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Old 11-08-05, 10:11 AM
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Another beautiful morning. Cool, crisp, and sunny.
Like last Tuesday, I rode to my PT appointment with base layer, vest, knee/arm warmers, full finger gloves, etc.
When I left and headed for work an hour later, it had warmed up enough so I didn't need the warmers, gloves, or vest.


It's so nice outside I keep asking myself why I'm sitting at this computer rather than riding.
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Old 11-08-05, 11:14 AM
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Finally, a decent sunrise! I got a little cocky with my new spiked tires and almost lost it on some bumpy ice. I think I need to decrease the tire pressure and increase the contact patch. Riding the SS MTB feels slow compared to my skinny-tire special, but I'm getting to work at almost the same time due to lights in the way. It's a total bastid on the climbs... Oi!
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Old 11-08-05, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha
Oh yeah the strangest thing happened to me on the way home, I was spinning along at about 100 rpm and some guy in a Range Rover yells at me to get into a higher gear. Now you can run me off the road, you can tell me to get the f*** off the road, but don't critique my riding from the passenger seat of an SUV.
Was it a blond guy with a German accent and a T-Mobile shirt?

Speaking of guys with German accents, today is special election Tuesday in Kaleeforniya. Very quiet around the Capitol today.

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Old 11-08-05, 12:32 PM
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I am getting more and more frustrated with how many drivers don't put their headlights on before sunrise. I estimated that at 6:30am this morning a good 20% of cars did not have headlights on. Sunrise is at 6:53am, at 6:30 it is very dim. It makes it so hard to see them, especially since it is overcast and greyish. Even after sunrise it would be nice if they kept em on. Legally in AZ you need them on before sunrise and after sunset:

"28-922. Lighted lamps required
At any time from sunset to sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of five hundred feet ahead, a vehicle on a highway in this state shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as required by this article for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions for parked vehicles as provided in this article. "


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Old 11-08-05, 12:38 PM
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I gave it a second try this morning, and I left a little earlier this time, before 6 this time. Passed by maybe 25 vehicles in the first 1 1/2 hrs instead of the 1/2 hr it took last time to see 25 vehicles. This little bit seemed to help a lot. No rude drivers this time. Only two that were a little close, but I don't think I could have swung my arm & hit them, so I didn't let it bother me. One guy actually gave me a full 3' even though there was oncoming traffic that had to slam the breaks to accomadate him. People are amazing...

But not as amazing as the sights... Roosters & morning birds. Sunrise on the autumn leaves, like they're on fire. Mist coming off the ponds and the rolling hills on the farms. Seeing my shadow on the embankment to the side of the road. Warm enough to take my winter gloves off after the first big hill, cool enough to put them back on 30 min. later.

Thanks for everyone being supportive, and for posting. Sorry I posted negative last time, I didn't read enough posts to get the feel that this thread should read more like "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handy.
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Old 11-08-05, 12:40 PM
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Redrom that's awesome. Glad to see you got back on the streets 'round these parts. We need you!
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Old 11-08-05, 06:22 PM
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the commute in was alright today, high 60's, no real serious headwinds
my chain slipped off the gear heading toward a light... at least I was going downhill so I was able to coast to an open area where I could pull over and put it back on... killed my momentum though ... a couple cars passed too close also

the commute back was fairly uneventful too ... I'm having an easier time with the big hill on the way back to my house... as I turned onto my street for the last half-mile or so back it started raining... glad I wasn't stuck in that for too much longer than I was
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Old 11-08-05, 07:20 PM
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Ride home was good. It gets pretty cool when the sun goes down before 5 pm. Had all my lights blinking and had to stop on the ramp down to the FDR MUP to let two other cyclists heading up pass. Neither had any lights. In fact, the only bike I saw with lights was a commuter roadie flying past me on 1st Ave.

Met a private security consultant (mercenary) at the pizzeria during dinner. He was showing me pics of himself in Afghanistan guarding our troops and training the Kurds in weapons. He made $200k tax free for that. I'm not sure how I feel about paying private security consultants who are better equipped than our troops 10x what our soldiers make and not taxing them to boot. Actually, I know how I feel about it. One thing's for sure, if he really can run a mile in 6+ mins. while firing two handguns accurately and hit targets 600 yds. away w/o a scope, I wouldn't want to meet up w/ him in a dark alley unless he was on my side.
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Old 11-08-05, 10:06 PM
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Back on the fixie today after spending some $ and time on upgrades -- new SKS fenders, new modolo drop bar (the chop bullhorns didn't work for me), new tape job, new brake cable and housing, new headlight.. Felt good (but tough) to be fixed again after a week of easy coastin' on the roadie! I'll get some pix up in the other thread
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Old 11-08-05, 11:43 PM
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Good commute, 43 degrees in am. Online poll, how many days, miles per day, total miles have you commuted this year?

