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Old 05-15-07, 05:45 AM
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I rode home it this
https://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=70045

My wife now thinks I need profesional help.
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Old 05-15-07, 06:43 AM
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Yesterday was GREAT! I had to ride to school to drop off my tuition check for the summer semester.... Had a great tail wind on the way out there.... Conversly there was a NASTY head wind on the way to work.... I had to gear down and had my speed cut to about 1/3 of what it usualy is. Got my new headlight and blinky in the mail yesterday... Hey I could see last night!

On the way to work, one of the bank sign themometers said 87, and the other said 94.... I think it was just about in the middle... YEAH SUMMER!
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Today was a good ride. With my toe clips on the commuter I was able to get under 20 minutes for my 5.25 mile ride in. Good weather this morning.
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my first work commute of the year is this morning...coming up. im excited.

11 miles, 8 of which are on niiiice crushed limestone paths. Last summer i rode every day on my hardtail mtn bike with slicks. This will be my first commute with a new, real road bike. I cant wait.
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Old 05-15-07, 07:11 AM
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Another great morning for a commute, temps in the mid 50s and a nice tailwind most of the way. Cut my commute by about half a mile since I left later than usual. I will make it up on the way home tonight, take the long way home.
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I didn't manage to ride in again today, but that was semi by design. Since I'm new to commuting I don't have my office stocked with spare clothes yet, plus it was raining lightly here this morning and I don't have any rain gear. I took the opportunity to bring in more clothes today so I can ride tomorrow. Of course commuting 18 miles yesterday and doing a butt kicking 32 mile group ride directly after getting home from work yesterday doesn't make me feel too bad about giving my legs some recovery time. My wife and I are planning to go out on the tandem tonight though and I'll most likely ride in again tomorrow and possibly Friday.

So do many of you the commute on a regular basis do road/group rides as well in the evenings or weekends? I was just about dead by the end of the ride yesterday, but 50 miles was my longest mileage this year too.

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Finally back on the bike today after 2 weeks of sinus infection (which is still there, but I'm sick of driving).
Took it easy so I would not start coughing and be unable to stop, not feeling like hacking up parts of my lungs on Windward Parkway.
Most drivers were very well behaved, did have one try to right hook me, but she decided not too, after she passed me. She just stopped right in the middle of the road, and the idiot behind her had to slam on his brakes. How can you miss a 190 lb man on a bike, who's head is higher than the car that's trying to pass him? People can be so stupid...I don't get it.
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It was a little brisk this morning, but traffic was reduced from yesterday. The number of bikers on the roads keeps going up every day. Unfortunately, they aren't any better on their bikes than they are in their cars - forgive them FSM, for they know not how crappy they ride...
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Old 05-15-07, 08:20 AM
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Had a wonderful commute today! Faster than ever before. Used to average between 18-22 km/h last year (a fairly hilly 7.3 km commute through the city centre). The past month, I've averaged 24-25 km/h. Today - 27 km/h!!! Wohoooo!!!

The ride home was sooo smooth. I caught the perfect "flow" through the city centre - the lights turned green just in time almost every time! Not much traffic at 3 pm either, so I didn't get held up by traffic.

And the weather was nice too. Sunny, nice temp...
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Old 05-15-07, 08:31 AM
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on my ride in today I counted 53 fellow bike commuters on the pathway in, 4 musk oxen, 3 moose, and 1 large mutant squirrel (yeah, I ride by the zoo on the way in).

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Old 05-15-07, 09:05 AM
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Couldn't decide if the rain was going to hold off long enough to get to work, but decided to give it a go. It was the right decision - for about half the trip. Then I got soaked. Good ride anyway and dried off soon enough at work.

Best part - dismounting and walking over the railroad tracks with all the cars stuck at the gate (train still a ways off).
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Old 05-15-07, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Buckshot77
So do many of you the commute on a regular basis do road/group rides as well in the evenings or weekends?
I do the occassional long ride on the weekends - once a month on average. My wife doesn't bike so the weekend is kind of our time.

Some evenings I do a few miles of mountain biking - just when I feel the need to get dirty and to hone my skillz (ha-ha) enough to surive those occassional epic rides I take with friends on weekends.
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Old 05-15-07, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Buckshot77
So do many of you the commute on a regular basis do road/group rides as well in the evenings or weekends?
Commuting for me has also been the basis of training and conditioning for charity centuries and, more recently, randoneering. I have a commute that is 14 miles one way, which usually puts me at home by 8pm, so no evening group rides for me. However, I will also do solo training centuries on weekends when I'm not doing brevets.

