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Old 10-22-06, 10:20 PM
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+1 on the Sunday commute. Boston had the Charles Regatta going on plus a Paul Simon concert- I wouldn't have wanted to be driving a car in all that traffic

Great ride on the regular commuter (not the folder). So nice to whip down the road at 23 mph right out with the traffic instead of toodling along on the da Hon helios. Little or no wind today. Road over to Dorchester, then over to BU then back to Newton then back to BU then back to Newton. Yo yo commuting but got some miles in. Lots of urban street rides but I'm missing my bike path rides along the river.
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Old 10-23-06, 05:08 AM
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No commute today as the wife wouldn't allow me to go out in rain and 25 mph wind gusts.

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Old 10-23-06, 06:57 AM
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This was my first day back on the bike after a week off (wisdom teeth removed + A reaction to the meds). Gah, how I missed it. It was nice out, 35 degrees, a slight breeze, light traffic. I wore just the right amount of clothing so I didnt end up at work sweating up a storm.

To make things better, it was the first day on the bike I rebuilt (See my other post)
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Old 10-23-06, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by coolness03
This is my 5th week of commuting. I've ramped it up a bit, now I'm going 4 days a week on the bike after going 3 days the past month. It's been great, the bike has held up well, when I'm engaged in traffic I'm more assertive and following the rules to a T, and most importantly spending lots of time here and learning a lot. Thanks.

But real life is starting to creep in.

I almost got the classic right-hook today by some numpty. The driver thought he could turn in but he wisely stopped midstream as I passed him with a few feet of room. Hearing the horns of other drivers, berating this guy (or were hurrying me up?), was sweet music to my ears. Whatever, I didn't get the worse of this situation.

But on Tuesday night I almost collided head on with a kid riding his BMX bike real low while listening to his tunes. That's one. Two, he was going the wrong way in the bike lane. Three, he had no lights on whatsoever. He literally jumped out of the shadows and I didn't see this kid until I saw the whites of his eyes. Thankfully we didn't evade each other in the same direction or else it would've been messy. Sweet Jesus, I didn't think my heart could beat that hard and so fast.

I'm seriously considering doing a pro wrestling-style Clothesline manuever on the next person I encounter going the wrong way. I don't care if the person is elderly, carrying a baby, or if she's frickin' Shakira. They're getting the Ric Flair treatment.

Ok I'm kidding, but I can dream can't I?
No clotheslining Shakira Man that is one cute young lady IMO.

Today's commute was fine. Chili, but fine. Only one idiot today, and he was in a BMW, surprise, surprise, surprise. I'm stopped behind a bunch of cars at a light, and this nimrod wants to pass me even though he can't go anywhere. I stared him down until he acknowledged that I was there. Once the light changed, I politely let the idiot go ahead of me, but man what an idiot.
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Old 10-23-06, 07:13 AM
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Fine ride in this morning. Very sunny. Only got one honk and that was from my roomate being a smarty. Weather was chilly and I broke out my wind jacket for the first time yesterday.
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Old 10-23-06, 07:23 AM
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My ride started off really nicely. Not too cold in Dublin, clear bright promising Monday until a Mercedes drove into me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A guy turned onto the main road into me, must have been blind! More a pain in the arse than anything cos now I have to go get my wheels straightened and have a massive gash and bruise on my shin!

funny thing was last night I was dreaming of the fetish cycles bike I wanna build. But that's for a different forum all together.
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Old 10-23-06, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by GreenAnvil
No commute today as the wife wouldn't allow me to go out in rain and 25 mph wind gusts.

Whatsamattawidder?

Did a 40 mile ride around the Bronx yesterday that had enough hills to make Lance weep. That meant I had dead legs on today's commute. Got to work a little early and saw the street sign I lock to occupied by two bikes so I had to use another, less secure street sign. Locked up, left my keys in the pad lock and went up to the office. Tweny minutes later I noticed I didn't have my bike lock keys and rushed outside to find my bike still there and the keys still in the pad lock. Grabbed the keys, made sure everything was locked and smiled at my own stupidity.
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Old 10-23-06, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
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This is a lost fight... better to wait another day...

