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Old 11-03-06, 04:36 PM
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oic and cager turn right into me

cutss right past my bike lane (typical, on right side of road), pushes his car right through pedestrian lane
and does not crush me because he had to stop cause a pedestrian crossing

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Old 11-04-06, 11:10 AM
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rode the bike to three different locations for meetings and work yesterday. beautiful ride home in the cold moonlit sky last night. definitely feeling the hectic schedule and the bike rides but it still feels so good and rejuvenating to ride. I'm racking up the miles.
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Originally Posted by tokolosh
i have got to stop riding in runners with open mesh tops.
strike that. re-think it. yesterday i wore the urban-poseur's pseudo-hikers with the high tops instead, and went through a puddle that was fifteen feet long and eight inches deep on the mup. half the puddle got into my boots and then couldn't get out again because of the inch-deep waterproof band between sole and upper. those boots weighed a pound and a half each when i got off the bike.

how wet was it yesterday in the morning? so wet that my goretex overmitts filled up with rain. so wet that i squeezed a cup of water out of my socks without even trying too hard. so wet that by 3pm i could still wring a small stream of water out of the paper towels i was stuffing my boots with all day. folks, it was wet. and can i say something about how stinky that water is? couldn't stop thinking of all the garbage juice and the fashion-slaves who own large dogs and don't clean up after them in the summer. i'm almost afraid i'll catch e.coli from biking to work.

i didn't mind the on-board water that much. i'm all flared up so my bones all have a fever, and it was kind of cooling and pleasant, after the first shock of it. but i'm gonna go get me some waterproof somethings to put on my feet.
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Old 11-04-06, 02:24 PM
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Got honked at yesterday while riding in the centre of the left lane on a two-lane road (preparing for a left turn) with the right lane blocked by some right-turners. The honk was short, and I just made the left turn signal in response, which seemed to have stopped any further noise making from the driver. Pretty civilized, actually, I think: for a change I feel good about how I handled a honk (hey, no finger! and my blood didn't even boil ).
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Old 11-04-06, 03:17 PM
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tokolosh wrote... "... i'm gonna go get me some waterproof somethings to put on my feet."

You can put up with a lot of bad weather as long as your feet are dry.

Good idea.

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Old 11-06-06, 07:30 AM
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This morning was great! I felt really strong, the cagers were all nice (except one who right hooked me ), and I really thought about just blowing work off today and keep riding. The temps were almost perfect, the sky was beautiful, and I just really am in a good mood today.

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Nice ride this morning, for a Monday. 40F, with a manageable headwind. I saw some ducks. That's about it.
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Nice ride in, at a cool 48F. I need to keep a better watch in front of me in traffic: starting to get up to speed coming thru an intersection in a line of cars when traffic suddenly stopped. I applied full brakes and the rear wheel went into a skid, but I held her up and stopped before kissing the car in front of me.
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Old 11-06-06, 08:14 AM
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About 38 with a slight wind this morning....by the time I got going though, I was nice and toasty (no jacket at least). This was just what I needed to fix a terrible weekend (My computer got hosed and I wasted a lot of time 'fixing' it).

This evening it's supposed to be 55-60...gonna love teh ride home
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Old 11-06-06, 08:39 AM
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The cold that my coworkers brought to work and shared with everyone --
thank you very much

-- is still hanging on. Made the ride in a little slower and not as enjoyable as usual.
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Tried coasting on my fixie. Remembered quickly that I couldn't and managed not to get kicked off the bike. That was a good wake up call.
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Now that the snow has melted [mostly], I was back on the skinny tires today. The -4C and heavy fog had me worried, but my headlight kept me visible in the grey, post-dawn light. I did happen to forget that ice can build up on rims rather easily, making for a little panic as I blew through an empty intersection. The only bad part of the ride is the weird noise my chain is making, clicking and popping. I'm concerned about breaking it when cranking up a big hill or something.
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Old 11-06-06, 10:01 AM
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Anybody miss me ? I won a couple bucks playing poker so I had to take 10 days out to go diving in Cozumel, Mexico. I really, really needed a vacation !

I drove today since I had too much stuff to haul, and aparently I'm still in lazy mode. Tomorrow I ~must~ ride since I added on a few pounds at the all inclusive

Probably should mount the studded tires as well...there seems to be a bit of ice around now in the mornings.
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Old 11-06-06, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Tried coasting on my fixie. Remembered quickly that I couldn't and managed not to get kicked off the bike. That was a good wake up call.
Doncha just love that gloriously immediate feedback?

