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Old 03-12-07, 10:01 PM
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took my Nokians off today.

an extra hour of light.

temperature in the 50's.

need I say more?
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Old 03-13-07, 05:24 AM
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First ride of the season. Had intended on starting earlier, but daytime highs of 40 degrees and overnight temps of 22 degrees left substantial patches of ice along my path, and with no studs, didn't want to tempt fate.

Ride in was good, plenty dark (and what exactly are we saving the daylight for I ask?)
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Old 03-13-07, 05:47 AM
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Welcome back to the ride, JSChance.

The last 18 hours have seen maybe the two worst commutes I've had. yesterday afternoon, I was passed in the RTOL by a guy who then got back into my through lane after passing me. I wasn't in all that much danger, it was just rediculous. Then as I'm looking to get into the center turn lane of a 5-lane road, an old lady slows behind me. I'm waving like crazy, she doesn't know what I'm doing, I don't know what she's doing. Finally I get off the bike and onto the curb, and she passes me. I walk the bike across five lanes of traffic.

This morning, I get brushed by a rear-view mirror. See thread. Ahhh!!
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Old 03-13-07, 06:19 AM
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I woke up at my normal time this morning and it was pitch black outside. I got to work a few minutes early and watched the sun rise off the back porch, feeling like a farmer getting started before the crack of dawn. It was actually 7:55. And my bike clock is wrong...grrr, I'm all confused.
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Old 03-13-07, 06:46 AM
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I tried a new route today that I discovered on a 26 mile training ride on Sunday. The new route cuts out the 200m of mud that I normally have to navigate through (MTB on road tyres = lots of slipping in the mud), but means the last mile or so is all uphill. Still it's 3 minutes quicker so I might try it again tomorrow. I'm sure that hill will get easier.
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Old 03-13-07, 06:48 AM
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Woke up to a surprise 3 inches of snow. It rained before it snowed so there was a nice icy base. After I thought the studs might be away for the winter, they came back out this morning for sure. It was a fun and beautiful ride in. The worse the weather seems to be, the larger gap motorists leave me to do my thing.

Yesterday however, when the roads were clean and dry I was waiting at a red light in the right hand lane waiting to go straight thru. I was just right of center lane, and a JAM behind me loops around me on my left, turns in front of me to go right. Would he have done that if I was a smart car or a festiva or something small? I doubt it. I said, "illegal move". Then I got buzzed by a guy doing 80km in a 60 zone.
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Old 03-13-07, 06:56 AM
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Great ride in...about 45 degrees, a light wind. Birds chirping (one of the reasons I love biking since I can't hear those in the car).
Get into work, find out the email system isnt working right, several users can't login, etc etc.

I'm eyeing my bike and wondering if I can make a run for it right now....
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Old 03-13-07, 07:05 AM
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No gloves, no hat, just a light jacket and knee warmers, neither of which I'll need heading home tonight.

A tons of bikers on the MUP this morning.
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Old 03-13-07, 07:13 AM
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Nice...just a tad cooler than yesterday. Averaged 16 mph for 8.3 miles.
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Old 03-13-07, 07:40 AM
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The warmer temps are bringing out the spring & summer commuters. Saw a few more on the ride to work and saw some new bikes locking up where I usually lock up. Luckily, one of those springtime commuters told me about a bike rack I didn't know about previously. Ride to work was fine. Played leapfrog w/ a guy on a mtb and noticed that despite having repaved the road a few months ago, big potholes are forming in the same spots. Loverly.
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Old 03-13-07, 07:41 AM
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Had a great ride in today. Looking forward to the ride back in near 70 degree weather. The only problem I'm having is figuring out what to wear when it cold in the morning and hot in the evening. I usually end up leaving layers at work.
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Old 03-13-07, 07:54 AM
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I'm working the late shift today (2:00 PM to close [6:30 PM]) so the ride in should be awesome. Today's high is supposed to be ~82F (28C) with lots of sunshine. Now that's my kinda weather.
I guess I'll have to break out the sandals.
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Old 03-13-07, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by buzzman
took my Nokians off today.

an extra hour of light.

temperature in the 50's.

need I say more?
+1 on the above. Now we'll get that "monster" winter storm that never really came since I have taunted the weather gods!
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Old 03-13-07, 08:12 AM
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Back in the saddle again! First commute since snow started to fly in Jan. Light wind, clear, real nice sunrise with red accents.
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Old 03-13-07, 09:07 AM
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I've seen four bicycle commuters in the past two days. That almost equals the number I've seen in the past six months. Still... pretty sad for a town this size.

