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Old 06-20-05, 08:18 AM
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Perfect weather for a backpack commuter -- mid 60s (backpack keeps me a little warmer). Low idiot count (nearly zero, amazing!). Also, I tagged along with a pair of roadies for a while in Central Park to check on the calibration of my cyclocomputer. I initially used a variation of the "roll-out method" because there's no "standard" setting for my folder's fancy wheels/tires. Comparing computer numbers showed my number to be reasonably accurate with respect to this roadie's computer.

So now I have a good notion of how far my commute is: about 8.5 miles on the way to work (different route on the way back, but should be roughly the same). Now it's a matter of time before we move Downtown (from Midtown) so the commute distance should increase to about 12+miles before long. It will be nice to get ~120miles of riding per week "for free", so to speak.
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Fifty one degrees and a light breeze on the way in, made for a nice ride. Upper eighties by the time I head home, ugh...
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Its gonna be a warm one going home today. Currently 111 F, with a matched "feels like" temp of 111 F. Add hot cars on black pavement and my office cold fingers will warm up pretty quick.

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Old 06-21-05, 05:57 AM
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Beautiful weather. High 50Fs and sunny.

I stopped at at end of my road and a roadie went by. Clipless, tights, jersey, etc. We exchanged greetings. I had just started out so I told myself I wasn't going to even attempt to keep up.

Eventually it was clear that I was going to catch up whether I wanted to or not. I didn't want to pass though so I took up residence about 50 feet behind him and stayed there all the way in to Burlington. 18-20MPH, slowing for stop signs. Fun ride.

Wasn't anybody here was it? Didn't look like a commuter except the pockets in the back of his jersey were stuffed with things.
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here we have 69 F at 8:16 a.m. (dew point is 59 F), calm winds. excellent conditions for riding, perhaps a tad humid. i had more than my usual share of close calls, however. why is it that the more people depend on their cars the worse they are at driving them? this is not right.
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Old 06-21-05, 06:22 AM
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Again great weather. Only one true idiot on the road: I normally zoom down Broadway from the light at 57th all the way to 44th catching all the lights, but today that almost didn't happen because some idiot taxi driver decided to pull out from the curb around 47th St. at an extreme angle at high speed. Very scary moment -- the guy almost hit me despite the fact that I was two lanes away in the middle of B'way! I swear I heard my voice echo as I screamed a nasty phrase likening the driver to a body part. I don't know WTF he had in mind, but I didn't stick around long enough to find out (and I still made all the lights dang it!)
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Cool morning, easy ride in, motorist very cooperative with no horns blowing. Am enjoying my commutes more and more.
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I had a nice and cool ride. The rain just stopped about an hour or so before I left the house. I stopped by the only gas station on my route with an air pump and it ate my quarters. There were some laborers filling up gas at a pump and saw my troubles and they had an air pump on a generator in the back of their pickup and let me fill up. How nice was that?
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Old 06-21-05, 09:18 AM
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My ride in was charmed, I made a PB of 1:25 from my house...22.4 miles. Weather was bliss, traffic parted like the red sea...I had so much fun that I almost did not stop for my work. The UK weather today was ideal for the long commute....almost can't wait to get back on bike to ride home
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Fifty-five degrees on the morning of the official start of summer. Idiot count, (I like that!) 1. Some assclown didn't feel like getting into the other lane and passed me rather closely. Jerk.
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Old 06-21-05, 09:43 AM
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I'd gotten up early and ridden a hard 20 mile loop on the roadie at dawn. After a shower and dressing for work, it was a nice easy spin to the office. Very easy ride in on The Bomber ('89 GT mtb). I'm enjoying it more and more, as it forces me to go slow, sit up and enjoy the beautiful NorCal morning.
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Old 06-21-05, 02:03 PM
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My commute this morning consisted of a close call and what I like to call the "Highly Motivated Fist".

Close call occurred on a stretch of road I complained about on here a couple weeks ago (Don't recall if it was the commuter forum or advocacy forum.).

Since posting that, it seems that stretch of road has, for some reason, gotten much less threatening. Haven't had many cars, or gravel trucks buzzing me at all the past couple weeks, and the traffic has even seemed to be lighter.

This morning I got a rude reminder that it's still a sketchy stretch of road. I'm riding along probably about 6 - 12 " to the left of the fog line, where the road curves to the left after crossing a bridge. There's a spur right in the apex of the corner such that if you go straight/right you'll be on a small side road that leads to the next cross street just east of the major intersection that the main road leads to. Cars take this road to get to a nearby subdivision while avoiding the major intersection. All of a sudden there's a car on my left cutting across in front of me to get into that other lane. Classic right-hook. I managed to slow enough that she barely missed me, after which I begain screaming and gesturing madly. Saw a look of horror on another driver's face who witnessed the near miss. Dunno if she was horrified by my near-maiming or by my language . I've managed to calm down somewhat, but the *really* close calls still set me off.

Completely lost my cool and hammered down to the light and took a right (my usual route goes straight) to catch the driver who I knew would most likely be stopped at a red where that other street comes out. Rode up to her car and proceeded to ask (Ok, yell.) "WTF were you trying to do? Kill me?", and she informed me that she was "trying to get into that lane". Yeah, no ****, right through me.

Having vented my anger I went along my merry way, at an adrenalin-accelerated pace. Grateful to still be rolling, but still pretty angry.

