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Old 08-30-07, 03:47 PM
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apologies for not reading through the last 837 pages, i just opted to subscribe to this thread and will make my way through it eventually.

i'd like to share that i just started a new job, which means i am now responsible for providing clients with nutrition and hygiene type assistance (among other things). so i get paid to go shopping for supplies, but that means transporting them too. i don't drive, but i could access a car-share program or transit if need be. of course i commute by bike, so that is my preferred method. since there's a butcher shop and cheap veggie market (among many other things - i love my neighbourhood!) by my house, i will be shopping at the begining or end of the day, and transporting things to work.

which brings us to today: it was the first time using a pannier bag attached to the rack bag on my 3-speeder! i didn't carry a very heavy load because i wanted to see what it was like, and it was surprisingly easy! i could have carried way more if i brought my backpack too! yay me!
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Old 08-30-07, 07:53 PM
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Not such a fun commute today. The weather was glorious, so it should have been great. However, I had a stinking hangover (too many Belgian beers last night) which wasn’t pleasant, especially the head throbbing when climbing the hills…

So I took it pretty easy. One part of the ride goes through a busy pedestrian area (it’s a shared bike / pedestrian path, so riding there is OK) which I often find the worst part of the ride. Anyway, this morning I’m riding through, going very slowly. I do take care around people walking, and with the throbbing head as well I’m literally going at a walking pace. I am going past someone walking, and there’s a guy walking towards me the other way. There’s plenty of room for him to move over a foot or so to give me room, but instead he doesn’t move, and deliberately shoulder barges me as he goes past. Like he actually makes point of walking into me, swinging his shoulder into mine quite hard. Very irritating indeed. No idea what his problem was.

Then later on, I get carved up by a blonde chick in a Maserati. That was quite funny actually; she pulled out without looking from the side of the road right in front of me; the road was clear the other direction so rather than hitting the brakes (I was moving fairly fast) I swung along side her, shouting out ‘whoooaa!’ as I went. She had her window wound down, and was rather surprised to suddenly have a cyclist alongside her shouting through her window – she went ‘oh f**’ and slammed on the brakes.

But with my head pounding, the final climb up through North Sydney put me in a whole world of pain…
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Old 08-31-07, 05:18 AM
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Fine, uneventful ride. 69F with comparatively low humidity. Had a nice bright 3/4 moon as secondary lighting as I rode down some of the unlit streets...Wish I had more roads without streetlights. I find that I can see the road better without them (after my eyes have adjusted to the darkness).

Less traffic out today. I guess a lot of folks may have taken the day off to extend their 3 day weekend into 4 days.
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Old 08-31-07, 05:55 AM
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Today was one of those days, but I still managed to ride to work. I've been out of town for three days, so that threw me off my regular schedule. Last night I went to install my Cygolite rechargeable light on my bike as the mornings have been getting pretty dark. That's when I noticed my rear tire was flat. That was odd because it wasn't flat a few hours earlier and I hadn't ridden the bike in 4 days.

I removed the tire and found a large hole right at one of the eyelets, and the tube had a dimple at that spot and all of the eyelets. My suspicion was that I caused the problem last week when trying to get the creaking noises out of my wheels, which are old Open Pros and prone to squeaking. While replacing the tape, I found a lot of oxidation around the eyelets inside the rim, so I cleaned it off and then put a drop of 3-in-1 oil on each eyelet, wiping off all the excess oil. Apparently enough oil was left that it seeped through the cloth rim tape and caused the rubber to fail in the tube. I wasn't aware that oil would do that. My suspicions were confirmed when I found the front tire flat this morning before going to work. I found the same sort of bulges in the tube at each eyelet, and the leak was from a large hole at one of the eyelets.

