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    Good luck on the road race tomorrow bedwards. We will expect a full race report. If you podium you might be banned from MTBR

    Good start bachman1961. You'll figure out what you need as you go. If you are going to be riding in the rain, a good set of full coverage fenders should be the first thing you look at. Then look at a good rain jacket, something to keep your feet dry and your hands warm. You'll get wet no matter what so as bedwards says having dry clothes to change into at work is key.

    Came out this morning and my back tire was flat. Found a piece of tire radial wire embedded. Easy fix. Uneventful pedal to work.

    So we have now gone something like 54 days without measurable rain here in the Seattle area, breaking the all-time record. The media is in their usual hyperbole uproar over it. I think it's fantastic. The rain will return soon enough.

    Happy weekend everyone.

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    Finally we are not on the page with my popped tire staring me in the face every time I come here.
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    Good luck on the road race tomorrow bedwards. We will expect a full race report. If you podium you might be banned from MTBR
    Will do, probably not a chance of that.
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    something to keep your feet dry
    In my experience that is simply not possible.

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    Got up early and after checking the weather radar I made a panic start to stay ahead of the rain. In the end I cleared it by about half an hour so the rush wouldnt have been necessary. Ride home was wet, I dont know whether it was heavy drizzle or light rain. The water repellant stuff on my jacket held up though so it was not an issue. Must have looked strange: Bright neon yellow jacket, rain pants and bare feet in sandals

    Good luck for your race bedwards! And you are still welcome here, at least in my eyes.

    F4S: Did all the good vibes sent to your wife help?

    Next week my son is joining a circus camp during the day, will have to drive every day for dropping off / picking up. An entire week of no riding Any tipps on how to survive that ??

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    @Bachman:
    Welcome! Missed your post at first.
    Before we can give you a hint - in what climate do you live? Mostly dry, wet, in winter cold or wet? Work in field, mech shop or office?
    Some general hints: Simply start riding and soon you will start to think "hmmm it would be nice to have ..... " and there you go

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    Welcome here too! Pic looks pretty good, especially the mountains in the background are looking good. Over here it is so flat that it is common to say, that when you leave home in the morning you can see your destination for the evening already.

    We went puddle racing with the Kids today since it rained a while.
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    I urgently need to fix some fenders to the stryder bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post

    F4S: Did all the good vibes sent to your wife help?
    She thinks everything went really well, but we won't really know until sometime next week probably if they are going to offer her the position. I'm cautiously optimistic, she is very good at what she does.

    I also told the universe I'd like to cash in any karma I've accumulated from returning a half dozen cell phones, plus some other items like credit cards and drivers licenses to their rightful owners that I've found on my commute.

    I'll certainly let you guys know when I know, it's just a waiting game now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Good luck on the road race tomorrow bedwards. We will expect a full race report. If you podium you might be banned from MTBR
    No worries. 4th! Read all about it here. The Candid Cyclist: Tour De Lovell 2017
    Great way to start my vacation! No commuting for me this week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
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    Welcome here too! Pic looks pretty good, especially the mountains in the background are looking good. Over here it is so flat that it is common to say, that when you leave home in the morning you can see your destination for the evening already.

    We went puddle racing with the Kids today since it rained a while.
    Some pics:
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    I urgently need to fix some fenders to the stryder bike
    Thanks cyclingdutchman. I commuted a little last year, once a week. This year I'm hoping to do twice, and also to do it a bit further into the winter. Just got to find cold weather shoes... stupid cold feet. Nothing stays warm after the first hour of my commute once it gets below 30 F. It's nice to come here and see everyone's commuting stories.

    PS. That puddle racing looks fun. I generally try to ride around them when on my commute in the rain. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    No worries. 4th! Read all about it here. The Candid Cyclist: Tour De Lovell 2017
    Great way to start my vacation! No commuting for me this week!
    Nice race report, congrats! Have a great vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^Like Nike says, Just Do It. Maybe pick one of the bikes and put road tires on it. If you've been commuting by motorcycle you are use to some of the weather issues. Having a change of clothes at work is key!
    Thank you. Yes, the motorbike rides have not been bad at all. I won't start a ride in the rain and my exposure (ride time) is about 10 - 12 minutes. Will have almost 3 times that travel time on the bicycle but I'm good with watching weather and tracking the radar images/direction.
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    Nice report bedwards. 4th place is a very respectable result, thumbs up!!

    I hope the racers were friendly to each other during the race?

    Today I watched the iron man triathlon here in hamburg and in 45min of watching I have seen several cases of athletes bullying at each other. Not very sportive but I guess it happens when there is much at stake..nn

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Today I watched the iron man triathlon here in hamburg and in 45min of watching I have seen several cases of athletes bullying at each other. Not very sportive but I guess it happens when there is much at stake..nn
    I used to shoot competitively and always thought it was odd that the matches where there were prizes to be won (the Bianchi Cup, Camp Perry...) always seemed more cordial than matches where first place was a belt buckle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    In my experience that is simply not possible.
    These actually do a decent job for me. And I ride in the rain a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    No worries. 4th! Read all about it here. The Candid Cyclist: Tour De Lovell 2017
    Great way to start my vacation! No commuting for me this week!
    Well done! Your off-road skills helpful in avoiding the crash?

