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  1. #17301
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    Nice ride in this morning. Its a bit chilly for May 20th though. I was thinking it would be warmer by now.

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    I'm off this week so no commuting for me either this week. But I managed to make at least a nice 3hr ride today and I'll cheat on my bike tomorrow and Friday: I am going paddling with my 4year old son.

    Managed to take this shot today before I was by the pilot:

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    Finally something that comes close to the value of a commuter bike

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    Rodar, glad your wounds were sorta self-inflicted instead of car-inflicted, and hope you are not discovering new bumps, bruises and tweaks now that the adrenaline has worn off. I think motorists also often forget they have a trailer, and that is even more scarey. The rejuvenating roofing tacks are sucky! VT's stage race had tacks thrown on the route on purpose at least one year.

    I took the BMX today again, trying for once a week during nice weather. It was way easier than last week, because:
    a) I put on the extra long seatpost this morning, so I was not standing-coasting or standing-pedaling 100% of the time - I could actually coast seated and pedal seated on flat ground.
    b) I was running late, and had a meeting right at punch-in time, and there were terrible gusty headwinds, so I parked about halfway and only rode 8 miles round trip.

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    So it's the time of year when all of the roadies are out, and they're sloooooow. I'm on an ss mountainbike so I can't actually pass them without risking looking like a total tool, so I just stay behind them falling asleep. But then yesterday as I'm not-really-drafting and struggling to keep my eyes open, a second roadie passes me and then actually cuts me off for some reason (to the point that I had to grab a handful of brake)?!? I thought maybe she knew the first slow roadie, but nope - she just really needed to pull a right-hook between two other cyclists. Bizarre.

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    No commute for me since I am still off. Did our local Ride Of Silence which had an amazing turn out. I think that there were upwards of 280 people or so? The convoy was about a mile long with full police escort blocking traffic for us. It was quite the sight to see. On our way back, as a buddy and myself are working our way back east, through small packs of returning riders, we come up on a police officer on a bike, a woman, and a gentleman on a trike (my buddy was on a Catrike - massive leg injury in a motorcycle accident a couple years back) and we are riding with them, got what some would call a right hook by a passing car turning right ahead of us. Not too bad, but then someone went after him. Saw us, and still turned right in front of us. Cop had a yellow shirt on it with POLICE across the back. Apparently, it doesn't matter who you are, you are invisible. The thing is that he was to the far left of the group, so he was the most visible. It was still light out and we all had rear blinkers on. We all just shook our heads. The cop was out of his jurisdiction or he would have pursued the driver he said. We were about 1/4 of a mile from his jurisdiction. Bummer!!!
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    Tenspeed, I did the Ride of Silence as well. No police escort but no jerk drivers either. One neat thing was a local rider who was killed last year had his entire office show up along the route. Pretty cool for us and them.
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    Ride of Silence sounds like a cool deal. I looked into what it was since no one here would explain it to me Bummer that it's needed, but definitely good exposure.


    I had a super frustrating stand-off with a car on the way home. You know the kind where a car stops in the middle of he road even though they don't have a stop sign and tries to force you to cross the road in front of them, regardless of any other cars that may or may not kill you?
    My town has this big hill at one end...so if you're driving into town from that way, there's big blinking lights, huge signs warning trucks about the 6% grade... "use low gears"..."slow down" "steep downgrade" "20mph corner residential area 2 miles ahead"... it's an overkill of signs because over the past few years 3 or 4 semis have flipped over at this corner at the top of town (bottom of the hill), running into houses or businesses...they finally built a retaining wall to catch them, to go with all the signs. They also made the first intersection you come to as you're coming down the hill a "no left turn" situation, right at the end of this retaining wall, so you have to keep going down main street, lest ye stop to make a turn and get smashed by a runaway semi.
    So I'm on my bike and I'm wanting to cross main street at this first cross street, which I do regularly. I'm coming from the 'no left turn' side. So I stop at the stop sign and start waiting for a gap in traffic, and this MORON coming down the hill comes to a complete stop, right next to this retaining wall, blocking the only lane of downhill traffic behind him. It's a blind corner and there's no way to know how many seconds are going to pass before this guy gets killed by the next semi that comes around that corner with smoking brakes.
    There was still plenty of traffic in the close lanes, so they sat there for 5 or 10 seconds until there was a gap in traffic, and then of course I'm faced with a delimma: I NEVER go in these situations. I mean, follow the law. There's no stop sign, you're not doing anyone any favors, I'm not going. So I stare at them for a second.... both the driver and passenger windows go down, and two happy arms come out, waving me across main street. So basically either I'm going to let these guys get killed trying to make my point, or I'm going to make them feel like they're actually helping me out. There was no way to prove my point without having to stick around for the police report, so I finally went. I shook my head in shame as I accepted their kind offer to cross the road while they ignored every traffic law known to man, completely ignorant of the fact that they could be killed at any second. My disappointment in myself for accepting their stupid "help" is only slightly outweighed by the knowledge that I probably saved their lives
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    More importantly, how is the bike?
    Rubber side AND derailler side up. All good
    Recalculating....

