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Old 04-28-06, 08:49 PM
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great commuting day! rode in this morning with a brisk headwind but it was sunny and beautiful. saw two of my students riding the opposite way partially inspired, I think, by seeing me ride in for my classes every day. Taught my last class today!~

The ride home:

So here I am, my last day of teaching this year and I've got more energy than ever with the thought of a summer off (the only thing I like better than teaching- is not teaching) so I'm flying home. Up ahead is this tall athletic looking cyclist in yellow wind jacket and black tights on an absolutely gorgeous road bike. He seems to be warming up and limberly stretches one leg out to the side and as I fly by him I jokingly say, "hey, cool, yogic biking!" I hear a little chuckle and I look and lo and behold it's John Kerry!- yeah, the Senator, the guy who ran for President. I confess to being a fan of the man. So I asked him if it was okay if we rode together a bit- he was amenable and I expressed my appreciation for his service as a Senator and thought well, 'nuff said let the man have his bike ride and off I go. But I look back and he's right there with me and I couldn't have been happier to have this man who willingly enlisted (no draft dodger, Kerry) hanging off my wheel. We buzzed along and then had a little more time to chat. You can say what you wish about his politics but he's a good bike rider and one of the friendlier cyclists I've met on the path. He was extremely complimentary to me when he found out how far I commuted and that I did it right through the winter. His bike is an absolutely drop dead perfect Ben Serotta custom and he brightened far more when I expressed admiration for his bike than he did when I expressed admiration for his politics.

Feeling, at the very least, well represented in the Senate, I had a beautiful rest of the ride home. You don't get commutes like that when you drive in a car. What fun!
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Old 04-28-06, 09:10 PM
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I stopped to make a left turn today and some dip in an econoline-type van actually drove up over the curb onto the "sidewalk" to pass me on the right Some people's children...
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Old 04-28-06, 09:48 PM
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Hard day at work. Good ride to and from work. The weather was very nice today, had to be in the mid-60s. I rode my Single Speed Mountain Bike today. You can really tell the difference from the Single Speed Road Bike, my 925. The road bike is so much faster. I hope to get a long ride in tomorrow, I'm on call the whole weekend and I hope they don't call me while I'm riding. Have a good night.
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Fast both ways. New computer with cadence helps me keep track of my cadence, speed follows. I may not be the only bike commuter at work soon. One of my coworkers is riding in to work Sunday. He is also signed up for Bike to Work week. Another one of my coworkers is teetering. Tomorrow's Saturday, should be able to set a new fast time with the roadbike with almost no traffic. Ride on.
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oooo, nice rides today. both ways. cool and sunny in the morning and cool and grey in the evening. i like them both, but i really liked the grey. i deliberately took it easy both ways, and like most of the times when i actually follow through on intentions and do that, both rides were faster. still, i didn't go as easy as i'd intended to and i think it may be a good thing it's a weekend. i'm flirting with overstrain on a couple of muscles. now all i have to do this weekend is remember to eat.

heading out, another 18-wheel truck stopped explicitly to wave me across the bridge on-ramp lane to get to the mup. coming home a little toyota-something did the same thing for the ramp coming off. instead of heading down and around the cloverleaf on that return trip, i've started staying with the main road until i reach the first light. it cuts a block or two off the toughest climb.

driving home yesterday to pick up my kid, i noticed one of those heart-sinking road-kill bundles in the far right lane, about the size of somebody's cat. skipping the clover leaf meant i went right past it tonight, and - well, it was a lot flatter today than it was yesterday. but i've decided from the passing look at the tail that it was just a raccoon, so i feel much better now.
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Old 04-29-06, 08:22 AM
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a terriffic ride both ways ... damn near perfect weather. cloudy and 70s, not much wind. we did blow through some stop signs but nobody was around. saw 7-8 other cyclists, most around ASU.
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Old 04-29-06, 12:06 PM
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I had a double commute. I found out when I got to work that I had forgotten my keys and swipe badge. I wore my bike shorts under my dockers, took an early break and rode home to get them. Made me glad that I only have a 15 minute ride home!
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Old 04-29-06, 05:12 PM
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no commute on Friday, had to drive so I could sell some more car parts. I now have enough to pay for a new pair of shorts, arm AND leg warmers and might have enough left over for a plastic rain jacket, or helmet cover.

