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Old 06-25-07, 07:51 AM
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Had to ride up to the grocery store for something for my lunch today, so I had a slight variance in the routine. Good ride in, told a guy about his pannier strap hanging low/loose - in case it got in his back wheel somehow, he was grateful. Other than that, good run in, felt good to be able to push a bit up the hills to keep my speed steady.
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Last week I heard a grinding/crunching sound at the bottom of each right pedal stroke when I was in my middle gears. Since I'm not mechanically-inclined (and even worse about doing preventive maintenance), I figured it was probably something bad in the bottom bracket. I just didn't realize HOW bad....

I took her in to the LBS Friday night after work. The wrench looks at the bike and says, "How many miles you go on her?" "Uh oh," I think. "Probably about 5000," I say. "She's my everyday commuter and I've put about 2k a year on her for the last 2 years."

He puts her on the rack and "flexes" the pedals. "OK, you've got play in the cranks," he says. "That crunching/grinding sound is probably a seized bearing." Then he shows me a ring at the bb; it's got a noticeable crack in it. And finally, the chain was stretched to 100%. Total for a replaced bb, new chain, and some general cleanup was about $85.

So, how was the ride today? Really, REALLY quiet.

P.S. The funny thing is, my 3-year-old van is due for a tune-up this week (oil change, stuff like that). That regular maintenance on the van is going to cost more than essentially replacing the entire drive train (ok, no new cassette, but still...) on the bike did. It makes me think (again) about going car-free.
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Old 06-25-07, 08:20 AM
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Good ride in... Not too warm (mid 70's) and NO WIND! Its amazing, you leave 1/2 hour early, and there is no wind.... Wife wont like it, but I sure do .

Passed my first fellow commuter this morning (I think, that our just out for a ride on busy streets....). I had just crossed into Hammond IN, and was taking northcote N. He pulled out of the Cabella's construction site and was riding a very nice GIANT.... Ergonomic handlebars and all...(I'm jelous ) I didnt slow down, just said "hi". I got stuck a the light crossing Indianapolis Blvd.... He caught up just as the light turned green.... Seemd to be more out for a stroll.... Just an observation...

I need to see if its feesable to ride into Gary , IN (scary thought huh ). I start Nursing School in August and I'm not looking foward to buying a car... I'd love to ride to school.... would prove to people that I realy AM CRAZY to ride 10 miles each way in the Chicago winters....

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Old 06-25-07, 09:02 AM
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Back to work this week. Took last week off for Ride The Rockies. The ride in was great... lacking the 20mph headwind we seemed to have every day last week. It's good to be home, but sucks going back to work. At least I get a nice ride between the 8 hours of heck.

May have to fire up the tandem tonight and take the little misses out for a starbucks run.
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Old 06-25-07, 09:17 AM
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Nice ride this morning. Primo biking weather and I have cut way back due to achilles tendons and actual scheduling conflicts. Bummer, but at least the conflicts are good ones.
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Originally Posted by devildogmech
I need to see if its feesable to ride into Gary , IN (scary thought huh ).
Any thought of Gary, IN is a scary thought... One nice thing about biking there though is that there is hardly any traffic, apparently, the town being half-abandoned and all. Crime is a different issue though...
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Old 06-25-07, 09:37 AM
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Lovely ride in today The construction at Glenmore Trail has finally eased up and I was able to get through the lights without risking life and limb. Yay!

The goslings in the river park are getting big. They were grazing under the watchful eyes of Mama and Papa. Every so often when I look at birds I get this flash/overlay effect when I realize these creatures are the descendants of dinosaurs. The goslings are at the gangly stage where they look a little bit creepy when you think about them as dinosaurs!!

Put new brake pads on the Raleigh yesterday - it was nice being able to stop at the bottom of my one big hill. I hadn't realized how bad the old pads were! I wanted the Koolstops with the multiple surfaces but couldn't find any - went with basic Super Cycle brand from Canadian Tire while I scout online sources. Definitely an improvement though I'm going to be pretty careful if it rains this afternoon, of course.
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Added 30 psi to my tires this morning - riding took noticeably less effort. It's supposed to rain sometime today, but then get nice later in the week.
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Old 06-25-07, 09:48 AM
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A nice morning, but a little warmer than expected. I thought I could get away with riding in wearing my office clothes but I was glowing when I arrived. Good thing I packed a jersey and bibs for the ride home.

