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Old 01-08-08, 05:53 AM
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Another warm one today! About 48 when I left the house.

Yesterday on the way home I helped a member of the Prince William County PD push a disabled vehicle onto the MUT - unfortunately, one of the "multiple" uses is as a breakdown lane.
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Old 01-08-08, 07:06 AM
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Relaxing. 1 mile, from my home to my bus stop. Over the weekend, I bought a 10-year old, great condition mountain bike for this daily voyage.
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Old 01-08-08, 07:55 AM
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Rolled out of bed this morning looking forward to commuting in the balmy weather we're having. The high today is supposed to hit the mid-70s and set a new record. However, the same weather conditions also caused a thick, pea-soup fog this morning -- so I opted not to ride. I had trouble seeing yesterday in light fog, and it was really dense this morning, perhaps the worst I have ever seen here.

I had other reasons for driving as well. First, I started getting a saddle sore yesterday and want to clear it up before it got any worse. Second, I had some errands to run that require my truck. So, hopefully the weather will stay nice for the rest of the week and I get some more rides in.
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Unbelievable weather - low 60s on the commute in - felt like continuing on and not going inside!
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Old 01-08-08, 09:14 AM
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Mid-50s F or so on my ride in, and I caught the fog tarwheel mentioned. I ride mostly on a MUP, though, so I didn't have to worry that much about being visible. I did burn my front light & rear blinkie.

My glasses were covered in condensation, so I let them slip down like reading glasses. I need wipers!
I'm finding that I really don't like riding through humidity. Dry air is great, but it's rare here most of the year.

Beautiful picture, Otter 718!
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Old 01-08-08, 10:43 AM
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Slight fog in Tucson, glasses clouded up at stop lights. Lovely temperature, lots of moisture in the air. First try with my new year pannier purchase and i liked not having a bag on my back.
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Old 01-08-08, 10:47 AM
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If you read my post yesterday, you know yesterday was my first day back in the office/commuting since mid-December. My "day" in the office lasted < 3 hours. Day care called saying they thought the kid had pink eye. Good news: she doesn't. Bad news: she has infections in both ears and can't go back to day care. So, for 5 business days (10 commutes possible) of 2007, I have .5 commutes. That sucks.
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Old 01-08-08, 11:22 AM
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Bleagh. I'm still sick. I dislike being sick. -15C on the ride in. Going home is going to suck.
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Old 01-08-08, 12:14 PM
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Nice today about 35F when I left the house, one bike path was plowed but still icy, the other two paths required some walking. Enjoyed walking through the snow across the 1/2 mile "Old" General Sullivan Bridge bike path while traffic was bumer-to-bumper on the parallel "New" General Sullivan Bridge.

I love not driving!
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Old 01-08-08, 12:26 PM
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Warmer than expected, with a healthy southerly wind. Wore my new team jersey. Feels good.
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Originally Posted by Otter 718
Wow, what a day for a ride. I haven't ridden in to work since November, and today the weather finally got me motivated. Sure beat the subway!


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Nice pic! You're commute takes you through DUMBO?

It's way above normal avg. temp today so I went jacketless to work and enjoyed every minute of it.
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Old 01-08-08, 03:10 PM
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Not a good commute yesterday afternoon. Wasn't concentrating, and made a couple of stupid mistakes. Got beeped for them (rightly so). Was so irritated with myself after the first one (switched lanes without checking properly) that I almost went full tilt into another cyclist on a MUP.

Bah. Hopefully this morning will be better!

Nice pic Otter, BTW.
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Old 01-08-08, 04:13 PM
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Much better commute. Picked up a roadie on Anzac bridge and couldn't shake him off. Was howling up the hill at full pelt, and he's just sitting pretty off the back wheel the whole time. When we stopped at the lights a few kms on, he laughed and said 'I was using you as a paceline'. What a cheek! Still, I console myself with the fact that he was going through his gears the whole way, whilst I'm sitting on a 39/18 without changing.

