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Old 05-16-03, 07:24 AM
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Kinda soggy, but cool enought that I was very comfortable in my rain gear. I kept the lights on. The cool weather is good for riding, but I'm hoping summer will arrive in time for the Memorial Day long weekend, when we will be at Ocracoke, NC.

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Last night's ride home wasn't too much fun, actually. I was beat from all the training I've done recently (both for a 100K hilly ride Sunday and for a hilly, trail half-marathon in early June). The morning's blast ride really took it out of me.

Besides that, my roadie had a flat which I detected and fixed while at the office. How 'bout that: one ride and one flat. Coincidence?
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This morning was cold, overcast, and a bit foggy, but I had a lovely tailwind, and it was a great ride in.

On the way home, the weather had turned beautiful, but I had to fight the headwind all the way.

All along the ditches, dandelions and violets and strawberry blossoms and wild mustard were blossoming!
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First triple digit commute of the year! 103 degrees. I must admit I found myself just a little shorter on water than I would have liked when I got to work. I took down a lot of water and half a pizza and found I had a lot of energy on the way home to battle the heat (I guess soaking my jersey in cold water helped too of coarse!). I ran into another cyclist and drafted/chatted with him for 6 miles or so. Very good ride. I commuted 200 miles this week! This is the first time I have notched the mileage over 200 on commuter miles in a week.
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An incident on my commute home yesterday disturbed me somewhat...

Leaving my work town of Hexham and cycling over the Tyne bridge on the outskirts I make a right turn off the trunk road onto a B road, My usual commute.

As I signalled to turn right and made my manouvre to the centre of the road a red Mazda pickup blasted up behind me and was determend not to give way forcing me to take evasive action then missing me by inches at high speed .(also blowing out high amounts of exhaust smoke)
I gesticulated at the driver, pointing to my eyes etc, the usual stuff.

Continuing on my way home, a couple of miles from home again I was given a scare when this same pickup overtook me and was to close for comfort.....

But what really alarmed me, was, just as I was approaching the outskirts of my home village the pickup was standing at the side of the road as though waiting of me, I immediatly thought oh! this is going to be one of those face out slagging matches, but when I started to get near the vehicle took off with wheels spinning and a cloud of exhaust.

I only hope the driver was`nt making sure of my identity to "mark my card" as it were.... And he drove off just before I got close enough to memorise his licence No... Scarry!!!!!!
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Old 05-18-03, 02:57 AM
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If he does it again call the cops and complain about "harassment". It's unlikely they'll throw the **** in jail (which is what he desperately deserves), but he might get a phone call from the cops, which will probably be enough to pull him into line. He probably thought it was funny, I'd think it was funny if he caught SARS.
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Nice ride in this morning, clear skys, no wind, light traffic. The air was a little cool at 38 degrees F, I did muscle through it with only shorts and a wind breaker, I rode harder to generate some extra heat. My ride in took me 1 hour exactly on the commuter with the bags loaded about half full of all those things that I carry that I'll never use. Have a great day everyone, it looks like it's going to be a nice one.
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I am usually so bad at riding into a head wind but I had one all the way home today and I did a very good time. Kept wizzing straight past other cyclists. Don't know what got into me.
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The roads were damp this morning so it would have been nice to have a set of fenders. One nice thing I discovered about damp/wet roads is it makes it very easy to find the pot holes. Just look for a puddle and that's a low spot or bump in the road

Previously I mentioned about some idiots in a yellow truck yelling "BANG" out the window at me not too long ago. Well I saw the truck today. Unfortuantely I was still climbing a hill and didn't make it to the top in time to catch up with them. I'm planning to be at the intersection by 5:50 am for the next few days and see if I can watch them come by. If I can get their license plate I'll report them.

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Got a PR this morning. Left house at ten to five and arrived at work at ten to Six! I think the lack of traffic helped a lot. Beautiful morning. Looks like another hot ride home though.
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Not only was it not raining, but the sky was a strange blue color and there was some sort of powerful light hanging in it. A quick ride on a brisk spring morning with a big smile is a great way to start the day.

