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Old 06-06-08, 05:52 AM
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Upper 50s, overcast, damp, and a headwind from the depths of_ Uh_ Well it was a bad headwind. Airport says 11MPH but I ride next to Lake Champlain and the weather station in the water is reporting 20MPH. At one point I got shoved from 17-18MPH down to about 12. Tailwind for the ride home this afternoon, but lighter.

I caught a couple riding side-by side. Dinged the bell. Said hi. Passed. No other cyclists spotted.

My Continental Traffic tires are saving me more than 30 minutes per week. Surprising, considering what the tread looks like. I did some light dirt riding and they seemed fine. Grippy and stable. I like 'em.
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Old 06-06-08, 06:05 AM
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first commute in nearly 2 months after being right hooked in April...
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Felt good, but it seemed slow (although clock didn't reflect that) and the bike felt heavy.... going to be
a few rides before I get back to where I was
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Old 06-06-08, 06:31 AM
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Another wet ride, I didn't wear the cape today because last time I put it on it gave me a hard time, the wind would blow it around and it was flapping around leaving my back exposed. Today I just threw on a thin jacket and enjoyed the rain as much as possible. I stopped about halfway at this great bagel place to get some breakfast and everyone was giving me wierd looks, I think, I could have been paranoid or something. Whatever
Sorry to hear about your poor granola bar, that is tragic.
Tensioned the chain last night and it seemed to be perfect this morning, every stroke of the pedal seemed to really count.
 
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96 F and humid for the ride home yesterday!
77 F this morning - this is as high as our highs were until recently - and a forecast of 99 F this afternoon.
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Old 06-06-08, 07:13 AM
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wussed out this morning - I am tired, dog tired. last night when I was working i was barely keeping myself awake and i think my ride home was the slowest, most lethargic ride I have ever done! Maybe the 9 mo old I have that is waking up 3 times a night is affecting me...just maybe

i guess it is a good thing i skipped out this morning - going camping with my son today and tomorrow and I will need my energy with this crazy heat here in NC!
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Old 06-06-08, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by sharkey00
So when I left the house this morning I shoved a granola bar in my pocket for breakfast. After about 10 minutes when I heard something fall. It was the granola bar which I left in my unzipped pocket. While I was turning around to get it a car came around the corner and crushed my poor granola bar. Tasty.
Those cars seem to have amazing aim. I lost a pair of sunglasses (from my shirt pocket) and a bike bell this way. I stop, turn around, and... CRUNCH!

It was raining yesterday, so I left my bike here at work
But its clear today so I should have a nice (HOT!) ride home.
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Nice breezy somewhat cool commute. Took the short 10 mile version due to a 120 mile ride tomorrow.
Fugly green paisley jersey guy blew by me again. This time on a curve. I really hate being passed on a curve.
Anyhow, I hope to survive tomorrow's agony.
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Old 06-06-08, 07:30 AM
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still can't get over how great the weather has been. mid 60's in the morning rising to about 80 in the afternoon. blissful actually.

this morning's ride was aggressive for some reason. can't put my finger on it, but everything seemed to have a slightly negative vibe to it. cars, pedestrians, other cyclists all seemed to conspire to make my commute difficult. oh well, must be getting cranky since its been a long week.
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Old 06-06-08, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by savethekudzu
96 F and humid for the ride home yesterday!
77 F this morning - this is as high as our highs were until recently - and a forecast of 99 F this afternoon.
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That's just wrong.
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Old 06-06-08, 08:30 AM
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Should have checked the forecast last night instead of watching an old Indiana Jones movie!

Saw grey clouds hovering this morning while i was getting on the bike - figured I could get to work before the sky opened up. Boy, was I wrong.

5 miles into my commute the rain fell down, lightning crashed, the sky cracked open.

I took cover under an awning off someone's house. They eventually came out and started conversation. Told him I was trying to save a buck/get some exercise. He said 'that leaves more gas for me'. Just smiled at him and told him my girlfriend is on her way to pick me up. I'd be out of the way soon enough.

The cars kept whizzing by, throwing water in every direction.

Of course when my girlfriend arrived - the rain practically was all but done.

