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Old 10-31-06, 08:23 AM
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Nothing big. Same old same old.
A cold front came in last night when I exited the bus up north. Added a few items and rode home.
The interesting thing is that my leg's temp tolerance for shorts has dropped to 38F from 50F last year. However, 38F is too cold for fingerless gloves.
This morning was 24F. 9 degrees off of the average winter low and the coldest this season so far for me. Everything worked like a charm. Still, my neck was cold and I will need to pick up a neck gaiter soon (or a scarf).
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Left the house 10 minutes earler than usual. Weather guy on TV said it was 49 in ATL. So I figured it was about 45 for my ride. Well, that was the warmest 45 I have ridden in. 20 minutes into the ride, I'm sweating like a pig. Now I'm going to be way over dressed for the 75 they are saying for this afternoon. On the bright side, the office is supposed to close down early this afternoon. I may just tack on another 5-10 miles even if I am dressed wrong for it.
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I have the same issue with weather persons in denver. They can barely predict the future and are inept at the present. I went to target and purchased a $10 digital thermostat and stuck the sensor out the window. Much much better.
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Low 40Fs this morning. Soul-crushing headwind. I managed to reel in a woman on an MTB. She had a rack with a bag and panniers. I didn't want to pass her in the wind, so I stayed several yards back so as not to make her nervous. Someone came out on the MUP behind us but we outran the person, if you want to call it "outrunning."

I wore gloves but my hands got too hot after a while. Oh well.
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Only -12 today, and the snow on the roads has packed down substantially. A middle-aged gentleman didn't feel like waiting for traffic [i.e. my wife and I] to clear out of the way, so he pulled out onto the wrong side of the road and went around us. Since we were at the top of a hill, I coasted down behind him, then went into the lane beside him at the bottom. I turned around at the light and gave him a big wave and smile. He looked grumpy, but his passenger seemed amused.
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Old 10-31-06, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by dalmore
The time change and my late start had the sun rising over the river for me today.
Hey dalmore, where do you cross the river? That would be really dangerous for me if I lived up there; between my two favorite hobbies, fishing and biking, I would never get to work.

Commute this morning was fine. Since I mangled my derailer I'm going to be on the single speed for the rest of this week. It's actually kind of fun, like driving a sports car after being in my "mini-van" so much recently.
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Old 10-31-06, 10:30 AM
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Almost destroyed by a dump truck today, ride was going just fine until then (except school buses... why do they always buzz me?). You know where the road goes from asphalt to the concrete drainage ditch? The outside of his tire was ON that divide. He was doing at least 50mph, I was doing about 20. I should be f@cking dead man. Could not catch him, no lights, and I didn't see a tag, and I looked. If it was on purpose, I hope he dies a fiery death.

So then I get to my office, and I've never had a problem before. Now the security guard tells me I can't bring my bike in the building. I don't have a bike lock. He won't let me leave it there, so I'm stuck. Get my boss to come down, and he said, apologetically, that it was policy. Luckly, he's the man, so he found me a bike lock. Hopefully it won't get ganked, I hate leaving my bike outside.

Not in a good mood, although I set a pretty good time on the commuter. Probably due to me really trying to catch the guy in the dump truck. I'll probably be pissed off for the rest of the day. Awesome.
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Old 10-31-06, 11:38 AM
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Had my second contact with an auto last night. I was on the left side of the left lane getting ready to fork left right behind a mini-van. We're stopped at a light, the fork is in the middle of the next block. Light goes green and we all go. Mini-van stops suddenly and I skid to the outside of him and procede to break my fall on the side of his van. As soon as I do, he starts going again. So there I am, leaning my back against his moving van, still clipped in, frantically trying to right myself before he moves ahead of me. I don't know how it worked, but I didn't fall and forked off the the left and that was that.
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Old 10-31-06, 11:51 AM
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Yesterday, first time riding in a week, because of rain, but wonderful weather- 60 on the way in, 70 on the way home. Came out to only the second flat tire in 5 months of riding.

This morning was 30 degrees colder at 32…got bundled up and apparently left a few minutes late, because I get downtown (KCMO) to where I catch the bus and it is turning the corner in front of me a few blocks away!!! GOLLY GEE! (not actual quote) I only have 4 blocks to catch the bus before it crosses the river and heads north so I am flying down a slight incline. I knew that the driver would let out one person at the coffee plant near the bottom of the hill, but of course he barely pauses to let her out…luckily he sees me flailing my arms wildly and stops to let me on…wheew!

Otherwise, uneventful…
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GTcommuter - I don't actually cross the river but I ride along side of it for about 3/4 a mile along willeo road. If I take azeala drive over to old alabama I can ride along side it for another 3 miles.

There is a popular fishing spot where Jackson's creek joins the river right where I get on Willeo so yea, you'd probably never get to work.
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Today is my last day before I get my bicycle back. I can't wait for it need todo 30 miles tommorow.
So I am using my wal-mart bicycle and all these motors were honking at me today. I had some close cagers who don't understand the danger.

Today is Hollow and I am glad I am taking the canal home I have a7 mile journey.
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Old 10-31-06, 02:39 PM
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Going to leave early tonight to walk the kidlets around the block. It's great to be a dad.
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Old 10-31-06, 06:43 PM
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I've been busy for a while..... but I like to check back here occasionally, as I'm still very much the bike commuter.

Its the first ride home (for me) tonight after the shift in daylight saving time. Time to try out the fancy new Cateye Doubleshot that I picked up at the weekend. Should help frighten away those wee ghosties

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Very warm, cloudy and dark! This was the first time that I've bike commuted home in almost total darkness. Constant headwind... so I'm there, slowly plodding along with my new Hakkas and my huge panniers catching all that headwind, when all of a sudden... a roadie!!!

