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Old 10-05-07, 02:06 PM
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Running late this morning and trying to push it, city maintenance crew put a 2 mile detour around a 1/2 mile section of MUP for some unknown reason naturally.

Broke my bell trying to warn old man wearing sound deadening radio headphones and walking dog on 20' retractable leash. The old man, dog, a biker coming from the other direction, and myself all came dangerously close to meeting on a blind corner at an underpass. 2nd closest call for me this year probably.

But it was 55F, perfect weather, so its all good I guess, except my bell.

And its almost 80F and sunny for the ride home, got to love fall, but the forecast is calling for possible snow Sunday...
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Old 10-05-07, 02:08 PM
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Looks like I'm gonna have a wet ride home. After weeks with no rain, it finally started a steady drizzle this afternoon. I've had a set of RaceBlade fenders sitting in my office all summer not being used because it's been so dry I didn't see the point in dragging them around. Just put them back on my bike and had to make quite a few adjustments. Since the last time I used them, I switched to larger tires and they no longer had enough clearance. I'll find out this afternoon whether the fenders are worth the trouble. The only other day it has rained all summer I rode home without the fenders because I didn't have time to install them. On that day it was a warm rain and it felt good. My main problem with the rain is seeing when my eyeglasses get all spotted up, and worrying about whether car drivers see me. I'm planning to just take off my glasses before I leave work as they are worthless after a few minutes in the rain anyway.
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Old 10-05-07, 10:31 PM
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Somebody passed me today. A black guy in regular (non-biking) clothes on quite a nice bike (much nice than my beater). Of course I had to catch up with him right away. Did. It's not every day that people pass me in Toronto, and every time it happens I take it as a challenge (unless the rider is clearly out of my league...)

The usual roads behaved weirdly today. One of the roads I typically take (St. Clair between Mt. Pleasant and Spadina) is a major road that is typically calmer and lower-key than other major roads in the area... but today people were driving on it like it was a highway, and cutting me off at intersections. WTH?..

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Old 10-06-07, 10:43 PM
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Colder today on the way in, 41 degrees. I took one of the geared bikes and made great time going to work. One the way home I just hit every red light. Still beats driving.
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Old 10-08-07, 03:24 AM
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Cold and foggy this morning. Actual temp was about 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit), but the fog made the feel temperature a bit colder. Need more winter clothing.
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Old 10-08-07, 06:31 AM
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Upper 40s. Rain. I bit the bullet and used full length legwear. If it wasn't raining I would have stuck with shorts alone. Passed a Fred but didn't see any other cyclists. Saw a total of 7 people on the MUP, 3 of whom were in the last hundred yards or so. Almost had the commute to myself!

I think Summer is over. 50s and 60s this week.
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Old 10-08-07, 07:13 AM
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Absolutely the best morning on the year, for me. I woke up too early, having set my alarm for one hour ahead of time, on accident. So, I got an early jump on the day. The kids are off for Columbus Day, so the roads were pretty silent. Couple that with a 6:30 leave time, and I had my favorite roads, bascialy, all to myself.

Orion is back out and the crescent moon was sharing the spotlight with a very bright Venus this morning.
Had it not been for a train, that I probably could have beaten to the crossing, I would have set a new personal best on the way in.

Absolutely gorgeous.
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Old 10-08-07, 07:39 AM
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Beautiful morning in NC as well. Temps in the high 60s when I left home. There was no moonlight, unlike last week, but my light system performed well. Monday is one of my recovery days, so I took it easy. Made great time anyway because I got lucky with the red lights. The ride was a pleasant contrast to my Friday afternoon commute home, which was miserable. It rained steadily all the way home, and I got soaked despite having my RaceBlade fenders finally installed, plus I got buzzed by a school bus that came uncomfortably close to hitting me while passing. I concluded that fenders really don't make much difference if it's really raining because you'll get soaked anyway. Spent about 15 minutes drying down my bike after I got home, removing the seatpost to drain out any water that got in the frame, and another 15 minutes on Sunday cleaning my bike and relubing the chain. I don't think I will make a habit of bike commuting in the rain, if I can help it. It just too much of a hassle, and we don't get that many rainy days anyway in NC.
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Old 10-08-07, 08:06 AM
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Pleasant but cool. Saw a plain-clothes commuter on the tarmac this morning - puts a chill down your spine. Best guess is he was riding against traffic on the sidewalk. Didn't see a helmet or lights, either. Sad, very sad. Car was pulling right out of an apartment complex. The driver probably didn't look forward until he was on the hood.
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Old 10-08-07, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by jonathan180iq
Orion is back out and the crescent moon was sharing the spotlight with a very bright Venus this morning.
Absolutely gorgeous.

