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Old 10-18-05, 07:57 AM
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Nice ride in this morning. Had a couple of drops when I was on the Greenway. Its getting real dark in the mornings. Just added the Flare headlight, made a big difference.

Oboe, you had the clear, the ped should not have made a fuss.

I get that once in a while if I take the inland route and take 7th ave down through Times Square. The peds in the 50's- high 40's, just walk right across in a pack against the light. I'm hollering and pointing and generally making a spectacle (while occasionally clipping a backpack)
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Oboeguy had the right of way, but pedestrians in NYC feel that traffic is just a nuisance to deal with when walking and that they always have the right of way no matter what. A whistle helps get their attention, but that part of town is notorious for non-thinking peds.

My ride in was mostly uneventful except for the part where I almost got hit from behind by a light grey Honda civic that was in the bus lane illegally. Bus lanes in NYC are restricted to buses only during rush hour. Cars can't drive in the lanes except to make right turns. Other than that, there shouldn't be any cars at all in the bus lanes. I was in the lane, to the right of center because of the potholes, etc., when I came up on an illegally parked truck and had to steer left to go around. When I turned to see if the coast was clear, I saw the civic thisclose to my rear wheel. I pedaled faster, went around the truck, gave the driver a nasty look and kept going. After that, it was the usual commute and my usual thoughts about how *****ty Lexington Ave. is south of E50th St. cuz of the rough surface that passes for a road here.
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Nice ride in today. The sun wasn't quite up, and the clouds were dazzling - rose, orange, yellow and purple on an azure bowl of sky. Most of the leaves are off the trees, and there's snow coming for Thursday. I should get my other SS up and running tonight.

I tried out my new Under The Weather [https://www.under-the-weather.ca/clothingSit.html] pants today. I rolled up the legs to the knee and they actually stayed put all the way to work. They are super-comfy and fit very well when riding. I also was trying out my new Shimano MT50 shoes. Very comfy for walking and biking.
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Old 10-18-05, 09:58 AM
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Awesome ride in today. My office is 4 miles north of my house but I left early to ride 13 miles southwest, over the Sacramento to Yolo County and back up through West Sac along South River Road. For a long stretch it was just me and the herons and hawks.

I fought a strong headwind for the first half but when I turned north on Jefferson Boulevard it became a sweet, sweet tailwind. I jammed it on the big ring and flew.

I ended up with a 27 mile loop and a million-dollar smile on my face.
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Old 10-18-05, 12:17 PM
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Multigeared hybrid ride today
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I like lex below 34th down to 23rd. The roads a bit hazardous, but you can catch the lights and get down to make the left on 22nd.

1st is good up from Houston. I have gotton up to 34th without a red light
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Ride home was dog ridden.
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My ride today was one of the best I've had in a long time. The moon this morning was grand! My new light is great! I was flying! I don't know what it is about this cooler weather, but I really love it. I wasn't even winded when I got to work, or when I got home. The up-hills seemed to be non-existent. My left knee hurts a little, but I'm dealing with that.
If this weather keeps up like this I will be riding well into November...and beyond!
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Old 10-18-05, 06:05 PM
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Damn! Coming into work it was mid 50's. I was all decked out, warmers, windbreaker, helmet hat ... then going home; like mid 70s! Talk about surprised. I just wanted to start stripping on the sidewalk (but thought better of it).
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Old 10-18-05, 10:31 PM
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forgot to eat yesterday. explains the tired today, probably.

morning was clear and cold. not seriously, but a change from the way it has been now that we have no overcast. sun bright in my eyes, so a little more cautious coming at intersections, which slowed me down a little. but really a nice ride all the way. if it's clear again tomorrow i can always aim for leaving half an hour earlier so as to get there before the sun. someone cleared all the scary/dangerous/ugly crud off the bike section of the lead-ups to the bridge - some total stranger i'm very fond of.

coming home two odd things happened. one was on the cloverleaf. traffic was backed up to the intersection before the overpass again, and there's this border painted onto the road that's a good two and a half or three feet wide. could be an intentional bike path, although it's not marked. so i did my usual thing and just rode on the line, keeping pace with and passing the cars. it's a nice wide cloverleaf, so there was lots of room between me and the cars; nice little co-existence model. but this one car . . . it seemed like it saw me coming and was sliding over as if it wanted to pinch me off. don't know if that was the purpose or not, but i can't think of any other explanation, really. didn't cause me any problems because i noticed it acting strangely in plenty of time to slip through and leave them behind, but still. huh. is it possible i'm now such a speedster i put someone's knickers all in a knot? gawsh.

then the other thing happened on the other end of the bridge. coming down, i saw a pedestrian ahead of me, going the same direction as me. it's narrow there, and the pavement is ripply for some reason and affects my balance, never my strongest point anyway. so i was quite happy to just creep along behind him a nice non-freaky way back. pedestrians have the right-of-way anyway. but he saw me after a while and stopped to let me pass. only thing was he didn't make room for me to do it comfortably. just stood there, leaving me about a foot to get by in, gesturing, and he was a kind of stocky shape too. i tried, then i caught a wobble, so i just kind of went 'eh' and got off to walk it past him. the guy took off. ran down the rest of the bridge, ran across the marked crossing over the first exit, ran the strip that leads to another mup. he was still jogging when i joined up with that one, so i just rode on the road with the cars for the rest of the bridge after that. i mean, what was i going to do? chase him down yelling 'hey you! come back here and stand still so i can walk my bike past you!'?

