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Old 01-24-08, 12:47 PM
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2nd day of commuting.. foggy and cool for south fla...first day commuting, on the way home rain forced plan B, Metro Mover (elevated people mover, connects to main rail system) to Metrorail, then short ride home... having fun!
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Old 01-24-08, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
That sounds incredible. You're lucky to have such scenery on your route. .

Check this thread out for the view of Mt. Rainier this week....


https://www.bikeforums.net/pacific-northwest/381077-who-rode-today.html


Here's another pic and comment on this week's weather from a good local biking blog:

https://www.bikingbis.com/blog/_archi...2/3480799.html

And, when the clouds are gone, we get this (I cross this bridge every day...)

https://www.bikingbis.com/blog/_archi...3/3463743.html
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Old 01-24-08, 01:48 PM
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No hot water in the shower room this morning. Ay yay yay. Other than that, no complaints.
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Old 01-24-08, 01:59 PM
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Yeah great view of Rainier today (and all week). 17F, no wind.
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Rode in this morning with 24f and calm winds. There was a light snowfall as I rode in. I was expecting the howling snowfall we had on Tuesday. But I lucked out. I like riding in the snow like that in the morning. Its peaceful and serene. I kept the road tires on because I knew the snowfall would be light. I stopped at the BP as usual to pick up a newspaper, and some lady commented to me how she sees me every morning and thought it was "amazing" how I ride everyday, particularly in this cold weather. I said "Thanks". Riding home the temps dropped to 19f. It felt nice and cool. It's all in the gear. Had the wind at my back.
I might have to put the snowpants on tom'rw morning. Talking about 7f in the morning. If so, that will set a new personal record for me. At this point I'm pushing 400 miles so far.
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-12 to -17 degrees this morning, depending on where your thermometer was. My commute to the U took 1 hour and 10 minutes. I stopped 3 times. Once to blow my nose, once because I found somebody's license on the path and stopped to pick it up, and once because my eyelashes froze shut (after I had removed my goggles because my breath was fogging the outsides of them)!!!
I think I'm taking a day off tomorrow...
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Old 01-24-08, 08:27 PM
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Man. You guys are hard-core. That's why I live somewhere where the temperature never drops below about 5C(40F), and I can just wear shorts and a jersey all year round.

It's Australia day on Saturday, and on the way home last night they were doing a sound check for the event at Darling Harbour. Some opera singer signing the national anthem with a rock-band backing. Anyway, the upshot was that the peds on Pyrmont Bridge were even more all over the place than usual. Almost ran into a couple doing the 'random sideways movements' as I approached.

Bah. I dislike MUPs. Also my headset is working loose. But the exciting thing is that I pick up my new bike at the weekend (so can also book my old one in for a service).
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24 mi RT commute today. It was a rain jacket ride in the am with moderate rain for much of the 12 mile distance but luckily no wind. Took it slow and easy on the downhills and corners. I need to get something like sealskin socks to keep my feet dry, cause my wool socks get wet when it rains (I wear Keen sandals while riding).

The evening trip home was dry, but looks like a big pacific storm is heading in off the ocean. Haven't used the bus or car yet this year to work, but tomorrow might be a day to consider it if the storm is a mean one.
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Old 01-24-08, 11:34 PM
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Stood outside talking to my professor in this 28F weather for a good 15 minutes, so my fingers were cold to start with. Got a new balaclava so my warm face made up for it. Riding home at 7:00 uphill is getting to be a drag, but I know it could be worse, yet I am starting to move a bit slower this week.
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Old 01-24-08, 11:55 PM
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0C/32F this morning. I felt all right starting out, but for some reason was really tired by the time I got to work. It's not like my commute is very long (15-20 minutes, tops). I thought I had a nasty headwind, but I couldn't see tree branches moving at all . Maybe it's just the end of the week and I need a good weekend.
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22F/-5C going into about a 1-gear headwind most all of the way (my ride is almost a straight shot--save for a few side-to-side jogs). Pretty nice, really...
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Old 01-25-08, 07:04 AM
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My green light mojo was short-lived. Yesterday I had green lights all the way to work and only caught one red light going home. I was cruising, except for the 20 mph headwinds from the NW on my trip home. It felt colder going home with temps in the mid-40s than it did going to work in the morning with temps about 32, due to the wind. This morning, it looked like my green light streak would continue as I made it through the first 5 signals without having to stop. Then the 5th light screwed me over. It turned red as I approached and then the sensor didn't pick up my bike, so I had to sit there through two light cycles. Same thing happened at the last light, the longest one on my route. It was 21 degrees. I went from feeling very comfortable to chilly sitting through all those lights, and on top of that, my water bottle froze so I couldn't even get a drink while I sat there waiting. I guess the red lights were getting me back for yesterday's good luck.
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Old 01-25-08, 10:37 AM
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-15C when we left the house, but it didn't feel that cold until the downhill. Frosty cheeks for sure. No other drama on the way in, other than a fair-sized truck almost took out a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The ped was 100% in the right, and gave a hands-up "WTF?" as the truck turned in front of him with inches to spare. It's surprising [or not], given that a woman was killed in a crosswalk a week ago by a cement truck, and the police are keeping a well-publicized eye out for violators.
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Old 01-25-08, 10:48 AM
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Beautiful ride this morning. Not much traffic and not cold. Unusually light traffic this morning. I have to make one left turn on my ride in and there were no cars in either direction to even have to watch out for or merge with. I can't remember that ever happening and I have been driving the same route for 2 1/2 years. My legs were a little dead after riding yesterday and then playing a double header softball game last night.
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Another wet and windy day predicted (including a NWS High Wind Advisory), but I lucked out with a relatively calm and dry ride in. At one point I caught and passed another commuter and she dropped in to draft me. At a stop light near work she thanked me for the draft and wished me a good morning. That's a nice feeling.
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Brisk, baby. 18F
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25 mile RT commute today, overcast with some showers in the am but very mild under cloudy skies on the way home. Beautiful sunset over the coastal hills was a nice way to finish off the week.
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Old 01-25-08, 09:22 PM
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Drizzle on the way in....hammered on the way home. Lightning, sideways rain, the whole deal. And, a public bus stayed right on my "bumper" the entire 3 mile run from the French Quarter to City Park. Only breathing room I could get was gained by running red lights or when he/she dropped off a passenger. Maybe he/she was running interference for me as he/she showed no interest in passing me. Glad that's over.
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Old 01-26-08, 04:11 AM
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I have posted this on the Gore-Tex thread, but here's my ride today. I have been riding into SF during this rainy season and I have a 22-32 round trip commute from Daly City to SF downtown. It was raining hard all day yesterday and I was using my $300 Goretex raingear (pants and Jacket). They were working good for awhile until 30 mins into my ride, water started seeping into my Gore-tex fabric. Luckily I was warm enough during my coummute, but as soon as I got to work, I was drenched, soaking wet and cold! Luckily there was a shower stall at my work and I had it to take a hot shower before work to keep myself warm and prevent from getting sick. It was a horrible commute on the way home as well.

