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Old 04-17-08, 08:47 PM
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Arg... headwind on the way home nearly killed me. Down to 15kph and working hard to reach that oh well, the worst day cycling is still better than the best day driving.
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Old 04-17-08, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by jasonpraxis
Great. Saw lots of other commuters, and the drivers have started to share the roads again: yielding right of way, passing with enough space between us, rolling down their windows to share music as we wait for the lights to change.
Really? Wow. All the drivers around here are acting as though they've never seen a bike in their lives...
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Old 04-18-08, 05:43 AM
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ride home last night was excellent as usuall - about 65F

This morning though was only 48F and all I wore was a short sleeve jersey and shorts - a little chilly! Although I think I am getting used to that now - got tired of putting on winter gear for the mornings only to have to stuff it in my sack for the afternoon - figure I'll just suck it up!

It will be 80F here today and 'Orange' ozone level warning - first taste of the coming summer I guess.

Enjoy the weekend everyone
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Old 04-18-08, 06:03 AM
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Great ride in this morning. It's gotten a little warmer each day, with the temperature about 46F on my way in. Supposed to hit the low 80s this afternoon. The mornings have been unseasonably cold for NC all week until today, with lows in the low to mid-30s. Afternoons have been a dream, mid-70s. My legs were very tired to start the week after riding 236 miles last week, 196 of those miles over the weekend on a coastal bike tour. Today was the first morning this week that my legs had any snap in them. So I guess I'm recovered enough to trash my legs all over again this weekend. Isn't cycling fun?
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Old 04-18-08, 06:29 AM
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I had a wonderful ride in as it was sunny and warmer. It is great to hit the road and hear all of the birds and sounds of the morning.I am not saying that I am better than anyone else. But as all of the cars pass me by on my left (and I pass them by when they are stuck in traffic) I often wonder why more people aren't riding too? Our national need for foreign oil would go away overnight if many of the single drivers simply took to biking. JMO.Pedlpusher.
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Old 04-18-08, 06:32 AM
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I stopped for coffee on the way to work. I locked my bike to the patio railing, since there is no bike lock. The bike was on the inside of the patio. A great big SUV backed in to it anyway; and even worse, it backed in to my brother's Surly Long Haul Trucker!! My kickstand is gone and my pedal is cracked. Other than the trauma to my bike, it was a good ride. Yesterday afternoon was my first time riding down 52nd Ave. in traffic. I feel so much more confident taking the lane than hanging out on the shoulder.

The ride home this morning was slow and laid-back. I spent the whole time spinning in granny gears and enjoying the chance to be in my own headspace.
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Old 04-18-08, 06:58 AM
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good ride, sun was shining and there was little wind
stopped at the local bagel shop and treated myself to a sesame bagel with walnut raisin cream cheese
i am glad i made that stop...someone already told me i had cream cheese in my mustache

should be another stellar ride home too then vacation begins

stayed up a bit later than usual last night so i was a little foggy this morning
 
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Awesome...chilly and invigorating. Didn't get to ride yesterday, so I needed this.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:14 AM
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It was .... too freakin short. This is the perfect riding weather that I love --- low 50's sunny and no wind - in fact (unfortunately) I got to work about 6 minutes earlier than normal - I flew.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:21 AM
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Cut short. One of my panniers got sucked into the spokes. My panniers are the cheap thin fabricy kind so i didn't loose control but slowed down in a hurry. A quick investigation revealed the cause... my rack was broken into two pieces. Luckily I had only gone about a km so i rode carefully back home and took truck to work. Off to MEC this weekend i guess.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:45 AM
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Caged it today. Was getting tailgated by an impatient soul in a SUV. Then they got pulled over for something! It was a organized traffic trap of some sort. So it could have been for something other than tailgating me. Apparently, I was not in violation of whatever they were checking for.
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Old 04-18-08, 08:02 AM
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Went to the bike shop yesterday to get a new bottom bracket. They were really busy but sold me the part and handed me the tools I needed to do the switch. Bottom bracket tools are some of the bicycle tools I don't have yet. When I took out the old bottom bracket the right hand side bearings fell out in pieces and the bottom bracket was full of nasty shavings. I knew it was shot but man was it ever. After installing the new bottom bracket I bettered my usual avg speed by almost 2km/h, both on the way back yesterday and on the ride in this morning. Now I want new wheels and gears to see how much difference that will make. Should just start with getting off my lazy butt and truing the rear wheel.
After commuting through the winter (and replacing the bottom bracket), I'm now making the same times on the mtb on slicks as I was making on the road bike last summer. The route is still a mess with construction and gravel detours, to say nothing of the sand that still has not been swept off the MUP, so no riding the road bike in to work for a while.
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Old 04-18-08, 09:03 AM
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Nice this morning. Low 40s. Dead calm air. Sunny. I'm getting my legs back.

