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Old 05-09-07, 07:48 PM
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Strong Headwind on the return ride. The 'racer' ahead of me in the see-thru tights kept me go'n. I really wanted to tell him...!
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Old 05-09-07, 08:38 PM
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Second commute on the new debt bike. Its a weird feeling riding a nice new bike rather than the hand-me-downs I'm use to riding on. I'm just a bit more paranoid about being hit since I actually care about this bike somewhat. In the morning some odd woman in a Audi yelled "get off the road!" for no reason what so ever at me, I decided to have some fun and try and catch up with her, she must have seen me gaining because she took off like a rabbit down a hill. Wimpy cagers are sooooo cool!
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Old 05-09-07, 09:15 PM
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I think she was under 18, I wouldn't want to snap a picture and face jail time!!
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different commute than usual today. Had a meeting in Lexington. Made for a nice road ride on the commuter. I'm so used to my commuter bike in heavy city traffic it was fun to ride on nicer open roads.
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I have been riding my road bike the past few days. It's fast.
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Old 05-09-07, 11:08 PM
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Almos taken out today. A woman deove right through the stop sign making a right turn right into me. I had to swerve across the double yellow. She jumped when I yelled at the top of my lungs in her open window from less than 1 foot away. Then the car coming the other way was a police car. As I explained what happened she tried to sneak past me. I said"Hey Lady, I think this officer might want to talk to you." She claimed she did nothing wrong when I said she ran the stop sign. I asked how that was possible when she forced me across the double yellow line to avoid her. Then she blurted out she never saw me. Officer then looks at me and nods,tells her to pull over to the side. I asked him to just explain why you should come to a complete stop, and actively look, before pulling out. I didn't have time to give my information to have him write her a ticket,I had to go see my wife at the hospital. I hope she thinks next time at a stop sign. Tomorrow I am being photographed on my commute for an article in the local paper, it wouldn't be too encouraging to new commuters if the article said I had been seriously injured or killed by an inattentive driver. Then on the drive to the hospital I passed a bunch of parked CHP cars... then a bomb disposal truck... then a bomb disposal robot... then a bomb disposal member in full gear slowly examining a pickup. CRAP! No idea why they didn't close the highway.
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Old 05-10-07, 05:53 AM
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Foggy!! I left home at ~ 5:45 AM and it was just a bit misty. By ~ 6:15 though it was socked in pretty good. No problems with any vehicles though. I had a Semi come up behind me at an intersection-single lane with a median. I could tell he wanted to pass, but he slowed and waited until we both had cleared the intersection before safely passing me. I gave him a wave to let him know I appreciated the consideration. An interesting commute for me today- I'm going hiking with some friends after work, so will catch a ride there with one of them, and get a ride home from my girlfriend, leaving my bike at work overnight and picking it up tomorrow when I drive in...Requires a bit of logistics, but makes for one less car on the road and 30 fewer miles being driven.
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Old 05-10-07, 05:55 AM
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I had a couple situations this morning where it was obvious that the auto drivers thought that I was slower than I actually was. On two occasions, a car tried to pass me and then had to slow down and get behind me to turn in to a parking lot. I was only going around 18mph, so I don't think it was my speed.

Other than that, it was a great morning. Very little wind, so I just cruised to the office. I've found that I'm riding in the street much more than I every thought I would and I feel much more safe than I every thought I would.
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Old 05-10-07, 06:33 AM
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It's so foggy outside that I'm not sure I've made it to work yet...yikes. Visibility was about 1/4th of a mile. I decieded I would bike in anyway, so I strapped a couple of blinkies to my backpack, grabbed my helmet light and rode in. In all I had three lights (two back, one front).

I saw cars out there that had less lights on then me. That frightened me.
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Old 05-10-07, 07:23 AM
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Awsome ride in this moring. The rain overnight cooled things down and left a nice mist in the air. The rain had stopped maybe an hour before I left my apartment so it was a very comfortable ride. I am not quite sure why but I love to ride after a rain. The new bike handled very well and purred like a kitten on the ride.
Not many commuters, passed a couple regulars I see every morning at the same time. Kind of nice.

Was suprised by a friendly driver! This does not happen often in Toronto. This city has a great deal of hatred against commuters https://www.ibiketo.ca/node/123 there is a link to an article about an off duty police officer that assulted a cyclist for stopping at a yellow light.

My suprise came when I hit a four way and I was clearly the last one there this nice lady waved me through. It put a nice start to my day
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Old 05-10-07, 07:36 AM
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Great commute this morning. Sunny, brisk, low-hanging fog on the river, and little traffic.
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Old 05-10-07, 07:48 AM
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~60F, sunny. Might get caught in a t-storm later today but I'm not bothered by them. I ride so fast, the lightning can't get me.

The powers that be are widening the last quarter-mile or so of MUP, and have signs saying the trail is closed. Now, since this is the only way I can get to work unless I go over a mile (gasp!) out of my way on some busy roads (not really horrible but I'd rather not), I called the city in the hopes that they'd accomodate a detour of some sort, and not completely block all access. It's supposed to be closed for the next 2 weeks. We'll see...
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Old 05-10-07, 08:49 AM
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No headwind on the way home last night...First time in ages. This morning the was the best ride of the year. Shorts and Tshirt for the first time.

