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Old 02-06-07, 09:22 AM
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-9C I think. I still have a cold, and the Nyquil I took last night made [makes] it hard to think straight. My reaction time was nonexistent on the ride in. I rode over some sort of plastic jug, then hit some other So yeah, I should have stayed in bed.
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Old 02-06-07, 09:50 AM
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nice one jyossarian....you know THAT is the start to a day
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I bundled up for the morning chill. It was a bitter 48F, I could feel it nipping my sockless feet thru the web of my sandals.
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A very comfortable 47F. I allowed myself to go too fast on the slight decline I have on my route. I was up to 24mph, which means I was spinning almost 120 rpm.
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Very pleasant 45F ride in. A tad butt-sore from the Big Chill ride in Houston on Sunday. great commute. Hope the weather stays nice for a bit.
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Old 02-06-07, 12:07 PM
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Brutal cold for this southern boy - around 19f. My hydration pack's line and nozzle froze. So I kept it slow - real slow because I had no fluids for a good while.
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Old 02-06-07, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
nice one jyossarian....you know THAT is the start to a day
Yeah, not as nice as catching a draft off a truck for the commute though. Traffic's good for something.
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-2F with a -7F windchill and snow. ridiculous! at least if it's going to snow it should cease with the silly temperatures.
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Old 02-06-07, 01:28 PM
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First morning commute above freezing since November. Excellent!

I was mostly able to travel at top speed with little worry of ice. Lots of melting snow so many big puddles to ride through. I have the fenders so I might as well put them to work.
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5F this morning and I had to keep sipping on the camelpack to keep the line from freezing. The chemical packs bunched up and crowded my toes but I guess they helped slightly. Ski helmet and googles today.
The big question is will I round trip home again - and perhaps ride back in with my studded tires in 18F and fresh snow tomorrow.
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Old 02-06-07, 02:53 PM
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-11 C. Warmer than yesterday and SUNNY! Yay!

A lot of fun just about sums it up. Except that part on a little street where I got stuck behind a really slow van at some point: the driver started braking for the next stop sign as soon as she took off after stopping for the previous one... And I couldn't even pass her because there wasn't enough distance between the bloody stop signs. And she stayed stopped at each stop sign for, like, five seconds... and those stop signs add up. I'm not sure if she assumed I was a scofflaw stopsign-running cyclist and wanted to teach me a lesson or if she always drives like that... must get a lot of grief from fellow cagers... but I didn't mind it too much. It was a relatively short stretch.

I'm really proud of how I'm handling some of the hills on my commute. They seem to be considerably less work than they used to be, even though I'm doing them in slush with knobbies now. I guess I'm getting stronger. *happy giggle*
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Originally Posted by bikedaddy
First morning commute above freezing since November. Excellent!

I was mostly able to travel at top speed with little worry of ice. Lots of melting snow so many big puddles to ride through. I have the fenders so I might as well put them to work.
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It ranged from 50F to 30F on my commute. Ice interspersed with puddles of water or vice versa. No need to worry when things refreeze since they were already mostly frozen. odd..... Perhaps, too many tree lined streets.
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Old 02-06-07, 05:21 PM
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I think my bb needs an overhaul. Maybe the hubs too. And the chain's covered in salt. And the clip on my blinkie snapped off. Good thing I got another bike. Oh yeah, commute was fine, just one cager honked at me cuz I was in front of him at a red light.
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Old 02-06-07, 09:45 PM
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I have been unable to commute due to the severe snowstorms and below 0 termperatures. Well today it was 40 deg F when I left my home and the news said it was going to be in the mid 60's. So halfway to work I stopped and called into work sick and went on a 40 mile fun ride instead of working today.
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Originally Posted by gmule
I have been unable to commute due to the severe snowstorms and below 0 termperatures. Well today it was 40 deg F when I left my home and the news said it was going to be in the mid 60's. So halfway to work I stopped and called into work sick and went on a 40 mile fun ride instead of working today.
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Old 02-06-07, 10:10 PM
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the cold weather feels normal now. Still a little overdressed. I'm liking this kind of riding. But if I compare my speed and time to my usual it could be very discouraging.
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Old 02-07-07, 08:16 AM
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Crazy windy and 35 WARMER than yesterday morning. It'll be about the same temp for the ride home, so easy planning what to wear!
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46F in the ATL this morning. Did spring show up already?

My first commute in 2 weeks (partly due to trying to appease the wife and partly due to scheduling issues), but what a day! Only one JAM this morning. Some middle aged lady in a white Passat tries to cut off the bike lane, but she was too close to the car in front of her, and could only cut off 1/2 of the bike lane. I just zipped past her, looked at her car and shook my head. Ding Bat!
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Received 1-2 inches of snow in our nation's capital this morning, and the wife officially put the smackdown on riding into work. What's a bummer is that she based this on the fact that our street was still covered in snow. But as soon as I got a block away, I saw that all the rest of the streets were paved and totally clear, so I easily could've biked in. Oh well, gotta make concessions every now and then.
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Uneventful commutes recently - yesterday after work I was walking out to the bike rack and I saw one of the (very few) other bike commuters walking along, pushing his bike ahead of him on it's rear wheel only (hands on the handlebars, front wheel straight up in the air - think really tall wheelbarrow.)
Me, "Your bike Ok?"
Him, *mumblemumble* (keeps walking off.)
Me, "No seriously, is your bike Ok?"
Him, "No the front tire is flat."
Me, "Want to patch it? I've got all the stuff we need right here."
So we patched his tire. It's the first time I've ever talked to him (we don't normally leave at the same time.) Turns out he bikes 4 miles in to work each morning. No pump, no patch kit, no helmet, and he rides in his work clothes. He was just going to walk his bike to the bus stop and take the bus home. Me, I look like I'm going on an african bicycle safari or something, and I carry everything but a spare tire (which I'll start including once the new trunk rack gets here. Foldable bead FTW!) It's like we're from different worlds or something...
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I still have a cold, but I'm getting better. My wife really didn't want to get on the bike this morning, so she dilly-dallied for quite a while, then dogged it on the way in. I rolled in about 10 minutes late, but nobody else was here, so I guess it doesn't matter.

2" of snow, and a nice sheen of ice below that.
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Originally Posted by buzzman
the cold weather feels normal now. Still a little overdressed. I'm liking this kind of riding. But if I compare my speed and time to my usual it could be very discouraging.
As it's seasonal this IS your usual...averages out over the year. The cold being denser and actually harder to push through. Come spring the "usual" will flash by like a breeze, getting easier and/or faster year after year.
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Old 02-07-07, 10:31 AM
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Back on the heavy cross bike today after riding the road bike on Monday. The extra 15+ lbs makes a difference plus more rolling resistance. Weather is amazing this week. Lows in the mid 30s and highs in the mid 50s (F).
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45f, perfect! except for the hangover. commuting with a hangover is rough.
Weather is fixing to get uncomfortable again soon though.
I'm enjoying while it lasts.
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This is the stuff that dreams are made of -- first tracks in beautiful powder snow! I brought along my camera so that I could take some pictures of a fountain on Columbia Pike that has developed into an ice sculpture of a volcano. There is something special about riding on ice and snow-- the Nokian studs no longer buzz, and you float along in dead silence. I wish every day were like this.

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