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Old 05-15-06, 12:25 PM
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I left work an hour early on Friday and saw a commuter leaving my company's other campus. Reeled her in and chatted as we rode. Nice lady. Lives quite a distance away; drives her car about halfway, then gets on the bike and does 13 miles on the bike. She said she's been doing it for about 3 weeks. Her schedule is an hour earlier than mine, unfortunately.

As for today, I had a guy in a pickup lay on his horn about 10 seconds before passing me and held it down the entire time he passed. Why he did it, I have no idea. This is on a road with 2 lanes in each direction and a center turn lane. Yes, I was taking the entire right lane (there's a gutter-and-curb on this road, plus sewer grates) but there was absolutely nobody in the left lane. <shaking head in wonder>
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Itsjustb: I thought that was just a Sacramento thing. Whenever I'm able to catch these yahoos at a light, I'll ask "Is there something wrong with the left lane?"

Friday I took a 15 mile detour home. Nice.

No ride in this morning--carpooled in with Mrs. Caloso and the Wonder Twins, but I put the fixie in the back of the minivan so I could ride home. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get another long detour.
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It was awesome! My first day commuting in - 18.2 miles of fun! Great way to start the day. I put my car on the market this past wknd, so I'm forced into bicycle commuting for a while, but really I would hardly use "forced" to describe spending an hour+ outside on my bike before work. Looking forward to the ride home already!
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Old 05-15-06, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Nyrome
My first day at the commute.


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8 1/2 miles in one hour.
Not bad. My 8.5 miles takes 40-45 minutes, depending on the traffic.

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Cars were very polite
Ok, that does it. I'm commuting in Vinings/Buckhead.
There are NO polite drivers in Decatur or Atlanta. Well, maybe one or two.
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Old 05-15-06, 01:07 PM
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I woke up refreshed this morning even after a pretty tough ride yesterday. So I decided to bike in. Besides, I actually cleaned my trusty Trek 520 yesterday and I had to show it off (I uphold to a strict two-times-a-year cleaning regimen).

Slow going at first and the legs were rubbery but that was only for a brief while. We'll see how the legs feel this afternoon ... it's supposed to hit 90 today.
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Old 05-15-06, 01:17 PM
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Old Katy is now officially a 3 lane in one direction 2 lane in the opposite direction road. Officisaly becamse that this sunday It's kind of confusing I've already gotten in the wrong direction when driving. It's kind of weird / annoying thouygh because the 3rd lane mysteriously drops off and there is no shoulder so I have to fight to get a place on the road due to the lack of a shoulder. I dcan't believe those idiots watched me cycle by for a month or so without bothering to put even a ****ing shoulder on there. It will be interesting to see how the ride back will be. Hopefully it will be easier.
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Great ride this morning. Just cool enough for arm warmers, vest, and full finger gloves for the first half of the ride.

Graduation at the university I ride through. Not much extra traffic but lots of parents and family on the sidewalks, stepping off the curb without looking.

A "much younger than me" commuter (looked to be about 28-30) pulled up beside me at the light at the east entrance to the campus. He was way too slow. Left him at the light. He caught up with me 1.2 miles later in the usual traffic backup. Passed me in the left turn lane and made a right turn at the light. I wonder if he does this every day? Great example of a law abiding cyclist. No wonder so many motorists get pissed at cyclists.

The rest of the ride was great. Saw a few other commuters.
It's National Bike Week!!!
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National Bike Week?
Hmmm wish i saw more people commuting to work here. But This is Houston the town that supposedly loves their cars.
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In a word "WET", I had to pull up the front wheel at last second to prevent flipping over a submerged pothole.

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Old 05-15-06, 02:21 PM
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RonH,

All the cars are polite. It's the drivers that are butts.
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Old 05-15-06, 02:26 PM
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Lately things have been OK. Oddball closepasses at the stranges of places, but nothing really.

73F in the morning, 103F in the afternoon. Dry.

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Old 05-15-06, 06:23 PM
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Ok -- I guess global warming is screwing with the weather.
It was cool enough when I left work (5:00 PM) that I needed the vest. My summer weight jersey just wasn't warm enough when I rode through a few shady stretches of road. Other than unexpectedly cool temps, a good ride home.

One of the wrenches from a LBS slowed to say hello to me through the open passenger window of his car. Doesn't he know it's Bike Week????

