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Old 11-09-05, 01:43 PM
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Boy, it's a windy one out there today. They say we have steady winds up to 30mph and gusts up to 45. I practically flew in this morning, even taking the long way. Going home today will be another story. It will probably be like a scene out of the Wizard Of Oz.... doo to doo to doo doo....
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Old 11-09-05, 01:46 PM
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Online poll, how many days, miles per day, total miles have you commuted this year?

So far I've got a little over 3300 miles on the year.
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I am a traitor. I bought a car last weekend and haven't touched the bike since Sunday. It's nice to have the car as an option when I'm tired, but BOY it feels strange to drive to work.
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Old 11-09-05, 02:41 PM
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I am a traitor. I bought a car last weekend and haven't touched the bike since Sunday. It's nice to have the car as an option when I'm tired, but BOY it feels strange to drive to work.
It's Wednesday afternoon and you haven't ridden once? You MUST be tired!

Quick! Get back on the bike before the dark side clouds your mind and it's too late.
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No ride today. My bike is at the shop receiving its free tuneup.
Yesterday coming to work was nice and uneventful. I rode the whole way home (35 miles) and made good time despite the annoying crosswind that periodically turned into a headwind.
The odd thing was being laughed at by an older man on a bike. I was sitting at a light behind two cars when he pulled up beside me. Anyhow, the light turns green and the car in front of my starts to go. Then I start to go. Then the car stops since the car in front of it is turning left. Then I stop almost loosing my balance. Repeat this for a second time before I realized what is happening. Other biker has a nice laugh. I become irritated with him and leave him in the dust. Yet another no good reason to become irritated. I'm turning into my avatar
Need to change my title to "easily irritated"
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Great ride today. God it feels good to be on a bike.
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Originally Posted by RonH
It's Wednesday afternoon and you haven't ridden once? You MUST be tired!

Quick! Get back on the bike before the dark side clouds your mind and it's too late.
LOL...yeah, I can feel the dark side and it's very scary. On top of that, the guy who has the office directly behind me has a big bucket of candy out for everyone. I already need to get back on the bike. I don't want to be relegated to the rollers when it's only November. The trainer usually doesn't come out until January or February.
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Old 11-09-05, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by mtessmer
Boy, it's a windy one out there today. They say we have steady winds up to 30mph and gusts up to 45.
I felt those winds...man it was the wrong day to take the first ride on my converted Huffy mountain bike single speed. The ride south was fine, but with the gusts coming from the north on the way home I found my self pedaling hard on the downhills. My legs are jello tonight, but it feels good
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Old 11-09-05, 04:38 PM
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How far have I commuted...

I started about a month ago, and ride 16.5 miles per day round trip. Must be about 300 or so miles so far, I don't ride every day, but at least 3 or more times per week. Best decision I have ever made.
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Old 11-09-05, 05:34 PM
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So I bring my brand new, never used waterproof breathable jacket and pants cuz the forecast is for showers and t-storms starting at noon. Noon comes and I'm out skating w/ a friend at Bryant Park. After I return to the office and work a few more hours, I look outside and see that it rained enough to wet the streets, but it's not raining anymore. So I put on my waterproof jacket, but leave the pants in the bag and ride home. I go past a fender bender on 1st and 59th and get on the FDR MUP. As I was ascending the ramp, something slipped. Dunno if it was the crank, cogs or wheel (I'm hoping wheel). Got home sweaty and now I know that breathable means the pit zips let air in, but the rest of me gets sweaty.
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Old 11-09-05, 07:16 PM
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the ride in this morning was good... mid-to-upper 60's, some headwinds... I slept in a little bit so I was late as hell but went along at a pretty relaxed pace anyway... my chain slipped off AGAIN, this time while I was going up the road toward my building, had to pull over and put it back on... that's becoming way too much of a regular occurrence

the ride back was awesome... slightly cooler temperatures but not even cool enough for me to have to break out the longsleeve, no winds at all and I was able to keep a better pace most of the way back... a lot more people passed with 3 feet or more too, that was a welcome change of pace
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Old 11-09-05, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
No ride today. My bike is at the shop receiving its free tuneup.
Same here, dropped mine off on the way home last night, pick it up tomorrow night. Two days without riding...but considering the wind, rain and big temp drop tonight, I figure it's good timing for a tuneup for the bike and rest days for me. Bike is just over a month old, when I brought the bike in, my LBS wrench, who tore down and rebuilt the bike for me when I bought it, asked me 'ready for your 100 mile tune up?' I just grinned and showed him the computer...'nope 732'.
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sigh. i heard yesterday that these people have been approved - and are cheerfully, guilelessly planning - to renew my contract for another six months when this current one expires. lord, talk about failures to communicate. i've barely hung on for the past four months as it is, and i was barely expecting to be able to hang on for the next two. and no, riding my bike a nice meaty distance doesn't cut it for me as an incentive - no way. the only interest was in seeing how much better shape i could get myself in while it lasted. but i'd never have planned to be riding out there for the rest of my life, or even one day longer than i had to. it ain't the ride, it's the work. they're adorable out there, to the very last one. and i can't stand them.

