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Old 06-29-07, 09:55 AM
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Wonderful Central Texas morning, high ceiling with a cool cross breeze. The morning's pleasantries allowed the cows to graze closer to the road to the point where the gate guards were standing next to the cows.
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Old 06-29-07, 09:56 AM
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I am honoured! (I think...)

I don't own a ladybug costume, although I WAS severely disappointed that the ladybug-patterned helmet at the bike shop was a child's size
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Old 06-29-07, 10:01 AM
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It was nice. Today was the first ride in a few days. I'd been taking the mornings off to take the twins to swim lessons and then dropping them at daycare in the minivan. I was feeling a little heavy for the first part, but things got easier as the rust rubbed off.
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Old 06-29-07, 10:27 AM
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Another warm and sticky commute this morning. As I was leaving my apartment there was a police car and a crime scene SUV checking some cars in the parking lot, I am guessing they were broken into last night. I gotta remember to check my car when I get home since I haven't driven it in a week and a half and the car cover is still on it.

I am hoping to avoid any rain/storms this afternoon as I have been all week.
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Old 06-29-07, 11:22 AM
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could't be better

Left today at 7:50a.m. it was already at 78'. Thats Cali for you. Roads were fairly empty. I love the summer, everyone leaves.
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Old 06-29-07, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by MyPC8MyBrain
... Arrived about an hour later than I usually arrive.
What the heck it's Friday. ...
Originally Posted by Buglady
May I just say that I hate you people who get to choose your start time.... ?

If I'm not here at 8:30 there's hell to pay...
I was just about to comment to his, also. I feel so lucky, like beyond blessed, that I have a job with flexible hours. We can also take our PTO in 15-min increments, and as long as the flow of work is moving along they're okay with us taking unpaid time off if we don't have PTO. Days I ride in I can come in at 6 am if I choose, and stay until 7 pm, then come in at 9:30 another day and leave at 3:30. Plus, we're so busy they're allowing overtime right now so if I do choose to stay around later to avoid the heat, I get paid a lot more.

It sure makes biking in a lot easier, knowing that I'm not necessarily expected to be here at a particular time.

I had a great ride in again this morning (4th day this week!)... although for the first time, people pulled up on my side and then turned the same way I was turning, rather than being patient and waiting behind me. Two of them! Neither of them had their blinkers on, either. Poopyhaids.

Oh! And my ride home last night (about 110*) was my fastest yet--it's only about my 10th commute. I just felt really good, didn't mind pedaling hard and pushing it a little.
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Old 06-29-07, 12:07 PM
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It was.... not warm.. this morning, but definitely a bit humid and it has got more threatening as the day progresses. We almost certainly are going to have a thunderstorm, probably a gully washer. Timing for the trip home could be interesting. Got rained on a bit last night going home, nothing really enough to worry about, but I was in no hurry so sat under a tree for a while and smelled the air. Not dealing with rush hour car idiocies makes commuting much more pleasant. If i don't have new job by next week, think I'll plan to get up early and ride around the light industrial areas sniffing out the free Stampede Breakfasts. Free food to stretch the budget and its a good way to bring up the question "You guys hiring?"
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Old 06-29-07, 02:02 PM
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Wet! Last night was even wetter!!! This is rain like... real rain! Between the rainy winter, and yesterday and today, I am wondering where all my peaceful drizzly mist went!

(but it's a *warm* wet at least!)
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Old 06-29-07, 02:10 PM
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Well.. finally....one ride to go. First time ever I have ridden in and back each day. So the mileage for this week will sit at 285 miles. Yay!
This is despite the fact that I have been having issues with my eyes. Could barely see for a day or two. It seems that I may have scratched one. Ah well. I hope to be in my contacts in the next day or two. Otherwise I will need to visit my dr.
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Originally Posted by Kotts
We parted company on good terms, but I'm still amused at how cartoon-ish a startled goose can look. I imagine that the goose probably feels the same way about people.
That's pretty funny. I scared a cow a few months ago, which really surprised me, I figured they were used to all kinds of distractions as they stick their head out the fence to graze, but maybe a biker was a new one on her...
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Old 06-29-07, 05:15 PM
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Posted pix of my commute in this thread, if you'd care to take a look.
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Awesome, I got hit by another cyclist on 11th and Speer today... The guy came across the intersection flying and couldnt stop. He hit my left leg and bounced off. It put a nice gash on my left hand through my glove, but that was it. Nice guy.
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I had an interesting commute Thursday. I rode in a light rain. Changed into my work clothes and for lunch changed back to commute clothes and rode to a different work site for lunch. This time it was really raining. I dried off and changed back to my work clothes. For the ride home I wore my work clothes. The rain had slowed down to a light drizzle. All told I rode about 16.5 miles.
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I imagine not may commute on the weekend. I work on the weekend, so I do. Thursday evening I was feeling a little under the weather. I had a slight fever and felt clammy. When this morning came I was debating if I should ride or not. Was not feeling sick but was not a full energy. I rode anyway. Did not need to be at work until 1200noon but I left my place at 1000am because I like to ride awhile. By the time I finished my ride I felt great. Riding the bike is great for me.
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hi guys

