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Old 10-18-07, 09:55 AM
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By the time I started rolling, it was -2C! I had to wear mittens, but otherwise I was fine. I started from the house about 6 minutes earlier than usual, and it made a huge difference in traffic volume - a significant reduction, to say the least.
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25 mile commute each way. Weather today was upper 60's going to maybe 79, HOOOMID.
All went well this am, through the city streets without too many taxis trying to make me into a paperweight. Of course I had a flat, first in over 2000 miles, on the BAAAAAK. No problem, changed it and went on my merry way. Total commute time about 1:45, usually 1:35.

Hope to get some new lights for my bike next week as the days are getting shorter, but I usually ride in the dark anyway.

Time to get some new tires, my Conti 4000 are good, but wear a bit faster than I had hoped.
Oh well,


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50 degrees and dense fog this morning all the way in (15mi mostly on MUP); visability about 20'. I had to point my helmet mounted light higher (more horizontal) to reduce the reflected light.

My 1st ride in heavy fog. I thought it was sooo cooool!
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blech drove. It's a crappy day, so people assume the worst, but I actually have a meeting right after work across town...
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Haven't been riding since Monday due to bronchitis, but thought I'd post a note about the Orionid meteor showers. They will be peaking between now and Oct 23 or 24. Best viewing is in the predawn darkness, so look up a bit more as you're riding in to work, you might get a good show!
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I've ridden back to work from my lunch break regularly for several months, but today I finally woke up early enough to ride in for my early shift. Left home at 3:45am for my 35min ride. The commute in is only 5 miles, but it's 1000+ feet of climbing. I'll need to leave earlier next time to give myself more time to cool down and change clothes after the final .3mi climb (14% max grade).

It's nice to ride that time of night - I was only passed by two cars, and they were both co-workers on their way in!
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Originally Posted by Okiegonian
The commute in is only 5 miles, but it's 1000+ feet of climbing... the final .3mi climb (14% max grade).
Not an easy 5 miles, that's for sure.

My wife goes to a personal trainer two times a week - a gift from her dad- and I worked out with her on Tuesday. The leg muscles I use in bicycling, mainly the quads and the "leg biceps" on the back, were fine. However, the trainer gal had me use the inner and outer thigh machines. OH_MY_GAWD! I am so freaking sore! It's agony just to throw my leg over the bike. Pedaling is not too bad, because again, mainly quads and the back of the leg, but otherwise, I'm in a lot of pain. My wife just said "I warned you!" She's not the sympathetic type.
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I did some errands on the way home from my carpool, and there was traffic everywhere. Filter, baby, filter!
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Old 10-18-07, 05:43 PM
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I didn't need that rear derailleur anyhow...
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Originally Posted by teacher
I didn't need that rear derailleur anyhow...
What happened?
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This is what happened on my ride today. No warning, nothing, it just popped right off, jammed up my wheel and stopped me cold. The bike is 3 weeks old. I guess it's time for my bike's first tune up.
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Originally Posted by heywood
Ouch! guess you got off lucky with just a bent wheel..

Amazing it only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen..good thing you're okay
Thank you, yeah thankfully i was going up a slight hill so i wasn't going that fast. Was quite surprised since i hadn't taken a fall in years. Oh well
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Originally Posted by teacher
This is what happened on my ride today. No warning, nothing, it just popped right off, jammed up my wheel and stopped me cold. The bike is 3 weeks old. I guess it's time for my bike's first tune up. <snip>

See " broken rear derailler" in bike mechanics forum.. for a better look...
Sweet fancy Moses, how does something like that even happen???
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Originally Posted by Buglady
Sweet fancy Moses, how does something like that even happen???
Absolutely no idea!
The people in the bike mechanics forum are working on some possible scenarios though!
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Well lets see, 9 mi to work in 33min, in a shirt and shorts on a wondurful fall evening. Not bad. The ride home, I might have looked odd in the cap, mittens shorts and shorts. But since it was like high 30's or low 40's I sure didn't care.
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Old 10-18-07, 09:27 PM
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Took Ol Blue (77 Schwinn Speedster) out with its new panniers and lights. Found rear Sturmey hub cog wobbly. Which caused brake rub and corresponding slowdown. No time to fix it at 5am. New pannier rubbed chain for about 2 miles till I realised my rack had lost a bolt and swung into tire. Flat tire.

All fixed at work, hub re-adjusted and reoiled, tire patched....

The best part was finding a lawn PinkFlamingo roadside! That made everything all better watching the faces of drivers and the speedracers on the MUP with my new flamingo popping his big pink head out of my pannier....

Woohoo!
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still riding kind of slow today on the way in. A little faster on the ride home with a stop in Cambridge to pick up my wife and then we did the ride home together. I have a stretch of flat 4 lane one-way street where it's always a challenge to get over and take the left lane to get the turn at the end. The fun way to do it is to spin like mad up to a pretty high speed and move right in with the traffic. Tonight a cabbie let me cross over in front of him (my cyclo read 28 mph) and at first I thought he was PO'd but instead he drove alongside me hooting his horn and yelling, "go, go, go!..."