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Old 10-23-06, 08:28 AM
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80% of my commute is Westbound. Guess which way the wind was blowing this morning? Yup, you win.

48F Winds West @ 20mph

I don't know why but it just kicked my ass today. Hopefully they stay West so I can enjoy the ride home.
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Old 10-23-06, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by nicc0
My ride started off really nicely. Not too cold in Dublin, clear bright promising Monday until a Mercedes drove into me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A guy turned onto the main road into me, must have been blind! More a pain in the arse than anything cos now I have to go get my wheels straightened and have a massive gash and bruise on my shin!

funny thing was last night I was dreaming of the fetish cycles bike I wanna build. But that's for a different forum all together.
Bummer - glad to hear it wasn't more serious! Assume you got the necessary information and this bonehead's going to be footing the bill for your bike and body repairs???
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Old 10-23-06, 09:19 AM
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Beautiful sunrise today! I've got another month of those, then I'll have to wait until February...
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Old 10-23-06, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by nicc0
My ride started off really nicely. Not too cold in Dublin, clear bright promising Monday until a Mercedes drove into me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A guy turned onto the main road into me, must have been blind! More a pain in the arse than anything cos now I have to go get my wheels straightened and have a massive gash and bruise on my shin!

funny thing was last night I was dreaming of the fetish cycles bike I wanna build. But that's for a different forum all together.

Glad you are not in too bad a shape. Hope you get new bike and punitive damages from the guy.
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Old 10-23-06, 09:58 AM
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This is my third week of commuting. The first I did it 3 days, second 4, and this week I'm going to try commuting the whole week. It was a crisp 44 and dark out when I left the house, and I got to wear my hoody for the first time on my ride. I also switched from my fixed-gear Motobecane (which I'd ridden the past two weeks) to the mountainbike I just resurrected from the depths of my father-in-law's garage. I'd spend the weekend tuning it up (first time working with a geared bike) and it really made the ride a lot easier. Being able to downshift for the hills and just maintain a high cadence (I listen to Atari Teenage Riot on my morning rides) the whole way made the trip go quickly. Didn't encounter any real major idiots on the way in. I did have someone decide to try and squeeze himself into my lane and get a little close with his side-view mirror, but it was at a red light so I just pulled ahead a bit and beat him through the intersection. I really love it when it's cold enough that I don't have to change clothes when I get to work.
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Old 10-23-06, 10:59 AM
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I was sick in bed all week last week with the exception of Tuesday, where I braved the bicycle to work despite my illness... There where things needing taking care of that required me physically to be there regardless of my health and I figured the ride (taken slow and easy, of course) would give my immune system a little boost. This was before I realized how sick I was, and I'm sure that having soaked pants in the cold rainy ride home didn't help - but it was fun despite the chill and I saw a surprising number of other brave souls riding the opposite way.

Saturday I made the ride to work and back to collect my laptop and some other work related items to catch up on what I missed during the week. The weather was windy but beautiful, however I felt like death by the time I got home and spent the rest of the day in bed.

Sunday it snowed! I was feeling a little better, so my first instinct was to phone a friend nearby (aprox. a 15 minute ride away) so I had a destination to try my bike in the snow. I let a little air out of the tires (too much, I think... will have to mess around with it) to deal with the slippy roads. The ride home taught me a lesson however - if I'm going to be trying this in inclimate weather, I need to weather-proof myself and not just the bike! My leather jacket with layers underneath is plenty warm and dry, but my legs where soaked and freezing as where my hands. The full-finger cycling gloves do great when it's cold and dry but are useless in wet snow.

