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Old 10-18-06, 08:34 AM
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Nice morning - 68 degrees on the way up to the low 80's today. Having recently finished a tour, my legs are in great shape. I glided into work today.
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Surprisingly warm this morning but foggy. I really need to slap some fenders on my bike. Wore my new "Share the Road" socks, but couldn't tell if any cagers noticed them or not.
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Old 10-18-06, 09:48 AM
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After yesterday's experience, I went with the belt and suspenders and duct tape approach. Changed the tubes, put a new tube and a new patch kit and two CO2 cartridges in the saddle bag, plus another tube and a pump in my backpack.

No problems this morning. I'm hoping to get a long ride home this afternoon to make up for yesterday morning's misadventure.
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Old 10-18-06, 11:49 AM
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Didn't ride. New to this and with ice on the streets here in Colorado I was uncertain as how to proceed so I drove. People commute year around but how when there are icy streets. Just go slow?? Suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 10-18-06, 12:37 PM
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Cold and wet! Wearing long sleeves and pants at work, fall must really be here. Still no coat or tights biking though. And, I did still ~double my commute going past work ~3.5 miles before turning around to head in.
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Originally Posted by dbs
Didn't ride. New to this and with ice on the streets here in Colorado I was uncertain as how to proceed so I drove. People commute year around but how when there are icy streets. Just go slow?? Suggestions? Thanks.
I also skipped out today due to the ice this morning. I managed to get a bunch of slush, snow, and ice into my small chainring last night and was stuck in a low gear but still had fun. Ordered some fenders last night. Hopefully I'll be better prepared for the next storm.
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Old 10-18-06, 01:59 PM
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Pouring...I arrived dry as a bone, including the inside of the shoes.
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Old 10-18-06, 02:36 PM
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A knobby tire on the front will allow you to commute on ice.
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Old 10-18-06, 04:07 PM
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First close encounter ever... the road is clear, visibility for miles, and there's only me and this roundhole approaching at a distance driving a white van... This is a country road... the only thing out there are cows and the occasional farm house. He didn't bother to take the opposite lane or even the middle of the road. No, he just whizzed by less than a foot from me at roughly 45 mph and I was riding on the shoulder.

Morons and roundholes should not be allowed to drive (even less vote) in this country (USA). >:|

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Old 10-18-06, 05:02 PM
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it was okay! i had to stop this morning to take a bunch of stuff off because i was way too hot. i knew i would be because i left the house comfortable, but i was too stubborn to take off a layer at home. when i got to work, my hair was soaked down to the ends because the new jacket i got just seals in moisture, and my body didn't like it. it was embarrassing showing up all wet. didn't want to ride without it because i didn't bring my safety vest. also i was still stubborn.

but in other news i have to confirm that a shower cap on the helmet absolutely keeps in an astonishing amount of warmth and moisture. if you're cold then try out one of those things.
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Old 10-18-06, 06:14 PM
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Ride home was much harder than the ride in - a cold front blew in, and I had 20+ mph winds. For part of the ride they were at my back, which was very nice. But then I turned, and the were alternately across my bow or I was quartering into them the rest of the way. Got a better workout than usual!
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Old 10-18-06, 08:59 PM
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Ride in was cool, but 5:30AM is too early to leave the house for a meeting. Of course, I'll be leaving at 5:00AM tomorrow for an even earlier meeting. Ride home was good but I'm still feeling worn out from overtraining.
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Old 10-18-06, 10:35 PM
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As is usual with me these days I did not have any lunch... too busy or too lazy to bother or something. Every time this happens I tell myself on the way back home: chephy, go slowly, don't push yourself too much. And I manage to stick to that resolution for about a minutes and then I see a green light in the distance I want to make... and the race is on! Oh well, bonking is good for endurance, isn't it?..

Also on the way back a rear brake cable broke on me! Then I cycled to a nearby bike shop to buy replacement only to discover that I did not have any money with me. DAMN!

