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Old 05-04-08, 07:58 PM
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Lovely day. about 10C (so a bit chilly!), blue sky, sunshine.

I cleaned, lubed and adjusted my bike and chain at the weekend, plus topped the types up with air (they were a bit low, and I'd been too lazy to do them for a couple of weeks). Bike felt great - so much so that in my exuberance I hammered it for the first half of the ride - then kinda slowed right down for the second half because I was tired!
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The ride in was the Late To Work Time Trial Stage!! I woke up at 0515, which is when I usually leave the house. I left at 0530-ish. I got to work at 0545, and was on air at 0600 sharp! YAY!! I wore my yellow sweatshirt (in lieu of a yellow jersey) to mark myself as the winner.

The ride home was great. The weather was perfect for riding; warm enough but not hot, with thick cloud cover. About a block away from my house, though, I saw something very disturbing: an upside-down, mangled bicycle surrounded by police cars. Luckily, as I came down the block, I saw an ambulance on scene and a paramedic filling out paperwork. The only paperwork we do on scene is the patient refusal form--the patient is okay enough to refuse medical treatment.
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Originally Posted by Bill Shanks
Good ride in today. I feel so much more alive when I ride to work since I am usually sleep-deprived. I'm on night shift this month-6PM to 6AM. <b>The big thing is having to haul a lot of clothes along. Warm on the way in, around freezing on the way home.</b> Also, I discovered my bike rolls a lot easier with enough air in the tires.
I had to finally invest in panniers when I moved to overnights. The worst is forgetting something important for the ride home like gloves because it's sunny and beautiful in the afternoon.
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The commute in was fine for me.

Two miles from my office, I ride through a 55mph/45mph intersection. I was looking down, but I heard a large boom, looked up, and a Prius was rolling down the shoulder a lanes width away from me. Front offset crash with a large full size pickup. The pickup driver seemed to be more concerned about his vehicle damage than this guys health.

I was ASTOUNDED that no one stopped as I was waiting to cross the road. I talked to the gentleman, found that his abdomen was hurting, and asked him for his phone since I don't have one. Just as I'm trying to fumble around with his blackberry of whatever it was, an unmarked police car pulled up and called it in. I talked to the crash victim more, found out what he did for a living, and then execused myself since there was an officer of the law (of some sort) there; I did not want to be an extra body in the way.

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yet another beautiful week predicted here in NC upper 50s at night, mid-upper 70's daytime- great ride in this morning - very little traffic.
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Absolutely perfect commute today. 55 degrees, clear blue sky, and a slight 5 mph headwind just to let me know that my awesome riding was all me.
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Mid 60s, can definitely tell the days are getting longer as it is much lighter at 6:45 when I leave, and FINALLY no head wind on the way in...slight cross wind, but no big deal. I made great time and felt great (for a Monday!)
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I get off work @ 7:30am, It looks beautiful out. Can't wait for my ride home!
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Great ride this morning the sun was shining and it was about 52F when I left the house. Should be a great ride home too. I love spring riding!

Didn't ride at all this weekend so the legs felt rested.
 
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Wet!

"Chance of showers", the paper says. Sure.

A light rain for the first two miles, then the next five in a torrential downpour. The kind of rain where you go, "well, at least it can't rain any harder than this!", and you find out that, yes, it can. The kind of rain where you can't see but 6 feet in front of you. I think I rode through some patches of 4"/hour rate of downpour. Puddles as high as my bottom bracket. It was insane, but kind of fun at the same time.
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Old 05-05-08, 09:46 AM
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Finally a great morning after a crappy rainy week. Temps approaching 50, no breeze and sunny. Doesn't get much better for a morning ride. Wasn't trying too hard but still made good time to the office. Left a little late so I hit more traffic than usual. Looking forward to the temps near 70 for the ride home this evening.
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hey all, its a beautiful day.
pinched a flat, then my key got stuck in my lock, and now it wont come out. patched the tire, but still leaking. but you know what, my friend, who just started to ride, just happened to have a spare tube. funny how things work out...
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HARD. It is a short commute, but my legs were dead by the end. I think I'm going to start alternating, one day on the single speed, one day on the road bike.
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It was a nice ride in today. BUT I FORGOT MY WORK SHOES!!! Oh, well, they are leather shoes per the dress code. I will just stay close to my desk today......
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Commutus interruptus this morning. Had an eye doctor appointment mid-morning, halfway between home and work, and right next door to Starbucks. So here I sit, having very much enjoyed the first 7 miles, 3 cups of coffee, and some actual work (very nice to be able to focus on the very long to-do list without distractions from people needing something - hate it when they expect me to do my job )

