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Old 08-22-06, 10:57 AM
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Last night my wife got stuck late at the office on a rush project. So I walked over to her building, got the keys to the minivan and picked up the kidlets from daycare. I should have thrown the bike in the back but I didn't have time to double back to my office. The upshot is that it stayed locked up in the bike cage overnight and this morning I had to ride the roadie instead. And without a helmet (shhhh!). And now I have two bikes here. Life could be worse.
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Today was my first commute by bike ever! It was great, until it started raining for about the last mile. There was no rain in the forecast or anything, either. Oh well, it wasn't so bad. Although I can already see that I need fenders. When I rode into work, my friend/coworker was standing just inside a bay door talking to a customer. He saw me riding up in the rain and gave me an "Oh man!" look. The customer said, "What's wrong with your truck?" First, he assumes I have a truck for some reason. *shrug* Second, why does something have to be wrong with it for me to ride? All in all, I enjoyed it and I plan to do it again tomorrow.
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Riding down the street and a moron crosses the street directly in front of me with all of 20 feet for me to decide what to do. Said fool was quite suprised when I avoided him by going behind him at 25 mph. If I rode in front of him he would have walked into me. Still, I bumped his backpack. Freaking scared the crap out of me.

Apparently we should require peds to get a license to walk down the dang street.
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First day to the new winery job, 12.4 miles each way. Saw 9 cyclists going and 13 on the return. Passed an old cycling friend who was going the other way. "Hey Ken, I haven't seen you in quite a while. What happened" "The Crush (wine grape harvest) is on." "What? Oh. Alright!" I dragged going so when I got home I added 20 PSI front and rear.
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Old 08-22-06, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by ken cummings
First day to the new winery job, 12.4 miles each way. Saw 9 cyclists going and 13 on the return. Passed an old cycling friend who was going the other way. "Hey Ken, I haven't seen you in quite a while. What happened" "The Crush (wine grape harvest) is on." "What? Oh. Alright!" I dragged going so when I got home I added 20 PSI front and rear.
Winery job? Can you adopt me?
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Great ride today. Had at least three other bikes in the bike rack at work today. For once, the motorcyclists didn't block the bike rack. The good thing about Ohio's weather is that the motorcyclists only come out about a month every year. Still trying to find a better small headlight for my bike. Hopefully Nashbar or Performance will have a sale. Have a good night.
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Old 08-22-06, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
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two firsts in a row for me today. first #1: two-thirds of the way over the bridge, i got a large chunk of spiky something into one eye. talkin' large. i slowed down enough to finish the bridge with the depth-perception you get with one eye screwed up like a popeye poster, and then kept going. luckily tears washed whateveritwas out without me needing to do more than pull up at the light and swab my face clean with the t-shirt hem. i had time to wonder wtf you do in situations like this, but didn't have to find out the hard way.

first #2: thanks to asteroid-in-eye incident, i finished my ride in such a leisurely way that i actually only pretended to take a shower. never done that before, but i was running impressively late and i couldn't point to the Wounded Eye as an excuse. the cat's avoiding me now, but i'm sure that has nothing to do with anything.


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Old 08-23-06, 12:49 AM
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I've been consistently commuting by bicycle for 2 1/2 months now and today was the 1st day it has rained on me. Wasn't raining when I left the house, started hailing. Found out it is hard to ride through 4 inches of standing water at the curb when covering up one ear to keep hail out. It did drop the temp from 101 to 85 though.
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Old 08-23-06, 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by tokolosh
two firsts in a row for me today. first #1: two-thirds of the way over the bridge, i got a large chunk of spiky something into one eye. talkin' large. i slowed down enough to finish the bridge with the depth-perception you get with one eye screwed up like a popeye poster, and then kept going. luckily tears washed whateveritwas out without me needing to do more than pull up at the light and swab my face clean with the t-shirt hem. i had time to wonder wtf you do in situations like this, but didn't have to find out the hard way. ...

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Old 08-23-06, 03:23 AM
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This is my first post with exception to the intro thread. I have been biking to work for the last two weeks, (it's only a couple of miles for me) and I'm new to bike riding as an adult. I work kind of a weird shift (Fri. through Mon.) and on Mondays the regular weekday shift works with us. This Monday I found out that one of the supervisors on the weekday shift rides to work so I decided to ride the long way home and go his way for a little bit. Well, the road he goes down to get out of the gate is long and there is no shoulder. In fact there is about 2-3 inches of pavement on the right of the white line and then there is a 3-4 inch drop off to dirt/rocks. We were riding in tandem on the white line to make it easier for cars to pass and I guess I got nervous or something because I went off the pavement and lost control of my bike. The next thing I know, I'm hitting the ground and my bike is on top of me. We looked at my my bike and I had to bend one of the brake handles back into its proper position. It pretty much looked ok so I rode it home from there. When I got home I looked at it closer and spun the wheels with the bike upside down and it looks like the rear axle might be whobbling a little. I suppose I should have it checked out by a pro. before I ride it too much?

