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Old 10-30-06, 08:32 AM
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Nice ride. Cool then warm.
I overdressed today. I forgot that the sun comes up an hour earlier so the temperature started "climbing" before I was half way to work. Stopped about two miles from work to remove my gloves and unzip my windbreaker. Had to take it off a mile later.
Supposed to be ~75F (24C) later today. The ride home should be great, only a little closer to being "dark".
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I think the cold weather is making it take longer for my knees to warm up. They felt stiff and achy at first, but after 5 mins, felt fine. At the first corner, I came about 1' away from hitting a ped who couldn't figure out which way to move so I pseudo-trackstanded until he figured it out. Found a line in traffic that had me in the middle of a 4 lane road passing traffic between the lanes.
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3rd commute on the winter beater MTB this time I didn't forget anything and nothing exciting happened No snow yet, so I ran 26x1.25 slicks at 80psi front & rear, felt like a big improvement in handling. Distance: about 25 miles, time: about 2 hours which is down 40 minutes from Friday when I ran inverted tread 26x1.5 at 65psi. Weather was 30F when I started out, 40F by the time I arrived, so I was sweating even with everything unzipped--I'll drop the short sleeve jersey next time.
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Old 10-30-06, 08:43 AM
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Another commute this morning without incident. I have to say it was pretty nice this morning, about 62 degrees and minimal wind. The sun is out and it helps to keep things warm without needing many layers. It is funny to see everyone bundled up in their cars cause it feels cold to them. Wee a much needed day off tomorrow so I dont know that I will be doing any riding but I think I will give the bike a once over to keep things in top shape.
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Today's was the first commute after a 2-week vacation. Prague, Split, Dubrovnik, Dresden. Very pretty. I noticed many more full-suspension MTBs in Prague than a few months ago. I can't imagine riding non-suspension bikes on cobblestones, but they do it. Must be murder on wheelsets.

Anyway... 40F degrees and a stiff quartering tailwind helping me along this morning. I saw some loons swimming in the lake. The leaves are almost all gone! I don't feel ready for winter this year.
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Old 10-30-06, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
I think the cold weather is making it take longer for my knees to warm up. They felt stiff and achy at first...
That's why bike shops sell knee warmers.
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As Wulfheir mentioned, it was pretty nipply today. The ground was still a little warm when it began snowing on Sunday morning. The first inch of snow melted on the ground and then froze as more snow fell. That means most side roads are very slick. I set up our winter commuters yesterday, but put too much air in my rear tire. The spikes do a great job on the ice, but only when they make contact.

I'm not looking forward to the ride home, as I forgot to put on a bigger rear cog, resulting in a pedal-mashing 44x16 gear. I run 42x16 on my road SS, so this will be an interesting trip home.
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Old 10-30-06, 10:02 AM
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In-laws in town so I am freed of am kid duty, got to hit the road at 7am. Frost! Low 30s, high 20s, what the heck! I broke out long pants and gloves w/ fingers, no jacket though. Ever the optimist, brought shorts and no-finger gloves for the ride home.
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It was 42 degrees in downtown DC this morning, so wore what I was wearing last week (roughly the same temps, if not a little warmer) and was getting a half-step too warm. Love the time change, but it'll make the ride home a little depressing. Oh well, this morning felt great. I did a lot of riding over the weekend, so this felt like a nice recovery ride.
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Old 10-30-06, 11:09 AM
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Another no-foot-down commute. (I really didn't think it was such a big deal, especially once you get the timing of the lights on your route.)

Anyway, today's weather was perfect: high 40s, calm, and clear. I wore chinos and a button down shirt and was perfectly comfortable. The only thing that bothers me once it gets below 50F is my hands (I just have the wimpiest cold tolerance in my extremities. Even my wife, who's an Original Valley Girl, has less trouble with the cold when we ski). But with a pair of $2 rag gloves from Rite-Aid, I was just fine.

