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Old 02-27-07, 06:24 PM
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First commute of the year and still February. Slightly chilly 19 degrees when I left home. Took my dirt road/trail route expecting the mud would be frozen solid. It was except for a short section of one road, but my fenders work great. Fortunately the trail was solid (I hate to carve canyons in the trail).

Rode home on the pavement...cool at 38 degrees, but nice. Glad to be commuting on the bike again!
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Old 02-27-07, 08:50 PM
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29F No snow here HardW. But my water bottle was nearly frozen upon arriving this AM
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Old 02-27-07, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
29F No snow here HardW. But my water bottle was nearly frozen upon arriving this AM

That's impressive. Nothing but straightahead downpour heading home. I've been munching for 2 hrs straight getting body temp back up.
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Old 02-27-07, 10:19 PM
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congrats K4LK on your commute.

I clipped along this morning on the street ride in and did the bike path on the way home. The DCR did a pretty decent job on the plowing so the ride home was not so bad.

I was envious to read that some of you are hearing spring peepers already. Oh, that is a sound I long to hear.
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Old 02-28-07, 07:13 AM
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That was the coldest 33.8 degrees F I've ever experienced! No wind though. Thank goodness.
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Old 02-28-07, 07:22 AM
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Well I have only ridden once in the past two weeks. MY kids brought home RSV from preschool and it has been killing me for about a week now. I'm especially disappointed to miss the past week because my work is moving this week so I will be doing a new commute.

I hope to be posting about my new commute on Monday.
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Old 02-28-07, 07:34 AM
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I was chilly when I left the house, but warmed up by the time I got to work. I wanted to just keep riding at that point...
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Got up this morning, roads are fairly dry, salt fairly well washed away, no rain or snow in forecast, temps in the lower 30s supposed to get up close to 40. I gave the snow bike a pat on the fender and saddled up on the singlespeed. Yeee hawwww, spring is coming!
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Old 02-28-07, 09:03 AM
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Winter is back. Flurries this morning and 28F with light headwind. I rode studs this morning for the first time, and it was like pedaling through molasses. Added about 5 minutes to my commute.
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Old 02-28-07, 09:10 AM
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I had to go in 30 minutes early, so traffic was a little lighter. The snow has made 50% of my ride dicey, since the city's overtly agressive sanding has made piles of crap pop up everywhere.
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Old 02-28-07, 11:09 AM
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I probably didn't help cyclist-motorist relations this morning: I was waving a black VW Jetta to pull through so I could merge into the left lane, she hung back, and I kept waving and yelling Go! Go! Go! I think she was just trying to be nice, I was trying to be safe and efficient but I probably looked like an impatient and ungrateful jerk.

Except for that, which came at the very end of the ride, it was a wonderful ride in. I left at 6:40 and was able to get in a 20 mile detour by heading towards the Delta. I crossed over the Sacramento at Freeport, headed south towards Clarksburg and then took a 2-mile jaunt along a creek on a gravel levee road. I felt like an old-timey Tour de France rider bouncing across the dirt on my lugged steel fixed gear bike.

Lots of birds on the levees and creeks: robins, redwing blackbirds, ducks, coots, herons, and a redtail hawk.

Back onto the River Road and then down onto Jefferson Boulevard where you make a trade off: better pavement and a tailwind but a lot more traffic. But by this time it was getting on towards 8 and I needed to get to the office.

In the end, I had 25 miles in 1:20 for a very respectable 18 mph avg.
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Old 02-28-07, 12:29 PM
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I got back on the roads today to see if the W&OD trail had been cleared off. It was pretty good, EXCEPT for the section between Maple Street in Vienna and Gallows Road in Falls Church.......which was pretty much impassable. I had to walk the bike for over 1.5 miles. Sucked. Took 2 hours to get in this AM. I've got a detour that I'll take for the ride home, which should go better.....
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Old 02-28-07, 12:40 PM
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cold, wet. Started really snowing once I got to work (whew), now it's stopped and the clouds are very very bright, maybe sun will break through and I will go for a spin at lunchtime.

edit: nope, blinding snowsquall, God is telling me to finish this report.

