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Old 04-24-08, 10:39 AM
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Unseasonably cool (41F) again this morning. I would have thought I'd be able to ditch the winter clothing by April 24th, but I'm still wearing my Smartwool and kneewarmers.
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B-e-a-u-tiful day today--high of 74, sunny, little wind.

One of those cyclists Big Ron reported seeing yesterday was me!
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Old 04-24-08, 01:42 PM
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This is my "strange" ride home last night.

Leave at 9:15 pm to go home. Have idiot on a fg/ss bike holler like a banshee as he goes by me. Caught him, to his surprise and say something dumb (see "strangest things yelled at you" thread).

A couple more blocks, and there is a detox van parked in front of the gay 90's bar with the police trying to lift someones motorized cart in the back.

Catch (ok.. blow by) a cute girl on a bike apparently going ninja. Her seatpost blinkie was so low that her rack hid it (how DO you word that so it does not sound bad ??). I couldn't see it until right next to her. Contemplated going back, then turned around. I think I startled her when I turned around to talk to her. Told her about the blinkie and she said she knew and needed to fix it. She said her headlight had gone out too. This was right at the corner where I had to turn. I turned, then kicked myself for not offering to ride with her as my light is bright enough for two . It is fairly light through there though and I needed to go home to see my wife, and go to bed.

A little further up come up on a guy walking a little dog. Am pretty sure a cat had just attacked his dog and was sitting there watching them walk away with a very pissed off look on it's face flicking it's tail.

Saw the most people out riding at night during last nights ride that I have ever seen! Where were they when it was below zero ?? That means you especially, banshee guy!

Maybe this is a normal ride to all of you, but I am sheltered. LOL

Ride this morning was back to normal .
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Old 04-24-08, 06:16 PM
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I got absolutely soaked this morning riding to work. It was my first time commuting in heavy rain, and I learned that rain riding is not bad provided it's reasonably warm outside (60 degrees).

Going home was very nice, though.
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Old 04-24-08, 07:52 PM
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My U-lock saved my melon on the way home today (err... in this case, a cantaloupe.) I stopped by the grocery store on the way home to get some fresh fruit, and on the way home my pannier came loose AGAIN (as I posted earlier, I had one bounce off last night on the way home, but it was almost empty). Luckily, I had clipped my U-lock around the rack and bag because I couldn't fit it in the pannier anymore, and that kept the panniers on the rack for the last mile and a half to get home. I really need to get a better mounting system for the panniers.
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First ever commute. Got to get a light if I am going to leave home before daylight on a state hwy. Temp nice, high 60's but humid. 9.8 mi each way. Had bad day at work ( busted water mains, Transformers,Venders can't delever, ect.) I run a warehouse and do purchasing for local city.
Would'nt you know it, started to go home and the bike was sitting on a flat. Pin hole, easy fix. Off to local grocery and homeward bound. Met a older fred out on the hwy. First town the way he came from is 20 miles. Checked tire at 8 pm and it was low so broke it down and no hole guess the stem was leaking. Remounted it and checked the stem again. Will be sure to check again in the morning. Tired, but in a good way.
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rode in today at 1pm and a beautiful 80

Leaving in about 30 mins for home and I anticipate another beautiful ride tonight.
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Old 04-24-08, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Port
I got absolutely soaked this morning riding to work. It was my first time commuting in heavy rain, and I learned that rain riding is not bad provided it's reasonably warm outside (60 degrees).
+1 on the way home. Wished for a hat with a visor under my helmet. Glasses did not work.
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Old 04-24-08, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by oldgimp
First ever commute. Got to get a light if I am going to leave home before daylight on a state hwy. Temp nice, high 60's but humid. 9.8 mi each way. Had bad day at work ( busted water mains, Transformers,Venders can't delever, ect.) I run a warehouse and do purchasing for local city.
Would'nt you know it, started to go home and the bike was sitting on a flat. Pin hole, easy fix. Off to local grocery and homeward bound. Met a older fred out on the hwy. First town the way he came from is 20 miles. Checked tire at 8 pm and it was low so broke it down and no hole guess the stem was leaking. Remounted it and checked the stem again. Will be sure to check again in the morning. Tired, but in a good way.

congrats on your first commute!

welcome to the club- hopefully you will get a more official welcome to the... well, you'll find out

me- I had a great commute today. lovin' this weather.
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Old 04-24-08, 10:12 PM
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Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful day here. I only had class today, no class tomorrow (Friday) to prepare for, so I had the luxury of a full day off after class.

This was my second trip to the downtown area from my apartment, about 5.5 miles one way, and a lot more enjoyable. I knew the route, so I knew the hills and the slopes, the intersections and so on. I also have a rack and folding rear basket now, so it took the weight of my backpack off my shoulders.

Rode to class, had a few issues with the gears, so a trip to B1 (LBS) followed. I had a few errands to run so I dropped it off. Mechanic was out to lunch for about an hour, so I walked to my office to drop a few things off to my boss and over to the bank. Then walked to North Market (about a mile or so up the street, great local market) and had a great lunch from Lac Vet (Vietnamese stand in market) while sitting outside listening to a street performer play. Headed back inside for some desert, Jenni's Salty Carmel ice cream, then headed to a local park to read the paper.

