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Old 03-27-08, 05:15 AM
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Fine ride in this morning. New battery for the Cygo Lite seems to be working just fine ($20 at Batteries Plus). No issues or problems with bike, body or any other vehicles.
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Old 03-27-08, 07:02 AM
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Good ride in for me as well. They're forecasting 30 mph wind gusts this afternoon, which I am not looking forward to.
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Old 03-27-08, 07:11 AM
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Warmest weather in quite a while, but I was colder than usual on my morning commute. The problem is dressing warm enough for 40s in the morning but highs near 80s in the afternoon.

Saw another bike commuter on my way to work for perhaps the second time in a year. Must be a newbie because he was dressed in dark colors, with no headlight or tail-lights, and wearing a backpack. It's nice to see other bike commuters, but it doesn't take much common sense to realize that you need to make yourself visible to cycle in traffic when its nearly dark outside. Hope he didn't get hit by a car.
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Sweet ride in today. The weather is a little warmer (although we're supposed to get snow tonight ). Saw two friendly commuters on my way and the cars weren't too aggro. Plus the bike just felt FAST (could be because I just pumped up the tires and the front was pretty low).
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Old 03-27-08, 09:45 AM
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pleasant riding this morning
very little wind and i felt like i had power legs, my commute starts uphill and i felt great

didnt see any other bike commuters and i could easily get by cars and no one was angry...its always nice when you are not being honked at...more room to ride too!

i think it was 30f when i left the house, i think i overdressed a bit but i was pretty comfy
i love just the right amount of air pressure in the tires, nice feeling

looking forward to the ride home!
 
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Excellent easy ride this morning. 60's and sunny. I've been riding with a fellow train commuter, Bob, who bikes the same route as me to work in Irvine. It's cool to have someone to chat with in the morning and it makes the few miles fly by. (If you're out there, good luck at your mtn. bike race this weekend Bob!)
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Old 03-27-08, 02:05 PM
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Hung over.
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Old 03-27-08, 02:41 PM
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My commute now rocks, i can't believe i never tried the back roads after the henday opened up! Picture deserted country roads almost all the way. No stinking exaust and the only honking i hear is from the returning canadian geese.

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Old 03-27-08, 03:14 PM
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A bit of a headwind this morning. I'm looking forward to the ride home.
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Old 03-27-08, 04:02 PM
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Two cagers yelled at me to get off the road, one adding 'before you get yourself killed', in the span of less than a minute.

Granted, I did have a bit of chain skip limiting me to 20 km/h where I normally do 30 km/h in that stretch, but still, that was uncalled for.
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Old 03-27-08, 04:18 PM
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Another great day to ride to work. A mild 28F in the morning and a great sunny day with light winds and 40F going home. Sounds like the weekend is going to be a bit warmer.
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Old 03-27-08, 04:18 PM
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Really fricking humid. I think weather.com said it was 98% or something.
And it was in the high '60s, but felt 10 degrees hotter b/c of the humidity.

One of my Nalgene bottles made the ultimate sacrifice as well. (Well, the cap did.) It doesn't fit in the cage so I had it in a bottle pocket on my backpack and it fell out while I was sprinting. I looked back but didn't want to turn around in the heavy traffic so I retrieved it on the side of the road later today.
The cap was bent into a V but the bottle (though slightly scratched) was none the worse for wear.

I'm gonna keep buying their products.
As for the bottle pockets, I'll be a bit more careful.
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Old 03-27-08, 04:43 PM
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You all can blame me for the snow that's coming down now... I took my studs off yesterday
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Old 03-27-08, 05:45 PM
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great ride in today - except for the headwind. Yesterday's was equally as enjoyable. Been going in to work later these past couple of days so I have had daylight going both ways for a change.

