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Old 04-25-08, 04:06 PM
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I walked. Am I a heretic?
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4.5 out of 5, 5 being best!

1) sunny, 60 deg f
2) wind shifted mid-day and pushed me both ways
3) doing weight-lifting and building leg strength is paying off
4) saw 2 (two) other bicyclists who were riding with traffic
5) traffic was lite, seemed alert, no "buzz-bys"
6) bike "farfignuggen" (-0.5 due to some minimal drive/train issues) !!

a good week!
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Old 04-25-08, 10:04 PM
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Wait. What thread is this? Oh yeah. Distracted by the Biker Planet ad.

Had a good ride home. Not many cyclists out. I think one was behind me, but it never got any closer than glimpses before I went around curves. I had a good head of steam built up. Lots of energy.

I saw a bird I'd never seen before. Walking in a dirt parking lot. Like a small goose, but with black and white mottled feathers. Kind of a handsome little critter.
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Old 04-25-08, 11:25 PM
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today I commuted downtown, then over to Cambridge/Arlington for a meeting then to BU then home then back downtown for some work related stuff tonight and finally home. didn't realize till I got home and looked at the cyclometer- I ended up with a 52 mile day of commuting! Now I feel it- going to bed.
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Old 04-26-08, 04:35 AM
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1st commute for me today. Great, 75 F, slight breeze, very low traffic. Arrived 30 mins early and pumped.
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Old 04-26-08, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by kache_98
1st commute for me today. Great, 75 F, slight breeze, very low traffic. Arrived 30 mins early and pumped.
Congrats kache! Sounds like a great day to be out riding...
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Old 04-26-08, 08:12 AM
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Rare Saturday morning commute. OMG this is life without cars and it's good!
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Old 04-26-08, 06:09 PM
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Easy morning with tailwind @ 10-15mph
Tough evening with headwind @ 23-29mph
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Old 04-26-08, 07:53 PM
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There was a big earth day event today. I forget how many organizations were involved, but there were a ton of service projects going on. Rode up to our one bike path for the cleanup with our local biking group. A bit overcast, with patches of sun on the way in. Rained a bit during the project, then got better towards the end of the day.

After spending a good 2-3 hours picking trash up, about 5-6 of us rode about 1/2 mile-mile or so up the road to a local park for the after party.

Wonderful ride home as the sun came out. Hit the downhills just right, which made the ride home much better.

I will say riding through our downtown on weekends is, for the most part, pretty nice. Little to no traffic on the roads. The only problem is not having cars to help trip the lights. I usually just treated the lights as 4 way stops on the side roads. Used the cross walk button for the busier intersections.
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Old 04-26-08, 09:30 PM
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Tha first broken chain evah for me today! Thank God I was carrying the toolkit with me this time (I don't always). Due to this delay, I arrived at work with full 15 seconds to spare.

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Old 04-26-08, 10:42 PM
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a little shorter commute today. But a nice afternoon ride in and beautiful late night ride home with my wife.
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Old 04-27-08, 02:18 PM
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It's been cooler here the last two days after having a streak of basically perfect weather (sans wind), but so what! I rode in zero degrees in the winter, so 40s are nothing now. I wore a long-sleeved shirt under my high-vis jacket, and was just dandy. The winds were lesser than usual, too. The only hint of a problem came as a car on my side of the road (which I was on the edge of) moved into the oncoming lane slightly to get around me, at the same time a car was oncoming. There was no collision, but it certainly is irritating. Apparently, it's too much to ask some drivers to WAIT a few seconds. This more than anything else has had me worried lately, and I've been thinking more about taking the center of the lane. I'm gradually getting braver and moving into the lanes more instead of hanging out on the fringe. On part of the highway I do much of the commute on I have been riding in the right lane most of the time, and I started doing this after riding the new bike (more concerned than I was on the MTB about flats from riding in the shoulder). The highway has two lanes in each direction and when I'm riding it the traffic is very light... plenty of room for the few cars I do see in the left lane and me in the right.

I was glad to see that gas is up to $3.65 here, too.
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Old 04-27-08, 04:40 PM
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Hurrah! Am finally over a bout of tonsilitis, so rode today for the first time for nearly 2 weeks.

And a lovely day for riding it was too. Felt great to be on the bike. Legs felt OK, but throat / chest still a bit phlegmy from being ill. Very nice ride though.

My old bike is at the LBS at the moment getting an overhaul. I intend to kit it out more as a tourer / utility bike with panniers etc. I was also looking at the extracycle. My LBS was very disparaging, but I kind of like the idea - I think it's the only way I can carry my trombone on the bike. Anyone have an opinion?
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Old 04-28-08, 04:40 AM
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Wet, wet, wet. I really need to add fenders. 43 degree F. and raining. Overall, the ride was exhilirating. It was a joy as always to be on the bike. It's supposed to rain here all day, so I'll be riding home in the rain as well, at least in should be in the 50s by then.
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Old 04-28-08, 06:31 AM
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I've ridden in the rain a lot for pleasure, but today was my first commute in it. The temperature was 45F with driving rain.

I have full fenders, custom made mud flap, and rain paints/jacket. Fifteen miles later and I arrived at work 99% dry and with a smile on my face.
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Old 04-28-08, 06:36 AM
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Uh oh. The weather is deteriorating. Overcast. ~50F. Had a headwind but didn't really notice it, and got to work in average time. Saw a couple of cyclists going the other way.

The ride home should be wet. No snow here though. Whew!
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Old 04-28-08, 08:15 AM
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Pretty nice ride this morning. Temps dropped significantly over the weekend, all the way down to 40* F! That meant shoes instead of my normal Shimano sandals, broke out the tights and jacket (had washed and put them away for the summer...), and more fogging of the morning glasses at stop lights. With the sun coming up earlier, me getting a few minutes later start than normal, and getting more comfortable with my route, I was really able to enjoy the scenery this morning. Most of the last half of my commute is along a road with very large lots, very nice houses, lots of horses and ponds, and beautiful trees. It's not the Pacific Northwest (where I grew up) but it's about as nice as you can get in the DFW area, so I'll take it...
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Old 04-28-08, 08:16 AM
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Second bike commute of the year (I am a proud fair weather commuter). It was sooo nice to be out on the bike. Plus, it is a NEW bike. I got a Giant Bowery and am loving it so far. I have it set up freewheel right now - not brave enough to switch to fixed yet.

Supposed to be a beautiful sunny day today - just in time for MORE snow/rain the rest of the week. Sigh.
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Old 04-28-08, 08:18 AM
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A beautiful morning!
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Old 04-28-08, 08:21 AM
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Wet. See all that yellow? I rode through that.
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Old 04-28-08, 08:35 AM
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It's sprinkler season again.....
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Old 04-28-08, 08:53 AM
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Woot! No jacket, no mittens, no winter bike shoes! It was finally WARM this morning! Wheeeeeee! I get to ride home in a t-shirt! Wheeeeeee!
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Old 04-28-08, 09:42 AM
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yeah, it was a nice ride in, wasn't it? I'm down to 3 more days at this old job, Wednesday being the last one. The only thing good about this place was the facilities we had at the building (showers, secure bike lock up, etc). Hope my next job has something similar.
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Old 04-28-08, 09:50 AM
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shorts and t-shirt woohoo! Even sun through the sprinkles. This time it is really feeling like a spring rain that makes things grow rather than the usual winter wetness that keeps drowns all higher life forms.
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Old 04-28-08, 10:30 AM
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It was pretty rainy but I got to try out my new rain jacket (J&G Cyclewear) and it works great.
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