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Old 03-05-08, 10:29 AM
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Rode home last night. The weather was horrible for everyone, except me. I was on a bicycle. Weather is never bad when you are riding. The sleet pellets felt like I was being shot by a machine gun shooting bb's. Hurt like hell but I love riding.
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Old 03-05-08, 10:32 AM
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Nice cloudy morning. 60F. Saw egrets and herons in the lagoon. Pretty ride sweetened further by an email from a colleague in Montreal, where it's pelting down freezing rain and ice.

OK maybe just a little smug....
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Old 03-05-08, 10:44 AM
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Bright sun, moderate traffic, and my wife took off about halfway to go to the dentist. I got all sprinty after that...
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Last night, I was buzzed uncomfortably close in the bike lane. The side mirror didn't actually touch me but I swear I could feel the breeze on my jersey sleeve. I caught up to him at the next light, made eye contact and held my hands about 6 inches apart. He rolled down his window. I said "Hey, do me a favor: next time make it 3 feet."

He said (of course): "I'm sorry, I didn't see you." And the light changed and he went on his merry way.

After I got home, I realized Hey! He was in the bike lane. WTF kind of excuse is that? He shouldn't have been in the bike lane at all. ****, I was pissed then.
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Old 03-05-08, 11:17 AM
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23F this morning with lightly snowing. I was able to easily maintain 15mph on my mountain bike. It was fun but I still want spring back. One day spring. The next winter. bleh!
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Old 03-05-08, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
Bright sun, moderate traffic, and my wife took off about halfway to go to the dentist.
OT: Is this related to the tooth she left behind on your commute the other day?

On topic: I rode yesterday but left early in the afternoon to avoid the storms tarwheel mentioned. Commute today was uneventful, but WINDY. Man, I'll be glad when spring gets more serious and the wind stops.
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Old 03-05-08, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso
Last night, I was buzzed uncomfortably close in the bike lane. The side mirror didn't actually touch me but I swear I could feel the breeze on my jersey sleeve. I caught up to him at the next light, made eye contact and held my hands about 6 inches apart. He rolled down his window. I said "Hey, do me a favor: next time make it 3 feet."

He said (of course): "I'm sorry, I didn't see you." And the light changed and he went on his merry way.

After I got home, I realized Hey! He was in the bike lane. WTF kind of excuse is that? He shouldn't have been in the bike lane at all. ****, I was pissed then.

I feel a BS cough coming on. At least he appologized.

My ride was nice. 30F and 3-4" of snow. Took the back road to avoid traffic. It was kind of sloppy downtown though.
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Old 03-05-08, 02:05 PM
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kind of a rush rush out the door this morning, wound up taking 6 yr old to school on trail-a-bike since I didn't have time to wait for him to pedal at his own pace (~3mph) on his 16" bike, got back and said something about boy it's cold out, my wife said it was probably because it was 30F and I was biking w/ no jacket, shorts, and sandals. That may have had something to do with it.
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Old 03-05-08, 03:02 PM
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The traffic report on the radio before I left said Sydney was a nightmare this morning. Consequently the traffic in the city was very quiet (traffic jams on the arterials leading into the city = less cars actually in the city!). Made the ride quite pleasant. And the weather has improved a lot over the last few days too - it's been very pleasant, with sunshine and temperatires in the high teens.

Just one idiot taxi driver buzzing past me on a single lane road.
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Old 03-05-08, 06:55 PM
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I didn't get to ride today, but last night...... we had one heck of a storm coming in to the area and I caught a strong enough tailwind to cut 10 minutes (in the rain) off my normal 45 minute commute.
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Old 03-05-08, 08:19 PM
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I pulled up to park at the the bike rack at the Middlesex County Courthouse (I'm still on jury duty), and a police officer said approvingly (speaking of my helmet with two headlights and a blinky) that I looked like a police car.
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Old 03-05-08, 08:31 PM
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Got out to a good start for March despite an ice storm here in Ohio. This was my first work day of the month since I was on a short vacation. The roads were dry and I headed out into yet another cold February day, despite the calendar. This one was different in that I found yet another reason why riding a bike beats out driving.

As I approached the mid-point on my route, I saw a 'Road Closed' barrier and saw road crews with cherry pickers up ahead, clearing ice-covered debris, broken branches and downed power lines.

I pulled up to the first crew, which was only blocking one lane. I asked them if they thought it would be OK for me to go through up on ahead. They said "Sure! Go on through." I rode up to the blocked area, made sure I got a smile and a wave that it was OK to go through and then carefully picked my path over the debris and in between the trucks and equipment. One guy said "it's a little cold out here to be riding, isn't it?" I replied, "It's never too cold!".

