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Old 02-09-06, 08:12 AM
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Pt'ly Cloudy, 39d, 8-) Tailwind 15mph, 8-) Great ride in at 5:45 this morning...... Close to 2oo miles for the month already (not only commuting)
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Bike felt different than yesterday. Must be the new fork. Felt faster. Wasn't actually faster, but it seemed to accelerate quicker and go faster. The downside was it's rigid so I felt every pothole there was. I think I need suspension wrists.
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A couple days ago in another thread, Velogirl and I realized we had the same commute. So I told her I would say "hi" if I ever saw her...

Ok, so, I was riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail this morning and I saw a woman on a Jamis, moving at a moderate pace (as she described herself...). Not too many people are going my direction on the MV Trail in the morning (I'm going outbound when most people are headed inbound), so I saw the Jamis and I thought "hey, I bet that's Velogirl."

I pulled up alongside her and said: "uhh, this is going to sound weird, but are you on the Bike Forums?" She replied: "What are the Bike Forums?"
(-D'oh!!!)
I explained: "oh, well, it's this message board about various aspects of cycling, including commmuting, and I've been chatting with someone on there who rides a Jamis and has the same commute as mine. So, anyway, I thought you were her, but I guess you're not, so, er, nevermind!"
Her: "Ha ha, ok. Well, take care."
Me: "Yeah, you too. Bye..."

Then I sped up and rode off, feeling like a complete dork (hopefully, she didn't think worse...)! Oh well... Anyway, if I see someone on my commute on a Jamis and it's NOT the woman I saw this morning, I'll try that again. Ha ha...
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Old 02-09-06, 08:38 AM
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brrr... zoom zoom
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Old 02-09-06, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by joshdcu
A couple days ago in another thread, Velogirl and I realized we had the same commute. So I told her I would say "hi" if I ever saw her...

Ok, so, I was riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail this morning and I saw a woman on a Jamis, moving at a moderate pace (as she described herself...). So I thought "hey, I bet that's Velogirl."

I pulled up alongside her and said: "uhh, this is going to sound weird, but are you on the Bike Forums?" She replied: "What are the Bike Forums?"
(-D'oh!!!)
I explained: "oh, well, it's this message board about various aspects of cycling, including commmuting, and I've been chatting with someone on there who rides a Jamis and has the same commute as mine. So, anyway, I thought you were her, but I guess you're not, so, er, nevermind!"
Her: "Ha ha, ok. Well, take care."
Me: "Yeah, you too. Bye..."

Then I sped up and rode off, feeling like a complete dork! Oh well... Anyway, if I see someone on my commute on a Jamis and it's NOT the woman I saw this morning, I'll try that again. Ha ha...
Haha, thanks for that! Very amusing... at least from here
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Originally Posted by mirona
Haha, thanks for that! Very amusing... at least from here
Yeah, ha ha... I think I may have to change my commute time a little bit...
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Old 02-09-06, 09:27 AM
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Cold this morning, around freezing, but main feature was head wind!!!!! Not the most pleasant ride, but a ride nevertheless. Cheered slighlty by passing a work colleague waiting at a bus stop about half way into my commute, and realising i made the office 15 minutes before he did, despite it being a slow/tough ride in this morning.

Looking forward to the tail wind on the return run.

I too have noticed good light now at about 07.30 thorugh til around 17.00..getting better.

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Temp is around 57, winds NE blowing at 7mph, 72% Humidity this morning. Forecast for tomorrow is 80% chance rain. The weather man just had to mention about when the rain is going to start and stop..... and wouldn't you know its during my commute time!!!

Well back to today's commute. I was so caught up in enjoying today's commute before tomorrow's Cold Shower, I forgot my Cygo Lite battery!!! The ride itself was great,but So much for some Popeye's dirty rice @ lunch.
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It was a balmy 40F this morning... almost like spring time is around the corner, but according to that stupid groundhog we have a few more weeks of winter yet.

I think I like riding the sidewalk on the highway stretch. Don't have to drive with one eye in the mirror or worry about gettin macked by some pre-coffee driver. It's an undeveloped area so I doubt I'll ever encounter a ped, so what the heck. Safe is good regardless of how it presents itself.

Winter is supposed to return in time for the ride home tonight.
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Old 02-09-06, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by joshdcu
A couple days ago in another thread, Velogirl and I realized we had the same commute. So I told her I would say "hi" if I ever saw her...

