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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.
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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!
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by p08757 View Post
    II 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.
    Oh the Irony! A spinning class excuse Don't feel bad, though, we all have to have a life aside from bikecommuting. I miss days due to dinner with friends, dogsitting, trailriding, etc., etc,. etc....

    And the 100%'rs keep us humble!

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    I rode tues and wed but felt the beginnings of a cold so I took the infernal combustion machine today. Glad I did. 10 days of cycle commuting in 20 work days isn't bad for march and early april.

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    I drive back from Cape Cod this a.m. directly to work. Tried the Fatback out on the beach - fun! - and hardly anyone out. Don't watch the 1 minute video if you get motion sickness - it's short but spins around a bit. Also rode the jeep trails in the dunes and out to an island that had nice singletrack. Got the kayak out on the tidal river too.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jQGc7Yc-nOU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Biking, Jeeping, and kayaking. Can`t beat that combo
    Was it a partially working trip, or strictly a play weekend to do as you pleased?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Biking, Jeeping, and kayaking. Can`t beat that combo
    Was it a partially working trip, or strictly a play weekend to do as you pleased?
    No work, I took Friday off! I don't have a Jeep though, but the fatbike was good on the off road vehicle trails (I rode in the tracks), and there were only a handful of trucks over a few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I drive back from Cape Cod this a.m. directly to work. Tried the Fatback out on the beach - fun! - and hardly anyone out. Don't watch the 1 minute video if you get motion sickness - it's short but spins around a bit. Also rode the jeep trails in the dunes and out to an island that had nice singletrack. Got the kayak out on the tidal river too.
    Sounds like a blast, the weather looks better than anything we had over the weekend. That's some pretty fancy camera work

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    Thanks for the video. Sand, sea, and fatbike. Though shall not covet thy forum neighbors fatbike!

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    ^^If it ever comes to be that coveting OPs bikes is prohibited, forum traffic will quickly go the way of housing values

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Though shall not covet thy forum neighbors fatbike!
    Because it looks too small for me.

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    Picking up the kiddo again. My knees can use a day off anyway after all the backwoods exploring on ridged bikes.

    The beginning of next week is forecast to be very summer like, yay!

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    Because a doctor ordered me not to drive anything for 24 hours to let the anesthetic wear off.

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    Another Friday off. Same reason as the last 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Another Friday off. Same reason as the last 2.
    I thought I was going to have Friday off, same as the last 1.5. Not sure now. A bearing is going doo-doo and the phone calls are going round so that management can tell us whether they want to disconnect drive from that particular piece of equipment and limp ahead without it for the next few weeks or dig in. I`ll be getting a phone call in about twelve hours to tell me how it comes out. I had to do that job about ten years ago, right after I transfered into the maintenance department, and it took three of us a week to finish

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    Mine isn't off from work, I just didn't get to ride a bike in today.

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    rain

    it could have rained but didnt

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    still too cold

    too cold

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    12 hour shift. Tired and riding home in the dark.....not happening.

    Yesterday, on my commute home at 5 pm there was 5 car chain reaction rear-ending in the opposite lane. I'm on the drops and cant see too far ahead and hear the squeal of tires. That sure woke me up. No one was badly hurt.

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    I rode home with my wife to put our dog of 10ish years down today. After a 3 year battle with some kind of doggy cancer he finally gave up the ghost. The vet only gave him a few months and that was 3 years ago. He had a great run but still sad as hell.

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    ^^ Awwww, sorry to hear about the loss of your buddy.

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    Didn't ride Monday because I did a 140km (84mi) "all-road" race Sunday and could barely walk, let alone ride.

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    Didn't ride today because I got too drunk yesterday!

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    ^^ Losing long-term pets is a bummer if inevitable. It bothered me. Not some:

    "Did you ou the cat out?"
    "The cat died today!"
    "All the more reason to put it out."

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    I decided to go hiking at a state park to see if it was worth bringing a bike the next time I go. No go between horse trails, steep inclines/declines and it's just not safe with the ravines and drop offs. Too bad because it's only about 20 minute drive and it has simply stunning scenery.

    Had a great day and did 4 miles of hiking. Riding a bike makes going up hills on foot pretty easy now.

