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Old 09-04-07, 07:26 AM
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I had a good ride in today. It was my first commute on the new bike.

This is my first hybrid (I normally use a road bike) so it felt a little odd (not bad just odd).


Took about 2 minutes longer than usual (around 39 minute instead of 37). I think I need to raise the seat about an inch and the rear shifting was a little off. ( I will stop by the LBS on the way home to adjust the rear derailleur ).

All in all though, a good maiden voyage.
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Nice ride this morning; short but the weather was wonderful. I hope to be back to my regular schedule after battling allergies and tiredness the last couple of weeks.

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Old 09-04-07, 07:39 AM
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Crappy ride. Was dropped off at work in the car. I don't know how car people do it. At one point two lanes had to merge into one due to construction - what a mess. On the bike it would have been smooth sailing all the way up to the front.

I'm glad I ride in while most of these people (suckers) are still sleeping, nice quiet roads... and now with school starting the idiots are going to all come out of the woodwork at once (where have they been hiding?) so we'll have to be extra careful out there.
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Old 09-04-07, 08:18 AM
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Nice ride in today. Only my 3rd commute in last 5 weeks, since I was out of town on business/training for most of August, and I'm slowly getting back in shape. What is it about September? A ton of riders out this morning -- there were 10 of us stopped at one traffic light. I noticed this last year too. Was it too hot for them in August or did everyone get a new bike on Labor Day? Interesting...
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I rode 108 miles on Saturday using my Tarmac. 8000+ feet of elevation gain and some gnarly descents.
So, I make it all of 12 miles out of 28 this morning on my touring bike and my rear tire's casing completely failed. Tried to boot it and blew out my spare tube. Then walked a few miles to the light rail station. Oh well. Such is life.
Going to take my tires off of the Tarmac and use them instead. Time for the next Tarmac upgrade I had planned.
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Old 09-04-07, 08:55 AM
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The ride was fine this morning, maybe a little cool, I had one person beep at me. But it seemed more a I am here beep than a full blast on the horn. I waved and continued to ride to work. Tha is when all the problems started. I normaly keep my work clothes at work. But I used my last pants last week. I did remember to bring in some, but they turned out to be my sons! Too short in length by 2 " and to small in the waist by 4" I did have some jeans at work, so I am staying in my office all day if I can.....
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Old 09-04-07, 09:17 AM
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Warm this morning but a nice tail wind. Traffic not as heavy as I expected, but I was a bit later then usual.

90's forecast for the ride home.
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From yesterday's ride (I was in the cage today).

Dead Skunk
( Loudon Wainwright III )

Crossin' the highway late last night
He shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right
He didn't see the station wagon car
The skunk got squashed and there you are!

You got yer
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin' to high Heaven!

Take a whiff on me, that ain't no rose!
Roll up yer window and hold yer nose
You don't have to look and you don't have to see
'Cause you can feel it in your olfactory

You got yer
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin' to high Heaven!

Yeah you got yer dead cat and you got yer dead dog
On a moonlight night you got yer dead toad frog
Got yer dead rabbit and yer dead raccoon
The blood and the guts they're gonna make you swoon!
You got yer
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin' to high Heaven!

C'mon stink!

You got it!
It's dead, it's in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle!
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin' to high heaven!
All over the road, technicolor man!
Oh, you got pollution
It's dead, it's in the middle
And it's stinkin' to high, high Heaven!
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Old 09-04-07, 09:23 AM
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I had a very strange start to my ride. Just 200 meters from home is a 4 way stop. I make a left turn there. This morning I arrived at the intersection at the same time as two cars, one on my right and one facing me. I was hovering, with my left hand out to indicate my direction. Both drivers kindly waved me through. I was just turning into the left side of the road when driver in front took off, making me swerve right to save my skin. As he went by he was flipping me the bird and laughing! I'm very happy that I don't know this mutt but I feel sorry for everybody who does.
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Took the commuter out for a fairly long ride to and from practice yesterday. This morning I pulled her off the hanger in the garage and knew immediately something was wrong. Yep. Flat tire (rear, of course). Despite not having changed a tire in a while--and never having changed one on the new commuter--it went quick and painless, about 10 minutes.

The delay sucked because I was already running late, and now ran into the long line of cars waiting for the light near my development. After having nearly been right-hooked filtering there once before, I don't filter there anymore. It took me about 5 minutes to go the 1/4 mile to the light. The rest of the ride was uneventful.
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Old 09-04-07, 10:06 AM
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A woman in an older Lexus honked and yelled at me. At the light, I rode up to the passenger window and said "I'm sorry. I didn't hear you."

She said, "You were right on the line." The bike lane line, I assumed.

I said, "Yes, I was. Thanks for noticing. I ride there to keep out of the door zone."

Silence.
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Old 09-04-07, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by aubinmg
I had a very strange start to my ride. Just 200 meters from home is a 4 way stop. I make a left turn there. This morning I arrived at the intersection at the same time as two cars, one on my right and one facing me. I was hovering, with my left hand out to indicate my direction. Both drivers kindly waved me through. I was just turning into the left side of the road when driver in front took off, making me swerve right to save my skin. As he went by he was flipping me the bird and laughing! I'm very happy that I don't know this mutt but I feel sorry for everybody who does.
He probably lives near you. If you're one to hold a grudge you could break off his mirrors tonight and ride off laughing

Stupid to do that in the 'hood where you live.
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Old 09-04-07, 02:06 PM
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Such a beautiful biking day today! Gorgeous cool weather. The traffic was amazing: very light in some places and so heavy in others that it was basically stopped and I could do lane-splitting, woo-hoo! Both are great.
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Old 09-04-07, 06:34 PM
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Fortunately I was not in an irritated mood today.
I booted my trashed tire and rode to the light rail and from the light rail to REI. Nice and slow.
Picked up and installed new tire.