Couple miles later, having pretty much cooled off by this point, I encountered a crossing-guard/public safety officer/or whatever the heck those guys are, at an intersection near an Indian gaming casino that's along my route. I've seen this guy before and he's pretty cool. Whenever he sees me ride by he says "Highly motivated!". Did the same thing this morning and pumped his fist in the air while saying it. Had to sorta chuckle at that. At least they're not all trying to kill me...

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Old 06-21-05, 09:10 PM
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On the way in to work this morning I ran over a chipmunk. I was doing probably about 20 MPH and he just ran right out there and I had no chance to slow down. I hit him with both tires too. But when I looked back, he was still running, so I hope he's OK.
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Old 06-21-05, 09:22 PM
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I shaved seven minutes off my round-trip commute strictly because I had a bike fit Friday and my seat was raised nearly five inches! My hills were flatter today!
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Old 06-22-05, 06:00 AM
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Nice ride. Fast. Tail wind. High 50Fs. I had just crossed a street and was sort of weakly accellerating. I think I had upshifted twice. Was going about 14MPH. Looked in my mirror and I was being overtaken by a technicolor roadie. We exchanged g'mornings and I let him go for a while, then tried to reel him in for fun.

(Again - I really wish I could get a group of fast commuters to ride with!)

I never completely caught him (riding 20+MPH most of the time and slowing for stop signs) but I did get around him once we got into the city and I took a faster route to the main road. I beat him to an intersection. He turned and headed back the way we'd come from. Guess he was just out training, not commuting. (No gear on his bike, anyway.)
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Old 06-22-05, 06:19 AM
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I was part of a stampede on my commute this morning!

Just after dawn I was going down a small country road at about 18 mph. As I rounded a bend I saw 3 horses that had gotten loose. They were standing in the road, eating weeds along the side. They startled when they saw me coming and they started to run down the road. I moved over and just coasted but still caught up to them. The four of us were stampeding down the road together. I could look over and watch their flanks work as they ran. I felt like a cowboy riding in the stampede like in all those old western movies.

When the woods ended, the horses cut into a field but still kept running along side the road with me paralleling them. They ran for a couple hundred yards then just stopped, and I kept going. Before I went around the next bend I looked back and the horses were back on the road again.

What a way to start the work day!
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Old 06-22-05, 07:55 AM
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Good ride in this morning. Tempatures are slowly rising again and so is the humidity. I left a little later then normal so there was a little more traffic on the roads. Saw two other commuters though.

Looking forward to the ride home.
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Old 06-22-05, 08:37 AM
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Today was fast - hit more lights than normal. The other day, however, the strangest thing happened as I came home from work - I almost hit a deer on my bike!! Coming out from under a tunnel around 15mph a dear took off in front of me and I swerved to avoid it. I always watch for deer in my car, never thought I'd have a chance of being pummelled on a bike! By the way - MikeR, awesome story! How neat to be riding with the horses on the bike!
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Old 06-22-05, 09:27 AM
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Light and easy until I hit the stretch between 57th and B'way. Many peds jaywalking caused a couple of near collisions. One jaywalking suit called me an @55-you-know-what to which I heartily replied that we was the one in the wrong. I guess peds don't see bikes, much like drivers. Then the darndest thing happend, the same exact thing as yesterday in the same spot: a cab tried to pull out at an extreme angle into the middle of B'way. He mocked my desperate "HEY!!!". Jerk. Somehow, despite the crazed swerving and braking induced by the above, I still made it all the way from 57 to 44 without hitting a red light.
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Old 06-22-05, 10:58 AM
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Encountered the same group of road bikers this morning as I did last week -- same time, same place, same result.
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Old 06-22-05, 11:24 AM
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This is my second week of commuting. I love it more than I ever thought I would.

My ride is only 5 miles, and my first day I took about 35 minutes to get to work. Today, I'm down to 20 minutes. I'm not focusing on speed at all. I guess I'm already getting stronger and more capable.

Sacramento has some gorgeous bike trail running through my residential area. I passed only joggers and walkers today. I'm starting to recongize all of them! Yahoo for bike commuting!
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Old 06-22-05, 12:01 PM
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Today's Forcast: Scattered clouds with the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm developing this afternoon. Very hot. High near 115F. ESE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

What this means is a hot and dusty 15mph headwind. I can't wait.

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Nice ride in, low fifties, no wind, one squirrel that darted across the road and almost ended up under my front tire. The 92 degree temp later this afternoon ought to make for a hot, sweaty, fun ride home.
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I was getting bored with my route to work, so I changed it up to avoid stoplights, and to add some miles and hills.

I think the respite from the heat and humidity is coming to an end. It's starting to get nice'n'sweaty again.
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I haven't checked in on this thread all week, but the rides have been great. Got a new Marathon Plus tire on the back this weekend and I haven't flatted out so far -- this is after two rear-wheel flats last week!

Rode home with a nice guy who works down the street from me yesterday - we were pushing it pretty good, hammering up to the intersections in order to make the lights, it was pretty much a complete blast. It just felt so good to stand up and pour the speed on for a stretch, making it through a new "goal" (green light that turns yellow as you're in the intersection) every mile or so.

Today I must confess I'm hurting a bit though Gave a big salute and thumbs up cheer to the streetsweeper truck on the way in.
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