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Old 09-19-07, 12:20 PM
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No matter what I do, winter is coming. My light died today on the way in. It's not a "see" light at present, more of a "be seen" light, but still - I'm P.O.'d.
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Old 09-19-07, 12:24 PM
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Yesterday I was trackstanding at a light and a guy in a car next to me gave me a thumbs up and yelled "Nice skills!" Made my day.
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Old 09-19-07, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by chephy
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.
Happens to me, too So long as you don't try and battle the right-hook out and being silly in that way, it's all good - and it's all good experience anyway. Sorry to hear about that close buzz though, where did that happen?

Congrats seafoamer - welcome to the club

My rides have been mostly uneventful that I can recall, nothing major. A friend of mine got a nasty close buzz last night on Adelaide, and if I can I'll ride with her for solidarity tonight as I'm heading east.

Ride safe and tailwinds all 'round.
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Old 09-19-07, 02:20 PM
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I drove. The van needed some love too.
Does anyone want to buy a 1980 aircooled Volkswagen Vanagon? Its a nice two tone orange and creme color and in good condition all around. I just dont have the time for it anymore, with my new bike and all.
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Old 09-19-07, 02:48 PM
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2nd normal day in 2 wks. 4 days on the road to Vancouver BC last week (good bike watching!). Friday normal, last 2 days in early and out late for roadtrip up north, finally broke out the headlight. Today normal, tomorrow walk to carpool, Friday hopefully normal again.

It seems to be fall out, I'm afraid I missed the last of summer in windowless conference rooms last week.
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Old 09-19-07, 03:45 PM
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Nice ride into work. A little fog sitting against the Missouri river levy. Red sunrise. Got to remember to have my camera ready.
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Old 09-20-07, 04:19 AM
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So yesterday, with perfect weather and the expectation of a pleasant ride home 2 a**hole pedestrians step off the curb right into my path and I plow into them at about 18 MPH. I go down and the helmet takes a big impact to the pavement (back 'tail' of it smashed in and the plastic shell cracked) and the leeft brake lever totally mangled.

So they think it is my fault because they were stupid. Called the police (this is in the city of Cleveland to no expectation that any would show up) and as I am doing so the cause of the accident walks away with her friend laughing. I still have a little bit of a headache and my neck and muscles on the right side are stiff.

Right now I am feeling too apprehensive to ride my commute --- which really bums me out ---- So how does one process through and get past having an accident? The truly scary part is, if there would have been a car anywhere close behind me, I would have gone down by the pedestrians negligence and would have gotten run over by the car.
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Old 09-20-07, 05:15 AM
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Just get back on the horse Sonatageek. Anticipating morons doing stupid stuff in front of you will go a long way towards easing your anxiety. If you're expecting it to happen, you can take evasive maneuvers before it even happens.
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Old 09-20-07, 05:26 AM
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I had a good ride in. The temp and humidity are creeping back up again, but nothing like it was a month ago. Had some bonehead in a pickup try to pass me on the left and then right hook me, but he had to jam his brakes on at the last second and turn right from behind me...I bet his bumper was only 6 inches from my rear tire as he switched lanes....Moron! Today is commute #52 for me for the year. My usual goal for each year since I started commuting in '98 or '99... I should hopefully hit ~70 for this year which would shatter my previous record high of 65.
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Old 09-20-07, 05:32 AM
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if a car was close they probably wouldn't have stepped in the road.
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Old 09-20-07, 05:52 AM
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I had a great ride in today. We are getting warm weather in the Detroit area and I got my replacement battery from Blackburn for my System X3. They replaced it with the battery from the X6! I used the flashing setting on it this morning and you can see all the signs and stuff in front of me for a couple hundred feet flashing. That should let the cars know I'm there. The guard at the gate liked my flasher, he said it looked like a cop pulling without the other colors. He said I needed a red one, I told him I have two on the rear of the bike. I got over heated on the way, so I stopped to strip down to my shorts and jersey.
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Old 09-20-07, 06:14 AM
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Nice this morning. 50F. Light headwind. 1 suicidal squirrel.

Yesterday I was riding home and I heard a float Cub (airplane) engine running over in a little area where this guy keeps it. I thought he was going out so I stopped on the bridge to snap a photo, but then he shut down. Guess he was getting in, not leaving. One of these days I need to get my float endorsement.
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Old 09-20-07, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by sonatageek
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Right now I am feeling too apprehensive to ride my commute --- which really bums me out ---- So how does one process through and get past having an accident? The truly scary part is, if there would have been a car anywhere close behind me, I would have gone down by the pedestrians negligence and would have gotten run over by the car.
Big Ron is right - just get back out there and ride. Start with a short ride or two. I'm sure you plan to anyway but just in case - you need to replace that helmet.
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Old 09-20-07, 08:55 AM
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Haven't read or posted lately--changed jobs within my dept. and my workload more than tripled. This has also meant a couple of days working from home and yesterday I even drove

Not much to report, commuting-wise. Mostly uneventful commutes, with the occasional buzz or near-right-hook thrown in for excitement.
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Old 09-20-07, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by sonatageek
So yesterday, with perfect weather and the expectation of a pleasant ride home 2 a**hole pedestrians step off the curb right into my path and I plow into them at about 18 MPH. I go down and the helmet takes a big impact to the pavement (back 'tail' of it smashed in and the plastic shell cracked) and the leeft brake lever totally mangled.