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    Road the cruiser in today. Interesting, slow, but fun.
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    Commutes have been great lately, especially today. Was only 93 degrees on the way home, in August, the middle of summer, in Vegas, crazy! Went for an extra couple miles after work it felt so good.

    That video is funny and it worked, I don't see that many people on my commute all year!
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    Uh oh now I have to watch a bunch of bike lane videos!

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    No commute today, but I knocked out a quick 17 miles of gravel after work to knock the cobwebs out. Missed yesterday too. Got up at 4am to ride the whole way in 17.5 miles, but thunderstorms were rolling through. I'll trade 35 miles of riding to avoid being killed by lightening.
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    No go last night but had two nights/mornings back to back.

    I'm easing into it since my norm for riding is typically a few days between rides and my neck / shoulders need to get warmed in (probably) over a few rides. I required a bit more sleep yesterday as well and cut short my commute time accordingly.

    Excuses Excuses

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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    Uh oh now I have to watch a bunch of bike lane videos!

    Cool, that video shows the apartment building where I grew up. In the 70's you could walk or bike across the Brooklyn Bridge and only see a handful of people.

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    I'm on my 3rd rear wheel for the year. The first one had a rim split in the middle. The second was warped terribly. The third wheel has a super quiet rear hub, which is kind of weird. If this wheel goes out, I'll have to take the one to the shop to get trued (I couldn't get it straight) or rob the wheel from my wife's bike. After that, I'll have no other wheels that will fit. This whole pumping flat ground thing and turning drills I've been doing on my lunch breaks might be to blame. Part of me just wants to buy another cheap SS.

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    Great photos Cyclingdutchman! I love watching my children riding through puddles. It's always a good reminder to quit worrying about the grime and just enjoy the ride.
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    Change of plans for this week and I could ride today. Thunderstorms with rain passed through during the night, so it was quite warm and wet this morning. High humitiy too, some haze and wet grass.

    The way home was full of chatter. Met a collegue at the plant gate who was waiting for another collegue to go roadbiking. During chatting the 2nd collegue joined and chatted along. Once they left, I met a 3rd collegue on her cute pink road bike and we rode the first half together. Showed her an alternative quieter route while we chatted and I had to pedal like mad to keep up with her. The 2nd half of my commute I rode alone but had the usual conversations on the way home on the unpaved section:
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    me: ping ping
    .....
    me: PING PING
    ......
    me: slowing down to not run him over
    he: oh why dont you ring a bell young man?!
    me: I did! twice!
    he: Oh sorry, I dont hear very well anymore
    me: Yeah I noticed. No problem I am not in a hurry!
    he: thanks for your understanding! Bye!
    me: No problem at all! Have a nice evening sir, bye!
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    Around the corner:
    me: Ping ping
    she: (jumping aside scared as sh!t)
    me: hey no worries its just me
    she: oh you scared me anyway
    me: not necessary! I dont bark, bite or whatever. I just would like to pass without accidents and without scaring you.
    she: oh (laughing). Bye!
    me: bye and have an ice evening!

    At least nobody is chatting my ears off in the mornings... ;o))

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    Here in Germany a biker like in the video wouldnt get far before getting punched in the face...I am glad I live on the edge of town and have more quiet route. I really doubt if I would ride there..

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    Thank you BMF! Yeah I love to see those faces, they always look so happy. I myself always feel like a little boy too when it rains and I dont avoid puddles, but ride through them myself ( but I have made 5XL fenders on my bike....like here:
    https://goo.gl/photos/Zd6SZm37qks9mTu87 )

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    @Bachman:
    Welcome! Missed your post at first.
    Before we can give you a hint - in what climate do you live? Mostly dry, wet, in winter cold or wet? Work in field, mech shop or office?
    Some general hints: Simply start riding and soon you will start to think "hmmm it would be nice to have ..... " and there you go.
    Sorry, missed this too, lol. Thanks and here in Colorado, we get wide variations sometimes within hours. I do pretty well at tabs on the forecast. I'm in engineering / power plant, blue uniforms. Not dress shirt or tie required. This is our moisture season and cooling nights.... I go in at 2200 and done at 0630.
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    I guess you have locker rooms available? That would be a big plus.

    I myself have settled on riding in casual office clothes below the waist and mostly bike clothing above the waist. That means polyester or merino shirt with windstopper jacket. Extra layers when its cold, shoecovers and hardshells when it rains.

    I only have my own wardrobe in the office where I have 3 clothes hangers. Thats enough for me to dry t shirt, jacket and pants when necessary.

    My bike is fully equipped for everything, dynamo hub with lights, fenders and racks with a waterproof pannier. Others swear on roadbikes with a backpack, an mtb with slicks, pick what you have/like.

    Last but not least: stop studying, start riding. You will get there and will settle on a personal favorite setup.

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    Last ride of the week today. Ride in was nice and easy. Ride home was the same just that it rained. Just a few drops at first but gradually turned into pouring rain. At 22C I decided to be wet rather than being boiled in the hardshells.

