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Forum: Commuting
05-20-13, 06:24 AM
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Posted By vtjim

58F/14C, very light rain, and a tailwind. Nice...

58F/14C, very light rain, and a tailwind. Nice ride in general.
Forum: Commuting
05-01-13, 05:56 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

50F/10C and sunny. We've finally kicked winter...

50F/10C and sunny. We've finally kicked winter out and everything smells nice. :) I took the MUP. Lake Champlain is glassy smooth.
Forum: Commuting
04-23-13, 05:58 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

35F/2C and sunny this morning. Took the lakeside...

35F/2C and sunny this morning. Took the lakeside MUP again. I've been doing that a lot lately. The road is faster but the MUP is still mostly empty and it's much more scenic. (And no cagers to...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-13, 06:02 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

27F/-3C and sunny this morning. A squirrel was...

27F/-3C and sunny this morning. A squirrel was standing in the road and wouldn't move until I was almost on top of it. Good survival instinct. :p
Forum: Commuting
04-17-13, 06:21 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

43f/6c this morning with a very light headwind. ...

43f/6c this morning with a very light headwind. Very pleasant. Spring is finally beginning to take hold.

This isn't my week. Monday the elevator was out of service. Today I forgot my door...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 09:02 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

28F/-2 & sunny this morning, no wind. I caught...

28F/-2 & sunny this morning, no wind. I caught up to another commuter and let him pace me. Wasn't fast. 12-13MPH. :)

Got to work and our building's elevator was inoperative. :mad: Not a big...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-13, 06:16 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

44F/7C, no wind, overcast. Lake Champlain was...

44F/7C, no wind, overcast. Lake Champlain was fogged over and I couldn't see New York State. I saw a couple of geese slowly paddling around near shore. It made me think of how car-commuters never...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-13, 06:13 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

41F/5C with a headwind. Nature is indeed coming...

41F/5C with a headwind. Nature is indeed coming back to life. Plants starting to poke up from the ground, and even some crocuses, already blooming. I said hello to a domestic cat, who regarded me...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-13, 06:00 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

27F/-3C, feeling like November with a gnarly...

27F/-3C, feeling like November with a gnarly crosswind howling off Lake Champlain. Sunny though.
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 06:06 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

Slightly damp 35F/2C this morning. Took the MUP....

Slightly damp 35F/2C this morning. Took the MUP. Saw some geese in Lake Champlain, and there was a pretty fog hanging over the lake about halfway to New York State. Definitely feels like spring!
Forum: Commuting
03-11-13, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

Nice tailwind today. It'll be a bad headwind...

Nice tailwind today. It'll be a bad headwind this afternoon. Temperature 43F/6C. Today was the first bicycle commute in quite a while. Been walking or taking the bus instead. I'm getting lazy...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-13, 06:52 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

First (bike) commute in a few weeks. Between...

First (bike) commute in a few weeks. Between vacations and icky, salty roads, I've been walking and/or taking the bus. Too lazy to drag my beater bike out of the basement, and the Soho is too nice...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-13, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,107
Posted By vtjim

30F/-1C with a headwind this morning. I saw a...

30F/-1C with a headwind this morning. I saw a dead opossum on the road. Blech.
Forum: Commuting
12-12-12, 06:55 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

17F/-8C on the bike computer this morning. No...

17F/-8C on the bike computer this morning. No wind. The sunrise was painting the clouds and Adirondack Mountains a nice shade of purple. I had to dodge some larger patches of ice. Don't have...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-12, 06:49 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

28F/-2C. Soul sucking. 15MPH headwind blasting...

28F/-2C. Soul sucking. 15MPH headwind blasting me square in the face. Speeds reduced to a snail's pace.

Supposed to get colder all day, too. I'm prepared. The cold doesn't bother me.
Forum: Commuting
12-04-12, 06:47 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

45F/7C with a very helpful tailwind. Got mixed...

45F/7C with a very helpful tailwind. Got mixed up again with school bus traffic but I try to time it to minimize the effects. They're not yellow school buses with lights. They're special city...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-12, 06:54 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

42F/6C with a headwind, and gloomy. I felt tired...

