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Old 11-09-07, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
The new jersey was comfy but I think I'm still gonna need something warmer when the temps start dipping into the low 20s and teens. We'll see.
What else were you wearing on top with the jersey (I have it as well). I can't get the combination right and end up sweating too much
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Old 11-09-07, 10:18 AM
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Around the freezing point and a bit windy, weather-wise. Anticipated and deftly avoided a left cross on the way home last night.
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Old 11-09-07, 01:25 PM
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I'm finally back on my bike again after my dog crash nearly 3 weeks ago and a tiring cold the last couple of days.

27 degrees this morning. Back a little sore on uphills, but not too bad now. Dressed in layers and comfortable all the way: REI MTS long sleeve undershirt, Trek long sleeved jersey, Performance Illuminite commuter jacket, midweight tights and booties, Performance Schirocco gloves and balaclava.

I only need to ride outside a little longer before I can afford my new trainer and move inside. My road bike is in no way equipped to ride on slippery roads. We'll have snow covered ground pretty soon that will last until sometime in late April probably.

My goal was to commute 85 days at least one way to work this year. Today I hit 80.
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Old 11-09-07, 02:48 PM
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4:30am 44f Nice weather and ride in except for the jerk on Sharon Woods BL. who blew past me doing about 50mph at 4:20am. And of course He had to see how close he could get to me without hitting me, I just stood my ground and pretended like it didn't bother me and continued on my way. On another note, I usually hit all the lights on 161 except when I cross High St. I sometimes come up on a red light and it irritates me that I can't trip the detector. I like to follow protocol and stop as a car would. But at that time of the morning, if no one is around then I will just ride thru it. If cars approach then I'll stop because I know they will trip the detector and I like to set a good example. I'm glad I did it at 161/Olentangy. Because as I cruised to a stop debating wheter or not to go thru it, a car approached, so I stopped. Good thing. Because it was a OHP car. Ride home was GREAT! 52f sunny. Took the scenic route home. Coming down the Alum Creek path towards home, I saw anothe biker and caught up with him and had a short talk complementing him on his bike. Talking about the disc brakes he had and the fact that we both were riding the same brand of Gary Fisher. His was newer, mine's about 15 yrs old.
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Had a platelet donation this morning and didn't feel like putting on the clown shoes so I rode to the blood center and work wearing plain old shoes. Even managed to hold a decent track stand. Maybe Grant Peterson is right!

Nah.....
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Old 11-09-07, 03:01 PM
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Oh yeah. For all you folks out there looking for Winter gear. Check out stuff from SportHill.com (no need for layering). If it's good enough for the Canadian Ski Team it's good enough for me. Also look at the Squall pants from Lands End. For cheap prices, go to Sierra Trading Post.
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Old 11-09-07, 03:06 PM
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After arriving to my destination today I discovered that my NY Kryptonite lock rusted shut. %$*!! Second time this year it happened to me! Had to hightail it to the nearest gas station where I bought some WD-40 to spray on the lock. Still made it on time - phew! This is it - I am definitely including some sort of lubricant in my bike repair kit from now on!
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Old 11-09-07, 03:19 PM
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Talked to a guy in the parking lot at my daughter's daycare who was truly baffled by a bike w/ drop bars and 26x2.0" wheels. It's hard to talk about having a non-off-the-rack preference w/o sounding like an evangelist, but I try.
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Old 11-09-07, 03:33 PM
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Took a slightly different route today so I could pass around the CN Tower for a change... Waiting at the lights right by my work I noticed a bike ahead, and sure enough was a guy on a nice looking Aquila something or other... trackstanding (geared bike) the whole light sequence (King/Spadina for locals) - very impressive, I gave him a "nice!" as I admired his skills.

Not too cold, but I've brought the balaclava with me for the riding tonight, I anticipate it'll be pretty cool after 9pm. Passed 5000km (3107miles) this past week. I'm pretty darn pleased with that! Just need to go get a new chain after reading that chain thread here
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Old 11-09-07, 08:06 PM
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I had the day off today, but ended up riding to work so I could go to the gym and meet a friend for lunch. Traffic at 10 a.m. is a lot different than at 7:30! I don't think I even had to sprint - I just cruised around. Not bad for midday.
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Old 11-09-07, 10:13 PM
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Here's how my commute was a few days ago...

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Old 11-10-07, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by chephy
Proper gear is truly a blessing. I got rained on and snowed on today... and it didn't matter didly squat. In fact, it energized me.
Came into work thinking exactly that. Was 40 and raining; finally a chance to try out the ShowersPass jacket in its natural environment and with just a lightweight Smartwool layer underneath, it performed wonderfully. While the wool was a bit wet from sweat, I never felt hot and I was able to feel air circulating quite well inside the jacket. On the bottom, the 100 weight Polartec tights (Thanks, Icebike) with Endura shorts over 'em kept the legs toasty.

The Polartec truly makes me question the need for rain pants. They felt warm and got wet on the outside, but the piling on the inside remained dry. Combined with neoprene booties, I can certainly feel confident in this combo down into the freezing temps in moderate rain.
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Old 11-10-07, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by High Cadence
Here's how my commute was a few days ago...

oh, the bike in this pic looks so much like my rig- memories of last winter and images of what's to come!

Hope you're riding studs.

