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Old 05-07-08, 07:37 AM
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First ride w/ the DIY pannier and as predicted, my back was less sweaty. Some extra understeer due to the added weight, but otherwise a fine ride. Skipping takes a bit more effort, but that's to be expected. Saw a bunch of commuters on E61st that probably got off the Q'boro bridge at the same time this morning and cut through traffic w/ two kids on bmx' and another commuter on a mtb.
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2nd post accident commute. The weather forecast said light rain. Wrong! Freaking drenched when I hit Denver. At least it was in the 50s.
My MTB is making it difficult to wait for my new frame to be built up. This weekend I head out to find a headset for the salsa frame. Still deciding if I want a LBS to install it or if I will do it myself.
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A great day -- 60F and sunny. However I was very cold for most of my ride because it is almost all in the shade. Fortunately I warm up about 3 miles into it. Pollen not a big problem today (unlike yesterday) -- can't explain why the difference in just 1 day. I saw a lot of other commuters out today - most of them passed me, which meant I was going slower than usual. Turns out I was only 2 minutes off my usual pace -- not a big deal. Apparently there is a hawk's nest near the MUP; I passed 2 other commuters checking it out. I'll try to find it on the way home.
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Old 05-07-08, 08:12 AM
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Today was my first time commuting by bike, and it was great. I live about 22 miles from work, so I am starting out by driving half way parking at a grocery store and riding my bike the rest of the way. My route is a little hilly, but once I get into better shape it will be an easy ride.

I am riding my 2002 Jamis Quest with a rack and waterproof panniers.
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Old 05-07-08, 08:17 AM
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I saw at least a dozen other riders on my way to work. And a Moots!!!

When I got to work, my new ride (Giant Bowery) got scorned by a guy in the building. He said "oooh a racing bike". Huh?? Then I got, "well, it's a single speed, it isn't like you live in London or something". Not sure why it bothered me so much, just kinda seemed like reverse snobbery, you know? I figure the more riders the better - no matter what kind of bike you're on.
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Originally Posted by Allycat24
Pollen not a big problem today (unlike yesterday) -- can't explain why the difference in just 1 day.
I guess it wasn't just me having pollen issues yesterday. On the ride home in the afternoon my mouth was dry as a bone, eyes all kinds of itchy, etc. Today (at least on the morning commute), no problems at all.

Commute: the weather here continues to be near-perfect. 50s in the morning with a high around 85 in the afternoon and almost no wind.

No commute for me tomorrow. I just scheduled an endoscopy for 11:30 am. I'm bumming--the office where they're doing it is only 3.5 miles from my house, an area I bike to all the time. But of course with the endo recovery I can't ride to or from.
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Booooo! 0C when I left the house. The mittens were back on...
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Old 05-07-08, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by fisher04
Today was my first time commuting by bike, and it was great. I live about 22 miles from work, so I am starting out by driving half way parking at a grocery store and riding my bike the rest of the way. My route is a little hilly, but once I get into better shape it will be an easy ride.

I am riding my 2002 Jamis Quest with a rack and waterproof panniers.
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Well I got the opportunity to test how water repellent my gear was today. The good news is between the internal geared hub and fenders the bike worked flawlessly. But my pannier is not completely water proof, nor is my bright reflective jacket. So I got pretty wet, and my work pants got a small wet spot but no biggie, luckily my computer is in another bag and stayed dry. Typical Colorado weather, dry and clearing, thought I was good, and 5 miles later its a down pour with lightening in the distance. My Brooks saddle is getting soaked too, by the time I got to work there was no point in putting a bag over it. Hope it clears by afternoon.
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Old 05-07-08, 08:51 AM
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Oh man what a morning.

Today I was turning onto the on-ramp onto the Brooklyn Bridge (heading into Manhattan) - if anyone knows this spot you know that the curb is perpendicular to the path, so you have to do a 90 degree turn there... as I was turning on another cyclist was coming right towards me. There is just enough space if you are passing side by side but that turn makes it tricky - he was in the center of the bike lane which is about where I had come on... I swerved to the right to avoid him, he managed to avoid falling but I was clipped in - I tipped over to the right, CRASH, and the worst part was my body has too much momentum so I kept tumbling and the back of my head smashed against the concrete barrier. I'm fine though - THANK GOD I wear a helmet everyday! The impact really could have caused some damage otherwise. I am so so so thankful about the helmet you have no idea. I was totally shaken up but all I have right now is a few scrapes and bruises.