42F/6C with a headwind, and gloomy. I felt tired & slow. The weekend's ice & snow is long gone.
Forum: Foo
11-30-12, 10:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 437
Posted By vtjim

Well, I think I'm going to get this Element...

Well, I think I'm going to get this Element Formula case. It lacks the integrated screen protection, but I'll deal with that.
...
Forum: Foo
11-28-12, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 437
Posted By vtjim

Find Me an iPhone Case!

I'm looking for a new iPhone 4S case to replace my OtterBox Defender. There are just too many choices out there so I'm appealing to the Foo hive mind to guide me.

My problem with the OtterBox is...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-12, 07:17 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

30F/-1C and snowy. First time I've ridden in...

30F/-1C and snowy. First time I've ridden in snow on the Soho. (I have a ratty MTB with studs for that.)

I don't have "snow tires" but conditions looked okay, and they were. Mostly just a...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-12, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

32F/0C. Not much happened. Got passed by a city...

32F/0C. Not much happened. Got passed by a city bus being followed by many cars. That was unusual. Once they cleared out there wasn't much traffic at all.

Got to work and a coworker was...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-12, 07:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,407
Posted By vtjim

Almost had the same thing happen to me last...

Almost had the same thing happen to me last weekend, minus the contact. I was getting off a city bus, stopped at a red light, and this yahoo is riding at speed up the right side of the bus without a...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-12, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

25F/-4C under clear sky this morning. My eyes...

25F/-4C under clear sky this morning. My eyes really watered up, even with glasses on. Wish they weren't so sensitive to the cold like that. I took the MUP. The wooden-deck bridges were frosty...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-12, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

26F/-3C with calm wind this morning. Some ice on...

26F/-3C with calm wind this morning. Some ice on the roads from leftover puddles of rain, but it was easily avoided.
Forum: Commuting
11-12-12, 07:38 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

46F/8C with a howling tailwind pushing me along...

46F/8C with a howling tailwind pushing me along nicely. I'm not enthusiastic about riding home, however. :twitchy:

I stopped for a pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk. He seemed amused...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-12, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Bike computer showed 21F/-6C under clear skies...

Bike computer showed 21F/-6C under clear skies this morning. Nice ride. I took the scenic route. Lots of waterfowl floating near the shore of Lake Champlain. The water is warm so they like it.
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Forum: Commuting
11-05-12, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Colder than this morning, and little pieces of...

Colder than this morning, and little pieces of white stuff were falling from the sky!
Forum: Commuting
11-05-12, 06:54 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Wow, exciting! Good luck! 34F/1C for me...

Wow, exciting! Good luck!

34F/1C for me this morning. Stiff headwind keeping my speed down. There are reports of snow at higher elevations. My friend said it's snowing heavily around...
Forum: Commuting
10-30-12, 05:59 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

61F/16C. Ridiculous for October 30th, but I...

61F/16C. Ridiculous for October 30th, but I guess I won't complain. The Big Storm just grazed Burlington here in Vermont, so I didn't think twice about riding to work. The roads were wet and I had...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-12, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

:D :rolleyes:

:D
:rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
10-29-12, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Quiet ride in. Temps in the upper 40sF. Slight...

Quiet ride in. Temps in the upper 40sF. Slight headwind, I guess it's the beginning of Sandy. We're supposed to have a good blow this afternoon and tonight. I hope it pushes me all the way home.
Forum: Commuting
10-24-12, 06:55 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

35F/2C and clear skies this morning. A bit...

35F/2C and clear skies this morning. A bit foggy. My mirror fogged up when I got close to Lake Champlain.

I decided to take the MUP today, and the road that gets me to it was closed about 50...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-12, 06:18 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Very nice. 31F/-1C, no wind. The sun was just...

Very nice. 31F/-1C, no wind. The sun was just coming up. Direct sunlight hadn't gotten to the Burlington shoreline yet but it was lighting up the Adirondack Mountains and the Burlington...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-12, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

45F/7C, overcast, and dark enough that street...

45F/7C, overcast, and dark enough that street lights were illuminated, so I ran my blinkies for good measure. Also had a headwind but it wasn't too bad.
Forum: Commuting
10-15-12, 06:08 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Heat wave! 61F/16C with a blistering south...

