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Old 08-10-06, 08:21 AM
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Zipped home last night because I needed to bail out the MTB from the bike store. Just barely beat out a downpour....just a light sprinkle is all I got. 2 minutes after I walked in the door, the skies let loose. Drove down to the LBS.. it wasn't done yet. Sigh.

This morning I got to chat a bit with another commuter headed the same direction. That happens pretty rarely. Weather was a perfect 67f and 47% humidity.

Crossed paths with my daughter, she was driving and turned left as I was coming straight. She honked, I waved. Odds are slim for that one in a city of 1/2 million. She's on my list though... tomorrow she moving to the east coast with the grandbaby. It's a sad day, but at least the ride in gave me time to reflect on it.
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Not to bad this morning. Had to go to a public meeting until nine last night, so wasn't real enthusiastic about getting up for work this morning. I had plans to get up and eat a real breakfast at the local dinner, but I slept through that. Luckily a co-worker brought chicken biscuits. Another late night tonight then an easy day tomorrow.
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Old 08-10-06, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by dalmore
In Tempe?? Come on over to Georgia for some real humidity!! Actually Georgia seems to have been pretty humidless this summer - Not complaining mind you just saying...

And I love the poetry!!
yeah, I know the humidity is wimpy here. I used to live in Tennessee... but it still got me! all 30% of it!
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Old 08-10-06, 09:49 AM
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Humid ride in this morning, for here anyway. Started sprinkling right when I was going in the door at work. I have been spinning higher gears lately, not sure if that is what is getting me sweating more the last few days.

I drove into town last night to get coffee beans, ~1 mile each way, totally took longer than biking would have, I am such an idiot.
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Nice ride as far as my gym (which is close to work, and where I shower and change). On my way from the gym to work, I managed to have my second "can't get my damn feet off the damn petals" moment. While waiting at a light, I fell onto my side (in my work clothes) in front of a large bunch of cars. Somebody shouted out "what happened?". Very embarassing.
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Old 08-10-06, 10:14 AM
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A cute young woman handed me my underwear this morning!

I was speeding downhill through an intersection where the light was green and there was no traffic, and I hit a bump and everything went flying out of my open-topped grocery pannier. The lunch stuff was all in its own plastic bag, but the fresh socks and underwear were loose, and it was all lying in the road just before the intersection. Fortunately, I did a U-ey and still had the light to go back through the other way before any cars got there. But a young woman who must have seen it happen was crossing the street to the donut shop, and picked up my socks and underwear (I expected she'd just stop with the socks) and handed them to me. We exchanged some small talk and went on our way.

No, I didn't get her number. I'm a happily married man.
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Old 08-10-06, 10:50 AM
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Got back from the Algonquin Provincial Park tuesday four days of Canoeing and drinking and hanging out in the back country! I love Canada you can drink legally at 18! Yesterday was the day of annoyances the front brake pads have been squealing and yesterday they hit the climax and are horrible! the pad material is as stiff as a brick maybe that is why they are squealing then my shoes laces kept coming undone and started crawling for the bike mechanics argh. Also yesterday I had to take the company cage out to make some pickups,and deliveries. Someone pulled out in front of me and due to what I learned form bicycling safety on these forms, and websites people have posted, I prvented a T-bone! Today was a nice day for commuting except for the grey clouds brought my lunch and some extra things to work the bike felt like a lead weight tied to a brick with a parachute dragging behind it the muscles got a nice work out today
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Old 08-10-06, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by * jack *
I think I'm gonna get rained on today... and I'm looking forward to it.
Originally Posted by Big Ron
If they don't forecast it, it's almost guaranteed.
Cancelled my ultimate frisbee game Tuesday because rain in RTP was "guaranteed". Rained everywhere else BUT there.

Big Ron and jack, either of you guys (or anyone else from The Triangle?) riding in BikeFest Saturday in Hillsboro? I'm doing the 31 mile option (maybe doing the 50 if I feel good).

If you'll be there, look for me. I'll be riding an OLD red and whilte Cannondale with down tube shifters and a frame too small for me (it's a bike I borrowed from a friend for the ride).

Oh, and the commute was mostly uneventful.

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Still commuting intermittently, decent ride today. Seeing my cycling miles will go to crap once the baby gets here I'll prolly start running the 3.5miles to work.

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Old 08-10-06, 11:48 AM
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Didn't ride in today, had an idiot moment last night which ended up with a 7 hour visit to the ER...

For those that know the route, was following a guy on a fixie along Queens Quay eastbound, was cruising past him heading onto the bike trail from the bike lane, crossing the train rails and (much to my surprise) the front tyre got caught in the rail track.

