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Old 03-01-06, 12:20 PM
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I prepared for the right hook that never came.

I heard the unmistakeable sound of oversized tires and a big engine gunning and a white Ford Expedition slid into my peripheral vision like an Imperial Star Destroyer. It moved ahead, its right turn signal blinking a warning. I had nowhere to go so I held my line and speed and prayed that she would remember I was there and not crush me against the curb with a flick of her wrist.

She slowed, I flowed past her, and as she turned into the parking lot, I held up my hand in a friendly "thank you for not killing me" wave.
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Originally Posted by caloso
I prepared for the right hook that never came.

I heard the unmistakeable sound of oversized tires and a big engine gunning and a white Ford Expedition slid into my peripheral vision like an Imperial Star Destroyer. It moved ahead, its right turn signal blinking a warning. I had nowhere to go so I held my line and speed and prayed that she would remember I was there and not crush me against the curb with a flick of her wrist.

She slowed, I flowed past her, and as she turned into the parking lot, I held up my hand in a friendly "thank you for not killing me" wave.
Sounds like we has similar rides this morning
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much less wind today and a bit warmer- about 20F on the way in this morning and about 25F on the way home. So, it feels like Miami beach out there compared to the last few days. Been trying to push the cadence to get a little faster on these rides but I must say I feel like I'm slow pokey. I dare not say how slow my average time was this week. I really do think the cold weather makes the muscles less responsive. The ice on the river is beautiful, especially on the western side of the Mass Ave bridge where the wind layered it into fantastic crystalline chunks. This morning saw two cyclists on the way in and two on the way home.
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Old 03-01-06, 09:07 PM
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usual rides, to/from, i felt physical and alive! 3 cager phoopahhs(sp), no real biggies, but hindsite entices forgiiveness. spin safe, hold your lane, and be legal!!
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Old 03-01-06, 10:58 PM
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Ride in was early, 5AM, for a meeting. It was 37F and there was still a lot of traffic on my regular route that early. Ride home was 43F with a 12MPH tailwind. I was kicking butt coming home. It was fun passing cars on the left and getting that incredulous "You're passing me on a bicycle?" look. Strange that they were not speeding, but good none the less. 13hour workday doesn't feel so bad if I get to ride both ways.
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Old 03-02-06, 01:08 AM
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A typical quiet ride home. My legs are a bit sore since today's the first time in two weeks I took a ride for more than 3 miles (did so before breakfast). But no biggie...
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Old 03-02-06, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by BentSpoke
Today was my first commute!!
Outstanding! Well done, and welcome to the HHCMF club! (I hope I'm allowed to extend that welcome, as a relative newbie to the club myself...)
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Fast ride today, ran into another commuter riding the same route. He said he was running late, so that would explain why I never see him.

I must be leaving slightly earlier than usual because again I had to get around two buses stacked at the stop. Somewhat frustrating because one will get by me just as it begins to pull over for the next stop. This forces me into the middle of the road again to avoid the stream of people getting on.
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Been a while since I've had time to sit and check out the forums... so here's the recap of my commutes since last Thursday.
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There, wasn't that great? Actually, first ride in in a week this morning due to a variety of reasons (excuses?) ranging from lack of sleep (sick kid) to work-from-home so my wife could do a lunch deal. The ride was good, if felt great to be on the bike, and the weather was great. Shorts, short sleeves - felt kinda naked without the knee/leg warmers and long sleeves / layers. Just enough of a headwind for about half the ride to make me conscious that I was working harder than normal. Can't wait for the ride home!
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It's snowing! Yippeee!!!

edit: I forgot to add in all the peds I almost hit today running across the street like deer, not looking for traffic, crossing against the light and acting startled and screaming, "Oh *****!", when they see me barreling at them. One in particular made me angry cuz she was running across the street pushing a stroller with a baby inside. That is not cool at all.

