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Old 12-18-06, 08:11 AM
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About a mile into my ride I hear a snap and look back to discover that by rack had snapped. I pulled over, did a temporary repair with duct tape and a pencil and then rode back home and switched to the car.
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Old 12-18-06, 08:15 AM
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16F this morning but no wind until I got near work. Had same trouble as usual with frozen water pack valve. I tried out the Kashmirs this morning, and while better than MTB shoes and booties, my toes were cold by the time I got to work. Maybe try some liner socks next time.
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Old 12-18-06, 08:16 AM
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First commute in a while. It was a nice ride in. Mid 40's and expecting mid 70's this afternoon. Gotta love the south .

Put soome Wally World battery operated christmas lights on the rack this weekend. They are not very bright. Also, the battery door keeps falling open, so I am not sure where I lost my christmas lighting this morning. I think a little electrical tape should fix that problem though.

Felt good to get back to human power instead of dead dinosaur power.
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Old 12-18-06, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha
I pulled over, did a temporary repair with duct tape and a pencil and then rode back home and switched to the car.
I thought you were going to tell us that your temp repair was good enough to continue on or else you went home for the backpack.


Nice ride today. I'll probably remember all the details of cool/cold weather dressing the last day of winter. My toes were cool all the way in. Otherwise a very nice ride. All the cagers behaved better than usual. Maybe they're getting the Christmas spirit.

I'm looking forward to another awesome ride home. Temp should be ~68F (20C). Very unusual temps for mid-December but I'm not complainiing.
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Old 12-18-06, 08:28 AM
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Steady ride in w/ some extra lane splitting and lane changing thrown in for good measure. Locked up by the Salvation Army volunteer and donated some water to her so she could take her medicine.

Originally Posted by tokolosh
i can't figure out 'filtering up'. if i'm a vehicle, i should act like a vehicle and just keep to my place in the line - but in that case, what's the point of going by bike?
Cagers usually grab any available space they can wedge themselves into so I don't feel bad when I filter or lane-split. Just because they can't fit in that 3' wide section doesn't mean I shouldn't ride in that "lane". If the car could fit through that small space, the driver wouldn't hesitate to filter through.
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Old 12-18-06, 08:41 AM
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This morning's ride was unusually warm for this time of year. Supposed to hit 80* today adn there is a chance of rain later. But it felt like my body just didn't want to do it today. Maybe due to not getting enough sleep last night. But, that is another story that I wont share here. The monotony of the day is here already and I haven't even started work. The ride home will fell much better I am sure.
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Old 12-18-06, 08:53 AM
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My first day back after a week long cold. I overdressed for the near 50F temps.

I had to stop and wait for Sen. Kennedy and his two poodles to cross in front of me. I get a kick out of watching some poor junior staffer walking his dogs at lunch time out by the Senate fountains. Otherwise an uneventful slow ride.
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Old 12-18-06, 09:19 AM
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Mid 30Fs and a light tailwind. Saw a couple of loons swimming around. Also spotted a large camping tent set up on the beach near the MUP. No idea what was going on there. The door was open and there was nothing inside. Oh and there was an old beat up MTB lying on the side of the MUP, not related to the tent. Strange...
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Old 12-18-06, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Two Buck Chuck
My first day back after a week long cold. I overdressed for the near 50F temps.

I had to stop and wait for Sen. Kennedy and his two poodles to cross in front of me. I get a kick out of watching some poor junior staffer walking his dogs at lunch time out by the Senate fountains. Otherwise an uneventful slow ride.
I overdressed too. Verizon temperature said it was 45 degrees when I was getting ready to leave, but clearly it was trending higher, because I was heating up within 15 minutes. Uneventful other than that. Had a few friendly greetings with other bikers.
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Old 12-18-06, 10:03 AM
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I'm just north of you in Austin, so today was a warm one for me as well. I've recently reconfigured my fixed gear bike with a set of chopped and flipped drops and a single brake, so I rode it in today. Uneventful ride and I made the 16 1/2 miles in about 52 minutes which is good for me.
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Old 12-18-06, 10:28 AM
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10F this morning. A dusting a snow fell yesterday with a thin layer of ice underneath. Roads and bike path were fine and the ice really wasn't an issue. Overdressed a bit. It is hard when you start out feeling so cold.
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Old 12-18-06, 12:45 PM
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Fine Friday (warm and sunny) and today (cold, FROSTY, cloudy). The tree I had to carry my bike over Friday had the branches stripped off it today, so I could cross it higher up where the trunk was narrower w/o snagging my panniers.

A lot of traffic lights are still out. Cars seem pretty good about using the dimmed intersections as 4-way stops for each other, but don't seem to like letting bikes take a turn.
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Old 12-18-06, 12:57 PM
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I had another 50 km/h tailwind coming in today. It's great and all, but it's mostly downhill as well, so I know I'm going to get punished on the way home. At least it's pretty warm out, and I am getting a decent workout on the way back. I'll stop complaining now...
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Old 12-18-06, 02:17 PM
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Left about an hour later than usual this morning since my gf went home for the holidays and I have to take care of the dog. Had a nice ride in though, temps in the upper 40s. I got so warm I stopped to take off my jacket. Temps are in the low 70s now so I will enjoy the ride home in a little bit
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Old 12-18-06, 02:39 PM
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Always in the mood of exploring, I took some new routes today and ran in the MOST GOD-AWFUL PAVEMENT I've seen in years... outside of construction zones anyway. Sometimes sticking to the familiar path is a smart idea.