Heat wave! 61F/16C with a blistering south (tail) wind. Not really looking forward to the ride home. Maybe I'll take the MUP. It's flat and slower so the wind won't bother me as much.
Forum: Commuting
10-10-12, 06:47 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

51F/11C under a gray sky. Spent 4 bike-free days...

51F/11C under a gray sky. Spent 4 bike-free days in Portland, Maine so my legs were all charged up with lobster energy and ready to ride. :p Valet parking guy at the hotel where we stayed had a...
Forum: Commuting
10-03-12, 06:00 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Damp but no rain. 58F/14C, calm wind. I took...

Damp but no rain. 58F/14C, calm wind. I took the MUP, and saw lots of Canada Geese floating in Lake Champlain. Also saw a very pretty blonde out for a run. :o We exchanged hellos.
Forum: Commuting
10-02-12, 06:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 608
Posted By vtjim

LOL. Nice. :) So... basically... I'm...

LOL. Nice. :)

So... basically... I'm going to remove all the lights and reflectors from my car since those things are there because of some inherent risks when operating a motor vehicle....
Forum: Commuting
10-02-12, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Dry this morning. 55F/13C. Traffic was light. ...

Dry this morning. 55F/13C. Traffic was light. Leaving at 7:20 seems to be the sweet spot for traffic avoidance. Back to short sleeves. (Yep, I'm hot-blooded.)
Forum: Commuting
10-01-12, 07:49 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Wet. Temp around 50F/10C. I think the rain will...

Wet. Temp around 50F/10C. I think the rain will let up before I ride home.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-12, 05:56 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

55F/13C, and damp. Not actively raining, but it...

55F/13C, and damp. Not actively raining, but it had rained about an hour before I left so the ground was wet. I wore rain gear over my legs but kept the jacket packed in a pannier. Too hot for it...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-12, 05:46 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

48F/9C with bit of a tailwind. I had to slow...

48F/9C with bit of a tailwind. I had to slow down for a line of cars following a backhoe. This happens every so often. It amuses me. I put the Soho in 8th gear and lope along with traffic.
Forum: Commuting
09-24-12, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

I like your avatar picture. :) St-Césaire, eh? ...

I like your avatar picture. :) St-Césaire, eh? We're practically neighbors. :) (Wife and I love going to Chambly, or Montreal if we want a "real city.")
Forum: Commuting
09-24-12, 05:43 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

42F/6C this morning. My hands got cold for the...

42F/6C this morning. My hands got cold for the first time in a very long time, but they warmed up once I got the system energized. (I don't wear gloves yet. My hands would get overheated.) Almost...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-12, 06:04 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,142
Posted By vtjim

My experience exactly. I do enjoy catching other...

My experience exactly. I do enjoy catching other bicyclists for fun, but people do tend to use stop signs and red lights to their own advantage. Sometimes when cyclists blow by me when I'm stopped...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-12, 05:53 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

52F/11C with a quartering headwind. Still short...

52F/11C with a quartering headwind. Still short sleeves weather! I felt slow. Lots of debris from the storms that blew through here last night. Nothing huge, but I had to dodge the odd branch...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-12, 06:28 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

Uninteresting ride in. I packed my full rain...

Uninteresting ride in. I packed my full rain kit. The ride home looks like heavy rain with a driving headwind. I'll probably just ride the MUP and avoid traffic.
Forum: Commuting
09-12-12, 05:54 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

48F/9C and sunny. Short sleeves today. (Got too...

48F/9C and sunny. Short sleeves today. (Got too hot in the neon jacket at 44F yesterday.) It's nice to be warm-blooded.

Got about 1 block from work and a traffic enforcement dude intercepted me...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-12, 05:47 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 92,962
Posted By vtjim

44F/7C with the sun coming up. No wind today. ...

44F/7C with the sun coming up. No wind today. Nice ride. Pity it ended at work. :p
Forum: Commuting
09-10-12, 05:59 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 46,181
Posted By vtjim

Do you stand on the pedals a lot? That number...

Do you stand on the pedals a lot? That number seems low to me and, because I own one, I'm wondering what it takes to break the belt. :eek:
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