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Old 06-27-06, 08:02 AM
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Sunny when I woke up, but by 8:30 the rain clouds had rolled in. I seemed to beat it, though--no rain on the way there except for a light sprinkle on the stretch into Fort McNair. The nice thing about the threat of rain is that there are few pedestrians on the bike paths!
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Old 06-27-06, 08:38 AM
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Nice ride in this morning, a cool 53f coming up the hill to work. Saw more commuters than usual today, like 5 or 6. I'll see maybe one other on a normal day.
I need to get off the couch and get to work earlier so I can get out earlier. I need to ride extra miles on the tandem in the evening with the little woman. I must be in vacation mode still.
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Old 06-27-06, 10:03 AM
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I said hi to 3 commuters this morning: two 40-ish women on hybrids and an older guy on a CF roadbike. I think the women were from Elk Grove or farther south, and they park in the Home Depot parking lot and ride up Freeport Blvd. towards downtown. That's a great strategy for the south county commuter.

Oh, and near the Capitol I saw a girl on this laid-back chopper looking bike. Not quite a cruiser, not quite a recumbent. Looks like something that Jesse James would put together. I didn't get a chance to ask her about it.

I had to remember to bring my light and blinky this morning. It may be a late night tonight. But it's always a good day when you get to ride home.
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Old 06-27-06, 10:33 AM
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I had a nice ride in today. The first ride with my new Novara Round Town Panniers. I like them. I can just drop my backpack in one of them and head off.

I had one other commuter comment that he thought me riding a recumbent was unsafe. He thought the cars couldn't see me. He was on a regular style bike with no blinkies. I disagreed and we rode on. I think I am plenty visible. Heck I have four blinkies going on the back of me. One on each outboard corner of the panniers, one in the center, and one on the back of my helmet. My recumbent is a Giro 20, so I ride a bit higher then others. My head is at the same height as the head of a car driver.

It was overcast so that kept the temperature cool. A good ride overall.
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Old 06-27-06, 10:35 AM
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I think some guy on a mtb in jeans and a jacket was racing me this muggy morning . I went by him right before the red light, he passed me when he blew right threw that one and the next . I caught him before the third light, but he passed me when he took the sidewalk and then back into the street ...an 18 wheeler was making a u-turn. He mashed ahead of me from here on out barely making the light at the B.U Bridge. I rode the left side of the bridge because I missed the light and he the right. He slowed right down once we got seperated ...he had to be sweaty as all hell in that get-up.
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Old 06-27-06, 10:35 AM
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Rode to work this afternoon, it'd rained yesterday and despite it being a sunny and bright day today much of the trail is a damp mess of leaf mulch and tree junk. Also rode through a flooded tunnel passage above the lowest extent of the peddles made for wet feet but laughter ensued as a mountain biker that was passing me at the time hit a bit of tree and ended up turfing it into the water.

Most annoying thing was the fact that I dont have any mudguards fitted to my bike just yet, I have them... but no little fiddly bolts around to fit them to the bike! Grrr!!! so I got a nice line of crud sent all the way up my back, and front.

Wont be riding back as I've yet to build my diy bike light set (12v 7AH SLA batt + various MR16 lights + car horn = WOO! ) and theres no street lighting on the trail at all, and most of it is through forestry land (albeit on a grit path suitable for my ickle hybrid).
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Old 06-27-06, 11:07 AM
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Felt like superman. The air was cool, mounted on my new brooks saddle, and going uphill in high gear was no problem.
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Old 06-27-06, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
I think some guy on a mtb in jeans and a jacket was racing me this muggy morning .
If you lived up here I'd say I saw the same guy yesterday on my ride home. It was raining and he had jeans and a button-down shirt. He was soaked, with a dirty line up his back. Not sure what his deal was.

Riding in the rain in jeans. Yuck!
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Old 06-27-06, 11:32 AM
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I feel for you on the east coast with all the rain. They say the system is moving west, so our turn is coming for the downpours. In the summer I strip down for rain instead of dressing up for it. Saturday I worked an extra four hours so i had a quick but peaceful ride home after 3:00 AM. I had a real stressful night at work Sunday, so I was grateful for the chance to take an extra 30 minutes on my commute home. Midnight on Sunday is one of my favorite times to ride in the city. Today I'm forced to ride slow because my front der is sticking and I can't get in the big chainring. Funny it was OK yesterday on my day off, when I was riding on the gravel roads outside town. Maybe it just needs a good cleaning.
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Old 06-27-06, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Roody
In the summer I strip down for rain instead of dressing up for it.
By far that is the best way to ride in the rain during summer months. I may toss on a long sleeve wicking layer if it's slightly cool out, but ideally less is more.
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Old 06-27-06, 12:08 PM
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Rained last night, so it was cool and cloudy on the way to work. Nice though.
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Old 06-27-06, 01:09 PM
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Muggy, but nicer than it's been the past few mornings; not terribly hot. However, TWO downed trees on the DCR bikepath! I got off my bike and eyed them to see if I could move them, but, to no avail. Much too big and unwieldy for me to handle on my own.
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Old 06-27-06, 05:26 PM
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YESTERDAY:
maybe it was a case of the Mondays but I was really slow coming in. the ground was wet but no rain. I packed the rain gear just in case I couldn't beat it home. temps in the 70's and really muggy. the ride back was to my parents' house and was relatively fast. it started to rain as I was about to leave so I locked my bike back up, changed into my rain gear inside then came back outside to find the sun had come out. oh well. the heavy rains held off until 3:00 and I was long off the road by then. the jacket came off halfway through the ride back, didn't have that luxury with the pants. first time wearing those rain pants actually (Novara Express), pretty comfortable as far as pants go when worn in 75 degrees with 95% humidity.

