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Old 11-01-07, 06:34 AM
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Damp and dark. Low 40Fs. Sunrise was 7:29 and I left around 7. It was overcast and raining so it was essentially "night." Had to use my headlight for most of the ride, then switched to my front blinky once things got brighter.

The MUP was a ghost trail. Only one soul along the entire 5 miles I was on it: A guy walking his dog. I see him just about every day.
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Old 11-01-07, 07:25 AM
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Humid out and mid-50s. Nice ride except for the part where I dropped my water bottle and nearly ran over it. Ha. Yesterday on the way home I was making a left turn from a neighborhood street onto a semi-major road. I looked left, looked right, started to pull out into the right lane and out zips a lady on her phone in her Mercedes heading DOWN THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD. Clearly she didn't feel like she should wait in the line of parked cars at the light, pulled out and was trying to go around them. Scared the crap out of me.
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Old 11-01-07, 08:01 AM
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Nice and warm this morning - in the mid 50s. On the commute home last night, there was a car stopped at a stop sign but not moving. As I approached I saw a cat in front of it on the right, and the woman driving was obviously trying to see where the cat was before she started driving again. I hissed at the cat as I drove by, but the cat didn't budge. So I pulled a U-turn and came up on the right side of the car, scared it into moving, then did another U-turn in front of the car and was on my way. Got a friendly wave from the driver.
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Old 11-01-07, 09:10 AM
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I was sick yesterday, but I guess all that time surfing the web and eating leftover roast beef paid off. I was a freakin' bullet train today. I may not have to reduce my gearing when I switch to studded tires. Woot!
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Old 11-01-07, 09:50 AM
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Very nice. Dry! Clean trail (for who knows how long). Pretty sunrise.
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Old 11-01-07, 12:11 PM
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A nice, incident-free commute. Halloween traffic through the neighborhood was navigable, also.
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Old 11-01-07, 12:58 PM
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A little chilly this morning. Wore only one shirt and the windbreaker. Figures it was about 3 but it sure didn't feel that cold. Maybe this commuting business is making me a bit tougher (arrrrrr )

Think I'll work until 5 today like yesterday. I do this so I can maximize the number of cars I pass since they bunch up for some reason :shrug:
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Old 11-01-07, 02:48 PM
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Weird atmospheric conditions this morning. According to NWS, it was 48F, with a 47F dew point and 96% humidity. When I got to the office I noticed ice crystals on my sleeve cuffs, knee warmers, and shin hair (!). Is this a reason for shaving in the off-season?
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Old 11-01-07, 05:24 PM
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Unfair! Gentle wind from the south in the morning, as I rode SE, then about a constant 10-15mph wind from the north on the return. Double headwind days should not be allowed.

Also, shorts and a thin long-sleeved polyester shirt both ways. Crazy, since I needed gloves and thick socks on Monday.
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Old 11-01-07, 09:20 PM
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flat tire again!- third one this week- turns out the old Michelin tire I put on last week had a very small piece of wire in the tread. It didn't poke through enough to feel it on the inside and it was really hard to spot from the outside but if I happened to hit a good bump while it was on the ground side it was putting little tiny holes in the tube. Figured all this out later and finally remembered I'd been getting mysterious flats with that tire last year and that's why I'd taken it off.

Didn't have time to diagnose what was making it flat in the moment so I ran into a bike shop with 19 minutes to buy a new tire and new tube (I'd run out of tubes), change my old set and to get to work, which was about a 7 minute ride away at that point. Despite the fact that I told the guy at the bike shop that I was trying to make it to work he seemed way more interested in putting my name, address, zip code and god knows what else into the computer. Even though I was the only customer it took the guy longer to ring up my transaction than it did for me to change the tire and tube.

Ended up 10 minutes late for work.

