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Forum: Commuting
06-13-06, 07:36 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

First day back today - I've been off my bike 6...

First day back today - I've been off my bike 6 months, doctor's orders after surgery. Hellish!

I took a short ride last night, 6 miles, to make sure I could still steer and pedal at the same...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-06, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By Merryish

Back in the saddle!

I'm FREE!

I haven't been around much since, oh, forever - silenced first by a Chicago winter that kept me on the bus more than the bike, and then by two herniated disks in my neck (of all places)...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-05, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By Merryish

The Chicago bike station is fantastic. I've been...

The Chicago bike station is fantastic. I've been using it for over a year now. It's a safe, secure place to leave your bike, the attendants and mechanics are fantastic (especially as they get used...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-04, 03:17 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Thanks! And isn't it great how as grown-ups...

Thanks!

And isn't it great how as grown-ups we're now learning to dress ourselves all over again? I was really impressed with myself last night until I was taught how totally not water proof my...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-04, 12:58 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

No commute this morning, had to cage to a...

No commute this morning, had to cage to a doctor's office for a routine visit. But last night's commute was kind of an adventure.

I hadn't planned on riding home - had some shopping to do - but...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-04, 06:54 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

It has been a long wet week for commuting in...

It has been a long wet week for commuting in Chicago. Not necessarily rainy every day, but water on the ground and in the sky. Lots of mist. I kind of like riding in wet conditions; I like the...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-04, 05:12 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

This is going to be a very dark ride home. I...

This is going to be a very dark ride home. I just hope it's not raining yet (left the waterproofing on the wrong side of the trip).

Tree Trunk, if it rains or snows tomorrow, be safe! I'll be on...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-04, 05:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Merryish

Man, there's one in every crowd. :D Maybe...

Man, there's one in every crowd. :D

Maybe you're just a poseur if you think you're a poseur. Unless you think you commute to work but never actually do...in which case you're a poseur, and...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-04, 05:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Merryish

Damn it - now I have to move.

Damn it - now I have to move.
Forum: Commuting
11-23-04, 11:58 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Here, too! I don't see any rain or snow, do you?...

Here, too! I don't see any rain or snow, do you? From where I'm sitting, I see sunny blue skies.

I keep wondering if I'm going to be able to handle biking through a Chicago winter; I'd really...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-04, 11:52 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Our weather reports are always true - a few days...

Our weather reports are always true - a few days late. I was told to expect rain and freezing temps this morning, but instead it was a positively balmy 44*F, with very little wind, and a bright blue...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-04, 10:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Merryish

*sob* It's true, it's true!

*sob*

It's true, it's true!
Forum: Commuting
11-19-04, 08:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Merryish

Awww, you can stay. No rule says my commute...

Awww, you can stay. No rule says my commute distance has to be the cut-off for poseurism. How long is yours? Stamp it and sign it into law. :D
Forum: Commuting
11-19-04, 08:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Merryish

I don't, I don't! I haven't owned a cage in over...

I don't, I don't! I haven't owned a cage in over 5 years, honest!

But it's true, today I am a poseur, cuz I haven't even laid eyes on my bike. Hold my hand! *sob*
Forum: Commuting
11-19-04, 05:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Merryish

Heh. That gives a totally new slant to the term...

Heh. That gives a totally new slant to the term "Bike Police"!

I skipped today due to oversleep. Woke up without the grace of alarm at 7:45 am and there was no way I'd be work-ready by 9 without...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-04, 04:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Merryish

Poseur Guilt!!

Is it just me who has feelings of poseur guilt when reading the forums on a non-bike commute day? I feel like I'm reading under false pretenses if I don't have at least my first 6 miles behind me...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-04, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 499
Posted By Merryish

Which is lovely. I use it almost every day, and...

Which is lovely. I use it almost every day, and promote it wherever I can. In addition to being a generally cool idea, the people who work there are friendly and know what they're doing. One of...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-04, 08:00 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Great ride this morning - cool, beautiful, light...

Great ride this morning - cool, beautiful, light wind from the South, and my days off this weekend put paid to my overtraining blues, so it all felt really good.

