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Old 08-09-07, 05:29 PM
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Weather was nice.. cooler than usual and it feels like rain, but I beat it. On the way home, I got hit by a car. I was going the speed of traffic so I was taking up most of a lane.. a cab cut me off and hit his brakes. I mashed mine, hit his rear bumper, he finished his right turn, and I endo'd. Landed on one foot and rolled down onto my butt/back. The ******* didn't stop. Nobody got his medallion # and he was gone by the time I thought of it. Luckily, there was not much traffic around me after I went down, and I'm fine. I think I bent my right rim, but other than that, no damage.
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Old 08-09-07, 06:05 PM
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Beautiful weather today. I worked extra late and was feeling pretty tired on the way home. The last mile of my commute home is a fairly steep hill...that I get to go down! Found a nice subaru forester to draft and got up to about 40mph without even trying. The kids in the backseat were looking at me with their jaws wide open. I waved and turned left into my apartment complex at the bottom of the hill.
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Old 08-09-07, 08:03 PM
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Meh. On my way back home I had to deal with an extremely unusual amount of cagers shouting things at me out their window while they passed me. "Get off the road, !@#", etc. Usually, I have little or no problems with people, but there were about six pricks this time around.

I wish parents would stop buying their kids vehicles.
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Old 08-09-07, 08:40 PM
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My first time on the bike in a week. I just bought a car (Old Saturn... Recycling cars man! ) and after I replace the front subframe ($2k to have it done, $99 to do it yourself ) I'll have a car again... My wife hates my having to ride everywhere, and wont let me ride to school in Gary.... What ya gonna do? I'll still ride when and where I can...

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The ride in was pretty good this morning. I am debating adding a little side jaunt up the nearby mountain and get a little extra exercise on some mornings for variation. Really need to get a better light before I do that though.

Anyways, the weather held, so while the streets were slick, it wasn't pouring down like it has been all week. More like a steady drizzle. Still, it will be nice to see the sun again.
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Old 08-10-07, 05:58 AM
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Progress in conditioning! After 4 months and 1500 miles, I finally spent a few moments on the outer chain ring. I was beginning to think I should downsize all as the middle needs replacement already.
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Old 08-10-07, 06:42 AM
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Hot!!! I'd been riding my road bike directly into work. This morning I decided to take the Raleigh Twenty to the train station instead (less distance ... shaded residential streets). I was still soaked in sweat by the time I got in. The fact that I couldn't find the bungees, so I had to carry my gear on my back didn't help either. Oh. And did I mention it was hot?
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Old 08-10-07, 07:13 AM
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Broke 1500 miles on the roadie (since May 7th, 3 months woo). Had a lot of false energy last night it seemed, and flew home from the east end. Had a lot of rage filled energy this morning after hearing about a BF poster/TO cyclist killed by a DUI (see here) - I didn't personally know him, but it really hit me. ****ers.

This rage of energy got me to work in record time. Be safe out there.
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Old 08-10-07, 07:33 AM
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Excellent commuting this week in the Twin Cities area. Hot and humid on the way home but otherwise perfect.

Hate to hear about the BF member getting killed (above). It's like a kick to the stomach. Everyone ride safely!
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Old 08-10-07, 07:43 AM
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First commute since my vacation and my grandfather passing away.
It felt good to get back in the saddle. This morning was the perfect day to ride, 65F and gorgeous.
For some strange reason I kept overheating after my sprints and intervals. Strange...
Oh and the first commute with my twin six motoring jersey.
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Old 08-10-07, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by devildogmech
My first time on the bike in a week. I just bought a car (Old Saturn... Recycling cars man! ) and after I replace the front subframe ($2k to have it done, $99 to do it yourself ) I'll have a car again... My wife hates my having to ride everywhere, and wont let me ride to school in Gary.... What ya gonna do? I'll still ride when and where I can...

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ohh man.

