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    A wonderful commute in this AM. A bit damp as the roads were wet from overnight rain, but the sun was peeking through the clouds and the mountains were aglow with the light on the fresh spring snow. I didn't want it to end, but, alas, it did. Now I'm sitting here in the office watching it get cloudy again and wishing I had extended the morning ride.

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    Turned 54 over the weekend so today was my first being one year older. First time this year I could ride to work without leggings and a jacket. Shorts and a short sleeve jersey, woo hoo! Down side is, I'll be sweating on the way home. Warm weather brings out all the pedestrians and once a year cyclists coupled with all the newly hatched goslings, well, you better be awake!

    I'll hit 1600 miles for the year on my ride home tonight!

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    Lovely here today too. 48F this morning and 60s on the way home, nice and sunny. Remembered to drop the car for an oil change and rode from there. Bike rack was pretty full. Lots of e-bike promotions here, 1 electric company in Burlington VT area is offering rebates or subsidies, they say the 2nd in the USofA.

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    Weather was nice, temps were good, slightly overcast, so I took the long way home yesterday evening. Logged 37 miles on the way home. Only bad thing is due to the heat, I ran out of water. So I detoured by the golf course where I had to climb a steep hill in order to get to the ice-cold water they provide in Igloo coolers at the top. Let me tell you, it was DARN good!!!

    Today, surprisingly, the legs felt pretty good. Biggest issue this a.m. was the gnats that hangout by the river. They stick to sunscreen like crazy, oh, and beards too. Better start bringing a comb with me, yuck!

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    Dutchman, thanks for the pics. I like the bike. Can see why you would want one with smaller wheels.

    Happy b-day z1r. Nice miles for the year!

    Yesterdays ride was not really a commute, but I'll share anyway. I worked from my house in central washington. Finished my work early enough to sneak out for a local ride. Starts off with a nasty fire road climb but soon enough the climb turns into a ribbon of brown:

    How was your commute today?-img_20180507_144402977_hdr.jpg

    It's a 7 mile, 1500 foot climb to the ridge, but it's worth it:

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    The trip back down can best be described as a roller-coaster ride through the woods on a bike. Here is the start - I was having too much fun on the way down to stop and take pics:

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    Arrived at the bottom with a big grin on my face!

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    Wood - nice pics there! I am getting itchy to get on dirt, but it'll be a few more weeks before we're dry enough up here to hit the trails.

    Yesterday afternoon's ride was pretty stellar - 51F, clear, calm. Ended up putting in 17.5 on the way home.

    This morning was crisp and wonderful as well. 38F, clear, and calm. Put in a few extra miles on the way to the office. What a way to start the day, huh?

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    Hi Woodway, thanks for the compliment. I think the Dahon Cadenza is more suitable for people with a van or something, not really for city use. Well I can not justify buying a folding bike but who knows what the future brings. And nice!! pics from you there. That view on those snowy mountains is amazing. And I am jealous that you have such nice tracks that are officially marked as MTB track. Over here such tracks are for hiking only.

    So in a big town it is normal that wild animals become quite tame, but this morning I had to swerve around 3 ducks that were not even moving despite me ringing the bell and making duck noises. Next time I better try barking like a dog.

    Again nice ride today. 12C this morning and incredible 25C on the way home. There was quite a breeze from the southeast today but at those temps it wasnt bothering me at all.

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    Woodway, those are some envy worthy trails.

    Block, our morning temps were about the same but we're closer to 65F and clear this afternoon.

    Dutchman, if you could get somebody to film you barking like a dog at ducks...that would be great.

    I'm looking forward to the ride home. The day is dragging.

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    Bedwards: I already wondered how long it would take before somebody would comment on that unfortunately I always ride alone and I usually have no camera at hand ....
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    Woodway, that looks like a sweet ride! Lucky you.

    Well, today being Wednesday, I have to drive the kids to school so no commute for me. To make matters worse, I discovered hat I must have lost my wallet last night while changing out of my work clothes into my cycling gear. Real Bummer!!!!

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    Not too bad of a ride in this AM. Warmish at 41 to 43F, but overcast and a slight breeze. Still extended the ride to just under 10 miles - killing time as I left the house a bit early as I can't get into the client's office until 7:30.

    The ride home last night was pretty danged awesome. 58F, sunny. Light breeze. Put in just a touch over 20 miles and wouldn't have stopped, but had to get to work on setting up the class I teach this summer.

    I think this is the first time I've bike commuted three days in a row in a while. Tomorrow I'll be off bike as I'll be in town and have to do a Craigslist meet up for my daughter, but I hope to be able to take off early enough to put in some miles after work.

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    Happy Birthday Z1R! I totally overlooked. Wish you lots of health, happiness and always aired up tires for the next year.

    Nice ride today again. 13C this morning and 27C in the afternoon. Met my wife and son shortly before home and rode the last 1km together.

    Tomorrow is a bank holiday here and probably the last day of summer weather. Thunderstorms are supposed to roll in tomorrow evening. I have to work and plan to ride Friday again.

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    Bank Holiday, Bank Holiday, Bank Holiday. Do you work at a bank? It seems like you just had one of those. We get 7/year and the last one was in February (not including my vacation or course). What I'm trying to say is I'm jealous.

    Beautiful weather here too. 70F and sunny. Looking forward to the commute home.

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    Dang Europeans are always on holiday! So jelly! Funny though because I will be on vacation for 2 weeks here in the near future woo hoo!

    Woodway those are some neato looking trails!

    103 F on the ride home today, didn't feel too bad because it was windy and I had the sweat air conditioner going. Supposed to cool back down in a couple days.
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    I brought a friend to work with me today.

    How was your commute today?-lemond_at_work.jpg

    Trying to get into commuting one or two days a week. It's an interesting ride, a bit of everything; winding through a quiet neighborhood, single track trail through a NPS park, bike lane through a ritzy neighborhood, bike lane along a very busy 4 lane, some sidewalk where the bike lane gives out, a short multi-use path past Mercedes Benz's new HQ and a "why the hell am I doing this" hill in both directions.
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    ^^^ Nice chazpat! Those varied commutes keep things interesting.

    Let me throw in some more jealousy on Dutchman's "Bank holiday". I hope you enjoy your day off

    103F Eugene? Whew. When it gets in the 80's around here I start bitching about the heat.

