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Old 06-28-06, 07:38 AM
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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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Well, a brief break in the monsoon has given us a beautiful morning:
- sunny, low humidity, temps in the mid 70s...

Lots more commuters out recently, every year I seem to see more and more.

Been dialing in the fit on my newest conversion, the thing is a blast to ride.
Especially days like this - I just wanna keep riding past the office...

I need to weigh this bike at the LBS. I bet it's sub 20#s - sure seems light as a feather.

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Old 06-28-06, 07:43 AM
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Hot, sticky 100% humidity here last night riding towards an omnious cloud, pelted with a thousand gnats... pphhhtttt! i made it home before the rain came. Feel you NE Commuters in the rain, may be take up kayaking?

A lil' cooler here this :am but the humidity is up, actually feels like tropical FL again.
YAY! no gnats
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Old 06-28-06, 07:46 AM
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It's humid. The techwick t-shirts that served so well wicking sweat away and drying quickly now don't dry so quickly and their odor control protection is gone. I'm going through a t-shirt a day while in winter, it was more like a t-shirt a week.
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Old 06-28-06, 07:59 AM
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Yesterday evening's commute was a nightmare--got soaked in the steady rain and kept having to detour due to EVERY big road having some kind of flooding closure. Even the sidewalks on Constitution were closed. Walking back from Dupont later that evening after yoga, I was alongside the veritable parking lot that 20th had become--one driver even rolled down his window and asked if there was an accident up ahead. Nope, just too many cars and not enough roads! Gave a thumbs-up to the guy on a Cannondale sailing past all the angry, frustrated cagers.

This morning was fantastic! Cool, dry, and sunny. Way less traffic than usual. Made it in ten minutes early! Would have been perfect but for the left-turners on 17th who don't understand that if they don't have a green arrow, I have the right of way coming at them! I wonder if they'd try to zip in front of an oncoming car like that...
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Old 06-28-06, 08:12 AM
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Another bright sunshine Colorado morning . Plesant 59f with a slight headwind. An older commuter pumped me off going up the hill... I hate that. Need to work on powering up that hill in the am.

Ride home was fun last night since traffic was backed up all over the place. It just seems more fun when you get to pass all the cars lacking forward progress.
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Took the long route this morning. Weather was great in Raleigh but it got really foggy around Lake Wheeler and Apex. Finally cleared up as I was making my way into RTP. Doing my best to stay hydrated in the heat but over did it last night/this morning. Glad the restrooms in the parks were open early.
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Nice ride, not quite as hot + humid as previous days and no mad cager stories to tell so all was good. Oh...I was cut off by a wobbly cyclist but I pegged him for a Fred early enough so no biggie .
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Old 06-28-06, 11:48 AM
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[The server ate my post so I'll try again.]

Lots of fellow bike commuters out this morning. One guy I gave some friendly advice about staying out of the doorzone. He thanked me and said, "I never thought of that. Good advice!"

And there was a back up of bike traffic at 15th and L as three of us waited for the intersection to clear. Love to see my brothers and sisters in velo.
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Old 06-28-06, 11:53 AM
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Ok, just call me stupid! Had two flats on the ride home last night. Why? Because some stupid bozo never checks the wear on his rear tire. Seems it's "hidden" under the fender and hard to see. The tread had worn so thin in a few spots that anything tougher than a blade of grass could puncture the tire.
I must have hit some sharp gravel or glass that has collected at one end of one of the campus roads I ride on. Caused a slow leak. By the time I got to the other end of the road my tire was a little squishy. I found out just how squishy when I tried to make a fairly sharp left turn. That was a scary moment. Luckily there were no cars coming toward me.
I pulled over, analyzed the situation, fixed the flat, and prepared myself for another one, since I still had 3.5 miles to go.
Had another one less than two miles from home. Fixed it and made it home. Whew.

Today I drove. Walked to the bike shop during lunch and picked up a new tire. See you on the road tomorrow.
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Old 06-28-06, 04:19 PM
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Ride home included some lane taking and lane splitting in the middle of a 5 lane road. That's always fun and in some sense, feels safer than riding on either the right or left.

