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Old 07-07-06, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by * jack *
'Twas actually on the chilly side this a.m...
I love that chilly feeling for about the first half mile. All the while you know you'll be working up a light sweat by the end of the commute.

mid/upper 50s in the mtns this AM. Perfect!
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Old 07-07-06, 07:33 AM
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Beautiful ride in today. Not many others out on the commute.

However, I saw the same guy I did yesterday, and man that dude is fast... couldn't keep up with him on the last stretch of the ride.
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Old 07-07-06, 08:37 AM
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It was good to get back on the bike today.
Took a long July 4th weekend (Saturday thru Wednesday) and only got to ride on Saturday and Tuesday. Had to drive yesterday. We mailed our quarterly newsletter and I had to take them to the post office. Hard to get 5 mailing trays on the back of the bike.

A "cold front" (What is a cold front in July??) went thru yesterday so the temperature was nice for the ride in. Not much traffic and didn't see any other commuters .
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Wow is the city ever clean this am. Big rains last night have swept away all the dust and debris that's been building up for months. It's like the whole town is clean and shiny now.

Almost got nailed by 2 deer crossing the street going down the hill from the house. Saw the cars brake hard on the other side of the road, then the deer came flying across the grassy median directly into my path. Emergency braking, skids, steering away, and crapping my pants seems to have saved a collision. Freakin Bambi... But then again I suppose we did build in ~their~ neighborhood. Glad that all involved were able to go on to have a good day.
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Old 07-07-06, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Dickseacup
Today was my first commute day to work. Well, first and a half, I guess, ...
Congratulations, and welcome to the club!

My commute was pretty boring, but I did meet up with the other bike commuter from my dept. about a half-mile from our building. That was cool. Then we arrived at our bike rack and found the other commuter from our part of the building just locking up his bike. We chatted about bikes and such.

Only down-side: waiting in line for the shower.
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Old 07-07-06, 10:01 AM
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It's Stampede Parade day, so the downtown core is largely blocked off. I expected to have to do some weaving through barricades and past bylaw officers, but I was very annoyed when I was blocked from getting to the secure bike room by a security guard. The parade runs right in front of the building I park my bike in, and they had the parkade doors locked shut. There were actually three of us bike commuters waiting to get in, and they wouldn't open the doors. The security guard said to go lock our bikes up outside somewhere. "Um, how about no, Scott!"

#1, I didn't bring a lock because I don't need one to park in a secure bike room, #2, I pay to park in said secure bike room. I stormed off, walked my bike to the closest set of doors, went into the building, down the stairs to my level and rode to the bike room. Fargin security bastiges!
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Old 07-07-06, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Ron
Gorgeous morning here in NC!!!
You can say that again!!!!! Absolutely FANTASTIC morning for a ride in to work. Cool enough for me to wear a t-shirt and not the sleeveless but I did bring that for the ride home. Traffic wasn't too bad either and I just took it easy on the way in without any problems. A quick ride home this afternoon and a shower before heading to PA to visit with family for the weekend. Have a great weekend everyone
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Old 07-07-06, 10:33 AM
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Perfect weather for this mornings commute, felt a lot like early fall. I made good time this morning and I ran into the Cat4 racer guy who works in same building. I got his card in hopes of going on some training or recovery rides.
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Nice today in Montreal - high 70's. Beautiful blue sky, white clouds and NO wind on the way to work this morning. The only downer today was getting cutoff by a driver and having to lay down the bike at 18mph. No major damage, nice road rash on the elbow, torn handlbar tape and seat edge. It could have been a lot worse. If she was going faster I may have gone under the car and then into some real trouble. This was halfway through my 8mile commute along the lakeshore. Finished without incident and looking forward to the ride home where without fail the wicked afternoon headwind will spice up my friday ride home.

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Old 07-07-06, 11:04 AM
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Dead legs from last night's brick workout. But a beautiful morning nonetheless.

I had one of those typical moments all bike commuters have: a driver rides your wheel, you can feel their impatience, and then they swing out to pass you and really gun it, only to have to stop at the red light. And then you ride up alongside, easy as pie, and give them a nice wave and hello! But you're saying under your breath, "Good driving, Bub. You get to wait at the light 20 seconds longer than me."
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Old 07-07-06, 11:19 AM
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Great after swapping out 42t middle chainring for a 39.
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Old 07-07-06, 11:50 AM
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I just got home from my first week of commuting.

