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Old 03-03-08, 07:15 PM
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Absolutely beautiful today. Winter jacket on the way in - which was too much. Just a windbreaker going home. Warmest day since fall, sun shine and no wind.
Figures, I had to go back in to work this evening. Lousy ride going in.... killer headwind the whole way. But the ride back home was sweet with that tailwind.
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Old 03-03-08, 08:20 PM
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No snow on the roads this morning, so off to work by bike I go. West side is all clear but definitely chilly. Cross the 1/3rd mark East bound and the roads are dusted. Now half way and it's getting slippery with icy patches. Just about 2/3rds now, make a slow turn and my bike and I are sliding down the road. We pick ourselves up and away we go. It's just pride that's hurt. Roads slushed up a bit for the rest of the ride to work and no more indecencies. Damn I felt so alive. After all these years of commuting in three different states I can still have these great moments. WOW

Road bike+snow+ice+chill+slush=skill training completed.

Good luck to all. Please have a moment for yourself and enjoy.
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Old 03-03-08, 09:01 PM
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It sucked. It was rainy, windy, and cold and I was dead tired from the 70 miles I did yesterday. And to top it off I threw my chain.
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Old 03-03-08, 09:31 PM
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It was about the same temp both ways. Feels odd.

Tried a new route. More roads, less mediocre trails. More distance . Worked well, although the streets are a bit more disturbing during rush hour traffic than on a lazy saturday.
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Old 03-03-08, 11:50 PM
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A wonderful spring preview today. Feels awesome to dress light, not have to wear full finger gloves. Tailwind.

It's that magical time when the weather gives us semi-occasional nice warm days, yet the fair weather commuters aren't out clogging the streets just yet :-)
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Old 03-04-08, 02:22 AM
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Went for a brief ride today, been working on so many things figured I would take a break from it all. The weather was great though the wind did come up later. Took the time out to go for a ride and enjoy a picnic, the season has certainly changed.
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Old 03-04-08, 05:28 AM
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WOW! All I can say is, wow.

~60F with just enough wind to give an occasional nudge, and my earlier start time (self-imposed DST a little ahead of schedule, I guess) means almost zero traffic. My ride was non-stop, except for about 10-15 seconds at a light, and it felt like I was riding through a dream...

I'll take it! Where do I sign?
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Old 03-04-08, 07:17 AM
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Excellent commute in today, best one yet Only my 2nd day LOL. But seriously, tried a different route today and had about 4 miles of my 6.5mi commute where I wasn't overtaken by any cars. Backroads were empty. Did the 6.5mi commute in under 30min, which is right on par with how long it takes in the car.

Left about 20 minutes earlier than last time and it made a nice difference in the traffic level on the roads where it was busiest.
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Old 03-04-08, 07:45 AM
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I rode my 29 miles of my commute into a 15-20 mph headwind. It definitely tested my will power and determination to forge ahead. My mph dropped about 2 mph. On a positive note, the weather was quite comfortable, low 40's here in central Long Island. Looking forward to the warmer days in the up coming weeks.
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Old 03-04-08, 07:49 AM
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argh...got a flat!... Luckily, it was only about 1 block from the people mover, so I was still able to get to work on time.

A piece of glass had punctured the tire and the tube, so was a quick fix. It pays to be prepared...
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Old 03-04-08, 08:54 AM
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most excellent commute this morning - 60, light wind, beautiful sky. Nice not to wear my warmer gear too! Hopefully I will miss the thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon
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Having just started bike commuting, I'm still learning which clothes to wear in which temps. It was 35 when I left my house this morning. I was wearing bike shorts with wind pants, an under armor cold gear top with a wind jacket on top of that, a windproof beanie and windproof fleece gloves. I got about half-way to work and I was hot! Probably should have used a bandana instead of the beanie, tights instead of the wind pants, and traded the wind jacket for another long-sleeved shirt on top of the UA. Learning curves are fun!
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Old 03-04-08, 11:58 AM
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We got a little bit of snow last nigt, so no reason to run studs. Fine ride in, a little windy, no drama except for when my wife blew past me through a red light.
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Old 03-04-08, 01:23 PM
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Beautiful day! Winds died down from yesterday and warming up nicely. Got a late start so had to take the bus about halfway. But am looking forward to the ride home!
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Old 03-04-08, 01:54 PM
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*brutal* headwind going home last night. Humongo gusts. When I got to pick up my 6 yr old, he and his pals were on top of a hill leaning into it to try and see if it would hold them up.

This morning, circuitous, trailered 3 yr old to dentist and then her school, then finally into work. Nice and sunny, mild(ish), today.
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Old 03-04-08, 02:13 PM
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Awesome. First day back on the bike in a few days.
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Great ride in, the first warm day in a while.
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Great ride in Seattle. Sunny but still in the low 40Fs
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Old 03-05-08, 12:17 AM
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Nice ride in for me. Sunny and warm. Had a chat with another commuter about my single speed. He was interested in what gear I ran it at. Always nice to exchange pleasantries with other commuters in the morning.
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Beautiful weather, and a good ride. Not to much wind just a smooth flow.
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Cooler than yesterday and a bit rainy. Missed most of it during the ride--got wetter walking around the building.

With the spring raininess coming (hopefully), I am officially in the market for some top notch rain gear. I actually have several good shells, but none are of the high-viz, cycle-specific variety.

Oh yes. Standing between the outer and inner double glass doors waiting to get in, a perplexed looking guy asked, "Did you ride a bicycle in today?" I, in my black tights, screaming yellow cycling jacket, and with helmet in hand, replied, "Yes, all winter in fact." This did not clear up his perplexity.

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The weather forecast yesterday called for severe thunderstorms and high winds, so I drove. The forecast was right but their timing was off, and the storms didn't hit until last night. So I missed riding on a 70F-degree day, although it was very windy.

Back in the saddle this morning, and it was still warm -- about 50F during my commute. It was still windy, like it's been here for the past two weeks, although usually the mornings are calm. Hopefully I'll get a nice SW tailwind on the way home. Enjoying the morning light while it lasts. My morning commute will go back to total darkness next week when daylight savings time starts again.
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42F when I left the house this morning. I learned my lesson from yesterday regarding clothing so I wore bike shorts, UA long-sleeved shirt and a short-sleeved jersey. Couldn't find my bandana. Overall a great ride in except I need to get some full-finger gloves pronto!
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Cool and slightly drizzly morning = skidding down Lexington Ave. (in a good way). Streets were just wet enough to make fg skids easy so I took the opportunity to skid to a stop whenever I needed to. I should think about rotating my tires.
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good commute - 50 when I left. Missed all the rain yesterday, but the wind was rough. Glad the storm held off til I got home.
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