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2013!! How Was your Commute Today?

Old 10-24-13, 04:00 PM
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Sheesh, lots of cars this morning. I think I got passed by 4 cars in my 9 mile ride. One on the gravel section. Still it was clear, starry/moonie and pretty until my final descent into Dallas, when I hit some fog. I wore my glasses so I had to mop them off pretty often. That sucks at 20+ mph. My legs were still tired from my run two days ago. After today I'm resting, as I have a trail running race on Sunday. Then I'll probably need a few days off to recover before commutting again. I hope this nice weather holds up.
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Old 10-24-13, 06:18 PM
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So I was over-dressed this morning, but then under-dressed this afternoon. Upper 50's with a stiff headwind, and I only wore bike shorts, short-sleeve jersey, and arm warmers. I'm still shivering here at home an hour after I got here.
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Old 10-24-13, 06:21 PM
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So I was over-dressed this morning, but then under-dressed this afternoon. Upper 50's with a stiff headwind, and I only wore bike shorts, short-sleeve jersey, and arm warmers. I'm still shivering here at home an hour after I got here.
Was it warmer in the morning? I guess the wind chill factor can play a big role.
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Old 10-24-13, 06:36 PM
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I layered up this morning to the point of sweating quite a bit, and the windbreaker holding that sweat in. Going home was maybe 15-18 degrees warmer this morning, more of a headwind, and I only had on the jersey + arm warmers and shorts.
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Old 10-24-13, 08:44 PM
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cold, 30F this morning with a 10 mph headwind. Wind chill was low twenties. 39F when got home. First time I have gone this far into the season where I needed a light as it was 45 minutes after sunset when I got home.

Overdressed in the morning and I think just right in the evening. First real cold day here since spring.
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Old 10-25-13, 05:22 AM
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Colder than yesterday, 40F/4C with a fairly strong headwind. Definitely feeling the change of seasons now. And the locker room has cleared out...fall/winter has a way of doing that.
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Old 10-25-13, 05:34 AM
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Personal record: 23 minutes 30 seconds. Felt like riding faster this morning.
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Old 10-25-13, 05:50 AM
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First cold morning of the season 28F.
I debated (with myself) about which layers to put on this morning. I'm glad I opted for the heavier option.
My toes still got cold though..
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Old 10-25-13, 06:30 AM
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Cold cold cold! It's 32F right now, so it was probably in the upper 20s when I left home. My wool socks are no longer doing the job of keeping my toes warm. I guess it's time to switch footwear.
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Old 10-25-13, 06:43 AM
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Temps milder than forecasted this morning, mid-40s F, due to cloud cover overnight. However, it's supposed to stay chilly all day with a strong cold front moving through.

Debating whether to embark on my solo tour of the Outer Banks this weekend or wait until after the following weekend. I was all set to go about a month ago, and then the federal government shutdown hit, forcing me to cancel the trip due to all of the National Park Service campgrounds closing. The weather for the coming week is looking about as good as you can expect this time of year, but it would work out better with my job to go the following week. However, I'm afraid that the weather will turn foul if I wait another week. You are really exposed to the wind and elements on the Outer Banks, so the trip gets more and more iffy the longer I wait to go.
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Old 10-25-13, 06:45 AM
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Last night's ride home was nice, albeit, against a headwind. I saw a coyote run across the highway in front of me, never seen one in the wild before.

This morning's ride also was interesting: I got a rear tire flat after 8km of the 25km ride into work, on a bare stretch of highway at 7:05, well before the sun is over the horizon so I had to walk 3km (2mi) to the nearest mall to get a ride from my son (I also forgot to pack a pump but I would have had to walked the bike most of the 3km to get to a set of street lights to see what I was doing).