I like my new tire though. Much prefer the Specialized 1.25 slick to the 1.5 heavy treaded Michelin.
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Old 11-02-07, 05:52 AM
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PERFECT!
55F, perfect after a couple miles warmup, averaged 16.5mph , new lights leading the way. Fenix P3D's, 2 of them!
Buzzman, convert those slicks to Tubeless with a Stan's kit, and never have road-crap flat worries again. Seriously. I have over 2k miles w/o issues.
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Old 11-02-07, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by skylla
Unfair! Gentle wind from the south in the morning, as I rode SE, then about a constant 10-15mph wind from the north on the return. Double headwind days should not be allowed.
That's normal for me during the summer. These days it's still pitch black at 6:00 and the wind hasn't woken up yet

My ride this morning was the coldest yet. Minus 5 (20something for the US folks). Need thicker jacket. One layer of nylon is just not enough at this temp.
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Old 11-02-07, 06:04 AM
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Pretty good this morning. Left about 5 minutes before civil twilight, and got to work about 10 minutes before sunrise. No wind. Clear sky. Temps around 30F.

I saw a fox on the MUP. That's pretty rare. (The four-legged animal, not a cute female...)
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Old 11-02-07, 06:06 AM
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Great ride in this morning, but I'll pay for it this afternoon. A cold front is moving through, so I had a strong tailwind from the NW pushing me on the way to work. I'll be swimming up stream on the way home, and we're supposed to have sustained 20-25 mph winds by this afternoon.

Hey Buzzman -- I've had the same problem with small wires causing flats. However, if you make a habit of always mounting your tires with the decals at the valve stem, and then carefully examine your tubes to find the spot where they are flatting, you can usually identify the cause or recurring flats. I had a slow leak earlier this year that would cause the tire to go flat overnight. When I removed the tire, blew up the tube, and identified the location of the leak, I was able to find the spot on my tire where the flat occured. I found a very small wire that I never would have noticed otherwise.
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One degree above freezing this morning. First ride in where I didn't need to shower when I got to work. Cool. Need to get better cold-weather gloves, the liners+finger gloves combination is only so good.
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Old 11-02-07, 06:42 AM
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Brrrrrr......29 degrees this morning, but at least no wind. This was definitly a hot chocolate day at work. It was fun standing in line with my coworkers and listening to them talk about chipping frost off their cars
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rode to work mon ,wen,,thurs,had to drive the car today (fri,picking up new panniers and wheels),as the garaged door lowered i could see my bike slowly disappear!,and i thought this sucks!leaving 45 mins later,fighting traffic.etc
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Had to drive today, 8am meeting with the CEO so I didn't want to risk being late or looking unkempt. Kinda glad I did, there are strong wind advisories, there's a hurricane parallel to our coast right now.
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Weather report said 0C, which was an utter and complete falsehood! -6C was more like it. I had to throw on legwarmers and wear the mittens. Booooo!
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Brisk! ~30F (the radio said 27 but that's tough to believe). 6 yr old continues to tough it out. Wife is taking a hiatus though, driving herself and <3yr old. I detoured to hit the ATM, but the machine was down so I need to go back at lunchtime.
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rode in to Roxbury yesterday, as I had to do some on-site work at a client's office down by the BU Medical Center. Ah! Boston rush-hour traffic, how I have missed thee.

While waiting at a red light on Massachusetts Avenue and Washington, a cop came out of a corner grocery, looked at me and whistled, saying, "you got legs like my wife used to have!"

that was ... weird.
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Old 11-02-07, 10:33 AM
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Yesterday I must have set a record for the number of types of vehicles I rode in one day: car, bus, subway, bicycle, and ferry. Should've taken a streetcar while I was at it, damn it! And I took them all for commuting to various usual destinations, so I thought it's legitimate to mention here. The bicycle remains my favourite, btw.
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COLD. My new coldest commute @ 34F.
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COLD. My new coldest commute @ 34F.
keep it coming... 35F is still pretty balmy
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Had such a good week commuting that I'm sad to see Friday come.
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