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Old 05-23-06, 06:23 PM
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mine was good. nice backwind going to work, and a light one coming back. i did get honked at on the way home. oh well
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Maybe I'll see you tomorrow, feethanddooth. I'll be coming up Route 206 aroune 7:30 a.m.
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Celebrated my 50th Birthday (even tho I CAN'T be this old...) with my first full commute of the season. Was busy most of May with umpiring and meetings after work. My schedule now has more open dates that I can get on the bike more Life is good!!!
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Today was commute number 4.

I can see it getting easier and easier. Hot today by Alaska standards (70 degrees! Yippie!) and the ride was very nice. The sound of the creek and the shady spots in the trees were nice today.

I have found the part of the trail that I now dread. It is at a conjunction of several trails and parks with a frisbee golf course among them. Those golfers are getting on my nerves!! Today as rounded a curve and entered a tunnel, I see that the tunnel is full of people. I slow down and gingerly start to make my way through. I then realize that these guys are not moving anywhere, they are just standing in the tunnel talking. Must have been 8 to 10 of them. That was annoying enough but then one of them purposely steps out in front of me. I hit the side of the tunnel avoiding him and nearly did in my wrist in the process.

As I exited the tunnel I heard one of them say "Here comes a chick, get ready." I stopped and turned to see these jerks crowd in the poor gal as she tried to make it through the tunnel. I grabbed my cell phone and called the cops right in front of them. They scattered and went back to playing frisbee golf. Gave some descriptions and went on my way. The gal was very thankful and rode with me for the next mile or so to make sure they were not going to follow her.
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Old 05-23-06, 11:37 PM
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Commute Day 1. Decided to go car free as much as possible (it just cost me 54 bucks to fill up my Maxima) so I now commute to my summer bar prep class. It's not super far 6 miles but the roads are pretty busy. It was a great day to start-- bright, sunny and warm about high 60s. Looking forward to tomorrow. It's great to see tons of bikes on the road and I'm thrilled that a bunch of my classmates are bike commuting too.

I just started reading this thread so I hope to pick up lots of tips from you guys-- like ways to avoid sweaty back syndrome from biking with a heavy laptop in my backpack.

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nice. both ways. ball-game tomorrow; wonder if i'm going to drive?

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Less traffic than usual. What's the occasion?
victoria day yesterday. bet that explains it.
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Old 05-24-06, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by bilder
As I exited the tunnel I heard one of them say "Here comes a chick, get ready." I stopped and turned to see these jerks crowd in the poor gal as she tried to make it through the tunnel. I grabbed my cell phone and called the cops right in front of them. They scattered and went back to playing frisbee golf. Gave some descriptions and went on my way. The gal was very thankful and rode with me for the next mile or so to make sure they were not going to follow her.
Good job bilder. Commuting does have its benefits and in this case, the benefits were for the lady you saved.

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I just started reading this thread so I hope to pick up lots of tips from you guys-- like ways to avoid sweaty back syndrome from biking with a heavy laptop in my backpack.
Bungee your backpack to your rack or use panniers. No other way to avoid sweaty back.

My commute took all of 15 seconds. Wake up, stumble to computer, login, go back to bed. I did nearly get taken out by a crazed cager that tried to right hook me by the foot of the bed in her rush to the bathroom, but I managed to avoid her. My 2 week vacation starts soon and I'll be taking my bike w/ me so yay for me!
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Old 05-24-06, 07:26 AM
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A bit warmer than yesterday, about 10 C. I still needed long pants, but I was barely OK with a T-shirt. This afternoon it will be 20, nice and warm. The ride was good, there are never many cars. Heh, a huge semi actually slowed way down on a 60km/h road so that he could get in behind me to make a right turn. I appreciated that....
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Old 05-24-06, 07:43 AM
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Nice ride in this morning. Passed 4 commuters and got waves from 3 of them Going to be warm this afternoon, temps in the low 80s. I have some errands to run on the way home so I will get some extra miles in. I am already over my higher goal of 250 miles for the month and might get close to 300 if I can finish out this week and get 2 more days in next week.
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Originally Posted by flipflops
like ways to avoid sweaty back syndrome from biking with a heavy laptop in my backpack.
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Here are some ideas for your laptop:

1. Leave your car at school and use the trunk as a locker.
2. Leave the laptop in an actual locker or at a friends place near your destination
3. Get a rack and a bag that is made to carry a computer. Like the one by Arkel. Pricey though.

I found a computer bag that I can actually lay across my rack. I found it at Microcenter (Michigan).

Good Luck
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Old 05-24-06, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by bilder
Today was commute number 4.
Excellent.

I can see it getting easier and easier. Hot today by Alaska standards (70 degrees! Yippie!)
That's warmer than Vermont!

As I exited the tunnel I heard one of them say "Here comes a chick, get ready."
Good for you for coming to her rescue. Curiously, two women got "grabbed" here in Burlington on the main MUP yesterday. Cops caught the guy. I always wonder why that sort of thing doesn't happen more often. I guess this is Vermont, and that's why. There are lots of attractive women going solo on the mostly deserted trail. I know many of them by sight.

Anyway, it was about 50F here this morning, and something I hadn't seen in 2 weeks... A large, very bright yellow circle was hovering in the sky, east of my position. If memory serves, it's called "the sun." If you see it, don't be alarmed.
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Old 05-24-06, 08:24 AM
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Interesting ride this morning:

I think I motivate some kid to ride faster than he normally does. I decided to take my Fuji out today, so I'm lycra-downed crusing along at 17.5 and some kid wearing sandles, baggy-shorts, t-shirt and no helmet goes blowing by at about 19mph. His upper body was swaying back and forth and he was mashing a tall gear. He was actually riding the same bike I bought last year, a 2005 Lemond Reno which is now my "B" bike and soon to be gone. The LBS was dumping them for around $629 a month or two ago.

