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Old 05-16-08, 07:03 AM
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so...dry ride in yesterday afternoon, wet ride home last night. road-spray wet ride in this morning. Had to skip out on the 'ride around the capitol' 1 miler this morning and breakfast for bike to work week because I have a major project migrating data today and the remainder of this weekend. But i rode to work all week so i get a free pass
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Old 05-16-08, 07:21 AM
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today's commute sucked - had to take the train to pick up birthday gifts for my wife. Plus it's raining.

I left early to get an "emptier" subway train, but it was still super packed, and because we got a mm of rain last night the train was crawling through all the tunnels....

riding all week I felt great and actually dropped a few pounds.

today I'm having chest pains....subway stress?
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After a battling wind all week (and rain twice), this morning's commute was paradise! I little chilly (49F - wind chill in the 30's, but at least it was a tailwind!) here on the prairie. Beautifuly sunny - the pavement was still wet from yesterday's downpour, moisture rose off of the fields of the UofI's south farms in a slight fog. The birds were out in force - as were the cows - only two other commuters this lovely morning, but then again, I did get to work early.
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Nice, calm ride both ways... on the way in I was at a stop sign and a little girl with training wheels pointed at me and complained, "Mooommm!!! Why does he get to ride in the street?!"

Saw a fox on the way back, and a fat cat that looked like a rabbit.
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Old 05-16-08, 07:40 AM
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Great day today, light tailwind, light traffic, sun glasses. Just kinda cruised in.

Was dropped again by the rider on the red specialized. At least he mumbled a greeting as he passed. It bugs me that after all the years I've been doing this, trying to get the car traffic used to me and generally treat me as another vehicle, he is undoing what ever good will I've developed. He routinely blows through lights and signs, pops on and off sidewalks, scatters pedestrians and threads thru traffic lanes. Reminds me of an aggressive New York bike messenger. Seems to me he's exactly the kind of rider that pisses off the drivers.
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Oh my! Shorts and a t-shirt today! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee! I'm taking this afternoon off and going to sit in the sun at my favourite pub.
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Old 05-16-08, 08:19 AM
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I hiked to the bus. Going "out" after work.

Is it National Bike to Work Day today? I saw quite a few bikes on the MUP. Way more than usual. That might explain it.

Here's the bad part: Over the bus radio, the dispatcher told all the drivers to ask if anyone coming in on a certain bus might have left their bicycle on the bus's bike rack.
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yes it is....another reason I hated being on the train!
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Old 05-16-08, 08:52 AM
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pouring rain. I'm just not outfitted (or strong willed) enough to do this in heavy rain.
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Old 05-16-08, 10:09 AM
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Warm morning, kind of misty. I forgot it was Bike to Work day (heck, EVERY day is Bike to Work day!) till I got to the MUP and saw the big tent set up. Passed 4 pit stops on my route, and every one they waved me over and gave me stuff. They were so excited to see me that I hated to disappoint.

Total haul: 8 mini clif bars, 1 tiger milk bar, 4 packs of electrolyte powder drink mix, a banana, an orange, and a T shirt. Plus a 15 minute massage!

Whole thing added a good 30 minutes to my ride, but I didn't care.
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The weather in Ohio has been really strange to say the least.

Cold and rainy today. I got to ride my new MTB so that was the good aspect of it. Paul Hubs are smoooooooooth.
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Old 05-16-08, 10:27 AM
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Warmer today, 55F when I left. Rain this afternoon will be my first commute in wet, wifey's not really thrilled about it. Got a SuperFlash mounted on the back of my helmet last night, so that plus the blinky under my butt and I should be pretty visible from the rear even in the rain and with CT drivers who are not using to seeing cycle commuters. I ride right by her place of employment and will time it so she passes me on the way home and can see how far away the blinkies show up.
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Old 05-16-08, 10:42 AM
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Summer's here. 77F when I left the house. It'll probably break 100F by the time I leave here at 5:30 this afternoon. At least the wind has died down.

Rode the fixed gear and managed to hit 32mph behind a delivery truck on L Street. Gotta love that spin!
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Summer's here. 77F when I left the house. It'll probably break 100F by the time I leave here at 5:30 this afternoon. At least the wind has died down.

Rode the fixed gear and managed to hit 32mph behind a delivery truck on L Street. Gotta love that spin!
Nice one! I always wonder what my speed is like, I should get a computer.
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Nice sunny day today. Supposed to set a temp record, >90F. We'll see. Came in late after counting bikes at my 6 yr old's school for the organizers of 'bike to school day'. >50 today (vs 15 on Tuesday).
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Broke a spoke... that's a first for me. Limped it in as is, trued it abit at work to the point it's ridable to get me home.
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Saw two coyotes this morning, in different parts of my ride.

Saw another one this past Tuesday morning, too.
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My 51st commute of the year in Seattle and the *first* one with shorts, short-sleeve jersey and no knee warmers, arm warmers, spare jacket on the rack, etc. Predicted high: 85 degrees.

*and* it was Bike to Work day, with stations set up all over town offering free coffee, snacks, water, etc. My office building even put out free pastries and coffee outside the biker showers.

Zillions of bikers out today -- with all the newbies out, the first day of the year when I passed more people than passed me!
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Yessss...! Sun and warmth! Lots of people on bikes today for BTW. Had to pass someone weaving up a hill, obviously flustered but doing OK! Due to early commute I had my long sleeve t on, but I'm sleeveless for the ride home. No wool, no winter coat, no full fingered gloves, with sunglasses. Joy. Of course all the drivers forget how to drive in the sun, so be careful out there. And there's a baseball game tonight which will make it nuts, NUTS, on the southern ride home...
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Hmmm - ride home was sunny, almost no wind, 74*f, early departure = no traffic. Doesn't get much better than that.
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Old 05-16-08, 06:59 PM
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Beautiful weather today. Started to take a side-trip around Greenlake on my way home from work, but got half way around and realized what a bad idea that was. It's not a good place for bikes - all pedestrians. Gotta go s-l-o-w and watch everyone. Got back in the street and took a long route home instead.
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no ride :-(

here it was national bike to work day, but too much rain for me. i wimped out and took public transport instead...

i saw 1 other commuter in pm, good to see friends on the bus too.

if i was touring, and had all day to get "there", this ride would have happened (still trying to justify)

happy weekend!
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cold wet nyc spring rain cold
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Old 05-16-08, 10:13 PM
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Rode into work Monday of this week and today. With it being BTW day today, 5 other people rode into the office too, with distance ranging from 1.5 miles to 16 miles; mine was 12. Everyone who rode said they will be doing it more often this year, especially on Fridays when it is unofficial "casual day." The weather was cold this morning, but it really warmed up later in the day with very light winds.

Looking forward to more commutes this year and beyond!
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Old 05-18-08, 03:22 PM
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It was beautiful today. Sunny, cool, little wind. I even got a genuine "Hello" from a passenger in a car. I didn't wave in time, I was expecting a snyde remark, but was pleasanly suprised. I did have time to flash a smile My only gripe with today's ride into work (yes I work every other weekend, nature of my job) I was passing cars on the right while approaching a red light, about 10 cars deep. I spot a driver of a ford SUV lookin at me in her side view mirror. As I get closer, she starts to turn her SUV into the curb to block me! I manage to squeeze by, but seriously I just don't understand that kind of person. Anyway, a T-storm is said to be rolling through during my ride home tonight. Wish me luck.
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