He's very close, I can see his front light closing in on me fast! And then (what nerve!) he just dropped me in the most merciless way... I mean, c'mon, he just can't drop me like that, can he? Wait! He just did!!!! He had slicks, drop bars, smaller panniers, going at a pretty good cadence too. So who am I, this rookie, to stand up to him?

I must confess, today was the first time (I've been dropped three times by commuting roadies) that my cyclist ego has been hurt. The guy was like 200 meters ahead of me when I decided to give chase! Forget this spinning thing, I'm going to mash big! Or so I thought... riding with the Hakkas and that constant headwind; it would have been easier to sprint in the deep end of a pool.

I also forgot that today is my legs weight training routine... so I'm wasted. To you roadie, whoever you are, it's true you're my brother-at-arms, but I hate you!

Anyway, all in all, another commute in the bag, and to God I'm thankful that I was able to do it.

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Old 10-31-06, 07:57 PM
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My commute this afternoon was pretty good, other than I was hungry & thirsty. I met my wife for lunch on the way home, and she carted me back to the house (about 2 miles). I had a nasty cramp in my right calf, from being dehydrated, and I really didn't want to ride the last couple of miles. On the upside it was beautiful outside, though just below 40F, so it was cooler than normal. Not bad, though I did try to eat some asphalt by finding a shady spot with a sheet of ice. Fortunately I got out of my toe clips and got a foot down before I lost it completely.
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Old 10-31-06, 09:02 PM
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Had an awesome ride home, felt just stellar.

Kind of funny when this guy going up the hill in the bike lane started swerving into the left lane as I passed him. He hooked so far I had to ride in the grass. I have an L&M ARC HID and when I was like watch out dude he goes give a signal so I say what are you blind and he says eff you and I say at least I can ride a straight line. I mean there is a yellow line painted there. Probably another candidate for Cross Eyed Cricket's "IF YOU DIDN"T DRINK AND DRIVE YOU WOULDN"T BE IN THIS SITUATION" comment.
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something that feels pretty serious is wrong with my bike. at first i just thought it was the rear brake pads being worn all the way down to the rivet and scoring the rim (little curls of metal sticking out from under the pads when i got off to check were a clue there), but even laying off the back brakes got me a rubbing noise. got off and checked again. someone's messed with my rear qr? it was out a little, so i unclipped it and re-seated the wheel. still rubbing, plus a slightly ominous clicking noise as i went over the bridge. uh oh. there endeth my list of ideas, personally.

got to work eventually, but did not want to ride home like that. left early, with the intention of taking it to my favourite lbs (close to home), where i bought it and they service for free for the first year. would anyone care to know how long it took a city bus to cover the same ground i can do in 10 minutes, during rush hour on halloween night? one hour, that's what. the time i spent just waiting for it to arrive is as long as it usually takes me to get over the bridge and well into the ride up the hill. too late for the bike shop by the time i reached where i was going, so i bought dinner stuff and walked it home from the bus stop. they don't open till ten, so i guess i'll just be late tomorrow instead. uh, as well. whatever.

it was nice weather though.
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Old 11-01-06, 06:32 AM
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Fine ride in this AM and yesterday as well. It is unseasonably warm here in the Raleigh area, so am getting in as much riding as possible before the weather turns on me. The tree colors are just getting near peak, so it is very pretty out there (though I can't see much of the colors while riding in the dark in the AM)
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Three drivers minus two cars in our family = one commuter. Fortunately the weather has been great.
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Another nice commute this morning. 40F, nice and still. Between my bike commutes and my evening weight program I'm pretty challenged, so I'm letting my body adapt and don't push too hard; I just spin and get to the office nice and easy. Now with the Hakkas there's no sense trying to push it either. Can't wait for Spring to put the slicks back on.

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No commute today...I planned on doing a short commute in from a commuter lot since my headlight is on its way back to Nashbar for replacement. Since daylight savings it's too dark to ride all the way home without a light. When I went to take my bike out of the car it had a flat tire! This is shocking since there's over 1500 commuting miles on my Armadillos with no flat. I have not yet had time to determine the cause. Oh well, I guess it's better to have had the car instead of mid-commute so I was not late to work. This 4 mile stretch to work which normally would take 15 minutes on the bike took 25 in the car!
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Nice this morning. Sun coming up, blue skies. Low 40Fs. A little bit of a tailwind. I reeled in one guy and saw a few other cyclists going the other way.

One nice thing about knobby tires on dry pavement: The peds hear me coming and move before I need to ring the bell.
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Saw a car with obvious curb damaged rims and two flat tires abandoned on the side of the road a couple of hunderd yards from an spot where cagers cut a corner so sharply they often hit the curb. Cutting that corner saves them at least 1 or 2 seconds since they don't have to slow down. Must be some pretty tight schedules these people keep...
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Warm ride in today and it's supposed to get warmer by this afternoon. Was passed close a few times by cabbies and livery drivers jumping into the bus lane to get ahead of traffic. Must be the stress of All Saints Day.

edit: Forgot to mention the ped that walked into my back tire while I was stopped at an intersection waiting for a green light. Glad he's not driving if he can't see where he's walking.
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Old 11-01-06, 08:17 AM
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Lots of candy wrappers on the neighborhood streets and beer bottles along the roads near campus.
Seems to have been a big night for the trick-or-treaters - Indian Summer weather. Should be in the high 70s again today.

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