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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    We complain about the cold weather as one aspect, and this would be entirely different. Does it get hot enough that you do not commute?
    We did have an excessive heat warning back in early July of last year, a stretch were Vegas tied its highest official high at 117F. I did not peddle in that week. Now that my commute is a few miles shorter I'd likely peddle in under any circumstance. Even 117F for only 4.4 miles properly hydrated shouldn't be too much of a problem.

    The biggest difference I see between the heat I ride in and the cold many of you ride in is that the heat, at least from my experience, has never caused physical pain the way the cold does. Heat can be pretty dang uncomfortable, but not physically painful the way toes and finger can become in the cold.

    There is no doubt in my mind that anyone on here can do a 4.4 mile 117F commute with ease.

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    I would do one every day if it meant not riding in the cold. I despise the cold with everything I have. The frozen extremities, the regulation of body temperature, the snotting up, the coughing, the bundling up, the extra stuff you have to carry...it is just too much.
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    The only thing I really dislike about very hot days is that public decency demands that there's a minimum clothing level. Don't have that problem in the cold.

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    Dry. Very dry. So dry that it almost seemed like I was in a car. A car? Oh, a car, yeah, I still have one of those. Looked decent on the way in. The way home? Lots of lightning and thunder, some light rain, but the lightning!!!! The sky was lit up for most of the drive home. Bolts shooting across the sky, up, down, sideways, everywhere. I haven't seen it like this in years, maybe ever. My weather app said a 50% of thunderstorms for this evening earlier on in the day. That is my cutoff. Anything under and I will chance it. That turned into an 80% chance by 9:30, and 100% chance by 11:00. They were dead on. Still going on as I type this. Not much rain, which seems strange, but the lightning and thunder is still a constant.

    I made a very good decision today.
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    Freakin great weather in Eastern, WA. high 80s to low 90s all week long (low humidity).

    It was a fast commute for me today. Set 2 PRs (#6 and #10 overall) on the way to work. This is on a 27# hardtail commuter.
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    Mine was nice. Loaded up front and rear panniers including the office bag pannier with the laptop, in order to test the front rack install and panniers for fit, etc. Also, the handle bar bag so I could adjust out any annoying fit issues. I put some legal files and papers in the front ones. I think I was going for the heaviest bike ever. But it all rolled really well. Surprisingly well. and the handling was fine, and the ride quite comfortable. If anything, the load over the 35mm Clement USH tires softens out the frost heaves and root bumps nicely!

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    Been trying this diet that won't allow me to eat my normal oatmeal for breakfast, so I had to bring in eggs. I was worried but didn't manage to break any
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    Nice ride in but it's gonna suck going home. According to the National Weather Service I'm riding at the highest heat index of the day. Passed a guy on the way in that could be my evil twin, 2 year older Fargo, similar Camelbak, same helmet, probably the same age... I think we were both contemplating the effect of touching matter and anti-matter at some point.
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    So this is really super goofy, but my city just did the big unveiling of some fancy LED lights that have been installed on the "big" bridge that I ride across every morning. It's the bridge that most cyclists use, since it's the only one that lets you avoid riding down into the valley and then having to climb out again.

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    It will be awhile before I get to experience it on a commute, since the sun is currently up from 5am to 10pm. But soon enough.

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    Forced to get out early here in South Texas. It hits 90+ degrees by noon.

    Took my wife on my 12mile city route today. Just picked up on some Schwalbe Marathon tires. Can't wait to get them put on.
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    rain in the morning so hopped onto the casseroll with my bent seat and concluded that no... my tailbione isn't doing a heckuva lot better and no a seat that's bent into a convex shape has no comfortable place on it.
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    I like the LED bridge! Another day here with thunderstorms in the forecast but dry rides in both directions. That can't last forever, but I'll take it. Really pollen allergic on the way home though, red itchy eyes and face, congested, etc.

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    I had my first commute in with two new items today. I got to use my Osprey Radial pack that I picked up over the weekend. Wow it can hold quite a bit. I ride in to campus, so I had my lab coat, goggles, long pants, change of gym clothes including shoes, and everything I needed for lectures as well. It fit everything with room to spare.

