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Old 06-10-06, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by scottmorrison99
hand signaled an onconming car to pull the heck over. Got a wave from one of the firemen that noticed it. These people don't even let emergency vehicles through...sigh.
I constantly find myself waving in thanks to cagers who make full stops at red lights, stop signs, driveways, who allow me to go when I actually have the right of way....

Interesting, I thought, to be thanking ppl for doing what they're supposed to be doing
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Old 06-10-06, 09:18 AM
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almost pasted

Well, I wasn't commuting to work but was riding home from the local vegetable stand and I'm very much to the right of the white line on a 2-lane road that has a posted limit of 35mph. I ride this road frequently and have never had an issue until yesterday. The paved section of the shoulder is about 30 inches wide and the dirt portion is about 5 feet then there's a nice, deep ditch with a lot of blackberries (Mother Nature's version of concertina wire).

I have this uncanny sense that something bad is about to happen, then hear the jake brake of this truck barreling down from behind. One evasive move and I'm onto the rough gravel about 3 inches from the fender of a septic pumping truck. I was so busy trying to stay upright and out of the way I couldn't see the name of the company but I will definitely remember the truck. Next time I see it, the owner's going to get a call after I get the number off the side.

Anyway, the only damage was an unfixable pinch flat from a rock I ran over hard, an increased adrenaline flow for a while then this urge to absolutely throttle someone.

Suffice it to say it was a foul commute from the veggie stand and it would have been a crappy way to go but in the end I'm still able to find some humor in the situation and climb back on the saddle so it coulda been a lot worse. Too bad I didn't get a name or phone number though. I contemplated a call to Johnny Law but there are so many white septic trucks on the road it would have been a crap shoot to get the correct one to file a complaint against and I can wait...I'll see the truck again someday. It's a small world around here.
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Old 06-10-06, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by mozul
The ride in was good. Overcast and cool.
Me too, it's been cloudy the last few days in LA, great weather. I turn the blinkie on, though, making sure I'm visible.
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Old 06-10-06, 04:03 PM
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glad your "cycle-six-sence" kicked in time, you missed the "your sh## is our gold" truck, and that you were able to write this posting!
try to keep composure when you see the truck again, sounds like you're on the right path!
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Old 06-10-06, 06:06 PM
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Today was a different commute. Early Saturday so very light traffic. Had to teach an Effective Cycling (Bike Ed) class. I'm proud to say two BF members (and fellow bike commuters) were in the class and passed with flying colors. Great job.
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Old 06-11-06, 12:27 AM
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Too much wind. Far too much wind. This was the first time I've ever taken a break on 10 mile trip. That wind...
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Old 06-11-06, 09:53 PM
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Good ride both ways. The wind was blowing on the way home; resistance training! Sent My uniform pants in to be taken in due to lost weight commuting. This commute thing is so good!
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Today was Sunday, so I was just riding around the typical urban bike trails around town, just aimlessly cruising the city. It was great. Probably rode about 20 miles. (for some of you, 20 miles is nothing, but it was a nice little work out for me. Just a nice little ride to kill time, farting around.
 
Old 06-12-06, 04:37 AM
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18 C at 7 am, summer has come to the island!
Hard ride out this morning, still recovering from Friday's decadence at the Nordals musikfestival.
A few lousy bands but the atmosphere was cozy as usual.
(sorry about the double posting on Thursday)
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Old 06-12-06, 05:59 AM
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High 50Fs and overcast. I saw some squirrels, a bright red cardinal (brighter than normal), and a bunny rabbit. Caught up to a commuter.

This happened locally on Saturday, but I wasn't involved. Even if I'd wanted to, it was too #(@*%$ cold!

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Old 06-12-06, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by capejohn
They have a World Cup Special where, for 50 Euros, the prostitutes wont use their hands.
I need to live in Amsterdam. Legal prostitution, everybody cycles, coffee houses, and they even have culture!

First ride to work after a 2 week vacation. Made it in just under 10 mins. and was passed by a group of mtn bikers out for a joy ride. While I enjoyed the rush, the ride was too short.
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Old 06-12-06, 09:31 AM
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It is rainy today and I am tired and whiney! It is going to be 75 and rainy today. I love the Pac NW. Bleh. Anyway, commute was good dispite all that cause I was on my bike.
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Old 06-12-06, 10:45 AM
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I had to work both weekend days: Saturday I rode the roadie so I could take a nice long ride afterwards; Sunday I rode the fixie for fun; today I rode the bomber just because.

Today was cool and breezy. Since I'd worked over the weekend I gave myself permission not to kill myself to get in the office strictly on time and I took a slightly differenct route than I normally do.
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Old 06-12-06, 12:15 PM
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Its good to be back

Finally after a week of the bike being in the shop and another week of weather, my first full ride in this morning. So I have a new rear cassette, a new chain, and a new middle chainring. So basically, I have almost a new drivetrain. I think my average speed this morning was about 2 mph faster than its been.
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Old 06-12-06, 01:29 PM
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I had an upper body injury at work. During the time off, I rode so much I gat an overuse injury of my left knee. I quit riding for two days. In the five days since, I have been doing only my 3 mile (one way) commute. these have been some S...L...O...W rides! I got my time down under 12 minutes on my mountain bike, now it's taking over 20. But the rehab riding is working. The pain is gone now; I'm just a little tight and weak now. I'm adding more miles gradually, but it will be a few days before I get into the big chainring or do any hills.