TODAY:
pretty fast ride in from my parents house. temps were pretty much the same as yesterday. wore the rain pants and packed the jacket. first commute without padded shorts in a while... I've really grown used to having them and it felt kind of rough without them today (even though I didn't even start wearing padded shorts until the weather warmed up). nothing but the padded shorts from now on for sure. good ride in other than that.

teacher didn't show up today so I went on the computer for a little bit then left and hammered home along the most direct route possible, beating the rain. the ride back was fast and good.
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It rained last night so there was heavy fog this morning. This evening the fog was gone, but the humidity is crazy high. Not so hot though, 88º, which beats the hell out of 98º.
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Old 06-27-06, 07:28 PM
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Didn't commute today but went for a nice ride. As I was struggling up a hill a guy passed me going down and shouted "Keep it up!" It was good to hear some encouragement. I was riding on my commute road and might think about adding that hill to my commute and then backtracking just so I can master it. I did have to stope once in the middle and that bugged me to no end.
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Old 06-27-06, 08:17 PM
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Took a ride to Queens after work to have dinner w/ a friend at a Thai restaurant. The food was excellent and I had to stop myself from eating too much since I still had to ride home over the Queensboro bridge. Tackling that bridge twice sucked cuz of the climb. This makes the 2nd night in a row I rode back and forth to dinner at a restaurant. I gotta ride more to lose the weight now.
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Old 06-27-06, 10:06 PM
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did a little daytrip commute to South Seaport from the West side around 20th. It was my wife's first foray into bike commuting in Manhattan so we rode the service road that runs east along part of 20th to the FDR and took the path down to South Seaport. We went to the Bodies Exhibition, which was extraordinary but left me wondering about where they got the bodies from so a bit unsettling (to say the least) with that regard. Then rode back taking the bike laned 9th street to 4th avenue and uptown that way. My wife loved riding in the city and handled it beautifully ( I was inwardly a bit aprehensive as her tour guide but tried not to let on).
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Old 06-28-06, 05:30 AM
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Fast ride last night. After work I managed to beat the thunderstorms home. Fell once taking a different line cutting through a school play yard. Hidden 4x4 lining a swingset. Sand on both sides. Oh well, sand is soft.

Got my second best time. I realize now I need to pick up the pace to get out the door. Dropped 5 min. Then when I got home the sun comes out. *sigh* I took advantage of it and did some singletrack at Stoney.
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Old 06-28-06, 05:51 AM
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Started out in a light drizzle this morning, but that stopped. The humidity is awful at 90%.

I saw a cyclist about a quarter mile ahead and moving fast so I tried to reel him in. I got fairly close but he kept looking behind him and then getting down and pushing as hard as he could. I could've caught him if I had more time.

Fairly fast commute, but now I'm sitting here, stewing in my own juices. Jeez it's hot.
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Great temps this morning, freshly cleaned air from the rain yesterday, and light traffic. Too bad I hit nearly every stoplight on the way. Oh well, it was still a good ride.
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Old 06-28-06, 06:58 AM
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Made it home last night without getting wet from any rain. Uneventful ride in this morning. Took the short route in since I wanted to mix it up a little bit. No golf course paths and people to worry about just cars. Had a car buzz by me with about a foot of clearance around a corner on a 2 lane road. Almost caught him at a light but it was up a hill so I didn't get a chance to talk to the person about it. Still warm and humid, still trying to dry off and I have been here over an hour. Going to be a hot ride home this afternoon.
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Sadly I had to pass commuting today. I need to get home to be able to pack for a bike ride in the mountains of Colorado. (including bike pedals). Leaving tomorrow from work to visit #1 son.

Naturally tickets to the game on the 4th are part of the tradition. Go Revs.
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Old 06-28-06, 07:28 AM
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Good ride in this AM, though the humidity was about 98%. Lots of dripping sweat. I've noticed that riding home in the heat, I don't drip nearly as much. It's hotter, but the relative humidity is lower, so more of the sweat evaporates....either way, I'll be soaked by the time I get home. 89F and dew point of ~70F
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Pleasant weather this morning. Bike paths mostly dry after the rains we had this week. Caught my front wheen in a hole in the blacktop and almost bit it, coincidentally in the exact same place I crashed last month. New bike continues to be way 'funner' than the old one!
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Lesson of the day: don't mess with the status quo. I'm taking a bike tour this holiday weekend so I switched my trusty moustache bars for drops and screwed up everthing. Without time to buy a set of my favorite Nitto touring drops, I'm going back to moustaches today and for the tour.

Besides having to fiddle with my bars and cables the whole way into work, the commute was uneventful.
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