Ok, so, I was riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail this morning and I saw a woman on a Jamis, moving at a moderate pace (as she described herself...). Not too many people are going my direction on the MV Trail in the morning (I'm going outbound when most people are headed inbound), so I saw the Jamis and I thought "hey, I bet that's Velogirl."

I pulled up alongside her and said: "uhh, this is going to sound weird, but are you on the Bike Forums?" She replied: "What are the Bike Forums?"
(-D'oh!!!)
I explained: "oh, well, it's this message board about various aspects of cycling, including commmuting, and I've been chatting with someone on there who rides a Jamis and has the same commute as mine. So, anyway, I thought you were her, but I guess you're not, so, er, nevermind!"
Her: "Ha ha, ok. Well, take care."
Me: "Yeah, you too. Bye..."

Then I sped up and rode off, feeling like a complete dork (hopefully, she didn't think worse...)! Oh well... Anyway, if I see someone on my commute on a Jamis and it's NOT the woman I saw this morning, I'll try that again. Ha ha...
Thanks for passing this event to us; it was enjoyable reading with a smidgen of suspense and a hint of sadness in the end. Don't give up the search Josh, you'll find her.
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Originally Posted by Gus Riley
Don't give up the search Josh, you'll find her.
Oh, I dunno... I may just keep to myself from now on.
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Old 02-09-06, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by joshdcu
Oh, I dunno... I may just keep to myself from now on.
Yeah, I can understand why. I think we have all at one time or another looked pretty stupid when talking to someone who has absolutly no idea what we're talking about.
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Originally Posted by joshdcu
Oh, I dunno... I may just keep to myself from now on.
Curiosity will overcome you. Or she'll say hi first.
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Old 02-09-06, 11:24 AM
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Another 70F morning, no wind, just bright and sunny. It took around ten minutes to get to the office.
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Old 02-09-06, 11:36 AM
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A nice pleasant ride in today, my first ride since my fire alarm evacuation ride home on Tuesday (when I rode without my cycling shoes). It's nice to be riding with cycling shoes again.
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Old 02-09-06, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Radiographer
Don't paint us old farts with too broad a brush. I'm 63 and bike 16 miles one way to work and back every day, rain or shine, cold or not, and we all face ungracious drivers young and old. Even pedestrians can be rude. Riding on a trail early one morning last week, I encountered a thirtyish couple, the male member of which yelled, "Why don't you shine that ****ing light somewhere else instead of in my eyes?" I replied, "Where, off the road?" By that time I was passing them, he was still shouting obscenities, and I opened my mouth to yell something equally crude, but changed my mind and called, "God bless you, Sir!" over my shoulder. He was still swearing in the distance as I went on down the trail.
I run on the trails before I bike to work in the morning and I have to say that some cyclists really do need to be more considerate with their lights in the morning. When you are running in the half light - pupils wide open - just about able to make out the trail - then a cyclist comes along and shines a megawatt light right into you face it is a tad annoying. It leaves me blinded and disorientated with no alternative but to stop and wait until my eyes start to recover and can actually see something other than the light you just etched into the back of my retina. I'm not saying this is what you did Radiographer, and to those (about 1/3) of you, who do turn off/ turn down / turn aside the light as you approach, I applaud and appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Again I'm not trying to pick on Radiographer or even to suggest that was what happened in this case but just to make a point that a few of you, thankfully, already appreciate.

Oh and my ride in was nice if chilly this morning!
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Originally Posted by Theakston
I run on the trails before I bike to work in the morning and I have to say that some cyclists really do need to be more considerate with their lights in the morning. When you are running in the half light - pupils wide open - just about able to make out the trail - then a cyclist comes along and shines a megawatt light right into you face it is a tad annoying. It leaves me blinded and disorientated with no alternative but to stop and wait until my eyes start to recover and can actually see something other than the light you just etched into the back of my retina. I'm not saying this is what you did Radiographer, and to those (about 1/3) of you, who do turn off/ turn down / turn aside the light as you approach, I applaud and appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Again I'm not trying to pick on Radiographer or even to suggest that was what happened in this case but just to make a point that a few of you, thankfully, already appreciate.

