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Old 05-22-06, 08:18 PM
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"The freaks come out at night, the freaks come out at night..."

Went to Chinatown for dinner w/ friends after work. I arrived early, cooled off, put my work shirt back on and was presentable, bordering on fashionable. On the way home, it was night time so my headlight blinkie and rear blinkie were on.

Freak #1: On a quiet one lane street, an SUV attempts to squish me into a line of parked cars as he drives closer and closer to the parked cars while I'm riding next to him. It was dark so my blinkie was on plus I had pulled even w/ him on the driver's side so I know he saw me. As he squeezed me, I rapped my knuckles on his rear quarter panel to tell him to move over. It didn't work so I just slowed down and passed him on the passenger's side instead.

Freak #2: Woman runs directly at me despite my blinkie headlight flashing in her face on a well lit street. I hit the brake (just a front brake on my fixie) and she finally gets out of the way when we're about a 1' apart. I kindly tell her to "get the f*ck out of the way *****head!". She mumbles something about being sorry. She apparently was running to her illegally parked car.
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Old 05-22-06, 09:23 PM
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a very rare repreive from the heat today. it was only in the 80s! great ride both ways but coming in I had the wind against me. GGGGRRRRR. nice though.
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Old 05-22-06, 09:42 PM
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Third commute home for me. Made it all the way this time. First I stopped after 10 miles due to soreness, second was due to bike breakdown after 11 miles.

Made the full 13 mile trip today. Warmest day of the year so far (68 degrees) in Anchorage. Some of the hills gave me a workout and I had to walk one of them because my front derailer did not want to gear down with my weight on the bike. Will adjust that tonight.

Lots of people out on the trails today. Most were nice and following the rules of the trail. Had a couple nit wits riding down the wrong side of the trail and refusing to move over.

All in all it was a great ride and a personal best for me. 13 miles in 90 minutes.
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I had a great commute to work & home .I wish work would go this well . Have a good nite .
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Had to go to the Doc today, allergy induced asthma. Stayed home from work to let the meds take effect. Tomorrow I'll be back on the bike. Haven't had allergy problems for years, must be being out in nature on my commute now. Wish me luck.
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Old 05-23-06, 12:15 AM
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Loved it! Got pretty wet but the rain kept the scofflaws and jerks off the road in the morning. They appeared with the sun on the way home, though.
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Old 05-23-06, 05:27 AM
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I guess summer is here!!
Last Friday on Bike to Work Day almost everyone in the group I rode with wore arm warmers or l/s jersey.
Saturday it was much warmer.
Sunday even warmer.
Monday still warmer.
Today it is supposed to be a few degrees warmer.
We went from spring to summer in one day.
Had to get my summer commuting gear out this past weekend. Finally got everything ready. I hope it still fits. Haven't worn my light weight bibs since last Sept-Oct and I put on a few pounds last winter after surgery (no riding for almost 3 months). I'm still working on getting the pounds off.

But today promises to be a great day. Lots of sun and light breezes.
Now I've gotta hit the road.
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Old 05-23-06, 05:46 AM
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Wonderful ride yesterday morning, with cool temps and a few cooling rain drops during the last three miles of the 12 mile jaunt. Traffic was extrememly light and my new Apple laptop didn't feel nearly as heavy as the old Dell (although it is).

Also saw an interesting article in our local paper that mentioned there are approximately 500,000+ commuters in the United States (around 1% or less of the total number of work commuters). Does that number sound correct?

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Old 05-23-06, 06:39 AM
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a bunch of wackos out there this a.m.
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Whats with the runners in the opposing lane or having to run on the center line on the greenway? The past two mornings I have to pairs of runners running two abreast toward me on the right side of the greenway. First, can you run to the right? Second, can you run in the marked pedestrian area? I would love to make up signs one day for the bike/ bladers and the peds/joggers sides that read

