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Old 07-18-05, 08:25 AM
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Had a great ride to work this morning. Got my first road bike over the weekend, a Felt F80. So far its been great, made it to work in only 27 minutes, shaving about 5 mins off from my previous record with my mtb I am leaving work around noon so its gonna be a hot ride home. As of 1030, its already 85, feels like 92 with 74% humidity
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Old 07-18-05, 09:24 AM
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the heat wave finally broke in MN. The temp was around 75 (instead of 95)
but windy--ugh.
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The air was warm and moist like a tepid bath that made it impossible for my sweat to evaporate so it became trapped in the fibers of my jersey until it reached its saturation point and hung loosely around my torso resembling that poorly sewn shirt that Denise made for Theo.
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Old 07-18-05, 01:40 PM
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Weather was good this morning temps around 60 humidity around 100%. The 3 km ride was the same as always with one exception. When I arrived at the one stop light rather than pulling up to it and stopping I rode around in circles waiting it to turn green (no other traffic on this part of the road), on green I continued on to work.
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Old 07-18-05, 07:06 PM
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91 degrees in cleveland...I just make sure I breathe through my nose to avoid drying out.

I knew I was off to a great start when I flicked of a left-turning car while waiting close on an intersection.

Most comical moment was my last gasp through a local park where a half-dozen teenagers and a grandmother were looking at some dead bug in the path in front of me. I try to gingerly ride around them, when grandmas toy poodle attacks my tires.

"AAAARRRGGGHHHH" I shriek in some half anger half fear. Kinda like Kelsey Grammer when he fell though the stage floor. I thought everyone would turn heads as dog bounces off my leg...but it was 91 degrees. No one around seemed to care.
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Old 07-18-05, 09:19 PM
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My legs felt like logs and I was riding into a headwind, but there kept being riders in front of me so I kept pushing to "chase down the breaks."

Nearly got taken out by a guy in a pickup. I was trackstanding at a stop light and he rolls up on my right, just as the light turns green for me and red for him. He keeps rolling through but he keeps looking at me. I keep looking at him and I go. He sees I've got the light and I'm going, so he actually pulls over like he's doing me some favor but instead he pulls around and stops right in the bike lane. I ride by and give him the "WTF?" gesture.
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Old 07-18-05, 10:13 PM
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I had two flats in two days. The one I had filling up the tire, the valve stem fell off, so I changed the tube and tonight I got glass in the tire on the way home from work. I was almost home and I kept hearing a hissing so I stopped and felt the glass in the tire. I rode it home and changed the tube. Besides that, it was a good ride. Hope I don't get any more flats for awhile. Have a good night.
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Old 07-19-05, 05:37 AM
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Nearly no traffic this morning it was a nice change.
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Old 07-19-05, 05:58 AM
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I made it to work today without any bozos side swiping me.

LBS told me to bring the bike in when they open and they'd true my front wheel. They're good to me.

It's still nasty-hot & humid. Worse than yesterday.

Edit: I also saw a cute black and white cat. Another roadie had just passed it heading north, going all the way across the trail and slowing down in case it bolted. I was heading south, so we passed each other and then I slowed down and made squeaky sounds for the cat. It stood there and watched me.

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Old 07-19-05, 06:11 AM
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Had a nice ride today, well as good as it can be when its almost 80 and humid out there. My mirror fell off going through an intersection, so its time to buy a new one.
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Old 07-19-05, 06:52 AM
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yay, back on the bike after taking monday off (i rode 212 miles on my track bike, details here if you're interested). 71 F, dew point 67 F, which is down from yesterday afternoon of 75 F, which is really outrageous.

starting tomorrow we will be having the annual street art fairs in our fair city, which are always a sore point for those persons whose well-being revolves around the time it takes them to drive to work. it seems, however, that this year some folks don't even want to wait until tomorrow - they are rude and pushy and willing to take great risks to arrive at the office 20 seconds earlier. as if anyone would even notice! well good morning, perkins! peckins, it is? well, how long have you been with us, peckins? twelve years, you say? well, perkins, good to have you aboard!
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This morning was 91 F with 40% humidity. I really like being able to sweat a bit and the coolness of the air, no dry lungs, compared to the hot dry evening commute. Its the perfect weather to push hard in. I've been using the evening commute to warm up the muscles and enjoy the ride.
Its gonna get exciting the next few days with highs around 113 and lots of thunderstorms (which means lots of wind and dust)!

https://wwwa.accuweather.com/forecast-past24.asp?partner=accuweather&myadc=0&traveler=1&zipcode=85282&metric=0

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Old 07-19-05, 09:56 AM
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Temp this morning was 67f and humidity 81%. When I left the house it was strange, the sky was pure blue and it was sooo warm. Even with the lower humidity it was a warm ride that took considerable time to cool down from.

The ride itself was fine. I missed the stop light and was set back a bit more than a minute but I made it to work just a little bit late.
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Old 07-19-05, 10:24 AM
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We're getting a break from the sizzling skillet heat and the remnants of the Delta breeze were still blowing this morning. The announcer on KXJZ actually said, "We're getting some relief from the heat today. Our expected afternoon high is 100 degrees."