In other news, Daimler Chrysler is planning to introduce SMART cars in the US. If I still need a car next year, I may just pick one up because it should be easier to find parking.
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Old 06-28-06, 05:05 PM
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It's getting pretty warm these days. 30C right now, and far more humidty than I'm used to. Rumour has it that cooler temps are coming our way, but I'm not sure I believe it. Warm is good...
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Old 06-28-06, 06:50 PM
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As always, the morning ride in is pretty much glorious. As usual, the ride home is tense due to the folks in cars who are hell bent on shaving 2 seconds off their drive home. For the first time, a small rain shower hit me on the way home. Not too bad though. It was actually sort of refreshing.
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Old 06-28-06, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by MyPC8MyBrain
traffic was backed up all over the place. It just seems more fun when you get to pass all the cars lacking forward progress.
I Love that!

except for an SUV at a red light, half in the bike lane, yak yak yakkin' on her cell phone...
and the friggin' bugs...

All Good!
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Old 06-29-06, 05:38 AM
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Very hot ride home last night. I was hoping to hammer it and started out fast, but after a few miles I could already feel the heat getting to me, so slowed down and took it easy for the remaining 9-10 miles (it was "only" 89F, but was quite humid too). The ride in this AM was pleasant, though still very humid and dripping with sweat. Sadly we're out of towels in the mens room, so used an old Tshirt to dry off with after showering...beats no shower at all :-). Looking forward to lower dew points tomorrow.
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Old 06-29-06, 06:42 AM
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Morning commute was great! I was up past midnight so I figured I'd be half-dead, but for some reason I moved along at a good clip even with a little headwind. I caught the 'bent rider who I see from time to time. Then we both caught a guy on an MTB. Saw a couple of other riders headed the other way. Seems like there are a lot more cyclists this year. Gas prices? Who knows...

I spooked a cute female runner at a red light. Pulled up next to her and she was wearing headphones. She jumped when she noticed me in her peripheral vision. I gave her a friendly "I'm not a predator" smile and a nod.
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Left about an hr. earlier than usual and managed to zip to work quicker than usual. The cars were moving quicker too, but at least they weren't driving insanely yet.
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Last night was quick, painless, and fun. There were blue skies when I left the office, and by the time I was a mile away, it had gotten pretty dark greenish and felt like another monster t-storm was on its way. It held off, but the climate change was welcome.

This morning I slept in a little bit and the ride in was fine, though many more cars to deal with, being 8:30 when I hit Tysons, rather than the usual 7:30ish.
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Fifth flat of the year yesterday, small wall board screw. This morning tire was low. I wonder if CO2 is more prone to leak out then air? Great ride in today, with a slight tailwind! Traffic lighter then usual. First day this week without tstorms in the forecast.
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Old 06-29-06, 07:37 AM
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Good commute in, did the last leg with a neighbor I caught up with at an intersection.

She's teaching at one of the summer camps held at Duke. Chatting was nice, but she did slow me down .

Weather is freakin' near-perfect, and should remain that way for the weekend. Can't wait for my lunch ride...
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Old 06-29-06, 07:50 AM
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Good commute. I was dead tired from a really busy week, but there's a long weekend ahead!!! Finally a bit of a break to go ride my bike without work.
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All good! Timely and trouble free... and almost friday!

my a/c is on the fritz so gotta pick up the pace on the way home to meet the a/c guy for a fix.
He's a cyclist so, I don't think he'll be troubled if I'm sweaty and breathless
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Old 06-29-06, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
Good commute. I was dead tired from a really busy week, but there's a long weekend ahead!!! Finally a bit of a break to go ride my bike without work.

had a good ride in. had my first "car encounter" in front of a private school (entrance to lovett). course, it was on a downhill slope so i was going fast, and when she started to turn, she saw me at the last minute and she swerved to a stop. i had my hands on the brakes and was skidding right for her, so i am glad she had good brakes! : ( of course, i was scared in retrospect so i mouthed "wtf" and gazed at her car. did not use my vocal chords but just stared at what could have been a bad morning ride. otherwise, wind was perfect, sun was perfect, every thing - perfect. i noticed something new about my body today. when going up hills, i did not struggle as much, in fact, i did not care how much my legs were burning. it felt like there was a hunger in my chest, in my heart to be specific, and each time i pushed myself harder it was like i was feeding that feeling. it felt good.

glad to hear your commute went well today GT!

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I saw a bunny.
He hopped.

Ya just don't see that stuff when you drive the car.
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Had a slow ride in this morning. Warm and humid still so I was very sweaty arriving at work. Took the long way home last night to get some extra miles in since I have been slacking this month, less than 150 so far and my goal is 200 a month (which I am averaging so all is not lost). I will be riding home to pick up my soccer gear then riding to my game a few miles away.
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