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Old 12-28-05, 11:54 PM
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31F (-.5C) tonight on the ride home and I was so warm it was like a summer day. Now have a pair of studded Nokian's on the bike and it's like riding up a very slight hill all the time. I'm trying to keep the same cadence as with my more modest winter tires that I had on the bike before and end up dropping down a gear to do so. It's been so warm there was no ice on the roads and I had to search for remnants of ice and snow banks to roll over with my fancy new tires to justify the extra effort and expense of having them. I must admit it was awfully nice to have most of the snow and ice gone.
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Old 12-29-05, 12:11 AM
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Gorgeous weather here in OKC (high in the 60's F). Today's ride went well until a few blocks from home when I got chased by 3 stray dogs. I didn't see them in the dark until I was right up on them (I think I startled them as much they startled me). I went ahead and sprinted for a bit, but they didn't chase for long.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
This was the first time in about 5 days that I haven't been hungover. I also had to go back to work today. Coincidence?
i call that timing. count me in with the known universe - week off and haven't left the house for anything substantial since i took the cat for booster shots on christmas eve. feeling strange and disturbed about what feels like a very non-commute-y december.
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Old 12-29-05, 07:10 AM
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Perfect weather today.

The ride was quite different because I changed my gearing from 52x15 to 40x14.

My legs feel a little more tired but not as pumped as before. I suppose I'll have to get used to it if I want to keep my knees in tact !!!!!!

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Old 12-29-05, 08:31 AM
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Nice commute in this morning. Traffic was light to moderate, enjoyable; but school starts up again Monday. We had rain last night so the temps were in the 40s this morning with wet streets. The lack of noise and traffic made for a peaceful commune with nature on the way in.
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First commute in 5 days and it was great! Damp roads, 46... no rain and virtually no traffic, or parked cars clogging Comm.ave. Only saw 5 other bikers, two were travling in the same direction as myself and one them was way ahead. I'd ride on damp roads nearly everyday if it was always this nice, gotta love the Holiday Season for school vacation alone.
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Woke up really late, jumped on the bike after the sun was up and still made it to work on time. I didn't get to stop for breakfast, so now I've got the hungries. Very little traffic today, likely a combination of my lateness and the holidays.

48 hours from now, I'll be knee-deep in untracked powder. Oh yass!
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It was cold again this morning, low 50's. But it was dry so I rode my bike and made it to the office in about 10 minutes.
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Originally Posted by eastbaybob
It was cold again this morning, low 50's.
Relatively speaking I suppose, shyte...I'll take that all winter
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Old 12-29-05, 01:21 PM
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Beaut of a morning, today. Cloudless, windless and ~40. Finally chased down and neutralized an annoying fender rattle, last night, so today's ride was less annoying to the ear. Had a really nice ride along a cattail pond with many breakfasting ducks and had a great blue heron soar alongside me in the mist for a ways. Nice. Shoulda put that in a haiku.

On a sadder note, I discovered yesterday that my old-style seatpost bolt had rubbed a small hole in my new Novara pants on the very first ride I wore them. They're not ruined, but it's a bit of a bummer. I ordered a new post and wrapped the jagged part with black tape till it gets here.
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Old 12-29-05, 07:50 PM
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A bit wet and a headwind going in to work this morning. It was only my third day of commuting this month...it's been very cold and snowy here in Chicago. Five more miles and I'll make 4K total miles for the year. Ordered a pair of Sugoi Subzero tights and Sugoi Resistor shoe covers today to upgrade the winter riding gear. What I'm replacing are pretty tattered. Riding home tonight it was 35. Last Friday it was in the mid 40's - I like that temperature for riding.
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Old 12-29-05, 10:26 PM
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A Special Report: My commute home.

Mostly I just post my commute to work, today I will also post my commute home. It was cold, but warmer than the morning, maybe low 60's. It took about 10 minutes to get home.
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Old 12-30-05, 01:01 AM
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theory of relativity.

temperature 45F (7.2C)- September - freezing. Tonight- I was overheated.

Rain- compared to the snow and ice it felt like a warm shower.

The bike path- Mid-May jam packed chaos. Tonight- 10 miles of me and noone else (except two rabbits and a flock of geese).

A gorgeous night for a ride. Boston was all fogged in from the Cambridge side of the bike path. My headlamp cut a beam like a 50 foot light saber in the fog. My new Nokian's track me safely over one last unexpected wet stretch of ice.