At one intersection I waved through a "too nice" driver. I was trying to make a left turn, she was going straight but stopped in the middle and tried to wave me through. I shook my head and mouthed "No! You go." She frowned and shook her head at me and now she's probably on carforums.net complaining about the ungrateful cyclist.

Exchanged good mornings with another commuter going my way at 15th and L. I didn't get a chance to mention that her rear tire looked low because she took to the sidewalk. If you're reading this (woman in the blue shorts on the hybrid): make sure you pump up that tire! And stay off the sidewalk!
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Old 06-25-07, 11:37 AM
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Great morning ride in. I had excuses to not ride--had to drive my DD somewhere this morning, anyway, so I was already in the car, and I also had to transport an extra duffel bag in with me--but I didn't use them.

I felt like an arbiter of good cheer on two wheels, this morning. There seemed to be an unusual number of people who were coming out of parking lots or intersections to my right, and in almost every case they had enough time (and appropriate gap in the cars going past) that if they'd wanted to, they could have gone before I quite got there. Since I have learned here at BF that just 'cause they appear to be focused in your direction doesn't mean they actually see you, I'd smile and wave to see if I got a response. They all smiled back and most of them gave a little nod or wave back, too. All very nice and polite and not in a rush or annoyed at the mere presence of Ms. Fred, here.

Then, I hit most of the lights green, which is nice, but it also means I end up working a lot harder. If I'm coming up on it and it's still green, I need to get up some speed. Otherwise, if the light changes to yellow just as I hit the intersection, my usual happy little 12 mph speed won't get me all the way across these 6-lane streets before it turns red. It's against my moral code to stop for a yellow light but I do not want to be just halfway across when cross traffic starts thinking it can go! So I pedal HARD.

Happy to be here this morning.
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Old 06-25-07, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso
And stay off the sidewalk!
Easy for you to say.... If I dont ride on the sidewalk, I'd get plasterd by some idiot in a hummer going 55mph in the 35 mph US-41..... Not my idea of a good time... Staying on the sidewalk is the only way to ride safely around here... Atleast on US-41...

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Old 06-25-07, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by devildogmech
Easy for you to say.... If I dont ride on the sidewalk, I'd get plasterd by some idiot in a hummer going 55mph in the 35 mph US-41..... Not my idea of a good time... Staying on the sidewalk is the only way to ride safely around here... Atleast on US-41...

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Fair enough. But this situation was on L Street along Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento. Way too many pedestrians on the sidewalk. Way too many cars entering from side streets (and not looking for sidewalk riders).
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Old 06-25-07, 01:07 PM
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I see (Said the blind man, to the deaf dog).... I passed 2 ppl on my 5mi commute this morning... So yeah, if your dodging pedestrians, not cool.... I ride (I'm gonna get a tommato for this) AGAINST traffic... It keeps me from having to cross a VERY busy street twice... And I can see when cagers are going to pull into/ out of a parking lot and dont see me... Happens at least twice a day...

I cross at the cross walks, only on either a solid green, or with a "walking man" signal....

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Old 06-25-07, 01:40 PM
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Heavy police presence today. Wondering if some threat occurred from some Jihad fool.
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My normal short commute was hottish and HUUUUUUMID. Rode some at lunch time for a nice little pick-me-up. I was plenty hot by the time I had to call it quits.
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The temperature has been in the high 90's and we hit 100 yesterday.
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My weekend was full of yard work, Sunday PM my legs hurt from all the squating and crawling and climbing etc. Sooo--- The Commute on Monday (godawful) AM was weird because it felt really slow and
difficult yet upon arrival I discovered that I had EQUALLED my fastest time on this commute to date.

