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Old 07-11-06, 09:36 AM
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Wet! It rained just as I was leaving and stopped a little after I got to work. Then began raining again after I left to come home. It's stopped again now.. I love rain :-(
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Left early this morning, made it a half-mile from home when I realized I didn't have my backpack w/ my clothes and laptop!
I guess that's not as bad as me riding along with a weird feeling that "something isn't right", only to realize a while later that I left my helmet and riding glasses at home. That would explain my watery eyes and strange windblown head feeling.
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man...
more reasons I am SO glad I commute by bike...

https://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapc...sts/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2006/US/07/11/big....ap/index.html


As much energy and resources that are put into hate and destruction… I Imagine if all that could be directed towards good, like finding a cure for cancers and AIDS… how amazingly wonderful all our lives could be…. *sniff*

I know... I'm a dreamer...
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Old 07-11-06, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by vtjim
Tank top under work blouse! (Now I'm imagining how uncomfortable that would be.)
I did think of that, but then I would have had some kind of "Flash Dance" look going on, which I think would have garnered even more attention; the tank is purple, and the straps would have stuck out under the blouse, which is lime green . Remembered everything this morning, yeah!

On a far more important subject than clothing: Do y'all eat before you ride, or wait until you arrive at work?
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^ I always eat before I ride to work, but that's just me. There was a thread on this awhile back and it seems that most people ride first and eat at work. I tried that for a couple of weeks and my body was not a fan so I am back to eating breakfast at home.

Had a nice ride this morning, back from a 3 day weekend visiting with relatives. Getting hot again this week with temps in the 90s. Humidity is going back up as well so I am soaked arriving at work. Didn't see any other commuters this morning.
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Here's what I have to look forward to on my way home. I'm debating whether or not I should even try it.
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Old 07-11-06, 01:35 PM
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usually cereal before I get on the bike, then bananas when I get to work. Coffee coffee coffee at all times.
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I am definately not going to try it this afternoon. The National Weather Services keeps throwing up Severe Thunderstorm Warnings after the old ones expire. Rain I can deal with, but it's nearly pitch black outside and I don't have lights yet.
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On the ride in this morning, I fell over at a stop sign. I had unclipped my right foot, but my brain decided to shift weight to the left side. Coffee deficiency? Only five cars/trucks/SUVs and one elderly woman on foot witnessed it. I have an extremely minor scrap on my left knee and a cute little bruise on my left hip. My wife thinks I'm going to die if I continue to commute.

The ride home was with a rain storm threatening. I actually managed to get a couple of drops on me, but not enough to cool me down.

Things learned today:

* The cool looking, lime green Claiborne polo my wife bought me is made of polyester knit. The same material (although not brushed) as the Aeroline wicking tees I wear when I commute in to work in the morning. Even though I don't work up much of a sweat and I wipe 90% of it off, there's still some in the middle of my back every time (dayum backpack!). The polyester knit polo, while heavier than the tee, wicks just as well. I think all the chicks were digging the look, but maybe not.

* There are people at work who think that driving a 4k# SUV that never goes offroad is more manly than riding a bike to work, covering 3.7 miles in just under 15 minutes. Somehow riding a bike neuters men, although I fail to see how. Saddle pressure on the soft parts? Huh. Anyway, said people are not afraid to tell you their opinion of cyclists.

* When someone provides an unsolicited diatribe against the girly-men who ride their bikes in the road, it is highly entertaining to just smile and let them finish. The look on their face when you point to the helmet hanging on the coatrack and say, 'I wear a helmet every time I ride my bike, like when I rode in this morning...in the right hand lane.' is priceless. I should bring a disposable camera to work.

