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Old 03-29-06, 05:57 PM
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very fun! first long ride on my new thinner slicks. so much better! temps in the 70s and a fairly strong headwind...I had a great time! about 35 minutes each way... my legs are getting stronger. I love riding!
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usual 3.2 mile in, 16.9 dst "return". had to take 'the long way' w/ temps approaching 70F, lite wind! saw another bicyclist (roadie), both acknowledged (no snub)! a true rare sight here in s nj! cagers have been respectfully sharing. A good day!
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usual 3.2 mile in, 16.9 dst "return". had to take 'the long way' w/ temps approaching 70F, lite wind! saw another bicyclist (roadie), both acknowledged (no snub)! a true rare sight here in s nj! cagers have been respectfully sharing. A good day!
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Beautiful day for a ride. So I get to work on my fixie, find out my laptop crapped out bet. yesterday and today and ended up riding home and grabbing my car to drive to NJ to see the IT guys. What a waste of a beautiful day. Only got 4 miles of riding in.
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I put on new tires last night and it seems this always makes the next time out more fun. My old tires failed unexpectedly and I didn't have time to really shop for replacements. My LBS recommended a brand I had not heard of previously, Serfas. I wanted 25's but they only had 23's. Turns out the 23's are slightly bigger than my old 25's. They rode great and have a reflective sidewall. The reflective sidewall will be a plus because after the time change next weekend, I will be riding to work in the dark. Today it rained on the way in, but the afternoon turned out nice and sunny. The blooming trees and flowers around town are great this time of year. I feel sorry for the people sealed in cars missing all this.
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Old 03-29-06, 10:29 PM
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I'm back on the bike, I'm back on the bike, thank God almighty I'm back on the bike!

Oh, it feels so good to be riding with a t-shirt on and slick tires. No more studs and triple layers. And what is that orange/yellow globe that hangs in the west as I ride home and makes it so I don't need to turn my lights on?
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The ride to work & home was ok, I need to do a little work on by bike tonite. Have a good nite .
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Old 03-30-06, 06:13 AM
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I'll let you know after I get to work, but looks like it's going to be another "10".
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Overdressed this morning and was really sweating by the time I got to work. It was in the mid 40s but I warmed up fast because of the sun. Not too much traffic out the past couple of days which has been nice and I even took the route on the major roads today. Should in the 70s and sunny for the ride home.
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Nice ride today, some seriously wobbly newbs out there though. Jeans, big gears and Penny Loafers .
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Old 03-30-06, 08:21 AM
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Slow commute this morning. Very tired.
When I arrived home yesterday I hit 100 miles in 2 days. That would be about 30-40 more than I am used to in that same time period.
Anyhow, I'm very low on energy. Going to finish my oatmeal and head over to the deli in the next building over and purchase a nice big sausage and egg breakfast burrito. yummy
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Old 03-30-06, 08:22 AM
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1st commute of the season

1st time posting on Bike forums, first commute of the season. It's great to be back on the bike. Morning ride started at 5:30 AM, temp around 34 degrees. Supposed to be high 60's - low 70's by afternoon with a slight tailwind.

It's great to be back in the saddle.
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Old 03-30-06, 08:33 AM
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No ride today - allergies kicked in in a big way last night and cost me half a night's sleep and half my vision...

Ride home last night was very nice, headwind and flat rear notwithstanding. How is that I can commute for 2 months with no flats, and then flat the rear (different tubes) 2 days in a row? I don't get it. Anyway, noticed it was flat as I pulled away from a stoplight, conveniently next to a little appliance shop which parking lot provided some shelter from traffic as I changed tubes.
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Old 03-30-06, 08:50 AM
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Temperatures around 0 this morning, I still need a hat to keep my head and ears warm. On the way home it'll be 14C so I have to stow the hat, pull up the sleeves of my jacket, and sweat all the way home.

The rides are getting easier each day, but I'm still huffing and puffing and only just breaking 20km/h average. Oh well, I'll be up to speed in a week or two.
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Old 03-30-06, 10:03 AM
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My shins were chillin' this morning, but it wasn't cold enough for ear covering. It should be at least 10C on the way home today - I'll be rolling up the shants for sure!
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The ride was awesome. Didn't need knee warmers, only arm warmers and a light vest. The arm warmers had to come off about 2 miles from work along with unzipping the vest.

