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Old 10-24-06, 03:27 PM
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Great ride in and out today. Perfect 45 degrees to keep me cool in my shorts and underarmour short sleeve shirt Had a nice conversation with a chap on the way over the queensborough bridge and a nice chat on the way back home with a nice lady on the queensborough bridge.
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Nice ride back home. 41F with showers and a 14mph WNW wind. Right now I feel confident that I can ride at least down to 32F, rain or shine (have riden down to 31F). I'll be learning and adjusting once we start getting snow and ice, but so far my decision to bike commute is holding out. Of course, once it gets into the 20's, 10's and single digits it's a different ballgame altogether. We'll see.

A pair of Nokians Hakkapeliitas 106W are on their way from SpeedGoat. I plan on putting them on and leaving them on until March or so, ice or not, snow or not (can't get another set of rims now and won't be changing tires the night before; riding the anvil is out of the question, the reason I got the new bike is because the anvil has no forward momentum once you stop pedaling... it just stays there...)

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Ride to work wasn't bad, I took the fixed gear road bike today (commuted on my mountainbike for the first time yesterday). The weather was clear and chilly, in the 50s. I was glad for my hoodie, as it kept me warm but I didn't sweat so I was still was able to wear my clothes into work. I found a parking lot to weave through that makes my trip there easier (levels off one of the two big hills) and was able to up my average speed there to 16.8mph.

My ride home was a little more eventful, as it was raining when I left the office and shortly thereafter I ate pavement at about 20mph on a right turn. I scraped up my palms, bruised my leg, bent my brake lever, tore up my bar tape and knocked my back wheel slightly out of true (not enough to rub), but after catching my breath I was able to hop back on and keep going. I'm glad for my helmet as I whacked my head on the pavement and that would have smarted without the helmet to take the blow. The rest of the ride was fine besides a BIG truck deciding to breeze me through a puddle (glad I had my stuff in plastic bags) and soak my legs and toolbag. Shortly after the soaking I made it to a friend's house (about 8 miles from work, 9 from home) and poked my head in to dry off a little, and he offered me a ride the rest of the way. I took him up on it as my leg and wrist were bugging me and I'm glad I did.

I'm now at home nursing my wounds and drying out. I'm really liking commuting on my fixed gear bike the 17 miles to work and though tomorrow i'm going to be carpooling with my wife (80% chance of showers) I think I'll actually be able to pull off this bike to work 4-5 times a week (depending on if I need to restock clothes/toiletries) thing i'm doing. The mild Texas weather definately makes it easier.
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I tacked 15 miles on the way home. It's windy out.
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nice ride both ways. still getting used to the competizione's thinner tires. still need adjustments. the handlebar bag has got to go... there's not enough room for my hands! maybe a rack or seat bag.
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Old 10-24-06, 07:12 PM
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39F on the way in this morning, but I was plenty warm. Got a flat about 10 minutes in, and walked out to a flat tire before riding home I'm getting tired of changing tubes.

Supposed to be 32F tomorrow morning. Not ready to break out the fleece yet.
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Old 10-24-06, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by flythebike
I had some tool in a van honk at me and tell me to ride on the sidewalk. It is trash pickup day and the sidewalk is totally blocked with supercans. So a totally obtuse sugestion no matter how you look at it. I'm towing a kiddie trailer and just can't get around these things. There is a whole 'nother lane and it isn't any problem to get around, and I'm only on that road for two blocks, doing 20. I just ignore tools like this because they will always be around. If he wants to ruin his day by obsessing over something meaningless, less power to him.
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Old 10-24-06, 09:33 PM
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Rode as fast as I could both ways. It felt good. Only one idiot passed too close, but when I hit the high beam and chased him he took off. He knew what he was doing, or he wouldn't have fled, looking over his shoulder and whipping around other cars. I got the plate though, heh heh.
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almost got hit by nj transit bus on the way home,. called bus customer service and was on hold 20 minutes, gave up and called 911 from home. police came here and took report. then i completed 2 letter to bus company "to not let them know means it never happened" .
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Originally Posted by chephy
Oh, buzzman, that sucks. Can't you report this to some parking authorities? Surely the truck has no business being there.
thanks chephy. and yes, it did suck but I wrote a nasty gram to the Vermont Tent company and the MDC, who oversees the bike path, complaining about the truck and I write good nasty-grams so it made me feel better. The additional bummer was when I realized later that I lost my spare headlamp (worth about $30) that must have shot out of the side pocket of my bike bag when I fell. The worst thought was that the very idiot that parked the truck there must have found it lying there in front of his truck this morning like a reward for being such an a-hole.