* USPS drivers are evil-bad(tm).
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ah, good times tuesday morning. started off late to work because cat went to emergency room last night to i am slightly emotional. i really wanted the bike ride. worked it harder than before, took hills in second of three gears instead of previous first gear. i felt like somehow the hills became shorter than before. cool. what's not cool was the sixteen wheeler traipsing through my neighborhood (wtf?) sifting gasoline stank in front of me and not enabling me to pass (i wasn't going to argue). then pulls up top stop sign so i stop too, and sip my water and wait for him to turn and pass, but instead he waits for ME and i turn and he in 30 seconds passes me with a loud WHIRL. then i was at another stop sign, this time with a ups driver. he surprises me totally by pulling up next to me scaring me half to death and then turns left, where i follow suit (the stop light had gone out due to road work where this ocurred). anyway, the ease on the hills made up for the scary truck encounters. arrived at work 11am not too sweaty al'bedarned.
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Old 07-11-06, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by juliebeanpie
Do y'all eat before you ride, or wait until you arrive at work?
If there is something handy I'll snarf it before I leave. If not, I'll forage when I get to work. On Mondays, I haul a box[weeks worth] of instant oatmeal and cook that in a styro cup and hot water from the tap on the coffee machine then microwave.

I am on the "Shut Up and Ride Diet". Any day that I ride, I can eat anything I want to. Donuts, Muffins, and and crap like that on some days can be an inspiration to ride.

Once on a training ride I was eating a Chic-Fillet burger while on the bike. That grossed out the Girlfriend. She just couldn't figure that one out.
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I saw another commuter. I saw their bike anyway. A FS wallyworld bike with helmet and crossing guard vest hanging from the handle bars. And now we are 3 (few and far between here).

Conversation I had with a car full of women at the Quickie Mart today:
Daughter in front seat: "That your bike? You ride it all the time right?"
Me: "Yeah, that's mine, and I try put some work in on it."
Mother in back seat: "You're the....you're the one...you have a trailer for that thing, right?"
Me: "Yes ma'am, I'm the somma-***** that is holding up traffic."
Grandmother in back seat hitting her daughter: "I told you he could hear you. You seem like a nice man. The next time my daughter cusses for being behind you, I'll make sure she has the windows up."

Good riding today.
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Old 07-11-06, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Dickseacup

* There are people at work who think that driving a 4k# SUV that never goes offroad is more manly than riding a bike to work, covering 3.7 miles in just under 15 minutes. Somehow riding a bike neuters men, although I fail to see how. Saddle pressure on the soft parts? Huh. Anyway, said people are not afraid to tell you their opinion of cyclists.
When I do drive to work, there is a woman who parks next to me in a hu-freakin-mongous truck, which is shiny and clean and perfect, and obviously NEVER used as the work truck it is meant to be. She is a receptionist, perhaps she moonlights hauling something very clean in her spare time. Anyway, I'm off the point, riding a bike rather than driving a 4k# SUV is way manlier, but obviously I'm biased. I think what "neuters" men on bikes (in peoples' minds) is the fact that you aren't spending huge sums of money on your ride.
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Originally Posted by juliebeanpie
I think what "neuters" men on bikes (in peoples' minds) is the fact that you aren't spending huge sums of money on your ride.
The tight clothes, blinking lights, and orange safety vests might have something to do with it.
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Old 07-11-06, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ch0mb0
woke up late!
Lately I've been doing this thing where I wake up early and then fall back into a deep sleep, missing all alarms.
I started doing that in my early 20's right after college. I still do it to this day. Must be cuz I don't go to bed before midnight.

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had to rush it in, refused to take subway. glad I did.
legs were sore from racing last night - still made it in under 30 mins.
gotta love a high gearing ratio
How'd you do?

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* There are people at work who think that driving a 4k# SUV that never goes offroad is more manly than riding a bike to work, covering 3.7 miles in just under 15 minutes. Somehow riding a bike neuters men, although I fail to see how. Saddle pressure on the soft parts? Huh. Anyway, said people are not afraid to tell you their opinion of cyclists.
Speaking of 2 ton trucks, my co-worker said he might take his bike out for a ride tonight. Of course, this means putting the bike rack on his H3 and driving it 5 miles to the park, then riding around on the bike path. I reminded him that it's an H3 and he can just toss it in the trunk w/o taking the wheel off and doesn't need the rack. Then I told him while the 5 mi. trip to the park might be a walk in the park for me, he should definitely drive his bike there and ride it a few nights a week for a couple weeks til his butt gets used to the saddle again and he builds up his legs. Then he can leave the truck at home, save himself $3 in gas and ride to the park.