Does anyone else get tired of saying oin your left? So on my way I am going about 20 and come up on a couple going about 7. It is now ~5:30 and completely dark, neither have a light on their bike. I click my lever 5 times and finally pass at 7.5 on the left. The gal says to me, "announce your presence please." I pull passed her, jump off my bike and clothesline her. Her bike flew forward and she landed hard on the pavement. As she lay all sprawled out on the bike path I said, how was that for an announcement?....Oh wait, that is only what I envisioned. I said, ya where is your light?
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Old 11-09-05, 12:06 AM
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nice morning. nice evening, but bus part way home. planning to drive tomorrow, and kind of hope i stick to it this time. hope the car starts too. hope i remember how driving works.
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Old 11-09-05, 05:49 AM
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A "little" cold was too cold- started out light with a long sleeve polypro shirt and reflective windbreaker with buttons... DOH!! Expected to be cold at first. Warmed up a little, but my chest stayed just chilled enough to keep me aware of it, made every minute feel like an hour. My fingers were a little cold, too. I had brought extra layers since weather predicted to be possible 20F in am. Not that cold, but slapped on my "weight loss" neoprene waistband and was good to go from then on. Originally bought it years ago to keep my back warm when it was sore/pulled it. I don't have any idea how it was marketed for weight loss. I think I decided I'd rather sweat a little than be chilled.
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Old 11-09-05, 06:35 AM
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Excellent ride today!! ~55F and clear, no wind (supposed to be 10-20mph from SW later today though). Don't know why, but I averaged 18.7 today. My normal pace is 16 or 17mph...must have been the nachos I ate last night :-). Hoping the wind this afternoon is more West than South. If it is, could be my fastest commute ever!
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Cyclocomputer said 24F! First sub-30 commute of the season for me.



Online poll, how many days, miles per day, total miles have you commuted this year?
Excepting holidays and vacations, I ride Monday through Friday, about 13 miles round trip. On my road bike, since April of this year, I've commuted over 1,800 miles. Add a few hundred more on the old mountain bike. It's in a shed at the moment.

Eek - If I do a rough calculation, since I started riding in June of 2004, I've commuted about 4,400 miles!
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Another chilly morning here, it was 32F when I left the house. I added light gloves and wore one less hood, I think I finally found my cold weather attire.

The ride itself was very nice, I was looking for things to mention here but the wildlife has been scarce lately. I haven't seen a coyote in the last three weeks. It was trashday along part of my route so there were people scavenging deposit bottles and whatever else from the bins. They were not exactly dressed to be seen so I had to be aware of people sharing the shoulder.
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Online poll, how many days, miles per day, total miles have you commuted this year?


Today was #58 or 59 for me at 26 miles per round trip. 58X26 = 1508 miles plus another few hundred for errands and such
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Old 11-09-05, 07:54 AM
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Hey Ron - When did you start commuting this year? I started b/c of SmartCommute (Aug. 18) and I'm at the same number, 58.
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Old 11-09-05, 08:30 AM
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I faced my autumn nemesis this morning: wet, wet leaves. I didn't lose traction, but I also didn't get to cycle as fast as I would like to have. Grr.
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This morning is a two cups of coffee morning for me, just can't get goin. I adjusted my saddle according to the 'elbow, middle finger on the headset rule' last night and it was a horrible ride. When I got to my office I noticed that the saddle was as loose as a goose in the brackets, so I'll retighten and give the elbow rule one more try before repositioning. Nice weather though.
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Didn't ride in this morning since I had a soccer game last night and didn't get home till midnight or so and my legs said no this morning. Last night on my ride home though I rode through a golf course to add a couple of miles to my ride home. As I was turning into my apartment complex there was a boy riding a bike on the sidewalk and he waved to me so I waved back
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Ummm...I caught up w/ a dude on a FS MTB that had passed me earlier in my ride to work. I guess he got tired. Saw a brand new Birdy folder complete w/ rack and rack bag. Dude pedaled hard to get ahead of me, then turned when he saw traffic jammed up on Lex. Bought two shirts at the GAP for $10 ea. Now I got some clothes to leave at work. Packed my rain pants and jacket for the ride home if it rains. Other than that, nothing to report.
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You didn't show up on your bike and offer to have him ride on the handlebars? No balls!
He might not've gone for that. He did commute by bike once this summer though! I must've inspired him to give it a try. He said he'd like to ride more often but that he normally has to drop his daughter off at daycare.

Had a good commute both ways yesterday. It was 55 degrees Fahrenheit on the way home yesterday, which is really warm for November in Minnesota! I have to admit to wimping out again today though. That's twice this week that I drove! There were was a "wind advisory" for my area with winds supposedly gusting up to 40 mph so I drove again. It is really windy but it doesn't seem that bad. I'll be back on the bike tomorrow.
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Hey Ron - When did you start commuting this year? I started b/c of SmartCommute (Aug. 18) and I'm at the same number, 58.
Hey 10ch...Tench? Beck? 58 is a pretty impressive number since Aug 18!! I guess you must be riding just about every day. I've been commuting from Cary to RTP for 8 years. Most years I end up with around 50 plus commutes-My goal being to bike commute once per week. Its tough for me to ride more than a few time per week because of the 26 mile round trip and also the variability of my work schedule. My first commute this year was January 3rd....hoping my last commute will be December 23rd.
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There's enough ice off of the streets to allow for me to switch back to the skinny-tire bike tomorrow. The wife rode in today on her road bike, and made it in fine. No more spike tires until it snows again. Traffic was tolerable, but there are more and more people driving in every day. I'm doing my best not to get hit...
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Old 11-09-05, 11:42 AM
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Beautiful morning on the American River! Cool and breezy but a brilliant blue sky after a few days of gray. These are the days to remember (thanks, Natalie Merchant).
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