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Old 02-05-07, 10:38 AM
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That's because there was at least one more car on the road other than itself. I think cars are somewhat like dogs when you walk them and they come across other dogs. They just make a beeline for each other , either that or it's a magnetic thing. I've worn the fingertips of my gloves thin, need new ones.
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Old 02-05-07, 11:29 AM
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VERY nice! Rode my new Karate Monkey (See it in the commuter pic thread) and had a BEAUTIFUL, sunny, mid 50s ride. Good stuff!
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I've done ski goggles over my glasses, and have had varying degrees of fogging. A decent pair of antifog (double layered) ski goggles and you should be all set.
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Saw my cousin's husband ("cousin-in-law"?) driving to work this morning. He was stuck in a long line of cars waiting for a train. I waved but I don't think he recognized me in my Fred outfit.
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Nice, warmed up a bunch from last week, into the 40s. Passed 2 commuters coming in today (passed 4 going home Friday). I think the seasons are turning enough to bring out the snowbirds.
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Old 02-05-07, 12:29 PM
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Wet and windy , 20+ mph headwind for 7 miles non-stop + rain.

I don't know why I torture myself like this... ohh wait, I remember now... I'd rather ride into a volcano than drive to work ...
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Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
I think cars are somewhat like dogs when you walk them and they come across other dogs.
I think you're onto something here! Remember how everyone says they come in packs!

Now we just need a leash law for them and we'll be all set!
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Originally Posted by fordfasterr
... I'd rather ride into a volcano than drive to work ...
I'm the exact opposite. I'd rather ride into the waiting arms of a voluptuous young woman holding a pizza than drive to work.
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First bicycle commute since before Christmas. I'm not comfortable riding on streets with lots of rough ice. About 30F when I left the house. Man do I need to get some butt miles in. MUP has not been plowed since before Christmas. Not a big issue - one entrance is impassable due to mud and the other end is closed until Oct 2008 for road construction. So now I negotiate this section on a 6 lane road. Good shoulder and lower cager speed due to construction zone.
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Old 02-05-07, 03:00 PM
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Minus three this morning when I took off. Got almost to work and was juuuust passed by a school bus before he stopped to pick up a kid and put his stop lights on. I had to stop right behind him and inhale the belching diesel fumes as he took off again. I then immediately had to dodge a cyclist riding the wrong way on my side of the street (couldn't see him due to the school bus). One-half block later, there was a three-car accident where a pickup truck had just rear-ended a car that was starting to parallel park on my side of the street and pushed the car into the row of parked cars (also couldn't see it due to the school bus). Usual Monday morning chaos.
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Old 02-05-07, 04:11 PM
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Took a 13 mile spin at lunch, good to get out. Very foggy, though, was wishing I had my reflect-o-vest. Driving company car home tonight and off for a meeting tomorrow, bike stays at work in its cube. Hopefully will be ble to drop the car off tomorrow pm and bike home.
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Man, so I rode to work today thinking about how cold it was going to be but it actually wasn't bad...Nicer when i got off from work with temps in low 30's...Heard about the temp dropping into teens tonight and tought: "I am def driving to work tomorrow". But after reading you guys stories of riding the way you do, I decided: "man, I am def riding to work tomorrow...This ain't nothing compared to what these guys are doing"!
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12F when I arrived home on my one-way commute. Tommorow morning at 5F or lower will be interesting. The chemical warmers inside my Lake winter shoes saved my toes. Calling for snow and 18F Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning. Not sure if I'll try the studded tires or drive in.
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-16C with windchill doen to -29C. Can we all say bloody cold out.
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7F on the way in this morning with a good tail wind the whole way. I was ever so slightly overdressed so no problem feeling warm at all.

The ride home it was 12F with a very strong wind right in my face. I was perfectly warm from toes to my nose. BUT the wind really wore me down. I felt like I was pedaling through molasses especially with shoes covers and rain pants and mittens and balaclava and layers etc... I made it though and certainly have the right clothes and set up for this weather- my studded tires are a life saver since the bike path is covered with ice for long sections.

