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Old 08-31-06, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
Still brisk, baby. And foggy, too! Had to stop at one point to de-mist my shades. Can't believe it's supposed to be back in the 80s this weekend (but eagerly awaiting it).
That morning fog today was freakin' incredible! I just bought an L&M Solo, and even that was barely cutting through it this morning.
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Old 08-31-06, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
That morning fog today was freakin' incredible! I just bought an L&M Solo, and even that was barely cutting through it this morning.
I haven't broken my light out yet, but it's getting to be that time.
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Old 08-31-06, 09:25 AM
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Back on the bike today. My wrist is still sore, but my grip strenght is nearly back. No incidents to test me. Temperatures pretty comfortable. Nothing else to report.
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Old 08-31-06, 10:36 AM
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This morning would have been perfect for a 20 or 30 mile detour but, alas, it's going to be a long day at the office and I had to come directly in to work. Sigh.
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Old 08-31-06, 11:12 AM
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Death Race 2006. 'Nuff said.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
Last night my chain decided to do it's own thing when I was standing and gaining some speed just after getting off the road, but just before turning onto the MUP.

Scraped up my hand a little bit, scuffed up my elbow a little bit, but that's all the damage to me. Worst was that I totally thrashed my front wheel and ripped a hole in my backpack.
Ahhh, yes. Back in high school did some work on my chain and replaced a pin when done. The pin wasn't quite right, it seems, as just when I was pumping hard to go up a hill the pin snapped. Elbow, shoulder, hand, and knee all got excellent road rash. Sorry about the wheel.....
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Old 08-31-06, 02:17 PM
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While accelerating through an intersection, the rear cog I was using decided to break in half. I nearly went over the handle bars. Nice morning pick-me-up.
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Old 08-31-06, 02:26 PM
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Humid. But overall a pleasant ride despite getting a late start.
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Nice and cool this morning in NYC. I have to say the ride back was not so great. ****ing *******s cutting me off to park in the bike lane!
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Old 08-31-06, 04:52 PM
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On the ride home, I hit the sweet spot going up 3rd Ave at 72nd St. The light turned red as I went through the intersection and from there, it goes downhill a few blocks. I threw it in high gear and spun it up to a max of 28 mph. Since there was no traffic behind me, I had command of all the lanes and I crossed right to left across 6 lanes and actually passed slower moving car traffic before finally turning on to my block. Not bad for a 40 lb mtb rigged for commuting.
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Old 08-31-06, 05:32 PM
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Comfortable temperatures, clear skies, and plenty of time to go at a leisurely pace this mornng. I forgot to mention yesterday that I saw two deer in the morning.
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Old 08-31-06, 05:49 PM
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50F in the morning....warmer on the return trip. It's so good to pedal off work frustrations.
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I hit that light without stopping today. It usually seems to take forever to turn green. Someone must have called ahead and had a car sitting there activating the sensor that's buried under a couple coats of blacktop for me.
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No ride in for me today. Had an appointment 70 miles away that was pretty important so I took the car. Drive in was nice and only took about 45 minutes. Drive home sucked big time. Stop and go traffic, and a 2 hour commute. By the time I got home, I was hot, cranky and my back was killing me. I hate driving.
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Old 08-31-06, 08:36 PM
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pretty good. saw lots of other cyclists, most looked like commuters. waved to one, he waved back.
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Old 08-31-06, 08:40 PM
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I was less than a block from home when a lady with a cane waved me over to her driveway. Her husband had been hurt in a bike accident that AM. He was fit enough to get his MTB and Lemond road bike up onto the Thule roof rack and locked into place before she drove him to the hospital. There, the doctors required him to stay for over night care. Now she is home and unable to get the bikes off of the car. Then I grind by on our 10% hill. I couldn't get them unlocked either. The local lbs was still open and I sent her there. Her SUV had enough room in the back for the bikes with the wheels off. She had been stymied for a while as almost all the neighbors are in their 80s.
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Old 08-31-06, 09:43 PM
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Funny day. It's the longest day of the year for my work, but I'm also 9 days out from my "A" race triathlon, so I got up at 5, rode to the gym, swam for 2000m, rode home, changed, rode to work, rode to a TNT meeting, rode back to the office, and here I am. And I'll be here until after midnight.

