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Old 10-25-12, 08:33 PM
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Dang!Dang!Dang!Dang!Dang!

Been commuting since April 2011, and the best I have done is 4 days in a week. Well, this was the week for 5. Made it through the rain and wind and cold, and today was beautiful.

3 miles in, flatted. First flat on the way to work, ever. Including two other commute stints. Ever.

Never thought you needed to do maintenance on a pump. Well, preventive maintenance is a good idea, as I know now. Pump didn't work.

So, I'll call my bride, and she will come get me.

Cell phone is on my nightstand.

At least I could take a shortcut on foot...2-1/2 mile walk home. Them cowboys complainin' about walking in their riding boots ain't got nuthin' on 2+ miles in bike shoes.

[sigh]

So, one Scwalbe Marathon Plus now on the back to replace my Conti, and I will have a 4 day ride week. Again.

Maybe I'll call it 4-1/2.

There's always next week.
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Old 10-25-12, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by david58 View Post
Been commuting since April 2011, and the best I have done is 4 days in a week. Well, this was the week for 5. Made it through the rain and wind and cold, and today was beautiful.

3 miles in, flatted. First flat on the way to work, ever. Including two other commute stints. Ever.

Never thought you needed to do maintenance on a pump. Well, preventive maintenance is a good idea, as I know now. Pump didn't work.

So, I'll call my bride, and she will come get me.

Cell phone is on my nightstand.

At least I could take a shortcut on foot...2-1/2 mile walk home. Them cowboys complainin' about walking in their riding boots ain't got nuthin' on 2+ miles in bike shoes.

[sigh]

So, one Scwalbe Marathon Plus now on the back to replace my Conti, and I will have a 4 day ride week. Again.

Maybe I'll call it 4-1/2.

There's always next week.
Thats some tought luck David58! Keep trying!
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Old 10-25-12, 08:59 PM
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When it rains...
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That's to bad, perhaps next week. Although, Monday and Tuesday look really wet. At least it'll be a little warmer with highs to 60F.

Nock on wood, no flats so far on the Schwalbe 26 x 1.5 tires. Can't remember the model, but these have been good tires.
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Old 10-25-12, 09:10 PM
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Actually, I like the cold. I sweat so much when I ride that once the temps get out of the 40's I have trouble regulating my temp while commuting. Road riding - training rides - never a problem. But I just can't keep from sweating buckets on the commute to and fro.
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Old 10-25-12, 09:34 PM
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I sweat a lot also... And then, when I get to my school; it is an elementary school; there is no shower. I take a bird bath with a wash cloth and rubbing alcohol and actually come away from it feeling quite refreshed. I think the alcohol takes care of any odor causing bacteria. No complaints from my co-workers so far.
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I am still pursuing my first 5 for 5, too, which will be a milestone goal for me. It's tough if you do any degree of business traveling during the week - one night on the road, and 5 for 5 can't happen. I had the chance once, only about a month into my bicycle commuting, but that Thursday night after going 4 for 4, I was laboring just to climb the stairs at home, so I decided to rest on Friday. It was the correct choice for me to avoid injury and keep the long goal in mind... but dang it, that was my best chance so far this year. It will happen though, hopefully soon.
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Old 10-26-12, 01:46 AM
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why didnt the pump work?
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Originally Posted by david58 View Post
But I just can't keep from sweating buckets on the commute to and fro.
Are you wearing bike specific clothing?

Riding with effort, I always sweat. But it does help wearing breathable bike related clothing. Plus, I wear layers to regulate the heat and match the outside temps. I know, this is pretty basic stuff.

A couple items that has really helped; using a thin wind blocking vest instead of a jacket with temps in the 50's, and adding a base layer from 55 F and under. The base layer adds an extra layer of insulation, keeping me warmer, and helps wick away moisture to keep me dryer. For the lower half, I'm wearing bike shorts or bibs when temps are 45 F and above.

I also mix in full finger gloves, wool socks and a hat under the helmet when needed. I think this helps to keep extremities warm enough, that I can get by wearing less around the chest and legs.

Sometimes, I'm a little cold starting out but warm-up after a mile or so into the ride. And where I used to need a shower after arriving home, I'm now mostly dry.
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Yeah, I haven't hit the 5 for 5 mark yet either. Todays commute will make it 4 for 5 since I rested yesterday. Maybe next week the 5 for 5 will happen.
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Originally Posted by david58 View Post
Maybe I'll call it 4-1/2.

