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  1. #7026
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    Little warmer then expected, random music setting on the ipod was kicking out some good tunes so I got a bit sweaty coming up the hill. Gonna need lights soon.

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    Week 2 of getting back into commuting now that school is back in session. Had a guy on the sidewalk in front of me with ear buds in when I rang my bell and yelled out "on your left" because that section of my route is on a busy street.

    The guy does not budge. I continue to ring and yell out to him. Nothing. I'm thinking on great the music is so loud he can't hear me.

    I get right up on him and ask if he could please move over. He turns to me and says "Get on the road where you belong!"

    My response was that I had every legal right to be on the sidewalk in Montgomery county MD. He continued to walk down the middle of the sidewalk, exchanged a few more colorful words as I rode past him.

    While I was waiting at the crosswalk, like a pedestrian because I was not a vehicle, I noticed this guy further down the cross road jaywalking.

    What a hypocritical dolt.

    Anyway I hope he has a better day.

    Anyone else have this occur to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yabodie View Post
    Week 2 of getting back into commuting now that school is back in session. Had a guy on the sidewalk in front of me with ear buds in when I rang my bell and yelled out "on your left" because that section of my route is on a busy street.

    The guy does not budge. I continue to ring and yell out to him. Nothing. I'm thinking on great the music is so loud he can't hear me.

    I get right up on him and ask if he could please move over. He turns to me and says "Get on the road where you belong!"

    My response was that I had every legal right to be on the sidewalk in Montgomery county MD. He continued to walk down the middle of the sidewalk, exchanged a few more colorful words as I rode past him.

    While I was waiting at the crosswalk, like a pedestrian because I was not a vehicle, I noticed this guy further down the cross road jaywalking.

    What a hypocritical dolt.

    Anyway I hope he has a better day.

    Anyone else have this occur to you?
    I was under the impression bikes aren't allowed/supposed to be on sidewalks in most places. In cities they ticket you for it. Obviously your local regulations may vary.

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    I was hit by a storm yesterday. I rushed out of the office hoping I could beat the rain, but I barely made it down the street when I was hit by a wall of wind. There wasn't a whole lot of lightning and few trees, so I decided to go for it. It was a little work to fight against the wind, but I made it home, drenched but in one piece. It was kind of an exciting ride home.

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    Good commute this morning, went even farther around the local high school to avoid the maelstrom.

    Was almost hit by a lady in a white Caravan who apparently couldn't see my day-glo yellow bike and white helmet right in front of her.

    I've also had a number of people try to give me the right of way or slow down for me to enter traffic but all it does is back up traffic. I would much prefer it if they'd just go past me at the speed they normally travel so I can jump into the lane when the traffic is clear.

    Also attempted to snap some photos but the camera on my phone is a piece of crap. This was the only salvageable photo and it's not good by any stretch.


    Think I might attempt to lug my DSLR with me some morning and get some better photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Do you live near a zoo?
    Nope, just out in the sticks.

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    KANGAROOS! That would be cool! Although folks I've met from "daaan unda" compare them to large rats. We've got a deer overpopulation problem that we're pretty sick of, so I sort of get that...everyone ELSE thinks the deer are great. But KANGAROOS! I would love to see those guys cruising around on my commute route. Too cool.

    I got chased by a dog this morning. I yelled at it and the lady who was walking it yelled at it and it stopped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I was under the impression bikes aren't allowed/supposed to be on sidewalks in most places. In cities they ticket you for it. Obviously your local regulations may vary.
    Nope the local regs in MoCo MD are that in most jurisdictions (including the ones I ride through) a bike can ride on the sidewalk (loads of bike trails are multi use paths with sidewalks connecting them), with pedestrians having the right of way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuManchu View Post
    Also attempted to snap some photos but the camera on my phone is a piece of crap. This was the only salvageable photo and it's not good by any stretch.
    Good or not good, I think it looks kind of neat. I used to enjoy taking low light pics hand held or just propped against a wall or phone pole- they came out obviously shaky, but I liked `em anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    We've got a deer overpopulation problem that we're pretty sick of, so I sort of get that...everyone ELSE thinks the deer are great.
    Ha! Even though I knew what they were as soon as I saw the pic, it made me think of a bunch of deer out cleaning up dropped apples!

    I got wind (a lot) and rain (a little) last night too- probably much less than sOck did, but even a little is welcome. Comming home was surprisingly muggy for these parts. And hot too, because I`ve been working 4 hours over each day this week, so not as nice at 11 AM as it is at 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I got wind (a lot) and rain (a little) last night too- probably much less than sOck did, but even a little is welcome. Comming home was surprisingly muggy for these parts. And hot too, because I`ve been working 4 hours over each day this week, so not as nice at 11 AM as it is at 7.
    We are at 46 straight days without measureable precipitation here in the Seattle Area. The all-time record is 51 days, which will be tied next Tuesday of it stays dry. Forecast calls for a nice weekend and then a small chance of rain coming through starting on Monday. Unlike Rodar, I don't welcome any rain - I get my fill of it in the winter time and am enjoying basking in these sunny 75 degree, low humidity afternoons...

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I don't welcome any rain - I get my fill of it in the winter time and am enjoying basking in these sunny 75 degree, low humidity afternoons...
    IIRC, you got more than just rain last winter. You also got all our snow!

