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Old 06-21-07, 10:39 PM
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The ride to work only had 1 idiot run a stop after I was already crossing in front of him. On the ride home someone yelled "***" after they passed by. Very manly there buddy. Didn't even respond. It was great riding weather both ways. Legs felt heavy today, must be because I drove yesterday.
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Old 06-22-07, 06:06 AM
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I actually had the wind at my back yesterday for the ride home. This is a first as far as I can remember. For some reason I go TO work against the wind (usually not much in the morning) and FROM work against the wind... well it's usually sideways for most of the trip.

Met a guy on a 1953 3 speed. There was a long stretch through a kind of forest (what's left after building houses on either side and a road down the middle) - this entire stretch is a very slight uphill, with the last 100m being a bigger uphill.

Well I thought that I would just sit back and draft this guy... no dice, the light changed and he took off. It was hard just to keep up with him, and when I did catch up I didn't want to ride his back wheel (for best drafting) since I didn't know him yet (we chatted at the next light). This guy was hauling (remember the ancient bike) at 33k (about 20-21mph). I would usually be putting along at 24k through that stretch. Legs of steel I tell ya.

Apparently this guy used to be a racer of some kind... and judging from the speed up the hill he still is.

On the downhill stretch I offered to pull him along, and I think he must have run out of gears as I was well over 50k (about 35mph) (without pushing hard even remember the wind?).

That's all, for yesterday.

This morning, nothing special other than it was CCC Cold out there. Gotta buy some pants for the bike...
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Old 06-22-07, 06:06 AM
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Great commute this morning..weather was perfect, drivers were mostly nice (one idiot in the parking lot at work..dumbass), and its Friday!
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Old 06-22-07, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by scottmorrison99
On the ride home someone yelled "***" after they passed by.
Maybe he was asking. You should have said, "No, but thanks for offering!"

60F for me. Mostly overcast but the sun was lighting up the Adirondacks in a brilliant early-summer green across Lake Champlain. Very pretty. I wished for my camera.

Didn't see a single rider today. Even the peds seemed scarce on the MUP.

Trying to get my wife to meet me on her Giant after work and do some trail riding. Fingers crossed.
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Old 06-22-07, 07:12 AM
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Well done JumboRider, welcome to the madness

Left later today, much fewer bikes out after 8:30 I guess. Caught both good and bad ends of a crosswind as I meandered along the lake and into the city streets - managed to keep a nice 24mph pace for a bit while I had the tailwind - not good on cold legs, but I'll probably not get much riding in this weekend, so why not? Had a lady waiting to turn across me in an old 80s Volvo, she saw me, and as I got closer, she thought edging out was a good plan. I just looked at her and asked "What are you doing?" with an arm up and then just laughed at the silliness.

Edit: I forgot to note, but I crossed the 500 mile mark on my roadie last week, and crossed 600 on Wednesday. I think I'm at 630ish now - yay.

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Old 06-22-07, 07:22 AM
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Welcome to the club, BFDD! 23 miles one way is a serious commute.

Nice ride in this morning -- no serious wind, except for a few wind tunnel sections. Legs weren't at their best, but I was spinning at a good rate down University Ave. Still trying to think how I can ship a bike back to China in mid-July.
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Old 06-22-07, 07:28 AM
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Wow BFDD, skipped by your post there sorry - congrats on the 23mi commute, that's a good haul dude - as you do it more, you'll get stronger and able to do that return journey (nothing wrong with getting a ride )
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Old 06-22-07, 07:28 AM
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Did 20 miles this week.... Pretty happy with myself... My endurance is getting better.... Its warmer, and I'm sweating less.... Not a bad thing when I have to sit in a cubicle for 5 hrs after a 5mile ride in 90`+ and 90% hummidity.... I'm pretty sure my co-workers feel the same....

I cant wait for fall/winter.... The Local TREK store does free classes on how to tear down your bike... I'm going to be there! Going to get it Powder coated a Funky Yellow and then upgrade things like the seat and bars... My wife is going to be P.O.d when I drop $500 on tools and parts

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Old 06-22-07, 08:00 AM
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I've been commuting for 3 yrs fair-weather style on a hybrid, and recently bought a roadie. Today marked two weeks of cycle commute only, fair and foul weather. I thought riding in the rain would chow, but now I'm looking forward to the next storm in a psychotic sort of way.
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Old 06-22-07, 08:06 AM
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It's good to see so many new riders commuting. Way to go, folks!

We were running pretty late today, so I had to put the hammer down on the way in. It was pretty warm, so I got pretty sweaty. Three cheers for having all my work clothes at work...
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Old 06-22-07, 08:34 AM
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Another beautiful commute in this morning. As usual, Friday traffic was light.

