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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    No commute today. Strong line of storms heading this way with warnings going up all along the line, and on radar, it is not pretty.
    It snowed here yesterday.
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    But today was awesome!



    Ill quit spamming pics of my new toy. lol

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    Re: How was your commute today?

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    What a coincidence - I just swapped to a woodchipper last weekend on my ss. I'm still doing plenty of standing, but the extensions are fantastic, and the wide top is even more fantastic.
    I found some good standing hills on the way home Not sure I'd like the angle with gears (unless using bar end shifters) but mighty fine for SS.

    I got scolded for running a 3 way stop sign by a lady that was mid California roll in her car (don't think it was an except right turn deal). Not sure how to feel about that.
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    On the way home in waiting for the light at a particularly busy and dangerous intersection when some yahoo behind me decides to blow through the red light. Now, there were no cars coming in that direction, but I know from riding through it everyday there are blind spots where you wouldn't see a car going 55mph. Which goes back to this whole idea that cyclists need to be responsible if they want motorists to recognize their right to use the road.

    I waited for the light, hopped on the MUP, and since he was in sight and going slower than me I was thinking about asking if he was training to participate in the next fatal hit and run, but decided not to go with the obviously passive aggressive route. Instead I just smoked his punk ass and he looked over as I was passing him. Looked at me, looked at my bike (still haven't taken the knobbies off) and had this look on his face like "but... but".

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    How was your commute today?

    Pretty much ran intervals the entire 12 miles home. Some wicked storms chased me, and I did a good job of staying out of the brunt of it until about a mile from the house. Even though I absolutely love riding in the rain, this downpour was so bad that when it hit, I could barely see the road in front of me. Other than that, nothing to report.

    A good friend of mine from the LBS had a serious accident on Saturday, from what appears to be a chain skip in the middle of a 35 mph sprint. He wiped out, lost consciousness, and has retrograde amnesia, not to mention insane road rash. This sparked a lot of the local groups looking for basic first aid instruction, so my named got tossed around, being the former paramedic of the group. Looks like I'll be putting something together. Found out that one of the guys on the group ride when my buddy wiped out is an RN, who gave no assistance. I called him up to see what happened and if there was a piece of the puzzle that was missing, and he tells me he just froze when it happened. He never dealt with prehospital emergencies before and had absolutely no idea how to respond. Gotta fix that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhmeathead View Post
    It snowed here yesterday.
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    That's wrong!

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    Snow? Wow!!! No thanks, I will gladly stick to the upper 80's that we have been having. Good thing that I didn't ride today to work. Got there at about the normal time, and the storm beat me, and it was a hell of a storm. As it cleared the parking ramp, the winds picked up, and the rain came in sideways. Lightning, thunder, and that crazy wind/rain combo made me glad I had 4 wheels instead of 2.
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    My wife was at Target right next to where I work, so she picked me up and we went out for lunch. On the way, there was a guy on a bike (no, not a cyclist) riding the wrong way on an off-ramp to a very very busy road. Technically biking is legal on said road, but I wouldn't be caught dead on it. And here he is, going the wrong way. The red arrow is exactly where he was.

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    I was "that guy" on my way home last night. Rolling up to the railroad crossing the gates came down just as I got to it..... no cars around to see, so I went around the gates. Train was creeping along, would have taken him 30-60 more seconds just to make it to the intersection.

    Not sure if I feel guilty or not, or if I would have still done it if there were people around to see me.

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    Nah, watching trains go by sucks big time on an bike. I've seen people in cars do it. I'd have at least thought about it.

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    I suppose a decent ride in this AM. Tired and the legs still feel a bit leaden. The weather was nice and I caught sight of a young bull moose. How was your commute today?-14459976714_c781971ca5_c.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    I suppose a decent ride in this AM. Tired and the legs still feel a bit leaden. The weather was nice and I caught sight of a young bull moose. Click image for larger version. 

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    Well, a new one for me on the way home tonite.

    A wasp or bee flew into my mouth. Stung me inside my lower lip before I could spit him out. My lip swelled up immediately and is still swollen. I'm drooling as I type this...

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    ^ blech. I had one bounce off my lip last year, but it made enough contact to feel like a bb and leave me with a fat lip.

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    Wasp sting inside the lip does not sound pleasant

    I`ve had a few weeks of superb mornings followed by really gusty afternoons. Then some kind of cold front came through (Jhmeathead`s surprise snow?) and I froze my hiney off on the way home one morning, had to dig an extra layer out of annual retirement for the next day. Warmed up again and it was gorgeous all day today, supposed to be up into the 90s this weekend. Oh, and no more school busses on my homebound commute for the next two months, YAY!
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    Had a couple of really close calls, one that almost made me stop and rethink my route. The shoulder is really cramped, and the speed limit is 40mph. I only have to ride on it for like one block, but it is a hell of a long block. Two SUV's came within what felt like inches of my left arm. I am sure it was more, but I could feel the heat from the vehicle as they went by. The funny thing is that today of all days, I threw the blinkie on the seatpost and ran it. I don't usually do that for whatever reason. I probably should more often, but today was the day where it wouldn't have mattered if I had that light, almost got hit anyway, and this was during the day.

