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Old 04-20-07, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy
I don't know NJ, so I've no idea how NJ is relevant. But anyway, fastest isn't always best, depends on your priorities. There are plenty of times when I'd prefer to tack an extra mile on my commute to avoid a nasty stretch of road or to take in an especially scenic path. But your route is up to you, of course.

Well there is really only 1 way to go, as NJ is mostly developments and long roads. If you go in a development, you won't wind up anywhere but out of it as that is the only road, in and out...thats it.
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Old 04-20-07, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by TranDz
Well there is really only 1 way to go, as NJ is mostly developments and long roads.
Gotcha, the typical suburbia. Sometimes there do exist some neat shortcuts even around those places though, often - not.
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Old 04-20-07, 09:07 PM
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The commute today was breezy. It was breezy yesterday. The day before yesterday was windy as heck. Not the weather forcast <smirk> had me down for a tailwind on the way home. I should have remembered there's no such thing as a tailwind.
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Originally Posted by chephy
Gotcha, the typical suburbia. Sometimes there do exist some neat shortcuts even around those places though, often - not.
Yea. I'm most likely moving back to Brooklyn New York in the Summer though.
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Old 04-21-07, 08:45 AM
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i had an unplanned commute today. my friend and i are building racks for our bikes so i was running an errand before i headed to his house to finish welding it and paint it. so i'm stopped at a light and my car decides not to cooperate with me today. i knew what was wrong with it, knew i had nothing with me to fix it. so i thought well i've got my bike, and i'm about 8 or 9 miles from the apartment so I could ride to the apartment, get what i need and drive the wifes car back to mine and take care of it. It would have been a nice ride except i had my (big and heavy) camera bag with my laptop inside that i didin't want to leave in the car. not to mention that, since i hadent planned on riding, i had not been drinking plenty of water before hand like i usually do. i also decided that exploring new routes/shortcuts isnt the right thing to do in this situation. of course this is hindsight talking. i added 4 or 5 miles to the trip cuz my new-found shortcut turned into a loop that put me back where i started from. so like 6 miles from the apartment i stopped at a cvs and got a 24 ounce gatorade and it was half gone before i started pedaling again. finally made it back to the apartment and continued on with life. it felt REALLY nice to take off that camera bag. and because i had to pick up my wife from work, get dinner and fix my car i had no time to go to my friends house and finish the rack.
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Old 04-21-07, 04:18 PM
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i woke up early because there was a chance of rain, normally i leave my place at 630. i noticed it was starting to drizzle so i decided to leave at 6 and get within a mile or so from work and stop for coffee. I go out grab my bike and the rain is picking up so i decide to throw on the rain gear, i get all geared up..hop on the bike. 100 ft down my rode....FLAT TIRE?!! Second flat in a month...Pissed off at 6 in the morning I quickly throw on a new tube (luckily i stocked up last time), by now it's downpouring of course. My wife offered to drive me in, but 'no, i decided to not have a car, so i'm doing this'. All of that for a little saturday overtime
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Originally Posted by Aves
i woke up early because there was a chance of rain, normally i leave my place at 630. i noticed it was starting to drizzle so i decided to leave at 6 and get within a mile or so from work and stop for coffee. I go out grab my bike and the rain is picking up so i decide to throw on the rain gear, i get all geared up..hop on the bike. 100 ft down my rode....FLAT TIRE?!! Second flat in a month...Pissed off at 6 in the morning I quickly throw on a new tube (luckily i stocked up last time), by now it's downpouring of course. My wife offered to drive me in, but 'no, i decided to not have a car, so i'm doing this'. All of that for a little saturday overtime
good for you for sticking with the plan as best you could. Hopefully, you feel all the better for it now.
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Really good ride this morning. I took my $40 craigslist schwinn for a test commute this morning. Road bikes are so nice for commuting. I was able get under the headwind for the most part. It's supposed to rain this afternoon, so we'll see what happens.
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Old 04-23-07, 06:21 AM
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Had an easy ride in today in the warm weather, mid 50s and a little breeze. Gonna be mid 80s and breezy this afternoon. I am on my MTB now since my road bike is back to the factory for warranty checking since the frame cracked 2 weeks ago. I am hoping to get it back or a new one soon since I can't stand commuting on my MTB. I have actually been checking craigslist everyday for a cheap road bike to get until I get my bike back.
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Old 04-23-07, 06:27 AM
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High 50Fs and a 10-15MPH headwind. Still, it's nice to finally have some proper spring weather. I put my Transworlds back on yesterday so I was smooth and relatively quick. Reeled in a couple other people.

I did a lot of non-commute riding over the weekend. Rode up to The Ethan Allen Tower on Saturday. On Sunday I dragged my wife out for a ride and we helped a woman on the MUP find her lost dog. Go us. (We found the dog...)