    48F and cloudy this morning. Probably going to rain this afternoon for the ride home.

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    ^^i can understand that some are jealous. I counted and I guess we have about 10 public holidays a year, of which half of is in april and may. And now I throw in the ~23 days a year of paid vacation that are granted by law, and many people have up to 30 in big companies. Also often there are flex hours accounts in which you can save up time that you can use for extra days off. You cant be fired easily too. This leads also to the fact that some people manage to come to work only to collect the money instead of earning it and often it is difficult to fire them. They are safe and they know it.

    Sounds like paradise I guess against the other continent. I have the overall impression, on your side, you either work or die. Or you get shot.

    Its deteriorating fast here though. Employers use a lot of short term contracts to be able to get rid of people more easily. On the other hand, it is more difficult to find a job once you have been laid off in a big company, because in that case there "must be something wrong with you".

    Thats in a nutshell from me. Tomorrow I have to do the work from today as well... :-/

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    Chazpat that bike looks nice. Are those brakes mini V's or normal v brakes? They look like v brakes but what about cable pull with those road levers?

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    Welcome to the commuter group Chazpat!

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    ^^i can understand that some are jealous. I counted and I guess we have about 10 public holidays a year, of which half of is in april and may. And now I throw in the ~23 days a year of paid vacation that are granted by law, and many people have up to 30 in big companies. Also often there are flex hours accounts in which you can save up time that you can use for extra days off. You cant be fired easily too. This leads also to the fact that some people manage to come to work only to collect the money instead of earning it and often it is difficult to fire them. They are safe and they know it.
    :-/
    Before I thought I was jealous but now I know it. I'm maxed out at the vacation time I can earn each year. 15 days. But, at least work is flexible enough to sneak onto MTBR and say hi, they don't mind me parking my bike in the entry way and I earn enough money to buy fun bikes. So, I won't complain. But DAMN 6 weeks off!

    Chilly foggy ride in this morning. Looking like a nice ride home.

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    New Fork Day

    Replaced the suspension fork with a rigid from Origin8. The red cable guide on the fork was made at the LBS with a 3D printer.
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    Welcome Chaz! Dutchman the benefits you describe sound alot like the ones we have here, but only if you are in a public sector (gov't) union.

    No commutes for me now for quite a while. No work to go to! Not "job" work anyway
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    Wow, love that bike shops are getting into the 3D printing game. Curious why you swapped forks MTBX?

    My last company had development teams stationed in China, Finland and Sweden in addition to the US. It was a fascinating study in attitudes, culture and work ethic. The European model definitely had it's pros and cons. I'm in the same boat as bedwards with only 15 days of vacation per year, but my company does let me work from my house in central washington a day a week which is a bonus.

    I took the really long way home from work last night and got about 30 extra miles in. this morning was cloudy and about 48F (but dry). Looks like a nice weekend coming. Have a good weekend everyone.

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    ^^30 extra miles. Isn't your standard commute in the 20s?

    I was chasing a KOM this morning. I got a PR but still had to settle for 2nd place. 21 seconds behind might as well be an eternity. Well at least I have some challenges to entertain myself with on the way to work.

    Happy Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Chazpat that bike looks nice. Are those brakes mini V's or normal v brakes? They look like v brakes but what about cable pull with those road levers?
    Yes, they are mini Vs. The bike had cantilevers and I was looking for better braking on the single track. Maybe a little better, but I've found the best thing is to get into the drops when descending. I also added the Salsa CX in-line brake levers. They work well but then your leverage on the bars is really reduced so not too good for rough descending; I can see why they have dropped in popularity. But sometimes when riding on the tops it's nice to have them.

    Thanks for all the welcomes.
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    Hey guys thanks for your feedback. I always thought that you have no paid vacation at all on the your continent. From that point of view, 15 are not bad at all. As Woodway sais it all has pros and cons.

    Woodway, you rode 50m today as a commute ^^

    Chazpat ok thanks. I think the use of inline levers depends on the type. I had Tektro's for MTN brakes, then switched to road brakes with Procraft inline levers. Now I swapped the bar with different clamp diameter and went back to the Tektro inline levers, because the Tektro's were quite good and the Procraft ones svcked big time. The Tektros need little throw and then bite good immediately and I think I have just as much power as with the brakelevers, despite that they are shorter. A matter of design I guess.

    Tough day at work as expected, but I managed. Actually being alone in the office and almost alone in the building was tougher than the sh1tload of work itself. Man is that spooky, floors are all dark and sometimes you hear footsteps somewhere. I was pretty flat when I left work but 35min of cycling made me feel good again #cyclingrulez

    Happy weekend everyone!

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    As I mentioned, there is a short multi-use path past Mercedes Benz's new HQ that is part of my route. Just past there, it would be back on the sidewalk and then there is a highway interchange where the sidewalk gives out and it is a mess of cars coming off the highway, many of which are then trying to cut across 3 or 4 lanes to turn left at a traffic light a few hundred feet away. So to avoid that, I cut up a less busy road to another less busy road that just bridges over the highway. But it is now a mess of construction and I was afraid they were adding entrance/exit ramps that would make it more difficult and with more traffic.

    So I decided to look up online to see just what the plan is, and there was a "Bike/Ped Path" tab:

    The project includes planned bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Multi-use paths will be designed and constructed along the southeast portion of SR 400 and I-285. These improvements are funded, in part, by contributions from local community partners. Additional bicycle and pedestrian improvements will be made across Mount Vernon Highway bridge (the bridge I mentioned above) and along Abernathy Road (the road I cut off of to avoid the highway traffic) through the diverging diamond interchange (DDI). These enhancements are designed to help facilitate bicycle and pedestrian connections.

    Cool! The bikelane/multi-user path situation is really improving around me. Now if they will just connect this to the bike lane that ends 1/2 mile shy.




    Cyclingdutchman, I was actually referring to leverage of the handlebars rather than the brake levers themselves.
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    Tough ride this morning, headwinds during the commute were 15-20 mph with gusts of 25-30 mph. There were whitecaps on the river in the opposite direction of the current, so that looked really weird. Really slow ride, about an extra 15 minutes and my legs are sore already going up the stairs. Woodway, the new fork is lighter, stiffer (no energy lost in the squish), and feels more nimble. I have a newer bike for the trails so I didnt really need a suspension fork on the Litespeed anymore. She is 20 this year I think!

