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Old 02-07-06, 08:45 AM
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The usual commute except my legs felt like lead. Ended up riding more in the middle lanes than usual cuz of traffic. Didn't make much difference in my ride time though.
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It was a bit warmer this morning, up to 34F... But a strong breeze sucked away any gain from the temps. Pumped up my tires before I left. What a difference. Betweeen hauling a smaller load and tight tires, it was a pretty zippy ride. Guess I should check the pressure a bit more often.

Must have had a target on my back this morning.. had 3 or 4 cars buzz me on the highway stretch. I think the cause may be tailgaiters. They can't see the biker on the side of the road if they are driving 5 feet behind the minivan/suv in front of them. There is a mile long sidewalk there with no side streets on that stretch. Gasp.... I'm pondering riding that stretch on the sidewalk.
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Arrrggg...a beautiful ride in this morning was nearly scuttled by a flat. Third one in two weeks. The first two were my fault for letting the tire pressure get low. I think this one was a beer bottle. I'm considering running over to the LBS during lunch to get a cheap floor pump for the office. Those small hand pumps are a PITA.
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Originally Posted by postmark
....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.
I'd rather ride in the dark than the twilight. I'm a lot more visible in the dark, especially with drivers driving into the setting (or rising) sun.
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The ride in was the whole reason to come to work. Between projects and bored as all heck. Is it time to leave yet?
Anyhow, I have an order coming with my eggbeaters, headlight, and a new tail light- an LD1000. Almost perfect timing. The mounting bracket on the back of my old POS tail light broke. I improvised with a roll of red electrical tape and attached it to the back of my rack. I'm looking more ghetto as time goes on. The electrical tape and the cable ties.....
Only one more day and my order will arrive.
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Old 02-07-06, 09:18 AM
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Warmer ride this morning, already around 40 when I left my apartment. Tired this morning due to my 10pm indoor soccer game last night. Rode in the short way to make up some time but still took it easy. Should be sunny for the ride home later on.

Last night on my ride home I was approaching an intersection with a light. It turned green as I was still a hundred or so yards away and i know it's a short light so I figured I wouldn't make it. Well I kept going and it stayed green. As I started through the intersection I saw a little girl pressing the walk button to keep the light green for me. Didn't have time to thank her but it made my ride home great
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Old 02-07-06, 09:45 AM
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Lovely morning, blue sky, about 68* Supposed to be this way all week long. Yay!

I was waiting at a traffic light about a block from my office this morning and a guy in his car next to me rolled his window down and started chit chat… “Nice bike, is it fast?” I laughed and said it’s as fast as I can get it to go he went on, blah blah, then said, “so what you get about 15 miles a day?” And I said yeah just about that. The light turned green and I wished him a good day…. Then I got to thinking…. How would he have any clue as to my mileage??? Random guess??? Now I’m a little freaked out I stopped by City Hall and picked up the newly printed bike lane maps… hmmm... I think I’d better alternate my route.

Someone (I know who) in my office is leaving things like trash, old office furniture not being used and other crap, where I have been parking my bike (in an empty room that is not currently being used by anyone other than my bike) There are other places to put these things, within that office, but someone is putting them in the area I have been storing my bike…. so, I moved all the stuff neatly to another area and put my bike in its usual place.

I am SO looking forward to my ride home tonight
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I waited until a little after 8 before heading in so I wouldn't have to use my light. It's getting brighter but colder everyday. I expect we'll get the -30 weather before the end of the month...
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Old 02-07-06, 11:55 AM
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Pleasant ride in today. Nothing unusual, which isn't a bad thing.
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note to self... get up early enough to avoid the morning rush hour cause it = pretty bad traffic and more idiot drivers than usual... got buzzed twice and was stuck behind a 20+ car traffic jam that I was really tempted to filter around but didn't... other than that, a pretty good commute in overall

the ride back I had a really bad gusting headwind the ENTIRE way home (literally, I would change directions and it would still be in my face)... weather.com said it was only 13MPH but it felt worse than that
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Old 02-07-06, 05:11 PM
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Warmer this morning again and the wind was pretty mild. It took about 10 minutes to get to the office.
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Old 02-07-06, 05:52 PM
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Oh my! After 7mos of driving 52 miles one way to my job my wishes have come true and today I started a new job 9 miles from home and I just finished my first commute. Oh, how I have been waiting for this opportunity and it felt so good to wake up and jump on my steed and pedal to work...The looks of reverence from my co-workers and questions like, "How old are you?" "Do you ride your bicycle in the rain?" "Where do you live?" . Although some understood and congratulated me for "helping the environment and traffic."

So, fellow commuters I raise a glass to you all and am proud to say I am one of you.

(Now we'll see how I do on a rainy cold morning )
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Old 02-07-06, 05:56 PM
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Wooo it is so warm today! I was sweating harder than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs on my way to school. wooo-wee! As for the commute? It was a typical LA commute on two wheels. Honk honk here and a honk honk there... Nearly somersaulted over the car door, abruptly swung by the next frivolous Follywood glamour girl with mobile tellie in one hand and coffee in the other, again--makes one wonder how she opened the door!? ahh well, i shant be dismayed! But the day is not over just yet, back to campus I go and then work. Hope there are pleasant days all around. Toodles and wish me luck!
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Old 02-07-06, 06:17 PM
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Hmmm. It's 4:15 and I'm debating with myself. I need to be home by 6. I normally leave work at 5 and it's only 4 miles direct to my house. I'm wondering if I should try to get some extra miles in or swing by the LBS to pick up a wheel for the fixie project.