Hmmm, does that sound overly competitive? Heh heh, I'm not really bothered, just livens up the morning. Anyhoo, what with pushing it to keep him behind me I made good time into work. And no traffic incidents either. Much better ride.
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Old 01-08-08, 05:13 PM
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Tough ride home - headwinds gusting to 25 mph. Still enjoyed the warm temp (68F) though!
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Old 01-08-08, 05:44 PM
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First commute ever from North Andover MA to Boston MA. 30 miles each way. For years I've avoided it because I assumed I couldn't create a tolerable route, but I finally buckled down and devised a route that's less trafficky.

It was muddy and gritty and I got a little rained on, but it was warm and it was FUN! It takes me about 1.5 hours by car during regular commuting hours, and it only took me 2 hours by bike (avg 15.8 mph) during the same hours. Only problem: darkness on the way home, once I got outside the city. I have plenty of lights/blinkers on so the cars can see me, but when there are NO streetlights and no houses and no cars, my new LED headlight is a little anemic and it's hard to see the road. And with a little ice and slush and plenty of potholes out there, it was a little tense at times.

But even so, it was as much fun as I think I've had commuting...ever. I'm now an official bike commuter. Yay me.
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slushy! Left a rooster tail all the way to work.
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Old 01-08-08, 07:47 PM
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That's great, drthos! 30 miles is a big commute - are you planning to do it every day?
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What is the word I am looking for...

Oh yes... there it is.

Cold.

But thankfully dry and the roads were clear.
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A pleasant but cool day in southern cal for my 24 mile RT commute today. Looks like the rest of the week will be the same, so looking good for the first half of January. Goal this year is to bike commute 200 work days (did about 170 last year) averaging 25 miles RT, so I'll have to ration my non bike commute days carefully to make that goal.
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Sounds like it's time for a headlight upgrade.

Originally Posted by drthos
Only problem: darkness on the way home, once I got outside the city. I have plenty of lights/blinkers on so the cars can see me, but when there are NO streetlights and no houses and no cars, my new LED headlight is a little anemic and it's hard to see the road. And with a little ice and slush and plenty of potholes out there, it was a little tense at times.
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Old 01-09-08, 06:55 AM
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Great ride in this morning. The temperature was 60 degrees when I left at 6:25 am. For some reason, the streets were wet the whole way, even though the 8-hour radar showed no rain during the night. Weird. Rode into a SW breeze most of my commute but it felt good. If the weather forecast holds, I'll be riding into a headwind this afternoon as well because a cold front is moving through during the day.

Made a good call not riding yesterday due to the heavy fog. It was the worst I have ever seen. More importantly, the saddle sore that popped up Monday mostly disappeared by taking a day off riding and treating it with Corticaid -- miracle stuff for saddle sores.
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agreed! wonderful temps this morning for a ride! That wind was perfect. It was nice not to bundle up in my layers like I was last week. I rode yesterday, but the fog didn't give me too much trouble...a little fogging up of my eye protection and mirror though

will you be riding in the rain tomorrow?
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Originally Posted by jterribili
will you be riding in the rain tomorrow?
No, but only because Thursday is my work-from-home day and my wife has the day off.

The commute today sucked. I was completely out of breath and my arms and legs had no energy. I don't know why. It could have been that I was carrying an extra 15 pounds on the bike; the wind; hunger; being a little out of shape after not cycling for the past 2 weeks; or still not being recovered from the bronchitis/pneumonia I had over the holidays. Obviously, I'm hoping for any but the last two.
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The weather report said -8C, and although it felt a wee bit colder, I didn't get too frozen. It turns out that it was actually -14C, which explains why my wife's nose got cold. 'Twas very fast - I think we managed to deke out traffic a bit.
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black ice all the way in but managed to navigate it OK.

My hands were cold for about the middle third of the trip (1st third hadn't cooled down, last third I was distracted by basically huffing and puffing some combo of getting out of shape plus a pretty cold morning slowed me down and warmed me up)
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