    Ride home was nice, a bit cool but still nice. All kinds of deer out where I live, and sometimes they like to jump out and scare the crap out of me, like it is a damn game for them. I scared one as I made the turn onto a dark road, forgetting that they are blind as hell and wouldn't see my light. Apparently I was ninja enough that I startled the hell out of it, and it literally did a comical "burnout" trying to get some traction on the pavement. Like a small dog on a wood floor, he was all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Well, a new one for me on the way home tonite.

    A wasp or bee flew into my mouth. Stung me inside my lower lip before I could spit him out. My lip swelled up immediately and is still swollen. I'm drooling as I type this...
    Yeah, it happens for sure. Had some stinging bug fly in between the little vent holes in my helmet one time. Little dude couldn't get out so he just started singing away.

    Had to stop and take my helmet off. Big welt on the top of my forehead all day.

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    Rodar, glad to see you back in the swing of things.

    That snow seems a little out of season. Hope you didn't plant the peppers outside yet.

    RollingRunner and I are wrapping up a totally car free week. She usually ends up driving a few days to transport stuff but this week our cars haven't been out of the garage since kayaking last Sunday. I have had to resort to a backpack to carry food and clothes a few days. Some stops at the store via bike too.

    I took the long way in and the long way home yesterday for a total of 60+ Miles. Today I'm just making headway speed.

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    Hmm looks like they added some technical features to my commute:



    I guess the good news is they don't have a plan to rebuild the bridge yet, so I can still get across it for a while. Once work is underway I'm going to have to find a new route if I want to take my road bike though. There's one that I like a lot but its 25ish miles with 1800 feet of climbing or so. Guess that is one way to HTFU.

    Good news is there will be less traffic at the intersection on the other side of the bridge where I sometimes have to wait 5+ mins to cross. And if I have a gravel capable bike under me the detour is actually quite short / pleasant.
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    Warm enough for bare legs this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Well, a new one for me on the way home tonite.

    A wasp or bee flew into my mouth. Stung me inside my lower lip before I could spit him out. My lip swelled up immediately and is still swollen. I'm drooling as I type this...
    A couple years ago, I had one fly under my sunglasses and sting me under the eye. This was 2 days before my wedding. I still was a bit swollen for the ceremony. haha.
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    So yesterday I am pedaling along, and a big white newish pickup goes by with the most enthusiastic “hello” type honking. Then the blond waves out of the sunroof too. I don’t recognize her, but hey, I’m friendly, so I wave back…only to realize it is a Chevy truck and we were passing the Chevy dealer. Apparently she was actually just trying to say hello to someone at the dealership 

    Last night I had trouble with a truck, but not on my bike. At almost 11pm, I’m sitting in the living room and do a doubletake because there are headlights in my backyard! This is over 200’ from the road. With no outside lights on, all I could see was the lights and the shape of a pickup. Then it went around the house and down my driveway. Investigating further, I found that it had not traveled up from the road via my front yard, but down from the snowmobile trail onto my feeder trail, which is only riding mower wide, squeezing between a fence and my shed into the yard. Amazingly, the only evidence was some laid down grass and (wild) shrubs, and one red pine on a tight turn that they took some bark off of.

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    Decent ride in this AM. 45 in the valley and 50 in town. Sunny. Beautiful. Who could ask for more? Not I/

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    Yesterday on my way home from work a guy in a truck came to a complete stop at a stop sign where the bike route crosses. He looks over toward me as I am coming to the intersection and then right as I am going through he starts to give it gas. He slammed on his brakes, his front bumper clipped me, and I almost went down. I dont know if he didnt see me or what. But it gave me a massive adrenaline rush. I wanted to turn around and throw down, but something told me that was a bad idea.

    Just kept riding, but I used that adrenaline and anger to fly up a .8 mile hill climb and got my first KING OF THE MOUNTAIN on Strava.

    We have some beautiful weather today, and although I didn't feel like riding to work today, as soon as I got outside, it was amazing.
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    Fast. The new bike is fast. Not the rider, just the bike. First issue with the bike almost to work. Seatpost needs to be regreased. I think that some or most of it came off in transporting the bike in the car when I took the post out. It is creaking like crazy while pedaling, but as soon as I stand up to pedal, silent. Will hit that in the morning and get it squared away.

