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Old 12-14-06, 09:10 AM
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Also grappled with the fog, but since I was riding downtown, I'm more concerned with what's going on 10 feet around me rather than a block or more, so it wasn't a big factor in my ride. I did fall in line with another commuter and we had a (I think) friendly competition on Eye St. from 12th to 20th.
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Old 12-14-06, 09:15 AM
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Yesterday's commute was uneventful. This morning I was at a red light in the left turn lane and a few cars pulled up. Once the light turned green I turned left and moved over to the bike lane. The driver of the car immediately behind me yelled something out his window as he drove past - all I could hear was "...life, you Moron!" I obligingly yelled back, "I'm a vehicle dude, this is legal. Get over it!" I'm not sure I want to know everything he yelled. Jerk. Another few miles in the trip, I'm making another left, just catch the light as it's changing. I pull into the right lane because the bike lane doesn't start up for several hundred feet. (Anyone know why they make the bike lanes vanish at intersections sometimes?) Traffic starts flowing behind me, and they're strangely polite - the car that passes me in the left lane gives me lots of clearance and doesn't punch it like people usually do, and the car behind me just cruises at a safe distance instead of changing into the left lane and hammering it (which, once again, would be the normal reaction.) When the bike lane started up and I moved over, I found out _why_ everyone was being so nice - the car immediately behind me was a police car. I waved as he drove off. Finally, clearing an intersection a few miles later, I was in the right lane (because once again the bike lane disappeared at the intersection.) As is my practice, I plop myself right in the middle of the lane to discourage buzzers, but the one car going in my direction on the road buzzed me anyway - centered herself squarely between the two lanes and passed me with barely 2 feet to spare. I suspect she'd have given me less clearance except I have a flash flag that sticks out that far to the left. I yelled the rather uninspired, "Use the whole lane!" as she swerved back in front of me and flew off down the road. *Sigh* I'm trying to focus on the zillions of nice (or at least more considerate) drivers who give me lots of room and don't turn left or right into me, but the jerks really grab your attention...
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Old 12-14-06, 09:17 AM
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Nice ride in this morning. 40F and raining, but very few cars. I'll deal with the rain if it means there are fewer cars.

I drove to work yesterday for the first time in a while. Odd how I don't like driving much anymore. I could just feel the tension in the gridlock on the way home.
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Old 12-14-06, 09:30 AM
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Portland Oregon - heavy rain all the way but thankfully, not much wind. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the return trip. No wind. No wind. No wind. Or if there's wind, make it a tail wind.
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Old 12-14-06, 09:40 AM
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Crazy gusting winds were the order of the day. Thankfully, it was a tailwind. I was barely sweating by the time I got to the office. The ride home will not be pleasant...
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Old 12-14-06, 09:47 AM
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Had to drop my wife's glasses off at her workplace so was a few minutes late.
The first thing my boss said was, "It looks like coming in at 9:00 works better for you than 8:30."
What a ****ing clock watcher. I'm salaried so who gives a ****?

Nice ride in but a crappy way to spoil a good start to the day.
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Old 12-14-06, 09:50 AM
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The first morning of my partial trail with street replacement commute. It was wonderful. Very little traffic and I made it to where the arrogant deputy interrogated me in a very short time. You know it was going well when this thought occurs "Holy sh#@! I am here already!"
I think I may replace the rest of the platte trail with streets. I have to find 2 routes. One to Union Station for the light rail and the other to connect with my normal street route. At least things are turning out well from the crappy situation I had yesterday. I can always find a diamond in a pile of turds.

That and it was almost 50F this morning! Yay!
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Old 12-14-06, 10:26 AM
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Low 40s this morning. What's up with this weather? I went bare-handed. No problems. A flock of geese flew over me.

Last night I was riding home and well ahead of me a police car rounded a bend coming toward me, lights flashing. It was twilight, so I turned on my headlight so he'd see me coming. I kinda swerved off onto the dirt shoulder as we passed, and he pulled over to give me some room as well. Guess he was looking for someone. ??

Right after that I wondered if I should have stopped and "yielded to the emergency vehicle", but the anarchist in me decided I was riding a bicycle on a bike path so I had absolute right of way over any motor vehicle.
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Old 12-14-06, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyOTS
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As is my practice, I plop myself right in the middle of the lane to discourage buzzers, but the one car going in my direction on the road buzzed me anyway - centered herself squarely between the two lanes and passed me with barely 2 feet to spare.
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Had the same thing happen to me this morning: a kid in a POS Honda Civic. And all that accomplished was him getting to sit at the light 20 seconds longer. About 3 blocks later, I caught him and passed him properly, using the entire center lane. I gave him a jaunty wave and smile as I went by. 17 year old kid in a car gets passed by a 39 year old desk jockey on a bike (and a fixed gear at that).

