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Old 02-06-06, 08:29 AM
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Quite ride this morning, that's more than I can say for all the cagers stuck in traffic on Comm.Ave. Some flapjack knocked down a traffic light at the B.U. bridge, so three lanes got squeezed into one.
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Traffic sucked today. Slowed me down and added a minute to my ride time and probably 3 mins or so overall. Instead of being relaxed after my ride, I was tense b/c I'd been stuck in traffic. Somedays, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.
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Old 02-06-06, 09:10 AM
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Burr.. toes are frozen this morning. It was 19 and a bit breezy on the way in. Now I know that under 20 requires the bike shoes and booties. I usually just wear my sneakers.

Left later today, that really boosts up the volume of traffic on the way in. I've noticed that people don't give you near as much room when the sun is coming up. Oh well... just gotta watch the mirror for the crazy ones.

Im beaming with pride this morning.. I tend to get uninspired on Mondays and just drive in. Too much stuff to haul. Today I just loaded it all onto the bike and rode anyways. Both panniers were full with laptop, 2 boxes of instant oatmeal, lunch of soup and diced fruit, full change of clothes, cell phone and charger, etc etc. It was heavy, but I'm in it for the workout anyways.
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LOL! and I was gonna whine about it being cold here in FL 47* this :am What a wuss I am

One of my colleagues has seemed intrigued by my biking to work. Today he told me he dug out his old bike this weekend, aired up the tires and took it for a spin over the weekend. I thought that was pretty cool.

A slender guy but was surprised he had gotten a little winded. He has a young son, I think hes like 7 or 8, I said itll be a fun thing to do with your son! he said "yeah, he has a bike too." He lives way too far from the office to commute and travels daily around the county for work but I hope he keeps riding, if even only weekends
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It was warm this morning, probably upper 60's with a 20-30 mph head wind for the first half of the ride. It took about 10 minutes to get to the office.
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Brisk. I had to get off and gingerly make my way across several patches of black ice. It's downright light these days at 7am...didn't even need my light!
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Originally Posted by velogirl
Brisk. I had to get off and gingerly make my way across several patches of black ice.
There were several stretches of very slick-looking ice on the road today here in MI. Luckily the studded tires laugh at those, but without the tires I definitely would have been winding around those bits or even getting off in several places.
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Warm temps on the weekend melted all the ice, so I am back on skinny tires for the next while. It's so much faster than the MTB...
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Old 02-06-06, 10:58 AM
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Rode the race bike to work today. The commuter is at REI while the shop guys determine whether that really is a crack in the chainstay or just a flaw in the paint. I think either way, they'll replace the frame. REI is good that way. The problem is that this is the second aluminum frame they'll have to replace. I wonder if I should just go with steel.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
There were several stretches of very slick-looking ice on the road today here in MI. Luckily the studded tires laugh at those, but without the tires I definitely would have been winding around those bits or even getting off in several places.
I have an icebike with studded tires, but it just hasn't been winter here since December. No point in using the studded tires for just a block's worth of ice in my 14 mile commute. Now if we get some winter weather, I'll be riding the icebike for sure (those studded tires are too expensive to not have some ice!)
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Old 02-06-06, 12:06 PM
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I want to ride my road bike but I know if I do, it will snow, even if no snow is forecast for the day. So I keep riding my heavy winter beater with studs on dry pavement. Sigh.

I had a 20MPH quartering headwind holding me back this morning. I'm guessing it'll be a tailwind for the ride home, so I can't complain. Close to Lake Champlain I was getting pushed around a bit. Nothing serious.
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Old 02-06-06, 12:59 PM
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Much colder this morning than any from last week. Upper 20's so I bundled up and had a great ride in. Weather looks cooler this week but not much precip so I should be riding every day this week
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Took less than 10 mins. to get home. Booyah!
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Mid-thirties and clear going this morning. High 60's and cloudy coming home.

The really interesting thing happened on the way home. Had a guy in a service van towing a utility trailer on the back flag me down. I pull over and stop to see what he wants.