    A bad week for me when it comes to cycling. Rode only 2 of 5 working days. From another point of view, that are 2 days more as originally planned so not bad at all

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    @bachman: just see your steed, looks good! Like especially the color

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    Anytime I start to feel delusional enough to think I'm a strong rider, I only need a hill to climb on my loaded cargo bike to remind me I am a mere mortal.

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    Weirdest find of the season, a brand new toilet rebuild kit still in the package (with a big crack right in the middle of it) - Dang.
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    Absolute minimal commuting for the last month. I think I rode to work a total of 5 times, maybe less. Still cranking out miles when I can. Switched Jimmy John's to the downtown one which is a 9 mile ride door to door. Average about 28 miles on days that I deliver but am only working on my days off. The tips are well worth it because I traded the student ghetto and campus for government and law offices. Will be working at the bike shop a lot because the students are coming back so the commuting will commence again because it will be a 2 job day and paying to park doesn't work for me.

    Doing an organized urban century with a buddy on Saturday over in Detroit. Should be a good time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    @bachman: just see your steed, looks good! Like especially the color
    Thank you.
    So-called adventure / trail bike via steel frame and 650b+ . The old man in me is loving the mellow tires and ride, came from 26 x 2.2 alum Kona. Not normally a jazzy look-at-me-color guy but the bike was the bike I wanted after doing some digging and I'm getting used to the color just fine.
    * Found some ladies nail polish to use as touch-up paint too !

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    I guess you have locker rooms available? That would be a big plus.

    I myself have settled on riding in casual office clothes below the waist and mostly bike clothing above the waist. That means polyester or merino shirt with windstopper jacket. Extra layers when its cold, shoecovers and hardshells when it rains.

    I only have my own wardrobe in the office where I have 3 clothes hangers. Thats enough for me to dry t shirt, jacket and pants when necessary.

    My bike is fully equipped for everything, dynamo hub with lights, fenders and racks with a waterproof pannier. Others swear on roadbikes with a backpack, an mtb with slicks, pick what you have/like.

    Last but not least: stop studying, start riding. You will get there and will settle on a personal favorite setup.
    Yes, I'm happy to have a few rides down now. No problem with storing uniforms and changing here as necessary. Really looking forward to the cooler fall weather that will be here soon too. Not sure if I'll participate in the commute if it's really warm to hot temps but the plus side is I come in at night.
    Thanks for the tips. Got two dry bags set up with wind pants and jacket or wet weather gear, pants-jacket. Figure I need to be adaptable and enjoy the adventures as they come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    Anytime I start to feel delusional enough to think I'm a strong rider, I only need a hill to climb on my loaded cargo bike to remind me I am a mere mortal.
    Do I know that-

    I recently added a kiddo trailer to my collection of things that fill the garage so only one car fits. When I hook the grandkid up to tow around, the rolling momentum actually feels good, yet the slightest incline tugs at me as if I were hauling a modular home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    Do I know that-

    I recently added a kiddo trailer to my collection of things that fill the garage so only one car fits. When I hook the grandkid up to tow around, the rolling momentum actually feels good, yet the slightest incline tugs at me as if I were hauling a modular home.
    My story exactly right now. Replaced my backpack with panniers and the bike feels like a pig going up hill.

    Updated: but, of course, I feel like I can fly when the panniers are off, and my legs seem stronger after just two long rides with the extra weight. ;-)
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    Soaking wet on the way in - downpours, ginormous puddles, and cascades from passing cars. Good times! Most of my stuff did not dry out, so I was glad I had some spare stuff in my file drawer for the ride home.

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    Century complete - that was difficult. Have ridden a few centuries already, but those were on back country roads with minimal traffic and almost no stop lights. This was an organized century, in the city of Detroit. Started early as we headed out of the city, the police had roads blocked off because 200+ cyclists tearing down the street. The pack quickly thinned out as we headed over near Canada onto Belle Isle and watched a really nice sunrise over the lake. Some really beautiful scenery for the first 50 miles as we went along the lake in some of the richest neighborhoods in Michigan. We also saw some of the most burned down and destroyed parts of Detroit, the part that everyone thinks of when they hear "Detroit." It is not all like that as we found out yesterday. The further along we went, the worse the roads became. The markings and signage for most of it were alright, but some were absolutely terrible, causing several people to get lost, my friend and I included.

    Leaving the rest stop at mile 82 for us, I flatted. No worries, I can change one pretty quickly. My hand pump sucks, and it felt like I could only get it to about 80-85 psi. This was very sketchy as the roads were not the greatest and a pinch flat had me worried. Last rest stop had us limping up as they were closing up, luckily a bike repair truck was there, and they got me up to 115. The rest of the ride back to the finish line was absolutely miserable. Huge headwinds, and nothing but red lights as far as the eye could see. My friend rode his fixed gear track bike, and I know he was miserable with the stopping and starting. As the last red light turned green, he almost fell over trying to start, legs were just spent. We made it back, exhausted and mentally shut down, both of us. We had a quiet lunch and just reflected on how much the first 50 was a blast, and the last 58 sucked the life out of us.