Oh and my ride in was nice if chilly this morning!
The alternative is a cyclist with no light not seeing you and throwing ~200lbs into you travelling @ ~20miles/hour. Be thankful you only got a spotlight in the eyes, instead of a stem in the nuts.
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I tried a different route today, turning east about 4 blocks earlier than usual. Holy crap, it cut minutes off my already short ride-time. The down side is that it seemed a bit more dangerous than my normal route. I had to do some agressive filtering to put myself into a decent position to make my final turnoff. There was a 60km/h wind coming out of the north that made it very difficult to maintain a decent speed. I'll try it again tomorrow - traffic was unusually bad today, which may have contributed to my filtering woes.
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Originally Posted by Wulfheir
The alternative is a cyclist with no light not seeing you and throwing ~200lbs into you travelling @ ~20miles/hour. Be thankful you only got a spotlight in the eyes, instead of a stem in the nuts.
While I don't advocate intentionally blinding people [mostly], MUP can be death zones in the dark. I've heard many a tale of pre-dawn rides that involved bunny-hopping passed-out homeless people on the river pathway system, or the blind corners over by the zoo where walkers pop out of nowhere on the wrong side of the path. Lights are good.
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I've heard many a tale of pre-dawn rides that involved bunny-hopping passed-out homeless people on the river pathway system.
Hey, I'm not homeless, I just had a rough night.
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lots of traffic on the commute in... another 20+ car backup at Metzerott and University. ah, morning rush hour. otherwise it was a pleasant and fairly uneventful commute in.

on the way back I had a bad headwind... AGAIN. can I seriously go for one day without a headwind? it's been every commute this week. this one was described by weather.com as "13MPH, gusting to 18MPH". ah well, supposedly the wind speed is going back into the single digits tomorrow. other than the wind, the ride back was also uneventful... I got out at 12:15 and started back at around 1PM so traffic was light.

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Originally Posted by Wulfheir
The alternative is a cyclist with no light not seeing you and throwing ~200lbs into you travelling @ ~20miles/hour. Be thankful you only got a spotlight in the eyes, instead of a stem in the nuts.
Well that's a nice attitude. Fortunately not all cyclists out there so badly represent the community. As I said in the post several cyclists are considerate enough to dim their lights or turn them away. They are somehow able to do that without ramming me in the nuts.

You demonstrate the attitude we see all the time in drivers. Get out my f'ing way or I'll ram you.
Fortunately not all cyclists or drivers are such complete ******s.
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Originally Posted by Theakston
Well that's a nice attitude. Fortunately not all cyclists out there so badly represent the community. As I said in the post several cyclists are considerate enough to dim their lights or turn them away. They are somehow able to do that without ramming me in the nuts.

You demonstrate the attitude we see all the time in drivers. Get out my f'ing way or I'll ram you.
Fortunately not all cyclists or drivers are such complete ******s.
Want some cheese with that whine?

Let's get all the cyclist equipped with lights, then complain they don't dim, or aim. Nitpicking for the win!
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I spontaneously decided to try time trialing (TT) into work today. I had a drís appt that went long, and I needed to get into work quickly. I thought I should use the car as I only had 1hr and 15mins to get in. I decided to take the bike. Starting out I felt quite strong, so I put the hammer down, hoping to hold the TT pace for at least 1/2 the ride.

Checking my speedo 10 miles in to the 19 mile ride revealed a 23.3 mph average pace. I was starting to sag before I looked at my speedo, but the high average buoyed my spirit.

The second half of the ride is more uphill than the first,so I expected a bit of a drop-off in speed. I hammered on a few of the hills, and took it easy on a couple. Again Stokemonkey kept the average speed up until I could catch my breath.

Turning the corner into the cooldown stretch, the speedo read 23mph average. Total time to work: 49 minutes. It takes 32 minutes to get here by car travelling at 70mph, and burning 1 gallon of gas. Time difference: 17 minutes. Non-renewable energy consumption difference: ~2 orders of magnitude. Joy factor: Priceless. Hehe, now the ride home will be a different story. Fortunately I can let Stokemonkey do most of the work.
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Put on the new Freddy Fenders I got in hopes of rain. (Strange design to these fenders. Not sure I recommend them). Going on months without measureable precipitation down in the Southwest. Very weird. But makes it easy to commute. Today was a warm 25. Amazing how easy it gets to bike in that temperature after a month of temps in the teens. Will be close to 50 degrees F by the time I leave work at sundown. No wind, no clouds, no nothing. Tomorrow temps drops back down a little.
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