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    If you think going up hills on foot is easy, it's time to do it faster.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by melting snowman View Post
    Didn't ride today because I got too drunk yesterday!
    I usually find riding the next day helps to clear out the system. It's usually limited to an easy ride.

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    I didn't ride today because I destroyed my legs last night with squats. I could barely walk down the stairs today... haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    "Did you ou the cat out?"
    "The cat died today!"
    "All the more reason to put it out."
    Nothing aginst cats, but...

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    I ended up driving today. The weather has been kind of unpredictable all week, and yesterday I just dodged a severe thunderstorm on my bike. I was pissed, because it's a short commute. Mid Atlantic weather is a pain in my @ss compared to the west coast! I also reconfirmed the fact that I hate going to the gym compared to riding.

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    Sooner or later I was going to contribute to this thread.

    So I bought a nice c2005 Trek Portland from a friend of mine after I broke my last commute bike. He's a SRAM fan, so he'd swapped the drivetrain over to the complete SRAM Rival group. Last Friday, on my way to school, the right-hand shifter stopped working. In trying to figure out what was wrong with it, the DoubleTap lever actually fell off. The thing that holds it on, and at the right distance from the gear part of the ratcheting mechanism had broken. At least now I know why it wasn't working.

    I ordered some shifters over the weekend and they came in yesterday. I promised myself I'd install them today. And, I started. But I had a job interview to go to downtown at 2:30. I'm de-evolving the bike to a 9-speed cassette with a Shimano Tiagra rear derailleur to go with downtube shifters. So I took the wheel off to change the cassette and noticed that it was flat. At this point, it's about 1:30, and I know that I need to get my butt out the door if I'm going to ride to the interview, make myself look professional to ******s, and be on time. So I gave up. And no funny shoes, so the other bikes are out. At least once I decided to drive I had time (sort of, ended up being about 2 minutes late after I couldn't figure out how to operate a parking machine) to install the rear derailleur. On the stand, at least, it works great.

    I thought I might have time to go home and switch to a bike to go to school for my evening class, but by the time I managed to get myself out of downtown, I was running pretty short. So I drove to school on a week day for the first time ever. $5 to park downtown. $15 to park on campus. Lame. Days like this remind me why I commute by bike.

    The next funny part is that I'm working a night shift tonight and will be driving.

    I guess I'm getting all my automotive commuting in all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    In trying to figure out what was wrong with it, the DoubleTap lever actually fell off.
    I once had the shifter of a CJ5 fall off in my hand. At least you weren`t rolling in traffic when it happened, like I was.

    Yeah, hopefully things will straighten out again and you`ll be done having to hop in the car soon. Did you end up going with those Sunrace shifters that you asked about?

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    I did. I thought I was on the fence, but when someone quoted me the price for the Shimano shifters live, I decided I couldn't stomach spending that on downtube shifters on a bike that's supposed to be saving me money.

    The bases are for a 28.6mm downtube, so they don't fit on my bike correctly out of the box. With some Dremeling, I got the right-hand one fitting reasonably well, installed the shifter and derailleur, and was able to at least try the bike on the rack at home. It shifts fine, and the shifter feel seems reasonable - distinct stops, not too much effort. I'm feeling pretty positive about road testing when I finish (hopefully tomorrow.) If I have the bike put together enough to ride, I'll go home via my coop and tension the rear wheel a bit higher too while I'm at it. I was sure the spokes were tight enough, but it's not proving to be my best work...
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    ^^Oh yeah, frame tubes have gotten fatter since those were popluar, haven`t they. But if they`re clamp ons, I don`t see how you mounted one and not both, or if they`re boss mounted, I don`t see why the tube diameter would matter. Anyway, I hope they work out. I`ve read that those Falcon thumbies actually work pretty well, and thinking that Sunrace might actually be the same manufacturer. Good luck and have fun.

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    I've got to make a field trip to a customers and then I have an appointment at the other end of the day. Driving to work seems so foreign. I did come in to work early and get in a short trail run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melting snowman View Post
    didn't ride today because i got too drunk yesterday!
    ^+1

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    b/c dammit i have growlers to fill

    after work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ^^Oh yeah, frame tubes have gotten fatter since those were popluar, haven`t they. But if they`re clamp ons, I don`t see how you mounted one and not both, or if they`re boss mounted, I don`t see why the tube diameter would matter. Anyway, I hope they work out. I`ve read that those Falcon thumbies actually work pretty well, and thinking that Sunrace might actually be the same manufacturer. Good luck and have fun.
    They're boss mounted.

