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Old 05-04-06, 08:29 AM
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Getting pretty warm, time to start bringing in a towel and grabbing a quick shower in the morning. I'm seeing a bunch of commuters now, had a nice chat with a few yesterday. This morning I pulled up at a stoplight behind this old car that had really big versions of magnetic poetry on it. Talked with the guy, read the poetry. Cool stuff.
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Foggy! I used my headlight for a while. Upper 40Fs.

Came up behind a couple on MTBs, wearing backpacks. Commuters? Not sure. I said g'morning and hello as I passed.

Then I came up behind a blonde woman with a Navy hoodie who I've seen before. She must be a commuter. I took up residence several yards back and let her pace me. (Was up a little late last night with some friends... Low energy.)
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Old 05-04-06, 08:39 AM
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Gah! It was below freezing this morning. I had to break out the lobster mitts. <grumble> ANyway, it's supposed to be 19C later today, with no wind or clouds. I might have to take the afternoon off. Traffic was pretty decent today, but I missed a light because I wasn't paying attention. I also didn't get to motorpace off any minivans.
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Old 05-04-06, 08:42 AM
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A beautiful mid 40s morning. It was raining a bit yesterday so the humidity was increased a tad.
Left a half hr late and took my time. Legs felt like lead weights.
Somehow I managed to show up to work only a half hr late. What the heck is the point of hurrying?
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Old 05-04-06, 08:52 AM
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Just got into work. It was probably in the mid-50's, which I didn't anticipate since it'd been warm the last few days and I don't believe anything the weather forecasters say anymore; just cool enough to make wearing shorts and a t-shirt not quite enough, but if I put on my windbreaker I would've been too hot. There was a headwind the whole way in... extremely frustrating. I'd been averaging around 15mph, this morning I averaged around 11 or 12. At one point on the trail, there was a big limb that had fallen in the night. Definately too big for me to move on my own. I figured the park ranger approaching it would move it, but he just drove his big ol' truck right over it and waved as he passed me. All in all, it was an OK ride in. Hopefully it will be better this afternoon when I head home.
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Old 05-04-06, 08:54 AM
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I guess gas prices and nice weather are bringing out the bike commuters.
I've seen a few new faces in the crowd this week.

Got to ride in my first shower of the spring (only light sprinkles) the last 2+ miles of the ride home last night.

Another great ride this morning. Wore my orange HHCMF shirt (not the first time) and for some reason got some "interesting" looks from the cagers.
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Old 05-04-06, 08:59 AM
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Nice ride in although my allergies are really wearing me out. Also, my legs still feel soft from mountain biking on Monday. All in all it still beats Metro or the car. I ran into one of my recent cyclo-commuting converts at work this morning. It's great, she's so excited about riding it reminds me of when I started. I have to get her straightened out on the clothes and backpack though. Should be a nice ride home.
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Old 05-04-06, 09:57 AM
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No commute today, lost my blinky yesterday on the ride in, AND one of my forward facing lights (a cheap, made in china 45 LED flashlight) is on the frits. sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, this morning it wasn't so I said "forget it" went back inside, had some breakfast, changed, and drove to work. only 5 hours of sleep didn't help my motivation for riding in today either.

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Old 05-04-06, 10:08 AM
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A confluence of factors seems to be bringing out the commuter newbies: gas prices, the late arrival of spring, and Bike to Work Week. For the most part, they seem to be doing all right. I haven't seen any really egregious or dangerous riding.
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Old 05-04-06, 10:25 AM
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I woke up at the time I was suppose to leave!

I forgot to set the alarm on my watch.

So, I jumped out of bed, ran into the bathroom to brush teeth and groom, then I jumped into my bikewear and out the door--about 15 minutes.

I was surprised by how much energy I had compared to other mornings that I had plenty of time to get ready. Usually, I drink at least one cup of coffee and sometimes have some toast. No time this morning.

I did more standing-climbing than usual and for longer durations--altitude change is +500 feet to work. Once I got to work, I felt fatigued--the kind that you get from a really good workout. Pressing the lap button on my Cateye, I noticed that I had set a new speed PR. Usually I average about 14 MPH with 15 MPH being my past PR. This morning I managed 15.9 MPH!

I better take it easy going home, though. I probably fried my legs this morning.
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Old 05-04-06, 11:14 AM
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Ha! I just ran into a car while on my ride home for lunch.

I was cruising through a shopping district (low speeds - I can take the lane and keep up w/ traffic) following a little too close to a car ahead of me. The car put on his turn signal, slowed and turned left across the opposite lane into a parking lot. Then, for no apparent reason, the car stopped diagonally halfway across the yellow line.

I then skidded to a stop on his rear bumper. At first I was angry, and then I laughed at myself - realizing that if I had been driving a car and did the same thing, I would have been at fault.

At least the driver asked if I was OK as I pulled around him and pedaled away. I gave him the 'thumbs up' and got the heck outta there.
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Old 05-04-06, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by * jack *
Ha! I just ran into a car while on my ride home for lunch.