Last night, riding home from work at midnight, the moon was incredibly beautiful, so bright and full, trying to hide behind the clouds.
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Old 06-12-06, 03:41 PM
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I tried a "100% legal commute" today. That is, signal for every stop, turn and lane position change; stop fully at every stop sign etc. It was a lot of fun. Sure felt weird at times.

Had to have a negative cager interaction today, so here we go: So I am on a four-lane road, taking the rightmost lane, when a cager passes me on the left, without fully changing lanes, WAY too close (forces me quite a bit to the right) and the passenger yells something out of the window. The funny thing is - the car has to stop right away cause... yeah, it's a red light ahead, of course.

So I come up to the side of the car and ask the passenger to repeat what she said because I didn't catch it. Well, you can guess it of course: "Get onto the sidewalk!" I tell her it's illegal - she tells me I'm gonna get killed on the road. I tell her she is ignorant - she doesn't say anything, the car drives away. Isn't it funny how this lovely couple in the car (the driver and the passenger) who expressed the most verbal concern about my safety are the ones who endangered me the most on the ride?..

Other than that - pretty uneventful. Except when I was almost at the end of my journey, I got passed by a minivan that just barely wedged in between me and the red light. Wasn't a close pass, but he had to go way beyond the yellow centerline to do it. I was turning right, so I passed him on the right immediately after he passed me. Complimented him on his high speed and congratulated him on getting ahead of the biker as I passed.

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Old 06-12-06, 04:34 PM
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Nice ride in today, I did the crest climb on Friday last week (had the day off) then did the Albuquerque Century on Saturday, there was a lot more climbing than I thought there would be. I rested Sunday and did 20 miles in this morning. I felt the weekends tough rides this morning, let me tell ya! But, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and I did make it into work so...I'm proud! :-) 150 miles in three days of riding! and no real suffering (once off the bike) to speak of. All my long commutes, and weekend rides are paying off.

It's hot as heck out there (93%) so I think I'll skip the long ride home and just do 7 miles.
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Old 06-12-06, 06:27 PM
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Not riding today, really sore thighs from Aikido training this weekend.

It's nice to take a break sometimes and just carpool. I saw a cyclist as we pass by, I wanted to roll down the window and yell "Go Lance!" just for the fun of it, but I didn't.
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no commute for me today either.

On my way home I saw an SUV parked half on the sidewalk and half in a bike lane....
and a ticket tucked under the wiper...
warmed my heart
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Yay junkfood! I ate nothing but crap yesterday and today and rode 40 miles spread out over the commute, a lunchtime ride, errands and some laps in the park. Didn't feel like getting off the bike so I just kept riding until I finally figured out where to get some chicken wings for dinner. Then I loaded up on more junkfood for tomorrow.
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back from vacation (rode 98 miles that week off); to the grind again. motorists, bus drivers, pedestrians all seemed "in sinc" today. another good commute!
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Now that the kids are out of school my wife joins me on the commute to prepare for her first Tri. She runs and swims great but she says she has to concentrate much more on a bike and think about a lot more things. Hummmm. I guess if you are not a veteran rider perhaps this is the case. Anywho, she is doing great. I ran my first 5K ever which she of course won the masters, I was just happy to finish. On Monday we rode in and averaged 18.7 which is 1 MPH better than her last run. Nice to have someone to ride with. Makes an otherwise boring ride fun. 19 MPH here we come! Oh, ya, it is an 11 mile ride to work with 5 stop lights and plenty of 4 way stops. Anyone else get their spouses to join them?
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Great ride to work And home . Have a good nite .
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
ate nothing but crap yesterday and today and rode 40 miles
ate homemade greek salad and rode 12 miles. wonder if there's a message in that?


new bio-pattern. summer daylight makes me wake up at the first whimper of dawn, stay awake for a few hours, fall asleep for a few more of that super-heavy psychedelic sleep you get when you're much too hot, and consequently wake up at the proper time poisoned with my own narcosomine, shambling like boris karloff on novocaine. karloffed myself onto the bike and off to work without really noticing what i was doing.

one of the best rides i've had so far. the led readout said 23 degrees celsius when i passed it - at NINE FIFTEEN in the morning. i made a mental note to get into my gear for the ride home and then get under the shower for a minute or two just to get some transpiration cooling, but i didn't do it. it was overcasting by coming-home time, and the last part of the ride just caught the very first part of summer sunset starting. i was some of the fastest i've been both ways, and i didn't get hurt.

stopped in at the lbs that sold me my bike on the weekend to discuss maybe doing that 2-week tune-up. now that i've had it three months and all. not sure when, but it would be kind of nice to get my other 16 gears back.

first playoff game tomorrow evening, at the close park, then nothing till the weekend unless they plan to practice. how did this baseball season happen so fast?
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Old 06-13-06, 05:25 AM
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Saw a rare sight yesterday on my way home -- three bike commuters, heading in the opposite direction I was going, riding together. One was wearing work clothes, one was wearing commuter type cycling clothes, and the third was wearing his full team kit.

Now for today's question. Who in the southeast US will stay dry and who will get wet today?
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