My fixie is still on the workstand in the garage, awaiting the arrival of its new wheels, so today I rode the Bomber. Very pleasant ride on a slightly different route than usual. I wore a wool sweater and cotton pants and was perfectly comfortable until I walked into the building and got on the elevator. Why do they keep these buildings so danged hot? By the time I got to my floor, I was practically dripping. People must think I've got the flu.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Doncha just love that gloriously immediate feedback?
Yup, but seems my legs are smarter than my brain. They handled the kickback w/o lifting me out of the saddle and tossing me off the bike. I chalk it up to being Monday.
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Had a good nights sleep, procrastinated the departure for a bit this morning and left late, but had a great ride - legs still feeling a fair bit of burn from the weekend ride (which included going up the Bayview extension from the valley floor).

Warmer for us today, 6C / 42F so I left the hoodie at home and just had a bandana thing for a skullcap.
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Pretty heavy rain this morning. The guy riding a few lengths ahead on the MUP ran over a duck It almost took us both down.
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So I head out into the rain and I'm thinking, "Dang! My legs feel really good. And I'm just flying along today, too." Then I realize there's no sound of wind whipping past my ears, because I'm travelling dead even with the 18mph tailwind. Not a bad start to a Monday commute... the steady increase in the rain and wind all day is gonna make the ride home quite dreadful, though.
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No commute for today - that makes two days missed due to my very sore and bruised right big toe (rammed it into the boards playing hockey Thursday night). Feels like someone hit it with a hammer. It's even painful to drive let alone pedal. Figures it had to happen when it's perfect fiding weather. Hopefully I can try tomorrow with my sandals.
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Another cold morning ride in this morning. Nothing exciting happened but I did have the extra weight of my laptop on my back which slowed me down a little bit. Might wear shorts for the ride home if the temps climb high enough. Probably won't ride tomorrow since there is some heavy rain heading in.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
So I head out into the rain and I'm thinking, "Dang! My legs feel really good. And I'm just flying along today, too." Then I realize there's no sound of wind whipping past my ears, because I'm travelling dead even with the 18mph tailwind. Not a bad start to a Monday commute... the steady increase in the rain and wind all day is gonna make the ride home quite dreadful, though.
Maybe the wind will turn around by the time you head home. It seems to always do that here for me, east-to-west in the am, west-to-east in the pm.

I only biked my kid to school today, borrowed car to head into work to retrieve computer and head home. Will bike kid back from school at 3. We're supposed to get 2-3" rain today. I don't have any problem biking in that, but I'm not really set up to transport a computer in that kind of weather.
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Old 11-06-06, 01:25 PM
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Lovely! We've been treated to a freakish spell of almost summer-like weather here in Toronto! I rode home in a short-sleeved T-shirt!

The cagers are funny creatures. There was one who just HAD to pass me kinda dangerously on a little residential street to get into a long line of cars stopped at the light. I passed him literally the next second... and just kept going, filtering to the front. Now the SWEET thing is that the first car at the light turned out to be a left-turner (no pun intended), and there was also a long line of cars in the opposite direction (this little street parallels a major arterial that has lots of construction right now) and no left-turn signal or lane... so that moron had to sit through at least one more light cycle.
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Managed to remember to keep pedaling. Passed a couple other commuters and rode mostly in the middle lane to avoid the right turners every other block and all the double parked cars. Amazing what a day off the bike can do as my legs felt fresh for the rides in and out.
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20 miles today. This morning after pedaling a little over a mile I realized I had left the air pump @ home so I had to turn back to get it. The ride home was just plain great!

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I had a nice ride home earlier today. The sun was setting and I caught up to a guy riding an older hybrid/mountain style bike. He was moving along at a fast but comfortable pace so I decided to stay behind him. As usual when I follow people, I tried to stay far enough back so I didn't bother him.

After a while he stopped pedaling and slowed way down. I figured, okay, he must not like me behind him at all. I'll pass. But it turned out he wanted to ride together. He was new to the area and exploring the MUP. We chatted and rode for about 3 miles or so before splitting up. First time that's ever happened to me. I should have pointed him to this site. Oh well.

He said my tires make a lot of noise and that's how he knew I was behind him. So much for stealth riding. I can't believe he heard me! In the spring I'll have to get slicks.
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