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Old 10-11-06, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ActionJeans
Key thing to remember is motion. You know how on jogging shoes, they have that little reflective emblem on the shoes? You'd think it wouldn't do anything, that a splotch of reflecto stuff that small would make little to no difference. But it registers instantly in most motorists’ minds as being the motion of someone running, so they tie that to a person, and hence drive accordingly.
Many cycling shoes don't have enough reflective material so I add a piece of reflective tape to the back of all my commuting shoes.
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Beautiful ride this morning, once I got rolling. Was starting late anyway, and realized as I was ready to go that my headlight was dead. It's a 2 bulb Cygolite, with one bulb already down - guess the other one died too. Had to take a few minutes to move my backup light off my mountain bike. Then realized I had a loose spoke (regular occurrence - have an apointment for the front to be relaced tomorrow) that needed tightening lest it cause ANOTHER flat.

Weather was beautiful this morning, I dressed just right for mid-fifties (remembered socks!) and had a great ride. First ride on my overhauled rear hub and freshly lubed freewheel - SWEET and SMOOTHE! Can't wait for the ride home...
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Originally Posted by ctoddrun
Beautiful ride this morning, once I got rolling. Was starting late anyway, and realized as I was ready to go that my headlight was dead. It's a 2 bulb Cygolite, with one bulb already down - guess the other one died too.
It may not be the bulb, but the switch instead. I had the same Cygolite and the switch is just a plastic slider that makes two metal flanges touch to complete the circuit. One of the flanges can get bent so that no contact gets made. I called Cygolite about it and they suggested taking the thing apart and then bending the contacts gently with a needle-nosed pliers so that they connect more firmly.
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Originally Posted by caloso
It may not be the bulb, but the switch instead. I had the same Cygolite and the switch is just a plastic slider that makes two metal flanges touch to complete the circuit. One of the flanges can get bent so that no contact gets made. I called Cygolite about it and they suggested taking the thing apart and then bending the contacts gently with a needle-nosed pliers so that they connect more firmly.
Thanks - hadn't thought of that. I'll look at it tonight. Was hoping to tackle the front hub, but it can wait - visibility matters!
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Originally Posted by Alathea
Did my first cheat commute today. (drove partway, parked, unoaded) Downer-I only ended up going about 3/4 of a mile. Upper-it took about 4 minutes so Maybe I should re-evaluate my parking place in the morning.
RE cheat-Commute. Sometimes you just gotta.
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Old 10-11-06, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH
Many cycling shoes don't have enough reflective material so I add a piece of reflective tape to the heels of all my commuting shoes.
Great Tip and plenty of room on the shoe...thanks RonH
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This was my first commute in the rain. Apparently the weather forecast wasn't quite accurate as it was still reading "Cloudy" under current conditions as I stepped out into the rain tonight. I'm really glad I brought the Showers Pass jacket, rain pants and my rain cover for the pannier as I would have been soaked through otherwise. I have to say the venting on the jacket worked superb with the pit zips down. I got a little clammy under the hood but overall I was much drier than I should have been without the gear.

Now I just need to remember to bring clear glasses to keep the rain drops out of my eyes.
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The ride in was great! I started out 10 minutes later than usual, so I was really hammering along. All of a sudden the edge of my headlight spot starts wavering, but only on one side. It's not a loose fixture... it's another commuter's light that I see coming up behind me. We chatted for about 10 seconds while he whipped past me, and I chased his blinkie the rest of the ride. (This guy was certified haulin' @ss, and really just flew by me. 10 seconds was all the time he slowed down to say hi, but it was a nice gesture and I was happy for it.)
Work, while very busy, was also good. There's a guy that has had his bike on the back of his car for the past few days, and I asked him about it. He's been riding after work, just exploring the MUP network around here... but he's interested in bike commuting and only lives about a mile away from me. I gave him my number, and he's gonna call me when he puts slicks on his bike so we can meet up and commute in together. Rockin'!