<---- WHEELS

NO WHEELS --->

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Old 05-23-06, 06:56 AM
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Very comfortable ride this morning. Only one "friendly" honk.
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Old 05-23-06, 07:18 AM
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Traffic sucked big time today. Not even enough room to split the lanes cleanly or filter through. Almost rear ended a cab at about < 1 mph. I think the spring time's bringing making the cabbies loopy. None of them could stay in their lanes.
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Great day to ride for people heading into DC. I, on the other hand, got to deal with a nasty headwind heading the opposite direction. Actually needed my gloves on for the first few miles.
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Old 05-23-06, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Freak #2: Woman runs directly at me despite my blinkie headlight flashing in her face on a well lit street. I hit the brake (just a front brake on my fixie) and she finally gets out of the way when we're about a 1' apart. I kindly tell her to "get the f*ck out of the way *****head!". She mumbles something about being sorry. She apparently was running to her illegally parked car.
I swear you and I have the same commute sometime. College Students get taken out like squirrels around here. They're always running for a Trolley, Bus or Cab, thus always getting crushed by a Trolley, Bus or Cab and the occasional Cyclist.

Again no dramas Today, things are more calm now that B.U. is out. I made good time today. My legs are starting to recover from the century so I look forward to a nice ride this weekend.
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After a big hike and a fairly strenuous ride over the weekend, my legs are a little sore. It was super-humid on the way in, so I'm all moist. Bleah.
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The rain is back! I get to use my new fenders! No commute today but I still plan on taking a nice long ride.
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This morning's commute was foggy. It was beautiful at first, but got a little nerve racking as it got thicker near the interstate overpass, the only dangerous part of my morning commute. But I made it, no problems.
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Old 05-23-06, 09:21 AM
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Less traffic than usual. What's the occasion?

Originally Posted by RonH
I guess summer is here!!
Today it is supposed to be a few degrees warmer.
Yes sirreee! Really warm. Unzipped the jersey the last mile (partly downhill) and let the breeze cool me down a little.
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Cold! Too cold for May, IMO. I had to wear long pants and a jacket on my ride to work. Heh, I'll need shorts and a t-shirt on the way home! Crazy spring weather.

I installed new disc brake rotors though, and they seem to be working well. No more shuddering brakes! And, I can do stoppies now!
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Last night on my way home I had a kid riding a bike on the sidewalk wave at me so I waved back Also saw about 4 other kids on bikes on the way home. Saw a commuter this morning on my way in and we waved to each other. I normally don't see many commuters on my ride but it is getting warmer so I am sure I will begin to see more.
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After a very nice spring, it's finally getting hot and muggy in Dallas.
Normal commute is 6 miles each way, through 26 intersections! (straight across town). Been doing it for 4+ years, every day except when sick.
This am i went by the video store to return the weekend flicks, which brings the ride up to 11miles. 17.4 mph ave, very sweaty and sticky by the time i got to work!
luckily, i work in a plant environment and can get away with stuffing my work clothes in my pack, and going without a shower after the ride.
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This morning I passed a girl on an ancient Schwinn cruiser. I bet the fenders weigh more than my whole bike. It was a bit dinged up but it appeared to be in perfect mechanical condition. As I rode by, I said "Great bike!" She smiled and waved. Then about 10 minutes later I passed an older woman on another cruiser, but this one looked like a brand new neo-retro deal. Very popular in Sactown. And she had purple streamers on the bars.
Always good to see more people on bikes.
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Low 40Fs again. Overcast. Every once in a while it would sprinkle rain for a few seconds.

Apparently if it rains (again) tomorrow, we'll break a record for most consecutive days with rain.
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Old 05-23-06, 03:20 PM
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It has only been a couple missed commute days, but it feels like forever. My last commute was Thursday, Friday morning I headed out for a "vacation" in Las Vegas NV. My wife and I met up with about a dozen of her family members there...Let me just say, not the best idea. But the good news is I had about 6 hours of fun (over three and a half days) so it wasn't all bad.

I REALLY wanted to be back on the bike this morning (got some pent up agression to take out :-) , but due to bad tires (one sidewall partially split on my ride home Thursday, and BADLY needed to be replaced) and then two pinched innertubes (I must have been tired) I just called it, drove in today and got 3 new tubes at lunch time. Expect a post bragging about record commute times tomorrow :-)
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Went downtown at lunch to buy a videogame and took the FDR MUP home after work. Not too many dogs out made for an easy commute. When I got home, I had a quick conversation w/ a neighbor that used to have an IF Crown Jewel until he sold it to ride a Panasonic instead. (Not really, but it sounds funnier that way.)
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