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    Hehe... I thought about driving Monday (a little bit pressed for time) and it wouldn`t have bothered me too awfully much. One calander year was my goal and now that`s taken care of I won`t stress on a drive day here and there. How`s your goal of improving that recreation : commute ratio going? Going to wait for nice weather to hit the fun rides, or already on it?
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Here I am in the confessional thread. Today was the first time I have not ridden to work since October 7, 2011. I have to go to a work function tonight and decided that since I am not going for 100% bike commuting again this year, I would take the car to work. It was a weird feeling...
    Wow, that's a long time ago. Hope you don't forget where you parked or lock the keys in the car!

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    This round of meds has hit hard. Typong isal srcewed ip and i fyrgit wat the thingy hte seat attaches to iz called. I need my wits about me out there! I can't remember where I put them They were here a minute ago....

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    Again with the snow, that's 2 days off in a row for me The roads are a slushy mess, maybe tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    How`s your goal of improving that recreation : commute ratio going? Going to wait for nice weather to hit the fun rides, or already on it?
    I've been doing trailwork almost every weekend since last November, but we typically put our tools away in early April and then I intend to bust out the Mountain Bikes and do more rec. riding.


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    Wow, that's a long time ago. Hope you don't forget where you parked or lock the keys in the car!
    Haha, my routine was off. A couple weeks ago I was driving with my wife and she was not happy with the way I was driving and said "you need to drive more, I think you are forgetting how".

    I rode my bike today. Fittingly it was raining. But the world is right again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    This round of meds has hit hard. Typong isal srcewed ip and i fyrgit wat the thingy hte seat attaches to iz called. I need my wits about me out there! I can't remember where I put them They were here a minute ago....

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    Hang in there Brian!

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    A couple weeks ago I was driving with my wife and she was not happy with the way I was driving and said "you need to drive more, I think you are forgetting how".

    She probably didn`t like you yelling "On your left" out the window twice per block. Especially if you were yelling out the passenger window with her ear in the middle.
    Recalculating....

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    I had to do an emergency driveway repair for one of my rentals. It needed to be done while the ground was still frozen so my commute today included about 100 miles of driving with trips back and forth to the gravel pit. I burned more diesel today that I do in months of normal commuting.

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    It was raining cats and dogs. Did see one guy hauling in the rain and praised his willingness to ride in the rain.

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    Because the second car needed struts and snow tire dismounting so not room for the bike in the trunk and the bike rack is set up for the big car. Figured a short wait and ride. Nope. A service meeting and then a discovery of an about to fail brake line that is not stocked. Good they have WiFI I loaded some video and posted in some forums.

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    because my ankle is about 5 sizes too large

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    Front derailleur cable issue - they don't work so well when bent at 90degrees, plus a sheared saddle rail. I'm lucky to have a spare saddle on the parts bike, but have no cables or housing and the LBS is closed until Tuesday to buy them. Probably a good thing as the winds are gusting over 60mph at the moment, killed my commuting streak dead though.

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    broken knuckle from a scuffle last night

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    I haven't been commuting, period, for the last few weeks. I had my last day of classes on the 18th last month, and I've been moving to a new city. 80 miles and all the crap in my room are a little too much for me to do by bike!

    It's not looking good for riding my bike to the new job. It's going to be a 66 mile commute each way. Hopefully I can carpool or something, but I live on the West Coast, so commuter rail is a fiction that people from the East Coast or Europe are trying to convince us of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    I got a job for the summer. It's a little over 30 miles away by car, and it's in a town I've never visited by bike.

    Wish me luck! TBH, a 60-mile round trip is probably something I'd only do some times a week. I'm not really interested in doing only the latter part by bike, because the nasty traffic I'd like to stop participating in is closer to home.
    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    I had my last day of classes on the 18th last month, and I've been moving to a new city. 80 miles and all the crap in my room are a little too much for me to do by bike!

    It's not looking good for riding my bike to the new job. It's going to be a 66 mile commute each way.
    Hmmm...
    It sounds like not much improvement over your last situation. Is it a permanent job, or just filling time between semesters?
    Recalculating....

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    Yikes, 66 miles each way. Ouch. Where did you move to?