I guess DST has brought them out.
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Old 03-13-07, 09:47 AM
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Totally Meaningless Achievement of the Day: Held a trackstand through an entire stoplight cycle at Broadway and Stockton. I was in the Zone.

To my dismay, nobody got out of his car to shower me with candies and flowers.
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Old 03-13-07, 09:53 AM
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Wonderful, glorious and FAST. I was running a bit late, so I made the 2.5 miles in 8 minutes... on the MTB.

Then I got into my office and collapsed. THAT was a good workout
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Old 03-13-07, 09:57 AM
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4" of snow overnight was 4x what was predicted. Out come the spiked tires! The best part was that the city didn't have a chance to sand the roads, so the streets were pure ice. Bad for cars, but very fast and easy for me. If I'm really lucky, it will be polished smooth by the time I head home.
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Old 03-13-07, 10:03 AM
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60 degrees, 11 miles of rolling hills in 45 minutes. My first commute of the year! Thank goodness for DST!!
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Old 03-13-07, 11:08 AM
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Didn't commute yesterday because I managed to shove a spoke through the OEM rear rim on my Kona Jake. Made a big hole in the rim, although happily the tube stayed intact until I got home. One expensive (to me) trip to the LBS later and I have a new handbuilt rear wheel - Mavic Rim, XT hub, 36 spoke 3x lacing - should be pretty bombproof without spending even more money. Just for grins the mechanic weighed my cyclocross-turned-commuter. With the U-Lock and Cable still on the bike it weighed in at 40 pounds. He was practically gagging and rolling around on the floor. Good thing it didn't have my 7ah SLA battery on it. Or the water bottles. Or the handlebar bag. Or the panniers with the toolbag, lunch, and work clothes. Hmmm...maybe that's why I broke the rear wheel... >.> Today's ride in was quite nice, anyway. ^_^
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Old 03-13-07, 12:25 PM
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COLD!!! I didn't notice it while biking w/ my kid to his kindergarten. I did have the presence of mind to be nervous of people driving around the neighborhood w/ frost all over their windows, but the temp itself didn't finally register until I was rolling on the MUP full-speed. Shorts were OK, but I *really* should have worn full-finger gloves. So my hands told me anyway when I tried to get them functioning at work.
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Old 03-13-07, 02:12 PM
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Been a while. Basically kept making excuses so as not to ride, hopefully back into it (for the 2nd time this year already! :|)

My new direct commute is only 2.75mi. - took me 12 minutes, and I'm keeping the knobbies on for extra work. I've been researching a few longer routes to tackle once my cardio has been restored to what it was!

Had a great chat with a fellow commuter this morning, actually rode and chatted for a bit - something I've never done before.

Anyone in Toronto on here going to the class at Urbane cyclist tonight? (It was sent out to the TBN mailing list)
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Old 03-13-07, 05:29 PM
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70F, DST, and everyone is coming out of hibernation. The MUP was busy on tonight's commute. I rode my new build Fuji World frame with barcons. The bike handled fast, smooth, efficient, and quiet. I was tempted offer to some spit lube to a few bikers whose bikes were scritching along. A few others looked a little flushed and puffing.
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Old 03-13-07, 06:56 PM
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Kudos caloso :-) Managed to hold one at Broadway & Houston and again at Broadway & Canal. Thinking that the planets were finally in alignment, attempted a rear dismount infront of my office building only to have my jacket get caught on the saddle...
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Old 03-13-07, 07:33 PM
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On the way home, I took some meandering detours looking for Subway sandwich guys giving away free Trek mtbs to people doing "random acts of fitness". Found some dudes at 51st and Lex and tried to get a free bike, but I guess I didn't count since I was wearing street clothes and already riding a bike. Lousy bastids.
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