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Old 01-11-06, 03:11 PM
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Old 01-11-06, 04:35 PM
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The roads were wet. So was my bike. Pedals were slippery too. And traffic really sucked. But I'm home now so who cares.
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Originally Posted by formerBMXer
I got stuck at the Mass.Ave bridge for two light cycles because I never got the "walk signal".
Those cross lights need to be tripped by pressing the signals (hard). Same thing when crossing on the Cambridge side of the BU bridge. If you press the button the signal changes pretty quickly. That side of the BP is fine to me this time of year- I treat it more like a MTB ride than a road ride because of the bumps- but it only gets worse as the weather gets better- it becomes unridable at anything more than walking speed when it's loaded with joggers and pedestrians.
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Originally Posted by buzzman
Those cross lights need to be tripped by pressing the signals (hard). Same thing when crossing on the Cambridge side of the BU bridge. If you press the button the signal changes pretty quickly. That side of the BP is fine to me this time of year- I treat it more like a MTB ride than a road ride because of the bumps- but it only gets worse as the weather gets better- it becomes unridable at anything more than walking speed when it's loaded with joggers and pedestrians.
I eventually did press the signal button and heard it chirping as I was half-walf across in a mad dash. I wouldn't mind trying that route again, but it would indeed be better on a MTB or better yet...my old Schwinn Sting BMX bike .
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It cooled down a bit in the afternoon but stayed sunny for a very pleasant ride. It took about 10 minutes to get home.
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very nice today! lit up (blinkies) going in (quiet) and no rain, 45degf, sane on return.
why do so few others....do this?
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Old 01-11-06, 10:47 PM
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Hooray I can post here again! No, not because I have a job again, but because I "commuted" to my university to meet with my advisor. That's surely close enough, no?

Anyhow... I've been riding my road bike almost exclusively as of late, so today was an opportunity to hop on the poor, neglected folder. Off I went... and realized after about 1km that I had forgotten to turn on the wireless bike computer. Another km or tow later I realized that I had forgotten to set it for the "other" wheel size (I now share one bike computer between the two bikes). In the end I think the two mistakes about evened out (folder has smaller wheels so it looked like I was going reeeeeally fast for while ). Silly day today, it seems, as I forgot to toss the clip-on fenders into my backpack so I got a little wet on the way back, as it had rained while I was indoors.

Edit: I had, though, remembered to charge my light set's battery so an evening return through the fog and rain-slicked roads was more wet than dangerous.
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Old 01-11-06, 11:30 PM
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yesterday in the course of the day's dementia i had a little social moment with the technical lead who i introduced myself to down by the bike racks a few months ago. 'hey!' he said. 'i don't see your bike down there anymore!' i explained about all the work and he didn't even feel snarked at. but it snapped me to the grid and made me sorry suddenly that i was missing out.

so yay and yee hah. back to biking to work this morning. VERY nice. grey, cool, lots of light and the clouds breaking up a bit over my destination just enough to catch it all and make the sky lovely to look at all the way in. it was raining the kind of rain that's so sparse you don't know it's happening until you get a look at a puddle and see the little rings on the surface. some wind all the way in, but not too bad. if i don't have to work too hard against them, i like headwinds when i remember to pretend to myself i'm swimming through air. then it's like going back to those third grade longings to be able to fly. i like that feeling of seeing air as a river flowing right over me.

ride home was nice too. if i got rained on it was still so light i didn't notice. resting for a couple of days doesn't seem to set me back too far towards square one either. it was a good day. and now there's only four of them left, unless i break out in last-minute goodwill and go work on the weekend as well

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Old 01-11-06, 11:34 PM
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I've been off the saddle visiting my inlaws for two weeks in california; however, I managed to commute to the hospital in one of the old man's motorcycles.

At least it was two wheels instead of 4. It has been an interesting experience, but I much rider commute in a bike and live closer to my destination than living in California and commuting a 100 miles rountrip every day.
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Warm & wet .
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Very wet & windy!
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Old 01-12-06, 06:58 AM
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Ride was clean and easy this AM. I even made it to work 1 minute quicker than usual........ lol

19 minutes for 5.25 miles. Give or take 60 seconds @ this one intersection that always slows me down...

Average Speed = 60 / 18 * 5.25 = 17.5 mph.

woot !

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Old 01-12-06, 07:12 AM
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The ride in this morning was uneventful except for one car that decided to pull out in-front of me. Yesterday was rather funny though. I was riding on a 3 lane road in a busy area near my work that I cannot avoid. A red mercedes convertable passed me with the top and windows down, and then begins to slow down at a green light so I pass him. Then he begins pacing me and just staying there right next to me so I glance over and the guy has his pants at his knees playing with his junk. Obviously he wanted me to see this so I did'nt give him the pleasure of a reaction and just kept on pushing to the next stoplight. He went to the far left turn lane and put his windows up and I was going straight, so when I got to the light I just did my normal thing and did'nt look toward him.

