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Old 10-03-07, 09:46 AM
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brrrrr cold, well actually 43F, but in shorts, fingerless gloves, and I just got a haircut. First 5 miles I was thinking about what genius I was to dress so appropriately and then I warmed up.
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Old 10-03-07, 09:47 AM
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Definitely that 'no appropriate clothing' time of the year. Today I have short sleeve t-shirt plus raincoat. That combo was too sweaty at the end of the ride in (no rain). We'll see what happens for lunchtime errands and then trip home, of course.
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Old 10-03-07, 10:00 AM
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Dropped my bag at my bike locker and then met my buddy for a 20 mile out and back before work. It was great. We were just talking about random stuff. I was on the edge of breathing hard but could hold a conversation and then I looked down and we were doing 21mph. I think I'm fitter than I thought I was. Woohoo!
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Old 10-03-07, 10:22 AM
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Been using my mountain bike the past couple of days, so it's been a little tougher going, but fun nonetheless. Been cooler with the breeze, still somewhat warm though.
Nothing crazy to report that I recall, lots of construction and movie filming making and breaking up the routes here and there.
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Old 10-03-07, 01:32 PM
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Interesting last week of commuting to work here in NC before my move to MA next week. Yesterday on my way to work I got pulled over by a cop for running a red light. Luckily he was nice and just told me to wait if there are cars waiting. Fine by me. Then on the way home I had a crazy lady yell at me for taking up the whole lane approaching a stop sign. I caught up to her about 3/4 of a mile later at a stop sign and told her that she made it really far. She then tried to tell me to ride on the side of the road/sidewalk/etc. I then tell her that I should be treated like a car, which she proceeds to say "then why aren't you at the back of the line?". By this time I was almost laughing as I proceeded to the front of the line of cars which just made her even madder. Seems like she wants to treat me like a cyclist only when waiting in line but when actually approaching a stop sign just hug the side of the road. Crazy people out lately. Today is my last ride, gotta drive the next two days to clean out stuff from my office and do errands. Gonna take the long way home later on.
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Old 10-03-07, 01:36 PM
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Just fine .3 miles of pleasant 75F
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It was fun today. The weather guys was reporting rain moving into the area in the next couple hours. So I got ready and started out. I could feel the rain coming up behind me all the way into work. I got a few drops but that was it. The guards at the building like my new light. I have the Blackbutn X3 and I use the flashing setting. They said it looks like a cop pulling in the drive in the morning.
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Old 10-03-07, 03:54 PM
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I have a 4.5 mile commute in Morristown, NJ. 1/2 on suburban roads and 1/2/ through hiking/biking paths going through the woods which is paved (badly rippled) as well as gravel paths. The leaves are getting thicker which make the ride more dangerous.

It usually takes me 20 minutes with a very steep hill that leads to my office's parking lot at the end. I always walk the bike up the hill. Call me a "wus", but I'm still new to biking and the proliferation of sweat it takes to make it up the hill is not worth it just before I walk into work. Pushing the bike up the hill is tough enough.

Today was a beautiful morning, as have been the last 60 in my neck of the woods, and my commute was delightful as usual. I started commuting in July and haven't had a bad day yet. I'm very lucky in my commute in that I have no lights, I go through the woods and deal with very few cars. If I didn't have the hill it would be perfect.

Winter is coming and I'm looking forward to see how I deal with it.
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Old 10-03-07, 05:11 PM
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53 F and 85% humidity this morning. It was a little nippy for just a long sleeve shirt. I needed a wind breaker. Another great ride in.
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Old 10-03-07, 06:44 PM
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Awesome! The weather was perfect! It was mid 40’s F this morning and I was dressed just right. I had a slight head wind on the way in but nothing to write about… Followed by a 20mph tail wind on the way home… Yippie!!!! I averaged 20mph without even trying!!!
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Old 10-03-07, 07:12 PM
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hammered in. hammered home. now I'm hammered.
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Old 10-03-07, 08:30 PM
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I found a new route today. It added approx. 4-5 miles and less lights to deal with. This allowed me really concentrate on my pedaling and cadence on my way home tonight. I would like to make this my route to work too but it would mean leaving 1/2 hour earlier than before. I'm excited.
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Old 10-03-07, 08:32 PM
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It was fookin' awesome this morning!!! On the way back home I stopped at the bike shop and picked up some new panniers. I'm stylin', now.

39F on the way in...probably 49 on the way home tonight. Supposed to be 28-30 tomorrow am. A little chilly.
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Old 10-03-07, 10:47 PM
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Commuted home on the Xtrahopper (Rock Hopper/Xtracycle). Decided I need a longer seat post. Can't get proper leg extension, Even with the seat post 1-1/2" beyond the "minimum insertion" line. Rock Hopper's 17" frame is too small for me, and I've grown too fond of the thing to give it up. $30 thrift store bike is one of my babies.