    Moving time: 6:36:12
    Miles: 108.5
    Average: 16.4 mph
    Elevation: 679 feet. It is flat here, really flat

    We completed the 100 miles at just under 6 hours moving time according to my Garmin EDGE 810. I had reminders set at 50 miles and at 3 hour increments. The first 50 miles had us at an average of nearly 18.5 mph or so. It really fell apart when we got lost at mile 62 and had to back track just throwing us off.
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    No commute today or tomorrow. Recovering from the Gravel Worlds Privateer race yesterday. First Gravel race ever, not in shape, hilly course and hot. I have all the excuses lined up. Still, finishing a 75 mile ride on the Fargo in hills and gravel in 6:22 (6:01 on the bike) isn't my worst ride ever.
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    My wife didn't get the job. They didn't pick someone else, they just said they were going to keep looking. Pretty bummed, and kind of annoyed they put her through so much effort. Slight silver lining is I think she made a couple good contacts over there, so that may help in the future. Thanks to all for the good vibes, hopefully something else comes along soon.

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    Congrats on the long rides TS and forster!

    Too bad f4s they must be very picky....

    Big breakthrough here: first commute ever for #2! Rode 2km/1.3m to kindergarten on the balance bike. Not bad for 2.5y old I guess. Let him ride only because the route is very safe, quiet mup only with 1 road crossing.

    No commute for me the next weeks, on leave until early september. We will be in the netherlands for 12 days and we are taking the bikes and trailer with us, so maybe some nice bikepath pics to drool over when I am back.

    Oh and we made a nice family ride yesterday. had #2 in the kiddyseat on the back of my bike and #1 rode the entire 16km/10m himself on his 20" converted mtb: with fenders, rear rack and 55mm schwalbe big apples. He was going off like a rocket and after the ride he had enough energy left to go to the playground for an hour or so. Didnt take long to fall asleep in the evening though...

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    Good job TenSpeed and Forster!

    Bummer F4S. She will find something.

    Have a good vacation dutchman, post up come pics.

    No commute for me today, I am at my place east of the Cascades in Central Washington watching the eclipse (happening right now). We are not in the totality path but should get about 95% coverage. We are at about 50% right now and it's noticably dimmer outside...

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    OK, back to the grind

    Tenspeed, that sounds like a rough one. I've had some centuries end like that. Not the traffic but the exhaustion.
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    Nice report bedwards. 4th place is a very respectable result, thumbs up!!

    I hope the racers were friendly to each other during the race?

    Today I watched the iron man triathlon here in hamburg and in 45min of watching I have seen several cases of athletes bullying at each other. Not very sportive but I guess it happens when there is much at stake..nn
    Yes, appropriately supportive and cutthroat at the same time. I talked with one of the 3 in the lead for a while after the race. I'm surprised that there was bullying at the Ironman. At the lower levels of Ironman competitiveness they are a very supportive bunch.

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    These actually do a decent job for me. And I ride in the rain a lot

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    Good to know. The next time I decide to try something I'll try them. I have some Castelli ones now that are neoprene and got great ratings but they seem to be more like a sponge than a barrier.
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    I knew that riding over the road island would be easier than riding over people!

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    Soaking wet on the way in - downpours, ginormous puddles, and cascades from passing cars. Good times! Most of my stuff did not dry out, so I was glad I had some spare stuff in my file drawer for the ride home.
    Oh Yeah! We were camping in that. It was pouring buckets at times but that was only 1 day. Otherwise camping was great. I even got in some biking. (Surprise!) This was a fun ride.


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    Finally managed a commute to 2 jobs yesterday. First short commute was good, no incidents. Second was during the eclipse. Was very worried about drivers not paying attention to the road and fellow users. Sky was weird looking, felt very eery out. Commute home was slow going on wet roads in a few patches of sprinkles. Worked at the LBS before the hospital, and will do a repeat tomorrow. We are very busy, which is always good. Sold 2 bikes in less than half an hour. Students are back in town, and we are the closest shop to campus.
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    Glad I found this thread.

    I'll be making my first ever bicycle commute to work this week. I found out I can ride 1 mile of road to a trail, and then take the trail 10 miles and be a few hundred feet from my work. It's mostly gravel, some grass, lots of mud, one brief single track section with a creek crossing.

    The interesting part will be trying to keep up with it with my schedule! Some days I work 4a-12p, some days 12p-8p, and of course 8p-4a....

    I test rode it the other day, took about 40 minutes. It was my first ride in....probably a year. And I'm in terrible shape. I suspect it will get quicker.

    If I get tired coming up there's a few campsites, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NesquikNinja View Post
    Glad I found this thread.

    I'll be making my first ever bicycle commute to work this week. I found out I can ride 1 mile of road to a trail, and then take the trail 10 miles and be a few hundred feet from my work. It's mostly gravel, some grass, lots of mud, one brief single track section with a creek crossing.

    The interesting part will be trying to keep up with it with my schedule! Some days I work 4a-12p, some days 12p-8p, and of course 8p-4a....

