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Old 05-27-08, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by ricohman
Tomorrow its supposed to be a balmy -6 in the morning. A bit better.
Ridiculous.

My ride today was like this thread: Sticky. 60F/16C and humidity in the 80% range. I had a 16oz can of Monster in my trunk bag's bottle holder and it was all wet when I got to work. Condensation.

I saw a few cyclists on the MUP. Also, a pileated woodpecker landed on the grass right next to the MUP and didn't move until I was next to it. Beautiful bird. (Pic from google...)
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Old 05-27-08, 06:47 AM
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Good ride this morning, my butt was a little sore from all the riding I did over the long weekend. Rode about 40 miles on Saturday with my stepbrother and I did at least 30 miles yesterday. It felt really good to be on the route again this morning and it was pretty warm, a possible thunder shower later but I am not too concerned about it.

I was amazed that I could take the fixie off road too, my buddy suggested we take a shortcut through a trail running along some powerlines and I managed to power my way through, I can't wait to put some bigger tires on so I can really hit some trails.

Feels good to have pedaled some distance
 
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Fastest commute ever due to a wind assist. Giant waves crashing over the seawall, flooding the trail at points.
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Old 05-27-08, 07:07 AM
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Very warm here in NC, with temps in the mid-60s F during my morning commute at 6:30 am. The reason for the warmth was the stiff SW breeze, which I rode into all the way to work. It felt nice even though it slowed me down. I was able to wear just a jersey and shorts today, the first time in months I haven't needed a vest, arm/leg warmers or tights on my morning commute.

Had a close call riding through my neighborhood from someone backing out of their driveway. I didn't see them because there were two vehicles in the driveway, and a van or SUV was blocking my view of the Jeep that was backing out. I didn't see it until it almost backed into me. In the past year of commuting, I've only had two near collisions with cars -- and in both cases it was people backing their cars out of driveways early in the morning.
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Old 05-27-08, 07:19 AM
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Cars blocking other cars and almost causing an accident, too many cars everywhere.
I rode my bike in my hometown and it seems people drive the same there as they do around here, riding on the 55 mph roads was a little scary too.
 
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Good ride. Warm and somewhat humid, though still very pleasant compared to what it will be like for the Summer. First sleeveless commute of the year.....already got the farmer tan from wearing sleeves while riding, so will be looking a bit goofy (goofier) until the shoulders tan up a bit.
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Nice one today. New route (thru U of Texas campus), really fast, almost no cars.

Got to work and it's Breakfast Taco Tuesday. Now... if you don't live in Texas and don't know what Breakfast Tacos are... get on down here and PM me and I'll show you! You won't be disappointed...
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Old 05-27-08, 08:46 AM
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Mid 70s and humid. I'd better just get used to it because it's not getting any better any time soon. But I picked up a gorgeous '87 Stumpjumper over the weekend and rode that in. I'm thinking of making it my full time commuter.
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Originally Posted by Big Ron
Good ride. Warm and somewhat humid, though still very pleasant compared to what it will be like for the Summer. First sleeveless commute of the year.....already got the farmer tan from wearing sleeves while riding, so will be looking a bit goofy (goofier) until the shoulders tan up a bit.
I am sporting the farmer look too from all the riding this weekend, I can dig it.
 
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Short-only biked w/ 6 yr old to his school. I was going to bike into work, then ride home to meet repair guy at lunchtime, but something came up so I drove in after biking w/ 6 yr old, will drive home, hope to bike back to work in the pm though. Some pleasant mist out this am. And yeah definitely rocking the bike glove tan.
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Old 05-27-08, 10:37 AM
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Nice ride in: 65 degrees & partly cloudy. +1 on the farmer tan. I forgot the sunblock while running errands with the kids this weekend - now I have farmer feet!

Tomorrow its supposed to be a balmy -6 in the morning.
This is just wrong. Possibly a crime against humanity.
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Old 05-27-08, 10:46 AM
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nice ride in this morning - although I had my shoes with me and a very big lunch so I was a little heavier than normal.

have recently tried switching from clipless to using toe clips with some Merrell watershoes I have, but I don't think I am liking it. Too difficult getting into the toe clips when starting out - they tend to fall forward and it takes a bit to get my toes into them. I may go back to clipless and get some sandals (Keen maybe). I like my feet to be FREEEEE!!!!
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Old 05-27-08, 10:48 AM
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Felt fat and slow. My legs hurt. My back hurt. My sitbones hurt.