The ride home was not so good. I totally lost my cool at some ******y cager that intentionally tried to hit me.
I was on my way down the hill on 175th toward the center of Woodinville, WA. It's a 1 lane going down, 2 lanes going up, with no center-median turn lane; about 3/4 miles and 6% grade. There's a wide bike lane, and I am riding just right of the paint. It's a 35mph zone, and I am doing 33mph. A small silver VW up the street is stopped to wait for a break in uphill traffic so they can make a left. I get passed (far too fast) by a maroon Ford F-250, who has to hit the brakes when they realize the VW is stopped to turn. I know the trucker saw me, because he just blew past me. I swing to the middle of the bike lane, to give a few feet of berth when I pass the truck and VW, and the trucker looks back, waits until I'm on his quarter panel, then peels out into the bike lane directly in front of me. I saw him laughing in his rear-view as I rear-brake and skid it, but that laughter changed quickly when he realized I wasn't wrecking/flying off into the woods/whatever his intended effect was. I popped my left foot out of my pedal and proceeded to kick the cr@p out of his passenger rear quarter panel without losing much momentum. He edged over further, trying to force me off the road (which I fully understand, since I just dented up his truck) but I dropped my butt over the rear wheel and hit the brakes hard. He went ahead of me, all the while I was yelling at the top of my lungs for him to stop his truck and get the **** out. He sped up to about 50mph to get away from me, but then decided that instead of chancing getting stuck at the light at the bottom of the hill (where I very likely would have kicked his truck some more) he'd cut through the park'n'ride lot. Well holy cr@p if the fat guy can't sprint, because I chased his butt through the parking lot until he cut off a bus and got out onto the open streets on the other side of the lot.
I've got mixed feelings on the entire encounter:
1) I shouldn't have gone ape-s**t on the guy to the extent that I did. One kicking would have proven my point, but I actively chased him down for more and I'm a little dissapointed that he ran away instead of stopping. I should have just let him go when he took off.
2) I scared off someone in a Ford F-250. Me. On a bicycle. Made someone in a full-ton truck run away like a scared puppy. And I hit 42mph on a 16 year old mountain bike with 1.5" semi-slicks, decked out as a full commuter. I shouldn't be proud of what I've done, but when this happened I snapped back to my indestructable teenaged lock-swinging CM days in downtown Cleveland. There is still a part of me that sees this as a "victory." Me vs. car; eff-you, I win.

One way or the other, I'm just recounting this as part of the "How was your commute?" thread because that's how I see it: It was part of my commute. I'm not particularly proud of how I acted. I'm not particularly ashamed of how I acted, either. This is how it went down, and tomorrow will be a better day. If you have opinions one way or another, I don't want this thread to become a "right way/wrong way" flame war, so I can post this as a separate thread. PM me if you think it should go that route.
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Misty drizzly rain on the way home- MUP happily free of pedestrians!
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usual 6.5dst, round trip, traffic wise. was exited to see other commutor (w/helmet) riding (on the sidewalk). it's been a good 6 months since i've seen him riding. he waved and rang his bell, i waved back, said 'hi', and tried to honk back but i think my "airzound" was an over-statement (serious db there).
a good day!
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This morning's commute was a bit rough. I reorganized my backpack yesterday, and forgot my flat kit. Well, Murphy's law followed me to work, and 5.6 miles in (1.2 miles to go, mostly uphill!) I got a flat. The rear got a little wobbly and I could really feel pavement changes. Pulled over and the rear tire was noticably soft, but not rim-riding, thank goodness. I caught a large construction staple. . Anyways, with plenty of distance left to go, I called my wife and had her cart me the last bit into work. On the upside I was able to give her the list of things that I needed to fix it, so when she brought me dinner this afternoon, she brought in my patch kit, but brought in my floor pump. On the upside she did swing by the LBS and bring me a brand new tube just in case! Hopefully it can just be a backup, she got a thorn-resistant tube, but I think I'm going to pick up a set of Tuffy's tomorrow on my way home and a regular tube to carry with me.

