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Old 06-22-07, 04:03 PM
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The joy of Living south of Lake Michigan and having to commute North to work and South to get home.... You get the wind coming OFF the lake in your face in the morning, and you get the wind rushing TOO the lake in your face in the eavening... At least it keeps you cool
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Old 06-22-07, 04:04 PM
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How do you get the post to look like the ones above where the message you are responding to is included in you space?? Can someone es-plain it to me?
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Old 06-22-07, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Neil Fraedrich
How do you get the post to look like the ones above where the message you are responding to is included in you space?? Can someone es-plain it to me?
Click on the "reply with quote" in the post you want to include in your post.
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Old 06-22-07, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso
Click on the "reply with quote" in the post you want to include in your post.
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Old 06-22-07, 04:13 PM
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So something very strange on my latest commute: a woman on a cheapish MTB with no brakes or brake levers. No, it was not a fixie or a single-speed - just your typical 18- or 21-speed bike. She was using soles of her feet to slow herself down. Weird.
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Old 06-22-07, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy
So something very strange on my latest commute: a woman on a cheapish MTB with no brakes or brake levers. No, it was not a fixie or a single-speed - just your typical 18- or 21-speed bike. She was using soles of her feet to slow herself down. Weird.
Sir, I regret to inform you.... Your Daughter / wife / Significant other is dead... Because she was stupid
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Old 06-22-07, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy
So something very strange on my latest commute: a woman on a cheapish MTB with no brakes or brake levers. No, it was not a fixie or a single-speed - just your typical 18- or 21-speed bike. She was using soles of her feet to slow herself down. Weird.
Wilma? Is that you?
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Old 06-22-07, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by mirage1
Wilma? Is that you?
Haha!

I saw a guy doing a similar thing the other night, maybe they ARE that couple

Had to ride home to be in time for my daughters arrival, felt great to break free of work and haul ass... until I got the wind in my face, bleh, hehe. It was stronger than yesterday, but meh, I just geared down and moseyed on through it - it happens. Good ride, yelled at an impatient female driver (I watched her behaviour over the course of 10 minutes) - the thing that caused me to yell was driving in MY bike lane directly in front of me, using it as a short-cut to get to her right-turn filter lane instead of waiting in line. I yelled from behind "GET OUT OF MY LANE" and as I passed her "THAT'S A BIKE LANE, YOU KNOW" and pointed to the lane Not so great, but it made me feel better.
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Old 06-22-07, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Flimflam
Haha!

I saw a guy doing a similar thing the other night, maybe they ARE that couple

Had to ride home to be in time for my daughters arrival, felt great to break free of work and haul ass... until I got the wind in my face, bleh, hehe. It was stronger than yesterday, but meh, I just geared down and moseyed on through it - it happens.
Good ride, yelled at an impatient female driver (I watched her behaviour over the course of 10 minutes) - the thing that caused me to yell was driving in MY bike lane directly in front of me, using it as a short-cut to get to her right-turn filter lane instead of waiting in line. I yelled from behind "GET OUT OF MY LANE" and as I passed her "THAT'S A BIKE LANE, YOU KNOW" and pointed to the lane Not so great, but it made me feel better.
I thought only Sactown drivers did this. The best time was when someone did this behind me and I slowed, slowed, slowed, eventually did a trackstand until the JAM caught the clue.
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Old 06-22-07, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by gbcb
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.
not to mention make you sound like a tap dancer all day.

I once did that. All the floors are smooth cement where I work, and some @*$&!(!*$&)!*%^(@*&$)~!(&$ had spilled water all over the floor. being the idiot that I am, I tried to walk across. Let's just say my hip was not happy with me after that.

There are now a great pair of tennis shoes waiting for me in a nice hiding spot right inside the door. :-D
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Old 06-22-07, 07:34 PM
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I had a nice brisk 30 mile ride on the way home. Was a tad tired from the annoying wind and 90F temps. A few minutes after getting home I jumped in the hot tub with my son and a beer. Lets just say that the combination of an empty stomach and a nice ale did interesting things to my balance.
I haven't gotten that buzzed on one beer since I was 15. Egads! Almost fell asleep.
So heat+thirsty+empty stomach+ hot tub + strong ale = tipsy.
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Old 06-23-07, 12:17 AM
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Coming home, I knew it was going to be hot-hot-hot (108?!) so I meant to leave early so I wouldn't have to rush, 'cause I had to be home and showered and out of the house by 5:30. Of course, I left 10 minutes later than I meant to (I hate myself sometimes) so didn't have time to take it slow. I had two water bottles with me, and I kept pouring the one on my clothes and that helped. I hit almost every light, made it home in the usual time, 2-minute cold shower, and made it to where I needed to be.