What to do, what to do?
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Not a great day for a commute.

Clipping along down the bike lane when I spy a fellow commuter in front of me. Cool, this always ups the tempo when I see this guy. Well, before I catch up to him the bike lane merges with traffic for an under pass so I watch my fellow commuter merge just like I have done a 100 times. Then to my surprise I see a little white truck just ahead of me speed up and proceed to jump on this guys tail. I mean just about literally. Here we are slowing down from about 25 mph and this a-hole is 1-2 feet off this cyclists rear tire . Granted, it wasn't my tire but to watch somebody try to threaten and endanger another cyclist with a 3000 # vehicle was more than I could stand. I accellerated and passed the truck, pointed back at him to get his attention. I was now in the right turn lane as was the truck (the other cyclist went straight) and forced the truck to a stop. I then proceed to his drivers window and ask him what the hell he thinks he's doing threatening somebody with a 3000# vehicle? His response, "I don't think bikes should be on the road" This guy is about 60ish (what is it with guys this age?) and I respond that I don't think old angry people should be able to drive but the law disagrees with both of us. His response "I don't care, get off the road". All right...**** this guy, I'm tired of dealing with this crap. I tell him the next time I catch him doing something of this sort I'll rip him out of that truck and beat his arse

Man I'm getting tired of that. Seems like the majority of them are old men..what gives?

In hind site I should have gotten his plate # but I was concerned for the safety of the other cyclist and felt that something had to be done immediately. I swear one of these days I'm going to give somebody a beat down for this type of behavior
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Originally Posted by paule
...I just finished my first commute.
Welcome to the Happy Healthy Commuting MuthaF*ckas Club (HHCMF). The goal of this club is to raise awareness of cyclocommuters, the healthy benefits to themselves and the environment and to take over the world's banking, political and industrial systems and re-focus them on making jelli-bells and handlebar streamers.

As for my commute, I hate headwinds and hills and I had both today. If only I had handlebar streamers to distract me.
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good AM ride in, guick and focussed!
on way home, (in the area i was hit in 1999), an a-h driver in wite older f150 and 2other male passengers (age +/- 25) was attempting to turn left onto my right of way. he started to merege out and stopped when he saw my reaction. kind of got me angry when i saw he was laughing. i did not get the joke!
everything else went smooth!
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Today was my first commute to school. Holy crap it wore me out! I've been spending most of my time on the trainer and the stationary bikes at the gym--can never compare. My commute is 5.5 miles to the train station (I ride an express bus to school) and it was tough. Plenty of wind too. Weather was particularly nice and clear today. I'm in the Santa Clara/San Jose are and ride down El Camino Real--crazy. People have no mercy when they're driving onto and off of the freeway. But I had more trouble with other bicyclists blasting up behind me, guys on bikes asking to mail in a card for a Jesus video, bicyclist riding on the wrong side of the road, etc. Giant trucks killing me with their smog, bus drivers just pretending I don't exist, cars driving way too close to me. And all the cracks and pot holes!
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Good commute today to work & home .It was cold, but still had a fun. Have a good nite.
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Old 02-07-06, 11:03 PM
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The ride home made me really appreciate clipless pedals. With a minor incident in the lab causing a small fire, we had to evacuate. I was close to my desk, so I was able to quickly grab my helmet and CamelBak (with my arm warmers and gloves). Happily, no one hurt and the fire was successfully extinguished, but we had to wait for smoke to clear and the fire extinguisher powder to be cleaned up. So I opted to leave rather than wait an hour or two to get a minimal amount of work done. But I didn't have my cycling shoes with me. Oh well, not worth the wait. Tennis shoes would have to do.

Man, I slipped off the pedals so many times trying to pedal in circles it wasn't funny. Maybe a dozen times or so on a 3 mile commute. I certainly don't want to be standing at any point while riding without my cycling shoes. And I can't pedal as efficiently. So it was a slow commute home. And it will be slow tomorrow morning, especially when it comes time to go up the hill.
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Ride in was 36 degrees, a new low temperature for my commute. (I know, but it is cold for California). Almost needed a jacket for the first mile or so. The ride home was 51 degrees, and I decided to hammer into the headwind. It felt good to keep up with traffic from light to light. I got some funny looks, could it be the HHCMF shirt, or that weird expression I get on my face when I feel the burn?
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Nice and brisk at 14*F this morning. Some bad ice lumps in places push me way out into the lane, and my gears are skipping due to me stupidly letting the old chain get too worn, and the new freewheel isn't in yet, but it still beats driving.
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easy ride today.

7.1 miles in 27 minutes.

Not bad considering that I gave 2 pints of red blood cells using this new machine in the blood mobile...

the thing sucks out your blood and then seperates the while blood cells from the red, then it pumps the white cells BACK IN !! ( a little cold feeling as it goes back into my arm, like if someone set an ice cube on your arm and just let it sit there) ..

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Old 02-08-06, 07:14 AM
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the thing sucks out your blood and then seperates the while blood cells from the red, then it pumps the white cells BACK IN !! (a little cold feeling as it goes back into my arm, like if someone set an ice cube on your arm and just let it sit there)
I commend you, but *shiver* that makes me feel all woozy.

Mid-teen F's this morning. Slight tailwind. A pretty good ride, actually. Faster than normal. Made up for a crushing headwind last night.
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Slow ride in this morning... not sure why, I suppose it was just one of those days. At least the weather was nice, mid-twenties with a little wind. What with all the unseasonally warm weather we've had lately, I guess we are due for some actually winter at some point
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