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Old 05-10-06, 10:53 AM
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Had a fun commute this AM. Must have eaten my wheaties or something because I was pumped. Was out of the saddle cranking as soon as the lights turned green. Met up with another commuter (on a bianchi eros. Hi to you if you're reading this) on Geneva (rarely meet up with other commuters so far this year) while we got stuck behind a muni bus at the light near the Cow Palace. Left the other commuter at the light initially and was cranking for me, but assumed he would catch up to me, which he did (in my defense, I'm lugging my laptop and a new can of Cytomax into work, but we were going downhill anyway and I'm a n00b). He pulled along side and asked how fast we were going. I told him 31 and he took off and left me behind. He had to stop at Bayshore since he was turning left and the light just changed to red. I was going right, so I didn't have to slow much and did a lean into the turn. Began pedaling while into the turn and scraped my pedal, but didn't bite it (thank you cycling gods). Anyway, was a fun commute this morning and I'm pumped!
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I ended up getting a ride home with someone last evening, as we had a major windstorm. There were branches and leaves all over the road this morning. Had some fun trying to jump the larger branches. One of these days I will learn to actually jump well. Saw several other cyclists out.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
You are very brave.
There were no cars there. I was the ony one moving in the intersection. The timing has to be just right.


During lunch, my colleague said that he observes the different riding styles of the bikers on the path while he is driving down. He said my style was "GET THERE!!!"
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I had to work an extra half-shift last night so i didn't get out until after 3:00 A.M. What a great hour to ride in the city! It's the quietest hour of the 24, all the traffic signals are blinking, and there's nothing to worry about. I saw one other cyclist, about a block ahead of me. I kept gaining on him, but he veered off before I caught up. he was probably scared that I was following him!

Today is the irst of two days off, so naturally it's getting ready to rain. Channel 6 said we're to get three inches of rain tonight. So I guess I'm glad I'll be safe home before it starts.

I don't mind a blizzard, but I hate heavy rain!
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I just have to vent . . .

I am SICK and TIRED of people, well meaning, or otherwise, saying "Geez, looks like it's raining . . . be safe out there", "so . . . you biked today, it's raining" . . . etc.

Get OVER IT PEOPLE. I am NOT made of SUGAR. I am NOT going to melt out there. Sure, rain increases my risk of injury and death. But also for YOU when you DRIVE! So just F-OFF!!!! &*(^&*()&*)_*(
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Old 05-10-06, 02:51 PM
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I was riding home for lunch when another cyclist passed by on a squeaky beater, holding a Ksyrium wheel in his hand. At first I thought he stole it off a bike on campus, but he stopped at the LBS down the road, so probably not.
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Old 05-10-06, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by WhiteRabbit
I ended up getting a ride home with someone last evening, as we had a major windstorm. There were branches and leaves all over the road this morning. Had some fun trying to jump the larger branches. One of these days I will learn to actually jump well. Saw several other cyclists out.
woohoo!! haven't seen an Albuquerque commuter on here before! I was one of those crazy few that stuck it out yesterday...I see lots of riders lately, but don't know any that post on here, what part of town do you commute in?

Ben (red/carbon older trek 2200, green backpack, in dark/dim light you can see my obnoixously strobing helmet mounted LED light) I commute (home) through UNM and north on the diversion channel path, then to Paseo Del Nordeste MUP, then up and around and over to copper/Juan tabo area.
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Old 05-10-06, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by billh
I just have to vent . . .

I am SICK and TIRED of people, well meaning, or otherwise, saying "Geez, looks like it's raining . . . be safe out there", "so . . . you biked today, it's raining" . . . etc.

Get OVER IT PEOPLE. I am NOT made of SUGAR. I am NOT going to melt out there. Sure, rain increases my risk of injury and death. But also for YOU when you DRIVE! So just F-OFF!!!! &*(^&*()&*)_*(
hey bill, looks like it's raining where you are, be carefull out there...