On the good side of this morning I was riding on the road, and averaged almost 19MPH up to my flat, which isn't bad considering the hill that I start out with, and the number of traffic lights I have to deal with. I bumped the pressure up to 65psi (max rated on my 26x1.5's) and was able to pick up about 3MPH average over the same commute @ 55psi. I had no problems with being crowded out of the lane or anything, and everyone was quite courteous. I ran into a few other cyclists on the way, both of them PSNS workers that were quicker than I was, we were up hill & they were on roadies with fancy pedal/shoe combos. I'm on a slightly more road-worthy MTB.
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was totally demented with klutziness today. total one-woman three-stooges routine. i have no idea why, but if i could find the thermometre i'd check myself for fever. just some weird short-circuit between the mental intention and the physical follow-through. things like putting myself into a wobble/near fall on the narrow bridge mup by involuntarily grabbing (much too hard) at the front brake i'm not used to and never use by itself, walking into the lock hasp on the bike cage with my face, i don't even remember the rest . . . good thing i was not in a car. the kind of day when i really should have kept myself at home with the doors carefully closed to prevent disasters.

be it said though that the driving population was out of their collective tree this morning too, and i don't know why that would be either. delayed effect of long weekend? everyone too confused to function because what feels like tuesday is really wednesday this week? something aggresso on tv last night? the groke only knows. everyone revving it towards every stop line where there's a red light and then slamming the brakes, so that you freak out just in case because you have no idea from their (mechanical) body language what they're planning to do. i must have pictured myself being broadsided 5 times in a near-6-mile ride. but the weather is still insanely gorgeous, so eh.
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Old 10-12-06, 05:40 AM
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Overslept this morning. Decided to get over it since it won't be the last time it happens, and just hopped on my bike and left. 51F with a light drizzle. I added a jersey layer and I felt fine all the way. Took a shower and I feel like new.

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Old 10-12-06, 06:17 AM
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Not so bad this morning. Low 50s, F. The ground was wet from rain last night. A little headwind. I saw a couple of domestic cats, a few squirrels, and some geese and ducks in Lake Champlain.

One squirrel crossed the MUP in front of me at a street intersection. It was on the sidewalk, so being a legal pedestrian, it had the right of way. I slowed down to let it cross.

No cagers backing out of driveways in front of me today.
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Old 10-12-06, 06:50 AM
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Good ride this morning. I was awaken at 4:30 this morning by my roomate. Evidently he's on a new plan to sleep only four hours every night and be extra productive for the other four hours. This better not impact my desired full eight hours...

And congratulations to my brother for his first bicycle commute this morning. Seven miles from our side of town to the Zoo for a training session. Hopefully this spurs him to make the ride to his office, which is also seven miles.
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No commute in today. I have a working lunch to go to and 25 miles is a bit far to ride, do lunch, and get back to my office in 1 1/2 hours.

Yesterday afternoon I let a cager get me riled up. I was going about 25 mph on a flat or even slightly downhill section of road when a white Avalon comes flying by me. The a-hole driving this thing came so close to me I thouht I could feel the car rubbing against my elbow. I think it was just the wind from his car but he was seriously less than 3 inches from contacting me. I bumped the gears into the highest combination I have and picked the pace up to about 30 mph ( spinning as frantically as I could) to keep this jackass in view. He got caught at the red light about 1/4 mile ahead. So I came flying up next to his car and grabbed a handful of both brakes...even did a rear wheelie. Then I lean over towards the passenger side window and hold my hands about 3 inches apart and gesture like WTF? He just shrugged his shoulders like he did not even care. I swear north metro ATL drivers can be the biggest A-holes on the planet.
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I overslept by almost an hour. I briefly considered driving but then got on the bike.
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It was a pleasant (sarcasim) 35 degrees this morning, with a nice lil wind chill. I layered up, rode on in, and had a rather pleasant ride. They are calling for rain and snow this afternoon I can't wait til I get the fenders on my new bike....went througha puddle and got my toes wet. Brrrr.