today i drove to work, and it really brought it home to me how much of a factor the bike commute has been these past months: how crazy i was getting before i started, how much more cheerful it's made me feel, and how cheerfully it's kept me able to keep ticking off days and feel okay about the time that's still left. clearly it's not just about getting to do a ride, because i tried it on in my mind, thinking "you could renew, and have this distance nailed down as a certainty for another six months". nah. not even tempted. still want to tear my skin off and mail it to moscow at the mere thought - and that's not even thinking about the sheer dread and despair of trying to handle baseball season next year if i was working out there. i planned to finish this contract, with the incentive of riding out there keeping me sane and motivated while it lasted, and then take my marbles and my shiny new legs and ride them to work at some other place where the work itself could make me happy again. that was my plan for next year. bleah. woe is me.

sigh. got an appointment with the recruiter next week - who is real shocked and depressed that i'm not all happy about renewing, but he'd better adjust. in the meantime i took advantage of having driven today to rack up the hours i'll be spending chewing the scenery at him next week. planning to ride again tomorrow, as far as i know.
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Old 11-10-05, 01:29 AM
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No riding for me this week ... too many things to do. Really appreciate having a car to run around when needed. But I could have rented one for a fraction of the price of my car. Damn it .... then the snow will come and I will not be regretful. Then the new transmission and clutch will come and I will be crying. Then I will have a soft clutch and a reverse that does cooperate and I will be happy. Then the snow will go away and I will be riding again, and cursing to my car. Then I will be busy again and I will be loving it ...

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Old 11-11-05, 12:20 AM
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a van morrison morning for sure.

oh, the water
oh the water
oh the water
hope it don't rain all day

well, it didn't, but definitely the song to have in my head all day long. think this morning's weather was worse than a week ago, but for other reasons. wind was not as strong, but steadier - and it seemed to be plenty strong just as it was. i was getting a waver effect on the bridge whenever a big truck went by and cut it for a couple seconds, and about 20% of those raindrops stung like standing over an open deep-fryer and catching splatter. i don't know why the little tiny drops sting worse than the big heavy ones, but they do. today's rain was a really rich, varied mix of all the different kinds, falling from all different heights at once with different closenesses to terminal velocity. something for everyone, and all at the same time. and i'm pretty sure it was colder. i think i'm going to have to use those silk jumpsuits, no matter how dorky they look. got cold enough earlier this week that i used one of my silk shirts today, left over from the odd time i've had to dress up for work, and that part of me was just fine. i tell you, silk rocks. amazing stuff.

crazy, but being more or less defended against the weather, i liked the morning ride. it was raining hard enough this morning that you got that visibility thing - where there's no fog, but you can't really tell what kind of geography you're living in because everything except the near foreground is just a wash of the same grey colour - such a neat visual trick, and if you looked at the greyness it was actually full of plenty of light. went through the giant lake on the pre-bridge bike path again, and found out my hikers are only for show. they have a padded tongue that's just made for sponging up half a gallon, and lord i was glad i hadn't put on the open-mesh runners today. the very next morning i get where it's clear, i'm going to find that storm drain and stop to drag the leaves out of it.

coming home it had cleared again, enough to kind of see a moon through the haze, and be getting colder. my stuff was still all sodden-wet from this morning, so i was glad not to have to put it all back on. rode home in my work clothes with snowboarder's gloves and a fuzzy to keep me warm. the only worrying thing is my hands. i couldn't close the brake levers on the way home, it just hurt too much to hold that kind of pressure for long. if i go get more pads this weekend it should get easier again and i should be able to manage it.

the senior dev lead on this project bikes to work too! not only that, but if i hadn't met him down by the bike racks and got into a discussion about how soggy each of us still was from the morning that led to introductions and handshakes, we'd still neither of us have a clue that we're in the same handbasket here. i don't know if that testifies how weird this company's team layout is or how unifying bike commuting can be, but at least it means i can hold conspiracies with him down in the dungeons if necessary. heh heh. senior management don't ride their bikes.

remembrance day tomorrow. going to the cenotaph. not going to work.
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Old 11-11-05, 12:43 AM
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Ride in this morning was great. I didn't time it but I got to work earlier than usual. Hit every light on the green, had a break in traffic at every intersection. Somedays I think there's an S on my chest. Coming home I naturally hit every light on red, and even saw a knucklehead watching TV while he drove. None the less, the ride home was great as well. I'm off tomorrow, so I can get some mileage in. Stupid toeclips had nonlocking nuts as I discovered on the way home. Fixed it, but what the heck? Poor design.
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Nice ride in this morning! 32F, no wind. My feet got a bit chilly, but by mile 8 or 9, I was unzipping my windvest as I was starting to sweat a bit (feet still cold though). Traffic was lighter than usual, I assume due to Veterans day holiday. Looking forward to a 60F ride home with a good tailwind.
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Originally Posted by Big Ron
Nice ride in this morning! 32F, no wind. My feet got a bit chilly, but by mile 8 or 9, I was unzipping my windvest as I was starting to sweat a bit (feet still cold though). Traffic was lighter than usual, I assume due to Veterans day holiday. Looking forward to a 60F ride home with a good tailwind.
Think smartwool socks and toe warmers.
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No ride this morning. I need to adjust my rear cantilever brake.

