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Old 05-01-06, 09:39 AM
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It wasn't raining this morning, but the fog was hanging out real low, so I got little bits of water on my glasses, but it made for a nice atmosphere for the ride. It took about ten minutes to get to the office.
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Old 05-01-06, 09:42 AM
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had a couple big glasses of wine with dinner last night, not being a frequent drinker I knew I'ld feel it this morning so I planned on the shorter ride, 5 miles in today, very nice, weather is GREAT lately, especially in the morning. Looking forward to a longer ride this afternoon.
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First ride in a week. We drove down to Orange County for an event for my wife's cousins and we made it a mini vacation by staying in a nice hotel in Laguna Beach. I kind of wished I'd brought my bike to cruise the PCH but it was probably just as well I didn't. We drove inland to Aliso Viejo a couple of times and I was thinking that it would be tough slog over that hill every morning if it was your commute route. (Isn't it funny how we cyclists look at roads?)

Anyway, today is gorgeous in Sacramento. As the first day of Bike to Work Month, I thought the streets would be crowded with newbie commuters, but if so they must have all taken a different route.
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Last night I again decied to stretch my commute home out into a little night ride. The wind is still from the east--very unusual--so I rode into it to start my ride.

It was so warm I had to stop outside a hospital to take my jacket off. There was a big ole 'possum scratching at the door of this hospital, right in the heart of the city. I wished a nurse would come out for a smoke break right then, and confront this possum with his toothy death grin, but no such luck.

I turned back to home on Michigan Ave., straight as an arrow for four miles with the wind at my back. I put it in my second hardest gear and cranked without breaking cadence once. I hit all the green lights just like a car and only one cager passed me in the 4 miles.

Late night is a great time to commute and ride!
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Rode in today with new tires (WTB Slickasaurus as opposed to kenda Karma's) and have a 32:14 on my SS Surly instead of the 32:16. Pedaling was easier than I imagined, and we went faster than normal (obviously). Wasn't spinning out as much, but I did a little. Hopefully we'll be commuting every day this week by bike. Stuff keeps coming up, and since I'm new to the whole commute thing, little sheepish about riding in the rain

Weather was pretty nice also. Little foggy to start out, but wasn't as cold as I thought it might be. Should be another windy ride home this evening.
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Old 05-01-06, 02:53 PM
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After riding to school with my son on his little commute, I wrote into stickittotheman@msnbc.com when they asked about how people are fighting higher gas prices. My solution, bike commuting. I recieved a reply from a senior producer and a callback form another producer, still waiting to hear if I'm picked to be interviewed. Maybe one of our NYC commuters might write in also, you know who you are. Maybe a few HHCMF members might try as well, couldn't hurt.

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Holy crow!

I almost freaked when a bird and the squirrel it was attacking careened across my path today, inches from my wheel.

That's something you don't see everyday.
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Old 05-01-06, 03:34 PM
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First Commute.

Did my first commute on Saturday as a test run for Bike to Work Month and also because its $4.60 a gallon of gas here. A 16 mile round trip – 8 miles down and 8 miles up. Yep that’s right down and up. My job has taken me to Lana’i City on the Island of Lana’i in Hawai'i and I work at Manele Bay, 8 miles and 1700 feet lower down the island. So I start with a relatively flat 4 miles before a downhill of about 4 miles to the Bay. It took me about 20 – 25 minutes to get there in the morning and 80 minutes to get home in the evening. Hopefully the climb in the evenings will get a bit faster or at least a little bit easier.

Sights on the rides so far have been colourful cock pheasants running in the grass at the side of the road sometime accompanied by their not so colourful hens, and of course the view across the water towards Maui as I crest the hill before my long drop down to work. On a really clear day it is possible to see in the distance the snowy tip of Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Traffic is minimal at the time I leave around 630am, to be honest it is pretty minimal on Lana’i at any time, and the flat section of the ride affords good visibility to all. I take a ‘closed’ road as my downhill, and uphill, as the busier road from Manele Bay does not have a hard shoulder. All I have to watch out for on this road are trucks coming off the quarry with their loads for the construction at Manele Bay.

