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Old 09-26-05, 10:10 AM
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Beautiful morning up here, though cool. Was better prepared for a ride in the low 50s than last time, but still need something better on the torso.
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Nice ride in. Cool so wore 3/4's thin fleece and gore windstopper.

The sun was just coming up over the Forth Bridge as I crossed so lights on.

I'm trying to work out safer routes in Edinburgh as the traffic planners have changed things and put cyclist a bit more in conflict with cars. Today was round Charlotte Square and along thistle street (past the Oxford bar - for Inspector Rebus fans), but too many cobbles on 28 mm tyres!!
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Today is my first "round trip" day. I biked home on Friday, back to work on Sat, now I get to do both! I feel WAY better than I usually do on a monday morning. I'm totally excited to be getting the excersize (I need it) and also stoked about not filling up my car for a long while Made it to work in 55 minutes, about 10 minutes faster than it took me Saturday (10 miles). A lot of the time savings was in the route though.. there are still a few sections where the maps say roads go through but they dont.. so I have to do a bit of riding around to find the best route. Looking forward to the ride home!
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It was raining today, so no commute for me! Looks like it will clear up this afternoon, so I'm back on the seat again for tomorrow. Anyone else chicken out due to rain?
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Old 09-26-05, 12:27 PM
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I was way over dressed this morning. The temp when I left home was 44F with a SSW breeze. I was unzipping everything I could 3 miles into the 6 mile commute.

I put my lights on the Jamis over the weekend. They are not the best, but should allow me to ride that bike in the dark. Just not very fast with the 10W headlight.
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Old 09-26-05, 12:48 PM
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A little sprinking of rain from partly cloudy skies. Cooler, but I also had too much on. About a mile from work I took off my windbreaker and fleece to finish the ride and cool down.

I had the bike "tuned up" on Friday. I bought it from Commuter Bicycles in Santa Barbara two months ago, and had some break in problems, some of them my own doing, and some due to minor assembly problems. Eric fixed everything for free, only charging me for $5.00 for a new thorn-proof tube. He worked two hours on the bike. Cool guy. Note to self: buy from him again.

The tuned up bike was a joy to ride. The gear shifters, the brakes, everything is nice as new.

I'm off to take a lunch-time ride now.
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Old 09-26-05, 01:27 PM
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I commuted last week. Didn't loose any weight, almost got hit by a cab but hell...I had fun.

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Old 09-26-05, 04:00 PM
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Commute was a blast... I took the backup bike (converted MTB) and followed some unpaved alleys that run through a residential neighborhood. Some of these block-long alleys have some bumpy patches, and I even caught some air on a few natural moguls. Sweet! My trip back home was a bit rainy, which made the alley route even more fun. I think I'll do it again tomorrow...
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Old 09-26-05, 05:48 PM
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Went to work the usual way this morning, 4 miles. Pretty easy (getting easier every day). First thing when I get to work a guy asks me how far I ride and I say 4 miles. He whistles and says, "Man, I could never do that." Then he goes outside for one last smoke before the bell. I think, "Well, duh."
Coming home starts out with a funny encounter with Phil. (See my post on the Best comment from Co-Worker about your commuting thread.) Then I decide to go home the "short" way. The short way is 1.5 miles up hill and then pertty much down hill the rest of the way home. I felt good about it, because the hill seems to be flattening out or something. It wasn't as tough gettting to the top as the last time I did it. Plus there was a guy pulling out from the post office, that is right next to my work, at the same time as I pulled out. I not only caught him on the up hill, I rode with him for a while until he turned off and I went on up the hill. It's kinda nice to ride with someone, wish I could do it more often.
I got to the top of the hill, and just at the crest, there was a truck parked along the side of the road. I got right next to it when a dog jumped up from the floorboard and started barking at me. I about crapped. Fortunately the window was only open a little bit. I got home in good time and now I am sitting here enjoying a "Fat Tire" Amber Ale and reading this thread.
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Old 09-26-05, 06:39 PM
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Hot, hot, hot! 104 degrees on the way home this evening. Funny thing is, it didn't feel that hot until I stopped. Then I couldn't jump in the pool fast enough, bike shorts and all. It's supposed to cool off a little later this week. I sure hope so!
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Old 09-26-05, 06:52 PM
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I have new batteries and didn't get lost tonight! And my rear derailleur shifts like a warm knife cuts through butter Now all I've got to do is figure out the front derailleur...

Side not: I (almost literally) ran into a new commuter...he was in the bike lane with a look of complete and utter awe that someone actually rode with traffic...and he was wearing a tie...honestly, I don't think I've ever seen someone ride a bike with a back pack and tie at the same time...unless the tie was on their head.
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Old 09-26-05, 07:33 PM
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Went into work a bit later than normal, 13.5 mile commute. The sun was fully up so I didn't have to worry about lighting but the traffic was a real bear. Its amazing the difference that two hours will make between rush hour and no one on the road.