A little plastic piece on my cyclocomputer mounting bracket snapped, so I don't know my distances or speeds anymore - and miss them. I took a really fast tight corner today.. thought I'd crash but made it. Fun stuff. Now I have to get a replacement bracket and rewire the whole darn thing... UGH!

The weather is amazing today and has been for a while. As someone said to me today, "I love this whole global warming thing." Although global warming is a really worrisome concept as a whole, I don't particularly miss subzero temperatures.
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Originally Posted by scottmorrison99
Ride in was cold, 25 degrees. It's a new record low for my commute. Now that I dress properly for riding in I don't over heat or freeze. It makes for a much nicer ride.
Yes Scott, it was cold this morning, especially by the Guadalupe River Trial in San Jose. The minute I hit the trail and rode along the river, the temp dropped. I was warm though. Came up on 2 guys jogging: one was in shorts, no head gear or nothing! Now who's crazy! Tomorrow supposed to be colder.
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Best ride in a long time. My cold (that I've had for a month) is gone. Tonight I really kicked my own butt but it was great... I could actually breath. Snowstorm on the way for Colorado so the next couple days might be interesting.

I'm very energized from my ride. Hopefully I can go to bed!
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I took the bus today!

A friend was visiting and needed to get downtown so we took the bus in together. We used coins on the way in much to the dismay of the bus driver and our impatient fellow travellers.

For the ride home I went high tech. They've started with the new Charlie ticket system here in Boston and I was a total idiot making use of it. Took me an embarassingly long time to figure out "stored value" vs. "1 to 7 Day pass" ( wouldn't a 7 day pass have a "stored value"?) then the diagram of how to insert my debit card seemed impossible to translate into 3 dimensions. Eventually I managed and headed out to where I remembered the bus left from only to discover that since the last time I've taken a bus home it has changed. After a 2 block sprint (during which I dropped my cell phone and may have lost the spare set of keys I'd loaned my friend) I caught the bus only to be stymied as I boarded by how to insert the Charlie ticket.

I was astounded to see virtually 3/4's of the bus passengers with their heads in a book, magazine or newspaper- I felt like such an oddball having no reading material.

I read over the shoulder of the guy in front of me, who was reading an advertising industry magazine. The article was about how NY, Chicago, Boston and LA were losing advertising dollars to overseas firms in cities like Amsterdam who specialize in cutting edge advertising campaigns:

"Why Amsterdam? The city's openness and bicycle-to-work lifestyle help attract talent...*

Edit: *googled the phrase- it was BusinessWeek

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weird thing about bike commuting: it seems like it makes me very confused about whether or not i'm sick. felt darn-near certain i was last night, went to bed, slept right through my alarm and into almost 11 am, leapt up, biked to work . . . cut to me in the elevator with a confused face, saying 'wasn't i dying about an hour ago?' then about 6 hours later the effects of the bike ride wear off, i start dying again, just in time to ride home . . .

wow is this ever the darkest week of the year. i'm feeling it like you wouldn't believe. 11:40 and i'm riding through what looks like dusk towards a thin edge of what looks like sunrise on the far horizon at the edge of the clouds even though the 'sun' is 'overhead' behind all those clouds; 8:30 and i'm on my way home and in spite of streetlights it's darker than it ever gets any other week of the year - as dark as the devil's inside waistcoat-pocket. come on solstice! i neeeeeeeed you out here!

other than that, nothing exciting really. it's just hard to believe any of life is really happening when it all takes place in this kind of crepuscular gloom. i think they should just plain cancel the third week of december entirely. declare it national hibernation week or something.
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Old 12-19-06, 06:50 AM
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Ok, here it is. My last commute to work for the year (also my last work day of the year-Woo Hoo!!!) Ended up with 46 days of commuting totalling slight more than 1200 miles. Less days/distance than in recent years, but since I spent 7 weeks traveling for work, and another 4 weeks off the bike due to a shoulder injury I'm fairly pleased with those numbers.

Ride in was very nice, ~40F. My face got a little chilly on the downhills. Had a headwind from the North which is fairly unusual around here before sunrise stirs up the atmosphere. Hoping it makes for a nice tailwind home.
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Old 12-19-06, 07:16 AM
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Upper 20Fs and a dusting of snow. I saw a bike track in the snow, so there's another winter commuter(?) out there somewhere. No wind to speak of. I made good time.
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Old 12-19-06, 08:19 AM
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Ok, I'll admit it. I am a slacker today. Too much Christmas partying Sunday night and birthday partying last night. Wrong food and drink choices led to two nights of tossing and turning and not enough sleep, so I caged it today. I'll repent tomorrow and ride. I promise.
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Yesterday was my last commute of the year. I'll be working remotely for the remainder of the month both at home and in Toronto over the holidays. For the year, I commuted by bike 179 days. YTD mileage is just over 2500 miles, although I'll probably add to that since I'm bringing my bike with me. Commuting miles probably contributed less than 800 miles.
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Weather was about the same as yesterday (16F, minimal wind). No problems. I ditched my worthless balaclava and went back to the REI skull cap, which works great. Added some bubble wrap to the helmet straps around my ears. Ghetto biking .
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