This afternoon, I went home early...
11-16-04, 06:46 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,172
Posted By Merryish

That's the point in the story where I always...

That's the point in the story where I always cringe, too. Maybe I'm just possessed of an especially well-developed sense of self-preservation (read as: chicken). Why, why, why do some cyclists go...
11-12-04, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Merryish

I specifically left my bike at the bikestation...

I specifically left my bike at the bikestation this afternoon, instead of riding home, so I wouldn't be able to change my mind and ride this weekend. :) So, until Monday afternoon, it's just me and...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-04, 07:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,125
Posted By Merryish

Forgive the newbieness, but ... those go on...

Forgive the newbieness, but ... those go on *over* your shoes? and zip up the back? How do the sizes run?
11-12-04, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Merryish

Thanks, guys - I knew I was feeling it, but it's...

Thanks, guys - I knew I was feeling it, but it's been so long since I've made any long-term effort to stay in shape that I've forgotten what it feels like to do too much, if that makes any sense.
...
11-11-04, 10:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Merryish

Random physical weirdness

Ever have one of those days when it feels like your legs aren't actually connected to your heart and lungs? Two days now I've been feeling the burn in my legs - not bad, not actual pain, just a...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-04, 10:07 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Ahhh, harsh. :) But no, I'm glad somebody...

Ahhh, harsh. :)

But no, I'm glad somebody had a great ride that day. I skipped it because my legs were feeling a bit noodly and I thought they needed a day to recoup, but my brain was in serious...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-04, 10:01 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Cold, cold, cold. Today, I learned: 1) I need...

Cold, cold, cold. Today, I learned: 1) I need new gloves to go over my glove liners. I've been getting by with glove liners and my normal cycling gloves (no fingers), but it's getting to the...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-04, 03:48 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Grrrrr. The one afternoon I'm *not* commuting by...

Grrrrr. The one afternoon I'm *not* commuting by bike, and it's clear and warm and gorgeous outside, with a 20 mph tailwind.

Hmf. Want my bike.
Forum: Commuting
11-04-04, 12:20 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Rain, rain, rain, rain. Also, there was a little...

Rain, rain, rain, rain. Also, there was a little bit of rain. I'm going to get contacts any day now, because glasses under safety goggles make for some pretty interesting vision. I got fairly wet,...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-04, 08:19 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Lovely day for a ride today, going and coming. ...

Lovely day for a ride today, going and coming. Though, it also seemed to be rugrat day. This is why I don't mind cooler weather: Every time the temp goes over 60, the multi-use fills up with...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-04, 03:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By Merryish

Holiday Wish List

Things are slow at work today, so I've been making a list of things I want to pick up in the next little while for my bike.

1) Bike computer. Actually, I just bought one on eBay, so it doesn't...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-04, 02:58 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

:: carefully puts down candycorn :: If I...

:: carefully puts down candycorn ::

If I have to wait a couple of hours after sugary foods before I ride, I might as well hang up my bike now! :)

But, no, it's good advice - I just wasn't...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-04, 02:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,181
Posted By Merryish

I get up at seven, have a slimfast shake -- not...

I get up at seven, have a slimfast shake -- not to diet, but because they're quick and haven't killed me yet -- try to drink some water, get on the road by 7:30, get to the bike station by 8, 8:15. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-04, 08:40 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

I think my brain has somehow shifted into a...

I think my brain has somehow shifted into a different gear. Lately, the harder the ride, the more I can feel it, the better I feel about it when I'm done. Tonight, I feel really really good.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-04, 08:56 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Ride home was great tonight - I would have...

Ride home was great tonight - I would have doubled back again, but by the time I got home it was getting dark and my light, as I have mentioned, is not so much a "light" as it is a "slightly less...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-04, 08:40 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Gorgeous day today, after a gorgeous Sunday,...

Gorgeous day today, after a gorgeous Sunday, after a week of rain and gloom. The ride would have been great if I hadn't had to do it with a TiVo strapped to my back (long story). But at least I...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-04, 06:22 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Tonight's ride was wonderful. Like, seriously,...