And I'm so glad I didn't drive.
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Old 05-27-08, 10:53 AM
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A little chilly, but NO RAIN!!!!! Woot! I'm going for a road ride after work for sure.
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Old 05-27-08, 12:36 PM
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My first commute today, I should be doing it more, as it is only about 6 miles round trip. The only problem is that I use my car a lot for my job, so I can't do it every day...
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Old 05-27-08, 01:17 PM
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Ug, i felt sick this morning and limped it into work.
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Excellent!
Today was my first commute to my summer classes/job. 9.88 miles in 47 minutes. All I have to say is that I'm going to lose weight this summer.

Because I didn't pack my panniers last night, I left behind my belt, a towel, and, most importantly, my deoderant good thing I take showers at night.

I'm looking at about 20 miles per day, with the potential of doing this 5 times a week

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Old 05-27-08, 03:22 PM
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My first commute today. 14 mile round trip. I left extra early for work this morning so I would have all the time I would need, and I got to work in less than 30 minutes! I was an hour early for work. It was in the mid 60s with no wind when I left my house at 3am. Crickets were chirping and the valley was relatively quiet. Coming home took a little longer. 82 degrees. The home route has a couple more uphill sections, and I also had some headwinds (max 14mph, SE) for the last 3 miles. There were a couple of times when I thought about driving the car to work tomorrow. Now I look at tomorrows forecast and they're calling for a high of 87 and S winds 10-20 mph with gusts of 30mph. Damn. Oh well, I will be riding. Some days will be easier than others.

Tired when I got home, but by no means did I bonk out. I was a little worried with my blood sugar, but I did fine. In fact, I did awesome today. Full of energy all day! It was the wind that was killing me!

Eating much better now. I am roughly following a meal outline from last months Bicycling magazine. Working good so far.

I averaged 13 MPH, with a max speed of 18.8
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Nice sunny ride in after lunch. Another 90 min, then out to pick up the 3 yr old in her trailer and then to 6 yr old's school.
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I used my granny gear for the first time ever.. Down to the second lowest gear on my bike. Brutal, brutal north wind. 25 mph , but its always worse on the Lakefront trail because of the exposed geography. But, I made it home without pushing my bike.

I feel good. Boreas, you are defeated!

p.s. anyone who says you don't need gears in Chicago, I didn't see you out on the trail today.
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Old 05-27-08, 04:44 PM
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Was WET this morning. The sun came out around noon. Now... Looks like it will be WET again for the ride home. Glad I put fenders on the single speed commuter this weekend.
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Originally Posted by talleymonster
My first commute today.
Congrats See how easy it is?

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Tired when I got home, but by no means did I bonk out. I was a little worried with my blood sugar, but I did fine.
You're not ever going to bonk in 7 miles unless you've been starving yourself (or have some kind of disorder). If you want to know what a bonk is, skip breakfast and ride for 50 miles.

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In fact, I did awesome today. Full of energy all day! It was the wind that was killing me!
Just do what I did and assume the most aero position on your bike possible, kill your ego, and drop to the low gears (if you have them). Better to be in shape for the next day's commute than to tear yourself up.
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Old 05-27-08, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ok_commuter
Nice one today. New route (thru U of Texas campus), really fast, almost no cars.

Got to work and it's Breakfast Taco Tuesday. Now... if you don't live in Texas and don't know what Breakfast Tacos are... get on down here and PM me and I'll show you! You won't be disappointed...
I think the way home was even faster, even uphill. I think the 95+ degrees had something to do with that...
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Old 05-27-08, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ok_commuter
I think the way home was even faster, even uphill. I think the 95+ degrees had something to do with that...
Maybe the storms that blew through here are headed your way...I left work a 1/2 hour early and it was 68 and very, very windy...had probably a 30mph steady headwind for the first three miles. Barely missed a torrential downpour. Flash floods are scary.

But, I did risk the rain to pick my MTB up from the LBS...couldn't bear to let it sit there when it didn't have to!
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Originally Posted by starla
Maybe the storms that blew through here are headed your way...I left work a 1/2 hour early and it was 68 and very, very windy...had probably a 30mph steady headwind for the first three miles. Barely missed a torrential downpour. Flash floods are scary.

But, I did risk the rain to pick my MTB up from the LBS...couldn't bear to let it sit there when it didn't have to!
My wife just dropped off her bike and trailer and switched it out for the car with the kid seats... b/c yeah, it's blowing pretty hard and getting dark. I was hoping for a little rain on the way home, but this time of year in Texas we rarely get A LITTLE rain.
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