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Old 06-29-06, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by MyPC8MyBrain
I saw a bunny.
He hopped.

Ya just don't see that stuff when you drive the car.
Shhh! Don't tell anyone!

Another great morning to ride a bike. And a tip o' the Bell Ghisallo to the driver in the Ford F-150 who yielded to me when I had to take the lane to avoid a police car in the bike lane. You are a fine and courteous driver, my good man, and I appreciate it.
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Old 06-29-06, 09:52 AM
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I had a bit of a headwind all the way in, but that didn't stop me from laying waste to some guy on a Colnago. <claim> He finally caught up to me at the last light before the parkade and proceeded to filter to the front of a long line of cars, then when the light turned green, he rode at what appeared to be walking speed. Two SUV pulled out and around him, then he finally clued in and picked up some speed.
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Old 06-29-06, 10:55 AM
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My ride home last night was good nice and cool. However I ride through a construction site, and they had moved the trail a bit making it go through some deep gravel. It was tough to ride through and after a stumble in it I walked the bike the rest of the way. It was overcast and cool so the ride was pleasant. I saw one other bicyclist. He was riding against the flow of traffic on the sidewalk :-O. The last hill was real tough though. I am recovering from a flu and I don't think I'm back to full strength.

This morning's ride in was beautiful. Very nice weather high 60's and some high clouds. I left about a half hour earlier than normal and there was much less traffic, both automobile and bicycle.
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Old 06-29-06, 11:13 AM
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I almost nailed/was nailed by some idiot in a land-yacht pulling a sudden u-turn in the middle of the road. Either he just didn't see me, or didn't even bother to look behind. Scary stuff.

Other than that, it was a great morning for a ride! Even though I left a bit late, I still saw more bikers than usual, the weather was perfect, and there were no other problems with cars.

Dodging traffic on the way home should be fun too.
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Originally Posted by * jack *
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 .
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Old 06-29-06, 01:21 PM
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Great ride in today. Waved and said good morning to a new commuter I've seen nearly every morning or afternoon for the past two weeks. He's riding the opposite direction I am.
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Old 06-29-06, 02:37 PM
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Easy ride, I blew a redlight this morning...shame on me
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commute was good and kinda chilly, my legs were a bit tired for some reason. It was great!
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Had a very nice ride home yesterday. The humidity had dropped a bit and I had a light tailwind too. Saw a Great Blue Heron doing a little fishing in Lake Crabtree, something I never would have seen from my car.

This morning's ride in was equally nice with temp of 70F and rH down around 40-50%, instead of the 90+ it's been the previous few mornings. Watched the sun come up as a big orange ball. A guy in a black pick up yelled at me as I was sitting at a stoplight. He said "have a nice ride!"-That was really cool and totally unexpected, especially coming from a pickup truck. Gave my spirits a nice boost on top of the already pleasant conditions.
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Old 06-30-06, 06:14 AM
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Thought I was going to get poured upon yesterday afternoon but I guess I was chasing the storm instead of riding into it. Trail/roads were wet. Later another storm dropped dime-sized hail at our house. No damage though.

This morning I had a nice relaxed commute. Followed a woman on an MTB with panniers. Didn't see any other cyclists. Temperatures are cooler and the humidity isn't bad. Nice.
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Guess I will bury yesterday's commute in this thread

I usually say let it go and ride on. Followed with "I don't always take my own advice".

Anyhow, I was riding to the bus yesterday while tired and very warm.
Bad combo for my temper.
Incidentally, I really could care less about bike lanes. However, If they are there I will use them.

Incident:>
I came upon a motorist in a SUV parked in the middle of the bike lane doing god knows what in his vehicle.
This irritated me beyond all belief and I smacked the side of his lovely gas guzzler with the palm of my hand. Mainly for two reasons.
1) It annoyed me
2) To push off his vehicle in order to miss his mirror. I was not looking that far ahead. For some reason I did not expect a parked SUV in a bike lane. Do people park in the middle of car lanes?

Expecting him to catch up to me and engage me in an argument I positioned myself between two cars at the next light. Actually it was more like I pulled up behind one car and another pulled up behind me.
Said fool then caught up to me.
Him> "You really shouldn't hit people's cars" <-yelling
Me> You really shouldn't park in a bike lane!
Massive cursing ensues. His big old double chins quivering in anger as I dished right back what he gave to me.
The final communication was me riding off into the busy intersection yelling very loudly "Waaahhhh you little [b word] and laughing at him.
I was quite amused that I finally managed to control my temper. Usually it boils over and I make absolutely no sense. This time I kept it at a simmer and had an amusing time screwing with the moron in the suv.

...and yes.... one should avoid these situations. blah blah blah I didn't represent cyclists very well. blah blah blah he could have had a gun...blah blah blah

One needs to blow off steam from time to time and I feel no remorse over my actions.
My wife did remark that someday I was going to be coming home with a black eye. Somehow I doubt I would have done this if the driver wasn't a middle aged 300lb middle management type.
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Old 06-30-06, 07:45 AM
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Crash: Caught the tail end of a multi-car fender bender at the infamous B.U. Bridge. It was the classic "someone stopped short" chain reaction type of crash where the last person in line gets sued for first contact.

