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Old 04-10-08, 07:31 PM
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Beautiful day in the Philly area. Today I rolled over to 1000 miles on my folding bike (117 round trips - 8.5 miles plus Amtrak train.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
JHTC! After that, I just sort of squinted. The big immobile shapes were parked cars, and the big mobile shapes were moving cars. The really big immobile shapes were houses - I think.
Is that supposed to be JHFC? I laughed for a minute reading this bit.
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I'm going to head home soon, and after not snowing for a while after noon, the heavens have opened up again. Not the giant flakes of this morning, but it is horizontal.
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No, I'm wrong, it's barfing snow again. ****ing Calgary...
You mean, "****ing Enviroment Canada" their forecasts for Calgary consistently suck. At 6 am they were saying 1 cm for the entire morning. by 9 am we had 150 cm and no signs of stopping!

EDIT: Errrr... that's 15 cm.... I'm still not fully metric in my thought patterns.

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Originally Posted by luckysnafu
Absolutely gorgeous weather this AM, sunny and low 50s with a little breeze! I had the fastest commute of the year and really enjoyed the ride. Looking forward to temps flirting with 70 this afternoon. I may extend my ride home due to the great weather.
I hate u, see other Calgary reports today for reason why. On the other hand, we have 20C forecast for Sunday, Only in Calgary.
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Originally Posted by marin1
I wondered why people were looking at me funny on the ride in today, after 20km in the snow this morning my helmet looked like this.
I have very mixed feelings about not riding today. On the one hand I would have awesome bragging rights, particularly over the drivers who didn't make it in on time. On the other, I decided last night I was too tired... I would not be typing right now... i would be collapsed somewhere between the front door and bed.
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Old 04-11-08, 12:05 AM
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Did'nt get off work until 12:45 a.m. this morning. I have never commuted by bike at that hour before. Forty-five degrees and a light rain. Put on my rainpants and jacket and started home. It was a very nice ride. Almost no traffic and so peaceful and quiet. Hope I don't get stuck at work this late again but at least I know I don't have to worry about riding home. It was very enjoyable.
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Old 04-11-08, 06:07 AM
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Last night at the office I was ready to get on my bike and ride home, and I realized that I had a flat tire. Fortunately I had a spare tube handy, and an extra floor pump next to my desk. It took longer than it should have - I could have sworn that I had spare tubes in my desk drawer, but I looked all over and couldn't find them. I did have a spare (or two, actually) in my pannier. I will patch it this weekend sometime so it is ready to go again...

I found a small hole in the tire - I guess I must have hit a nail or some such somewhere along the way.

By the time I got home, it was getting dark out. In the old days, that could have been a real problem, but last fall I bought lights, so it was no problem at all. My fiancee left the garage door open for me, so I rolled right in .
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wonderful ride home late last night - a few cars, perfect temps - felt great

Thsi moring was 59F when I left - was wearing just tshirt and shorts - didn't think I'd be a bit chilly when I left but I was - warmed up eventually. Saw another coummter ahead of me but they went straight at the next stop before I could catch up - I went left.

have a good weekend everyone
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Spring is definitely here, even with the snow we had Wednesday. Todays ride was nice, sun but some headwind. At this point the studs are not going back on till fall, if it snows I'll just drive.
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Old 04-11-08, 06:53 AM
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when i left work yesterday it was 60! so i rode a little bit longer just to relish it

this morning was great too, a little bit cooler than yesterday but the sun was wonderful, i feel like i was spoiled this week, i always see the same guy biking in the other direction along my route which is cool we usually exchange a friendly wave and i saw this guy howie that i see jogging in the morning, i love commuting and connecting with these people along the way, much more personable than being in a box feeling isolated from other people

stellar week!
 
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Another fast commute this morning, and I even saw another cyclist going the other way on my route. I'm not sure if he was a commuter as I couldn't see if he was transporting anything. However, my route is a REALLY bad place to ride on a weekday at rush hour if you don't have to, so I'm thinking he was.

It's supposed to hit 80F this afternoon (sorry, Calgary folks [Calgarians?]). I plan to leave work as early as I can and take a longer ride home, a route I've never cycled before. I have to enjoy this weather while it lasts, as next week it's supposed to return to normal--lows in the low 30s and highs around 55.
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Old 04-11-08, 08:48 AM
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Beautiful morning today. Sunny and clear which is a welcome break from all the foggy mornings. I misjudged the temperature abit though and was cold during the ride. I guess i shouldn't complain after reading these calgary posts. I saw 4 deer just outside the city, they looked at me with casual interest and went back to grazing.
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Old 04-11-08, 09:10 AM
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Today was my first commute. Bought the bike about 4 weeks ago. Beautiful Seattle day. Took 25 minutes, door-to-door. Didn't know how long it would take, so left way early. Wound up killing time in a coffee shop for 1/2 hour before work. Took as long to commute as it does to drive, park, and walk from parking to work.

