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Old 09-27-05, 09:34 AM
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Right around 0C today and damp from some snow/rain that fell overnight. A courier gave me the stinkeye when I pulled up behind him at a light. The LG lobster gloves aren't warm enough, so I'll need to switch to the MEC ones soon. Still, it is supposed to be 18C tomorrow, so I shouldn't need them.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
What's a Maiko?
I just did a search, they are Geisha apprentices.
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Old 09-27-05, 10:45 AM
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My morning commutes as always are amazing, light traffic, excellent temps (78-82 F) and just great feeling.

Yesterday going home was typical, crowded agressive traffic (I got bumped by a car when I was stopped at a light). It was 101 F (108 'real feel') - which feels quite cool compared to the hot summer months, glad they are over.

The ride in was so great I just want to ride more, leave work and ride every day for 100mi.

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Old 09-27-05, 11:09 AM
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Today's ride was great! Temps in the mid-60s (~19C) and lots of sunshine.

About 1.5 miles from home I caught up with someone who just started bike commuting a few weeks ago. He's a college student and we rode as far as the campus. I cut through the campus to miss the traffic congestion in that area. I had another 4+ miles to go when he turned off. Maybe I'll see him again tomorrow.
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I didn't ride today. It was 108 yesterday… but it was a dry heat. I can't believe it is the end of September and we're still having triple digit heat. I'm not strong enough (yet) to ride everyday but still it was a good ride. We are not scheduled to receive a break from the heat until Friday. Maybe it will come early.
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Old 09-27-05, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1
I am so lucky.
Impressive… you are lucky
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Old 09-27-05, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Rural Roadie
I just did a search, they are Geisha apprentices.
Thanks double R. I knew Gion was a geisha district, but I didn't know a maiko was an apprentice. Don't remember it being mentioned in Memoirs of a Geisha.
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Old 09-27-05, 12:00 PM
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My commute was great; until I got to campus and realized that I forgot my bike lock! I had to risk it for my first three classes (leaned my bike against a locked bike, so it looked like it was locked), and luckily no one stole my 1998 Gary Fisher.

During my 15 min. break, I rushed down to the local bike store and bought the cheapest cable lock they had. Better than nothing, right?
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Old 09-27-05, 01:26 PM
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Ride home last night was warm enough that I was able to get away with sleeveless jersy and shorts! Its been a couple of weeks since I could do that up here! The temp was 70ish with SSW winds gusting over 30MPH.

Ride is this morning was cool and cloudy against a NNW breeze. It was 44F when I left home. A snow flury moved through around 10:00AM. Its 45F now at nearly 1:30PM.

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Ride to and from work was uneventful today. It was a beautiful day to ride, sunny and cool in the morning and sunny and warm this afternoon. Wish every day riding was like this.
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Old 09-27-05, 04:07 PM
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It was nice this morning, the coolest yet, probably the high 50's. I hit the stop light very well timed, and avoided the school back up by visiting a different street. It took 10 minutes and 9 seconds for the 2.06 mile trip.
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Old 09-27-05, 06:04 PM
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I took the "short way" this morning. It's only 3 miles, but it's up and over a good sized hill. It was a lot easier than the last time I went that way. This is the way I will go this winter as it is so much shorter.

I was trucking down this long hill, just before the 1/4 mile up hill, when I saw a coyote off the road about 20 ft. He was watching pretty intently, like he was getting ready to dart across the road and attack something on the other side. As soon as he saw me he turned tail and ran off into the underbrush. I'm kind of glad I was there, because he probably would have gotten hit by a car if I had not scared him away...Scared the bejeezers out of me,too! But at the same time it was pretty cool.

I guess it was a wildlife day for me all around, because on the way home I almost got a squirrel that ran out in front of me. I was on a down hill then, too.
I love my ride, because I almost always have the road to myself since I am going through residential areas and all the cars are on the main roads. I don't, however, have Geishas and 800 year old buildings to look at...how cool would that be?!?
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Old 09-27-05, 06:29 PM
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54F at 6 AM today, Sunny & 72F with a light breeze this afternoon. About 5 min into my morning commute, I hit a bump & my "take a look" mirror fell off my glasses. This was a first so I must have not hooked it up right. Took a few minutes walking back slowly with my head light zig zagging to spot it on the shoulder. Traffic seems lighter lately & I'm seeing a few more cyclists in the morning. Chased one for mile or so but they truned off just as I overtook.
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Old 09-27-05, 07:47 PM
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No Ride today... As I got to the edge of town, the Fog got worse so I turned around and drove today. To many crazy drivers around here when it gets foggy.
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Good ride to work and home .It feel like it getting colder out . Had a good day at work . I hope the rest of the week goes as well . Have a good nite .
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Not working today but almost had a head-on with a kamikaze squirrel while pulling the trail-a-bike. The squirrel caved at the last second but my kid's scream sent me about 10 feet off the seat.
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Old 09-27-05, 11:01 PM
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I didn't ride this morning because I didn't go to work. I took the day off to do some painting. I also needed to replace an inner tube on my bike. In 20 years of riding I have never had a tube fail at the valve stem. Since the beginning of summer I have had 3 tubes tear at the point were the valve stem joins the tube. I thought maybe it was a rim problem but it has happened on two different bikes. Only once did it happen while I was riding, the other two happened while the bike was parked. I am wondering if there is a manufacturing problem. Is anyone else having this problem?
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Old 09-27-05, 11:17 PM
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Today was vicious headwind day in Las Vegas, we get some very strong winds here. I was slowed to about ten mph average after numerous gusts that seemed to slow me to a stop. It was a hard ride anyway after my weekend of debauchery. Of course, the ride home was not only downhill as it always is, but also with that great headwind in reverse. My average went up to 18mph. I was keeping up with traffic in some spots. Oh, and hardly anyone tried to kill me, except for a guy who doesn't understand taking turns at 4-way stops. I saw him coming, so I got close but stayed out of danger. He waved to me as he passed, what's that all about? (Stupid, not evil?)
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Update (9/28): This sounds like a cliché grandpa talking, but my commute today was into the wind BOTH ways. I think I need to move to the other side of town.

