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Old 04-20-05, 10:33 PM
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Good ride to work and home. Had to work over tonite.
The good thing was it was 70f when I went to work, the bad thing it had to be in the low 40 s on the way home .
But still a good ride . Have a good ride .
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Good ride this morning. The weather has cooled a bit, it was about 3 C on this ride. I had to wear pants instead of shorts. My eyes teared up from the cold in the first 100m, but then returned to normal. Wearing glasses helps, I guess.

Another thing that helps? Clipless pedals for climbing hills. The small and medium climbs were not too bad, the large climb was an effort, but not like the first two times. I feel like I'm getting stronger already!

However, I have to take a different route home, one that takes me up a hill that's just about the worst around. There isn't even a sidewalk in the direction I'm going. Perhaps I'll go around the long way.
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Howdy folks: Last nights commute was a bummer. A freight train derailed and slooooowed the lines. I could have bike all the way home but wimped out, should have tho' took almost 3 hrs to bike/train home. Today the rail lines are slow so I drove 7 milesand biked the remaining 18 miles. Little traffic and great weather.

Clever: sorry 'bout your wheels.
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Old 04-21-05, 07:52 AM
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:: sob ::

Didn't bike this morning. Have to pick up a suit for my brother's wedding, and it would have been a little difficult biking home with it.

Ah well, I guess it's good to give my body a break after my first three days of riding since I'm completely out of shape.
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Old 04-21-05, 07:57 AM
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After yesterday's commute, when I felt sooo slow both ways, this morning I actually felt zippy! Funny how that happens. Fastest time so far this year.
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Old 04-21-05, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by clevernamehere
Had to take the Car today...

Bike was stolen while I was at the school, mentoring a grade 4 student.

I locked it up to a tree & we were shooting hoops outside, about 50 feet away. The bike was in iat him & started running toward him. He was very quick & hopped on the bike & took off. I couldn't catch him... wasn't sure I wanted to attack someone in front of the boy I was mentoring anyway.

Wouldn't you know it, my insurance is useless in this case... $500 deductible plus a premium increase for next three years totalling $250... works out to exactly what my bike with the accessories is worth, so no sense making a claim.

Looks like I'll have to fix up my old Norco Montery road bike (c. 1987) & ride it for now.

I'm scheduled to give a talk to our department tommorrow about bike commuting... kind of ironic that I'll be driving to work the day I give the talk.

...sorry, just had to vent.
Sorry to hear about your loss.......if you had it locked to a tree how could you have prevented it? If I remember right you had a hybrid; I wouldn't have thought hybrids would not be on the list of top bikes to steel....but then again it probably really didn't matter. He was probably just looking for a ride. Check with Saskatoon's finest; maybe they will pick it up by chance when the kid ditches it.

Anyways, get that Montery fixed up. You don't want to miss any more of awesome spring commutes than you have to.
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Old 04-21-05, 08:12 AM
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I was flying today. Normal avg is mid to upper 14s MPH but today I did 16.1 MPH and had two stops that slowed that time down. There was a bit of a tail wind but my legs were feeling great too and I was flying up the hills.
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Old 04-21-05, 08:28 AM
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a new development at the combined straight/right lane intersection. Another cyclist, who appeared to be a newbie, was first in line at the intersection going straight, right turning Suburban behind him, Honda, then me biased left. The newbie took the lane so the right-turner could not turn, much like I had done for years. No big deal, didn't catch up to him to discuss the intersection! He will learn. or not, I dunno.
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Old 04-21-05, 08:33 AM
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I was all dressed to commute (would be only my 2nd commute, first was on Tuesday) and then the news says thunderstorms are moving in, even though not a cloud in the sky. I haven't yet invested in rain gear and riding in a storm didn't seem like much fun. I get to work, check the weather and in an hour their prediction changed to 40% chance of showers. I am bummed out, but I guess I will commute on Monday, when they aren't calling for storms. Maybe I should pay less attention to the weatherman?
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Old 04-21-05, 11:11 AM
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a little cooler today, fabulously sunny, rather windy. riding is often the highlight of the day.
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Old 04-21-05, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by SaskCyclist
Sorry to hear about your loss.......if you had it locked to a tree how could you have prevented it? If I remember right you had a hybrid; I wouldn't have thought hybrids would not be on the list of top bikes to steel....but then again it probably really didn't matter. He was probably just looking for a ride. Check with Saskatoon's finest; maybe they will pick it up by chance when the kid ditches it.

Anyways, get that Montery fixed up. You don't want to miss any more of awesome spring commutes than you have to.
Thanks SaskCyclist.
I just got my old Montery back form the Bike Doctor, complete with new cartridge bottom bracket. I think I just doubled the value of the bike! Actually it's not a bad ride... very simple mechanically, and it's got a pretty compact frame - very responsive.

I've filed a report with the police. Spent a couple of hours today checking out all the pawn shops in town - nothing yet. My boss is seeing if he can convince the company big-wigs to help me replace my bike. I doubt they'll do anything, but it sure was a nice jesture from my boss!

Fortunately I put the platform pedals back on my Marin before I went to the school so I wouldn't have to switch shoes... so I still have my Eggbeaters! When I get to work tommorrow I'll put the Eggbeaters on my Montrey (left my bike shoes at work).

Can't wait to get back on a bike tomorrow!
 
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Good ride today to work and home . Got home right on time . Have a good nite .
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Old 04-22-05, 05:54 AM
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Another cooler ride this morning, about 3 degrees C again. I'm still pretty slow going up those hills, but at least I don't have to stop to rest anymore (after only four days' riding!) I think I'm gonna take off an hour early today (I have hours banked at work) so that I can avoid the predicted rain.