I may have to call it quits for the cycle commuting for the cold and rainy days until I can afford some good waterproof pants and gloves. Sadly, the next few months are generally cold and rainy here.
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Old 10-23-06, 11:32 AM
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Foggy all the way today. Biking to kindergarten, Thing 2 kept saying 'This fog is thick as... thick as...' and I kept suggesting 'pea soup?' and kept saying no, eventually settled on thick as smoke. 8 min to go .3 miles to his school. That's about typical for him. Nice ride to work, I just spun all the way as much as I could stand it.
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Old 10-23-06, 01:38 PM
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First truly cold morning. 36 degrees with 20-25mph wind gusts. I guessed right on the number of layers and warmed up just fine. It'll only be around 40 for the ride home, and mid 20s tomorrow morning with snow flurries. I'm planning to ride.

With the weather change, I think I went from "the eccentric guy who bike commutes" to the "slightly insane coworker" today. I saw a cowoker as I was locking up. He did everything but call me crazy.
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Old 10-23-06, 01:56 PM
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A bit breezy this morning from time to time. I think I am getting annoyed with my baggy cycling jacket.
I keep turning into a sail at the slightest breeze.
Time to check out a few form fitted jacket. Yahoo! Something else to spend money on.
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Old 10-23-06, 04:02 PM
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4"C, gusty winds to 25kph and snow. Had to go home and put another layer on before riding to work. Will be much colder after sun goes down I am sure. Bought a pair of snowboard pants on Sunday. Waterproof and breatheable. Seemed to work ok today. Not a fan of rain pants. They make noise and look ridiculous. When I stop in at my local for a cold one after work I don't like to look like a total bike geek just a plain bike geek will do fine thanks.
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Old 10-23-06, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
A bit breezy this morning from time to time. I think I am getting annoyed with my baggy cycling jacket.
I keep turning into a sail at the slightest breeze.
Time to check out a few form fitted jacket. Yahoo! Something else to spend money on.
If you ever run out of things to spend money on, I am accepting donations for my college fund
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Old 10-23-06, 05:23 PM
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LOL!

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Old 10-23-06, 06:20 PM
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I've commuted all but 4 days this summer(2 flats and a swollen knee), starting in May, and still going. Its not much as commutes go, 2.5 Miles uphill to and the same but downhill home. That was great planing on my part don't you think?

Course if it wasn't 4 lanes of 50+mph traffic it would be better. It was snowing this AM but made it to 40 by the evening. Some evenings I can get 10-20 by sliding out to the bike paths I usually do that three times a week. Did have to break down and get a twinklelight for the back, this daylight savings time really leaves me in the dark most mornings.
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Old 10-23-06, 07:47 PM
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Todays commute was a drag. I was really tired, plus I woke up late, which didn't make me very happy. I was very slow, and on top of it all it was so foggy that I took a wrong turn which put me up a huge hill. Fortunately I made it to work without any major incident, but it took 10 minutes longer to get there.

I got stuck at work late today, so my wife drove me home, but I'll be riding back on Wednesday (I have to be at work from tomorrow morning until Wednesday evening).
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Old 10-23-06, 08:00 PM
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Commute today took longer than usual. really dragging ass today. most likely lack of sleep. got back from the mountains late last night. High point of the day was when a driver rolled down his window to tell me how visible I was. he said the lighting was excellent. low point was getting buzzed by a suzuki sv650.
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Old 10-23-06, 08:14 PM
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nice ride in today. Took the bike path in for the first time in a couple of weeks. They were still dismantling the remnants of the Charles Regatta- the annual skulling race that is attended by thousands.

On the ride home a huge truck was parked blocking the path and as I tried to negotiate my way around it I took a nice spill as I tried to come back out of the mud and ruts that the truck had made on either side of the path and hit the pavement.

slammed down on my left knee and hip. a kind of I fell down and went boom kind of fall. Now my hip hurts, my knee hurts, put a little tear in my nice orange long sleeve jersey. ticked me off especially since there was no obvious reason to leave the truck parked there overnight since there was a huge empty parking lot 30' away.

other than that a very pleasant ride.

My wife rode in today, too. And she took a different stretch of path and avoided the truck altogether.
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Old 10-23-06, 09:22 PM
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Oh, buzzman, that sucks. Can't you report this to some parking authorities? Surely the truck has no business being there.
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