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Old 05-11-07, 01:41 PM
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Been riding on and off for 25 years, and this never happened before. I was pulled over by a police officer yesterday on my commute home for taking the lane. He was polite, professional, and at least acted like he was listening when I explained my reasons. Said he's a cyclist too, and rides bike patrol, but told me I'm not allowed to take the lane. He told me if I had a problem I could take it up with the state legislature and DOT (yeah...they just re-engineered this dangerous stretch 2 years ago; they're not gonna touch this road again for a long time).

He had lots of other suggestions that just don't work either (find a different route, stay to the right, etc.). Told me if he sees me do it again, he'll write me up for impeding traffic (this road has 2 lanes in each direction, I asked him why drivers couldn't pass me in the left lane); this was a verbal warning.

Final bit of humor for me: my wife and I went out 30 minutes later to pick up our daughter at day care (we drove). We saw this same officer driving ahead of us, veering across lanes (crossing the white line...thank God I wasn't cycling there!) and changing lanes and turning without using a signal.

I'll be posting a longer, detailed explanation to A&S. I'm sure some will tell me I was 100% right, and an equal number will tell me I was 100% wrong. <wry grin> I'll also be sending some nasty emails and letters to the DOT and state legislators. Not to the police though, he was doing his job as he sees it.
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Old 05-11-07, 02:12 PM
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Day 11 of riding this year. And the first ride this year commuting in to work with my wife (on separate bikes - she on her geared bike, I on my fixed-gear). Her commute is about 33Km and mine is about 35Km each way. She usually doesn't ride in with me, but drives, because she hates lugging her laptop around on the bike. Even with the backpack, she set a wicked pace.

Beautiful morning! Not much wind (especially compared to last Saturday's 200Km brevet in Rochester...relentless!), low 50s F (about 10-11C), clear skies. It was the first time either of us had seen a freight train next to the trail East of Hiawatha - but we made the railroad crossing well before the train arrived. The Midtown Greenway was full of commuters today - the trail seems to be more packed than in years past. I counted three wild rabbits on the ride in (down from six on Tuesday morning. Does anyone else count a particular species of wildlife as they commute? Humans? Pigeons? Squirrels? Red-wing blackbirds? Bald eagles? Mosquitoes? Lost count/38/13/1/1/3, respectively, today).

It's really great to see so many people commuting by bike! Stay safe and have a fun commute!
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Old 05-11-07, 02:35 PM
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I'm dying for some riding. May is the best month we've had so far for riding conditions... and I hardly logged any miles at all! It's a bunch of annoying reasons piling up:

- first my grandmother was visiting and my parents were away on vacation, so I had to live in their house and entertain her etc. etc.

- then my bike broke (never completely fixed, still making strange noises but at least you can ride it now... it's an old overworked beater, may not be worth fixing, really. I need a new bike! )

- and now I have a mild cold that prevents me from doing longer rides.. in May, for chrissake!

At least I did a short 10-mile commute tomorrow and will again today... Still, I need more riding, cause no riding makes me cranky. I NEED MORE RIDING, DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!! You see...
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still not quite done commuting for the day, but thus far it's been pretty nice. mid-60s on the way to work. just started riding again after a hip fracture last summer (which destroyed my old peugot ). The weather's awesome, but the loaner specialized hardrock is a little gooey for my taste, and i don't know if it's the gearing or the fact that i hadn't ridden in a year, but i can't seem to find a comfortable gear on the MTB while doing climbs--it's uphill all the way to work.

had to run over to campus mid-day to take a makeup final, which was awesome. mid-70s, really sunny, gentle cool breeze and a 2-mile downhill ride.

kicked ass on the test and decided to treat myself to a trip to the LBS to look at a 2006 fuji 1.0 that they have in my size and on sale. haven't ridden many roadbikes that are more modern than the peugot (mid-70s) and some travelers. kind'a fell in love. almost asked them to fit it up and handed them my debit card.
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Old 05-11-07, 06:18 PM
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Such a gorgeous day, I decided to take the "long" way home (aka, I kind of got lost...). 26 km later (it's usually 15), here I am tired and thirsty but happy!

