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Old 06-12-07, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by vtjim
They don't turn off. They chicken out.
Itsa okay. Makes the commute a bit more interesting.
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Old 06-12-07, 04:26 PM
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Did my first commute today. It's only 6 miles each way. Nothing interesting happened other than I forgot that Atlanta gets a 5pm thunderstorm every afternoon this time of year. I had convinced a girl in the office that she needed to commute with me and she did fine. We got wet but the rain feels good in the heat. I think we're hooked. If you live in Atlanta and are thinking of commuting you should really study the bike suitability maps at https://www.atlantabike.org/Maps.html. It made the whole thing possible. Drivers around here will never be accused of being cycling aware so the route is key.
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Old 06-12-07, 05:04 PM
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Congratulations on your first commute. Keep at it.

I'm still to encounter that warm rain myth. We'll see.
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Old 06-12-07, 05:26 PM
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A little rougher heading home...18.18 miles in 1:16:26. 15mph headwind was killer.
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Wet this morning. Completely drenched on the way home and still had a blast. Good thing it stayed above 60F. Wise old me only wore a jersey and shorts.

Of course this is the week I am attempting my long commute each day.
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I started commuting in early May, and haven't stopped since. I just found these forums, lots of good stuff here. This morning was a nice ride in, but I got caught in a serious thunderstorm this afternoon. It felt good, but it was a little scary with the driving rain, lightning and the 10 or so cars that layed on thier horns. I don't really know why they got to do that. I have three lights on the back, two on the front and very bright clothes and helmet, not like they couldn't see me. Overall good day though.
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Old 06-12-07, 07:34 PM
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Old 06-13-07, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
Wet this morning. Completely drenched on the way home and still had a blast. Good thing it stayed above 60F. Wise old me only wore a jersey and shorts.

Of course this is the week I am attempting my long commute each day.
I did not commute today due to the rain
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Old 06-13-07, 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by jorpe
I did not commute today due to the rain
They're still not importing rain jackets and fenders to Denver, huh?

It's a crying shame, I tell you.
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Old 06-13-07, 05:58 AM
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Got caught in a rain shower on my way in this morning. It was dry until I was about a mile and a half from work then it started raining and by the time I was in the parking lot at work it was really coming down. Other than that it was a nice, cool ride in. I am hoping to avoid the rain this afternoon on the way home.
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Old 06-13-07, 06:18 AM
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I've been having nice weather all week so far. Low 60s. Sunny. Light wind. This morning there was a dead muskrat on the MUP. Its abdomen was open, so I guess it got nailed by a bicycle.

The geese family were swimming around again today. 2 adults and 4 children, all lined up nicely with the adults at either end.

No guerilla camper today.
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Old 06-13-07, 06:18 AM
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Absolutely beautiful morning. Clear skies, 70 degrees, sun filtering poetically through the mist and trees. Nothing tried to dart in front of my bike. Motorists were courteous and ceded right of way (!). Friendly conversation with other bike commuters. Legs were strong today, and I was fast (for me).

Doesn't get any better. Hope work doesn't crap on my good day!
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Originally Posted by M_S
They're still not importing rain jackets and fenders to Denver, huh?

It's a crying shame, I tell you.
[Excuse] I dont quite have a feel for riding the roads to work yet, and some of the bike trails I suspected were under water yesterday, specifically the platte river part in commerce city and the end of the cherry creek trail (datajunkie may know) [/Excuse]
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Old 06-13-07, 06:43 AM
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Yesterday was my drive-to-work day as I needed to bring clean clothes and take home my dirty ones. However, I bike commuted to the group ride with my friends after work, so avoided an extra 20 miles of driving. The group ride was a nice easy pace and very enjoyable, except I got caught in a thunderstorm about 3 miles from home. It was pouring so hard I could barely see and there were rivers of water running along the curbs, so I got totally soaked. The rain stopped about two blocks from my house, and my street was totally dry.

With a fresh stock of clean clothes, I cycled to work again this morning. I overslept and was tempted to drive, but since I had everything laid out and ready to go, I managed to leave on time. Got to work earlier than usual and my legs felt fresh despite the 40-miler after work yesterday. Someone brought a big box of Krispy Kreem donuts to work, and I considered that my reward for biking. Nice way to start the day.
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Didn't ride today.

I had to drive and pick up my carpooling buddy because his car is going in the shop today.
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Old 06-13-07, 07:02 AM
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Last night: Terrible headwind going west after work, made progress hard at times but not so bad.

