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Old 11-02-06, 07:30 PM
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Nothing as exciting as jwbnyc. I'm just getting started on my commuting. Ran my new bike up to the post office and back, about 2 1/2 miles. Feels good to be out of the car, although I've still got a spare tire to lose.
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Old 11-02-06, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jwbnyc
Went in hard at the start of the ride home tonight.

Riding in traffic, making a right turn with a line of cars. Hadn't clipped in yet. Foot slipped off the right pedal. Speed was about 15mph. Right foot skeetered on the pavement. Bike got sideways. Flip/SLAM. Hands never left the bars. Left side of my head, right above my eye went into the pavement really hard. also made contact with my left hip, left forearm. and right hand, this last as the bike rolled over the top pinning my hand against the bar.

Only damage to the bike was a turned in left brifter and the rear wheel coming out of the dropouts.

Head's a little sore above the left eye where the helmet was jammed in. Brand new helmet. Toast. It didn't fracture, in fact; there's no visible damage as I was using a helmet cover. Still, it was such a vicious blow, safer to toss it. Definitely a hospital trip there without the helmet IMO, if not death or worse. Never have been a religious helmet wearer until now.

Worst damage is the right hand. Seems to be sprained. Might be broken.

Got the bike going, did an easy Ten Miles up to an LBS to get the bike checked out and put back right, then another Five Miles home. Took me Twice as long to get here as usual.

Picked up a couple of Negra Modelos and some beef jerky on the way.

Got off easy I reckon.
Ouch. Glad you're alright, albeit a little sore. I had a slight mishap myself today. I transferred my toe clips from my roadie to the MTB last night after trying to wipe out twice on the icey roads yesterday morning. I was hopping the curb to go down to my back door, and caught my rear tire on it and it spun. Needless to say, I couldn't get out fast enough and went down on my left side. Fortunately, I got up and walked into the house laughing, albeit a bit muddy. My wife thought I was crazy.
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Old 11-02-06, 08:19 PM
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Wet, chilly, but delightful.
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Snow showers, colder, low 30s. Saw a guy riding a bent, he waved, I waved back. Tried to catch up with him but no use. Not only am I not a fast rider yet and my body is feeling tired but the Hakkas are S-L-O-W tires. Wow, I realize that now. Besides, after getting home I checked their pressure and they were down to 40psi so I bumped them back to 65psi, cleaned and lubed the chain and checked things here and there.

I cancelled my weight work out routine tonight as I decided to listen to my body and let it rest for a day or two (of weight training). I may ride again tomorrow (if so will be the first week that I've bike commuted every single day) but if I'm very tired I'll connect to the office remotely. Last week's 75+ mi tour was cancelled due to rain and wind so we're planning for this weekend and I want to have fresh legs. For that ride I will swap out the Hakkas and put the Armadillo Nimbus; no way I'm going to ride 75mi with the Hakkas. If I feel fresh enough I'm going to try to push it into my first century. We'll see.

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Old 11-02-06, 10:57 PM
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Cold.
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someone at work asked me if i plan to ride through the whole winter. actually, the conversation went something like this:

- generic small talk
- generic small talk
- you have . . . black marks on your neck
- oops. bike lube.
- you rode here today?
- yup
- you're going to ride all winter?
- tell you what. wait till winter's over, then ask me did you ride all winter. i'll have an answer by then.


the rain has arrived. definitely warmer than the last couple of days, but then i went through an unexpected puddle and discovered it's still plenty cold. water in that make-your-bones-ache kind of temperature range that not even wool can help with. i have got to stop riding in runners with open mesh tops.

i did a clever thing. instead of spending an extra 15 minutes post-shower trying to get the tangles out, i combed conditioner into my hair before i left, and braided it up for the ride. much faster transition from shower to desk, but all day i was being distracted by a kind of lingering balsamy smell from - well, i dunno where exactly.