I managed 3 days out of 5 on my commute (36 miles round trip). Putting the seat up 2 inches today certainly helped, and I'll be buying some mudguards at the weekend after riding home in the rain on wednesday.

Best accessory I've bought so far: Lycra shorts
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Originally Posted by mhifoe
I just got home from my first week of commuting.

I managed 3 days out of 5 on my commute (36 miles round trip).
Another set of congratulations!
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Old 07-07-06, 12:13 PM
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It was good. Got to work and noticed I had 2 broken spokes. ??? I guess I am walking next door to Bike and Hike for my lunch break.
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I am new to the term "cager" (which I learned on this forum), but was laughing to myself on the commute today "darn cagers..." when I had the inevitable run-ins with crazy drivers. Helps to know I'm in solidarity with all the rest of you on here, and that helps me to keep the road rage in check.

I did notice something I think I've read here before, though - that many cars (especially taxis) have an uncontrollable urge to catch up with me when I zip past them on city streets. One taxi was especially obnoxious about it today, and it was obvious that not letting me pass him was his motivation.

Anybody find this to hold true?
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Sometimes I wind up racing buses (or, rather, being raced by buses, I mind my own business), and they really cannot speed up enough to pass me between lights in downtown traffic.
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Day 2 of my commute saw mid 50s morning with sun and almost no clouds. Very light traffic; I pulled in behind another commuter (older guy on a beat old Fuji...I'm jealous) and then the two of us formed up behind a third commuter on a hybrid. Two blocks later and our pace line split with the leader going left, the middle guy going right and me going straight. I'm sure that looked interesting to the woman waiting to turn left on to the street we were riding. I rode 7.5 mtb miles (moderately hard) last night and wound up with a nice ~5" long gash on the back of my right leg (achilles/calf area). It keeps splitting back open. What a treat to ride on.

My wife picked me up from work at 4p, we went and ran some errands, went to dinner, did some shopping and then she dropped me back at work at 8p so I could 'finish my commute.' Riding home, even just 3.7 miles, on a stomach full of nasty restaurant food is not recommended. At least not in 90 degree weather.

I suspect I shall sleep well tonight.
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Old 07-07-06, 06:54 PM
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Was good until a car full of people buzzed me REALLY close while blowing the horn at me. I fire back the usual obscenity, only to have them pull over up ahead and have a 6' 3" big black guy get out, walk into the street to stop me and threaten to "knock my ***** arse out" and push me. Doubtful a physical exchange would have gone in my favour, i yell at him saying "you nearly ran me off the road! Ive got a right to be there too! Share the road"....and started pedalling again. He made no further attempt to stop me.

Really screwed up though. I was only 2 feet from the curb when they buzzed me. It was like he had no idea that i was legally allowed to be there when i told him. Glad i didnt cop a beating though. Im average height and build 5' 10" 190lbs. This guy easily had 50lbs on me.
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Originally Posted by Dickseacup
<snip>...wound up with a nice ~5" long gash on the back of my right leg (achilles/calf area). It keeps splitting back open. <snip>
I am not a doctor, but that cut needs stiches.
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Old 07-07-06, 09:28 PM
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Road bike had to go back to the LBS for a warranty replacement of the bottom bracket. It loosened up again, this time on a 32 mile group ride on some steep roads. I rode the old MTB in today, it was a lot easier than I remember. No complaints, and my road bike beat me home.
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Originally Posted by Flak
walk into the street to stop me and threaten to "knock my ***** arse out" and push me. Doubtful a physical exchange would have gone in my favour, i yell at him saying "you nearly ran me off the road! Ive got a right to be there too! Share the road"....and started pedalling again. He made no further attempt to stop me.
Whew, well I'm glad he made no further attempt to stop you AND may be you educated him and he rethought his actions.. wouldn't that be nice...

wouldn't it be nice if he further proceeded to explain to his friends that cyclists are actually allowed to be on the same road with other vehicles and next time give more space between his vehicle and another person on a bike
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here's the last week and a half or so of commutes:

6/28:
leg-burning hammerfest on the way in. temps in the high 80's. went to the LBS on the way back to pick up some new sunglasses and then to the metro station to check out my new bike locker then back home. got a flat about a mile away from home and decided instead of walking the bike back home to find a cool spot behind the church and change the flat. took me forever as I'm still a noob at changing flats (haven't had to do it much). rough commute.