In the past I have commuted to work when I lived in Dublin and Cape Town. Both major cities with traffic problems but I was lucky to have been able to find safe and interesting routes to ride in both places. Lana’i has to be the most pleasant and scenic one I have ever done and I’m sure that with a little exploration that I could find an offroad route as well without too much trouble.

I ride a Giant ATX 870 mountain bike which I have had for about 8 years now. I’ve done nothing special to it to equip it for my commute, I’ve left the knobbies on as I use it off road on my time off. I still have my first mountain bike, a Gary Fisher HooKooEKoo that I bought in 1992 which I am trying to rebuild (long ongoing project this!!) to use as a commuter. Hopefully I can get some photos up here soon to show off my commute.
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Old 05-01-06, 04:18 PM
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Came out of the office bldg. to find a flat. 20 mins. later I was off and riding. Good thing I took slvoid's advice and slipped a pair of latex gloves into my repair kit.

Rothar, welcome to the HHCMF which of course means Happy Hawaiian Commuting MuthaF*ckers. The climbing you do will not only make you 10x sexier than any of your co-workers, but you will have the opposite sex throwing their telephone numbers at you so much it'll seem like snow.

Scott, is that stickittotheman address an email address or an URL?
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Scott, is that stickittotheman address an email address or an URL?
Email address. Linky fixed. Sorry, I'm tech-dumb.
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Old 05-01-06, 08:04 PM
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good commute today... it was in the 60's all day with some light winds. today was my late class so I went in in the afternoon. took the University Boulevard route in in the afternoon... it was okay cause the shoulder is huge and it was virtually traffic free at this time of the day, so even the part where the shoulder empties into the right turn lane was okay. no problems at all and I made good time.

the ride back was good also although the sun was in my eyes for part of it. I went back to my usual commute route back and did a detour up and down the Paint Branch. there are a lot of joggers and cyclists out on the PB these days. the ride back was also fast, fun, and problem free.

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headwind. both ways. uphill. on my bleeding knees through the . . . oh yeah. through the cherry blossoms. but still!!

slurped a tiny piece of client bandwidth today just so i could get the true wind figures for bragging rights. 45 kph, gusting to 55, 'higher near the water'. oh uh, like while on bridges? and yea verily, pretty consistent both ways because it was actually more of a crosswind most of the way.

coming from about 1 o'clock. i don't know how strong it really was on the bridge, but the change was noticeable the moment i saw water under my wheels instead of industrial-crud-island ground. on the way in it did actually run me into the barrier during one sloppy moment of slackened speed, which was enough to convince me i should ride on that side coming home too. rather hit a barrier that's a few feet from cars than a rail that's xty-something feet over water. but eh, it was fine after all.

my other observation today is that by the time summer's over i'm going to look like a raccoon. i am doing the whole sunblock bit, religiously - and waiting the required 15 - 30 minutes before going out too. the problem is that even waterproof sunblocks are not tear-proof . . . i'm getting freckles in places even i haven't seen freckles before.

ball game close to my work this wednesday. that'll be the week's driving-day.
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Old 05-01-06, 10:21 PM
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Excellent ride both ways. It's so nice not to encounter wet pavement for a whole ride

Todays was the first day of the Bike Commute Challenge. It'll go 1 month and my team has 6 members. Fun!
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Originally Posted by rothar
Did my first commute on Saturday as a test run for Bike to Work Month and also because its $4.60 a gallon of gas here. A 16 mile round trip – 8 miles down and 8 miles up.
Welcome! Yep word has it that gas prices are still rising...so take your time ... don't burn out
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Old 05-02-06, 06:36 AM
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Gas was actually quite low today, at just 99.9 c/litre. The ride was cool, I could see my breath. Still, it was a pleasant ride!