Had a fabulous ride in this morning with my wife. And a nice steady push on the way home to make it in time for dinner with a friend.
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40F with slight rain. Very nice. I feel great!

When I pulled into the parking lot rack another coworker came by and expressed interest in commuting by bike too. Last Monday another guy I know came to work on his bike.

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Old 10-25-06, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
I tacked 15 miles on the way home. It's windy out.
how many knots were you doing?

This mornings commute was good. I need to get a scarf or something though. It was low 30's here and when you hit 30+ mph going down a hill, the wind chill aint exactly what I call fun .
Beautiful day so far though. The sun was lighting the light blue sky and clouds with this quite nice pink lining. The people in their cars were being nice too. I got a few strange looks, like they couldn't beleive someone would be out doors when its cold or something. Oh well, I got to break in my new long sleeve pearl izumi jersey and the new under armour shirt I bought yesterday. Nice and warm for the body...just got to work on keepin the face warmer.

Oh yeah..new bike in the rack at work. Not really a new bike, looks like a 2 or 3 year old (based on the drivetrain rust) columbia. But maybe I've converted someone?
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Old 10-25-06, 07:56 AM
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Put fenders on the old Trek last night, anticipating the rain the fell overnight. Was supposed to rain all day today, but wasn't raining when I woke up. This morning was my first wet commute, and I was really enjoying it, until just shy of the halfway mark.

Stopped at a red light, first in line to make a left-hand turn when the light turns green. The turn is protected, so I clipped in and started to accelerate through the turn like I always do. Must have given a bit too much "gas" as I was turning, because I felt the back tire spin. Before I knew it I was on the ground with a serious pain in my butt and my left knee. Drivers behind me were kind enough to wait for me to get up and make my way out of the intersection. One nice lady even stopped to ask if I was OK - After I assured her that I was okay, she even asked how my bike was. Very nice of her!

Somehow managed to unclip my left foot in all of this, just in time to twist my left knee as I went down. Everything else seems fine, and the bike seems to have escaped with no damage. Got back on, rode the remaining 8 miles to the office (took it very easy). Noticed a significant wobble on the back tire as I got close to work - seems that several of the spokes have loosened and it's no longer close to true. S'pose I can handle that, though...
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Old 10-25-06, 08:04 AM
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Another cool morning. ~35F (1C) when I left home but it felt cooler than yesterday.
Not sure why my boss had me come to the office. I'm supposed to go to a bike/ped conference this morning. I live in Decatur and the conference is in Decatur but I work in Atlanta. Let's see. Ride 8.5 miles to work and check emails (can be done from home) and phone messages. Then ride ~ 5 miles from work to the conference. Had I ridden from home to the conference it would have been 5+ miles. Now I like adding extra miles as much as anyone, but when the temps are in the 30s.......


Great ride other than an short incident with a gray haired old woman who couldn't drive. She pulled out of a driveway without looking and turned right. Luckily I saw her and the road was wide and no one was behind me so I could pull to the left along side her. Her windows were closed so I yelled, "Next time look both ways before pulling out of the driveway." She made some sort of jesture like she couldn't hear me. I guess she can't see either.
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My most amusing tip over:
Yesterday on the way home I was entering the cherry creek trail around downing.
This is a decent downward ramp that connects with the trail at a T. I looked to my left and right. Then started going. I noticed another cyclist coming at me from my left and hit the brakes while unclipping. I was a wee bit too far over to the right and my unclipped foot came down on the grass except for the fact that it was a foot or two lower than the path. Consequently, I ended up jumping off my bike. No wounds. No scratches to the bike. It did make me chuckle.