    I also got to ride home at night (when it's not mid-upper 90's) and give my Expilion 800 a real test. Sucker's bright. I'm going to enjoy my campus commute for the rest of my college career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    So this is really super goofy, but my city just did the big unveiling of some fancy LED lights that have been installed on the "big" bridge that I ride across every morning. It's the bridge that most cyclists use, since it's the only one that lets you avoid riding down into the valley and then having to climb out again.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XldQSqbChk4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RIdyoTpMUVg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    It will be awhile before I get to experience it on a commute, since the sun is currently up from 5am to 10pm. But soon enough.
    Goofy? That is pretty damn cool. I would love to ride that bridge.
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    Going to be a hot one today. It'll be 92 and humid on my ride home. My ride in was uneventful. I added an extra 2 miles because it was nice out. Today is my 25th straight day in the office that I've ridden to work. Prior to this, I had never done more than 5 or 6 straight. A coworker asked me to pick him up at the car dealership sometime soon. He did the same for me a few months ago, so I can't really say no. I guess that's when my streak will end....

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    Was caught out yesterday by wearing my full rain gear... when it turned out to be 25C and clear! Today I wore my summer gear, and it was 11C and torrential rain - thankfully I had a rain coat in my backpack.

    My usual forest trail to work was blocked for some kind of 'treatment', so I was diverted to the road... which was blocked due to roadworks! Ended up taking some shortcuts, mini trails and backroads - finding some new areas to ride in the process.

    All in all, not an ideal run fun run.
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    How was your commute today?

    Good ride in. Had some cramping in my feet, which I'm not sure if it's cause is fatigue or cleat placement. I'll play around with the cleats on the way home if it gets to be a problem. Decided to take the MUP at the Riverwalk that everyone raves about. It's a fun attraction, and great for the kids on the weekend, but didn't do anything for my ride this morning. I can think of much better places to go than to dodge old people on pavement.
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    Yesterday evening was easily my worst commute of my short bike commuting career. Walked across downtown to our office building with the showers where I change, and realized I forgot my keys in my desk drawer and had to walk back to get them. Finally get changed and down to my bike to discover I have a flat. No problem, I have a spare tube and CO2. Change the flat, hop on my bike and ride out of the garage, just to hear "ssssssssssssssssssssssss".....there goes all of the air out of my spare tube. Forgot to check for whatever caused the initial flat. Ended up being a sharp piece of glass lodged in the tire. Called the wife for a bail out.

    This morning was much smoother. Need to order some more tubes and potentially a new set of tires with more puncture resistance.

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    Like Kleebs had my worst commute (also only been commuting a short while) so far yesterday. Was 96 on the way home and a very strong wind made a surprise appearance, hot I don't mind so much (only 4 miles) but the wind made it miserable. Couldn't even really manage to get in my "big" ring on the 10 speed. Wind somehow managed to feel like it was in my face no matter which direction I was headed.

    Oh well, this mornings commute was super easy. Great temps (mid 60's) and had clear intersections every time. That never happens. So I guess they evened out.

    Supposed to be 99 today. But it's a "dry" heat......

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    Hi all. Checking in from summer break with a little vintage bling for ya... Raleigh Restoration underway...

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    How was your commute today?

    Almost smoked by a car when i was in the cross walk, didnt see them coming, just heard the car slam on the brakes but i was luckily already out of the way, I just kept going. Then a block later im middle of the cross walk and the guy moves forward at me a foot. That guy got off easy with me flipping him off. Then a couple blocks later a suv pulls beside me, i can tell they are looking for an address, then they like edge me out so i slow down, they proceed to cut me off and then pull to a stop. They also got off easy getting flipped off.

    Its ridiculous! Some ones getting their mirror kicked next or something.
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    Great ride on the way home yesterday. I ride an old Trek 810 26" hardtail, steel frame, guards rack etc. Pulled up next to a guy at a set of lights who was on a similar vintage rigid MTB. Never seen him before. We both mashed up the hill and through the bollards and had an awesome CAT 6 for the next mile or so (dead end road to nowhere for cars so no traffic). He got the jump on me so was in front. I couldn't catch him and he couldn't pull away. Some banter to and fro aswell, really enjoyable. Hope I see him again for another!

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    How was your commute today?