    OK, not sure who else gets this, but I am growing tired of the "Hey Lance" cat calls from pedestrians/drunk college kids. Got it twice tonight in less than a 1 mile period. They think it is funny. I think it is annoying. Got cat called from some drunk girl in a van taxi at a light. The drunk dude with her kept saying how sweet the bike was. She kept going Hey Lance, Hey Lance!!! I ignored both, and quietly waited for the light to turn green. Never looked their way or acknowledged them, as if I was deaf.

    Beat a rain storm home although it sprinkled lightly on near my apartment. Looking forward to the ride in tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Yesterday on my way home from work a guy in a truck came to a complete stop at a stop sign where the bike route crosses. He looks over toward me as I am coming to the intersection and then right as I am going through he starts to give it gas. He slammed on his brakes, his front bumper clipped me, and I almost went down. I dont know if he didnt see me or what. But it gave me a massive adrenaline rush. I wanted to turn around and throw down, but something told me that was a bad idea.

    Just kept riding, but I used that adrenaline and anger to fly up a .8 mile hill climb and got my first KING OF THE MOUNTAIN on Strava.

    We have some beautiful weather today, and although I didn't feel like riding to work today, as soon as I got outside, it was amazing.
    Glad you didn't get hurt. And probably good call on not confronting him. Not sure I would have been as collected about it as you were. Good hill result is better than yell fest.

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    Got a ride in in the evening yesterday. Only 9 miles but over 16 mph a speed I am happy with, after being off the bike pretty much for months. Getting the BP down and the temps up has been tricky. I did not want to have adrenalin from an idiot driver give me a stroke. And low temps make you want to sleep, not ride.

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    I pressed the commuter into shuttle service for my paddle today. 8 miles by river, 4 by road to return to the put in and car. This is in the Northeast Kingdom, north of Kingdom Trails by 20+ miles. Worked like a charm, the beaver dams were more challenging than the bike shuttle. I locked the bike at the downstream take out and then locked the kayak after the paddle until I returned with the car.
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    TenSpeed - maybe all the college girls just think you're cute!

    Mtbx - great photos! I like the bike/kayak combo idea. I've always thought about doing that with hiking or trail running, but fear locking my bike up to some random tree.

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    Good ride in, no incidents. Strong headwinds on the ride home. Had a crazy incident with a few deer on the MUP. Crested the hill, and there were three of them a little way down the path grazing. I slowed, and they took off into the brush along side the path. I slowly rode by, just in case there was a fourth that I didn't see. Passed where they crossed, and kept going. One of them, at least one, ran in the bush along side of me for at least 50 yards or so. I could hear him/her trouncing through the brush and tall grass. I got a little worried, maybe that it would jump out back onto the trail because it was scared or lost or whatever. Didn't know if I should accelerate or stop. Kept going and eventually they stopped and it was absolutely nuts.

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    After a moderately ambitious trail ride yesterday, maybe the singlespeed wasn't the best choice.
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    Singlespeed is always the best choice.
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    Good commute in this AM. 49 and sunny. Had a great Solstice ride Saturday night with my twelve year old son. Decided we wanted to ride the sun down, so took off at 20 after 10 and rode until the civil sunset of 11:43 PM and then just a little bit more to get back home. Great times on the single track. Love riding at midnight and not needing lights and still able to wear sunglasses. Alaska is a blast!

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    It was on the chilly side this morning for late June, 53 when I left home. Should be around 80 and mostly sunny on my ride home, can't complain about that. I'm still on a streak for the most days commuting without driving, today is commute #17 in a row. Last time I drove to work was May 13th. Unless anything unexpected happens, I should be able to make it until July without a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Singlespeed is always the best choice.
    True dat - certainly was yesterday, though I only really have one mountain bike so I didn't necessarily have a choice. And now I can fall back to the even slower geared bike tomorrow (an old 26" bike that I recently switched from SS mode to a touring type setup) if my legs beg loud enough for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    It was on the chilly side this morning for late June, 53 when I left home...
    Same here, I left around 6 and it was around 50 but by the time I got to work I could feel the warmth of summer in the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I locked the bike at the downstream take out and then locked the kayak after the paddle until I returned with the car.
    MTBX, that's awesome! If you get a bigger boat you can just take the bike with you as my wife and I like to do when fishing from our drift boat.


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    Actually, I've used a bike to retrieve the upstream vehicle on a kayaking river trip. Left the bike at the bottom, put in about 7 miles upstream, kayaked down then biked back up for the truck.

    OK, I'm ready for my afternoon commute. 'nuff of this works stuff. The trail is calling.

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    got a steal of a score on a trek portland.
    too smalll but i built it up anyways. figured i'd ride it in today.
    whoo-eee that thing is light n fast and stunty short! (it's a 54, i ride 58)
    think I chopped a couple minutes off my usual time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    MTBX, that's awesome! If you get a bigger boat you can just take the bike with you as my wife and I like to do when fishing from our drift boat.