On the way home I was tore up by a 50 something dude in lycra on an upright MTB. Maybe doing something like 25 mpg. Anyhow, my front tire flatted shortly after that and I was riding in normal clothes in a wind storm. I could use those excuses but in reality he handed it to me. Gives me hope for my future.
Now to find a new front tire this weekend.
Worthless worn out specialized tires.
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Old 09-04-07, 07:07 PM
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The ride home today was very enjoyable. After the past week of sweltering heat anything below 80 F is a much needed breather. The wind was cool and it almost felt like I was the only cyclist headed my way. This translated to a relaxed, easy going, take my time commute. Ahhhh, I even smelled the scent of the trees around me. Life is good......on a bike.
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Old 09-04-07, 08:53 PM
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The ride home today was awful. I was already feeling extremely weak over my entire body. Why? Who knows. Then two ladies in a sedan did a rolling stop at a STOP sign; I didn't have a stop sign and was making a right turn. I noticed that the driver was on the telephone. Albuquerque just passed a law banning cell phones in cages unless the fanatic is using a hands free device. Anyway, I was behind them, pretty far back. They stopped in the middle of the road, I slowed down and then passed them on the left. As I was passing, she sped up! She then stopped again about 100 yards up but this time put on a signal to the right and got on to the right side of the two lane road. I rolled by the driver's side very slowly and looked inside. It was two Muslim women, both wearing burkas; the driver was STILL on the *****ing phone! They were both ignoring me or totally oblivious to my existence. I was p!ssed off to say the least. About that time I noticed an unmarked police car up the road and lightly tapped on his window as not to startle the trigger happy Albuquerque Police Officer! I told him that I'd almost been hit TWICE and the lady was on the phone. I said, "It's that car that's passing us right now!" He saw her on the phone and immediately flipped on his siren for a couple of rounds...and that was it. I said, "Thank you officer...for nothing!" and rode off.

I've come across a lot of cagers that seem to lack peripheral vision. I'm wondering if a burka makes one's peripheral vision even worse? So much for religious freedom.

I'm considering becoming a full time cager next year, If I can make it that long.
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Old 09-04-07, 11:48 PM
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I got absolutely soaked this morning. It sucked.
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Old 09-05-07, 05:04 AM
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humid, but otherwise just fine. Probably going to drive tomorrow so I can have fresh legs for the MS150 ride this weekend.
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Old 09-05-07, 05:34 AM
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Good ride. Weather's nice and cool. Almost didn't break a sweat.

Need to true the rear wheel after installing a replacement spoke late last night.

Anyone have a link to an easy to make truing stand (or I guess I could spend $50 plus 2 hours driving time....) Like most commuters, I'm a cheap bugger let's make one.
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Old 09-05-07, 06:03 AM
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I almost talked myself out of biking to work this morning because I had ridden 5 days in a row and my legs were tired. Instead I decided to just take it real easy. It was a beautiful morning and I'm glad I rode. The humidity is low and the mornings are starting to get cooler, so I barely broke a sweat riding 10 miles. I only got caught at 2 traffic lights and both were short ones, so my total commuting time was actually less than usual despite my leisurely pace. I started using my rechargeable front light last week and feel much safer now. It's still supposed to get pretty hot this afternoon (96) but the low humidity should make it bearable.
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10 days off, visiting parents, in-laws, no commute yesterday, last minute discovery of no childcare, but took 6 yr old on trail-a-bike to dentist, up big hill to pharmacy, down big hill to sign up for school stuff, back up big hill again to pharmacy, then down again to home. Whew. It was a bit of a workout. Today driving, 2 days hopefully of biking, 3-4 days on the road next week, 2 days week after, future not really visible beyond that, but at least a day of 3 of biking/wk for the next 3. Hopefully back to daily after that but I'm a bit out of touch on what are the new crises at work so who knows...
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Ride the lightning!

I left the house early today and the whole ride I got to watch a big lightning storm just to the north of the city. I got to work, parked my bike inside the parking garage and about an hour later it started pouring rain.
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Great ride this morning. Temp about 60F and no wind! Sure is dark at 6 AM now, but my new high intensity LED light helps a lot. Sure wish they had these things 50 years ago when I first started riding! Started to get a bit overheated going up the big hill, but cooled off coming down the other side. Drivers were pretty nice too. Waved at the two women joggers I often see and they yelled hi. The guard at the gate was cheerful and when I noted the weather will change, he agreed and said "Unfortunately". The cleaning lady had the men's room blocked so I had to go upstairs to clean & change. Tonight is supposed to be mid 90s on the way home. I will need to hydrate before I go, and ride slower.
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Good ride. Though I should have checked one of the tubes I patched yesterday. It has a slow leak. No biggie.

Spotted a sheriffs car driving on the MUP and turned off my one remaining light. The trail is closed from dusk to dawn. Gee I am such a big rebel.
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Nice ride to work today. Installed my new Nightrider UltraFazer 5.0 this weekend and it worked fine yesterday. Today, it is totally dead. Did I buy a dud or is this model unreliable? Tried new batteries -- no luck.
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