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Old 05-05-08, 07:28 PM
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Managed to miss the rain this morning. Nice ride.

Lots of angry cyclists out today though. One swore at me, another swore at a pedestrian who was doing nothing wrong (on an MUP). Chill out, folks!
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Didn't plan very well today. I was too cold on the way in, not enough layers. I was too hot on the way home, overdressed and forgot my water.

It was a character-building learning experience.
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Head wind in, head wind out plus a flat. What a day!
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Old 05-05-08, 09:09 PM
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sweet!!
i'm pro far-figg-nuggan...
rides flowed, both ways!
i'm for being in "the zone" , today i was there!
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Originally Posted by brainsan
Head wind in, head wind out plus a flat. What a day!
yeng/yang...
tomorrow will be better!
i feel for you!
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Old 05-05-08, 10:02 PM
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my commute was fantastic. nice ride along the river this morning. great ride home. so thankful the bike path has been newly paved in a whole bunch of sections. I hope they repave the whole thing. I'm getting spoiled- no more bumps and tree roots!
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Biked to the train station today. Since that means I have to lock my bike up there, I usually just walk to the train. I had to bring the bike into the shop after I got home, though, so it worked out well, or it should have: I got on the wrong train in Newark, and made it to the shop with ten minutes to spare.

2.4 miles on mostly-flat ground hasn't made me so out of breath for a while now.
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Took it easy, feeling sick. Some guy yelled something from a van, sounded like "...f***wit". Not sure what I did to upset him?

Also (re)discovered that biking makes you more vulnerable to temptation, like stopping and checking out the snowboard sales...

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Today's commute was awesome as I started my new job at the bike co-op where I have been volunteering and got to ride the coolest bike to work... I needed to install some fresh tubes and tires and do a few little things to make a very smooth bike even smoother.

The bike came yesterday...


1948 Rudge Whitworth roadster

It will be a good week for taking the old girls out for their inaugural spring rides.
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Fastest ride in so far this year. 13 miles in 44 minutes = 17.7 avg speed-not too shabby given all the stoplights and the hilly terrain. Should have a minor tailwind on the way home too, so might even crack 18mph for an average. Saw another commuter out this AM too, fairly unusual to see anyone else that early...circa 6:15.
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Nice ride this morning legs felt good even though I biked and ran yesterday. It was a bit foggy so I had my blinky going just in case.

Still wearing gloves in the morning, I can't wait until the shorts come out.
Cheers all~
 
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great commute in this morning. I stopped at the polling place down the road before hitting my normal route. When I was in line a lady asked if I felt safe 'doing that' - I said yes, but sometimes I don't - depends on who is driving by. Also had the curbside voting person say "Now that's the way to go out and vote!"
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I left too late for that - perhaps this evening. A shame, really, because the polling place is only a block away from my normal route!
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Old 05-06-08, 07:20 AM
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Low 60s, damp and a little cool and a little rain. Head wind is back, but it wasn't too strong. I'll be glad when this wet weather is gone.

Then again, in a month, I'll probably be wishing for it.
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No biking in for a few days. My bike's in the shop, getting new brakes.
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57F and sunny - what a beautiful day! Got off to the same late start today as yesterday but saw fewer cyclists today. It was a nice ride -- not too fast, not too slow. I would love to knock 5 minutes off my commute, but perhaps that will happen in a few weeks. I just wanted to enjoy the ride (and solitude) today.
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'Twas threatening rain on the way in, a bit blustery and cool. Loving it!!
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Couple good rides, on the way home last night i was just "in the goove" felt at one with the bike and my surroundings. Don't quite know how else to describe it.

This morning was almost perfect biking weather. Cool and no wind whatsoever.
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Old 05-06-08, 08:41 AM
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Rode home hard last night trying to dodge the storms that were working their way through N Texas. Enjoyed the ride in the drizzle, about 5 minutes of "real" rain. Temp was perfect, and I had my fastest ride home of the year.

I guess my successful storm evasion last night went to my head. I'm not at all equipped for rain, and have had a couple spills on wet pavement so am a bit leery of it. Looked at the radar this morning and decided I could beat the big "red" storm to the office. It was coming quick but was still a ways off. Weather was deteriorating as I rode, and was starting to rain for real as I got to the last convenient stopping place on my route - Starbucks, of course - called dw and asked her to look at the radar. Decided to hang out for a while and drink a cup of coffee and wait for the storm. Good decision - it was a doozy. When it passed I headed out again into a steady rain, but no wind or lightning. Once I got used to the sensation of water spraying on my backside it was actually a very pleasant ride - cagers were well behaved, roads were clear, and I got here just fine. Total ride time was a bit slower, but that was intentional...
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Originally Posted by starla
Then again, in a month, I'll probably be wishing for it.
You got that right... where in Texas are you?
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Originally Posted by ctoddrun
You got that right... where in Texas are you?
Central...Temple. Maybe we'll get another wet summer like last year. I didn't have to water my lawn the whole time. The city at one point was practically begging people to use more water, which was very weird. The Austin area is already under water rationing.
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Originally Posted by starla
Central...Temple. Maybe we'll get another wet summer like last year. I didn't have to water my lawn the whole time. The city at one point was practically begging people to use more water, which was very weird. The Austin area is already under water rationing.
That would be nice, but don't count on it! Fort Worth has already put us under minimal rationing as well - limiting hours that you can water, but not days yet... I would love a wet summer!
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Great ride today. I live in North Chicago and I commute down town along the lake shore. Absolutely perfect! Alot of rodies out this morning but still a great ride!
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Rained out today

Reading all you TX riders comparing notes about dodging T-storms - I am impressed!
The roads are very slick the first time it rains after a dry spell, and the drivers are agitated. Bad scene.

So I sucked it up and drove. Boo.
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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


Very cool bike route you take lamplight. It is completely different than what I am used to riding into work here in San Francisco. You have inspired me to take a quick vid of some of the streets I ride on to get to work.

Do you ever see anyone else riding on that trail when you are on it?


My commute in today was excellent! About 60 and partly cloudy, I didnt notice any wind.

I did have one close call with a driver at one point though. I was riding down Golden Gate Ave (Fairly steep hill) and right at about steiner st this driver decides that he wants to make a left from the far right lane, Im about 35ft behind him in the left lane so as he makes his (slow) turn - I have to skid and quickly look over my shoulder into the middle lane and cut into it before I collided with the bumber of the car making the turn. Needless to say - I made it out ok and brushed the incident off and made the most out of the remainder of the ride.
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