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Old 09-18-07, 09:32 AM
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Awesome ride home. Heaviest rain I've biked in for a while, but my rain jacket and waterproof pants kept me pretty dry. Shoes were another story entirely.... need to get some sort of waterproofing worked out there.

The typhoon (apparently one of the biggest in to hit Shanghai in a while) means the office is officially closed tomorrow, but I might have to ride in anyway to get some work done. We'll see...
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finally, some awesome weather down here
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Pretty nice. A bit of a headwind on the way in. On Milwaukee ave between Chicago and Grand There was a wolf pack of cyclists, it's a very popular route for cyclists heading into the loop form the northwest. Guy in a car with a livestrong bracelet gave us a greeting honk and thumbs up.
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It's definitely getting colder. It was only 2C this morning, and I set the lights up on both of our bikes. The lights aren't 100% necessary, but it's good to get used to the weight and routine of turning them on and such. Tomorrow's forecast is for snow mixed with rain...
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I keep bumping the end of my fender stays with the toe of my shoes whenever I do a trackstand at a light which shoves the fender out of place. From now on, I'll just clip out. It's shorts and windvest weather lately in the morning.
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Old 09-18-07, 10:53 AM
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Arm and kneewarmer weather here.
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Old 09-18-07, 12:11 PM
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Had a flat on the bike rack before going home last night. Changed tube, and about 3/4 of the way home started going flat again. was able to pump it up enough times to get me home. Decided to switchover to some Marathon Plus tires, patched the tube, and no problems on the way in today. I think I can feel the heavier tires (not sure what my stock ones were, but they were lighter), it was either that or the headwind, or maybe both.
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Old 09-18-07, 01:49 PM
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Welp, I did it. My 1st commute! Hopefully many more.
Round trip 7 miles.
Just under 70F coming home. Sunny blue skies.
I really lucked out with a beautiful day for my 1st commute.
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Old 09-18-07, 02:10 PM
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Got buzzed very close today. This hasn't happened to me for a long time since I figured out pretty safe/efficient ways to ride my usual routes.

This was on an uphill that I ride with some frequency. It was in a lane I'd normally call marginally narrow, but since I'm usually not the fastest thing on that uphill, to put it mildly, I stick to the far right (I don't really need three feet from the curb at that kind of speed anyway). But today this jerk in an SUV didn't bother to do any correction to the left; just blasted right through in the centre of the lane, nearly brushing me. I don't even know what it was: malice or oblivion. I get more pissed off at the former, but I'm more afraid of the latter...
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Old 09-18-07, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by seafoamer
Welp, I did it. My 1st commute! Hopefully many more.
Round trip 7 miles.
Just under 70F coming home. Sunny blue skies.
I really lucked out with a beautiful day for my 1st commute.
Congrats! Sounds like a nice easy distance and a great day indeed. Keep it up!
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^ Thank you, sir!
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Brr. Chilly day. And note to self: when you feel a migraine coming on, take the dang drugs and then take the bus, because biking when you can't see out of one eye is a stupid idea...

Pinkrobe, my hat is off to you if you ride tomorrow. I certainly don't intend to! (The weather change is probably the source of my migraine)

(and now I'd better get oof the computer and go back to bed, because the drugs are wearing off again)
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Old 09-18-07, 05:50 PM
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mud

Fun ride today including the mud....had a good long storm (Lawrence, KS has been dry) so that was a good thing. Was thinking of all the people who might have been looking at the mud trail up my back and I was thinking to myself, cool, I am 33 y/o and I still get to play in the mud.....

My commute requires me to ride for a spell across a beat up trail, yeah for me......
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Old 09-18-07, 06:37 PM
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great ride in today. been occasionally riding in or home with my wife and it feels like we're on vacation instead of heading to or from work. great weather.
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Old 09-18-07, 08:10 PM
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Averaging 53 degrees in the morning so far. Getting psyched up for the colder temps. I ride 8 miles one way. Car doesn't work so I have no choice but ride in. Good or bad weather. I've been doing this for 3 1/2 months now and looking forward to sticking with it as long as I can. Been doing a lot of research on ICEBIKE.COM to see how others do it. If they can do it I know I can. Like they say, just taking one day at a time. Meanwhile, Performance opened a store here in Columbus so that helps. Getting my winter gear together.


