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Old 03-27-07, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
damp down here after dry morning. Still, took quick lunchtime buzz up to nearby (19 miles roundtrip) state park.

I probably should have turned around at the end when I got to 'Hill Road' going down (ulp) to the park entrance, but it made a nice outing, and I have a mondo long day coming up Friday so I don't feel bad taking an extra 20 min for lunch today.
Glad you had a good lunch run. True to form, it was a rainy return ride. Some sections of the road haven't been dry in weeks
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Old 03-28-07, 05:22 AM
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Passed a wounded deer struggling after being hit by a driver (who had apparently moved on to bigger and better things) and the cop who had to deal with the situation. It was next to the curb, looked immobilized... I wonder if the officer would put it down right there or just try to keep it subdued until animal control showed up?

Also saw two women I normally pass each morning (they're on a walk) in the back of a cop car. One of the women was yelling about a ticket or something. The officers probably cited them for jaywalking, since when I pass them each time, they're in the middle of the street (thought they do wear dayglo jackets and blinkies). Traffic is slight at best at this time of the morning... but still, with sidewalks right there...
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Old 03-28-07, 05:27 AM
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Looks like another awesome day in Atlanta. High is supposed to be ~80F (27C) with plenty of sunshine.
I'm working 2:30 PM to 6:45 PM so I'll be working on my *tan lines* on the ride in. Other days when I've worked this shift the traffic has been *light* for Atlanta.
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Old 03-28-07, 06:27 AM
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30F and a good tailwind. (Translates to a bad headwind for the ride home. Blah.) Smart of me to keep the Hakkas on the bike. Lots of black (and otherwise) ice on the MUP this morning.

I had to MUP mostly to myself. Saw a trail regular on his bike, riding to school, and a couple other people, including a regular ped, but that was it.

Yesterday, the ride home had some excitement. I was almost home, riding on a residential street, and I saw a Jeep Cherokee turn onto the road and stop suddenly. Then I saw some guy walking around the vehicle. My sixth sense kicked in and I slowed way down to observe what was going on. He started screaming at the people in the Jeep. What the f#*@ do you want me to do?! %(#$*@ Blah blah blah $@#&@&*$% blah!!!

He was trying to open doors of the Jeep, and a woman inside was yelling back at him.

So I'm thinking, "Do I pass them, stop to call the cops, or turn around and run like a girl?" I saw a person coming out of a house, so I just kept going, giving the Jeep and irate dude a wide berth. Weird stuff.
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Old 03-28-07, 06:30 AM
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I've been feeling self-conscious about the lighting on my singlespeed and have seen several PB Superflashes recently. So I decided to go for a pair and put them on my seatstays. Man are they bright! I rode home with some friends last night and got very good reviews about the new lights. Just in time as I have lots of night riding to do this week.
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Old 03-28-07, 07:09 AM
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I had to drop off the car at the mechanic this morning, so I tossed the roadie into the back seat, drove there, dropped it off, and biked into work. It's only an extra mile and a quarter and it gave me a chance to practice taking the lane (normally I'm on one lane roads and I don't get to take the entire lane as often as I'd like ).

Winds were terrible, 15-20 mph and then some, right in my face. I had a couple of gusts push me out into the street, thankfully no cars around. Between the wind and last nights jujitsu, I'm all tired out....ugggh
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Old 03-28-07, 07:25 AM
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Nice ride in today. Took the route I normally take home, but in reverse direction. Made the ride in a little different for a change.
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Old 03-28-07, 07:50 AM
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Beautiful morning. Just another week until the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom. I'm going to have to change my route to avoid the expected 1 million tourists coming to look at the trees. Most of my route will be gridlocked, so I should be able to snake my way through.
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Old 03-28-07, 07:56 AM
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sigh... I used to post here daily, but I switched jobs and my awesome, high-speed 5-mile berzerker commute through the middle of rush hour DC, has transitioned to a 2 1/2 mile sprint, which avoids all of the city traffic fun. It's so depressing. I know, I could still do the old commute, but I'm such an A-to-B guy and in the morning, I always want to spend as much time at home as possible, so I always end up dashing to work at the last minute. And at night, I'm heading straight home after work. The curse of many working fathers is that you get about an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening with your kids, and that's it. Fortunately, kids go to bed, so once 9:00 pm rolls around, I'm back out there doing laps at Haines Point.

But I sure do miss my old commute. On the plus side, I no longer have to pay for a gym to shower, because A) new job has showers, and B) I don't get all that sweaty from a ride that takes less than 10 minutes.

The good news is that we might be moving to Silver Spring in a year or two, which would be a quite excellent 24-mile RT commute. I could get behind that in a hot minute.
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Old 03-28-07, 09:09 AM
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Cold ride in this morning, 38F. I thought my ears were going to freeze. Otherwise it was an uneventful commute except that my legs were so tired from battling the headwind yesterday, today the air resistance alone felt like a headwind .
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Old 03-28-07, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
Glad you had a good lunch run. True to form, it was a rainy return ride. Some sections of the road haven't been dry in weeks
And yet for me it was actually dry at go-home-time last night. I wasn't expecting that at all.

