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Old 01-25-07, 10:29 AM
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Excellent commute this morning! More ice from the freeze/thaw but overall things are melting!

No crazy racoons on the way in but maybe tonight!
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Old 01-25-07, 11:15 AM
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Fixie in the shop to deal with the annoying tendency of the drive side spokes to lose tension. So I rode the Caldaro, and since I expect to be called into a meeting with the boss, I wore a nice suit. Even though it was 34F, I didn't wear the jacket (I found I can't reach the bars wearing a suit coat) but neatly folded it over my shoulder bag. If I don't say so myself, I probably looked quite jaunty with my tie flying behind me!
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Old 01-25-07, 11:28 AM
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More flats, so I put the new Big Apples on this morning rather than wait for the weekend. Very nice, rolling right over all that gravel that ate up my old tires.
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Old 01-25-07, 12:47 PM
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Nice ride to work this morning. Cold but clear blue skies and no wind. A pleasure. After a week of bad weather. Ranging from Ice and snow to rain and wind. Tomorrow should be the same. Nice end to the week.
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Old 01-25-07, 02:39 PM
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31F Nice commute...cagers 'played nice'. Saw record number of 9 commuters for Jan this AM! Gas stations are still gouging...hi prices
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Old 01-25-07, 11:09 PM
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COLD!
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Old 01-25-07, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by gizem310
Today was my last commute to work. It was bitter sweet.
I have been lucky to ride 14 miles round trip to work everyday, most of it on a beautiful bike path. I have also been able to take my dog, Smokey, with me to work in a trailer.
It was bitter because I'll miss the ride, the fellow commuters I see everyday and posting on this forum.
It's sweet because I am going on a cycling trip around the world!

Oh, wow! Please think of it as a long commute to your next job and continue to post in here.
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Old 01-25-07, 11:47 PM
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Oops forgot to post my commute for tonight and yesterday.

Same thing both days rode in on Beacon and home on the bike path. It was cold tonight- 7F on the way home. But I must be properly dressed because I don't notice it all that much.

It was quite beautiful with the ice on the river in the low slung moonlight.
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Old 01-26-07, 01:58 AM
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i've been asleep for 4 days. well, sunday through tuesday, but i was still kind of coming back online yesterday. rode to work in the morning and bussed home at night. stoopid disease.

nice ride this morning. it didn't rain! it didn't snow! there was no ice anywhere! no frogs or locusts fell from the sky! you could almost see spring coming or something. rode all the way home for the first time in a while, powered by split-pea soup and chocolate bars. still a bit weird, but it's nice to be on the way back to normal.
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Old 01-26-07, 06:46 AM
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17 degrees this morning with wind chills down to 0 and -1. It actually didn't feel too bad under 4 layers, balaclava, wool socks, and skull cap. I tried to get right on it first thing to warm up (which seemed to work fine) but the legs never really got going because of the cold, felt like running in molasses. By the time I'd gotten to the airport the sweat (or tears) in my right eye was freezing, I could see this weird, blury white-ish haze. I realized that my eye was really dry and was able to rub out some of the ice, but had to ride the rest of the way with it mostly closed (was worried about frostbite). By the time I got to my office one of the night guys was like "you da man", he couldn't believe that I rode in this.
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Old 01-26-07, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by buzzman
Oh, wow! Please think of it as a long commute to your next job and continue to post in here.
A 50,000 mile round trip commute! I'm impressed.

No ride for me today. Wife coming in to town for dinner, driving me home. I did my 2.5 mile walk to the bus. Below zero F, but not as cold as yesterday.
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Old 01-26-07, 08:05 AM
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-23C with the wind chill according to the radio, I don't know how to do the math to add my speed to get the real wind chill. One of my fingertips is cold, that's about it. Will be much warmer tonight on the ride home, that, and I'll have a couple beers in me.

After years of bootie covering my summer riding shoes, I'm treating myself to a set of Lakes for next winter.
Gosh darn it, I deserve it having ridden into work almost everyday for 6 years. (since dislocating my kneecap...that got me off the bike for awhile)
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Old 01-26-07, 08:24 AM
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16 here in Arlington. This was the first trip in about a year in which I didn't have to unzip anything enroute in order to cool off. That made it seem a bit more like a normal winter, anthough we could still use some snow.

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Old 01-26-07, 08:27 AM
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Yesterday, about 100m from my house, a rabbit or hare bolted in front of me. In chase, was a little black dog. The 2 bolted down the street a block before hanging a quick right, and out of view. Then a woman comes around the corner looking lost, I ask her the name of the little black dog, then I swing a u-turn and give chase to the 2. Not even a block away, it appears either the dog was petered out, or the rabbit was able to get to some place the dog couldn't. A happy reunion of master and pet ensued.