Looking forward to the ride tonight 10-11 pm or so - nice and quiet and usually a total of 5 vehicles pass me
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Old 03-27-08, 06:31 PM
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I unfortunately didn't bike in to work today.. 2 inches of snow on the ground and I'm definitely not snow equipped on day 3 of riding, lol... tomorrow should be better, I'm looking forward to the ride. Strangely, I've been kinda down all day, might be related to the lack of riding. It's weird, but I think it definitely has an affect on my mood, even after this short amount of time.
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Old 03-27-08, 09:03 PM
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nice ride in this am great ride home. Not a soul on the bike path. sweet ride.

now that I have my studs off-it's going to snow! ahhhhh!
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Old 03-27-08, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Mazaev
Took the Aksiums off the road bike yesterday and put them on my commuter. What a difference! Between that, a lighter load due to the great weather (50f), no headwind for a change, and a younger Jens Kidman yelling in my ear the whole way, I managed to shave about 10 minutes off the normal 9 mile commute.

Wonder how long it'll take to destroy these wheels with the abuse of commuting and general getting around the city (~9000 roadie miles currently).
My Aksiums have held up well. I generally destroy wheels in a few months, not these.

I don't ride in Brooklyn so I'm not sure how it compares to riding in NJ.
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Old 03-27-08, 11:03 PM
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another day that just keeps getting more interesting more of a relaxed flow it Thursday you know.
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Old 03-27-08, 11:33 PM
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Okay, who took their studs off in Calgary? That was one nasty snow squall. (Wasn't me, I don't own anything better than knobbies...)

Luckily I looked at the forecast and decided not to ride today. Couldn't risk the migraine (it hit while I was in Costco... joy).
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Old 03-28-08, 04:48 AM
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I don't think the mid-Atlantic is going to get anymore snow this season (he said while knocking on head ).

Been a nice week of riding--as always for me, the early morning ride in is stellar (in more ways than one). Mid to upper 40sF with no wind to speak of. Nicely warming afternoons, too. But it's kind of in-between weather. Not quite warm enough for shorts. Oh well. Some problems are nice to have...
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Old 03-28-08, 06:32 AM
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absolutely beautiful morning! just a bit of a headwind on one section of my commute.

about halfway through my commute, I saw a faint red tailight up ahead of me. was not sure if it was a bike or not since it did not have that typical 'up and down' movement, but I kicked it up a notch to try and catch up (I was excited - I NEVER see commuters while I'm commuting!) after a few light delays and what not, I finally catch up to him and find that it is a slow moped! It could ot be doing more than 15 as I caught up rather quickly and with a steep hill too. I think I surprise him at the end of the street because my Fenix was in blink mode and reflecting off the stop sign pretty good - newly charged batteries
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Old 03-28-08, 07:11 AM
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This was the first day all week I've been able to commute. Stupid freezing rain and snow
It felt great coming in this morning, but there was a strong headwind. At least it'll be at my back tonight
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Old 03-28-08, 07:48 AM
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Not so bad. Just a hint of lake-effect flurries to let you know its springtime. In Chicago.

On the first part of my commute, I managed to catch the green on a series of traffic lights through Evanston. I never catch these on a roll, and was wondering when my luck was going to change. I started muttering things like, "Dang, another green light, come on, change, change" in a futile attempt to deceive the fates. My luck with the lights turned when I got to Chicago.
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Old 03-28-08, 07:55 AM
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Tuesday it was 32F degrees on my morning commute, today it was near 60F. I'm gonna have to learn what clothes to wear all over again with the change in seasons. I was overdressed this morning, probably moreso from fighting a headwind all the way to work. I've got lots of layers I can peel off for the afternoon commute, however, when it's supposed to be near 80F.

The sun is coming up earlier every day, so my morning commute should be all daylight again by early April. When daylight savings time started, my morning commute was thrust back into darkness the whole route. But now it's daylight for about half the ride. The sun was just coming up over the horizon when I got to work, and it was a beautiful sunrise.
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Drove today, but on the ride home yesterday, I was buzzed on the MUP by the rider of a pocket bike

heading the opposite way... doing 20+ mph, I'm sure, with a second person riding on the back!

So these pocket bikes cost about the same thing as bicycles or even a little less, but they burn gas (-1) and require no effort on the part of the rider (again, -1). These can be real menaces when used in the wrong contexts - that is, almost any context. (They shouldn't mix it up with traffic of any kind, motorized or otherwise.)
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