6/29:
still hot and muggy. today was my return to the Paint Branch Trail after I swore it off due to bad conditions a couple months ago. almost made a light that is never green for me but had to brake for some idiot who was drifting into my lane, and the light turned red while I was doing that. I was really tired in the morning so I decided to take the "trail" route in. it's still in pretty bad condition but it's such a beautiful, scenic ride that I couldn't stay away from it forever. I'll still be not riding it as frequently as I did before. anyway the ride in was slow and leisurely. there was a big tree that had fallen across the trail near the Lot 4 exit at UMD, had to walk the bike around it on the grass. on the way back I took the trail again and this time rode the whole thing. pretty rough conditions but it's still a great ride (if only MNCPPC actually maintained the trail). then I headed home.

6/30-7/4:
no commutes. I drove in on 6/30 for various reasons and the rest was the holiday weekend.

7/5:
wet roads in the morning but at least the rain had stopped. packed the rain jacket and wore the rain pants because the call was for rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. good ride in other than the roads being wet. hammered like hell back home on the ride back in a successful attempt to beat the thunderstorms. my rain pants still haven't seen a minute of actual rain use.

7/6:
still hot and muggy. didn't get much sleep last night so I was really late and a tired wreck... decided to take it easy in due to the latter condition. took the trail route in. they finally got that big downed tree off the path but there's still sticks and branches and crap all over it. rode around town and the trolley trail for a bit then did the Paint Branch after class then home. good ride all around.

7/7:
it's cooled off a little finally. temps in the 70's in the morning and they warmed up to the 80's in the afternoon. really fast ride in in the morning, but since it was cooler I wasn't as sweaty when I arrived at school. rode over to the LBS to have some minor adjustments done then over to my parents' house. the public works department is finally starting to repave the streets that WSSC tore up in my old neighborhood. some of these streets were closed so I had to take a walking detour around them, but I'm just glad they're finally being repaved! might save me some repair work in the future not riding on a bumpy piece of crap road. they should repave all of them. great ride today!
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Interesting. I was riding with a coworker out of downtown. She has this very slow mountain bike from when she lived in Alaska and we were actually on our way to a LBS to look at something for her that is better suited to commuting here. Traffic was heavy and everyone was cranky. Coworker was going slow, but it wasn't slowing anyone down at all. We were stopping and going like everyone else. This guy in a minivan kept honking his horn and yelling at her to get off the road, she was too slow, the usual miscellaneous profanities. She finally snaps when we're stopped at a red light and they begin to exchange profanities. We're right in front of a bar near the federal courthouse that a lot of the court and corrections officers like to hang out at after work. A bunch of them are sitting at the outside tables with their beer. We happen to know a few of them because we treat their mentally ill & chemically dependent supervisees where we work. I could see they were ready to intervene if it turned really nasty. My coworker, who is a dual disorders therapist, finally finishes her tirade with "and you, sir, need anger management classes...and I can give you a referral!" The guy stops dead in his tracks. He starts smiling, then laughing and replied, I know, I know, my P.O. tells me that all the time." End of road rage. The corrections officers start laughing so hard I thought they would choke on their beer. Light changes and we continue to crawl along.
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Originally Posted by e_a_olson
I am not a doctor, but that cut needs stiches.
Thanks. I work at a hospital (not on the patient-facing side, however) and have picked up a few tricks. Superglue is my post-mtb ride friend. I only have one small section now that needs a re-application.
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Originally Posted by donnamb
"and you, sir, need anger management classes...and I can give you a referral!" The guy stops dead in his tracks. He starts smiling, then laughing and replied, I know, I know, my P.O. tells me that all the time." End of road rage. The corrections officers start laughing so hard I thought they would choke on their beer. Light changes and we continue to crawl along.
That's awesome!
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