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Old 06-02-08, 06:05 AM
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very nice this morning - although for some reason 3 or 4 cars/drivers felt the need to pass me a close as they possibly could - i guess they had a case fo the Mondays
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Old 06-02-08, 06:06 AM
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As Big Ron says, the weather is great here in NC right now. However, we've had some tremendous thunderstorms lately, but fortunately I haven't been caught in one yet.

I saw another bike commuter on my route this morning, a very rare occurrence. He was riding on a busy street at 6:45 am with no tail-lights, no helmet, and a shirt roughly the color of pavement. I caught up to him but didn't pass, and I don't think he ever saw me. Then he ran a red light and turned, and that was the last I saw of him. I hope he survives long enough to make it habit-forming.
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Old 06-02-08, 06:18 AM
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Nice this morning. Overcast but dry. Mid 50sF. Light-to-no wind.

First commute on the new Continental Traffic tires. They sure are quiet and smooth. Definitely faster than tires with big knobs. The bright yellow "Continental" stickers on the sidewalls keep distracting me by flashing in my vision but I'll get used to that.
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Old 06-02-08, 06:54 AM
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Great ride this morning, the legs felt really refreshed. I ran on Saturday morning and then I helped some friends move into their new house but other than that I just took it easy.
The brooks gets better everyday, I had to tighten the seat post bolt because I could hear something creaking which was getting annoying, it did the trick.
Short sleeves this morning and the air felt real nice.
 
Old 06-02-08, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
As Big Ron says, the weather is great here in NC right now. However, we've had some tremendous thunderstorms lately, but fortunately I haven't been caught in one yet.

I saw another bike commuter on my route this morning, a very rare occurrence. He was riding on a busy street at 6:45 am with no tail-lights, no helmet, and a shirt roughly the color of pavement. I caught up to him but didn't pass, and I don't think he ever saw me. Then he ran a red light and turned, and that was the last I saw of him. I hope he survives long enough to make it habit-forming.
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Old 06-02-08, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
I saw another bike commuter on my route this morning, a very rare occurrence.
Me too... saw a guy heading west on Millbrook, crossing Falls as I was approaching from the north.

Saw a couple sidewalk riders/commuters as well, but for whatever reason my brain doesn't count those.
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Old 06-02-08, 07:35 AM
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Whee. broke two spokes on my last commute.
Rode 22 miles at my slowest speed ever today (1:55) thinking it was windy and I was tired (3 hours of sleep)
Nope.
My rear wheel wouldn't spin more then half a revolution by hand because my disc brakes were rubbing so hard. Fixed it when I noticed it when parking my bike at work. So here is hoping the trip home is a little quicker.
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Old 06-02-08, 07:35 AM
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I have been seeing more people on bikes in the morning than I ever have latley, it is catching on for sure.
 
Old 06-02-08, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by JeffS
Me too... saw a guy heading west on Millbrook, crossing Falls as I was approaching from the north.

Saw a couple sidewalk riders/commuters as well, but for whatever reason my brain doesn't count those.
I must live in a parallel universe - I never see anyone bike commuting! maybe I leave too early in the morning, because when I leave for the day, I see at least 6 other bikes in the rack where there were none in the morning - I am the first
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Old 06-02-08, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jterribili
I must live in a parallel universe - I never see anyone bike commuting! maybe I leave too early in the morning, because when I leave for the day, I see at least 6 other bikes in the rack where there were none in the morning - I am the first
This morning I saw a guy bringing his three wheeled recumbent into the building but other than that I am the only other person who is a self propeller. It would make me happy to see more bikes on the bike racks outside or see at least one or two more bikes in the building.
 
Old 06-02-08, 07:51 AM
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Slightly altered my route this morning due to maintenance on the MUP. They are restriping the lines, adding more signage, and apparently setting up speed cameras to enforce the 15mph speed limit (and handing out $50 fines for speeders. Even though I rarely exceed 15mph (downhill & short bursts on the flats), I'm a bit miffed over this. I don't think speed on the MUP is a big problem -- it is congestion, wayward dogs, mommies & doublewide strollers walking side by side, and occasional boneheads riding 3 abreast. To read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...053102022.html
Otherwise, a very nice day to ride and hopefully I won't get too upset over this (nor get fined!)
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Old 06-02-08, 07:58 AM
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Pretty lame commute this morning. Cold and foggy. I'm glad it's only 3 miles right now- but I was still sticky and gross for work!
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Old 06-02-08, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Takabrash
Pretty lame commute this morning. Cold and foggy. I'm glad it's only 3 miles right now- but I was still sticky and gross for work!
Do you have a showering facility when you arrive?
 
