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Old 05-26-05, 06:00 AM
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Wet! (again)

Between driving in a warm dry car, and riding in the rain... I'll take riding... I'm funny that way.
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Old 05-26-05, 08:08 AM
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The sun hath returned. After 3 days of rain commuting it is nice to see ole man sun again. Beautiful AM commute
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Sunny and cool at 35 degrees, windchill around 29 again for the ride in. We are suppose to be in the mid seventies this afternoon so that ought to make the ride home nice.
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Originally Posted by Spudz
Sunny and cool at 35 degrees, windchill around 29 again for the ride in. We are suppose to be in the mid seventies this afternoon so that ought to make the ride home nice.
A lot of the time the promise of a nice afternoon is what gets me out the door in the morning. This morning felt like November near Monterey Bay - humid, chilly, cloudy.
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Old 05-26-05, 08:21 AM
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abundant sunshine and mid 60s - just perfect! the rain will come later today, and stay for a while, but i say "bring it on"!
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Cool and a little bit breezy this morning. My laptop and shoes were already at the office, so I rode the roadie today... got here a little bit faster, and am looking forward to taking the much longer way home!
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A nice morning today - a cool 76 deg with light traffic.

Yesterday I left work at 3:30 and my bike thermo hit 109.3 deg. I like it.

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Old 05-26-05, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by noisebeam
Yesterday I left work at 3:30 and my bike thermo hit 109.3 deg. I like it.


Well that's about 62 degrees warmer than my ride this morning.

I saw the funniest thing today. First of all, I was tracking an MTB on the trail. I saw tracks in the wet, so I wanted to catch up to it. I'm really glad I did. Took me about 4 miles but I caught him.

The guy was riding with what looked like a very heavy-duty rack on the back. Attached to the rack was a milk crate. Strapped to the crate was some hefty wooden object made out of some 2x4s and plywood. It seemed secure but it was kind of leaning back and forth as he moved.

I have no idea what it was. On the bike bridge over the river, he was getting the thing within inches of the railings and completely freaking me out. Then he'd drift back toward the center. I didn't even attempt a pass until we got out into the residential streets where I had room.

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Old 05-26-05, 06:58 PM
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Just an all around nice day: nothing but sunshine allday long; 52F at 6am, low 70s at lunchtime & 89F at 3:30 PM when my shift ended. Took a detour to the barber shop & got a haircut on the way home. Torelli for the morning loop & Bianchi in the afternoon. Supposed to be hot again tomorrow.
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This evening I rode my bicycle to class. On the way I heard plastic fall off of my bike and into the intersection. I pulled off and realized it was my little Planet Bike front light. One of the little clip on types.

So I turned around and there it was in the middle of one of Chicago's famous six-corner intersections. My thoughts of retrieval were immediately smashed by a large black SUV. Despite this, I thought I could salvage some of it, like the little battery rolling away. Nope, a green Toyota took care of that! And to my bemusement, four more cars rolled over the remaining pieces, as if it were a staged comedy : (

Sigh, perhaps I'll just have to get the hub generator that much sooner : )

Still, it was nice to be out on my bike on such a nice evening.
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Good ride to work ,but on the way home I was in the dark industrial area of the city .When some guy come out of the dark . From about 20 feet away and say I need to talk to you man . So I said No man .I do not need to talk to you . I just kept going . You see alot of weird thing and people out at nite . Have a good nite .
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49 degrees at 7:15 when I left my house this AM. The ubiquitous headwind was there, but this is my third week of commuting and it hasn't failed me yet, so I'm getting used to it. Well, sort of. My evening ride was just about perfect. It had warmed up to 65 and I had a nice tailwind for most of the climbs. I took the long way home.
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Old 05-27-05, 05:22 AM
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A fine 12 C when I left this morning, I think that's just about perfect for riding in. It had rained the night before, but the roads were dry already. However, it may rain this afternoon, so I took my regular bike instead of the Catrike. I'm faster on my regular bike, and if the rain is really bad I can still call for a pick-up. I can't fit the Catrike in my car!
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Old 05-27-05, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by spidercyclist
When some guy come out of the dark . From about 20 feet away and say I need to talk to you man.