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Old 03-02-06, 08:45 AM
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"Back in the saddle again"

First ride of the year, finally. Still have the studded tires on, but no snow or ice on route. They gotta go. Wireless sending unit dead. Seems to happen every year. The little wires attaching the reed switch break. Oh well. Nice ride, little traffic, temps around freezing, and no wind!
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Old 03-02-06, 08:56 AM
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Great ride in today. First commute this month since I had to drive for work offsite yesterday. Temps almost at 60 so I rode in shorts and saw a couple other roadies out in shorts as well. Temps approaching 80 this afternoon but I will have to deal with a headwind on the way home. Nothing to complain about though with these temps. (Except my allergies came roaring back yesterday and I didn't sleep well )
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easy ride today. no close calls.

made it in one piece !!!!!!!
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Old 03-02-06, 09:05 AM
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It was a little slippery. The road was covered with slush from last night's snowfall. Had one little rear tire skid, but didn't go down.
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Old 03-02-06, 09:18 AM
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Today I rode my bike to work faster than it used to take me to drive! I got my start by passing stopped traffic for the first mile. Don't know what caused it as I turned off before I got to the front. Really warm again today, even though the forcast was for it to cool off.
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Terrific ride in. Mid 60's, so shorts and short sleeves. Stiff headwind that will be a nice push on the tush, going home. I always prefer my headwinds in the morning, dunno why. Repacking calmed a noisy front hub that's been nagging me, and I made awesome time - either I inadvertently left early this morning, or I rode fast, in spite of the head wind. Maybe it was from not having on a flappy windshell?

If I manage tomorrow, it'll be my first perfect week since early December.
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The ride was both good and bad today. I caught a guy with gears and dropped him going down a hill. Then he caught up to me at the the next light... at the bottom of the hill. A dork in a truck [Toyota Tundra - burgundy] came in really close to me when he didn't need to. I caught and passed a truck that tried to shortcut along some side streets. Yes, I am that fast. My wife left for work today without me.
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60% chance of rain today, but there was not a cloud in the sky this morning. It took about 10 minutes to get to the office this morning.
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sloppy, and a snowflake flew right into my mouth and down my throat and I choked for a second because I was breathing in at the time!
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Originally Posted by ch0mb0
sloppy, and a snowflake flew right into my mouth and down my throat and I choked for a second because I was breathing in at the time!

I made it in just before the snow started coming down. Fortunately I rode my single speed MTB in today...at noon I'm hoping to squeeze in one last fun snow ride before spring hits. By the time I leave for home, it will have turned to yucky salty mush.
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I had a platelet donation before work and forgot to lock up my bike. But I guess bike thieves don't think to troll the BloodSource parking lot at dawn for easy pickin's. Still there when I came out.
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Originally Posted by caloso
I had a platelet donation before work and forgot to lock up my bike. But I guess bike thieves don't think to troll the BloodSource parking lot at dawn for easy pickin's. Still there when I came out.
Hmmm... I've done that myself. It gives you a quick adrenaline rush when you come back and realize it. Nice ride in this morning, a dusting of snow, 28F/-2C, sunny and above freezing this afternoon, I think I'll take the long way home. Come on spring!
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Left a little earlier than usual today to get to work, so I took some side streets to make a little longer ride (+5mi compared to 3-4). I've noticed I'll frequently extend my rides on my bike but don't think I've ever extended a drive in my car just to "get in a few more miles" on the way to work.
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Originally Posted by ch0mb0
a snowflake flew right into my mouth and down my throat and I choked for a second because I was breathing in at the time!
LOL! A buzzy bug flew in my ear on the ride home yesterday as I turned to admire a great blue heron in flight... buzzz buzzzz buzzzz, I had to shake my head and flog my ear to make sure it was gone... I laughed at myself... and sang most of the way home. It's been a lovely week commuting.
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Icy snow, kinda like hard little ice flakes on the way home. The streets were wet w/ some slush along the sides where traffic is lighter. Instead of snow flakes flying down my throat, I had ice crystals flying into my eyeballs which hurt. On the good side, my fenders worked mostly good at keeping the crap off me and the kool-stop salmons worked as advertised in the slop. It was still a good ride.
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