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    Woodway, nice commute. Monday I took the long way home bringing my total for the day to 50 miles as well! Super!

    Bedwards, nice try. At least you got a PR. I scored a PR this morning that I've been chasing the last two years. Been trying to break the sub 40 minute mark on my 12.6 mile commute. Previously I managed to get to within 20 seconds but as you say it seemed like those last 20 second may as well have been an eternity. Well, this morning I crushed it. Managed it in 39:08 at 19.2 mph avg. Not bad for a fat, bald, old man on an almost 22 year old bike!!!

    I think maybe my bike was jealous that I took a test ride on an All City Cosmic Stallion last nite and wanted to prove it was just as good!

    We hit 90 F/ 32 C degrees yesterday, but it has cooled off some today thankfully. Only problem is, the winds have picked up and I'll be fighting a headwind half way home. Still, beats the heck out of driving!

    Have a great weekend everyone, happy Feierabend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
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    Cyclingdutchman, I was actually referring to leverage of the handlebars rather than the brake levers themselves .....
    Ah ok got it all wrong then. I know what you mean, when riding a bike with a flat bar it always feels very nimble. Nevertheless, I have never felt disturbed or something by the dropbar on my commuter/touring bike, even when riding with loaded panniers on the lowrider. But it should be mentioned, that I am riding mostly straight ahead on that bike, no curvy trails or similar on my commute :-/

    No commute today but we made a nice family ride of 15km with my youngest son in the kiddieseat on the back and my oldest son on his own bike. Picked up a friend of him after 6km, went for icecream and playground, then his friend came back with us so he rode 9km all together.

    And for the ones who are interested in the folding bike, here are two pics of the folded bike in the subway. I sat next to it behind the glass and held the handlebar. (and as you can see, the package would become a bit smaller when I turned the handlebar in the other direction)
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    Perfect weather today and uneventful commute. Exactly how it should be

    z1r, you speak German? ^^

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    I had my first ride into my new job this morning on my new shoes and pedals. It was terrific, I can't wait to do it again. It's nice this office has showers unlike my old job. Luckily it never got hot in my old locale, but it gets hot and humid here.
    My new commute is luckily almost entirely bike paths, with one unsignalized crossing and a short portion with no bike lane. I leave early enough I don't see many cars but we'll see how the ride back goes.
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    I was working from my house in Central Washington over the weekend/yesterday. Of course I got out for a ride. Pictures? Well sure!

    We rode through an area scored by a 36,000 acre wildfire last year
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    Plenty of climbing...just minutes before we were riding through the meadow you behind the tree below.
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    Views were fantastic throughout the ride. The forest in the first picture was burned in last years wildfire.
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    How was your commute today?-img_20180512_132306398.jpg

    this morning was a little more mundane. It was warm at 55F and coudy but dry. Will ride both ways in shorts in shirtsleeves for the first time this year today!

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    Formu1fan, well done and welcome here.

    Woodway, I am turning green from jealousy. Really. Put a bike on those pics and they are calendarworthy.

    Nice and warm this morning, uneventful ride in and uneventful ride home in summer weather with sandals, shorts and T-shirt. But with a story in between:

    [STORYTIME]
    11am a collegue comes in to tell me my rear tire is flat. I didnt notice anything wrong this morning. Anyway, shove in a sandwich during lunchbreak and went downstairs to patch it. Turns out that the tube has several cuts of ~10cm over a length of 30cm on the RIM side and one was so deep it started to leak. So again on the inside of the tube, as I usually have....and AGAIN that effin tiptop patch did not hold. I pumped up the tire and everything looked well, so I stuffed away my repairkit etc. When I was done, it started sishing....the patch had loosened enough to start leaking again. So I put the bike back in the rack to change the tube after clocking out at the end of the day, since lunchtime was over. Talked again to my collegue about thos effin' dirty hands when you have to take the chain, how dumb I am to want to buy surgery gloves for over a year and still not having done it, etc etc. So he opens up his drawer, takes out a bag and gives me two gardening gloves. He is a cyclist and motorcycle driver, so he was prepared. So took my time to change the tube after work, it took less than 30min. from clocking out to hopping on the bike to ride home. That includes going to a spot in the shade, cleaning up and stuffing away the repair kit. Thanks to the gloves I had clean hands afterwards!
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    Moral of the story: Put some thin gloves in your repairkit NOW and not after you need them

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    Good tip on the gloves but I'll never remember.
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    Bedwards, nice try. At least you got a PR. I scored a PR this morning that I've been chasing the last two years. Been trying to break the sub 40 minute mark on my 12.6 mile commute. Previously I managed to get to within 20 seconds but as you say it seemed like those last 20 second may as well have been an eternity. Well, this morning I crushed it. Managed it in 39:08 at 19.2 mph avg. Not bad for a fat, bald, old man on an almost 22 year old bike!!!
    Nice Work! Ahh, the commute to work time trial. I've got one of those too. 9.82 miles. Breaking 30 minutes use to be a goal. I've got it down to 25:15. I find that equipment upgrades are easier than getting younger. I should see what I can manage on my 30 year old bike. And I think being bald just means you have less wind resistance.

    It's pouring right now with 10 minutes to go at work. It looks like I can stay a little late and wait for the showers to pass.

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    Dutchman, I have been meaning to put some surgical gloves in my pannier for years. It just never seemed to make it to the top of the list. After reading your story I went onto Amazon and ordered some.

    52F and cloudy but dry this morning. Pretty easy commute.

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    Very good woodway but I even more hope you will never need them

    It rained last night but the roads were quite dry already when I left. Just very humid air, slight haze and ~10C. It was supposed to be only 20C today but the sun came out in the afternoon and temps went up to 26C. The ride home turned quite sweaty in jeans...