Then I tuned up and cleaned my bike. Excellent commute in this morning, felt like a new bike. I probably shouldn't leave 4 months in between maintenance, but you can sure feel it when you do.
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Old 01-26-07, 08:51 AM
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I could tell it was Friday this morning. Tired legs and slow going. Still better than driving .
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Old 01-26-07, 08:54 AM
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Cold morning for around here, low 20s. I had a nice commute in and saw another commuter all bundled up and we waved at each other. I was surprised to see somebody else out on a bike.
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Old 01-26-07, 09:02 AM
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Left the house it was 10F... brutal wind chill. Not too bad after first mile.
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Old 01-26-07, 09:34 AM
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Great ride this morning. Was 16 degrees when I left the house, but sunny and dry out. Unlike the ride home yesterday. Swirling, dusty snow made it close to invisible, plus the ground was wet and slick. And the downtown rushhour drivers were even more ass-inine as usual.

But this morning was great. It's funny when it gets down into the teens -- I can feel a bunch of long-gone injuries popping up to growl a bit. There's the separated shoulder from college piping in. Oh, and the hyperextended knee from that Ultimate game in 1999. And the two broken fingers from a year or so ago. And the crack on my head accidentally administered by my 2-year-old son last summer. I just love the nostalgia.

Still pissed off about my commuter bike being stolen (though it helps that my homeowners insurance is going to give me $900 for the loss). It's just not fun riding to work on my roadbike. Fortunately I just bought a real nice fixed-gear, which I'll start incorporating once I've gotten some more practice on it.
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Old 01-26-07, 10:02 AM
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Great ride. Relatively warm, too, 44Fish...
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Old 01-26-07, 10:12 AM
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Today was my first commute below 0F (-3). It was the first time my legs didn't warm up immediately once I started moving (I wear only jeans). I had on a face mask and a balaclava, but I had to take off the balaclava because my glasses got fogged up and wouldn't clear up. You know how you get a painful tingling in an extremity that gets cold once you begin to warm up? Well, that happened to my nose today, for the first time.
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Old 01-26-07, 10:25 AM
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Well...cycling past stationary cages (due to roadworks) for 2 miles out of my 10 mile morning commute made it an even more pleasant Friday slog than normal Looking forward to passing them on the uphill home leg.....
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Old 01-26-07, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Si.
Well...cycling past stationary cages (due to roadworks) for 2 miles out of my 10 mile morning commute made it an even more pleasant Friday slog than normal Looking forward to passing them on the uphill home leg.....
Jam'h Great Si!

Misty 42F -- light rain. Awesome ride in.
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Old 01-26-07, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Relaxer
It's funny when it gets down into the teens -- I can feel a bunch of long-gone injuries popping up to growl a bit. ... Oh, and the hyperextended knee from that Ultimate game in 1999.
Hey Relaxer, where did you play Ultimate? Competitive or pickup? I play competitively here in RTP, finally made it to Nationals in 2006 after 11 years of trying.

Back on topic, nothing exciting on today's commute. Cold today--22F. Couldn't feel the ends of my fingers or toes upon arrival (5 mile ride). My wife thinks I got frostbite back in the day (probably playing Ultimate or soccer). I think I just have lousy circulation and no body fat.
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Old 01-26-07, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
Hey Relaxer, where did you play Ultimate? Competitive or pickup? I play competitively here in RTP, finally made it to Nationals in 2006 after 11 years of trying.

Back on topic, nothing exciting on today's commute. Cold today--22F. Couldn't feel the ends of my fingers or toes upon arrival (5 mile ride). My wife thinks I got frostbite back in the day (probably playing Ultimate or soccer). I think I just have lousy circulation and no body fat.
It was a pick-up game down on the national mall. In the summer, you can pretty much take a 15-minute bike ride and have your choice of several games. If you're good, you'll be welcomed with open arms.
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Old 01-26-07, 12:28 PM
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Overheard part of a conversation about me on the way in. Two guys crossed in front of me while I was stopped at a light.

First guy: [looking at my feet] "I don't know how he does it without more shoe covering."
Second guy:[can't hear what he says]
First guy: "Oh, I bought it. I just won't RIDE it in THESE conditions."

I allow my self to feel mildly heroic until I realize that 1) my feet ARE a little cold and 2) its sunny and 24F, hardly harsh conditions for a January day in Chicago.

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