As for my commute, I picked up my new Soma bullhorns and some bar tape that matches my Brooks. Then I took the long way home just because.
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hot and muggy as usual for DC summers, both in the morning and in the afternoon.

slow and leisurely was the name of the game in the morning, aside from a couple of sprints on the major road coming out of my neighborhood and on campus. took the path route in today. stopped to chat with a couple dogwalkers on the path who were walking like five dogs including two huskies (my favorite breed of dog). one of their dogs was off the leash for whatever reason and ran into the woods... they had to go in after him/her. other than that nothing out of the ordinary on the ride in.

the ride back was to my folks house. quick stop by the bank but other than that a fast ride back in order to beat the possible thundershowers that I was warned about but that never actually materialized. good ride overall today.

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Originally Posted by juliebeanpie
spending huge sums of money on your ride.
when I see guys who spend obnoxious amounts of money on an suv/fancy car,
it's obvious to me
he has zero personality and a really weak... umm...
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Very humid this morning, upper 60s. Came in dripping wet. How long 'til September?

But I saw another commuter for the first time!! He had a road bike and a backpack, I have a hybrid/commuter with a rack & bag. He came out of nowhere and blew by me on a climb. I thought he was way stronger than me, but I was able to hang about 30 yards behind him on my longest hill.

He turned near the top of the hill into the hospital, but it was nice to have company for a mile or so.
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Nice ride home last night. It was hot and humid, but not too bad. I guess I'm getting accustomed to the 70F dew points. Had an unusual, potentially dangerous, thing happen to me: Came upon some road construction where only one lane was open and two flagmen with stop/slow signs on either end to alternate traffic through. The guy on my end had the "slow" sign up, so I rode through. As I got near the other end, that guy also had his "slow" sign up, so here I am riding 20 mph heading straight into a line of oncoming traffic. Luckily all I had to do was ride between the orange barrels and into the closed lane while the traffic passed. Had there been nowhere for me to go it could have been a bad scene though. All I could do was shake my head at flagman #2 as I rode by, though I suspect it was actually flagman #1 who screwed up.
Ride in this AM was uneventful, thought pretty sweaty.
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So yesterday afternoon, I decided to wait out the fast moving storms, and I left work at 4:30PM. Halfway home, the clouds broke, and I had sun the rest of the way home!

This morning was a bit overcast, and some knucklehead in a van decided that six inches was enough room for him to pass me, in lane, on a four lane undivided road. I was a good meter and a half from the curb, and everyone else was giving me a wide berth. Maybe this guy can't ride and was jealous.
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Ride in this morning

This morning's ride ended up being a warm, drizzly morning......wonderful!

My wife called me at work once she realized I had ridden in (I leave before she wakes up) and asked "Didn't you check the weather this morning?", to which I answered "Yes I did!", then she asked "...Are you crazy?..." to which I answered "...Yep! "

The weather called for 80% chance of rain, which I saw as a 20% chance of it not raining. I guess I'm an optimist.

The fenders worked just like they're supposed to, and I wasn't all that much wetter than I normally am from sweat. I kinda like riding in the rain.
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Decent but slow ride this morning. Rode 3.5 hours Sunday so I took a rest day Monday. I'd been meticulously tracking my calories to help drop a few pounds and make sure I don't burn out from under eating. Decided it was no big deal for the rest day and I guess I severly under-ate because the ride home last night was miserable: back cramps, no power, couldn't spin above 95 RPM, lack of focus. Trying for some active recovery now because I don't like taking too many days off.
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Woke up to the sound of jackhammers 10 ft. from my window. Ahhh...whatever. Walked over to my computer and logged in and was "at work". Waiting for my bike to be delivered today so no commute for me.
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Nice ride. Cool air, but still humid enough that I started to get sticky when I stopped riding.

I caught a couple of nice-looking (from behind at least) women on road bikes, clipless, lycra, and backpacks. They seemed to be slowing down as time went on so eventually I just passed 'em. We exchanged greetings and away I went.

I've decided the toe clips I put on my Peugeot are responsible for a 2 to 3 minute reduction in commute time over 6.4 miles. Not too bad. I do notice some different thigh muscles feeling "used" after the ride.

I saw another bunny, too. It was on my left, in the grass, and decided to hop (fast) across the MUP right in front of me. What is it with little animal brains? "I'll evade the predator by running into its path." Hmm... A squirrel did the same thing to me yesterday.
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