scrambled eggs on toast for dinner, with orange juice. weird day.
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Old 10-19-05, 05:57 AM
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Had an interesting commute yesterday. Left work early for an appointment for a shoulder MRI. I had to ride on roads that were new to me. I scouted them out last week to check for traffic, etc.
The ride wasn't bad but I could tell that some of the cagers WERE NOT used to seeing bike commuters. They weren't as patient as some of the drivers I encounter on my regular commute.
I saw a bike commuter on the other side of the road and waved.
After the MRI (oh my aching head ) I decided to take a REALLY busy road to get home - shorter route. Saw two bike commuters on this road -- still the cagers were very impatient. Some honked their horns. I never get honked at on my regular route.
I'll go back next week for the results of the MRI and see what traffic is like in the AM.
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Old 10-19-05, 06:54 AM
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Commute here is DC this morning was great. It was a crisp 56 degrees when I left the house this morning. My commute is just short of 19 miles each way, and I was making great time this morning, i.e. the legs felt great. About half way through my ride, I got my first flat. Fortunately, I had all my tools with me along with a spare tube. Changed the flat in about 10 minutes and was off. By the time I got to my office my rear tire was flat again. Grrrrr! Really need to fix the flat before my ride home tonight. Guess I will be running to the bike store at lunch to pick up a few more CO2 cartridges and a new tube.

Regarding my flat, does this sound like a pinch flat? I have changed a million tubes on bikes over the years, but this is the first on my roadie (Campy Vento wheelset). I'm going to check my tube and see if I can see where the damage occurred. Any suggestions?

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Old 10-19-05, 07:00 AM
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65 degrees and little bit of windů Got to LOVE October!
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54 degrees when I left. Very tired, one of the kids was up during the night with a high fever. Turning those pedals were pretty tough this morning.

Hey NYC'ers- did Bloomberg order up some headwinds this week? I figure the week before the election, he will order tailwinds so he can say how much he is benefitting the bikers.
It seems I have been riding into a headwind both ways all week. Maybe the wind is coming from a certain angle where it blows up the river and down the river at the same time? I just keep thinking about how good a workout I have gotten. Oh yeah- 70 degrees yesterday afternoon? Sounds good to me.

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Old 10-19-05, 07:17 AM
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The commute this morning was irritating.
I was planning on trying a new much longer route this morning but it was pooring rain at the new stop and I do not have all my rain gear yet.
The one day this week I want to try something new and it rains. argh!
Instead I took the bus to the same old place and biked my 1 mile to work. Strangely, taking a bus one half hour earlier resulted in empty streets. I changed my route to bike along a busy street, took a left hand turn lane at a major intersection, and made it to work even faster. Well, that backfired. I would rather have taken longer.
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Originally Posted by Goosebumps
I'm going to check my tube and see if I can see where the damage occurred. Any suggestions?

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Just be sure to check the tire, too, to see if the pointy thing that holed it is still there.

Unless it's a pinch flat, that is...
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Another beautiful sunrise today! It's supposed to snow tomorrow, so I should set up the mtn bike. The new pants are working quite well. It was only 2C when I left the house, and the extra length was just enough to keep me warm. I got a few looks from the couriers as I walked to my building.
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Cool, calm, and overcast this morning. Perfect for riding to work, although on the ride home I may regret not installing the fenders. Doled out some big-brotherly advice to a teenager on a BMX this morning: Kid, stay off the sidewalk, it seems safer than the street but it's not. And wear a helmet. Peace out!

I'm sure it'll be ignored.
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Originally Posted by Goosebumps
Regarding my flat, does this sound like a pinch flat? I have changed a million tubes on bikes over the years, but this is the first on my roadie (Campy Vento wheelset). I'm going to check my tube and see if I can see where the damage occurred. Any suggestions?

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Check the inside of the tire for debris, check the sidewalls for a blow out and check the rim strips for protrusions. Good Luck!

My commute this morning was fine. My legs felt tired going up the two mini-hills a few blocks from home, but I warmed up as I rode on. As I got closer to work, a cab waved me to go ahead of him, which was a first for me, so I gave him a thumbs up. I need to stop at Starbucks before work cuz the coffee at work sucks.
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Old 10-19-05, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Goosebumps
Regarding my flat, does this sound like a pinch flat? I have changed a million tubes on bikes over the years, but this is the first on my roadie (Campy Vento wheelset). I'm going to check my tube and see if I can see where the damage occurred. Any suggestions?
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One thing to do for future flats is something I learned from Mtn Biking. When you put the tire on the rim, always align the label on the tire sidewall to be centered above the valve stem. That way if you take the tire all the way off to inspect it, you can align the tube with the tire to find out where the hole or object in the tire is...
Option 2 is run your bare finger around. When it starts to bleed, you found the object.