    Decided to take the longer 18.5 mi route this morning. About 4 miles in I started noticing that the roads were feeling super rough, much more so than usual. Reached down at a light and noticed my front tire probably only had 20 psi. Grabbed the Co2 and aired it back up, only to have it dwindle a few minutes later. Pulled over, changed the tube and found a massive thorn in the side wall were the Kevlar belt runs out. Got that all taken care of and didn't have an issue until some jack wagon in a pickup comes flying up on me going in to a curve, right when the road splits for a short median. Instead of heeding my warning to fall back, he blows his horn and barrels through the empty oncoming lane. Absolutely ridiculous. Then, right toward the end of my route, I was cut off by a car. There's a skate park that has quite a bit of trouble, so cops hang out there frequently, and it happens to be placed in the middle of a sharp curve. Well, she came blowing through, cuts me off, and then proceeds to go 12 in a 15 because she saw the cruisers. I wound up drafting her to my office, upward of about 25 mph. That was fun.
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    Woke up late, really too late to ride, rode anyways. Miserable ride, felt like crap, slow, had to take the short route past the dump (which smells awful), and one of the roads on the way was closed. And to top it all off, I got to work just to catch the tail end of a company-wide meeting I totally forgot about.

    Should have just driven.

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    Warm (65F <i>is</i> a really warm morning around here) and uneventful ride in.

    For the last week or so there's been a newish, entry-levelish Scott hardtail locked up outside an apartment building down the block. It's out of the way, but still very visible, and it had remained unmolested. But last night the qr seatpost disappeared, so now I'm wondering how long it will take the other parts to disappear too.

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    another uneventful commute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattNorv View Post
    another uneventful commute.
    Usually uneventful on a bike = good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Usually uneventful on a bike = good.
    it was a good one. I guess I did see a co-worker. Stepped up my cadence and didn't see him again until I finished locking up my bike

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    It looks like I might have to go home early. We have a storm coming in... The weather was supposed to be clear until late tonight. Any excuse to go home early I guess...

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    Been busting my ass this week. Sunday I did a group ride with the LBS, my fastest pace ever. 19.6mph over 33 miles. Since then, I've added at least a few miles to my commute each day. 5 extra on Monday, 3 Tuesday, 9 yesterday and likely another 7 or 8 today. Needless to say, my legs are pretty tired. I will get a break this weekend though, going to visit the in-laws in NJ (though of all reasons I'm getting a break, going to NJ to see my in-laws isn't at the top of the list).

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    Knocked out a 12.4 mile ride this morning. Was fighting a mild head-wind and a mild hangover. This hot Texas weather will sweat out your toxins on no time.
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    Back at it today after nearly two weeks off. Felt good to be out there and riding again. Nothing earth shattering or ground breaking. Just an overcast day that has now turned to rain.

    I did, however, have to have my rear wheel pseudo rebuilt again yesterday. Noticed on Monday night that I had a broken nipple again. Tuesday night I went to replace the broken nipple and lightly true the wheel. Each nipple I touched fell apart as I tried to tighten it. Took it to the shop and the guy who built it for me was somewhat shocked to see all of the nippled so corroded after only 6 months. We ended up replacing them all with brass - what we should have used from the get go - so all should be good now. Alloy nips don't mix well with salt and water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Alloy nips don't mix well with salt and water.
    I heard a little salt water was good for nipples...

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    Excellent ride in, but boring. Beautiful day out for a ride so I took full advantage. Ass clowns at work do NOT know how to properly lock their bikes up at the rack. There is always the one person that takes up the entire end of the rack where I like to put mine. I had to carefully move his bike back so that we could both use the end of the rack. I actually made his bike a little more stable instead of he had it. I don't like to touch other peoples bikes but I had no choice.

    After I got home this evening, I was looking at my latest copy of Road Bike Action, and Pearl Izumi has an ad in there that I have not seen. I really liked this ad a lot.

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    ^ when people do the smalltalk "How's work?" thing, I usually say that I get 2 or 3 bikerides out of it each day, so it's tough to complain.

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    NJ + inlaws is not a good equation! Head on down to Delaware to enjoy the beach and some Dogfish Head beer.

    I've been MIA because one of my main roads into work was under construction and I am not comfortable riding any other way in. However, I think it's mostly done now and I was able to pedal into work today. Finally! Next week's weather looks promising too.

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    Another good ride in this AM. Dry in the valley. Wet in town. Can see the band of rain clouds moving down the mountains right now from my office window. Pretty cool.