Anyway, that was my first bike wreck since I was a kid, and yes, I was wearing a helmet. I skinned up my knees and hand a bit but I'm not badly injured. It is quite embarrassing though, and I don't think I'll be going that way much in the future.
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Old 08-23-06, 05:31 AM
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Fine ride in this AM. It is still warm and sticky (75F, 90% rH), but its getting to the point now where I don't even notice it any more. Got sprinkled on a bit as I was riding. Felt nice and since I was already sweat soaked, made no difference to me at all....other than cooling me off. I did happen to look down and notice the QR on my front rim was released. Not sure when, how, or why that happened, but I am really glad I didn't try bunny hopping anything!! Probably would have lost a few teeth and some blood had the rim come loose on me.
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Old 08-23-06, 06:14 AM
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Had some joker blow his horn at me for no apparent reason other than to be uh, well a joker. (that is the nice version of what I called him when he did it) For some reason or other it seems like people are getting less tolerant of having to go around me. Oh well, they had better get used to it since I don’t plan on giving it up until we have a blizzard this winter. Even then I might still venture out on the bike…
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Old 08-23-06, 06:22 AM
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I think I have to find a longer route. I am getting to work too early. (Maybe I should leave later?)
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Old 08-23-06, 07:04 AM
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I'm 50% through my first week of commuting every day of the week. Today was my first commute deliberately in the rain. I got wet, but not as bad as I was afraid of. Thunderstorms cleared about 4:00AM, I finished makeshift rainproofing and hit the road at 5:30, it sprinkled till about 6:30 and I got in to work (22 miles later) about 7:10. Why yes, I may be crazy, but I did it! Woot! :-D
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Nothing to report this morning. Kind of misty on the way in felt good. There's been a Trek mountain bike parked to the same light post the whole two weeks of my new route. Maybe I'll put in a call to my friend in the police department... Oh, and I forgot my belt. Luckily I'm in the office all day.
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Old 08-23-06, 07:35 AM
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Weather has been great here for the last 10 days or so.. High 50s this morning, perfect for riding. Got passed on the road by a commuter on a mountain bike w/knobbies, who later pulled in behind me at work. Not sure how I got here before him. My go-go-Gadget legs?
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Old 08-23-06, 07:50 AM
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The sun was breaking over the horizon on the way in this morning. Makes it really hard to see when you are staring into the sun. I bet it's even harder for the cars to see me so I stayed as far right as I could and kept a close eye on them. Nobody killed me today.

I was telling my GF last night how awesome the legs on IronMan guy were. She said I should catch up to him next time and ask him for a date. Funny girl she is...
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Monday night on my way home I caught up to another cyclist and we chatted at a couple of lights. He was headed to a LBS for a group ride. One of these days I will try and get to one of those rides. Roads were wet this morning but I only felt a few drops from the sky. Should be dry and hot for the ride home.
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Old 08-23-06, 08:26 AM
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I rode in with my wife this morning, so we were able to chat a bit. Traffic is at an all-time low - I love it!
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First successful completion of the new route. It was much nicer -- no elementary school, quieter streets, no chain-killer hill. One street turns into a packed dirt/gravel road and dead ends into a small fence that blocks the street, but on a bike you can go around the fence on the sidewalk and get on the next street without even slowing down. It's great because it means no cars are coming through.

I had to do a little schooling of a guy in a 4x4 Toyota pickup this morning. I'm waiting forever for this light to change and finally it comes on. (I'm actually on the wrong side of the street and crossing in the crosswalk. It's legal to ride on sidewalks in Roseville.) He's turning right and just keeps coming into the crosswalk... and so do I. I look him in the eye, point to my chest and say, "I have the right of way". He gave me a little wave and stopped. I think people are just too used to bikes and peds yielding to them all the time, even when the bikes/peds have the right of way.

Other than that, great ride.
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commuting on the mtn bike, I took a dirt trail for a little bit last night going home; I think there's another one closer to home, might look for that tonight.

However, boy was it a mistake to try and find that same dirt trail this morning, going the other way. I've noticed each time I took it that I couldn't quite place the exact spot it kicked me out to the paved bike trail, and I sure didn't find it this morning.

I wound up wading through a mix of deer trails and blueberry bushes for about 15 min before fighting my way back to the paved trail (farther 'upstream' from where I left it). I was pretty fortunate to run into only a few raspberries and no stinging nettles while toting the bike (w/ panniers) through all that undergrowth. I found a few beer bottles mixed into the woods at the occasional clearing, but at least I didn't step on any sleeping people.
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Drier than yesterday. I got wet after work but decided to go ahead and do the extra riding I had planned. It only rained for 20 minutes or so, then it was humid as heck. Still, it felt great.
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On the way in I stopped at the donut shop and got a box for the office. (Yay for REI grocery bag panniers!)
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I beat the hills for the first time yesterday - couldn't believe it. Part was weight loss (down about 15+ lbs), part conditioning, and part learning to stroke the pedals instead of pushing too hard.

These hills are steep - gravel and nasty with big rocks in places, I am not sure I am commuting or single tracking at times.

Anyway, it was great yesterday - I ground up to the top and I wasn't even spent. This was after 2 months of slowly improving, and then all of a sudden - I was there.
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