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Old 10-23-07, 09:47 AM
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Thanks everyone!
My foot feels fine. I think it was a pinched nerve.
I am more annoyed about the bike than anything.
Oh well. Life goes on and I still have my health...barely.
I am going to take a long deserved break and ponder what I will do next.
However, our big bike swap meet is this Saturday. I may need to accelerate this decision.

I am still leaning towards a fixie or SS like a bianchi pista.
The bike's rear wheel will not spin due. I am guessing the frame is bent. Strangely enough, it looks fine except for the bent rack. Even if for some reason it is fixable I doubt I want to ride it.
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Old 10-23-07, 09:51 AM
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Chilly and fast. A guy on a hybrid was yelling at the morons in the bicycle lane on Elston. A bit further down I hear a honk and a guy behind me is driving in the bike lane and waves furious at me to go faster so he can pass a truck. At least no buzzers or close calls today.

edit: by morons in the bike lane I mean cars and trucks not bicycists
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Old 10-23-07, 10:01 AM
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Ouch DJ, what a cruddy run Glad to hear your son and wife are OK from the fender bender... and that you're now OK - might be good to get a rest for a couple days before you go to the meet

Ride in today was wet. I woke at about 5am and heard the rain, so I knew it was coming. I didn't have bags for my shoes, and obviously I didn't have a spare pair of socks with me today - that's the only downside, I'm just sitting here barefoot until my monitors dry either my socks or shoes out

Rode a fixie for the first time this weekend, I seriously think it's like learning to ride a bike again. I'm a little humbled, but also gagging over the idea of my own (waiting on the Rob Roy group buy order to come through ).
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
Anyhow, my saga continued. We were driving home with my bike on the trunk bike rack after my wife came to pick me up.
So, we were slowing down on the freeway due to a traffic jam and a teenager plowed into the SUV behind us throwing them violently into the back of our car and my bike.
Dude! That's quite a day you had there! Sorry to hear about your trouble and I hope you guys are OK after all that trauma. Good luck with the new commuter and the NEW LIGHTS!
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Old 10-23-07, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
I am more annoyed about the bike than anything.
I take it this wasn't your carbon flyer?

Bummer, dude. Glad everyone was safe. While I understand your concern about trunk racks, boy, uh, if that had been you on your bike with a car in front of you, it would have been accordion city.

For me, uneventful ride. Foggy! Yesterday, going home in unseasonable warmth, I ducked to go under a tree that was down across the mup from last week's wind excitement. It was just high enough that I could just duck low enough.
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My bike is starting to get completely Fredded out and I'm not even sweating it. I put Freddy Fenders on it a couple of weeks ago but last night and this morning were the first time I've needed them. Man, what a difference full coverage fenders make!!! I'm feeling another one of those over the top statements coming on like, "I will always . . . " or "I will never . . . " Anyway, I rode in in the pouring rain this morning - 25 miles and my shoes were slightly wet instead of gushing water. The bike was still quite clean because of the fenders and the disc brakes. My borrowed HID quit on me half-way through the ride this morning. I'm hoping it's because the battery was getting low - it's a loaner and I don't want to have to buy a bulb for my buddy! Glad I had the helmet light going, also. "Be prepared" is turning out to be my life's motto.
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Not a bad ride in today. It started out rough, as my wife was cussing like a sailor at the back door. She thought her tire was losing air, but it felt like about 100psi to me. She's ridden to work on 60psi and not noticed, so I think she'll be fine. The rest of the ride was good - I felt pretty strong in the daily sprint up 4th, and the sensors for the parking garage door are working again.
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Commute to school today was awesome. Sitting at a light at a busy intersection a motorist yelled at me. "Hey." I turn to look and see a lady with her window rolled down talking to me. "Thanks for being so visible. It's wonderful." It was about 7:50 and still somewhat dark and I had on my green vest and my bike has a reflector on the rack, a blackburn light on flash, and my pannier has reflective material (I also had my headlight but she couldn't see that). It was nice to hear a complement instead of the more common harassment (which has actually never happened to me, but I hear about it).
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
I take it this wasn't your carbon flyer?

Bummer, dude. Glad everyone was safe. While I understand your concern about trunk racks, boy, uh, if that had been you on your bike with a car in front of you, it would have been accordion city.
Thank goodness it was not.
It was my steel touring bike.
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Old 10-23-07, 11:55 AM
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Nice warm ride in. Anyone with cold feet, like me, get booties. Best thing I have tried so far. Didn't really need em today, but I can just imagine the difference they will make on a cool day.
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Old 10-23-07, 03:29 PM
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When will people figure that on a little side street that has all-way stops every hundred yards it is pointless to pass a cyclist because she'll just catch up with them at the stop sign again? (rhetorical question) I would love to just take my place in line there and go from one stop sign to next with the rest of the traffic. But nooooo... even if I take the lane, the driver behind me will go into the oncoming lane to pass and get in front of me. Well, if you do that, don't get pissed off when I filter past your car at the next stop sign... and the next.... and the next.... and the next..... and the next........ moron.
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Old 10-23-07, 04:06 PM
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Ride home: Soaking wet! Wow. Wettest this year. Guess I rode through a squall line or something. Deluge of rain, falling horizontally with a howling headwind.