What a Surprise to my little Brain!
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Old 06-25-07, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by devildogmech
I see (Said the blind man, to the deaf dog).... I passed 2 ppl on my 5mi commute this morning... So yeah, if your dodging pedestrians, not cool.... I ride (I'm gonna get a tommato for this) AGAINST traffic... It keeps me from having to cross a VERY busy street twice... And I can see when cagers are going to pull into/ out of a parking lot and dont see me... Happens at least twice a day...

I cross at the cross walks, only on either a solid green, or with a "walking man" signal....

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Last week I was stopped by a jogger for riding, "in the left side - mile wide bike/ped lane-because the right side of the road has no pavement past the white line and there are blackberry canes swinging into the lane"-he told me I was a hazzard to all the correct-thinking bike/peds on the road.

Of Cource he was right! I know this, I just didn't want to die - just right then. This is a scary and difficult; to ride real fast with the speed of cars and have no room at the same time.
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Take the lane. Maybe talk to the property owner about the blackberry canes. Good luck!
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No commute today. I broke a fan blade on my car on Sunday and had to take wife's car! No rolling locker with clothes, diddy bag and computer bag - no commute. At least a couple friends from work and I got to ride a century on the local MUP on Saturday. That was fun and showed me just what 125-175 miles per week of commuting year-round on a heavy bike can do for one's fitness. It's nice to tow your friends home 50 miles after they're already tired.
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I was sucked into a race today. I was riding along College St. in downtown Toronto - not pushing myself or anything but at a pretty decent clip. And guess what, I got passed by a middle-aged dude on a hybrid like I was not even moving! That sure set me going. Kept up quite easily until our paths split. Good job, middle-aged dude on a hybrid!

In the evening went riding with my boyfriend along the lake. Beautiful. I must say, probably the best riding I've ever done has been night riding. Touring Northern Ontario comes to mind. There was one night there we pretty much rode through. Kind of scary and very wonderful at the same time. Today wasn't scary, just nice. He and I did some racing too, on a very empy intersectionless road (Commissioners, for those familiar with Toronto). I just asked if he was intentionally trailing behind or something, and he replied "I was just wondering how come we were drag-assing along like this!", and I took exception to that. Must've broken the 50 km/h speed limit there for a few seconds for sure.
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I beat the weather report yesterday and today. Yesterday was "100%" chance of rain. I made it more 2/3 of the way before the mist started. Started raining last night after I got home (hit a new top speed, 54km/h) and stopped before I woke up. Not a drop on me this morning! I hope I can keep this up on the way home.
 
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I was on the mtb so I took a detour in the canyon to explore. This was actually a really bad idea, since it was 9 pm and dark out. I wanted to see if I could go through a canyon to bypass a huge 15% grade climb I ride daily and didn't want to take out the mtb tomorrow since I plan on a long road ride.

Well, I ended up riding down some of the most treacherous single track with washed out sections over ~50 ft drops, in the dark. The only thing that kept me going was the unfounded belief that I wouldn't have to pass that awful terrain again. There was hidden silt all over the place, and my semislick tires balked at the mere sight of it. I endoed once on an abutting rock and smashed my family jewels pretty badly while straining my neck. I rode about 20 minutes down this only to end up at a large, jagged rock embankment. It looked like some sort of hardcore erosion control, like you find on dwindling coastal points. I foolishly figured the trail wouldn't terminate after all of that, and wasted 20 minutes trekking by foot over these ankle-busting rocks carrying 40 lbs in bike and gear only to meet a gang of noisy toads. Those 20 minutes were some of the gnarliest of my cycling life -- worse than when I got lost at Vail and ended up skidding down a rain-slicked single track for a few thousand feet of vertical -- I actually considered just giving up and falling asleep on the trail for the night.

I'm just glad my 15w headlight held up. I wouldn't have made it back if it had died on me. Oh well, chalk it up to a lesson learned: there is no way through there
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No commute for a couple of weeks -- this is work-from-home week and next week pretty much the same. Time for some road riding!
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Ugh. Hot and humid. Other than that, fairly quick ride.
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