Two exciting things on the ride. First, I saw the mother duck and her ducklings again at the golf course. Second, I reeled in another commuter on a recumbent (a BikeE, I think) just before reaching my building.
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Old 06-22-07, 09:13 AM
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I accidentally took the really hilly route home yesterday. Oops. I had an appointment after work that was closer to the 20th St bike route than Elbow River, and I thought I was further up the hill than I was. Ow.

Nice ride in this mornign
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Old 06-22-07, 09:20 AM
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Oregon City, Or to Lake Oswego, Or---Commute this morning was great! I had my best time in a year ,after returning to cycling from about 6 years off. This Morning was very pleasent and my computor says I averaged 14.6 MPH. Although I was passed by another cyclist going uphill, still alls good.
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I have a high-viz vest and a rain jacket that I swear by.
but I dont leave anything to chance I also wear (3) blinking lights and
a helmet light. My theory is like yours, Drivers should be thinking " look out for the Dork!"

I'll take that
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Old 06-22-07, 10:03 AM
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Just a beautiful ride this morning.
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Old 06-22-07, 10:10 AM
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In the USMC its mandatory for all Motorcyclists and Bicyclists to wear reflective vests... Everyone else hated em'... I never had much of a problem with them....
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Old 06-22-07, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by devildogmech
In the USMC its mandatory for all Motorcyclists and Bicyclists to wear reflective vests... Everyone else hated em'... I never had much of a problem with them....
Maybe that's why it seems natural to go ahead and wear one for me...the Air Force required it, too, so that's what I'm used to seeing!

Woke up late again today, thought twice about driving, but didn't. It was a beautiful ride in. People really do seem to be very thoughtful and considerate and ~aware~ of me, which is nice! I don't trust it to continue, exactly, so I'm trying to be vigilant, but it's nice that while I'm watching them like a hawk they're being kind.

I got to do the car-people a favor, also...there's one intersection that's notorious for only giving a green the way I'm going after loooong intervals. When I pulled up there were two cars that had been waiting for a while, so rather than just sitting in line with them, I wielded my Bicyclist Super Power and went to the sidewalk and hit the pedestrian cross walk button. Voila, like magic, the cross-traffic's light turned yellow then red and we all got to go.
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Old 06-22-07, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Neil Fraedrich
My theory is like yours, Drivers should be thinking " look out for the Dork!"
I hadn't phrased it that way, but that's my theory, too -- gangly white guys riding the streets of Shanghai on folders with blinky lights while wearing helmets get noticed.
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Hello all,
My commute is 14 miles round trip, and I have been doing it for a few months now, just getting back onto the bike after a few year hiatus. Used to do bike delivery/courier work a few years ago. My route goes through a park that runs by a canal on the way downtown (Columbia,SC). On the way in this morning I saw a strange sight on the canal. Usually, there are a bunch of turtles hanging out sunning on pieces of logs, stumps in the water, etc. Well, this stump was sitting erect in the water, and the top of it had been weathered down to sort of a point. On top of this pointed stump, perfectly still and balanced, was a turtle, with all appendages out stretched (think Superman style) catching some rays. I really wish I had taken a picture, it was nutty looking.

Otherwise, it was not bad, the weather and humidity here is deadly in the summer, but I wore my messenger bag, lightly packed, instead of my typically stuffed backpack (I am a student), so the back wasn't too sweaty.

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Old 06-22-07, 12:21 PM
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Hello all,
My commute is 14 miles round trip, and I have been doing it for a few months now, just getting back onto the bike after a few year hiatus. Used to do bike delivery/courier work a few years ago. My route goes through a park that runs by a canal on the way downtown (Columbia,SC). On the way in this morning I saw a strange sight on the canal. Usually, there are a bunch of turtles hanging out sunning on pieces of logs, stumps in the water, etc. Well, this stump was sitting erect in the water, and the top of it had been weathered down to sort of a point. On top of this pointed stump, perfectly still and balanced, was a turtle, with all appendages out stretched (think Superman style) catching some rays. I really wish I had taken a picture, it was nutty looking.

Otherwise, it was not bad, the weather and humidity here is deadly in the summer, but I wore my messenger bag, lightly packed, instead of my typically stuffed backpack (I am a student), so the back wasn't too sweaty.

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Gotta wonder if the turtle really MEANT to be there?
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Old 06-22-07, 01:44 PM
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Speaking of turtles, I confirmed that there actually are turtles in Turtle Pond in Central Park. I was stunned. OK, back to your commutes.
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I've discovered that wearing SPD shoes at work will constantly remind you of your patiently waiting bike, and will slow down time at the office by a factor of 5.
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It's Friday, that already slows time by a factor of 5....

*looks longingly at bike*
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Ah, that could be it.... but I have no doubt that the SPD shoes don't help. Neither does the gorgeous weather, the massive tailwind I'm going to have on the way home, or the guy playing the bagpipes across the street from my office


Edit: Oops. A glance at the flags outside indicate a massive HEADwind...
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Deer story is wonderful!, Thanks for that.
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