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Old 11-03-06, 12:06 AM
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did the city streets ride to Dorchester this morning then downtown then back to Dorchester then back home for the long commute day (32m)

On the way home tonight I was cutting behind Fenway park and came to a four-way intersection, I had the stop sign, no one else there but me and I look and a cab is coming down the road to my left and we approach the intersection at the same time and as he has no stop sign I begin to slow down and he flashes his lights and waves me through. A CAB waved me through! I don't know how it is where you all live but this is somewhat unheard of here in Boston. I gave him a big thank you salute as I went through the intersection.
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Old 11-03-06, 07:05 AM
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No commute today. Decided to rest my legs and get ready for my long weekend ride.

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Old 11-03-06, 07:36 AM
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Temps around 30F. Okay I broke down and wore full-length lycra on my legs, and gloves. Didn't get hot, so it was okay. Interesting wind, alternating from "side" to "tail", at one point pushing my little knobby-tired Trek to 18MPH without me even working at it.

Weird thing: I rounded a bend and there was a big pickup truck on the MUP. It was following a small group of runners, and it had Mississippi plates (this is Vermont). Bizarre. I turned on my L&M 13W headlight and he moved off the pavement to make room for me. I dropped him hard. Heh heh. I passed more runners after that, so I'm assuming it was some sort of support vehicle for a club.
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Old 11-03-06, 07:39 AM
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My morning commute resulted in my first "accident" after two years of commuting. I was tooling down a four-lane major thoroughfare at 18 mph and a red truck behind me decided to blow his horn. Then he comes around me in the left lane and immediately gets back in the left lane and makes a right turn. I had to turn with him or plow into the side of his truck. Needless to say, I went down pretty hard on my left-side. After giving the guy a piece of my mind and almost every cuss word I learned in the Corps, I got back on my way and completed my ride. The temps were in the 30's this morning and will be in the 50's for the ride home.
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Old 11-03-06, 07:47 AM
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Like most of the others...cold...but nice. I decieded to try my full face baclava (sp?) for the first time ever since I just got it in the mail the other day. I know it's a bit warm for it but I figured it was worth it to see if there were any 'issues' I was going to have to deal with.

It worked nicely, though at stops I have to pull it down and breath through the nose so I don't fog up my glasses. I hope it stretches a tiny bit as it's tight around my specs (I wear'em cause I'd be blind without'em, not for protection)

My boss asked me if I was getting a ski for the front wheel. He laughed when I told him I'd ordered a studded tire yesterday....

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Old 11-03-06, 08:21 AM
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Put my bike shoes on
Even though I work at home
Most every Friday
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Awesome ride this morning. Warm (40F) and misty, so just shorts and a jacket with decent socks and booties. I got bumped by a car in a crosswalk where the MUP crosses a side street. My fault for crossing, but traffic light was green going my way. Right turn on red drivers never look to the right to see what's there. Virgin no longer.
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Old 11-03-06, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Put my bike shoes on
Even though I work at home
Most every Friday
You know I did exactly the opposite! I hopped on the bike and had trouble clipping in. Then realized I was still in my sandals, not my bike shoes!!
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Was running a bit late this morning so traffic was heavier than usual. But the bright sun was very pleasant and I rode at a leisurely pace. Work is hectic and hairy this morning so I'm plotting a ride to lunch to get away from the hassling.
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I freaking tired! My legs hurt and my back as well.
My stretching routine is having issues since I switched it to after I get home rather than at work.
That and the colder temps plus having to pick the kid up twice this week tired me out.
This morning's commute was incessant thoughts about how I should back it off a bit and join the rec center to start some strength training. I love tired Fridays. The same thing happens each exhausting week.
It's going to be hard to resist using our new light rail line when it opens in two weeks. Not that decreasing from 45 to 30 miles a day is bad.
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Old 11-03-06, 09:58 AM
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I'm riding home in the dark now since Daylight Savings time kicked in. I have a super-bright, 3-led rear light. Coming off a stop, this white sedan slowly cruised by me within say 2 feet. It felt unusually close. 2 lane residential. All the other cars moved over. Then the sedan moved in front of me and into the gutter pan for about 100 feet. It felt like intimidation. Either that or a very very distracted driver.
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Old 11-03-06, 10:06 AM
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Ride home was nice, had to take a detour to meet the wife & youngster over at the after-hours clinic (little one has a cough, etc.) so that was a nice opportunity to switch up the route. Once we were done at the clinic, the wife took the subway home (Chester to Main St. for the Torontonians) and I rode from seeing her off - I actually got home 5 seconds later than she did - which was awesome (I took Cosburn after a few side streets north to get there from Chester/Danforth) - really glad I put some more PSI into those tyres that morning, it seemed to help a lot.

