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Old 05-16-05, 08:23 AM
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I know I posted in this thread some time ago, but as its Bike to Work week I'll ad my uneventful story of the day:

It was cold and wet today, yet it was a beautiful ride!! When I got to work I was nice and warm from the ride, even a little sweaty. I toweled off and washed up at the sink as usual and was ready to start my day. This was my first ride with the new "messenger bag" (Eastpak girls carry-all thingy) I got from the Goodwill, I packed it full of clothes for the week. I think I liked the back-pack (book bag) better but I gave it to someone who needed it to carry food and they never brought it back.
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Old 05-16-05, 08:24 AM
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Overcast and wet this morning, but the rain had stopped so I decided to ride in. I'm glad I did because I would have been pissed when not even a single drop of rain fell on my car the whole ride in!

Today marks my 7th commute, and my third week. I'm going to try and commute every day this week. My favorite part has been the continued challenge of "beating myself." This morning, I made the first three miles of my ride in record time. Also, there's a tight 90 degree turn on part of the bike path I take. Today, I took the proper line so as not to have to brake to stay on the narrow trail. A small victory for me. My goal is to pedal through the entire turn. Maybe tomorrow eh?

If I make it to work in record time when driving my car, there's no satisfaction. No satisfaction in making a nice turn. No satisfaction in taking a good line... I love biking to work.

Happy Bike-To-Work Week, everyone!
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Old 05-16-05, 08:59 AM
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I wasn't expecting to see any additional commuters on my way to work this morning but I'll keep my fingers crossed for the way home. Perhaps I'll take the long way home to increase my odds.

The ride in today was chillier than last week but it was still great.
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Old 05-16-05, 09:02 AM
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Same story here, cold and damp, slight rain. When the h*ll is it going to warm up here? This is my third year, and I don't remember waiting so long other years for the warmer weather to arrive. I actually prefer somewhat warmer weather, low to mid 60's is my ideal. I hate wearing a lot of clothes. (I know, I'm in the wrong part of the country for that...) It's only been above the mid-50's a handful of times so far this season, even on the way home, and I'm getting d*mn sick of it.

(Sorry for needing to vent this morning. It's partly that it's been damp and rainy for at least 3 Sundays in a row now, plus the two Saturdays before this last. At least this Saturday was okay.)
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Old 05-16-05, 09:05 AM
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New Orleans was nice and cool this morning- It should be HOT HOT HOT, so a pleasant ride, aside from the constant headwind.
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Old 05-16-05, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by gboy
Passed a teenager on a mountain bike who asked how many gears I had and then got passed by a large white-tailed buck on the way home.
How many gears did the deer have?

Kinda sticky for Sacramento where the city motto is "But it's a dry heat!" I rode in the last block or two with a young guy in our clerical pool. He's been telling me about the new MTB he put on lay-away at the LBS and this morning he decided to get a jump on commuting by riding his old bomber to work. Way to go, Rafael!
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Old 05-16-05, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by billh
On my shared straight/right turn lane where I go straight, when the green arrow appears and I'm first in line with a car with no turn signal behind me; I 've just started pointing at them and then pointing right as if to say, "YOU, RIGHT-TURNER, GO!" So many people fail to use their turn signal, yet still get pissed when I'm in the lane, that I have to be traffic cop up there. I'm biased left but still most motorists are still stopping behind me, which is fine, I just need to play traffic cop. Better that than get run over.

who exactly dreamed up a right turn arrow in a shared straight/right lane, when straight traffic has a red? Sounds like somebody needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink that intersection.
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Old 05-16-05, 10:26 AM
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So I bought a used mtb for a commuter a few months back. I'd noticed the cassette had a wobble to it, but it worked, so I put off dealing with it. Well, I got around to repacking the bearings this weekend, and when I pulled out the axle - well it came out in 2 pieces! Mystery of the wobble solved. A quick trip to the LBS, and I replaced that axle, repacked everything.

This morning, no wobble on my commute, temps in the low 60s, sunny, it was pretty sweet!
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Old 05-16-05, 10:47 AM
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Cooler than average this morning, I had to wear long pants and a windbreaker. Pretty much average apart from that, except that a couple I always see walking their Great Danes said hello.

I guess they recognize me now.
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Old 05-16-05, 11:58 AM
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Warm and windy this morning. Temps in the mid 50s! Rain and thunder for the trip home in the forecast.
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Old 05-16-05, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso
Kinda sticky for Sacramento where the city motto is "But it's a dry heat!"
Hey, that's ours, and you can't have it! We'll need it come July.