They say you can't have a family, a full-time job, and train for a triathlon at the same time. I'm hoping that's not really the case.
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Old 08-31-06, 11:58 PM
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left a bit earlier than usual this morning intending to detour towards the strip mall and find something a person could eat while at work. backfired a bit since i didn't, but it was kind of nice anyway to start the day with a whole hour of moseying around in an indian grocery store under my belt. nothing eventful in either direction, as far as i recall. just clear, a bit cold, with a headwind going in and a bit of a tailwind as i came home. i showered with the actual 'soap' they have in the dispensers there, which could have been an awful mistake.
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Old 09-01-06, 06:22 AM
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light traffic today - I think it must be the holiday weekend. No cramps so I think Wednesday was a fluke and I'm EXTREMELY glad of that!
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Old 09-01-06, 06:38 AM
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My commute this morning was absolutely incredible. The traffic was lighter than normal....holiday weekend . I made the best time ever...32:51 for 8.3 miles, only caught one light. The one just passed GA400 on Windward Pkwy. All the cagers were pretty nice this morning. They stayed out of my way, and I stayed out of theirs.

I saw this really cute lady on a Wally World mtb going the wrong way, on the sidewalk, and no helmet. She smiled at me while I was grinding my way up the hill that she was going down. I thought about telling her everything she was doing wrong, but then I thought why ruin the moment? She was just too cute I guess

Anyway...this morning was great.
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Old 09-01-06, 06:43 AM
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50F this morning, 10deg. less than yesterday morning; Fall is in the air.

On yesterday afternoon's commute I dropped a semi! Ok, so it was fully loaded with gravel, about 1/4 mi from its destination, from a dead stop at a stoplight, going up a hill, but I made it up the hill and around the corner to the next street before the semi did. Woot!

Today was supposed to be an "easy" recovery commute. Avg spd = 16.3 mph. Yesteray's avg spd = 15.5 mph. Yay for Mechanic Andy @ LBS who unfoobar'd my rear derailleur!

Easy route today made use of the MUP alongside the 45mph, 4 lane, divided, street I take for the "fast route". MUP + intersections + road bike = thump thump
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Old 09-01-06, 06:54 AM
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Winddddyyyyy. Took me about 5 minutes longer today with the same effort of most days. At least that means the wind will be at my back on the way home.
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Old 09-01-06, 07:30 AM
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Grrr...my hand's still bugging me. Seems particularly tender today, maybe that's a sign that it's going to heal before I leave town tomorrow. Nothing else to report. Ride was pretty good this morning.
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It was my first commute in today, woohoo! Well technically a split commute since to ride the whole way in would be about 18-20 miles. So I drove 1/2 way and road 1/2 way, hopefully I'll drive less and less the more I do this.

I also got lost a bit (should have driven the route first I guess) but luckily found my way back on track, added about 3 miles onto my estimate.

My workplace has allowed me to keep my bike in my office which is nice (so I can gaze lovingly at it while I type this....I mean so it stays dry/doesn't get stolen ). The guy in the office next to me said he was jealous of me for riding in and is thinking of doing it too!

So overall it has been a good start to commuting, I want to thank everyone who posts in this commuting forum, I've gotten alot of great ideas and encouragment from everyone's experiences.
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Old 09-01-06, 07:37 AM
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Perfect temps and the promise of a tailwind this evening...
Legs felt weak, though - I don't think I lost any time off my usual ride, but I seemed a little labored on the flats and I felt a lot tireder grinding up the last climb into town than I'm comfortable with.

I had a minor bonk on Wednesday night, after adding about 24 miles of gravel and 6 miles of mtb'ing to my regular 10 mile ride home - and not supporting that with timely eating, so I'm not sure if this is related to that, or not. I'm gonna assume it is, for now.

I've started writing down observations like this and recording what I'm eating daily, just to see if I can spot the correlations.
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