Walked back to B1, picked up the bike and rode home. So probably a good 12-14 miles today, all under my own power. It felt great and a wonderful way to see my city. Need to work on getting the bike set up for better commuting, namely new handlebars. 10 miles through the city with flat bars is horrible.
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Old 04-25-08, 05:52 AM
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Fine ride. No problems, perfect temps- 3 days commuting in a row
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Old 04-25-08, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by oldgimp
First ever commute. Got to get a light if I am going to leave home before daylight on a state hwy. Temp nice, high 60's but humid. 9.8 mi each way.
Nice going with the first commute! Longer than mine, at 6.5 miles.

2 straight weeks of beautiful weather. A bit chilly, low 40s, but sunny and clear. Wound up being a faster-than-average ride because I was toying with a guy on a road bike. I saw him reeling me in so I went off the MUP onto a road, paralleled the MUP, came out behind him, and reeled him in. He was making me work hard on the Trek Liquid 25, dual suspension, with knobby tires, lights, bag, etc. I was pushing 20+ for a while. pant pant Would have been a fair fight if I had my slicks on.

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Old 04-25-08, 06:11 AM
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Three words: Headwinds both ways. >_<
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so nice riding home late last night - I will be sad when I have to go back to my normal schedule on Thursdays.

Ride in this morning was great - uneventful - i feel left out compared to some of you on here - always have some crazy-go-nuts story to tell
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Drizzle and 43 degrees, but....

good gear + right bike = good commute in any weather.
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Back in the saddle this morning after several days off bike commuting. I caught a cold on Monday (when I did ride), took Tuesday off work, didn't ride Wednesday due to lingering cold, and had a dentist appt Thursday that I had to drive to. Today my cold is much better, and the weather is gorgeous. Clear skies with high this afternoon expected to hit about 80F.

Funny conversation I had a work yesterday. An older guy who is in very bad shape, smokes, and overweight was trying to convince me that the cold I had was from riding my bike in the cool air. This was the first cold I've had in about 3 years, even though I commute and rec ride all winter long. I told him that but he still wasn't convinced. He's a nice guy and a friend, but a heart-attack waiting to happen. He gets short of breath just carrying on conversations, but is often making comments about how dangerous my cycling is. Oh well ...

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First ride in since the big snow storm. It was -5C and clear this morning. On the outskirts of the city i encountered Patchy fog. From whispy to pea soup with clear breaks inbetween.
Today was the first time i ever bailed. On one particular stretch of rural road 2 trucks were approaching from behind. The second was following the first very closely. Neither of them moved left and i waited until i was starting to get very nervous and then took the ditch. No biggie, didn't fall or anything, just a bit of a white knuckle moment.
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Old 04-25-08, 07:59 AM
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Commuted eight of the last 10 work days, and have done about 175 miles in the last two weeks. That's a lot for me. Legs approaching jelly this morning, but got on anyway and as predicted, was fine after the first few miles.

Sadly, cold rain predicted most of next week. Don't think I'm quite that tough yet.
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Old 04-25-08, 08:06 AM
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NICE. First week in a long time that I've commuted 4 days instead of 3.
I actually don't remember a lot of my morning commute, as I was on the phone for most of it.
Made good time; arrived at work energetic. Let's hope I stay that way
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Old 04-25-08, 08:55 AM
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A little less snow today, so I put on the slicks. I had to take it easy on a couple of corners, but otherwise it was a nice, easy ride in. The snow should be gone by Monday...
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No "commute" for me today--working from home. But with a forecast for 84F, I'll definitely be going for a ride later, maybe to the local strip mall. Gotta use that April Barnes and Noble discount coupon before it expires.

oldgimp, welcome to the Happy Healthy Commuting Muthas Club (HHCMF). Despite what your co-workers may say, it's not a cult. Really. But please, do try the Kool-Aid. Soon you will be the envy of your friends and family. Your fitness will improve, your savings account will increase from the gas money you save, and you'll become the object of desire of everyone you meet.

Or so we all like to tell ourselves
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...and you'll become the object of desire of everyone you meet.

Or so we all like to tell ourselves
ya, it so doesn't work that way, at least for me. The hottie upstairs where I work asked me last week when I was riding my bicycle where the Harley was. She said I look hot on the Harley. I rode it to work every day this week
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Went on the weekly Thursday night hammerfest after work yesterday. 45 hard, hard miles (how is it that no matter which way the road went, there was a crosswind?) so my legs were a little heavy today.

But I can't complain. Today should be light, just finishing up a few projects before taking off next week to do some stuff around the house and put in the tomatoes and peppers for the summer.

Life is beautiful.
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Nice ride in today. 35F, supposed to hit the 60s later on.
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I was the wind's ***** this morning (30 mph headwind the last three miles of my commute over a fairly hilly stretch of road)...but hoping the trend reverses itself for the ride home...as long as those forecasted thunderstorms don't come rolling in!
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