I'm having some mechanical problems though. First off, I can't seem to clip in my left shoe, though the right one works perfect every time. More adjustments are needed, I suppose. Also, there's a squeak that's in time with my pedalling, so I'll have to check that out when I get home. It sure makes stealthy approaches tricky!
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Mediocre ride this morning. Weather was nice, but I can feel our Georgia summer quickly approaching. And I forgot to fix the busted cleat on my shoe yesterday, so I had to try to jerry-rig it this morning. Ended up accidently drilling a hole through the shoe while trying to remove the stripped allen bolt and then burning myself on the overheated drill bit. I finally gave up and borrowed my roomate's shoes which are too big for me. Hence my arches are killing me and I'm wearing my Crocs for the rest of the day at work. Maybe this means that I get to stop by REI on the way home and replace my nearly 10 year old shoes? But I'm getting psyched up for the Brasstown Bald stage of the Tour de Georgia tomorrow and hopefully another great chance to see some world-class biking close to home.
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Fun. I was turning into the park, and a dude on skinny tire racing bike whipped around the corner behind me. The race was on. I cranked up the volume to see what he was made of. Quick check. He's right on my tire drafting, looks like he's working a bit. 200m, 300m . . . he starts to pull around me, his head is down and working, no looks. I'm gassed so I let him go. 200m, 300m. I recover and am pulling him in. He turns off to go around a loop. I go straight like I usually do. Climb a little hill. Stop. Here comes Mr. Fuji zooming by on my right. Did he pull off because he knew I would catch him? Oh yeah. A little racing fun on the morning commute.
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Old 04-22-05, 08:50 AM
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Got stuck in my bosses office last night listening to her rant about her "glory days in high school" (which was 30 years ago mind you) for an hour. Meanwhile, I see it beginning to get dark outside. Ended up riding the last 1/3 of the 20 mile trip in the dark with a single "cats eye" LED light. That's my biggest pet peeve... people at work that don't understand a 1 1/2 bike commute isn't the same as leaving late and just hopping in the car... GRRRR!!!!
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I agree with GTcommuter, felt the Georgia heat today. I leave the house at 8:20 a.m. to ride. Today was my second commute on bike and, man, I am loving it! I have yet to encounter a rude driver (I am sure it will come, though). I get on at the Brookhaven MARTA station (the Atlanta subway) and a couple made chit-chat with me on my bike.
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Old 04-22-05, 08:57 AM
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A bit chilly, but good..low wind, clear skies. I'm having shifting problems, but all around a good not to fast ride.
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The ride was nice up to the last 3 miles when some kids waiting for the bus thought it would be funny to roll a plastic soda bottle in front of my bike as I rode by. They missed but I got in a bad mood after that. If they do it again I will stop and call the fuzz.
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Rode my wife's hybrid yesterday. On the way home I spied a Litespeed a block ahead. Because I knew the timing of the traffic lights I just kept a steady pace, while Mr. Litespeed rode like a motorist: gunning it and then having to brake at each light. After about a mile, I caught up to him. I think he was surprised to see this middle-aged guy in a tie and dress pants, riding a woman's hybrid, and spinning along in the middle ring.

I noticed that he took off from the light in a huge gear. I thought of saying something but kept it to myself. "Nice day to ride a bike, isn't it?" "Yup. Are you coming from work?" "Yup. I just live a few miles away. Well have a good ride!"
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Old 04-22-05, 03:14 PM
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I think he was surprised to see this middle-aged guy in a tie and dress pants, riding a woman's hybrid, and spinning along in the middle ring.
I think I'd be a little surprised too. Most commuters I see are wearing cycling clothes (lycra or baggy shorts) and T-shirt or jersey. Although there are these two people I see every afternoon that wear their work clothes (slacks and shirt or sweater) - but no tie.
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Today was great. The ride in was beautiful and the temperature was just right for shorts, T-shirt, and a vest.
The ride home was something else. The sky got BLACK and opened up in the early afternoon. Luckily most of it was over by the time I left work. It was lightly raining but it stopped by the time I'd gone 1.5 miles. Then I had the deal with the idiots who think that they're supposed to drive FASTER when it rains.

Got home and hosed all the road grime off the bike and washed all the wet stuff, which was everything.

A happy end to a glorious Earth Day.
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I bike to and from high-school. I own a car but am against using it, and I ride a commuter, and wear a cool scarf when I ride it... so I'm technically a commuter right? The rides only about three miles each way.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Rode my wife's hybrid yesterday. On the way home I spied a Litespeed a block ahead. Because I knew the timing of the traffic lights I just kept a steady pace, while Mr. Litespeed rode like a motorist: gunning it and then having to brake at each light. After about a mile, I caught up to him. I think he was surprised to see this middle-aged guy in a tie and dress pants, riding a woman's hybrid, and spinning along in the middle ring.

I noticed that he took off from the light in a huge gear. I thought of saying something but kept it to myself. "Nice day to ride a bike, isn't it?" "Yup. Are you coming from work?" "Yup. I just live a few miles away. Well have a good ride!"
I had an encounter yesterday with a roadie who was surprized when I cruised past him on my fixie with panniers. His response was to cut to the right of a bunch of right-turning cars so that he could drop me. I also saw him do donuts at a left hand turn so that he didn't have to unclip and pass a left-turning car on the right as he made the same left turn. I thought of saying something to him, too, but it was a little more grouchy.
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Old 04-22-05, 03:48 PM
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cooler, cloudy morning - the usual fun. i am, however, not completely looking forward to riding home in the 45 F rain that is currently falling. at least it won't turn to snow until tomorrow.

*sighs*
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