Last day commuting for almost a week, as I'm getting my wisdom teeth yanked out surgically tommorow. Sigh.
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Misty rain and about 60F this morning, just warm enough for the just-get-wet approach to rain, but messy enough to warrant taking a shower at the office for the first time since August. The really nice thing was an office acquaintance who has just recently learned the degree of my bike commuting asked if I really biked this morning, and when I replied yes, she said "You're really something." (No, don't think that - she's my mom's age! )
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Hadn't been on the bike for a week (house-sitting in AZ for a friend). Get the bike out yesterday morning, the rear tire is a little flat. I'm running late so I quickly pump it to normal.

Must have pumped it too quickly--when I left work yesterday the rear tire was flat, and I can hear each pump-full of air leaking out through the valve stem. Oh well. I change the tire there outside the exit of my building with people walking by. It's funny to me how little people know about bikes. I do appreciate their concern--but asking me if I can change a tire by myself? Uh, yeah, I can handle it.

This morning I had a lady buzz me. I'm taking the entire RTOL, preparing to change to the straight-thru lane because I'm continuing straight. I check shoulder, there's a lady behind me in the RTOL and no one in the stright lane. I signal (arm straight out to the left) and start my move. Suddenly she's in the lane next to me! She passes me, then cuts back over into the RTOL and makes the right turn.

I followed her into her parking lot and arrived just as she got out. She said, "I didn't mean to cut you off!" "So why did you?" I asked. She said, "I didn't know you were going to change lanes."

I held my arm out to the side and said, "What does this signal mean?" She gave me a blank look. "You don't know, do you? Lady, take Driver's Ed," I said, and rode off.
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Been off the forum for a few days.. too much freakin work to do. 14 hours yesterday. The highlight of that day was a nice ride home at 9:00pm. It was a nice chill out, and felt good to spot some fresh air. Never did see the sun yesterday...sigh.

This morning was foggy and 36f. Foggy enough that I rode the sidewalk in a narrow high speed limit area. The last left turn to the office is across 4 lanes of a curved road. It was pretty scary since I coudn't see much of the cars coming. I thought I was good and gave it a go. I'm posting, so aparently all worked out ok.
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Whole trip is 7 miles

Went driving early to find a place to park that I wouldnt have to worry about being towed-first likely spot was the Y since im a member. Unfortunately way too close. I didnt look at my odometer when I was looking for a place.
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You are going to love this one!

I had to join the Bike Forums today just to do this post.

I feel SOOOOO vindicated this morning!

Just before my final right turn on the way to work this morning a woman in a huge SUV zooms by me and cuts me off making the turn. You know, the standard "right hook" routine. Of course, I screamed the standard profanities. Then to my surprise, this motorcycle cop that was right behind me pulls her over!

Justice!
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
I was awaken at 4:30 this morning by my roomate. Evidently he's on a new plan to sleep only four hours every night and be extra productive for the other four hours. This better not impact my desired full eight hours...


Originally Posted by GTcommuter
And congratulations to my brother for his first bicycle commute this morning. Seven miles from our side of town to the Zoo for a training session. Hopefully this spurs him to make the ride to his office, which is also seven miles.
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Originally Posted by sirlight
I had to join the Bike Forums today just to do this post.

I feel SOOOOO vindicated this morning!

Just before my final right turn on the way to work this morning a woman in a huge SUV zooms by me and cuts me off making the turn. You know, the standard "right hook" routine. Of course, I screamed the standard profanities. Then to my surprise, this motorcycle cop that was right behind me pulls her over!

Justice!
Now that's the kind of story we like to read.
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