He wants to know all about my Burley Flatbed Utility Trailer. He mentions that he's seen me several times and how he thinks more people should be, and could be, on bikes rather than in cars. He was a definite boost to my day.
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semi-wintry temperatures have returned to Maryland once again... I actually had to wear two shirts and a jacket today!

due to the amazing weather last week I cycled a lot more than I usually do and as a result my legs were still somewhat sore this morning, that plus general fatigue a fairly strong headwind made for a REALLY slow and sluggish commute in... I took a detour that put me on the PB Trail for part of my route instead of taking the parallel road the whole way in like I usually do, which I only do if I'm exceptionally fatigued/sluggish/otherwise making bad time.

the commute back was much faster and more enjoyable. it was also my weekly night ride as my night class was today. I was still fairly fatigued and the wind was still in my face (go figure) but not as much as the ride in. made pretty good time coming back and no problems. I also did my ride back with the helmet-mounted HID for the first time, damn that thing is bright!
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The rain has finally given us a brief respite in the Pacific Northwest, and I was enjoying a nice DRY 15-mi. trip into Portland from Boring, when I encountered some cut-down trees that had been piled next to the Springwater trail, but had been blown into the trail by high winds over the weekend. Hit a 3-4 inch diameter log at 12 mph and went ass over teakettle, making a perfect 3-point landing (head and two knees). Thank God for helmets. If I ever doubted their importance, I don't any more! Limped all day at work from bruises and abrasions on my knees. Dear wife offered to come and give me a ride home, but I passed and biked home. Emergency crews had cleared off the brush from the trail during the day, and the ride home was sunny and uneventful.
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So, this semester I am taking more credits which means more classes and more books. The days are longer and I need to take all my books. Problem is, my commuter now weighs in at 52 lbs. Not to mention the 7 lbs I gained over the winter! Gah!
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Brrrrr it was cold this morning - 19d. People ask if I'm CRAZY I say Yes and "It keeps me from going insane." They think a 50 year old should know better.

Has a nice tail wind goiing home and great weather to boot

Just bought a new pair of jeans yesterday and went from a 40" waist to 33" in a year. Thats why I ride :-) and they know it!!!!
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Nope - cheaper performance brand - tag claims it's breathable.
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Ride to school was brutal. It was pretty cold, about 30degrees, but the wind was killer. 25mph from the south, i was peddling like a madman but going nowhere. Took me 10 minutes longer and I was sweating like a pig when I got to school. I didn't really get cold, just discouraged from the wind. This was only my 4th day riding after a 6 month hiatus, so I'm a wee bit out of shape. (I actually lost weight over those 6 months down to 138, but im not in good bike shape).

Thankfully, the wind didn't decide to switch directions like it does sometimes from AM to PM, and I had a great tailwind pusing me all the way uptown. As long as I get to school ontime, I don't mind getting through that wind in the morning, but I only had 2 minutes to lock up my bike and get to class, so its was close. Weather.com says winds will be from the west tomorrow, so hopefully less of a headwind, and hopefull I wont get blow east off the bike path
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48 degrees both ways. The tailwind going in turned into a strong headwind coming home. Tired after riding hills yesterday during the Superbowl. Kept my cadence up today and noticed a fair improvement in my time to work.(Of course the tailwind helped a little). Ilove burning off work stress on the way home. I get home with a smile.
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....need a few more weeks before i have enough of twi-light to make it home before dark. Have lights, but still don't trust all the drivers on the roads I have to take.
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Winter is back everywhere, it seems. Mid-teens (F) for me. There was a small amount of powder from some lake effect snow that blew through last night.

The sun is rising earlier every day. I don't need my headlight any more.
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Ride in this morning was just fine, except for a school bus driver not paying attention and pulling out in front of me. I hollered at her and she stopped; I guess she figured I wasn't hurt so she sped away. Temps here are in the 30's in the mornings and 50's in the afternoon. Drove the car over 80 miles since Friday and the bike 40.
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