Cue the flying Flim. Did a few nice scrapes on elbows and knees, little one on my right wrist but seemed to take most of the blunt force on my left wrist - wasn't marked, but swelled up real big and was sore as hell. I rode carefully home, parked the bike and took the bus to the hospital. ER staff put it in a cast cleaned me up and off I went - they just had a busy night is all.

A HUGE thank you goes out to the cyclist on the fixie (yellow shirt) - he saw it all and seemed incredibly concerned - the compassion and care was very much appreciated!

Now I'm off the bike for a good 7-10 days at least.

Luckily, the bike suffered cosmetic scratches only by the looks, I will probably take a better look once I'm closer to riding again.
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Old 08-10-06, 11:52 AM
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No, I didn't get her number. I'm a happily married man.
Then you best quit flashin your knickers at all the gals!
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Nothing out of the ordinary. Which is just fine with me.
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Aired up the rear tire before I left this morning. Okay, my husband aired my rear tire for me this morning. What a concept. Duh, no wonder I've been so sluggish. Still thrilled with the weather, just the tiniest bit of perspiration when I arrived at work today. Trying to enjoy the wide open bike path, next week the kiddies will start school, wobbling about in packs of three and four, no situational awareness whatsoever (not that I did at that age, either). Happy riding, all!
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Old 08-10-06, 03:19 PM
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Another hot one. 81 this morning, 101 tonight, with a hard brassy sun beatng down and a headwind like Flying Spaghetti Monster's Industrial Strength Hair Dryier of Pain.

Still, beats driving.

Or walking.
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Took Park Ave. home. Then I remembered that it's two-way and the lights aren't synched so it was mostly sprint, stop, sprint, stop. Humid out too. blech.
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Nice ride home. Still trying to settle into those ergon grips. I like'em for one hand, my other hand is not so thrilled though. Either they are not symmetrically set up, my eyeball is deceving me, or, more likely, my wrists are not symmetrically set up.

edit: I wish I hadn't sprung for the Mg bar ends, now I totally have the fear of torque god in me, I have been toting a torque wrench around for my readjustments, I worry that due to the awkward location of the bolt, I have been way misreading the wrench, destroyed the bar-ends, on and on...
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Nice ride home, took the roadie out for a spin found I have been over correcting for something on my commuter
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Great ride today, weather was cooler and traffic was lighter. I got awy from work earlier than usual and was able to add 20k to my ride home.
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Wet. Very wet. But I actually had a great time.
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Old 08-11-06, 07:07 AM
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Excellent this morning. Got up early to meet my sister for breakfast so I missed the heat. Then I bumped into some business contacts and got to do some networking. And now I'm at work and all my fellow employees and bosses are at meetings, so the music is turned up and my shirt is untucked. This is promising to be a great day....
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A sunny Friday
Waiting for the Fedex guy
and working from home.
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Old 08-11-06, 07:35 AM
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Didn't commute I had to get a ride to bring my doggy to the vet on my break I might walk home though I wonder if the counts?
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Had a Dr. Appt at 8:00, so had to drive in to work. Doing a 60 mile ride tomorrow anyhow, so will be glad to have the fresh legs.
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This morning was the first day this week I didn't ride my bike to work. Gotta bring one of the Hounds of Hell into the vet over lunch.

The ride home yesterday was strange. From the moment I left work, the traffic was completely stalled on every road in the area. At first, I was passing stalled cars on the right, but the drivers started to get angry and a couple of them actually MOVED THEIR CARS to the far right so that I couldn't pass. So I hopped up onto the sidewalk and continued home. About 1/4 mile from my house, I came to the scene of a collision of a motorcycle and a pick-up truck. Tons of cops and I knew it was serious because they completely shut down one of the largest, busiest streets in the area with police tape (hence, the crazy traffic snarl). The cop at the intersection told me I could go ahead and ride my bike through, as long as I stayed on the sidewalk. Nastiest accident scene I've ever seen. The ambulance had already gone, but there was lots of blood. And you could barely even recognize the thing on the ground as a motorcycle, based on what was left of it.

I told my husband about it and he said, "See, THAT'S why I don't want you riding on the street." That's a disagreement we'll probably never resolve.
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Nice ride this morning, weather looks like it's going to rain soon but was nice for now. Couple of interesting points today....

First I had to stop and wait while a herd of deer meandered across the road. There were 8 of them and they seemed like they were in no hurry. Neither was I, so I just waited and enjoyed the scene.

Second interesting thing was when I over shifted onto the big ring and threw the chain... it was hanging on my pedal dragging on the road. Too lazy to stop and touch that greasy thing, I pondered if I could get it back on without stopping. So I backpedaled until the pedal was at 12:00 and the chain flopped back off of the pedal down the crank arm toward the big ring. I then shifted the lever to get it on the ring... cranking slowly forward, it rolled right back onto the ring and I just kept on riding. Anybody else ever pull this off, or am I just special in my own special way ?

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