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Old 10-25-07, 12:04 PM
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Just got back from the hospital. My CT Scan and X-Rays came back fine. I was encouraged to get checked out since I'm still experiencing nausea and lightheadedness. I crashed at 20 mph on Monday night riding home. The dog is fine. My bike is in the shop. The handlebars took the brunt of the crash. I should be back in business next week sometime. We saw a nice bull moose on the drive into work today. I wish we'd had our camera because he stood still and posed in the sunshine for us.
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Old 10-25-07, 12:24 PM
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Cold and slow this morning. I finally made good on my recovery ride and only averaged 14mph. The only thing I don't like about this is the 4 other commuters who passed me this morning. Maybe its a good thing. I'll start riding slow and when somebody passes me I'll draft them.

My legs and back are bothering me a little this morning too. It could be because of the 5 miles of climbing and 6 miles of rolling hills on my new route. How long before I get used to this while going fairly fast? I hope soon. Recovery rides are boooooring.
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Old 10-25-07, 01:22 PM
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need better lights. took dark sidestreets home (6am) for more exercise and practice street riding. Oncoming headlights killed my night vision. Thinking about this for handlebars. Slowed way down and was praying I didn't run into anything.
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Old 10-25-07, 01:39 PM
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My gloves grew crystals on my ride to school this morning. Probably 29 degrees when i left. Really foggy and wet didn't make the ride much fun either. After a few long, arduous hills, i was warm. I really wish I had a pair of windblocker gloves though. My hands get colder than my upper body or legs do...
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Old 10-25-07, 02:45 PM
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Nice, sunny day, with a good tailwind. Started about 30min before sunrise. Getting a bit cooler, first trip this fall with the long tights. I figure we have about a month before the first snow here. If I can average 75miles a week, I've got a 4000 mile year in the bag.
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Old 10-25-07, 05:35 PM
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No rain on the way home but everything was wet and very dreary. The wind was HORRIBLE. I have to cross two large bridges and I was a little scared of getting blown off the top into the Lafayette River. Haha. After coming off the second bridge, there's a large median in the center of the road so each side is one lane. There is a shoulder but it's full of huge white speed bumps/reflectors so you can't ride there safely. It's a residential 25mph street. I got tailgated all the way down the street by a dude in a big red suburban, laying on the horn the whole time. When he finally was able to pass me, he was on his phone. He rolled down his window and was yelling something, I just grinned at him. Ugh. Too bad I passed him at the next stoplight.
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Old 10-25-07, 05:58 PM
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Cool this morning -- I need a better headlight. I hadn't been out for about a week. I went from a Target hybrid to a Fuji roadbike, and my carpal tunnel got aggravated so I was off the bike for about a week. I finally got some good gel gloves. But it got dark at 6 am while I wasn't paying attention!

But the ride home was great -- can't complain about 62 degrees in late October in Wisconsin.
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Old 10-25-07, 07:24 PM
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Had a killer wind today. Coming out of the east, and of course I ride right into it. 12 mph, gusts of 20 mph. 59f. Maybe have rain tom'rw.
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Old 10-25-07, 07:37 PM
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Wow, I rode in rush hour a couple of days in a row. Normally I try to arrange my highly flexible schedule to avoid that. WHAT A FRIGGING ZOO! Amazing congestion and amazingly poor driving all around.

On the way home I bought a desk lamp and was carrying a highly awkward load on my back as a result. The messenger bag wanted to slip off despite the stabilization strap. So I actually rode on the sidewalk on a very congested narrow arterial (Yonge St. south of St. Clair). Normally I would have either tried to lane-split (exciting, given how narrow the lanes are) or just taken my place in line and waited, but going uphill with that kind of crazily-behaving bag... nah, sidewalk was the way to go, even with all the peds. Only spent a few hundred metres on it anyway.
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Old 10-25-07, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by PerhamBiker
Hi everyone. I was heading out of town on my first downhill last evening just before dark and was watching a dog running loose in a yard to my left. I was picking up my speed so probably over 20 when another dog shot out of the ditch and ran diagonally right to my front wheel. I don't remember what happened at that point, but I ended up on the shoulder in gravel with the owners trying to help me...
Wow, that sucks and is annoying. I hope you heal up fast, and don't have any more dog problems.

My two daughters and I took our cocker spaniel (Daisy) out for a run with our bikes. A lady's dog ran full tilt at Daisy. My front wheel nailed the assailing dog t-bone like. My bike stopped dead, I flew off and sustained some scrapes and bruises. The dog yelped and ran back into the house from which it and the lady had come. I told the lady, "It's a good thing your dog ran away."

To which she replied, "You startled her!"

To which I replied, "We were riding bicycles!"

To which she replied, "Sorry"

I am glad to say Daisy was unharmed.
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Old 10-25-07, 10:41 PM
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The dog yelped and ran back into the house from which it and the lady had come. I told the lady, "It's a good thing your dog ran away."