The weather folks are saying it will be 90F (32C) by next Monday. Hmmm, 46F tomorrow morning, 90F next week. I don't get it.
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Old 05-15-06, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by TexasGuy
National Bike Week?
Hmmm wish i saw more people commuting to work here. But This is Houston the town that supposedly loves their cars.
At first I thought you were talking about Atlanta.
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Old 05-15-06, 07:15 PM
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pretty great! it did get to be 100 degrees by afternoon but it is overcast so that sun is not beating down on you like it normally would. so that was a nice repreive. I've been experimenting with different gears and I think I found "The One" oh, yeah. it's nice.
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Old 05-15-06, 07:18 PM
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Its currently 91 here and I have to ride home in about an hour. It was nice this morning. I am taking a different route that has a lot more shade. It is mostly uphill but thats ok, I like hills and I get to ride downhill a bit at the end to my house. Guess I will be working on my tan some tonight.
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Old 05-15-06, 08:44 PM
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Excellent. Weather was 79F...a rare treat
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Coming back from work I had a fast flat and found an 1.5" nail thru my Armadillo rear tire. Like the last flat inducer, a staple, it went thru one of the grooves in the tread. The nail went through the tire, the tube and punched multiple holes in the other side of the tube. No spare (you bonehead) and I ran out of patches fixing the tube. Three mile walk to the lbs. After patching the tube again and using the shop hose to inflate it, I heard more leaking. Yes, the valve stem had separated from the tube. I counted 14 patches on the tube as I tossed it and bought a new one.
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sometimes i wonder why i do this, and this would be one of those days. nothing really wrong with the ride either way, just . . . one of those days when i add up the logistics and the time and the times-of-day and everything, and realise that i'm actually taking a loss doing it. some day i'll have to try and think about why that gets me down sometimes. and this time i really mean it. i'm never going to go work in that part of the world again. i want to work downtown like a normal person, dammit.

and in the meantime, i think i'd better get in touch with the lbs and arrange to get my other 16 gears back.

in general though, the ride's easier on this bike than it was on that other one. i rode that one to the corner store a few days ago because i was too lazy to mess with the lock for the coda, and gawd, i can't picture HOW i ever rode it 12 miles a day for four months. it's a cruel bike. it hurts. i must have been out of my dust-bunny mind or too dumb to know any different.

today i wore . . . tights for the ride. tights and my hhmfc t-shirt, but it's too hot for anything else and anyway i'm not in the laundry-type mood. nice in some ways, but weirdly claustrophobic after an hour or so. as usual, nothing much to report.

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Commute was to the county OES for a meeting. Ride was cool, fast and quiet both ways. Lovin' it.
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Old 05-16-06, 05:20 AM
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Beautiful ride. Clear and ~50F, got to watch the sun rise. Wore my new Pearl Izumi road shoes that I scored at an REI garage sale for $15, they seem to be doing the job nicely, though I might need to adjust the cleat positions a bit. Looking forard to a tail wind on the ride home
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If my memory is treating me well, this morning was the first rainy ride I've had since the snow melted... I've been lucky enough to be out of town on the other rainy days.

It was just warm enough to be bearable at 10C. Here's hoping my socks will be dry by the time I head home.

Picked up one of the Topeak Road Morph pumps while away on business last week; that thing is sweet -- much faster than my old mountain bike pump.
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beautiful ride this morning. only my fourth time riding into work since i started commuting two weeks ago (i got sick). 45 degrees. I had to be at work by six so I took the short route (8.4 miles) with more traffic but better visibility. this evening i'll take the long way (10.6 miles). i got dropped handily by another commuter, but it was good to see another commuter so early. i saw two this morning, three yesterday after work. and now to get some coffee and watch the sunrise.
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I came in to work two hours earlier than usual to get to a trade show on time. Ow.

The sunrise was quite nice this morning, and there was no traffic on the roads, except for a delivery van pulled out in front of me. Who delivers stuff at 5:45 a.m.?
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Cool (upper 40s), and wet - pouring rain. Had an errand to run on the way in, so the ride was a bit further than usual - was cold and wet when I arrived, but after my shower and breakfast, I have that warm tingly glow that keeps me doing it
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Another great morning to ride in. Temps in the low 50s and the sun rising Had about a 1.5 mile detour due to a freight train that was stopped on the tracks at my crossing. Should be nice this afternoon with temps in the mid to upper 70s. I haven't seen one other cylist yet this week even though it is National Bike to Work week. Hopefully I will see some tonight or later this week.
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