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Old 08-03-07, 09:10 AM
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My ex. didn't have any affection for the bike, despite my trying

I found and bought a Bianchi last night (see the C&V forum for pics), in somewhat rough shape and it's an old steel road frame, but I'm going to make this my fixie project. All kinds of excited about that

No dog bites for me, rode in on street level for a whopping 3 miles of sprint-ish action, warmed up behind a guy hauling ass on an MTB (17mph was respectable, he had bigass knobbies on too) and took the lead after - he was with me the whole ride with various boom/busts with lights (hit 28mph but lights meant I had to keep stopping), I pulled over to let him come by as I was slowing for my office turn off - wished him a good ride
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Old 08-03-07, 10:19 AM
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Nice ride. 25 min mile to start off (well, 8 minute .3 mile) w/ 6 yr old on scooter to daycamp, then turn around and zip to work. No encounters of note.
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This mornings commute was a nice one. Saw one of my freinds who was out for a jog, so I slowed down and coasted alongside for a few minutes while we chatted. Then we went our separate ways and I took it pretty easy coming in. 8 miles in 40 minutes with about 1 mile of it at 6 1/2 or so mph. Really could have ridden twice that distance, but work was calling.
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Old 08-03-07, 10:33 AM
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Cool and mellow.
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Old 08-03-07, 12:19 PM
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2-5 inches of rain fell in the span of a couple hours last night. Part of the path was flooded but I went through anyway (not moving and not deep). Good fun but now I have wet shoes all day.
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Thought about Caloso on last night's commute home. 20+ miles through surburbia and not once did my foot touch the ground. It was a first.
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Old 08-03-07, 01:14 PM
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The ride this morning was great, I averaged 16.9mph, a new personal best.
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Old 08-03-07, 01:45 PM
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Quiet commute this morning--pretty typical for a Friday. I think a lot of folks here in the Triangle work from home on Fridays, as the traffic is always lighter.
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Old 08-03-07, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by velocycling
Thought about Caloso on last night's commute home. 20+ miles through surburbia and not once did my foot touch the ground. It was a first.
Ain't it cool?
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Old 08-03-07, 03:33 PM
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Nothing special this morning, but yesterday on my way home I saw about 15 wild turkeys, most of which were youngsters.
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Old 08-03-07, 07:59 PM
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My ride home was awesome because I stopped at the LBS to pick up my new (to me) Bridgestone after its tune-up!! Yay! Pics tomorrow in the sticky. It's beautiful!!
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Old 08-05-07, 01:11 PM
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I am finally going to put my Garmin Edge 305 to work on my commute starting tomorrow morning! I bought it last August and have finally read the instruction manual...;^)

This will be my first morning commute. 27 miles one way...I'll leave around 5:30am and hopefully have some decent daylight after the first half hour.
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Old 08-06-07, 06:28 AM
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Wet! Soaking rain coupled with a blustery 20MPH headwind. Only saw one cyclist. I passed her and said, "Nice day, huh?" She agreed.
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Old 08-06-07, 06:58 AM
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Its Monday...commute sucked.
Actually the riding itself wasn't too bad, its just that 5 minutes into the ride, my FD decides to freeze up and nothing, I mean nothing, is going to make it move. So my old 10spd was a low geared 3spd for almost the entire commute. Still made the 8 miles in about 38 minutes, up from my normal 30 minutes, but now I gotta spend money on a new FD. I think I'll get a new RD as well, the old one probably doesn't have too much left in it.
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Old 08-06-07, 07:21 AM
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Nice sunny ride in with temperatures at about 18C.

I treated myself to a nice pair of bib shorts on Saturday (Giordana Tenax) which are stunning.
It's like sitting on a cloud, and they wick away sweat much better than my other shorts.
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Friday was a lovely holiday that I road into work out of habit and took a prolonged trip home that included a little accident. But then today, after dropping my sis-in=laws car off at the repair shop, I commuted into work and had nothing but an annoying head wind. I really dislike having to petal downhill just to maintain 20 mph. The only perk will be tonight with that same wonderfull tail wind.
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Old 08-06-07, 08:35 AM
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Hot week ahead in NC, the hottest of this summer, which has been much hotter than average. Forecasted highs are expected to be near 100 or hotter all week, with our ever present humidity. It was already 77 degrees when I got up this morning around 6 a.m., and I was drenched with sweat by the time I got to work. On top of the heat, we've got Code Orange alerts for air quality.

Fortunately, I'll be carpooling a couple of days this week, but that still leaves 3 days of riding in the heat. I'll just take it slow and easy. That's about all you can do when it's this hot. I know it's a cliche, but it's the humidity that really makes it bad.
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Old 08-06-07, 09:17 AM
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Haven't posted to this thread in a long time. Commuting has been great here in Minnesota this summer. Very little rain which is great for the commute but we could use some for other reasons.

One thing that did happen earlier this summer, I broke the frame on the single-speed (really two speed) that I normally commute on. So until the replacement frame arrives, I'm riding my geared bike.

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Cool and overcast. I rode the race bike in; I'm going to drop it off at the LBS at noon and see if they can figure out what the deal is with the increasingly loud creaking in the front end. I have a feeling the headset is giving out but that diagnosis is above my mechanical abilities.

I didn't bother with the shoes this morning. You can actually ride the Ultegra pedals like platforms. They're a bit slippery but no biggie. Still, it's weird to pull away from a stop and have to remember to keep your upstroke foot on the pedal.
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No commute today! I'm off for 2 weeks!
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Smokin'! 17mph for 42 min! I never do that. Heavy panniers today too.
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Originally Posted by bikedaddy
2-5 inches of rain fell in the span of a couple hours last night. Part of the path was flooded but I went through anyway (not moving and not deep). Good fun but now I have wet shoes all day.
It rained 1 inch early this morning. We've had a drought of sorts around here. The ground was still watery. Took the opportunity to commute in my new fuji crosstown with fenders to try them out. The sun started to evaporate the water as I left so I didn't get a honest to goodness test. Otherwise, they worked great. Maybe some other day
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I did my first commute today with a new rack. Topeak Exp. w diskbrakes. That was better than the fannie pack. I used my old cannondale Rack bag. 10 miles thru steamie air this morning.
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Still no riding...knee is recovering nicely since I switched to a running shoe. More PT this week.
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
Still no riding...knee is recovering nicely since I switched to a running shoe. More PT this week.
Bummer. I had what I had hoped was my final PT today, but she wants the rest of my summer too. At least it's only running that I can't do, not biking. From a biking standpoint, my ankles are fully recovered (but my schedule has filled in, meantime, so for other reasons it's just commute in commute out, not much in the way of other spins)
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