To which she replied, "You startled her!"
She lets her dog run at large on public property and then blames YOU for the accident? Fantastic.
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rolled in today but still cranking kind of slow the last week or so.

came home via Commonwealth Ave and got home in time to catch the last innings of the Sox game- they won again! I'll never get used to the Red Sox winning in the post season.
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Old 10-26-07, 06:17 AM
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Thunderstorms today. Had to drive.
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Old 10-26-07, 06:32 AM
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Crisp. 33F. I brought my camera and took a few pictures but the light wasn't good as the sun wasn't fully up over the Green Mountains yet. I'll take more on the ride home.

Got passed by a regular as I was mounting up after taking a picture. I usually pass her. We exchanged hellos. I didn't see her again because I stopped twice more for pictures.

There was an abandoned bicycle in some trees across the street from our property. If it's still there when I get home, I'm rescuing it and calling the police to report it. Too dark to see if it was a nice bike.
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Old 10-26-07, 07:07 AM
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Aaaah.... a GLORIOUS ride in to work in the RAIN!!

I had to dust off my rain gear (literally) - it's been so long since we've had a decent shower down here!
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Old 10-26-07, 07:51 AM
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I took a nice spin around the neighborhood yesterday on the Tarmac. That felt good.
I finally have stopped hurting. The irritating thing was not knowing what caused what injury. For a while there everything hurt.
Anyhow, I am commuting using the bus and light rail on days I do not work from home.
Today I actually had to drive to the bus. Ugh! However, I have my broken bike in the back of my van and will finally take it to a LBS to get a quote on what it is worth for the insurance. Plus, I get to start bike hunting again. Woo hoo!
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Old 10-26-07, 08:11 AM
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Although cloudy, a nice day to ride, 55f, light wind. Traffic somewhat heavy for a friday, but I was running about 20min late. Carried my rain gear as the radio forecast rain, but My-cast is more optimistic.

Speedometer turned over 3700 yesterday.
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Old 10-26-07, 08:41 AM
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brrrr..cold out there today. -5C when I left.
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Old 10-26-07, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Cody Broken
Wow, that sucks and is annoying. I hope you heal up fast, and don't have any more dog problems.

My two daughters and I took our cocker spaniel (Daisy) out for a run with our bikes. A lady's dog ran full tilt at Daisy. My front wheel nailed the assailing dog t-bone like. My bike stopped dead, I flew off and sustained some scrapes and bruises. The dog yelped and ran back into the house from which it and the lady had come. I told the lady, "It's a good thing your dog ran away."

To which she replied, "You startled her!"

To which I replied, "We were riding bicycles!"

To which she replied, "Sorry"

I am glad to say Daisy was unharmed.
Thanks Cody Broken. I'm still pretty sore, but healing.

We're having a debate here at work about the level of liability dog owners have for such accidents. I think they are responsible to put me back in the condition I was in before the dog hit my bike; clothes, bike et. al. I think that is the honorable thing to do. Some people here think that they'd only pay to repair the bike. So I should have to replace $150 of clothes and helmet ruined by the actions of a loose dog?

Other people say the owners are completely liable and could face fines and other damage. I wonder if there is a standard, lawful obligation of dog/pet owners for accidents or damage caused by their pets?
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Old 10-26-07, 09:59 AM
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Today was a balaclava day. Unfortunately, I did not have a balaclava with me. I still have my ears, but I was a little worried on the way in. It's time to get out the cold-weather gear for real...
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Old 10-26-07, 10:42 AM
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Cold! 30sF. Beautiful sunrise though, pink glow on the capital dome, nice mountains over the inlet... Had both kids today, 6 yr old on his bike, <3 yr old in the trailer. She was happy in her blanket. Caught a lot of lights bringing her downtown. Running late, took the shortest straightest route to work after dropping her off, only a mile longer than shortest route from home (2 miles shorter than scenic less car-ry route I usually aim for on 2 kid days).
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Old 10-26-07, 12:36 PM
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Cool and windy, but good. Felt very slow but I guess I just kept the cadence up and managed to get here in the lower bounds of my normal time. I think I hit some lights nicely too which helps.

The wind is a major pain in the buttocks right now, but it's more training and I've been getting on OK regardless.
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Old 10-26-07, 01:43 PM
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4:30 am 55f very slight drizzle, could hardly feel it. I overdressed with rain jacket and light jacket underneath. Had my thin balaclava on, didn't really need it. Afternoon ride home. 62f se wind 7mph, it felt stronger. Still a nice day to ride. Forecast is calling for morning temps in the upper 30's. Gettin' ready.
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First ride in the rain since the summer, and first ever cool-weather rain ride past a drizzle. Must get another layer or two for my November ride; what I have is barely enough for October.

It's quite true that once you e soaked, you can't get any wetter and, assuming you're warm enough, rain isn't a problem.
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First day back on the bike after vacation.
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