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Old 12-16-05, 11:20 AM
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Someone above mentioned how riding a bike daily puts you more in touch with nature. I was thinking exactly the same thing last night. As I was leaving the building, the CHP officer at the security station saw me walking out, obviously heading to the bike cage because I was wearing a jersey, bibs, and kneewarmers. He practically shouted, "Oh my God! You are going to freeze!"

I was kind of taken aback. "Really? Did it start raining?"

"No, but it's really cold out there!"

It was in the low 40s and calm. And on the way home, I kept wondering "am I going to freeze?" And, truthfully, it was a little chilly, I probably could have done with tights and a ski cap. But I wasn't freezing, I was just a little uncomfortable. So it's funny how most folks in our society just don't have any tolerance for a little discomfort. We have to insulate ourselves from nature lest we get a chill in December or start to sweat in July.

As for me, give me the fresh air and the moon poking through the evening fog. A bit of chill makes my children's welcome all the warmer when I walk through the kitchen door.

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Old 12-16-05, 11:53 AM
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Must be lurker Friday!

I've actually been lurking around the forum for a couple of months now. I tried to join before, but I think there was a problem registering.

I've been commuting since April at least twice a week and sometimes four. I've been taking classes after work and had no desire to ride with a back pack full of books. Today's commute was not very fun I must say. Rain, coupled with wind out of the East made my commute slow. We had a rain snow mix in the early morning hours so things were a bit slick. Had to climb a few snowbanks to access the sidewalk because "cagers" were blocking the Cambridge bike lane. On the bright side, it was nearly 40 degrees, I arrived at work 95% dry, on time and undamaged. My commute is from Boston (Brighton) to Cambrige (Kendall SQ.) so it's mostly Comm. Ave and car doors and College Students.
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Haven't been able to ride at all this week My job all week has been off site so I had to drive since I had so much equipment to take with me. Next week Monday and Friday are the only days I will be forced to drive so I hope to be able to ride the other days depending on the weather. I bought a commuter light so I can now ride after dark I was going to try and make it over 1000 miles on my road bike but I don't think that's going to happen (bought in July). However, I do think that I have ridden over 1500 miles all year and this has been my first year commuting
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Old 12-16-05, 05:47 PM
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I had a nice commute today, but I think I got frost-bite between my eyebrows...The morning ride was around 18 F with a 20 mph headwind. It got colder througout the day, and the ride home was around 12 a/t my thermometer at home, but the weather site has it at 15. Good part was that the wind didn't shift during the day so I had a nice tailwind. Its pretty cool to go 25 mph on studs. The roar was quite impressive.

My wife finally got a picture of me on the bike so she can show her relatives how crazy I am so I attached it. She especially likes the holiday lights but they are pretty hard to see in the picture:
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Old 12-16-05, 06:13 PM
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Yup, today is definitely a Monday masquerading as a Friday. The commute home was nothing short of the usual except for the racket coming from the drivetrain. Time to clean and lube the chain. Out comes the chain cleaner and solvent. Solvent in, chain cleaner on and SNAP!, the lid arm breaks. *Grumble grumble* Jacket on and off to the LBS for a new chain cleaning tool. Get to Larry & Jeff's on 3rd and 79th and immediately notice a Specialized Langster single speed. Ooohhh...nice and light. A salesman comes over and starts in w/ the hard sell. No thanks, just need a chain cleaner. And those reflective stickers. Back at home, break out the new chain cleaner, fill it up, slap it on, spin the pedals and the chain falls off. Oops, wasn't watching the chain line. Off w/ the chain cleaner, flip the bike over and SNAP!, there goes the Apex rear fender, now in two pieces. *Grumble grumble* Chain's back on, chain cleaner's back on, spin the pedals, clean the chain, rinse, repeat. Now it's drying, and I need a new rear fender. Sigh. Tried to do something simple and broke two things. I'm afraid to go to the bathroom now.
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Old 12-16-05, 06:26 PM
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Took the Townie3 w/utility trailer today. A very nice ho-hum day, nothing unusual. Which is, I guess, why today seems so unusual. If that makes any sense. Ddin't see any wild critters, all dogs were tied, etc.