I saw that! Very dramatic. It's great being able to catch glances of the night sky in the early morning. So much more enjoyable than when you're in a cage.
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Old 10-08-07, 08:59 AM
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Rode my Dahon Curve to work today, instead of the Hardrock mtb. It is a 7km (4.35 miles) ride through some very busy, rush hour Singapore traffic. Thinking maybe I should ride out earlier in the morning.
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Originally Posted by nmanhipot
I saw that! Very dramatic. It's great being able to catch glances of the night sky in the early morning. So much more enjoyable than when you're in a cage.
It was just stunning. I'm still beaming about it and it's 1:00. I've felt just AWESOME all day long. And you're right, it is pretty amazing what you can experience from the saddle of a bike that you normally would have no connection with in another vehicle.

EDIT: Actually, I just check and it wasn't Venus; it was Saturn that we saw this morning.

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Old 10-08-07, 12:34 PM
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Nice morning. Just biked w/ 6 yr old to his school then out mup to work. 2 day break from trailering 2 yr old through downtown traffic good for head clearing.
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No work today. But I did go out at 7:30am to pick up a newspaper. 68degrees, tanktop, shorts & sandals. 10 min ride. Cooler weather rolling in this week. Probably the last day of the year for that get-up. Spent part of the day installing mud flaps on my bike. Cost, less than $5.
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Old 10-08-07, 04:42 PM
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No bike ride today. My legs could use a day off anyway....
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Old 10-08-07, 06:25 PM
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Easy ride this morning, cooler now and I'm back in the swing of riding again, after taking a break to telecommute whilst my wife and I welcome our first child. He'll be trailered soon, thanks to craigslist.
Lit myself up like a christmas tree..reflectors and double lights front and rear, hi vis vest and ankle straps too.. guess I have even more reason to be seen now, though it seems to be a target to a few. Feels good to be back on two wheels and great to be a father.
Ride on.
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Old 10-08-07, 06:27 PM
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My commute was awesome because I didn't have one and took my friend on her first off road ride... we had a blast as the day could not have been any nicer.
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Great commute. Some poor soul tried to pass me on the left and I nearly pinned him to the curb. Didn't see him. Don't think he'll do that again!
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Old 10-08-07, 11:33 PM
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Good commute Sunday even though I haven't been sleeping well and felt like a wrung-out dishrag at the start. I love it how I ALWAYS feel better once I'm on the bike. Mid to high 80's on the way in, moderate traffic once I got into town. Seemed a bit congested. Don't they ever stay home and watch the game?
Four hours later and I'm on the road again, low 80's, less traffic and I'm feeling livelier. Managed to push a bit harder on the way home. 13 miles in 46 min. with a fair amount of challenging terrain, honked on the shorter rollers. I love riding the bike to and from work. Makes me "feel strong like bull."
I may be changing jobs soon and will have to either figure out a non-hazardous route into downtown Nashville or give up bike commuting. I think I'll start searching for a bike-friendly route.
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Had a blast this morning. Weather was super nice, and I left home a bit earlier than I usually do. Averaged 30 kms per hour, and arrived half an hour early, which means I can leave work a bit earlier as well if workload permits. Very nice.
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Very nice ride in this AM. Hopefully today will be the last of the hot weather for the year-supposed to get up to 94F (34.4C). Saw an exceptionally thin sliver of moon rising just as I was arriving at work-very nice!!
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Nice. Low 40s. Long sleeves. Shorts. Not quite jacket weather yet.

So this guy comes out onto the MUP, walking his road bike, from a dirt path. He starts running with the bike. Then he flings himself onto it, clumsily gets his toes into his clips, then gets out of the saddle and starts sprinting. I thought he might give me a workout chasing him, but he never went that fast. Maybe 18-19MPH tops, and most of the time he was on the saddle at 15 or so. Once he looked back to see where I was. 50 feet behind him. He sprinted a few times but never went fast. I passed him when he dismounted to walk around standing water from the rain yesterday, then I didn't see him again.

I think he was coming up the hill behind me when I was at a red light but when the light turned green, I dropped whoever it was.
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Old 10-09-07, 05:45 AM
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It is certainly hard to complain about the weather in NC with regards to bike commuting. (With regards to the drought, lawns, farms, water supply and everything else -- it's just plain terrible.) The temperature was right at 70 degrees riding to work and humidity relatively low. It's dark almost all the way to work now, and I like the added security I get from my lights. We set a record high yesterday and another record is expected today. This is the latest in the year Raleigh has ever had 90-degree temps, as long as they've been keeping records. Despite the heat, my ride home yesterday felt nice because the humidity was low and 90 degrees feels cool compared the 100s we were having in August. The morning lows are supposed to be down in the low 40s or high 30s later in the week, so that will be a real shock to the system.
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Lovin the cooler weather - I feel more inspired to ride in it. High 50's this morning and overcast ... and with

<cue Jaws music>

... with full knowledge that when I leave here this afternoon - and thru Friday it will be all rain. Not bad today, but it will be Thursday & Friday that the weather will colder too.

So I dug out the rain/wind gear - and a bigger backpack so I'm ready!
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Very nice. I actually overdressed with my l/s base layer. I was cold yesterday with the short sleeve and hot to day with the l/s. What to do. . . What to do.
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