Whew. I've had a few other falls but none of them involved another cyclist. I'm glad nothing happened to him or anyone else.
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Old 05-07-08, 09:19 AM
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Cristina - glad you're ok! Just reminder here as I'm sure you know - replace that helmet.
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Originally Posted by texastwister
do you travel Davis Blvd.between 6-7:00 am?.only have seen a few commuters in this area.
Used to spend about a quarter mile there, but have a new route that takes me a different direction. Work with a guy who occasionally commutes, and when he rides he's on Davis from Precinct Line to 1709... Where's your ride take you?
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Old 05-07-08, 09:59 AM
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speedy - my wife biked the 6 yr old to his school this am (at sidwalk speed), and I had the 3 yr old in the trailer to her daycare. 2 more miles than if I just took 6 yr old, but same gross time. Nice cool morning, not notably wet out.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:22 AM
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Arrived at the bike cage this morning to find a moped in my spot. (I realize I don't have any real claim to that spot, other than that's where I usually lock up). I'm not sure how I feel about mopeds. There seem to be a lot more of them on the street lately, and they stink. Literally. A week or two ago I was riding home and came upon a whole group of moped riders going my way. I thought I'd hop on and get a motorpace--the speed was just fine but I lasted about 30 seconds before I started choking on the fumes. I think those things run on chainsaw engines.

Anyway, the ride itself was just fine. I got a new seatpost and stopped a few times to fine tune the saddle height.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:32 AM
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It has been a bit of a "charlie foxtrot" at work this week. Computer problems. Application problems. Stupid computers! I hate them all!

It just makes riding home all the more fun though. Plus, this week is ride-to-work week here in Burlington and boy howdy have there been a lot of cyclists out and about. The weather has been nice, too. Yesterday there were 4 or 5 bikes locked up outside my building. (Mine stays inside with me.)

I was just leaving and a lady friend came out with her helmet. She lives near me so we wound up riding together. Very cool.
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Second day in a row commuting by bike. Warmer - low 50's at 5:00 this AM. Sunny today -ride home shuold be in the low 70's. Nice!
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Originally Posted by vtjim
It has been a bit of a "charlie foxtrot" at work this week. Computer problems. Application problems. Stupid computers! I hate them all!

It just makes riding home all the more fun though.
Don't you love that? You can look up at the clock and think, "Only five more hours until nature and silence."
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Just barely dodged a right-hook by an Escalade today. Didn't signal. Just sped up to get 2' in front of me and turned. Saw my reflection in the window going "AHHHH".
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i started commuting to my job in laurel about a month ago, only been working in the part of the state about a year.5. what's the MUP? as well.. though i enjoy the patutent branch trail i've been taking most of the way, the people in this area seem remarkably ignorant of trail protocol--is this common, or peculiar to this trail?...i'll have to look up some other trails nearby and explore!
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Pretty much the same as my post on Sunday. Around 15C temp outside at 430am with minimal wind so Pearl Izumi inner shorts under the pants and a short sleeve merino wool base layer under a short sleeve shirt. Checked the tire pressure and master link screw. The last 2 weeks or so I have my spare wheelset with Corsa CRs (cotton casings) on my bike so the tires hold air better than my usual Corsa Evo CXs (latex). Nice and easy 25km with a few small hills thrown in between with minimal sweat. Another great day riding to work on a track bike with tubulars
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Old 05-07-08, 04:48 PM
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Nice day today. It's been sunny but cool for the last few days. Very pleasant.

And having just arrived at the office, I now have to ride back into the city for a meeting.

Which I consider a bonus! More time on the bike...
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Nice days lately but traffic in the afternoon's has been absolutely horrible!! So many cars. And what's up with people that slow down right behind you and don't pass even when there is no one coming the other way and plenty of room to pass in the first place??? Do you all just keep going as nothing is wrong or what LOL
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I made the commute for the first time. I left the house around 4:30am to be at work at 5:00am. I was hesitant to commute because I have to lift boxes, unload trucks, and stock product all day but to my surprise I had more energy. The ride gave me a kick start. Doing it again tomorrow.
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Didn't feel like riding today...took the subway instead.
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Awesome temperature and nice weather for the ride in. On the way back, I had cloudbursts with 25 mph sustained winds gusting to 35. My legs hurt.
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