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Old 01-29-07, 11:01 AM
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29F frosty tranquil ride. I had too many layers on to do high cadence. Passing all those traffic jams, somehow it didn't matter
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Old 01-29-07, 11:06 AM
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I'm playing shinny after work tomorrow so I bungee'd a hockey stick to my bike, and brought 1 skate in a backpack. I'll bring the other skate in tomorrow.
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Old 01-29-07, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cooperwx
(EDIT: vtjim, you rule! But I guess you have to. How many 20+ mornings do you get in the winter?)
Wait'll you hear from some of the Canadians. -7 is like a day in the tropics for them! We're just in the coldest part of the winter. It'll start warming up soon enough. (Relatively speaking.) Supposed to be low 20s to low 30s on Friday.
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Old 01-29-07, 11:37 AM
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Did someone mention the tropics? Can you get banned for posting pictures of the tropics this time of year? :;
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Old 01-29-07, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by crtreedude
Can you get banned for posting pictures of the tropics this time of year? :;
You should be!

-15 C here in the morning... or so the web said. Didn't feel that cold though, maybe because it was very calm. As opposed to a few days back: -10 C with very strong winds felt more like -30 C... Today is just so beautiful: a bright sunny day with white freshly fallen snow reflecting the sun's glow and making everything even brighter. Feels like spring despite the cold!

Too many layers: overheated slightly. Some little roads are really quite unpassable if you have slicks, but feel very nice with my front knobby: like doing cross-country skiing on a bike. I should really go skiing... Hey, anybody with a car in the GTA, wanna join?

As I was riding today, I kept repeating the motto I read on BF recently: "Pain is just weakness leaving the body". Works like magic! Just as you wanna slow down, tell yourself this - and much to your surprise you'll find yourself speeding up.
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Old 01-29-07, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by crtreedude
Did someone mention the tropics? Can you get banned for posting pictures of the tropics this time of year? :;
No, because summer is a state of mind.
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Old 01-29-07, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere
Anyway...the wife is starting a campaign to get me to stop commuting. She's pointing out all the dangers all the time now.
Strange... why suddenly now? Was she waiting it out hoping it was a phase? Did you fall recently? Are the road conditions worse due to weather?

It's a shame our families often try to discourage us. My parents used to be against my riding a bike in anything below 60 F ("You'll catch a pneumonia" ) and anywhere there were cars. They have mostly given up on trying to force me to follow their ways, partly because they recognize I know a lot more about cycling than they do, and partly because they realized cycling is very important for me and I won't just give it up or moderate it according to their wishes. But it's easier with parents than with spouses. Thank God my boyfriend is mostly supportive (he's a cyclist too) although he does give me that "Are you SURE you wanna do it?" looks when I'm about to head out in some particularly nasty weather (say, right after a snowstorm).
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Old 01-29-07, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
No, because summer is a state of mind.
I challenge you to put your mind in that state and go out in shorts and flip-flops. I betcha the mind will jump into "Winter! Survival!" mode in an instant.
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Old 01-29-07, 02:00 PM
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That's how I take the garbage out....
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Old 01-29-07, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy
Strange... why suddenly now? Was she waiting it out hoping it was a phase? Did you fall recently? Are the road conditions worse due to weather?

It's a shame our families often try to discourage us. My parents used to be against my riding a bike in anything below 60 F ("You'll catch a pneumonia" ) and anywhere there were cars. They have mostly given up on trying to force me to follow their ways, partly because they recognize I know a lot more about cycling than they do, and partly because they realized cycling is very important for me and I won't just give it up or moderate it according to their wishes. But it's easier with parents than with spouses. Thank God my boyfriend is mostly supportive (he's a cyclist too) although he does give me that "Are you SURE you wanna do it?" looks when I'm about to head out in some particularly nasty weather (say, right after a snowstorm).
Not exactly sure why this is starting all of the sudden. I have a theory though. My daughter is turning 15 at the end of next month. That means a learners permit for driving. My wife is probably starting to freak out about that, especially with all the news stories of deadly teen driving accidents all the time here in ATL. So, this fear is probably getting placed on my back since I'm an easy target for it.
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Old 01-29-07, 03:18 PM
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46 degrees here and 6:30am, off for my daily commute to the airport. during my 3 mile commute this morning I did see only one walker out. For the past 4 years on my commute, I see this lady a lot. Of course that early in the mornings, it is dark and it is just a hello as I pass by.

On the ride back to the house at 11am, I came to an intersection where the coppers had the road blocked. I was thinking as I approached that it was probably an accident, but they had the traffic stopped for an approaching funeral procession. It was about an eighth of a mile away yet and it looked really long, so I went on across and kept on riding. I was about a mile and a half down the road when I started to see the traffic again.

It's nice to cross a busy road when the traffic is real light. Some times it takes a few risky minutes to cross this road. Today was a smooth commute. Rain tomorrow is in the forecast, so I may get to take a day off.