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Old 09-18-07, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy
.3 miles? Why bother with a bike?
Because it is fun, and faster than walking.
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Old 09-19-07, 05:06 AM
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Nice ride in-58F, light headwind, nice clear sky with lots of stars. First time with arm warmers since I'd guess roughly mid-late April.
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Old 09-19-07, 05:41 AM
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Morning started with a flat tire in my garage. Once that was fixed, a great 18 mile ride in nice COOL weather. I'll follow Big Ron and make this the last ride this year in short sleeves unless it warms up considerably.
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Old 09-19-07, 05:59 AM
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Just got in and cooling down (yes folks in the waiting area who are early - that woman does have sweat rolling down the side of her face) - nice ride - low 50's, low humidity --- I loves da Fall!

And for some reason - today the streets were full of slow drivers - drivers that drove slow anyway - and then would hold up 15 cars as they had to make a left into the 1st parking lot of that building - which held me up too as I'm in the middle of the street trying to make a left. Kinda dangerous - especially when I can see some drivers getting mad at being held up - cause that's when they do stupid things like trying to get around cars - or try and make a U-turn, etc.

Not sure which is worse - fast cars or slow cars. Eh, let's just say ALL CARS.
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Mid 40Fs. Sunny and nice. Mild headwind. Only saw 2 cyclists going the other way. Both regulars. No suicidal squirrels this morning but one was clearly considering its options. Also saw 2 domestic cats.
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Old 09-19-07, 08:07 AM
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40 degF. Sunny at first then heavy fog on the other side of the mountain. Overall quite good.
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Old 09-19-07, 08:51 AM
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I recently moved and my commute changed from 13mi to 21 mi (each way). So I haven't been riding to work as much.

This morning, though, I decided to go for it, and was glad I did. The hour and a half long ride started out in the upper 40s and moved into the mid-50s by the time I reached work. I used my leg warmers and jacket for the first time today, and was glad to have them at the start of the ride.

It was just a gorgeous morning, very peaceful, and I found the ride very meditative. Probably because traffic wasn't absolutely insane for once.

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Originally Posted by seafoamer
Welp, I did it. My 1st commute! Hopefully many more.
Round trip 7 miles.
Just under 70F coming home. Sunny blue skies.
I really lucked out with a beautiful day for my 1st commute.
Good work! This could end up being a 4-5 day per week thing, easy! Keep it up!
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Cool, bright and sunny. Almost went blind riding up the hill into the biggest friggin' sunrise I think I've ever seen. 52 F/11 C - knee warmers and a l/s base layer. It just started cooling off this week so I'm trying to stay warm during the change - it had been getting up to about 80 at the end of my ride about three weeks ago.
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Old 09-19-07, 10:02 AM
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I got humbled today.

I'm not talking about speed on a bike - no, I wasn't planning on setting any speed records today, especially since I skipped breakfast. I'm talking about riding in traffic.

I would say that I am quite comfortable and confident in downtown Toronto thick traffic, taking the lane when appropriate and filtering when appropriate and lane-splitting when appropriate.... To me it's like a fun video game. The idea is to move forward as fast as possible while maintaining safety and minimizing conflict. Make a right move - and you zip by an intersection ahead of everybody without inconveniencing a soul; make a wrong move - you interfere with three drivers who have the ROW -- and still miss the light.

So today I made a wrong decision to hang on the right side of my lane approaching an intersection, while two other commuters (who were pedalling slower than I btw) moved to the left, did a bit of lane-splitting, and disappeared into the sunrise... while I ended up stuck behind a right-turning truck and had to wait for a whole extra light cycle. Normally I am the cyclists who passes on the left, smiling at the curb-huggers, who insist on being stuck behind all right-turners or on being right-hooked. Today, at that intersection, I was that stupid curb-hugger.

Oh well.
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