    Cool! I bet you get some funny looks from the other people fishing!

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    Actually, I've used a bike to retrieve the upstream vehicle on a kayaking river trip. Left the bike at the bottom, put in about 7 miles upstream, kayaked down then biked back up for the truck.
    As they say, great minds think alike! Only a handful of cars passed me while pedaling , so I was thankful not to be trying to hitch a ride.

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    Re: How was your commute today?

    Going in this morning was fast and easy. Had to drop the truck we borrowed from the in laws over the weekend, which is only a few miles from the office. Took about 15 minutes, so by the time I started getting into the groove, I was there.

    This evening was rough. Hotter than hot, and right at the busiest part of rush hour. A few buzzes, but nothing out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, when I got home, I had to mow the lawn, since we're expecting rain in the afternoon for the rest of the week.
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    Dang, close call MoeFoSho. Glad it didn`t turn out bloody.

    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Fast. The new bike is fast. Not the rider, just the bike.
    I hope you caught up with your bike by the time you got to work!

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    If you get a bigger boat you can just take the bike with you as my wife and I like to do when fishing from our drift boat.
    If you borrow Woodway`s boat, be sure to borrow his wife too so you don`t have to row
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    Had to evict my recumbent from its spot in the shed over the weekend to make room for a different toy. I haven`t ridden it in a couple years, so it was completely covered in gunk- decided I might just as well send it off to a new home. I stripped it completely and shot the rest of the paint left over from its initial painting on the frame, started scrubbing the parts to rehang before listing it.
    Recalculating....

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    Yesterday on my commute home someone passed me closer than ever before. Couldn't have been more than 6" from me. They had more than enough room to go around. They were driving a Prius. Probably jealous that I was getting better gas mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Had to evict my recumbent from its spot in the shed over the weekend to make room for a different toy.
    Pics of new toy? Bike?
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    I had an unusual encounter with another cyclist on the MUP last night. He passed me mashing a HUGE gear and was pulling away from me when we entered a stretch where driveways and low traffic roads cross the MUP every quarter to half mile.

    We get to the first driveway, which everyone blows past with a cursory glance for traffic, and he is about 50 feet in front of me. He slows WAY down carefully looking for cross traffic. He never shifted so when he decides that the coast is clear he is mashing that big gear again and SLOWWWLLLYYY cranks back up to speed. Knowing that he will eventually be going faster then me, I brake and stay behind him but it's painful how long it takes him to accelerate.

    We come to the next driveway and the same thing happens. This time I think to myself "screw it" and call out, pass him and keep going. He passes me back, but at the next driveway, same thing happens. This is getting annoying.

    After passing him again at the the 4th driveway he comes up next to me and says "you seem like a nice guy, but I really don't want to race you". Huh? Racing was the last thing on my mind...I'm just trying to ride home from work at a steady pace. If this guy would just use the damn gear shifter on his bike (which I know works because he did occasionally shift up one cog while I was behind him) and not be such a nervous nelly going through the driveways he would be out of my way and I would be out of his way. Suppressing my inside voice, I just gave him a smile and said "I'm not interested in racing, just trying to ride home a consistent pace". He turned off the MUP soon after and the rest of my commute was uneventful.

    What is it about the MUP that brings out the Cat6 in people?

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    ^ I was cat6ing a roadie a bit this morning on my ss 29er. I was doing a reasonable job of it with my 2.4 knobbies and 32x16 gearing, but he didn't stop at stopsigns which really gave him an insurmountable lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Had to evict my recumbent from its spot in the shed over the weekend to make room for a different toy. I haven`t ridden it in a couple years, so it was completely covered in gunk- decided I might just as well send it off to a new home. I stripped it completely and shot the rest of the paint left over from its initial painting on the frame, started scrubbing the parts to rehang before listing it.
    You should ride it. As much as I love my commuter I still miss the recumbent ride. It was like a lounge chair. At least in seating position, if not in padding.

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    Second day in a row of storms/rain that just isn't going to allow a commute by bike. Had the new bike for 4 days now, and have ridden it to work 2 days only. What a bummer. The rest of the week is shaping up nicely for riding, so that will make up for it.
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    How was your commute today?

    Rather uneventful here, minus one moment. Ran into a guy I know from the local bike scene who works at an LBS known for poor customer service and a rather pretentious feel. We met as he passed me on the right as I was stopped at a red, proceeded to run the light, causing a vehicle to take evasive action, and then rode in the gutter for a few until he picked up speed, at which point he took the lane without signaling, didn't hold a line, and was extremely unpredictable. Literally everything he did was a reason given by motorists to justify a disdain for cyclists.

    I messaged him on Facebook, to keep it between he and I. So far, he's done nothing but defend his actions while telling me that because he's been riding for blah blah blah. "I have to ride aggressively to be seen"... Yeah, no.
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