    I test rode it the other day, took about 40 minutes. It was my first ride in....probably a year. And I'm in terrible shape. I suspect it will get quicker.

    If I get tired coming up there's a few campsites, haha.
    First day of riding is always the toughest (regardless of the length of the commute, but if you're cranking out an 11 mile ride in 40 minutes, you're already well on your way. I'm more used to friends saying "It was 10 miles and I only had to walk up one hill, took me an hour and fifteen minutes." Schedule is always challenging especially when you're in transitional seasons. I'm in the Midwest and we'll see huge temperature swings sometimes in the winter. Carrying the extra kit you needed at 9F but don't need at 50F is always challenging. Best of luck.
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    11m in 40min?? In winter I need so much time for my 7m commute. And thats all flat and on the road. So I am not worried about you at all.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    11m in 40min?? In winter I need so much time for my 7m commute. And thats all flat and on the road. So I am not worried about you at all.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    First day of riding is always the toughest (regardless of the length of the commute, but if you're cranking out an 11 mile ride in 40 minutes, you're already well on your way. I'm more used to friends saying "It was 10 miles and I only had to walk up one hill, took me an hour and fifteen minutes." Schedule is always challenging especially when you're in transitional seasons. I'm in the Midwest and we'll see huge temperature swings sometimes in the winter. Carrying the extra kit you needed at 9F but don't need at 50F is always challenging. Best of luck.
    Thanks for the encouragement guys!

    It's really not an impressive speed, there are no stoplights/stopsigns/traffic. And not a hill in sight.

    I here you on the temp swings. I'm up by Chicago. I commutes by motorcycle a lot in St. Louis, and by Jeep with no roof- I know the feeling of 45 degrees on the way in and 70 on the way home. Sucks!

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    Well had my first commute. Probably my last.

    The ride in the afternoon was fantastic.

    At 4am ride home through 10 miles of woods? I must've caught at least 100 spider webs with my face. I don't have a phobia, but I've been bitten before, and it took months to heal.

    For a trail ride on the dirtbike or MTB I'm sure to hit a few, but this would just be far too many, too often.

    I'm bummed, I didn't even consider this before.

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    ^^Huh, that is a problem that I never considered. You said your schedule changes, any way to do bike/car trips and leave the bike at work so you are only riding in the day? Or consider that when it gets colder that they may not be out. I'm the first one on the trails if I commute through the woods, sometimes pre-dawn, and I've never had that problem.

    My commute was good. I grabbed the cross bike but the front tire was squishy so I grabbed another bike out of the quiver. Good to have options. It was cool...like fall cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^Huh, that is a problem that I never considered. You said your schedule changes, any way to do bike/car trips and leave the bike at work so you are only riding in the day? Or consider that when it gets colder that they may not be out. I'm the first one on the trails if I commute through the woods, sometimes pre-dawn, and I've never had that problem.

    My commute was good. I grabbed the cross bike but the front tire was squishy so I grabbed another bike out of the quiver. Good to have options. It was cool...like fall cool.
    I wish that was an option, but it won't work.

    Looking forward to trying again after it gets cold enough, I suppose

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    ^^hm doesnt sound very pleasant NN. Is on-road routing possible?

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    ^^hm doesnt sound very pleasant NN. Is on-road routing possible?
    It's possible, but it would mean somewhat twisty two-lane 55 MPH black top at night.

    Not much traffic, a car here and there, but I'd be afraid to get clipped

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    Quote Originally Posted by NesquikNinja View Post
    It's possible, but it would mean somewhat twisty two-lane 55 MPH black top at night.

    Not much traffic, a car here and there, but I'd be afraid to get clipped
    4am on the road? Ideal. Get some good lights and roll. Shouldn't be much in the way of traffic I wouldn't think. Late night riding is amazing, however, as the temps drop, that is probably right near the coldest part of the night so be prepared.

    Yesterday was a commute day, bike shop then to the hospital. Ride home was alright, not bad, not good, just usual. Students are back now so my concerns of drunk drivers increases and my route will more than likely change.
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    I'm pretty sure yesterday was "Roll through the stop sign/stop light and become indignant when you realize you cut off a biker" Day. Had more knuckleheads than usual yesterday and two of them decided to lecture me on how "although they were 'sorry' they cut me off, it was really my fault for being so difficult to see" (cause my strobing light is only visible if you look before you enter the intersection). The guy in the Range Rover seemed to want me to explain my actions (riding within inches of his car) so I had to ask when they moved the 9' wide MUP trail, because the law requires you to stop before crossing the trail and (by the way) that's coincidently where the Stop Sign is. Not sure, but I may have hurt his feelings.
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    Fast (for me). I've got a 16.5 mile commute into and out from work. Got in in 1:16 and home in 1:10, mostly gravel, some MUP. Haven't covered that much ground that fast since I broke my arm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Fast (for me). I've got a 16.5 mile commute into and out from work. Got in in 1:16 and home in 1:10, mostly gravel, some MUP. Haven't covered that much ground that fast since I broke my arm.
    Kick ass, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Fast (for me). I've got a 16.5 mile commute into and out from work. Got in in 1:16 and home in 1:10, mostly gravel, some MUP. Haven't covered that much ground that fast since I broke my arm.
    NICE!!!! That is impressive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Fast (for me). I've got a 16.5 mile commute
    ...... mostly gravel, some MUP.....
    you call that a commute? Nowadays that is a day out for me.....

