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Old 02-28-03, 10:00 AM
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Originally posted by Ed Holland
I missed a day through illness on Wednesday. Made the ride to work taking it easy yesterday and was nearly back on full form today. Our weather has been very kind this week with sunshine and warm temperatures. Spring is on its way!

Have a good weekend folks,

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Hmmmm... we've had it pretty mild this week here in Minnesota too (by our standard this time of year), it's been sunny and temps hitting close to 40F/4C yesterday. I've really been enjoying the longer daylight on both ends of my day. Great riding .
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Old 02-28-03, 12:27 PM
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The chilly, wet days earlier in the week are past, now. Today it will be in the mid 50's and partly sunny, with a tiny tailwind.

Guess I may be able to strip down to shorts and tee shirt, if things work out!

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Perfectly sunny today. Was cold at first, but warmed up quickly.

I hope it sticks around all weekend long. I can't wait to start shedding some layers! Bring on spring!!
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Old 02-28-03, 02:24 PM
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After the dire forecasts, last night's snow turned out to be about 5 inches (8 cm). Once out of my neighborhood, the roads were wet and black. In spite of the easy conditions, there was very little traffic.

The suburbs seemed to have more of a problem, as all schools were closed and most of my office staff failed to make it downtown. It is a surreal experience to listen to all the school closings and then sail into work on mostly clear roads.

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finally back to riding 2 days not because of being a wimp and my normal 2 days off i was kinda looking forward to this am's ride in! pretty nice weather was mild mid 30's. however around 11 am it started snowing with a vengeance luckily its too warm and wet to stick. the ride home will be pretty good.
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Old 02-28-03, 03:12 PM
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Originally posted by PaulH
After the dire forecasts, last night's snow turned out to be about 5 inches (8 cm). Once out of my neighborhood, the roads were wet and black. In spite of the easy conditions, there was very little traffic.

The suburbs seemed to have more of a problem, as all schools were closed and most of my office staff failed to make it downtown. It is a surreal experience to listen to all the school closings and then sail into work on mostly clear roads.

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Thanks for the update, Paul. I heard you got hit out there and I was curious how it came out.
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Old 02-28-03, 03:54 PM
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Had a monster basketball game last night, and today's ride in was just what my sore legs needed. I have really come to enjoy the "morning after" ride, where I can zoom in on my bike to stretch my legs out.

Brilliantly clear and chilly by San Jose standards.

I had a bit of a close call today where the lanes narrowed near a construction area, and a parked car took away whatever remained of the lane. The funnel resulted in my almost being brushed by an SUV. In retrospect, I should have either taken the lane or, in this case, simply waited for the traffic at the light to clear instead of pushing it, although the SUV driver was of course totally clueless. But better to be safe than to rail against SUVs.
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Old 02-28-03, 05:49 PM
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Originally posted by Pete Clark
Guess I may be able to strip down to shorts and tee shirt, if things work out!
Are you telling me that there are actually people who wear more than one layer when riding?

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Old 02-28-03, 06:00 PM
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Enjoyed a nice ride today. Still a little rain, but roads were not slick. The morning rides are the nicest. I love getting to work and watch my coworkers trying to get going. I have all this energy from the ride.
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They have begun repaving a zone on my commute. They have done the "Grate the edge of the road" step. So my bike lane has been reduced to something almost totally unrideable. I find myself riding in the 2nd lane over for some of it when traffic isn't nearby.

I hope they lay the asphault soon. I really don't like riding while simultaneously having my teeth vibrated out of my head.
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Old 03-01-03, 10:33 PM
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Friday night I went a different way in order to meet my wife and kids at the mall. Still got about 13 miles in.
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typical nice fast Sunday commute no traffic... makes for a nice commute

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Old 03-02-03, 11:23 AM
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Thursday and Friday I didn't ride, I just couldn't face 20 minutes of dressing. This has been a long winter and I gave myself permission to wimp out. Now that I feel up to riding tomorrow, the temperature is dropping! Ah the wages of sin.
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It is raining cats and dogs today. So no ride for me today. Four degrees lower and we would have had one heck of a snow storm. Back on the bike tomorrow with high winds and cool temps predicted.
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Superb today, but on my way home last week my mate had an accident on cobbles (car cut him up). Then we had to stop as I got really bad vibration through the bars and my front wheel was dragging.