i have started a commuting network up where we can all post our daily commute. Its great to read about commuting here but i am hoping that lots of forum users from here and different forums will come over and post there commutes.

we can also share pics and videos etc

https://didyouridetoday.ning.com

come join up and have a look it could be fun
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Old 06-30-07, 11:15 PM
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Had to work a few hours today. Rode the Caldaro in and parked it next to my boss' office. We're pretty casual on the weekends.
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I have no idea why, but my cycling computer said I went 19 miles on the way home but only 13.3 on the way there...
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The Time:

11:00AM

The Place:

Just South of Dyckmann/200th, headed towards the Speedway, on the Eastside MUP.

Happened to glance over at the Harlem River Drive only to see a Bicyclist northbound *on* the HWY.

He had to have been on there from at least 155th.

Death wish?

You decide.
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Originally Posted by jorpe
I have no idea why, but my cycling computer said I went 19 miles on the way home but only 13.3 on the way there...

Bought yourself a cheap wireless computer didja?
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Old 07-02-07, 03:50 AM
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I bought a Planet Bike Aero wireless computer and I was all set and ready to roll when I realized it wasn't measuring the mileage. I took it off the bracket, and something was rattling inside. The route I'm taking to work is 6.5 miles each way. I'm going to ride accessoryless for awhile, I've decided (with a helmet, of course)
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Beautiful ride in today! Low temps and really low humidity. I was on holiday for 2 weeks, then sick for a week with a nasty cold I caught on the return flight home, so this is my first commute since June 7. It is way too nice to not ride today-Nearly unheard of in NC to have such cool, dry weather in early July so I had to ride. Looking forward to the ride home, which should include a tailwind too.
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I hate it when this happens . .. great ride . . . hot shower at work . . . forgot to pack the effing work clothes so I'll be hearing about my skintights all day now
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Originally Posted by Big Ron
Beautiful ride in today! Low temps and really low humidity.
I would have to agree there, relatively "cool" this morning which was very nice. I met up with another commuter who was traveling the same way I was for a few miles. We met up at a few traffic lights, exchanged good mornings and were on our way. Should be a nice commute home as Big Ron stated.
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Another NC report of a beautiful ride this morning. I had to take the road bike (old school Cannondale Criterium 3.0 with down tube shifters) instead of the commuter (Specialized Hard Rock). Wow. The speed difference was incredible.

Apparently I wasn't the only one who noticed the speed difference. I was nearly left-hooked by a driver pulling into my own building this morning. I "ran her down" in the parking lot and asked her why she cut me off. She said, "I thought I had plenty of time, but you were moving so fast! I'm really sorry." I gave her the usual line about bikes moving faster than drivers realize and rode off to my entrance.
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I made my first comute with my new PB 5.0 Cyclocomputer...(Thanks Mom!) That thing is soo cool!!!!

just under 5.5 miles at around 25minuets.... I didnt re-zero it when I left this morning, so I think I still had some time and mileage on it from mucking around yesterday after I got it hooked up

My 5yo son saw it and was "Dad! I NEED ONE!" When I pointed out that he still has his training wheels on, and couldnt get one till he was up on 2 wheels, he was "Aw... I'm gonna go practice!"... Ata boy


I also mounted a BlackBurn Expidition rack to my bike yesterday (Thanks again MOM!)... Tried to strap my back pack to it... thing is too narrow... I need a Milk Crate... I stopped by the cafateria at school, and they said I could have one tommorow! Cool!

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