    Congrats!

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    My preferred commuting route from office takes me through jungle trails... it's nice to be able to commute on a mountain bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeadnan View Post
    My preferred commuting route from office takes me through jungle trails... it's nice to be able to commute on a mountain bike!

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    Very cool! And nice video, probably wouldn't want to take that trail after dark right?

    Regular boring commutes here lately, I'm ready for summer to be over. 108 today and a big ole headwind for the uphill ride home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Passed an as$h*le cyclist who had just been pretty rude to me at the previous intersection. Turns out I climb a lot faster than he does. I was very smug with myself in a childish kind of way all the way home
    Karma, pretty inevitable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Passed an as$h*le cyclist who had just been pretty rude to me at the previous intersection. Turns out I climb a lot faster than he does. I was very smug with myself in a childish kind of way all the way home
    Should've stuck a rake in his front wheel

    That'd show him

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    I had a look at my ride using the Strava flyby thing this morning. After I passed him our routes diverged but came back together again a couple miles down the road. He ended up just behind me (I saw a cyclist but did not realize it was the same guy), and when we got to another hill I dropped him a 2nd time. Now I'm feeling smug again today, in a childish sort of way, but he was a prick at that intersection so I'll revel in it for a while longer

    Uneventful commute this morning. Just enjoying summer while it lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I had a look at my ride using the Strava flyby thing this morning. After I passed him our routes diverged but came back together again a couple miles down the road. He ended up just behind me (I saw a cyclist but did not realize it was the same guy), and when we got to another hill I dropped him a 2nd time. Now I'm feeling smug again today, in a childish sort of way, but he was a prick at that intersection so I'll revel in it for a while longer

    Uneventful commute this morning. Just enjoying summer while it lasts.
    What constitutes being "a prick at that intersection?" Just curious. Did he give you the stink eye? Spit on your leg? Or grab yer butt?
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    ^^Yeah, was wondering those exact same 3 things.

    42F here this morning. Starting to feel like fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth View Post
    What constitutes being "a prick at that intersection?" Just curious. Did he give you the stink eye? Spit on your leg? Or grab yer butt?
    I was in the left turn lane in front of about five cars waiting for the green arrow. He lane split between the cars in the thru lane and the left turn lane, which I don't care about, but rather than rolling up next to me, he proceeds to wedge himself in front of me, kind of at an angle so he's not sticking out into the intersection. Never said a word or even looked at me, just wedged his bike in inches from mine like I was not even there. He had a shiny Specialized carbon road bike and I was on my dirty commuter cross bike with full fenders, so I can see why he thought I would be slow. But it was just rude. So dropping him twice was right justice.

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    Oh, so he was just a fairly standard rodie. Dropping him twice should be crushing enough. Check craigslist. He might be selling his bike in shame.

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    Check craigslist. He might be selling his bike in shame.
    Nah. He'll tell himself it was a recovery ride.

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    I'm pretty sure yesterday was "Roll through the stop sign/stop light and become indignant when you realize you cut off a biker" Day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NesquikNinja View Post

    At 4am ride home through 10 miles of woods? I must've caught at least 100 spider webs with my face. I don't have a phobia, but I've been bitten before, and it took months to heal.

    For a trail ride on the dirtbike or MTB I'm sure to hit a few, but this would just be far too many, too often.

    I'm bummed, I didn't even consider this before.
    Yikes! I've run into a few, sure, but that's crazy. Time for a full face helmet with goggles.

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    Well, it's the end of summer in the Midwest, which apparently signals the end of bright clothing and lights/reflective gear season for runners. I sorta get the whole "I think dressing like a Ninja is cool" thing if you're 8-years-old have a turtle mask and a plastic sword. On the trail I'd rather see lights and bright colors. Although, if I see an adult wearing the turtle mask and carrying a sword I'll be sure to tell the cops how cool I thought it was before I realized they were nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    That's awesome.

    Then I went down a rabbit hole of cyclist road rage videos & had to turn it off. Made me too angry. And wow...England B scary for cyclists!

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    Well, my commute time has improved since switching from 26 to 29, but I've also ridden about 5x as often and as far, which has a little to do with it. I must sound like a kid when I talk to people about it, and I'm sure similar things come out of my mouth at the water cooler. ;-)

    I believe I am the only one at my workplace bike commuting at the moment, though. It's a bit sad.

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    This week has been the absolute opposite of the last month or so. Haven't driven the car since Sunday. Did a 45 mile ride Monday, rode to the bike shop to work Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday am and then the hospital - repeat on Friday. Working at the bike shop again Saturday and maybe I will drive on Sunday again? Have gone full on taking the lane now if I am in the road with no bike lane. Same lane squeeze passes have all but disappeared, as has the honking. Riding confidently in the lane and making drivers spatially aware has really helped. Currently using a Cygolite HotShot Pro 150 rear taillight and this has helped me, with several drivers commenting to me how visible it is even during the day.