Old 06-02-08, 08:08 AM
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Fisrt morning commute with shorts!!! I'll most likely be riding in a thunderstorm on the way home though
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Getting warmer. 19C. Last week was nicer. This is the first day I got all sweaty even though I only where a biking jersey.
Some car tried passing me, then needed to pull to the side to let an oncoming car through and almost squished me! I wasn't going so fast, so I just slowed down and let him through.
And then there was the impatient driver who honked my, presumably to get by me. But there was a car in front of me, so there was nowhere for him to go. I just sat in the middle/left of the lane for the next km or so to prevent him from passing me until the car in front of me turned off.
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Old 06-02-08, 08:14 AM
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70-ish and gorgeous...I have been incredibly lucky with nice weather lately. Plus, I can definitely tell the ride is getting easier and I am getting faster.
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Old 06-02-08, 08:15 AM
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Aside from being flogged by a goose, it was perfect as usual.

One section of my commute goes over a bridge/dam where the geese like to hang out. One side of the sidewalk is bordered by an aluminum guardrail and the other side is a steep grassy hill leading into the lake. I usually am going at a pretty good clip and make a ruckus to get there attention and get them moving.

This time one big boy was pacing and hissing but not getting out of the way. Then another adult pops from under the guardrail followed by five goslings. I hook up the brakes to let them pass, which is obviously perceived by the male as me slowing down into attack mode.

I laughed to myself as I knew what was coming and had no where to go but straight through. He jumped up about head high, caught me on the thigh with his feet and batted me three times with his wings. I've got a couple of scratches and welts on my arm. I managed to stay upright though, which is better than flipping over the guardrail or ending up in the lake.

I'll go a little slower through there until all the goslings move on.
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Old 06-02-08, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by jpdesjar
Do you have a showering facility when you arrive?
Nope! I'm doing an internship in an office right now. I just give it the quick Sink Shower (tm) when I get in

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Old 06-02-08, 08:26 AM
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whatever works, when i 1st started commuting i was riding to a bank branch that didnt have a shower so i used the sink as well to quickly wash my face and pits...it worked well
i feel spoiled now that i am in a building with a gym w/locker rooms and showers, good stuff
i think i shower more at work than at home
 
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The ride in today was slow and lazy. For whatever reason, I just couldn't get my butt in gear. I still can't, come to think of it. I left later than usual, so the sun was up and I could use the MUP. I saw some interesting anti-establishment graffiti at the park ("Private Banks Own Your A**! --Free Press") and wondered if the tagger paid for the spray paint with his credit card.
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It was beautiful today morning. Around 61 F, no wind. Was riding with my wife so I was slow, enjoying the ride. Drivers were a bit aggressive in Jersey City, but not that bad.
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Old 06-02-08, 09:05 AM
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Boo flat tires.
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Drizzlin'!

Today's entertainment came from Mr. Late-for-work-riding-a-Colnago. This guy came flying up behind my wife after we had walked our bikes across a busy intersection. He stayed on the sidewalk, scattered some people waiting for a bus and then sprinted by my wife when they got off of the path and onto the road. I was behind all the action, but I really did want to be in the thick of it. I rolled up beside my wife and said something like "Let's go get 'im!", but she declined to take up the chase, sighing "You go ahead dear". I squealed like a child on x-mas morn', and started after Cap'n McSprinty.

I was disappointed - I reeled him in after maybe a block-and-a-half. He was going balls out, but lacked a smooth spin and was kind of bouncing. The Colnago was also a cx bike with what looked like 28C slicks. I coasted up to his left side, about a bike length back. I thought, "I bet he blows through the 4-way stop", which he did without scrubbing speed. I slowed down to wait for my wife, and we continued on to work at our usual pace. "He must have been late for work", I said. "Meh", grunted my wife, and so we rode.
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Old 06-02-08, 10:09 AM
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Nice fast ride today. Only like 1 mile yesterday so I was pretty energetic today.
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Old 06-02-08, 10:44 AM
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My very first commute. Drove 5km to the train station to get the train. After I came back in town this evening I hopped back on my bike to get another 5km.
It's just for 2 weeks, after that it'll be 50km a day total. Can't wait Still have some work to do on my bike though, like a triathlon clip on steer and I really need to get me a pair of panniers.

Though, back to the commute. This morning was great, no need for a jacket. About 16C outside. Hopped on my bike and didn't even have to stop for a single red light untill I actually reached the station. Locked up the bike, popped off the computer and hopped on the first train towards work.

This evening, it was warm... too darn warm. Felt like there was too darn little oxygen in the air. Something like O-2 instead of O2 But still, had to stop for 4 red lights, however I went the same route as this morning. Got home in 15 minutes, not too bad I guess.

Looking at the total picture.... I had quite a good first commute today
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