Had a cab pull a little craziness on me, heading east on Adelaide, right near Jarvis (I think) - signs posted claimed construction, and I saw the "move over" arrows, so I moved into the next lane (4 lane one way street, I was on the far right going into the 3rd lane from the left) and took it, waiting at the front of the lights. Anyway, turns out the lane didn't really get used up by construction, and the cab wasn't happy with the way I was riding I guess, and stormed past me, overtaking on the right and swerving around to make it back before the concrete barriers around the construction.. nice - no REAL danger, but a bit intimidating.

No snow on the ride home, bonus, and I have to say, reading posts here made me feel a lot more confident about taking the lane - I usually ride fairly VC-like anyway, but that was always something I felt awkward about, as if it was the cars right and not mine. I just move over now as a courtesy when it's safe and appropriate, otherwise, screw them - and honestly, I had NO problems whatsoever. Everyone seemed to respect my signals, let me in, treated me with space while I crossed the 4-lane to get ready for a left turn, etc.

Realised in a very definite way that my lights are totally inadequate for unlit night riding - they're about good enough as a "I'm here!" light, but for sure not enough of a beam or anything to use as a guide.

So.. I sent an e-mail off to my wife to read the Peter White site and price guidelines for the various dynamo hubs/lights he carries.. after all, she has been asking about holiday gift lists.. (I'm dreaming, but hey, every little helps!)

Ride in this morning, much the same kinda toughness for me - but much smoother and faster ride, no stopping, no puking (ate breakfast, and made sure it was WELL before I left). No honks or cut-offs, really quiet ride by all means.
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Old 11-03-06, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by billh
I'm riding home in the dark now since Daylight Savings time kicked in. I have a super-bright, 3-led rear light. Coming off a stop, this white sedan slowly cruised by me within say 2 feet. It felt unusually close. 2 lane residential. All the other cars moved over. Then the sedan moved in front of me and into the gutter pan for about 100 feet. It felt like intimidation. Either that or a very very distracted driver.

I think some people are frightened by the idea of crossing the center line for a second. they like to hug that white line baby. I'll bet your white sedan is one of them.
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Originally Posted by dalmore
I think some people are frightened by the idea of crossing the center line for a second. they like to hug that white line baby. I'll bet your white sedan is one of them.
I've noticed that too. I'd love to stop these drivers and ask them why they are more concerned about a stripe of paint than a fellow human being.

As for my own commute, the streets were wet and the air heavily moist but no rain. I rode the roadie with the RaceBlades so I had to carry my pack on my back. Even though I was just wearing a shirt and sweater, I was pretty much soaked when I got to work. This time of year makes for complicated clothing choices every morning.
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Well the cold front rolled in last night and it was back to the low 30s this morning which meant bundling up for the ride in. Had a nice ride in though and made it 4/5 for this week and perfect so far this month. Earlier this week I almost got run over by some high school girls in a bright yellow Hummer H3. I saw them coming up behind me right before a stop sign so I took the lane and they still tried to pass but a car was coming the other way then I saw them swerve back when the car went by. I have been getting up earlier in the mornings so I can ride home while the sun is still up. Only downside is that there are still golfers on the course so I can't cut through on my way home.
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So very, very, VERY wet today. So truly Noah's ark-style wet that even though it's typical to see the rain stop when I get to work, I can't believe it actually did. I thought this time was forever...

I am proud of my kid for toughing out the .3 miles to his kindergarten. It hit him enough that he actually let me into the building w/ him to help him shake off and unpack, rather than just waving 'see ya' at the bike rack.
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Old 11-03-06, 04:28 PM
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Wet, again. I bounced a bungy loose which caused me to almost lose my load on the way home, and at the same time I broke the strap for my left toe clip. Fortunately that's all that broke, so I have to go get new straps today.
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i lock my bike on post

i leave, turn around,

strange man staring at bike

he walk around try not look supspicison

then he waslk near the bike again and look then walk around a little more and kinda looks again

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