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Old 07-10-07, 06:05 AM
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My bike is WAY out of tune.... It keeps shifting on its own, and is making some horible noises..... Time to take it in for a tuneup....

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70F and 90% humidity. Not exactly the heinous stuff some of you folks are getting, but it's still pretty uncomfortable for Vermont. Got to work and had to go run a wet towel over my face and arms just to cool down. Drinking a lot of water.

I passed two guys on bikes, 3 people going the other way, and I guess I was reeling in another guy but I didn't see him until I was about to leave the MUP for the street.

We had some beautiful t-storms rage through here yesterday. Fortunately I didn't have to ride in them. Scattered t-storms again today.
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Another misty/foggy morning ride. Made good time. Opted not to ride home yesterday in the huge thunderstorms, so hoping for better weather for the ride home today.

Have to write a note to a couple of bus companies - a 3-foot passing rule is about to become law here, and I'd like to see some drivers get a jump on compliance
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Old 07-10-07, 07:08 AM
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I usually commute on the Massachusetts (the 650 am boat) from Hingham to Boston and then bike over to Cambridge.

This morning, the kids slept in a bit and I ended up on the 715 boat. I'll have to thank them profusely this evening when I make it home.

https://www.thebostonchannel.com/news...85/detail.html
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Old 07-10-07, 07:23 AM
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Misty, hazy, foggy morning in Boston. A bit tired this AM, up late last night watching the Tour and then some stupid kickboxing crap, and I didn't get my chocolate soy milk grr rawr. But I got to bike and that's worth a lot. Here's hoping for no after-work t-storms!
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Old 07-10-07, 07:26 AM
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cool and drizzly... I'll take it over triple digits any day of the week.
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Old 07-10-07, 07:45 AM
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Wow, lucky sleep in and escape, law4jba...

Was off work yesterday but took my daughter home in the trailer and returned home with trailer, etc. Was humid and horrible, but fun - I was actually wanting a headwind because it was so nasty out there.

I managed to get my seatpost rack decently secured to my roadie, so brought that this morning with my pannier on - felt fine. It's been humid and nasty the past few days, today was no different, but I wasn't as back-sweaty as usual from the backpack.

Bike sure doesn't feel as springy/fast with that loaded pannier on
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law4jba-I think my uncle rides that boat, I just read the story. I'm glad nobody was hurt. I spent summers up there in Hingham and Plymouth, beautiful part of the country-great way to get to/from work.
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Old 07-10-07, 08:17 AM
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Overcast and Windy 63F (17C) Humidity: 70 %
Wind Speed: NW 26 G 38 MPH

Of course it was a head wind. Blowing hard enough to carry bits of sand for that sand blasting effect too. Owwwweeeewoweeee. My legs are still burning and I've been off the bike for a half hour. I guess that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger [or stupider]
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Stampede hangovers kept the streets pretty darn clear this morning, so it was a quick ride in with reduced traffic.
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Old 07-10-07, 08:33 AM
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I think I had a target painted on me on the way home last night - either that or my purple jersey isn't as visible as I thought. Cars kept pulling out in front of me! Time to put the little blinky back on my handlebars, I think (it's a little turtle light from MEC, looks a lot like a camera flash in blink mode). That should make me more obvious in shady bits - I think drivers are wearing sunglasses that are too dark.

At least I had a tail wind on the way home! After the morning battle I needed that. Made the 9 miles in 45 minutes which is actually a personal record in that direction.

Today was very different - I rode my new/old "road" bike. It's more a sport-touring style really, with 26" rims and semi-slick tires on it right now, but it has drop bars and that makes it a "road bike" to me Wow, is that ever a different ride. I am having trouble with the shifting (new chain/old cogs issue, plus downtube shifters that I'm not used to yet) so today I just ran it in the 46 X 13 gear and called it good. I was concentrating on not killing myself with the toe clips or the twitchy steering just to start with I can feel that it will be a great bike for longer distances, although right at the moment a few parts of me would disagree! (Apparently I need a new saddle...)
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Old 07-10-07, 08:50 AM
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Hazy, Hot and Humid. Went through all three water bottles. It was spooky to see the mist rising off the reservoir.

