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Old 06-13-06, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH
Now for today's question. Who in the southeast US will stay dry and who will get wet today?
Went out at lunchtime and it was cloudy, windy, and a little on the cool side for mid-June.
The sun came out about 4 PM and the ride home was great, just a little windy.
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Originally Posted by Nyrome
thanks. and thanks for the link to the radar. i usually use the wsbtv dopplar. but the one you sent has real time motion added to it for kicks.
Glad I could help. If you click "Metro View" it zooms in to show the north GA area.
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I've been slacking, so here's the last few days' worth of commute reports

SATURDAY:
I guess I'll call what I did Saturday a commute since I rode from my parents' house back to my house (about 6 miles) where I subsequently had band practice an hour or so later. the wind was kickin' and in my face pretty much the whole way, but other than that it was a good ride.

SUNDAY:
no commute today, obviously. gave the bike a much needed cleaning and lubing and did a short ride around the neighborhood.

MONDAY:
woke up to a light rain shower. dammit I just cleaned the bike yesterday! checked weather.com and determined that it wasn't gonna stop in time for me to get to class if I avoided it. oh well. I manned up, put on my rain jacket, slid two plastic grocery bags over my notebook for protection from the wet, made sure to leave with enough time to lock up at the only covered rack on campus (about a 15 minute walk from my building), and gave a raspberry to the elements as I did my first wet weather ride in a long time aside from the fact that it rained fairly steadily throughout the ride and I was wearing shorts since I didn't have any rain pants (note to self, get rain pants), it was a fun ride. wet weather riding is not that bad. I nessecarily took it easier than usual, and used the shoulder-of-University-Boulevard route since it would get me to the previously mentioned covered bike rack faster than my usual route. I was a little late but so was the teacher today so it was cool.

the streets had dried and the sun was out by the time I got out in the afternoon (after an hour of volunteering at the Food Co-op after class), so I did a little extra riding around Old Town and the Trolley Trail before heading home. great ride back!

TUESDAY (today):
slept in a little bit but not enough to be super-late. warm and sunny in the morning. as I was getting to the first light in my intersection, I looked to my left to see an unhelmeted cyclist pass me on the wrong side of the road (which is separated by a median) and go through a red light. he was going really slow so even though I waited at the light (which changed like a second later since it had a sensor), I was able to catch up with him quickly. was delayed in passing him for a little bit by a car that was riding along my left side... he tooted his horn a couple times (first honk in four months!), I guess to warn me that I shouldn't pass. so I passed him eventually and this was on a steep downhill leading to a light. he passed me again when I was waiting for the light (going through it of course) and I caught up with him and passed him again after the light changed. other than that, nothing out of the ordinary... a fast and fun commute in!

after I got out in the afternoon I rode over to the LBS to get a new pedal reflector since one of mine had fallen off. rode over to Old Town via the Trolley Trail (the Greenbelt Road crossing is as bad as ever) then headed back to campus via Rossborough Lane, then hammered home through a decent headwind. really pushed myself on one stretch and was able to keep up a surprising level of speed given that the wind was in my face. great ride home!

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Well, Monday's commute wasn't so great. It started out as one of my best, the kind that makes me call the missus upon arrival and say "This morning was the best ride in awhile!".

And then my front tire apparently disappeared from under me as I rode over the edge of an expansion slot. It seems I must have had just enough lateral motion (a veer to the left to avoid a bumpy section of asphalt) to run me afoul of the metal strip. I kid you not, it was like a downward slap by The Very Hand Of God. No hesitation, no slipping about, just down, and down hard. My right hip and my helmet took the brunt of the impact. The hip swelled a little and I received a welt there from fabric abrasion. The helmet is now useless, cracked all the way through on the right side. Today I feel like a bent screen door from secondary effects (every joint hurts), and I took a day off from work, but I'll be good in another couple of days. Any day that you don't start in a cardboard box or end in a pine one is a good day, right?
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Old 06-13-06, 07:10 PM
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Robcat: OUCH! Glad to hear you're ok so to speak. How's the bike?