I should reread this post some night in June to see that I can be blissed out on a cold rainy night in December.
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best and scariest 7.5 miles I've ridden in a while !

about half way through, my chain flew off of the rear cog.

I thought i was gonna start riding a wheelie for a second then I realized i was spinning like a madman ! LOL

Anyway, lucky for me I carry a 15mm box end wrench with me... thats all It took to loosen the rear hub and get the chain back on and tighter than before. Strange thing is that I had this thing on as tight as possible !

Anyway, I suppose I should upgrade my multi-gear cog to a fixed gear specific cog soon... the cog has these kind of angles on each blade that I think was part of the reason it came off + riding hard through bumpy sidewalks to avoid insane traffic on us-1.

So there it is. Made it alive once again !
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Pretty windy this morning. Most of the time it was from the side and the rest a tailwind. Happy to have been on the bike.

Happy new year all.
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(1) 54@ 6am at the end of December is absurd.
(2) Less than an inch of rain since September is also absurd.

They make for great commuting conditions, but the wildfires are getting to be a worry.

Beautiful ride in. Lovely sunrise and short sleeves. The word is that the wind will shift to be at my back for the ride home, as well. 9 roundtrips without a puncture, too. Life is good.
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A bitterly harsh 46 degrees for this mornings ride. Fortunately it was dry and sunny so I made it to the office in about 10 minutes.
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A Special Report; My Ride Home

Yes, it was cold, but sunny and bright. I rode home from work a bit early as we got cut loose early today. The ride home took about 10 minutes.
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36F coming home tonight at 11pm.

But the ground temp must have been a little chillier as I got a little further out from Boston because the dreaded Black Ice of Brighton was making it's presence known. Fortunately, I have the new Nokian carbide studded ice breakers on and was able to dance over the ice like Bobby Orr.

Saw one commuter cyclist on the way in and soloed the entire 12 mile ride home seeing nary a pedestrian nor a cyclist on the bike path.
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0 commutes this week, holiday traffic, getting the car ready for winter, drive train problems (shimano alivio set) etc...,excusses! thanks somewhat to this site, i have been even more commited to the inclusion of bicycle commuting, and wish fellow workers and neighbors could share in this exitement! my total milage for 2005 was at 2600.0, last years total was 1700.0 miles (even including a 900.0 mile tour) . wish all fellow commutors a Safe and Happy New Year!
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Today was a nogo. Drove in due to flooding and being on standby for Emergency Services. Called in for County Search and Rescue to assist in flood rescue. I- 80, 505, Hwy 12 under water in parts of Solano County. In-laws had tree knock powerlines onto their house. They have been told to prepare to evacuate. I wish we could send some of our rain to Texas and Oklahoma. Only 1 storm related fatality as of 6 PM in Solano County. Next storm to hit in a few hours, hoping for the best, preparing for the worst.
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Old 01-03-06, 12:21 AM
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not bad, considering a whole week off. well, a week off with occasional shorter trips just to remind myself how to do it. good times both ways too, and no particular evidence of jelly-legs. tomorrow may be the killer.

i have 11 work days left at this job. right ON! almost done, and i still haven't made up my mind how i feel about this ride. sometime last week i took my bike downtown at evening rush hour just to scope it out and see what it might be like if i get my next job down there. seems like it's just better in every conceivable way, and yet. . . it was so different, i just know that when i'm not doing this ride anymore i'll start getting nostalgic for parts of it. i hate change AND stagnation, basically. and i'm also starting to think soberly that i might not get any job at all for a while.

cool and clear and grey both ways. nice. it's disturbing how little rain we've had this winter. fall was demented, but i think it hardly rained at all in december. no idea of the temperatures because the led i rely on is still saying 130C all the time. must have been easily in the zone between 5 and 10 degrees.

wore my balaclava coming home. this is the pure-wool one i knitted a while ago in the cold crunch and then thought 'oh get real, you're never going to need somethign like that out here.' well, no, but it sure was nice. happiness is a warm face.
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My commute in the last week consisted on 100 mile roundtrips on the charming Los Angeles freeways visiting my father in law at the hospital. It is not as bad as they say, but it is a slow week because the holidays. It was quite interesting seeing cars loosing control because it rains ... lots of fun.

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Old 01-03-06, 06:15 AM
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awesome ride today !

had a little less mph because of my new gearing (40x15) so It took me 2 more minutes than usual to get here =)

Other than that, It was great !
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-7C/19F calm.

First day back after a week off. Good commute, uneventful. Did a 20km ride yesterday to get the body used to pedalling again.
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