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Old 09-28-05, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
What's a Maiko?
Maiko is an "apprentice" Geisha. It takes many years to reach the status of Geisha.
Steve.
Sorry, just noticed it was answered.
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wonderful ride home tonight, did about half the ride with a co-worker, and it was so nice to ride and talk with someone. made the riding so much easier. and i really hope to do it again soon.

aside from that, all is well.
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Very nice ride this morning. It's actually a little cooler in the mornings here now. Not much traffic at all and that helped me set my new record. Too bad it will be hot with a bunch of traffic for the ride home.
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Old 09-28-05, 06:04 AM
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Busy ride home last night, LOTS of other folks on bikes. Fair-weather cyclists, didn't see you out there on Monday in the rain!

This morning's commute was very interesting. First, today is the first day for the arm warmers. I considered them yesterday, but wisely left them at home (too warm in the end). The temp this morning looked quite a bit colder, so out they came. It was definitely a good move. This is probably my favorite riding weather, so I was happy.

About a half mile from home, I was passed by a guy in full team kit on a beautiful bike, wearing a backpack. I noticed his kit bore the marking of CTS ("Carmichael Training Systems") so I held pace and asked if he had a CTS coach. The fella informed me that in fact he rides for the CTS team! (no doubt, he looked to be in phenomenal condition) This is a bit of a coincidence, as this week I started reading Carmichael's *cough* advertisement *cough* book, "The Ultimate Ride". So the guy pulls away but I catch him at the next light and we chat a bit more. He asks about my folder and I ask about his bike. I think that he was pleasantly surprised that I recognized the frame as being and old Team 7-11 Eddy Merckx (apparently he recently rebuilt it with an 8-speed DA grouppo). It's nice to know that not everybody out there has Arrogant Roadie Syndrome(TM).

Off he went and inspired I was. I had a very fast ride, only partly assisted by a tailwind (~4mph). I was so filled with bonhomie that when crossing the West Side Highway at W44th, I offerred a thirsty-looking runner (who had stopped to stretch) a shot from my water bottle which he gratefully accepted.

There was, however, one blip on the otherwise great commute. On W4$th, about to enter Times Square, a taxi zoomed ahead of me (he had been completely behind me) and attempted a right hook. Stupid SOB driver would have caused a crash if I wasn't ready for it (I always assume it's going to happen). I lustily cursed him out and attempted to give his taxi a nice dent but he was too fast. I'm sure his passenger saw and heard what happened so I hope the chump driver didn't get much of a tip. Anyway, I rather enjoyed the experience in a sick sort of way because, being ready for the right hook, there was never a mortal danger in play.

What a day!
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Great commute this a.m. - temps were a bit chilly, so I threw on a windbreaker. Looking forward to some real cold (could be months away...)

Highlight of the commute was seeing a young kid I call "VC Jr.", I've mentioned him in this thread before. He is a neighborhood kid who rides his bike to elementary school; probably 10-12 yrs old, with excellent bike-handling and traffic-negotiation skills.
He wears his helmet, takes the lane, stops at stopsigns, and signals all his turns. He is my hero...
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Good ride home yesterday, got to race a thunderstorm (which actually never reached my house, but it wast still cool). And this morning made record time (I've only been doing this a few days though ) Got even with a couple dogs that chased me the other day.. they were sitting in the middle of the road facing the other direction, so I sprinted as fast as I could while they were unawares, and as I zipped by I barked the meanest bark I could muster, little dogs scattered with tails between their legs... ahhh.. vengence. (I actually really like dogs, but these little guys are never locked up and always give me a hard time).
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Old 09-28-05, 07:23 AM
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Sideways 42 Degree rain today. I'm not sure I have the right gear [or frame of mind]to deal with that.... so I drove. In retrospect, I should have ridden. I feel like my morning is missing something.

As a consolation [and to keep on track for my rideshare payout] I carpooled the cute
one to work. I think I'll have to rustle up some gear for the punk weather.

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