Strange coincidence: As I locked my bike in the parking garage under my building, I noticed the other 2 bikes there were both Novaras. One was an Element, the other a Randonee. Mine is a Novara Forza. Totally Seattle...
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Old 04-11-08, 09:25 AM
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Yeah, Calgary is awesome, isn't it? Got to ride in snow both ways. I was totally soaked. Of course, it's the one day I rush out the door and forget my shoe covers. And I can't remember where I read it, be it magazine or message board, but putting your bike shoes on the water heater to dry is gold. They were still soaked at 11pm last night and at 6:30 this morning they were bone dry.
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Old 04-11-08, 09:30 AM
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oh, and today was "bike to work" day here (I think it's dumb to have it this early in the year). I cut across Prince's Island on the bridge over Memorial. There's a big glaze of ice across the entire thing. I asked the "Bike to Work" representative why they didn't at least put some sand down on it, he just looked at me funny.
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nice and sunny. Brisk. Supposed to hit the 60s this afternoon!
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habernac - In Seattle we have our marathon in the end of NOVEMBER, when it in in the 30s and raining. The University Hospital has its annual Ride to Work month in JANUARY! (They call it "Ride in the Rain" Departments get points for staff members that ride each day in January for prizes, recognition, etc...)
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Originally Posted by alpinist
habernac - In Seattle we have our marathon in the end of NOVEMBER, when it in in the 30s and raining. The University Hospital has its annual Ride to Work month in JANUARY! (They call it "Ride in the Rain" Departments get points for staff members that ride each day in January for prizes, recognition, etc...)
I guess they keep their costs down that way.... ?

Forgot it was Bike to Work Day today, slept in (technically I work at home anyway, and bike to school... ). I'm tired and my class isn't till 1 today so I decided to forgo my usual 9:00 start in the library and just relax at home. Which may have been a mistake because now I have had time to notice what a disaster the kitchen is...
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So yesterday i did my second day of commuting (Wednesday Last week was first day). What an adventure!

So my 13.8 mile ride in is on 2 lane state highway and main roads except for 1 mile of paved rail/trail. It mostly downhill due to the 1900 foot elevation change from my house to my office. I enjoyed the two double takes of car drivers as I was keeping up with them at 35 mph and 47 mph at to different times. I wasn't so pleased to hit a pot hole at 30ish and get a pinch flat which has also put my rear wheel out of true slightly (~1/8th inch). Even lower on my happy meter was the same tire developing a second flat in the one stretch of road without a berm of any kind and riding a flat ~ 1000 ft until it was safe to stop. It seems the second one was my fault as I didn't seat the tube and tire right and picked up a second pinch flat. That is what happens when you don't change a flat for over 4 years I guess.

Ride home is 18.4 miles The day was really tiring for me so I had a very hard and draining ride home up the gravel Allegheny Highlands Trail (mentally tough and physically draining). The website says average grade of 1.5% but I think its slightly higher than that on the 16 mile stretch I take. Regardless, 16 straight miles of pedaling without any downhills or opportunities to coast (25 mm road tire don't coast well on crushed gravel) is much harder on me than my other rides with more and steeper climbing on roads.. So I felt compelled to stop twice including siting on a picnic bench for 5 minutes. I almost fell asleep at that time. I was so beat when I got home that I ended up taking a cat nap to recover. I'm glad I did the commute but that was hard!
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Old 04-11-08, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by alpinist
habernac - In Seattle we have our marathon in the end of NOVEMBER, when it in in the 30s and raining. The University Hospital has its annual Ride to Work month in JANUARY! (They call it "Ride in the Rain" Departments get points for staff members that ride each day in January for prizes, recognition, etc...)
see, I wouldn't mind a cooler marathon. But bike to work day in Calgary in April is just dumb. I thiknk last year's was about the same time and it either rained or snowed a ton. I think they do it early so they won't have to hand out too much free stuff. Fewer cyclists.
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Originally Posted by habernac
see, I wouldn't mind a cooler marathon. But bike to work day in Calgary in April is just dumb. I thiknk last year's was about the same time and it either rained or snowed a ton. I think they do it early so they won't have to hand out too much free stuff. Fewer cyclists.
Yeah, all of the GOOD marathons around here are in the spring. Vancouver, Capital City, North Olympic, Whidbey Island... They just couldn't compete, especially with Vancouver, which is Canada's biggest. Too many other events in the summer, I guess. They still draw 15,000 people though. I prefer the small, friendler ones, myself.

Lots of bikes in Seattle too, I'm noticing, now that I'm riding... Events and groups included.
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Rough commute this morning - big snow dump yesterday that melted and froze overnight. Most of the bike path was good (they are good about plowing them here) with short sections of black ice. One cool skid out!

Then I hit a section of the path that was unplowed and a jumbled mess of melted and refrozen footprints with a narrow icy bike track. Slow going (40 minute ride took over an hour) but good adventurous stuff!
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Old 04-11-08, 03:56 PM
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Today, the sun was finally shining, and it was over 50F.

Very nice for commuting.
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A little chilly on the way home. Didn't wear a jacket today because it was nice on the way in. Way home, was fighting head winds and a misting of rain at about 52F. Face and arms are all red now.
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Sunny and 73 on our ride to get ice cream today. we got home well before the rain
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After an evening of light fever and the shakes, I crawled out of bed and onto my bike. I think I was still doped up from decongestants. I was unable to turn properly for the first few blocks, until I almost went into a snowbank and adrenaline kicked in. All the snow will be gone by the end of the weekend, as we are expecting +20C temps on Saturday and Sunday. +17C on Monday is the forecast high, but we'll see just how warm it gets...
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