Group ride today (saturday) was good, though i felt sluggish, and not-smooth. I had a hard time keeping in range of a good draft almost the whole time. Finally after I was really tired I think I stopped "thinking" and just rode, the last 20 miles weren't to bad.

OOOOHHHH....I just realized what it was....I ate before I rode this time. Last week I had an apple, this morning I had two eggs and toast...(I'm not normally a breakfast person) I bet that's what it was...
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commuted in with my wife again today. then shot over to buy a new computer and rode home with it in the milkcrate. got home and it was too nice a day to be inside so I went for a road ride. total mileage between commute and road was 70 miles. couldn't have been nicer.
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I had a good ride both ways. I have been accepted for a Commuter Bicycle Incentive Program. They will pay me $100 of my latest bicycle purchase for filling out a survey every quarter for a year. I just have to keep track of how many days each quarter I ride to work, how many miles I commute to work and back , and how many miles I ride recreationally. How cool is that! Also signed up for Bike to Work week, of course. Tomorrow is my favorite day to ride to work, I get the roads all to myself on the way in. Ride on.
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Old 04-30-06, 12:21 PM
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Yeah, scott, Sundays are a great day to ride on the city streets. I work in a hospital, so I have to work every second weekend. But having days off in the middle of the week is great too.

Last night I felt sluggish riding home. Then I realized that the wind was strong and from the east. An east wind is uncommon around here, so it threw me off. Today I left for work an hour early and got a nice ride in. I abandoned the Rivertrail because the streets were less crowded than the trail today.
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Yesterday I went for a ride around town with the fiance, and then decided that it was just too beautiful outside to get back in the car to go to work. I left my car at her parent's house and rode the couple of miles to work, conveniently forgetting that I had a 16 hour shift ahead and wouldn't goet off of work until 730 this morning. The ride to work was amazing. It was a perfect day and the ride was mostly downhill. By the time morning came around I was tired and decided that I didn't want to directly confront the steep uphill back to may car. I didn't really think about the fact that I would have to cover the same elevation change whether I did it in half a mile or three miles. I went for the three miles and had one of the most hellacious rides of my life. The morning was actually quite beautiful, but was much colder than I had anticipated. So I was cold, tired, and had three miles of climbing to do. By the time I got home I was ready for bed, but was oddly looking forward for the potential chance to ride in again next weekend.
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did my first commutes this week. each day had a different obstacle, but it keeps the ride interesting at least.
day 1. planned to ride to the light rail station, take the light rail to the stop closest to work and ride the rest of the way to work. arrived at the station and realized i forgot my transit pass. went to buy a ticket, but both machines were down. decided to suck it up and ride the whole way. made it to work an hour early and only added 15 minutes to my commute. on the way home, i got hit in the face by a bee which found it's way into my mouth and stung me on the inside of my lip. good thing i'm not allergic.

day 2: pretty much uneventful. found a different way around the flooded areas of the bike trail.

day 3: on the way in, got stopped by the local bike folk and signed up for million mile may to hopefully convince local politicians that the area needs more resources for bike commuters. they gave out t-shirts, zone bars, reflecter leg straps and red bulls. on the way home, got a flat. ironic thing is that i had forgotten to grab my hand pump the first 2 days. today i threw it in and i got a flat.
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Old 04-30-06, 10:14 PM
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gorgeous day for a bike ride but problems with pedestrians, cars etc. for some reason everyone in Boston felt that the beautiful weather was for them and them alone to enjoy and weren't too keen on sharing the road or the bike path. Rode in with my wife to Cambridge. then downtown. Drivers were insane. The streets were mobbed with Sunday drivers- and all this despite the highest gas prices America has ever seen. But people were cutting each other off like mad, blowing horns. I watched as one guy from Florida, in a minivan, on his cell phone almost took me down then got cut off himself then cut me off again trying to shoot down on the right- I thought he was headed up onto the sidewalk- and he gently side swiped two parked cars removing one mirror. I caught him at the light and was about to give him a ration of grief and suddenly saw how pathetic it all was and just looked at him through his open window and said, "Whew!". He looked relieved I wasn't about to ream him a new one and he said, "Wow! They're getting pretty aggressive out there!"