So it will look silly, but it must be done.

Cloudy as hell, but no rain. Cool and perfect riding weather.
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Old 10-03-07, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by buzzman
hammered in. hammered home. now I'm hammered.
Man, I feel ya.

I was tired when I suited up for the ride home today. Told myself, "I'm going to take it easy. I'm in no big rush to get home. NOT GOING TO PUSH IT EVEN ONCE."

Bull****. First climb I tried to spin like a madman, see how far up I could get without downshifting or standing to hammer.

Steep hill on last stretch, didn't walk the bike. Spun, pumped, shifted like crazy. Got home panting and sweaty as hell.

Don't regret it. Maybe I'll take it easy next ride.

On one hand I get home and I feel so healthy and fit, and I am inspired to eat tofu and do yoga.

On the other hand I feel worked and a little disgruntled and I deserve a beer or six!
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Old 10-04-07, 01:43 AM
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Yesterday I got home dry against expectations. Yay!

This morning was wonderful. 12 degrees C, no wind and quite foggy, and no traffic to speak of. Up until now I had been riding my autumn/winter bike with an MTB crankset, which is not really suited for paved roads due to the low front gears, I always seemed to be in between the middle and large chainring . Yesterday I swapped it out for a brand new XT trekking crankset. Mucho better gearing!
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I drove my truck today after bike commuting for 8 straight days, my new record. I was tempted to cycle, but really needed to stock up on supplies (food, clean clothes) and have a doctor's appointment this afternoon that would be hard to make on my bike. The forecasters also had been calling for rain today, but lately they seem to be backing off that prediction. With the drought we are having in NC, I rather doubt it will rain other than a few sprinkles. We've only had 2 days of rain in the past 2 months.
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Old 10-04-07, 05:53 AM
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Yet Another Nice Commute. Sunrise. 60F, and no wind. I moved along pretty well. Passed some cyclists. Saw some heading the other way. Squirrels out in droves but none flung themselves at my bike, fortunately.
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Old 10-04-07, 07:52 AM
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I suck... i drove today. But only because i'm heading over to an lbs that ain't so local. On the ride in i passed the flags i use to gauge wind direction. They were pointing directly south west. In the mornings i ride in two directions, south and west. Would've had a tailwind the whole way, what a waste....
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Old 10-04-07, 09:31 AM
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Wow, what a difference a half hour makes. Lately i have been riding in a half hour early (7.20 instead of 7.50), and it is so much more pleasant. There are less cars on the road, people seem to be in a better mood, and i feel great! It is incentive to get to work early.
Wonderful 1.8 miles today.....i love commuting by bike!
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Old 10-04-07, 09:36 AM
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Nice ride in. Wore burley rain/windbreaker coasting down the hill trailering Thing 2 to daycare, took it off to ride back up the hill out of town to work, shorts and long-sleeve T seemed to do the job. Wet wet wet but mostly coming up from the ground or off the trees and/or cars, not much coming out of the sky.

Going home last night was a *lot* of work; after got to daycare, put daughter in trailer, my new route goes up a hill between some tall buildings, turns out to be a total windtunnel. So dragging the trailer up the wind tunnel into the headwind definitely had me gasping at the top of the hill. I think I maintained 8mph all the way up though.

Also, this morning, took an alternate route w/ big hill climb, I can't even remember if I had a goal for speed to maintain climbing that hill when I started commuting here, maybe 8, maybe not, but maintaining 11mph going up that one w/o really thinking about it was a good feeling after the fact. After I remembered that I didn't used to be able to do that...

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Old 10-04-07, 01:02 PM
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Very fine day indeed! 55f, clear sky, no winds. Got on the bike as the sun reached the horizon. Traffic about normal. One car well over the limit passed with about 6 inches to spare. Looking forward to return trip with a tailwind, and 80f.
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Old 10-04-07, 01:05 PM
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Rode the race bike in again (3d time this week). I know my fixed gear must be getting lonely, but the weather is just so right for hammering.
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Old 10-04-07, 01:37 PM
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Knee cap is recovering nicely and I biked in 1/2 my route. Traffice was backed up about the first 7mi so today even with 'conservative riding' in steady rain, I arrived about 15mins ahead of the cars. Heh Heh Heh...I'm baaaaack
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Old 10-04-07, 02:22 PM
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70 and rainy this morning. Sure love those disc brakes. I just need better fenders. Just as I was putting the bike in the back of the SUV, I heard a thunder-clap. Odd. Very odd. Also, the ants found my warm, dry car again. There were a hundred of them waiting for me when I opened the driver side door. Eeek!!
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