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Old 05-19-03, 10:39 AM
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Yesterday and today were perfect. I commute around 9:30 am and it was a sunny 20 Celcius. First commute in T-shirt yesterday. I Just wish I didn't have to work, it would've been perfect for a long morning ride.
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This is my first post in this thread. I started commuting 3 or 4 weeks ago. So far I have just been doing a couple of times a week. At first I couldn't have handled the 32 mile round trip more than a couple of times per week. Now I am absoulutley hooked on commuting.

I worked from home most of last week. The only day I went in to work I did so just to ride my bike in. I didn't have any meetings or anything I was just having withdrawls. I rode pretty much everyday but I missed that morning ride.

Well Today was the best commute so far. Absoultely perfect day to ride. High 50's in the morning and mid 70's and tons of sun on the way home. It is the kind of ride that will keep me commuting even in the bad weather. This week I am going to ride in 4 days and then try for 5 next week. Can't wait!

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Hazy and warm - 30 degrees C and about 6 billion percent humidity - and all this less than two weeks from the official start of "winter".
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What a great day, clear skys, no wind temps in the low 40's and they cleaned the roads, I took the touring bike in today, what a difference from the commuter. That Bridgestone slips along effortlessly, what a pleasure to ride. I think I'll start taking it more often. I hate to get it all crapped up though, oh well, I'll just have to clean it more often.
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I had my first official rain ride today, ok, it was sprinkling

I thought water was just falling off of the trees around the house when I started out but nope, it was sprinkling. It was a great ride in though. It was cool watching the little drops of water arc off of the front tire and into view of my headlight.

As long as it's not pouring down this afternoon I'll ride home in the rain.

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Old 05-20-03, 05:54 AM
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Another beautiful ride this morning. Sunny but chilly, about 47 when I got started. My legs never really loosened up but I managed to average about 15 mph anyway. Today looks to be a nice day but they're calling for more rain the rest of the week. I plan on riding as long as the temps stay in the 60's and 70's. I was a slacker yesterday and took the Metro-it reminded me how much better off I am riding. It was jam packed and very slow with a couple of delays-I always smile when I'm riding paralell to the Metro and see all those poor people stacked practically on top of one another.
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Well.. I wimped out on Friday afternoon. It was raining fairly hard, and I had an offer for a ride home from a co-worker with a bike rack. Since I had someone waiting on me, I decided I'd accept the ride.

Monday was a day off (Victoria Day) here in Canada, so no work for me yesterday. This morning I rode in to work again. The weather was pretty nice (kinda muggy though). I was awake early for some strange reason, so I left for work about .5 hours earlier than I normally do. For some reason the traffic wasn't any better though

Anyway, a good ride again!
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Hi Folks

Well, I got soaked on the way home last night and again on the way to work today. Just the way it goes I suppose. Plus it has been really windy today....

Summer is coming!

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My boss's boss sold me his Aero Bars. Must admit, they sped me up noticeably. Now if I can just get my Saddle comfortable in that position! Perhaps a new seatpost (with infinite adjustment) is in the future. I find they make things a lot more comfortable for my elbows and upper body. The commute just seems to fly by! Now if I could just reduce the amount of intersections and lights on my commute! Yesterday was another triple digit temperature commute. Felt a little tired when I got home but not too bad. Last year when I did the same thing it totally drained me.
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The weather still sucks here in Nashville! Rain, Rain, Rain....We are sick of it. 10 1/2 inches already this month.
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Third time is a charm. Finally, a day without a flat. What a gorgeous day it is too! I did fall due to poor balancing at a light, but what the hey, that only takes 10 seconds to recover from.

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Originally posted by Chris L
Hazy and warm - 30 degrees C and about 6 billion percent humidity - and all this less than two weeks from the official start of "winter".
things sure are strange when you're upside down on the world.

Or wait, are we upside down?

Summer's about to start here.
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A bit chilly this morning. Should have dress differently.

On an interesting note, got to see the police blocking off streets and chacing down some guy, in my car I would not have been able to even get close but on my bike it was no problem.
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It was beautiful and sunny today, with a light tailwind. I was still sore from a long rec ride on Sunday, but the fact that I had an empty gas tank and that payday was still two days away helped motivate me. I took my digital camera along and had fun taking snaps of my commute.-- https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...094#post232094

The was home wasn't bad, but it became quite cold. We're supposed to get a frost tonight.
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