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Old 04-28-08, 11:37 AM
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rainy here as well, but it was a great ride in this morning. Just a few sprinkles got me and then of course all the road spray, why??? BECAUSE I STILL HAVE NOT BOUGHT FENDERS!!!...dumb***!!!...I'm so STUPID!

anyway, slight chance of t-storms this afternoon that I may get to enjoy and most certainly some rain.
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Old 04-28-08, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jterribili
rainy here as well, but it was a great ride in this morning. Just a few sprinkles got me and then of course all the road spray, why??? BECAUSE I STILL HAVE NOT BOUGHT FENDERS!!!...dumb***!!!...I'm so STUPID!

anyway, slight chance of t-storms this afternoon that I may get to enjoy and most certainly some rain.
ah the fenders are a must. I screwed up though and bought ones without mudflaps. I have to go to work in a few (luckily its only 1.5-2 miles from school so I won't get too wet) and I'm going to use the fact that I got exercise in today as an excuse to drink a soda and then cut the bottle into mudflaps and tape them on.

I'm going to have to ride home tonight though and I kind of hope there aren't any thunderstorms. Up until a few years ago I was insanely paranoid of lightning but I still don't like it.
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Old 04-28-08, 01:13 PM
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good ride in this morning returning to work from vacation...got some new sneaks to ride in and they were awesome

they fit in the clips just right and they are so comfy
i got the onitsuka tigers, ultimate 81
very nice shoes

rain in the forecast for most of the week so i may ride the singlespeed weather bike with a cape
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Originally Posted by Robbykills
ah the fenders are a must. I screwed up though and bought ones without mudflaps. I have to go to work in a few (luckily its only 1.5-2 miles from school so I won't get too wet) and I'm going to use the fact that I got exercise in today as an excuse to drink a soda and then cut the bottle into mudflaps and tape them on.

I'm going to have to ride home tonight though and I kind of hope there aren't any thunderstorms. Up until a few years ago I was insanely paranoid of lightning but I still don't like it.
yeah, I'm a little nervous about the t-storms too - I don't know, maybe it just the combination of my body touching some metal and an electrically charged atmosphere - oh well - I think have more to worry about with belligerent drivers
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Originally Posted by Robbykills
ah the fenders are a must. I screwed up though and bought ones without mudflaps...

I think most commercial mudflaps, including those sold with Planet Bike Cascadia, are too short. You could make your own. See an example here.
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Cold cold cold. Can you believe the temperature yesterday evening and this morning was only 8C? (46F). brrrrr. That's very chilly. I had to wear two layers! Imagine!

Still, the sun is shining and the sky is blue, so it's not all bad.
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Old 04-28-08, 08:45 PM
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the ride in was wet, wet, wet and windy! Boston drivers turn into complete idiots in the rain. I hit a pothole after a bus right hooked me and there was so little distance between his rear bumper and me and I didn't see it coming.

Had a kind of stand off with a 57 bus on Brighton Ave. I'd passed him at a bus stop but he caught me at the light and whipped around me after the light changed and hooked me as he pulled to the next stop. I hit the pothole (no damage!) then went around him and he gunned it to get around me one more time- I was fighting a fierce head wind. Finally I got by him at another stop and hammered as best I could past a couple of bus stops and he never caught up again. Couldn't understand why he didn't just let me be ahead of him- I'd have eventually left him anyway without the effort.

The ride home was much more pleasant. Left work at 8pm and it was raining but much lighter and no wind. Rode along the bike path- naturally at this time of night and in the rain had it all to myself.
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~50F/10C and clearing skies. Shorts, T-shirt, and rain jacket against the off chance of a shower. Very comfortable.

The ride home yesterday afternoon was in a steady light rain, but my own riding and that of the drivers around me was just about textbook. Maybe I'm just lucky, or maybe I'm finally getting the people on the road that time of day broken in to my presence (breaking in a Brooks is faster ).

I think some guy in a minivan actually gave me a friendly wave, as well (either that or he was reaching for his climate control).
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about 54F this morning - great ride in, but a little chilly

just got a little wet yesterday on the way home - the rain and t-storms held off until later in the evening around 7:30
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[quote=jterribili;6598391]rainy here as well, but it was a great ride in this morning. Just a few sprinkles got me and then of course all the road spray, why??? BECAUSE I STILL HAVE NOT BOUGHT FENDERS!!!...dumb***!!!...I'm so STUPID!QUOTE]

Jt -- Pickup up some SK RaceBlade fenders. You can get them at REI. They snap on and off in about 2 minutes. Don't work as well as full fenders, but it's all you need around here unless the drought turns around and it starts raining every day.

