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Old 06-15-06, 08:56 PM
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this morning's commute was from my parents' house, since I rode there yesterday to visit and stayed the night. beautiful weather in the morning, perfect for riding, even on Hyattsville's tore-up streets. saw another commuter early in the ride... always good to see more of us out there. the route I use to get to my parents house from campus and vice versa is almost all residential streets, so the commute from my parents' house has a distinctively different feel to it compared to my regular commute... definitely felt less like a hammerfest and more like a relaxed ride in to school. the fact that I left very early probably helped too. as expected I got in really early... 45 minutes to spare! had more time to cool down which is always a good thing. great commute!

it got really windy in the afternoon, so I decided to just head home, but not before adding on an extra mile loop via Mowatt Lane and Preinkert Drive. had to get some extra mileage in, even if it was just a little bit. the wind was really kickin' and right in my face but other than that it was a great ride back also.
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Old 06-15-06, 09:31 PM
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Mine was fine about 10 minutes in each direction in perfect weather.

I haven't posted here for a while but I've been biking to work 97 % of the time. I stopped using the internet at work. We had to take a computer security course that kind of scared me off of it. Oh well I do a lot more work now, and I guess that is what I'm being paid to do.
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Old 06-15-06, 09:32 PM
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first commute in Manhattan in a while. It was short and sweet and fast. first thing I ended up doing when I got to work was trim my hbars about an 1 1/2 on either side. (I'd been meaning to do that in Boston since I put on these new riser bars but really felt the need in NYC) Fortunately/unfortunately where I'm living is walkable to where I'm working while I'm here so I may not always ride in.

Hope to get a little tour of NYC ride in next week when things settle down a bit workwise. Right now loooong days and not much time to ride. Too bad too since I was just starting to get a reasonable level of fitness.

Many more riders and commuters in NYC these days since I last lived here and it's great- I don't feel so alone.

hey, does anyone know the name of that place downtown on the east side that helps kids learn to work on bikes and sells beater/city bikes? I bought a bike there a few years ago and some of the people who've come down with me are looking for those kinds of bikes- IM me if you know the place I'm talking about- thanks.
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Old 06-15-06, 10:11 PM
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Old 06-15-06, 10:14 PM
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Fast both ways, passed some cars, didn't get buzzed, it's all good.
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Old 06-16-06, 07:10 AM
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It's pissing rain out, and windy. I've got the space heater in my office on it's back blowing hot air up thru the wet clothes hanging above it. They should be dry by the time I go home. I had to give someone the finger this morning, I hate doing that. I cracked the 1400km mark for mileage this year.
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Commuted down 2nd Ave. instead of my usual Lexington to avoid traffic and crappy roads. Instead, I got worse traffic that steered me into the crappy parts of the road. On the bright side, no one's in the office today except me so I've made an executive decision to work all day in shorts and a t-shirt. I'll leave my work clothes here for Monday.
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Old 06-16-06, 07:31 AM
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Nice today. Sunny & 50s. A little bit of a headwind but I plowed through it. Saw a couple of other cyclists heading in the opposite direction. For some reason I'm craving glazed doughnuts.
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Old 06-16-06, 08:23 AM
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Raining and windy today. The weather got progressively worse as I got closer to work. Perhaps it was a warning that I should have stayed home... Regardless, I'm heading home at lunch to take a nap and then sneak out for a ride. I hope the weather has improved by then.
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Old 06-16-06, 08:30 AM
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Wet today, but at least it wasn't pouring. Overall, it wasn't too bad.
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Old 06-16-06, 08:30 AM
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AAHHHGG!!! THE WIND! Yesterdays ride home was not the joyfull downhill jaunt I so fondly remember it being because of THE WIND! gusts up to 40 something MPH...AND I didn't have my sun glasses, so it was mighty squinty and gritty.

Good news is we went and looked at houses and found one we light, gonna put an offer in today, I HOPE WE GET IT! It's in a great neighborhood, and about the same distance from my work as our current house. Also it's closer to my wifes work than where we currently are so...it'd be pretty sweet to move there.
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Old 06-16-06, 08:34 AM
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Great ride. Since it's Friday I decided to just take it easy. Only increased my time by a few minutes.
Didn't see any other commuters today.

Had one minor problem. The university I ride thru is having summer camp and all the soccer moms (and a few dads) were parked in the bike lane. I guess they can't read the sign.



I told one person he was blocking the bike lane and he said I could kiss his ...
Maybe I should have waited until he went inside and then let the air out of his tire.
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absolutely perfect. Cooled down a bit in Denver, so only in the 80s today. I'm never in a better mood than when I arrive at work fresh and charged up, and have some alone time with my cofee before everyone arrives!
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Old 06-16-06, 09:05 AM
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today's ride

Rode in again today, took a much more mellow route through side streets, over the Manhattan Bridge, then up 3rd Ave. I leave the bike in the garage where I usually park the car(hopefully the car commuting will be much more limited), they take 10 bucks, beats 30 to park the car. I ain't about to lock my bike up outside the building. I think maybe it's crazy to use an expensive bike (specialized Roubaix) to commute, but right now it's what I have, and boy do I love the ride.
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Old 06-16-06, 10:54 AM
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Ah heck. The server ate my post.