I was cruising through a shopping district (low speeds - I can take the lane and keep up w/ traffic) following a little too close to a car ahead of me.
Jack, by any chance, was this on 9th Street in Durham? For some reason, drivers there are worse than usual; pulling halfway across 9th and then stopping is a regular occurence, according to my wife. She works at Duke Med and has to park near 9th unfortunately.
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Old 05-04-06, 12:39 PM
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^ bingo !
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The weatherman predicted rain with thunderstorms this morning. So, I got my bright rain jacket because I was determined to ride. I packed my shoes in the bike rack. Normally I leave this pair at the office. Needlesss to say, I lost my shoes somewhere along the route. When I get to work I realize that the blouse I was going to wear is missing a button and the jacket is way too big. Maybe I should go home, oh yeah, I took yesterday off for a mental health day. Yesterday was beautiful. Today, I will spend as much time in my office because I only have my bike shoes.
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Old 05-04-06, 01:00 PM
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The weather can't decide whehter to rain or not. It was raining earlier. Just cloudy and a bit misty when I went in early this morning. Sun keps breaking out. I'm guessing its kind of hot and humid outside right now.
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Old 05-04-06, 02:36 PM
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It was ridiculously gorgeous out today (compared to, say, Tuesday) here in Salem Mass; probably around 64 or 65 when I left for class, and sunny and just drying out from last night, yesterday's, and the night & day before's rain. Unfortunately when I got to campus, a group who was organizing ... some kind of barbecue, for something ... had taken the bike rack and shoved it behind some bushes. People were still locked to it, and I did, though you could really only lock the front part of your bike on either end (the rest of the rack was between bushes and a wall).

Coming home it was even warmer... the college's observatory says it's 69 now, and according to the graph's it spiked at almost eighty sometime around 2pm! Wow. Still bright and sunny with a slight breeze, and so nice, and I was in such a good mood that I detoured and stopped at a nearby park, which has a tidal river running through it with a beach, and I hung out and waded around in the water, which totally makes my week bar none.

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The ride to and from work today was great, except for one thing: I commuted home with my fly open! I wore cargo shorts today, like every day, and when I went to the bathroom before leaving work I guess I forgot to zip up. When I got home and checked the mail, I realized that the barn door had been open for my whole ride home.
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Old 05-04-06, 04:04 PM
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Well, bummer... no commute today. I was feeling pretty tired and unmotivated when I woke up at the usual 5:00 hour, decided to sleep in for a bit, and then was awakened 20 minutes later with big booming thunder - big storms rolling through, and me with no wet weather gear yet. So it was a cage day for me...
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Old 05-04-06, 05:27 PM
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Good ride home. Light rain and sprinkles most of the way.
As I was leaving the college campus I go through, some @$$hole pulled into the bike lane right in front of me. Because of the slick roads I ended up running into the passenger door. No damage, just pissed me off.
I yelled at her and told her to get out of the bike lane. All I got was the one finger salute and some name calling when she passed me 1/2 block later.
Sure wish I could remember where I left that handlebar mounted rocket launcher!
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Old 05-04-06, 05:56 PM
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It was freaking beautiful out today so I took the long way home and took a loop around Central Park. I opted for the mtb over the fixie today cuz I had an extra laptop to carry on the rack. Coming down the big hill, I was pedaling away when I realized I was pedaling down the hill and almost spinning out when I could be coasting. Guess that's what riding a fixie will do to you, make you forget about coasting. And I think the roadie that tried to pass me down the hill was surprised when I kept spinning and kept alongside him. I doubt I made him work any harder, but instead I worked harder just for the hell of it.
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Old 05-04-06, 06:21 PM
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The ride home was much better than the ride in. Sunny, warm and a slight breeze. There were lots of people on the trail so I opted for surface streets. Riding in traffic isn't nearly as frightening as I thought it would be. Well, until I almost got clipped by a moving truck. On the last stretch before I turned onto my street I had a close call. I'm going downhill approaching the intersection to turn left. On my right at the intersection there's a line of traffic waiting to turn left stopped at a stop sign, I have no stop sign or light. As I approached the intersection there's only one on coming car, an Explorer piloted by a soccer mom on her phone. I see her blinker for her to turn left come on so I start to turn left. Well, at the last minute she flips off the blinker and swerves back into the lane. At this point I'm around 19mph and going downhill. I lock up the rear tire, hit the front break hard darn near lose it and she doesn't bat an eye. Best part, the first car at the stop sign was one of Sacramento's finest who whipped out behind me and lit her up. How's that for karma for ya!

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So, I'm coming up behind a car that is turning right and it stops! - thinking that I'm going to continue straight through and ride in front of a car turning right-why the hell would i do that and why would a car think I would do that? A quick move saved the day. We all got the cars paranoid I guess. Wet, windy and great ride home.

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Nice Commute today.
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I'm humiliated to post this but I didn't ride today. I'd been riding every day for 25 straight days and I could feel it was getting to me- a little overtraining feeling- but today, probably the best weather of the year 2006 thus far in Boston, I, who rode through the dead of winter, decide to take the bus. I miss the bus I need by seconds and then realize that the next one will not come until the time I'm supposed to be at my appointment. So I grab a cab because otherwise I'll be unbelievably late- $28!!!!!! later I'm downtown. Yikes! You've got to follow a schedule when you take the bus- oooh I'm out of practice.

[edit: truth be told I actually missed TWO buses.The second one I missed because I was sitting there reading the paper and looked up as it pulled away- aaaaahhhhh!!!- a bus bozo is what I am.]
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Old 05-04-06, 11:24 PM
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Summer is here! Had a blast riding today, in such wonderful weather!

I picked up a bunch of cycling-related items on my way home, namely a Take-A-Look mirror and a new set of tires (to replace the fat knobby ones on my rigid-fork MTB that I use for riding around town). Riding in (moderate, thank God!) traffic with two tires over your shoulder can be tricky.

Now I just gotta undo those damned slightly rusty bolts that hold the rear wheel in place. Spray some WD-40 on them and pray that works... Damn, QRs sure do come in handy sometimes...
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