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Forum: Commuting
01-27-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 104,307
Posted By genel

First commute 2017!

Finally, first commute! 23f 15 mph, overcast. It's been overcast here for two weeks, and it took two weeks to get over a nasty cold, but finally got on the bike today! Finished last year at about...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-16, 08:25 AM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 125,581
Posted By genel

Fog

I have been commuting all year, but it's been awhile since I posted here. Today was noteworthy in that it was the foggiest day I've ever ridden. Vis at most 50 ft, and less in low spots!

I was...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-15, 08:43 AM
Replies: 3,374
Views: 156,407
Posted By genel

44f, 10g15mph winds. but at least no rain. ...

44f, 10g15mph winds. but at least no rain. That's 20f below average. This has got to be the latest summer on record. Been commuting 3-4 days a week for a few months now and could use some warmth.
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Forum: Commuting
10-24-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 151,931
Posted By genel

Haven't posted in a while, but still riding about...

Haven't posted in a while, but still riding about 4 times a week. This morning was a bit too exciting. Almost got wacked by a guy going through a red. Traffic was unusually light this morning. I...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-14, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 151,931
Posted By genel

Haven't posted for awhile, day after day of good...

Haven't posted for awhile, day after day of good weather as if we got stuck in June. Today is another fine day, with a 15mph tailwind to help. I actually broke out a windbreaker.
Forum: Commuting
04-09-14, 08:02 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 151,931
Posted By genel

First post of the year! A bit cool this morning...

First post of the year! A bit cool this morning 33f, but forecast to be 20f warmer later. Started riding about 2 weeks ago when the weather finally broke. We had about 3 months of brutal weather...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-13, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

First ride in a couple of weeks, a nice day for...

First ride in a couple of weeks, a nice day for December, but quite cold for October. About 28f. Rewired the DIY bike lights last night, with a rotary switch to control both front and back...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Yesterday, on ride home, I left as a Tstorm was...

Yesterday, on ride home, I left as a Tstorm was just beginning to roll in. There is an underpass about 8 miles in on the 13 mile commute that I thought I could make. But at 5 miles the wind and...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-13, 07:54 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Another fine morning! But very heavy traffic. ...

Another fine morning! But very heavy traffic. More trucks than usual, and long backups at lights. There is so much construction going on in the county that my guess is traffic has discovered my...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-13, 02:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,139
Posted By genel

Oddly enough I never thought of the Auto Parts...

Oddly enough I never thought of the Auto Parts Store, I'm on it!
Forum: Commuting
08-19-13, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Ouch...what I didn't mention are all the upgrades...

Ouch...what I didn't mention are all the upgrades to the bike to get it to the point it's at. Plus I've replaced all bolts on the bike (fenders, racks, the seat bolt in question, etc) with...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-13, 08:57 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

I suspect it was about to fail.

I suspect it was about to fail.
Forum: Commuting
08-19-13, 08:52 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Another beautiful day! Not sure what we did to...

Another beautiful day! Not sure what we did to diserve ths weather, but I plan on taking full advantage of it.
Forum: Commuting
08-19-13, 08:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,139
Posted By genel

To answer a few of the questions. The seat post...

To answer a few of the questions. The seat post is a suspension post that came with the Cannondale. The bolt goes up through the mount on the post through the clamp. It is(was) quite tight as any...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,139
Posted By genel

Seat Post failure

Shortly after I started home (13m) the saddle mount on the seat post failed. It is a single boltstyle and the bolt failed. It fell in the grass along the bike path and was lost forever. I...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-13, 07:26 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Another perfect morning! I haven't been posting...

Another perfect morning! I haven't been posting mauch, but I've commuted 4-5 days per week all summer. More commuters this summer than ever before. One rider who is quite fast has been passing...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-13, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

A very nice morning in NE Illinois also. And no...

A very nice morning in NE Illinois also. And no school traffic!
Forum: Commuting
06-03-13, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Two flats in first two miles! As this used up...

