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Old 04-04-07, 05:52 AM
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Had a good, though slow ride home yesterday. Saw another commuter who I dropped like a bad habit. Got buzzed by a lady in a minivan. I gave her a WTF? shrug, but doubt she saw it or even cared if she did. Whatever!
Had a good ride in this am, with the pavement still slightly wet from last night's rains. cold front is suppsoed to pass through w/ a few showers today, but according to the weatherman they should be out of here by ~ 2:00 leaving me with (hopefully) a dry commute and a screaming 20 mph tailwind. Guess i'll need to turn the furnace back on tonight. Its been off since 3/24.
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Old 04-04-07, 06:01 AM
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Raw. Rained on me the whole way in. Temperatures hovering in the neighborhood of 30F. Headwind.

The good news is: My bike is clean.

Even with the rain, I saw 4 pedestrians and one woman cyclist with a badly positioned helmet on her head. That's one person per mile of MUP. Not a bad ratio.
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Old 04-04-07, 06:37 AM
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Messy this morning. We had some fairly good size storms roll through about 3:00 am and there's debris everywhere. Lots of leaves, small twigs and limbs, and blossom remains everywhere. I don't think the storms did any kind of damage to structures though.

Met a guy this morning that said he used to ride for Navigators back in '94-95. I don't know much about Navigators team, but that would be cool if I could live that life for a while. He said he commutes occasionally, but its 25 miles 1 way and the roads are not real conducive to riding, as there's not much of a shoulder (if any) and the traffic is very heavy. I wish I got the guys name.
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Old 04-04-07, 06:54 AM
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Rainy ride in today, but a good day to ride my singlespeed MTB to work for the first time. (Full disclosure, it's actually a dinglespeed with 2 rings/ 2 cogs, and a Surly Singleator to tension the chain, which is now in push-up mode, despite the photo below. 42x16 for town, 36x18 for the trails)

Made pretty good time, despite the knobbies, 26" wheels, and low gearing- def gets me jonesing for a road style SS...
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Old 04-04-07, 07:31 AM
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Beat the rain and all the cagers today. Did a whole lotta riding the VC crowd would not approve of.
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Old 04-04-07, 07:40 AM
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Good commute today--felt a few drops as I left but they stopped less than .5 miles into the commute.

Yesterday a JAM (old man, looked like a bum/drunk) pulled out of a side street on my right and cut me off (I could have touched his rear hatch if I'd dialed it up a little higher). The thing is, he saw me coming, waited (with the car kinda rocking back and forth), then went as I got nice and close. A$$hole. But I got over it later....

My wife has given me the green light to buy a new road bike. I went out last night and test rode 2 of my 4 current options: a Trek Pilot (can't remember which model) and a Specialized Roubaix Elite. The Pilot was OK (I'm not a Trek fan) but the Roubaix, which is full-carbon, blew its doors off. Alas, the Roubaix is $200 over my budget. This weekend I'm trying a Cannondale Synapse and a Fuji Team.
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Old 04-04-07, 07:41 AM
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Still fighting a cold, and working the early shift at work isn't helping. I feel like shizzle. I switched back to skinny tires today, as snow accumulation was sparse at best. I thought I was going to be able to retire the snow bike for the summer, but noooooo...
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Old 04-04-07, 07:53 AM
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Yesterday's homeward commute: came out of the building to a flat. Two days two flats. I'm running out of new tubes and have to find time to start patching.

50's and raining on the way in... should have worn tights vs. rainpants, I was kind of sweaty on the way in... many fewer people commuting today, this is my third complete round trip to work (my first leg was from work going home, actuallY)... and it was quite nice. T-storms and high wind all night, so the rivers were high and a bit of debris on the path. All in all very pleasant.
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Old 04-04-07, 08:02 AM
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Morning commute 25 degrees, snow flurries, gusty wind from the NW made for a nice tailwind. Enjoying the extreme commuting.
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Old 04-04-07, 08:09 AM
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First ride in 10 days, been trying to ward off a swollen throat/cold thing. Dodgeball tournament with work last night proved that I was fit and well enough, so I rode today.

Was really gung-ho about it once I saw it raining, I love rain rides - once I actually left it was wet but not actually raining, so I didn't have to don the goretex.

Ride was smooth sailing, the rain helped de-gunk my bike from my previous muddy hill/bank excursion I had (when I originally got sick with chills/fever of 102) - other than my rear brake cable sticking and the end popping out of the adjustment shoulder on the lever, all was well. Bike is in desperate need of a good clean and re-lube, must stop at the LBS and get more lube.

Raced a streetcar off the mark, mainly because I didn't want to get held up behind it, nice little final sprint but felt good to keep up and finally pass it once it started slowing to stop. I'm horribly out of conditioning/shape, that'll soon switch up I hope.
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Old 04-04-07, 10:34 AM
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Nice ride in, 10F warmer than last couple AMs, cloudy (but *warm* cloudy!). 9 mile add-on again.
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Old 04-04-07, 10:56 AM
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Convinced my wife to ride downtown with me today. We dropped her off at her office and I took the kids in the trailer to preschool before looping back to work. We left much later than I normally do and picked a fairly direct but lightly traveled route.