Tonight's ride was wonderful. Like, seriously, seriously good. It was so good, in fact, that when I got home...I turned around, went back, and did it again. 18 miles, longest I've ever ridden in...
10-21-04, 09:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,640
Posted By Merryish

Ai. It's a photo op; the helmet's off so...

Ai. It's a photo op; the helmet's off so everybody can tell it's John Kerry and not just another conehead like the rest of us.

:)

While we're discussing deep concerns of the day, I've noticed...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-04, 05:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,085
Posted By Merryish

It's actually the Mayor's thing, so it's...

It's actually the Mayor's thing, so it's city-owned. Mayor Daley is an avid, active cyclist, and he's done tons to promote biking, for commuting and for pleasure, in Chicago. The plan is apparently...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-04, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,085
Posted By Merryish

I think the bike station is the best thing ever. ...

I think the bike station is the best thing ever. The people who work there are really friendly and helpful - I've learned so much from their mechanic I can't even tell you. The locker room/showers...
10-20-04, 11:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,361
Posted By Merryish

Hee! Now there's a choice... catch a cold, or...

Hee! Now there's a choice... catch a cold, or look like a sand creature... :) Put on a set of goggles and George Lucas might mistake you for an extra.
Forum: Commuting
10-20-04, 11:17 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Yesterday's morning ride was so awful I felt...

Yesterday's morning ride was so awful I felt compelled to whinge about it in another thread here, but today was a bit better. The wind was on my side, though just barely. We've been having days and...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-04, 11:09 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

Socksshep, you're not crazy! If your lights are...

Socksshep, you're not crazy! If your lights are good and you're reflective, you'll be fine. And if you're 37 years old, you need to be doing it -- it's way too easy in the thirties to forget that...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-04, 10:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 586
Posted By Merryish

Your November sounds a lot like my November,...

Your November sounds a lot like my November, though I don't think we're expecting snow any time soon. I have the same issue - it'd be nice to buy the specialized stuff, but I really can't afford it...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-04, 10:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,085
Posted By Merryish

There is so much great advice here, I'm...

There is so much great advice here, I'm overwhelmed! Thank you guys so much. I'm so in love with this forum. =)

scrantr, I'm going to take your advice about moving my seat back to its original...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-04, 10:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,085
Posted By Merryish

<whinge> Commuting these past few days has...

<whinge>

Commuting these past few days has just been hellish, and I have no idea why. There have been some changes in environment and a few changes in my bike, but I would never have expected...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-04, 01:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,143
Posted By Merryish

No brakes?! Cue impressed look from me, with a...

No brakes?! Cue impressed look from me, with a slight edge of fear.

Off topic, but for some reason, the building I work in seems to attract fixed-gears like flies. The racks out front are...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-04, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 555
Posted By Merryish

<grin> Pick up a few dayglo lycra jerseys...

<grin>

Pick up a few dayglo lycra jerseys while you're at it, and you'll be all set!

</grin>
Forum: Commuting
10-11-04, 10:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,176
Posted By Merryish

random assortment of cards (of the...

random assortment of cards (of the credit/proxy/key/membership variety (no wallet))
house keys
bike lock / locker keys
U-lock (someday Kryptonite will email me again and I'll exchange it)...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-04, 09:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 858
Posted By Merryish

Sometimes I think it would feel really good...to...

Sometimes I think it would feel really good...to hit you over the head with something. :D *

Alas...the wind is not my friend. The wind HATES me. The wind wants me to fail. There was a time...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-04, 05:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,008
Posted By Merryish

I'm car free, and have been for years - long...

I'm car free, and have been for years - long before I got my bike. I've been lucky enough (smart enough? :) ) to live in cities with decent public transportation (Houston, Seattle, now Chicago). PB...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-04, 04:06 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,418
Posted By Merryish

I've missed a few weeks posting my commute,...

I've missed a few weeks posting my commute, mainly due to a bad case of cranky; I've been avoiding human contact as much as possible. But the last few rides were great; only one incident that nearly...
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