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    No commute today, I had to take a day off or lose it! I went riding at Kingdom Trails, which I prefer to hit on weekdays. Funny, it ended up being almost the same mileage as my RT commute 15.5 vs 16, but trail miles make you more tired.
    They were haying this field one of the trails goes through. It smelled great!
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    Also had a refreshing dip in the East Branch mid-ride. Most of it is rocky and not very deep, but there was a sand bottom pool that was swim-able.
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    Well, a two and a half day work week with camping in the middle. Peddled in Monday and today. Took a half day Tuesday but drove in. While driving only saves a measly ten minutes, I felt I needed it cause we were rolling out of town an hour and half after I got off and I still needed to load the trailer and hook it up. Today's commute a little longer than usual on the way home cause I had to do a work errand. Had to unlock a channel gate for a contractor. Decided to just peddle there instead of taking the work truck and working a few minutes overtime. Five, ten minutes overtime seems pointless. Beside, had El Pollo Loco for lunch and needed to burn a few extra calories.

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    Great ride in and a better ride home. Did a few extra miles, and stopped at the local 24 hour dairy/convenience store for some of their homemade ice cream! They put a bike rack in, be it that it is not anchored to anything, but it is a huge and heavy rack. It isn't going anywhere. Probably room enough to park 20-25 bikes or so. I was hesitant to lock my bike up there, but it is a good part of town, and is fully lit. And that rack is really heavy. I tried to lift it to see if it was anchored.
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    In the spirit of Rodar's camping trips, and MTBR's tours, I thought a recent trip to Cleveland area for four days might be worth a virtual slide show.

    Watched the Indians beat the Yankees Tuesday night:



    Tramped about the the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in the sun (rare thing, Cleveland only gets 74 sunny days a year!):



    Rode some in North Chagrin Reservation yesterday:

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    Hope the map shows the MUPs. They are in need of some tending but not bad yet.



    Their are commuter routes that parallel the road and cross under Som Center Road and I changed and showered after in one of Progressive's Campuses located directly across from the parking lot I used. My wife works for them.



    The further reaches had fewer pedestrians, though early afternoon on Thursday it was not bad at all. This downhill went for maybe a mile counting the parking lot at the bottom? My iPhone connector is broken and won't connect with the iBike, so no mileage or speed data:



    They haven't repainted the center dashed green line on this path yet, though it was done elsewhere. It is named Foster's Run, apparently:



    Not far from that first curve, is this boardwalk beside the babbling stone lined brook (a small tributary of Rocky River, I think), this spot had a quieter vernal pond and a description of its role in the life cycles of various animals that also held The Duchess up nicely:



    A lot of the paths are in tree lined tunnels. I wanted video of riding that and brought the camera but without the mounting plate to fasten it to anything. So you are spared that. Picture a 5 foot wide faded asphalt paved path with a forest green dotted line in the center, running though an emerald tunnel of leaves. Cool and minty fresh.

    Most of the paths are independent of roads, though I did take off and ride the streets in two places as pedestrian safety and the sharpish turns made riding at speed a precarious thing at times. Foster's Run was steep enough for 20-25 mph dragging the brakes. I needed the Granny to climb it, but was amazed to discover my strength was significantly improved and I hauled my a$$ up it in 26-23 at 100 + cadence gaining on a 29er rider a third my age, close to my height but without the extra 30 pounds I have. The Duchess with tools, batteries, and lock was at least as heavy as his 29er. He was surprised to look back and find me closing! Not Cat 6 but plenty good for my ego!

    To get to Foster's Run from the where I parked, you need to ride a road in great need of resurfacing (understatement), but I did not hold the phone steady enough for the tree filtered light available to show you that. It was already a decent down hill grade (20 mph coasting) when I discovered this sign:



    I was still not steady enough taking this pic to not blur the bike. Oh well. I had never seen such a sign before. I was temped to lock the Duchess to the post at the same angle but like my paint job too much just to make that lame joke. I had reservations about a 45-50 mph descent hill with a mosaic of 6" deep potholes and multiple shedding patches. It actually was better surface from the sign to Foster's Run but I did not explore further downgrade on the road.

    Numerous nature trials including this one with a nice look at one of the ponds:



    All in all, a nice 2 hours of riding. But it had to end sometime. Folding rear seats and wide trunk pass through with a blanket to hide the bike that sticks into the cabin make it less of a theft issue when stopping along the way than a trunk rack does:



    Time to get Kathryn and head home.

    Lyndhurst has some nice trails according to one person.

    Lyndhurst Bike Trails - Maps of Bike Routes in Lyndhurst, OH

    Renting a mountain bike for one or more of those might be an option next year.

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    ^^Looks like a great trip (except for the Yankees losing ) and ride, Brian. Glad to hear you were feeling strong on those hills. Thanks for taking and sharing some pics.

