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Old 06-17-06, 08:56 AM
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It was overcast and cool, pleasant. I am trying out my new novara cycling underwear, is ok for riding, not sure if I will be able to wear it all day... we will see
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I'm almost back to speed after 2 injuries and 2 weeks of rehab riding. It feels great to go fast again! Especially on my midnight commute home--when the air is cooler, the traffic lights are blinking, and there are some pretty thuggish characters out riding too.

I'm glad I can ride faster than the average crack dealer. Sometimes one yells at me, "I want your bike!" While I'm whizzing by, I yell back:

"It ain't about the bike dawg!!"
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Old 06-18-06, 04:07 AM
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I saw 3 deer and had a nice encounter with a fox. Most of my 13 mile ride is very rural but the last 2 miles are on a busy road with (thankfully) wide shoulders. I was going along with cars flying by. At one point there was a break in the cars in both directions. This fox comes running across towards me. He didnít see me at first because he was WATCHING FOR TRAFFIC! He looked just like a pedestrian, looking both ways as he crossed. When he got to my side he ran in front of me and then paralleled me in the field next to the road. I was glad to see that the wildlife has learned how to cross the highway.
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Old 06-18-06, 08:03 AM
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Minneapolis: Rode in to work on Friday, but a tremendous storm, with sheets of rain, grown trees and electric wires going down, and manhole covers blown off by geysers of water discouraged me a bit in the afternoon. My husband had biked home just in time to miss it, and he kindly drove over and gave me and my folding recumbent a ride home, just as the storm eased up for a half hour. I might have been able to splash home through the puddles if I had realized the gap would be that long.
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Old 06-18-06, 08:12 AM
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Not really a commute report, but lots of utility riding this weekend. The weather has been great and yesterday I took a long ride out of town to a friend's housewarming BBQ party. A coffee trip this morning to distract myself from having to do work for the rest of the day. I consider that weekend commuting.
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Great commute , 30 miles.
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Just got home from my commute. It's now 11:08 p.m. Best ride I've had in a long while. Not hot, very few cars on the road, my lights were more than adequate. Night riding makes the extra 5 hours at work not such a bad thing.
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Old 06-19-06, 02:41 AM
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First commute with clipless setup (egg-beaters & shimano sh-mt20).
went well. didn't fall. didn't even have to clip out more than 3 times.
commute was 5 min less than normal (60 min., today 55 min.). don't know if it was because of the clipless, or the slight tailwind. don't tell me tailwind, let me keep my confidence and self-esteem.
also wore (for the first time) x-mart brand compression underwear. I don't know if I particular like them. felt like I was signaling left-turn during the whole commute.
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Old 06-19-06, 02:49 AM
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Got to work, but not without incident

My usual route is from New Malden (Surrey, UK) to Hammersmith, London, through Richmond Park. This tends to be a great ride, even through the winter.

This morning was warm, but with a little light rain as I set off. Not too much to worry about, I thought. But I made the mistake of taking a left hand bend, downhill at 20 MPH on my flat-bar road bike (Ridgeback Genesis Day 02) with slick Michelin Erilium tyres. Down I went, my hip hitting the road first. My shoes unclipped and the bike slid away from me. My first reaction was to look up and behind to see if any cars were coming, but fortunately nothing had followed me. I was able to get up and retrieve my bike, and make my way to the side of the road.

Bike seems OK, but I have a nice "pro" style rip in my Team Italia bib shorts :-( and a nasty case of raod rash on my outer thigh (which now aches). There were many cars around at the junction where I was turning - only one kind 4x4 driver wound down her window and asked if I was alright.

BTW Does anyone has any tips on what to check on a bike after an incident like this? The steering seems slightly stiff and tried adjusting the headset (Ahead style) because the handlebars were a tad out of line.

Anyway, I have now learnt something new about riding my bike (take care when the roads are wet), although I do know that I have only ever fallen off through my own actions...
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Old 06-19-06, 04:14 AM
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I commute late at night (I work 3rd shift) so I never have to worry about traffic or anything like that really. Had nice weather for the first time in a few weeks and I was feeling like a good ride so I took off a half hour early to get some extra time in before I got to work. I guess I'm just off cause I couldn't keep cadence or maintain a good speed at all. Hopefully I will feel better in the morning and have a much better ride. I hope this weather lasts!
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Old 06-19-06, 06:28 AM
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A fairly eventful morning. I left ten minutes late because I got stuck watching the weather channel for impending doom. Then I almost got buzzed. Had my shaking-fist ready, but luckily I didn't have to use it. And I saw one of our superstar Atlanta racers going the opposite direction. At least I think it was her, she went by me in a blur. Ah humility.
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Old 06-19-06, 06:30 AM
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The air is sticky! Moderate headwind but it didn't seem to bother me.