Just learned that the eye dr. and I had a bit of a difference of opinion about the appt time, though. Oh well - the best laid plans... hopefully they can squeeze me in soon so I can get to the office before my afternoon full of meetings begins...
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A lovely day. I took a bit of a detour to get on the bike trail near the college. It makes a big loop of East Sac and Midtown and then puts you back on city streets at 20th and C. I work at 10th and L, so it's another 5 or 10 minutes from there, depending on the lights. I wore a long sleeved jersey today but it may be the last time for the season. Yay.
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I did something new - I forgot my bike! On Friday, I left my bike at work to go meet a friend for a drink. I didn't remember it was there until 11:45 last night. I had to drive down and get it, or end up with two bikes at work, which is silly. The ride in was fine, but I still need a bigger gear. I was supposed to switch to 53x18 on the weekend, but... I left my bike at work... so...
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I did something new - I forgot my bike! On Friday, I left my bike at work to go meet a friend for a drink. I didn't remember it was there until 11:45 last night. I had to drive down and get it, or end up with two bikes at work, which is silly. The ride in was fine, but I still need a bigger gear. I was supposed to switch to 53x18 on the weekend, but... I left my bike at work... so...
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gorgeous sunny day. Took 6 yr old to dentist on trail-a-bike. Wondered if he'd shake off the N2O in time for the ride back, was no problem. Took him home, swapped him onto his own bike, rode to school (lot of bikes there today), signed him in late, and then off to work and here I am.
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Beautiful commute to work this morning. Clear skies and cool weather. I'm a big bird-loving geek, so I am really enjoying listening to the migrant songbirds along my route. My route 30 mile R/T route takes me through some mixed habitats so there is lots to see and hear. Sometimes I catch myself naming the bird species aloud as I recognize the song. I may have reached the pinnacle of nerdhood.

I was so relaxed by my serene ride this morning, that when I was snapped out of it by a run-in with a white Hummer (the car, not the bird!) I actually found myself shrugging it off (quite the opposite of my usual obscenity-laden, finger hoisting, reaction). The driver came up behind me on a single lane roadway, layed on the horn for a good 5 seconds, then passed by so close that I had to ride off the shoulder into the dirt. When I looked up and watched the rear of this big white Hummer driving off down the road, I found myself actually chuckling for a moment at the obsurdity of what had just occurred. It seemed too much of a cliche to have actually happened.
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Originally Posted by deanack
It was a nice ride in today. BUT I FORGOT MY WORK SHOES!!! Oh, well, they are leather shoes per the dress code. I will just stay close to my desk today......
You need two pairs of work shoes so you can leave a pair at work. It's what I do and it works out great and you won't have to worry about carrying your shoes anymore.
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Nice ride in this morning. Wore the sunglasses in the morning! Wether is really getting nice and that's bringing out all the commuters. I passed 3 on my way in to work. It seemed like allot because I saw them all in a 2 block stretch. Plus that's also 3 more than usual.
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I rode in this morning, it was 47f. Back to my Cold-weather ensemble. Gloves and balaclava. I will definetly appreciate ridin' in in shorts when that time comes. Cause I know that the cool riding season is alot longer than the warm riding season. But I trucked in this morning, I left a little late so I tried to make up time when going downhill. The aftn was another perfect day to be riding a bike. Sunshine and perfect weather. Had a jerk drive by and gave me a F'you greeting. He was just jealous because he's stressed out from driving a box and having to pay $3.56/gal. I just ignored him. Tom'rw is going to be another great day, weather-wise.
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Good day for a trip to Wal-Mart. Tail-wind and downhill going in. Weeee! Headwind and uphill on the way back. Boooooo! It was nice to have a breeze though, since it's about 85F. No dogs this time.
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Old 05-05-08, 06:50 PM
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Nice - Beautiful Area

Originally Posted by Lamplight
I made a couple of videos on my commute home the other day. They're actually pretty boring, but I'll post them anyway.

https://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2...t=DSCN0232.flv
https://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2...t=DSCN0236.flv
Must be nice to be far enough away from the main stretches. Where was the video taken?
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