    ...and more good news here: The hightest court in Germany has finally ruled that dashcams are allowed as proof. Until now"privacy" was more important and dashcam owners could get fined for recording other people, while people that are clearly guilty got away without punishment, because there is no legal proof. They did specifiy some restrictions, like data is not allowed to be automatically saved permanently, only for 10min or so, then it should be overwritten. Recordings only should be permanently saved when pushing a dedicated button or when the dashcam records a substantial shock like in a crash. And it remains forbidden to publish footage without blurring faces, license plates etc. Finally we are getting a world here in which drivers wont't get away with anything just because their privacy is more important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Perfect weather today and uneventful commute. Exactly how it should be

    z1r, you speak German? ^^
    Ein bissel. Ich kann fast alles verstehen aber nicht sprechen.

    I think I will add some latex gloves to my bag. Sooner rather than later.

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    Facing a week plus of rainy weather. My route includes some mountain bike trails so if it rains, that's out. I figure if I ride to work and it rains before my ride home, I can hike-a-bike it but that will add a good bit of time. I'm going to try to ride Friday for Bike to Work Day; if the trails are closed I can drive part way and then ride in the rest. But that may depend on my ankle:

    I considered riding yesterday but I decided I really needed to get a run in. Should have rode my bike, I ended up turning an ankle and having to limp back a mile and a half to my car. I was regretting not riding even more when I was sitting in traffic on my way home and a guy on a bike came zipping past.
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    ^^^ I love that zipping past feeling when overtaking long lines of cars. Bummer about your ankle.

    With the nicer weather here, and it also being bike everywhere month, the roads and trails are full of cyclists which means there are proportionally more douchebags out on their bikes. On my ride home last night I saw three separate examples of douchebaggery that made me embarrassed to be a cyclist. Take a deep breath and slow down people... <sigh>

    OTOH, this mornings ride was event-free. 55F, cloudy and dry.

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    I was regretting not riding even more when I was sitting in traffic on my way home and a guy on a bike came zipping past.
    I love when my commute takes me past a long line of stationary cars. On one section of my commute the trail is ten feet from the highway. I feel great when I fly by the long line of barely moving cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    Ein bissel. Ich kann fast alles verstehen aber nicht sprechen.
    Und schreiben auch! Sehr gut sogar!

    Nice to read something from you forster.

    I dont know if it is good or bad that I seldomly ride along slow or standing traffic. At least I have my peace with little traffic. Sometimes when it is really jamming I do enjoy it of course.

    Uneventful rides today.

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    I thought I'd seen most everything, but today security at work busted my bike lock, unbeknownst to me, while I sat at my desk. The story starts yesterday, when a coworker asked if she could use my lock overnight as she was not going to bring her bike home after picking it up at the shop. Sure. When I left yesterday, she had both bikes locked up with my Abus flat folder thingy. I unlocked mine, re-locked hers and rode home. This morning her bike was still there, but the adjacent spots were full, so I just took another one, leaving mine unlocked, which I am typically unconcerned about due to the location, the security, cameras etc. This afternoon another coworker left on his bike and called to tell me that he thought security was cutting through my lock, but he didn't think it was my bike, so he was not sure. Puzzled, I asked the first coworker, where is your bike? She said it was in her car as she was about to leave. And where is the lock? She said she put it back on my bike, next to hers. Oops, that was someone else's bike, who apparently found it locked when he went to leave and got security to cut it off. Understandable, an honest mistake, but still, I wonder how security determined that it actually was his bike? I mean can just anybody walk up and say hey, my bike was locked up by someone, can you cut it off for me please?

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    ^^Seems like an honest mistake but crappy for everybody involved. I'm not sure how I could "Prove" that any of my bikes are mine if my bike were locked up with somebody else's lock. As long as they took some ID and confirmed that he belonged there I think that would be good enough. Sorry about your lock.

    I get to ride past about 1 mile of stopped traffic every morning. Normally traffic moves smoothly but between 7:00-7:30 it gets backed up because of the school. I just have to be hyper aware of people pulling out of driveways or walking across the road between stopped cars and then popping out right in front of me.

    Good commutes all the way around. Last time I posted I was waiting for the showers to pass. It turns out that they had more patients than me and I got wet. I took the trails yesterday for the first time since there was ice on the lake. And then this morning was bike to work day, so I did.

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    Bike to work day here too, so I did. 55F, cloudy and dry. Happy weekend everyone.

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    Usual uneventful commute today. 10C in, 13C on the way home and with detour I made 30k/20m today.

    B2W Day is in 2 weeks on 31 May.

    apropos bikelock. Forgot mine yesterday and put my bike in the rack without a lock, just as it is always park. I already intended for a long time to put a spare bikelock in my desk at work for cases like that (Wasnt there something with gloves ?)

    I am not sure how security would react to such a request in our plant. Could very well be that they wouldnt help just like that.

    I have a week of vacation next week. Wife n kids are going on a 3-week health course (offered cheap via health insurence) and I will join the first week. It's in the middle of nowhere but we're taking the bikes to get around there.

    Is Pentecost Monday a public holiday on the west of the Atlantic? Here it is...that will be the last of 4 in May: 1st of May is labour day, easter Friday + Monday and Pentecost Monday. From now on there is none until October 3 (re-union Day of West and East Germany)...

    Happy Weekend everyone!

    Edit: almost forgot rode 5 of 5 days this week.
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    cyclingdutchman, happy weekend, enjoy the week off.

    Happy weekend to all. I too managed to ride all 5 days. Though, only three days were actual commutes. Wednesday and Thursday I have to drive the kids to school so I threw my bike in the back of the truck and rode at lunch instead.

    Yesterday on my lunchtime ride I saw two geese walking across the trail with 20, yes I counted, goslings in tow. Today on my way in, I saw one dead gosling on the trail. It kinda bummed me out!

    My commuter bike suddenly needed a new chain this week. Hmm, wonder how that happened, I checked it at the beginning of the year and it was still good. Got a new chain last night and couldn't install it before today's commute so I had to take my "road bike". No fenders and wouldn't you know it, it is going to start raining in the next half hour. I hate when the rear tire sprays water on my bum. But at least my bike will finally get washed!

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    My commute was special since I rarely get a chance to do it. Reminded me how much more in touch you are with your surroundings when your on a bicycle. Had noticed this shop near where I work and decided to stop to investigate on the way home. He restores motorcycles, had a bunch more inside but it's been along time since I saw a Honda Dream anywhere. They're tiny compared to my Mukluk.
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    hey guys feeling much much better now

    I picked up my bike from the shop today the guy said he used a double wall Aluminum rim as my replacement and he reused the spokes and hub.