He looked a bit nervous as he kept looking over his shoulder. A Mass Transit Bus was right behind him...I think he was pooped and couldn't go any faster .

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Old 05-24-06, 08:27 AM
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Waved to the same group of kids waiting for the bus.
Temp was nearly ideal for biking.
Once again, a truck thought better than to try to pass me on the windy curve that goes under the train bridge, which has metal support posts between the lanes. (I always prepare to bail out to the right if some fool tries to pass me there)
Made the one light, after slowing way down and watching the other direction's light turn yellow.
Brought 15 freshly laundered undershirts and socks to the office.
In a couple days, I'll bring my shirts to the dry cleaners. I still don't have a way to get them back from same...
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Drivetrain is grinding. Did a cleaning this past weekend, but still had problems. Broought it to the LBS who made an adjustment. Now its worse. I'll have to go to the other location.

The wrench said my right brifter was damaged from a crash and needs to be replaced. That dooring happened like 2 years ago and my major problems are from the middle chainring. He said the alignment of the cogs is all messed up and affecting the chainrings.

So if you hear a grinding coming from behind you, its probably me.
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Old 05-24-06, 08:59 AM
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I was starving when I left the house this morning. All I could think of was a frosty Coke and a yummy bacon 'n' egger. I was so low on energy that I had to take a slow route to work. Now that I'm refueled, I'm ready to take on the day. Or at least the morning.
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Hi all - I started last year - made my first run today. 7 miles each way - can't wait to get back on and ride home!
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Welcom b1ker!

Rode the go-fast bike today as the fixie woke up with a flat tire. Which is reason in itself why you need at least two bikes. The ride was pretty unremarkable other than having to stop and move a sandwich board that a construction crew had placed in the middle of the bike lane. I hopped off the bike, picked up the sign, and moved it into the parking space, waved to the hardhat guy standing there, and went on.
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Old 05-24-06, 11:02 AM
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Today - The Pits - Bad Tire Valve to Start the Day

Today was just one of those days. Could not get my act together, felt clumsy getting the gear on the bike, so late start. Then, my rear tire would not take air from my foot pump, so I switched to CO2. That worked. Climbed the hills a litte stronger today than Monday. Arrived at work and dropped water bottle top-first onto dirty floor of garage. Then, I attached the carry strap to my Trek rack bag, only to have the contents spill out on the parking lot because I had not buckled the back clip. Left shirt in cubicle when I went to change, had to wear wet jersey back to cubicle.

To top it all off, I had a low blood-sugar attack mid-morning. Feeling VERY grouchy!

However, I am above ground. God is good, and tomorrow is another day.

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Today's commute report from Central NJ

Never got to bed until 11:30. WAtching the Phils/Mets game. Up at 5, seriously debating whether to do the ride in or not. My foot was sore (running injury). My back was tweaked from my workout yesterday. I dawdled around, had a bowl of cereal. Walking the dogs, the sun started to come up and it seemed like a fine morning. So I said "Woe is me. Just pedal."
So I did.

Turned out to be one of my best - and interesting - rides in. At the 7 mile mark, I popped my chain off. Had to pull over to get it realigned. Then just after that, police are blocking the road. Detour on Route 206. Turned out to only be 8/10ths of a mile, so it wasn't too bad. Then, as I'm sitting in a whole line of traffic in Somerville, NJ, waiting for a light to change, this old guy next to me rolls down his window and says (I thought he was going to scold me about something) "You practicing for the race?" I said "No, just riding to work." I knew what he meant though. Every Memorial Day, Somerville holds the Tour de Somerville, a decent size bike race (The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is in Somerville. Go figure). Then I said "Just trying to save some gas money." He goes, as only an old codger can "Eh. It don't hit the rich." I just thought that was really funny. Then again, he was driving one of those big old Caddies.

One of those days though that you're glad you rode. Weather was great and it started the day off better. 13.3 miles in just under an hour.
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Originally Posted by deaconbam
However, I am above ground. God is good, and tomorrow is another day.
And, as I've said here before...it's still better than driving.
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I started commuting again today after a huge hiatus. For the most part it was pretty smooth, other than my pannier holding my laptop fell off the bike. My new route is shorter than it used to be, so I will have to start adding arbitrary miles soon.
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kinda rough getting back on the bike....not the record times I expected. 5 days is an eternity it seems to be off the bike! did 7 mile route as after mile 1 it became aparent that 20 miles was gonna be pushing it. 7 Miles home is the plan...
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Old 05-24-06, 01:19 PM
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The ride was totally uneventful this morning. Warm and sunny. My kinda weather.
Waved at a commuter I see almost every day. He didn't acknowledge.

Went out at lunch and had to drag myself back to work. It was SO gorgeous I just HAD to eat on the patio of the restaurant. Warm sun, light breeze, peace and quiet.

The giant cookie that I had for dessert just about put me over the edge.
Good thing I'm riding home so I can work off all 900 calories.
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NM, Yeah, muscle seems to be lost more quickly than put on...You'd think it would be the other way around!

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We watched "The 40 year old Virgin" last night, and my wife made some snide comment about my hair looking like that guys, so I rode my bike to work today just to complete the immage. 18 miles each way, great ride.
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