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Old 05-24-06, 04:52 PM
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Looked like rain Yesterday morning,so I rode the MTB in. Then I got a call from my wife that I needed to take her to the hospital. Ride home was faster than heck, even considering the MTB vs. the roadbike. Amazing how fast it'll go in an emergency. My wife is ok now, and amazed at the time I made coming home. Probably close to time by car. I had a good incentive to speed.
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Old 05-24-06, 08:40 PM
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pretty good... morning was nice, afternoon was hot, as usual! not much to report. used my new bell to alert a ped of my presence and he moved over. I said thank you.
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...no commute today, major thunder storm this am.....
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Thanks jyossarian and silverexpress for the tips! I'm going to look into a rack for the laptop because I really want to use it and don't feel safe leaving it at the site. Commute Day 2 was nice. Went by myself-- my ride partner wussed out after day one-- citing a grip of technical problems. I actually prefer riding alone so I'm actually psyched about it. Weather was great again, warm in the sun and nice and cool under shady trees. Some psycho in a huge SUV honked at me then pulled into the lane to my left then cut in front of me and sped off. I guess I was going too slow for him. Otherwise, great ride. Love seeing all the bike commuters out in the morning.
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I rode my new (used) recumbent today for the 2nd time in 2 days. I'm really enjoying it.
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1000 miles for the year. The fleet is in town. While its fun to see the ships, the throngs of crowds this afternoon are going to suck.
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Ok, 3rd try posting. Let's se if it works.

Originally Posted by RonH
Waved at a commuter I see almost every day. He didn't acknowledge.
Dude, that isn't right. Snubbing another cyclist is like snubbing a family member. You should have chased him down and then dropped him. I only accept that kind of snobbery from guys riding bikes that cost exponentially more than mine, and that's because I'm pretty sure the "catch and drop" would backfire horribly on me.

Anyway, I didn't commute today because we're supposed to be getting some nasty thunderstorms here. Yesterday was awesome though. Anyone ever notice how riding for even one day changes your outlook for the whole week? Yesterday I was generally wide awake and happy. Today I am super relaxed and my legs feel great. I'm actually wishing that I had ridden in today.
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On my way home last night I stopped in at Lowe's to have a key duplicated. As I was walking through the store with my bike one of the employees who I was walking by said "Hey, we allow pets in here, but no bikes!" I was starting to say something back when he said he was just kidding and asked me how my day was going Scared me for a minute though since I have taken my bike in there before. Ride this morning was humid and hot. Almost 70 when I left and it is going to get near 90 this afternoon with a chance of thunderstorms. This is my 10th straight day of commuting to work, a record for me
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Old 05-25-06, 07:37 AM
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Awfull. non-existant. My "family fun trip" to Las Vegas has me all screwed up. I can't sleep, can't ride...I dunno what I'm gonna do. I suppose this weekend I'll just sleep in as late as freakin possible and hope that gets me back on schedule.

I slept through my alarm this morning, my wife woke me up as she was getting ready for work. I had time to shower and drive in, but no way I woulda gotten here on time if I'd riden. Guess it's OK, I have to go get my eye glasses fixed, I dropped them on my way to the car on Monday and someone ran over them. It's just not my week I guess.
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Old 05-25-06, 08:08 AM
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Wow. The humidity is back
I've been cooling off for over 30 minutes while sitting at the computer at work and I'm just about ready to change into my work clothes.
Strange how you forget during the winter just how warm and wet you can get on the morning ride.

All my coworkers wear cotton pants, shorts, t-shirts during the summer. I don't know how they can ride in the humidity wearing that stuff.
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I had one friggin beer last night and I was burning up and sweating like a pig during the ride in, I felt all thirsty and weak. I cut way back in the last year so I can really feel one beer.
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Old 05-25-06, 09:13 AM
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Hey all, havent posted a ride update lately since nothing interesting has occurred until today...

I was on a road that runs parallel to a railroad track, so there ar 3 lanes heading in the same direction, then the railroad tracks, then the other 3 lanes going the other way.. so there are places along the track where cars can cross over...