As all this occurred, I watched 4 drivers turn around disgustedly, 2 on either end of the closed area. I'm not sure what part of 'road closed' they didn't understand that they'd drive past it, only to be forced to turn around later.

But the look on my face when I smiled and waved at them was incredibly smug.
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Old 03-05-08, 09:18 PM
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great stories keep them coming. When working from home do not have much of a chance to commute per say. I make sure and ride though every day for that matter. Thus far the weather has been spectacular and keeps getting better as time goes.
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Old 03-05-08, 10:37 PM
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My commute with my mountain bike in a snow storm was horrible. Bigtime failure. (Chronicled in the winter cycling forum). I'm not looking forward to being a pedestrian for another week or two until all this snow goes away.
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Old 03-06-08, 07:06 AM
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Rode one of my faster bikes (Merckx Corsa) today as I had plenty of clothes at the office and the weather is supposed to be much warmer. It was chilly (39) with a bit of a wind, and I dressed lighter than usual because it's supposed to hit 70F this afternoon, so I rode harder than usual to keep warm. Got caught at every freakin red light along my route, but still averaged 17.1 mph -- about 2+ mph faster than usual. Sat through one traffic signal twice when the sensor didn't pick up my bike.

I'm convinced that the tires make the biggest difference in average speeds among my bikes. My main commuter has Panaracer Paselas that are very durable and flat-resistant, but slow as molasses. My Merckx has Michelin Pro Race2s, and they roll so nice my bike feels like it has turbochargers on it.
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Old 03-06-08, 07:46 AM
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Yesterday was gorgeous - 50ish in the morning, lower 60s headed home.
This morning was very nice, but cooler. Sunny and bright!
With the warmer, springlike temperatures, I'm seeing more cyclists on the trail.
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Old 03-06-08, 08:06 AM
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Similar experience to tarwheel, at least in the clothing and weather departments (I don't have a "faster" bike, just a slower one!)

On the ride home yesterday my rear wheel slipped slightly in the dropouts as I was riding in the middle of my most dangerous stretch of road. Finally had to pull to the side and adjust the wheel. It was fine today, but you know how for a while after something like that you ride a little more nervous than you did before? That was me this morning, listening for every little squeak.
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Old 03-06-08, 08:33 AM
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I suck... had to get my wife to carry me to work today. Crisis at work meant I needed the 10 minutes the car saved me.

Oh well...
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Old 03-06-08, 08:41 AM
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Slower than usual due to the new Powergrips and the associated learning curve. Felt weird fiddling w/ the pedal and trying to slip my foot in the strap. The ride itself was fine which helped.
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Old 03-06-08, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
OT: Is this related to the tooth she left behind on your commute the other day?
Yes, it was about the tooth! She had to go get her stitches out from the titanium screw installation in her upper jaw.

The ride in today was sunny and only -6C. Traffic was reasonable and I actually got to work early. There were no dental mishaps.
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Old 03-06-08, 09:33 AM
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the 1.7 mile ride (coast) to work was nice this morning. It's supposed to be 50 deg F in Connecticut today.
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It's been fairly windy here all week, so I've had some good workouts.
However, it was absolutely howling at 6am, Accuweather on my phone said 30mph with gusts to 45, so I rolled over and slept for a while, and drove in.
Gives me a chance to take some work clothes from my locker to the dry cleaner, etc.
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Old 03-06-08, 11:08 AM
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frosty 27F! Should be up to 60 heading home, they claim. Passed a guy at about the halfway point of my ride, and he caught up with me by the end of my long-cut diversion but I wound up passing him again.
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Old 03-06-08, 12:13 PM
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when I left yesterday I found that my front tire was plat - looked like I a sharp piece of plastic on the morning ride and it resulted in a slow leak. Then when changing the tire, I found out that even though the box of the tubes I bought a while back showed 700 X 20/28C they were in actuality 700 X 20/25! I put it in anyway and was able to get home - guess I need to check the contents next time.

Didn't ride in today as my wife has a long morning appt on Thurs. for the next couple of months, so I stay home a watch the kids and then she brings me in to work. However,I hated not riding today since it is so nice here - I think I will start just riding in on these days anyway - a late night ride home will be nice for a change with the roads nice and clear and quiet!
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dutchy..
Do you have a pic of you current mountain bike! Sounds really nice - a lightweight road going mountain bike...I bet that things amazing up hills!
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