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Old 04-30-07, 07:01 AM
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I just did my 1st commute on a fixed gear (I had a Specialized Dolce, got hit by an SUV, totalled the bike, had to buy a new one, went fixed--Giant Browery) and it was **amazing**. My time was cut by a 1/3 because I was spinning a much lower ratio than on my road bike, and I didn't feel nearly as exhausted as I normally do. Maybe this is just because I'm on a high with a new bike and all, but darn, it was awesome.

The one wierd/hard part was spinning down the huge hills by my office and not being able to coast and using only a front break. But I'll get used to that.
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Old 04-30-07, 07:08 AM
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Good time to go practice crosswind landings!

I had a pretty strong headwind this morning. Not so much fun. At least it wasn't raining. Some thunderstorms rolled through about an hour before I left for work. Looks like I get a headwind riding home today too.
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Old 04-30-07, 08:18 AM
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This morning commute was horid. Weather was a little on the cool side and it was dry, but I had no energy this morning. Pushing the pedals was really hard this morning.
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I caught the bus this morning (7 mile journey) but I'm cycling back later on, as the bike
was having a service....

Great weather here in Oxford, UK. Not a cloud in the sky. However, I'm stuck in the office
until 6.30pm!!!!
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First commute with my new specialized Tarmac. Why I did not upgrade to a racing bike sooner is beyond me. What a wonderful ride! Too bad the engine is so tired from yesterday. In my hunt for the new bike I forgot to eat anything from 9am to 6 pm.
Dang this bike is going to be fun!
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Old 04-30-07, 09:07 AM
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It was below zero this morning, so I had to go back to wearing legs. Traffic volume was WAY up. I was missing lights, having to do some agressive filtering - and I still got blocked out of my usual route. There's a transit strike coming on Wednesday, so I'm expecting car traffic to increase, as well as bike and ped activity. I'll need eyes in the bacck of my head...
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Old 04-30-07, 10:38 AM
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Fine ride in today. Residual pain from a recent gout attack kept me moving slower than usual, but still made the 13 miles in under 50 minutes. Supposed to be 90F on the way home, so should be plenty warm.
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Old 04-30-07, 10:47 AM
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I didn't do any riding this weekend so I thought my legs would be fresh. Instead, they felt like logs. Don't know what's up with that. Maybe I just need a little more caffeine.
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Old 04-30-07, 12:16 PM
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Rode to school this morning... Serious Headwind... I thought I had damaged a bearing in the rear hub I was going so slow! The ride home with no wind was SOOO much easier.....I realy do need to take the bike in for a tune up.....

See ya' out there...

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Old 04-30-07, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
First commute with my new specialized Tarmac. Why I did not upgrade to a racing bike sooner is beyond me. What a wonderful ride! Too bad the engine is so tired from yesterday. In my hunt for the new bike I forgot to eat anything from 9am to 6 pm.
Dang this bike is going to be fun!
Congrats on your new bike!
Where do you commute to and from and what roads do you take?

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Old 04-30-07, 02:01 PM
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120th ave and colorado in Thornton to Orchard and I-25 in Greenwood Village.
An average commute looks something like this (I vary it due to issues like flooding and boredom)

https://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...-commute-ver-1

Due to the length I now take Tue off for recovery and Thursday is a recovery ride. I use the Light Rail to cut the distance in half on that day.

Where abouts do you commute to and from?
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Old 04-30-07, 03:23 PM
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Sore sore sore.
Ran the U-District Street Scramble yesterday, should have taken a recovery day before riding in again. Wind is picking up, so there's gonna be a spiffy headwind on the way home. At least the temperature is nice and the rain is going to hold off until tomorrow. Tomorrow will be awesome because rain clears people from the MUP like roaches scattering from a light.
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Old 04-30-07, 03:47 PM
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overlap

Having the size 13 blues with toe overlap on my Salsa 29er ... big feet & tires = toe rub

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Old 04-30-07, 09:34 PM
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A big guy passed me on the way home lumbering along at 20mph and low cadence. I was doing 18mph and 95RPMs....we get to a large hill. No lie this guy climbs the whole thing (about .5mi out of the saddle). I kept right up seated and as he faultered, I passed him and stayed ahead the rest of the route.

Never seen such a big guy, move so effortlessly, low cadence high gear, high speed.
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Old 04-30-07, 09:45 PM
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Ride in today was great, felt really nice after the nice long sleep and rest (I rode with my daughter in the trailer yesterday across the city and up through the steep Beaches area, but took the subway home). Had a nice tail/crosswind for the eastbound ride into work, which was awesome. Made heading north a little windy, but that's a minor part of the ride.

Ride after work was pretty decent too, getting some nicer weather, even riding back from my buddies at 10:30 tonight felt comfortable once I'd warmed up properly (breezy wind was a little uncomfortable to start with).
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Commute home sucked ass. Part of it was my fault. I didn't eat enough today. So I am sucking wind big time on the way home and haven't felt much better this evening
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Old 05-01-07, 05:02 AM
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Good ride home last night, good ride in this AM. Gout pain is gone, so I hammered it a little bit. Averaged 17.2 which is fairly respectable given all the stoplights I hit...There must be 20 of them on my route. Seems to be the answer to heavy traffic in NC-Add more stoplights. I even saw another commuter at ~6AM. A rare and unusual sighting at that time of day....kind of like the living possum I saw the other morning.
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Beautiful this morning. Light tailwind. Temps around 40F. Saw 4 other riders going my way. Possibly a morning record.

#1, a woman on a mountain bike, I caught her on the roads near my house. She was kinda slow so I passed her.

#2, a guy, came out onto the MUP on foot as I was rounding a bend. He saw me, hopped on, and started pedaling fast. Some sort of road or touring bike. His speed was respectable but I still caught him, then decided to ride with him because his pace was comfortable for me.

#3, a woman, we both caught near the end of my MUP ride. He passed, I didn't. A few hundred feet later, I peeled off and hit the streets.

#4, a guy, I came up to waiting for a red light. We chatted while riding up a hill, and he works in the building next to mine. Cool.
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ride in was accompanied by drizzles, unsettled winds, the occasional lightning flash. Looks like we're in for more exciting weather for a few days.
Ride itself was great. Quick, nice temperature. My 9spd cassette has proven less accurate than the old 8spd... i've given it several hundred miles and the verdict is in.
Morning traffic in this college town is picking up, finals approach, students are starting to show up to class I guess!
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Legs felt a little tired, but otherwise a fine ride in cool weather. Traffic was the pits as usual, but I managed to snake around it as usual.
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First time in nearly 2 years of commuting that I missed every light. Other than the stop sign leaving my neighborhood, didn't put a foot down from start to end.
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Not too shabby this morning, although for the second day in a row I made a "wrong" turn to try and shortcut traffic. This caused me to sit through a couple of extra lights, but oh well. I ran into [not literally] a guy who had just dropped his kid off at daycare via bike and trailer. Since this was the middle of downtown during rush hour, I was suitably impressed.
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Chilly!! 8c with a 35km/h head wind!! Still, it was a great little ride.
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Pinkrobe, what's it like for a cyclist in cowtown? You get an extra point for that!
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Old 05-01-07, 09:46 AM
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Very comfortable temperature-wise, high 40s/low 60s, and I got in 2 extra miles by leaving the mup for a bit and riding a big figure 8 pretty much. Averaged 14mph!
And on yesterday's ride home, I hit 2K miles (since mid-June), then meandered through the neighborhood, just adding seat time. sweet.
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