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    The new job is permanent. At least I'm far away heading away from Seattle this time. I moved to Bellingham, WA and will be working just south of Everett, WA. My average speed may be over 60 for the trip, although time will tell. This could actually be an easier commute than last summer's, although it's making the car that worked so well as a supplement for moving heavy things or bikes feel like overkill.

    Bellingham is a nice place to live and my wife works here. But after a lot of resumes and a couple interviews, I wasn't able to get a job in my field here. I'd probably move closer to work if that wasn't the same as dragging my wife further away from her job.
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    Too much tree sperm.

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    Winds 20-35 with gusts above that, chance of thunderstorms, lightning, hail, might make 50 and humid (feel like 30's), dreary day, and it is Friday. There are a lot of dolts out there after 3 PM on Fridays. More on rainy days. OMGIF! Calling it a recovery day. Tomorrow promises much better.

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    Too much rain.
    I wish it was perfect weather all the time right?

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    Winds 25-30 mph and the gusts are close to 45 by the feel of them! Howling in the tree tops. Ripping the blossoms off the weeping cherries. Beating the tulips petal-less. I need to get the miles up for another Habitat ride, but not bad enough to be blown into traffic. Several places funnel the winds to even higher levels. Nice 78 and got some exercise digging weeds. Severe storms tonight.

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    Weather kept me home...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nnorton44 View Post
    Weather kept me home...
    You sure got some neat pics from it, though. Very cool looking building in the top one, too.
    Recalculating....

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    Tweaked the hell out of my back last night playing around a little bit with deadlifts at what I thought was a sufficiently light weight. Hopefully I'll be healed enough to ride for Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    The new job is permanent. At least I'm far away heading away from Seattle this time. I moved to Bellingham, WA and will be working just south of Everett, WA. My average speed may be over 60 for the trip, although time will tell. This could actually be an easier commute than last summer's, although it's making the car that worked so well as a supplement for moving heavy things or bikes feel like overkill.

    Bellingham is a nice place to live and my wife works here. But after a lot of resumes and a couple interviews, I wasn't able to get a job in my field here. I'd probably move closer to work if that wasn't the same as dragging my wife further away from her job.
    Got it. Well at least you can ride Galby a lot. That's worth something!

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    I hoped someone would post from the Boston area today. Talk about an excuse!

    Sympathies to all those who were or whose families were affected by all the incidents in the Boston area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    You sure got some neat pics from it, though. Very cool looking building in the top one, too.
    Thanks! Thats the apartment building I live in, great view of downtown Indianapolis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    I hoped someone would post from the Boston area today. Talk about an excuse!

    Sympathies to all those who were or whose families were affected by all the incidents in the Boston area.

    BrianMc
    Here's a couple...
    "Amid the lock-down that paralyzed the area, a lone bicycle rider headed across the Longfellow Bridge."
    from Metropolitan Boston awakens under siege as police launch manhunt for Marathon bomber - Metro - The Boston Globe
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    ^^ I don't think my eyesight is failing me, but I see two cyclists in that photo.

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    I'll bring this thread back from a sleep.

    I didn't' ride today. There have been other days I haven't rode but usually because it has been logistically impossible to do what I needed to do or there was a foot of snow forecast. No, today is different, I could have rode but didn't because I was out too late at a concert and after my few hours sleep I decided to take the car. I'll do 10 hail Shimanos and ride in a group ride in the morning.

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    I haven't commuted by bike since March. After my last shuffle-up, I'm working a Real Job but the commute is 130 miles round trip. At least I have a carpool going on.

    On the other hand, with my newfound stability I've been riding and running for myself more than ever. Today is a non-ride day, but a planned one.
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    Wowza, 130 miles. How do you find time to ride with a 2+ hour commute each day? I'm lucky that my commute distance is nearly perfect that I can do it every day. That's still out of the house for 11 1/2 hours every day. Hmm, no wonder I'm tired by the end of the week.

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    I've been going on runs once or twice a week during lunch, and my after-work rides are an hour or an hour and a half. Also, my wife is super-supportive and does most of the household stuff. It's her city and she has a 5 minute commute each way, so while I'm certainly grateful, I don't feel guilty about it.