Anyhoo, I'd intended to take it easy on the way into work but the kid got my blood up so I was a bit warm as I reached the office. Why do they keep it so damned hot in this building?
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Old 12-14-06, 11:11 AM
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Unusually warm for a Colorado morning in December at 50F. Nice ride in after my unexpected day of watching the kids. Can't wait to see what interesting virus my son brings home from preschool today!
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Old 12-14-06, 11:19 AM
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My three year old brought home the stomach flu from preschool Tuesday. Wednesday was horrible and then he threw up and was just fine. Children's immune systems are something else.
Apparently the stomach flu is going around. Watch out!
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Old 12-14-06, 11:56 AM
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Heavy mist. Not heavy enough to soak through my goretex gloves (like Monday and Wednesday), but my shirt was very very wet. Now it's raining. It's finally backed off enough that I'm heading across the lot for coffee.
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Old 12-14-06, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso
Had the same thing happen to me this morning: a kid in a POS Honda Civic. And all that accomplished was him getting to sit at the light 20 seconds longer. About 3 blocks later, I caught him
I wish I could catch the folks who do that! Unfortunately in this part of Arizona, they're long gone - not enough traffic on the roads I frequent (at least at the times I'm on them.)
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Anyhoo, I'd intended to take it easy on the way into work but the kid got my blood up
LOL! Same here. After the first person yelled at me, I resolved to use the lanes for everything this morning (I've been known to "go pedestrian" on the nastier intersections since I'm such a bike newb) and I didn't pootle along like I had planned. *Grrrrr...*
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The sheriff deputy that stopped me yesterday also got my blood boiling. Many of my fastest rides are following an altercation of one sort or the other.
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Old 12-14-06, 06:12 PM
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Nice ride home. Tailwind. Caught the end of a sunset behind the Adirondacks.
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Old 12-14-06, 08:41 PM
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finished week off, team building event in philly scheduled tomorrow, 4/5 commute days this week...
getting "easier", feeling stronger! next week, 5/5?
seems like people in cages are increasingly aware of solo commute (seeds being planted).
happy pre-weekend!
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it was a gorgeous spring day today... oops, it's December!? great ride in. the ride home was nice but my wife and I met up on the bike path and we were both wiped from long days and toodled home real slow stopping at a pub for dinner.
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I am so envious. I can't ride until tomorrow, Doctor's orders. Concussion from mountain bike crash yesterday. Broke my helmet on a rock after losing traction on clay and falling on the back of my helmet. I had my wife take me to the LBS to get a new helmet today. It matches my club's kit.
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Old 12-15-06, 12:40 AM
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3rd day of 4 this week, 40 degrees, light rain on return ride. Today was not eventful however Friday night rides tend to be the most stressful, forecast is for snow tommorow so I hope the week ends on a happy note. I was told by a customer that I needed my head examined for riding in December but they just have
not seen the light!
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"I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw" - hamlet.

"rode madly off in all directions" - stephen leacock.

wind all over the place today, from all directions and at all speeds. my infallible rainmaking ploy of stopping at the grocery store worked yet again. almost ready to start thinking i'm magic.

last sunday i bought another mars taillight and brought it home with packaging to install. tossed the packaging part into a big stockpot that was sitting around on the stove in my dedication to the cause of Brighter Taillights Now, and forgot to dispose of it properly afterwards. yesterday my kid decided to make himself some popcorn while i was at work and i happened to call him to say hi. . . i was baffled about what he meant by 'the plastic thing' until he read out the still-legible word MARS from the charred clump. he bears me and my bike no grudge.
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Old 12-15-06, 07:42 AM
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Came in on two wheels to work for the first time today!

I'd been planning and assembling for a while, and finally took the plunge. Took me substantially longer than I had expected (12 miles took over an hour??) but was really satisfying. I can't remember when I last felt this awake at work. It was very strange changing in the restroom here at the office, but in time I guess you get used to it.

It's Brooklyn to Midtown Manhattan... I took the west side today, but I think I'm going to try 1st Avenue on Monday.
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Old 12-15-06, 08:16 AM
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Bleagh. I'm so happy it's Friday - I won't have to get up at 6:00 to go anywhere. Oh wait - I'm going snowboarding tomorrow. Bah, I'm sleeping in until 6:45...
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Old 12-15-06, 08:28 AM
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Beautiful commute!
From my bed to my computer
where work awaits me.
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Old 12-15-06, 08:41 AM
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Sweet ride in this morning. Predicted winds of 25MPH turned out to be a tailwind until I got near work. So warm, 45F. Just wish my son had decided to go to sleep earlier than midnight.
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Old 12-15-06, 08:48 AM
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Foggiest ride that I have made in years.

Glad that I rode though. I passed another cyclist who was standing in the middle of the road searching for something with his bike light. Turns out he was looking for a lense from his eye glasses. He had a really crappy light and probably never would have found it. I helped him out and it took about 15 minutes but we finally found it. Was thankful again for riding with great lights. So was he.
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