Edited to add - I was particularly amused that the long route parallels a couple of really busy roads. I passed about 50 cars all backed up on Memorial Drive, and even paced someone on the Deerfoot* for a couple of minutes! (boy was he mad)

*No cycling allowed on Deerfot Trail proper - you have to be semi-suicidal even to drive a car on that thing, IMO - but the Bow River pathway parallels it for a short distance.

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Old 05-11-07, 07:26 PM
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The ride into work was pleasant but hot. I took a different route and really enjoyed the ride. On the way home it was a little chilly. The bike felt really heavy. I am going to have to check the amoun of things I put in my trunk.

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Old 05-11-07, 07:59 PM
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Great ride to work, another new route. Finally, find the best route with the least amount of traffic. Ride home was rough, strong headwind most of the ride. Felt like a convection oven, since it was near 100 today. Need more water. All and all a great ride both ways, I love my new bike!
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Old 05-11-07, 08:15 PM
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nice quick ride in to Boston via the bike path (which is being worked on!- hooray!) had to use the other side of the river for a portion- made for a nice change. Put a new battery in my cyclometer it now works again. Had done about 300 miles with it not working. the security guard at my building, who has watched me ride in every day of the year since he started working there about 1 1/2 years ago told me today he is in the market for a bike to commute to work on- that's cool. anybody in the Boston area have a cheap commuter they want to sell- I think he can only pay about $125.

had a nice speedy ride back towards home and met up with my wife at her work and we rode home together.
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Old 05-12-07, 05:01 AM
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Great ride in this morning. 50 degrees with a gentle tail wind. Left home at 4 A.M. and had the whole 5 mile route to myself, didn't even see one car. Felt real strong this morning, perhaps a positive result of the extended ride home yesterday (16 miles). Looking forward to the same extended ride home again today (if the good weather holds).
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Old 05-12-07, 07:05 PM
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Only 1 Moose today

Nice 20 mile ride on the trails to work on Friday. Low 40's at 5:00am & high 50's at 5:00pm. Birds have migrated North, so lots of song birds and shore birds. Saw only 1 moose on the ride. Usually see several. My record is 7.

Still need my long gloves and head warmer in the morning. 40 mile round trip is perfect! Couldn't wait for Monday so I rode again today.
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Old 05-12-07, 09:44 PM
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Just finished a week dedicated to leaving my car in the garage. 5 days of commuting, 4 after work meetings/events, a Saturday of grocery and other fun shopping, not to mention my Sunday began with a nice little 70 mile ride in the country. 319.6 miles, some weary legs but a great sense of accomplishment! Still looking for saddle replacement for my touring bike but I must confess, the more I use my Burley Nomad Trailer, the more confident I become that I can reduce my driving to a tank of gas a month ......or less!
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Old 05-14-07, 05:30 AM
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Good ride today. Its "bike to work week" here in the Raleigh/Durham area.....maybe the entire US? , so I'm hoping to ride every day this week. Was chilly but pleasant at ~ 45F. Ran into a really dense fog bank at Lake Crabtree, which made me pretty nervous for a while. Visibility was probably less than 100 feet. Thankfully there's hardly any traffic at ~ 6AM. I was out of it in ~ 5 minutes, so no big deal.
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Old 05-14-07, 06:09 AM
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Low 40Fs, sunny. Light headwind. Nice morning for a ride.

On the MUP bridge was a squirrel. I was riding south. Coming north were two runners and a dog. I waved to get their attention ahead of time and pointed to the squirrel who was trotting along 10 feet ahead of me. It didn't take long for all of us to have that poor squirrel cornered on the bridge. The dog was whimpering and pulling at its leash. The squirrel was frozen with fear. I also stopped.

With nowhere to go but off the bridge, that's exactly where the squirrel went. Somehow it managed to scurry off the deck and underneath without falling into the river below. Very comical.
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Old 05-14-07, 06:32 AM
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Today was my first ever commute. It's a shade over 9 miles with some decent rolling hills. Took me about 38 minutes plus stopping time. Nice route and traffic was surprisingly pretty lite, but then again I planned the route to stay off most major roads to work. Man was I a ball of sweat once I got to work though. I need to make sure I get a rack for the bike though as a big portion of my sweating had to do with wearing a back pack. My commuter bike is a 95ish GT Outpost mountain bike that I put some skinnier tires on (1.5 front 1.75 rear).