Picked up my back wheel for the roadie and re-fitted it ready to ride. Ended up taking it for an evening run over to a friends and back later that night.

This morning:

Very tired due to a late night last night, and the night before... Still rode, couldn't resist the ride on my roadie - took it easy and ended up getting here in the same time as on my MTB yesterday.

edited to give time of day references to make sense (so... damn... tired )
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Old 06-13-07, 07:19 AM
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the last 2 weeks:
CONSTANT HEADWINDS
I go West in the AM and East in the PM. The wind switches from out of the SW in the AM to out of the SE in pm. So I have a bloody headwind the entire time. gar!
i did get a cooling drizzle this morning - very nice!
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Old 06-13-07, 07:20 AM
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Nice commute.

Bicycle commuters at my work are multiplying. It has gone from 1 or 2, to 6. People who I would never consider riding are showing up on their bikes.
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ARGH!

You think I would learn to take a test ride after working on a bike. It working on the repair stand does not necessarily equate to working on the road.
This was my first time replacing all my cables and a variety of other work. Still have plenty of things to work on.

-My worthless adjustable stem was not exactly locked in place. Annoying thing is getting to be a pain. May need to replace it early. I did tighten is.
-I adjusted my FD such that the extra shift for the trim adjustment was on the middle chainring.
-My RD is having random shifting issues on my two most used gears. The fact that I put a new chain on complicates things. I would think chain slip would occur instead of ghost shifting if it was the cassette and chain having issues getting along. The cassette does have a few thousand miles on it.
-I adjusted the brakes nice and tight. Unfortunately, the front housing was flipped away from the bars. When flipped back the brakes are locked up. May need to loosen the cable.

Not to mention that drop bars look odd without bar tape and I have yet to cap my cables.

I must be getting the f ups out of the way early.

A thumbs up would be that I did make it to work.
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Old 06-13-07, 08:13 AM
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Had a chance to educate a car driver yesterday. Riding down a very bumpy industrial road with a center turn lane. A lady in a Jeep wouldn't pass me for about 2-3 minutes. Cars were stacking up behind her and I waved her by twice. She finally slowly passed me right before the red light. I rode up and tapped on her window. She rolled it down and I just said "It's OK to pass. We know you're there." and I tried to be friendly and smile.

I think she got the message.

Besides that, extremely strong headwind. Good training ride.
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Disappointing today. I woke up to a nice thunderstorm, but it had petered out by the time I climbed on the bike. I was looking forward to that little bit of extra adrenaline... oh well, there's always this afternoon.

Last night was 15mph 45 deg headwind gusting to 30. Great ride. I was pretty pumped up leaving the office after checking weather.com.
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Old 06-13-07, 08:28 AM
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Good weather this morning. Fast ride in despite about of quarter mile stretch of construction that was covered in loose gravel. It was real loose and dusty on my ride home yesterday, but this morning the tire tracks were pretty solid. They were working on it; could be black and smooth by the time I go home.
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I caught a car ride in yesterday because my ride home monday left me depleted of energy. Plus, I wanted to bring in a bunch of clothes shoes because I'm sick of humping a loaded bike both ways every damn day.

Anywho, I had the offer to carpool again, but just that one day off the bike left a big empty void. So I biked it in this morning. Not having a loaded bike was great. Added 2 mph to the avg. There were 2 other bikers waiting for a train to pass. The competition bug reared it's head and I had to beat them off the blocks. But I think next time I'll take it easy and maybe even engage in some idle chit chat.

edit: forgot to add that some dude was riding the wrong way. This road has a "bike" lane, but it's smaller than most shoulders. Because he was going against traffic, I took the curb and let him take the road to pass since he could see what was coming and I couldn't. I was tempted to educate the guy, but he was kinda scary. Big full parka, missing some teeth, and had that Deliverence look to him.
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Old 06-13-07, 08:42 AM
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Not the greatest commute today -- Wednesdays never are, what with aikido Tuesday evening and getting up at 5 am Wednesday. Today there was also a headwind and chilly drizzle from this damn storm that can't seem to get itself away from the coast. On the upside, when there's an onshore breeze, the air in Boston always smells wonderfully fresh and briny!
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Old 06-13-07, 08:45 AM
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Ride home last night was rainy and cold.. really cold. I think we've had one day of summer here this yeah. Had to fly because i had scheduled to drop off the bike at the shop for front deraileur upgrade and final tune.

Had to drive the gas sucking pig in this am. Was kind of nice because I was up too late playing cards last night Weather was once again pretty sucky this am anyways.
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