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Old 08-02-06, 09:08 AM
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Yesterday was my biggest day for distance since I was a kid. 63km (not much for many of you). This morning was my fastest commute to work since I've been keeping track of time. 26.1km/hr avg.
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a bit of blah this morning, riding w/ the cars on the main drag just not so much fun today. Pedalling is always good, at least.

Oh yes, I got tailgated by a log truck when I was going 20 in a 25, he passed me, pulled ahead, cut me off to make his right turn in the space of a couple blocks. I think he was going really fast. His apparent speed may have been exaggerated by his lack of mufflers of course. I was annoyed that I couldn't get up to 25, but no need to play chicken w/ 18 wheelers either.
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Old 08-02-06, 10:56 AM
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Wonderful commute this morning. I was able to convince my wife to ride in with me as I pulled the kids in the trailer to daycare. We took a mellow route through Midtown, down Capitol to drop off my wife at her building, then 4 or 5 blocks more to daycare. I had to take a fairly circuitous route to avoid the main commute routes but that gave us a chance to go over the light rail tracks (Train! Train!) and some street work (Tractor! Steam roller! Crane!).

That was the most fun commute of the year.
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Old 08-02-06, 03:18 PM
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Gee, now that it's time to go home, I have time to post something.

Different ride this morning. Left home about 10:00 (had to wait for the exterminator who showed up at 9:15). Very different traffic. Gee, I wonder why?
Hot as ****. Got to work and was dripping wet.
Went out at lunch but only rode three blocks to an eatery.

It's now 5:20 and the temperature is 94F (heat index is 99F). I hope I don't melt.
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Old 08-02-06, 06:33 PM
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Commute good went to the hardware to replace the wire that is holding my rack to the dropouts. Got screws did my blinkie right on the rack now when I get money for pannier I will be all set. It was so hot on the ride without bike shorts even for the short ride
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Old 08-02-06, 07:07 PM
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great both ways! it was about 96 going home, but a relief after 110 the last couple weeks. rode my new $29 70s-era ten speed I bought at Goodwill. it did great! feels way faster than my mtn bike with slicks. I love this bike. no rack yet, so I had to use my pseudo messenger bag. also wore my new poly workout shirt and can't believe the difference it made! much cooler than a cotton T-shirt. niiiice. I may have to get the shorts now.
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Old 08-03-06, 02:04 AM
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been a long time, feels like. summer baseball season has had our lives in a sling, and that's just rec baseball. they lost every game

but the last game was on monday and i rode to work again today. yeehah! if i stop for even a week or two, it gets to feeling like i never did any such thing and couldn't possibly do any such thing again. was expecting anguish but this morning went better than i'd expected. nice weather, nice ride, not too hard to do, considering my recent car-driving life. the only snag was that i got there and discovered i hadn't brought my lock. i took it off my bag because people at the ballparks kept looking at it funny. 'why is she walking around with a u-lock?' um, well.
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Old 08-03-06, 06:15 AM
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Hot even at 8:00 this morning. I walked into work this morning in shorts and a raggedy t-shirt. I'm going to sit here as long as it takes to cool down before changing into regular work clothes. Blah
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Old 08-03-06, 06:31 AM
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Another hot and humid morning ride to work. Saw a roadie on the way in and waved but don't think I got a return wave. I have to take it easy this afternoon on my way home since I have a soccer game tonight. I will be cooling down at the beach all weekend though
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Old 08-03-06, 06:58 AM
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Nice ride this morning. Back to reasonable temperatures (mid 60Fs) and I had a tailwind. Didn't see any bicycle commuters but I saw 3 or 4 cyclists heading the other way.

It was raining just a little bit. Not enough to get me wet.

I noticed I need new brake pads. One of my rear pads is almost down to the metal.
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Old 08-03-06, 06:59 AM
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Last night: Hot, again, and very very windy. The heat's annoying, but the wind is getting on my nerves like nothing else. Pretty uneventful (Thankfully).

This morning: Nice and cool, we had some storms come in that cooled things down. I got a lil damp (humidity and sprinklers), but it was nice. I really hope they fix that sidewalk/pathway that I need to use, diving out into a 4 lane 55 mph highway isn't my idea of fun at 7:30 am
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Old 08-03-06, 08:08 AM
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Last night had a couple of punks buzz me on the way home in their big ol 4 wheel dirve. The passenger yelled something, but who knows what they said. I pitched the waterbottle at them but it fell a couple feet short as they sped away. Freakin sissy boys. They needed to come back to I could spank them properly.
Took the GF out for a spin on the Tandem after I got home and we got buzzed again. The road was 4 lane but narrow. I'll take the balme on that one... should have taken more of the lane. But alas it was another punk kid. I am coming to the conclusion that the whole "time out" mentality of the last 20 years was a total failure. We need to start kick'n their a$$es again

This morning was almost cool enough to need a jacket again. But remembering the hot mornings of past, I opted to embrace the coldness. Met another commuter going the same way at one of my many red lights. That doesn't happen often.
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Old 08-03-06, 08:27 AM
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A bit cooler than it has been, due to last night's rainstorm. I left about ten minutes later than normal, and so had to deal with quite a bit more traffic. Oh well.
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I came in ~45 minutes earlier than usual this morning. Traffic changes so much depending on what stage of rush hour I'm in. It's kinda cool...
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Old 08-03-06, 08:45 AM
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YAAAY! On the road again.
Gotta go easy on my knees so changed the gear on the ss, woulda liked to have gone a little faster though.