Two flats in first two miles! As this used up all my tire repair resources, I rode back and drove in. Did fnd the culprit though, a razor thin, pointed, short piece of metal, went right through...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-13, 07:39 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Summer has finally arrived in Northern Illinois! ...

Summer has finally arrived in Northern Illinois! Warm and dry, a great day. And a tail wind no less! Just turning 1000 miles for the year.
Forum: Commuting
04-01-13, 07:58 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 119,035
Posted By genel

Removed the winter lights and tires over the...

Removed the winter lights and tires over the weekend. But was greeted with temps in the 20's this morning and a snow flury. A cruel April Fool's joke.
Forum: Commuting
02-22-13, 01:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By genel

Check out http://www.sportrx.com/ and...

Check out http://www.sportrx.com/ and http://www.rudyprojectusa.com/

I've been riding with a number of models from these sites for years.
Forum: Commuting
12-27-12, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

About 28f this morning with a bit of tailwind. ...

About 28f this morning with a bit of tailwind. Looks like about the same with a headwind for ride back. Balmy compared with those riding with the single digit temps.

Odo will be reading 5985...
12-09-12, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 546,136
Posted By genel

FWIW, I replaced my 4W LED for another 6 W...

FWIW, I replaced my 4W LED for another 6 W 15degree bulb. That makes a grand total of 1000 lm that are aimed along my route. I aimed them at about 15, 20 and 40 ft out. Very bright! Easily as...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-12, 09:43 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Nice day today (for December), about 40f, and no...

Nice day today (for December), about 40f, and no wind. Forcast is for rain later.

New wiring for front lights has survived a week!
Forum: Commuting
11-21-12, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

32F this morning and pea soup fog. Ran with all...

32F this morning and pea soup fog. Ran with all lights on, and a safety vest. Glasses fogged, mirror fogged and even the backs of my gloves had condensation on them.

As I mentioned in previous...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-12, 05:53 PM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

30 this morning and about 40 this evening. Which...

30 this morning and about 40 this evening. Which is warmer than the 24 yesterday . I've been powering my DIY lights with a 16 volt lithium battery pack (XP8000) but it fell out of the pocket in my...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-12, 07:38 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

beautiful morning, but fall is definitely here....

beautiful morning, but fall is definitely here. Temps in the 40's. Sun is now aligned with the road during my east bound route. A cyclist was killed there a few years ago so extra caution needed. ...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-12, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,554
Posted By genel

SKS Longboard Fenders

I just installed a new set of SKS Fenders on my Cannondale. The front fender/mud flap comes down to a couple of inches from the ground. Rode home today in a light rain. What an improvement over my...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-12, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

First post in months. FWIW thanks to the drought...

First post in months. FWIW thanks to the drought I've commuted almost every day this summer. Even took clothes to the laundry rather than drive in with a weeks worth. Getting ready for fall, so I...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-12, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Very warm this morning, and forecast 100's this...

Very warm this morning, and forecast 100's this afternoon. I just took it easy coming in. Traffic very heavy, particularly for summer. School busses were beening "steered" ( I can't say driven)...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 07:06 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 14,107
Posted By genel

I genuinely like Rivendell stuff, and enjoy...

I genuinely like Rivendell stuff, and enjoy Grant's columns. Will probably buy the book just to read them again. I've found that everything he sells is the highest quality, and I always check what...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Haven't been posting much this year, but that...

Haven't been posting much this year, but that doesn't mean I haven't been riding, odometer shows 1800.

After a number of really fine days, today was really windy 20G30 or so. But it was a...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-12, 07:54 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Yesterday, the morning weather report said 35,...

Yesterday, the morning weather report said 35, but it was really 45, and I was way overdressed. Today they reported 45 and it was really 35 and I was underdressed. That's quite an error range. ...
Forum: Commuting
03-28-12, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

I'll bet the Germen's have a word for it.

I'll bet the Germen's have a word for it.
Forum: Commuting
03-28-12, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

What a fine day today, and a stiff tail wind last...

What a fine day today, and a stiff tail wind last five miles. I know I'll pay for it later.