Long story short, I was running late today but was more fortunate than usual with the redlights, so got to work only about 5 minutes later than usual. There was a lot more traffic. It's surprising what a difference 5-10 minutes can make with the traffic congestion early in the morning. The kids have also returned to school, so the buses were out in force. I had to stop for one of them that was loading kids, and another one passed me before a traffic light and then moved to the right of the lane to prevent me from going around him.
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Old 08-31-07, 05:59 AM
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Blew up at a jogger today at mile 8 out of 13 and felt bad about it. Second day in a row for this guy, looping out of his neighborhood into the bike lane, in the dark, running with traffic instead of against (and its a metro/suburb area so there are cars and trucks out there for the morning commute), no lights or reflectors, plugged in, doesn't look back to see my lights as he rounds the corner, and its an uphill (well, Indiana is flat, but it was inclined). Yesterday I went way around him and he never saw me. Today it was a squeeze play between me and several cars and I rang him 4 times with my bell without effect so I squeezed him too and yelled at him that he was killing me as I went by, which wasn't so great, despite his satisfying scream and startle as seen in my rearview. I imagining I'll keep seeing him so I'll have to stop and tell him what I was really thinking the next time, that he's not a vehicle and it would behoove him to reverse his route if he can't run on the sidewalk provided so that he can see traffic and get out of the way with less surprise.
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Old 08-31-07, 06:03 AM
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Mid 50sF, overcast, tailwind. Pretty quick today. Squirrels are back! It's time to stock up on acorns for the winter, I guess. A flock of geese flew over me, heading easterly. As luck would have it, I came to a stop sign on the MUP at the same time as an older woman I've seen walking just about every summer day since I started commuting in '04. We always waved hi back and forth but today we chatted. She goes south for the winter, which explains why she disappears for months on end. She walks a LONG way, too. I've seen her anywhere along a 4-mile stretch of the MUP.
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I just started commuting into Boston about 2 weeks ago and am really enjoying it. This morning i had a Great 8.7 mile ride going; traffic was lighter than normal and i was making great time, BUT I had to stop for a drawbridge of all things. Probably lost around 5 minutes. I still made it in my second best time ever, but today should have been a personal best. Of well, maybe next week.
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Old 08-31-07, 06:42 AM
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First commute of the school year(I'm a teacher). Mid 60's this morning. I wore shorts and a t-shirt ... shivered for the first mile, but body heat kicked in and I had a nice ride. -- 10 mile commute.

Forgot: Sode a borrowed Giant ORC2. Pretty nice bike.
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Old 08-31-07, 08:07 AM
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65 degrees and overcast. In fact, I was riding in the clouds during the high elevation portion of my commute.
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Old 08-31-07, 08:27 AM
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slower than usual due to a sliiiight hangover. Almost got smacked by this chick pulling out of a parking lot, but she stopped short. I gave her front bumper a little love tap with my left foot as I passed by (and I can't say I didn't enjoy doing it, either)
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Old 08-31-07, 08:52 AM
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Great weather today. 65 degree with no clouds. Beautiful sunrise over Lake Michigan.
Only problem was the wait of almost 20 minutes at the train crossing. Freight train was just standing there and blocking the crossing

Other than that, nothing eventful on my 30 mile commute this morning.
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Old 08-31-07, 09:35 AM
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Wore a long sleeve jersey this morning for the first time in a long, long while. And it looks like I'm going to have to find my headlight soon, too. Other than that, terrific ride in.
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Old 08-31-07, 10:25 AM
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I meant to take it easy this morning. But my legs felt good and I decided to punish myself a bit instead.
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Old 08-31-07, 06:21 PM
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Super ride home. It was just one of those rides where all was right with the world. I rode behind 4 young guys (3 MTB one Road) until they stopped. Then it was just a fun ride home. I reeled in a woman with a messenger bag(!) and I imagined she was a new commuter riding home. She dropped to her lowest of the low gears and was spinning uphill at an impossibly slow speed but I felt like it would be mean to pass her and maybe discourage her. I wound up going a different way just so I didn't pass her.

Then I got home and my wife was drinking wine from this place:
https://www.redbicyclette.com/

Long weekend, too! Life is good.
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As I was pedalling slowly up a hill on the way home I noticed a disgusting odor. Shortly thereafter I came upon a small pile of intestines in the moddle of the road. No sign of a carcass. Just a pile of smelly guts.
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Old 08-31-07, 08:56 PM
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I forgot to tell the tale of my ride home yesterday. I stopped in a little area off the MUP to fiddle with my seat rails. As I was putting away my hex wrench, a guy I've seen a lot comes in. I think he's homeless or at least hard up for cash. He's always riding his old bike with a plastic garbage bag full of empty cans & bottles.

He says to me, "That sure is a nice bike. I'll never have a bike that nice. I bet it's expensive. How much is it? Two hundred dollars?"

