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Old 03-21-08, 12:20 AM
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Ouch, DJ, that sucks. Heal up fast. Just out of curiosity, what was the reaction of the driver? Was it your standard "I didn't see you?"

As for my commute... windy as hell. And that wind better not change direction by morning...
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Damn DataJunkie! I know almost exactly where you got it! I live not two miles from there in Wash Park West...I take lanes whenever but cut thru the park whenever I go out that way. Too many self-centered people in RoadTanks for my comfort...

Glad your okay, kinda...

Good luck with the family thing.

so yeah...

Night commute was nice and in shorts and button down, no jacket. Nice to have a rack back on the bike, no more sweaty back from messenger bag...

headwinds suck...
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~40F/4.5C with a sort of cross/headwind quartering into me from my right front. Maybe up to 20mph at times--just made it a bit more work, and distracted me from being distracted by a nearly full moon.

Bike lanes. They are few and intermittent in the area where I live and ride most. I think I prefer being out amongst the heathen when I have to be. Even if they're honking and yelling, at least I know they see me and have to account for me (all the while hoping, of course, that their accounting doesn't include putting me underwheel).
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Ouch! DJ, rest and recover.
 
Old 03-21-08, 07:02 AM
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Man.. what a ride home just now. Happily speeding in the mid-20's due to the nice tailwind, in the right lane tire-track of a two lane arterial (Coney Is. Avenue) when all of sudden I head a LOUD air-brakes-screeching sound right behind me. Giant gas truck almost hit a van in the left lane and came to a halt within a foot or two of my rear tire, and this is while I was moving at around 25mph (on a 30mph limit road). "He almost hit me because of YOU," yells the guy in the van while the guy in the truck is pointing fingers at me.

I shrugged it off and went on my way, only to realize a few minutes later just how close I came to being taken out. Still kinda shaking now. I pretty much expect to be right hooked and such and usually take precautions, but this came as quite the unpleasant surprise.

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Old 03-21-08, 07:07 AM
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Even with 20+ mph winds, I made decent time (all is relative, of course). 20 miles in 2 hours 5 minutes.

My feet were cold, even with wool socks over polyester ones. I need to get better socks (or better shoes).
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The first thing out of her mouth was "you should have known what I was going to do!" "why where you there?" or something to that effect. The whole thing is a blur despite not having hit my head.
Basically, she was blaming me for it rather than checking if I was fine.
The other motorist, cyclist, and denver works were concerned. She never did a damn thing.

I don't care if I was culpable or not. I would try to help the other person.
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I didn't bike commute today since I'm headed to Moab directly from work for a week of MTB'ing but I had my fastest commute to date yesterday when going home: 22:30 for 8.53 miles.
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Old 03-21-08, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
This incident threw my family for a loop. I have to seriously consider if I will restart commuting after I heal.
Knowing how stubborn I am, I expect eventually I will start riding to work again.

Holy crap! Glad you are in a state to post!

Hey have you read this book?

https://www.amazon.com/Today-Will-Fly.../dp/1423102959

My own ride today was uneventful, except for the *snow*. Happy freaking spring.
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Old 03-21-08, 07:53 PM
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The forecast here in Cleveland is calling for 4" - 8" of snow tonight. I rode to work today and figured I would make it home ahead of the storm. WRONG! It started snowing heavy about an hour before I got off of work.
I was able to keep the bike stable. It was slow going though. I think I'm going to invest in a set of those studded snow tires before next winter. Can't wait to ride in nice weather. Whenever it arrives!
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Old 03-21-08, 10:01 PM
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DataJunkie- So sorry to hear of your crash. A frightening experience for sure and as bad as it was I'm glad it was no worse. Your family will want some reassurance before you get back to commuting again but people have auto accidents of varied severities and most of them drive again. I hope you can confidently ride again and your family supports you in your decision to continue to ride.

I don't know what it is for some people about bike riders and how we become invisible.

I was riding into work in Boston yesterday coming through Kenmore Square on Commonwealth Ave.. As I cross the intersection a cop is directing traffic past some construction site surrounded by orange cones. Three lanes of traffic are moving towards him and another lane moving in from his left. He waves all three lanes of cars past him and the cones and lets two cars ahead of me go right through- I'm taking the full right lane at the same speed as the traffic and a safe distance behind the second car, I'm wearing a bright orange jacket, yellow helmet and I'm 6'3 and really visible. The cop looks right at me and then turns to his left and waves the merging traffic right into my path!

I couldn't believe it- I veer hard to the left, around the other side of the cones but man! I really think there's something called "bike blindness".
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Old 03-21-08, 10:13 PM
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Wow Dj sorry to here about your crash.

As far as today's commute. Excellent as usual; passed 4 cars in traffic, no cars passed me. ABout 39F, no wind. On the way home, saw no cars at all, about 50F, no wind.
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Old 03-22-08, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinsubaru
Geeze DataJunkie!

Is it the radial head you broke? I broke that riding last May. It took me a coupe of months to regain full range of motion, but even now, I still feel weekness/pain at certain angles and activity levels.

Best of luck on your recovery!

Sorry. I missed your message.
It is a radial head break. I have limited range of motion and a fair amount of pain but no cast.
I sure hope it heals fast. I have riding to get back to!
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Old 03-22-08, 07:19 PM
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DJ - I hope that you recover quickly and get yourself back on the bike as soon as possible.