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    After being off the bike for a few months with a shoulder injury I returned to a nice sunny cycle to work with a 40K round trip. Even though I was surprised by how well I did, cardio wise, nothing can prepare your posterior for nearly 2hrs in the saddle after such a long lay off. ouch!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    IIRC, you got more than just rain last winter. You also got all our snow!
    Hoping not to repeat that this winter Rodar! Please, take your snow back. I like my precipitation unfrozen...

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    Welcome back JayCo. The human-bike interface is one of the hardest ones for me too. Even after thousands of miles - bike seats get uncomfortable.

    I had an extra helping of pea soup for my commute. First ride on the new headset this morning since my last one developed a significant case of "index steering". No wonder, what a rusty mess inside the head tube. Those seals were doing a great job of keeping the water in. The bike hadn't been ridden in wet weather in a while but water came out when I disassembled the fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayCo View Post
    After being off the bike for a few months with a shoulder injury I returned to a nice sunny cycle to work with a 40K round trip. Even though I was surprised by how well I did, cardio wise, nothing can prepare your posterior for nearly 2hrs in the saddle after such a long lay off. ouch!!!
    Getting back on the bike after an unwanted "medical leave" sure feels great, don`t it? It`s worth a little butt pain, IMO. Glad you`re pedalling again and good luck to you, your shoulder, and your behind!

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    Went to bed last night expecting not to be able to commute this morning due to rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. Woke up at my normal time and looked outside, my dreary eyes determined it was wet outside and had been raining so I went back to bed.

    Got up 30 minutes later and turned on the news and checked the forecast. No rain till later on this afternoon. I thought, "Damn... I shoulda rode, guess I'm driving today."

    Kept an eye on the forecast all morning, decided to hop on the bike and ride back from my lunch break. Hopefully the storms hold off till after 4:00 this afternoon (looks like they will).

    And as a bonus, it looks like we won't get enough rain to close down the trails I was planning on riding tomorrow. Though we do need the rain, I really want to hit the trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuManchu View Post
    Went to bed last night expecting not to be able to commute this morning due to rain and thunderstorms in the forecast.
    You lost me there. I don't understand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    You lost me there. I don't understand?
    I don't have fenders or any wet-riding gear so it's kinda miserable riding in the rain.

    I rode last Friday when the remnants of Isaac were dumping 5" on us. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't all that fun either. I had to put all my valuables and whatnot into sandwich baggies since nothing I have is anything remotely waterproof.

    Too broke at the moment to plunk down the cash for a waterproof backpack/pannier set, fenders, jacket etc.
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    I hear the $$$ thing. Over the years I've accumulated the gear to deal with the seasons...some is better than others. I've done a few of those miserable rides where the back tire is coating you with high pressure road grime, and the front tire is throwing it up in the air for you to ride through. No fun at all. My backpack used to be pretty waterproof, but it's getting old... I keep a couple freezer size ziplocks in there for the phone/ipod/papers, and a big kitchen size trash bag in the large compartment, that I basically use as a backpack liner to stuff everything in when it's really coming down. Works like a charm. But I'm with you on how much it sucks being fenderless in the rain. Nasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I hear the $$$ thing. Over the years I've accumulated the gear to deal with the seasons...some is better than others. I've done a few of those miserable rides where the back tire is coating you with high pressure road grime, and the front tire is throwing it up in the air for you to ride through. No fun at all. My backpack used to be pretty waterproof, but it's getting old... I keep a couple freezer size ziplocks in there for the phone/ipod/papers, and a big kitchen size trash bag in the large compartment, that I basically use as a backpack liner to stuff everything in when it's really coming down. Works like a charm. But I'm with you on how much it sucks being fenderless in the rain. Nasty.
    In todays age you need to carry things back and forth to work.....even clothes can be sent to cleaners......

    Maybe a load every couple of weeks max is really neccessary...

    Course some people need a pack almost like a security blanket.....brother is like that.

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    ^^ Assuming you mean DON'T need to carry things back and forth?
    I carry lunch (to save $$), a spare tube, a multitool, underwear and a T-shirt, phone and an iPod. Clothes stay at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    In todays age you need to carry things back and forth to work.....even clothes can be sent to cleaners......

    Maybe a load every couple of weeks max is really neccessary...

    Course some people need a pack almost like a security blanket.....brother is like that.
    Huh??? Even if there was a cleaner that offered pickup and delivery service at my place or work (and I don't think there is, I must be outside today's age) it would eclipse the economy of riding to work. Cellphone, wallet, keys & minor tools make the trip every day in a fanny pack all in zip-lock bags because if the rain doesn't get them the sweat will.

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    Looks like I'll be getting wet anyway (I work near the pink/yellow dot). Glad I brought a pile of freezer bags with me


    If I'm lucky it'll pass before I leave here at 3:30 or so, but that's looking doubtful. Hopefully it doesn't rain enough to close the trails.
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    I am ready for the heat to be done. Supposed to hit 100 again today. Fortunately, a system is supposed to roll through tonight/tomorrow and drop the temps 10 degrees. That will be a welcome change, and it looks to last for at least the next week.

    My ride this morning was otherwise uneventful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Huh??? Even if there was a cleaner that offered pickup and delivery service at my place or work (and I don't think there is, I must be outside today's age) it would eclipse the economy of riding to work. Cellphone, wallet, keys & minor tools make the trip every day in a fanny pack all in zip-lock bags because if the rain doesn't get them the sweat will.
    I think when he says "today's age" he's talking about that new "cloud" storage thing... where if you have the right app you can just save your cellphone, wallet, keys, etc to the cloud, and then retrieve them on another device when you get to work. I'm seriously considering looking in to this.
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