    Commute home tonight was me vs drunk college students, with the typical comments. Completely ignored and moved on.
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    Hi to the newbs, and the oldies.

    Back after three weeks off. Insignificant bike time, or running time, while off as I twisted my knee somehow on day 2 of the hol. Has been ok for walking but not much more. Seemd to be mended a couple of days ago so it was really good to get on the bike again this morning. Overcast and warmer than I thought but a nice return.
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    Overcast this am but warm enough and no drama. Wife bought me an action cam at the weekend, for safety apparently, and I fitted it to my lid last night. Will see what the footage is like tonight.
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    I have apparently upset the bike gods in some way as they have smited me with a series of flats.

    Got one at the end of last week, guess I missed whatever knicked the tube because after patching it the tube held air over the weekend but I get to work today and a couple hours later it's flat again.

    No problem, go back over the tire and find the suspected culprit. Remove small tube stabbing object, apply new patch, reinstall tire.

    Pump up freshly patched tube...BOOM. Tube fails at the seam.

    I hope the bike god anger has subsided, because I'm running out of ways to fix any flats for the ride home.

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    I think summer might be finally over here, supposed to drop to 89f later this week, woo hoo!

    Do you guys carry lunch boxes on your commute? Throw some lunch in your backpack? My little lunch box is on it's last leg, thinking of a new bigger cooler to bungee to the front rack. Any thoughts? Was looking at a Stanley but it might be a little too humungus
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    Carry my lunch in a ziplock bag, in my Camelbak Hawg.

    Fast ride today, but I locked up both tires heading toward a 4 lane highway at 28mph. I might have made the light before anyone jumped, but there was a police car right there and you can't outrun the radio.
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    ^^Locking up the front tire usually doesn't end up will.

    My wife and I work at the same place so between the 2 of us we usually do 1-2 supply runs/week with food and clothes. I'm very lucky to get to ride unburdened.

    I actually decided to take the car today. Usually if riding is possible, I will. But today's forecast was thunderstorms - all day. Not to mention that I have a few errands I can run with the car.

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    Windy as hell on the ride in. Overheated on the way home - still too warm for arm warmers.
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    Lunchbox in the pannier for me. Have to pack it right so the sarnies don't get squashed by the fruit though.

    Locking both wheels does usually result in finishing the stop with at least a foot, if not your arse on the deck. Good effort!

    I assumed you were a solo commuter Bedwards, didnt realise your wife rode with you. Nice!

    A neighbour down the road always flies a flag of some description (reason unknown). Today it was completely consumed by gravity, not a flutter. Looked forward to an easy ride. Not so, headwind once I left the city limits. Still a good ride, maybe needed long sleeves but not jacket weather
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    I assumed you were a solo commuter Bedwards, didnt realise your wife rode with you. Nice!
    She sometimes posts here as rollingrunner. We usually don't ride together because of different schedules and speeds but some mornings I'll ride with her.

    I took the rain bike. Even though the the rain had stopped the roads were still soaked so I wanted the fenders. Besides, I hadn't ridden it for weeks. It should clear for the ride home.

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    Still enjoying the driest summer on record here in Seattle. We had about 0.1" of rain a couple of weeks ago, but otherwise it has not rained here since mid-June. It's been shorts and short-sleeve shirt to work and back home since late June. Glory days. But they will like come to an end soon, typically mid- to late September the jet stream moves south and starts bringing rain back to the area.

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    Had a spoke break about 2-3 miles from home last night. Went with a bang, I wondered what the hell it was. Stopped as it was clearly near me but couldn't work out what it was. Didn't register until I was riding off again and the rear brake was rubbing as the wheel had gone out of true. Don't like it much. Have spare spokes at home but no time to fix so used the car today. No suitable spare bike.
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    Descending a winding hill in the dark this morning, moving at around 25 MPH, came around a corner, deer in the road, frozen, staring right at me. Both wheels locked up, braced for impact, at the last second the deer starts to move, I can hear her hooves sliding on the pavement looking for traction. Missed her by about two feet. Woke me up for sure.

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    Hey Slipspace, was that an old wheel or what happened? Spokes rarely break just like that right? And how did the footage on your action cam turn out? Good enough to identify a licence plate if necessary?

    Woodway: good to hear that you had some summer so far we didnt have any long periods of nice summer weather this year, and autumn doesnt seem to going to be as nice normal either. And I guess you are lucky the deer didnt attach you I guess! Might as well happen when you scare them.

    OK so I am back from vacation. at least we had good weather there! Came back last weekend already but turned sick directly when I got home and couldnt ride so far. Vacation did good, made about 5 nice family rides of which my oldest son rode himself on 2 of them. We got a new croozer trailer before and it was perfect, lots of room for both kids and cargo for a day out to a museum and beach.

