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Old 02-01-06, 07:42 PM
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pumped the tires to 100 psi after 2 weeks use (pump started at 80psi) and with wind on back, flew to work AM. return home was successful dance with cars/fellow road users (no bicyclists). went to meeting tonite at local library using new lite system, kid there asked me what was the crisis (yellow jacket amd flashing stobe lites may actually have looked like a Police - EMS uniform), told him "just riding around". town changes around here after it gets dark...got that "gut feeling' a few times, but the bike zipped through these areas. a good day with bonus miles attached!
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Old 02-01-06, 08:03 PM
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Non eventful commute home. No snow or ice. Lots of sand on the roads. I used my lights tonight.
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Old 02-01-06, 09:25 PM
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Nice ride in this morning, even had a little breeze behind me today. It's been an amazing winter for riding here in the Northeast. We've had our share of cold and ice but it's so balanced with warm days that it's made for a really ridable winter. Rolled home in the dark tonight and saw one other commuter at the end of the ride. We chatted about how pleasant an evening it was. Oh, one thing...today was bit of a harbinger of spring (awfully early but just a hint of spring in the air) and it brought out the jogger/pedestrian crowd on the MDC bike path. I can feel it coming- just when the weather gets great it will be time to give up the bike path and move back onto the streets. I'll take the Boston drivers over the Ipoded self-involved joggers who clog the path any day. No offense but they run aimlessly down the center of the path and no amount of bell ringing or "on your left" has any effect on 95% of them.

I might just be a little surly because I am reluctant to admit that tomorrow night I fly out of Boston for NYC, then Chicago, then San Francisco, then LA- two weeks out of town and off my bike! I will be living vicariously through all your rides while I'm gone and if anyone knows a good bike rental place in San Fran and one in LA feel free to PM me with details. Happy Commutes- you lucky bums.
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Old 02-01-06, 11:01 PM
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Nice ride today .
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Old 02-01-06, 11:11 PM
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Commute times managed to miss the rain. Noticed moss growing on the bike trail. Bright green!
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Old 02-01-06, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by squeakywheel
Non eventful commute home. No snow or ice. Lots of sand on the roads. I used my lights tonight.
Same here, minus the sand.
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Old 02-02-06, 06:09 AM
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Finally got my light back so I rode in today! I wish I was not so lazy on sending it in for repair. BTW: Light & Motion has great Customer service.

Great ride but the knobbies I put on for a sponsered ride create too much vibration on the pavement. The ride on Jan 1 was on wet dirt roads. Hands were not happy after 45 minutes. Need to steal back my Hutchinson Pythons from the wife's bike. She will not notice.

Still above 0 and was a nice ride otherwise. I am trying to improve my pedeling technique. Trash day for several of the subs I go through.
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Old 02-02-06, 06:42 AM
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Great ride in this morning, clear, 29f, little or no wind. Have been running bricks lately in anticipation of the upcoming duathlon season, upped it to 3 miles running this morning, watched the city wake up.
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Old 02-02-06, 06:43 AM
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I woke up this morning resigned to driving in, but then walking the dog I watched the sun turn the clouds a magnificent shade of purple and quickly decided to ride. It was a great ride I took it easy and just soaked up the beautiful sky. Then my computer crapped out on me so I pulled over into a parking lot to check it out. As I inspected its battery I noticed a murder of crows perched in a tree across the road. Then as if on cue the crows, one my one, flew across the street and took up position in a tree next to me. I decided that was just bloody creepy and tossed my computer into my jersey pocket and continued on to work.
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Old 02-02-06, 07:07 AM
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Awesome ride today (vs other days) !

Some blue saleen mustang ripped past me on the way to work... so i tried to catch him as best I could (nasty head wind again!)... finally caught him but the light turns green so fast I could not get next to him, so same thing happens at the next 2 lights, he gets stuck @ the red.. so I catch him and skid right past his door and turned down toward work ! WOOT =) (I felt so good in such a dorky way!).

I beat a saleen with my bicycle ! LOL traffic suxors for Jooooooooooooo !

Anyway, then at the last intersection (4 way stop) i see this white eclipse just sitting there, over the white line.. i'm 1 block away at this point.. i get closer and closer and he's not moving.. so i finally just come up and make my left, and sure enough, he hits the gas just as I'm in the middle of the intersection !!

I just swerved a little and bottomed out on my left pedal ! (and I thought switching from 170 to 165mm was gonna cure this little issue for me) ... but It didnt.

anyway, fun fun ! I hope the afternoon is as much fun or better ! !!!

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Old 02-02-06, 07:36 AM
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Had a nice ride in this morning. Cooler than earlier in the week, low 30's. There is a guy downstairs here at work doing some paint work and he stopped me on my way in to ask how my ride was and how far I ride to work. He says he has been riding for years and that he is looking forward to getting back on his bike after it gets repaired. I have had lots of people lately comment on biking and its nice to see other people are riding and enjoy it as much as I do
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Old 02-02-06, 08:25 AM
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Came in early today (around 7:15). Pre-dawn light is pretty, and I saw the sun rise also. Went kind of slow, but loved it all the same.
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Old 02-02-06, 08:37 AM
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Had a good ride in yesterday. No wind at 5:30 in the morning and a great tailwind going home at 3:00. Out of the NW at 12 to 20 mph. It seems as if we are haveing a lot of wind this year, but I'm lucky it's comming from the NW and I ride SE in the afternoon. Here in Denver the weather has been great most of the time to commute.