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Old 02-28-07, 03:21 PM
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February: 18 work days (1 holiday, 1 sick day) 15 commutes by bike. Fixie today.

83% for Feb, 93% for YTD.
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Old 02-28-07, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by M_S
rain, rain, rain, rain, snow(!) rain, hail.

Yuck.
Nasty weather, I know. And I had the pleasure of persistent headwind going home on the Springwater trail
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Old 02-28-07, 04:06 PM
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My chain fell off AGAIN today on the way home.. this time it fell off while I was spinning up through a tunnel... I coasted about 100 feet from the top ... sucked... put the chain back on, greasy fingers... waited for cars to go by and there was NO shoulder, I was standing on a drain cover....

Then I get honked at by a truck when I finally start to mash my way back out...

=(

I have to figure out a way to prevent the chain from falling off...
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Old 02-28-07, 09:13 PM
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SWEET!
a-b, b-a were eventless, a few honks from people in cages who had not seen me for awile (good to be missed!) and the winds, sun, temps were all with me. farphignugeanne (sp) and scarry!
a good day!
spin safe!
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bike path was ice and slush for sections and lots of puddles the deepest being about 8-10" of freezing water. I plowed through, over and on it with my neoprene shoe covers and fenders managing to get to work dry as could be.

Not much wind the last couple of days, which meant I could make a little better time than usual.

the warmer weather- 40F! was a welcome respite from the cold.
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Old 03-01-07, 07:11 AM
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45 F. Warmest yet. Got foggy through Kings Mountain then cleared up in Shelby.
Plus ...
First time this whole winter that I passed another cyclist coming the other way in Crowders Mountain.
Heck, it was the steepest part of the road (16-18% grades on this road) and he was coming down the other side. He was well lit. Bravo.

Got my fastest average yet this year trying to get through the fog and thinking about my next race in March. 42.70 miles @ 18.6mph. I love seeing improvements.

But, my boney @$$ needs a new seat. I'm getting real uncomfortable on the one I have. Lost 20 pounds and my butt bones are hurting. Meh, take the good with the bad, I guess.
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My wife's stomach was bothering her, so she told me to leave without her. So, I left on time, didn't wait at any of the usual waiting spots and arrived at work a full 6 minutes early. I'll be happy when she's bacck on her road bike...
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Old 03-01-07, 10:55 AM
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There was about 1.5" of slushy snow on the MUP in Redmond, and it got deeper going north to Woodinville. Finally ended with around 2.5 - 3" on the ground, mostly fluff over slush by the time I left the MUP. The roadways were just slush: Narsty, gritty, blackish-grey slush for the last mile and a half of my commute. I got to work and checked my computer... 9.7 mph average. Not bad for 6 miles breaking track in the slush/snow on the MUP and schlepping through the mire of filth on the roadway. Not bad considering my fender wells were packed with slush by the time I got to work, and I'm sure that didn't help my efficiency at all.

I saw 3 other commuters today. Two riding, and one pushing. (I asked, and he said he was OK but it was just too much snow for him.)
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Saw a couple of other commuters this morning. A woman on a step-through Breezer, a guy on another Breezer, and a sidewalk riding guy on a full-suspension mountain bike. It looked like the kind of bike you'd take up on a ski lift.
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Ride on the sidewalk, man. Your holding up traffic (mp3)
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Good coming in this morning. Clear and around -4C

Late this morning a train derailed which will cut into my commute and a big storm is just starting...yikes!

Well if I can get to my bike at the train station I should have a wild snow-flakey ride home...hee..hee.
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Thunder, lightening, threats of tornadoes, and an 8am business meeting kept me off the bike this morning. Driving actually worked out today because I got to drive some of the higher-ups to breakfast and put in some good networking time. But I still hated it and will be biking twice as far tomorrow.
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