    It's not ideal. But, all life is compromise.
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    Things just kind of got away from me. I was running behind, then went to put on my gear and leave and remembered that my purse (er... front bag) hadn`t yet been restocked with all my lock, makeup, and other essentials, which were still scattered wherever I left them a few weeks ago, THEN the electical tape holding the broken hinge on my sun glases together gave out. At that point I decided I just wasn`t meant to ride in today.
    Recalculating....

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    I wasn't able to bike today because my bike buddy made another lame excuse not to bike today. Again.

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    Wasn't able to ride yesterday evening or all of today due to some horrendous rain coming in on Tampa Bay. Hoping that they pass long enough for me to trek tomorrow morning and ride to my son's PT/OT office after work. I get to ride over a gnarly bridge and fly down the other side at about 25 mph. Highlight of my week.


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    I didn't ride today because I got lazy............ Had to many beers last night. But my wife dropped me off so I brought my bike to ride on my way back home. Hoping to finally mark 1K miles on the bike by this week.

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    Two days off in a row! I guess winter is like that. Yesterday was actually because I had to take a trip for work but today was weather related. Fresh snow, sloppy shoulders, a foot of snow on the lake, no snowmobiles out yet to make the trails passable. Excuses I've got.

    I didn't mind missing yesterday at -15F. I'll ride in it but it isn't my favorite temp.

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    No good

    Because I fell and knocked myself out on dec 4. Dislocated a finger, had surgery, and haven't ridden a bike since. Doc says that it could be a year before the finger functions as normal.

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    ^I can relate. Mine was just over a year before yours. Front tire deflated in turn. Did the helmet saved you from face abrasions?

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    I haven't ridden due to the winter conditions and the lack of a winter/snow capable bike. The fact that we had an ice storm this past weekend didn't help the situation, and neither will the fact that the temps will be below freezing for the next week preventing a thaw.
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    Re: The confessional: I didn’t’ ride today because…

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    ^I can relate. Mine was just over a year before yours. Front tire deflated in turn. Did the helmet saved you from face abrasions?
    Helmet saved me from worse. Some abrasions on face, looked awefull, but those healed in a week.

    Stitches go out tomorrow, hope doc is satisfied with the result

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    ^ Lost a helmet, brifter, a pedal, and many bike clothes as they cut them off me. It took another month post stitches to get the face so that it scared children about the same as it used to. I hope you heal faster.

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    Stayed out way too late last night with some priest friends of mine, so it meant that there was no way I was getting up at 0500 to commute 9 miles and fight traffic. Luckily, we only had a half day today and tomorrow, so I didn't feel bad taking the minivan while the wife and kids stayed home.

    But, everything is set up and ready to go tomorrow. Installed rear rack with panniers, so I don't have so much weight in the backpack, and I've got more space to slap lights on the back. Lol.
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    I have been a pretty consistent commuter for quite some time but here recently there have been a lot of days where I am at work at 5am and not leaving until 6pm. There have been a number of those days where I got lazy and drove instead of pedaled in.

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    Broken clavicle, I'm not sure when the next time I'll be able to ride will be. I'll probably be able to so some road rides soon but nothing that is jarring or risks a crash for over a month. There goes the winter biking season.

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    ^^That`ll do it allright. Be careful about that "risks a crash" part when it comes to possible ice. I`m sure you`re going to be antsy, but take your time so you don`t turn several weeks into several months.
    Recalculating....

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    ^^Yeah, it's tough to be hurting, but its really tough to be kept from what you like to do and your normal routine.

    A skiing friend is off the skis after cortisone etc. stopped working, and now titanium knees are planned. She's going so nuts she was driven to making a music video - with a Yeti. Throwdown, Bedwards!

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    Making a music video with a Yeti hasn't crossed my mind yet so I think I am safe. I did get a Contour Roam2 helmet cam for X-mas so I've got the tech to make a Yeti video. Is it posted somewhere?

    The thing that really pisses me off is that I've been *****ing about the lousy fatbike riding and the trails not being right (especially last Thursday) and now they are stinking perfect. Perfect I tell you.

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    I cried uncle and took the car today. The race on Sun and 20 miles of snowy trails a few days in a row has my legs and knees screaming "Take a rest day!" Oh, and I needed the car for a dentist appointment this afternoon.

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