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Old 11-12-07, 03:57 PM
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Lots of idiots driving today.

BTW, much respect to all you snow devils.
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Old 11-13-07, 01:20 AM
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good commute weathe rin the southern hemisphere starting to get alot better now, around 27-28 degrees today and no wind.

love it

also first trip out on the new kona sutra, what a pleasure to commute on.
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Old 11-13-07, 06:24 AM
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Nice ride, not too cold, and not too stupid. Raised saddle 2mm , feels like I'm pedalling more efficciently. I saw the schoolbus that drove me to the shoulder yesterday and will hope to see again tomorrow with a camera in my hand. People like that should not drive our children.
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Old 11-13-07, 06:56 AM
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Made every single green light today over the 3.5 miles!
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Old 11-13-07, 08:14 AM
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wettest commute i've ever done.
Found out my saddle bag isn't too waterproof. Cellphone & wallet got drenched.
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Old 11-13-07, 08:26 AM
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45F and dry. Had to shed a long-sleeved T-shirt before the end of the 6-mile ride.

I hate starting my commute groggy... but I do kind of wake up along the way.

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Old 11-13-07, 08:38 AM
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Moist. Thought the rain had stopped, but it had slowed to a drizzle. My pants are damp, but no signs of obvious wetness.
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Old 11-13-07, 08:45 AM
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Cold today, started out at 27f, light wind. Was comfortable for the first half of the ride, but it was 10 degrees warmer at the office, and I ended up way to warm. Brought shorts for the ride home as forecast is for 60f.

Heavy traffic today, and the really clear air seemed to carry the rode noise for miles. Over a mile long backup at one intersection. The county replaced a relatively safe 4 way stop sign that routinely had 1/2 mile backups with an overpass with two dangerous high speed T intersections, which creates a mile backup further down the rode. Only a politician could call it an "improvement".

Note to self: never carry kiwi fruit in bike bag, 'nuff said.
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Old 11-13-07, 09:39 AM
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Windy as hell today! I managed to get my wife out of the house a couple of minutes early, and we were rewarded with a smooth ride in and reduced traffic. Not quite as fast as yesterday, but much better than usual.
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Old 11-13-07, 09:55 AM
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Windy as hell here in Colorado Springs today as well. My normal 40 minute ride took almost an hour. If I wasn't going slow straight into a 35 mph wind, it was crossing me and knocking me all over the trail so I had to go slow anyway. Debris and tumble weeds all over the trail, there was a downed tree across the MUP in one spot and I had to dismount and walk over it. Going to have to be careful going home in the dark this evening, a lot of this debris will likely still be there, good test of my lights I guess.
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Old 11-13-07, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by seafoamer
wettest commute i've ever done.
Found out my saddle bag isn't too waterproof. Cellphone & wallet got drenched.
Put your wallet and cellphone in carrier/grocery bags, wrap them up in them and then put them into your saddle bag. A big bag to line your saddle bag itself would be helpful, too. Easiest fix for non-waterproof bags IMO. Spare bags can also help in times of need, to cover shoes in crazy rain, etc. (even with SPDs, grocery bags over shoes will still allow for clip-in).

Ride in was a lot warmer than expected. Looks like most of my cold has dwindled away, still feeling a little tightness in the chest but otherwise fine.

Had to knock on a cab who was pulling into my lane (again, no mirror checking while they try and dart about playing the lane-game) - no drama though, and they all eventually get snarled up in traffic anyway.

Work "team building" paintball tomorrow, though I'll still be riding to catch my ride out to Niagara region.. yay for transportational cycling
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Old 11-13-07, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Flimflam
Put your wallet and cellphone in carrier/grocery bags, wrap them up in them and then put them into your saddle bag. A big bag to line your saddle bag itself would be helpful, too. Easiest fix for non-waterproof bags IMO. Spare bags can also help in times of need, to cover shoes in crazy rain, etc. (even with SPDs, grocery bags over shoes will still allow for clip-in).
Thanks for the advice! When I got in, I was thinking that I shoulda put the wallet & cell in sandwich bags. I like the idea of lining the bag all the time.

