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Old 03-28-06, 01:29 PM
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Another regular ride to work this morning. Left late but it doesn't matter since I can't really be late for work. Last night on the way home I had a car buzz by me within a foot or two going at least 45-50mph. Kind of scary since that doesn't happen much to me and I wasn't really expecting it. Wished I would have caught the car at the next light but they got a green and I got a red so that wasn't going to happen. Cloudy for the ride home with a chance of some sprinkles but nothing major. 70s tomorrow
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I had yesterday off so this is my first commute of the week, however I did manage to squeeze in a short 15mi ride yesterday . Safe but fast ride, I took the Lemond today because it has the cyclocomputer and I have no clue how long my after work ride is. More and more above freezing commuters and XMAS bike newbs are on the road now so I'll need to watch out for them. The bike room at work was nearly full last week so I'll have to make a point to get to work extra early.
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Old 03-28-06, 02:38 PM
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Visiting here for the first time in some time. Getting everything together to start commuting again next week. SteveE, hope all is well!
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I've got 3 words today describing my commute: slow as hell!!!
I moved just days ago and my new commute is longer (9-10 miles) and has more climbing



Took me longer to get to work than I thought but on the flip side, in a few weeks I'll be in better shape than before
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Got absolutely soaked on the way home last night and I wasn't really appropriately dressed. Oh, and I'd taken the fenders off the bike to wash it and never got around to putting them back on. It was raining like a firehose. But I didn't crash, I didn't catch pneumonia, and half-way home I actually started to enjoy the insanity.
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Peregrine:

400 or so feet in just over a mile? That's a pretty good hill for a commute. No kidding that you'll be in pretty good shape in a few weeks. Impressive.
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Old 03-28-06, 04:48 PM
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Nice morning ride in this am. Temps were in the high 30s and little to no wind.
Getting ready to ride home now and the temp is 56F!

I'm digg'n this weather!
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I was off Monday, so no commute, but I did 20 miles in the afternoon, just cuz :-) Then Monday night, my wife just HAD to watch some movie, so we didn't get to bed untill midnight. In spite of my cycling passion, and desire for more and more commute miles, I'm still a lousy morning person. If I don't get at LEAST 7 hours, you can FORGET getting me out of bed. So, I didn't commute today either. But tomorrow I'm doing 40 miles, come hell or high water :-)
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Spring is almost here! At least until it snows again. I don't care. I can almost ride without mittens, and I've gone two days without a balaclava. It feels so nice to have the wind whistling past my ears...
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Warm enough to wear just the spring jacket (brown corduroy) and actually take my time instead of rushing all over the place. I even took a pic of my bike (will post in the pics of commuter thread) cuz it was still light out even though the sun went and hid behind some clouds. The ride home was fast at some points and leisurely at others and I was happy for running a front brake on the fixie when I had to ride down a short, steep downhill that ended at a red light.
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back to the commute again. feel totally out of it but the rides were faster due to not riding with studs. Great weather.
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About -1 to 0 celcius today, on my second ride to work of 2006... The first week or two are what I call the "atrophy rides," because I'm trying to work off the muscle atrophy from being off the bike for 4 months...

Gah, has it been that long?
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Pleasant ride today! bright and cool, no wind, little traffic and I got stuck behind some chick in jeans with a firm trunk . She kept looking over her shoulder for me to pass, but I was quite comfy where I was. Had to yell "Headz-Up" to some greasy guy getting out of his gas guzzler while still fishing for something inside, oh well...I'm safe.
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Old 03-29-06, 08:13 AM
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Nice.

I finally had the nerve to try riding my dad's old Peugeot U-08 to work. It's getting light at 6am now, and the temp felt like mid-30's, so I thought today seemed like as good a day as I could hope for, if I had to make some kind of repair next to the road.

The chain fell off, but that was easy to re-thread and note to play with the limiter screws.

This old bike is about 10lbs heavier than my usual commuter, so I was leery of that, too. But for all the gaspipe and steel fenders, it rides like a dream. I'm glad I fixed it up.
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Had a nice ride in this morning. Temps in the lower 40s with the sun well in the sky by the time I got on my bike. A little breezy but nothing too bad. Had a person right hook me into their workplace. I almost pulled in to tell them what they did but I just kept going.
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Great ride today, finally hauled myself out of bed early enough (almost) to make my 20 mile ride. I left about 15 minutes later than I wanted to, and the WHOLE ride felt sluggish and slow, but the ride time on the computer showed 1 hour 26 minutes when I pulled up to the building. That's pretty standard for that ride, even when it feels fast. I ended up about 20 minutes late for work, but no one yelled at me. If i'ld left on time it would have been 5 so :-)

Really glad I got up sort of early enough, and then bit the bullet and did it, much better views on this ride than my normal one. And as i'm riding more, i find it takes me 10 miles or so to really warm up and start spinning well. I'm doing the 20 mile route back too, so hopefully the weather won't be to bad :-) winds are expected, but from the south...so should be a tail wind :-)
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Beautiful ride this morning, despite one cager trying to hit me. Weather this time of year is tough to dress for properly. 40 or so this morning, 68 this afternoon. Shorts only in the morning and be really chilly, or tights and sweat like a pig on the way home? Dilemma.
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Nice ride today. Light traffic, good temperature, all around nice.
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A little chilly this morning, but still pretty good. I was feeling all fast and stuff, until I turned onto a side street and slowed to a crawl for no good reason. As soon as I got back into traffic, I was flying again. Weird.
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It was nice this morning, bright sunny with a nice blue sky. It took about ten minutes to get to the office.

Yesterday was a very rainy day and I didn't ride the bike in.
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It was 45 F, overcast with a few light showers and a 15-20 mph west wind. No issues with cagers but then I did go in early so most of them were still sitting in bed.
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Ride in and home Monday was great both ways, except for the flat rear. Picked up a nice, rusty wire nail somewhere - penetrated the Armadillo and the tire liner. And the toob. Leaking slow enough that I didn't notice it till I was almost all the way in, so easy fix in the office. Cranks/BB started creaking pretty bad on the way in - they had been popping for a few days, but I forgot to look into that last week while I wasn't riding.

So last night, researched a bit then removed the crank bolts, greased, and put them back in. Perfect. While I was getting my hands dirty, gave the chain a once over with a bit of lube - amazing the difference!

Ride in today was awesome -first day in my new HHCMF shirt. Didn't really need the headlight with that thing on Got a bit wet - forecast was for "isolated T-storms" - didn't hit anything major on the way in; just enough to cool me down a bit. Never did get my fenders, so hoping that I can dodge the "Few T-storms" that are forecast for later this afternoon. I love the weather.com "hour-by-hour" forecast. Except when it tells me I'll have a 20MPH headwind half my trip home. Which is what it says right now...
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Now that I'm home and can log on, I'll tell you about the ride to work and home.
This morning was foggy and about 48F (9C). I had to turn on the blinkies so cars could see me.
Had to go out at lunch. That was tough. Sunny, ~72F (22C). I hated going back to work.
The ride home was awesome. I left work early (3:00 PM). Sunny, warm, no wind, no weird drivers. Everything a cyclist could want.

After yesterday (cold and rainy) maybe spring is FINALLY here.
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Not really rain. Just sort of spitting as I came into downtown. I ran into one of the superivising attorneys who was locking up his bike. I have to remember to pat myself on the back for encouraging him to turn his old Chicago Schwinn Varsity into a commuter. He looks great and arrives at work with a smile on his face. And so do I....
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