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Old 04-18-05, 09:39 AM
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Oh, and Jeff-O: Congrats. It's nice, isn't it? They think we're crazy, but sometimes I think that my bike is the only thing that keeps me sane.
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Came across a fellow commuter this am. I'd judge him to be a newbie. Coming up behind, he stopped at the stop light and positioned in the ped crosswalk. We both went through the intersection, him slightly ahead, then he looked left and merged back into the lane. Doh. The shoulder narrowed up ahead so he went back on the sidewalk. I passed on the downhill and stopped at the next light, in the lane. He caught up to me on the sidewalk. I didn't feel like lecturing him. "Nice day for a bicycle ride". "Yep, gotta beat those gas prices". "Where you headed?" "Downtown". "Me, University". "Have a good one". Keep on truckin newbie! And don't get killed jumpin off those sidewalks!
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Old 04-18-05, 02:55 PM
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Mostly cloudy - about 68 degrees. So basically the ride just wasn't long enough. I was half temped to ride to a starbucks or something and call in "sick". Course I would have had a hard time tomorrow explaining the fresh sunburn. I need to add suntan lotion to my bag.
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Old 04-18-05, 03:32 PM
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Lots of wind on the way in today - Between the headwind and the extra 8 or so lbs of stuff in the panniers, I had to shift down to the granny ring on one hill. But the weekend chain / hub maintenance was feeling good and it was definitely good to be back on the road.
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Old 04-18-05, 03:32 PM
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Despite it threating for rain it was good, I was tempted to just not ride into school (all we did was go over how tomorrow will go....STUPID STANDARIZED TEST!) It was warm, little windy, but other wise GREAT

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Old 04-18-05, 05:18 PM
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39F & cloudy at 6AM today, clearing with sunshine by lunchtime. I took a detour & got some extra miles. 59F & sunny with big white clouds at 4:00PM when I got home, forecast is for a sunny week. Don
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Old 04-18-05, 05:27 PM
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Well, I've been commuting for exactly one week, and it was great until this morning; now the bike's in the shop. While heading in before dawn this morning, I got to one section of road where a parking area for a small business kind of melts right into the road (no shoulder, curb, etc.). I had not realized that I was drifting a bit to the right. Where the parking area gets to the road, there's this one small area that has some shattered asphalt, and of course I slid in it and went down. I didn't even go down very hard, and partially caught myself. It wasn't nearly as spectacular as a crash this past winter, when I went down on some ice and slid 30 feet or so. It was, however, just right to bend my rear derailleur (or perhaps the hanger; I really have not developed any great bike-mechanical knowledge yet). It still worked, but all of my rear gears were off by 1 sprocket, and I couldn't downshift all the way or the derailleur got way too close to the spokes. The LBS was a bit backed up with work, given the time of year, and I'm hoping to be back in the saddle next week. O well.
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Old 04-18-05, 05:30 PM
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Perfect. Absolutely, 100% perfect. I live for going to work.
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Old 04-18-05, 06:45 PM
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An unbelievable 50F this am! Thundershower went through about two hours before I got up, well I got up for a while anyway and lost abit of sleep. Roads were wet but no rain on me. Near 80F for the ride home! Cross wind not a problem.
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Great ride today !
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gorgeous ride home. had good commuting company (my boss), good weather, and enough time to take a VLC-worthy route home: 20 miles, 10 of which were on a nice bike path past a lake (Vasona for the locals) with lots of peds, puppies, and other cyclists but blissfully, no cars.
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Old 04-19-05, 03:09 AM
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I was surprised by a "beep-beep" from a car on the way home last night. When I looked, it turned out to be one of the guys from the bike shop on his way home!

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Old 04-19-05, 06:17 AM
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Finally able to ride to work again after getting a new rear wheel. Ride this morning was nice, mid 50s and sunny

I am glad to join the many here who commute to work. I just started a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 04-19-05, 06:41 AM
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High 30Fs. Sunny. Too sunny. We're very dry here in Vermont. Looks like rain tomorrow though.