I took the extra long way home by heading south instead of north. Rode down the FDR MUP w/ another commuter that works in my building talking the whole way down until we split up downtown. Then I rode up the West Side Hwy MUP and got passed veryclose by another cyclist who then cut me off almost taking out my front wheel. He was pretty oblivious so I gave him a wide berth and instead of *****ing him out, I let it roll and kept riding. Why ruin my ride by yelling at some idiot and then having to ride along the same MUP w/ him. Got off the MUP by riding up some stupid steep inclines from the 79th St. boat basin up to 79th St. Maybe a total of 200' in total length with about 20' feet or so of elevation change. Makes for a fun time on a fixie. I was pulling up so hard my foot popped loose from the pedal. Then I rode through Central Park and was home.
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Old 06-13-06, 07:22 PM
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alittle ying/yang ?
sorry to hear of the second part of that DAY, (helmet did its job), and glad to hear you're rebounding!
usual 6.5dst for me, plus extra 11.0 miles or return home (wanted to do more,,,)
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Old 06-13-06, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH
Went out at lunchtime and it was cloudy, windy, and a little on the cool side for mid-June. The sun came out about 4 PM and the ride home was great, just a little windy.
Right on, Ron. The ride home was really nice. Very unseasonably comfortable for June. This is my favorite part of huricane season...being a few hundred miles from the devestation and destruction but still getting a nice afternoon storm to cool things off.
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Old 06-13-06, 07:36 PM
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First day back today - I've been off my bike 6 months, doctor's orders after surgery. Hellish!

I took a short ride last night, 6 miles, to make sure I could still steer and pedal at the same time. Then this morning, back out on the bike path for my regular commute - 14 mile round trip. I had to leave at 5:30 am to get to my last physical therapy appointment (I'm so sick of North St. Claire I could DIE) -- it was already full-on daylight when I left.

I expected to be nervous -- hell, I sort of expected to just fall over when I started! But it was a beautiful morning, and it was early so the trail wasn't too busy, and Lake Michigan was gorgeous as usual. Somebody has spray-painted "SLOW DOWN!" all over the MUP by the lake -- it looks too free-form to be official, but reads too official to be anything but lame. That's like, soccer-mom with a bike-grudge and an airbrush. (no offense to non-vandalizing soccer-moms intended!)

I didn't know what to expect from myself, but the bike was in the same gear I left it in, and I didn't have to gear down. Still made all the hills I'd made before. I went a little slower - I've got a titanium plate in my neck now, so the consequences of crashing are a bit stiffer -- but not too much, and by the time I was on my way home tonight I was back at my old speed.

I've seriously missed my wheels.

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Old 06-13-06, 07:38 PM
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jyossarian and tomg: Thanks for the thoughts, and the bike is fine. Some shade-tree truing of the rear wheel is about the only constructive thing I did today.
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It's sticky and gross out today. It feels like 100% humidity, and I haven't seen the sun since yesterday afternoon. I'm starting to think I'm in Vancouver.
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Old 06-14-06, 04:44 AM
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Car-pooled yesterday so I could make it home in time for the France-Switzerland game (worst match yet, BORING football). Took a quick 15 km run to get the 0-0 taste out of my mouth (the forest was nice, lots of folks on the beach) and made it home in time for Brazil-Croatia (much better football)...
It cooled off a bit for this morning's commute (only 15 C at 6:45). Looks like some wind for the ride home though.
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Old 06-14-06, 04:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Merryish
First day back today - I've been off my bike 6 months, doctor's orders after surgery.
I know all about that "doctor's orders" stuff. Glad you're back.
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Old 06-14-06, 06:16 AM
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Nice morning commute again today. ~60F and some sunshine. I passed a couple riding MTBs wearing backpacks. Probable commuters. I said "morning" and the woman was very enthusiastic.