I love beaver. Soft, furry beaver. Wait, it's not what you think. Earlier this week, a beaver had felled a tree and the branches were just touching the edge of the MUP. This morning, the beaver had returned to the scene of the crime and gnawed off all the branches. They must be building a dam somewhere.
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Old 04-18-08, 10:12 AM
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Boy were my legs stiff last night!! Yesterday was my first day back on the bike for commuting. I think my seat was too low from my trail riding the last weekend. But I am back on the bike today and hope to get in over 2,000 miles in this summer. Michigan is just too cold and snowy for me in the winter.
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Old 04-18-08, 10:30 AM
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Cold and windy. Talking snow for tomorrow, sheesh.
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the ride in was very nice. the ride home will suck as the snow has started again.
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On the ride home yesterday, I think some dude threw a wadded up piece of gum at me. I felt something bounce off my forehead, thinking it was a rock. Then this car rolled by me and the passenger was staring at me with a ****-eating grin on his face. It took a pretty decent amount of restraint to not hit him as I rolled by.
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Old 04-18-08, 02:32 PM
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Nice day. Started early with a trip to BloodSource for a platelet donation, then on to work. Managed to arrive on time at both places. Looking forward to the weekend, though.
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I work off site on Fridays. Went for a short ride this morning and a long (for me) ride this afternoon. Sunny all day, near 50 this morning and near 80 this afternoon. On my afternoon ride, I stopped for lemonade at a roadside stand run by two little girls. I was probably the only customer who was not a friend of the mom. It felt good and the girls were pleased.
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84F/29C and sunny for the afternoon ride. Took a side trip to the organic market and treated myself to a chocolate/dark chocolate ice cream bar in the shade. Ahhhh....

Even found a dollar bill on the grass. I immediately thought (whilst tucking it into my wallet ) of 1) the line from O Brother Where Art Thou where Delbert says to George the bank robber, "George, some of your foldin' money's come un-stove...", and 2) a line from the Sundays' song, My Finest Hour "...was finding a pound, in the underground..."

My mind is wandering already; time for my ass to follow... Bon weekend everyone!

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Old 04-18-08, 05:03 PM
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Riding home in the snow! I realized a big negative on my biking jacket - without a backpack on, the back is not windproof at all. Actually, I already knew that, but the 50 km/h wind at my back really sucked when I was waiting for lights. I think I will go bike jacket shopping...
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What an amazing ride home today. High teen's - low 20's just perfect riding weather. Don't have a bell yet for my commuter, so as some lady was pulling out of a plaza, I yelled "HEY" and she slammed on the brakes looked over and yelled "I SAW YOU, YOU ASHOLE" ....i was going to fast to stop....she had a smockers voice...lol
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Crap, crap, crap. The ride home was great, but stopped at the CircleK about a mile from home to pick up a couple of things. I parked on the raised sidewalk. While I was inside some ditz hit my bike with her car! No major damage, but she bent the front wheel some. She didn't give a crap either, told me I shouldn't have parked in 'in her way' - it was on the freakin sidewalk, a good 5 feet from parking lot concrete thingie.
I was able to straighten it enough to ride home, but crap, why can't people pay attention to wtf they are doing!
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Not the BD I hope CC!!!

Brutal headwind for me, all the way home, at its height, it seemed like, pulling up the road to my 6 yr old's school. Didn't speed me up heading home w/ him of course.
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Better than Chip's ride. Let me buy you a beer.



MUP was congested. I passed a couple on hybrids and then darted off into the woods and streets to avoid the MUP. Wound up reeling in the same couple about 5 miles later and riding behind them until I turned onto my street.

70s F. Shorts, obviously. I wore a long sleeve top and jacket this morning because it was in low 40s, but for the ride home, I just wore shorts and the jacket with no shirt. Kept the jacket half unzipped. Studly!
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