    The base slides on over the cylinderical part of the braze-on on the frame, and its rotation is constrained mainly by a square cutout on the inboard side. It also has a skirt that comes in contact with the frame, and is shaped to match the curvature of the frame. Initially, the skirt was preventing the base from snugging up against the square part of the braze-on. I thought about just going with it, but it wasn't particularly stable and I thought that was probably not where the pressure was supposed to be.

    I searched for falcon thumb shifters just now. It doesn't look like quite the same product. These shifters are mostly metal on the outside - just a gasket on the shifter is plastic.

    Clearly, there's a fair amount of interest in keeping bikes rolling with cheaper technology. It's maybe not people who shop where I usually do. The sales guy at my shop said he's never seen a set of the Sunrace shifters in person and will be really curious to hear how they work out. Funny shop - they mostly sell really high-end bikes and triathlon stuff, but they're right on top of a commute route, so changing flats on people's beaters is a major activity too.
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    I have been on vacation in Pisgah for the last week. Now I am getting ready to go back to work but I think these saddle sores are going to keep me from commuting.

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    Dentist Appointment.

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    I got a brief ride on a borrowed bike while traveling on business yesterday however I won't get a chance to ride today since I am flying to yet another city.

    But once I get back on Saturday, I am going to go nuts and go for a long long ride.
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    Follow-Up Dentist Appointment. First time I didn't commute by bike since the last one.

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    I was up most of the night writhing in pain and throwing up due to a kidney stone that's apparently now mid-trip between my kidney and bladder. Fcking hilarious.

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    Makes my filling sound downright fun.

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    Today's my gf's birthday. So no commuting by bike because I'm taking the day off to spend it with her instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh_SL2 View Post
    I was up most of the night writhing in pain and throwing up due to a kidney stone that's apparently now mid-trip between my kidney and bladder. Fcking hilarious.
    I ended up getting admitted to the hospital yesterday and had surgery today. Barring anything unusual, I'm cleared to get back on the bike on Sunday.

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    ^^Yikes, that sounds awful, hope you are feeling better. Take it easy upon your return.

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    Yuck! Hang in there, Josh. I didn`t need surgery, but was out for a week with a small but stubborn (slow moving) kidney stone a couple years ago, so I know how delightful they are

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    I fully wussed out if the commute today. Really annoyed at myself today because the weather was perfect.

    And it's going to rain next week :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Yuck! Hang in there, Josh. I didn`t need surgery, but was out for a week with a small but stubborn (slow moving) kidney stone a couple years ago, so I know how delightful they are
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    I've been missing a bunch.

    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. The first route Google Maps proposes is a little much for me - it includes 5 miles on an interstate with a fair amount of traffic, much of it going 80 mph.

    I don't like to be defeatist. The most straightforward route seems to me to be to take a trail and sneak in a slightly different way, adding about two miles and (I suspect) an off-road climb or descent, depending on direction. Tomorrow I'll take my 'cross bike and see if I can figure out the far end of that route after work. If it's not feasible on the 'cross bike, I don't think I want to do it on my MTB. The majority is still a road commute.

    I think I can also do an all-road version of the route and come in from the back. That means 5 miles on a less suicidal but still scary road, and an up-and-over of a pretty significant ridge.

    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.

    Anyway, hopefully my "real job" after I finish my degree will have a better commute. And moving will be more feasible...
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    Sounds interesting, AS. I hope you plan to document with some pictures! For what its worth, I`ve ridden a little bit of Interstate 80 (doable, somewhat scary, not pleasant) and often ride a short section of non-interstate freeway to get out of town to the north (actually not a bad ride). Check with legality for your state, and do a careful cage view recon, but don`t discount it completely just because its interstate- it might end up being less evil than the "still scary" route. Are there any multimodal possibilities?
    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    If it's not feasible on the 'cross bike, I don't think I want to do it on my MTB. The majority is still a road commute.
    Ooh! Sounds like a good excuse to try out some NEW TRIES!

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