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Old 05-14-07, 06:52 AM
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50 degrees, light wind...oh, and lots of rain. Rain rain rain. The rain didnt bother me, but it seeped through my backpack and made the red bag I had my clothes wrapped up in wet...which caused a little biit of dye to rub off on my pants They're fine for the day, but I'll have to toss them out, sigh. Grumble....
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I convinced my boss to ride to work for bike to work week. I rode over to his house to ride in with him. The ride over to his house is rolling farmland with some pretty good hills. I told him I would be no later than 7:00am; and I had 35 minutes to get there. I got to his house 2 minutes early and thought that I was way too tired for 4.5 miles. I realized that I had calculated my mileage wrong, it was actually 7.55 miles. So I covered 7.55 very hilly miles in 35 minutes, way faster than I would normally expect to cover that amount of distance with hills. Overall, I lengthened my one way commute from 5.25 miles to 14.42 miles. I feel really good though. Excellent weather, but we didn't see too many bikers out this morning.
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Old 05-14-07, 07:09 AM
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Nice going buckshot, welcome!

Ride in for me was nice, passed/had a lot of bikes en route - pretty quick as I managed to get across Lakeshore traffic to make the left into the Exhibition grounds, and kept a nice momentum all through (I made the turn at 19mph which is rare given the usual traffic I have to wait for).
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Old 05-14-07, 07:33 AM
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This was my first commute of the season, and on my new Bianchi Brava to boot. My new bike is much quicker and lighter than my Trek mtb (duh), but man do the 23s make me nervous about flats. Every time I hit a bad bump, it felt as thought the rim was right on the road.

Other than that, a good ride. Eleven miles into a strong head wind. Hopefully that will be my tail wind on the return trip.
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Traffic was actually pretty tight today, so I had to take an alley. No broken glass and no drug deals - yay! It rained last night, so it was pretty chilly on the way in. There's a slight chance of rain this afternoon, but I'm all fendered up, so I'm not worried.
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Old 05-14-07, 08:36 AM
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A little on the cool side this morning, but nothing a long sleeve jersey and skull cap couldn't remedy. My legs, more accurately, my knees, were sore from mountain biking yesterday, but they felt better once I warmed up. It would have been a crime not to ride this weekend it was so beautiful (even though my knees needed the rest). I saw a lot more riders out there today, probably because I left later than usual and it's "bike to work" week. I reeled in a couple of guys and pulled a nice draft off of one. While getting ready to pass another rider on the 14th Street bridge our wheels locked when he suddenly hit his brakes. I wasn't tailgating, I had just caught him and was about to pass. Luckily I kept it together and didn't go down (a miracle at probably 18, 19 mph). He was pissed and I felt bad. He started screaming at me but when I caught up to apologize he settled down (I think he realized that I probably had 100 pounds on him) and was genuinely sorry for my mistake. I'm glad nothing happend to him (with the possible exception of rubbing a few miles off of his sidewall :-) ). The rest of the ride was uneventful as I breathed a sigh of relief that we didn't wipe out.
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It was cold I actually started to wear helmet now and it was nice to have something on my shaved head. I drive to Purcellville and bike the WOD trail to VA 28.
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My commute today was BRRRR!!! I really should have put the polarfleece tights on. (I even had them with me... idiot!). Saw a lot more cyclists than usual
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I needed the extra 10 miles this am (and more at lunchtime) after all the ice cream and cake this weekend. Sheesh. In the 40s(F) this am, mid 70s predicted today, which means 80s are likely. More ice cream to follow, I imagine.

Also, today and Friday likely my only bike days this week, on the road other days.
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Welcome to Buckshot!

Today's weather was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I left the house at a decent time and took a longer, mellower, less car-filled route in. Today I wore my standard office kit (shirt, tie, and dress pants) with bibs and jersey in the briefcase for the warmer ride home. Except that when I got to work: no bibs and jersey! D'oh!

On my short little 6 mile ride in, I counted 4 wrong way riders (including one idiot who nearly collided with me in a traffic circle!) and 3 sidewalk riders. Must be Bike To Work Week.
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