    Now the rim is black which is good however the clincher part is silver and naked!!! the rim also uses a disk brake, he said that particular rim was all that he had in stock. Uuhhh..... this sucks!! my back wheel doesn't have a clincher because the bike is a full disk brake bike but nevertheless it is a clincher there that will never be used since the same rim has a disk brake on it maybe I should paint the clincher black? hmm

    Should I worry about this clincher part rusting? I put a magnet and it has a very WEAK stick which suggests to me maybe it is a aluminum clincher? please tell me this is the case I have no idea how these wheels are made.

    In stark contrast the magnet snaps on loudly to the spokes but very weak onto the rim it also holds weak onto the back rim so I am assuming the whole rim including the clincher is aluminum?

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    Nice commute Friday with a few extra miles on a dirt road due to an offsite meeting at a grange hall. If you have not heard of them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nation...s_of_Husbandry A beautiful week but most of the weekend looks rainy. Slim pickings at the bike rack, lots of bikes this week. Had to lean mine against a handrail behind it instead.

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    ^^Not heard of a grange hall? That's like not knowing what a church is. Our company worked out of a converted grange hall for 10 years.
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    That is pretty funny!

    Good weather for commuting this week! My legs are tired from the weekend which included riding to and from a 5K. Running the 5K (I still don't run). And then a 40 mile ride yesterday. Mostly my legs are sore from running a relatively small distance.
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    ^^^ Our house in Central Washington is in a rural area and there is a nearby Grange that we are members of.

    Short week for me, working only Monday through Wednesday. Thursday I am planning to ride from my place near Seattle to Central Washington. Should be quite an adventure.

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    ^^Make sure to take your cougar whistle! It sounds like quite a trip.

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    Nice sunrise this morning with the bonus of a hot air balloon floating over the horizon. Not a bad way to start the week.

    As of yesterday, my saddle was still wet from the commutes on Thursday and Friday. We had popup showers both days with my afternoon commute getting hit both days. Popup showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast again today. I'm hoping for some better luck this afternoon

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    Beautiful morning, 46F/8C, not windy, paths were clean from all the rain over the weekend. Only bad thing was I almost ran over a Gosling. I saw two geese and two goslings crossing that paths so I signaled to the rider following and slowed down until they crossed the path. Then out of no where two more goslings decided to run across the path. My tire went right between them both with only centimeters to spare. Gave me a real sick feeling in my stomach. Thankfully no animals were injured during the making of this film!

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    Good rides, nothing exciting! Got a new lock, opted for a Kryptonite chain thing from the LBS with some special coating that is supposed to overheat tools like a Sawzall. Heavier than I planned on, but I rarely carry it, and I was not overly impressed at the short work security made of the folding Abus. They are convenient and compact though, if I had found another one for $39 clearance I probably would have got another, but the shop and I both came up with around $60 for the Abus, so I opted for the burlier Kryptonite for about $40. I do like the nylon sleeve it comes in, but I kind of miss the combination lock convenience. Still waiting on the freehub to come in to the LBS, I guess Mavic is notoriously slow. Luckily I have other bikes !

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    Great ride in this morning. A nice 52F degrees. No geese on the trails to swerve around. The ride home yesterday had me fighting some serious headwinds. This morning it was calm. I hope it stays that way so I can take the LONG way home.

    Over the weekend I had to replace my chain and cassette. Amazing how when the parts aren't worn out they actually WORK! Note to self: Clean and lube chain weekly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^Make sure to take your cougar whistle! It sounds like quite a trip.
    I'll be riding not too far from where the poor biker was killed. But I'm not too worried about being attacked by a cougar. Got my route planned and equipment together. Should be just over 100 miles with around 6000 feet of ascent.

    z1r - I would feel bad if I ran over a gosling. I have run over rabbits in the past...can't say I feel bad about that...there are too many of them.

    mtbx - my theory on locks is that they are only good for deterring casual theft. If someone really wants your bike no lock is going to stop them.

    Took it easy on my ride this morning and will be taking the short way home tonight to save my legs for tomorrow. Weather is fine right now, lows in the mid-50's, highs in the mid-70's.

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    ^^It sounds like it is a 1 in a million chance. It just sucks to be the 1. I think the take away is that if you do get attacked by a mountain lion, don't turn your back on it. Make it think that you are going to eat it!

    I've runned over a few squirrels. I'd run over more given the chance! The little F-ers are destroying our house.

    This was my first ride in without sleeves. 52Fish but with a warm sun and feel to it. It's supposed to hit near 80F today.

    Damn, it feels like Friday and it is only Wednesday!

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    And... I'm back! Last week I had family up from the lower 48 so only sporadic rides when I could sneak them in. The commute today was pretty darned nice. 48F and cloudy with only a light breeze. Shorts and a long sleeve tee. It was nice.

    Monday I went on my first ride on the Pugsley in months. It was... odd. Crazy how fast one acclimates to one bike over another. The trails are actually all dry and ridable, so I look forward to some good riding this long weekend.

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    Yeah, Never ran over a squirrel yet but I did run over a prairie dog and a rabbit before. Hit the rabbit in a turn with only my front wheel and thought for sure I was going down. Thankfully, I managed to stay upright somehow.

    I saw a guy that endo'ed after a squirrel ran through the spokes of his front wheel. I sat with him until his ride showed up, clearly he had a concussion or something. Bad news.

    Had a great ride home from work yesterday. Took the long route and then the winds picked up. Spent the next 30 miles fighting a vicious headwind. Somehow managed to pick up 30 PR's on Strava??? How the heck did that happen? Got home dog tired but logged just under 5o miles for the day.

    Had to drive today so I can drop off the rear wheel from my Cosmic Stallion at the bike show to have it redished. I did sneak out at lunch for a nice ride. Got lucky and just barely got rained on before returning to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    I'm not typically a commuter these days since it's 30 miles one way, but in honor of National Bike to Work Day I saddled up at 5:30am with my headlight and a blinky on my pack.
    Have a great ride everybody!