Funny how that actually feels cool after a week of 105F + (what is that, 40C or so?)
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Old 07-19-05, 11:15 AM
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fixed my FD and it's barrel adjuster last night. now I can ride in more than half the gears.
very nice ride!
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Old 07-19-05, 11:23 AM
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Whew - it was hot and humid, but I still think my house was even hotter and more humid!
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Old 07-19-05, 03:40 PM
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Today was my first commute on a bike ever. I live in Berkeley and work in Emeryville. The great thing is that it's a 1/2 hour on the bike (same as in the car) and I'm only on city streets for 5-10 minutes. There are excellent bike paths the run along the water. Not only was it an easy ride, it was so incredibly relaxing, peaceful and scenic. I feel great and I can't wait for the ride home tonight and to work tomorrow. I just need to remember my work shoes since I look like an idiot in my biking shoes.
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Good for you KristenGilbert! I went to college there (as you might guess from my screen name). Be careful!
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Heavy rain for the first two miles of the ride home, I was soaked.
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Today was kind of "aaargh."

This past week, I've been having a slow leak in the back tire of my bike. This morning, I noticed that the little screw-down bit on the Presta valve looked a little bit cockeyed, but I didn't really think much of it. Well, I aired it up, and when I was pulling the pump head off the valve, that little stem-and-cap bit broke clean off. So I thought, "crap, I broke that firm and proper, but no biggie, I've got a spare tube, I'll just swap it out and get a new spare tube on my lunch hour" Fine thought, but when I dug into my tool bag for my tire levers, not a one could be found. So I checked the pocket I used to keep my tools in in my backpack. No luck. I looked on my desk, in my sewing room, on the dining table, on the windowsill by the front door, and on the shelf where the CDs are...these are all the places I am liable to just set random stuff, but no, no tire levers.

I'd been aiming to get to the office at 7:00 a.m. this morning to work on a special project, but by the time I'd rent the house asunder looking for my tire levers, it was already 10 after. I cursed, grumbled, and resolved to drag out my old bike, top up the tires, and take my flat with me on my backpack and get a new tube and another set of tire levers, 'cause goodness only knows where my old ones are. I have two cats, which means I'll probably find 'em behind the sofa, fridge, or under the toilet sometime weeks hence.

So I take off for work at about 7:30. Halfway there (around Prospect Ave.) it starts raining. Two miles later, I'm at the office, dripping mud, spitting grit, but feeling a lot better...I'd worked a fair amount of frustration off, and at least it wasn't hot out. Plus, my new wheel is significantly lighter than one of the ones off a mountain bike. It beat the heck out of the day I had to haul my bent rim down to the bike shop to determine that it was too torqued to save.

After work, I took my wheel down to the bike shop (another 3.5 miles) to have them take a look at the tire. It's got a little cut in it, and I wasn't sure if it was that or the damaged Presta valve that was causing my slow leak. Turns out the tire's okay enough, and I had a free flat-fix coming to me anyhow on account of so recently having bought the bike there. So I got out of there just a fiver lighter, after having bought another pair of tire levers.

I learned today that I'm already totally spoiled by my road bike. My old trusty Trek 800, which has seen me through countless miles, just about felt like riding somebody else's bike.
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Old 07-19-05, 09:47 PM
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Good ride to work and home, no flats and no rain today but still a little muddy. The bike felt a little sluggish today, I don't know if I'm just tired or if the bike needs a tune-up or a good cleaning. Besides that, still a good ride. Have a good night.
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Weather-wise, it was overcast, but didn't rain. However, I did flat out 3/4 the way into the office. There was a chip of wood lodged in my rear wheel. Then, I realized I needed new tires ... I could see the threading of my tires. Not a really good idea to continue riding, but I couldn't help it.

They had a lunch time ride, sponsored by the companies local to the area. So despite having dangerous tread on my tires, I went ahead and rode a social 10 miles during lunch. But glad I did it.

I decided to take the train back home, but off to the bike shop to stock up on supplies.

Oh well ... what a day it was
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6am. here in N.East Scotland 15c. Felt cold on the downhills. Quiet backroad route into work, only 1 car today. I can't believe some of the temperatures you guys are gettin in the states, great to ride in but you must be drenched in sweat when you arrive at work. Still I'm envious it felt almost autumnal here this morning with a cool north breeze!
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Old 07-20-05, 05:25 AM
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Eerily quiet and calm this morning coming to work. Hardly any traffic, no wind. Just an overall peacfulness in the air. I must have reached the cycling nirvana or something. Anyway, hot afternoon in store for the ride home.

Past couple of weeks have been pretty typical. Nothing exciting.
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Great ride in this morning, still warm but lower humidity. I've had a string of bad luck recently: bad storms, mystery flats, chain slipping on worn cassette, large bugs hitting me directly in the eye (lost my glasses)-this has happened twice this week already. But the most disturbing thing is the new trend of strong riders who I'm having a hard time keeping up with. I rarely see anyone and I'm happy to now be seeing more riders, but I've been dropped twice this week and have struggled to keep up with others. I've been riding a different bike and have been concentrating more on cardio and opposed to sprinting strength, but I don't like this new trend. I don't like it at all. :-)
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