My ride was much less frosty. There was a chill in the air and actually a threat of possible snow tonight but pretty mild compared to Nanook of the North.
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Old 11-11-07, 03:33 PM
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Wow - that's a lot of snow. Not something we get in Sydney, especially not in the summer!

Today was warm - perhaps 25 degrees (77F), blus sky, sunshine. Very nice ride, if a bit sweaty.

I kept getting caught up by a dude on a MTB, all the way from Anzac Bridge to the Harbour Bridge. I kept leavhing him behind, then turning around later on and finding him back with me... He trailed me across the HB, and then rode down the ramp and dissappeared (I don't ride down those stairs. Seen too many stacked bikes chained up at the bottom...). Still, made me keep up a good pace through the city on the way in this morning.
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Old 11-12-07, 06:30 AM
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Smooth rolling

Back on after a couple weeks employment uncertainty.
Pushed off the road by a schoolbus that ran a stopsign.. I could have sworn that a reflective vest, two headlights and reflective anklets were at least a small indication of my presence.
I'll get the bus number tomorrow.
Cool ride apart from that.
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Old 11-12-07, 08:24 AM
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A little hazy today, quite a bit warmer than last week. 57F, light winds. Nice ride in until some guy in a pickup started swearing at me. Never could figure out what his problem was. I'll admit to threading past a few cars at the light. There was lots of space, it's a long light, and in a school zone, with crossing guard. And it's an easy spot to get right hooked, if you're on the right. Ruined my day.
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Old 11-12-07, 08:53 AM
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One degree above freezing this morning, but I was wearing tights under exercise pants tucked into my boots, by way of trying out base layers and exercise pants I picked up for a tour next week. I'm hoping for rain and cold this week to give the new clothes a proper test, and warmer weather the week after to make this all for nought.
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Old 11-12-07, 09:08 AM
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My coldest commute yet - pessimistic home gauge read 18*F, local radio (1 mile away) said 25. Bundled in three layers on top, two on bottom, wool socks w/MTB shoes, and medium gloves. A new Turtle Fur kept the neck & ears warm, will have to go back for the balaclava to cover the head - 20mph+ descents are cold thru the top of the helmet!

Will have my first Standard time ride home in the dark. Didn't get to ride last week.
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Old 11-12-07, 09:46 AM
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This will be my first ride since the time change last week. Spent some time warming up in FLA and now it's back to the grind.

Nice ride today, a few minutes from home I realized that I'd forgotten my pants - had to turn around and go back or sit at work all day with swishy loose tights on all day - nope HAD to go back

Not as tired as I expected to be. I figured that after a week off the saddle I'd be pooped when I got to work. Not the case
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Ghost town! Very little traffic today - I got the hole shot at two lights and then made all 5 sprint lights [well, one was really yellow]. It wasn't very cold either, right around freezing. Good times...
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Coldest ride ever for me this morning: 15 degrees, but little wind. Not too bad. I think I won't ride below 10 degrees. My fingertips were cold and my feet a little too. Wore 3 layers on top and two over my biking shorts along with booties and a balaclava. We're supposed to get some snow tonight and throughout the week so it doesn't look good for my road bike commute.

Bought a cheap Bell headlight to go with my Cat Eye EL400 light that is not quite enough for riding in the dark roads. I road Friday night with it and had to go a little slower than I wanted to. I'll try it out tonight.
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Old 11-12-07, 11:48 AM
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Holy snow, batman! (Though I kinda can't wait for the snow to come... I know I'll be eating those words in a couple months though )

7C this morning, but very misty/cold with the damp in the air... The cold I'm getting over made me fairly out of breath initially too.

Mini-rant:

Almost everyday I get some JAM pulling into my lane almost side swiping me (van last week, cab today) to try and avoid the left turning car in front of them... My lane for the most part is all parked cars, so I have clear use of the extreme left of the lane out of the doorzone, and the full lane in the longer gaps between cars/intersections - I mostly travel at traffic speed or more, as the flow gets slower toward the core of downtown.

It's just they never seem to check their damn mirrors. What happened to Mirror, Signal, Manouevre?

Luckily I expect it, and it gives me chance to scream a "HEY!" at them which releases tension

/Mini rant.

Despite the weather and horrible driving, I still love riding my bike.
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almost no traffic today. nice commute... it's finally cool here, down to the 70s today. perfect.
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Old 11-12-07, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Flimflam
Almost everyday I get some JAM pulling into my lane almost side swiping me (van last week, cab today) to try and avoid the left turning car in front of them... My lane for the most part is all parked cars, so I have clear use of the extreme left of the lane out of the doorzone, and the full lane in the longer gaps between cars/intersections - I mostly travel at traffic speed or more, as the flow gets slower toward the core of downtown.
Oh, that happens to me all the time. Practically every light on Church St., for example. At this point I just assume it's going to happen and plan my movements through the intersection accordingly.

My favourite though was that one time when I was nearly sideswiped on Bay St. by a car that had a big "Safety First!" banner attached to the inside of the right passenger window. Such irony!
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Old 11-12-07, 03:33 PM
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My ride takes me trough a stretch of forest, and as I was about half way trough I heard a loud 'snap' to my right. I looked, and was confronted with 7 deer looking like I just busted them breaking into a car or something. 2 of them were beautiful 8 or 10 pointers, the rest were does. We stared each other down for a few seconds before they ran off. Made my day.
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