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    Well, I made it home Friday in good shape with a stop for some juice in the last 10 mi. I'd say I was 250 cal. short of not stopping. It is uphill almost all the way home - 30 mile, gradual uphill - and, of course, the wind swung around for the trip home so I had a head wind out of the East. The giant dog was nowhere to be seen, though.
    Oh, and I found an extended reach flat blade screwdriver, too.

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    Has it really been 2 yrs. since I rode to work?! Dang, I'm missing out. It was a gorgeous morning. The 29+ tires are a bit of a drag on pavement, even with the pressure jacked up, but I only lost about 10 minutes over 2 hrs.

    It was a morning of strong odors - flowers/trees, skunks, dead things, fresh dirt near a pipeline install, perfume (that lady must have had a LOT on - I was 100 yds away and riding past a farm field when I noticed it), fertilizer, cows and horses - but very little exhaust.

    I have all night to get home after work, and it just might take me that long...

    Ride safe!



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    I had an outstanding "commute" yesterday from my house near Seattle to my place in Central Washington. The ride was just over 100 miles with ~5500 feet of ascent. I rode my daily commuter (Ti Cross Bike). I wanted to see how many of the 100 miles I could ride on gravel vs. pavement so I swapped out my usual lightweight road tires for 38c gravel tires from Specialized (which I was pretty impressed with). Weather was perfect and the ride took about 8 hours.

    Started off on suburban roads near Seattle. While there were no cars in this picture, there was plenty of commute traffic to deal with for this part of the ride.
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    After about 11 miles of road, I hit gravel, one of four rail-trails I would ride.
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    Another rail-trail. Views are getting better.
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    Another rail-trail, Iron Horse State Park on which you can ride across the entire state of Washington, mostly on gravel. It features some impressive trestles.
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    Last time I did this ride, I did it all on pavement which included riding on I-90, seen below. This time I rode a total of 66 miles of gravel which was way more scenic but also much harder. I think it was the right call.
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    Rather than go all the way up and over Snoqualmie Pass, the Iron Horse trail takes you through the Snoqualmie tunnel which is 2.8 miles long. Bring a light, it's dark in there.
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    I stopped about a third of the way through and took this shot. See that white dot? That's the other portal of the tunnel, about 2 miles away.
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    Now I am in Central Washington, in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. Much drier and sunnier than Seattle. I was back onto roads and ready to get home. It was a memorable day.
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    ^^That is awesome! I love the tunnel. I'll be right there!

    The commute started out with a flat before it started. OK, fixing the flat at home is better than on the road. 2 miles in and I noticed I had a broken chain link.
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    OK, I'm not too late I'll go back and throw a new chain on. I have some in stock.
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    I start to push the STUPID special Shimano link pin into the chain and it snaps off before the pin gets pressed into the outer plate of the chain. After fussing around and realize that I will never get the pin started I grab another bike.

    I get to work and my backup bike has a flat now too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I start to push the STUPID special Shimano link pin into the chain and it snaps off before the pin gets pressed into the outer plate of the chain. After fussing around and realize that I will never get the pin started I grab another bike.

    I get to work and my backup bike has a flat now too.

    Happy Friday
    That sucks! Sorry to hear it.

    My ride, in a word: Glorious!

    It was the type of morning that reminds me why I choose to live here. Glorious golden sun that had been shining down since at least 4 AM. A few big puffy clouds in the sky to give it some depth. The mountains glowing and reflecting the sun off of patches of new snow. Angry looking ribbons of the weather we've been having trapped far up the Susitina valley and not going anywhere. 48F with just the slightest of breezes. The bike's feeling lively under me, which is different than normal on the commute as I normally have a rack and panniers on. Today, instead, I have a big bike packing butt bag and a Camelback with all my abbreviated gear for the day and I feel, even though my legs are a bit shredded after yesterday's trail ride, like I could just keep riding. Alas. Reality won't allow for that today. So instead it is into the office for a part day, then over to my son's events at the State track meet, then back to the office then back to the track and then, hopefully, a bit of trail riding this evening.

    I feel like my lack of photographic evidence makes it harder to convey just how beautiful this morning is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    The bike's feeling lively under me
    Because you just rode a Pugsley and every a Cross Check feels lively after that.
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    I feel like my lack of photographic evidence makes it harder to convey just how beautiful this morning is.
    I'm picturing very deep blue skys, a few bright white clouds with large mountain ranges in the background. Very nice!

    I fixed my flat at lunch. Big piece of steel wire embedded in it. It appeared to deflate very quickly so I am actually glad it let me get to work before I had to deal with it. I am soliciting praise for the incredible longevity I can get out of a tube. (Not to self, buy a new patch kit.)
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    ^^^ Your either the man, or incredibly cheap, bedwards. My limit is three patches after which I consider the tube to be "used up".

    Sounds amazing blockphi. The scenery up your way is even more stunning then what we get around here, always like your pics.

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    Woodway, awesome ride, great pics.

    Bedwards, I flatted twice before getting out of the garage. My legs were toast so I wanted to ride the road bike in today. Noted late last nite the rear was flat so I patched the tube and went to bed. Woke up to another flat this morning. Had to drag out the beast instead.

    On the way in I crossed a bridge over the S. Platte river and saw two ridiculously large fish swimming about in one of the few deeper sections. they reminded me of the Salmon I caught in the straits of Juan De Fuca. I honestly had no idea we had fish that large in these shallow section of the river. based on their shape, I assume they were some type of trout.

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    It's a combination of incredibly cheap and not wanting to "use up" the new tube in case I have a worse flat. I consider a tube used up when it can no longer be patched (or when it doubles in weight ) Mostly, I'm pretty good at installing glue on patches and it doesn't take much more time than digging out the new tube.

    Probably mostly really cheap.

    2 flats before leaving the garage! Yup, I've had that happen too, and it sucks! Either I didn't get the offending prick out of the tire or I pinched something putting it back on. I'm getting more diligent at looking for both.

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    Incredible stories and pics here I didnt commute this week but made 3 rides the last days and the total distance exceeds a week of commuting.

    Happy weekend everyone!

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    Speaking of flats, I installed some Surly ExtraTerrestrial tires on my Karate Monkey. 29x2.5" tire with fast rolling tread, puncture protection built in and they are tubeless compatible. They set up tubeless pretty easily using a 2L soda bottle as my "air compressor".