Fresh dead armadillo on the side of the road. All four feet stuck straight up in the air. I went back about a mile to pick up a discarded whiskey bottle I had seen. Layed the bottle on the armadillo on the way back by.
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Old 12-16-05, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Sigh. Tried to do something simple and broke two things. I'm afraid to go to the bathroom now.
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warmer am/pm rides today, good end to the week. one note:
approaching the left hand turn area mentioned earlier, (rarely, if ever, get "noticed" for change lite), i saw a break from the right hand turn lane accross while the signal then turned yellow. a f150 truck was coming from behind while i changed lane, but when the signal was changing, and i had moved to the correct lane, he sped up, through the yellow, skidded almost hitting the first of 2 cars turning left from the opposing direction just starting engaging in this turn. almost hit them.
i thought yellow lite ment "slow down, prepare to stop" this was a "friday thing", i think! 4/4 commute workweek!!
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Old 12-16-05, 11:36 PM
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welcome to a fellow Bostonian- former BMXER.

My commute is from Boston (Brighton) to Cambrige (Kendall SQ.) so it's mostly Comm. Ave and car doors and College Students.
Comm ave- that's often my route these days since the bike path is so gnarly with ice and snow.

haven't posted in a few days due to a frantic schedule... Actually took the bus one day in there (it took 8 minutes longer than biking) and the rest of the commutes were in really cold weather- 0F. Today it was up to 45F. But since I'm cycling home after 11p most nights- like tonight- the black ice is treacherous. Watched as the bus dropped off a guy who stepped off and landed flat on his ass- he was fine. I followed the bus ( I usually scoot past but conditions were bad) and at the next stop a woman got off and likewise ended up on her butt in the snow- she, too was fine, but a bit bewildered since it looked like there was no ice just black pavement.

I had two good slips on the bike this week but caught myself before I hit the ground both times. But man it's slippery out there.
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Old 12-16-05, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Yup, today is definitely a Monday masquerading as a Friday. The commute home was nothing short of the usual except for the racket coming from the drivetrain. Time to clean and lube the chain. Out comes the chain cleaner and solvent. Solvent in, chain cleaner on and SNAP!, the lid arm breaks. *Grumble grumble* Jacket on and off to the LBS for a new chain cleaning tool. Get to Larry & Jeff's on 3rd and 79th and immediately notice a Specialized Langster single speed. Ooohhh...nice and light. A salesman comes over and starts in w/ the hard sell. No thanks, just need a chain cleaner. And those reflective stickers. Back at home, break out the new chain cleaner, fill it up, slap it on, spin the pedals and the chain falls off. Oops, wasn't watching the chain line. Off w/ the chain cleaner, flip the bike over and SNAP!, there goes the Apex rear fender, now in two pieces. *Grumble grumble* Chain's back on, chain cleaner's back on, spin the pedals, clean the chain, rinse, repeat. Now it's drying, and I need a new rear fender. Sigh. Tried to do something simple and broke two things. I'm afraid to go to the bathroom now.
:rofl: watch out for that sales guy when you go to replace the fender. i'm laying bets with myself now , , ,

today's ride didn't happen. lay awake too long last night debating whether to wring my kid's neck for what his math teacher said or hug him to bits for what his english teacher said, and slept in too late. well, i need the practice at remembering how driving works, sigh.

it is COLD on the days i don't ride. i'm almost ready to call that science. days i ride, i can go outside and down the road for coffee in sandals and a light shirt at 0 degrees, and then stand around out there drinking it; days i drive, four minutes in hiking boots and long-johns at 5 degrees does me in. i can't figure out whether to be surprised that the effects only last for a day, or surprised that they - well, last for a day. in any case, it's still winter and there's five more riding days left till christmas.
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Old 12-17-05, 12:42 PM
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Last night, another late-night ride home. A good chance to destress for a few short miles. I'm glad I'm commuting, because otherwise, I wouldn't have been on my bike since Sunday.
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Old 12-18-05, 09:36 PM
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On the ride in at noon it was almost 40F (4.4C) today! Only problem is on the ride home the melted snow has turned to a thin veneer of ice. My commute, which is a distance of 10 miles (16k), is almost directly west and thus inland and the temperature change is noticeable. I start the ride at the end of the Charles River where it empties into Boston Harbor and follow it inland. It's amazing how predictable the temperature change is whether I follow the bike path or take roads but as soon as I hit about 5-6 miles into the ride the ground temperature shifts and what were puddles in Boston are black ice in Brighton. The ocean keeps Boston a couple of degrees warmer at this time of year.