Anyway, last night I had to work until 8:30 or so and I put on my light and blinky, but I really didn't need it. You gotta love summer. This morning, the ride in was totally unremarkable once I settled on which bike to bring (fixie won over the bomber).
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Old 06-16-06, 01:17 PM
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I decided to take the day off today because (1) I woke up late, and (2) the forecast the night before predicted sever thunderstorms starting early afternoon and running until tomorrow morning. So I drove in. It was beautiful, and now it turns out the storms won't hit the area until 7 or 8 PM. Bah. I wish I would have biked.
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Old 06-16-06, 01:22 PM
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Interesting ride this morning. I couldn't seem to keep any pace, couldn't seem to keep spinning at a regular cadence, the head wind sucked, but I still managed to get to work 10 minutes earlier than usual. I guess I am getting used to the distance.

Funniest part of the commute was getting passed on the street by some young guy wearing surf shorts, tennis shoes (no socks) on a beater with platform pedals and a rack with a single small bag. I was cruising nicely at 19mph and this guy passed me like I was standing still. Didn't even look like he was working hard. I tried to pace him, but I was 28 miles into my commute and I just didn't have the legs.
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Old 06-16-06, 01:49 PM
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51F and slightly rainy. Excellent!
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Old 06-16-06, 01:51 PM
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Funniest part of the commute was getting passed on the street by some young guy wearing surf shorts, tennis shoes (no socks) on a beater with platform pedals and a rack with a single small bag. I was cruising nicely at 19mph and this guy passed me like I was standing still. Didn't even look like he was working hard. I tried to pace him, but I was 28 miles into my commute and I just didn't have the legs.
Yeah they do that....he may have been just cruis'n a mile or two. It's pretty easy to toast someone been on the road for about 30mins or so
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Old 06-16-06, 04:39 PM
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I took the extra long way home and took it nice and slow and it showed, averaging 11.3 mph on the cyclocomp. Got close to home and saw one almost accident and one actual accident, both involving bikes.

The almost accident, a livery cab almost T-boned a delivery guy. It was the delivery guy's fault cuz the livery cab had the light and the delivery guy was looking the wrong way as he wandered into the cab's path.

The actual accident was a slow speed rear ending involving two cars and a bike. Car 1 was double parked. Car 2 was sliding past the double parked car while the cyclist was following behind. Car 2 hit the brakes, causing the cyclist two serve into car 1, rear ending car 1. Both drivers got out to check on the cyclist. Car 1's driver wanted to know if there was any damage and car 2's driver wanted to know if the cyclist was ok and to apologize. For the record, the cyclist was fine and didn't fall over. His bike looked fine too.
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Old 06-16-06, 05:06 PM
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usual brightness!!
one a##hle cut me off (near where i was hit 7 years ago). i just yelled "excuse me!", wish i had applied more enthusiasm! she just smiled....while other cars on the road (with simular rights-of-wayl) stopped as well for her "blonde moment'
besides that, another great week!
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warm in the morning. as I was chugging up a hill on my street I see this really stoned looking dude walking down the street the other way. dude seriously looked baked. had a car behind me for a bit at one point not wanting to change lanes, so I waved him around to pass, which he did, fully in the other lane with a full-fingered wave (well, three fingers, but a friendly wave nonetheless), and I saw the car had California plates and was driven by a guy who looked sort of like Tom (the Myspace guy). possible celebrity encounter on the commute? other than that, the commute was the usual great ride in. awesome commute!

it was really hot when I left in the early afternoon but I decided to go to REI to get a pair of rain pants since they're calling for a couple of thunderstorms next week and I'd rather not ride in the rain in shorts again. probably will be a handy thing to have. rode there and back, then did a loop through old town then back to campus via Guilford Road then home via University Boulevard (on the shoulder of course). was invited to attend Bible study by a nice old lady while taking a rest stop in the parking lot of a church... I'm not religious but I politely told her that I would think about it, since I would feel like a heel otherwise.

great ride to REI and commute back... no problems at all.
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Old 06-16-06, 09:32 PM
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Nice ride in, fast! :-) left work early to meet with my wife and our real estate guy to write up a purchase agreement! Then ran around like a madman getting stuff from the bank, signing an extra set of papers (lead based paing) now we have to hold our breath and see if the seller accepts! I hope! we should know monday! only did 10 miles total, but tomorrow I'm going on a longer ride...ONLY A WEEK TILL BTC!!!!!
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it sucked almost got hit by a truck, again
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