I usually try to avoid option 2 :-)
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Well, last night's rain turned all those beautiful crunchy autumn leaves to a slimmy, slippery mess. It wasn't raining when I started out this morning... in fact it was pretty nice. I could see the almost full moon glowing through the clouds. Things quickly changed as I rode to work.

First I caught my pant cuff in my sprocket and tore my pants.
Everyone who lives between me and work must have raked their yards last night and shoved them out into the street...in MY bike lane. I had to ride in the road most of the way. Light traffic made that not too bad.
Then, about a mile out, it started to rain. Not just a little light rain, but drops that stung when they hit. I had to take my glasses of to see.
Then as I was almost to work... about 1/2 mile...it happened.
I saw a car in the bike lane 100 yards ahead. It was just sitting there, motor running, lights on. I knew someone was in it so I used caution as I approched. There was no traffic so I pulled out wide to go around the "soccer mom van" (should have been my first clue) right across the street from the school bus stop (clue number two). As I got even with the back bummper of the car a kid stepped right out in front of me from in front of the car. I yelled "yo,yo,yo!!!" and at the same time his friend, from across the street yelled, "Dude, stop there's a bike!"
He stopped. Right in front of me...kind of like a deer in the headlights. I swerved left and just missed him. I was close enough that I could have reached out and smacked him on the side of the head...which is what I should have done....but then his mom would have run me over in her soccer mom van. Oh well, I made it to work in one piece.
You can't have adventures like this in a car!

The ride home was dry and uneventful.
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raining like it only rains in rain forests today at 8:30 am. but warm, probably around 10C, so some of the best fun i've had so far. man, it rained so hard i could have showered on my way to work instead of once i got there, if i was coordinated enough to steer with one hand and shampoo with the other. fun i got so soaked that water could be poured out of the gutter-side shoe when i got there.

one of my i-swear-it-i-promise-i-swear-i'll-go-slow-today kind of days, but like usual it didn't make much difference in my speeds. i was at my usual checkpoints at the usual times, so coming up to the bridge i decided to try an alternate approach i've been curious about for some time, skipping the lower-level entrance that has the bike path beside it and just cutting over to ride with the cars till Class 1 kicks in. nah. it's got just as much, if not more, places where you have to get off and walk across an entrance or exit lane for safety's sake, and it doesn't have the helper of a bike path. not worth it at all, but glad i tried anyway. good day for doing it.

i'm spinning, but my knee's killing me all day at work in a different way (from all the extra rotations maybe?). and i want to ride every day this week, so i rode the whole way home saying 'go EASY' out loud to myself. trouble is, it's so very tempting and it doesn't feel like it hurts till i get off and try walking again. my 'easy' days are just when i focus on gears more closely to allow the same resistance from the pedals throughout the whole ride. then i get within shouting distance of home, where the hill is so mild for the last couple of kilometres, it just calls to me. around then i notice that i'm still in the same general ballpark for time, and i just can't help myself from saying 'oooo, let's try and boom up this one'. cause i'm not tired, see. sigh.

wasn't raining on the way home. clear and cool and overcast, with the roads all still wet. just lovely.
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Went and got shoes, shirt, shorts, socks and had a strange noise in my drivetrain like that of baby birds. It was just dry...shame on me, yes, I know. Banana milkshakes are great after rides, but not before. The weather was beautiful but had many people try to overtake me on turns, some the wrong way even!
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Relatively uneventful commute today, only one little issue (below). I've been riding with a cold the last few days and today was the first day-with-a-cold that I rode at a close-to-normal speed (I got lucky with lights and traffic, ha!). The only problem today was when rolling along on 45th right before Times Sq, a truck starts to pull out from a delivery, of course without seeing me coming up behind him. Fortunately, I had already taken the full lane which I try to do as often as possible on this street to avoid just this sort of thing. A quick look in my Take-A-Look mirror (love that thing) and I am all the way on the other side of the lane to fully dodge the truck. I think the driver did not appreciate my "WATCH IT!" scream, because at the intersection with 6th Ave the dude guns the engine to catch-up to me and honk, not two car lengths from stopping behind the line at the light. WTF? I had to laugh it was so stupid.
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I was feeling those two little rises on Lexington as I started my commute so I figured I'd spin and take it easy. No rush, take it slow and give my legs a break. As I was easing on up to E67th St., a fire truck was blocking traffic from moving downtown as it made it's way west. Four lanes of traffic all open for at least 10 blocks and I'm the only one that can get through! Take it easy? I don't think so! Hammer hard and fly baby! So within 30 seconds, I was into the highest gear on my mtb standing up and stomping the pedals and grinning like the village idiot. That was fun.

When I was locking up at work, I met a fellow commuter riding a Giant that I assume he bought specifcally for commuting since it's got upright comfort written all over it. He told me to wear a helmet. When my new brain bucket arrives, I just might.
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