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Old 01-20-06, 08:56 AM
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Broke in the studded Nikoians last night on the way home... It started snowing 5 hours before I left the cube farm. The roads were super glossy with a nice layer of snow on top. Cars could barely move. The 6 lane Blvd was gridlocked for 2 miles. I rode by that whole stinkin mess just smiling and waving. Didn't even try to slip a little bit, and I still had the tires pumped up to 60 or 70 psi. Amazing what studs will do.

This morning I headed out into 4-6 inches of frresh snow. Some roads were plowed, some were not. I did discover that riding untracked snow is very similar to skiing in some fresh powder. Just like floating along the road. Really cool.

Cow-Orkers were amazed that I rode in. I replied, "It was a blast...How much fun did you have on the way in ?" Somehow I seemed less crazy after that.

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Old 01-20-06, 09:03 AM
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No commute today
Working from home and packing
for a weekend trip
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great ride, around 32F give or take. sun was shinning Have a good weekend all
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Old 01-20-06, 09:47 AM
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I left the house too early to catch the sunrise. I figure it will be another month before I can see it reliably. I couldn't sleep last night. All I could think about was building my own frame from scratch. mcatano and velonomad have totally inspired me with their DIY bikes. Sigh...
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Old 01-20-06, 10:54 AM
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Great ride this morning. Comfortable temperatures, light traffic, and fresh legs from a week off the bike. It's very refreshing to get back in the saddle after being out of it for too long.
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Old 01-20-06, 11:16 AM
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I had a very good commute this morning. My knees have been bugging me and it's made me very frustrated. Yesterday I was feeling like it was never going to get better. But I've been working on keeping my cadence up and not mashing... and not getting lazy and slow, because I need some exercise in my life. Today I got in to things and had time to pay attention to my pedaling style. I made sure I wasn't putting much strain on my knees and putting steady pressure on the pedals through most of the stroke, and lo and behold I was soon going quite fast, pushing through the wind, knees feeling good...
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Old 01-20-06, 11:26 AM
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Another beautiful morning ride. Very nice drivers on the road today.

Happy Friday, everyone!
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Old 01-20-06, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
I couldn't sleep last night. All I could think about was building my own frame from scratch. mcatano and velonomad have totally inspired me with their DIY bikes. Sigh...
I know what you mean. I'm wishing I had a garage and found myself looking up the welding classes Times Up offers for free...
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Yay! I did my first commute today. Bought a Felt F80 (affordable and doesn't have sora components ) a couple days ago and I'm loving it. This forum has been an inspiration and very helpful!

Was a bit chilly but I brought my shell in anticipation. 15 miles of trying to figure out which roads I could take made the commute a little longer than I anticipated but I got to work in one piece.

Wooohooo! Feels great getting a little 15 mile ride in before the day has started.

I have a question regarding a rear rack... I'll be starting school next week and my books are about 25 to 30 pounds with laptop. Problem is, my bike doesn't have eyelets. Is there a 30+ pound rear rack equipped for panniers that I can install without needing eyelets?
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Old 01-20-06, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MyPC8MyBrain
Cow-Orkers were amazed that I rode in. I replied, "It was a blast...How much fun did you have on the way in?" Somehow I seemed less crazy after that.
Heh. Yep. Riding in the snow is more fun than driving in it.

Unfortunately there's no more snow around here. Northern Vermont and there's no snow. Hmm. Not down by Lake Champlain anyway. It's 48F here. Morning commute was in the high 30s. There are a couple of sections of ice on the trail and a guy walking his dogs told me to be careful because it's treacherous. I said, "Yep! I've got studs."
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Old 01-20-06, 03:23 PM
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Woo-Hoo! Hi! I've been enjoying your forum so signed up. New to commuting, a lil' 6 miler to the office is just a shame to take the car. Got about a 1.5 mile of no bike lane on a skinny, crazy, bizzy, scary two laner, then another 4 miles on a fire road away from cars (YAY!).