I thought a bearing had gone. Turned out to be about a quarter inch of compressed mud on the guard, jamming the wheel!!! Oooops.
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Old 03-03-03, 08:08 AM
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this am was pretty nice for a monday. would you believe I saw somwone else commuting on my same route this am?? maybe I am influencing peple after all? any way tried real hard to maintain 15 mph into the wind all the way pretty much did which surprised me. all in all a god ride I am looking forward to a few nicer days so I can get out more just for fun.
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First commute in two weeks! The DC snow had me beaten down . Main roads were clear today but unless it warms up soon it may be weeks before the bike paths are again passable. In parts, they have been used as a repository to dump snow from the roads.

Still a great ride, nice bracing day, approx 30 degrees and windy
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Old 03-03-03, 08:45 AM
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Cool and misty here this morning. I was a bit slow to get going but OK after warming up.

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Oops -- put this in the wrong thread!

The morning's temperature in DC was a bit lower than 30 F -- 19.9 F (-6.7 C), to be exact. Wind chills were -6 F (-21 C). That's why it seemed brisk!

The pavement was so dry that I decided to try the Washington Boulevard and Route 50 trails. As in your area, they had been used as repositories for plowed show in spots. There were a few 30 foot stretches of glare ice, but they were mostly dry and clear. I had to walk the bike around a few 5 foot mounds, but they were otherwise passable. It was good to arrive at work without the 10 minute penalty of my detour out Columbia and Walter Reed, and I enjoyed the adventure.



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Are you telling me that there are actually people who wear more than one layer when riding?

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Some people, by their own claims, ride with no layers at all. (A.Troll)
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Originally posted by nemo
...would you believe I saw somwone else commuting on my same route this am?? maybe I am influencing peple after all? ...
My bet is that you're witnessing the annual flurry of activity associated with training programs for triathletes and for upcoming endurance biking events (centuries and the like). Since it takes a number of weeks to train for these, now is about the time to get started ... and bike-commuting is a good way of boosting weekly mileage.

In SJ, the streets will have a bunch of new bikers for a few weeks then it'll taper off again, if past experience is any measure.
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First rain free ride in a week! Don't get me wrong though, I like rain, it was nice to have a bit of a break from it though. I am amazed at how little the rain washes off the roads. Sometimes it fills the road with debris. I think this is likely due to the very little crown the roads have here. They don't worry about proper drainage as much in the desert I think. Anyway, I made it in today without a spoke breaking (knock on wood) So I think I have replaced the last of the spokes that were stressed when I hit a sizable object with the rear tire a week and a half ago. Beautiful sunny but crisp ride in today.
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On Sunday I rode from San Jose to Los Gatos to catch up with my family (and visiting sister and neice) for a nice, sunny afternoon. Then I rode home via the hilly route.

No, this wasn't a commute to/from work, but it was a bike ride with specific goals in mind and specific stopping points. So, I consider this a bike-commute of sorts.

I rode my roadie and it was a blast. It is WAY lighter than my commuter (Trek 520 Touring), a lot twitchier, and absolutely flew out of the lights. I took the hills with little problem.
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Me too; first sunny day in a month. It was about 25 F and bright sunshine, a perfect commute. I think I'm gonna take the long way home and do some single track on the outskirts of town. peace.
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Well, this is my second day of unemployment after my company went into administration last week (16 out of 26 in my office have the same problem), so no commute today. Yesterday I went into Southport to commence my search for new employment and discovered that Broadbeach is challenging Surfers Paradise for the idiot capital of the universe.

At least there was plenty of 'scenery' for a young single male in Surfers.
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