Yesterday afternoon I had fun. A guy all decked out in "proper" cycling attire came out on the MUP ahead of me. There was other trail traffic so I had a chance to watch him. He was moving away pretty fast. Faster than most people I see 'round here. I cleared the traffic and gave chase. He made me breathe hard! I caught him but I had to push the 40-pound bike into a headwind at 25MPH to do it. Then I just followed him (not wheel sucking) for about 3 miles until we split up. Sometimes I think I should upgrade from platform pedals.
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Super! It has cooled oof slightly these past few days, so I can ride hard without getting all sweaty.
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Damned tropical storm Alberto soaked me, but I rode a new fix conversion to work today, which made the splatterfest fun.

I stayed up till midnight last night getting it tight - hell if a little rain is gonna keep me off the roads with a new build!
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* jack *: where's the pics of your new fixie?

No bike commute today. Had to drive to NJ for a meeting. Saw 3 fixies and a SS on the West Side MUP while I was driving. 5 years ago, I probably wouldn't have seen any. Got to work and had two elevator riders get off at the 2nd floor. Why take the nice spiral staircase right in front of the elevators to the 2nd floor when you can ride in comfort on an elevator?

Oh yeah, forgot to mention I stepped on a dead rat on my way home last night when I put my foot down at a red light. I thought it was something stinkier and browner, but it was just a mashed up rat.
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Rode for a few blocks with one of the wrenches (Rob) from Intown Bicycles last night.

Nice cool ride this morning thanks to Alberto (I guess).
Only saw one other commuter. I thought I'd see several with this exceptional weather.
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No commute for me today. :-/ My wife forgot to sleep last night and needed me to take her to class. On a side note my ride home last night was better, even if it is getting quite hot.
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Score one for me being a slacker! It poured rain all night, but stopped mere minutes before I walked out the door! Getting out of bed late rocks!
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shortest route in today (4.5 miles) I'm really going to miss the variable commute when I move further away from work later this summer... :-( Yesterday's ride home was sweet, I pushed pretty hard and it was pretty fast, but I still think I need to rest before the weekend.

Yesterday a coworker drove past me as I was riding, he held his hand out the window and waved like crazy, then I cought him at a light and asked him if he wanted to race. He laughed, but I was only half joking, the roads I know he takes to go home are pretty congested, and I cut through neighborhoods and accross those roads, I almost went an extra half mile to see if I could pull up on the main street and see if I beat him...next time I will. I think it's about a 50/50 shot :-) I'm wishing I had done it though....
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You are a better commuter than I. I wussed out and drove in today since it was pouring this morning. I will be back on the bike tomorrow.
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Well, it finally happened. I fell at a traffic light. I was debating whether to unclip or to try and trackstand through the light. And in my indecision, I just fell over. D'oh!

Only hurt my pride.
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Originally Posted by luckysnafu
You are a better commuter than I. I wussed out and drove in today since it was pouring this morning. I will be back on the bike tomorrow.
I bailed as well.

My fiance got behind a commuter on Tryon during some of the heavier rain. She said he was taking the lane but nearly impossible to see and almost getting clipped by those impatient with the traffic. She offered him a ride since she had the car with the rack on it only to receive a rude reply of "I'm not riding in any CAR." I could understand him being stressed out by the conditions but she's an occasional commuter as well was upset by his use of tone with an honestly concerned fellow cyclist.
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Already 65F by 9:00AM this morning. Muggy. Partly cloudy.

Had a tornado touch down about 100 miles NW of us last night. We could see the wall cloud from here. Classic text book form.

Never did rain here in town or on my commute home yesterday. I'm sure glad I've stopped listening to the new weather guy on our morning news.
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good commute in the morning. the weather was great and the commute in was pretty fast, although I pulled off PB Drive early again because of a few cars stacked up behind me, this time with a guy in a blue car at the front who looked like he was going to buzz me (he was kind of getting 3/4 of the way into the other lane and staying there as he got closer behind me). other than that, great commute in.

the ride back was to my parents house. had a guy in a pickup truck get out at a stopsign and tell me "don't ride on my ass" (as chronicled in further detail in this thread). got cut off while I was walking the bike through a crosswalk (shortcut around two major arterials). the streets in my old neighborhood are still pretty rough and bumpy but it looks like one of them was fixed up a little bit. maybe it's just me. oh well. other than those two incidents, pretty good ride back.
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