60's temps, a little 12mph NE wind for a little push on my Southward route... was AWESOME!
Looking forward to the ride home, especially as the days grow longer
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5/5 commute week. today's temp on return was 60degs (weird, but nice)! couple of cager right hooks, countered by right passes at stop lites. a typical friday, but with the weather possibly making the cager's cage their perceived entrapment, my freedom is real enjoyment!
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Old 01-20-06, 11:27 PM
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Six days in a row this week of commuting. I hope next week I can do as well. I hope the temps hold on for a little while longer. Have a good night.
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Old 01-21-06, 12:39 AM
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Ride home would have been uneventful. Except I noticed my headlight was unusually dim. Umm, okay, that's odd. I'll have to check it out later. Then it dies. Hmm, that's not good. I figure my battery must have run out of juice. But I charge it every night for the prescribed amount of time, and my commute is under 30 minutes! Sure enough, somehow, I must have tripped a circuit breaker a while back, and I slowly managed to drain my battery. Oh well, recharging it tonight, and we'll see how it is in the morning.
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Old 01-21-06, 12:52 AM
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Ride both ways was nice. After work went to pick up a bookcase I won in a county auction and the truck died. Dead battery. Told wife I need a bike trailer. No dice, but still trying. Funny that the truck battery was dead due to lack of use. Bike commuting is great. A friend of mine had 5 strokes this week. He's inactive, smokes, overweight. That's another reason to keep riding. When he gets out of the hospital I'll ask him about riding, depending on his balance and physical limitations.
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Old 01-21-06, 02:24 AM
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I've been putting together a geek light over the past week or so. My charger showed up yesterday and I stopped on the way home from work at one of my favorite surplus shops to pick up a pair of cheap used SLA batteries to tide me over until my 7ah battery I ordered shows up in a few days.

I rode into town and back for a jam session and back last night to try out the light, which is an $8 Malibu landscaping light from Home Desperate. It worked great, but I need a narrower beam. The reflector built into the Malibu unit is a bit wide for my taste, so I'm looking forward to getting the optronics housings I ordered so I can try different bulbs and maybe run both a narrow and a really narrow beam optionally.

It was about 19F last night on the way home, and I stopped at a gas station along the way to pick up some chips and warm up my lungs for a few minutes. There was a Marlboro rep there and he insisted on giving me a free pack of cigarettes for some reason, so I finally went along with it. I think it's amusingly ironic that this guy saw me sprint up the hill into the gas station parking lot on a bike in the dark January night and thinks I'm a smoker. I've got a coworker that smokes like a chimney I'll sell them to for a profit...
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Old 01-21-06, 03:32 PM
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I rode into town and back for a jam session and back last night to try out the light, which is an $8 Malibu landscaping light from Home Desperate. It worked great, but I need a narrower beam. The reflector built into the Malibu unit is a bit wide for my taste, so I'm looking forward to getting the optronics housings I ordered so I can try different bulbs and maybe run both a narrow and a really narrow beam optionally.
Car and Truck supply shops sell PAR 36 sealed bulbs the same size as the Malibu lights sold at my H.D. Just more powerful up to 50+ watts and some very tight focus types like police spotlights. Might melt a malibu holder. Consider a rubber tractor headlight mount as seen on a lot of tow trucks where they are used as working lights on the backs of the tow trucks. 12 volts. Got a 6 volt, 100 watt one at a major airport supplyj store. Wowzer!
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No commute today but a nice wet ride to the grocery for stuff to make risotto.
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Originally Posted by scottmorrison99
When he gets out of the hospital I'll ask him about riding, depending on his balance and physical limitations.
A recumbent trike might be cheap physical therapy for him.
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Old 01-22-06, 08:57 PM
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my first commute was today! woot, new commuter.

18 miles. Uneventfull. Rained a little bit, not enough to make me uncomfortable. We shall about tomorow.
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Wet with a dose of heavy traffic.
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Old 01-23-06, 07:34 AM
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No commute today with the rain and the need to be uptown for classes later this afternoon.

But here's an update from the weekend: I went out to Midtown to meet some friends at a show. By the time I rode over there (~6 mi), I was so hyped up I couldn't sit still. I had a beer, chatted aimlessly with some coworkers, and then practically ran out of there. I hated to look anti-social, but taking a long night ride in the unseasonably warm weather was much more fun than a smokey bar with a jam-packed crowd.
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It's cold and rainy today and to top it all off, there's no heat or hot water in my apt. building so I can't even take a shower! In short, no commute today. This sucks. I need to work off the chocolate croissant I just ate.
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Old 01-23-06, 09:07 AM
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I have crossed over to the dark side....and love it. Last night I picked up my new Single Speed bike. A friend found an old 88 Nishiki Prestige lugged steel frame and built it up for me to commute on. It is 48 x 16 with only a single front brake. Very clean, very nice! Must have been the smoothest, quietest ride I have had to date.

Really looking forward to the ride home this evening!

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The ride in was accompanied by a drizzling rain and temps in the 30s. But I was committed to this morning's commute. Need to acquire a rear fender to fend off the street crud when it's wet.
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