Kiddies are out of school this week so traffic is light. Amazing how much traffic is generated by the...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-12, 07:32 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Nice morning, temps mid/upper 40's, nice...

Nice morning, temps mid/upper 40's, nice tailwind. Sun is now aligned with Hauley Rd. Making the commute somewhat more hazardous (a cyclist was wacked a few years ago). A little overdressed, so...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-12, 08:21 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

48 hrs of 40+ mph winds finally broke this...

48 hrs of 40+ mph winds finally broke this morning. A bit cool, but a nice tailwind about 15mph or so. FIrst ride in weeks, after I mounted the road tires and caused three weeks of winter to...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-12, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By genel

I avoid the winding trails that the Forest...

I avoid the winding trails that the Forest Preserve District calls bike paths like a plague. I don't commute on them and don't take boy scout merit badge rides on them. All my worst bike/bike...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-12, 08:19 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,072
Posted By genel

I second that!

I second that!
Forum: Commuting
03-05-12, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

About three weeks ago after bike path thawed...

About three weeks ago after bike path thawed out, and mostly dried out, I switched the snudded snow tires for road tires. It's been cold and snow ever since. Bike path now has about 2 inches of...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-12, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Heavy traffic this morning, unseasonably warm,...

Heavy traffic this morning, unseasonably warm, just around freezing. Second day in a row riding the snow tires, but little ice except on limestone portion of bike path. Quite a work out last night...
Forum: Commuting
01-24-12, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 747
Posted By genel

Mounted my Nokia's last Sunday and just came in...

Mounted my Nokia's last Sunday and just came in from trying them on the LIbertyville bike path. They work ok on the flat ice, but where the slush has frozen in foot prints and a lone bikers rut...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-12, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Wow, 36f on Jan 6. Beautiful day. Rode three...

Wow, 36f on Jan 6. Beautiful day. Rode three days this week. Supposed to be in the upper 40s later. Considering how cold the winters have been here the last decode or so, a nice change.

Last...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-12, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 94,666
Posted By genel

Wimped out yesterday at 10f. Today was a balmy...

Wimped out yesterday at 10f. Today was a balmy 24. I was a bit overdressed and arrived pretty damp. Nice sunny day and looking forward to 30's later.
Forum: Commuting
12-28-11, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 155,370
Posted By genel

COldest day so far this winter, 16f but no wind. ...

COldest day so far this winter, 16f but no wind. Finally traded the sandels for some insulated work boots. Bar Mitts worked well. But all the layers really slow me down. No other bikes today...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-11, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 155,370
Posted By genel

Unseasonably warm ride this morning, lower 40's,...

Unseasonably warm ride this morning, lower 40's, a nice surprise. I still haven't mounted the snow tires yet, so had an few interesting moments when I came upon some frozen patches on the bike path....
Forum: Commuting
12-16-11, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 155,370
Posted By genel

23f this morning, a bit cold. Maybe it's time to...

23f this morning, a bit cold. Maybe it's time to switch the sandels for shoes.:rolleyes:

Couple days ago a driver stopped me on the side of the road. He wanted to know where I got my tail lights...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-11, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 155,370
Posted By genel

About 32f his morning, not too windy, but winter...

About 32f his morning, not too windy, but winter in the air. Picked up some light fleece bibs at Champaign Cycle on "Black Friday", along with some pricey gloves and fleece hat. Worked well.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-11, 07:39 AM
Replies: 5,295
Views: 155,370
Posted By genel

Car said it was 35f, but there was frost on the...

Car said it was 35f, but there was frost on the ground. Sun right in the eyes last 5 miles. So I ran with the rear lights on all the way. Some lady shouted something at me so I guess she was...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-11, 11:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,379
Posted By genel

I put together my own setup a few years back. ...

I put together my own setup a few years back. Curently I'm running 3 MR16 LED's up front (about 800 lumens) and a pair of Whelen TIR III emergency vehicle flashers in back. For 20 mph you'll need...
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