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    The confessional: I didn’t’ ride today because…

    "You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you are me and you drove today)", Commuter Boy
    We all want to take our bikes every day but for most of us life gets in the way.

    Today I had 2 appointments at opposite ends of the day in opposite directions and the roads are covered in 2-3" of slush and I had to plow the driveway.

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    I hope I never have to post in this thread
    Good thing it didnt' exist 2 days ago when I drove because of the icy storm of death that descended on the region, and because I don't have studded tires.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    My wife and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary yesterday. Try as I might, I couldn't come up with a practical way to get flowers, wine and chocolates home (original I am not.) I should have asked for a bigger messenger bag as my anniversary gift.
    When you find yourself on the side of the majority it's time to pause and reflect.
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    I had to snowblow the driveway before the rain or freezing rain, and ran out of time. My neighbor plowing all his snow onto my driveway didn't help either.

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    I just got back from vacation and I am just not ready.... lol

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    Last time I didn't commute....it was because I had to go out of town to work about 300 km.

    Time before that....it was because I was healing up from some minor surgery.

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    I didn't ride to work twice this week....because I felt like running home instead. Took the bus and ran home Tuesday and Thursday. public transport, bike, or my two feet are my only options and I kind of like it this way.

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    Not today, but Wednesday - alarm didn't go off on phone and so didn't wake up until too late for class. Then since it was late enough that it was light enough out for me to see how much the wind was blowing when it was time to head into work an hour or so later I gave up and took the bus, which I almost never do and hate doing. Call me a wuss if you want, but freezing temps+precipitation+strong headwind = one too many for me to ride in a lot of the time. Two out of three I do all the time.

    Karma got at me though, when taking the bus home from work just before midnight a young thug tried to shake me down for my phone. That's makes 2 for 2 for someone threatening to rob me on my way home the last two times I took the bus, making the incentive to ride no matter what the conditions nearly overpowering. Makes me glad I'm a BIG, scary looking dude, otherwise they might have done more than be threatening and then give up when I blew them off... :/

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    I hope I won`t be needing this thread in 2012.
    Fingers crossed...

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    I don't ride during tornado watches. Once with the sirens screaming was too many times.

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    Yeah, I think that would be a good choice.

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    Just wasn't

    feeling it today. Ended up walking 5 miles to and from work instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    I don't ride during tornado watches. Once with the sirens screaming was too many times.

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    Since moving to an area of the country that deals with severe weather, this is a factor for me as well. The Friday before last, I opted to drive because of the severe thunderstorms rolling in. This is the only thing that stops me now a days because my commute is short enough that time really isn't a big factor. Riding with the sirens screaming would freak me out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict View Post
    Riding with the sirens screaming would freak me out!
    Not a time or no time to panic. A time to use adrenalin constructively in 'flee' not 'fight' mode to set a new world record sprint to the nearest storm resistant shelter about 1/2 mile away. Maxed rpm in 48/14 into the wind. Amazing stuff, adrenalin!

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    I brought my car to work...But I did it on Sunday because I needed it for my job on Monday because I want to ride. The trails should be stellar on Monday. Just the right amount of snow, rain, snowmobiles and then cold. I'm expecting the best winter trail commute of the year. I'm not sure if that fits here or not. I did commute by bike

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    Hemorrhoids.













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    Free comprehensive bus service in my town. Great service, but way too easy to be lazy and just hop on the bus.

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    I didn't go to work?
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    New dog in the family who's not cleared to be home all day by herself. She's not trained (yet!) to ride in the bike trailer, but we're working on that.

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    I think I drove my commute a couple times in 2010. Can't remember why... In the summer of 2010, I ended up using my car to work a lot, doing the Census.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Weather report says up to 45MPH wind tomorrow. I don't think I'm going to ride in the morning.

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    45mph, that's a no pedal tail wind. Maybe slight headwind.

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    It's "Town Meeting Day" and I have the day off! Townsfolk are meeting across Vermont to decide local budgets and discuss other town business, and perhaps enjoy a potluck or "bean supper". I went xc skiing with a friend instead.

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    Yesterday, felt like cr@p and didn't have to go anywhere. Wished I felt well enough to ride.

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    car had service

    they gave me a loaner, then called and told me keep until tomorrow! I was gonna ride tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    45mph, that's a no pedal tail wind. Maybe slight headwind.
    Rode the bike anyway. Wind wasn't too bad, but it took me about 5 minutes longer than normal. Normal ride is 25 minutes or so.

    The afternoon was much calmer.

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    You addict

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    Not going to work today and tomorrow I have to wear a suit.