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    Saw a guy in a (what I would guess you guys call) mini van come "this" close to running over a small kid this morning.

    He was taking a left into a junction. At the junction there is a pedestrian crossing (you know, the black and white stripes where cars give way to pedestrians). There is a bus stop on the left just before the crossing and if a bus comes when there is already a bus at the stop, the junction can be blocked - this was the case this morning; a bus was in the stop and another was coming.
    The guy in the mini van clearly didn't want to wait for the bus to clear the junction so he decided to put his foot down and take the left turn (far too) fast to get through before the bus came.

    There was a little boy (about 7 or so) just setting foot on the crossing.

    The driver never even saw him - he was looking over his shoulder at the bus he just missed. How he missed the kid I'll never know! I was yelling and waving and pointing (riding no hands) trying to get the drivers attention before he did it because I saw what was happening - the driver (completely oblivious to the whole thing) then stops abruptly right after the crossing and sticks his head out the window to swear at me before driving off...

    The kid was fine, at least - he looked a little shaken when I talked to him after and he went off on his way to school.

    So - my morning was dramatic!

    Glad that the bike survived the crash, Rodar. I too have experienced the bike trailer jack knife thing... Luckily I managed to stay upright (my kid was in the trailer). So no shame in that - everyone falls off now and then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I put on the extra long seatpost this morning, so I was not standing-coasting or standing-pedaling 100% of the time - I could actually coast seated and pedal seated on flat ground.
    They're going to take away your BMX card. The seat has to be shoved down to the top tube, no exceptions.

    Wow, lots of drama in peoples commutes! My legs were a little tired.

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    ^^ I must admit it looked better that way.

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    No commute for me today. Working from home. Tomorrow I'm taking the day off as well, so no commute tomorrow either. Looking to put in some good miles this afternoon/evening, though and some good trail miles tomorrow. Hopefully it stays nice out.

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    I just want to say thank-you to the europeans on here for sharing their traffic horror stories. It's reassuring to know that it's not just us dumb new-worlders.

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    I did not dress appropriately for today's weather. Rode in to work in shorts and tee shirt, now it's 50 degrees and raining pretty steady. Forecast was 60 and sunny.

    This will be slightly unpleasant.

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    Good rides today, and really needed, before and after a rough day at work. Darn cold this morning though, 33F, should have put the warmer shoes back on.

    My new employee is riding to work now that it is nice out; people ask if I twisted his arm, but I prefer to think it is leading by example. In my "cubie pod" with 9 other coworkers, 1 bikes to the bus regularly, 1 bikes from home regularly, one biked during the recent local challenge, plus the new guy, so with me that is half bikecommuting!

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    ^ I thought we had a Commuting News thread for that sort of report, Mtbxplorer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I just want to say thank-you to the europeans on here for sharing their traffic horror stories. It's reassuring to know that it's not just us dumb new-worlders.
    Oh we get our fair share of jerks here in Norway too

    I think because Norway has such a bike culture, though that drivers by and large (though not, by any means, all of them) tend to be a bit more patient; chances are that the driver is a biker too and they know how it feels to get buzzed by a 2 ton SUV going by 5 cm from you at 50KPH.