Another high 40Fs commute. Stunningly enough, no rain! Overcast and damp though. I came up behind a guy on an MTB in work clothes. He kept riding with his hands in his pockets. Guess they were cold. Always takes mine a mile or two to warm up.
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Nice to see such good weather for so many. Our weather(and ride) is perfect in the Mid-Atlantic region. Last night was really warm, 80F. This morning was pleasant, hope to get a nooner in. Y'all have a great 3 day weekend, ride hard.
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Old 05-27-05, 07:07 AM
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another splendid ride, although the wind has turned, now blowing in my face on the way in. still, rain has held off and it's wonderful, as always, to be on the bicycle.
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I came in a little bit later today so the traffic pattern was a little different than what I'm used to. Fine weather but my legs decided they wanted to go all squishy on me by the time I got to the steepest part of the last hill. If someone had been riding with their window down they would have heard me screaming at myself to get over this hill.
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Been lurking for a while. Unable to commute this week because of nor'easter stalled overhead. Very heavy rains and very high winds forced me to drive all week. If I were closer to home I probably would ride to work every day. However, I drive 30 miles first and commute the last 10. I did more in Jan and Feb than I do now. Lots of evening rides with groups and friends. I'm going to start alternating between the commutes and group rides.

Being a social butterfly is a lot of work.

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Old 05-27-05, 07:18 AM
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A good week's riding this week, despite one or two incidents. I managed the daftest maintainence mistake in a long time after cleaning the the bike's chain and sprockets. Refitted the rear wheel and forgot the close the QR. I did not notice until, on reaching home and lifting the bike to put her away, there was the feintest rattle.... No harm done!

Cheers & have a good weekend folks,

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After being laid up with the flu last week, and the abysmal weather this week, today was my first bike commute in almost 2 weeks. I really wanted to bike today, despite the prediction of some afternoon thunderstorms, and with the weather a perfect 58 degrees, I couldn't resist.

Without pushing myself, I set a new record time for the 9 mile commute. I did go a little bit of a different way for the last 2 miles, taking me around the city outskirts to my office rather than through, which probably shaved some time, as I only had 2 intersections and no traffic lights to deal with for that part. It will definately be the way I go to work in the future.

If it rains this afternoon, I'll let my wife come get me tonight and come back tomorrow for the bike.

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the largest construction project in my city is underway and completely ****s up my commute for the next 2+ years. contemplating caging it from now on. very disappointed and depressed with it.
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Another cool start to the morning, 37 degrees w/c of 30, but bright and sunny. Found an easier way to deal with a left hand turn in traffic on the ride home last night, so that was nice.
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Took the 20 mile route home last night... I was on the roadie with only a small backpack and had a great ride. The legss were feeling strong, and I would have gone for more distance but I had to get home and get a few things done in the yard.

This morning I was back on my Surly. Had a great ride in - the hills didn't feel like hills, and I was at least 2 gears higher the whole way than I was for my painful ride on Tuesday!

No riding for me this weekend (going to San Francisco), so I think I'll take the longer way home again...
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I had a great ride in today got into the office bright and early and had a nice breakfast.
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Day 2 on the new Salsa Las Cruces. I'm starting to get the hang of the campy shifters but I still tried to bend the break levers once thinking it was Shimano. The rear disk squeals a little. With a nice tail wind I was cruising about 21mph, felt nice. The construction next to the bike path is a pain. The spot where all the trucks cross over the path on top of the levy is all crushed down and rutted. So in their infinite wisdom they just poured a bunch on new asphalt down and now it is rutted and sticky with loose asphalt everywhere.
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