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Old 04-23-07, 06:45 AM
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To borrow some words from a favorite group of mine...."I'm back. I'm back in the saddle again....I'm back, I'm back in the saddle again"

Took most of last week off the bike. Had too many errands to run and too little time. Friday I was up on Brasstown Bald watching Levi pass by me, just 300 m or so short of the finish line. Dude was flying.
Anyway, today's commute was uneventful. Traffic seemed lighter than normal and I made really good time. Averaged 18.02 mph without really trying to ride hard. I think the lower pollen counts are helping my breathing quite a bit. Can't wait for the ride this afternoon. Supposed to be 79F and sunny. That's my kind of weather
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Old 04-23-07, 06:50 AM
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Great ride in today, set a new PB for average speed, 15.3. Not all that fast but it sure beats my 13mph average when I started riding this year. Felt pretty good, weather was great, low 50s, only a small headwind, sun shining, etc. Had to stop and remove some clothes because I was getting a little too warm. It seemed like it warmed up really quick once the sun came up. I was riding through various cool and warm air zones, felt weird with the temps swinging up and down like that but whatever. This afternoon should still be nice unless I leave work a little late, then I'll have to dodge the occasional rain shower or t-storm.
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Old 04-23-07, 07:34 AM
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Midsixties this morning, but a chance of rain, so I had to bring the ol' commuter in (a converted mountain bike). After having ridden my road bike for the past two weeks, this was a huge difference. Nice for a change of pace though
Love this weather.
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At long last, the day has arrived!

Today was the first day of the year when it was warm enough to commute in a t-shirt and shorts. Hooray!
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Old 04-23-07, 07:55 AM
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Great commute today - first day warm enough to ditch the jacket for the morning commute. Was able to push hard to beat out a handful of red lights, which felt good and resulted in one of my best times. The streetcleaners have started to work on the winter sand & salt, so the ride home might be even smoother.
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Old 04-23-07, 08:30 AM
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Very nice ride in today. I had to jury rig my headlight onto my "good" bike's handlebars because my commuter is in the shop for some much needed attention and a new rear derailleur cable. The "good" bike has the newer, larger diameter handlebars and my Cygolite mount from circa 1998 doesn't fit it. The jury rigging worked quite nicely, though i had trouble accessing the on/off swithces. No problem for a few days though. Wore a long sleeve cycling jersey over a sleeveless this AM in anticipation of the 85F temps on the way home....oh yea, I forgot my water bottle this morning, so will need to purchase a bottle for the ride home. Too hot to comfortably go without water for 13 miles.
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Old 04-23-07, 08:33 AM
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nice 68f, cloudy ride in. strong South wind. Allergies are kickin my butt. Ride felt great though. may be riding home wet!
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Old 04-23-07, 08:49 AM
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First clipless commute. First commute of 2007. I'm a wimp - I like nice bike commute weather. We had a huge nor'easter last week, it was 40 and tons of rain that washed out roads and homes. Supposed to be 86 today. I love New England.

7.5mi, 0:32:58, 13.5avg, good times.
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Old 04-23-07, 08:56 AM
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+2C and very sunny on the way in. It's supposed to be 18C tomorrow! I'm on my new IRO finally, and it handles pretty well. I don't think I'll keep the bullhorns on, and I need a new BB so I can use diffferent cranks, as my old 180mm Race Face LPs won't stay tight anymore.
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Great weekend, great ride in this morning. Definitely shorts weather, and there was enough moisture in the air on my ride in to necessitate me changing shirts when I got to work. Looking forward to my ride home.
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Old 04-23-07, 10:04 AM
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Nice ride in this morning, high 50s F. I thought about driving instead because of high winds predicted for this afternoon but decided not to be a wimp. Good thing because I found someone's car keys in the gutter. They had a half dozen grocery store discount key chain cards on their keyring and one of those stores was on my way. I stopped at the store and told the customer service clerk what happened, they said they would look up the owner from the card and call them. If I had been driving I never would have seen the keys.
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Old 04-23-07, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by luckysnafu
I have actually been checking craigslist everyday for a cheap road bike to get until I get my bike back.
lucky, I've got dibs! I've been looking for a good bike on Raleigh craig's list for over a month now....

Commute today was uneventful, 4th or 5th in a row. Friday afternoon's was exciting. The kid's day care called (last week was her first week of day care; both she and us [her parents]) are figuring everything out) to report she had a fever. Since she had her shots the day before this wasn't unexpected, but they wanted me to get her home ASAP. This meant leaving work early and flying home, then driving to get her still dressed in the hi-vis jersey, lycra shorts, and SPD shoes. I'm sure the day care people talked about me after I left, but who cares?
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Old 04-23-07, 10:51 AM
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After a weekend of rain (it's always that way, isn't it?), today's weather is beautiful. Took a slightly different route to work this morning, just because. The lights were against me all the way but I had my trackstand working so no foot down.
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Old 04-23-07, 11:00 AM
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Gorgeous ride. New schedule, now I am trailering 2 yr old to her daycare and my wife is taking the 5 yr old to his K. I was hoping to catch up w/ her on bike trail (theoretically my time penalty for going to daycare, dropping Thing 2, doubling back to trail should give her time to drop Thing 1 and start moving forward) but it didn't happen today, so on I went. Weather, traffic, other good stuff in my favor, I tacked on my 9 mile detour, so commute was closer to 18 miles than the minimal 6 this morning, always nice.
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Old 04-23-07, 12:49 PM
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No ride today, much needed rest day. Rode a bunch on the weekend and had an early dentist appointment and need to get my unroadworthy road bike home tonight. Handily all fitted into the one day. I'm hoping for 4/5 this week (CM-Toronto ride this week too, which I hope to take a look at - never been before).
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