I had an accident 1 week after purchasing my bike (a month or 2 ago). Bike vs car while towing my child in the trailer. Anyhow, I avoided the car but smacked the rear wheel very hard with the tow bar of the trailer. The wheel was nice and bent. The bike techs at REI are wonderful but after 2 attempts at fixing this wheel I am about ready to replace it.
Yesterday, after picking it up at REI it worked fine. 20 miles into my 45 mile ride home, it started bumping the rear brake a bit. I decided to stop and adjust the brake out. Somehow, I managed to make it worse. For one thing, I am mechanically inempt. Plus, I should never work on anything when I am tired.

As a temporary solution I plan on adjusting the brake out and then deciding what to replace my 700x35 rim with.

The long commute home yesterday went very well. I added 10 more miles of hills. Took them nicely. Later I blew past quite a few other cyclists. It was nice and warm with no wind. I wish every day was like that (but without the rear wheel issue).
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This morning was the best ride in the last two weeks. The temperature was in the upper forties after two days of low thirties. The forcast called for rain but I had a clear star filled sky above me and only wet roads to contend with. I saw one jogger, we're getting used to each other now. I'm not startled by him appearing out of the dark but I do wish he'd get some sort of light or reflector.

The only downside was having to share one of my quiet roads with a newspaper delivery car, I rode into the beams of his headlights for half a mile as he zigzaged back and forth across the street servicing boxes. That kills my night vision for the next part of the ride.
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Old 11-11-05, 07:31 AM
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(sigh of relief) Aaah... Good, the server is back.

Wicked headwind yesterday afternoon. I decided to relax and just meandered along at 12MPH for a while.

It turned into a tailwind this morning but I was up kind of late last night and feeling pretty rough so I had another slow ride. I rode behind another commuter on an MTB for about 2 miles before he turned onto a street. I wasn't sucking his wheel. He kept turning around to see where I was. Probably wondering why I wasn't dropping him like a hot rock. I kept tasting Jager.

Temps in the high 20Fs.
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Originally Posted by Big Ron
Nice ride in this morning! 32F, no wind. My feet got a bit chilly, but by mile 8 or 9, I was unzipping my windvest as I was starting to sweat a bit (feet still cold though). Traffic was lighter than usual, I assume due to Veterans day holiday. Looking forward to a 60F ride home with a good tailwind.
Where do you commute in Raleigh? I commute from Morrisville to the Cary/Raleigh border (on 54/Chapel Hill Rd), which is about a 6-7 mile ride. It was a lot colder this morning than the rest of the week and my feet got cold as well. Should be a very nice ride home this evening.

Yesterday on my ride in I was riding along a road which has a center turning lane in a 45mph zone. I was approaching my turn to the left so I checked behind me to make sure I could cross the lane to the center turning lane. There was a car a few hundred feet back so I signaled and moved into the center lane. As I was crossing the lane the lady in the car a few hundred feet back beeps at me. I even signaled and had plenty of room to cross the lane. She proceeded to pass me before I turned and she looked at me like she was pissed and I had done something wrong. I turned and went on my merry way, damn cagers.
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Good thing the server was down yesterday cuz I drove to NJ and all I would've done was rant about how much traffic sucks!

Ride in this morning was uneventful. Uneventful means the usual zig-zagging, splitting lanes, running reds, scattering peds, and getting buzzed by taxis, vans and expensive luxury cars. Was a little chilly so I had to put on my busted jacket which works out well for keeping me warm and cool at the same time. Fleece vest inside, but the front zipper's busted so I can't close it so my stomach's chilly, but my back's sweaty. The sides are perfect.

No haiku today cuz I rode in.
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A bit chilly in far West Kentucky, near freezing. I altered the loop I ride to work (1 mi direct, 10-15 mi with loop) after seeing several folks scraping frost off car windshields to one with less, and slower traffic. Adding vision restricted to a tiny, frosted over, scraped "hole" in the windscreen to the folks driving with a cell phone in one hand, coffee in the other (surely they're not steering with their knees, then again, maybe I'd best hope they are steering with something :-( ) and prudence becomes the better part of valor

Gorgeous day, most colored leaves down, though. Beautiful sunrise. Some rain forecast for AM Sunday but a pretty week next week. Too dry, though. We're going to have major wildfire problems without significant rainfall.

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Originally Posted by chipcom
Think smartwool socks.
I love smartwool socks. I wear leather CATs w/smart wools and my feet are nice and toasty. The slip resistant soles also work really well with bearclaw pedals.

This morning's ride was great, I think this temp - low to mid 30s - is my favorite to ride in so far.
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