    Commute home yesterday was quite the social gathering. I ended up in a pace line with four other riders (strangers) and we shared the load a bit, then I left them (they took a right and I went straight ahead) and ended up drafting / pulling alternately with another guy most of the way home. It was nice to have a social ride home.

    The ride in this morning was heavy. I'm only doing a 12 mile (22K ish) round trip each day, but I go hard and by the end of the week my legs are most definitely starting to feel it. Plus it rained heavily earlier this morning (my better half got a shower whilst cycling to work this morning) so there was a lot of standing water around + wet asphalt + no splash guards on the bike + wet ass... It just felt like it was sucking my tyres down into the ground and killing my motivation to live...

    Should be sunny and dry for the home leg, though! Plus we have a long weekend (Monday off) Happy Days!

    Have a great weekend all you crazy commuters!

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    Legs felt super hollow today for the first time in a while, both morning and evening commute I was wiped out - no real idea why.

    I think I worked too long hours this week, only getting about 5 hours sleep and not eating 100% properly. It's really took it out of me, and for the first time in about 6 months I am really considering a weekend off the bike... typical as I was meant to be heading to a bike park opening weekend tomorrow! ><
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    Ah ok let's see what I can offer from the last three years in Hamburg / Germany.....

    Ok 2 really dangerous / awkward situations:

    1. Me driving towards a crossing, I'm on the line between the "straight ahead" and "turn right" lane. A car coming from my opposite direction apparently did not see anything, wanted to turn left, so crossing my lane. Hits the brake because a car was coming from behind me going straight ahead, but he came to a stop about halfway across the lane already. So the car overtaking me is veering the right to avoid him and I still do not know how he missed me. I swear between his rear bumper and my front tyre was less than a mm space. Next day I bought myself a helmet. ( I already had a yellow hi-vis vest on, reflectors on every spoke and several extra reflecting tape on the frame + pedals. Besides that, it was already broad daylight).

    2. Not dangerous for me but for someone else: On the way home there were a mom and daughter riding further in front of me. Daughter on the pedestrian walkway, mom on the street next to her on her left. A mini-van comes up from behind and brakes because there is opposite traffic. On the other side there is no bikelane/walkway/whatever, just grass and going down about 45° for 1 yard, so no way to veer out anywhere. The minivan brakes to wait for the opposite traffic. After the first car coming from the opposite passed, he suddenly needs to overtake mommy and squeezes himself through between mom and the other car. And it was the last car coming from the opposite side, so absolutely unnecessary.

    Again I thank God that I have a relatively safe route to work. I talked to people that do not want to commute because of too much danger. Not only from cars but also from other byclists and pedestrians: Riding / walking while looking at the smartphone, suddenly stopping or changing direction because smartphone rings due to Whatsapp, Ebay app, SMS, incoming call, etc etc...

    And in Germany they should have a speedlimit EVERYWHERE ANYTIME on EVERY Autobahn. Driving over 150 mph is often legal on a three way highway. If you need to overtake a truck, you need to look into your mirror very long to see "the movie". It is not enough to see "the picture" because it is not showing the speed of the cars coming from behind. And it could be that it is a very fast one.

    In general, I have the impression that things get dangerous, as soon as a difference in speed comes into play. No matter being car/bike, bike/pedestrian or slow car / fast car or bus/car etc.

    What is dangerous here in Germany too, is that bikelanes are often hidden behind car parklanes. So a car turning right can often miss a bike, when a bigger car is parked, like a mini-van or something. They are "solving" this by putting up signs "bike on drivelane allowed". But the drive lanes are often too narrow to overtake safely, people do it anyway, I do not know what is worse....

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    Been if the forum for a while. Took me a while to catch up. Be safe out there, guys.

    Anyhow, my summer has landing in the Porter, Indiana area working at INDU through mid June, July, and August before I come back to Illinois for grad school.