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    ^^ Our third year seeing one game. I could barely stand crowds the first year, Three Indian wins: one against the Brewers, two against the Yankees. Not a rabid Indian fan or anti-Yankess, but always liked underdogs and enjoy a good game. If we keep up this record, maybe we can get free season's tickets to help the Indians record? Naw. Fun idea though: the positive jinx. Five runs against Tanaka is a first. Too bad he is out for 6 weeks with an elbow injury Thursday night with 9 runs scored against him by the Indians. The Indian errors Tuesday almost cost them the game. So it was a bit of an ugly win. The drunk Yankee fans in the next hotel room came in at 2:30 and didn't shut it until 4 AM. I got to hate the Bronx accents. So I paid for that Indians win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    In the spirit of Rodar's camping trips, and MTBR's tours, I thought a recent trip to Cleveland area for four days might be worth a virtual slide show.

    Watched the Indians beat the Yankees Tuesday night:



    Tramped about the the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in the sun (rare thing, Cleveland only gets 74 sunny days a year!):



    Rode some in North Chagrin Reservation yesterday:

    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5756.../data=!5m1!1e3

    Hope the map shows the MUPs. They are in need of some tending but not bad yet.



    Their are commuter routes that parallel the road and cross under Som Center Road and I changed and showered after in one of Progressive's Campuses located directly across from the parking lot I used. My wife works for them.



    The further reaches had fewer pedestrians, though early afternoon on Thursday it was not bad at all. This downhill went for maybe a mile counting the parking lot at the bottom? My iPhone connector is broken and won't connect with the iBike, so no mileage or speed data:



    They haven't repainted the center dashed green line on this path yet, though it was done elsewhere. It is named Foster's Run, apparently:



    Not far from that first curve, is this boardwalk beside the babbling stone lined brook (a small tributary of Rocky River, I think), this spot had a quieter vernal pond and a description of its role in the life cycles of various animals that also held The Duchess up nicely:



    A lot of the paths are in tree lined tunnels. I wanted video of riding that and brought the camera but without the mounting plate to fasten it to anything. So you are spared that. Picture a 5 foot wide faded asphalt paved path with a forest green dotted line in the center, running though an emerald tunnel of leaves. Cool and minty fresh.

    Most of the paths are independent of roads, though I did take off and ride the streets in two places as pedestrian safety and the sharpish turns made riding at speed a precarious thing at times. Foster's Run was steep enough for 20-25 mph dragging the brakes. I needed the Granny to climb it, but was amazed to discover my strength was significantly improved and I hauled my a$$ up it in 26-23 at 100 + cadence gaining on a 29er rider a third my age, close to my height but without the extra 30 pounds I have. The Duchess with tools, batteries, and lock was at least as heavy as his 29er. He was surprised to look back and find me closing! Not Cat 6 but plenty good for my ego!

    To get to Foster's Run from the where I parked, you need to ride a road in great need of resurfacing (understatement), but I did not hold the phone steady enough for the tree filtered light available to show you that. It was already a decent down hill grade (20 mph coasting) when I discovered this sign:



    I was still not steady enough taking this pic to not blur the bike. Oh well. I had never seen such a sign before. I was temped to lock the Duchess to the post at the same angle but like my paint job too much just to make that lame joke. I had reservations about a 45-50 mph descent hill with a mosaic of 6" deep potholes and multiple shedding patches. It actually was better surface from the sign to Foster's Run but I did not explore further downgrade on the road.

    Numerous nature trials including this one with a nice look at one of the ponds:



    All in all, a nice 2 hours of riding. But it had to end sometime. Folding rear seats and wide trunk pass through with a blanket to hide the bike that sticks into the cabin make it less of a theft issue when stopping along the way than a trunk rack does:



    Time to get Kathryn and head home.

    Lyndhurst has some nice trails according to one person.

    Lyndhurst Bike Trails - Maps of Bike Routes in Lyndhurst, OH

    Renting a mountain bike for one or more of those might be an option next year.
    Great pictures. . .

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    How was your commute today?



    Took a long route. Really cool seeing the clouds roll on the water being lit by the moon. Tried to snap some pics, but it was too low light for my iPhone camera to do a decent job.
    Bourbon: Because no good story ever started with "So, there we were eating salads".

