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Old 05-20-08, 08:52 AM
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Rainy in DC.

Passed 2,000 miles for the year today- 75% of which are from commuting.
Last year I didn't reach 2K until mid-October. (my commute increased by 10 miles, to 23 r/t last Fall.)
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Old 05-20-08, 09:15 AM
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Warm and fast. My wife is starting to stay with me a bit more on the flats, which is nice. The new gearing is settling in nicely and I passed about 20 cars today. Life is good.
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yesterday was our first day of 110 degree blast furnace AZ heat. argh. it's gonna be a long summer.
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Originally Posted by rando
yesterday was our first day of 110 degree blast furnace AZ heat. argh. it's gonna be a long summer.
But the high on Friday is forecast to be 71F

Guess what happens when the temp drops nearly 40F in 24hrs?

Tomorrow: Windy with lots of sunshine. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

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Old 05-20-08, 10:12 AM
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Put a nail through the All Condition Armadillo on the way home last night. The rear tire is just about worn out and this is the first flat.

My multitool was missing from my bag so I had to remove and patch the tube with the wheel on (bolt-on wheels).
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Old 05-20-08, 10:26 AM
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On the fence about whether to ride in for the afternoon at work--took The Kid in for a 15-month checkup this morning--because of the forecasted weather tarwheel mentioned.

Yesterday's afternoon ride was FAST. My wife had asked me to hurry home so we could pick up The Kid at day care together, plus on the way out I ran into another commuter from my building. He's faster than I am and takes a slightly shorter route that meets up again with mine, but I caught up to him anyway!
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Old 05-20-08, 10:32 AM
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Saw some wild turkeys on the way in (no, that's not a reference to any motorists). Nice cool ride.
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Old 05-20-08, 10:36 AM
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I pushed it on the way home last night. Looked like it was going to pour at any minute and I didn't feel like getting wet. It was raining this morning when I walked the dog, but by the time I left it had pretty well stopped. I rode in rain gear just in case and had a blast. The road was still wet and I got to test out the fenders I put on last weekend. I was like a little kid riding thru puddles to see if I'd get wet or not. The fenders did their job, which made it fun!
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Old 05-20-08, 11:07 AM
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Flatted this morning about halfway, so wound up being a little late. Otherwise an uneventful ride, and quite a bit cooler than it's been lately.
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Old 05-20-08, 11:13 AM
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Temperature dropped and the wind picked up. Had to scramble around trying to find my knee and armwarmers before leaving this morning.
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Old 05-20-08, 11:48 AM
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Thats one of the things I love about my commute is the wildlife I get to see. Lately I've been able to see Sandhill Cranes feeding in a field. Commuting along the Mississippi river there's always something.
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Old 05-20-08, 01:17 PM
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Nearly perfect. I was trying to take it easy after a century on Saturday and a couple of hammerfests to and from work yesterday. However, someone had to pass me. I ended up staying close to him without exerting myself too much. I think all I did was pick up my pace and annoy the other rider. Oh well.
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nice ride in this morning - uneventful, but very nice. the ride home last night was fast too - not sure why, it just was!

finally put my fenders on last night after some modifications/hacks on the rear fender and also install toeclips (strapless). Have been clipless for a while but wanted to try out the toeclips as the cleats are wearing out and I need new ones. I am using my Merrell Waterpros with these and it feels great - nice air running over my feet while riding!

hopefully will miss the tstorms this afternoon, but part of me hopes to hit them so I can try out my new fenders!
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Old 05-20-08, 01:52 PM
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Nice and uneventful this morning: well, the only event was that I forgot my sunglasses. Partly cloudy.

This was the first time in a long time I commuted in without a change of clothes or a lunch; this time, deliberately, because I left a change at work yesterday. The reduction in weight was welcome!
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Old 05-20-08, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by noisebeam
But the high on Friday is forecast to be 71F

Guess what happens when the temp drops nearly 40F in 24hrs?

Tomorrow: Windy with lots of sunshine. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

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this is when I wish I had gears.
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Old 05-20-08, 03:49 PM
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Looks like I made a good call driving today. Severe thunderstorms hit our area about 4:30 pm, right when I leave work usually. There were some tornadoes and hail up to 2" in size, and it was extremely windy. I hope other NC commuters fared OK. This is not the kind of weather to ride in, no matter how much of a diehard you are.
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Had my first encounter with rain on my commute on the way home today. I quite enjoyed it and almost made it up the killer hill on the last part of my route home. It's pretty steep and I'm trying to get up in one go through stubbornness. I get closer every day.
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Old 05-20-08, 05:20 PM
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Sunny. mid 50s on the ride in. mid 60s on the way out. Terrible head wind going home. Semi's were even worse. I'm putting a sign on the back of my backpack.
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Old 05-20-08, 05:39 PM
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windy today but another good commute here in central Florida.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
Looks like I made a good call driving today. Severe thunderstorms hit our area about 4:30 pm, right when I leave work usually. There were some tornadoes and hail up to 2" in size, and it was extremely windy. I hope other NC commuters fared OK. This is not the kind of weather to ride in, no matter how much of a diehard you are.
My wife called about 4:30 wanting to pick me up from work or I wouldn't have known about any storm. I told her I'd ride anyway.

I did decide to leave work early and headed out the door a little after 5 to light rain. Within two minutes the bottom dropped out, roads flooded and it was hailing. I kept riding and within five minutes the skies cleared and it was mostly dry the rest of the trip.

Glad she called. I'd have hated to miss riding in the hail

For the record, marble-size hail doesn't really hurt.
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Old 05-20-08, 11:16 PM
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One mile in at 64 degrees.

One mile out at 50 degress.

Two miles that were uneventful.
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Old 05-21-08, 05:19 AM
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Beautiful full moon setting on my left, followed shortly by the sun rising on my right- very nice!!
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The sky was awesome this morning! Mid-50's, low pollen after the storm, lighter traffic than usual ... killer ride.
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Old 05-21-08, 06:04 AM
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Nice ride today. Temps in the upper 40s. No wind. Sunny. One very enthusiastic cyclist passed me going the other way. We exchanged greetings. Later on I caught a dude on a hybrid, but passed him because I was trying to maintain a faster average commute time this week. We said hi to one another.

Looks like rain for the ride home.
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I've been noticing this grossly obese man the past few weeks...must have been a new tenant or something. Anyhow, I would always see him outside on the way home, without his shirt on. Skinny legs, looked like he was about to deliver twins.

Fast forward to this morning. I saw his dead body, belly up, blue, and blood coming out of his mouth, on the sidewalk just as the police arrived to take pictures.

Thats a first...
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