    And cycling in the Netherlands, wow what can I say. We were in a pretty rural and agricultural part in the southwest. Still there were separate bikelanes next to the big roads, or even there were wide parallel roads for tractors etc, very quiet, very comfortable. Quieter roads were also good to ride, little traffic and traffic also is very careful - they are used to cyclists. I was also impressed by the number of e-bikes I have seen, during a visit of Rotterdam I guess at least 20% of the cyclists were on e-assisted bikes of some kind (cargobike, MTB, etc)

    So I am still on my own opinion of "have your own road" instead of "share the road". The latter is just a phrase to get away with a bad solution.

    Was on the bike first time this week. Was a 1m/1.6km puddle race with #2

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    ^^nobody got stuck in florida I hope?? Ive been following irma a while already, since st martin is partly dutch its all over the dutch news already for 3 days. Footage from there is beyond imagination.

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    Back to commuting now after 3 weeks off. Early start this morning at 6.15am and I was surprised to find out it was still pretty dark. And when I set off a light drizzle started so it was all autumn-like. Luckily I didnt need any rainstuff and arrived pretty dry.

    Tunnel shortly before work is finished so itis allowed to ride again instead of walking. A real improvement of 2 minutes, yay!

    During the ride home I had to take shelter in a bus stop for a short but heavy downpour. I was riding on a dyke so I could see it coming. When I was there there even came a bus going in my direction but bikes are not allowed on the bus between 4-6pm so no way to cheat ;o))

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    Hey dutchman, I'll chime in so you aren't just talking to yourself! Welcome back from Vacation. I got caught in a short heavy downpour on the way home on Friday. It only rained for a few minutes but I swear it rained 1/2 inch. Rural area, no bus stops in sight to hide in. And yes, it's starting to feel like lights are going to be a necessity very soon!

    The commute in was lovely. We've got a set of typical fall weather lined up. Crisp cool mornings and warm sunny days...OK

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    Can't wait to use the lights in the dark! I'm hoping I can get an earlier shift soon also so it will be really dark in the morning, would be fun.

    Needed to air up my back tire this morning, attached the floor pump and nothing happens, I think it's broke, the handle just sticks up and won't pump, Topeak Joe Blow. After several tries alot more air escaped from the tire, and eventually had to plug in the portable compressor into the car and pump it up. So adding a new floor pump to my list of bike stuff to buy
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    Been great for me. I think I have driven 2 twice in the last week and a half. Got caught in a downpour on my way to work but it was alright. The rest of this week looks to be beautiful so the car will continue to sit. Hoping to do a 70ish mile rail trail on Sunday for my birthday, crushed limestone/dirt, on my fat bike with some people. Should be fun.
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    Hey, welcome back Dutch. Sounds like a good break

    So the camera is not really great, won't let me read reg plates. It's a 720p one but I thought that would do. ah well. Ride looks mostly boring watching it back

    Do spokes break just like that? I don't know. That is the second one on that wheel to have gone since I had it. Maybe 6k miles covered. They are stainless so that probably makes a difference.

    Eugene, don't be in too much of a rush to want to use the lights, i'd like the longer days for a while yet.

    Cool this morning, definite jacket weather, although with shorts. Quite bright but a hell of a headwind. Passed a dude gringing away on a MTB and said morning. he said morning back followed by 'I've got the wrong bike!'. Could be, maybe he just had the wrong legs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    Can't wait to use the lights in the dark! I'm hoping I can get an earlier shift soon also so it will be really dark in the morning, would be fun.

    Needed to air up my back tire this morning, attached the floor pump and nothing happens, I think it's broke, the handle just sticks up and won't pump, Topeak Joe Blow. After several tries alot more air escaped from the tire, and eventually had to plug in the portable compressor into the car and pump it up. So adding a new floor pump to my list of bike stuff to buy
    Whoa, slow down there you'll get your chance! We're loosing 3 minutes of light every day right now. It won't be long.

    I've had great luck with the Nashbar Earl Grey pump. They're cheap and the heads seems to last longer than most. When they do wear out you can get a replacement hose and end for $7. I've had 2 for years, still on the first head for both. One for the shop and one for the garage.

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    Ok ok I suppose I can be patient for the darkness to arrive lol. That pump looks like a good deal, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    Do spokes break just like that? I don't know. That is the second one on that wheel to have gone since I had it. Maybe 6k miles covered. They are stainless so that probably makes a difference.
    Could be a fluke, but when you have spokes consistently breaking it usually means that the wheel is not tensioned properly. Get a spoke tensiometer and check the wheel - the spokes tensions on each side should be relatively even (and they need to be in the proper range). Or take the wheel to a competent bike shop and they can check it out for you.

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    slipspace, I think woodway is right, that wheel should be checked for spoke tension etc. also to be checked if it is laced correctly. If the spoke angle to the rim is too large it is a disaster waiting to happen (had that once myself).

    Commutes were good. 12C this morning, sunny and 17C on the way home. Its getty windy though, some debris was already on the road, threw 2 bigger twigs aside. For tomorrow strong wind with gusts up to 55kts is forecasted. Will check the weather tomorrowmorning and maybe take the bus. If I ride I might take the bus home if it turns out too bad. Its nothing compared to hurricane but enough to blow over trees, especially now that the leafs are still on and the ground is soft due to lots of rain lately.

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