    Anyone familiar with that area around Lake Michigan? How bike friendly is it? I notice there are paved and unpaved cycling trails between towns.

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    Rode in this morning with about 20 lbs of cordless power tools and hand tools in my panniers. I got lucky, had a tailwind and some of the nicest Spring weather we have yet seen. A beautiful commute.

    I left the tools in the shop, since I don't expect to do much more strenuous than drinking beer this weekend. Turned out of the driveway and caught a 30 mile an hour headwind for most of the ride home. Some queasy seconds of crosswinds as I raced traffic through the interchange with I- 94, then back to headwinds.

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    Here is my week breakdown (6 days):

    Days worked: 0
    Commutes: 0
    Rides: 4
    Charity ride/ride for cause: 2 @ 51 miles
    Fun rides: 2 @ 84
    Total miles: 135
    Geared miles: 0
    Fixed gear miles: 135

    I go back to work Saturday and plan on riding which will get me just over 1400 for the year so far. I am unsure of reaching my goal at this point. It is just too early to make that call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I go back to work Saturday and plan on riding which will get me just over 1400 for the year so far. I am unsure of reaching my goal at this point.
    20 weeks into the year (1400/20)*52 = 3640
    The 20 weeks gone include most of the winter conditions, just now getting to the easy miles. You still have a decent shot.
    Recalculating....

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    Well, Friday and today. Had to clear room on the laptop to do the movie of Friday's ride. A bit boring compared to ST and no mountain vistas, moose, or eagles.

    https://youtu.be/O1JfGeNXhTA

    Not bad for a ride hours after a heart stress test.

    That is one of the first times I have seen a Deputy here make a full stop! Wow! I waved at him.

    Today, I did not pump up the rear and I guess it had a slow leak. I snake bit it as far as I can tell, over the tracks and got about a quarter mile before it was obviously flat by seat feel and drew my attention. As I was at the point of remounting the wheel, an IHP cruiser pulls up and the officer asked if I was alright. He was amazed how fast the wheel went back in and this one is a tight, slow fit with the tight front fender. Guess he did not have a bike with QR hubs when he grew up.

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    Beautiful day for a commute here with 74 degrees and full sun on the ride in. Windy of course, because it wouldn't be a commute without the wind. Bike shop was closed today so there was no stopping. I got out onto the main road, and drafted a huge delivery truck and honestly, that was amazing. We made all of the green lights and it seemed like we were flying. I made sure that he saw me when we first started going, was hanging out to the left a bit and made eye contact with him in his mirror.

    The ride home was 65 and breezy but really nice. Decked out the rear lights with a 3 light setup and I think that this is my new go to. Cygolite Hotshot micro mounted on the bike just under the seatpost clamp on blink. Planet Bike Super Flash Micro on my bag on blink. They both blink at different rates and amounts of blinks. It really should draw some attention to me. The third? Well, that is a Knog Blinder that is meant for a seatpost. That is fine, but I have an aero post on my bike, so that doesn't fit. What it does fit however, is the rear hub. I put in the wheel on the hub, it snaps in and is tight and does not move. I put it on blink, and it actually does a good job of lighting up a little to the sides of me as well as draw attention to the rear wheel. I tested this out Friday night and had a friend of mine ride it out and I could see it from all angles. It looks really cool and is actually fairly functional. So the ride home, did some extra miles since it was so nice out. Saddle needs to be leveled out. Was nose down last night, now it is nose up. Almost have it in the middle heh. Rode through downtown near campus and then rode through campus on the deserted bike lane. Had the whole thing to myself. Only saw 2 pedestrians out near the path. Did not want to come home but was getting hungry so I cut it short and headed home.