Still warm weather though, I'm looking forward to autumn.
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Old 09-26-05, 07:42 PM
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stoopid, stoopid, stoopid cold. drove to work, came home halfway through the day; some nonsense about my sneezing distracting people. eating home-made beefnginger stirfry and glad other people are still at it out there so i can read about it.
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Old 09-26-05, 10:09 PM
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Muddy ride today ,But still a good ride to work and home .Rode the ss today. The ride was some what fast .
I hope the rest of the week goes this well .
Have a good nite .
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Old 09-26-05, 10:40 PM
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I started my 6 mile commute at 6:30 this morning. I was glad I installed my headlight this weekend. It was dark, and I wished that day light savings time had not been extended. It was warmer than usual. This afternoon the ride home was even better. 80 degree temp with a strong tailwind. An approaching storm front reversed the usual headwind. Neither of my commuting partners showed this morning at the usual meeting point. They missed a great ride.
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Old 09-26-05, 11:16 PM
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Another nice sunny day today, getting over a cold & went in at 9AM so didn't need my lights. On the commute home, I was approaching the start of a small downhill stretch, just hammering along when a taxi pulled even with me but 1 lane away to my left. He yelled out the open passenger window "Hey, slow down, I'm turning!" Then turned accross the lane to his right & through the bike lane in front of me into the lot of an apartment house. I had braked for him (not much choice was there?) & began to pick up speed again when I noticed he was still yelling something & waving his arm around. I just waved at him & kept riding. Watch out for those cabbies! Don
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Old 09-27-05, 06:21 AM
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Beat the rain home last night and rode in during the sunrise this morning. Cooling down around here during the day, so it should be a nice ride home this afternoon. Construction is starting to go into full swing on my main route to work, gonna have to start taking another way in soon.
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Old 09-27-05, 06:33 AM
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The rain was great last night. It wasn't falling much at all when I rode home, but it had earlier, scaring people away from the Hudson Greenway, so I had it all to myself for the most part. The clouds made things quite dark, though, so I had my blinkies and 10W in front on the whole time (with the 20W added for the darkest sections).

This morning was a fun commute. The wind was swirling a bit at times but it was mostly at my back and reasonably strong (13mph steady, 26mph gusts, according to weather.com).
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Old 09-27-05, 06:59 AM
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I worked late last night, and rain darkened the sky. For the first time since April, I rode home with my headlights on. I felt the changing of the seasons.

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Old 09-27-05, 07:44 AM
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Had a wonderful day as every day is for me. I am so lucky. My commutes take me past some of the most beautiful historical buildings and ancient locations in Japan. I pass several 800 year old temples and shrines. I often see Maiko and Geisha. Today was incredible. I was sitting with one of my students in Gion at a coffee shop and a Maiko came walking past and noticed us looking (as you do) and bowed her head to us. This may sound trivial to most of you, but if you have been to Gion and spotted one, you would know that it is very rare for either to make eye contact.
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Old 09-27-05, 07:49 AM
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i'm not riding since yesterday. ask me why? bad luck as usual with my 2nd replacement MTB! This is ****in nuts! I'm so depresed... had crankarm troubles with last bike and now too! While riding i felt the dreaded wobbliness in the left crankarm... guess what! ,my worst nightmare... the nut had become loose!

why is this happening dear lord
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Old 09-27-05, 08:26 AM
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I was sitting with one of my students in Gion at a coffee shop and a Maiko came walking past and noticed us looking (as you do) and bowed her head to us.
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Old 09-27-05, 08:31 AM
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The commutes (since I am back on the road after a few days of no work - thanks to Hurricane Rita) have been very rough this week. My ride home was in 99 degree (112 heat index) weather. This morning was 78 degrees with 90+% relative humidity. WOW!

There is supposed to be a cold front coming through on Thursday to bring us down to 85 during the day and 69 at night..........Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Might have to get my long johns out!

Keep pedaling!
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Last nights trip home was good. First roundtrip day. I felt a little more weak than usual but took it easy and made it ok. Had to take a left turn from one major road to another. Took the left turn lane in line with traffic, the turn takes you downhill so I was able to totally keep up with traffic and make the next left turn onto a side street I take. I was almost maxed out in top gear.. it was awesome feeling.

This morning was good. Took a more scenic route that was probably even more direct. Legs felt good. I was able to make it up my one "hill" (big overpass) in a higher gear than I have before... and coming down I took the lane as to avoid the people moving into the right turn lane. Got a little honk from the person behind me when I moved over (had plenty of room) but then going down to the light I was going faster then everyone else, rode past everone waiting up to the front of the line. I love beating traffic!
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Old 09-27-05, 08:35 AM
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Cool and party cloudy above the fog. My glasses got misted up making the headlights of the cars look like golden rings. No other commuters this morning. I warmed up quite a bit after 4 miles, so I took off my windbreaker and fleece. Must have loosened my ipod, as it fell after taking a turn at full speed in traffic. Nobody ran over it. Still works fine.

Two notably courteous drivers this morning. I only see one jerk a week, but maybe two or three kind drivers a day. Of course, jerks can kill you, and kind drivers can't bring you back to life. But overall, I think I live in a very bicycle friendly town.

I listen to "the teaching company" lectures while I ride. I can pretend I am improving both body and mind.

Yesterday on the way home I rode into a rainbow most of the way. I never reached it though. It was another bicycle commute that makes it worth while.

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