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Old 07-14-06, 11:42 AM
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Re nutrition: I think you guys are on the right track. Cyclists' bodies need lots of high-quality calories. I'm not too big on counting calories and grams but I try to look at what I eat and ask myself if those calories represent good nutrition in terms of protein, good fats, low-glycemic carbohydrates, fiber, etc. And I know that I have a sweet-tooth, but rather than beat myself up about it, try to balance out the cookies with fruit.

What was it that Chris Carmichael said? "Americans aren't fat because they eat too many carbs. They're fat because they don't exercise enough."
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Originally Posted by vtjim
At 104 degrees, isn't a 15MPH headwind sort of like having a hair drier pointed at your face?
Yes. Industrial-grade, to be sure, but it's just like that. Hot enough that the Trinity Trail was nearly empty, instead of the wonted walkers/bladers/runners/comfort bikes every 100 yards.
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Originally Posted by caloso
...What was it that Chris Carmichael said? "Americans aren't fat because they eat too many carbs. They're fat because they don't exercise enough."

By the way, there was no commute for me today. I have Fridays off in the summer (no booing or hissing, please), so I went for a bike ride instead
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Old 07-14-06, 12:21 PM
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Fridays I don't have my 2 mile trailer-pulling detour, so shorter trip in today. One bunny seen, no deer (live or dead), no bugs eaten.

Family out of town, may just take a recreational ride tomorrow, I don't think I've ever done that.
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Still commuting, just not posting! I can't remember the last time I drove my car to work. I really need to at least start it up...or sell it.
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Today was my first (and last until I get a new saddle or fix this one) commute. 5 miles each way. Getting to work the roads were wet and rough (they're resurfacing next to my apt complex for about 3/4 of a mile or so and the roads are grated but not yet paved. I wished for fenders on the way there and a new saddle on the way back. (cheap saddle. I will never buy cycling products from X-Factor (aka kent bicycles, aka junk for department stores) again) the way home (saddle ad grated roads aside) was as nice as I could ask for cycling weather in kentucky (overcast)

only odd human behavior: some idiot nearly hit me on the bike lane because he was riding against traffic. I stared him down and HE moved over to the grass on the side of the road.

Can't wait to get back out monday
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Originally Posted by centuryman
Great ride on the single speed this morning. Will be hard to remember the coolness on the way home later. Saw a golfer in a big land yacht (Lincoln Continental) swerve wide around a cyclist and run a stop sign turning into a golf course. Makes one wonder what the hurry is to get to the golf course at 6:15 a.m.
Golfing is a waste of a good walk - Mark Twain.

Driving is a waste of a good bike? Has anyone thought of making bumper-sticker equivalents for those of us commuters that ride to work in some kind of regular riding gear? I'd love to have a phrase like that or something else on the back of my jersey.
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Took the extra long way home and while the cagers behaved themselves, the cyclists and peds didn't. Almost hit a ped as he crossed the bike path, THEN crossed back, all the time w/ his head down and talking on his cell phone. I aimed to go behind him, so when he suddenly reversed, I hit the brakes and ended up a foot away from him. He didn't show any surprise or even concern despite all my yelling prior to having hit the brakes.

Next was a cyclist getting on the Hudson MUP from the street. She has to enter perpendicular then turn onto the MUP. I see her and start slowing down, and of course she doesn't slow down, just makes a wide right turn north, the same direction I was going. I had enough time to avoid her, but since she didn't even look, I figured I'd just teach her a lesson so I buzzed her as I flew past her. Yeah, not very friendly, but she didn't act very responsibly.

I did stop for a cyclist w/ a flat. The fact that she was dressed in shorts and tight sport top and was cute had nothing to do w/ my offer to help. She declined my help to fix her flat so I kept going. There were other odd cyclist behaviors, but nothing too hairy.
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I had a mid-day ride to the gym to swim and then swung by to pick up a sandwich before heading back to the Capitol. Only find that the shaded bike rack was full! What's up with that? Is our little secret getting out?
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Going through an underpass, found a guy on has back in the dead center of the trail. It is kind of a transient person campsite anyway but usually campers stay to the side. While I was planning ahead to park the bike and get my cell phone out if he turned out to be dead or something, he apparently heard me and got up. I think he was planning some spectacular ceiling graffiti. I'll find out Monday, maybe, on my way back in.
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Old 07-14-06, 05:22 PM
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Despite the fact that it was raining when I looked out the window this morning, I rode in to work without a hitch. Only bad thing was when the huge trucks threw nasty water all over me when they passed too close. On the way home, I almost rear ended a Honda Accord when starting from a stop making a left hand turn. I was head down and hammering trying to gain as much momentum to make it through the turn and up the impending hill. She stopped to let some oncoming traffic through and I just reacted in time to hit the brakes and skid to a stop. Stupid move on my part, could have been worse. Guess I need to pay closer attention...Did make it home before the rain hit again.
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Old 07-14-06, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by krazygluon
Golfing is a waste of a good walk - Mark Twain.