This is definatley the weirdest thing that has happened to me since I started commuting. I kept laughing about it all day.
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Old 01-12-06, 07:44 AM
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Clear, dry, upper 30's this morning, supposed to be sunny and up in the 50's today. WOO HOO! Left the winter bike in the garage and took the Fuji this morning. It was nice to 'fly' again, rather than just plodding along. My commute takes about an hour and fifteen minutes on the 'tank', about 55 minutes on the Fuji. Nothing like getting back on a thoroughbred again after a few weeks on a clydesdale.
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Great ride in this morning! I was running late and had the opportunity to see the sky lighten and color over a foggy James River, plus I made it from the Carillion to the Diamond catching only one red light, which is sort of unusual (sometimes it's the little things that make the commute great, right?).
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Dark and foggy. I had to put lights on my bike. Temps are gonna be pushing 70F today. That's just crazy.
Also, spring semester has just started up, so more kids to dodge on campus... I get rather used to living in a "ghost town" between semesters... then all of a sudden, BAM! Tons of peds and bikes and cars and buses, etc etc etc...

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Old 01-12-06, 08:51 AM
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Finally back on the bike this morning after over a week off. Had a nice ride in, still wet from the rain and it was foggy but I took it easy. Very warm, in the 50's on the way in and around 70 this afternoon.
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Flatted today about 1/2 way to work. Oh well, at least there was a nice plaza where I flatted to sit and change the tube out. Pulled over, pulled out the pump, levers and spare tube, looked at the wheel and realized it wasn't the quick release wheel I used to have. And me w/o a wrench. :O Pack it all up, call the boss and tell her I'll be late and walk the rest of the way to work. Oh well, at least it's a nice day out.
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The commutes this week have been nothing out of the ordinary.
I have been getting annoyed with the bus I take on the way home. It has been taking roughly the same amount of time as what it took me to ride to the bus. The distance it covers is maybe 5-10 miles more than what I cover on my bike. Thus, getting me up to my suburb 15-20 minutes late. This leaves me 10 minutes to cover 4 miles. I can do it since it is downhill. However, it is still a stressful and exhausting way to end the commute.
Anyhow, I decided to ride a bit further into downtown and take a bus that runs every 8-15 minutes. This change enabled me to arrive a full 30 minutes earlier. Yippie!! Plus, it is still light when I exited the bus.
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No new snow, so the roads are a little faster today. I rolled by a bus stop and saw my manager there, so I flashed him with my light. I chatted for a minute, then I rolled on. Even stopping for breakfast, I still beat him to work by about 5 minutes. He cursed me a little. Perhaps I can get him on a bike when the weather gets nicer...
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Once again, winter has failed to arrive as planed. Looked out the window when I got up and no snow... dry as a bone, and a balmy 38F to boot.
Starting to get light on the way in. Not sure if it's the sun coming up earlier or if I'm just being lazy and leaving later. Most likely a combination of both.

At the start of my climb to the office, there is a 1/2 mile speed up/right turn lane. A tanker truck is coming up and not giving an inch. He passes within a foot or 2 to my left. [There was nobody in the next lane] The funny part was that when he got to the right turn, he went all the way into the next lane to make the corner. Guess he values the concrete curb more than the local cyclist.... sigh.
I guess I've been riding long enough that these things don't even spoil the ride. Idiots are becoming a common part of the landscape. The trick is to stay out of their way.
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After a pretty uneventful couple of months things went to pieces this morning.

An unmarked white cube truck (everyone's favorite road-safety icon) squeezes past me on Steeles Avenue. Close enough that I reached out an tapped him without extending my elbow too much. Within 5 seconds he has to slam on the brakes at a red light. I pull up alongside him on the right-hand boulevard strip (I was on my freeride bike) and make a 'you nearly hit my handlebar' gesture. He of course makes a 'raised middle finger' gesture.

He then rips off again and I catch him, again, a mile down the road. I'm on the other side of the road now in a parking lot, he sees me and makes more gestures. He was doing some yelling too, but he kept the windows of the cab rolled up (it was too cold I guess).

He turns across (and cuts off) oncoming traffic on an "imaginary advance green" just so he can pull alongside me on the next road and bluff me with his truck. I pulled off the road. He stops there and just looks at me, flashing the trucks lights like he's going to do a driveby or something. More yelling and gestures. My cellphone rings and I answer it. This spooks him enough that he takes off again.

I don't need this crap. I got the plates. I've already sent in a police report.



Edit: The place where the truck brushed by me was the EXACT same location where last fall a pedestrian yelled at me to "get on the road". He would have liked to yell "get off the sidewalk", but I was riding on the boulevard strip again.

I guess he doesn't want me getting in the way of... whatever is supposed to happen on a 25' wide zone between the cube lane and the sidewalk.

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Old 01-12-06, 09:31 AM
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30 F. Roads clear. Perfect.

I'm really enjoying the SS MTB conversion. Got my fenders and rack re-installed. Mounted a rear reflector last night as a backup for my taillight. I almost look like I know what I'm doing now.

One dog at the bottom of the hill. It was the white one. I think it's the unambitious one. He just barked at me a couple times from the driveway.
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Relatively warm and quite commute today, nice. I did however have borrow the rear wheel from my wife's Giant this morning because I notice a broken spoke during last night's commute. I picked up some replacement spokes, but I was too lazy to do the install last night .

There was a thread in the cycling forum asking "≈what people thought of Alex Wheels". In my experience, pure crap!
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Sort of cold, but very clear and sunny this morning. The ride was good, and I made it to the office in about 10 minutes.
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