(This is the '05 Trek Liquid 25... 4-figure MSRP.)

I said, "It's a little more than that!"

He repeated how nice it was and I said it is nice and it does everything I want it to do. Then we said our goodbyes and off I went.

Saw him again today, but I don't think he recognizes me even though I see him daily-ish. Seems like a nice guy. I always wonder what his deal is.
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Crash!

Well today's commute went terrible... actually come to think of it my day went terrible. On the way to work my back blinkie light fell off and smashed into a million pieces. Then at coffee break I bit into a nectarine, my front tooth glanced off the pit and snap, I chipped my tooth pretty badly. After that on the way home I took the same route, 50 % road 45% bike path and 5% dirt trail...Well on the way down the steep dirt trail (I was going too fast) I happened to catch my front wheel in a rut and went and pulled a header. Rolled in the hard pack dirt and got some scrapes on my forearm, elbow and a quarter of my back. Luckily my helmet was on because when I rolled my head was driven into the dirt. Well the helmet has a tiny hole in it from a small rock, my handebars were bent around, the rear derailler didn't work anymore...this all happened .25 of the way home. I recently put slicks on my bike and I think these didn't help my situation...So I called my Wife, said I would be late and limped home on my damaged 1982 Norco Pinnacle. I got home, took the bike apart, checked it over tightened everything, took the rear derailler apart, cleaned it, lubed it and put everything back together. The old clunker still runs! Yay! I can't afford a new bike right now. Incidentally, fenders are great in the rain but in this situation I swear they did not help and perhaps caused more trouble than anything. They got all caught up in the wheel in the rutt...well the fenders didn't break but I am not sure if I want them back on my bike. Only if I ride in the rain.

Bad things happen in three's and today I had three...so I should be okay for a while.

I am anxious to get back on the old clunker Tuesday and commute again but this time slower.

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Old 08-31-07, 10:15 PM
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Re: headlight...

Originally Posted by walterk46
Wore a long sleeve jersey this morning for the first time in a long, long while. And it looks like I'm going to have to find my headlight soon, too. Other than that, terrific ride in.
I found a fantastic headlight at Mountain Equipment Coop...it is a MEC Shark One Watt LED that and a Blinkie Planet Bike "Super Flash" for the back. Man they are super bright...got both for around $25...well worth it so traffic can see me now.
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Old 09-01-07, 11:09 AM
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First day back in the saddle. Nice commute, Tons of traffic. 18 miles round trip, a little longer commute than i thought. No turning back now.
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Old 09-02-07, 04:25 PM
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I love reading people's commute stories in the morning. Good days, bad days; we all have 'em.

Nice ride in for me this morning. I haven't changed gear for over a week now. I think I'm starting to get a singlespeed fetish. Hmmmm..!
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Another nice ride. Had a driver almost sideswipe me as he took a right turn in front of me (not a right hook, but him turning right into my lane of travel). I anticpated his move though, so no problem. He tried to pass me on the right only to realize that there was no lane there, so then he had to slam his brakes on and pass me on the left....bonehead. I actually saw another bike commuter out in the darkness too. On a recumbent no less!! It's unusual for me to see any other cyclist at ~6:00, but to see a 'bent isextremely rare, probably only the 2nd or 3rd time I've seen one on my commute in ~ 7 years.
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Great ride in this morning. Had a personal best time of 37 minutes for 8.7 miles (14.1 mph). No drawbridge today. I hope the ride home is just as fast.
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Old 09-04-07, 06:19 AM
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Nice ride this morning. Sunny, mid 50sF, tailwind. I was cruisin over 20MPH on the Liquid, not working hard at all. I tuned up the bike yesterday. Tweaked the front der and lubed up the chain with a new bottle of ProLink. The bike rides super-quiet now. Just the hiss of the tires and the wind in my ears.
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Another cool morning commute. Yesterday was by far the coolest morning in a long time, I actually wore a short sleeved shirt instead of my sleeveless jersey. Traffic was back to normal this morning, it was very nice yesterday with hardly any traffic out. I extended my ride home last night from 8 to 12 miles, just enjoying the nice weather. Heat comes back today and the rest of the week though, into the mid 90s.
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Very nice commute in. The temperature here has finally begun moderating from the 100+ degrees we had through most of August. Traffic seemed backed up on my usual route across I-20 so I took an alternate route.
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