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    NJ + inlaws is not a good equation! Head on down to Delaware to enjoy the beach and some Dogfish Head beer.
    You're telling me! They're in northern Jersey, so it would be a hike to Rehoboth. I've always wanted to go though! I actually have a DFH bike jersey! It's one of my three favorite breweries (also, Jack's Abby and New Belgium). I did bring my bike and rode a state park in NY, just 15 minutes from there house. The road was called Seven Lakes Drive. It was just repaved recently, nice wide shoulders and not many cars. Tons of cyclists. Most were riding tri bikes. I learned first hand what roadies say about triathletes. All they can do is go in a straight line on flat ground. They would fly by me then I would catch them on the next climb or descent. Never failed. I saw guys riding bikes that cost several times what mine cost and I passed them on climbs.

    This morning marked 2 months since I've driven to work. There were a few moments that I wasn't sure I'd be riding in. As of last night there was a 60% chance of thunderstorms all day. It was wet out when I woke up but the sky didn't look too threatening, so I went for it. We'll see how the ride home is. I don't mind riding home in the rain as much because I can just get soaked and not care since I don't need to wear those clothes again 8 hour later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post


    Took a long route. Really cool seeing the clouds roll on the water being lit by the moon. Tried to snap some pics, but it was too low light for my iPhone camera to do a decent job.
    Burning eight hundred calories is never a bad thing. . .kind of a muggy commute today with the summer monsoon season under way here.

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    I am not that proud of myself today. Less than 2 miles in, and I wasn't very nice. Two women were walking in the same direction that I was riding. The path is about a car and half wide or so, and they are smack dab in the middle yapping their fool heads off. I buzzed them. I shouldn't have, but I did it. Scared the hell out of them. One of them yells, "say something"!!! So I yelled back, "don't take up the whole path"!! Normally I would have slowed down, and hit my Incredibell, but I took it off and forgot to put it back on. For the most part, that goes unnoticed anyway. Might have said "excuse me" or "going to pass on the left" but I didn't. Later on, parked in the bike lane, were 12 trucks that are working on this construction site. I guess there is no other place to park, so they take the bike lane, forcing me into traffic. This has now been going on for about 3 months or so. Sometimes there are less, sometimes there are more.

    Looked like rain, but I rode in anyway. Figured as long as it was dry on the way in, I would be OK. Rained about 2 hours after I got there, and then dried up, then rained again, and started drying up for the ride home.

    Down by the downtown area across from the campus, there is a bike lane, and reserved parallel taxi parking spots. They wait there for the drunks to come out of the bars and need a ride. They are not that nice, and they don't pay attention to potential cyclists and just pull out of their lane into the road. Tonight there were several parked, and one double parked into the bike lane, chatting it up through the passenger window of his taxi to the other one. I could hear them before I got there. They were speaking in a non English dialect, and it was rather loud. I buzzed in between them, and as I passed, I did my loudest Nature Boy Rick Flair WOOOOOOOOOO. People walking down the sidewalk heard me. It was loud.

    Like I said, I am not proud of myself today. I was kind of a dick on my bike, and I don't know why. I guess that I am sick of my lane being taken over, and the path being occupied, and people not looking when they pull out, and it got the best of me. Hoping to redeem myself tomorrow.
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    Left work yesterday to some rain clouds looming. Made it about halfway home before the rainstarted to pick up. It got harder and harder until I got home. By time I got home, it was torentially downpouring. Standing water all over the road. The last mile and a half, I could barely open my eyes. I think I was going 6-7 mph. I got home and my wife had our son in his car seat about to come out and look for me. Here's a couple pictures of the rain I took from my garage right when I got home:

    How was your commute today?-rain1.jpg

    How was your commute today?-rain2.jpg

    More thunderstorms all day today. I rode in and it was a little drizzly, it's clearing a bit now, but there's a 50-60% chance of storms all day. Tomorrow there's an 80% chance of heavy rain, which stinks because my mother, wife son and I were supposed to be going to Martha's Vineyard for the day. We will have to reschedule.

    EDIT: I forgot something that happened on my ride home. Before it started raining, I got to a crosswalk and there were two women with strollers waiting to cross. I stopped and at least 20 cars went by without letting them go. They were clearly visible though. Then this other guy on a bike (I've mentioned him before because I see him ride like an A-hole regularly) then buzzed by me and the women with the strollers, cut across the street, onto the sidewalk on the other side. I caught back up to him and was going to say something, but he didn't look like the most wholesome character so I just let it go. He got a dirty look from me, that's about it.

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