Figures.
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Old 06-06-08, 09:06 AM
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Hot, humid, sticky commute. Glad to be back on the rig after yesterday's break. Saw four other commuters going both ways. Forecast is for some serious heat/humidity on the way home.
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Old 06-06-08, 09:13 AM
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I typically commute 4 out of 5 days a week. Since my ride is only about a mile and a half each way and mostly on bike trails, it's totally painless. Today was especially lovely. Warm, but with a nice breeze and no traffic to speak of. One of those days that makes you feel increcibly happy to be alive and not cooped up in a rolling metal box.
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Old 06-06-08, 09:35 AM
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Extremely hot in NC today with the high temperature expected to reach near 100F. It was already 77F when I rode to work at 5:45 am. This is crazy hot, the kind of weather you expect in August rather than early June, and will be the earliest we ever hit 100 if it reaches the century mark. I'm heading home at noon to help my wife with some stuff, and it's already 91F at 11:30 am. Will probably drive back to work after lunch to avoid having to bike commute home in the extreme heat. At least I saved one roundtrip to work today.
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the dry air needs to come back soon...i miss it
 
Old 06-06-08, 10:04 AM
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Didn't set the alarm last night. Indoor ride on the spin bike, and then blueberry pancakes!!
This heat is a killer, everyone be careful out there. No question, bring extra extra water.
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Old 06-06-08, 10:42 AM
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Warm - 80 degrees at 7:30, likely to be in the low 90s by mid afternoon. Alas, had to drive today, but took the opportunity to bring in a few fresh sets of clothes to see me through the next couple of weeks.

Noticed lots of signs warning about traffic snarls & parking for the US Open next week. I think it will be a good time to rely on the bike!
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Old 06-06-08, 10:54 AM
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Finally warm enough to ride bare armed. Still lots of car traffic from the I-5 closure but not as much as earlier this week.
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Old 06-06-08, 10:55 AM
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It was definitely warm here in the Eggo. Such a trip, it was all cloudy and cool yesterday morning.

Today was day two for me. Remembered to change my mountain bike tires out for my street tires and it was awesome. Time was the same, but the ride was WAY more comfortable. Didn't get much sleep last night, so hopefully I'll stay awake through the day to enjoy my ride home. It's gonna be hot, but oh well... That's why we love it here, right? Sunny and pretty. I love me some SoCal.
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Old 06-06-08, 11:29 AM
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All of us here in NC could adopt "lookingforcool's" handle.

No commute (to work) for me today, cable box died last night and working from home while I await the cable guy's (please God, not Jim Carrey!) arrival. But the dogs needed heartworm meds so I biked over to the vet's office to pick some up. My normal commute is about 10 miles (and, of course, separated by 8 hours). Did 16 today with only a short break and in god-awful heat (riding at noon, it was about 96F). Sucking down the Gatorade.
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Jeez, can't believe I almost forgot about the commuter I saw yesterday on the way home. In case you haven't read all the NC posts lately, it's HOT here--it was about 96F yesterday on my ride home.

On the other side of the road yesterday I saw a guy riding up a steep hill in a nice high gear wearing jeans and a flannel (!) shirt with a backpack on. Considering the nearest residence to where I saw him is near where I live--at least 3 miles away--that guy must have been a puddle of sweat when he arrived wherever he was going.
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Weather was near perfect. Low 50's on the way in with some humidity. Supposed to be mid-70's on the way home. Should be a good day to hammer.
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It's getting hot... and I'm suffering a bit.

Last 2 summers my bike storage/changing room had its own AC and stayed about 66ish with a strong fan I could stand under.

This summer's room is fairly warm with no air movement at all. It takes me a whole lot longer to cool off enough to get dressed now. I'm trying to remember to pull back on the effort a mile or two before I get to work, and circle the parking lots for a while to cool down.
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Heading home. Wish me luck! Its 33C and feels like 40C according to the radio (104F).
I went to buy a hydration pack from MEC, except they only had black, so I've only got my waterbottle...
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Old 06-06-08, 03:48 PM
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Ride was good. Cycled to school two out of the four days this week. Had a massive tail wind the second day, and did a 12.5 mile route in less than 30 minutes! Which, for me, is REALLY fast. I have been meaning to post pictures of my lovely commute. I started to take pictures at intervals along the route, but they are so similar, I was sure to mix them up. But, here's the gist of it.




So boring! So flat!
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Originally Posted by YULitle
Ride was good. Cycled to school two out of the four days this week. Had a massive tail wind the second day, and did a 12.5 mile route in less than 30 minutes! Which, for me, is REALLY fast. I have been meaning to post pictures of my lovely commute. I started to take pictures at intervals along the route, but they are so similar, I was sure to mix them up. But, here's the gist of it.

So boring! So flat!
That is fast! It helps that its all flat and open, unlike the city...
I need a hydration pack! Feel-like 105F today and a water bottle just doesn't cut it!
MEC only had black packs and I want something that won't absorb the sun, so I didn't get one today
Waiting for the shipment...
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