I reach one of those places and I don't have any stop signs or anything (just the cars attempting to cross) .. so as I come up to one such crossing, one lady stops, watches me, then goes safely across, then just as I'm getting to the interseciton, the SUV behind her watches me, then goes across right in front of me!! I Had to slam both brakes and yell at the top of my lungs.. lucky for me he had his window down and I know he heard me because he turned his head and I called him a few good names =)

Anyway.. I'm still here to talk about it.
Thank goodness for brakes !!!!!!!!
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I watched the Lost season finale last night, and then lay awake in bed thinking about it. Then I realized my allergies were in full swing [weed-whacked the back yard last night], and I couldn't breathe very well. Tossed and turned all freaking night. This morning, it was like Dawn of the Dead. I was shuffling around like a zombie. On the ride in, my legs were all good, but I just didn't have the will to live. I still managed to catch every cyclist ahead of me, and quite a few cars. All my random route decisions paid off bigtime, as I made it to work faster than usual.
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Old 05-25-06, 11:59 AM
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I'm a little surprised. Last night was a late one, as usually happens this time of year. As I'm slinging on my bag, one of the secretaries notices my pretty Italian bike shoes and asks "How are you getting home? On your bike?"

When I said yes, I was expecting the gasp, the dropped jaw, the warnings about drunks and crazies. But all she said was "Oh, that's nice. It's great that you ride your bike everywhere."

Uh, yeah! It is great!
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Old 05-25-06, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso
I'm a little surprised. Last night was a late one, as usually happens this time of year. As I'm slinging on my bag, one of the secretaries notices my pretty Italian bike shoes and asks "How are you getting home? On your bike?"

When I said yes, I was expecting the gasp, the dropped jaw, the warnings about drunks and crazies. But all she said was "Oh, that's nice. It's great that you ride your bike everywhere."

Uh, yeah! It is great!


Its been rainy down here in south florida all day.. people at work that know I ride have been expressing their feelings of concern for me about my ride home ...

I tell them that its not a big deal .. but they say " its not safe, visibility is low, other cars might not see you " .. etc.. etc...

This may be true, but I still prefer to ride my bike in the rain than ride my car when its perfectly sunny !

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Old 05-25-06, 03:11 PM
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Rode in to start a round of interviews, hopefully leading to promotion. Ride in felt great, ride home front derailleur started rubbing. All good to go now. When I bought my TL-LD 1000 from Cateye, it didn't come with a clothing clip. Initially this wasn't a problem, but the way I use it now, I needed one. I contacted Cateye and it was in the mail the next day, no charge. That's why I have Cateye lights and cyclocomputers. Good customer service. Going to ride out now to ride home with my son. He likes riding alone, but enjoys my company.(He says).
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Old 05-25-06, 03:33 PM
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oh man
i went in afew hours later. Ended up having this old lady in some beamer or bmw or **** honking at me for 4 minutes. And 3 houston cops 9protecting and serving) ignored her agressive driving / attitude. And one nearly ran me over. There is 3 lanes on Memorial but one of them is shut down with signs/equipment anbd stuff. Well I made the usual sign with my left hand to signal i needed to get into the next lane because of that. This Houston cop sounded like he was going to gun it to take it away. I ended up throwing a glance at hime quite a few times before he finally slowed down and let me jump into traffic. Typical cop mentality here. They serve and protect you by running you over.
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Old 05-25-06, 03:34 PM
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Squirrel popped out of nowhere and ran it over with my rear tire (thankfully, I was using my MTB instead of my hybrid). Looked back and the little guy ran into his hole...
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Old 05-25-06, 05:43 PM
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On a weird work schedule these days so haven't been posting. But some odd commutes. Yesterday someone tried to rip off my front wheel. My bike was parked where it's been all year completely untouched. They opened the qr skewer and then, for some reason, unthreaded the nib end and then realized (I guess) that the wheel was cable locked to the u-lock. They just abandoned everything and tossed (or kept?) the nib end of my skewer and left everything else, including the springs. I desperately looked for the little part of the skewer with no luck and was deciding how I'd get home since I was sure any bike shops would be closed since it was almost 7pm and the nearest one was quite a ways away. Called the nearest shop, which closed at 7! and booked on foot with the bike in tow got there with 2 minutes to spare, got my part and rode home. Rode the last part of the ride with a strong rider on a road bike and had a great conversation. I like when someone pulls up next to you at a stop and actually chats a bit.