Happy Biking!
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Old 01-29-07, 03:19 PM
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Fixie is still in the shop so I rode the Trek 5200 to work again. I guess I ought to at least put the training wheels on it.
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Old 01-29-07, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
That's how I take the garbage out....
That's how I take it out too! (Well, I do live in an apartment building... )

Originally Posted by ModoVincere
Not exactly sure why this is starting all of the sudden. I have a theory though. My daughter is turning 15 at the end of next month. That means a learners permit for driving. My wife is probably starting to freak out about that, especially with all the news stories of deadly teen driving accidents all the time here in ATL. So, this fear is probably getting placed on my back since I'm an easy target for it.
Yeah, teen driving can be quite something... We had a couple of accidents in Ontario within a fairly short time of each other: teen drivers crossing the yellow line and entering the oncoming lane for no reason. In both cases the car was loaded with teens, and I think death tolls were something like 4 and 5 respectively. I was really amazed at some of the language in the newspapers. There were phrases like: "A car full of teenagers veered into the oncoming lane and collided with a van, killing all five teens." Yeah, right, the bad nasty car decided to veer and the poor little driver had nothing to do with to.

We're all gambling our lives when we set wheels on the road, whether two or four. Fortunately the chances of losing are quite low, statistically speaking.
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Old 01-29-07, 04:29 PM
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Woo hoo!

Very first commute to work by bike, ever. I guess at age 36 its better late than never. When I lived in the 'burbs this would have been impossible (for me).

Now, it only took me 18 minutes by bike and although it was 32F out, I arrived feeing warm and flush.

Sorry, newbie excitement, happy to "join the ranks."
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Old 01-29-07, 08:13 PM
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20's with 5 degree windchills in the morning and I forgot my balaclava. damn! also my lock mount broke on Friday so I had to carry my lock in my backpack. slow ride in from my parents' house where I had stayed the previous night. saw another commuter about halfway in. slow and cold though it was, the ride went pretty well.

I had to work until the very end of my shift and the office closed then so no time to change. good thing it was casual day at the office. no moisture-wicking shirt or even *gasp* padded shorts. the ride was short and slow-ish so I was ok. I got so tired of carrying my lock that I put it in my bike locker, which is fortunately on the way back to my parents' house, for the night, and also ran some errands on the way back. the rest of the ride was ok, but really cold. I don't like this weather.

congratulations OldLion, welcome to the world of commuting!
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Old 01-29-07, 10:14 PM
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Well great riding today. MY ride home was probably my fastest since the snow started. Things have melted on the roads and paths but lucky me... more snow is on the way.
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Old 01-29-07, 10:37 PM
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I faced the same weather that o-dog faced, riding from Georgetown to downtown DC. Quick ride today, cold was no bother, and got in a little urban cyclocross at a municipal parking lot.
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Old 01-29-07, 11:20 PM
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somehow today was one of those Boston cold days when maybe there's just the right amount of moisture in the air or something where the cold has more of a bone chilling feeling. (12F)

I had to ride into Cambridge/Arlington area for a meeting tonight. So did a few extra miles. The amount of clothes I'm wearing, the stuff I'm carrying, the studded tires etc totaled to a pretty sluggish long ride.

After the meeting one of the people insisted on telling me how "brave" I was to be riding tonight. Turns out it wasn't the temperature she was referring to but insisted on telling me at length about a friend who has hit several car doors in Cambridge. To me this is tantamount to my telling her about the friends I've lost over the years in automobile crashes just before she gets in her car to drive away. I was tempted to tell her a good hair raising, heart rending tale of drivers who die.

The ride home from the meeting was lovely and quiet and I did not hit any car doors.

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Originally Posted by OldLion
Woo hoo!

Very first commute to work by bike, ever. I guess at age 36 its better late than never. When I lived in the 'burbs this would have been impossible (for me).

Now, it only took me 18 minutes by bike and although it was 32F out, I arrived feeing warm and flush.

Sorry, newbie excitement, happy to "join the ranks."
I hear your roar. Welcome! and congrats on your discovery of the joys of commuting.
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Old 01-30-07, 07:26 AM
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Coldest and slowest so far. I couldn't stay warm going the Crowders Mountain. I'd climb a hill, sweat, then freeze going down the other side.

I did see a deer right after day break. It was heading toward the road but got scared and high-tailed it back to the woods.

42.5 miles @ 17.3mph


edit: I forgot. Some middle-aged, jackass in a sports car laid on his horn right behind me. He then sped around, got in front of me, and hit his brakes like he was going to stop and do something. Yeah right. I would've hollowed him out and used him as a sleeping bag. The jerk.

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Congrats and welcome, OldLion!!

Sub, I hear you about the cold. It was 9F (~-12C for you Canucks) yesterday but a balmy 22 this morning. I try to go uphill first to get warmed up
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-10F/-23C. Invigorating. Light crosswind, clear sky. That is all.
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Warm today, -2c. Left quite a bit earlier than usual and just cruised in. Brought my other hockey skate in this morn, so I can play shinny after work nearby.
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-10F/-23C. Invigorating. Light crosswind, clear sky. That is all.

That's invigorating? I'd be afraid my pee pee would fall off.

You guys are beasts for commuting in temps below zero.
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-10C...light snow, slushy, a good test for......
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