I've been laid up since the end of January with a back injury and have been taking short rides when the roads have been clear and I've felt up to it... had to reconfigure some bikes to give me a more forward position as sitting upright is out off the question.

Managed to log 20 km a day nearly every day last week and rode another 20 km today although I am not back at work but have just been popping in at the bike co-op to lend a hand and dispense repair advice.

I've been riding my Twenty folders a lot since they have a step through design and are really adjustable as far as position goes and they handle the 20 km round trip as well as any of my other bikes and are really comfortable.

Here's to all of us staying safe.
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Old 03-22-08, 07:28 PM
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No commute today, but this past week (my first week of bike commuting) was great and mostly uneventful.
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Had a great commute, totalling just shy of 15 miles. The weather was gorgeous here in Vegas, with it being about 75˚ with a very mild headwind. I was commuting with a fair load (computer, books, clothes, etc) on my back and on the rear rack, adding about 60lbs. I was surprised when someone training breezed past me on the uphill wearing the full tight get-up but I was right at pace with him throughout the downhill, but I think he just felt sorry for me.

It was fairly uneventful, with the exception of stupid kids yelling at me to try and scare me or something (I keep my Kryptonite U-lock handy for those occasions). Oh and then someone in a car getting frustrated because I passed them at every light for about a 6 mile stretch, but that is always refreshing, like it seems like they would consider converting.

I'm certainly trying to soak up the gorgeous weather, because it is going to be above 100˚ and the UV Index above 20 within 5-6 weeks from now.
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Old 03-24-08, 06:33 AM
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No bike commuting this week.

(My bike is in the shop, getting a new drivetrain. Nothign wrong with the corrent one, except that it's almost 20 years old.)
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This was my first bicycle commute since I've lived in this city this AM. Amazing how many people bike (and pass me) on my morning commute. They were going in and out of lanes of traffic. I remember that being daunting for a driver with all the stuff going on -- that sentiment remains. The buses were a non-issue, as were the trains, thankfully. There is the pedestrian issue that I have to be a bit more cognizant of, as I see those college kids crossing aimlessly across the streets without looking.

I hope I'm not ever quite as confident as those other bike folks. If you pass me on bike, hope I'm not slowing you down! Sorry!
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My first commute! I haven't ridden a bike in probably 15 years, so this was an interesting morning for me. I recently bought a new Giant Tran Send LX for this purpose, and it performed quite well. I was loaded down (laptop, a few books, etc) and for someone as out of shape as I am, I was quite proud to make it in a reasonable amount of time. My commute is fairly short, about 4 miles, but any exercise is more exercise than I've gotten in a while. The way home will be a bit more painful I think, since there's a couple of small hills on the way. I'm certainly more awake at this time of morning than I usually am! I think I'm going to like this
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Welcome, Ignem and Ecks51 to the Happy Healthy Commuting Muthas Club. Despite what others may have told you it's not a cult. Here, have some Kool-Aid.

My commute today was uneventful though damp. We had a very light rain falling as I did my route.
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Just read DJ's post - ow! Heal up soon! I'm not going to rant about bike lanes, but I totally see them doing more harm than good. Okay, that was a small rant.

We got a surprise snowfall overnight. It wasn't in the forecast, and it wasn't on the news last night at 11:00 p.m. Needless to say, there was a bit of a scramble to get lights and wheels moved around. I'm glad I didn't try to ride the slicks - the first bit of snow had already melted and then re-froze, with more snow on top. Easy work for the studs, and I'm sure it will all be gone by tomorrow.
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Cold! Thick frost! And due to get colder this week. But sunny, which overall is an improvement over the intermittent snow/sleet squalls that were blinding me both going and coming on Friday. Also appreciate the dry 'cause I put a new chain on this weekend and cleaned the bejeezus out of the drivetrain (and replaced one chainring). Once I start putting the new chain through the more typical rain and slop it's a slippery slope, so to speak, toward losing that factory grease which makes me so happy.
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Welcome to the Commuting Newbies. You've swallowed the Red Pill; there's no going back....

My own commute uneventful but for two aspects: 1) my buddy decided to teach me a lesson about half-wheeling. We agreed that we'd keep it under 20 as a recovery ride but I kept creeping up unintentionally. Rather than keep asking me to slow down, he decides to put the hurt on me. Pretty soon we're going 24, my HR is going red, and I have to beg him to slow down. Okay, lesson learned.

2) The guy in the yellow jacket on the gray bike: dude, there's no need to cut off buses and trucks. You're fast enough to take the lane, just do that and we'll all arrive at work in one piece.
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Tried a new route today - very nice alternative to the bike/bus route which I've been using on days when I take the kids to school and get on the road later. Worked out pretty well, though at the end it had me going up a goodish hill in full sun. That's when I noticed it's getting much warmer these days! Had to sit in front of the fan for a few minutes when I got to the office before I washed up and got into work clothes.

Also just noticed the return of my bike tan - brown arms, brown legs, white white feet! Gotta start hitting the SPF 50 again.
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Originally Posted by SDBluefish
Also just noticed the return of my bike tan - brown arms, brown legs, white white feet! Gotta start hitting the SPF 50 again.
I think our more northern brethren may be cursing your name right about now! Even here in NC it's not that warm yet--though Wednesday looks pretty promising!
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