The last person in line was a young woman who emerged from her car with a cell phone glued to her head. Obviously she was in the middle of a conversation that would decide the fate of the Universe. I really do hope her insurance goes through the roof.
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Old 06-30-06, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
The last person in line was a young woman who emerged from her car with a cell phone glued to her head. Obviously she was in the middle of a conversation that would decide the fate of the Universe. I really do hope her insurance goes through the roof.
For everyone who gets into a wreck while talking on the phone, there is someone on the other end of the line. What do you say then? "Oh, sorry about distracting you until you had a wreck. Well, I'm real busy, and you've got to trade insurance information with the other drivers, so, call me later. Buh-bye."

On the bright side, I had a great ride into work today. And someone brought donuts in for the holiday weekend! Guilt-free donut eating rules.
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Old 06-30-06, 08:27 AM
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Commute today was perfect.
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Old 06-30-06, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
I usually say let it go and ride on. Followed with "I don't always take my own advice".

Incident:>
I came upon a motorist in a SUV parked in the middle of the bike lane doing god knows what in his vehicle.

Massive cursing ensues. His big old double chins quivering in anger as I dished right back what he gave to me.
The final communication was me riding off into the busy intersection yelling very loudly "Waaahhhh you little [b word] and laughing at him.

...and yes.... one should avoid these situations. blah blah blah I didn't represent cyclists very well. blah blah blah he could have had a gun...blah blah blah

One needs to blow off steam from time to time and I feel no remorse over my actions.
My god. Are we twins? I do this all the time.

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My wife did remark that someday I was going to be coming home with a black eye.
I hear the same thing.
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Today's commute was just like yesterday's -- unremarkable.
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Old 06-30-06, 08:39 AM
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What a nice day to ride, light traffic, and perfect weather!
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Added 20 psi to my tires and rolled in a lot smoother than yesterday. The streets were quieter than usual. Tomorrow is a holiday, and people are either taking today or Monday off. This makes for a fairly easy commute.
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Old 06-30-06, 09:06 AM
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Lovely morning here. Friday and pay day HOORAY!

I just got a spiffy clicky Topeak bike rack and retired the messenger bag. Not being used to the extra weight on the back, I was a bit wobbly at first I noticed a little extra ‘push’ too.
So far, I love it, actually felt a lil’ naked but I like the bod being bare of the messenger bag
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Today was perfect. Could only be better if it were my friday instead of tuesday.
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Today was my first commute via bike (Specialized Sequoia - base model):

Location: Portland, OR
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 70 beautiful degrees
Elapsed time: 36 mins
Max speed: 30.6 MPH (down a hill, and OMG that was fun!)
Avg speed: 12.4 MPH
Distance: 7.54 miles

Didn't really plan on starting today, the idea just kinda settled on my mind last night as I drifted off to sleep.

Since it's jeans-day, I simply rolled up a pair of jeans, a polo-shirt, belt, an extra pair of socks and stuffed 'em in my messenger bag, along with my 2-cup thermos, and lunch sack, and I was off. I just wore a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes for the ride, and locked up the bike at a covered, crowded, government building a couple blocks away from my building....

Only two semi-difficult segments on the ride, for this outta shape rider, and the stoplights beyond them are little beacons of salvation! One thing I'm really enjoying is the surge you feel in your big muscles after a difficult (hilly) stretch, and a short rest; the sense of power is intoxicating!

Going to shoot for doing it once a week, and I hope to work my way up to perhaps 5-days/week sometime during the summer!

Many thanks to all who've shared here, as it certainly helped make my first commute an absolute delight...

Cheers!
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Originally Posted by RonH
My god. Are we twins? I do this all the time.

Woot!
RonH is my twin! Look out world if I ever move to his kneck of the woods.

Taking the high road is fine and all. It just feels damn good to let it out every once in a while.

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I'm riding the roadie to work this week, as I managed to strip the threads of the axle on my fixie. I thought I could be clever and cannabalize an axle from an old hub I had in the spare parts bin. Didn't work so I need to stop at the LBS on the way home.

Spoke to two other riders this morning. The first was a jackass wrong-way rider: "Right side, idiot!" The second was a young woman locking up her retro-cruiser bike at the parking garage rack: "Nice bike!"

So I guess they even out.
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Beautiful commute today; I took the advice of a fellow cyclist I met at work yesterday and took the Rock Creek parkway from the Watergate to Fort McNair. Other than missing the detour for Ohio Dr. around the construction and therefore getting totally lost and having to backtrack around the Lincoln, it was just great. Sunny, not too hot, very few cars and loads of cyclists. And just about zero stoplights! The best thing about the new route is that it's twice the distance but takes two-thirds of the time, due to the lack of traffic/stoplights/worries about getting doored on 17th.
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incredibly fun day on the bike yesterday.

ran errands all over the city- very convenient and quick- makes me feel sorry for those who are not on bikes. Then a qucik cross town ride in thunder lightning and heavy rain part of it with another cyclist who joined me in laughing hysterically at how incredibly soaked we were and how much we were enjoying it.

great ride.
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