Though, given the recent string of good local weather, and number of cyclists emerging from winter hibernation, lately evenings on the bike path basically become impromptu group rides. Last night's commute home involved me pulling a pace line of bikes about six miles through Lexington and Arlington, MA at about 22 mph. I imagine that a bike with panniers can be fun to draft.
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Originally Posted by Buckshot77
So do many of you the commute on a regular basis do road/group rides as well in the evenings or weekends?

I usually go on a Saturday morning shop ride that's about 50 miles. If I'm able to get out of the house early (which is becoming rarer all the time), I can get 70 or more before lunch. Tonight after work I'm going on a ride which will probably be 35 with a super-intense section. My only goal is to hang on to the lead group.

My ride in was nice but not as long as I'd hoped. Dang creaky stairs woke my daughter so rather than head out early, I made waffles and hung out with La Contessa while her brother and mom slept. That was nice too.

Rode the CF bike so I can head to the aforementioned group ride after work. Nearly got right hooked by a young kid in Daddy's nice pickup (you Californians and Texans know the kind I mean). I cursed him good but in hindsight I think he honestly misjudged my speed. Still a JAM, just not intentionally malicious.
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Yesterday's commute to work was chilly but uneventful, the ride home was good and bad. I had a personal best for my ride home yesterday, just under 45 minutes (I tried some lighter, skinnier tires for the first time on my touring bike). I had 2 cars pass extemely close, they didn't even try to move over when passing me. I may start tapping the side of the car when that happens in the future.

And for the first time since I started commuting last November, someone yelled at me, something like "get off the road jerk". This was on a 2 lane road and several cars were waiting to pass me, I think the person the person who yelled was driving towards me, so there was no way I could have been slowing them down. Go figure.
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Well today was my last commute for a week. The wife and I are flying out to Portland, OR for a little vacation. I'm hoping my brother-in-law might have a bike I can tool around on. Maybe I'll see some of you Portland commuters and give a wave. I'll be the idiot tourists who doesn't know where he is going.
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Great commute and warm weather
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Was running a little late this morning and forgot to grab my jacket.
Now it is raining. Even if it lets up before I leave it will still be chilly.
Ah well, better that than being too hot.
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Old 05-15-07, 01:07 PM
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Monday -Orgeon City, Or. had a temperature at about 5 Am of 39F degrees, a little chilly riding in.
but going home it was 80F something. Weird
More Weird, Tuesday at 5 Am it was 60F degrees.
Around here I have heard it said that if you dont like the weather waite 5 min.
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Originally Posted by bikedaddy
Well today was my last commute for a week. The wife and I are flying out to Portland, OR for a little vacation...
Good news for you: In a survey released today about road rage, Portland was voted the best city in America. Good thing you weren't going to Miami on vacation: they're the worst.
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Old 05-15-07, 01:25 PM
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Mutant squirrel?

It sounds like you might have seen a fox squirrel. They are not too common but it fits your description. I could not find a good photo of one but here is more info: https://www.answers.com/topic/eastern-fox-squirrel-1
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Originally Posted by Buglady
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.
Hah! I bet I know which route too! Past the Zoo and down past the weir right? I used to take that route when I lived in the South and if I saw any drivers in the line-up looking at me I made sure to give a BEEEEEEG Smile!

My commute is too short now and along McKnight ( Aye Carumba! ) Tonight though I'm riding Downtown to put up a notice on the MEC notice board so that should rack it up to 25km for the day. With the better weather I will try to get out earlier and take the long route around Fox Hollow Golf Course.
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Originally Posted by workingbike
if I saw any drivers in the line-up looking at me I made sure to give a BEEEEEEG Smile!
I made sure to wave They didn't seem to appreciate the joie de vivre I was trying to communicate though.
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Great commute! Friend told me about riding through a greenway, added two miles but worth it!
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My first rainy commute.
Forgot my jacket, but thought "no big deal - forecast called for mid morning showers, cloudy afternoon; should be fine by the time I head home."
Well, mid morning showers came, then mid-day showers, afternoon showers. Pretty much rained all day and all of my seven miles home.
Not bad, just a light rain. I was soaked after the first couple of miles though.

But hey, I did not melt or anything. I saw a few other cyclists, none with rain gear, none looked bothered. It was actually kind of refreshing.
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