Driving is a waste of a good bike? Has anyone thought of making bumper-sticker equivalents for those of us commuters that ride to work in some kind of regular riding gear? I'd love to have a phrase like that or something else on the back of my jersey.
A few years ago Bikecentennial (now Adventure Cyclist) had "The future belongs to the energy efficient" and "Just passing gas, it's only natural" t-shirts. I don't think they sell them anymore.
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Old 07-14-06, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by juliebeanpie
That's why I picked a husband who rides a bike! OK, he does own a truck, two actually, but he's a gardener and has a hauling business, as well. But our first date was a mountain bike ride. I saw those those manly quads and calves, (sighs dreamily) - way sexy.
rides a bike AND gardens?! Daaannng... You GO! Gurlfriend!
Love the new avatar btw

It always cracks me up when I'm riding, and some guy in a car burns rubber next to me at a light: I always say to myself, "Wow, how strong your foot must be to step on the throttle like that, what he-man!"
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Originally Posted by vtjim
At 104 degrees
In Vermont?! Holy Crap!

Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
no bugs.... may just take a recreational ride tomorrow, I don't think
I've ever done that.
what, and miss out on that protein and fiber???
I love my tooling rides with no agenda

Originally Posted by GTcommuter
Awesome, my new Carradice saddlebag arrived ...... once I got adjusted
it was fine. But more importantly...no messenger back. Much cooler ride in this morning.
Getting my stuff off my back is such a relief.
Congrats! I love my panniers, though I think I load it more than I should...
All that freedomís gone to my head... lol

Originally Posted by MyPC8MyBrain
Had to drive the beast in this morning... loaded down with camping
gear for a quick exit from work to the mountains. A weekend of feasting, tequila drinking,
playing cards, and doing nuthin' is the full agenda. I may haul the bike and ride it home Sunday
while the GF drives the rig... I think it's like 60miles or so.
Excellent!! Have an awesome weekend!


Summer is full on here in S.FL... muggy, sticky, midday rain storm followed by blazing sun and sauna action...
Gotta love the fenders
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105 degrees
65% humidity

I wussed out today and hitched a ride from a friend
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I rode 5 miles on my usual work day commute to ride another 62 in a local charity event.

Whew! some of those folks were really flyin'


Cheers to all who came out for the ride

YAAY, no mechanicals. It was burning hot out there...
crawlin' at, like, 15 or so, a bit of a wind slowed us down on the return
I'm icing my knee

Won't commute until I see the doc with my MRI pics hopefully this week.
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75 degrees and humid this morning. I took the long way to check out my mileage on my new cylce computer. It's an additional 2 miles over my "regular" route-not the 3 that I guesstimated. That makes either a 7 or 9 mile ride one way. Not looking forward to this afternoon's ride home. The temp will be about 100 with humiture values around 105. I've already sucked down 32 oz of vitamin water and am about to refill with half gatorade/half water mix. I'll ride slow and take it easy, then; a cold shower and couch/ac likely until bedtime (unless I decide to hit the gym which I seriously doubt).
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It was actually a pretty nice morning here in Raleigh compared to the past two weeks. Humidity was a little lower but it actually felt cool. Of course it is already in the 80s at 9am and will approach 100 this afternoon. Saw a couple of other cyclists this morning on my way in.
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Old 07-17-06, 07:38 AM
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It was in the 70's here in Indiana this morning. Very nice ride to work. It's supposed to be in the 90's and humid so my way home will be hot!
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Hot! Ride in was fine, quick even, but the heat caught up w/ me when I got to work as I started pouring sweat about a minute after I got off my bike. Took longer to cool off then it did to get to the office! It's at times like these that I wish we had showers at the office.
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Yowza! I had a very fast ride in this morning. The temperature was perfect, traffic was very manageable. Now I have a morning of meetings... Sigh...
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I tried to ride slow today, but had to hustle over the B.U. Bridge. Yesterday I did the CRW Climb to the Clouds century in 85~90 temps with 4000ft of climbing. Needles to say the drumsticks are a bit cooked.
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Second commute with the new saddlebag. Had a bit of rain on it yesterday and I'm still very happy with it. No actual commuting incidents to report.
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Another WARM ride this morning. Light traffic for some reason. Only saw one other bike commuter.
The ride home is supposed to be in the "sweltering" range. Glad I remembered my bandana.
I'll be stopping by the bank to deposit my paycheck this afternoon. I hope no one there minds me "dripping" on the counter.
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Entered my third week of cyclocommuting. I took the weekend off; no cycling at all. I did 5 laps at the pool. My legs thanked me for it this morning!
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You know, it's the hottest day of the year, and I choose TODAY to forget my work dress shirt, doh. Thank God for campus book stores! Woo Hoo, showing my school spirit today!
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