I went to Performance to see if they had any rain gear, but other commuters got to the rain gear I wanted so I went to Target. I found a rain gear set-up, top and bottom, by Eddie Bauer for $29.00 (at the camping section)! It had mesh and nylon lining, well ventilated from the, back, armpits and the velcro wrist straps. outer fabric I think were made of synthetic rubber and nylon. The hood and neck is well protected and formed symmetrically well around my head. For $29, I thought I'd give them a shot since I couldn't find anything that day and my Gore-Tex raingear were still wet from yesterday.

So today was a perfect day to give my gear a test since it had been heavily raining all day. As for my gloves, I used latex gloves over them. I used my clear anti-fog tactical (ski) goggles ( $20 from Galls) for the harsh condition today, my clipless shoes had the all weather shoe cover from Performance and my sporty long johns from Target. I was ready to go. I suited up, put my hood over my baklava, then my helmet. At 130 pm, I was out on the road and it was raining hard, the streets were flooding, and the winds were picking up light debris. So 30 min. into the ride, the rain pounded into my $29 raingear, but it was keeping the water out and I was staying warm and dry! My goggles wasn't fogging up either and visibility were still good. I was having fun like a little kid playing out in the rain. When I got to work, I was dry from head to to toe (except my smiling face)! I had a great ride. I couldn't wait to finish work and do it all over again. Luckily for me, it was still raining and my adventure continues. It was a great ride as well.
 
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I was greeted with a beautiful 1/2 inch of fresh snow at daybreak. Wonderfully peacefull, quiet, and serene. Doesn't get much better!
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Old 01-26-08, 10:45 AM
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Was a bit more of a trial today than it has been. Of course it mgiht be due to breaking in a new rig. Still trying to get the bike fully dialed in. Different setup than the last commuter but it is a lot faster. The only thing is that the chainrings are really flexy. I might actually try to salvage the cranks from my old setup. Looks like thins thing has stamped steel chainrings. Wooooo flexy!!!
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slight dusting of snow. 14degrees. had to ride the mountain bike because of my nearly slick tires on my new FX. got home faster than it takes me in the car today......
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Originally Posted by sf1901
At 130 pm, I was out on the road and it was raining hard, the streets were flooding, and the winds were picking up light debris. So 30 min. into the ride, the rain pounded into my $29 raingear, but it was keeping the water out and I was staying warm and dry! My goggles wasn't fogging up either and visibility were still good. I was having fun like a little kid playing out in the rain. When I got to work, I was dry from head to to toe (except my smiling face)! I had a great ride. I couldn't wait to finish work and do it all over again. Luckily for me, it was still raining and my adventure continues. It was a great ride as well.
Sounds like a great ride!
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Much of my commute is like me...car free.


The bicycle highway that does stretch farther than the eye can see.


"niko"... a new dog friend.


My ride.


The Provincial Legislature and wind gauge.


Approaching the bridge.


Crossing the bridge (1 km).


The nearly frozen North Saskatchewan river.
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Old 01-28-08, 07:56 AM
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Cold for south florida... 51 with a breeze... was actually coldest after the train, was sweating under my jacket, and breeze was tough... All you snow riders are insane....
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