Overcast and humid here this :am mostly respectful cagers. The hangers I had stashed at the office to hang my riding clothes have disappeared… oh well

Lookin’ forward to riding home on the mup.

Have a Great day all!
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Old 08-03-06, 08:58 AM
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Sweatfest.
But the guy in the rust colored chevy p/u who buzzed me Tuesday, didn't reappear today, so I got that going for me.
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Old 08-03-06, 09:45 AM
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Scenic Ride

This is my first visit and post. I have a wonderful 2 way commute every day. It is only about 10 miles each way but I am able to ride a pathway system along the Bow River almost the whole way. On hot days, there is a nice breeze off the river and shaded sections with high polars. On cooler days the trees offer some shelter and the slightly rolling track I can raise my cadence to warm up. On most days from April to October, I encounter Canada geese, pelicans, squirels, gophers and occasionally mounted police (bikes and horses). By riding both directions, I cut about 30 minutes a day from my commute time ( public transportation or svo). I am excited about finding this forum by listening to fredcast.
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A continuation of yesterday's post:

My wife and I left the Capitol and rode 6 blocks to day care (and I was very impressed at her sprint to catch the light!), where we picked up the twins. She said the first thing they said was "Bicycle!"

Then we took a fairly circuitous route to avoid downtown traffic madness. First we went through the Amtrak station parking lot, where we stopped to watch the train arrive. Then through Old Sac, following a touristy horse and buggy, along the river for a couple of miles, and then wound through Land Park over to Curtis Park. About a half mile from home, we saw Sr. Paletero (our local Mexican popsicle guy), so we had to stop for a cool treat. It was the absolute best commute ever.
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Old 08-03-06, 10:49 AM
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Yesterday I thought the 19 month old was saying 'bike bike' when she was going to the trailer, but it was actually 'potty' and we had to take a clean-up break. 5 yr old was fine w/ that 'cause it was more playtime before his commute started. Today they brought toys in the trailer, usually they just look outside and watch the world go by, chat w/ people in x-walks.

I still haven't made it to the bakery across the street from their daycare. Next week for sure (tomorrow not a daycare day).
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Old 08-03-06, 12:38 PM
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Wow some pretty exciting adventures while I was gone! I'm so happy to have my bike back from the shop. New fork, handlebars and stem $$$. But worth it cuz now the bike fits better and is safer.
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blah... driving company car home tonight in prep for long roadtrip to early meeting tomorrow. Bike home tomorrow night at least.
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the no name (Randor Contemporary) thrift store 70s-80s steel ten speed still feels great. love it! saw a guy riding a three-wheel bike, a cute college chick on a similar bike to mine, several other utility riders. almost wiped out when a homeless guy sitting at a bus stop decided to move his shopping cart just as I was going by. I thought he was asleep but he woke up just as I was coming up on him and decided to move his cart to a position more in front of my path. He saw me as I was almost on him and said, "Sorry", I said "That's OK!" I made it safely past with a slight movement to the left. it was 102 this afternoon/
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Holy crap!
I was stuck in a very large downpour on my commute home.
The cherry creek trail started to flood. Riding through a foot of rain water is quite disconcerting.
The next time this happens I am diverting to street level. Better slow than drowned. The cherry creek runs between the East and Westbound lanes of a busy street and is 20 feet below street level. Storm drains also dump into it.
I almost did something stupid while trying to reach my destination before the creek flooded. I was in my drops going about 24mph during the rainstorm. A group of people were clustered under an overpass and one of them stepped into my path. 162lb rider+30 lb bike +10 lb of gear going way too fast in a rainstorm would not have been a nice collision. Fortunately, when I yelled he jumped back and proceeded to mouth off. To which I mouthed off right back.
Anyhow, that scared the crap out of me.
In summary:
1) don't ride in a rainstorm in an area prone to flooding
2) ride an appropriate speed in said rainstorm.

stupid stupid stupid
Well, it didn't turn out bad.
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Old 08-04-06, 04:45 AM
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Today's commute was, in a word, EARLY! I had an early morning meeting with my 3rd shift Safety Committee so I was up at 3:30 AM and on the road by 4:00 AM. It's pretty quiet and dark at that time, I can tell you.

I switched the bike computer over to my commuter last night and noticed my speed was lower than I thought it would be this morning (15 mph average for a 10 mile trip). Must need more coffee

Other than that it was a nice ride in. We had some pretty high temps this week, but it seems to have broken now. This morning I had to toss on a long sleeved shirt to be comfortable (61 degrees when I left the house).
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Old 08-04-06, 06:16 AM
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Nice this morning. Low 60Fs. No wind. Sunny. I saw a blue heron wading around and looking for fish.

Friday. Vacation next week. Yipee!

Anyone commute into Burlington this morning and get passed at the bottom of College Street? That was me.
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