Also decided...people in oversized SUV and cell phones are a bad combination.
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Old 07-10-07, 09:02 AM
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first commute today with a Carradice Super C saddlebag instead of my standard rack and panniers and I felt like I was flying! or at least felt like I normally do when I ride on weekends without my commuting gear on the bike.

then, some guy with a modified Specialized Allex with flat bars + bar ends passed me just as we entered Lexington on the Minuteman Bikeway and just kicked my ass. he was do a high cadence 22 mph cruise and I was almost sprinting trying to stay on his wheel. Eventually, as we approached Bedford and 128, I took a turn at pulling him and brought things up to 27mph. Then he said, "one of the straps on your bag is coming loose" and as I raised up to check it out, he just blew past me again.

Felt like someone pulled the cyclists' version of "your shoelace is untied" on me.
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Old 07-10-07, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by spokenword
Then he said, "one of the straps on your bag is coming loose" and as I raised up to check it out, he just blew past me again.
Hey! Pull my finger! Go on...

I am still sweating a half hour after I got into a/c, and it felt relatively cool this am. Maybe relative is the key, it was probably in the 70s...
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Old 07-10-07, 09:24 AM
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Humid and quiet.
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Nice quiet ride today. Was humming Oasis's "Live Forever" on the way, which seemed to suit the feel of the morning. A woman unknowingly dropped a pack of cigarettes at a corner, so I picked it up and gave it back to her. She seemed genuinely surprised, and thanked me. Then, as I was riding away, she shouted "Have a nice day!". I smiled and wished her the same. Warm fuzzies all around.
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God I love commuting....and this community I now live in that makes it so possible. I used to want to commute so bad, but had no real safe option where I lived. I'm so glad, now that I can and do commute to know I was right about just how much I would enjoy the ability to commute on my bike.
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
God I love commuting....and this community I now live in that makes it so possible. I used to want to commute so bad, but had no real safe option where I lived. I'm so glad, now that I can and do commute to know I was right about just how much I would enjoy the ability to commute on my bike.
Glad to hear that! A good commute is a wonderful thing. I'm going to miss my longer Toronto commute when I head back to Shanghai at the end of the week -- I still commute there, but it's too short and flat!
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My first commute in the rain
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Old 07-10-07, 10:07 AM
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After doing a 50 miler on and off road yesterday in 96F humid weather --- this morning's commute in the heat was "oppressive" -- couldn't get the inspiration going so it was a meandering kinda ride in this morning.
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A nice ride in, except for the girl on the cruiser riding the wrongway and blocking the entire bike lane with her ridiculously wide handlebars.

Anyway, I rode on the Caldaro. The weather's too nice and my bella bicicleta shouldn't be hanging in the garage.
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Warm...okay hot. We're going to hit 99 degrees today and it was already 75 when I headed out this morning. I only have a 3.5 mile commute and I was fine while riding but as soon as I stopped I started to sweat. I work in an office so I have to dress in business attire. I'm going to have to figure out how to make this work realistically. Any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by andydreisch
Good move on your part. You'll always lose if you stir it up with some nutcase in a car. I haven't had but a couple cases of this in many years of commuting but each time I just ignore them.

Let me guess ... the driver kept an eye on you in the rear view mirror as you got closer? I always get a kick out of how people underestimate how quickly a bike can gain on them once they pass.

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Actually, yes. He seemed irked that I was navigating downtown better than him.

Believe me, I don't want to get in a fight with a motorist. On top of that, I'm new to riding in heavy traffic, so I may have done something to provoke unwittingly.


This morning I ran across two other cyclists heading in different directions. Both said hello and waved.
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TAIL WIND!

Going home should be RAINY!

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Originally Posted by atombob
Warm...okay hot. We're going to hit 99 degrees today and it was already 75 when I headed out this morning. I only have a 3.5 mile commute and I was fine while riding but as soon as I stopped I started to sweat. I work in an office so I have to dress in business attire. I'm going to have to figure out how to make this work realistically. Any suggestions?
One or all of the following might help:
- Carry a change of clothes (at least your shirt) and change when you get to the office
- Birdbath shower in the sink, as needed
- Arrive at the office early enough to cool down before starting work
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