    Where have these tires been all my life? I'm really liking them so far, and they should be as flat resistant as it's going to get short of an airless tire.

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    This was my first ever full week of commuting by bike and it was enjoyable. I'm a little crazy and like to work out at the office gym before work, so I end up leaving my place at about 0435. However, that ends up leaving the whole commute in to myself, not having to stop for cars crossing the street.
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    Vacations almost over back to work in a couple days, back to commuting more often I hope! here's a new video that cracked me up!

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    Warm today and staying like that for the rest of the week.

    This morning it was already 20C/68F on the way in. This morning the forecast said Thunderstorms for the afternoon, after lunch the forecast said only sunny and at 3pm suddenly a thunderstorm began to build up just south of town. Luckily we had only some clouds, 28C/84F was warm enough already. I could hear thunder far away but it stayed away. So lesson learnt: Thunderstorms can build up within 1-2 hrs from nothing. Hopefully I will be able to avoid them the entire week.

    Our company has C2W day (Cycle to Work) next Thursday. And just as last year, I actually planned to drive on Thursday but I will probably ride, then drive from home in the evening.

    Where's Slipspace?? He should have good weather too.

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    20C in the morning is warm Dutchman.

    Funny video Eugene. I wathed a couple of the other ones...the first time on the Northshore one also cracked me up.

    Back to my boring commute this morning. 55F/13C and partly cloudy. I still have the gravel tires on the bike from my big ride last week. I can feel the difference between them and my lightweight roadtires, but it's not as much as I thought it would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I watched a couple of the other ones...the first time on the Northshore one also cracked me up.
    Thanks for the suggestion. Homicide rates could soar among the mountain biking fraternity if that situation were commonplace.

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    Yes Woodway we rarely have such heat and now we are having it for the 2nd week in a row. It looks like it is going to end though after this week.

    Watched the Northshore video as well and liked especially the part where the guy tells the other one to NOT fall in the pond and then falls in himself nice touch...

    So we had even 21/70FC this morning and 33C/92F on the way home. There was a strong breeze but even in the shadow the wind felt really warm. At least, still no thunderstorms in sight today, at least, not here. Further south they have had severe problems already with local floods etc. Tomorrow might be different. I always have the option of taking the bus or leave before/after the storm. We'll see.

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    Pretty basic commute this morning, 48F, partly cloudy, uneventful.

    I'm still rolling on gravel tires, so I rode some gravel on the way home last night for a nice changeup.

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    Better than a kick in the eye, that's for sure. But nothing special.

    I did get out for my first ever 50 miler on Monday. Here's a pic of that:

    How was your commute today?-bike-knik.jpg

    How was your commute today?-knik-east.jpg

    I've ridden 50 mile days before, but never in a single ride. Wasn't planning to do it, but got to 40 and realized I'd be at least 43 by the time I got home, so best put on another 2 to get the 45. Then realized I could easily bump to 50 without any big hills or headwinds, so I went for it. Amazing how much it wiped me out. Like doing 25 miles of hard trail riding.

    And a shot from the end of my Sunday trail ride at the college in front of the theater:

    How was your commute today?-pugs.jpg

    I swear it wasn't hazy, misty, or foggy either of those days... My awesomeness just fogs the lens

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    ^^Wow, you log so many miles some years it never occurred to me that you had never ridden that many in a row!

    I was busy all (long) weekend and had to travel yesterday so I've been 5 days off the bike. So I took the long way in and will take the long way home.

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    Congrats blockphi and pics are nice for sure!

    Again a very hot day but no thunderstorms this afternoon. There is thunder southeast of here but according to the weather radar it hasnt moved for 2 hrs. Very strange, have never seen a thunderstorm stay on the spot for 2 hours...
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    Amazingly, MTBR let me leave blockphi some rep for that ride and pix! Usually I am denied for the "regulars".

    Survived today's commutes, but it was one of those days when every yahoo crosses your path. The first was approaching the rotary, I checked traffic and signalled, but the car way behind put the pedal to the medal and sped around me, barely missing both me and oncoming traffic. The last was a guy on the way home I had already observed 6 miles earlier was probably high or somehow out of it; I was hanging at a friend's apartment complex parking lot before rolling home, and this guy started rolling with 3 drinks on the roof. OK, anyone could do that, but what alarmed me was someone else noticed and ran over yelling and waving his arms, and the driver did not notice until the guy was practically in his lap. Driver proceeded across the lot to a non operational car that a 3rd guy had been messing with earlier...hmmm suspicious. Anyhow, 6 miles down the road the same 2-tone Subie with the same bumper stickers right-hooked me in downtown Barre. I gesticulated and yelled but he was just as oblivious as in the lot. Kinda scarey.

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    ^^ Bad karma day mtbx. Glad you survived.

    Well, I had to drive my car to work today. Tried to ride but a quarter mile from home I put the brakes on and the rear brake pad spring disintegrated and got wedged between the pad and rotor. Made a hell of a racket. I pushed back home. Unfortunately my spare pads are at my other place, so I need to visit a local bike shop today and try to get some brake pads...

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    ^^WHAT? Woodway drove? No spare bike to pull from the quiver?

    And MTXB you are ruining the image of Vermont being a serene place of rolling green fields and dairy cows. It sounds like a bunch of yahoos just like everywhere else.

    Mighty fine weather around here this week! I went through a rotary this morning. No issues.

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    Woa Woodway ^^ you mean, you were in a car the whole way? So you do own one.

    MTBX no chance to report this one like you did the garbage truck before?

    Hot again today but no thunderstorms. Rides were mostly ok but had two scary moments. On the way in I had my yearly "oh sh!t" moment when on a crossing one guy from opposite traffic turned left across my lane just in front of me. Slammed the brakes but I think he would have missed me anyway. On the way home on the lonely unpaved part I wanted to overtake an older man on a bike, and just when I want to pass he decides to turn around so I slam the brakes and come to a stop just in front of him, while he was standing perpendically across the path. Would have been a full hit when my brakes werent that good.

    Is it me or are the honks out everywhere the last days??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Is it me or are the honks out everywhere the last days??
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    The rides to and from work were uneventful if not a tad windy on the way home. I had to leave work early so I could meet the plumber at home. Our water heater burst spilling 50 gallons of water in my garage.