It's funny, I went back to the DF to ride to my parent's house last night (because my DF has lights), and it was genuinely uncomfortable compared to the trike. It was also faster, but that might have something to do with the high pressure 32mm slicks...
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Old 05-02-06, 06:40 AM
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Didn't ride to work yesterday in fact, didn't go to work at all. I played hooky and went mountain biking instead. I have to say that it doesn't get much better than yesterday. Mid to high 60's, dry, clear blue sky, and the trail was in perfect shape. I slept in a little and had a leisurely breakfast before heading out. I rode for about 3 hours and had the best time in recent memory. Then, stopped for an Italian sub on the way home, paid some bills, and shipped some bike parts for an Ebay customer. Then it was on to the couch for a nice long nap....perfect day.

Oh yeah, the ride in this morning was ok. A little cold for May and my new, stupid gloves were so tight that they cut off the blood flow in my hands-will have to return them.
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Old 05-02-06, 06:47 AM
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Had a nice ride in today. Still cool in the morning but warmer than yesterday, upper 40s or so. Passed the same guy on a mtb again today in almost the same spot so I guess I have found another commuter along my route. If traffic wasn't moving along at 50mph or so I would have slowed down to say good morning. I have been leaving home later than usual so that must be why I have seen this guy the past two days.
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Today's ride! Wet, Sloppy & Warm...sounds very familiar somehow
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Old 05-02-06, 06:58 AM
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50F degrees. Shorts & a short-sleeved jersey. Nice and refreshing.

Head cold seems to be clearing up, but I took drugs last night and only this morning did I see on the box, "May cause marked drowsiness." Ya think? I felt like a zombie.

brrrrrraaaaaaaiiiiiiiins
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There's a movie filming up in Washington Heights, so no cars parked on Fort Washington, lots of huge lights, and SNOW!!!!
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Old 05-02-06, 07:14 AM
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Ride home last night was good (seems like they always are...) Headwinds were pretty brutal at times, but took my time spinning home. Felt pretty strong the whole way, which was refreshing - usually the headwinds have me beat down before I get to the home stretch at the 12 mile mark. Only unusual event happened at my last left turn into my neighborhood. I pull into the left turn lane, 4 lane divided residential street, 35 MPH, landscaped medians, etc. Car in the far lane going the other direction comes to an almost screeching stop when he sees me enter the turn lane so he can yield to me. Of course, there's another lane of traffic that has no better idea what he's doing than I do, so I wave him through, shaking my head the whole time. I love when people are aware of me on my bike, but I just wish they would drive predictably - if they do what they always do, I'll know what they're doing, and we will have a very happy coexistence on the roads... Common sense ain't so common, methinks...

Rothar, welcome to the club! I'm thinking I must find a job in Hawaii so I can do some commuting there - sounds wunnerful!
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Nice temps and light tailwind - about 72°F and 5mph. I had to detour around Trinity Park due to preparations being made for "Mayfest", next weekend. So it's just for the week.
Getting light enough to turn out the headlight about halfway there. Seems like the clouds of bugs taper off as it gets lighter - they were almost nonexistent by the end of the ride, whereas I had to wear clear glasses and a bandito-style bandana for the first half.

Looking forward to a 20mph headwind and 92°, going home. w00t.
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Great ride in last night. Rode my just assembled/salvaged SS-MTB from RTP, NC to south Raleigh through Crabtree, Umstead, the NC Museum of Art/Meredith College Greenway and the Lake Johnson Greenway. My first wheel build held up, and I actually got to chat with some folks in Umstead instead of my typically solitary ride. Cooler, uneventful ride in this morning on the fixed gear.
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the commute gave me a taste of what is to come... it was kind of hot, 96 or so... I did a little sweatin', drank a little water... came out OK. it was a good ride. one thing that never happened to me before-- had to wait for a train! took a good five or ten minutes to pass. waited there with a bunch of ASU students.
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Got passed way too close by some guy in a truck with a flatbed trailer. He then made a left turn 500' later. Hope his time was worth it.
Anyway, finally got to try out my new tires, 26x1.5 Nimbus Armadillos. They _might_ be a bit slower then my old setup, 26x1.5 Numbus III + Mr. Tuffy, but not enough for me to really notice.
Saw someone else commuting this morning, waved as I entered the MUP from the street he was crossing.
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