Fun! At times I was giggling with insane glee. The water was running into my mouth and tasted really salty. I realized my helmet pads were saturated with old sweat. Yuck. Not any more though.
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Old 10-23-07, 04:10 PM
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Perhambiker, that sounds rough. Heal up and I hope the dog owner keeps his dog on a leash next time. He should know that he could've been facing criminal charges if you chose to call the police.

DJ & Flimflam: Fixies = fun. Go for it.

My commute home was absolutely unremarkable. I'll take that any day.
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Old 10-23-07, 05:04 PM
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No commuting at all in San Diego right now - whole county is pretty much shut down. Had to evacuate our neighborhood yesterday morning, so we packed up kids, pets, computers and photo albums. But there wasn't room for the bike so I left it in the garage.

Looks as if our street is OK, and we should be able to go back home in the next day or so. But yesterday when things were looking dicey I did find myself worrying about that bike. I would hate to lose it.

Not that I'll be able to ride for a week or two - gotta wait till the smoke clears.
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Old 10-23-07, 06:23 PM
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What a contrast to yestr'dy. This morning at 4:30am, 64f downpour. The rain got heavier as I made my way to Linworth. It felt like someone was holding a fire hose on me as I rode. My right toe got a little damp due to the open bottoms on my shoe covers. Didn't have that problem last time I rode in the rain. Afternoon commute 52f rain. A bit chilly on the fingers. Light balaclava kept me comfortable
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Old 10-23-07, 09:19 PM
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windy!
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I learned a lesson on todays recovery commute home tonight. The lesson is its hard to have a recovery ride on rolling hills. Its also hard to have a recovery ride on a route filled with other cyclists. Targets are very hard to ignore. The most important lesson is I need to work on my patience and actually work on getting a recovery ride in. Maybe tomorrow.
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Yesterday I had a 50kph tailwind all the way home. Wheee!!! Today I took the bus because I have a killer spin class on Tuesdays and I would not have made it home Looking forward to tomorrow, it's lovely and mild out but supposed to get crispy again soon. I LOVE autumn!!
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Fantastic! I got to try out my new rain poncho for the first time today. The rains was steady, but not driving. Medium wind, 67 degrees. The only wet parts were shoes and pant cuffs to ~4" from the bottom. I got my poncho from catoregon.org, they are a not for profit out of Eugene. Incredible stuff.



Note: I DO NOT have the helmet cover, haha. I got the yellow and black poncho, and I'm hoping I don't look as silly as the guys in the website pictures. But hey, dry and goofy-looking is better than wet and not goofy-looking.
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Old 10-24-07, 08:05 AM
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I'm still waiting on cooler weather. It finally rained a little bit yesterday, (we've been in a terrible drought) but it wasn't enough to break out my rain jacket - just enough to get my bike really dirty, ha ha.
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Dark! The makings of an amazing sunrise were just beyond the horizon [as usual], but I was just a bit too early. It was also warm. We're supposed to hit 20C today, and I'm sure the temp this morning was at least 8C with no wind.
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Great commute. Pouring rain. It seemed like the first time I've had to put on raingear in months.
New REI softshell jacket worked like a champ.
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Cold! Well about 30F, broke out the long pants and knit cap, but cold enough to make we wish I was wearing gloves with fingers instead of the fingerless ones I have been wearing. And I need either a bigger helmet or a thinner knit hat for winter, felt like my head was getting squished. Well any excuse to go shopping.

Got passed by a guy that was going about 20mph with both his hands in his jacket pockets, you have to wonder how fast he could react to anything requiring steering...but I guess his hands were warm.

Its supposed to be 70F and sunny for the ride home this afternoon, got to love fall.
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Not a fun ride in. Saw a dead dog in the shoulder. Over-reacted and hit the breaks harder than I should have and almost skidded out on the wet leaves. No tags on the dog, just a flea collar. My guess is that it escaped from a house or yard. Asked around at a couple of nearby houses, but no one was familiar with the dog.
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Warm (last 2 nights were cold, warmed up in the day, it finally stayed warm last night, but I think it's supposed to cool off during the day). Commuting right at sunrise now, so it's dark when I'm getting the bikes out of the garage, but don't need headlight for first leg to 6 yr old's grade school, save it until I'm rolling to work. Also settling into child shuttling routine, my wife trailers not-quite-3-yr-old to daycare in the am (downhill), and I bring her back in the pm. I take the 6 yr old both ways.
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