    Storms are forecasted for Sunday so not sure what I will do. If it is clear when I leave I will ride and worry about the return trip home later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Decked out the rear lights with a 3 light setup and I think that this is my new go to. Cygolite Hotshot micro mounted on the bike just under the seatpost clamp on blink. Planet Bike Super Flash Micro on my bag on blink. They both blink at different rates and amounts of blinks. It really should draw some attention to me. The third? Well, that is a Knog Blinder that is meant for a seatpost. That is fine, but I have an aero post on my bike, so that doesn't fit. What it does fit however, is the rear hub. I put in the wheel on the hub, it snaps in and is tight and does not move. I put it on blink, and it actually does a good job of lighting up a little to the sides of me as well as draw attention to the rear wheel. I tested this out Friday night and had a friend of mine ride it out and I could see it from all angles. It looks really cool and is actually fairly functional.
    Yes, I also like this synergy of different flashing with two PB Flashes, a PB flash and PDW Radbot 1000, or two Radbot 1000's. No two lights remain perfectly in sync so even pairs of the same light set up a discordant flashing that is very eye catching. And stands out against urban light distractions. Two different lights are a bit to a lot better at this depending on the pairing and flash mode chosen. I posted videos of this with the light I mentioned, maybe 5 years ago in this forum.

    The Knog Blinder on the rear hub is a neat twist. Even with 36 spokes I can reach in and turn it on. The usb-lithium is a big step up from coin cells, too. I wonder if you have fenders, how much a Front Knog Blinder on the front hub would damage night vision?

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    Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer madness up here in the mountains (everyone escapes the oven that is Phoenix and comes here) which means commuting becomes a bit more perilous due to idiots driving campers (poorly), tourists amazed by trees (have seen people driving taking pictures of trees with their phones) and the requisite elderly (who scare me more than most) who come here to live for the summer. It's not all bad though, weather turns really nice about now so extra ridng is nice.

    Since Wednesday had 3 too close passes and 2 near right hooks so on Friday I avoided the highway coming home and stuck to the beat up forest roads - at least if I crash there it's my fault! Been a hermit all weekend and not going out of the bike until the holiday tourists are gone. Then it will be back to it.

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    ^ On Saturday's ride I actually had a mini van hold back then turn right behind me and not pass then hook me. The baseball field crowd can be difficult. Nice to know some safe drivers exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    I wonder if you have fenders, how much a Front Knog Blinder on the front hub would damage night vision?
    Without fenders, it is not too bad. I have done this in the past just for fun social rides. I would imagine that with fenders, you should be alright.

    I took a chance on the weather today, and it really paid off. As soon as I got on the MUP, the sprinkles started. Thought I might be screwed but that is all that I got for the entire ride in. Traffic was fairly light as to be expected on a Sunday during a holiday weekend. The wind was my enemy today however, and it rode against me the entire ride. Rain was forecasted all day and into the evening. Nothing. Woohoo!! The ride home was wonderful at 72F with wind....at my back right? WRONG!! Damn that sucked. Hardly any traffic which was really nice. Took the long way home and for those of you not living in the midwest, you will not know Meijer. I stopped in there to pick up a few things, apples, some snacks, something to take to work for dinner etc. I cannot believe how much I can fit in this Chrome Yalta bag. It is actually smaller than my Metropolis messenger bag but it feels like it holds 2-3 times more. I brought home a bunch of stuff, with my work clothes and other things still in the bag. It was heavy but honestly, it felt really solid on the last couple of miles before I got home.

    The storms are coming so a ride in on Monday is more than likely not going to happen. We will see though......
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    New shoes on the Mukluk I need to go find a beach to ride.

    How was your commute today?-screen-shot-2015-05-23-4.20.58-pm.jpg
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    F@#$%g roadies.

    Y'know, it should be possible to Cat-6 someone without cutting them off, but twice in the last week those bozos have waited until the last second before a turn to right-hook me.

    And this morning the bozo then v e r y s l o w l y climbed a little hill, and was actually recovering at the top. I was going to turn off in 50' and had no intention of passing him, but he was going so slowly that I cat-6ed his dumb ass and took off.

    Total SCR score: +10pts for me, -10 for bozo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    F@#$%g roadies.

    Y'know, it should be possible to Cat-6 someone without cutting them off, but twice in the last week those bozos have waited until the last second before a turn to right-hook me.

    And this morning the bozo then v e r y s l o w l y climbed a little hill, and was actually recovering at the top. I was going to turn off in 50' and had no intention of passing him, but he was going so slowly that I cat-6ed his dumb ass and took off.