There's always next week.
Would that be called your commuting "glass ceiling?"
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Old 10-26-12, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by GFish View Post
Are you wearing bike specific clothing?

Riding with effort, I always sweat. But it does help wearing breathable bike related clothing. Plus, I wear layers to regulate the heat and match the outside temps. I know, this is pretty basic stuff.

A couple items that has really helped; using a thin wind blocking vest instead of a jacket with temps in the 50's, and adding a base layer from 55 F and under. The base layer adds an extra layer of insulation, keeping me warmer, and helps wick away moisture to keep me dryer. For the lower half, I'm wearing bike shorts or bibs when temps are 45 F and above.

I also mix in full finger gloves, wool socks and a hat under the helmet when needed. I think this helps to keep extremities warm enough, that I can get by wearing less around the chest and legs.

Sometimes, I'm a little cold starting out but warm-up after a mile or so into the ride. And where I used to need a shower after arriving home, I'm now mostly dry.
I do wear cycle specific clothing. This time of year is a challenge - not only is it noticeably cooler in the morning, I have two screaming downhills to freeze me going in to work. I bundle up a bit. But then I get to climb those same hills in the afternoon.

And geography aside, I like to get my exercise when I ride. I find I can ride without having to shower when I get to work, but I ride for exercise and fun, and it's just more fun to try to ride a bit faster and get that exercise most days.
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I suppose [sigh]. But, I am glad that I still want more, instead of it being drudgery or a "have to."
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I like mountain bike shoes. I can walk miles in them, and wear them all day if needed.
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Originally Posted by david58 View Post
Been commuting since April 2011, and the best I have done is 4 days in a week. Well, this was the week for 5. Made it through the rain and wind and cold, and today was beautiful.

3 miles in, flatted. First flat on the way to work, ever. Including two other commute stints. Ever.

Never thought you needed to do maintenance on a pump. Well, preventive maintenance is a good idea, as I know now. Pump didn't work.

So, I'll call my bride, and she will come get me.

Cell phone is on my nightstand.

At least I could take a shortcut on foot...2-1/2 mile walk home. Them cowboys complainin' about walking in their riding boots ain't got nuthin' on 2+ miles in bike shoes.

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So, one Scwalbe Marathon Plus now on the back to replace my Conti, and I will have a 4 day ride week. Again.

Maybe I'll call it 4-1/2.

There's always next week.
Why didnt the pump work?
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Why didnt the pump work?
Bought it over a year ago, after my pump fell off my bike in an intersection I didn't want to run into to retrieve the pump. Diminishing returns and all that. Never used the pump once. Just kinda dried out, so I took it apart and lubed the innards a bit, and now it works. However, it is resting on the shelf whilst I ride with another that I KNOW works. I will likely get a CO2 setup for my commute bike, belt and suspenders and such...
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Originally Posted by david58 View Post
Bought it over a year ago, after my pump fell off my bike in an intersection I didn't want to run into to retrieve the pump. Diminishing returns and all that. Never used the pump once. Just kinda dried out, so I took it apart and lubed the innards a bit, and now it works. However, it is resting on the shelf whilst I ride with another that I KNOW works. I will likely get a CO2 setup for my commute bike, belt and suspenders and such...
I would advise to also keep a pump on the bike too but to secure it better. CO2 is not but they have a 20% fail rate. I keep two CO2 cartridges with me and also my pump.
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Why did you flat? Do you know what caused it? Pinch flat, glass/debris, other?

Usually unscrewing a pump and saliva lubricating the seal can help fix your problem long enough to get you going. I've pumped up enough wheels to know I would rather carry a couple of CO2 cartridges.
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
Why did you flat? Do you know what caused it? Pinch flat, glass/debris, other?

Usually unscrewing a pump and saliva lubricating the seal can help fix your problem long enough to get you going. I've pumped up enough wheels to know I would rather carry a couple of CO2 cartridges.
Piece of glass got me. Just worked its way in, really had to dig to get it out.

CO2 AND a pump is now going to be the order of the day. 'Course, if I flat out on the Marathon Plus I put on the back, I may never get the tire back on the rim....
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But for the grace of..... I rode around apparently for quite a while with a faulty pump. Fortunately I tried to use it around home when I noticed it wasn't actually filling the tube. At the time I was doing a 35 km commute in the middle of nowhere and never once had a flat.
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You should have called in sick that day, then at least you would have ridden in "every day".
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