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Old 04-13-05, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by TheAnalogKid
Yeah... well... that's like, your opinion, Man...

I hope you do feel better, you sounded a little ragged this morning...
LOL, yeah, I feel better today. The ride home last night wasn't all that great -- wet and cold. And my wife greeted me at the door by asking me to take my 9 year old daughter to her softball pitching clinic. I walked through the door at 6:15 and she needed to be there at 6:30. That was good, though. She really has some talent and I got to catch for her for over an hour while she received personal instruction from a professional fast pitch instructor.

It always makes me feel better to trash Cub fans. A lot of my friends got the trash talk yesterday. Thanks for being so good natured!
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Old 04-13-05, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
It always makes me feel better to trash Cub fans. A lot of my friends got the trash talk yesterday. Thanks for being so good natured!
Hey, no problem. That's what makes sports so fun. If I said I was a fan of the local team (the Rockies) I would just get sympathy.

I am really good friends with a guy from St. Louis, who is a Cards fan and we give eachother a hard time on a regular basis.

(On topic) Didn't commute today. Woke up with a wicked stomach ache (feels like I got punched there....) But I did bring my bike in my car and hope to ride out to some properties later for work and get a ride in on the rec trail after work. So at least I will be on the bike today!
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Old 04-13-05, 11:14 AM
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Ride home last night was brutal with >20MPH headwinds the whole way. Had to stop and put on my rain jacket for a passing shower for the first time this year.

Ride in this morning was warmer with the temp just above freezing. I was running late and got stuck behind a school bus that seemed to stop every 1/4 mile.

Snow in the forecast tonight.
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Old 04-13-05, 11:38 AM
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Last night's ride was a hoot. Bad headwind. I spotted a couple of neon-clad riders far ahead of me and decided to reel them in. I did my usual drastic slow-downs for stop signs and slowly got closer. At times I think they were pushing really hard because they weren't where I expected them to be when I caught sight of them again.

Eventually I got close enough to get a good look. (About 100 yards) Two roadies in race-type gear on FastBikes. By that time we were in a residential area and they took a different street. I was pretty happy to have reeled them in that far. Took me over 2 miles on my 87 touring bike.

Sometimes I wish I could commute with a group because I think people tend to feed off each other, so to speak. Even with the headwind I had one of my best commute times ever.

This morning's commute was low 30s F and race-free!
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Old 04-13-05, 03:28 PM
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freakin' windy this morning! My panniers were more like sails and the gusty head/cross wind had me straining to maintain 15mph. Hopefully it will stay N->S and give me a nice tailwind on the way home.
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Old 04-13-05, 04:29 PM
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Good ride home this morning, nothing special or unusual.
Household disasters and assorted service personel to deal with them left no time for ride today Too bad, as weather is perfect (74, light wind) - oh well.
Hope you all enjoy your rides!
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Old 04-13-05, 06:22 PM
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35F this am with a good head wind. Cool & breezy this pm about 50F. More tommorrow.
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Old 04-13-05, 07:56 PM
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Mixed bag today.

Nice ride in this morning and I encountered two other bicycle commuters. That's two more than I usually see. So that was kind of cool.

Got a flat about a mile into my ride home and had to stop and fix it. That's a PITA on a fixie, and it took quite a scrubbing to get my hands clean when I got home. I probably should have used the nitrile gloves I keep in my tool kit. They're in there for a *reason*. Is there no way to change a flat w/o handling the chain?

A concerned motorist pulled over, as I was reinstalling the rear wheel, to see if everything was ok. That surprised me.

Think I've been overdoing it lately. Between racing, all-out group training rides, and commuting my achilles is acting up again. Probably gonna stay off the bike the rest of the week until this weekend at Sea Otter.

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Old 04-13-05, 10:38 PM
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Good ride to work and home .Have a good nite .
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Old 04-14-05, 05:44 AM
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I woke up and hour late this morning, so had to take the short (7mile) route to work. Last evening I was in the cycling mood, so took a longer 14 mile route home through the country lanes. This made for a glorious 45 minute sweep through some springtime landscapes at their best.

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Windy ride home last night. I had an after work meeting so when I left, traffic was pretty light.

Good ride in today, wind at my back and cooler temps. It was dry and will be for the next few days.
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Great ride into work today. A little cool, but the sun is shining the roads were clear, it was almost hard to stop at work.
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Low 30s again. Sunny. Nice ride. One suicidal squirrel made a run for it and got within 2 feet of my front wheel.

Finally got a tailwind this morning. I've had a bad (20-25MPH) headwind every afternoon this week and it's beginning to get old.

Yesterday afternoon I dropped quite a few "recreational" riders. Nothing too obnoxious. They were just going pretty slow.
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Old 04-14-05, 10:51 AM
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Been seeing more and more cyclists out while I am on my commute. The cyclists seem to be bicycle racers out training.

I saw one guy in a full business suit riding a motorized bicycle. I wonder if he see clients like that or if he is going on job interviews. At least he isn't getting sweaty. I think that the high gas prices are starting to bring out some odd alternative transportation.

Good ride in this morning and yesterday morning; tailwind both days. The ride home has been tough with the hills and carrying my morning clothing. I haven't had enough time to post lately.

Have a Greate day.

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Old 04-14-05, 11:07 AM
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My commute is pretty variable, but as I lack a cyclometer, it's hard to say just how far I go at what speed. I try to go absolutely everywhere on my bike - school, library, friends houses, coffee shops, and wherever else I need to go in a day. Going by averages, I'm probably on the bike nearly an hour every day.