In other words, YAY! Biking is good.
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Old 06-23-07, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Flimflam
Haha!

Good ride, yelled at an impatient female driver (I watched her behaviour over the course of 10 minutes) - the thing that caused me to yell was driving in MY bike lane directly in front of me, using it as a short-cut to get to her right-turn filter lane instead of waiting in line. I yelled from behind "GET OUT OF MY LANE" and as I passed her "THAT'S A BIKE LANE, YOU KNOW" and pointed to the lane Not so great, but it made me feel better.

YOU HAVE BIKE LANES! I'm Jelous!
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Old 06-23-07, 07:22 AM
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I took the flat route home last night - MUCH better than Thursday's hills It was one of those really nice rides where everything just works in harmony - legs felt smooth, temperature was just right, even caught all the lights! And did I mention no fracking hills??

Heading out to a country market this morning - alas, not by bike, The Boy's mom is picking me up later - but it gives me a chance to scout the route for future biking
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Old 06-23-07, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Flimflam
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 )

The return commute is no problem, I commute to and from work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 46 miles round trip. Phoenix summers are 110+ F during the day so I grab a ride home. I can make it about 10 miles in the heat but then heat stroke and exhaustion becomes an issue no mater how much I hydrate.
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Old 06-23-07, 11:37 AM
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I usually work outside, but this past week I had to sub for someone at City Hall writing permits. I was busy all week with phone fax and walk-ins. I commuted to work and it was a life saver for me. When I got to work I was refreshed and I got all the frustration out before I got home.

Going over the Missouri river bridge (hwy 9 Heart of America) was busy but I had a shoulder to ride on. I stopped at a park outside of City Hall to cool down.

Round trip 14. My normal commute is 7.4
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Old 06-23-07, 02:46 PM
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Well no riding today since it is the weekend and I don't ride for fun in 95 dgree weather.

I did hit 1000 miles for the year this week so I am excited. This upcoming week is bike-to-work week here so it should be interesting to say the least. I'm looking forward to chatting it up with some newbies perhaps.
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Damnit! Biking is too fun. Just checked my car in the garage and noticed the layer of dust on it. It's to be expected since its been parked there since April.

Now I gotta wash a car I don't plan on using until August.
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Old 06-23-07, 07:49 PM
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Now I gotta wash a car I don't plan on using until August.
Two words......CAR COVER!
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Old 06-23-07, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by bikedaddy
Well no riding today since it is the weekend and I don't ride for fun in 95 dgree weather.

I did hit 1000 miles for the year this week so I am excited. This upcoming week is bike-to-work week here so it should be interesting to say the least. I'm looking forward to chatting it up with some newbies perhaps.
I got a new jersey just for this next week! Mine starts Sunday night.
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Got hit by a Prius, today. How you doin?
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Old 06-23-07, 08:16 PM
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Ouch... Whats the Damage? When I got hit by a Mustang I put my elbow through the Fiberglass hood.... That was fun And I was walking....

Hope you and ur bike are ok.

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Old 06-24-07, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by devildogmech
Ouch... Whats the Damage? When I got hit by a Mustang I put my elbow through the Fiberglass hood.... That was fun And I was walking....

Hope you and ur bike are ok.

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Hey there, from someone who can relate to what you said about the breeze from L. Michigan.

After installing my new (solid) rear axle (the original quickchange one broke) and repacking the bearings, the ride is noticeably better, smoother. Plus I just rearranged my bike equipment to something much smaller that I can fit in a pocket. The roll bag was a little cumbersome, having to take it off for fear of people stealing it or its contents. Now all I have is a small Amphipod pack with two large adhesive bandage pads, a Topeak Toolbar (plus additional bits in their holder), a Park Tool GP-2 patch kit, and a folding titanium spork (for those times when I want to eat on the road, but not use disposable plasticwear). This is of course in addition to my every-day carry.
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Old 06-25-07, 06:13 AM
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Man, it sure gets warm in Raleigh in the morning! Hot and humid, just seems like it's harder to pedal to work on Monday. Yesterday was a nice ride in Durham, oh well, only 7.5 hours to go before I can get back on.
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Old 06-25-07, 07:28 AM
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Beautiful morning for a ride, 68, sunny, light breeze. And the cars were pretty nice to me too. They must have noticed that I have a camera mounted on the bike now.....
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