So they think it is my fault because they were stupid. Called the police (this is in the city of Cleveland to no expectation that any would show up) and as I am doing so the cause of the accident walks away with her friend laughing. I still have a little bit of a headache and my neck and muscles on the right side are stiff.

Right now I am feeling too apprehensive to ride my commute --- which really bums me out ---- So how does one process through and get past having an accident? The truly scary part is, if there would have been a car anywhere close behind me, I would have gone down by the pedestrians negligence and would have gotten run over by the car.

That sucks man. I suggest you ride a 40 lb cruiser bike and try to ride just as fast. See if the next ped who mindlessly steps in front of you walks away laughing!
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Old 09-20-07, 09:11 AM
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Finally back on the bike this week after my long road trip last week up the east coast for job interviews and a buddy's wedding in ME. Temps cooled down here, I actually had to wear long sleeves on Tuesday morning for the ride in. This morning was warmer and a little sticky as well. Overcast so temps should remain in the 70s. Replaced a bulging tire on my commuter last night, reminds me how much I love the foldable tires on newer road bike.
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Old 09-20-07, 09:52 AM
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Drizzly and cool weather. I think my Gazelle feels it and thinks fondly of its birthplace. I spun out starting from a stop sign because I'd forgotten that the first rain of the season brings up all the oil out of the asphalt, especially at intersections.
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Old 09-20-07, 10:11 AM
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Get out of the Roadway!!!

"Get out of the Roadway!"

Got that yelled at me this morning as I was patiently waiting behind a couple of cars in a left turn lane for the light to change.

Today's commute was awesome! I added two extra miles just so I could go and get a nice hearty (hearty, not healthy) breakfast, and read the paper. What a difference it made! I feel a bit better about myself for going farther than I needed to just to be nice to myself. Hooray!

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Old 09-20-07, 10:18 AM
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Rode to a doctor's appointment today. With a cold. No, the appointment wasn't about a cold (I don't tend to bother doctors with those).

Because of the cold I was soooo sloooooow. Deliberately, actually. I usually don't feel sick on the bike and tend to go as fast as when I'm healthy... but I didn't want to overstress the system. So today a grandma on a three-speed would've been a speed demon compared to me!

It'd be nice to have a cruiser bike for this kind of riding. My current beater is a rigid mtb with a rather sporty geometry, while today I really just wanted to sit back and take it easy. A nice cruiser with a basket... yeah...
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Old 09-20-07, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by sonatageek
So they think it is my fault because they were stupid. Called the police (this is in the city of Cleveland to no expectation that any would show up) and as I am doing so the cause of the accident walks away with her friend laughing. I still have a little bit of a headache and my neck and muscles on the right side are stiff.
What a couple of rat's turds! This might have been one time when you should have been in a car...
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I had a few too many last night and was pretty fuzzy on the ride in. Thankfully, the brisk fall air and squealing of my front brake kept me alert.
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Old 09-20-07, 10:47 AM
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This is the weather I wait for all year -- lows in the upper 60s, highs in the 70s. Enjoy it while it lasts. Temps are supposed to be back up in the 90s by this weekend.

I've been out of town for two days and couldn't ride, so my legs were fresh this morning. It was cloudy with a chance of light rain, but I didn't hit any on my way to work. Hopefully my luck will hold for the return trip, although we need the rain badly.
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Old 09-20-07, 11:08 AM
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I got a late start, so there was a bit more traffic than usual, but not too bad. I'm also going to be heading home late, so I get to test my new light.
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Old 09-20-07, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by chephy
Rode to a doctor's appointment today. With a cold.
A piece in September's "Bicycling" says that researchers found short, high-intensity exercise doesn't increase your chances of catching a cold. I plan to pull this article out every time my wife says I shouldn't ride because I might catch a cold (not that she has ever said that, but it's good to be prepared).

Alas, it doesn't say whether that exercise has any effect (good or bad) if you HAVE a cold.

Feel better chephy.
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Old 09-20-07, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Flimflam
Sorry to hear about that close buzz though, where did that happen?
Bathurst just north of Davenport. Going north (up).

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Alas, it doesn't say whether that exercise has any effect (good or bad) if you HAVE a cold.

Feel better chephy.
Thanks. It shouldn't have any negative effect on me anyhow. I dropped to 1-1 on the slightest upgrades!
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