left for work. Rode in on very wet streets but no rain. Big fluffy white clouds/blue sky & sun breaks with dry pavement for the remainder of the day. My lunch commute was interrupted by a 5 minute hailstorm, then the sun came back! Definitely Springtime now. Grandkids are coming this weekend so I'll have to go out early if I want any riding. Have a great weekend.
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Frustrating ride to work. Had flat tire, tried to fix flat tire, blew spare tire. Had to walk a mile and 1/2 to work. Got their on time. Tried to fix the flat again at work and another flat. Had to call for a ride home after spending 15 hours at work. What a day.
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Thursday was the day our front yard became completely free of snow. Friday I rode my hybrid with slicks for the first time since December. I had forgotten how tall I feel on that bike, and how fast it goes, and how easily I spin. Here's to my faithful Little Pony, Flora. What a wonderful commute.
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Painful.
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Old 04-03-05, 09:32 AM
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Commuted five straight days last week (last week of March to first day of April). Today is Daylight Saving Time in California!!! No more lights for commuting until Fall!!

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This morning's commute was wet. Rained on me all the way in. Bike computer thermometer was hovering just above freezing, too. Fortunately nothing froze.
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Good morning: I was gonna post that I no longer need lights for commuting until I saw my AM ride. With the time change I now need 'em for the morn. great ride but wish we had this weather on the weekend. Gonna be near 70F/20C, sun, light wind. We had torrential rain and very high winds on Sat & Sun. Got my taxes done tho'
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44 F / 7 C here in the Washington, DC area. It really looks and feels like Spring! I took the studs off last week, but fitted the trailer for bringing my daughter back from school. Today, my wife is back from her travel, so the trailer is off. Wonderful quiet, easy ride.

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