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Old 06-05-06, 01:59 PM
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Really uneventful.
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Old 06-05-06, 07:52 PM
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Ugh, Rose Festival. Downtown Portland is full of drivers who don't seem to know how to act around a bicycle and pedestrians who don't understand what the "Don't Walk" sign means.

On the bright side, Pedalpalooza is ramping up. So nice for them to do it the same time as Rose Festival.
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a speedy ride downtown on the bike path for an important meeting and got to my building only to discover I had forgotten my bike lock! The security guards have strict and I mean- strict- orders NO BICYCLES in the building under ANY circumstances. I plead and beg and guarantee them that should the building manager see me I will take full responsibility for this serious and potentially deadly infraction of this very important rule. Eventually, they very reluctantly concede (I've been a security guard and I know that they actually were at risk of losing their jobs or at the very least getting reamed should I get caught so I felt like a complete heel)

I sneak the bike into my office successfully, then run to my meeting, then run to the LBS and by a new lock (my wife's bike needs a new one anyway) but best of all end up buying a used dahon helios I'd been eying for a couple of weeks. I'll be bringing it to Rome and Lisbon in July. got back to my building and who do I see exit the building?- the building manager. I watch him head into another building and I run upstairs grab my bike and lock it across the street- phew! Then had a great laugh with the two security guards about my frantic undercover antics- so no damage done.

this will be my last week of Boston commuting for a while then it's off to NYC where I'll be buzzing all over the Big Apple on the big black buzz with the red milk crate on the back.

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Old 06-05-06, 09:38 PM
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Ugh, Rose Festival. Downtown Portland is full of drivers who don't seem to know how to act around a bicycle and pedestrians who don't understand what the "Don't Walk" sign means. I've never been happier to cross the bridge out of downtown and into my neighborhood.
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Old 06-05-06, 09:39 PM
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I was on vacation for a week, got in 140 miles. No wind today, so the ride both ways was fast. Coming home was paced by a cop. Tried to get the elusive speeding on a bike ticket, no luck. I felt as fast as R600DuraAce imagines he is. I love days like that.
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Old 06-05-06, 09:42 PM
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one of those great days.... it was 110 degrees but with the breeze it felt like 91. heaven. (to a Phonecian in June) I never got tired, I never got dizzy. I rode without a helmet and with a whole LOT of water. it was ****ing great.
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Fast.
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Originally Posted by spidercyclist
Fast.
Glad to not hear the "R" word. Uh oh...jinxed!
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Old 06-05-06, 10:11 PM
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fast this morning. i don't recall why.

not unbelievably slow coming home either. bit of a bonus considering 5 hours of sleep and a general ~30 reading on the feel-like-crap-o-meter. now eating pizza with olives and green peppers on it.
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Old 06-06-06, 12:01 AM
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Awesome commute home, although I'm not sure why... I had some nasty headwinds for the first half, a bit of rain, it was freakin' cold, etc, etc. Maybe it was the fact that the wind kind of changed directions and I just flew (or so it seemed!) on the second half of the ride.

Or maybe I'm toughening up mentally and now saying "screw you wind!!!"
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Fast!

Had my road bike today. I probably set a personal speed record for my short days.
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Old 06-06-06, 01:35 AM
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Swung round the LBS to pick up a new pair of bibs that I bought on sale but they needed to order my size. I was good: I didn't buy a single other thing. When I got home I saw that the USPS was trying to deliver my probikekit.com package but no one was home. D'oh!
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Old 06-06-06, 02:28 AM
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Old 06-06-06, 06:43 AM
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It's gonna be another beautiful day today, and I'll be stuck inside again. My ride in today was fast, just like everyone else (it would seem). I'm also starting to see way more bike commuters out, as well...
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Old 06-06-06, 07:08 AM
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Rode my old diamondback apex 21 miles to work this morning. Schedule only allows me to ride about once a week, but what a great sunrise. This is only my second commute, so far so good.

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Old 06-06-06, 07:36 AM
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Nice this morning. Blue skies & clear air. No wind. Mid 50Fs. No cyclists seen.

Two people were sitting in lawn chairs on the bicycle bridge over the Winooski River. They had a cooler. Man and woman. We exchanged hellos, but it was strange. Why were they there?
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Old 06-06-06, 08:13 AM
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Rode hard Saturday and Sunday so yesterday's break from riding was just what I needed.

A great ride this morning. Didn't see any other commuters. Cooler than last week. I didn't even have to unzip my jersey to stay comfortable.

I was going to "initiate" my new Look sandals but was a little unsure because of the cool temps. I hope tomorrow will be warmer.
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Old 06-06-06, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by vtjim
Nice this morning. Blue skies & clear air. No wind. Mid 50Fs. No cyclists seen.

Two people were sitting in lawn chairs on the bicycle bridge over the Winooski River. They had a cooler. Man and woman. We exchanged hellos, but it was strange. Why were they there?
Nice here too... clear, not too humid, traffic wasn't bad at all, was a nice ride today...
gonna take the long way home

Perhaps they were traffic spotters? observing traffic flow for road planning... we have that around here.
Some city guys were measuring a curb as I neared my office, I smiled and said "you guys gonna build me a bike lane?"
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Not a bad ride in, but I was certainly overdressed. Now I'm all damp. Bleagh!
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Old 06-06-06, 09:18 AM
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Ride in was awesome! 60f, sunshine, and just a hint of a breeze. The frozen mornings and studded tires of January are but a distant memory at this point.

Gotta get some big training miles in this week.... Ride the rockies tour is in like 11 days. I need to push it up to about 25 miles on the rides home. This weekend is scheduled for 60 miles on Saturday then 80 more on Sunday. After that only commuting until the ride so I'll have fresh legs. https://www.RideTheRockies.com
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Gosh going home yesterday afternoon I was in the zone. Did 30mph on Kirby went on shephard and then on Memorial in the opposite direction of Kirby and did 30 mph again. Felt reallly good.
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The commute was not a good one at all. I was in my car and sitting in traffic thinking about how much better it would be if I was on my bike. It now takes me as long to get to work in my car as it does my bike because of road construction. luckily it is a rare occasion when I have to drive!
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Fast on the way home, and I got out of work early - major benefit. Tomorrow I'll be doing sprints on my ride in, which I'm actually starting to enjoy.
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Woke up late this morning (forgot to turn on the alarm), but still managed to get going in time. 60ish, overcast made for a nice ride into work. Only downside was running into a few gnat swarms.
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New Route today. I've moved to the other side of I-25. My new route is a nice and quiet road most of the way, followed shortly by a really nasty intersection under the interstate. I'm looking for a better way to cross.
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