Supposed to be very warm (70?) this afternoon, and I might actually get a tail wind! Joy.
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Old 04-19-05, 07:10 AM
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Fantastic. I took a new stealth route, a not-yet-official path that runs along some railroad tracks. Took 15 minutes off my regular time--all due to avoiding stop-and-go traffic (I'm not any faster yet, so I know it wasn't due to that).
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Old 04-19-05, 07:10 AM
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On my commute home yesterday, I was surprised again that the drivers gave me lots of room. Even when I took the left turn lane, no honks. Heh, unfortunately my bike didn't trigger the advanced green, so only I had time to make my left turn before oncoming traffic came barreling down. It probably won't be often that I'm the lead vehicle in the lane, but if I find that I am for 50% or more of my rides then I may cross as a ped. Oh yeah, and the weather was a nice sunny 21 degrees, totally perfect weather with little wind.

This morning's ride was warm enough that I got a little too hot in my fleece-lined windbreaker, but I kept it on because I didn't have anywhere to put it. No trouble from cars. There's a 30% chance of showers and a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, I hope I miss it!
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Old 04-19-05, 07:34 AM
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my vicissitudinous life has kept me from riding to work since last tuesday or so, but today i was all over that road. beautiful! the folks who predict weather for a living believe, to a man, that it will reach 80 F here today. more degrees of fahrenheit that strictly necessary in april, perhaps, but to celebrate i won't even think about watching for ice on the road. opa!
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Old 04-19-05, 07:36 AM
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I didn't plan on biking in this morning but my cat kept licking my nose and waking me up... stupid cat. Since I was up at 4:00 I showered and got my bike ready. The ride was great, high 40's to low 50's on my ride in, I could feel the temp rising on my hour commute, and no wind to curse at. More traffic than what I am used to but everyone gave me plenty of room, though a few were too overcautious.
Now I'm looking forward to the ride home. I didn't want to bike in because I have to be at my second an job exactly one hour after leaving here and my commute home is one hour so today I am racing against the clock so that I won't be late. If it works out I'll start commuting more than just 3 days a week as I've been too cautious in not wanting to be late for my second job.
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Old 04-19-05, 07:43 AM
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Lovely ride--first time out on the new to me mountain bike, as the commuter is in need of repairs. It still needs adjusting-shorter stem, better seat. 37F/3C @ 6:30 am. Hoping to avoid the t-storm this afternoon. Temps should rise to 65F/18C, with the wind hopefully at my back.
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Beautiful morning ride, took the extra Patapsco Park loop run. I just check my bike journal and I haven't ridden in rain since 3-28. April has been very very good to us. We are getting very dry but I ain't complaining; as March was one wet month. I'm still drying out.
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Old 04-19-05, 08:22 AM
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Uneventful . . . for once, thank God. I've taken to saluting vehicles for making the right move on the premise that most of the people who give me trouble are intolerant right wing wackos, of which Missouri has their fair share, and who therefore would respond well to a nice crisp military salute. Like if a car is approaching head on and looks like they are going to turn in front of me, I motion violently that I am going straight through the intersection, then after they stop and let me go, I reward them with a crisp salute. 9 times out of 10 they are driving some hulking SUV with a "W" or 2004 Bush/Cheney sticker. The bastards. I also try to wear a lot of American flag T-shirts. I think I get less hassle. Hippie anarchists are less likely to run over cyclists just for the fun-of-it, so no need to wear peace-sign or marijuana leaf shirts. Doh.
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Old 04-19-05, 09:04 AM
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Good Commute this am. Dropped a couple of newbies and picked up 4 minues on a 28minute commute. And I was even against the wind half way. Sunny and 2C makes for a good ride. The rowing club was out on Wascana Lake this morning. 6am morning rides are definitely my fav.
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Nice weather again - Back up into the low 40's so I am commuting again after a 2 week hiatus. Was zipping into a tunr and hit a small pile of sand left by a street sweeper and almost bought the farm. Wobbled back and forth a few times before making it out of the sandtrap. Gorgeous day - Not a cloud in the sky and everybody that was turning waved me through lights - Very curtesous today.
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Today was my first commute. I come off an access road which runs parrell to an interstate and shares the same exit. Hook a left in a 5 lane intersection and pretty smooth from there, lots of small hills. All drivers were considerate. Was 4.6 miles to the MARTA station (the subway in ATL). MARTA allows bikes at all hours, even rush hour, on all buses and trains. I get off at Peachtree Center, right in downtown Atlanta and ride two blocks to the garage where I leave the bike and take the elevator to the office.
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Old 04-19-05, 09:51 AM
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Today was my first commute as well, going from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Took the Brooklyn Bridge, then up the East River bike paths to midtown. Beautiful morning, great temperature.

My biggest problem right now is the seat pain. I have to do some research about that.
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