Today, I was supposed to announce at the end of the ride that I had completed 4,000 km of biking this year but, as I was composing the message in my head, pffffft, my tire flatted. Shucks!!! Oh well, when I fix the tire, I'll go for a ride and be able to make that announcement later.
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Old 10-25-13, 06:56 AM
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0C the coldest here since winter. It always takes me a trip or two to re-calibrate how much to wear but I nailed it this morning, two jerseys and jeans.
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Old 10-25-13, 08:10 AM
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Old 10-25-13, 08:26 AM
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Today was my first commute below freezing for the season. I had a colder morning on Sunday while coming home from an S24O, but it wasn't a commute.

I hope this early cold snap doesn't mean an all-around cold winter. (brrr)
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Old 10-25-13, 08:44 AM
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Exceeded 32 mph drafting a bus. I had been meaning to try this for some time. I get off a commuter train at a transit center where several buses pick up rail passengers. Next time I will remember to be in the big chain ring, and hope to hit 40 before getting dropped. I think this bus tops out at about 45 (the speed limit) on this route.

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Old 10-25-13, 09:15 AM
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In and out of pea soup fog for the past week--today i think it was rain-like. It was like riding through a cloud that was trying to rain. 46degF (8degC) so still very nice!
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Old 10-25-13, 09:17 AM
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Temp was 25 F/-4 C when I left this morning, but I was plenty warm (even had to take off and stow my windbreaker) thanks to my new AmFib tights.
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Old 10-25-13, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
Last night's ride home was nice, albeit, against a headwind. I saw a coyote run across the highway in front of me, never seen one in the wild before.
I also saw one last tuesday, I often ear them at night on my way home but I saw one for the first time on a commute.
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Old 10-25-13, 09:50 AM
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Summer's not letting on here in Greece with temps in the mid 20C/70F's during the day and 10-15 degrees cooler in the evening and night. This makes cycling a bit frustrating since anything I wear never feels comfortable (either too cold or too hot).

Here's a pic to warm up your chilly commutes!

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Old 10-25-13, 10:10 AM
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Summer's not letting on here in Greece with temps in the mid 20C/70F's during the day and 10-15 degrees cooler in the evening and night. This makes cycling a bit frustrating since anything I wear never feels comfortable (either too cold or too hot).

Here's a pic to warm up your chilly commutes!

You think a photo from Greece is going to ward off the near-freezing temperature commutes here in Canada? All it's going to achieve is to make me hot under the collar!!!

Hey, wow, I feel much warmer, it worked!! Thanks
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Old 10-25-13, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
You think a photo from Greece is going to ward off the near-freezing temperature commutes here in Canada? All it's going to achieve is to make me hot under the collar!!!

Hey, wow, I feel much warmer, it worked!! Thanks
Just wanted to let you know that I had good intentions when I posted the photo!
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Old 10-25-13, 11:24 AM
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Just wanted to let you know that I had good intentions when I posted the photo!
I know you did!
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Old 10-25-13, 11:33 AM
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Another nice commute this morning. 37degF, light wind and total darkness when I left. I made really good time shaving about 10 minutes off my regular time as the traffic was light and I got a lot of green lights. That makes 3 days for me and that's a perfect week, with a rest day in between each.
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Old 10-25-13, 11:39 AM
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I forgot to mention that yesterday, on the last leg of my ride home, about 100m (100yd) before I turned right onto Copper Street, another bike commuter coming towards me turned left onto Copper Street too. Just after you turn onto this end of Copper Street, there is a tiny hill, maybe 50m/yd in total but it is rather steep. By the time I turned onto Copper Street, I saw that the commuter in front of me, in a winter jacket, work pants, hat (no helmet) with a bag slung over his shoulder, had crested the hill and looked like he had done it with ease: I dropped a gear, stood up and pedalled hard to crest the hill and the other guy was well ahead of me. After catching my breath a few hundred meters/yds down the road, I started to increase my speed to try to catch this elusive commuter. It took me about 1.5km (1mi) but as I passed him, I then noticed that he was pedalling an e-bike and realized why it was so easy for him to take the hill and lazily ride along the street.
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Old 10-25-13, 07:22 PM
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I saw the president's motorcade rolling through Brooklyn this afternoon. Now there is something you don't see everyday on your commute in NYC.
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