Considering how out of it I've felt lately this was just the boost I needed. It lasted through the turn and then I was back to Mr. Slow
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Hauled ass today having eaten a Clif bar with the coffee. Left the house 10 minutes late and got to work a couple minutes earlier then usual. Got quite the "WTF?" look from some girl in a car that I was riding parallel to, a few inches from the driver's side window, at 25mph or so before passing her. Love little things like that during the commute.

Been debating whether to drive in or not lately because the commute home is kinda affecting my after-work group ride in PP which has been brutal lately but realized that getting blocked in by the Holland Tunnel traffic while crossing Manhattan via Canal St. is just not worth the frustration. Nor is looking for parking on the way home.

Come to think of it, I've realized lately that, like a few people have already said, I've yet to regret riding in by bike. These days, every time I drive in (which is usually due to oversleeping) I regret it.

Starting to anticipate winter, as I slowly stock up on cold-weather gear, since last spring much of my winter stuff got shredded by EMS after a pretty bad crash on the last cold day of the year.

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Heavy rain when I woke up this morning. I decided against the rain stopping me from commuting 5 out of 5 times this week. Had a great time.
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Old 10-19-07, 04:51 AM
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Warm (low 70s) and humid this morning in Virginia. Worked up a good sweat coming in.

Commute in was uneventful with the exception of one @$sh0le that needed to swerve towards me and blow his horn when passing me. He had plenty of room to pass and no reason for the aggression. My commute has been without conflict like this for several weeks so I was genuinely startled by it.

That makes 3 days commuting (18 miles each way) this week which is a good week for me; the other two days I had to go down town. If I can figure a way to accomplish the longer (45 miles each way) trip from Bristow to DC I may be able to pull off a 5 day bike commuting week some time. Hmmm, sounds like a good goal to me ...

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My ride was a blast. I caught a red light at which I pulled up slightly behind the dump truck and another lawn maintenance truck pulling a trailer. Light changed to green and I (not wanting to try to squeeze by) kept up. There was a bit of a hill and by the time we hit the lights at the bottom I saw 51 on the speedo (km). I WAS traffic. I was traveling at the exact same speed as everyone else I took a quick peek behind and there were a line of cars behind me - as well as the two trucks in front - just a bunch of vehicles moving at the same speed. And the best part is I didn't have to work hard, I guess they were pulling me (plus the hill).

The momentum helped me make it to the top of the next hill which is steeper than the one we just went down at a minimum (at the top) speed of 39km/h.

Saw one other commuter this morning. Stopped and wiping his glasses. Blew by at 40k+. Wish this guy would get a real blinkie. Looked like he had a 5 led $1.99 blinkie with weak batteries. I could hardly see it and I was looking for it (want to see what others are using).

Great ride, but the humidity is up there. Can't complain though, it's nice and warm out there.
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I've had to drive the past couple of days because I needed my truck at work. It was good timing. Yesterday morning it was extremely foggy, which is rare around here, and it rained off and on all day with heavy downpours at times. Today is supposed to be more of the same. It has rained perhaps 1/4-inch here in the past three months as we are having a terrible drought, so everyone is happy to see the showers. Anyway, I can't believe my luck. Since I started bike commuting in April, I have only been caught in the rain twice. It's been so dry that I took the fenders off my bike because there was no point dragging them around.
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Sweet ride this morning. Very humid. 66 degrees. In Vermont. On October 19th. Before sunrise.

It was so humid that the pavement was moist on the MUP and I saw 2 or 3 bicycle tracks. Saw a couple of other riders going opposite direction. Lots of geese in the lake, too.

Looks like a front is coming, and bringing thunderstorms for my ride home. I'll bolt on my Nashbar Faraday Cage.

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Warm and muggy this morning. Left about 15 minutes later than usual but, with the tailwind, I made up some of that time. This whole week I've been riding on the small ring and only 2 or 3 cogs as my entire drive train is in need of replacement. I just got the replacement 48 tooth ring and have had the chain/rr cassette for a month or so, I'm shooting to replace everything tonight or tomorrow. Everything is so worn that any pressure on the pedals will cause skipping in the front and rear, so rides have been slow with a lot more spinning than I'm used to. My Planet Bike battery is dying, I'm only getting about 1/2 an hour before the light goes, so as you can see the commuter needs a lot of love. I can't believe I rode a century a couple of weeks ago in this condition. Anyway, looks like rain on the ride home.
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Originally Posted by teacher
This is what happened on my ride today. No warning, nothing, it just popped right off, jammed up my wheel and stopped me cold. The bike is 3 weeks old. I guess it's time for my bike's first tune up.
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My wife did something similar last year. Snapped the body of the derailleur right in two! I have photos around here somewhere... Ah, here we go:


If you look closely, you can see the wadded up piece of paper jammed in the cogs, which may have caused the problem.
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