    Total SCR score: +10pts for me, -10 for bozo.
    Perfect

    So now he will remember you.....on a pass say hi and ask him where he works....when he asks you where you work tell him where you turn off so he knows....then whip his ass everyday.

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    ^ the problem is that I'm on a singlespeed mountain bike. It is not a fast bike, and there's a very really limit to my top speed, so I don't really mind being passed. But being actually cutoff all so that the guy can toodle along at 15kph is really annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ the problem is that I'm on a singlespeed mountain bike. It is not a fast bike, and there's a very really limit to my top speed, so I don't really mind being passed. But being actually cutoff all so that the guy can toodle along at 15kph is really annoying.
    Same fix say hi

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I need to go find a beach to ride.
    Oh, that`s easy. Just go to any CA reservoir and ride the quarter mile of dry sand between the water line and the bottom of the boat ramps!
    Recalculating....

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    ^^ Pretty much. ha. I have started the spending snowball rolling down the hill with these tires though, because now I'm getting a little chain rub, so of course I have to go to a 1x set up... and it's only 9 speed out back, so 1x10 is probably in oder... but then I gotta get a shifter...


    Rode to work in shorts today. Woohoo!

    It was a long weekend off of the bike...felt good to ride today. Did some backcountry scouting for bike adventures to come Rodar... I can get to this place from my driveway without ever touching pavement... and I'm pretty sure my little pack rod fishing pole will fit in the frame bag on the fatty...

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    ^^^ Ohhh, CB, your getting my juices flowing. What the heck am I doing sitting at work when there is so much 'sploring to do?

    Do you have to take those tires to a tire shop to have them mounted and balanced?

    My ride this morning was pretty sluggish. I rode a charity ride yesterday, 125 miles and 8100' of climbing. My legs were pissed at me this morning and showing it. I hope they have calmed down by this afternoon.

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    First commute after 3 weeks of being away. Not bad. I forgot how long and boring work can be though. I don't really have a lot to do yet. Still getting over jet lag a little too.

    I was able to do a little biking on my vacation in France, but I didn't get to rent a bike and go for a "real" mountain bike ride. Maybe next time. I rode a few mini-DH tracks on a Kona Splice, which is more suitable for dirt paths than serious mountainbiking. It was a little sketchy at times but still fun. The whole trip was great other than failing to bike in the Pyrenees. Next time.

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    Well, I took the hybrid drive/bike commute the last 5 work days to the new office. So far the weather in the morning has been cool enough to allow me to cool off relatively quickly before I change at the office. I'm certainly a novelty here. I don't think anyone has ever chosen to commute by bike here. My officemate lives less than 2 miles from the office and she "would love to be able to commute by bike"...I told her I would stop by to ride in with her if she really wants to get started. I'm not going to hold my breath though .

    For the most part my commutes have been uneventful which is great. Most of the drivers are patient and wait for room to pass and give plenty of space. I have had 2 or 3 too-close-passes, 2 "get off the road"s, and 1 car that tried to pass, saw that they didn't have enough time, hit the brakes to get back behind me and then honk at me because they misjudged the oncoming traffic. It's certainly more common than it was when I was working downtown, but my route is now 100% 2 lane country roads with no shoulder. I think it just comes with the territory.

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    Good commute today - first work commute back after the holiday. Good rides over the long weekend. Also did some running and hiking, so active times.

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    Not a commute, but hey, I rode to another state over the weekend and I don't know any other bike people to share this with. We did a little overnight over the holiday weekend in preparation for a longer tour later in the summer. 70 mile ride down to Illinois, camped, 60 miles back home. The first day was beautiful -- sunshine, 70 degrees, and rolling countryside. When we got to the state park, we swam, ate dinner, built a campfire and were in bed shortly after dark. Thankfully the night stayed dry, but it started to rain just as we were rolling out at 7:30am the next day. I learned that I can ride 60 miles in the pouring rain and figured out how to shift my bike while my hands were wadded up in the middle of thin gloves while clutching hand warmers (stupid Raynaud's.) After 40 miles of cold rain, we stopped at a tiny small town diner and I had the most amazing blueberry pancakes and eggs and hashbrowns. Totally worth it. My commutes are going to seem a lot shorter now!