    While the plumber was replacing the heater I put my 22 year old commuter bike in the stand to try to find where the creaking noise I kept hearing lately when I stand on the pedals was coming from. Sadly, I found it; a crack at the seat stay wishbone where it connects to the seat tube. I am seriously bummed. No other bike I have rides anywhere as nice. I just picked up an All City Cosmic Stallion and it is nice and the Disc Brakes, 11 spd, carbon fork are nice, but it just isn't the same. Granted, the CS is oriented more to the gravel but I used to ride my commuter on gravel long before the term "Gravel Bike" came to be.

    To fund my Cosmic Stallion purchase I was going to sell the Macho Man frame I bought a few years ago before messing up my shoulder. Good thing I still have it since it is now destined to become my new commuter.

    On the plus side, I logged my first 600 mile month of the year and just passed 2000 miles for the year. Now, if my bikes will just hold together......

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    ^^ It must be your monstrous power zlr! Sorry to hear about the cracked frame. Looks like you have a couple of nice rides left in the stable, I had to look them up.

    Opted not to ride home after 3 hours of hard labor helping someone move. I knew her old apt was on the 2nd floor with crappy stairs she fell down once, but did not realize the new place was on the 3rd floor with a curving staircase for the first fllight and a narrow attic-like stairway to the 3rd floor. Of course it was 80F and humid when the last couple nights have been 60. We did get a laugh when I rode in her rocking chair in the pickup bed like Maw Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies TV show so her dishes could ride up front.

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    Had a nice ride in this morning, about 75. Not looking forward to the ride home, 97 with a 108 heat index and the NWS is calling for dangerous heat advisory and recommending delaying physical activity. Luckily my ride is pretty short, ~24 minutes and I'll have a nice shower waiting for me.
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    This guy's commute didn't go so well! https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crim...-a3852896.html
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    some weird crazed desert dweller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    While the plumber was replacing the heater I put my 22 year old commuter bike in the stand to try to find where the creaking noise I kept hearing lately when I stand on the pedals was coming from. Sadly, I found it; a crack at the seat stay wishbone where it connects to the seat tube. I am seriously bummed.
    Sorry, I'll be sad if my old steed ever fails. What was it?

    MTXB hopefully you got to go out for Vittles after you got granny moved in.

    It's been a good week for commuting by bike! I was chasing some KOMs earlier this week (with mixed success) and today was a rest day. Yesterday's commute in was about 21mph and today's was closer to 14MPH. Keeping it interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^WHAT? Woodway drove? No spare bike to pull from the quiver?
    I know, crazy, right? My spare bikes are all at my other place in Central Washington. Made a note to retrieve one of them.

    I REALLY love Amazon same day shipping. I sat at my desk yesterday morning and ordered replacement brake parts and they were waiting for me when I got home.

    Got the bike fixed up last night and rode into work this morning. All is right with the world again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    Sadly, I found it; a crack at the seat stay wishbone where it connects to the seat tube. I am seriously bummed.
    I would be bummed too. Maybe see if it can be welded?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Opted not to ride home after 3 hours of hard labor helping someone move.
    Nice MTBX. Good karma comes around.

    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    This guy's commute didn't go so well! https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crim...-a3852896.html
    Have to admit, I have thought about doing that a time or two.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    It's been a good week for commuting by bike! I was chasing some KOMs earlier this week (with mixed success) and today was a rest day. Yesterday's commute in was about 21mph and today's was closer to 14MPH. Keeping it interesting.
    Nice! Enjoy a well-earned weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I REALLY love Amazon same day shipping. I sat at my desk yesterday morning and ordered replacement brake parts and they were waiting for me when I got home.
    Wouldn't know. It might be in 8000 cities but not one of those cities is even in our state. I'll have to settle with 2-day which is still pretty cool. We've already established that I'm too cheap to spring for 1 day.

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    Bedwards, it was a custom frame I got from Jeff Lyons at Lyonsport in OR. Ostensibly a cyclocross bike but even back in 1996 when it was made it had sufficient clearance to fit 40's. I rode it everyday when I lived in San Francisco and took it into the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, etc., mostly on fire roads. You name it, we went there. Here in Colorado I rode it in a couple of CX races and a couple gravel grinders. Many good times were had.

    In the last four years I logged 7,600 miles on it.



    I'll call Jeff since he is still building and see if a repair is possible. Or, whether he can replicate the bike today but with discs. Something about the geometry of this bike made it fit me better than any other I have. At 5'10" (5'9.5" according to the doctor) I have size 13/50 feet and toe overlap has always been a problem for me. The Cosmic stallion, despite a longer wheel base and slacker head angle, has a fair amount of overlap. Not so with the Lyon.

    Considering what I had to drop on a new water heater yesterday, a new bike is not likely in the near future. However, I can strip my winter bike, the Motobecane, and use all parts except for the front derailleur on the Macho Man frame I have. With luck, it may end up feeling much like my Lyon. (Fingers crossed)

    The Cosmic stallion has some proprietary ultralite tubing, a full carbon fork, tubeless wheels & tires, yet in factory trim with pedals and two ti water bottle cages weighs 24.5 lbs. The Lyon as pictured with fenders, seat bag, lights, etc weighed the same. Funny that a 22 year old all steel bike is actually lighter than today's wonder bike.

    Thanks for listening.
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    The pic didn't come through. But, I would think that a custom made steel frame would be easily repaired. If not by Jeff himself then my somebody else. Jeff might even do it under warranty. Lifetime frame warranties were pretty popular back in the day. (I'm not sure how I would collect it on my Univega) Good luck!

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    Bummer @zlr. I've got a Pugsley that is cracking in the same place. I keep riding it and keep hoping it'll hold together for one more year... From all I've heard, in most cases, if the cracks are in the join and not the tube itself, it's pretty easy to weld it without a loss in strength. I'll be needing to find a welder in the near future.

    A good ride in this AM. My legs are a bit tired and tight today. I've been really tight since Monday. I think it is likely due to the amount of trail riding I've been doing recently.

    Sunny, low 50s, and calm this morning. Nothing could be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post

    MTXB hopefully you got to go out for Vittles after you got granny moved in.
    No, but a brew in the parked pickup bed was close enough - it was too hot in the apartment.

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