*ducks bills right hook* WOAH that was just a joke!
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Old 05-10-06, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by NM-NewRoadie
I see lots of riders lately, but don't know any that post on here, what part of town do you commute in?
Currently I'm commuting from Montano and Rio Grande to Osuna and Jefferson, goes something like Montano, Guadalupe Trail, 4th, Osuna, MUP at Chapelle to Jefferson. When I go the long way home I take the diversion channel path to Paseo, the Paseo MUP to the Rio Grande MUP to Montano. I think I'll take the long way home today, so maybe I'll see you. Yellow KHS Summit, black bag on rack, red or blue jersey. You doin' the Santa Fe century on two weeks?
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I'll look for ya, I can't do the sf century this year, i've done it before though...my wifes birthday is the same weekend this year, and we're planning on going to Vegas! I'm doing the Albuquerque Century in June though.
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Old 05-10-06, 04:04 PM
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Cool. I've never done a Century before, so I'm doing to 50mile w/dirt version. If that goes well I'll be riding the Abq century.
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today i hit a hill that had a 15 % grade for 3 miles
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Old 05-10-06, 04:24 PM
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The dumbasses were out in force today. More cagers cutting me off, more of me zigzagging around them, more suicidal peds jumping right in front of me while yapping on their cellphones, more riding in the middle of a broad avenue, more crossing 5-6 lanes of traffic to turn, etc. Kinda fun actually.
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Old 05-10-06, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by buzzman
I had a vicious commute in and out of Uphams Corner in Dorchester
What in blazes are doing in Uphams Corner? Work related I guess, I'm sure I don't have to tell you to be careful.

My commute can be crazy especially in the rain or when it's windy...it's a virtual death sentence when you get both at the same time. I saw a nasty car crash made worse by wet trolly tracks and that funky rubber padding between the tracks at the corner of Harvard Ave and Comm.Ave. The struck car got pushed back to a section of road I sometime ride through. I've been doing after work rides but I scrap them when it's raining, it's just too dangerous. Oh well!

No Commute today, wifey and I played hooky .

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summertime.... and the riding is... sweaty. bike lanes are full of broken beer bottles. (what is the deal? do people get out of their cars drunk and drop their beers in the bike lane?) I swear I've got more broken glass on my commute than I've ever seen. pulled a staple out of my tire on the way home. I don't think it got to the tube but I'm not sure. it was 97 degrees on the way home. lots of people riding, actually, very few helmets. in this heat I'm really thinking of ditching mine too. it was good, though, both ways. I took it easy. gotta pace myself and learn what a good pace is in heat like this. I'm going to be doing this all summer and in worse temps than we've got now.
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I'm finally dry and have a chance to sit at the computer.
This morning I rode in a light sprinkle for the first 3 miles. Then it quit. Got to work and some fool had the A/C turned on. The outside temp was ~62.

Started raining about an hour before I left work. Got soaked going home but enjoyed it, except a time or two when it was hard to stop. Wet brake pads and rims. Got a reminder about cleaning my helmet periodically. "SALT water" running down my face. Yuk!! What an awful taste.

Still drying off the bike for tomorrow. I hope my panniers finish drying. Good thing I have more than one pair of shoes for commuting. The fenders kept the spray off the shoes but the rain and splashing from cars soaked my shoes and socks. Squish-squish.
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Excellent commute. Meanwhile gas prices jumped ANOTHER 5 Cents????
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My first century is next week, but this rain has been killing my miles. Today's commute is drizzle, so 25miles of drizzle it is. I'll have to be extra careful out there today because some cagers don't understand the concept of slowing down. Forest Gump sideways type rain is in the forecast for Saturday .

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Old 05-11-06, 11:05 AM
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Buch of drivers really trying to squeeze me today, but the ride home last night was nice. I took the long way and felt great afterwards. Bad news is that I have a flat, hopefuly I can fix it sometime today. I really want to take the long way again.
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I'm full of unsolicted advice today. Told a kid on a BMX bike to ride on the right, like a car, and by the way, go home and get your helmet. You're gonna need your brains for the SAT.

And then I yelled at some Mormon missionaries not to ride on the sidewalk. (Before anybody objects to my religious profiling, I assumed they were Mormon missionaries: two young men, probably about 18-19, very fair complexions, blond hair, short sleeve white button down shirts with name tags on the pocket, blue dress pants, backpacks. I guess you can draw your own conclusions.)

Oh, and I hit an alltime fixed gear max speed: 31.5 mph. I must have been close to 180rpm.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Oh, and I hit an alltime fixed gear max speed: 31.5 mph. I must have been close to 180rpm.
Wow, that kicks butt!
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Completely non-descript ride in today. I have no comments other than that.
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Low 50Fs and sunny (again!) I was toddling along over the bike bridge and checking out the scenery when I spied a guy on a 'bent coming up behind me. By this point I was stopped and just admiring the mountains. Bent guy went past me and continued on. Eventually I started rolling again and reeled him in and we rode together for about 5 miles. Never seen a 'bent on my morning commute. Hardly ever see them around here at all, actually.
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No commute today since we are supposed to get some severe weather this afternoon (thunderstorms, high winds, hail, etc). It is already 2:30 and finally getting cloudy. I am hoping that it at least rains before I go home so I won't feel too bad about not riding in today. Back on the bike tomorrow though unless my brother calls and needs a ride.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
Completely non-descript ride in today. I have no comments other than that.
+1 Although I did see a female figure that had every male head on the street turning as one.
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