Dry as a bone out here, almost 70F when I got going at 5:30 this morning. Looking forward to near-100F this afternoon.
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Old 05-16-05, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jnbacon
Looking forward to near-100F this afternoon.
Sounds like you're already suffering from a heat stroke.
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Old 05-16-05, 12:50 PM
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Someone mentioned looking for more commuters?

I have been commuting off and on since January here, and this is the first morning I wasn't the only bike at the City Rec Center where I shower and get ready for work. There were about five other bikes there. It made me feel good that so many were out, but I am still the only person biking to work right now... unless people are storing their bikes inside.
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Old 05-16-05, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by vtjim
Saw two loons in the water.
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Hmmmmmm.... I thought we here in Minnesota held all rights to the loon (it's our state bird).

It was 36F this morning on my ride in. I'm beginning to think we are never going to see warm weather or the sun again. That's the weird thing about living here, I wear out more cold weather riding bike clothes faster then warm weather bike clothes. I live in the wrong part of this country. I still had a pretty nice ride in this morning.
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Old 05-16-05, 05:57 PM
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After two weeks of freezing every day in the rain I bought some gear this weekend, sweet pants and gloves. So now the rain has stopped. oh well.
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Cool & muddy on the way to work and home.
But still a good ride . Have a good nite .
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Old 05-17-05, 05:27 AM
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Good ride in today. It was a little cool, but the high today is supposed to get to 72F, so that will be real nice.

Bought some new Shimano M-038 shoes and used those with my Shimano PD-m324. Pretty comfortable shoes, I think I need to do a little bit more with the cleat position yet .
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Old 05-17-05, 06:47 AM
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Hey folks: Well this weather report for the Mid-Atl region is as good as it gets. After a wet late winter we have been bless with some great weather for months!! Well at least a month and a half, not much rain, lots of sun, mid 70's = great ride. We will pay for this come August but I will enjoy it now.
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Old 05-17-05, 07:16 AM
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Woke up to a whopping 58 degrees at 5:00 am. First morning I haven't worn the leg warmers in 5 months. I think I saw maybe three cars the entire 15 mile trip. Of course I hit every conceivable red light and rode into a headwind, but ya can't win 'em all!
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Old 05-17-05, 08:03 AM
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Commute home yesterday was done in record time - 11.7 Miles in 48 Minutes on ride time. I was pushing hard all the way, and didn't enjoy the ride that much so I'll slow down today. I had a softball game to get to!

This morning's commute was great. Passed a cute girl about 3 miles in, and then she passed me. We seemed to be riding about the same speed, so we continue passing each other for the next 5 miles. At one point she passes me, smiles, and says "Tag, you're it!" It was fun while it lasted, but she turned off the path with about 3 miles left for me. I hope to run into her again - not because I want to hit on her or anything, but because the friendly competition kept me at an honest speed the whole way in.
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Old 05-17-05, 08:29 AM
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I have been out of commission a few days. I have been having problems with gear shifting which I continue to fine tune, but I took bike in today for commute #10. It was a lot of fun, almost a week since last time. Atlanta is heating up.

I have had rear derailleur problems (example, shifting to 5th gear and being in six, slow shifting, etc.) This link was a help (I was going about it the wrong way, before, just learning about mainting my bike, a hybrid, '04 Giant Cypress):

http://bikecenterusa.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=90
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Old 05-17-05, 08:38 AM
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Good ride, I was somewhat in the zone or somewhere. At one point, I said, "how did I get here?" Just pedaling felt good. I saw a nest of ducklings just below one of the boardwalks.
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Old 05-17-05, 08:56 AM
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Nice spring weather -- 57 F / 13 C. My car needed a new inspection sticker, so I drove to Falls Church and rode to work from there via the W&OD and Custis trails. Five miles without a stoplight or stopsigh! It always amazes me.

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Old 05-17-05, 10:26 AM
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I may have spoken too soon about summer arriving in Nor Cal. 51F when I left the house at 6:30 so I wish I'd brought my arm warmers. I took a circuitous route and finally ended up on the America River Bike Trail, where I noticed a lot of folks out. Maybe Ride to Work Week is having an effect.
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Old 05-17-05, 10:35 AM
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Good ride in today. It might rain later today and tomorrow. I can't wait...I am as giddy as a school girl. As long as it is not cold, I love riding in the rain. Today should be 23C and tomorrow close to 20C.
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