It was like 49 when I left the house, and I shed the windbreaker after the first mile. It was so awesome I had to ride an extra 5 miles before talking myself into actually going to work.

I expect that I may be leaving early today as well I am waaaay behind on my training miles for Ride the Rockies due to snow and rain every freakin weekend.
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Old 05-10-07, 08:52 AM
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On the ride home yesterday, I was feeling pretty good, but still tired. I'm going along at my usual pace, then did a shoulder check before making a left. There's a guy right on my ass! He must have snuck up on me. I do it to others all the time, so I wasn't mad, just a little surprised. Anyway, I recognized him as a gearie/racer that I've seen on my route before. I never see him on the way in, just on the way home. He goes right when I go left at this one spot. He makes an illegal turn, crosses the street and blows through two stop signs, while I dismount and walk my bike across the street.

I wasn't going to just let him get away -- but that's exactly what happened. I made an effort to crest the next hill before he got there, but he came in about 10' ahead of me. He gave me "a" look, not "the" look. At this point I could have sprinted by him, but he would have just caught me on the next hill - or so I thought. I'm right behind him on the uphill, getting ready for the sprint up to the stop sign when he starts to slow down. I went right and soft-pedalled. Rolling right through the stop sign, he had to grab a handful of brake or hit a car that had the right of way. I stayed with him until my turnoff. Eventually I'll be faster...

The ride in today was chilly. The only incident was a sedan trying to occupy the same space as me in traffic. I yelled at his window and scared the crap out of him.
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Old 05-10-07, 09:34 AM
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Holy crap Scott, quite the morning for you.. The bombsquad is really freaky to see I bet.

Rode to the east end was a bit slower than normal, but nice and uneventful. Love riding the roadie. Rode back to home on a sugar buzz as I was really tired, nice and quick ride back to the west end though - uneventful to my memory.

My ride in was pretty uneventful, it rained over night so was a tad damp with patchy puddles - other than a series of nice red-light chats with a lady also riding along King, I had nothing else happen. Was happy at that, then I got to work and got **** on - aye aye aye
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Yesterday's ride home was WET. Got caught in one of the rain bands from the storm sitting off the coast. On the bright side, drivers gave me LOTS of room during the rain. I think they saw me and said, "Hey, anyone willing to ride in that s**t is capable of doing anything crazy...I'd better give him space."
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Old 05-10-07, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Joker021971
I'm in the middle of my first full day of commuting.... Now I've got to get some more gear! Rack, bag, lights, fenders, etc...I need it all...
Welcome, Joker021971, to the HHCMF (Happy, Healthy Commuting Mutha F'ers)! We take pride in showing off our well muscled legs and tight butts to friends and co-workers, using the money we save on gas and transit to buy cool stuff for our bikes like raccoon tails and grips w/ tassles (racks, bags, lights etc. are just so BORING ), and only slightly embellishing our exciting tales of heroism and derring-do as we ride our trusty steeds to and from work surrounded by maniacal impotent death squads in SUVs.
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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
Yesterday's ride home was WET. Got caught in one of the rain bands from the storm sitting off the coast. On the bright side, drivers gave me LOTS of room during the rain. I think they saw me and said, "Hey, anyone willing to ride in that s**t is capable of doing anything crazy...I'd better give him space."
Hah! Ain't it the truth!

I rode the Fast Bike in today and had just an awesome ride. What George Hincapie calls a No Chain Day. Might have something to do with the breeze from the south or the new Ksyriums but I would prefer to think I am just awesome.

Got an email to possibly be interviewed for a local morning tv show. Now I'm starting to obsess over what bike to ride and how to dress. If we're going for new converts, it seems best to avoid the full racer look and just wear my casual Friday clothes.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe

The only incident was a sedan trying to occupy the same space as me in traffic. I yelled at his window and scared the crap out of him.

ROFL


I forgot my socks at home today
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Originally Posted by caloso
Hah! If we're going for new converts, it seems best to avoid the full racer look and just wear my casual Friday clothes.

Ride the under $750 bike, that is if you have one.
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Old 05-10-07, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Snow_canuck
Ride the under $750 bike, that is if you have one.
I've got two, actually: my main commute bike is an '89 Trek 660, the frame cost me $50 and the total build was no more than $200; and the craptastic '90 Specialized Hard Rock that I got at a yardsale for $40.
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Chilly ride for me too - I probably could have done with full leg coverage and maybe something heavier in a mid layer. Ah well, it was invigorating!

Saw 2 Mergansers on the river (couldn't figure out what the heck I was looking at at first!) https://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/htmsl/h1290pi.jpg - plus the usual assortment of mallard ducks and Canada geese. The songbirds were pretty quiet though - must have been a bit on the cold side for them yet.
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A pleasant 70F this morning's commute.

103F expected for my commute home, tomorrow 104F.
Summer is finally begining to return.

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Protracted but nice. Started shuttling kids <8am, errands and meetings all am, then finally into office at noon. Sunny and warm!
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Old 05-10-07, 06:57 PM
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Rocked out, didnt stop the whole time, long ride quick time, sore testes, cottonmouth, but I'm better for it.

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