This morning:
The 4th flat with my expensive new front tire. Even with a tire liner and a slime tube! bleh
I hereby declare that the Panaracer tserve for messenger is junk. I plan on putting my old vittoria tire with exposed threads on when I get home. My old vittorias had all of 1 flat in 4000 miles. This new tire may have 800 with 5 flats. Piece o crap. Time to order new vittorias. The heck with trying new tires.
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Also, had a lady in a chevy Avalanche try to back out of her driveway into me on a residential street.
I anticipated what she was going to do and was in the left lane shortly before she backed out and made a wide turn. She was behind me at the light and I turned around, shook my head, and lifted my hands in a WTF type gesture. Strangely enough she asked me what she was doing wrong. "Nothing right now but you tried to back up into me out of your driveway". No response. Anyhow, due to my flat issues I was trying to keep from annoying myself and let it go.
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Old 10-25-06, 08:40 AM
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I came in too early to catch the sunrise, and it was chillier than I had anticipated. On the plus side, I identified all the squeaks and rattles on my bike last night and fixed them. It was a nice, quiet ride in.
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Old 10-25-06, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by worktheweb
On the upside, I think I've proven to myself that I can stick it out for the winter (it doesn't get that much colder here).
Hi, I'm a DC downtown commuter too, maybe we'll pass each other some morning. I totally know what you're saying about these ridiculous drivers. I am always thinking what you posted -- is getting to work five seconds faster really that important? I also want to shake, rattle and roll all those pedestrians who walk blindly into the street (often on cell phone) and then get outraged at me when I just barely miss hitting them.

I will say that I am planning on it getting significantly colder than it was yesterday and today. Both mornings were in the high 30s/low 40s, and my experience is that we'll have many mornings in the 20s, some in the teens, and (if we're lucky, but I'm weird that way) possibly some in the single digits. DC is funny that way. I've lived here 15 years and have experienced winters where it gets to below zero and where it barely drops below 32 degrees. What I've found is that the real cold temperatures don't come until January and February, even March. I think I was wearing shorts past Thanksgiving last year, and finally had to switch to winter pants just before Christmas. I have a photo taken of myself leaving for work on Dec. 11 of last year, and I'm wearing shorts a t-shirt. It was an oddly warm day that day, but we'll keep getting those until after the new year, and then the real chill sets in.
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The ride flowed like water. New pavement makes the commute feel so much better. My times are about the same, but much less jarring. Plus it seemed I had a lower number of morons to deal w/ in the bus lane.
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A blustery day in the Hundred Acre Wood. But I am feeling pretty good about my bike handling skills after wrestling the Bomber through a gusty crosswind with a full payload.
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Beautiful. Day off from kid duty so I could head in early. I'm the first person here! And it was at least 10F cooler, leaving ~90 min earlier than usual. If I didn't know better I'd swear I saw freezing fog in some hollows on the way.
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46F on the way back home, a little windy but otherwise very nice. Sun breaking through the clouds and a break from all the rain was a welcome sight. Covered the route 6 min faster. A nice ride to end the day.

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Slow ride home w/ lots of lane splitting. There's no getting around it on Park Ave. Traffic just moves too slow up to 57th St. I can't complain though because it was so relaxing.
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Had a great commute today. This morning it was 45d and light wind with the chance of 30 to 40 mph tail wind going home this afternoon. About 15 min before I left work the flags were hanging limp. (ba humbug) By the time I got out to my bike the wind had picked up to about 15 to 20 and what a great ride home.

Datajunkie you must have had to fight it all the way home. Riding south out of Wash Park and down Franklin St I was thinking to myself zoom zoom zoom. The one good thing about winter riding for me is the wind is usally calm in the mornings and out of the NW in the afternoon when the winter storms roll in and i get to go SE
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It has not been that bad lately. At least the wind isn't pushing me over yet
I just sit in the drops and chug along. There was a decent 20mph headwind one day and somehow I managed 17mph for a while.
Yes, the opposite direction would be much better
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