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    ^^Cool story, trip and pix! I like the firewood haul. Hot here today, supposedly a high of 88F. I lucked out on the ride in and followed some rain, which reduced the mugginess. Stuck at work until 6:30pm, so it had cooled to the high 70's. Saw 3 police SUVs in town, they were from L.A. County, Cal-i-for-ni-a! I'm guessing a local PD bought them used, but I dunno, they still had CA plates - so if you see a story on a few that went AWOL, let me know.

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    Riding home, and felt a clunk on my helmet. For probably for the first time ever I thought "hmmm, maybe I should take my helmet off." So still riding up hill I unclipped the chinstrap and pulled my helmet off, and yup - a hornet squirming around between the shell and the retension bits. Close call.

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    ^ Is a hornet in your helmet like a bee in your bonnet? Honey of a move doffing the helmet and I suppose you made a bee line home from there?

    Hornet? I don't got no hornet, I don't need no stinging hornet!

    Nice bit of luck there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    Not a commute, but hey, I rode to another state over the weekend and I don't know any other bike people to share this with. We did a little overnight over the holiday weekend in preparation for a longer tour later in the summer. 70 mile ride down to Illinois, camped, 60 miles back home. The first day was beautiful -- sunshine, 70 degrees, and rolling countryside. When we got to the state park, we swam, ate dinner, built a campfire and were in bed shortly after dark. Thankfully the night stayed dry, but it started to rain just as we were rolling out at 7:30am the next day. I learned that I can ride 60 miles in the pouring rain and figured out how to shift my bike while my hands were wadded up in the middle of thin gloves while clutching hand warmers (stupid Raynaud's.) After 40 miles of cold rain, we stopped at a tiny small town diner and I had the most amazing blueberry pancakes and eggs and hashbrowns. Totally worth it. My commutes are going to seem a lot shorter now!
    Sounds like you had a great time, and bummer about the rain and that damn Raynaud's which I know all about. Thanks for posting the story and pics, they were both enjoyed.
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    Warm ride in today with storms on the way. Stopped at the shop for some lube and to adjust my seatpost. Now it is creaking, of course, since it probably needs to be lubed. Big storms rolled through on 3 separate occasions before I finally left work and rode home on wet roads but no rain. Put my clip on rear fender on so at least my back and bag didn't get wet. Only one close call and I knew it was going to happen. Lady was sitting on a side street waiting to turn out, guessed that she couldn't see me, and I was right. 320 lumens on blink is just not enough I guess. She got the look as I entered the other lane to go around her as she slammed on her brakes, blocking the lane I was in.
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    I saw something yesterday I've never seen before and will probably never see again. A dump truck passed through the intersection with the truck bed partially extended. I was standing waiting for the light to change, when POOF. The green light went flying through the air and landed about 15 feet away from me on the side of the road. Somehow the light right next to it was not affected. I was thankful the truck hadn't been oncoming or else there would have at least been a possibility part of the light would have hit me.

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    Pretty normal ride into work this morning. Little bit more humid than I would have preferred, but it's going to be beautiful outside for the ride home. I saw probably a dozen other commuters in the first 5 miles and then it was a ghost town for the rest of the ride. Weird. Hoping to crack 500 miles this month.

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    Gonna have to focus a little bit more...

    Switching from knobbies to slicks Monday....I put the front wheel on backwards ie disk on the wrong side so no front brake???

    Caught it before I rode down the hill right in front of my house.

    Been having shifting issues nothing big but it just wouldn't dial in...

    Finally noticed a bent link....took about 5 days.

    Not sure ten speed chains are quite as robust as 9 speed chains, we will see.

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    ^^ I'm kind of impressed that you admitted that on the internet jeffscott
    I *might* have done something similar at some point......

    s0ck, that's crazy!! That dump truck driver was having a bad day.
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