Had the panniers fully loaded with a backpack full of gym clothes and a couple of binders of boring legal stuff. Once I got up to speed, I was going to be hard to stop. Luckily, I made nearly all the lights.
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Old 10-30-06, 11:15 AM
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It finally dipped into the 30's this morning. I got flyers stuck in my chainring and spokes. Funny stuff. A crosswind at the right time and my bike had a little decoration.
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Beautiful day out 14'C and sunny. Winds strong from the south (have to be to get 14'C this time of year). Expected low tonight 11'C no rain forecast till morn. Just bought a pair of Columbia snowboard pants (waterproof and breatheable) that I have been wearing for last week (lot of rain and 1-5'C) left at home today just wore fatigues over my shorts. Left long sleeve jersy at home just wore Loius Garneau jacket over Helly Hanson base layer. Put Sugoi booties in back pack. Switched back to LG long fingered gloves from Columbia snowboard gloves (again waterproof and breatheable). The new Columbia gear worked well in rain and just above freezing. Only a 3 mile ride home but was warm and snug all the way.
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Old 10-30-06, 04:41 PM
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Smooth, no foot down commute on the way home. This included a hop onto the sidewalk when traffic got too tight to get through.
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Great ride home! 50F with a slight breeze and gorgeous clear skies. First day with the Hakkas (which I found to be considerably slower than the Nimbus Armadillos).

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Today was my first commute with new bike lights - and the first time I've ridden at "night" after the time change - love it! It sounds like everyone so far has had great weather - and here on Long Island, NY, I'd say today was an ideal bike day, mild winds, 45-52ish degrees.
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right hooked, no contact, at last 0.2 mile commute today. i did hit her driver side rear w/my right fist, she looked startled. i don't get it, how, or why someone would follow/through with such assinine manuvers (spx2), but that's what seems to happen from "perfect" rides, sometimes!
going to write a letter to her after this post, to give tomorrow.
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Old 10-30-06, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mscommuter
Today was my first commute with new bike lights - and the first time I've ridden at "night" after the time change - love it!
Had my first ride home in the dark this evening, and I loved it too. For most of the way I had the company of other commuters--another first, and I'm not sure why we were all out at the same time for once. I was happy for the company on the MUP. I've heard about a few muggings and it was nice to not be alone.

There's something almost magical about biking in the twilight. Even in traffic, things seem somehow quieter ('course, I'm not in NYC).
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oh, so that's why the ride home was like it was. just checked the weather page - -2C projected for later tonight, and already down to +1 while i was on my way home. good day to bring out last year's balaclava, which as it happens,i did do this morning. all the same, i was cold by the time i got to the bridge in my wool socks, balaclava and gloves. this early in the winter, just tights under my rain/wind pants isn't enough.

nice ride, both ways. definitely cold, which does have the advantage of keeping the sweat levels down. i'm just glad it wasn't raining as well.
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great commute today. perfect weather and had a nice ride home with my wife. awfully nice to ride along the river and chat in the cool fall evening air.
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55F! Warm! 2nd day with the Hakkas and a couple of minutes faster. Took a shower, ate breakfast and I'm new!

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Old 10-31-06, 07:15 AM
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The time change and my late start had the sun rising over the river for me today. HOW COOL IS THAT?? Oops I didn't mean to hit the caps lock key - must have been my sub-conscious.
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It's supposed to get colder as the day goes on (cold front coming in), but it was 58 this morning, a slight breeze, and peeerfect for riding. I wish we had more days like this.
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Took a detour on the way in to work to check out a commercial property for rent near my neighborhood, and befriended a very nice dumpster kitty who then followed me for half a block.
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The usual. Had to do a zig zag around a cab cutting into my lane whether I was there or not. Swooped around his front bumper, zigged left, then right around the cab in front of him.
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Nice sunrise. Almost blinding at one place where I'm riding into the sun.

The time change and the warm temps we've had have me all screwed up. I was comfortable when I started out but too warm about half way to work. Slid the arm warmers down (like the pros ) and unzipped my vest and jersey.
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