Safe ride all
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Old 02-02-06, 08:46 AM
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Warm today, about 39F when I left. Had a bus driver decide he couldn't wait for me so he roared ahead of me, then slowed down and pulled over. Luckily I slowed down to let him pass, but he still ended up stopping about 3 ft. in front of me forcing to turn sharply into traffic. I changed lanes safely and passed him. All that work and he didn't save any time at all compared to just waiting for me. What a putz! Noticed about 3/4 of the way to work I hadn't stopped at all, not for reds or anything so I was anticipating a fairly quick ride time. Ended up being 30 sec. longer than my usual pace!
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Old 02-02-06, 08:56 AM
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Fun ride home last night, wind was with me and the temps were comfortable around 45-50. I saw the same commuter that I had seen coming down the hill in the morning. This time we were coming up to the hill. He spies me and puts the pump to the pedals. Jeepers, why does it always gotta be a race. He had a block or so lead on me so I just hung back pacing and conserving some umph for later. You see, this is one of those hills that get steeper as you go. When I hit a small flat spot, I put the hammer down to get the speed up, hoping to maintain it on the last killer section. The strategy worked, and I reeled him easily. I rode by with no hands and gave him the "howz it goin" With his beet red face and a drop of sweat dangling from his nose, he replied "great" I never saw him when I hit the red light at the top.

This morning some fool made a feeble attempt to take me out. It was dark going down the hill and in my mirror a see a car drifting toward the crub. This is an area where the right lane is at least 30' wide. I though it was just some fool buzzing me, so I headed toward the curb. He passed within a foot or so of me then continued his drift toward the curb after he passed. Just before hitting the curb, he pulled back out toward the center of the lane, then started drifting toward the curb again. He was going way under the speed limit and repeated several times. I couldn't catch him to see what was going on. He must have hit the bong too many times when he got up this morning. Crazy kids these days...
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Old 02-02-06, 09:08 AM
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I'm not commuting to save $ really,... just helps get a little cardio in and being only 6 miles, I figure, eh, why drive... I always use a charge card to put gas in my car, just easier for me to make one payment and not tote the cash around. I was paying bills last night.... Last fuel bill: $115... this bill $14.29....

...was a sweet ride in this morning
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Old 02-02-06, 09:17 AM
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Lovely warm morning ride...at least the part following the fall on the ice in my driveway.
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Old 02-02-06, 09:51 AM
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I'm pulling away from GGDub in the local commuter challenge points category. Ha ha! Take that, you CAT 3 racing bastid!
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Old 02-02-06, 10:08 AM
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Cool...rode in on the fog this morning. The park portion of my commute isn't quite as pretty as this one, but here's what the conditions looked like.

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Old 02-02-06, 10:45 AM
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It was nice this morning, cool, but just barely cool, bright and sunny. It took about ten minutes to get to the office.

I am off on sick leave tomorrow. For the week I was 4 commutes of 4, and for the year I am 20 for 20. A good start so far.
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Old 02-02-06, 10:54 AM
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Wet streets but no rain and surprisingly warm. I yelled at a kid riding his BMX on the sidewalk. He nearly took out a pedestrian coming out of a coffee shop.
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Old 02-02-06, 11:33 AM
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Another nice commute this morning. I was taking it easy, having gotten in a fun ride before breakfast. Sun was shining, and plenty of commuting cyclists were out and about. Very pleasant. Then the hill on my ride showed up, and it was time to get into hill-climbing mode and hammer. I guess hills just do that to me... I was intending to sit and spin, but that lasted for about 30 feet before I decided it would be like any other commute and stood and hammered. Funny thing is, on my morning non-commuting ride, I went ahead and sat and spun. Maybe because it wasn't right at the end of the ride.
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Good commute today! clear & cool with the Green Lights on my side. A nervous couple of moments though. A Tow Truck decided to pass me down the "Car Door Alley" portion of Comm. Ave with car in tow. An M.I.T. officer pulled out from a garage and nearly into the bike lane (and me) before he noticed my blaring twin beems .
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Something interesting happened on my evening commute yesterday. I almost never get passed by a bike on my commute, not that I try to race everyone I see. If someone does pass me, I usually just try to follow them for a while to see if I can maintain their pace. I only pass back if someone is actually slowing me down. Anyway, I was coming down a slight grade, not pushing super hard, maybe 19mph, when this guy on an xtracycle loaded with gear blasts past me. Intrigued, I jumped anaerobic and followed him for the next mile. I think we averaged about 26mph. In my commute gear, that's about my limit. I know we slowed down significantly to take a rr track, and the lowest I saw on my speedo was 21mph. Just as I was about to blow up, my route takes a sharp right turn. He took it too, and had to slow down significantly to make it.

Me: "That was a pretty zesty pace."
Him: "I'm cheating."
Me: "What? How?"
He points to some kind of battery powered motor pushing a second chain ring on his left side.
Him: "This thing puts out about 200 watts."

We went on to have an interesting talk for the next mile or so until we split up.
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Old 02-02-06, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by recursive
Something interesting happened on my evening commute yesterday. I almost never get passed by a bike on my commute, not that I try to race everyone I see. If someone does pass me, I usually just try to follow them for a while to see if I can maintain their pace.
Still on Lunch

Something similar happened to me this past Saturday during a solo ride. I was around mi 17 of my 21miler and I see this guy up ahead. Now, I'm not trying to catch him, but I'm clicking along at 22~25mph in some spots (slight tail wind me thinks) so I catch him fast. I ended up getting bottled behind him at the town center and eventually a red light, he knows I'm there.

When the light turns green, I just expect to go right by him seeing he's been glass pedaling the last mile. Wrong! he drops the hammer as I try to go around, so I moved to his rear wheel and waited for pace to settle where I proceeded to, drop a gear, stand and go!

He ended up getting back on (traffic) as we both yelled at the same car. We talked, he was toward the end of 40mi ride so that would in part explain why he was tooling along. We exchange niceties until the next major intersection where I went straight and he went left.

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