I had just left my house and stopped at a stop sign. Looked right, nothing coming, looked left, no cars but hey, here's a young lady on a road bike wearing a mini flowery sun dress. Exchanged hellos, and off I went.

I think someone was trying to reel me in toward the end of my MUP ride but the person failed.
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Old 06-19-06, 07:39 AM
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Warm this morning, with a bit of rain. I had to pull a plastic bag over my rack bag so the contents wouldn't get wet. I also put a few strips of duct tape behind the seat so the tire wouldn't spray my back with road water... Other than that, a fine ride. I'm still convinced that I'm faster on wet roads, must be the reduced friction.
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Old 06-19-06, 08:00 AM
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H&H and I got a flat, probably from bunnyhopping a pothole in between a bus and a car or from a metal strip I ran over. I got to changing it only to realize I should've tested out the valve extender for the tube I had. I couldn't pump the tire all the way so I still ended up walking the last 1/2 mile to work. I'll hit the LBS up for a new tube w/ the proper valve at lunch.
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I had to modify my route to work, as there is a big hole 10' across, 15' deep] going from one side of the road to the other. Hopefully it will get filled in a couple of days. Other than that, not much to report.
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Old 06-19-06, 09:57 AM
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Flat 8 miles in, fixed, but broke my pump. it's a 2nd wind inflator, so i can still use co2. i had to blow both co2 carts that i carry.

Slow leak develops (in a different spot on the tube!!) about 14 miles in. By the time I hit the bike trail, i'm completely flat in the back. Also broke a rear drive-side spoke somewhere around the 2nd flat somehow. When I got to the trail, I walked about 2.5 miles until someone painting a house offered me a ride for the last 4 or 5 miles to work.

All in all, it was pretty horrible.

I'm still not sure how I'm going to get home
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Old 06-19-06, 10:13 AM
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Good, nice and cool. I made it in record time because my wife screwed up my alarm clock and took it of Daylight savings time. So lost an hour of packing food for the day and such fun activities.
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On vacation all last week so, first commute in a while. As I crossed the dreaded Comm.Ave trolley tracks at the B.U. Bridge I somehow punctured the tube through the side wall. No Problem, I pulled into the shade, whipped out and installed the spare tube and Viola!...Doh! I forgot my mini-pump.

None of the wobbly fair weather commuters seem to carry pumps so I walked for about a mile. I knew of a auto repair shop so I stopped there to use their compressor...I freaked out when at first I couldn't find my adaptor.

I see an O2 pump in my near future
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Old 06-19-06, 10:55 AM
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left work early Friday to run some papers around town to make an offer on a house. Offer is in, holding our breath till 5:00 tonight! (offer expires then) I hope they accept, this location would be ideal....house is great too.

did 20 miles on Saturday morning. I felt really strong. I took the medium route in today though, cuz I overslept...planning on the short route home...I hate riding in 90 degree weather!
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Had to drive to drop off some equipment this morning but dropped my car off back at home and rode to work. The ride in was very nice but much warmer than I am used to since it was much later in the morning. Did see a couple of other commuters out and much less traffic. On my ride home last week I rode over some fresh asphalt/tar that was just paved and it coated my tires. I felt like I had a flat tire and even stopped to check but just found it coated in about a 1/16" of tar/stones. Rode around for a bit to get it all off my tires and it was back to normal feeling. Going to be a very hot week with temps in the 90s almost everyday. Summer is here
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First commute via bike in 2 weeks, since I crashed and banged up my knee. Knee is still tender when doing lateral movements (it buckled yesterday pulling my kayak outta the Potomac and I almost took an unintended swim) but straight line is fine.

I took it easy and got to work in only a few minutes more than normal. Not looking fwd to tonight b/c a massive thunderstorm is just cranking up...
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On the ride home, I got passed by a mtb'er in full mtb kit. He flew past me spinning quickly and trying to keep up w/ traffic. Instead of feeling like my manhood had been challenged, I thought it was pretty cool to see. I wonder if I'll see more commuters this summer.
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Old 06-19-06, 04:17 PM
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Had a brick workout on Sunday morning, so I took it easy on the way in.
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took it easy on the way in. took a different route-- riding the sidewalk along the 6 lane arterial that is the most direct route to my workplace. after AM rush hour it was actually pleasant. I tried to go home the same way at 4 pm-- no way! exhaust, heat from cars, noise-- I bailed into neighborhoods after a few blocks. still made it home in near record time. I must be getting stronger! have a good one.
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Ride in was fast and fun. Ride home was marred by a stiff link in the chain halfway home. I couldn't get it to loosen, so tomorrow it's off to the LBS. ARRRRGGGHHH!
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