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Old 07-08-05, 07:56 AM
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I regret not having taken the bike yesterday, which would have been a great day, but today was a nice ride in and a little cool, though the story will be different on the ride back home since it should be fairly hot, I hear. All cars were courteous and let me ride with no problems.
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Old 07-08-05, 10:13 AM
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Took a twenty mile detour (Clarksburg and W. Sac, for you Tomato Heads). Nice. Breezy but nice. Motorists on S. River Road were all safe and respectful and I waved to a handful of older cyclists (retirees?) heading to the Delta for a morning spin.
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Old 07-08-05, 10:27 AM
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I started work at 5:00 AM this morning so I took the direct route to the office. Commute time for the 1.2 miles came in at less than 10 minutes. Because I left so early it was nice and cool for the ride.

For the week I commuted by bicycle 3 of 4 days of 75% of the time.
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Good rides all week this week. Had a nice companion for the ride home last night -- Dave on the '81 Panasonic, hi if you're out there! -- and this morning it was a little cooler. Made it 4/4 working days this week on the bike. Hopefully next week my "escape pod" (2001 VW Beetle) will be sold, we'll be down to a 1 car family and the rest of the summer will stay nice n breezy!
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Old 07-08-05, 03:49 PM
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my first ever commute by bicycle. Yay me!

Went pretty good, but I know there are a few things that will have to change.

First thing is I need different pedals. I have old style clips with straps and just do not like these. I am used to a clipless system on my road bike, so I am going to get a clipless system for my commuter very soon.

I realized that I set my saddle height while wearing converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Stars. Very thin sole on those. I wore my NB running shoes today. A much thicker sole, so better on the pedals, but the seat felt too low.

Also with these shoes I had some heal strike issues, because I had a hard time getting my feet all the way into the clip. I wear a size 11 shoe (45 in european sizes). Clipless should help these issues

My computer died, so I only have google maps to tell me the distance and use a calculator to figure out my speed.

By my calculations I did 10.5 miles and averaged just under 10mph. I did drive partway to my inlaws and rode from there. Once I dial everything in I will try to full 26 miles from my house to work.

I have a pretty decent route with only a couple of short areas where I have to deal with heavy traffic.

Overall I am pretty happy and know I can improve my commute time once I correct some of the issues I had this morning
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Old 07-08-05, 05:38 PM
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Just about perfect today. 66 this morning, 80 and sunny but low humidity this evening. Loved every minute of it.
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Old 07-08-05, 09:19 PM
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my first ever commute was great, although a bit scary at the end. (SF to Mill Valley and back)

to keep a long story short, the way to work was nice although I suck at hills, so once I got to the flats and downhill, it was great.

But on the way back, the 70+ weather in MV & Sausalito turned into high-powered, cold/wet evil-fog-wind. As I finally got onto the GG Bridge, lemme just say it was like riding in a car wash with a giant fan on one side.

The seasoned pros going the other way looked non-plussed, but for a n00b I was white-knuckling' it just thinking, "once you get across, you're home".

the weather extremes for just a few miles is crazy. hopefully I'll get used to it.
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Old 07-08-05, 09:54 PM
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Awesome! A couple of years ago I was training for a marathon and did a long run from my then girlfriend's apartment near the Embarcadero to Marin and back. The run across the bridge was just like you describe. I was freaked out just running across it. I can't imagine trying to balance a bike in that crosswind!
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Old 07-09-05, 11:12 PM
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Great commute! I was fired up even though I had a headwind the whole way. Getting into that zone is kinda scary - in that I've never really been THIS obsessed before. I think you guys help with that!!

And even odder - I was invited over to a friends for beer 'n supper on the way home, but was so into the ride and knowing my stats since it was the first ride with the spedometer, that I just passed right by her road and zoomed home!! That's really unlike me... what's happening!?!?!
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Old 07-10-05, 09:39 AM
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Google Earth tells me my commute is actually 14 each way, not the 12 that I had estimated. So maybe I'm not so slow after all.

(no bike computer by choice!)
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Old 07-10-05, 05:25 PM
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Comute to Work was great last week...
They have a Challenge for CleanAir org.
Do not drive your vehicle from July 22nd (Bike to Work Day 2005) to Aug 30th.
I think the Grand Prize is $500.00
I am in the running, "BUT" I only work 3 days a week! Grrrrr (14 hr days)
I am sure the peeps working 5 days a week get more points, oh well, I will still be there, rain or shine! Haven't started my Bronco or my Harley since the 22nd! Now thats unheard of! But hey... I be getting into great shape!
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Old 07-11-05, 06:01 AM
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First ride to work in a couple of weeks for me. Had a nice ride in, but its very muggy outside here in Raleigh today.
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Old 07-11-05, 06:24 AM
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how was that commute, you ask...well it was just fine, thank you. air temperature was 66 F, dew point 64 F, which makes it sound almost humid but really it's not that bad. it has been getting into the 90s but losing 30 degrees overnight requires relatively dry air. nice conditions for riding. there are always a few rude boys in their noisy toys out there, but overall i like it better on the bike.
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Old 07-11-05, 07:08 AM
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First commute after a week off. (Though I was riding over vacation...)