I've used my RaceBlade fenders several times in the past couple of weeks since it started raining again. They keep your back and butt dry, feet not quite as well, but certainly better than nothing. The best thing is how easy they are to take off and put back on, which is perfect for the weather around here where you can avoid riding in the rain most of the time.
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Old 04-29-08, 06:22 AM
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i am going to pick up some race blades for my steamroller...no commute today since it was raining heavily so i carpooled with my ladyfriend

does anyone have any experience with one of those cheap rain suits, pant/jacket combo?
i think on the warmer days i could just be a little wet but i am thinking about trying the suit out when i want a little more coverage

the rest of the week looks great for riding
 
Old 04-29-08, 06:22 AM
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Brrrrr. Freezing this morning. Apparently on the ride in at 6:30 today it was 0°. Face was a little cold but the paws and the ears were fine Preparation is key - but I don't have a facemask.
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One of the worst commutes ever, yesterday riding home I broke a spoke so I switched everything over to my wife's bike until I can fix mine. Riding in this morning about 7 miles into my 16 mile commute, flat tire. Wouldn't you know, my son took my patch kit out of my bag and apparently didn't put it back, yes I know shame on me. Nevertheless, I ended up limping the bike in the remainder of the way. Sure, I'm going to have to buy a new tire now, but I wasn't going to be defeated. Overall, my 1 hour 10 minute commute turned into over 2 hours. Making me late for work.
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Low 40Fs. Raining all the way in. I caught up to one trail-regular cyclist, and we both passed a runner. That was it. 2 other people on 5 miles of MUP. I was surprised to see another cyclist, frankly.

It was in the 70s for two weeks, and now that's wet and in the 40s, all the New Year's Resolutionaries have skittered back into their nests.
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45 and clear....beautiful Too bad this weather won't last, but I am doing everything I can to enjoy it...
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I'mmmmm baaaaacccckkk!

First commute in 6 weeks since my car vs bike accident. My knee was given an approval by the plastic surgeon. My arm is still in PT but the therapist would like me to use it and riding is not a negative. Just don't crash.
Anyhow, I am using my MTB with 26X2.1 knobby tires to commute with while I build up my salsa frame. I would buy slicks but I want to throw all my money at the new build. Just means riding the short version of my commute takes more energy and is a better workout.
9.5 miles each way with the light rail in between.
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Ride home last night was interesting - legs felt pretty tired all day, and started the ride feeling totally dead. Headwind, though not strong, was a bit depressing, so I resolved to just take it easy and make it home. Started feeling better about half way there, though, and for some reason realized about 3 miles from the end that I had really been pushing hard. Wiped me out for the rest of the evening, though...

Caged it this morning with the bike in the back of the truck. Will ride home and back in tomorrow morning, then drive tomorrow night so my legs have something left for my softball game...
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It was COLD this morning in the Detroit area. Close to freezing 32f (0c) But I had dressed for it. The only thing was it made my eyes water, does anyone ride with full ski goggles?

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Welcome back to the saddle, Data!

I look forward to hearing about getting "aero" w/2.1s.
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Congrats on making it back, DJ!

I mounted my fenders last Friday in anticipation, didn't really see much use up until yesterday, and that wasn't much - still, it's chillier now so I'm back wearing pants and two layers again. Doh. I had my saddle too high for a stretch there (no pun intended) and I hurt my left knee so I'm taking it easy for the immediate time being - I have already lowered my saddle and depending on how I feel, I'll ride all the way home tonight (33miles)
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If I work at it I can hit 17 mph! lol

That and my engine needs a bit of help after 6 weeks.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
Anyhow, I am using my MTB with 26X2.1 knobby tires to commute with while I build up my salsa frame. I would buy slicks but I want to throw all my money at the new build. .
Good job! Hey, put some big apples on that bike and you won't mind setting your new build back a month or whatever.

Great ride in today here, nice and sunny. Brisker than yesterday, went back to full finger gloves, threw the coat over yesterday's t-shirt. Just long sleeves, no coat would've been better but if it rains today like they're claiming I'll break even probably maybe.
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First ever commute this morning. Drove half way and parked in a car pooling lot. Looks like it'll be 26 miles round trip. Feels great!

It was cooooold this morning in Detroit. I haven't had to break out the hat in a few weeks. Still getting the hang of the mirror thing, I ended up ditching it (read: gingerly putting it in my pannier) about a mile in. Once I get it dialed in it'll help a lot.

Can't wait to ride home!
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Originally Posted by mobilechimp
First ever commute this morning. Drove half way and parked in a car pooling lot. Looks like it'll be 26 miles round trip. Feels great!<snip>
Can't wait to ride home!
Congrats mobilechimp and welcome to the Happy Healthy Commuting MuthaFers Club (HHCMF). We are universally admired, respected and desired by non-members for our ability to simultaneously save money and be healthy while commuting to work.

My commute today was windy and chilly (for NC in late April, that is). Missed the rain yesterday afternoon. Whoo hoo!

Oh, and a funny story to share with everyone. My bikes hang near the door to the house in the garage. Every afternoon when my 14-month-old daughter (that's her picture to the left) comes home and we carry her into the house, she insists on stopping at the bikes. She demands to be held close to my commuter and then touches the saddle, handlebars, barmap, computer, and seat tube and sometimes various other parts. As you might guess, I'm VERY pleased with this behavior and hope it's a sign of things to come. My wife....not so much.
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WINDY WINDY WINDY. I also slightly overdressed, I think, but after opening the pit zips, opening the front zip some, and dumping the balaclava (yeah, I really did overdress). I was fine. But man. It was really windy. At least it didn't rain.
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