Nice and brisk this am, frost but no ice. Very sunny.
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Old 03-28-07, 10:08 AM
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No bike commute today. Just as well, I went on the cross-wind-a-riffic Tuesday night hammerfest and got killed. My wife had an early work obligation and so I dropped her at the office and the kids at preschool before going to the office myself. Just an honorary Soccer Mom. I briefly thought I would try to talk on the phone while drinking a cup of coffee and yelling at the kids and putting on eyeliner, but decided to give my full attention to driving the van instead.
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Old 03-28-07, 11:05 AM
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Another warm and humid morning but that will change overnight with a cold front/rain rolling through. I think this morning was designated "do not use your turn signal" day. I swear every car I saw turning this morning neglected to use their signal, I must have yelled at 3-4 of them.
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Old 03-28-07, 12:59 PM
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Today was a good day for me: my first bike commute in to work. I have a cold right now, and it was also pretty fricken cold outside this morning, but hey, it was time! I got pretty cold on the first big downhill near my house, then warmed right up on the first uphill and stayed that way all the way to work.

It's about 4.5 miles one way, mostly suburban arterials with bike lanes or wide shoulders, and one bad hill. Bad by my standards, anyway, a little over a mile at a 6-7% grade. I'm thankful I bought a touring bike with low low gears (I'm a "returning rider" aka "out of shape").
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Old 03-28-07, 07:46 PM
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My commute home last night was brutal. 20-25 mph head winds the entire 15 mile trip home. I was getting worked big time. I had about 5 miles left to go when some JAM buzzed me while I was in the bike lane. The driver literly swerved 2-3 feet over the white line into the bike lane while his passenger screamed something at me. I watched them turn into a grocery store parking lot about a 1/2 mile up the road from where the incident occured. I hope they had fun changing the 2 tires I kicked the valve stems off of.
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Old 03-28-07, 08:47 PM
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Traffic was crazy this morning. Had to swerve to avoid a truck that started its left turn early, and was hugging the curb on the wrong side of the street (mine). Then saw a guy on a motor scooter getting grazed by a taxi that didn't realise how wide it was (with passengers). Terrible grinding noise and sparks, but the guy didn't fall off and was ok. Shortly afterward, the same thing almost happened to me
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Old 03-29-07, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by gmule
I hope they had fun changing the 2 tires I kicked the valve stems off of.


Low 20sF this morning. Not a cloud in the sky. Nice tailwind again. I passed a guy riding northbound (I ride south). I found out my Michelin Transworlds shipped yesterday. Coolness.
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Old 03-29-07, 06:45 AM
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This week is kicking my butt...despite taking the quick roadie in again, I could not convince my legs to move. Went nice and slow coming in, swerved to avoid yet another person who wasnt looking both directions before crossing an intersection (about the 5th or 6th this week). Wind in my face (10-15 mph), chilly, about 30ish or so....
I think Im gonna sleep in this weekend.
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Old 03-29-07, 07:29 AM
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Today was BAD, Strong head wind combined with ice pellets in my face. Icy roads and 4" deep water to deal with. The road has that 1/2" slush due to the snow/ice pellets, and cagers were kicking it up at me. Today I rode the sidewalk!! I was the only non-cager so I figured if I ride the road I'll get killed or splashed, or both.
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Old 03-29-07, 07:35 AM
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Fast. My recent switch from 35c knobbies and platforms to 32c road tires and clipless has led to a noticeable decrease in my commute time.
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Old 03-29-07, 07:46 AM
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Cold, wet, and pretty miserable.

A JAM honked at me at the same place I always have trouble with cagers on my route. The road goes from 2 lanes to 1 AND has a concrete median. The right lane becomes a RTOL, so I have to move over. Today the driver behind me honked repeatedly for me to "get out of his way". I let him know exactly what I thought of him: he's #1.

EDIT: And then I felt bad for having given him the finger, because about 3 cars back was Subaru with a "Share The Road" plate. I dunno...should I have just been the meek cyclist and not responded to the JAM? These are the things I think about.
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Old 03-29-07, 08:07 AM
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A little cool today 45f, and a 10mph headwind. Traffic is very light as schools are closed. Got the first flat on my new tires (300miles). I had hoped that the slightly wider 32mm tires would be a bit more flat resistant. Lots of glass and gravel on the route this year making flats a real issue.
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Old 03-29-07, 08:34 AM
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Chicago commute

Little chilly along the Lakefront path. Path was pretty empty at 6:30AM. Traffic (only 2 miles of my trip is in traffic) was light, but in the Loop (as always) the CTA busses tried to kill me.

Note to self, on days where temp is < 50 degrees, get full finger gloves.
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Old 03-29-07, 08:43 AM
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Beautiful sunrise on the way in this morning! Unfortunately, I forgot to lube my chain and my tires are running low. I will take care of both those things tonight when I get home. I also picked up new shants, as my other ones developed a hole where there wasn't supposed to be one.
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