Sunny. Warm. A bit humid. Looks like another too-hot week.
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Old 07-11-05, 09:17 AM
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60s and sunny in Denver (perfect summer morning as it's been the past few weeks)

I saw a house being demolished today on way in. Two bulldozers and water sprayers to keep the dust down. The doors/windows were boarded up for past few months, wasn't sure what was going on with it.

Funny thing is -- it's a great big house in big neighborhood with many nice size other homes. This house was very large range maybe built in 60-70s, so it's just being bulldozed so someone can built a larger more modern house (which probably won't match the architecture of the other homes).

I don't think i'd sell my home if someone would tear it down
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Old 07-11-05, 09:23 AM
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It figures, we have cool weather over the weekend, but the heat returns with the work week. Still had a pretty good ride in.
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Old 07-11-05, 10:31 AM
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Today was my first commute on my new Rivendell Atlantis. And let me tell you, it was one sweet commute. Its still the same distance, but I did not want to get to work. I left a bit after 8:00AM and was at the office around 8:12AM. Temps were cool but the humidity was high.

I commute in my work cloths but with the new Rivendell Atlantis I am able to use my Hoss bag which did not fit on my MTB. So I packed my work shoes in that and rode in my tennis shoes.

I can't wait to ride back home.
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Old 07-11-05, 11:55 AM
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Nice ride into work today. Sweaty and drippy, but 10 miles always gets me lathered up. Especially when it's 70 degrees for the overnight low!
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I live in Cleveland and in the mornings I prefer to take public transit (RTA). I pedal up to a rapid transit train and pedal a mile or two to work. I don't want to be a sweat bag to start the day. Then I blow mostly downhill for 15 miles to get home.

After the London Bombings, "heightened alert" means that RTA employees actually show up on time. It's a hassle. I'm used to them leaving the turnstyles open to zip through and pay on the train. Now they're barking at me because I blew past their specially designed slackhole..named "information".

So you miss the train.

Transfering in Cleveland's tower city station, the same drill happens....Two more transit cops than usual BS-ing and eating breakfast while another ticket taker with her girlfriend on the phone calls me out to stick my pass...

a week or two from now...everything will be back to normal...
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Old 07-11-05, 09:48 PM
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Today was a glorious ride! I found a shortcut that cut about half a mile but, more importantly, EIGHT MINUTES off of my commute each way because it cut out a big hill in each direction. That seemed to leave me more rested for the other hills.

I don't think it will be long before I'll be able to increase my commute until I'm able to do the entire route from home!
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Had a good ride to work and home . I hope the weather keeps on going like it has been . Have a good nite .
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Originally Posted by eastbaybob
Today was my first commute on my new Rivendell Atlantis. And let me tell you, it was one sweet commute. Its still the same distance, but I did not want to get to work. I left a bit after 8:00AM and was at the office around 8:12AM. Temps were cool but the humidity was high.

I commute in my work cloths but with the new Rivendell Atlantis I am able to use my Hoss bag which did not fit on my MTB. So I packed my work shoes in that and rode in my tennis shoes.

I can't wait to ride back home.
I'm color-blind, but I'm looking down at my hands as they type this and I'm fairly certain they're GREEN with envy.
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Old 07-12-05, 02:51 AM
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I'm color-blind, but I'm looking down at my hands as they type this and I'm fairly certain they're GREEN with envy.
because he's riding a Riv?

Oh, and as far as my commute? 15-20mph gusting headwinds and spraying rain. 80 degrees outside, too. Really weird weather thanks to that stupid storm (what's left of the hurricane) that's blowing through TN. I didn't get TOO wet because it was so warm and the rain was like a fine spray. The headwinds were more of a pain than anything else.
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Old 07-12-05, 05:25 AM
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Nice humid ride in this morning. Rained overnight and heavy rains predicted for today.
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because he's riding a Riv?
Yes, the Atlantis is my big-time "dream bike." I love every little well-though-out detail of those bikes, especially since I despise fugly threadless stems! I go to the Riv site all the time and just...look.
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