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Old 03-22-06, 02:22 PM
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bee-yoo-tiful day today, 65 degrees, clear sky. I found a new route north of the old one and shaved five minutes off my time! woo-hoo! the new route is nice, too, mostly through old neighborhoods with no traffic. even bike lanes about half the way. this is my new route! I had a blast finding it.
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I've been battling a nasty upper respiratory infection for the last week, and even ran a fever on Monday. Needless to say, the commutes to work haven't been that much fun. The decision to bike to work becomes easy when one has no car (no choice). I hope to pull out of this mess by the weekend
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difficult!

was stuck riding a 47x14 ratio today. it definitely woke the legs up.
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Traffic coulda been worse. It coulda been better too. At least I finally got my Nashbar stuff after the post office held on to it for 12 days before notifying me.
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Old 03-22-06, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Mtn Mike
I've been battling a nasty upper respiratory infection for the last week, and even ran a fever on Monday. Needless to say, the commutes to work haven't been that much fun. The decision to bike to work becomes easy when one has no car (no choice). I hope to pull out of this mess by the weekend
Hope you get better soon, Mtn Mike!
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Ride in was fast and cool. Ride home was interesting. Passing a driveway I had a knucklehead honk at me and yell because I didn't let him pull out on the street in front of me when I had the right of way. Followed right behind me for a block high beaming me. I swung around and pulled up on his drivers side and knocked on the window. Then he tried to pull away but couldn't with stop signs every block. Let him go after making it clear that I got his plate number. I pay much more taxes than this knucklehead in his beater, why does he think he owns the road?
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Nice ride to work & home . Still cold out. I hope spring get here soon . Have a good nite .
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cold out there today. rainy. wet. windy. i've reverted to wimp-mode, i see. hate working for a living. bike's still nice, though.

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Old 03-23-06, 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
15-17F. Nice and warm commute. Not many cold days left. Freakin' sweated like a mad man.

I forgot my BELT! When you have not purchased new pants after loosing a few inches in the waist this can be quite annoying. Sitting around in my jogging pants and my outer poly shirt.
Yeah, it wasn't too bad today at the "Fort" either. It seems that I sweat more on winter rides, because of the layering. I think the worst of this Colorado "beginning of Spring" is over. It's supposed to be up to 63 by Saturday.
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Today was a mental health ride. I took nice and easy and just rode an easy pace. I find the faster I try to go, the more frustrating things become. Aside from breaking two spokes as I started my climb over one of the two bridges I must cross, all was fine. I think wheel re-build is in order...Alex Wheels . I planned another long ride home (at my own peril), but I'll have to ride straight home instead and do the trainer thing.
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Almost ran into a car that an old man was driving last night on my way home. I was riding through traffic on the right side and somebody was letting this guy turn out into traffic as I was coming up. He obviously didn't see me as he pulled right out in front of me causing me to slam on my brakes. Luckily I was able to stop in time and yell but I don't even think the guy heard or cared that I was there. Had a nice cool ride in this morning, low 30s. Winter is hanging on for life around here and I can't really complain since it really hasn't been a cold winter at all. The weatherman said it wasn't going to be a breezy today, but I will be the judge of that on my ride home
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We were in the 80's and 90's a couple of weeks ago. This morning was freezing with snow. I wish the weather would make up it's "mind." When I rode, the only noticeable snow was blowing off cars as they went by. Roads were ice free and damp. The few puddles were easy to avoid. I was more comfortable than I expected. Sometimes I bundle up and arrive sweaty. Today, temperature, wind, and clothing combined for a pleasant ride. I still didn't dawdle much at the bike rack. Come on sunshine!
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Originally Posted by peregrine
Dude, you've just got to post some pics now!!

The only comments I've ever gotten have been on my super-duper bright HHCMF shirt.
Close as I'll let you get...



Nice, cool ride in this morning. I followed two other commuters most of the way downtown before we all went different directions. As I passed the bus stop, I saw two buses pulling in with bikes on the front-mounted bike racks. There's something nice about seeing other cyclists out and about in the morning.