You are UNDER THE INFLUENCE !
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Old 08-10-07, 08:07 AM
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LOL

I am purchasing a beater in the next month or two. Still plan on riding but want it to pick up my son in winter and to transport my bike to cycling events next year. Just because you own a car doesn't mean you need to drive it everywhere.
I HATE driving to work.
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Old 08-10-07, 08:17 AM
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Coolest ride in a long time. Low traffic. No complaints
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Old 08-10-07, 08:18 AM
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Day three of the new shorter commute since I moved. I was running a half-hour late and encountered more traffic in the right-hand lane that I have been taking but no major incidents other than the usual odd JAM who cuts too close... Weather's been nice for it all week and it feels a little weird getting to work in half the time.
I had to dodge corn-cobs in the bike lanes randomly all the way in - there's a lot of corn-fields along the way so I'm guessing someone's truck must have been dropping them.

On an amusing note - someone was promoting a gym along the way and started enthusiastically waving their sign at me. I guess they figured I was an easy target since I was close and moving slower than traffic but I do wonder - if I'm riding by on a bicycle at 30kph - what the heck do I need with a gym?
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Old 08-10-07, 08:45 AM
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I was running a bit late, but managed to make up the time somehow. It was cold enough that I could see my breath! It's a bit of a cold snap, but it's nice to not sweat like a pig on the way to work everyday.
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Old 08-10-07, 11:43 AM
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Another hot one this morning. Hottest commuting week of my life for sure. I rode every day this week, here were the temps (F) - 97, 99, 102, 104 and today it's already 101. Yesterday on my way home I took the bike lane on the newly asphalted road outside my workplace. Wow, was that ever a mistake. The black roadway temperature must have been at least 130-140, I was literally roasting. By the time I got home, my bike was so hot I could hardly touch the metal on it. I am looking forward to the same temps this afternoon, but I am avoiding the black roadway for sure. With some luck, I may go through a stray shower or thunderstorm to help cool me down.
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Old 08-10-07, 11:50 AM
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Ended up in the ER from a single lousy bee. He got under my jersey and got me under the nipple. Within 10 minutes I was covered in hives. Within an hour I was vomiting and raspy, so my wife took me to the ER. I left with a shot of anti-histimine, a prescription for an Epi-Pen and steroids, and the knowlede that at 40 I've developed an allergy to bee toxin, even though I've been stung dozens of times since I was a kid and have never had this reaction before.

So from now on, every time I'm on the bike, I'll be carrying an Epi-Pen, 100mg of benadryl, and a cellphone.

Scary but okay now.
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Old 08-10-07, 01:18 PM
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Bad news about the bee allergy. Good to discover though. I considered working in a bee setting. Apparently the more you get stung, the more you get dependent on the venom, so that if you get stung a lot, you maintain a tolerance, but if you have that threshold, and then a gap, you are more likely to have an allergic reaction next time. You get hooked. I was told to try to get stung weekly if I hadn't been anyway. I went to a botanist for work instead...

Nice ride for me, somewhat disjointed in time and space. New MUP opened parallel to the old one. It is gorgeous, and has parking, so attracts dogwalkers and strollers galore, unlike the hideous beat up loud smelly close to the freeway original. It also ends at a gravel continuation, which I took yesterday on new mtn bike ride. Lots of fun. Will be bummed when they finally pave that one (it's on the schedule).
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Old 08-10-07, 07:44 PM
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First ride this month. Hot and humid. One of the two roads closed this summer is now rideable so I can avoid the worst of the detour.

Quite a bit more traffic than I'd expect this time of year. Another big housing developement started, so traffic will soon be worse.
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Old 08-10-07, 09:03 PM
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Frell! Fark!
Ok.. enough of the imaginary scifi curse words.

I hit an oil slick while it was raining and wrecked like no ones business.
Rode the remaining 10 miles home covered in mud and blood. Yummy.
Damage for this wreck:
2 scratched ultegra shifters levers and tops.
A fair amount of road rash. Mostly under the left side of my shorts. Fortunately it is fairly light. Slightly sprained left wrist for the third time this year. I wonder if repeated sprains will cause lasting issues?
My new twin six jersey has a small hole in the front on the opposite side of what I crashed on. This one irritated me the most.

Anyhow, tomorrow I will buff out the scratches on my shifters with my dremel. May look into repainting the top part of the shifter. I can purchase new ones but at $10-$15 a pop? Maybe a bit of chrome paint will work. I will test this on a set of tiagra shifters that have the same cosmetic issues.