It was a looooooonnnnnnnnggggg slooooooooowwwww ride home.
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freezing rain. weeee!
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A little warmer than yesterday, but still low single digits (F). Moderate tail wind. Visibility is good. I could see Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

Two co-workers did the usual line of questioning: Isn't it cold? Aren't you cold? Etc. etc.
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New PR for temperature this morning, 15F (yeah, I know, I know). Had the layering just right, as the legs and torso were comfortable the entire ride, but the fingertips were frozen even with ski gloves. Putting them in the shower HURT.

First day of commuting this month for me. The bike was in the shop over the weekend. Turned out the free hub for my wheel is back-ordered and has been for months, so I told them to just replace my wheel. The good news: the ride is easier and I can coast again (not that I ever do). The bad news: the gearing isn't quite right (I'm getting chain rattle and I'm maxing out the gears even on moderate downhills, which I shouldn't be able to do) and the new wheel is silver. The other wheel is black. She's starting to look like a real commuter now!
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The tv here in Raleigh said 16F when I checked. Coldest morning I've seen and when my wife asked if I was riding I answered her like she was stupid for asking.
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It was 11 degrees in our nation's capital this morning, and it was the first morning I can recall that I didn't see any bikers on the road the whole time I was riding in. I'm sure there were plenty out and about, but I didn't come across a single one (and I was looking) over five miles of riding.
I was dressed well so never had an issue with the temperature. My shoes are on the verge of being overwhelmed, but managed to keep it all together. I'm very impressed that my hands/fingers are just fine wearing a pair of $30 REI gloves and a $1.50 pair of jersey garden gloves.
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-13C + arctic headwinds, got soo lucky and drafted a truck all the way almost..... awesome....pocket of warm(er) air moving in my direction. Also perfectly shielded from traffic being a foot and a half behind the truck.
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The average hi temp for today is 44F. It has been warmer than that since midnight. Great ride, beautiful sunrise, birds singing. Only one low point. Guy started swearing and yelling at me. We were traveling in opposite directions on a quiet, wide residential street. It was still dark. No other traffic in sight. It wasn't a cager. He was riding a bike in the opposite direction dressed all in black with no lights of any kind.
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Got my Take-a-Look mirror in the mail, tried it out yesterday. I got a great view of... the top of my backpack. And the other side of the street. Bah. Maybe another reason to start thinking about getting a rack.

My need for fenders also made itself really obvious on the way home. On the upside, some of the snow is finally melting!
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Woo hoooooo! Can you tell I am excited?
First commute since mid January!
In fact I biked the entire way of 28 miles. It took forever due to ice packed streets and me loosing my new route that connected my partial all street route with my southern all street route. That and I refused to go faster than 15mph.
While the temps ranged from 50F to 30F on my commute there was plenty of ice to be had. No slipping. No sliding. No falling. *knocks on wood* Thank goodness they are grating the streets in Denver. Too bad all the trails are positively horrid. Hence the all street route and dodging potholes. Maybe in a month or two I can actually ride a trail occasionally.
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A balmy 13F this morning, a definite improvement over yesterday's 8F. Before I even started pedaling, I got honked at. I usually step into the street in front of my apartment, next to a fire hydrant, get on, clip in and pedal off. Some woman in an SUV pulled up and double parked, waiting for me to leave my spot in front of the hydrant. After waiting a full 2 seconds, she honked at me. When I looked at her, she started motioning that she was waiting for me to leave and what was taking me so long. Last I heard, if I'm established in the spot, you can go f*ck yourself til I leave. So I motioned to the hydrant and asked if she was mentally challenged. Then I pedaled off thinking it was kind of early to be so obnoxious.

At work, a co-worker asked how the ride was. I told him it was too short and would've been nicer if it was longer. He laughed and told me to keep up the good work.
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