And no one made fun of my clothes.

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Ugh. Stop and go traffic for me. The ride clock said 1 min. faster than usual, but my watch said 3 mins. slower cuz of all the red lights and people making rights in front of me at almost every intersection. And I almost got clipped by a limo as I was avoiding a pot hole. Limo drivers are worse than cabbies cuz their cars are nicer and they feel more superior. Idiots. But it's better than yesterday when I drove.
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I got right hooked this morning by a full size van. I was moving slow and managed to get a hand on the van and push off. Scared the @#%$ out of me, driver slowed down then sped up and took off. At least I didn't go down. Glad I wasn't pulling the trailer, no way I would have stayed up with that on.
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Nice ride in this morning, keep getting up late though...but this morning i just said "screw it" i'll be late, heck, half the people I work with who DRIVE to work are late 3 out of 5 days :-)

So I relaxed, cruised, and made pretty good time, only ended up being about 10 minutes late (I was quick in the shower at work) so it's all good. Weather is getting nicer, seeing more bikes out now...it is nice to see others out riding, the flip side is the paths (and soon my locker room...wich has been like my private bathroom for months) will be more crowded. Oh well.
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The tiny bit of mud that I rode through on the way home last night froze into a diamond-hard lump under my fork crown, scraping against my tire all the way into work. I didn't have time to get a hammer and chisel, so I'm hoping it melts off by the time I'm ready to go home. Other than that, the ride in was fine. I had to do some aggro lane-changing to get into my parkade, but that was it.

I tried eating breakfast at home today. Vector cereal and OJ. My stomach was gurgling before I left the house. Normally I eat a bacon/egg/cheese sandwich from Wendy's with a can of Coke once I get to work. It fills me up but won't slow me down. Maybe if I bring the cereal and juice to work, it will sit better.

I had to pick up my wife after work yesterday, since she had a flat. LOL As luck would have it, I had a spare front wheel with inflated tire for her to use. I'll have to write out tube-changing instructions on a laminated card and stick it in her pack with a tube, levers and CO2 thingy.
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It was nice this morning, blue clouds with wiffs of yesterdays contrails, and it was verging on warm, maybe 65f. It took about ten minutes to get to the office.
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I was running late since my daughter was especially clingy this morning. But how can you tear yourself away from a two-year old with big brown eyes who keeps saying, "Daddy no go!"

Not much else to say. I brought my shorts and jersey in case I get to take a long route home.
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Light snow here this morning. Good thing is, it was dry snow. Enjoyed the ride a lot. I love riding in light snow with little accumulation.
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Today was my first round trip commute of the year! I don't ride at night, so during the winter, I ride to work in the morning (14 miles) and take the Metro home at night. Looks like those days are over!
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Originally Posted by oilfreeandhappy
Hope you get better soon, Mtn Mike!
Feeling much better today, THANKS. The weather here today was 60 F, and I was actually surprised to see many other bike commuters out on the streets. Yay spring!
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Ride in was nice. The sun is starting to come up near the end of my commute in. It was too warm for my booties this morning. Spring is coming, I hope. Ride home was fast and uneventful. Got home to see my new HHCMF shirt has arrived. Made my day, Eggplant Jeff. Thanks.
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0-fer this week. Dr. appointments (mine and my son's) cost me 2 of 3 days, and I chickened out Wednesday due to the cold weather (not so cold, really, but 30 degrees colder than my last ride last week.) I'm a wimp who sometimes manages to overcome adversity; this week was not one of those times. So I spent too many hours on the treadmill at the gym this week.

Got my Nashbar shipment yesterday, so can get started returning my 84 Trek to roadworthy status. Haven't ridden it in almost 20 years, and it needs a bit of TLC. New toobs, tires, bar wrap, a cleaning and clean/lube the chain, and I'll be able to see if I remember how to ride a road bike. Might be able to get the commute going on that next week - need to replace the pedals, as the bearings are almost completely frozen, but that's quick/easy once I decide whether I can afford to go clipless or not. Can't wait!

I will be back on the bike Monday...
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