Do plastic bags on cycling shoes really stay on?
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Old 11-13-07, 11:31 AM
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Took a roundabout way in today, thanks to a schedule mix-up. The streets were a bit wet, but not a bad morning for some extra miles.
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Old 11-13-07, 11:55 AM
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Leaving the driveway into my building last night and stopped at a red, I was rewarded for my patience with the chance to watch two young deer cross another building's driveway. The deer looked like they were just enjoying the heck out of life, and all the nearby cars slowed to watch.
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Old 11-13-07, 12:44 PM
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Massive Temperature swing today, it was 2c yesterday and 16c this morning. What a beatiful ride for mid November in Winnipeg.
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Old 11-13-07, 03:44 PM
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Terrible commute this morning. Left the bike at work last night as I was meeting friends in town and didn't have time to ride home and get back into the city again.

So this morning I was on the bus. Standing up all the way in stop start traffic on Anzac bridge, hot and uncomfortable, whilst watching cyclists whizzing past much faster than the traffic. Makes me realise just how good it is to ride in every day!
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Old 11-13-07, 06:25 PM
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Commute was very crazy this morning. At first I was happy about the 50F temps, but the smile faded when I was showered with a bunch of dust and small rocks by a street sweeper. My eyes and throat are still irritated. Later, my phone fell out of my bag and some evil drivers decided it would be fun if they could run over it...sigh. I felt better after I told myself that it's just a phone and I wouldn't let drivers ruin my ride.
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Old 11-13-07, 07:38 PM
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Started off at 30 degrees out the door at 6:10 am. 2 miles later it was 60 degrees and 20-30mph wind. I could not believe it. I stopped and promptly stripped off all my layers. Arrived at work in shorts and long sleeve under shirt with my long fingered gloves between my hands and bars. Cold front to warm front in 2 miles. I would not have believed this had I not lived it.
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Old 11-13-07, 08:01 PM
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Another beautiful day in America's Finest City. This morning it was 58F and 70F when I left work this evening. It made my 27 miles r/t commute very pleasant.

Watched the fighter jets fly over my head at Miramar AFB on the way home. Fortunately they were high enough that it didn't hurt my ears. One time I was right under their landing path that crosses my route and boy that really hurt my ears.

Great day.
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Old 11-13-07, 11:15 PM
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By the time I started out, the rain showers had stopped. Most of the way I was dodging large puddles. My Performance Bike vinyl rain jacket is ripping along the zipper, so I'm going to shell out some dough for a quality rainjacket ( Bellwether? ) and rainpants...and some detachable fenders...and a rearview mirror...
The after rain sunshine hitting Nantucket Sound was a cool sight... I noticed on the way home that regular gas is $3.02 a gallon. It was $2.99 yesterday!
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Old 11-13-07, 11:16 PM
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did a 40 mile road ride yesterday at a good pace and I was pretty chilled out on my ride today. Certainly set no records on the way in but it was a very pleasant commute. Started the day with rain and ended with clear skies.

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Old 11-14-07, 09:12 AM
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It was actually pretty fargin' cold today. The radio claimed -2C, but a co-worker said it was -10C at his house. I need to move faster with my pogie plan.
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Old 11-14-07, 11:53 AM
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On the way home yesterday I had to stop by the side of the road to put on different (warmer) gloves and a headband for my ears. Gets cold when the sun drops now

I had some jack***** in a truck give a long honk at me (I think) just as he was entering the on ramp to the highway. Guess he felt all powerful since I couldn't follow and catch him there. A couple minutes earlier he was stuck in traffic and I would have easily caught him.

Nice ride in this morning, started to drizzle about 1/2 way into my ride. No big deal, still warm enough out there. Problem is with the glasses.... gotta go for the surgery I think.
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Old 11-14-07, 11:56 AM
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Nice ,warm ride in this AM. Finally getting back to normal after a bout of bronchitis nearly a month ago. Has me worrying about riding in cold temps, but this AM's 50F was very nice! Should be ~ 70-75F for the ride home
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Old 11-14-07, 12:14 PM
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The weather is getting weird. Last night's commute home was unusually warm. This morning's commute was also warmer than usual. All I had on today was my thin outer shell and I still felt overheated. Otherwise, the commute this morning was nice and peaceful. I saw a guy fixing a flat and offered my help. He said no so I went on my way.
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