The day was beautiful: very warm and dry... Probably the last such day until next May... Bye-bye summer.
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Old 10-18-06, 11:45 PM
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I left a couple hours before I had to be at work since the weather report was forecasting strong Santa Ana winds. Of course, there was no wind at all the whole way in. I extended my route and while at a stop light a car drove by that was on fire. I did a sprint to catch it at the next light and let the driver know his car was on fire. He jumps out and PULLS the object on fire out from under the car. Now there's a car on fire in one lane and a burning object in the next. I pull out the cell phone to call 911, but the line was busy. As I hung up a patrol officer happened to be coming up and saw the blaze. A couple minutes later both fires had burned themselves out. On the way home my chain came off twice. I've never had this much trouble with a chain. POS....
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Old 10-19-06, 01:15 AM
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Old 10-19-06, 09:56 AM
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Last night, I encountered a segway being used by an actual person to actually get around. Not a advertising gimmick or a tour group or cop/security person but a real live honest to gosh segway user.
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Old 10-19-06, 10:14 AM
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Last night, I encountered a segway being used by an actual person to actually get around. Not a advertising gimmick or a tour group or cop/security person but a real live honest to gosh segway user.
I saw my first one of those on the MUP a couple of weeks ago. It was broken down. And it was raining. I felt really bad about chuckling about it as I went past. I normally stop for other cyclists in trouble, or at least ask if they have everything they need, but whatever was the problem with this guys Segway, I was fairly certain that it was beyond the capabilities of a multi-tool, spare tube or tire lever to fix.

Although maybe I shouldn't underestimate my McGuyvering abilities.
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Old 10-19-06, 10:30 AM
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Wonderful commute this morning. Left the house at 6:20 to take the long way in. It was 49F and calm when I left the driveway, the sliver of the waning moon shining in the southeast. I wore a baselayer poly t-shirt, longsleeve jersey, kneewarmers, and glove liners under cycling gloves. I was a little chilly for the first 15 minutes or so but fine after that.

Coming back into Sacto on Capitol Mall, I was stuck behind a truck at a traffic light but I had a fine trackstand going. Hardly any rocking, just like I was being propped up by an invisible support. I looked over to left lane and noticed young woman in the passenger seat who was just transfixed. And her very MILFy mom in the driver seat was staring too. They both looked up from the bike and I gave them a nice big smile. I swear they both giggled like little girls.

Chicks dig track stands.
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some people can pull it off, but most of cyclists look like dorks doing track stands. just my opinion.
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Old 10-19-06, 10:49 AM
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Ugh, another warm and humid morning here. Foggy and wet at places made for a very sweaty commute. I think today is my last day commuting from my current apartment. I am moving down the street this weekend so my commute will be about a half mile shorter or so. Not too bad but I am still hoping to reach my goal of 2500 miles for the year (currently around 2150). Sunny and warm with near record high temps in the mid 80s this afternoon and I forgot to bring my sleeveless shirt
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Old 10-19-06, 10:55 AM
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Took it easy on the way to work due to a lingering tender area in the butt-seat interface area and made it to work a couple mins. earlier than usual. How does that work?
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Cool and wet, not as rainy as yesterday. Extra 5 miles coming in today. Going home last night, found myself transfixed staring at the spray shooting up from the front fender into the beam of the headlight.

My 5 y/o, parking bikes at school, asked why I put the bag on his seat now rather than give it to him so he could put it on the wet seat at the end of the day and ride home sitting on the dry bag. I guess he's learning stuff at school, good to see.
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Old 10-19-06, 11:45 AM
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Misty and humid. 3 hours plus on the bike yesterday had me spinning and getting passed by the Cool Cats on the bike trail. 3 of 4 for commuting this week. Not sure about tomorrow, might rain.
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Old 10-19-06, 12:00 PM
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Background setup for this morning's commute: My dad (conservative of conservatives) actually mentioned taking his old mountain bike to the corner store for a bottle of wine. I promptly jumped on the opportunity and volunteered to replace the old cables, chain, and tires. I had an old rack and set of grocery bag panniers to put on. Found a cheap set of plastic fenders at the LBS and now it's a certified work bike.

I rode it in this morning and what a difference from my road/touring bike. Huge 2.1 in slick tires, laid back geometry, and upright bars. Talk about cushy. I even tackled some steep hills with the super low mountain bike gearing. Once I get the fiddly cantilevered brakes set up I'll run some errands and see how hit handles loaded.

And while stopped at a red light, a lady actually pointed out my new "Share the Road" socks! "Cute socks," she yelled. I guess that's good bicycle advocacy.
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Old 10-19-06, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
Background setup for this morning's commute: My dad (conservative of conservatives) actually mentioned taking his old mountain bike to the corner store for a bottle of wine.
At first I thought you meant that your Dad traded your bike in for a bottle of wine, and wondered how you replaced parts on a bike that wasn't there any longer.

I promptly jumped on the opportunity and volunteered to replace the old cables, chain, and tires. I had an old rack and set of grocery bag panniers to put on. Found a cheap set of plastic fenders at the LBS and now it's a certified work bike.
Yay! A transportational cyclist has been born!!

And while stopped at a red light, a lady actually pointed out my new "Share the Road" socks! "Cute socks," she yelled. I guess that's good bicycle advocacy.
Too bad I hate socks in general, otherwise I'd get myself a pair like this.
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