Am seriously considering some studded tires this year. I just don't think my chain stays will accomodate a tread width on anything wider than a 1.5. I'm not sure if anyone makes a 26x1.5 studded tire. Also managed to snap my front fender the other day when the temp dropped to about 0F (-17C) A stick that would normally have bounced off it cracked it in half like it was made of an egg shell.
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Old 12-19-05, 06:37 AM
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Awesome ride to work on my thrift store schwinn.

I just got it and fixed up all the bearings and flipped/chopped the road bars and de-geared it ...

I took a slightly different route today and it paid off, i got to work in 20 minutes in what appears to be a slightly shorter trip, I would say 5 miles instead of the typical 5.4...

I have not yet swapped over the trip computer to this bike so I don't have actual #'s, but I did time myself with my watch... now, can anyone help figure out how to convert it to avg speed in mph ??? duh - 15 mph ... thats a nice little boost from my typical 12.5 mph on the huffy ! LOL

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Crud. Why did I open this thread? I flippin miss my bike now.

I was getting a bit burnt out. Commuting with the bike was becoming a chore rather than fun. So, I took a few days off and then a 4th day off since it is 5F out. No need to ride on the coldest day of the week. The rest of the week is supposed to be 15F-20F. I'm starting to regret my decision. At least I will have a ton of energy to burn off. I think Wed and Thursday I will ride directly home instead of taking the bus.

*cries a tear into his beer*
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Old 12-19-05, 08:11 AM
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-14C/7F calm

With my wife gone on holidays, the temptation to simply jump in the car was great. But I dug deep, locked horns with the devil, and won!

I saw the same commuter who keeps crashing red lights. So again, I caught up passed him. This time I hit a red light. He actually stopped behind me. Hopefully that proves to be more influential than telling him the responsibilities he has on the road.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:15 AM
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I absolutely love commuting in the cold, it's mid-summer that is demoralizing for me. I think we should have a Southern US/Canadian commuter exchange program. I like Rush, hockey and pro wrestling, so I'd probably fit right in.
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After two weeks of bad schedules, I was able to get back on my regular commuting route this morning. It wasn't as cold as I expected, but still plenty comfortable. Today was also the first day on my regular bike since it's been converted to a single speed. No reason why except to try it.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:18 AM
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10 degrees F out today in Cleveland. Had a nice ride--overdressed, as I sometimes do. Crisp air, a few snowflakes. Went a little slow.

The guard at our business entrance told me I was the second cyclist to come in today. I bet there is only 3 or 4 for the day.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:29 AM
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About 35F when I left this morning so just a t-shirt and windproof shell for me. Made decent time, got some good speed going even in traffic and saw another commuter. Contemplated a new bike purchase on the way in and how I'd have to learn new riding styles to accomodate. Hopefully I'm not such an old dog that I can't learn new tricks.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:51 AM
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-5 F/ -20.5 C this morning. I think my nose is going to break off one of these days. I need a solution to the frozen nose vs glasses fogging problem as nothing I've tried has worked. Next step is to get perscription goggles and a heat exchanger(the darth vader mask things).

Clothing: Balaclava, cold gear top, sweatshirt, winter jacket without the liner, knit gloves, windproof ski gloves, bike shorts, tights, sweatpants, wool socks, boots.

Aside from the nose I'd say I had the layering just about right. Slow going though, took 32 min to go 5 miles (9.4/15 mph/kph).

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I like to vary my route; keeps things interesting. I'd forgotten about this path that makes a shortcut between two roads I normally loop around. It's gravel but covered with leaves/pinestraw this time of year, so it's not too bad on the skinny tires.

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I like to vary my route; keeps things interesting. I'd forgotten about this path that makes a shortcut between two roads I normally loop around. It's gravel but covered with leaves/pinestraw this time of year, so it's not too bad on the skinny tires.

That looks like a nice spot. Sigh.
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The ride today was completely uneventful. -13C at the house when I left, but it got much warmer as sson as I got downtown. Quite nice really!
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Originally Posted by krispistoferson
I absolutely love commuting in the cold, it's mid-summer that is demoralizing for me. I think we should have a Southern US/Canadian commuter exchange program. I like Rush, hockey and pro wrestling, so I'd probably fit right in.

Sweet, that'd work out great cause I love bluegrass and Jack Daniels!
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Today I fell for the first time using Clipless pedals. I came across a bus that was just about to move out from the bus stop, and decided to wait behind it untill it did. Well to make a long story short I fell before I could unclip.

Good thing I was wearing Gloves, cause my hands were smarting even with wearing them. Bang up my knee a little, but no torn clothing (Thank God).
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