A commuter I'd never seen came up behind me and we rode till the first big hill (Desmond Drive for the locals). He is a student at Emory. Looked to be ~20 years old and riding a Fuji road bike with a messenger bag. It was neck and neck until just before the top of the hill. Then he passed me and took off. I caught him at the next light and we rode for a few more blocks until the next climb. He passed me half way up the hill and never looked back.
Oh well. I don't feel bad since I'm three times his age, riding a heavier bike, and only been back to commuting for ~3-4 weeks since my shoulder surgery.
I'm sure I could have whipped his *** last fall when I was in better shape.
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Old 03-30-06, 10:09 AM
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It was nice this morning sunny with a few big clouds floating over places where I wasn't. It took about ten minutes to get to the office.
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No commute today cuz I'm leaving for a semi-long weekend sans bike. I'd like to take my bike w/ me, but I also need to give my legs, and specifically my knee, a rest.

I had forgotten about this last night when I posted, but yesterday on my way home from NJ, I came upon two accidents on the highway w/in a mile of each other. The first was an overturned Honda Civic and the second already had an ambulance tending to the injured. The Civic's passengers seemed ok considering what happened. Made me thankful it wasn't me and made me wish I was riding home from my office instead of driving.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:51 AM
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My Commute Sucked today. I dont know why every one in my nieghborhood was driving like a freak.....Since I dont live anywhere near the Dan RyanMadness. but here it goes.
Incident #1 Big Cargo Truck turns right with no blinker as I'm right next to his front wheel. Luckly I noticed and turned right with him or I'd a been toast.
Incident #2 As I was getting back on to the street I was just forced off of by the truck mentioned above I was almost hit by a speeding car passing on the right, It was a single lane road with shared bike route markings ( not the bike lanes but chevrons and bike images.)
Incident #3 Cab turns right from the left lane almost right hooking me ( good thing I wasnt going full speed or smack) he gunned it so fast that he also almost took out a pedestrian in the cross walk with a green walking light. Made her scream through her hands in the air and jump out of the way.

Damn when it rains it pours..... the crazy thing is I was riding really conservativly today.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:53 AM
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A light dusting of snow this morning and bitter cold wind but it was working for me part of the way to work. Already it's 15 degrees warmer and supposed to go up to 60F today. Looks like all those extra clothes will go in the backpack.
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Old 03-30-06, 12:30 PM
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I nearly collided with another wrongway rider last night and again this morning. Different guy, same IQ.

Rode in wearing my office clothes but I brought a jersey and shorts in my pack so I can make a longish errand at lunch time. We're off tomorrow to Tahoe for a little skiing so today's my last day to commute this week.
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Old 03-30-06, 12:44 PM
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Hi, first post also, though I've read these forums on and off since probably August of last year (I'm a relative newbie to riding at all). Hubby and I partook of our second day of bike commuting to work as of this morning. Rode in Monday, but I'm not signing up for all weather riding, and it was raining the past two days.

So far so good. My legs were really not feeling so hot today, though. We've been riding our mountain SS (32/16 for me) so we're not spinning out like crazy, but it was tough to pedal this morning. We only ride about 4.8 miles each way, which isn't a whole lot, but nearly 10 miles a day during the week is a lot more than we were previously riding (by about 10 miles).

What's up with everyone in 70 degree weather! It's been cold and rainy here in So Cal!
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Old 03-30-06, 02:26 PM
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ride home yesterday was awfull, I was tired, and had a VERY strong headwind. Started out on the 20 mile route, but gave up on that idea quickly and then very poorly, navigated my way home on streets i've never riden on before.

Ride in today was great. I pushed a little harder on the first leg of the ride, (mostly downhill) so I made better time than the last couple mornings I've done this route. Then I paced myself well on the flat (middle) section so I had plenty of energy for the last leg, wich is mostly uphill. Got through the shower and to my desk right on time today. I'm hopeing 20 in will become a habbit soon.
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Old 03-30-06, 03:11 PM
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Could I please have something other than a headwind???

No?

That's what I thought...
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Old 03-30-06, 05:34 PM
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the weather was beautiful today... a little chilly in the morning but it got warm quick. got buzzed by a car while taking the lane, when he had a whole other lane (a turn lane on a 3-lane 20MPH road), he was like 3/4 in the turn lane and 1/4 in my lane, what an idiot. other than that the ride in was fast, smooth, and fun.

I did a 3-hour ride around town before the ride back, which was a lot of fun for the most part except for a couple ahole drivers. got cut off by a truck in a parking lot who yelled "B***H!" (I'm a dude) and later down the road got beside me and blew the horn... while I was in a marked bike lane no less, what an idiot! then got buzzed later on by a Lexus while I was merging into a turn lane, a**hole couldn't have waited another nanosecond for me to finish changing lanes. I guess whoever made that one thread in A&S was right, warm weather really does bring out the sh***y drivers. but, other than that the ride was a lot of fun and I wasn't gonna let those two jackasses ruin it for me.

the actual commute back from campus was smooth, no problems at all. was behind a bus again on Paint Branch... that's always awesome except for the carbon monoxide. got up the big hill near my house really quickly like I have been a lot lately. great ride back!

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