Do people actually enjoy taking an hour to cruise from one end of Newbury Street to the other and never find a place to park?
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Old 05-01-06, 05:28 AM
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No bike commuting for me today. I've worked 3 of the last 4 weekends and I'm tired.
I thought weekends were for R&R so a person would be rested and ready for the work week on Monday.
Today is a rest day for me but I'll be back at it tomorrow.
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Ahhh, a great ride this morning! First off, it was a lot warmer than last week, so my fingers and ears didn't feel like they were going to fall off.

I also re-tuned the steering on my trike over the weekend, and I think it runs much better now. In fact, there's a huge difference. My new tires should be here within the week, and once I get those on I'll be FLYING!
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Enjoyable ride this morning. I was on the bike path (as so many of my stories go) south of 125th along the West Side Highway. Traffic was pretty backed up this morning, but still moving. I was rolling along doing about 20 mph and when I turned to look at the traffic beside me I saw they qwere going about the same pace. I caught the eye of a passenger in one of the cars, grinned widely, gave a salute (not THE salute) and dropped the hammer. I spun up and took off. I was going about 28 when the path and the highway diverge (just before the tennis courts). I hope I gave the passenger and the driver of that car something to talk about.
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Great ride this morning. Mostly recovered from the crud I caught last week, made the ride in without too much hacking this morning. And it was fast. I'm sure the winds at my back had something to do with that, as did the fact that I caught all 4 stoplights as close to perfect as I can. So avg was >19 MPH for the ride in, time 46 minutes, which is a new record for me. And I feel good!

Have a great Monday, all!
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Old 05-01-06, 07:17 AM
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Still commuting, just haven't been posting lately. Easy ride today, so easy I rode in Jeans . Nearly got doored as some guy got into his car eventhough he saw me coming with my light on. I gave a half-hearted attempt to shut the door as I rode by...I'm really mean .
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Old 05-01-06, 07:39 AM
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Haven't commuted in more than a week even though I've been working. Haven't gone into the office either until today. First day back and I hit two sideview mirrors, one on a bus and the other on an SUV as they tried to squeeze me down. Hit one with my shoulder as I tried to twist around it and the other w/ my bag when I was twisting around the first one. Maybe they'll learn to share the road more, but somehow I doubt it.
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Good commute today; it was sprinkling on the way in, but when I got downtown, there was a "Curb Your Car Month" celebration at the federal building downtown. Got some coffee and had a nice chat with someone who runs the vanpool program here in town.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Haven't commuted in more than a week even though I've been working. Haven't gone into the office either until today. First day back and I hit two sideview mirrors, one on a bus and the other on an SUV as they tried to squeeze me down. Hit one with my shoulder as I tried to twist around it and the other w/ my bag when I was twisting around the first one. Maybe they'll learn to share the road more, but somehow I doubt it.
It does get frustrating!

I did an easy 24miles yesterday and as I crossed the Newton/Boston line near Boston College I noticed a speed trap. I was all amped up when the Boston's Finest nabbed a speeding cager. You would think high gas prices would slow people down, but I swear people are driving faster.
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Monday + not enough sleep + headwind = slow ride to work. It was still a nice ride though even though it was slow and into the wind. Cooler than it has been recently too, temps in the low to mid 40s. Actually had to wear full gloves to keep my hands warm. I passed another cyclist along the 45mph road that I ride for about half a mile. He was wearing a hoodie and just going along. I hardly ever pass/see any other cyclists riding the same way I am so that was nice. Should be a great ride home this afternoon with temps in the low 70s. It is time to buy new tires and some other new stuff for the bike to get ready for summer.
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Bah. Head cold. Not too bad, but I took it real easy this morning. Low 40Fs.

Even going slow, I caught up to someone on an MTB. Didn't pass though. Was happy to have a pace bike, so to speak.
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My knee still hurts, although my patella may have jumped back into its usual position. I caught up with a guy on my route [perhaps he thinks I'm on his route?], and just like the last time I saw him, he runs stop signs and jumps lights with abandon. Sigh. I'm going to leave a little earlier to avoid him. I don't want to be around when he gets tagged by a similarly aggressive SUV.
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