Comm Ave is much better now that BU is closed- wow, what a difference! Had to take it in a couple of times when I was in a rush.
Little Canadian goslings out on the bike path- I understand that the recent Senate immigration legislation will require that the Canadian Geese register as undocumented aliens or risk prosecution, incarceration or deportation. Too bad, since they are doing a job few American geese want to do- fertilizing the grass along the bike path and providing scenic natural background for an otherwise urban setting.
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Pouring and another flat. Ijust can't seem to get the tube to sit in the tire right on this new set of Armadillos
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Meant to post this last night, but turned in early...long hours of late. My commute is fairly routine and peaceful other than the errant squirrel running out or dog in need of a water facial.

Yesterday morning a guy in a 4 wheeler and a mesh hat asked me "where do you ride to everday? I been seein' ya everday for years, now." I told him and he looked at his wife and said "dayum!" In explaining how it not only was good for my health it saved me tons of money on gas, He replied, "it's gettin' to the point where everbody's gonna half ta start a-ridin' bahcycles." We all smiled and nodded and went on about our business. His statements in print look like I'm making fun of his accent, but I'm truly not.

I was humbled at the amount of respect and admiration he demonstated in what he 'didn't' say. Those little moments of human exchange more than make up for all the flip-offs, honking, "get a horse", "get a life" comments and having ones sanity questioned by people who haven't been on a bike in 30 years and think they belong in the toy department.

Was feeling pretty good all day and as I started my evening commute...there it was...a flat...3 years since I've had one on my mtb commuter w/Mr. Tuffys and bullet proof rims. So, Mr Bigshot cycling commuter guy, whadaya think about THAT! Needless to say...I was humbled and dutifully changed my tube and found the tiny piece of metal that had worked it's way through the tuffys...the ride home was sweeter for some reason...
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Nice commute this morning. Overcast but light winds and no rain. Around 60F. I caught up to a woman on a hybrid. I'm staying out late tonight and riding home with my wife (who's riding in to town this afternoon) so I let the woman keep pace at a relaxed 13MPH.

One guy on a svelte-looking roadbike passed us as we neared the end of my ride. We exchanged hellos.

I was so not-tired that I sprinted up the hill to my office building. Fun.

Long weekend!
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Nice ride in this morning. Took the barricaded lane on the West Side Hwy setup for fleet week. Tried to hammer, but alas the chain skipped majorly and I killed my leg on the handlebars. Next week I am going to get this fixed.

It was so humid this morning toward the end of my ride (at 6:45am) that my sunglasses were completely fogged up and had to take them off.
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Nearly got doored passenger style. You don't really expect doors coming from the left, sucks when it happens. Commuting in the city really sucks, I need to find a new route before I get killed.
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I'M BAAACK!!! Well what started as 4 days off due to a vacation in Vegas turned into 7 days due to Vegas trip and then trying to get back into a normal sleep/energy pattern. I did ride in one other day this week, but I took the short trip both ways and lagged HARD. Thought I had lost my legs!

Today I was back with a vengance! Sprang out of bed right as my alarm went off, dashed out the door in record time, the whole way in no one passed me, I dropped 2 folks on hybrids, 3 mountain bikes, and 1 pretty hard core looking roadie. Paced with a guy I often see on an older road bike, before our routes parted, and made the whole trip in a pretty standard time of 1 hour 22 minutes. IT FELT GOOD!!!!

Oh, and no one tried to kill me, however I did get to give a guy in a big turbo deisal ford "the look" as I cut him off. it was very slow moving traffic, and I always take the lane at this spot and he tried to act like I didn't have a right. I wanted till traffic was completely stopped, looked him right in the eye, and then rode my bike between his front bumper and the car in front of him. THEN as things got moving again, I cranked HARD and left him in my dust, then turned off when about 4 car lengths still seperated us.

In street racing they call 4 car lengths "getting walked"!
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