What a sucky end to a good day. Someday my luck should turn around..... I hope.
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Old 08-11-07, 12:37 AM
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I've actually been seeing more bikes on the way in, but usually only until I get into town.

Today was good, save one lady who just didn't see me and pulled right out in front of me. I scared the crap out of her, because I had to jack on my front brake, which squeaks really loudly when cranked. She actually put a hand out the window to, I guess, use the force to stop me from hitting her car? Bracing for impact inside a car... lol.

I also was apparently racing someone for who knows how long. I don't know how long he was following me, but I got to the top of a moderate climb (I was running late, so was pushing it a bit), stood up to let some blood flow around me jewels, and I happened to catch him out of the corner of my eye. He was standing in the saddle, and looked like he was about to fall over. The fact that someone was actually going my way on my route, and was probably trying to keep up/pass me got the better of me, so I hammered for about 2-3 minutes. I didn't see him anymore after that. Yes, a cyclist ego is a wonderful thing. Although I'd be just as happy to see the same guy pull my teeth out up a climb 3 months from now. Let's hope.

I didn't ride home today, as the heat index was about 108. I did it yesterday in the same temps and regretted it. 10 miles, sure. 20 miles, with some fairly nasty hills, plus all the car heat during rush hour? No thanks. Went to gym, worked legs a bit, road the bus home, and did 45 minutes on the spinner. I should be OK for tomorrow mornings ride.
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Old 08-11-07, 01:50 AM
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Didn't end up riding home from work, rode over to a buddies place. Forgot Danforth was closed, but asked a police officer if it was cool to ride through, he said yep, so I flew down a fairly open Danforth to Jones (they were setting up, this was maybe around 1:30/2pm). Heat is a bit nuts still, but it was nicer later. Been pushing a bit more on my commute and rides out to friends and back in preparation for my epic journey next weekend (riding to St. Catherines to do a 200k event for the Heart & Stroke foundation and riding back to Toronto again. No, not all in one day. )

Not a commute story, but follows the ego part.. this morning on the way back from my buddies place, I was heading south down Shaw, and I caught up and rode with a car for about 10 metres, he suddenly said something, I said "what?" expecting some BS, he said "you're going 30km/h!". This made me smile. I repled "that all?! hmm" then shrugged and put the hammer down. He was dust in no time (speed bumps galore and he didn't seem in a hurry) and I stopped at College for him, but he tooted and turned off into a house before... bummer, I was hoping to chat to him again
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Rode in on the Tarmac for the first time today as I have a nice long ride with some local BF'ers in the morning. It was wet with light rain leftover from pouring all day and while the ride in was noticeably quicker, I also realized that I'm glad I don't commute on the road bike every day. Found myself very annoyed by the messenger bag, having gotten used to panniers. I haven't used it since I got them and now see why. Also reaffirmed my appreciation for my trusty SKS fenders.

Corporate building security sucks. Yesterday they said it would be OK to bring it in. After an argument today, they let me keep it in for about half the night, until the shift change. Good thing I brought the U-Lock as my baby will soon be put out into the street, into the rather secure, yet spoke destroying bike locks we have out there. Guess they'll be proving themselves today.
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worst commute ever... first off i spent an hour at work (in our bike room, the place with a shops worth of tools) fixing my brakes/gears/everything, well that part was fun, loud music and playing with a bike is cool


then around 2/3 of the way home before the **** hit the fan, i was almost hit by a car (some dumb**** squeezed me into a parked car while i was riding at like 30), then off my front brake cable slipped as i came at a busy intersection at ~40kmh (managed to stop with only a rear brake). so i started to ride slower (because i had only one brake)... then my gears started skipping, so i had to put it in 1 gear or it would jump (35-15 gearing...)... then my rear brake went (same as the front), then i had to slow down by turning hard, and could only ride at walking speed... then i got a punctured rear tire (only found out when i got home and found my wheel down to like 45psi... from 100psi when i left work)

but the weather was nice


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Old 08-11-07, 06:06 PM
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ouch!

What was up with the brakes?
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