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    Crazy wind. got 30 minutes in for exercise in the shelter of the neighborhood.

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    Freezing rain, the only condition I will no longer ride in; I took a nasty spill last winter thanks to freezing rain and was off the bike for weeks as a result.

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    ^^ I have a long, storied, ugly history with freezing rain. Scary stuff. The moment that stands out was when I didn't realize there was a 1/4 inch layer of ice on the road until my back wheel dissapeared and I slid about 100 yards on my hip downhill towards a T intersection with cars going by... I was trying to 'self arrest' using my bike as an ice axe... it was not pretty. I have spent a couple years now wondering if spending a couple hundred on some killer studded tires would be justified, considering I only "need" them 2 or 3 days a year. I am realizing that it's probably totally justified
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ...I have spent a couple years now wondering if spending a couple hundred on some killer studded tires would be justified, considering I only "need" them 2 or 3 days a year. I am realizing that it's probably totally justified
    I got my Mount & Ground tires for $49 each @ Tree Fort Bikes - pricematch. They are capable enough to ride on a smooth lake and what I'd choose for road use. They give amazing piece of mind for more than 2-3 days a year on all those spots where snow has melted into the road then re-froze. What size do you need? 29er? I don't think the Mount & Ground comes in that size. My LBS has a pair of 29er Nokian Extreme 924s that he really wants to get rid of. He offered them to me at his cost. I don't think they'd fit the Cross Check.

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    ^^ I'll PM you...
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    not this week, but the only excuses I've had in about the last 10 months was a couple weeks ago: intestinal bacterial infection coupled with 4 or 5 internal bleeding sites.

    just didn't go to work, but i rode as soon as i was allowed back in my cubicle!
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Did not ride today because le girlfriend.

    True story.

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    Already rode three times this week so had a day off to rest the legs. Back into it tomorrow though. It will be an 80km week.

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    I didn't ride because it was raining...



    ...psych! I rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R+P+K View Post
    Already rode three times this week so had a day off to rest the legs. Back into it tomorrow though. It will be an 80km week.
    That's allowed?! I know it is but I can never bring myself to do it if I have the possibility of riding. It's already been a 95mi (150km) week mostly on trails and my legs are toast..but it's getting warm out. Must Ride.

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    I didn't ride yesterday for the first time in 15 days. I just stayed home.

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    I didn't ride the singlespeed today because I tortured myself on it yesterday.
    I didn't ride the mountian bike today because it's in several pieces.
    I didn't ride the road bike today because it's got that weird trainer tire on the back wheel at the moment.
    But I did ride
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    On vacation for a couple days.

    I'm not good at snowboarding and tend to fall a lot and get real sore afterwards so I usually take a day or two off after each trip. Not having to rush home on Sunday night is nice also.

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    I had to take the car today to pick up my daughter for the weekend. First full day off in 3 weeks. I already miss it.

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    I didn't ride today because I was lazy and didn't want to be cold. Lame.

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    The wind is wearing me down and I had a chance to carpool, so I did. Sore knees.

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    once upon a time I wore scrubs to work and so each day the scrubs went in the back pack, sneakers where left at work and the shower in the ER lounge washed off all the road grime and sweat, now sadly shirt and tie slacks do not allow me the luxury of enjoying the morning sun and the delight of smelling and sensing the world as i once did on my morning commute. I ride enough on the trail anyway, I actually found that commuting got in the way of trail riding, sort of took the novelty out of it! and it can put you on some roads that are not ideal for bikes. Ride when you feel it!
    FIVE MORE MIUNTIES,JUST HOLD STILL !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The wind is wearing me down and I had a chance to carpool, so I did. Sore knees.
    Aw, man- you must be really fed up with it. Didn`t you have 100% bike commutes last year?

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    I only commute 1 or 2 days a week. You guys are making me feel bad.

    3 days of the week my wife and I go to spinning class right after work, and I would not make it in time if I rode my bike there. Also I think I would probably die after a ~ 9 mile ride to the gym, 1 hour of spinning, then a ~ 12 mile ride home with 2 monster hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Aw, man- you must be really fed up with it. Didn`t you have 100% bike commutes last year?
    No, I was closer to 75% last year starting in the spring. I've been striving for 90% but I don't want to wear out my knees before the good weather gets here.

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    I didnt ride today because I rode out yesterday with a coworker and he took me on a training route of some of the nastiest hills in Atlanta. Was sore as hell this morning so I walked it to the train, definitely one of the wimpier excuses in here.

    Tomorrow will be a good day!

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