We rode alongside a guy on a recumbent for a few blocks, but seemed to be pretty timid of the street since he kept jumping on the sidewalk whenever he could. Of course the sidewalk in Midtown has tons of cracks from tree roots and driveway cutouts so he was bouncing all over the place. I looked over and thought he was going to throw his chain. I didn't say anything to him but instead kept up the chatter with the kids: Hey look at the garbage truck! Okay, train tracks--be ready for the bump!" Stuff like that.

Nice ride. On the way home we'll swing by the train station and Old Sac for a more scenic ride.
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Old 04-04-07, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso
I took the kids in the trailer to preschool before looping back to work. I didn't say anything to him but instead kept up the chatter with the kids: Hey look at the garbage truck! Okay, train tracks--be ready for the bump!" Stuff like that. Nice ride.
Very nice ride indeed. Makes me wish I had started riding again when my kids were that age.
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Old 04-04-07, 04:39 PM
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i walked and took the mini-bus LA Express (Landis Avenue Express) for free (NO $)!
Heavy RAIN!
Past two days (+50.0 miles) got 2 right hooks, and 1 left turn approaching almost decided to go (head on to me, i had the right of way). dog's still unchained, so bought HALT after # 8x interaction. called animal control but not resolve, (What are we as citizense paying them for?)
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Old 04-04-07, 08:47 PM
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riding home on Comm Ave I found a wallet containing a considerable amount of cash. Fortunately, the ID was current and I was able to track down the owner. First phone call was the right house but the child who answered didn't quite get the concept but after a few tries at other numbers I finally figured out that I'd had it right the first time. Turns out the wallet belonged to another cycle commuter.

Over the years I'd say this is about my fifth found wallet on bike rides. Only had one that I couldn't locate the owner of and in that case I threw the wallet in a mailbox as is- let someone else figure it out- it only had $7 in it.

Other than that a wet, chilly and remarkably uneventful commute.
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Old 04-05-07, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by buzzman
Turns out the wallet belonged to another cycle commuter.
No doubt you've made a substantial deposit to your good karma account. Nice job.

Me? What commute? We got about a half inch of soggy wet snow over night. Not really a problem, and I was going to ride anyway. I packed up my trunk bag, and then I thought, "Gee, my front tire somehow looks skinny." I felt it. Flat! Several variations on 4-letter words later, I'd changed into work clothes and a coat, and speed-hiked 2.5 miles to the bus instead. Take care of the flat later.

This is one of the two new Michelin Transworlds I mounted on Monday evening. I'm hoping I damaged the tube, and that this isn't indicative of a problem with the tire itself.
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Old 04-05-07, 06:16 AM
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Today will be a little cooler than it's been lately.
Tuesday I wore sandals, jersey, and bibs to work and stopped at a park a few blocks from the bike shop and relaxed in the warm sun for about 20 minutes. The temp was about 75F (24C).
Today I probably be trying to find all the sunny spots on the road so I can stay warm. The high temp is only going to be ~58F (14C). I was just getting used to the warm temps. I'm off tomorrow and it's supposed to be even cooler.
Good thing I didn't pack away the arm warmers and knee warmers.
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Old 04-05-07, 06:36 AM
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Cooler and windy this morning, temps in the upper 40s, which is a big change from the 85 high yesterday. Had a guy in a car yell something at me as he drove by me but I had no idea what he said, nor did I really care. Last night on the way home I had to avoid the caterpillars, I must have seen about 10 of them on the roads.
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Old 04-05-07, 06:36 AM
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A bit chilly today- a reminder of all the dark cold days this winter...
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Really quiet on the ride in today. One of the feeder roads on my route was blocked off, so traffic volume was 1/4 of normal. So nice... Oh, and I woke up with a double eye infection. Highly contagious FTW!
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Old 04-05-07, 07:54 AM
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Damn, some of you commuters have some NICE temps, I rode in against a 15km/h wind and a -12c temp. Spring where are you? The warmest in my area so far this spring was +7c (45f).
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Old 04-05-07, 09:30 AM
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52F this morning. I think I overdressed cause I overheated. I probably could have rode in just my shorts and a jersey. Anyways, hardly any traffic around 6:30am so the commute was uneventful. I'm still looking for my first wallet on the road.
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45F this morning and not a cloud in the sky. Absolutely beautiful. Not even much wind either.

The city swept about a 1/2 mile stretch of road that I had requested be cleaned as well. Lite traffic, clean roads and warm sun. What else could I ask for?

There is something about the smell of a flowering cherry or plum that puts a smile on my face.

Supposed to be 75F this afternoon, I'm glad I dressed lightly.

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As luckysnafu reported, colder here today than recently. And windier--fought a headwind for about a mile. I'm hoping the wind stays in that direction, as it would mean a nice tailwind for the part of my commute home I dread the most.

Got several honks today. Unfortunately the wind prevented my from catching the guy I most wanted to. I had taken the right lane on a 2-lane-each-way road. This JAM passed me in the left lane (as he should) yet still felt the need to honk AND give me the "Get Over!" gesture. The woman in the passenger seat was clearly wishing she wasn't in the car with him during his outburst.
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Too short.
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