While I lived in Italy, I rode with friends who had cyclometers. I averaged about 25km/h then - to the best of my knowledge, I'm as fast if not a bit faster now. So, call it 25ish km per day, average. What's that, 15ish miles?

Tuesday's commute left me with a flat tyre (I later removed something that looked like a bristle from a wire brush). To my embarasment, I had left my spare inner tube at home, so I bussed it.... Yesterday, we had freak hailstorms, which sucked alot (25mm Michelins on ice = no good at all). Today's rides haven't happened yet (more on them later, I suppose.)

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Old 04-14-05, 04:46 PM
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Commute started out pretty much as usual, today - 74 degrees, light wind.
About half way to work, a most unusual occurrence in these parts - a motorist was considerate!! Saw him notice me in rear-view and intentionally creep forward a few feet to give me room to do my track stand (i'm not very good at it - requires a bit more room than it should).
A truly exceptional experience around here.
All in all a good ride. Hope you all enjoy yours.
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My Comcast ISP has been down lately, hopefully ok now. We are locked into a Spring weather pattern: 32F-36F in the early AM with broken clouds & beautiful sunrises, showers & sunbreaks through the morning then turning wetter with heavy showers or hail in the afternoon & 50F. Had some excitement yesterday: when I went out with my 2 dogs at 5:15 AM, a raccoon shot out from under our deck. He ran for the lake & just escaped up an alder tree. I followed their noise through the dark & dragged both dogs away, then walked them back home for a big cleanup. Got them fed & settled in the kennel with just enough time left to ride to work. Will probably be a while before we see our masked friend again!
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Old 04-14-05, 06:52 PM
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Great spring weather the past 2 weeks. Tonight I set a new record in the wildlife sighting department, 14 deer grazing in a field like a herd of cattle. Later I saw a more typical group of 5. The turkeys are also more active after the long winter. The roads are in tough shape with a new pot hole daily, but the longer days and lighter bikes make for some great commuting.
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35F this am, no wind. Nice this pm put on an extra 7 miles.

Interesting turn of events at work lately, awhile back a co-worker said that I was an "Idiot" for riding in the cold. Guess who got a new scooter 'cause of the gas prices? Now we have a chat each morning as we get changed into work clothes. Nice guy.
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Another great ride today. Hardly any traffic and a place to park my bike too. I do not know if I'll ride my bike tomorrow. That would make 6 days in a row. Have a good night.
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Originally Posted by Jean Beetham Smith
."You are a machine, I see you every day."--- motorist to me at an intersection.
Great comment!



I had a great ride today, both ways. Sunny on the way in, Tailwind on the way home, and I found a great way to navigate the exit from the expresway onto the MUP. The first time I tried this route (earlier this week) I had to stop at the curb and lift my bike up. My new way is clean, vehicular, and LEGAL!

Tomorrow will be my first bike-all-5-days week. Big up to all here for the supportive community!!
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This morning's commute was chilly and lacking of energy. 30F degrees. Maybe the afternoon ride will be perkier. Great weather we're having though. Just wish the 25MPH afternoon headwinds would stop, already.

AHPOOK, good job on the 5-day commute. Feels liberating, doesn't it?
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Great ride in this morning. Clear & sunny w/ 20mph tailwind. Cruising on 53x15 was pretty nice. The ride home should be a little challenging if the wind stays the same, but it's Friday so it's all good.
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Nice ride in this morning. The temps were in the low 40's. The wind started calm, but the last few miles it picked up and was a strong head wind. There were 4 others out on bikes that I saw this morning. It has been a busy week, with some long hours in the office and too much home work. I'm looking forward to the nice mid-afternoon ride home today.
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Since I don't have a computer at home, some of my posts here will be a day late. So anyway yesterday's commute included a trip by the post office to mail off my taxes.

Then I pedalled around downtown and ran into my friend who had offered me a cheeseburger a few weeks back. He called me over and we spoke for a little while and I made sure to get his name this time; it's William. After that I went over to our downtown "Music On Main" weekly outdoor event. I didn't see anyone else on bikes, except for two Pedalling-Police. So I stopped and asked them if there were any kooky local biking laws that I should be aware of; you know something like, no left turns before 1:00 on Sundays or something (I wouldn't be surprised with anything he may have told me). But the cops just told me to stay off the sidewalk and to get a helmet (actually after yesterday's ride, I started wearing a helmet). I never have been too crazy about cops, it's in my blood. I think they sensed that. Oh well...

Then later on in the night, I was able to try out my new headlight. It wasn't as bright as I was hoping but it's better than nothing. It provides enough light to spot obstacles even though it may not shed enough to know what that obstacle is. It's enough to let me know to move out of the way. My friends at the bar were glad to see that I had started wearing a helmet, which was kind of nice.

Today's commute to work was pretty chilly. I was a few minutes late due to having to wait at the ATM machines. One of them was being serviced and the line was longer than usual. I can't help but think I made the service man nervous, as he kept looking over his shoulder in my direction. Maybe he thought I had the perfect getaway ride. Who knows...

When I pulled into work, a couple of friends were holding the doors open for me. One told me to keep on riding inside, that there was no need to stop now. Once inside, another coworker actually cheered for me. I couldn't tell people how good I felt because they would have thought I was on drugs.
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